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What is Clean Beauty and Skincare?

What is Clean Beauty and Skincare?

What does it REALLY mean to use “clean” skincare and beauty products?

Did you know that the average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every day without knowing? The European Union has banned over 1,300 chemicals found in Cosmetics, while the FDA has banned 8 in the United States. Wild, right?

The clean skincare movement focuses on making ultra-healthy products that use plant-based ingredients to nourish the body without putting it at risk. At TRIBEAUTY, we only make products that we would give our own families, and aim to educate consumers so they feel empowered to enjoy products that also elevate their well being.

Clean beauty and skincare products are developed using ingredients that are eco-friendly, safe, and non-toxic. The term “clean” denotes the absence of harmful chemicals and elements that may harm human health and the environment. Typically, clean beauty and skincare brands focus on natural and organic ingredients, including essential oils, minerals, and plant-based extracts.

As we become more aware of the potential hazards of traditional beauty and skincare products, clean beauty and skincare items are gaining popularity. Traditional products often contain sulfates, parabens, and phthalates that may trigger skin irritation, disrupt hormones, and cause other health concerns. Conversely, clean beauty and skincare products are created using ingredients that are safe and non-toxic, reducing the likelihood of adverse effects on the user.


Core Principle

Nearly everything that comes through the door of our manufacturing facility is derived from plants. Our products are all-natural, non-toxic, and pure which means that we do not add unhealthy fillers or synthetic oils. Mainstream products are mass produced with their focus on being as cheap as possible. Instead we make competitively priced products with a focus on plant science, packing our skincare and beauty products with antioxidants and superfood ingredients.

Never-Use List

We never go near certain ingredients and believe it’s important to educate consumers on ingredients to never consume. Many of these harmful ingredients are unfortunately common in many skincare, beauty and wellness products. See our infographic for more information.

No Parabens

Parabens are a type of preservative, first introduced in the 1950s. They’re used to prolong shelf life in many health and beauty products by preventing the growth of mold and bacteria within them. This may sounds like a good thing – BUT parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking oestrogen. Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.

The most commonly found parabens are: Butylparaben, methylparaben, Isobutylparaben and propylparaben – so you should look for these on in the ingredients list on your skincare products.

No Sulfates

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) are found in shampoo, body wash, bubble baths, and other personal care products. Certain sulfates have been linked to promoting genetic cell mutations in the eyes, can weaken the immune system, or irritate the skin.

No Artificial Fragrance (Use Essential Oils Instead)

Fragrance oils are synthetically made substitutes for essential oils or pure plant extracts. Many products, even those labeled “natural” contain fragrance oils. Often, a natural product label will say “contains essential oils.”

Fragrance oils could potentially contain any combination of 3,000+ chemical ingredients, including chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system and alter hormones, can trigger allergic reactions and skin irritations, can cause migraines, and even affect normal brain activity.

Because their formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets, the chemical make-up of fragrances can often remain undisclosed. If the ingredients includes the word “fragrance,” “perfume,” or “parfum,” then it’s synthetic and not natural, even though its packaging may say it is.

Eliminate Heavy Metals

Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium and iron are found in a wide variety of personal care products.

What to look for on labels: Lead acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, sodium hexametaphosphate.

Avoid Hidden Formaldehyde as Preservatives

You may be SHOCKED to learn that substances that release formaldehyde are often used as a preservative in cosmetics and skincare. Aside from ALS risk or other nervous system consequences, formaldehyde is a respiratory irritant, can cause cancer, and is harmful to your immune system. It can also lead to migraines, allergies, asthma and neurotoxicity.

What to look for on labels: Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and chemicals include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol).

Clean Skincare Best Practices

Use High Quality Essential Oils

We use high quality essential oils as many of the key ingredients in our products. Essential oils need to be derived from plants and grown without pesticides by expert farmers and processors who understand seed and soil quality and advanced distillation and storage.

Our essential oils are extracted through a skillful and lengthy steam distillation process that results in the greatest therapeutic benefits. A few of the most common essential oils found in our products are lavender, wild orange, rosemary, peppermint, myrrh, sandalwood, black spruce, grapefruit, chamomile and lemongrass.

Use Natural Preservatives

Natural preservatives require skillful manufacturing to work properly. We use a variety of natural preservatives including Essential Oils, Natural Tocopherol (Vitamin E), and Rosemary.

Design for Sensitive Skin

According to an NIH survey, ~70% of the population considers themselves to have sensitive skin, with about 50% of those patients demonstrating some sort of uncomfortable symptoms from sensitive skin. The skin can become irritated from synthetic fragrances, parfum, and petroleum-based ingredients found in mass produced skincare.

People with sensitive skin are often surprised at how much they enjoy our products. However, no product can ever claim it will never cause reactions on anyone ever.

Spectrometry (MS) systems. It’s important to perform challenge testing which tests how products will withstand microbial attack which is inevitable during consumer use. We also conduct freeze thaw tests and microbiology tests.

For our CBD skincare, we also third party lab test the cannabinoids for potency, pesticides, raw materials, and microbial. You can find our lab tests here.

Reference 3rd Party Databases

Regulations on skincare in the United States are nearly nonexistent. For that reason we have collaborated with organizations like Skin Deep for many years and encourage consumers to check the ingredients of all their personal care products on the Skin Deep website.

Skin Deep’s database is an online guide for cosmetics and personal care products. It was launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly assessed for safety. Skin Deep combines product ingredient lists with information from more than 60 standard toxicity and regulatory databases. Skin Deep provides easy-to-navigate safety ratings for tens of thousands of personal care products.


Skincare and Beauty products are similar to consuming food. The healthiest food and skincare products are all-natural and plant-based packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that nourish the body and protect the body’s immune system. Skincare and beauty products can help you look and feel amazing while enhancing your overall health.

How does clean beauty differ from traditional beauty and skincare products?

Clean beauty and skincare products vary from traditional products in multiple aspects. First, clean beauty products use safe and non-toxic ingredients, unlike traditional products containing harmful substances like parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Such chemicals can cause skin irritation, disrupt hormones, and negatively impact health.

Secondly, clean beauty and skincare products are usually free from artificial fragrances, colors, and preservatives. On the other hand, traditional products may include synthetic fragrances that can lead to skin sensitivities and preservatives such as formaldehyde that have been linked to cancer.

Thirdly, clean beauty and skincare brands prioritize sustainability by utilizing eco-friendly packaging and sourcing ethically obtained ingredients. Conversely, traditional products may not prioritize the environment to the same extent.

Finally, clean beauty and skincare brands are transparent about their ingredients and sourcing methods, while traditional brands may not disclose such information to consumers.

Overall, clean beauty and skincare products provide consumers with a safer, more sustainable, and transparent option for maintaining healthy skin without compromising their well-being or the environment.

What are some common ingredients to avoid in traditional beauty products?

To avoid the potentially harmful effects of traditional beauty products on your health, you should be aware of common ingredients to avoid:

  1. Preservatives like parabens have been linked to hormone disruption and breast cancer.
  2. Phthalates, commonly used in fragrances, can cause reproductive issues and asthma.
  3. Sulfates can strip the skin of natural oils and cause irritation.

Other ingredients to avoid include formaldehyde, a preservative classified as a carcinogen, and triclosan, an antibacterial agent that can disrupt the endocrine system. Artificial colors and fragrances can also cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

You also need to be cautious of ingredients that are not well-regulated, such as “fragrance” or “parfum,” as these can contain a mixture of potentially harmful chemicals. Ensure to educate yourself on their beauty products’ ingredients and choose clean beauty and skincare brands that prioritize safe and non-toxic ingredients.

How can you incorporate clean beauty and skincare into your routine?

To begin incorporating clean beauty and skincare into your daily routine, start by reading product labels and seeking products free from dangerous chemicals and pollutants. Clean beauty and skincare goods are also called “green beauty” items. Next, seek products manufactured from natural and organic components, and avoid items that contain synthetic perfumes or preservatives. Natural and organic ingredients are the way to go!

It is also crucial to embrace healthy living practices that promote overall wellness. This should be done in addition to using clean beauty and skincare products. This involves regular physical activity, nutritious food, and adequate sleep.


In recent years, awareness has risen among the general public regarding the potential health hazards linked with traditional beauty products has contributed to the development of the notion of clean beauty.

Clean beauty and skincare refer to products free from dangerous chemicals and manufactured from natural, non-toxic substances. If you use these items, you can lessen the risk of adverse effects on your health caused by potentially hazardous chemicals. Reading product labels and making healthy lifestyle choices should be your first step if you want to make clean beauty and skincare a regular part of your regimen.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is clean beauty and skincare?

“Clean beauty” and “clean skincare” refer to products free of potentially dangerous chemicals from natural, non-toxic substances. This includes items that do not include synthetic scents, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, all of which have been linked to various adverse health effects.

Natural ingredients, including plant extracts, essential oils, and antioxidants, are often used to formulate clean beauty and skincare products. These substances supply the skin with sustenance and hydration without causing any damage to the skin in the process. 

Why are clean beauty and skincare important?

It is essential to use clean beauty and skincare products since they assist in lessening our contact with potentially hazardous chemicals and pollutants, both of which can damage your health. There is evidence that several substances used in traditional cosmetic products may increase the risk of cancer and other reproductive and general health concerns. Protect your health and limit exposure to potentially hazardous components using natural and unprocessed cosmetics and skincare products.

Is clean beauty more effective than traditional beauty products?

Clean beauty products cannot be determined as more effective than traditional beauty products, as each has advantages and disadvantages based on an individual’s needs and preferences. Clean beauty products prioritize non-toxic and safe ingredients that benefit people with sensitive skin or who are concerned about the health risks associated with traditional beauty products. However, it may not be as effective as traditional beauty products as they may not contain certain active ingredients or synthetic chemicals that offer specific benefits.

Traditional beauty products can still be effective for many people and may contain extensively researched ingredients that benefit the skin. However, these products may also contain harmful chemicals that can cause adverse health effects. Thus, the effectiveness of beauty products is determined by various factors such as skin type, concerns, and preferences. 

How can I ensure that my clean beauty products are safe and effective?

You can take several measures to ensure your clean beauty products are safe and effective. First, research the brand’s reputation for using safe, non-toxic ingredients and prioritize transparency in ingredient lists and sourcing methods. You should also check whether a reputable third-party organization has certified the product, such as the Environmental Working Group or the Certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free Program, which independently verifies that the product meets specific standards. 

Secondly, you should read reviews from other users with similar skin types or concerns to understand how the product worked for them. Thirdly, you should look for clean beauty products with active ingredients backed by scientific research and proven effective, such as vitamin C and retinoids. Ultimately, consumers can ensure that their clean beauty products are safe and effective by researching the brand, checking certifications, reading reviews, and looking for products with effective active ingredients.

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