There are thousands of ingredients used in personal care products, many of them have negative environmental impacts and health effects ranging from skin irritation to carcinogenicity.
Parabens, phthalates and triclosan have been selected by Ethical Consumer as important indicators for our own toxics rating. We checked all the companies in this report to see whether they had policies on their use. Their ratings appear in the Pollution & Toxics column on our score tables:
No use of the three chemicals, or clear, dated targets for ending their use.
Some policy on the three, or policy on one or two of them.
No policy/commitment to phase them out. We have highlighted in each guide what the brands scored.