The No List

Simply put, we don't play when it comes to ingredients.

We read all ingredient labels and carefully vet all products we sell so you don't have to! Our founder envisioned a shopping environment where label reading is a thing of the past and it starts with Nhue. 
We understand perfection doesn’t exist, but better does. Products we share, recommend, or sell will never contain the ingredients listed below. This list is ever-growing and is not exhaustive.

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1,4 Dioxane

A colorless liquid used as a solvent known to be a possible carcinogen. It is the byproduct of ethoxylation. Will not be directly listed on ingredient labels since it’s a contaminant not an ingredient. May be present in ingredients such listed as PEG, Polysorbate, or ending in “oxynol” or “eth.

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Acetone

A colorless, highly flammable liquid chemical. Found in some nail polish removers. Linked to throat and lung irritation, headaches, dizziness.

Aluminum Compounds

Used in some antiperspirants to reduce wetness by blocking your underarm sweat ducts. May result in respiratory and neurological problems. Possible carcinogen.

Ammonia

A colorless, poisonous gas. Exposure can cause irritation of the nose, throat and respiratory tract.

Artificial Food Dyes/ Colors

An umbrella term to describe synthetic color additives used to dye foods and beverages. Includes Blue 1, Blue 2, Citrus red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6. Derived from petroleum or crude oil. Have been linked to many health conditions from hyperactivity and allergic reactions to cancer.

Artificial Flavors

Synthetic flavor additives designed to mimic the taste of natural ingredients. May be linked to cancer, kidney damage, gastric upset.

Artificial Sweeteners

A food additive which mimics the effect of sugar on taste. Includes Aspartame, Saccharin, Acesulfame Potassium, Neotame, and Sucralose. Can cause health issues, headaches, and may be carcinogenic.

Azodicarbonamide

Used as a whitening agent in cereal flour and as a dough conditioner in bread baking. Can cause respiratory problems.

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Benzalkonium chloride

Commonly used as a surfactant, antibacterial agent, and preservative. Linked to associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies.

Benzophenone

UV filter found in some sunscreens. Known to be a mutagen, carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

A toxic industrial chemical used to make plastic. Is an endocrine disruptor and also known to cause other health issues.

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

Vegetable oil that is modified with bromine. Food additive that can be used to help emulsify citrus-flavored soft drinks.Can cause neurologic symptoms such as headache, memory loss, and impaired balance or coordination and increases the risk of developing thyroid hormone disorders.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

A synthetic antioxidant and preservative used in food and cosmetics. Possible human carcinogen and endocrine disruptor.

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

A synthetic antioxidant and preservative used in food and cosmetics. Possible human carcinogen and endocrine disruptor.

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Calcium Disodium EDTA

A popular food additive used as a preservative. Can also help remove heavy metals from the body and food. May cause intestinal upset, muscle cramps, and kidney damage.

Canola Oil

Industrial seed oil and GMO crop made from the seeds of the canola plant. Often sprayed with glyphosate. Highly refined and may be processed with hexane.

Carrageenan

A a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. Used as a thickener May induce inflammation, digestive issues, and lead to chronic illnesses.

Coal Tar

Known carcinogen derived from burning coal. Used in food, textiles, cosmetics and personal care products.

Cocamide DEA

Chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a foaming agent. Linked to cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity.

Corn Oil

Industrial seed oil and GMO crop extracted from the germ of corn. Highly refined and may be processed with hexane.

Cottonseed Oil

Industrial seed oil made from the seeds of cotton plants. Highly refined and may be processed with hexane.

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Diethanolamine (DEA)

Used is cosmetics as a stabilizer, to balance pH, or as a surfactant. Can form nitrosamines which are carcinogenic. Has been found to irritate eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.

Diacetyl

A flavoring agent. Associated with respiratory issues.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

Plasticizer and respiratory toxicant. California Prop 65 classifies DBP as a development and reproductive toxicant.

Diethyl phthalate (DEP)

Used in personal care products and fragrances. Phthalates are linked developmental and reproductive toxicity.

Dipotassium phosphate

A man-made chemical used as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and preservative. Accumulating phosphates in the body can cause organ calcification in people with renal failure, and even in people without kidney problems.

Disodium EDTA

Used as a chelating agent and penetration enhancer in cosmetics. May produce adverse reproductive and developmental effects.

DMDM Hydantoin

Formaldehyde releasing preservative. Can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.

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Ethylene-Diaminetetraacetate (EDTA)

A synthetic chemical and chelating ingredient that is used as a preservative and color protector. Known skin irritant and may cause organ toxicity.

Ethylene Oxide

A contaminant in some personal care products. Known carcinogen associated with reproductive effects.

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Fluoride

A mineral that occurs naturally in soil, water, and air. Common ingredient associated with preventing tooth decay. Associated with gastrointestinal issues, neurotoxicity, skeletal fluorosis, high blood pressure.

Formaldehyde

Colorless, highly toxic gas. Used as a preservative in some personal care products. Classified as a human carcinogen and immune, respiratory, and skin toxicant.

Fragrance

A blanket term that can include 3000+ different ingredients. These ingredients can include hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and phthalates. Associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and potential effects on the reproductive system.

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Glycereths

Made from the reaction of glycerin and ethylene oxide. May contain impurities 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide which are carcinogenic.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

A plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. Associated with various health and environmental concerns.

Glyphosate

A carcinogenic and gut disrupting herbicide used on some crops. Glyphosate will not be stated on ingredient labels. It is the main ingredient in RoundUp and is sprayed heavily on GMO crops which include corn, potatoes, soy, and canola and on conventional crops such as almonds, lentils, chickpeas, oats, and wheat. Glyphosate cannot be used on organic crops.

Grapeseed Oil

Highly processed industrial oil made from the seeds of grapes. Very high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) and omega-6 fatty acids. May be processed with hexane.

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup

A highly refined sweetener usually derived from GMO corn. Has been linked to obesity, heart disease, inflammation, and cirrhosis.

Homosalate

A UV filter commonly found in sunscreen. Concerns for potential hormone disruption.

Hydrogenated oils

Vegetable oils widely used to improve the taste and texture of processed foods. Contain trans fats and may negatively affect heart health, inflammation, and blood sugar control.

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Laureth

A polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivative used as a surtactant. An ethoxylated ingredient so can contain 1,4-dioxane which is carcinogenic.

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Methylisothiazolinone

Common preservative found in many liquid personal care products. Linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions, and possible neurotoxicity.

Mineral Oil

A clear, odorless liquid and a common ingredient in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products. Distillation product of petroleum. Known to be an immune and respiratory allergen and carcinogenic.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

One of the most widely used food-additives in commercial foods. Used as a flavor enhancer. Possible toxic effects include CNS disorder, obesity, disruptions in adipose tissue physiology, hepatic damage, and reproductive malfunctions.

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Nanoparticles

Ultrafine particles used in cosmetic products are as UV-filters or preservative. Inhalation of nanomaterials may lead to inflammation and oxidative stress.

Natural Flavors

Oils, resins and other extractions derived from plant or animal sources. Often include artificial and synthetic chemicals in the processing of that flavor that don’t have to be listed on the ingredient label.

Nitrosamines

Created by reactions of chemical mixtures in products. Will not be listed on the ingredient label. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity. Avoid products with DEA, TEA and other ethanolamine compounds since these contribute to nitrosamine formation.