The toxic 20

The Clean Beauty Project

Clean beauty
Clean beauty is synonymous with non-toxic beauty. It is a term used to describe cosmetics and skincare products that are free from harmful chemicals. This includes ingredients like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.

What are the Toxic 20?
Numerous potentially harmful substances are used often in beauty products. To ensure that your skin and hair are healthy, we consciously avoid including these 20 ingredients in our formulas.

Clean Compatible
"Clean Compatible" describes Pilgrim. In addition to being free of poisonous and harmful chemicals, our formulas exclusively contain substances that either improve the health of your skin and hair or promote their efficacy.
The omnipresent toxic 20 chemicals are frequently to blame for the imbalance in the condition of our skin and hair. When completely removed from our products, our body has the capacity to reset and revert to its healthy, natural form.
While the ingredients in our goods are significant, the ones that are left out are even more crucial. Pilgrim offers you formulations that are safe, respect the pH levels of your skin and hair, and are biocompatible. For optimal effectiveness, the active components are kept at the proper concentration.

Toxic 20 Chemicals & Why are they harmful
Numerous potentially harmful substances are used often in beauty products. To ensure that your skin and hair are healthy, we consciously avoid including these 20 ingredients in our formulas.


The hormone estrogen, which can lead to urogenital problems and breast cancer, can be mimicked by parabens. Examples of parabens to watch out for in the ingredient list are methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, and butylparaben.

Sulphates (SLS/SLES)

The same sulphates (SLS and SLES) are used to wash automobiles, dishes, clothes, and garage floors. It contributes to the development of a foamy lather that has little to do with cleansing.

Products that are sulfate-free (SLS/SLES-free) frequently do not lather at all or lather very little and clean softly. Despite their claims to the contrary, many items nevertheless contain SLES. Both SLS and SLES, which belong to the same family, are hazardous. It has been demonstrated that sulfates can irritate our skin and eyes, induce organ toxicity, developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, biochemical alterations, potential mutations, and cancer.


Toluene can have an impact on the nervous system, resulting in headaches, vertigo, or even coma. With continued exposure, side effects like poor coordination, cognitive decline, and visual and hearing loss may become permanent. High amounts of toluene exposure during pregnancy, such as those linked to solvent misuse, can affect a child's growth and mental development. Immune, renal, liver and reproductive impacts are possible additional health consequences that warrant consideration.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

After rinsing, up to two-thirds of the DEA found in cosmetic products remains on the face and can irritate the skin and eyes. High amounts of exposure to these chemicals cause thyroid and skin precancerous alterations as well as liver cancer. All members of the same family as diethanolamine (DEA), including cocamide DEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, and oleamide DEA, ought to be avoided.

Monoethanolamine (MEA)

Cough, headache, shortness of breath, redness, soreness, skin burns, sore throat, and abdominal pain are a few of the negative effects that monoethanolamine can produce.

Triethanolamine (TEA)

In addition to being a foundation for cleaning, triethanolamine is used to balance pH levels. It can become harmful once it enters the body. Even brief exposure times might result in allergic symptoms, such as dry skin, dry hair, and eye issues.


It is classified as a human carcinogen and can also trigger asthma, coughing, and nausea. Many goods are not included because they do not contain formaldehyde. Instead, some substances, referred to as Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives (or FRPs), deteriorate while remaining on your shelf, gradually releasing the hazardous substance. Avoid FRPs, which include sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidinyl urea.

DMDM hydantoin

Formaldehyde, a recognised carcinogen, is released by a preservative. The allergen has been associated to contact dermatitis. Hair loss and inflammation of the scalp may result from the product's use of DMDM hydantoin.


Potentially disrupting hormones is oxybenzone. The endocrine system, which manages biological functions including metabolism, growth and development, sexual function and reproduction, thyroid function, and other things, may be affected by it. Through the skin, oxybenzone is extensively absorbed. Additionally allergic and associated with relatively frequent skin responses is oxybenzone. Beyond its possible adverse effects on humans, oxybenzone has a detrimental effect on the marine life in our oceans. It can harm coral, impair fish reproduction, harm sea urchins, and accumulate in the tissues of dolphins.


Petrolatum is a mineral oil-based jelly. It can harm the skin or hair by interfering with the body's natural moisturizing processes. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are linked to cancer, might be present in it.


Triclosan is known to interfere with thyroid and reproductive hormones. It may also contribute to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a filler that is used to reduce costs because it is cheap oil. Mineral oil may provide the appearance of moisturizing, but in reality, it coats the skin and stops it from breathing. It has absolutely no nutrition.

Lead & Other heavy metals

Lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminium, zinc, chromium, and iron are examples of heavy metals that are frequently added as components or pollutants. Metal exposure has been related to a number of health problems, including immunological, neurological, and reproductive system damage. Ingredients can take the form of sodium hexametaphosphate, lead acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and more.

1,4 Dioxane

It is categorised as a probable human carcinogen and a recognised carcinogen to animals. The dangerous compound is linked to more than 56 components, including sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium myreth sulphate, polyethylene glycol, and substances with the suffixes "xynol," "ceteareth," and "oleth."


As a skin bleaching and lightening agent, hydroquinone is employed. Hydroquinone frequently causes dermatitis, dryness, and skin sensitivity (burning, stinging).

Alpha-isomethyl Ionone

Alpha-isomethyl ionone has long-lasting effects on aquatic life and can cause allergies and skin sensitivities. also known as gammanolene, isomethylionone, or irisantheme.

Aminomethyl Propanol

Aminomethyl Propanol is toxic to aquatic life and can seriously irritate the skin and eyes. Aside from the negative effects of the components, products containing aminomethyl propanol may also produce nitrosamines.One of the most well-known carcinogens is the nitrosamine that is produced: It is estimated that 90% of the nitrosamines examined are carcinogenic.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Skin redness, dryness, peeling, moderate burning, swelling, or an aggravation of acne are side effects of benzoyl peroxide. A severe allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (particularly of the face, tongue, and neck), extreme dizziness, and breathing difficulties, may also be brought on by it.


Acrylamide, a recognized neurotoxic, is used to create the polymer known as polyacrylamide. Although polyacrylamide is not thought to be poisonous, it may secrete acrylamide, which can have negative effects on the nervous system, organ systems, and data.


PPD, also known as paraphenylenediamine, can have an array of effects, from minor skin irritation to more serious allergic contact dermatitis. Even dermatitis, or skin irritation and eczema, can occur in people. In more severe situations, the face and scalp may show obvious swelling and reddening.