At SkinKick, we leave out all the bad. We work incredibly hard every day to bring credibility back to natural skincare with clinically assessed, dermatologist-approved products that are clean, effective, and safe — for you and the planet. The Nope Nada Never List includes some of the many toxic, harsh, or questionable ingredients we will never use in our products.

Harsh chemicals? Questionable ingredients?

nope nada never.



super drying agents

Benzoyl Peroxide

severely damages the microbiome (your natural skin barrier); aggravates the skin and in some cases causes severe irritation, burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness and swelling; known to bleach clothing and bedding


synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives; likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and may cause liver damage

EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)


(ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)

a binding agent added to cosmetics to improve stability, may be toxic to organs

Essential oils

irritate facial skin


can cause inflammation


dry out skin + can cause irritation


skin-lightening chemical that is linked to cancer and skin irritation

Man-made Salicylic Acid

although salicylic acid can be obtained from plants, it has long been produced by chemical synthesis, meaning it is not natural or naturally derived and it requires buffering (aka the use of chemical agents to stabilize the acidity pH)

Mineral Oil

a by-product of petroleum distillation that may cause contact dermatitis

(methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl-, and others)

a class of preservatives used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold which may alter hormone mechanisms in our bodies and may play a role in triggering breast cancer; endocrine (or hormone) disruptors


from petroleum oil, which is often cancer-causing

PEGs (polyethylene glycols)

petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers; depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are carcinogens.

Petroleum products

very often cancer-causing

(DBP, DEHP, DEP, and others)

endocrine (or hormone) disruptor that may cause birth defects


can cause skin irritation and trigger allergies; often used as an alternative to propylene glycol, which 

Retinol (man-made Vitamin A)
and Retinyl Palmitate

a nutrient used in many skin care products as a source of Vitamin A for anti-aging; may damage DNA and speed growth of skin tumors when applied to skin; doctors also recommend pregnant women do not use retinol due to possible harm to the baby — we believe that possible harm to a fetus indicates that retinol is also unhealthy for the body.

Sulfates (SLS and SLES)

can cause skin irritation and dryness or trigger allergies

Synthetic dyes (artificial color)

can discolor the skin and cause irritation

Synthetic fragrance

can cause skin irritation; can contain any combination of 3,000+ stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens

Triclosan and Triclocarban

antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems.

Sources: National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

A deep love for people and our planet drives our “less is more” philosophy in everything we do. Combining science and nature allows you to accomplish more with less. Our naturally smart® ingredients mean a smaller footprint — fewer steps in your routine, fewer bottles, less material, fewer ingredients, less waste (...and that’s only the start).

Now that you know what we will never use in our products, check out the list of awesome, clean + natural ingredients we do use.

click below for the good stuff.