We created L’dor V’dor Naturals in the same nature driven way that we have been creating our own skincare products for years. When we struggled to find effective products that were completely natural and earth friendly, we decided to create our own and make them available to others who might have the same interest.
What we leave out:
mineral oils, petroleum bi-products, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, all sulfates (including sodium laureth sulfate), products tested on animals, perfumes, triclosan, parabens, really just plain ole junk
We leave out more than this but that list could be never-ending so we left it here. We list every ingredient on our website and on the product outer packaging, this way you can make an educated decision of whether it is right for you. We also research various ingredients and provide write-ups on our blog, Skintrition, check it out for more detailed information.
Why we leave these ingredients, and more, out of our products:
Please keep in mind that the following information is based on our own research and what we believe to be healthy for our bodies and the earth.
We try to use only ingredients that are close to how they exist naturally, in nature. The more processing steps they go through to become the final product, the less likely we are to use them. As an example, extra virgin olive oil is cold pressed and unrefined, this helps to ensure that the beneficial antioxidants and monounsaturated fats in the oil remain. Compare that to standard olive oil that has been refined, processed using either heat or a solvent (such as industrial hexane), some of those beneficial antioxidants may be lost in the heat processing, and a small portion of the solvent may remain in the finished oil. Both extra virgin and standard olive oils are beneficial, and we do not believe either will harm you, but we prefer to use the extra virgin due to the potential for lost antioxidants and solvents in the standard olive oil. We do not judge anyone based on the products they chose to use on their skin, we only make decisions based on what we feel to be the best for the planet and our families. Think of every step of the chemical processing as one more step further from nature, adds to the carbon footprint, and potentially releases chemicals into the environment during processing. Additionally, some of the following ingredients are considered to be skin irritants, can disrupt your skin barrier (a protective layer for your body), or provide no benefit and are just used as filler ingredients thereby “watering” down the effectiveness of the skin critical ingredients.
Basically, we eat natural foods that have been processed as little as possible, so we choose to take the same approach with what will then be absorbed through our largest organ – our skin.
- mineral oils or petroleum by-products
- What it is: A by-product of the petroleum that is used to heat homes and power cars, produced through chemical processing.
- Why we don’t use it: It is a non-essential ingredient, which provides no skin benefits beyond it’s ability to provide a barrier on the skin that can keep your pores from pushing out gunk and your skin from absorbing other beneficial ingredients. Additionally, potential for impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it.
- What it is: A type of preservative used in many skincare products, we are referring to the synthetically produced compound though we do not use either in our products.
- Why we don’t use it: It is considered to be a potential skin irritant and sensitizer, and the potential for impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it.
- What it is: Chemicals used in a range of products from flooring to soaps and other cosmetic/skincare products.
- Why we don’t use it: This one is a heavy hitter, linked to reproductive toxicity, potentially even birth defects, the American Academy of Pediatrics have conducted research associating increased amounts of phthalates in infants urine to the phthalates in the products they were exposed to. Additionally, potential for impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it.
- all sulfates (including sodium laureth sulfate)
- What it is: A surfactant and emulsifier commonly used in the cosmetic and skincare industry due to it’s lather creating capabilities and detergent qualities.
- Why we don’t use it: These have been shown to cause skin and eye irritation, have a potential to disrupt the skin barrier (if used in conjunction with other harmful chemicals it can leave your skin open to receive those chemicals more deeply due to the skin barrier disruption). Additionally, potential for impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it.
- products tested on animals
- What it is: Self explanatory.
- Why we don’t use it: We like all animals, which is why we are passionate about ensuring that our ingredients or products are not tested on animals.
- What it is: This is referring to the synthetically produced perfumes that are added to products for their scent.
- Why we don’t use it: A non-essential ingredient added to products for no other reason than to add scent, a potential skin and eye irritant. Additionally, potential for impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it.
- What it is: Added to products to prevent bacteria contamination.
- Why we don’t use it: Shown to alter the regulation of hormones, and is considered to be detrimental to the immune system. Since a small amount of this can be absorbed through the skin, many companies that used it have started to remove this from their product lines. There is also a potential for impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it.
- What it is: A group of chemicals used to preserve cosmetic and skincare products.
- Why we don’t use it: The potential for skin and eye irritation, and impacts to the environment and workers due to the amount of chemical processing needed to create it. We are not against all preservatives but we do avoid them due to the potential for health impacts and skin irritation. We create small batch products that either do not need preservatives or are intended to be used when they are fresh.
- really just plain ole junk
- What it is: Well this is the other 100s of ingredients that you might see listed on various skincare and cosmetic packaging that when you research makes you go “nope” either based on it’s potential skin impacts or impacts to the workers and environment.
- Why we don’t use it: If we don’t feel comfortable using it on ourselves or our families, we will not put it in one of our products.
When we talk about impacts to the environment and the workers we are including several factors; carbon footprint, carcinogens released into the environment, and worker safety from a immediate to a long term standpoint.
We encourage you to do your own research and come to the conclusion that best fits your lifestyle and beliefs, the great thing is, you don’t have to agree with us 100% to give our products a try. Check out our Skincare Shop for our full product line.