We believe in it. We live by it. We’ve been living by it for over 38 years, continuously improving and re-evaluating our policies and ingredients.
Arbonne is healthy living, inside and out. From the beginning, Arbonne has developed pure products with botanically based ingredients in scientifically tested formulas. We combine the best of science and nature to produce formulas that deliver incredible results.
Being Certified Arbonne Clean ™ begins with the ingredients that we use, taking the best from nature, and embracing the idea thathealthy living starts from the inside out — what we choose to include in a product is just as important as what we choose to put on our skin or in our bodies. We choose carefully, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that we’ve done the research.
The advantage of Arbonne products is in our promise to deliver a holistic approach to healthy living, inside and out, with cleaner formulas for better skincare results and plant-powered nutrition.
Arbonne products are formulated according to our pure, safe, beneficial™ philosophy. Here’s what we mean:
– PureWe develop each product with meaningful ingredients from nature, chosen for their effectiveness and safety. We continually raise our standards to find the perfect balance between what is pure and what is efficacious.
– SafeAll of our products are safe and nontoxic. We’re vigilant about the newest research regarding chemicals to ensure we’re being mindful and cautious. We proactively search for pure, clean botanical ingredients.
– BeneficialOur core commitment is to provide effective products that deliver a true benefit. Products everyone should have and will desire. As trailblazers, we must educate, empower and inspire people to make better choices for the beauty, health and wellness of their families and friends.
Our NOT ALLOWED List™ includes more than 2,000 ingredients — nearly 1,400 from the European Union, plus several hundred more — that we won’t use in any of our formulas across our categories including skincare, personal care, hair care, nutrition, and makeup.
Healthy living inside and out includes what we choose to include in a formula — and what we don’t. This list directly reflects Arbonne’s rigorous screening of ingredients, our research, and enhanced safety requirements that ultimately result in safer ingredient choices and effective products in line with our pure, safe, beneficial™ philosophy and further defines what it means to be Certified Arbonne Clean™. We go above and beyond because we care.
We promise to always:
– Be transparent and authentic
– Continuously challenge the status quo through discovery and research
– Constantly challenge every ingredient in every product, every single day
We are passionate about what we do. We develop world-class products with potent botanicals and cutting-edge science. And we continually look for ways to make our products better and better.
Dr. Peter Matravers | Chief Scientific Officer
Our ingredient policy guides our mission to deliver products with safer ingredients, for effective results you will want to share with your loved ones and the world.
The Arbonne Advantage is rooted in our history and validated by our formulation standards of vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free. All our products go through a strict process by an independent third-party certification body. Logos are provided by a third-party certification body.
The Vegan Society (vegansociety.com) is a registered charity and oldest vegan society in the world, founded in the UK in 1944. It works toward making veganism an easily adopted and widely recognized approach to reducing animal and human suffering. Veganism is defined as a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose. Arbonne products are formulated vegan and submitted for certification.
The Gluten Free Certification Organization (gfco.org) requires full gluten-free compliance and onsite inspections of Arbonne manufacturing facilities and every one of our contract manufacturers’ facilities. The implications for someone eating gluten can range from digestive issues to more serious health conditions. For individuals with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. Arbonne currently is certified gluten free on over 50 products and is continually submitting more for certification.
The Banned Substances Control Group (bscg.org) ensures products are free of drug contamination that could cause an athlete to test positive on a drug test or lead to health concerns. BSCG certification protects against 272 drugs on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List and covers an additional 211 prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs not banned in sport that no other program includes. Arbonne is a certified drug free client with each Arbonne PhytoSport product continually verified and listed in the BSCG database.
GI Labs (gilabs.com) is an ISO 9001 certified clinical research organization providing the highest quality clinical nutrition research services to the food industry. The glycemic index is a measure of how the carbohydrate in a given food affects blood glucose levels. Foods that are lower in sugar limit the rise in blood sugar and subsequent insulin response and do not promote fat-storing mechanisms. Arbonne Essentials Protein Shakes are certified by GI Labs and are noted with the GI Labs logo.
Informed-Sport (www.informed-sport.com) certification assures athletes that products have been regularly tested for substances considered prohibited in sport and that they’ve been manufactured to high quality standards. Informed-Sport utilizes LGC – a world class doping control laboratory with over 53 years of experience in drug surveillance in sport. Arbonne PhytoSport products are certified by Informed-Sport in the United Kingdom & Poland.
Arbonne products are never tested on animals and are recognized as cruelty-free by PETA (www.peta.org), the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters.
Arbonne Nutrition products are certified by OU Kosher (www.oukosher.org). The Orthodox Union (OU) is one of the more well-respected kosher organizations in the world, and holds strict standards for ingredient selection and manufacturing practices. Each manufacturing facility Arbonne utilizes is audited annually by the OU, to ensure compliance to OU standards is maintained. Arbonne has letters of certification for over 75% of Nutrition products and is continually submitting more for certification.NONProjectVERIFIEDnongmoproject.orgGMO
The Non-GMO Project (nongmoproject.org) is a mission-driven nonprofit organization offering a third-party non-GMO verification program to the standard consumers expect. A growing number of Arbonne Nutrition products are verified by the Non-GMO Project.
Arbonne has been one of the leaders in the pure products movement since 1980. Our internal list of prohibited ingredients has evolved over time, based on our safety evaluation of ingredients using sound scientific principles. Arbonne was scrutinizing ingredients and establishing stricter guidelines from the beginning. Arbonne’s commitment to safer, cleaner products is stronger than ever and we applaud all brands that support this movement and join our mission.
Arbonne goes way beyond the nearly 1,400 ingredients restricted for use by the European Union and the several hundred by the US FDA. Adhering to the strict Arbonne Ingredient Policy, we maintain a list of over 2,000 ingredients that are NOT ALLOWED in Arbonne products. Our NOT ALLOWED List™ is defined by 4 clear attributes:Mission AlignmentIngredients that conflict with our pure standards of gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners are NOT ALLOWED. Arbonne will never test on animals.
SafetyIngredients that have high levels of irritation or toxicity, a high allergen content, those that are known hormone disrupters, cancer causing, or have negative consumer press are NOT ALLOWED.
LegislationIngredients that we hear are being considered by our existing countries as possibly banned in the future are NOT ALLOWED.
EnvironmentalIngredients that are harmful to the environment and have a negative impact on communities are NOT ALLOWED.
Here are the Top 20 ingredients that Arbonne has evaluated and defined as NOT ALLOWED according to the 4 attributes. For a complete list, please visit our NOT ALLOWED List™ page.
Animal products or by-products
Since our products are certified vegan, we do not formulate with animal products or by-products, including, but not limited to, dairy, honey, beeswax, and silk. This also contributes to the dairy-free status on our nutrition products.
Artificial flavors and sweeteners
We do not formulate with artificial flavors or sweeteners in our products, choosing instead for naturally derived flavor and sweetener components.
Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that is also linked to asthma and developmental toxicity, therefore we do not use formaldehyde-donating preservatives. This includes, but is not limited to, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and methylisothiazolinone.
Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that causes skin irritation and may be linked to certain cancers.
Some parabens have been linked to endocrine disruption, which may increase the risk of certain cancers. Therefore, we do not use any parabens, including ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a skin protectant that is a by-product of petroleum. It typically contains the impurity polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to cancer.
Phthalates [i.e., dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), diethylphthalate (DEP)] are plasticizing ingredients commonly used in fragrances as a solvent and skin fixative. Phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption and may cause birth defects.
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are harsh surfactants that can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Moreover, SLES often contains the impurity 1,4-dioxane, a by-product from its manufacturing process, which is a potential carcinogen.
Synthetic fragrances and dyes
Since many synthetic fragrances and dyes are petroleum-derived, they may contain components which are potential hormone disruptors, allergens, and environmental toxins.
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent which causes skin irritation and has been linked to endocrine disruption. It is also bioaccumulative and potentially toxic to aquatic organisms.
Frequently used in cosmetics as emulsifiers, foaming agents or pH adjusters. Based on studies, they are linked to organ system toxicity, cancer, and environmental concerns of bioaccumulation.
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)/Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Petroleum-derived antioxidants used to extend shell life of product, BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in skin. They are also likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCT)
Together commonly called as Kathon CG. Chemical preservative widely used in cosmetics that are the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Also linked to lung toxicity and possible neurotoxicity.
Ingredients such as wheat, rye, and barley contain gluten protein may cause major health issues to those with gluten intolerance, sensitivity or allergy. Oat may contain gluten if exposed to cross-contamination from gluten-containing crops, so all oats used in Arbonne products are certified gluten-free.
Peanuts and tree nuts
Ingredients derived from peanuts and tree nuts can cause potential allergic reactions in many people, and we opt to avoid such ingredients in our nutrition products. A number of our skincare products are formulated with extracts from coconut or shea seeds.
Soy and soy derivatives may contain protein which may cause potential allergic reactions in many people.
High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup has been utilized often in sodas and other beverages, and researchers are now questioning whether it can contribute to obesity and other health concerns. Until there is clear evidence of its safety, we choose to avoid its use in Arbonne Nutrition products.
Canola oil is derived from the rapeseed plant, and while there is still no clear indication of health risks associated with this material, there is a strong potential that sources of canola oil are GMO-derived.
Trans fats are well researched for their detrimental effects on cholesterol levels — namely, increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol and reducing HDL (good) cholesterol — and increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Talc is used in cosmetics as an anti-caking or bulking agent. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers which possess risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer.
Our NOT ALLOWED List™ has evolved over time as new research is made available in the industry and scientific community. At Arbonne, we are vigilant in sourcing ingredients according to our strict standards of safety and quality. However, trace levels of a chemical may inadvertently be introduced into a product due to the complex nature of supply chain and manufacturing processes.
As a global company, Arbonne fully complies with the regulations of each country that our products are distributed in. As determined by each country’s regulatory bodies, specific claims that can be made in country may vary, but our strict standards do not. For more information on country-specific regulations, click here.
Arbonne products are developed by a diverse and talented team of product developers, chemists, senior scientists and other experts in the formulation of skincare, personal care, color and nutrition products. The Arbonne Quality team ensures our products meet industry regulations as well as Arbonne’s stringent standards for quality and safety. And because we’re always thinking about how our actions affect the world around us, our Green Commitment keeps our focus on carbon neutral, zero waste, and sustainability.
Arbonne adheres to the standards of the United States Food and Drug Administration | Health Canada | Australia Department of Health, NICNAS & Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) | New Zealand Cosmetic Group Standards | United Kingdom Food Standards Agency | European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) | Australia National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme | International Fragrance Association (IFRA) | European Commission Cosmetics Regulation | European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisations and Restriction of Chemicals Agency (REACH) | Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR).
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