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Loved By The Green Edit Stamp Criteria

When you see the ‘Loved By The Green Edit’ stamp, you can be sure that the brand in its entirety (including all products) meet the highest standards in what we consider to be clean beauty. This is all-encompassing, from ingredients to packaging and environmental impact. Each brand goes through an application process and is then vetted to ensure it’s cruelty-free, operates sustainably, utilises responsible packaging and is formulated without potentially harmful ingredients as demonstrated by our glossary of ingredient ‘no’ list:

  • Aluminium or Aluminium Compounds

  • Benzophenone and related products

  • BHA/Butylated Hydroxyanisole 

  • BHT/Butylated Hydroxytoluene (that is more than 0.1% of formula)

  • Boric Acid

  • Carbon Black 

  • Butoxyethanol

  • Coal Tar
Dibutyl Phthalates 

  • Ethanolamines DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA

  • Ethoxylated ingredients 

    • Acrylates Copolymer 

    • Ceteareth-12, -20, -25, -30 

    • Ceteareth Glycol

    • Cocamidopropyl Betaine 

    • Emulsifying Wax 

    • Isosteareth-20 

    • Laureth-7

  • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde releasing agents (DMDM Hydantoin, Methylene Glycol, Quaternium 15, and 3 Dioxane, Diazolidinyl / Imidazolidinyl Urea)

  • Hydroquinone

  • Lead/Lead Acetate

  • Methyl Cellosolve + Methoxyethanol

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone

  • Mineral Oil

  • Oxybenzone, Avobenzone & Octinoxate (found in chemical sunscreens)

  • Parabens - (Methyl-, Propyl-, Butyl-, Ethyl Paraben)

  • PEGs and Thermoplastics (Polyphenylene oxide, Polyethylene Glycol) 

  • Phenoxyethanol – that is more than 1% of a formulation

  • Polyacrylamide & Acrylamide 

  • Plastic Microbeads

  • Rescorcinol

  • Retinyl Palmitate

  • Silicones and Petroleum-based ingredients – Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Paraffin Wax 

  • Sulfates – SLS + SLES

  • Talc - that is free of any asbestos can be used in the formulation provided that brand conducts testing to ensure that talc is free of any Asbestos.

  • Toluene

  • Tricoslan

  • Tricolcarban(Polyphenylene oxide, Polyethylene glycol)

  • Synthetic Fragrances

A note from us: The purpose of this list is to identify ingredients that are considered potentially harmful by researchers, educators and industry bodies. For more information about how and why we arrived at The Green Edit ingredient blocklist, we recommend the following resources: 



Chemical Maze

Think Dirty App


It’s also important for us to explain that this list is not exhaustive, and will evolve as more research is made public. The idea of clean beauty is one that’s subjective and constantly changing; we are committed to educating ourselves, and thus our readers, on all information as it becomes available. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

The Green Edit team, continue to review new data and better our criteria in light of new technological advancements and innovation.


We have curated and approved the cleanest available brands and products in each beauty and lifestyle category. Due to the nature of some products, there may be exemptions to the list above due to the ingredients necessary in the production of certain products. Decisions are made on a case-by-case manner with the utmost transparency. For example 12-Free nail polish which contains over 80% plant-sourced ingredients and comply with the European Cosmetic Safety legislation are exempt. Participating brands must always be cruelty-free and ethically produced.


Whilst we endeavour to keep all information up to date and correct, The Green Edit makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.


Any reliance you place on such material is therefore strictly at your own risk. Therefore, the user is solely responsible for verifying the information as being appropriate for user’s personal use. The Green Edit cannot be held accountable if brands are not truthful regarding their ingredients or if they change their ingredients and practices without notice. Any brands doing so will no longer be recommended or featured on The Green Edit platform.

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