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Recognised By The Green Edit Stamp Criteria

At The Green Edit, we also want to highlight brands that are raising the bar when it comes to a cleaner, more sustainable way of working. That’s why we have our ‘Recognised By The Green’ Edit stamp. This is not as stringent as our ‘Loved By The Green Edit’ criteria, but gives us an opportunity to celebrate brands and products that are working towards a better future. 

To be eligible for this stamp, brands undergo an application process, and are vetted by us to ensure they’re effective, cruelty-free, and have a positive impact on the environment, including things such as production processes, packaging, ingredient sustainability, zero waste and carbon neutral practices. A brand might encompass one or all of the above - this will be disclosed by us. 

Finally, brands Recognised By The Green Edit must also be formulated without a secondary, reduced list of potentially harmful ingredients, as mapped out by us below:

  • Aluminium

  • Animal Oils/Musks/Fats

  • Benzophenone + Related Compounds

  • BHA/Butylated Hydroxyanisole 

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

  • Butoxyethanol

  • Coal Tar

  • Dibutyl Phthalates

  • Ethanolamines DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA

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

  • Hydroquinone

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone

  • Mineral Oil

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

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

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

  • ​PEGs and Thermoplastics (Polyphenylene Oxide, Polyethylene Glycol)

  • Phenoxyethanol that is 2% or more of total formulation

  • Plastic Microbeads

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

  • Paraffin Wax

  • Sulfates – SLS + SLES

  • Tricoslan

  • 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.

  • Undisclosed Synthetic Fragrances - products can be formulated with disclosed synthetic fragrances that meet the following two criteria, where: 1. Synthetic fragrances are at a concentration below 1% of the total formula or 2. Supporting evidence can be provided indicating it is nature-identical.

We recognise, respect and encourage brands that are doing the work and transitioning to cleaner ingredients and more sustainable business practice. While there’s work to be done, we’re all about celebrating clean beauty in all its forms, and want to give you all the information you need to feel informed. 

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. 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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