questionable ingredients to avoid
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are living species that have had their DNA engineered (or designed) artificially in order to make them stronger, bigger, longer-lasting or hardier than in their natural form. The last 30 years has seen a boom in the practices of GMO to boost yields particularly in the U.S. It is nearly impossible to tell if ingredients contain GMOs, you have to ask the brands. At \tim-les\, we don’t use them.
benzylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, heptylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben and ‘anything’ -paraben.
parabens are synthetic preservatives found widely in skincare. The use of parabens in beauty and pharmaceutical products is becoming increasingly controversial. there is still a lack of evidence on both sides to conclude the debate and so we have decided to use alternative preservatives. at \tim-les\ we use very small amounts of selected safe preservatives that are non-persistent in the environment.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
sulphates (surfactants) are essentially an inexpensive foaming agent which act as detergents for cleansing and are used in many face or body washes and shampoos. foaming agents can be very tough on the natural oil barrier of the skin, often stripping it significantly and causing irritation and sensitivity. this in turn will lead to dehydration of the skin.
mineral oil / petroleum
mineral oil, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum, petroleum, paraffin oil.
mineral oil, also known as liquid paraffin, is derived from petroleum and cannot be synthesised by the skin. it is very cheap, blocking pores and diminishing the skin's ability to breathe and function. at t\tim-les\ we choose to use plant-based oils instead which are more similar to the skin's natural sebum. plant-based oils also benefit from being rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which absorb beautifully and assist the skin's natural functions, helping improve its condition.
propylene glycol (PG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG)
propylene glycol, PEG (followed by a number which represents its molecular weight), Propandiol.
there are two glycols that are approved by organic and natural associations, these are propandiol and pentylene glycol (often made from sugar cane stalk pulp or corn).
propylene glycol is one of the more common petrochemicals used in skincare products for its moisturising properties. however, it is also a skin irritant and can trigger eczema and hives.
synthetic fragrances or colours
product labels can hide synthetic fragrancing chemicals and often use the term 'Parfum'. these can cause allergic responses for many people.
when brands talk about ‘nature identical’ fragrance, they are referring to fragrance made in a lab to be similar to a natural ingredient but they are not made from or derived from the natural ingredient.
\tim-les\ fragrances are created from blending 100% pure plant and flower essential oils and aromatic flower waters. our blends have been created to uplift or relax offering a moment of mindfulness every day.