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The No No No list

Herbal Essences The No No No List

The
No No No
list

Our commitment to the highest standard of product safety
At Herbal Essences, securing and maintaining your trust is our most important job. And we’ve been committed to upholding your trust for over 46 years (a job we do not take lightly!). As we’ve worked to have even more open conversations with you, it’s clear that many of you are asking about the ingredients in our products. At Herbal Essences, we’ve always believed you deserve a safe product experience. And while your definition of what is safe has evolved over time, our commitment to continuing to raise the bar on your safety has not wavered. This is not a one person job- in fact we work with external scientists, regulatory agencies and internal experts on new safety methods. We are committed to continuing to make our products effective and safe for you and everyone who uses them.

The ingredients listed below are those relevant to shampoos and conditioners. There are other ingredients not used in Herbal Essences bio:renew that we did NOT capture here as they are not relevant to our products. All Herbal Essences bio:renew traditional shampoos and crème rinse conditioners are formulated to meet the ingredient standards of the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union Commission. This EU regulations excludes over 1,300 ingredients from beauty and personal care products.

Herbal Essences 0%
    BHA
    COAL TAR HAIR DYES AND
    OTHER COAL TAR INGREDIENTS
    DEA
    MINERAL OIL
    NO ADDED PTHLATATES (DBP,
    DEHPDEP AND OTHERS)
    PARAFFINS
    PARABENS
    TOLUENE
    COLORANTS
    KNOWN FOOD ALLERGENS NOT USED:

    Egg Derivatives
    Milk Derivatives
    Gluten
    Barley
    Rye
    Soy Derivatives
    Fish or Shellfish
Herbal takes your safety so seriously that our standards meet or exceed what is actually required by law. We validate each ingredient and product’s safety through a four-step science based process. This process is based on how many regulatory agencies and scientific groups around the world ensure safety, like the European Union Commision, the World Heath Organization and the National Academy of Sciences. An ingredient will only make its way into our product if it is within the Safe Range. If an ingredient doesn’t fall within the Safe Range, it is simply not used! And if an ingredient’s origin, long-term or sourcing impact is in question, we will find alternatives. An example is how we select our botanical ingredients. Every botanical must be in compliance with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) to ensure we are protecting and conserving precious natural resources.

While we have commited to formulate without the following ingredients, there can be incidental, trace levels due to the complexities of the supply chain and manufacturing process. We work incredibly hard to minimize any trace materials through on-going monitoring and quality checks.

For more information on what’s in our products, please check out our ingredient list which explains why each and every ingredient is included. In addition to the No No No list above, we are working to share our specific fragrance formulations for Herbal Essences bio:renew collections with you. Our first example is the Arabica Coffee Fruit fragrance with ingredients listed in alphabetical order down to 0.01% in the product.
Herbal Essences Arabica Coffee Fruit Fragrance
Herbal Essences Leaf

Ethyl Hydroxypyrone

Sweet caramel aroma also found in a wide number of other foods and product fragrances

Ethyl Vanillin

Vanilla aroma also found in a wide number of other foods and product fragrances

Ethylene Brassylate

Woody musk aroma also found in a wide number of other foods and product fragrances

Hexylcinnamal

Fresh, green aroma also found in cinnamon, a wide number of other foods and product fragrances

Herbal Essences Leaf

Linalool

Citrus aroma also found in citrus fruits, coriander, thyme, a wide number of other foods and product fragrances

Methyldihydrojasmonate

Nuanced citrus aroma also found in tea (black tea), and a wide number of other foods and Nuanced citrus a product fragrances

Oxacyclohexadecen-2-one

Powdery, musk aroma also found in a wide number of product fragrances

Triethyl Citrate

Plum-like aroma also found in cabbage, many other foods and product fragrances

Herbal Essences List Of All Ingredients Excluded From Our Fragrances*
See the list of all
ingredients excluded
from our fragrances*
 
A - D
Acetyl isovaleryl
Alantroot oil
Allyl heptine carbonate
Allyl isothiocyanate
Almond Oil, Bitter (prunus amygdalus amara kernel oil)
Almond Oil, Sweet (prunus amygdalus dulcis Rosaceae oil)
Ambergris
Amylcyclopentenone
Barley
Benzene
Benzyl cyanide
Bis(2-methoxyethyl) Phthalate
Boldo oil
C.I. Solvent yellow 33
Carvone oxide
Castoreum oil
Chenopodium oil
Civet oil
Coffee oil
Colophony
Costus root oil, absolute and concrete
Cresol (mixed isomers)
Cyclamen alcohol
Deca-2,4-dienal
Diallyl Phthalate
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Dicylohexyl Phthalate
Didecyl Phthalate
Diethyl maleate
Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
Diheptyl Phthalate
Dihexyl Phthalate
Dihydroabietyl alcohol
Dihydrosafrole
Diisobutyl Phthalate
Diisohexyl Phthalate
Dimethyl citraconate
Dinonyl Phthalate
Dioctyl Phthalate
Dipentyl Phthalate
Diphenylamine
Diisooctyl Phthalate
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
Dimethyl phthalate (DMP)
Dodeca-2,4-dienal
Dried Ox Blood
E - H
Egg
Ethanol, 2-[2-[2-(4-nonylphenoxy)ethoxy]ethoxy]-
Ethanone,1-(Hexahydrodimethyl- 1H-Benzindenyl)-
Ethyl acrylate
Ethyl non-2-ynoate
Ethyl oct-2-ynoate
Ethoxyethanol
Ethoxyethanol acetate
Ethoxylate Nonylphenol
Fig leaf absolute
Fish/Shellfish
Furfural
Furfuryl alcohol
Hazelnut
Hepta-2,4-dienal
Hexa-2,4-dien-1-ol
Hexahydrocoumarin
Hydroabietyl Alcohol
Hydrolyzed sweet almond protein
Hydroquinone monomethyl ether (4-methoxy-Phenol)
I - L
Isosafrole
Iodoform (Triidomethane)
Lanolin
Leather, Scrap Meal
M - P
Macadamia
Massoia bark oil
Massoia lactone
m-Cresol
Methoxydiglycol
Methoxyethanol
Methoxyethanol acetate
Methyl methacrylate
Methyl trans-2-butenoate (Methyl crotonate)
Milk and derivatives
Musk
Musk Ambrette
Musk ketone
Musk tibetene (1-tert-Butyl-2,6-dinitro-3,4,5-trimethylbenzene)
Nitrobenzene
Nona-2,4-dienal
Nonylphenol Polyethylene Glycol Ether, reaction product with Formaldehyde
o-Cresol
Octa-2,4-dienal
p-Cresol
Peanut Oil and Derivatives
Pentyl 2-octynoic acid
Peru Balsam (crude)
Phenyl benzoate
p-Methylhydrocinnamic aldehyde
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), .α;.-(nonylphenyl)-.ω;.-hydroxy-
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), a-[4-(1,1,3,3- tetramethylbutyl)phenyl]-w-hydroxy-
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α;.-(isooctylphenyl)-ω;.-hydroxy-
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α;.-(nonylphenyl)-ω;.-hydroxy-, branched
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl),α;.-[(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenyl]-ω;.-hydroxy-
Pseudo Methylionones
Q - S
Quinoline
Rye
Safrole
Santolina oil
Soy and derivatives
Styrene
T - X
tert.-Butyl-1,2,3-trimethyl- 4,6-dinitrobenzene (Musk Tibetene)Tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol
Thujone
Tobacco leaf absolute (Nicotiana affinia)
Tobacco oil/extracts
Toluene
trans-2-Heptenal
trans-2-Hexenal diethyl acetaltrans-2-Hexenal dimethyl acetal
trans, trans-2,4-Hexadien-1-ol
trans, trans-2,4-Decadien-1-al
Trichloroacetaldehyde Diphenyl Acetal
Walnut
Wheat and derivatives
Verbena oil
Xyle
*While most of these ingredients would never be used in personal care products, we have heard your questions and are providing this detailed list of what we do not use because we want to be transparent with you.
Herbal Essences List Of All Ingredients Excluded From Our Fragrances

See the list of all
ingredients excluded
from our fragrances*

*While most of these ingredients would never be used in personal care products, we have heard your questions and are providing this detailed list of what we do not use because we want to be transparent with you.

A - D

Acetyl isovaleryl
Alantroot oil
Allyl heptine carbonate
Allyl isothiocyanate
Almond Oil, Bitter (prunus amygdalus amara kernel oil)
Almond Oil, Sweet (prunus amygdalus dulcis Rosaceae oil)
Ambergris
Amylcyclopentenone
Barley
Benzene
Benzyl cyanide
Bis(2-methoxyethyl) Phthalate
Boldo oil
C.I. Solvent yellow 33
Carvone oxide
Castoreum oil
Chenopodium oil
Civet oil
Coffee oil
Colophony
Costus root oil, absolute and concrete
Cresol (mixed isomers)
Cyclamen alcohol
Deca-2,4-dienal
Diallyl Phthalate
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Dicylohexyl Phthalate
Didecyl Phthalate
Diethyl maleate
Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
Diheptyl Phthalate
Dihexyl Phthalate
Dihydroabietyl alcohol
Dihydrosafrole
Diisobutyl Phthalate
Diisohexyl Phthalate
Dimethyl citraconate
Dinonyl Phthalate
Dioctyl Phthalate
Dipentyl Phthalate
Diphenylamine
Diisooctyl Phthalate
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
Dimethyl phthalate (DMP)
Dodeca-2,4-dienal
Dried Ox Blood

E - H

Egg
Ethanol, 2-[2-[2-(4-nonylphenoxy)ethoxy]ethoxy]-
Ethanone,1-(Hexahydrodimethyl- 1H-Benzindenyl)-
Ethyl acrylate
Ethyl non-2-ynoate
Ethyl oct-2-ynoate
Ethoxyethanol
Ethoxyethanol acetate
Ethoxylate Nonylphenol
Fig leaf absolute
Fish/Shellfish
Furfural
Furfuryl alcohol
Hazelnut
Hepta-2,4-dienal
Hexa-2,4-dien-1-ol
Hexahydrocoumarin
Hydroabietyl Alcohol
Hydrolyzed sweet almond protein
Hydroquinone monomethyl ether (4-methoxy-Phenol)

I - L

Isosafrole
Iodoform (Triidomethane)
Lanolin
Leather, Scrap Meal

M - P

Macadamia
Massoia bark oil
Massoia lactone
m-Cresol
Methoxydiglycol
Methoxyethanol
Methoxyethanol acetate
Methyl methacrylate
Methyl trans-2-butenoate (Methyl crotonate)
Milk and derivatives
Musk
Musk Ambrette
Musk ketone
Musk tibetene (1-tert-Butyl-2,6-dinitro-3,4,5-trimethylbenzene)
Nitrobenzene
Nona-2,4-dienal
Nonylphenol Polyethylene Glycol Ether, reaction product with Formaldehyde
o-Cresol
Octa-2,4-dienal
p-Cresol
Peanut Oil and Derivatives
Pentyl 2-octynoic acid
Peru Balsam (crude)
Phenyl benzoate
p-Methylhydrocinnamic aldehyde
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), .α;.-(nonylphenyl)-.ω;.-hydroxy-
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), a-[4-(1,1,3,3- tetramethylbutyl)phenyl]-w-hydroxy-
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α;.-(isooctylphenyl)-ω;.-hydroxy-
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α;.-(nonylphenyl)-ω;.-hydroxy-, branched
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl),α;.-[(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenyl]-ω;.-hydroxy-
Pseudo Methylionones

Q - S

Quinoline
Rye
Safrole
Santolina oil
Soy and derivatives
Styrene

T - X

tert.-Butyl-1,2,3-trimethyl- 4,6-dinitrobenzene (Musk Tibetene)Tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol
Thujone
Tobacco leaf absolute (Nicotiana affinia)
Tobacco oil/extracts
Toluene
trans-2-Heptenal
trans-2-Hexenal diethyl acetal
trans-2-Hexenal dimethyl acetal
trans, trans-2,4-Hexadien-1-ol
trans, trans-2,4-Decadien-1-al
Trichloroacetaldehyde Diphenyl Acetal
Walnut
Wheat and derivatives
Verbena oil
Xyle