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Silicones - Non-Biodegradable Polymers

silicones - dangers in personal care
It's not always easy to spot silicones as they go by many names, however, you can generally spot them by looking for ingredients ending in "-siloxane" or "-methicone."
Silicones are ubiquitous in skincare because they are an easy way to improve the application and feel of creams, makeup and other personal care products.  We, as an eco-conscious brand, have concerns about silicone-based polymers and their detrimental impact on our environment.  Dimethicone, and other silicones, are non-biodegradable and last longer in our environment than even plastics.   These polymers enter into our ecosystem through the manufacturing process, which often requires the use of petrochemicals, as well as wash down the drain into our rivers & oceans every time a user washes them off their skin.
Common Silicones used in personal care:
Methicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane