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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.


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.


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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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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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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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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Have you tried this product? What did you think?


How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XLVI

You have had enough of your dry cracked hands from this winter weather! You stop by the beauty section of your favorite organic/natural grocery store to see if they have any good hand creams. You figure, considering the store, anything you pick up is sure to be a safe bet. Does the first hand cream you scan meet your standards? 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

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

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

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil: Safe!  Coconut oil is used for is skin conditioning and moisturizing properties. It is high in vitamins E and K.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: Safe!  Sunflower Oil is comprised of triglycerides (esters of glycerol and fatty acids) and has a high Vitamin E content.  It primarily acts as an emollient and assists the skin in retaining moisture.

Glyceryl Stearate Citrate:

Cetearyl Alcohol: Safe! Typically naturally derived from Coconut and Palm Oils (though it can be derived synthetically), it is a mixture of Cetyl and Stearyl fatty alcohols.  This ingredient acts as a thickener and moisturizer in personal care products.  In pure form,  this ingredient can be a slight skin irritant and permeator, and is toxic to mucous membranes.  The is no data available on human toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, developmental toxicity, and teratogenicity.  (MSDS)

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

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil: Safe!  Safflower oil is made from safflower seeds and is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. Safflower oil helps the skin retain moisture and promote elasticity. It may be a slight skin and eye irritant, though it is not known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or a developmental toxin.  (MSDS)

Cetyl Esters: Beware!  This ingredient is derived from vegetable sources, such as coconuts, and is typically used as a thickener in cosmetics.  It is comprised of various fatty alcohols and fatty acids.  It is typically 1 to 3% of the weight of the formula.  There is no data regarding toxicity, carcinogenicity, or mutagenicity.  (MSDS)

Natural Fragrance: Safe!/Beware! Without knowing what flavors were used and assessment of toxicological information and benefits cannot be determined.

Natural BEESWAX (cera alba):Safe!   This ingredient is derived from worker honeybees within a bee hive.  It is used as a thickener and skin barrier.

Vegetable Glycerin: Safe!  This ingredient is derived from palm, coconut, soy, or other vegetable fats.  It is used as an emollient and has the ability to draw moisture and oxygen to the skin.  There is no information in mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, developmental toxicity, or teratogenic effects.  In pure form is can be a skin, eye, and lung irritant, and may be toxic to the kidneys with prolonged exposure.  It is typically used in concentrations of 2 – 5% of the formula and is a minimal concern.  (MSDS)

Glyceryl Oleate: Safe!  This ingredient consists of oleic acid and glycerin both from vegetable sources as indicated on the bottle.  It is used as an emollient, emulsifier, and fragrance ingredient.  (MSDS)

Lauryl Laurate:

HONEY (mel): Safe!  Honey is a humectant that draws moisture into the hair, which helps to maintain elasticity, shine, and overall health of hair.

Xanthan Gum: Safe!  This ingredient is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate consisting of sugar molecules) secreted by Xanthomonas campestris (a bacterium). It is not known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or cause developmental toxicity, though it can be an eye, skin, and lung irritant in pure form. There is a risk of long term biodegraded products being more toxic than pure Xanthan Gum. (MSDS)

Glyceryl Caprylate:

Sodium Levulinate:

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 concentration above 0.2%, so it should be fine in this product.  (MSDS)

Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil: Safe!  This oil is made from the kernels of the argan tree found in Morocco. It is high in oleic and linoleic fatty acids and is renowned for its hair repairing and moisturizing properties. (MSDS)

Sodium Phytate (from rice bran):

Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict: This product doesn’t look half bad. The top 5 ingredients are all moisturizing, hopefully the beeswax down the list will help the skin retain that moisture. There are a few ingredients that we have not come across before (intentionally left blank). We’ve been doing this series for a while, and yet we are always coming across new ingredients! What are your thoughts on having 5 ingredients that the 44 other Label Poise’s have not covered? Check back tomorrow for the details on those ingredients!

Winterize: Skin

If you live in the northern hemisphere, it is officially winter. Despite mild temperatures thus far in much of the United States, winter typically brings cold sometimes frigid temperatures and dry air which more often than not disturbs the skin’s moisture balance. Those with skin conditions, such as eczema, often experience flare ups during the winter due to the increased dryness of their skin. To keep your skin soft and supple, and prevent skin ailments, everyone should “winterize” their skin regimen. The same way many women have 2 foundation shades–one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter–you should have at least 2 skin regimens that reflect the changes in the environment! Given such, your regimen will be based on your location. Those in warmer states/countries may not need as much of an adjustment, where as those in northern latitudes will have very clear differences in their regimens.

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Say it with me: “Moisture is key.” In areas where the temperature is below 40 degrees for most of the winter, there is typically little available moisture in the air. As a result, the air will try to pull moisture for your skin or hair, resulting in dryness. The relative humidity (humidity and dew point) on a weather forecast is a great indicator of when moisture levels in the air are low. This is also why many ladies with natural hair avoid products with the humectant glycerin during colder months. Using a heavier butter-based (shea, cocoa, etc) moisturizer can help keep moisture in your skin. For example, though coconut oil is my go to during the summer, I switch to a much heavier homemade shea butter mix to moisturize. Less substantial moisturizers (i.e. mineral oil/petroleum based) are unlikely to keep your skin soft and truly moisturized for 24 hours, especially once the cold air reaches your skin (Author’s Note: Petroleum based products are great for keeping moisture in and forming a protective barrier after you’ve used a moisturizer, user Beware!. Using a moisturizing soap (note: not surfactant based “soaps”) is also beneficial. A true soap is a saponified (alkali reaction, typically KOH) vegetable oil.

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Don’t forget to exfoliate. Dry skin can accumulate particularly faster during winter. Exfoliating not only removes dry, dead skin but also helps your skin better absorb moisturizers. Monthly or biweekly should be a good starting point, adjust based on your specific skin needs. Be sure NOT to over exfoliate! Never be rough with your skin when exfoliating! If you notice your skin becoming rough/dry/patchy/inflammed after exfoliating: stop exfoliating and apply coconut oil to over-exfoliated skin at least 2x a day until the skin softens. Try a sugar/oil scrub with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, avoid exfoliants with polyethylene beads.

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Incorporating more foods with high omega-3 fatty acid content can do wonders for your skin. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include: flaxseed oil, walnuts, sardines, salmon, beef, and soybeans (opt for organic). Also be sure to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, and protein.

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Protect Your Skin

This is a given, but always wear appropriate clothing in cold weather. This includes a proper warm coat, gloves, scarf, hat, etc. In addition, you should continue to wear a sunscreen during the winter. This is especially true if you do any winter sports or outdoor winter activities!

Suggested Winter Skin Routine:
  • Wash with true soap
  • Exfoliate
  • Moisturize with a heavy butter or heavy oil
  • Apply SPF face moisturizer in the morning
  • Incorporate Omega-3’s in at least 1 meal


What are your winter skin care tips?

SheaMoisture & Bain Capital Partnership Controversy

This post is the first of a series called “Thoughts & Things” where Nature’s Pulchritude will weigh in on relevant topics related to natural and organic beauty and food.

Deep. Sigh.  Finding out that one of your favorite indie/small/niche brands has been bought out or funded by a large privately held entity typically causes loyal supporters to let out a collective deep sigh as they often feel the quality of their favorite brand is soon to decline.  It is not always true, but it most definitely is not uncommon. 

I remember the aftermath in the blogosphere after a well known nail polish brand was acquired by a large beauty company (OPI & Coty).  I also cannot help but recollect when a niche hair and skin brand (Carol’s Daughter) had celebrity investors, changed its marketing strategy, abandoned its core customers, and the debacle that occurred when the brand’s quality declined.  Needless to say, many of the brand’s loyal customers jumped ship once they figured out what was happening.  Said brand went bankrupt before being acquired by a major beauty corporation (L’Oreal).  That brings me to the controversy surrounding the announcement of Bain Capital investing in Sundial Brands LLC which produces SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage.  Many on the internet have been abuzz about this and have been vociferous about their discontent with the investment partnership.  We have seen this movie before, or have we?  

The Facts

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SheaMoisture is a beauty company that was founded in 1992 that produces hair and skin products that has until recently been exclusively marketed to women of African decent to meet their unique hair needs.  SheaMoisture uses 4 generations old recipes that date back to 1912, started by the founder’s grandmother.  SheaMoisture became a household name natural hair brand when their Curl Enhancing Smoothie became the go-to product for natural hair gurus.

SheaMoisture is widely available at Walgreen’s, CVS, Walmart, Sally Beauty, Ulta and a host of brick-and-mortar and online retailers. Their hair and body products are sold at an affordable price point (typically $10, $20 for professional series) and can often be found on sale.  SheaMoisture has over 20 different collections (including men’s, kids, men and women’s shave, hair color, and makeup), many of which have been introduced in the last 2 years.  All of the hair and skin products contain fair trade and certified organic ingredients, most notably the namesake ingredient (Shea Butter), which is often one of the first 5 ingredients.

Sundial Brands (SheaMoisture’s parent company) is valued at $700 million , with annual venue’s of $200 million, according to Wall Street Journal (via MarketWatch).  Bain Capital’s investment amount is unknown.

SheaMoisture “Sells Out”

The worst case scenario is that SheaMoisture “sells out.”  What exactly is selling out?  SheaMoisture abandons its core customer base for the sake of becoming a “renaissance brand,” its formulas gradually begin to change and the organic and fair trade ingredients slowly but surely disappear, then silicones, mineral oil and the whole gang begin getting added into formulas, etc.  You get the point.  SheaMoisture will go the route of Carol’s Daughter and will lose the quality and integrity that attracted early and loyal customers in the first place.

Many SheaMoisture fans are greatly concerned about the choice of investment partner, as Bain Capital was founded by a former republican Presidential candidate (in the US).  Frankly, I am not sure why this is an issue for some.  If you look at various different organizations it is not unlikely you will find a senior level executive(s) with “eccentric” world views, or some “questionable” practices.  Yes it is very much possible that this particular investment firm may not “understand” the mission and values of SheaMoisture and its customers, but that is the responsibility of Sundial Brands to be firm in their values and establish investor criteria that support those values.

SheaMoisture Stays True to its Mission (and Customers)

Power.  Move.  The best case scenario is the SheaMoisture will stay true to its loyal customer base and ‘self’ as a brand, though they are persuing means to increase their profits, valuation, and market share.  Or in other words this is just a good business move.  It should be noted that Sundial Brands was receiving offers to be purchased (wholly acquired), so perhaps it should be heartening that they chose a minority stake investor instead.  

Ideally, once SheaMoisture reaches the financial level they desire they will pay back their investment, buy out Bain Capital’s minority stake, and continue to make quality products.  They will continue to offer products that meet the hair and skin needs of their core customer base, but will also have offerings that will suit the hair and skin needs of other demographics.  SheaMoisture is no longer aiming to be a great “niche” brand but is instead looking to become a beauty powerhouse that happens to have “clean/natural” formulas and use organic and fair trade ingredients in their products.

This partnership could go either way, but it is likely to go one of the two.  Sundial Brands CEO has noticed and responded to the backlash, trying to ensure customers that SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage products will retain their integrity.

What are your thoughts on this partnership?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Sundial Brands Announce Strategic Partnership to Drive Its Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship

A well known beauty brand that produces quality products with fair trade and certified organics products via SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage recently announced an investment partnership that has been met with controversy. Check back tomorrow for my take on this partnership and why you should or should not be concerned!

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New York – (September 2, 2015) – Sundial Brands, the natural skin care and hair care manufacturer widely recognized for introducing the New General Market concept to beauty and retail, today announced that it has signed an agreement to enter into a strategic partnership with Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global investment firm, to accelerate the company’s growth. Sundial founder and CEO Richelieu Dennis will continue to provide vision and leadership for the company, which will remain majority family-owned and operated including board, management and day-to-day operationsThe partnership will drive Sundial’s social entrepreneurship model, accelerate its multi-brand portfolio strategy – including investments in community-minded entrepreneurs and brands – and advance its transformative approach to serving New General Market consumers. It also ensures that Sundial’s community of consumers will remain at the forefront of the beauty landscape. Financial terms of the minority investment were not disclosed.

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“Our love of people has always been our motivation and our competitive advantage,” said Dennis. “While we have been presented several opportunities to be acquired by multinational corporations, we are most excited that our collaboration with Bain Capital fulfills our commitment to remain an independent family-owned and operated company with a purpose-driven business model that puts community at our core. Our consumers have always been partners with us, and now they can continue to walk with us on this journey. We recognize that African-American women have long been at the forefront of the natural hair and body movement that has created the dynamic cultural shift that we see today. It is exciting for us to see how Naturalistas have now empowered women from all backgrounds to embrace their natural beauty. In addition, they have compelled multinational beauty brands and retailers to acknowledge and be more respectful of their needs. Our family has understood this since 1912 – the value of listening to underserved consumers and delivering on their unmet needs. We are moving forward to build Sundial into a global family-owned-and-operated consumer brand of which they can be even more proud.”

“We are also excited to welcome Bain Capital as a valuable partner who shares our commitment to our communities globally and understands how our brand of social entrepreneurism can be enhanced to achieve our vision for growth and impact,” Dennis added.  “Sundial is now in the strongest position to continue to lead this beauty revolution, alongside all of our consumers, so that no one gets left behind.” Deval Patrick, a Managing Director at Bain Capital and the former Governor of Massachusetts, played an active role in the partnership discussions and will join the Board of Directors of Sundial.

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In 1992, Dennis founded Sundial with his college roommate, Nyema Tubman, and his mother, Mary Dennis, shortly after graduating from Babson College and being unable to return to his home country of Liberia because of civil war.  With a passion for entrepreneurship and a vision to fill unmet consumer needs, Dennis decided to pursue a bold concept: address skin and hair care issues traditionally ignored by mass market companies.  Drawing from culturally-authentic traditions born out of his family’s roots in Africa and passed down to him from his grandmother, Dennis incorporated four generations of recipes, wisdom and global experiences into efficacious natural bath and body care products.  In two short decades, Sundial has grown from selling products on the streets of New York City to having distribution and co-creation of its flagship brands – SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage – with major retailers across the United States. Via its purpose-driven Community Commerce business model, the company creates opportunities for sustainable social and economic empowerment throughout its supply chain and communities in the U.S. and Africa, focusing on entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, education and wellness.

“We are strategically aligned with our new partner around the elevation of the New General Market as a key growth driver and the opportunity to identify and invest in new ways to better serve our consumer community,” said Dennis.  “We have defined the New General Market as ‘an amalgamation of cultures, ethnicities and demographics aligned against commonalities, need states and lifestyles.’  Most critical are the commonalities and employing multi-need strategies that acknowledge both the differences within populations and the similarities across populations.  We all share similar needs that are often unmet or under-served.  When we focus on those, we can provide solutions that serve everyone in much more meaningful, relevant ways.”

Bain Capital Private Equity has a long track record of investing in and partnering with management teams to help grow companies.  Some of its consumer and retail investments have included TOMS, Canada Goose and Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

“Richelieu and his family have built an amazing business and community centered on the idea of the New General Market, an idea that is very well aligned with where we as consumers and as a country are headed. We could not be more excited to partner with Sundial Brands to continue to enhance this differentiated approach to innovation, social entrepreneurship and community engagement,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital.


Product Review: Oz Naturals 20% Vitamin C Serum

This item was provided by OZ Naturals for review. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.


Product Details
Consistency: Liquid
Color: Clear
Scent: None
Environmentally Friendly?: Yes, Recyclable Glass Container. 72% Organic Ingredients
Cruelty Free?: Yes


Vitamin C Serums are the hot new item on the beauty scene. Vitamin C Serums are used to brighten skin, fade dark spots, and even out skin tone and texture. The product does this by neutralizing free radicals, due to the high antioxidant content of vitamin C, and stimulating collagen production, which rids of fine lines and wrinkles.

This product is very simple to use and appears to be of good quality. The dropper makes it easy to use. I have seen an improvement in my skin, but am not sure if I can solely attribute it to this serum.

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The serum has no scent which is great for evening use.

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The serum is slightly more viscous than water which makes for fairly easy application.

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The biggest concerns in this product are (2s)-2-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid, carbomer, phenoxyethanol and ethyl hexyl glycerin. Organic Herbal Infusion is a concern because it is not properly labeled, unless the blend is considered a proprietary trade secret. The assumption is that herbs are infused in water, but that is a stretch.

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3.3/4 Globes

Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this product, but I also can not give glowing reviews.  I have been using this product daily for about 2 weeks, which may not be a long enough time for me to see results.  I will update this post in the future!

Product Review: PURE & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask

These items were provided by PURE & Essential Minerals for review. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.


A face mask is a great addition to most skin routines.  Mineral masks, such as those made from clay or mud, are great for normal, combination, and oily skin, and are known to draw impurities out of the skin.  Mud from the Dead Sea is lauded for its high mineral content and various skin benefits. I have used a Dead Sea mud mask in the past and had great results with it and was eager to try this product by PURE & Essential Minerals.

1. The natural silica found in the black mud hardens on the skin once you apply the mask and extracts toxins and impurities located deep in the skin layers, and also attaches to dead skin cells. The result is clear looking skin, with clean pores and even skin tone.

2. Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask contains natural minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium, which are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse the skin.

3. Poor blood circulation can lead to an uneven skin tone, patches on the skin, and may even cause wrinkles. A weekly facial mud mask can dramatically increase blood flow to your skin cells and help you achieve healthier and plumper looking skin.

Product Details:
Consistency: Whipped, Moist
Color: Dark Grey
Scent: Eucalyptus
Environmentally Friendly?: Yes, Recyclable Plastic Container. >90% Organic Ingredients
Cruelty Free?: Yes



This is a good product. The quality of the mask is very good.  So far I have enjoyed the results from using it and will continue to use it in the future!

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This product has a moderate Eucalyptus scent. It is not overpowering.

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This product has a great consistency. It is not too thick or too thick. It has a ‘whipped’ feel to it, thus has a fluffy texture. The mask spreads easily.

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This product contains all naturally derived ingredients, of which all but 2 are organic. It is worth mentioning that Dead Sea Mud (or any other mineral clays) are not certified organic because they are minerals and do not need the designation. The only ingredient in this product that deserves a further inquiry is Willow Bark Extract as some information I have read has had it on my radar.

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3.93/4 Globes

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Overall this is a really good product, I will update this review after consistent use!

Product Review: Radha Argan Oil

These items were provided by Radha Beauty for review. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.


Product Details

Consistency: Liquid
Color: Yellow
Scent: None
Environmentally Friendly?: Yes, Recyclable Glass Container.
Animal Testing?: No.


This is a really great oil!  It is slightly more viscous than olive oil and has no smell.  It absorbs well into hair.

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This product can be used for hair or skin.  I used this product on the ends of my hair and have already seen a reduction in split and broken ends!  Amazing!

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This product is only 1 ingredient, pure Argan Oil!  The bottle of this product says “100% organic” but it does not have a seal of the organization that certified it.  Being that the argan oil is imported from Morocco, it is possible it was certified there, thus not having the USDA seal.

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2.8/3 Globes

Overall, this is an excellent product and will most definitely be a staple in my hair regimen!  I will see how it does on skin and will update this post!

How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XLIII

It has been a particularly harsh winter, which has resulted in your hands being dry and rough.  You are ready for spring and want moisturized hands along with it!  You are looking for a high quality moisturizer, so you went to a health food store to explore their products.  You find a hand cream that has 4 ingredients!  There is nothing you cannot pronounce and nothing looks too chemical-ish, but is the product what it seems?  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

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: Safe!  This ingredient is derived from the nut of the Shea Tree and is used for its moisturizing properties.  (MSDS)

Goat’s Milk: Safe! Goat’s Milk is used in cosmetics for its high moisturizing effects. Goat’s Milk contains various vitamins ((A, B6, B12, E), proteins, beta casein, and triglycerides which give it its moisturizing capabilities. Avoid!  if vegan, vegetarian, or you have a milk allergy. Goat’s Milk is not known to be toxic, nor a skin, eye, or lung irritant in individuals without a milk allergy. (MSDS; MSDS; MSDS)

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract:  Beware! Green Tea extract is used for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, skin conditioning, uv absorption, and humectant properites. It is typically used in concentrations not exceeding 2% in leave-on products, and 1% in rinse-off products and are considered safe for use in cosmetics when formulated to be non sensitizing. Green Tea Extract is a slight skin, eye, and lung irritant in pure form.  No information on developmental, reproductive, or teratogenic toxicity available. (MSDS;CIR)

Rose Extract: Safe!/Beware! This ingredient is obtained from Rose buds and petals. It is typically used in concentrations of 5-10% as an astringent, anti-inflammatory, and emollient. This ingredient is not known to be an irritant to skin, eyes, or lungs, nor is it known to be carcinogenic. (MSDS)


Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict: 4 ingredients. The Green Tea and Rose extracts are likely in concentrations of less than 5% each and are likely of minimal concern!  Looks like your Label Poise is really developing!

Cosmetic Preservative In ‘Natural’ Products Causes Allergic Reactions

This article is not surprising.  The ingredients in question have been featured here before.  Once it again it is important to know what ingredients are in your products and to pay attention to any irritation or sensitization and see what common ingredients are in the products you are using!

(Sydney Lupkin, March 11, 2015)–Skin-care products may have labels touting natural and hypoallergenic ingredients, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause allergic reactions, doctors say. 

Studies have shown that some people are allergic to a preservative called methylchloroisothiazolinone that appears in some skin, hair and other personal care products and household goods. Diana Wilson of Houston said she thinks she’s among them because she developed an itchy mystery rash on her hands that doctors at first thought might have been eczema.

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“I was just at my wits’ end,” Wilson told ABC’s Houston station KTRK. “This is when it was at its worst. It was cracking, it was hurting. It was very painful. I couldn’t touch anything, couldn’t do anything, and it looked awful.”

She said she found the preservative listed on many products in her home, even her dish detergents. But what struck her as odd was that most of her products were labeled hypoallergenic or all-natural.

“That was the most frustrating part,” Wilson told KTRK.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and its relative methylisothiazolinone — MCI or MI for short — have been used in products in the United States for years, experts said. Though allergies to them are considered rare, they’ve been on the rise, said Dr. Stacy Dorris, a pediatrics professor at Vanderbilt University Medical School who specializes in allergies. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named MI “allergen of the year” in 2013, she noted.

Dorris said she sees these allergies most often in adults and children who are using diaper wipes or other wet wipes, and it initially causes what looks like chronic eczema that doesn’t clear up on the face, hands or rear-end, she said.  Since she’s on the lookout for it, she tells parents to stop using the wipes, and the rash clears up in about a month.

Hypoallergenic products can be “a little bit of a misnomer,” she said, because the label really means these products contain chemicals that aren’t likely to cause allergic reactions.

It doesn’t mean it’s absolutely not going to cause allergies,” she said.

The wipes tend to be a bigger issue than face wash, for example, because it is a leave-on product, she said.

Dr. Corey Hilmas, the Natural Products Association’s senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, said the more MCI or MI a product contains, the more likely it is to cause sensitivity.

Neither MCI nor MI are allowed in products that bear an NPA certification seal, he said.  But not all natural products are certified.

“Any time you see the word ‘natural,’ you always have to ask yourself as a consumer, ‘What is the standard they’re using?’ ‘Is it a marketing ploy?'” Hilmas said.

Still, Hilmas stressed that preservatives in general are important because they prevent bacteria, fungus and other microbials from growing in personal care products.

Having a preserve is not something that’s optional,” he said, explaining that they prevent products from growing things like E. coli.

But there are alternatives, such as benzyl alcohol. And there are natural alternatives, such as grapefruit seed extract, he said.

(via ABC News)