The Out List

BFA Ingredient Policy

The Out List™ is an assurance to our members that the products they receive from us will be vetted to ensure they are formulated to reduce health risks associated with harmful ingredients.To start, we’ll be banning 32 ingredients across all of our portfolios by the end of 2022.

Our decision to prohibit these ingredients from our products’ formulation helps reduce everyone’s overall exposure to ingredients that have potential negative health impacts.

Specific Ingredient Requirements

General Substance Restrictions

The following substances are restricted or prohibited in any product sampled at BFA, including as incidental or indirect additions:

  • Coal tar (allowed only for vegan or red-blended products to achieve color matching)
  • Ethanolamines (including DEA, MEA, cocamide DEA, ETA)
  • Formaldehydes and formaldehyde-releasing agents (including tosylamide/formaldehyde resin, methylene glycol, paraformaldehyde, polyoxymethylene urea, methenamine, benzylhemiformal, quaternium-15)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Mercury
  • Phthalates (excluding terephthalates)
  • PFAs (including PTFE)
  • Plastic microbeads
  • Shellac
  • Toluene
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan
  • Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP)
  • Xylenes

Fragrance Restrictions

In addition to the ingredients listed above, the ingredients listed below are prohibited from fragrance formulations.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)
Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnP)