Ingredient Blacklist

What you won't find in Milk Makeup products:

Life is full of unknowns. Where are my keys? How did I stain my shirt already? Can I live off of dry shampoo alone? While we can’t necessarily give you answers to those questions, what we can do is be upfront with you about what we put into, and leave out of, our products. Milk Makeup is all about good ingredients and epic payoff. That’s why we want to be transparent with you.

The below list will tell you about the ingredients that we promise never to use (it’s approaching 100!), the manufacturing and testing guidelines we adhere to, and the allergens and irritants that don’t make the cut. It also now reflects our latest milestone: we’re Clean at Sephora! This list integrates our original blacklist with Sephora’s clean list so you can see the full guidelines we abide by.

We hope you find this a helpful resource, and, more importantly, we hope you get that stain out before your meeting. If you have any questions, we’re here:

Animal Products & Byproducts

  • No Animal Testing
  • Cruelty Free: Leaping Bunny Certified
  • No animal-derived ingredients including fats, oils, musks – MMU is 100% Vegan

Health and Environment Concerns

  • MMU is Gluten-Free
  • California Prop 65 Compliant
  • We only use EU-compliant nano-particles
  • No phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP) or bisphenols (BPA)
  • No mercury or mercury containing ingredients (including Thimerosal)
  • Insoluble Plastic Microbeads are prohibited in rinse-off formulas
  • RSPO-certification required for Palm-derived ingredients
  • Sunscreens must be Coral Reef Safe; No Avobenzone, Benzophenone + derivatives, Oxybenzone, or Octinoxate


  • All FDA-approved
  • Non-coal tar derived colorants
  • Carmine, Red 28, and Carbon Black are prohibited

Allergens & Irritants

  • No Talc
  • No Mineral Oil or Petrolatum
  • No Resorcinol
  • No Urea
  • No Hydroquinone
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No Alcohol Denat. - In process of being phased out
  • No Retinyl Palmitate

Manufacturing Transparency

  • Products manufactured according to cGMP requirements

Clean Philosophy

  • Preservatives: No parabens; no formaldehyde; no formaldehyde-releasing preservatives; no triclosan or triclocarban; no benzalkonium chloride or benzethonium chloride; no Methylsiothiazolinone or Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • No chelating agents, specific to EDTAs – Calcium Disodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium EDTA
  • No sulfonated or sulfate-based detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, or ammonium laureth sulfate
  • No Ethanolamine’s; specifically, Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • No phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP) or bisphenols (BPA)
  • No ethanolamines including Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • No solvents: specifically, toluene, hexane, benzene, methylcellosolve, butoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Methoxyethanol
  • No BHA
  • Only USP grade Paraffin can be used
  • No Cyclical silicones: Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4), Cyclohexasiloxane (D6) - Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) in process of being phased out
  • No Acrylates: Ethyl Acrylate, Ethyl Methacrylate, Methyl Methacrylate, Butyl Methacrylate, Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate, Tetrahydrofurfuryl Methacrylate, Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate
  • No Acrylamides: Polyacrylamide, Acrylamide
  • No Styrenes: Bromostyrene, DEA-Styrene/Acrylates/Divinylbenzene Copolymer, Sodium Styrene/Divinylbenzene Copolymer, Styrene Oxide, Styrene
  • No Aluminum Salts - In process of being phased out