Helsi Shop No-Nasties Checklist

Ingredients listed below you won’t find in products offered in our shop.

To keep our promise and provide the best available clean beauty products, we regularly update this list based on the latest information available and do our best to avoid ingredients that are found to be of concern.

Check the label of an average beauty product and you’ll see it’s full of incomprehensible ingredients. At Helsi Shop, we love beauty products with active ingredients and do not use ingredients that do nothing good. However, many beauty products contain ingredients that your skin and the planet are not so fond of. Our skin is our largest organ and therefore absorbs all ingredients from cosmetics and beauty products, even the worst. These can get through the skin into the bloodstream, which can cause unpleasant effects and allergic reactions. To help you understand these nasty ingredients, we have compiled a list of ingredients that you won’t find in our products and why.

Mineral Oils & Fats

Disrupts The Skin Process

You may have heard of mineral oil or mineral fats in cosmetics. Mineral oil is a collective term for a mix of refined, liquid hydrocarbons: cheap to obtain, so they are widely used in cosmetics. Petrolatum, petroleum, and paraffinum liquidum are examples of mineral oils. Vaseline, petroleum jelly, and paraffin jelly are well-known examples of mineral fats. Despite the fact that mineral oils and fats do more harm than good, they feel comfortable on the skin and hardly any allergic reactions are known. Yet they do not do much good to the skin. Mineral oils enclose the skin, clogging up your pores and blocking your moisture and oxygen circulation. Your skin may feel supple and soft, but it actually dries out. In addition, mineral oil attracts dirt, which can cause acne.

  • Cera Microcristallina Wax
  • Ceresin
  • Mineral Oil
  • Oaraffinum-Liquidum
  • Ozokerit
  • Pertolatum
  • Petroleum (distillates)
  • Vaseline (petroleum Jelly

Synthetic Perfume


In fact, ‘scent’ means nothing less than a substance that gives off a strong, recognizable odor. Perfume is made either of natural fragrances or of synthetic fragrances – or a combination of the two. Natural perfumes are made from ingredients from plant or animal sources, which means that these types of perfumes often have a considerable price tag. Are you allergic to perfume? Then you are most likely allergic to synthetic perfumes. Synthetic substances in perfume are much cheaper and are made from mineral oil through a chemical process. Synthetic perfume is not dangerous, but it can cause a perfume allergy. A bottle of synthetic perfume can contain a mix of up to 4000 different ingredients, most of which are not good for you or the earth. We screen all products thoroughly on the label and the actual content.

  • Fragrance (mix)
  • Parfum (mix)
  • Perfume
  • Perubalsem



Preservatives prevent products from being affected by microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi. They are not only used in food, but also in cosmetics: parabens are a well-known form of preservatives. In Europe, there are laws that state which preservatives can be used (a product must have a minimum shelf life of three years) and what the maximum permitted concentration is. Before they reach the stores, products are checked by the European Cosmetics Regulation. However, the approval of this institute does not mean that it is also good for our skin and the planet. Many preservatives are the main culprits when it comes to skin allergies. Examples of preservatives can be found in the list below:

  • Benzoic Acid
  • Bronopol
  • Butylparaben
  • Butulated hydroxotuluene (BHA)
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHT)
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Chlormethylisothiazolinon
  • Climbazone
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Ethylparaben
  • Formaldehyde
  • Imidazolidinyl
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI)
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MI)
  • Methylparaben
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Propylparaben
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Triclosan (TSC)
  • Triclocarban (TCC)
  • Urealsobutylparaben

Chemical UV Filters

Dries Out The Skin

There are two types of UV filters: mineral filters and chemical filters. The chemical filters used in cosmetics are nasties. Chemical filters penetrate the skin and stop the UV rays. This is fine, of course, but there is one major drawback: they are unstable. This means that the effect is often reduced after they have been applied. Examples of chemical UV filters are benzophenone-3, oxybenzone and homosalate. Especially this last ingredient is widely used in hair products and sun protection, a toxic substance that irritates the skin and dries out the hair. You don’t want to find the following chemical UV filters in your cosmetics:

  • Benzophenone-3
  • Homosalate (HMS)
  • OMC Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • 4 MBC
  • 3BC

Other Known Allergens

PEG, PPG, EDTA, SLS, SLES & Phthaltes

An allergen is a component of a natural or artificial substance that can cause allergic reactions. Complaints include runny nose, watery eyes, itching or tightness of the chest. The following list of known allergens below is a big no-no:

  • Betaine
  • Cocamidopropyl
  • EDTA Ethalomines (DEA, MEA, TEA)
  • Eucerit
  • Lanolin
  • Phthaltes
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • Propolis Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Propylene Glycol (PPG)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)


Worsens Skin Conditions

Most types of alcohol have a vegetable origin, but alcohol can also be made from animal substances or through a chemical process. This alcohol is bad for your skin: it dries out your skin, irritates it (which can cause you to develop an alcohol allergy), triggers sebum production, and exacerbates skin problems such as acne. The type of alcohol used in make-up and cosmetics is called alcohol denat or SD alcohol. Other family members of this type of alcohol are ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol. You can also be allergic to wool alcohols (alcohol made from wool), such as lanolin. If one of these types of alcohol is high on the list of ingredients of your product, you should avoid it.

  • Alcohol denat
  • Alcohol denaturant
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Ethanol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Methanol
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • SD alcohol

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