I title all of my review unbiased for one reason: I do not sell the products I review.

I do not gain anything if you buy the products. I’m not bashing a company. I’m simply reviewing the products. This is not personal. This is education. People need to know what’s in the products they put on their skin twice a day, every day.

Before anyone accuses me of what I’ll inevitably be accused of, let me beat you to it: Yes, I have my own skincare line.

Yes, technically I would be considered a “competitor.” In all of the unbiased reviews I’ve done, I’ve always been accused of doing them because I work for a competing company. Hence, this is the first review I’ve ever done in which that accusation has any truth to it.

Realistically, the people who buy my organic, non-toxic products are not the same customers buying Rodan and Fields. In addition, we have a completely different customer base. My customers buy my products because they want safe, effective skincare.

Finally, my reviews are usually for companies that sell meal replacement shakes, supplements and body wraps. This is the first review I’ve done of this kind. And after getting eleven requests in the past month alone (and probably over fifty total) to review these products – I had to do it.

I did not do this review because I’m competing with Rodan + Fields.

I focus on promoting safe, healthy, non-toxic skincare and makeup. This is not what Rodan + Fields does. They encompass an entirely different mission and as far as I know are a multilevel marketing (MLM) company.

Most noteworthy, I’m writing this review because I’ve received well over forty emails, comments, and requests to review the ingredients in Rodan + Fields. And I started getting these requests over a year ago but hesitated to do the review. I had my own skincare line coming out and just didn’t feel like dealing with drama.

Before reading further, let me make this very clear: I went into reviewing R+F with an open mind.

Especially relevant, I wasn’t super familiar with the products or the ingredients. This is not personal. This is an unbiased review of Rodan + Fields. I do not sell the products. I’m not doing this review to promote my own skincare line, I’m doing this review because my readers asked me time and again to review this company.

Most people don’t have the knowledge that I do when it comes to ingredients in food and personal care products. And this is why I do these reviews: to educate people.

Here are some products I’ve chosen their attached ingredient list. Furthermore, I’ve only chosen a few products because it’s unnecessary (and would make this post incredibly too long) to provide an ingredient list for every product R+F offers.

First, let’s take a look at the ingredients.

Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask

Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance/Parfum

REDEFINE INTENSIVE RENEWING SERUM

(THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN!): Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Retinal, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydroxyapatite, Bis-Ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate, Ethoxydiglycol

Reverse Deep Exfoliating Wash

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Diethylhexyl Sebacate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactic Acid, Peppermint Oil, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.

UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash

Sulfur 3.00%

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Distearyl Phthalic Acid Amide, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Adipate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Polyacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ceteareth-20, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Glycol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sucrose, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Bisabolol, Trideceth-6, Cetyl Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Acacia Senegal Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Red 33.

UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner INGREDIENTS

Water, Witch Hazel Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Azelaic Acid, Lecithin, Arginine, Soluble Fish Collagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Rosemary Extract,Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Menthyl Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Zinc Phenolsulfonate, Sodium Glycolate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-9, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Red 33, Blue 1.

UNBLEMISH OIL CONTROL LOTION WITH SPF

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Zinc Oxide 4.75%, Titanium Dioxide 0.7%

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Atelocollagen, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Lecithin, Tropolone, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Glycerin, Cholesterol, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Dimethiconol, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Alumina, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance/Parfum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

REVERSE SKIN LIGHTENING TREATMENT

ACTIVE INGREDIENT

Hydroquinone 2%.

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethoxydiglycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Diethylhexyl Sebacate, Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Fragrance/Parfum, Retinol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Laureth-7, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

Now let’s get into some of the harmful ingredients that make appearances throughout these lines of products. I couldn’t choose every ingredient that is harmful because of the sheer volume.

As a result, I’ve chosen several that have established data for toxicity. I included each ingredient’s rating from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. This database rates the ingredients from 1, being least toxic, to 10, being most toxic.

Next, let’s pick those ingredients apart.

DMDM HYDANTOIN

EWG rating: 7

If you’re not familiar with formaldehyde, it’s a known carcinogen – a substance that exacerbates cancer growth. DMDM Hydantoin releases formaldehyde and it’s in Rodan and Fields’ products. It has been linked to rare cancers like myeloid leukemia as well cancer of the nasal cavity and sinuses.

Europe banned the use of DMDM Hydantoin.

DIAZOLIDINYL UREA

EWG rating: 6

Also a formaldehyde releaser. See above.

Europe banned the use of use of Diazolidinyl urea.

SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE

EWG RATING: 3

To start, SLS is a surfactant in many cleaning and hygiene products. Due to this, SLS has been linked to skin and eye irritation, groundwater pollution and pollution from the manufacturing process. The International Journal of Toxicology found that,

“Sodium Lauryl Sulfate had a degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties. Low levels of skin penetration may occur at high use concentration.”

Also, they found that low levels of SLS were relatively safe. But higher concentrations cause depression, labored breathing, skin irritation, corneal damage and even death in some animals.

FRAGRANCE

EWG rating: 8

First, the thing we know as a fragrance is actually one of the most dangerous, harmful ingredients in the cosmetics industry. In fact, almost 4,000 chemicals, many of the harmful, can be labeled as “fragrance.”

In addition, roughly 95% of all synthetic fragrance originate from petroleum crude oil. Not only is this environmentally harmful, this process produces carcinogens like benzene and endocrine disruptors like phthalates. Phthalates don’t just disrupt the hormones, they have also been linked to autism and birth defects.

A study from Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center found that,

“Prenatal exposure to phthalates and delays in learning, including a recent study that shows children exposed to phthalates in the womb are more likely to display autisticlike behaviors.”

“Baby boys are more likely to experience changes in their genitals if their mothers were exposed to phthalates during pregnancy (Environmental Health Perspectives paper of the year, 2005).”

Thus, children’s toys do not contain phthalates as of 2008. In addition, Europe has banned the thing we know as “fragrance.”

METHYLPARABEN EWG rating: 4, PROPYLPARABEN EWG rating: 7, ETHYLPARABEN EWG rating: 4, BUTYLPARABEN EWG rating: 7, ISOBUTYLPARABEN EWG rating: 7

Parabens are endocrine (hormone) disruptors that have been linked to numerous cancers. Most noteworthy, the link to breast cancer is strong because of their ability to increase estrogen in the body. Most importantly: the majority of Rodan + Fields’ consumers are women. Their products contain ingredients linked to breast cancer. Think about that for a second.

From Scientific American,

“Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity,” reports the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC). “Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.” Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors.”

Consequently, there’s the breast cancer connection:

For the study, scientists grew breast cancer cells in a lab. They treated the cancer cells with low doses of parabens along with heregulin, a growth-promoting substance that’s normally found in breast tissue. The two chemicals are known to have a more powerful effect when combined.

When the two chemicals were combined, the dose of parabens needed to stimulate growth was 100 times lower. That suggests parabens may be exerting effects at levels people are being exposed to in real life, according to study author Ruthann Rudel, who co-directs the research program for the non-profit Silent Spring Institute. Source

Europe banned parabens. Enough said.

PEG-100 STEARATE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, ETC.

EWG rating: 4

Otherwise known as PEGs, or polyethylene glycol, PEGs aren’t so much a specific ingredient as they are a formula that helps penetrate the skin. As a result, they allow other ingredients to get to the deep layer of the dermis (you know, like parabens and fragrance).

The big issue with PEGs comes from the manufacturing process, where PEGs can become contaminated with ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen (and rated 10 on EWG). Yet ethylene oxide is not just in PEGs but several other ingredients R+F uses. This includes various polysorbates, sodium laureth sulfates, and dimethicone.

Europe banned the use of PEGs.

RETINYL PALMITATE (NOT SAFE DURING PREGNANCY – OR EVER REALLY)

EWG rating: 9

Because retinyl palmitate is a synthetic form of vitamin A, I’ve seen numerous people touting retinyl palmitate or its derivatives as safe.

This is not natural. It’s not the vitamin A found in liver, grass-fed beef, egg yolks, etc. This is a dangerous ingredient.

In addition, retinyl palmitate has been linked to skin cancer, vitamin A toxicity, liver damage and osteoporosis (source). In addition, when exposed to sunlight the retinyl palmitate on the skin can exacerbate the free radical damage. Tumor growth, cell mutation, and reproductive toxicants are linked to this ingredient.

Europe banned Retinyl palmitate by law.

RETINAL

EWG rating: 5-6

In addition, Retinal is also a vitamin A derivative. See above.

METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE

EWG rating: 7

Methylisothiazolinone is a preservative that has shown to be neurotoxic to brain cells. No biggie, right? It has also been linked to skin irritation and lung toxicity (source).

Europe banned Methylisothiazolinone by law.

ISOPARAFFIN

People derive paraffin from petroleum. Also known as the gas you put in your car, or kerosene, or diesel fuel. And it’s also in Rodan + Fields products.

Europe banned petroleum products in cosmetics by law.

Hydroquinone

EWG Rating: 9

Firstly, people use Hydroquinone to lighten the skin. No way around it. In addition, it inhibits melanin production. This can cause severe sunburns, rash, irritation, and something called exogenous ochronosis, which is when the skin turns blue-ish black. In addition, the British Journal of Cancer has linked hydroquinone to mutagenicity and carcinogenicity (source).

Baylor College of Medicine has linked hydroquinone with tumor growth and cellular transformation (source).

In response, Europe, Japan, and Australia banned Hydroquinone.

*A friend who sells R+F told me this specific line is not recommended for long-term use.

Finally, my conclusion.

Numerous ingredients in these products contain ties to cancer, hormonal disruption, liver damage, skin irritation, eye irritation, breast cancer and birth defects. And this is why I do these reviews. Women deserve to know that they are using products linked to serious diseases. 

However, this list does not include every harmful ingredient because that would simply take too long. This is a list of a few harmful ingredients that I’ve chosen to review.

As a result, I encourage you to do your own research. Check my facts. Check the numerous sources and studies I’ve provided (all 30+). Double check. Know what you are using on your skin. What you apply to the skin, the body absorbs.

Finally, I hope this review sheds light on these products and the ingredients they contain. Not everyone thinks like me. But I hope I can broaden your horizons.

 

Additional sources (others in pink):

OCA & Cancer Prevention Coalition Warn of Hidden Carcinogens in Baby Care AScribe Newswire, Feb 28, 2007

Technical Evaluation Report: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Compiled by ICF Consulting for the USDA National Organic Program, February 10, 2006

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/five-mustknows-on-the-dan_b_4737654.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18484575

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g7597249/banned-cosmetic-ingredients/

https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-peg-compounds-contaminants/

https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_199.pdf

http://stylecaster.com/beauty/beauty-ingredients-to-avoid/

https://academic.oup.com/toxsci/article/88/1/142/1662945

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/m/methylisothiazolinone.html

I went into reviewing Rodan and Fields with an open mind. I wasn't super familiar with their skincare products or the ingredients. This is not personal. Nor is it a before and after. This is an unbiased review of Rodan + Fields. I do not sell the products. #skincare #beauty
I went into reviewing Rodan and Fields with an open mind. I wasn't super familiar with their skincare products or the ingredients. This is not personal. Nor is it a before and after. This is an unbiased review of Rodan + Fields. I do not sell the products. #skincare #beauty

82 Comments

  1. I just found this article and I can’t thank you enough for what you’re doing. I was wondering if you’ve reviewed, “Paula’s Choice” Skincare or Life Extension Skincare Products? Paula Begoun aka The Beauty Cop (or something similar) started her company Paula’s Choice after seeing so many bad ingredients in other skincare products, so I’ve heard. I just started buying some supplements from Life Extension and they seem to be good products, but have only been taking them for a couple of months so far. I’ve heard that they’re a good, reputable company, so am assuming their products are good too.
    Anyway, those are 2 skincare lines that I’ve always wondered about. I’ve heard they’re supposed to be excellent products, but honestly don’t know. I know I have been taken in a time or two, so I’m really hesitant to even try new things at all anymore.

    Thank YOU so much for what you do,
    Cheryl

    • Angela Sankovich Reply

      Thank you so very much for this well-cited review. Whistleblow away! I was lead to this article after being invited to a Rodan & Fields skincare event at a bar and smokey. I only mention that to say that the bar they chose to host their skincare event does not offer very healthy menu options, which now makes sense to me based on their standards for skincare ingredients: low.
      One of their products that has exploded in popularity is their eyelash grow gel. Can you please write a review on that alone?

      Thank you again for doing the research for us. We DO deserve to know what is in our skincare. And it kind of makes sense when you look at the gender dysphoria going on in our society, particularly among boys.

      Best,
      Conscious Beauty Chic

  2. How can you even claim to be unbiased when you have your own skincare line?
    There’s an immediate conflict of interest and this is simply a subtle way to promote that others use your product line. Well played.

    • dani Reply

      Yes, let’s ignore the multitude of scientific information I provided simply because I make my own skincare line. Even if I’m not unbiased, science doesn’t lie.

      • Dani, I find it odd that other women wouldn’t appreciate you doing the heavy lifting for them. Thank you for doing this review. Owning a skin care line, makes me appreciate your opinon even more. Because you know what ingredients are killing us slowly and what ones aren’t. Thank you for taking the time to dig into these companies. I have a few friends that sell this stuff, and I was always so impressed by the before and after photos. Yet was always wondering just “how bad” this stuff could really be for you, your skin, and your organs absorbing it all. I watched your video on making a healthy shake tonight and was very impressed. 🙂 Keep on with the good work my dear. And by all means, don’t let the MLM followers slow you down. Crazy to read some of their responses. You would think they would want to arm themselves with knowledge? What we put on (and in) our bodies has such a huge impact. Thanks again! Much appreciated!

        • Thank you SO MUCH for boiling this all down in one place for us! I have been going out of my way to keep toxins out of my body via what I eat and drink and was just about to blow $195 to poison myself via my skin. I could care less what anyone thinks about your suppossed “bias”. I don’t see it that way at all and I appreciate not having to do all the research myself ?

    • Really Rebecca? Why does R&F only sell some items in the US only? The reason is bc other countries have banned certain chemicals that are found in their products. The truth is the truth no matter where it comes from.

      • Sorry, but they actually DO in fact sell in other countries.
        Including Australia and Canada.

        • It is true they sell in other countries. I don’t think she meant they don’t at all. I think she meant that there are quite a few products that can’t be sold in certain countries. For instance in Europe there is Amendment 7 (I believe) that is the beauty initiative. If you google it, I think it will make sense what Amber was getting at.

  3. Thank You so much for this review! I think if all of us looking for the truth about the safety of these ingredients are willing to open our eyes we can see these products are not safe! After 2 months of using these products I can truly say I have used more effective natural skincare and using these products is not worth risking my health or the future health of my children. Thank you for opening my eyes!

  4. Heather M Nicholson Reply

    Meh… I didn’t read it, but someone’s personal blog… I wouldn’t worry about it or the hot pink font. ?? this article wouldn’t exist if RF wasn’t kicking so much butt and if she wasn’t trying to get a little internet famous. She can’t outsmart our Doctors, period.

    • dani Reply

      The items in pink font are links to scientific information linking these ingredients to cancer, birth defects and liver damage. Not sure how anyone isn’t able to realize that those are clearly links. Your doctors are literally using carcinogens. Fact.

    • Umm, excuse me, Heather…How can you post a negative review on something you just admitted to have not even read!? No, don’t worry about your kids’ possibility of developing autism and birth defects, or you or a family member contracting breast cancer or other serious health problems. That isn’t a big deal right? Who are you anyway? I applaud this author for unveiling the truth! Which a lot of people, like you tend to ignorantly steer away from and continue to foolishly wonder why you are sick and dying! Please, continue on to go watch your daily dose of E! News wile eating your blue-razzberry pop tarts.

  5. Good job Dani. ???? I appreciate the review and applaud you for posting. I’ve been following you long enough that I know you do not posts these for any type of gain other than awareness. Keep up the good work!

  6. This is so funny. The chemicals listed are in so many other beauty products non-Rodan + Fields, yet they aren’t getting bashing articles, probably because they aren’t a competitor.
    I think if Rodan + Fields was linked to cancer to an extent of concern they wouldn’t be the leading skin care company in North America.

    • dani Reply

      It’s literally a fact that certain ingredients RF uses are carcinogenic. There is no disputing that. The FDA cannot regulate the 80,000+ chemicals on the market and haven’t passed a law concerning safety standards in cosmetics since 1938.

    • Did you really just use the argument that all your other products are flooded with carcinogens so RF is ok??

  7. Thank you for this review. I have been using R and F products (a friend sells them) for almost three years. I use organic cleaning products, bath and body products.. grow and preserve my own food… you name it! These are the only chemical things that I use… for the last year I have had a horrible time with my hormones (I am only 33) and have not been able to get pregnant with a third child bc of it. I have had ovarian cysts that keep returning and all sorts of estrogen dominant symptoms. I have a naturopath that keeps fixing me, it lasts a month, than back to it. I FINALLY considered last night perhaps it is the R+F. I am going to discontinue everything starting now and hope I my body can start repairing. I spent hours last night looking up ingredients on the lists and researching them before giving up and just doing a blanket search. This article really helped me realize it is a problem. Thank you!

    • And this is why I am a Beautycounter consultant. This is a human health issue. We deserve better when it comes to the products we use everyday on our skin

  8. Mary Ellen Reply

    Thank you for this information. People need to know the FDA is not doing their job. There are hundreds of products,possibly thousands that are FDA approved and toxic. Aspartame to name one giant money maker.

  9. Dani,
    Thank you for taking the time for your review.
    I used MK products until I realized what I was using on my Skin verses natural products. People don’t realize the harmful chemicals in some of these products unless you study ingredients or people are informed.
    I’m so glad I use safe products now.
    Again thank you

  10. I am a Health Advocate and teach classes on Detoxing Your Home. The general public is unaware of the toxic chemicals found in everyday items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, detergent, household cleaners, cosmetics, skincare, etc.). The FDA even admits it! You are posting facts and it seems those in opposition are commenting because their eyes have been opened to the truth (and it is probably affecting their bottom line). Now, how can they do business with a guilty conscience?

  11. Great article! I’m huge on which ingredients they use in my products and on my teens! I chose not to use R&F. There’s so many more better lines out there and more affordable!

    • What other lines have you found effective? I’ve been using r and f and after reading this I’m thinking I might need to find something else.

  12. Can I get a link to where you sell your skin care line? I am looking for a natural, non-toxic skin care line. Some how in the process I stumbled on your blog. I would to get more info. I am finding lots of lines claiming to be natural or organic, but have yet to find one that is also non-toxic. Non-toxic is of high importance to me.

    Good job on the Rodan + Fields review, I thought it was well written and thought out! You will always get backlash no matter how you present the facts, but you did a great job!

  13. I found this informative. I am really happy you did the research on the hydroquinone piece you highlighted. As a Licensed Esthetician myself, I have seen first hand, the effect hydroquinone has on the skin. Not so pretty later on… the before and after pics the R&F reps use in their MLM company (notorious for being more hype than anything) are showing significant changes in pigmentation (not sure if they edit/enhance all their pics, but a few have been busted doing this) which is what draws people in is the lightening of the sun damage…. The ingredients they are using are NOT therapeutic though… it’s quite the opposite actually. Doctors may have created this skincare line, but if an Esthetician who stands nothing to gain from her true break down of the ingredients says it’s bad for you, you best believe the humble Esthetician and her many sources vs the money hungry Doctor’s who cooked up this whole “pack mentality” business platform. Doctors have not got a great track record in regard to giving patients things that may help in the here and now, but cause a laundry list of other problems later. The fact that this was made by a Dr, only turns me away even more. Great article to whoever wrote this. I appreciate your hard work and for allowing me to gain even more knowledge on this particular topic.

  14. Annonomous Reply

    Dani. Thank you for taking the time to review these products. I almost purchased (caved) into their hyped up sales tactics when a coworker suddenly became a consultant for R+F. I’m so glad you took the time to create a transparent view of what R+F is selling (Banned Chemicals).
    That being said I’m sure their products work wonders for some people and that is fine but after feeling like my skin was literally burning off with a sample of their sooth regiment I am confident that this is NOT FOR ME. I’ve read a few very disturbing experiences online from people who have tried R+F and all I can say to anyone remotely interested is to please do a little research before buying into the hype. Some of the side effects are pretty nasty. Certainly not worth the money to say the least.

    • dani Reply

      Yes! The products may work, they may be amazing – but that doesn’t mean they are safe!

  15. Thank you Dani for this post. I am an Esthetician and I only use Certified Organic products on my clients because I know there are so many toxic chemicals in non-organic skincare. I care about my clients and I use only the best products that are safe and effective.

    Some people will never believe what you say even if you post the facts. I applaud you for your unbiased opinion and I will definitely share this information.

    Thank you.

    • dani Reply

      Thanks Denise! And kudos to you for caring so much about your clients!

  16. Im an esthetician and always searching for information, including ingredients. Yes, those are the ingredients that you can find anywhere and that is scary. I always read labels before purchasing the products, inc my skincare studio line. Unfortunately, medicine is a business. You buy the cream, use it, get sick, go to the doctor, you are prescribed the medication, and you are hooked.

  17. Yeah … not unbiased at all. Somewhat informative (i.e. links to journals of medicine. …. Links to Cosmo & Huffpuff, not so much) But, this article is DRIPPING with bias. Why? Because, you can literally call out every cosmetic company over any product (shampoo, lotion, soap, toothpaste, OTC pharmaceutical, makeup, etc and you chose to call out 1. Just RF. You could have called it …. “An unbiased review of common cosmetic ingredients” but instead you only chose the top dog. Well played. And biased. Anything is toxic in the right amount. The key is finding safe levels to obtain benefit without being harmful. Example: Is petroleum harmful? ….. Sure, if eat a gallon of it or drink your gasoline. But, mixing it with some antibiotic and putting it on an open wound to prevent infection (Neosporin) …. helpful. See how that works?

    • dani Reply

      How exactly would I call out every single cosmetic company? That’s asinine. And impossible.

      Also there’s this insane idea that RF users have that you have to actually consume the ingredients for them to have a negative effect. This is not how science works. No one is studying the ingestion of these products, they’re studying the topical application because that’s how the products are used. That is what produced these results, topical application – not ingestion.

      You can say I’m biased but the science speaks for itself.

    • Peg Trueman Reply

      Good job! Some people just dont clearly get it! Your information was informative….you answered questions about R and F!!! Thank you!

  18. This blog references citations of citations. Authors using valid researched based information should directly cite the origin from which the information was obtained. Not another article that cited another article. While I do not entirely disagree with all this referenced information, there are errors in this review. If you read the RBAs you can see that one of the referenced ingredients is in a different state. The article studied the harmful effects of inhalation, not topical application. Also, using Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post to back your review shows the true intelligence and validity of this author’s findings.

    • dani Reply

      So because I used Cosmopolitan and HuffPo in two out of my 30+ citations my work should be ignored and people should assume I’m an idiot? Sure, that makes a ton of sense.

      PS – not sure why people hate on these billion dollar publications with an entire team of fact checkers. They’re not scientific, but they’re legit publications.

  19. Michelle Butler Reply

    Great read, thanks for posting. People need to get over themselves. It’s not personal – it is science. Most skin care products have ingredients that link to cancer. You post facts, and most individuals can’t take your posts because they feel victimized since they either sell or know someone who is in the business – get over yourself people. Keep being real, Dani.

    • dani Reply

      THANK YOU! So true – it’s not personal, it’s science!

  20. I would really be interested in seeing what you can find out about the ingredients in the Lash Boost. I know many that use that product and it has always concerned me putting it so close to my eyes. Please do a review! Thanks!

  21. Thank you for this post and for taking the time to help make people more aware of the chemicals they are using in their beauty products. Of course there will always be people that are ignorant and subjective and sadly it is their own choice to be so. I majored in the biological sciences and have learned how to set fallacies aside and research unbiased, double-blind placebo peer review research articles and am conducting research myself. A good site i could suggest are the cochrane reviews. Cheers.

  22. This is exactly why I stopped using these products. R&F also mentions on their website: “WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Benzophenone, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, visit the Proposition 65 website.” After reading and researching just this ingredient, I immediately stopped using their products. I am now careful and research ingredients of the cosmetics I use.

  23. What inaccurate, self serving TOTALLY bias garbage! Before you believe a word…check some of the facts. The ingredients are totally safe and not “Banned in Europe” at all. I’m presums she means the European Union as opposed to the whole of Europe geographically…???. This garbage is a typically example of the misinformation posing as facts, all over the net. By all means research the ingredients in the products you use but don’t believe the utter tripe this lady is writing in order to scare you into buying her products. Don’t be a dope! Go ask a scientist!

    • dani Reply

      You do realize I literally provided numerous studies and scientific information to back up all of the information I provided?

    • We are using around 3,000 harmful chemicals in U.S.A. that has been banned in Canada! I also offer 100% harsh chemical free skin care & make-up, I have 3granddaughter’s that are teen’s & I care very much what they use on there skin since it take’s 1 minute to get into your bloodstream! I also care about all tweens & teens, if you don’t then don’t put down something you have no knowledge in!

  24. Tammy Berks Reply

    Readers have free will to decide for themselves, I don’t enjoy the bashing. The world is already such a negative place. The unpopular post will have people bashing them, but some of us are looking for someone who has done a little more research than we have been able to do on our own. We wouldn’t be reading this if we weren’t already questioning the safety of the ingredients. I am a nurse and one of my coworkers recently had surgery and radiation for a sarcoma and is well educated in this topic. She refuses to purchase from our coworker who is trying to build her business in R&F. The cost is insane for the products and if ingredients are even possibly questionable I believe smart people have a right to read and respond to this post without others putting them down.

    • dani Reply

      You’re absolutely right, Tammy. Thanks so much for your perspective. It’s something we all need to heed, myself included!

  25. Hmmm ???? a certified nutrition consultant vs Stanford train dermatologist????

    • dani Reply

      You don’t have to trust me. But you shouldn’t blindly trust someone because they went to Stanford. Do your own research.

  26. i spent a lot of money with rodan and fields and it really bothers me that i didn’t realize the items i was buying were harmaful. i have been trying hard to go clean and buy non toxic skin care, cleaners, food, laundry detergent for the last couple of years. im glad there are people who do the research and let us know the facts about what we are spending our hard earned money on. i have a lot of hormone imbalance and huge mood swings as well as in teh past lots of headaches and that is what started me on this path. the headaches have lessoned greatly and i am on NO synthetic hormones to date. YoungLiving oils have helped me a lot with so many things and i am still searching for things thats in my budget to buy for makeup and skincare that is PURE non toxic and good for me. I again want to say thanks for your research and your time.

    • dani Reply

      This is exactly why I do these reviews. Because women like you deserve to know what they’re putting on their body. Thanks so much Lorri!

  27. Emily Moffat Cable Reply

    It is nice when someone takes the Time to pick through ingredients and promote ‘Great’ products which are good for the body both inside and out! So many companies are deceptive and ‘pull the wool over peoples eyelids’! Great Article! Thanks for sharing this information!!! Health is more than Skin Deep 🙂

  28. Thanks for this! I just had my 12 year old start the new face wash for teens, huge hives on her face the next morning. She has celiac’s disease so clearly some gluten compound in there. Also love the break down of ingredients. Super informative!!!

    • dani Reply

      Oh no! So sorry that happened to her. Glad you found out though!

  29. R&F doesn’t care about what you’re putting on your skin, they are in it for the money.. Look at all the plastic surgeons, FDA saying breast implants are safe yet thousands of women are getting ill… 60,000 and more coming.. …Breast implant manufacturers are now having to release studies that they have been hiding from the public….. I don’t care if someone has a degree from Standford or a Dr, many don’t care about anyone’s health but their own bank accounts…..R& F is in a law suit for including glaucoma medication ingredient in their lash serum and not telling the public (this ingredient can change your eye color plus other eye irritations..)..um..no thanks.. and if they are lying about this what else aren’t they telling us…Plus their products are so overpriced for what you get so everyone can make a buck….. It’s a No R&F for me… https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rodan-fields-faces-another-lawsuit-over-lash-boost-eyelash-enhancer-procter-gamble-legal-battle/

  30. I am a Rodan & Fields user and I am scared to death. Have you reviewed or researched Forever Flawless? I’d be curious to hear you findings.

    • dani Reply

      No need to be scared, now you’re empowered to make better choices!

      I am not familiar with that brand.

  31. Claire Robert Reply

    Thanks for this post. I stopped buying Rodan and Fields when my sales representative posted some info from the company about why they don’t use more natural ingredients because they’d rather have a “safe” product!!!! I will never again send them even a dime of my money.

    • dani Reply

      Wow! I’ve seen that argument before and it makes absolutely no sense. Completely illogical.

  32. Kristi Sliva Reply

    just curious if rodan and fields still uses these ingredients or have they updated formulas to be more safe?

  33. Kristi Sliva Reply

    as far as direct sales lines is beauty counter one of the best ones ?

  34. Just curious, do you happen to know how long before these chemicals start harming your body? I purchased the unblemish line and am wondering if using just one kit would have caused a substantial amount of damage already or if the effects are due to long term use?
    Thank you!

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