Category: Ingredients

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

  • 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 – 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 are a class of preservatives including methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and ethylparaben (and 17 more). They 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 concerns […]

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  • 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 21 USC 331(ddd) Definition: A plastic microbead is 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 […]

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  • 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. It is highly poisonous […]

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  • Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol)

    In cosmetic ingredient naming, “alcohol” is the 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 produced synthetically […]

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  • FDA Warning Letters: Products Containing CBD

    The FDA sent out 15 warning letters last week to companies that are illegally marketing products containing CBD.  I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what the FDA is going after and why. The FDA’s Position First, let’s review the FDA’s position on the marketing of products containing CBD. The FDA […]

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