Pure Ingredients

Activist products feature a blend of natural botanicals with science's gentlest clinically-proven active ingredients, bringing you the best of both worlds. Our formulas are potent, yet gentle, to address common skin concerns including dullness, dehydration, uneven tone and texture, hyperpigmentation, blemishes and more. Each formula is packed with proven active ingredients at effective levels in precise combinations.

Effective, Eco-Friendly and Non-Irritating

Safety, efficacy and sustainability are the highest priority in our formulation process. We are proudly cruelty-free with no animal testing, and our ingredients are 100% vegan, aside from our sunscreens, which contain responsibly sourced organic beeswax.

Ingredients We Don't Use

For every ingredient that meets our standards, there are dozens that don't. We base our standards on research by independent third-party leaders in consumer safety, including the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. We never use:

  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial fragrances
  • BHT (butylated hydroxytulene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
  • DEA (diethanolamine) and cocamide DEA
  • Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  • Hydroquinone
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral oil
  • Nanoparticles
  • Parabens
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Phthalates
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • Propylene glycol
  • Silicones
  • Sulfates
  • Talc
  • Toxic sunscreen ingredients including benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate
  • Triclosan

Sourcing

We put people and planet first when choosing the suppliers we work with. Each ingredient is sourced from a variety of individual producers for sustainability, ethics and quality. For example, the caprylic/capric triglycerides we use are 100% coconut-derived, palm oil free, certified organic and non-GMO. Other oils we use, such as grapeseed, are cold pressed and hexane free. Our cucumber and calendula hydrosols are organically grown by small farmers and distilled by a zero-waste-certified business in Oregon. Our lavender hydrosol is made from lavender flowers cultivated in our Washington State producer's own organically certified fields and extracted in their own on-site distillery. Our purified active ingredients come from a cruelty-free lab in Arizona that is owned and operated by a female skin scientist. As a small artisanal company, we take pride in being able to zone in on only the suppliers who meet our standards.

Preservatives

Our preservatives are all EWG rated 1 for safety. Read this blog post for more information, and reach out if you have questions.