Cosmetics facts

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Healthy skin care in a complex world


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In our complex world, it has become a challenging task for consumers to choose healthy food and cosmetic products.

It is hardly possible anymore to keep track of the many ingredients. Cosmetic ingredients, also known as INCIs, can also be given different names. In this way, the dubiousness of their application is concealed under certain circumstances.

PhytoVero products are guaranteed free from the “bath stuff” of the cosmetics industry. In high-quality and natural raw materials we find all the active power for our gentle products.

Overview of the most common problem substances

Wikipedia and CodeCheck explain and justify why the substances listed opposite are problem substances in cosmetic products.

Do not use these ingredients (INCI’s):

Aluminum, aluminum salts, many synthetic UV filters (Octocrylene, Benzophenone), pigments (all CI additives), borates (boric acid, boric acid salts), formaldehyde releasers (biocide), generally halogenated compounds (especially biocides), mineral oil, kerosenes, parabens, preservatives, phthalates, PEG / PPG, silicones (silicone oils), synthetic fragrances.

Info from the net

Furthermore, there are websites that list all known problem substances with explanations. Unfortunately, there is little scientific information in this area, but a lot of half-knowledge and several platforms that are directly involved with the cosmetics industry (chemical industry). You can recognize these platforms by the fact that they mainly promote products instead of providing information.

Extended list

We exclude other problem substances

PhytoVero expands this list and justifies why the following substances are also excluded in our products.
We believe that these ingredients should not be present in responsible cosmetics.
To protect your skin and our environment.


This is a topic in itself. Even the apps Codecheck, ToxFox and the website are located, for example, in the same area. potassium sorbate (E202) or sodium benzoate (E211) as of little concern. We see it differently:

Since 2009, it has been known that potassium sorbate can have genotoxic effects on human lymphocytes(► source).
Sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate can trigger allergies such as hives or asthma and stress the liver metabolism. We generally do not use any chemical preservatives, as we stabilize our products with “natural” silver. Often the proportion of bioethanol is sufficient to stabilize the formulation.

Endocrine disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are Endocrine disruptors. According to the WHO (2013), 800 substances are known for which endocrine disruptive effects are proven or suspected. Like the phytoestrogen, they can occur naturally, but are mostly synthetically produced (parabens and UV filters such as 4-methylbenzylidene camphor and 3-benzylidene camphor). Endocrine disruptors sometimes irreversibly (cumulatively) alter the hormonal system and harm health. (►further information)


Laureth sulfates

Laureth sulfate, also called sodium dode-cylpoly(oxyethylene) sulfate is found in almost all commercial soaps, douches and shampoos. As a highly liposoluble, anionic surfactant, we believe this synthetic substance dries out the skin too much to be used in cosmetics. In addition, all ethoxylated compounds are classified as a concern because they make the skin more permeable to harmful, allergenic and carcinogenic substances.


Words fail us. Who wants plastic beads in their cream. It probably makes the top five of the dumbest ingredients the cosmetics industry has ever come up with. Although from a health point of view there is no direct risk for humans in the first interaction (e.g. in exfoliation), the microplastic with its relatively large surface area – once released – acts as an accumulator for various toxic compounds. Since microplastics are very difficult to remove from the environment, the second interaction, for example via drinking water, is the ‘boomerang’ for the health of the fauna and flora of our environment!

Helpful apps

With the applications (apps)




every consumer can scan his products via ‘smartphone’ and immediately find out whether questionable ingredients are contained. A respective assessment and an explanation of the function of the ingredients are also provided.