What is NOT in Vapour? Vapour products have been designed differently from any conventional cosmetics line. We have a set of guidelines that we adhere to from product design to manufacturing. What we put on our skin gets into our blood stream. It is vital that we are educated consumers and that we consciously reduce the toxic load on our bodies and on the water table.
We assure you that Vapour contains:
NO bismuth oxychloride – a known eye irritant that is a commonly used adhesive in eye shadow. It irritates the delicate skin around the eyes causing it to prematurely age.
NO irradiated pigments – many cosmetic mineral pigments have been treated with radiation as a safeguard against bacteria. Vapour has gone to great expense to source pure mineral pigments that have been heat treated as an anti-bacterial measure, and NOT irradiated.
NO GMO ingredients – all of Vapour’s plant based ingredients have been vetted as natural non genetically modified and are almost always certified organic or wildcrafted.
NO gluten – gluten allergies and celiac disease are on the rise and Vapour is dedicated to keeping our products gluten free. It is especially important that lip sticks, lip glosses, and lip balms be gluten free since these products may be ingested. EXCEPTION:Our Eyeliner is the exception; it contains wheat protein.
NO nano-particles – Vapour feels there is insufficient safety knowledge about nano particles in cosmetics. The fear is that these tiny particles will cross the blood-brain and/or placental barrier. Also there are environmental implications since nano particles enter the water table from personal care products getting washed off. Vapour has proactively vetted every single ingredient we use to verify that none contain nano-particles.
NO phthalates or bispehnol A – Phthalates and Bisphenol A are endocrine disruptors. They mimic the body's hormones and laboratory tests have shown them to cause reproductive and neurological damage. (California banned the use of phthalates in toys and baby products as of 2009.)
NO synthetic fragrance – synthetic or artificial fragrance may contain phthalates. Vapour product scents comes from steam distilled pure essential oils or natural fruit extracts.
NO petrochemicals/petroleum products – in addition to the environmental and cultural/economic issues raised by the indiscriminate use of petroleum products they are simply hazardous to your skin. Petrolatum irritates the skin over time and causes it to become more fragile and dry. Petrolatum seals the skin with a non-breathable barrier suffocating it and causing harmful build up of Co2 in the tissues.
NO eythyl, methyl, propyl or butyl parabens – According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?" parabens—methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates)—showed estrogenic activity in several tests. Like phthalates, these chemicals mimic human hormones and can disrupt the endocrine system, the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands as well as the hypothalamus, and ovaries. Parabens are also dangerous on an environmental level. The EPA reported that "continual introduction of these benzoates (parabens) into sewage treatment systems and directly to recreational waters from the skin leads to the question of risk to aquatic organisms." Again, much of what we use on our skin get absorbed into our bloodstream, and the residue washes away and into the water table.
NO artificial colors, FD&C colors, Lakes, or dyes – many of these synthetics pigments are made from coal tar, a known carcinogen.
NO Hydroquinone – a skin lightening substance banned in the EU since 2001 as a potential carcinogen and for its liver toxicity.
NO talc – talc is closely related to asbestos and is a known carcinogen. Talc is implicated in ovarian and lung cancers.
NO formaldehyde –Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and is irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes).
NO animal testing
NO Dimethicone or Cyclomethicone: Silicone emollients are occlusive. That means they coat the skin, create an oxidative barrier that trapps anything beneath it. These compounds do not allow the skin to breathe; they are much like a plastic wrap suffocating the skin. These cause skin irritation.