How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XXXI

Healthy nails are the foundation to a fabulous manicure! You have noticed that your nails are not as healthy as you would like and are looking for a product that will correct this issue. You see a product that sounds just up your alley, but aren’t sure if it will improve your nails and meet your standards. Remember, I am teaching you Label Poise–how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and buy products that meet YOUR standards, whether natural, organic, or safe enough.  For instructions on Label Poise visit our Label Poise page.

The Label


The Ingredients

Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil:  Safe! Sweet Almond oil is high in oleic acid and is primarily used as an emollient.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil:  Safe! This ‘oil’ is a liquid wax and has a moderate fatty acid content.

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil: Safe! This oil is extracted from the bran, grain husk, of rice. It is used as an emollient and skin conditioning agent. Rice Bran Oil is high in linoleic, oleic, palmetic and stearic fatty acids.

Parfum (Fragrance):  Beware! Fragrances are often synthetic. Though they are low in concentration in the product, there is still a small chance of having an allergic reaction.

Tocopheryl Acetate:  Safe!/Beware!  Tocpheryl Acetate is has antioxidant properties and can penetrate skin cells. It is generally regarded as safe, however, there is limited information (not on a MSDS) linking it to cancer so use your best discretion. (MSDS)




Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict: This product is a blend of natural oils, fragrance, and an antioxidant to extend the shelf life of the oil. While you could apply Sweet Almond or Jojoba Oil to your nails if you happen to have them on hand (as well as Olive, Grapeseed, Avocado, etc.), this is also worth a try as an alternative.


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