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Clean at Sephora brands
The breath of fresh air your skincare needs.
You know the expression “you are what you eat.” But what about the products you apply to your skin?
Sephora makes it easier for you to find brands that don’t contain parabens, sulfates and other chemicals. Look for the Clean at Sephora seal to find products you can feel good about using.
What does Clean at Sephora mean?
Clean, natural and organic are buzzwords in the skincare industry. That they’re largely subjective can be confusing — even to savvy shoppers. Clean at Sephora helps clear up what “clean” skincare means. The company is fully transparent about its stringent requirements for a brand to earn the Clean seal.
To be included in the Clean at Sephora collection, all skincare, makeup, haircare and fragrance products must not contain any of these 50+ ingredients.
- Sulfates — SLS and SLES
- Mineral Oil
- Formaldehyde-releasing agents
- Retinyl Palmitate
- Coal Tar
- Undisclosed Synthetic Fragrances above 1% of total formula
Acrylates specific to those below
- Ethyl acrylate
- Ethyl methacrylate
- Methyl methacrylate
- Butyl methacrylate
- Hydroxypropyl methacrylate
- Tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate
- Trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate
- Aluminum salts
- Animal oils, musks or fats
- Carbon Black
- Lead acetate
- Methyl cellosolve
- Mercury compounds (Thimerisol)
- Insoluble plastic microbeads
- Talc: Asbestos-free talc is OK
- BHT — threshold is 0.1%
- Nanoparticles — as defined by the EU
Styrene specific to those below
- Sodium styrene/divinylbenzene copolymer
- Styrene oxide
- 1,4 Dioxane
Fragrance brands must also be cruelty-free, meaning that they do not test on, harm or kill animals in the making of their products.
Clean at Sephora brands
More than 70 brands currently hold the Clean at Sephora seal.
|By Rosie Jane|
|First Aid Beauty|
|Flora + Bast|
|Isle of Paradise|
|Maison Louis Marie|
|Ren Clean Skkincare|
|Rosebud Perfume Co.|
|Rossano Ferretti Parma|
|Sand & Sky|
|The 7 Virtues|
|Youth To The People|
How to shop Clean beauty
Shopping Clean at Sephora products is a simple two-step process.
Is there a cruelty-free category?
Only fragrance brands must be cruelty-free to get the Clean at Sephora stamp of approval. But that doesn’t mean that other brands on the Clean list aren’t cruelty-free anyway. Be mindful that simply because a particular brand is considered cruelty-free doesn’t necessarily mean its parent company is.
Popular cruelty-free beauty brands that made Sephora’s Clean list include:
- Aether Beauty
- Bite Beauty
- Cover FX
- Drunk Elephant
- First Aid Beauty
- Flora + Bast
- Kora Organics
- Liliah B.
- Sand & Sky
- Summer Fridays
- The 7 Virtues
Sustainability at Sephora
Sephora is open about the steps it takes to reduce its environmental impact — the Clean at Sephora initiative one of them.
Other sustainability practices and milestones achieved by the company:
- Launched its first zero-emissions vehicle for deliveries
- Purchased 80% more renewable energy in 2018 than in previous years
- Diverted 4.4 million pounds of waste from landfills
- Uses shopping bags made from recyclable materials
If the ingredients in your skincare, cosmetics and hair care are important to you, look to the Clean at Sephora brands. Its filters let you search by product type and brand, streamlining your shopping and research.Shop Sephora
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