Unacceptable Ingredients

Lion Bear Naked Soap Co. maintains strict policies on quality control and ingredient origins.
The following are unacceptable ingredients by our standards and methods.

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Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
Reacts to form chlorine gas when mixed with toilet bowl cleaners. Can also react with ammonia to yield toxic chloramine gas.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products. Causes itching, burning and blistering of skin. Synthesized from coconuts.
Found in body products. May be labeled natural or organic.

A silicone emollient, which coats the skin and does not allow toxins out. Accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes and may promote tumors.
Found in lotions and creams.

Fluorides (sodium fluoride)
May contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Accumulates in body and contributes to bone disease. Carcinogenic.
Found in toothpastes.

Laureth Sulfates (sodium laureth sulfate [SLES], ammonium laureth sulfate)
Allows other chemicals to penetrate skin more deeply and enter bloodstream. May cause hair loss when applied to scalp. May form 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen, endocrine disruptor and estrogen mimic.
Found in toothpaste, soap, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath and facial cleansers.

Lauryl Sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate [SLS], ammonium lauryl sulfate)
Accumulates in heart, lungs, brain and liver from skin contact and may cause damage to these organs. Corrodes hair follicles and may cause hair loss. Damages immune system. Contains endocrine disruptors and estrogen mimics. Impairs proper structural formation of young eyes.
Found in shampoo, toothpaste, bubble bath, body wash and hand soap.

Methylisothiazoline (MIT)
Causes neurological damage.
Found in shampoo.

Mineral Oil
A derivative of petroleum. Accumulates in lymph nodes and prevents absorption of vitamin A. Clogs pores, locks in toxins, suffocates and dries skin, and inhibits your skin's natural oil production. Causes testicular tumors in fetuses.
Found in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation and creams.

Padimate-O (PABA)
Nitrosamines. May form potent carcinogens. There is no way to test for their formation. Common allergen.
Found in cosmetics and sunscreens.

Parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben)
Causes itching, burning and blistering of skin. Is an endocrine disruptor. Could increase risk of breast cancer, raising concern for impaired fertility or development of fetus.
Found in shampoo and conditioners.

Avoid using phosphate salts if you have Addison's disease, severe heart and lung disease, kidney disease, thyroid problems, or liver disease. Most dishwasher detergents available from major manufacturers contain 30-40% phosphates.
Found in dishwasher detergents.

Polyethylene Glycols (PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, oxynol, PEG stearates, PEG-12 disterate, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate, PEG-14M)
Moderately toxic, eye irritant and possible carcinogen. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage, and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes.
Found in cosmetics, body products, lotions, and foods.

Polyquaterniums (polyquaternium 1-47)
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems.
Found in shampoo and body wash.

Quaterniums (quaternium 1-91)
Toxic, causes skin rashes and allergic reactions. Formaldehyde releasers. Evidence of causal relation to leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other cancers.
Found in shampoo.

Silica (silicon)
Made from finely ground quartz. Carcinogenic as a fine, respirable dust.
Found in shampoo, toothpaste, and some abrasive cleaners.

Triclosan (triclocarbon, irgasan DP-300, lexol 300, ster-zac, cloxifenolum, biofresh, microban)
Accumulates in fat cells leading to central nervous system depression, hormone disruption, and impaired thyroid function. Produces carcinogenic dioxins when combined with chlorinated water or UV light.
Found in antibacterial soap and toothpaste.

Ureas (imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea)
Linked to neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity.
Found in facial cleansers, shampoo and conditioners.

Follow these links for more info about safe products choices.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

EWG's Skin Deep Database

Alkalize for Health

United States National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET)

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHSC) Household Products Database