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Not all Vegan and Cruelty-free products are created equally.....many will still contain a lot of nasty chemicals which is why at Coco & Gizmo we will only choose brands and products that don’t contain harmful toxic ingredients....The brands and products have been carefully selected based on the purity of their ingredients. The ingredients will always be listed on this website so, you have the comfort of knowing exactly what you are applying to your skin. We try our best to select products that contain natural and organic ingredients.

The products on this website will not contain the following:

  • Animal Ingredients - All products on this website are Vegan, they will also not contain Beeswax, Carmine or Lanolin, so truly Vegan

  • Parabens -  a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. A recent study showed breast cancer samples contained parabens

  • Petrochemicals (mineral oil, paraffin etc): a chemical derived from petroleum and natural gas. Some cosmetic ingredients are derived from petrochemicals including: silicone, mineral oils, and propylene glycol to name a few. They are known irritants and can be harmful to the environment.

  • Phenoxyethanol (from the petrochemical family) - commonly used as an alternative to paraben. The Chemical Toxicity Database lists that phenoxyethanol may cause central nervous system depression, kidney damage, skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. If inhaled it may cause respiratory and digestive tract irritation. Japan has banned the use of it in all cosmetics.

  • PEG's - an emulsifier used in alot of products, can be very harmful and should never be put on broken skin. Studies have shown there are links to some types of cancers

  • Nano-sized Particles - particles that are under a certain size and can be inhaled into the body causing harmful effects. The only nano-sized particle used is for Green People's Sun Screen, namely Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) The Titanium dioxide (TiO2) that Green People use is coated with a fine layer of silicates that shield the TiO2 from contact with oxygen and therefore prevent the formation of free-radicals, whilst the individual particles of TiO2 are small enough to be theoretically absorbed through the skin, when they are incorporated into a cream or lotion they form aggregations or clumps that that are too large to be absorbed beyond the stratum corneum, the outer horny layer of skin. This has been confirmed in a number of trials using human volunteers. Based on this evidence, Green People feel the use of ultra-fine TiO2 as a sunscreen is both safe and justified.

  • No Phthalates -  a class of plasticising chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. In particular, Dibutylphthalate is very harmful found in most nail varnishes, which causes irritation of the eyes (lacrimation, conjunctivitis) and upperrespiratory tract (nasopharyngitis, bronchitis possible), if ingested or inhaled can cause; headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hematuria, dizziness, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and nephrotoxicity)

  • No SLS/ Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - is an irritant to skin and eyes, and could have long term damaging effects as it is absorbed into the blood steam and has been proven to build up in essential organs including the eyes, brain and liver. Despite this evidence many main-stream brands continue to use this ingredient to get rid of grease and make products foam. It is used in many beauty products including shampoo, hand wash and toothpaste although it is completely unnecessary and there are natural alternatives. 

  • No Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) - these are commonly used preservatives in household and industrial products, along with cosmetics. Throughout the 1980s, a European ‘epidemic’ of contact dermatitis was caused by MCI/MI that showed sensitization rates increase to 5.0%. An extremely harmful skin irritant.

  • No Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and PH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Most commonly found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens.

  • No  Formaldehyde - used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

  • No Bismuth Oxychloride- causes skin irritation.....generally is used as a cheap filler for make-up. Many people, including sufferers of acne and rosacea will find that using products containing this ingredient will irritate their skin.

  • No Benzalkonium Chloride - a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies, used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in a lot of cosmetics.

  • No Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) - a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturisers.

  • No Artificial Colours or Fragrance - an engineered scent or flavouring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Found in most cosmetics.

  • No Talc - Talc is similar in structure to asbestos and there have been inconclusive reports that it could lead to respiratory disease. It is used in many mainstream cosmetic products as a filler but has been known to cause irritation and allergic reactions.

  • Lake Dyes - Aluminium Lakes pigments or dyes that are precipitated with metal salts such as aluminum, calcium, barium, or others. Most lake pigments are synthetically produced from coal tar or petroleum. We do not sell beauty products where the lake dyes are in facial prodcuts such as lipsticks. This is beacuse the lake dyes are especially toxic and potentially carcinogenic when coming into contact with the mouth.

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