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Ingredients We Avoid

 Our 30-year focus on sensitive skin means that we have a unique position on potential allergens. We avoid all synthetic chemicals and common skin sensitivity triggers. 

We use the ‘precautionary principle’ to determine whether we feel an ingredient is acceptable for use in our organic health and beauty products. This means that if any research casts doubt over the safety of an ingredient to humans or the environment, we will not use it in our products; it’s the ‘if in doubt, do without’ rule!

This leads us to avoid all synthetic ingredients, common irritants and allergens (and because of our focus on very sensitive skin we even avoid wheat, soy, common allergen nut oils, salicylates and dairy derivatives.)

Plus, our products are tested on our panel of volunteers who all have allergy-prone and sensitive skin.

These are some of the many ingredients we avoid:

Artificial Colour

We don't use (or see the point!) in using artificial colour in our products. 

Artificial Fragrance
Artificial fragrance falls under the category of 'synthetic', so we do not use artificial perfumes in our products. 

Artificial Preservatives
Odylique uses no synthetic preservatives. This includes parabens, triclosan, Methyl(chloro)isothiazolinone (MI or MCI). To maintain a reasonable product ‘shelf-life’, we rely on a combination of proven, safe antimicrobials found in nature and the broad spectrum of antioxidants naturally present in the plant oils and herbs we use.


We do not, never have, and never will use any microplastics in our products. As a wholly certified organic company, we also wouldn’t be allowed to; the aquatic toxicity and other environmental standards are incredibly strict. Instead of these nasty little beads, we use natural materials such as sugar, poppy seed and oatmeal as exfoliants instead.

Palm Oil

We have never used palm oil as an ingredient in any Odylique products. We do use a couple of ingredients that may use palm oil as an input material, for example, the emulsifiers cetearyl glucoside or cetearyl alcohol, which are largely derived from corn sugar and or coconut. We have sought assurance from our suppliers that if they are at certain times obliged to use palm oil as a feeder material, it is from a certified sustainable (RSPO) source. This is also a requirement of our organic certification along with a guarantee of no genetically modified ingredients. Read more about our thoughts on palm oil here. 

Petroleum or Mineral Oils

There is simply no need to use petroleum, mineral oil or their derivatives in cosmetic products. The plant kingdom offers a plethora of wonderful alternatives that are rich in skin-caring nutrients.

Common Food Allergens

We exclude common food allergens such as wheat, dairy and soya derivatives, peanut oil, sesame, common allergen tree nut oils (e.g. walnut, almond), and more.

Less Common Cosmetic Allergens

We go the extra step and avoid ingredients that are found in natural skincare, but that our customers with allergies prefer us not to use. This includes things like lanolin, potassium sorbate, salicylic acid, sodium benzoate, and more.

Animal-Derived Ingredients

All of our ingredients are cruelty-free. We use no animal-derived ingredients including carmine and silk.


Our products do not contain aluminium, nickel, or tin, or any heavy metal contaminants such as lead, mercury or bismuth. 


We never include any sulphates (including SLS) in our products or shampoos. To discover why, click here.