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Never Any Ingredients: The Complete List

Article Summary: Brief summary of USA vs EU standards and a list of "never any" ingredients you will not find in Good & Simple Face & Body Balms. Shop our tallow-based balms today for a clean skincare solution and consider replacing your lotion, cream, salve or serum with a Good & Simple Face & Balm. 



It is no secret that the EU has stricter standards than the United States when it comes to the cosmetic/skincare industry, specifically which ingredients and/or chemicals are allowed in formulations.

The new MoCRA law (USA) that goes into effect on December 29, 2023, will grant the FDA new authorities relating to product recalls, adverse reporting, labeling, etc, but falls short on banning toxic chemicals from cosmetic products. In summary, increased manufacturing regulations but no major changes for the consumer.

Baby steps...

With this in mind, it is always so important to read the labels of the products that you use on your skin. You are your own best advocate.



Below is a list of ingredients we will never use in our products:

  • Parabens
  • Fragrance
  • Petrolatum (Petroleum)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Emulsifiers
  • Phthalates
  • Hydroquinone
  • SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
  • Talc
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Mineral Oil
  • Synthetic Preservatives

Our "never any" list is short and sweet. When you stay close-to-nature, it is easy to skip the toxic ingredients.

Take the time to read product labels and pass on any products that contain the above listed ingredients. There are so many options available today and even simple DIY recipes -- everyone can make the switch to clean and effective skin care that supports your body.



The core ingredients we use in G&S balms are:

  • Tallow
  • Oils
  • Butters
  • Essential & Botanical Oils

We begin creating G&S balms with premium quality tallow as our primary ingredient. Premium quality tallow is tallow sourced from grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised cows raised by local Midwest farms practicing regenerative organic farming.

If you are new to tallow, please take a look at our post, "SPOTLIGHT INGREDIENT: Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Beef Tallow" in which we discuss tallow and the various benefits for skin and body care.

In addition to premium tallow, we use a combination of oils and butters to create balms that are easily applied and readily absorb into the skin for maximum benefit while skipping the greasy residue.

What we put on our skin is just one component of living a healthy lifestyle.

Support your skin and body with healthy, nutrient-dense skin care products.


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(Photo: Open Jar of Good & Simple Balm)



Interested in learning more about the ingredients we use in our face & body balms? Please take a peek at our Ingredients page where we give a brief overview of each ingredient along with products that use them as a part of the formulation.

We are 100% transparent and share all of the ingredients that we use in our balms. No hidden ingredients cloaked with "fragrance" or "proprietary ingredient" language. What you see is what you get. :)



If you would like to take a deeper dive into skin care ingredients and understanding daily toxin exposure, below are several resources/articles to get you started:

We always encourage you to dig in and do your own research. What your body needs and what suits you best will be unique to you  - and this may vary and even shift as you move through life. Take time to listen in and discover what it is that you need.

Have comments or questions about balms or this article in general?

Leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you!


Anne & Jen
Owners, Good & Simple


[*Disclaimer: The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.]


Good & Simple is a handcrafted line of face and body balms formulated with premium, wholesome ingredients. Our balms are nutrient-dense, nourishing for your skin, and serve as a multi-purpose solution to your skin's unique needs. Yes, it can be easy.

Let go of complicated skin care and experience the ease of a simple, clean, nourishing skin care routine that you and your family will love. Clear your counters because in this instance, less is definitely more. 

To experience Good & Simple balms, shop our store. Even better, sign up for our monthly-ish newsletter and get 15% off your first purchase.

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