Chemicals don’t mean efficacy when it comes to skincare!
At Kindred, we believe in nourishing the skin and spirit. Our way of doing that is by thoughtfully creating a skincare line that is safe and effective enough for a person to use their entire life, from soap that’s gentle for baby, to blemish-prone skin from the teenage years on, to anti-aging solutions for mature skin. To us, this means using chemical-free, organic ingredients.
Chemicals are found in so many skincare and cosmetic formulas. They’re used to preserve the shelf life of a product, prevent the growth of bacteria, and add fragrance, color, and moisturizers. But so many people, like our founder Frances, have experienced the negative effects of these chemicals, becoming sensitive to or feeling an increase in adverse reactions and allergies to certain products. It’s no surprise that in recent years we’ve discovered how harmful these chemicals can be. What you put on your skin is incredibly important and we knew there were safer alternatives that still prevented bacterial growth, provided beautiful color, and delivered nourishing results. So we did our research and created hand-batched products using only the best ingredients available.
In the spirit of transparency, we listed some common skincare chemicals found in the beauty industry and what we use instead, with even greater results:
Parabens and formaldehyde: Parabens and formaldehyde found in most skin care products act as a preservative. Parabens are endocrine disruptors and can potentially lead to hormonal imbalances. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen with wide-ranging negative effects.
We do not use formaldehyde or parabens. Instead, we prefer to use sterile packaging and practices to minimize bacteria in production. We also use natural sources of salicylic acid such as willow bark oil and aspen bark to prevent or hinder the growth of bacteria. An added benefit of using these products is that we see deep cleansing of the skin and a smoothing effect.
Artificial fragrance: We use organic essential oils in very small amounts to gain the aromatherapy effect. The inherent qualities of certain essential oils offer beneficial effects, such as germanium rose, which helps to minimize dark spots and repel ticks.
Sodium lauryl sulfate: Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent, not a soap. We make hot process soap that catalyzes lye when heated with our organic oils to create a soap that is effective, gentle, and very safe. Lye is one of the few non-organic items that can be used in a finished organic product since the chemical reaction (or saponification) in making the soap consumes all of the lye. This soap is safe enough for a baby and won’t strip the skin on your body.
Polyethylene glycol: A very common thickener in lotions, soaps, and sunscreens. We do not make lotions or creams, only oils and butters, so that we do not need emulsifiers and thickeners.
Oxybenzone: A chemical filter found in everything from lotions to lipsticks to sunscreens. We use non-nano zinc oxide in our sunscreens, which protects the skin from the sun and cannot be absorbed into the skin or the coral reef.
Diethanolamine: A foaming agent that is a respiratory toxin and carcinogen. As previously noted, we make hot process soap that catalyzes lye when heated with our organic oils to create a soap that is effective, gentle, and very safe. Lye is one of the few non-organic items that can be used in a finished organic product since the chemical reaction (or saponification) in making the soap consumes all of the lye. This soap is safe enough for a baby and won’t strip the skin on your body.
For more information on the restorative effects of plant oils, this article presents a study showing how the phenolic compounds in grapeseed oil, rose hip oil, and coconut oil can help with the antioxidant repair.