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Review: Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Soap

This product was purchased by Nature’s Pulchritude. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.

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I picked this product up in the natural product section of a local grocery store. I had been thinking about switching from castile soap to a true (saponified fat) bar soap and stumbled upon Nubian Heritage soaps. This product didn’t catch my eye when I was looking at their line online, but I figured I should try their soaps before I went making a big order.

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Product

This is a very high quality product. This soap fully cleanses my skin, but does not leave it feeling stripped. It leaves it feeling quite moisturized. The soap lasted through about 6 weeks of regular, exclusive use.

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Scent

I cannot pin point exactly what this smells like. It doesn’t quite give me coconut and likely leans more papaya. I’m not quite sure. The smell is moderate in the shower and does not linger on the skin afterwards, which can be a positive or negative depending on the person. It did not bother me much.

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Lather

This soap lathers really well! 2 rubs on a wet wash cloth and it was enough later for a full body cleanse. I often find that surfactant based soaps and my old castile soap need a bit more effort to lather well, and must be relathered at least 3 times. That was a big reason I decided to stop purchasing castile soap.

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EnviroFactor

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This product is a true soap, where fats (in this case organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter, and palm oil) react with an alkali, typically Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) or Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH). The alkali no longer remains after the reaction. No questionable ingredients, it is cruelty free, ethically sourced, and all ingredients are naturally derived. This is a winner!

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4/4 Globes

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Review: Kiss My Face Ginger Mango Lip Balm

Kiss My Face Ginger Mango Lip Balm

This product was purchased by Nature’s Pulchritude. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.

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My lip balm search has yielded yet another great lip balm! Read about my lip balm ‘incident’ and my first great lip balm find. This product moisturizes and keeps my lips soft and supple as I reapply throughout the day!

Product

Certified organic, great supple scent, and it keeps my lips moisturized. Fabulous product! I have not experienced any allergic reactions.

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Flavor/Scent

The ginger in this product is so subtle it is almost non existent. The mango is the dominant scent. The overall scent is light and does not linger longer than 2-3 minutes. The product is flavored organically, no synthetic fragrances!

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Texture

This lip balm is smooth and buttery. The castor oil combined with beeswax is a great pair and it makes the lip balm feel substantial on the lips. It is heavy enough to know it is there, but it melts into your lips after several minutes.

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EnviroFactor
This product has 8 ingredients, all of which are USDA certified organic. For more detailed information about the ingredients read its Label Poise. I’m not too sure what “flavor” means but it may be proprietary essential oils? That is my major gripe with this product.

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4/4 Globes

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How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XXX

Vegan, Cruelty Free, No Parabens–This just has to be the product for you!  Right?!  Maybe, maybe not.  Though this shampoo has a lot of qualities that most certainly meet your Label Poise, are the ingredients may or may not be as high quality as you think they are!  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

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The Ingredients

Purified Water:  Safe!  Water is the ultimate moisturizer and is a key ingredient in many moisturizing products.

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate:  Beware!  This ingredient is a mixture of long chain sulfonate salts prepared via sulfonation of alpha olefins.  Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate acts as a surfactant and foaming agent.  It can be derived from cracked parrafin wax or coconuts.  Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate can be harsh on the skin, causing drying and irritation. it is typically paired with a gentler cleansing ingredient, as it is formulated in this product, to decrease the potential for drying and irritation of the skin.  This ingredient is also an eye and respiratory irritant in pure form.  It is not known to be a carcinogen and is readily biodegradable in water It has a pH of 7.5 (about neutral).  (MSDS)

Cocamidopropyl Betaine:  Beware!   This ingredient is a synthetic surfactant derived from coconut oil and dimethylamonipropylamine.    This ingredient can be a skin allergen and irritant and was voted Allergen of the Year in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. It is also an eye and lung irritant, though it is not known to be carcinogenic or mutagenic.  (MSDS)

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*:  Safe!  This ingredient is used for its nutrient content and moisturizing properties.

Cympobogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil*:  Safe!  Lemongrass oil can be used for various purposes, but is used in cosmetics as a antiseptic, fragrant, and astringent. This species of Lemongrass is native to the East Indies. Lemongrass oil can also be used as a preservative and pesticide. It is not known to be carcinogenic or toxic, though it can be a sensitizer in certain individuals at recommended use levels (<3% of formula).  (MSDSMSDS)

Citrus Aurantium (Sweet Orange) Oil*: Safe!  Sweet Orange Oil is used as a skin conditioning agent and fragrant. [Author’s Note: This ingredient is not properly labeled, it should have the name of the subspecies listed.] (MSDS)

Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil*:  Safe!  This ingredient is a hybrid of true lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia) and Lavandula latifolia. The oil is extracted via steam distillation of the stems and leaves of the plant. It is used as an antiseptic and fragrant. It is not known to be carcinogenic or toxic, though it is a skin and eye irritant in pure form. It has the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic species and is an aquatic toxin.  (MSDS;MSDS)

Betula Alba (Birch) Leaf Extract:  Beware!  This ingredient is extracted from the leaves of the Birch Tree. It is used as an astringent, antiseptic, and fragrant. It is typically used in concentrations of 5-10% by weight of a formula. There is very limited toxicological information about this ingredient.  (MSDS)

Betula Alba (Birch) Sap Extract:  Beware!/Avoid! There is no available information about this ingredient. No MSDS.

Melilotus Officinalis (Clover) Blossom Extract:  Beware!/Avoid!  Also known as Yellow Sweet Clover, this ingredient is primarily used as an astringent, fragrant, and soothing agent. No MSDS.

Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Extract:  Beware!/Avoid!  This ingredient is used as an astringent, emollient, and Coltsfoot extract is typically used in concentrations of 5-10% by weight of a formulation. It is believed to be a genotoxin and mutagen when consumed. There is very limited additional information about this ingredient.  (MSDS)

Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract:  Beware! This ingredient is an extract of the whole Horsetail plant. It is used as a skin conditioning agent, emulsifier, and anti-inflammatory agent. It is also believed to have antioxidant properties, though it is believed to be a skin-constrictor and irritant. It is not known to be carcinogenic.  Avoid! if you have high blood pressure as it is believed to increase circulation.  (MSDS)

Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract:  Safe!  This ingredient is used for its conditioning and astringent properties.  Depending on the concentration, Avoid! if you have high blood pressure as it is believed to increase circulation.

Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract: Beware! This ingredient is and extract of the whole Yarrow plant and is used as a fragrant and skin conditioning agent. It is typically used in concentrations no greater than 0.03% by weight of a formula for hair products. It is considered safe is current usage percentages when formulated to be non-sensitizing. No individual MSDS. (CIR Review)

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract:  Safe!  It is used as an antimicrobial agent, fragrance, and skin conditioning agent and is generally regarded as safe.  (MSDS)

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract:  Safe!  This ingredient is used as a skin conditioning agent, skin protectant, and antioxidant.  It is generally regarded as safe and is not known to be toxic.

Inositol: Safe!/Beware! This ingredient is a sixfold alcohol of cyclohexane with the chemical formula C6H12O6. It is used as a humectant, antistatic agent, and hair conditioning agent. It can be a slight eye, skin, and lung irritant in pure form, though it is not known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or a developmental toxin. (MSDS;MSDS)

Soy Protein: Safe! This ingredient is protein isolated from soybeans that have been had the hull and fat of the bean removed. Soy protein is used as a hair conditioning agent, as it is believed to strengthen the hair. Soy Protein is typically not found in this (assumed powdered) form thus there is limited information regarding its use in cosmetics. Soy protein can be an eye, skin, and lung irritant in pure form, though it is not known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or a developmental toxin. If you are concerned about genetically modified (GMO) soybeans or have an allergy, Avoid! this ingredient. (MSDS)

Panthenol:  Safe!  This ingredient is a provitamin of B5.  Panthenol is an alcohol analog of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid).  It is used as an anti-static and conditioning agent.  It can be derived from plants or animals therefore it may not be vegan friendly. There is debate about what benefits panthenol can actually provide to hair as a vitamin being that hair is not living.  Panthenol is a mild skin and eye irritant in pure form, though there is no information on carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, mutagenicity, or developmental toxicity.  It is low on the list of ingredients and should not be a concern.  (MSDS; MSDS)

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein: Safe! This ingredient is protein extracted from soybeans that has undergone the process of hydrolysis. It is a hair and skin conditioning agent that consists of amino acids that work to fortify the hair. This ingredient can be an eye, lung, and skin ingredient in pure form, though it is not known to be toxin when applied topically. If you are concerned about genetically modified (GMO) soybeans or have an allergy, Avoid! this ingredient. (MSDS)

Niacin: Safe! Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, this ingredient is a heterocyclic aromatic compound. It is used as a hair and skin conditioning agent, antistatic agent, and smoothing agent. It is not known to be toxic, though it is very hazardous to skin, eyes, and lungs in pure form. (MSDS)

Yeast Extract: Safe!/Beware! There is limited information about the benefits of the ingredient for hair, though it is though to be a skin conditioning agent. It can be an eye, skin, and lung irritant in pure form, though it is not known to be carcinogenic. (MSDS; MSDS: Yeast Extract, Selenium)

Citric Acid:  Safe!  This ingredient is naturally occurring in citrus fruits, but is typically produced by feeding sucrose or glucose to mold and additional chemical treatment.  It is used in cosmetics as a pH adjuster.  It is generally considered safe, though it is a skin and eye irritant in pure form. (MSDS)

Phospholipids: Safe! Phospholipids are major components of all cel membranes, which typically contain glycerol, a phosphate group, and two fatty acids. This ingredient is used as a skin conditioning agent. It is not known to be a skin or lung irritant, though it can be an eye irritant in pure form. This ingredient is not known to be toxic. There is no information on how this ingredient benefits hair. (MSDS;CIR Review)

Sodium Benzoate:  Beware!  This ingredient is the potassium salt of sorbic acid, which is likely synthetically derived though it is naturally occurring in some berry species.  It is widely used as a preservative in food, wine, and personal care products.  It is known to be a skin, eye, and lung irritant in pure form, though it is not generally considered to be a carcinogen, mutagen, or teratogen in humans, however, additional research suggests that is is mutagenic and genotoxic in human blood cells (in vitro).  It is typically not used in concentrations above 0.2%, so it should be fine in this product.  (MSDS)

Potassium Sorbate:  Safe!/Beware!  This ingredient is the potassium salt of sorbic acid, which is likely synthetically derived though it is naturally occurring in some berry species.  It is widely used as a preservative in food, wine, and personal care products.  It is known to be a skin, eye, and lung irritant in pure form, though it is not generally considered to be a carcinogen, mutagen or teratogen in humans, however, additional research suggests that is is mutagenic and genotoxic in human blood cells (in vitro).  It is typically not used in concentrations above 0.2%, so it should be fine in this product.  (MSDS)

Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin: Beware! This ingredient is a glyceryl ether and is the condensation product of 2-ethylhexanol and glycerin. This ingredient is typically derived from vegetable oil, but goes through various chemical transformations before becoming the final product. It is used as a skin conditioning agent, deodorizer, and very mild preservative. It is typically used in concentrations of 0.0003 – 2% by weight of a formula. Though it is used in the treatment of eczema, it is believed to be a skin, eye, and lung irritant. It is not known to be carcinogenic, a reproductive, developmental toxin, or genotoxin. No Individual MSDS. (CIR Report; MSDS: Caprylyl Glycol & Ethylhexylglycerin).

Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict:  This vegan, cruelty free shampoo does not contain harsh sulfate, however, the ingredients used as surfactants (Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine) also have concerns of skin irritation.  The majority of the remaining ingredients are natural oils and extracts.  The extracts are of a moderate concern due to lack of information, however, they are likely in concentrations that should not be much cause for concern.  This ingredient is preserved with three common ‘natural alternative’ preservatives.  This shampoo may be worth a try if you are looking for a non-sulfate, foaming shampoo.