Plant Based Ingredients and Safe Synthetics
We often hear that natural ingredients are the best option, and that synthetics are always less valuable or more harmful. In some instances, a safe synthetic is healthier for you or has less environmental impact than a plant-based ingredient. We use plant-based ingredients wherever they are a better alternative, and most of the time they are. Plants are the all-stars in Kavella products!
Here’s an example of how we pick out a safe synthetic over a both a toxic option and a similar plant-based option:
Our Scalp & Hair Oil contains a synthetic hydrocarbon called C13-15 Alkane to make them more lightweight and spreadable on the hair. We use it as a beautiful alternative to cyclomethicone or cyclopentasiloxane, the most common silicone bases used in hair oils and serums. (These volatile silicones bioaccumulate and don’t break down easily in the environment, and they are also found to be endocrine disruptors and toxic to the nervous system.)
Sometimes an ingredient that sounds like a “bad chemical” is actually very safe and may even be plant-derived. Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is an example of this. The long chemical name represents a cationic (positively charged) derivative of guar gum (from cluster beans). It is a commonly used conditioning ingredient that helps deposit active ingredients onto the hair while fighting static. This naturally derived ingredient is effective and has no adverse side effects, despite it’s very long, chemically-sounding name.
Everything is made of chemicals: water, aloe vera extract, parabens and sulfates.
The key is to use the best possible chemical for the job. Safe, effective and low impact. When choosing ingredients, Kavella stays true to our tagline by creating the most mindful, beautiful, clean formulas possible.