Our Philosophy

All The Beauty Nature Has To Offer

The chemicals that make common commercial products function are often bad for both your body and the environment. The cosmetics industry pours vast amounts of these chemicals into their personal care products because, to date, there is little or no required testing, monitoring of health effects, or even labeling requirements to prevent them from doing so and the general public is often unaware of their usage entirely.

Cold Spring Apothecary’s goal is to provide our customers with the safest alternatives to the harmful chemicals used in most cosmetics. By producing our products in small batches we can ensure that only the highest quality ingredients are used. We are continually researching and adding to our ingredient list making sure we are using the best and latest green alternative ingredients we can.

Below are just a few of the harmful chemicals used in cosmetic production

opposite some of the healthy alternatives that are used in Cold Spring Apothecary’s products.

Harmful Preservatives

Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry which include methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl. They are endocrine disruptors that have been linked to cancer as well as an environmental contaminant.

Green Alternative Preservatives

CSA uses gluconolactone and sodium benzoate, a naturally derived preservative system with proven skincare benefits when used together.

Polyaminopropyl biguanide, a gentle, paraben- and formaldehyde-free preservative typically used in baby wipes and contact lens solutions.

Potassium Sorbate, is a salt, primarily used in as a food preservative but more recently by all natural cosmetic companies for its ability to inhibit molds and yeast when used together.

Harmful Sulfates (surfactants)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,which are used as surfactants “lather agents” in most shampoos, are known skin and eye irritants as well as an environmental contaminant. Not only are they harmful but extremely drying to the hair and skin and sadly found in most cosmetic products on the market today because they are an inexpensive ingredient and make mass production cheaper. Consumers have become accustom to “suds” in their cleansers.

Naturally Derived Surfactants

CSA uses the following surfactant in our shampoos:

Decyl glucoside and Sodium lauroyl lactylateare made from a reaction between a natural plant oil and a natural plant sugar that has been used for many years in the food industry and more recently in personal care.

Polyglucosides (Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate and Lauryl Glucoside) are derived from natural, renewable raw materials and are biodegradable. These natural surfactants are made from the reaction between coconut/palm oil and starch/sugar.

Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MIPA,Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, and Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate make up our blend of naturally sourced surfactants which are mild, made from renewable raw materials and are biodegradable.

Phthalates (synthetic fragrances)

Phthalates, DBP, DEP, DEHP, DMP are endocrine disruptors, because they mimic the body’s hormones and have, in laboratory animal tests, been shown to cause reproductive and neurological damage. Most often used to create fragrances in cosmetic products.

All Natural Fragrances

CSA only uses all natural steam distilled essential oils which are not extracted using propylene glycol, ensuring high grade oils that impart
healthy benefits and leave a wonderful scent in all our products.