Being Transparent

Being TransparentLaying all the cards on the table and being open is the right thing to do – although sometimes difficult. One of our company’s foundational beliefs is to be transparent about what’s in our products and how we’re making them.

Our team gets questions about some of the ingredients we use. Sometimes the answer isn’t what people want to hear – especially given the mountains of misinformation and expectations floating around. However, we owe honest information so informed decisions can be made.

I’d like to encourage everyone to be inquisitive about what you’re consuming, how it’s made, and what happens to it when you’re done with it. This isn’t the easy path. But difficult questions catalyze engaged conversations and responsible businesses will participate.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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  • FentonFred

    I notice that you use Dimethicone which is a man-made ingredient, and I am curious as to why. Is there not a natural alternative?


      Hi Fred,

      Thanks so much for writing in – this is a question we get a lot and is one of the reasons we wrote this blog post. I’m reposting our reply to this same question that came in via Facebook recently. You can visit our page for more details too: Thanks again for being an engaged consumer.

      We use dimethicone in our lotions because it acts as a skin protectant and conditioning agent. We believe that our lotions are some of the best available because they are hydrating, protective, easily absorbed, and leave your skin smooth and perfumed with pure essential oils. Effectiveness/performance is a priority for us, as is making natural/responsible products. We consider it an art form, much like cooking, and do our best to use as many organic ingredients and plant based ingredients as possible. There are complex decisions that we make in formulation and safety is first and foremost.

      We understand that there is concern with this ingredient. We take this very seriously, as we do with all our ingredients. And yet, we use it because we know that it is safe. Dimethicone is a silicone based polymer. Silicon is ubiquitous in the earth and silicon dioxide is common sand. Silicon, like carbon, can form polymers. Dimethicone in its simplest form (which we use) is a fluid mixture of siloxane polymers. It is clear, inert, non-toxic and non-flammable.

      Dimethicone has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, and the panel concluded that these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics. The CIR Expert Panel considered it unlikely that any silicone polymers would be significantly absorbed into the skin due to the large molecular weight of these polymers – unlike smaller molecules like Parabens, propylene glycol, which we NEVER use. Additionally, the FDA reviewed the safety of dimethicone and approved its use as a skin protectant active ingredient in over-the-counter drug products and as a food ingredient.

      Silicones or “cones” come in a large variety of chemical forms based on adding chemical substitutions to the base molecule. In our opinion, these derivatives may not be as healthy a choice as the simple molecule and we do not use them.