Our Biggest Turn Offs (And It’s Not What You Think)

By Maria Lota Palomar 01/07/2022 3 Minute Read

Of course we’re repulsed by bad breath and poor hygiene, but the toxic chemicals included in the majority of hair and body care products that leach into our skin and environment (causing major harm to both) sit at the top of our list. You’ve seen these words before: parabens, sulfates and phthalates. You’ve probably thought to yourself, I know these are bad for me, but why is that? Maybe you’ve even tried to take the steps to avoid them for good in your care routine and for that, we praise you (because us too). Our hope is that after reading this, you’ll know exactly why we choose to exclude these toxic ingredients from all of our formulas, and why you should also choose to ban them from your cabinets and showers all together.

Parabens: a.k.a. harsh hormone disruptors

Everything you put on your skin enters your bloodstream. So why would you These pesky chemicals found in 85% of self care products that are used to extend a product’s shelf-life come with caution. Not only do they harm marine life and destroy our good friends, the corals, parabens have also been shown to disrupt the normal function of reproductive development, fertility and birth outcomes in humans too. These changes in hormone function can affect things like cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid, and your immune system (just to name a few). These preservatives can even make you age faster (now, that’s just cruel) due to collagen degradation (collagen = essential skin protein) and cause major skin irritation too. For all these reasons, it’s a unanimous no from us and we choose to stay away. to be applying harmful chemicals like parabens, triclosan and phthalates (tricky to say right?) onto your skin that may disrupt your hormones and might even promote the growth of cancer cells? Aluminum specifically has been associated with breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, parkinson’s disease, bone disorders and kidney problems. That’s enough to seriously consider banishing your traditional deodorant for good. By switching to Long Wknd Deodorant, you’re ditching the toxins but getting the same odor protection - without the risks.

Sulfates: an enemy to our scalp and seas (ew!)

There’s nothing safe about these salts used to create a foamy lather in shampoos, especially when there’s alternatives that do the same job but are better for you and the planet. We don’t use these known irritants because they can over dry your hair and skin (big red flag). That’s why we’re SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) free and always will be. Other than causing skin issues like eczema and dandruff, sulfates have damaging effects on your hair follicles too. These detergents have been known to strip natural oils and proteins from your strands, leaving them breakage-prone and free of shine. Studies have even shown that sulfates have taken up residence in the bodies of marine mammals, where they can harm fertility and reproduction. With that, we’d like to say leave the whales and fish alone!

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Phthalates: icky endocrine-disrupting additives

Pronounced THAL-ates, these man-made chemicals can be found in personal care products such as soap, shampoo and skin moisturizers to make products long-lasting, retain scents and fragrances, and help cosmetics penetrate the skin. Exposure to these toxins have been linked to disrupted thyroid hormone levels, increased levels of oxidative stress, illnesses such as endometriosis and breast cancer as well as reproductive dysfunction and lowered IQs in infants. I wish we were kidding. One helpful tip to reduce your overall exposure to this toxin is to eliminate products that contain synthetic fragrances, since up to 50% can contain phthalates (how scary).

It’s hard to see self-care the same way after you know the dangers of the ingredients most commonly used. Our incredible team has developed hypoallergenic, vegan and cruelty-free formulas with the safety of the planet and your body MORE than top of mind, but as the main priority. You'll never have to worry about sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic perfume and artificial fragrances from any of our products, ever. That’s our guarantee.To really treat your body and the planet with love, it’s time we make the switch to toxic-free products and replace the chemical overload found in the traditional routine.Browse our sustainable, self-care collectionto find hair and body care products you can’t miss out on in your clean pampering regimen.