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What: Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) is a slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural vegetable fat extracted from the nut of the African tree Vitellaria paradoxa. The nut is primarily comprised o...

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

SLS

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is found in most shampoos and toothpaste. It is a known skin irritant and is absorbed through the skin and retained in the heart, liver and brain for long periods of time....

What: Sodium Hyaluronate is the sodium salt of Hyaluronic acid. Sodium Hyaluronate has a smaller molecular size than Hyaluronic acid, causing it to easily penetrate the skin's surface, and is able to ...

Sodium Hydroxide is Lye, which is widely used in food processing. It is commonly used for: wash fruits and vegetables, chocolate and Cocoa processing, caramel color production, poultry scalding, soft ...

What: Sodium Lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid, or milk acid. The salts of lactic acid naturally occur in muscle tissue, and Sodium Lactate is a component of the stratum coreum layer of the sk...

What: Soybeans are a species of legume and contain significant amounts of amino acids, and omega-6 fatty acids. Soybean Oil is obtained from Glycine Soja plant; this ingredient primarily consists of ...

What: Sunflower Oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower, Helianthus Annuus, and is rich in oleic acids and contains a high content of Vitamins A, D, and E. The oil also contains lecithin and ...

Synthetic color or FD&C colors are mostly derived from coal tar. Many have been banned from food by the FDA for various reasons: carcinogenicity, allergy inducing, general toxicity, etc. A number caused illnesses in children. They have been shown in clinical studies to cause various types of cancer.

A few of these colors have now been banned from cosmetic use. For instance, the FDA has already banned the new use of Red No.3, a carcinogen that may interfere with nerve transmission in the brain and cause genetic damage.

Long term studies have shown that regular lipstick wearers ingest approximately 2 ½ pounds of lipstick over 20 years. Any Synthetic Colors are ingested along with the lipstick.

Synthetic Colors, if listed on a product, will appear as FD&C or D&C followed by a number, ie. FD&C Red No. 6. Given the various health risks associated with many Synthetic Colors, if a personal care product uses it, don't use it.

Talc is a naturally occurring substance that is used in cosmetic and baby powders as a filler material because of its consistency. It is an inert mineral with no inherent toxicity. Pure Talc does not ...

What: Tocopheryl Acetate, also known as vitamin E acetate, is the ester of acetic acid and Tocopherol (vitamin E). (Wiki).

Tocopheryl Acetate is used as an alternative to Tocopherol itself because it ...

What: Turmeric is a relative of the ginger family and native to tropical South Asia. Its active component, curcumin, gives the spice its vibrant color and valued medicinal properties. Turmeric has bee...

What: Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide (class of carbohydrate), derived from Xanthomonas campestris (a plant bacteria), commonly used in cosmetics as a stabilizer to keep products from separating. This...

What: Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral which provides the safest and most effective protection against UV rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc forms a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting the su...