Category: Ingredients

Post which specifically address all different types of ingredients that are used in soap and cosmetic products.

  • Talc and MoCRA

    Talc and MoCRA

    MoCRA included a requirement for the FDA to create regulations to for testing methods to detect and identify asbestos in talc-containing products by 29 December 2023. That didn’t happen.

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  • Glitter – New EU Ban

    Glitter – New EU Ban

    On September 25, 2023, the EU adopted measures to restrict intentionally added microplastics in cosmetics and many other products. Loose glitter is prohibited as of Oct 15, 2023.

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  • Is “Clean Beauty” Still Safe Beauty?

    Is “Clean Beauty” Still Safe Beauty?

    Nowadays, there is a huge push toward “clean beauty.” That is, beauty products without all those “bad” ingredients. But are those products actually safer?

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  • Fragrance Allergens

    Fragrance Allergens

    What are fragrance allergens? Do they need to be included in the ingredient declaration for a cosmetic product? (Answer: Yes, in some countries, but not in the US or Canada… yet.)

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  • Cosmetic Ingredients – The Final Frontier

    Cosmetic Ingredients – The Final Frontier

    The evolution of cosmetic ingredients has gone from simple plants to lab-created synthetics to rainforest botanicals and now the final frontier – ingredients from outer space.

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  • Carmine


    Carmine is an approved color additive that produces a beautiful color. It comes from insects.

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  • Glycerin


    Glycerin – a most versitile ingredient in food, cosmetic, drugs, tobacco, paint, and even embalming fluid. And, of course, soap.

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  • Indian Sandalwood

    Indian Sandalwood

    Indian Sandalwood – once considered a vulnerable species, now the oils and wood can be sustainably sourced from Australian plantations.

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  • Parabens in Cosmetic Preservatives

    Parabens in Cosmetic Preservatives

    Parabens are a class of preservatives including methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and ethylparaben (and 17 more). These are commonly used preservatives which form the basis of several commercial preservative blends, including Germaben(TM) II and Liquapar(TM). Paraben Safety Parabens have been used in cosmetic (and other) products for over 100 years. However, there have recently been safety […]

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  • Plastic Microbeads

    Plastic Microbeads

    Plastic microbeads are prohibited for use in rinse-off cosmetics. If a rinse-off cosmetic contains plastic microbeads, it is adulterated (and therefore illegal).1 Key Words to Know Pastic Microbead: Any solid plastic particle that is less than 5 millimeters in size and is intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse the human body or any […]

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  • Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol)

    Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol)

    Isopropyl alcohol (also called 2-propanol or isopropanol) is a colorless, clear, flammable liquid with a strong and recognizable odor. It is made from propylene (also called propene) which comes from petroleum. Isopropyl alcohol is often also referred to as “rubbing alcohol” although it is not the only type of rubbing alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is highly poisonous […]

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  • Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol)

    Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol)

    When used in the naming of a cosmetic ingredient, “alcohol” is the proper INCI name for ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Ethyl alcohol—also called grain alcohol—is the consumable kind of alcohol. It’s naturally produced by the fermentation of sugars, from which we get all sorts of alcoholic beverages; beers, wines, and hard liquors. It can also be […]

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