What We Don’t Do

We empower your skin’s health and well-being, while also nurturing the Earth by embracing natural, sustainable practices.

Ingredients We Avoid

At Skin & Tonic, we take your skin’s health and the planet’s wellbeing seriously. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of ingredients we avoid in our products. We believe in being transparent about the choices we make and the values we uphold.


While sulphates like SLS and SLES are common in skincare for their cleansing abilities, they can also irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs, especially with long-term use. Products with sulphates can also harm aquatic life and often undergo animal testing. You won’t find sulphates in our products.


Commonly used as preservatives in various products, parabens have been associated with concerns about their environmental impact. We only use parabens that have undergone rigorous testing and approval in the UK to ensure safety.


Used to prolong shelf life and prevent bacterial contamination, formaldehydes can be hidden in skincare products under different names. They are associated with health risks when inhaled and are found in various skincare items, but not in ours.


These chemicals are used to make plastic more flexible and harder to break, and while their effects are not fully understood, they are considered endocrine-disrupting chemicals. We encourage you to avoid products with “fragrance” labels and choose “phthalate-free” options.

Mineral Oil

Although safe for some skin types, mineral oil can exacerbate acne-prone skin. We are cautious about its use in our products to cater to all skin types.

Retinyl Palmitate

Research has shown that this ingredient is safe and effective, but a 2012 study raised concerns about its use on sun-exposed skin. We offer products with retinyl palmitate in appropriate contexts, like after-sun, anti-aging, and under-eye creams.


Found mainly in sunscreens, oxybenzone’s long-term effects are still unknown, and some individuals may develop allergies to it. We’re dedicated to providing natural sunscreen alternatives.

Coal Tar

Used for treating skin conditions, coal tar is best avoided on the face and may lead to increased sun sensitivity. Its use should be considered carefully, especially for breastfeeding individuals.


Hydroquinone: This skin-lightening agent has sparked controversy, but clinical evidence is lacking. Its potential side effects include dryness and irritation, particularly for those with dry skin.


Known for antibacterial properties, triclosan was banned by the FDA in consumer wash products in 2016 due to concerns about its effectiveness and potential for creating drug-resistant bacteria.


Similar to triclosan, triclocarban is used as an antibacterial agent in cosmetics.

Synthetic Fragrances

These fragrances have been linked to various health risks, including cancer, respiratory problems, and neurological issues. They can be hidden under the generic label “fragrance” or “perfume.” We encourage you to read product labels carefully and avoid such products.

Our Promise

At Skin & Tonic, we are dedicated to offering you clean and natural skincare products. While some of these ingredients may have their uses, we’re committed to ensuring that our products are free from these substances. We believe in beauty that doesn’t compromise your health or the environment.

Discover Our Range

Explore our collection of clean, natural skincare products, each carefully crafted with your well-being and the planet in mind. From our “Fresh Face” to “Sleep Recovery,” you’ll find products tailored to your skincare needs that align with our commitment to transparency and natural ingredients. We’re here to help you achieve radiant and healthy skin while making informed choices about the products you use. Join us in embracing a clean beauty revolution at Skin & Tonic.