Arbonne Ingredient Policy

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 that healthy 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 clean 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:

  • Pure

    We 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.

  • Safe

    All 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.

  • Beneficial

    Our 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

Certified Arbonne Clean

Our ingredient policy guides our mission to deliver products with safe 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.

Arbonne Products Are Certified by The Vegan Society

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 recognised 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.

Arbonne Products Are Certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organisation

The Gluten Free Certification Organisation (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.

Arbonne PhytoSport Products Are Certified by Informed-Sport

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 utilises 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 Certified Cruelty-Free by PETA

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 Kosher

Arbonne Nutrition products are certified by OU Kosher (www.oukosher.org). The Orthodox Union (OU) is one of the more well respected kosher organisations in the world, and holds strict standards for ingredient selection and manufacturing practices. Each manufacturing facility Arbonne utilises is routinely audited 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.

Arbonne Products Are Formulated WITHOUT…

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 has been scrutinising ingredients and establishing stricter guidelines before they became a part of recognised safety responsibilities. Arbonne’s commitment to safe, clean 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 Alignment

    Ingredients that conflict with our pure standards of gluten free, vegan, non GMO, and no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners are NOT ALLOWED. Arbonne will never test on animals.

  • Safety

    Ingredients that have high levels of irritation or toxicity, a high allergen content, hormone disrupters or cancer causing that have not been already banned in the EU or have negative consumer press are NOT ALLOWED.

  • Legislation

    Ingredients that are being considered by our existing countries as possibly banned in the future are NOT ALLOWED.

  • Environmental

    Ingredients that are harmful to the environment and have a negative impact on communities are NOT ALLOWED.


Arbonne has evaluated and defined a list of ingredients as NOT ALLOWED according to the 4 attributes. Here are a few to look out for when choosing products. For a complete list, please visit our NOT ALLOWED List page.

  1. 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.
  2. Artificial flavours and sweeteners
    We do not formulate with artificial flavours or sweeteners in our products, choosing instead for naturally derived flavour and sweetener components.
  3. Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
    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.
  4. Hydroquinone
    Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that causes skin irritation and may be linked to certain cancers.
  5. Parabens
    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.
  6. Petrolatum
    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.
  7. Phthalates
    Phthalates [i.e., dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), diethylphthalate (DEP)] are plasticising ingredients commonly used in fragrances as a solvent and skin fixative. Phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption and may cause birth defects.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Triclosan
    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.
  11. Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA)
    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.
  12. 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.
  13. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCT)
    Together commonly called as Kathon CG. Chemical preservative widely used in cosmetics that are the most common irritants, sensitisers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Also linked to lung toxicity and possible neurotoxicity.
  14. Gluten
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. Soy
    Soy and soy derivatives may contain protein which may cause potential allergic reactions in many people.
  17. High fructose corn syrup
    High fructose corn syrup has been utilised 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.
  18. Canola Oil
    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.
  19. Trans Fats
    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.
  20. Talc
    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 Product Manufacturing


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 New Zealand Ministry of Health | 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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