Directly from their website:
“Our greenskeeping team rigorously assesses every ingredient we use, so we can be completely sure of its safety. That’s why method’s entire product line is both people- and pet-friendly, specially formulated to put the hurt on dirt without harming a hair on you or your loved ones’ heads.”
Yet, when you look on the Costmetic Database, of the 51 different hand soaps they offer, the majority of them get a rating of 5 out of 10 (fair). Even the best rated soap, the Method Naturally Derived Hand Wash, Free of Dyes + Perfumes, which rates a 3, contains the following:
aqua(water), sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, aloe barbadensis gel, tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone
I’m pretty critical of my products, so when a company tells me a product is “completely safe” and one of the first ingredients is a known immune system toxicant, allergen, and known to cause tumors in mice, I’m just plain confused.
Another claim from the website is that they are forthcoming with product ingredients:
“This is why … we’re transparent about the ingredients we use, how we make our products, and what our track record is as a green business.”
While they say this, I couldn’t find an ingredient list for specific cleaning products. Even when I searched whatsinproducts.com, the only information I could get about the Method All Purpose Surface Cleaner was that it contained water, unspecified surfactants, fragrance, and dyes.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is one of those items that is considered a “natural” surfactant (which falls under Method’s “unspecified surfactants”) because it is derived from coconut oil. They do not list this on the cleaning products as an ingredient, while it is on their body product labels. After searching through their FAQ’s page I found that their products do contain SLS.
I finally did find the comprehensive list of every ingredient they use, but it isn’t sorted by product. All of the ingredients on the list are labeled “non-toxic” but when I looked up some of these ingredients on the cosmetic database, they were known toxins.
So, I’m confused. I think that Method may use governmental standards of “safe” amounts of these chemicals in products, but I still prefer to use products that have no question about their safety.