How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XLIV

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Many of my long time readers will remember my story about finding a good lip balm after an unfortunate experience with a lip balm from a very well known brand. Well, I have been trying various lip balms that I purchased after looking at the ingredients, being sure to avoid linalool and high beeswax products. Did my own strategy work? This is 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

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*:  Safe!  This oil contains Vitamin E and contains antioxidants.

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

Beeswax*:  Safe!   This ingredient is derived from worker honeybees within a bee hive.  It is used as a thickener and skin barrier.

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil*+: Safe!  Also known as hemp oil, this oil is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant and is used as an emollient and skin conditioning agent. (MSDS, MSDS)

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil:  Safe!  Orange Peel Oil is used as a skin conditioning agent and fragrant.

Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil: Safe!  This oil can be extracted from fresh or dried ginger root, typically via steam distillation. This ingredient can be an eye , lung, and skin (dermatitis) irritant in high concentrations (pure form). Ginger Root Oil is typically used as a fragrant or masking agent and is likely used in low concentrations, similar to other essential oils. (MSDS)

Tocopherol: Safe!   Also known as Vitamin E, Tocopherol is a is a fat soluble alcohol with antioxidant properties.  This ingredient is not known to have carcinogenic or toxic effects.  It can also be used as a preservative for oils. (MSDS)


Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict:  My strategy worked!  I selected this product based on the ingredients the my familiarity with products from the maker of this product. The ingredients are simple. The primary ingredients are “moisturizing” oils or to be scientifically correct oils that penetrate the skin with beeswax used as a thickener and binder. Interested in learning more about this product? Check back TOMORROW for the first ever Label Poise-Pulchritude Critique REVEAL!


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