Would you be willing to ingest or inhale formaldehyde gas to improve the texture of your lips and have younger firmer looking skin?  If your initial answer is "NO" then you're probably like most consumers who don't want to sacrifice their life and well-being just for the sake of appearances!  However, many people are not aware of some of the toxic ingredients and by-products of the chemicals used in most cosmetic formulas and may be unintentionally exposing themselves to many harmful ingredients.

Quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:

You may already know that treated wood, such as particleboard, can release formaldehyde, but did you know to watch out for it in your makeup?

When some chemicals break down, they release harmful formaldehyde gas, classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Researchers and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The main risk is through inhalation. The European Union (E.U.) mandates that formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in cosmetics be labeled as such if they exceed .05%. For those outside the E.U., we have to get savvy with our ingredient vetting.  The Food & Drug Administration, FDA - US Government agency that enforces minimum safety standards for food and pharmaceuticals,   does not regulate the cosmetics and personal care industries leaving consumers on their own discern and interpret chemicals and formulations for themselves.  Here are a few ingredients to look out for to avoid formaldehyde releasing agents:

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • BHUT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
  • bronopol
  • diazolidinyl urea
  • sodium hydrozymethylglycinate
  • imidazolidinyl urea
  • methenamine
  • quarternium-15, Quaternium-18, Quaternium-26

Quaternium-15 is one of the more common ones, used in mascara, pressed powders, and eyeliners. In addition to potentially causing cancer, this ingredient can cause skin sensitivities and irritation. It belongs to a class of compounds called quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats.”

Quats have many uses—as preservatives, surfactants, germicides and conditioning agents. Choose products that use natural alternatives that perform similar functions such as rosemary, honey, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, and vitamin E.


DVINITI SKIN CARE provides a safe option for conditioning and moisturizing the lips with the FLOWER-GIRL (women's) and G-SPOT (men's) lip balms & conditioners.  

The DVINITI Lip Glow is an all natural lip balm that conditions, moisturizes and adds a beautiful GLOW to your lips!

The DVINITI Lip Glow comes in a white container with a clear window top and is accented with various flower buds to enhance the aroma and aesthetics of the elegant package.  



Castor Oil - Emollient with excellent conditioning properties to smooth and moisturize the skin on and around the lips.

Beeswax - Natural thickener 

Shea Butter - Emollient to condition the lips

Vitamin E- Antioxidant.  Conditions the skin and may improve skin and lip tone/color.

Lemongrass - Natural skin disinfectant and sweet, candy-like aroma.

Lavender - Conditions and soothes lips

Peppermint - Minty, sweet aroma, can be used to help manage cold sores cold sores.