Skin Deep Database



Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database provides independent research into the safety of skin care and cosmetic products.  Check out thier review of Ma Mi Skincare and other manufacturer's products:


Ingredient No No's


Surely - in this day and age - a major manufacturer would not be allowed to put a product on a major retailer’s shelf that could cause us any harm?




Everyday, millions of products are shipped to thousands of retailers around the globe that contain chemicals that are scientifically proven to be harmful to humans.


Because we at Ma Mi Skin Care value your health, you will not find these, or any other potentially harmful ingredients in any Ma Mi Skin Care products.


You may, however, find any number of these chemicals in your own kitchens, bathrooms, medicine cabinets, and, yes, even in many of the skin care products that you use today.


10 Product Ingredients to Watch Out For:


Artificial Colors (FD&C, D&C) – Most artificial colors are derived from bituminous coal tar and contain various carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances, including benzene, xylenes, naphthalene, phenol, and creosol. Although protected by law, these substances are a known cause of allergies and can effect the reproductive health of women. Used because people like pretty colors.


Artificial Fragrances – Artificial fragrances used in cosmetics typically contain a mixture of hundreds of different chemicals which are unknown to the eventual consumer (due to “trade secrets”). Many of these substances have never undergone any testing for safety. Reported side-effects include dizziness, headaches, vomiting, and skin irritation. Long-term effects are unknown. Used because people like things to smell nice.


Avobenzine (Parsol 1789) – Common broad spectrum sunscreen ingredient breaks down to form free radicals when exposed to sunlight. Free radicals are a known carcinogen and can cause damage to our DNA.


Dibutyl Phthalates – Often found in perfumes and skin creams as a plasticizer, dibutyl phthalates are easily absorbed into the skin and contain a hormone disrupting agent that may cause birth defects in male fetuses. Used because it feels nice and smooth.


Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde, a common household preservative, can be found in products ranging from particleboard to fabric softener (check your laundry room). This substance has been found to cause fatigue, headache, nausea, rashes, sniffling, coughing, wheezing, and burning in the nose, eyes, and throat. At elevated levels, it can also bring on chest tightness, breathing difficulties, and has been linked to cancer


Lauryl Sulfate (Laureth Sulfate, SLS) – SLS, a chemical surfactant, is the primary lather or bubble producing agent found in many soaps, shampoos and cleansers (also used in carwashes and engine degreasers!) Reported side-effects include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. SLS can disrupt our hormones by mimicking estrogen and are considered unsafe. Used because its cheap so its an effective filler.


Mineral Oil – Mineral oil, often found in petroleum jellies (petrolatum), is listed as a known carcinogen in the “National Toxicology Program” and is known to cause hyper-sensitivity to the sun. Used because its cheap so its an effective filler.


Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl or ethylbenzoates) – Parabens are chemical compounds derived from Para-Hydroxybenzoic Acid and are used in cosmetics as a preservative. Parabens have recently been found to be an endocrine disrupter and can interfere with the ovaries, thyroid, and hypothalamus. Parabens disrupt our hormones by mimicking estrogen and are considered unsafe.


Polyethylene Glycol (PEG’s) – PEGs are commonly found in many cosmetics as a preservative and are currently being studied as a possible carcinogen by the FDA. PEGs are a well-known cause of allergies.


Propylene Glycol - Called a humectant in cosmetics, it is really "industrial anti-freeze" and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Tests show it can be a strong skin irritant. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on Propylene Glycol warn to avoid skin contact as it is systemic and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.