Ingredients to Love:

Transcend Organics brings you luxurious body care ~  absolutely free of harmful synthetics, fragrances, and petrochemicals.

We offer a truly extraordinary array of the purest, chemical free, sustainable alternatives to traditional body care.  Each formula is handcrafted with love and attention to every detail.  Every small batch is blended from the finest in sustainable organic, fair trade, and wild harvest botanicals and essential oils.  We track and document for authenticity, the certifications of each ingredient's purity and origin; as part of our commitment to assuring you, our customer of the highest quality standards in each of our unique body care formulations.  


Ingredients to Avoid:
The skin is the largest organ of the human body.  It absorbs upwards of 65% of the products that we apply.  Harmful - even toxic ingredients are making their way into the body, blood and lymphatic systems, disguised in seemingly benign body care products.  

In order to support you to make cleaner, healthier choices in body care, below is a list of ingredients to become familiar with, and  to avoid when choosing body care products for yourself and those you love:

BHA and BHT - (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene).  Used as a preservative in cosmetics and moisturizers. 
Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer.  Long term exposure has been linked to liver, thyroid, and kidney problems.  Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

DEA, MEA, TEA Related Ingredients - (diethanolamine, monoethanolamide, and triethanolamine).  Found in shampoos, facial cleansers, soaps and moisturizers; these chemicals are used to make products sudsy or creamy.  
Hormone disrupting chemicals that can form cancer causing nitrosamines.  Linked to increase in liver and kidney cancer.  The risks are significantly higher for children.  TEA is also linked to allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and can be toxic with long tern exposure.

Coal Tar Dyes, Synthetic Colors, Artificial Dyes - (P-phenylenediamine, "CI" (color index) followed by a 5 digit number, names like "red dye #4", or like "FD&C Blue No. 1"). Used to identify coal tar dyes in most cosmetics, body care products, and hair dyes.  Derived from petroleum, and made up of many different chemicals. 
Potentially cancer causing, and contain heavy metals which are toxic to the brain.

DBP - (dibutyl phthalate) Found in cosmetics, baby care products, nail polish.  
DBP has been found to be an endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant, Consistent use of DBP is linked to asthma, birth defects, liver and kidney failure, as well as cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Parabens - (Butyl-, Ethyl-, Isobutyl-, Methyl-, and Propyl- Parabens). Most widely used preservatives in  cosmetics and skin care, to extend shelf life and inhibit microbial growth.
Widely used although they are known to be toxic. Parabens cause many allergic reactions and skin rashes, and have been linked to hormonal disruptions, breast cancer, increased skin aging, DNA damage, and may interfere with male reproductive functions.

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives - (Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin,  Methenamine, Quaternium-15, Andsodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.  Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall ll, and Germall 115). These are the most commonly used preservatives after parabens. They work by continuously releasing small amounts of formaldehyde, a known to carcinogen.  
Known to cause joint pain, allergies, skin reactions, headaches, dizziness, sleep loss, depression, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue,  Exposure can trigger heart palpitations or asthma, aggrevate colds and coughs irritate the respiratory system. Additional side effects include weakened immune system and cancer.

Petrolatum - Mineral oil jelly, derived from petroleum. Commonly used in hair products, lip balms, lip sticks, and moisturizers as a moisture barrier. Commonly contaminated with PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons), a known carcinogen.
This ingredient may cause cancer, cause skin irritation, allergies,  photosensitivity (promotes sunburn), inhibits the body's natural moisturizing mechanism, promotes chapping and dry skin.

PEG Compounds - (Polyethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, and other ingredients with "eth" in the name). Frequently found in cream based cosmetics and body care as thickeners, solvents and moisture carriers.  Also found in spray-on oven cleaners and other cleaners that dissolve oil and grease.  
PEC can be contaminated with carcinogenic substances such as 1,4 dioxane, and ethylene oxide.  Even when not contaminated, PEG compounds are known to cause skin irritation.  Reduces the skin's natural moisture, increases the appearance of aging, and leaves the skin vulnerable to bacteria.

Fragrance - (Parfum, Synthetic Fragrances, Fragrance).  The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics and body care can contain up to 4000 substances, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic.  There is no way to be certain which substances are in these 'fragrances', as the label will simply list 'fragrance, parfum, or synthetic fragrance'. These ingredients are used in most cosmetics and body care - even some which are marked 'unscented'.  
Fragrances can cause problems such as allergies, asthma, headache, skin irritation/rashes, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, and vomiting.  Some fragrances are linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

Siloxanes - (Look for ingredients ending in "siloxane" or "-methicone").  Used in many cosmetic and body care products such as hair products and deodorants to soften, smooth and moisten.  
Many of these ingredients are known endocrine disrupters, and reproductive toxicants (cyclotetrasiloxane).  Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

SLS, SLES - (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate).  Detergent, and foaming agent found in 90 % of personal care products, such as shampoos, cleansers, bubble bath, and soaps.  
Many commercial varieties are contaminated with known carcinogens ethylene oxide, and 1,4 dioxane.  SLS causes eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, scaly scalp, and allergic reactions.  Young eyes may not develop correctly if exposed to SLS. This ingredient may also cause damage the skin's immune system.  Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death.  This ingredient can convert into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens.

PG - (Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol).  Usually this ingredient is a synthetic petrochemical mix.  Used as a humectant in stick deodorants. There is no warning required on consumer product labels such as deodorant, which have PG concentration levels greater than in most industrial applications.  
Known to cause allergic and toxic reactions.  The EPA considers PG toxic, and warns against contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  PG penetrates the skin and weakens protein and cellular structure.  

Triclosan - This synthetic antibacterial ingredients is found in many antibacterial products such as hand sanitizers, toothpaste, cleansers, and antiperspirants.  The chemical structure of Triclosan is similar to Agent Orange, and it is classified as a pesticide by the EPA, receiving high scores as a risk to human health and the environment.  
This ingredients causes skin and eye irritations with short term use, and antibiotic resistance in bacteria; as well as hormonal disruptions, which can pose enormous long-term chronic health risk with prolonged use.  May also contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish or other wildlife.

Truly natural ingredients are listed by their botanical names in english and/or latin.  An asterix is usually added to indicate certified organic status.  This makes them fairly easy to identify!  Another simple and straight-forward way to begin choosing healthier body care products, is to scan for ingredients with names you can easily pronounce!  Most suspect ingredients have complex, chemical names which are usually difficult to pronounce, and/or abbreviations.  Less of the latter, in my experience, is sure to be healthier!