Why go green?
The reasoning is as simple and pure as the ingredients in the products we carry. But give us a few moments to explain.

Key fact: We think of skincare and makeup as topical, but in one way or another, many of their ingredients end up inside your body. Whether you breathe in powdered blush or eyeshadow, swallow lipstick, or absorb a cream through your skin, the ingredients in your personal care products are headed for your bloodstream. Each time you rub in a lotion or spray on a fragrance, many components of that emulsion pass through your skin or respiratory system and into your bloodstream. (A little scary? Yes. But also a little exciting:  it’s the biological phenomenon that got scientists so jazzed they developed transdermal medicine, like patches for birth control or smoking cessation.)​​​ Accumulations of these components have been found in organ and umbilical cord tissue, showing that even unborn babies are exposed. 

So, now that you know this superpower of your skin, would you choose to slather yourself in known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and organ toxins?

We didn’t think so.

​Yet, in most beauty products that you've used — and even loved — that's exactly what you'll find. The EU has banned over 1,300 of these substances for use in personal care and cosmetic products.1 But the FDA? Eleven.2 

True story: brands that sell cosmetic products in Europe and the US replace the offending components in their products for EU distribution, but leave them in those for US distribution. Even though they know exactly why they’re banned.

But we don’t like fear mongering. We like love mongering.

Let us introduce you to the bounty of gorgeous green beauty products we have in store at Dunkin Kehn. Are you ready to fall in love?
​The conventional beauty industry has been lying to you for too long.
It’s told you it cares for the health of your skin. But behind your back, it's using cheap, toxic ingredients in deliberately misleading packaging.​

It's time to break up.
Let's talk truth.
We want you to be confident when you walk into Dunkin Kehn that you'll find only the cleanest and most effective beauty products, so we've done the work right- and left-swiping for you on a huge list of ingredients. We've worked from simple principles:

  • Ingredients should be skin caring and products made from them should be skin loving. When you use your skincare, it should actually feel like you care about your skin. So, we avoid skin irritants, harsh abrasives, photosensitizers and other skin bullies.

  • Mother nature knows best. Nature offers a bounty of ingredients that perform beautifully without the downright scary consequences of some lab-derived chemicals. Carcinogens in my lip balm? Immunotoxicants in my moisturizer? Endocrine disruptors in my shampoo? No, thank you.

In the products we carry, you'll never find any of the below big nasties:

Carcinogenic Risk
  • Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, including 1-4 dioxane, which is not listed as an ingredient but is released as a byproduct of ethoxylation in products containing PEGs
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) + BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
  • Coal-tar and coal-tar based dyes
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG-7 and others), due to likely contamination with 1-4 dioxane

Reproductive + Developmental Toxicant Risk
  • Phthalates
  • Sythetic fragrance

Allergen + Immunotoxicant Risk
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • DMDM hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser)
  • Mineral oil / paraffin
  • Oxybenzone
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)

Use-Restricted Ingredients
  • Cocamide MEA
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Lauramide DEA
  • Parabens
  • Talc
  • Toluene
  • Triclosan / triclocarban

Irritants (skin / eyes / lungs)
  • Sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS and SLES)
  • Nanoparticles 
  • And many of the above…

Note that many of these ingredients have more than one concern. We have grouped them here by our understanding of their key concern for our health.

Dunkin Kehn’s curation process also includes a close look at photosensitizing ingredients, such as topical exfoliants and citrus oils, and we avoid these ingredients in products left on the skin or designed for daytime use.
For more information about the potential risks of using these ingredients in your skincare, pour a cup of tea, grab your reading glasses, and get bookish with some of our favorite references:

1. For the list and explanatory material of the EU-banned ingredients:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32009R1223
2. For the list of ingredients prohibited or restricted by the FDA:  http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm127406.htm#prohibited