At Heathcote & Ivory we're always informing our customers that many of our products are free from Parabens and Sulphates. But what exactly are they? We thought we'd explain a little bit more about them...

What are Parabens?

Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives in cosmetics to prolong shelf-life by stopping the growth of bacteria and prohibiting mould. They are regularly found in hand creams, shampoos, moisturisers, shaving gels, and many more types of toiletries. Parabens are also commonly used as food additives to achieve the same effect.

They are low in cost and very effective at what they do, helping to explain their widespread use over the years and their commonplace. Many large pharmaceutical companies still use these ingredients. There have been, and continues to be many debates about the potential health risks of using unnatural preservatives like Parabens in skincare products. This debate is far from resolved.

What are Sulphates?

Sulphates, or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), are commonly used in soap, shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, and act as a foaming agent, creating the rapid foaming soaps that we are so used to.

Because of their ability to dissolve oils, Sulphates can remove the healthy, essential oils from your skin that help to keep it well-nourished. This can cause dryness and dehydration of the skin.

At Heathcote & Ivory we have a range of toiletries that are totally free from Parabens and Sulphates, designed to suit everyone.

By removing Parabens and Sulphates (and using a little secret know-how!) the same preservative and foaming action can still be achieved. So you can still benefit from high quality products that last for as long as you need, without unnecessary chemicals, and as nature intended.