Our boutique criteria insures clients that the luxury in using whole food ingredients in our couture treatments are simply not an option.
These ingredients contain literally hundreds of naturally occurring actives from complete,
whole food nutrients.
Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are not enough; our skin and body demands the various, delicately balanced nutrients within whole foods, including pigments, carotenoids, terpenes, flavonoids,co-vitamins, enzymes and much more.
When you consider a certain percentage of what you apply topically
ends up in your bloodstream, using ingredients that the body recognizes
helps it to assimilate nutrients better.
Our boutique selection never contain these synthetic ingredients:
PEG, hydroquinone, phthalates,
phenonip, & coal tar
For more information on questionable ingredients, go to
Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website.
Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea. They're used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth (not fungi), but they're also a relatively common cause of contact dermatitis.
Fragrances. They may smell good, but these little molecules are responsible for allergic reactions in as many as 14 percent of people. Most skin care products don't really need added fragrances, but some, like soap, simply smell like the fats they were made from without added fragrance.
Sodium lauryl sulfate: It's common in shampoos and cleaners to create suds and is relatively safe, but longer contact time could cause irritation and dryness, because the detergent strips the skin of lipids.
Mineral oil: Used as a base in some products, it may interfere with perspiration.
MEA, TEA: They're common pH stabilizers, but when they're exposed to air, they form potentially irritating substances called nitrosamines. And they have a tendency to clog pores and create blackheads.
Toluene: This chemical solvent the EPA designates as hazardous waste is found in fingernail polish. Toluene can cause headaches, irritated eyes, and memory loss. Nottoopretty.com lists perfumes and cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals like toluene. They're not going to kill you, but if you don't feel well, it's worth experimenting to see if beauty products could be the source of your general blahness.
DMAE: This "instant facelift" common ingredient in wrinkle creams actually does its work by causing cell damage and swelling. Sure, the wrinkles will go away temporarily (just as they will if you're slapped in the face), but that doesn't mean it's good for you.
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Director, Cardiovascular Inst.,
New York Presbyterian/Columbia
For more information go to doctoroz.com