When we set out to create House of Hilt, we knew that we wanted our products to be plant-based and nontoxic, but also free of fillers. In fact, that’s one of the aspects of our skincare that we’re most passionate about, and what sets us apart from other skincare brands. We never use any fillers in our products, ever.
But what exactly is a filler? Read on for more.
What is a filler?
A filler is anything in your product that helps fill space in a jar, binds a product, and thickens or preserves a product so it can have a longer shelf life, but doesn’t actually provide any skincare benefits.
At House of Hilt, we proudly avoid all fillers, and we have even gone as far as to limit the use of ingredients like almond oil. Instead, we choose to use higher-quality oils that are organic whenever possible. For example, our Amber Primrose Facial Oil uses evening primrose oil, an exquisite botanical ingredient that hydrates, nourishes and offers true benefits for the skin.
What kinds of fillers should you be on the lookout for?
“There are many different kinds of fillers, but I think about them in three different ways: plastics, some waxes, and low-quality, inexpensive ingredients,” says Natasha Crow, House of Hilt’s Co-Founder, Chief Alchemist and a respected aesthetician.
Here are common fillers to avoid when trying a new skincare product.
Acrylates: Part of what makes up an acrylic nail, acrylates are toxic and occlude (or clog) your skin and its pores. They’re also (skin) irritants and can cause milia, which are white bumps under the skin made of foreign particles that look like candle wax when examined.
Carbomers: White, fluffy powders made primarily from acrylic acid and commonly used to make hair gel.
Crosspolymers: A liquid plastic that helps bind a product, crosspolymers are also toxic, skin irritants and cause milia.
Dimethicone: A nontoxic liquid filler that makes a product look and feel silky but acts as a liquid caulk for the skin and is quite drying. Dimethicone is a silicone and provides temporary results, but not lasting change. Like acrylates and crosspolymers, dimethicone can also cause milia.
Our Filler Free philosophy is applied to our entire line of skincare. We believe in the power of Mother Nature’s botanical ingredients, and strive to use them to create a restorative, harmonious experience for your skin. We also believe in full transparency and invite you to read the list of ingredients that accompanies each product. As always, please reach out to us directly with any questions. We’d love to hear from you!