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If you’re like me, I want every Product that I use to be as Natural, Pure (even organic) & Healthy as possible. We assume that if a product says it is NATURAL….It is Natural! Wrong!!!! I have learned over the years of buying and using products that just you just can’t rely on a “Label Title” only, you have to be a Smart and Knowledgeable Consumer as well. I decided to research what was below the product name an learn (for myself), exactly what those ingredients meant, what they did, how they worked, and where they came from. In my journey of going Natural, it was sooo important to me to make sure that what I put on my hair was not only All-Natural but Safe as well.
SO WHAT DOES THE FDA HAVE TO SAY
Cosmetic products are regulated by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). CFSAN is responsible for assuring that cosmetics are SAFE and Properly Labeled. The FDA DOES NOT approve Cosmetics, however; they approve Color additives that are used in Cosmetics. We as Manufacturers, Handmade Companies, etc. are responsible for making sure that our Products are Safe before we Label and Market the Product for “all natural” Products that may contain plant-derived substances or are susceptable to microbial growth, therefore; consumers should be aware that expiration dates are simply a “rule of thumb” because the product’s safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored, exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, if not preserved properly, or if products was opened and examined by someone else prior to selling it.
PRODUCTS LABELED AS 100% ORGANIC or ORGANIC
In the United States, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is responsible for setting Regulations for Organic Agricultural Products that are either produced in the U.S. or imported for sale in this country. In addition to setting Requirements for how Organic Agricultural Products are grown, processed and handled, the NOP also sets Labeling Requirements for these products. Labeling Requirements are based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product. Products labeled “organic” must contain at least 95 percent ORGANICALLY produced ingredients (excluding salt and water). Any remaining ingredients must consist of non-agricultural produced that must appear on the NOP National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
PRODUCTS LABELED AS “Made with Organic Ingredients” are Processed products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients can use the phrase “made with organic ingredients” and list up to three of the organic ingredients or food groups on the principal display panel.
SO WHAT ‘bad” INGREDIENTS ARE LABELED
Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax: These ingredients are difficult to remove from carpets, skin, clothing, etc. Imagine removing this gunk from your hair. These Products require hotter water temperatures and frequent sulfate shampoos to remove the buildup. The main problem with these ingredients it that your natural curls are not able to breath and can lose their definition due to heavy Build-Up that creates a barrier which leads to a lack of moisture in your hair.
Silicones and Siloxanes: These ingredients work to seal the cuticle and to impart a powdery smooth, shiny finish to your hair. Most silicones build up and Do Not rinse away with water or Co-Washing alone, they usually require a shampoo to remove.
Drying Alcohols: These ingredients are normally found in hairsprays and gels. They can be listed as Isopropyl alcohol, SD Alcohol-40B or alcohol denat (which stands for denatured) and are usually one of the first ingredients on the label. Drying alcohol works to keep your hair from wetting when used and allows your hair to dry more quickly but as your hair dries, the alcohol Evaporates from your hair causing dryness to the Evaporation of Moisture that is needed.
PEG: This ingredient is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products. PEG’s are well known for stripping the “natural moisture factor”; this ingredient is also carcinogenic. Need I say more….definitely a no-no for any natural hair product.
FRAGRANCE: This one here is the biggest (hidden) ingredient because it is sooo broad. “Fragrance" on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Based on FDA Reports, symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Make sure the products you purchase is made with All-Natural Fragrances and/or Natural Essential Oil like Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, etc.
Shampoos: These cleansers contain detergents called Surfactants. The main issue with these ingredients is that you do not know the percentage used so you do not know how strong a product is until you use it.
List of Harsh Sulfates to Avoid in Cleansers/Shampoos
Sodium Laureth, Myreth, Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
TEA Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate
Silicones: Pretty much anything ending in “cone,” “col,” “conol” or “zane” are silicones. There are four basic categories of silicones: water-soluble, slightly water-soluble, non water-soluble but repels build-up, non water-soluble and build-up prone.
List Gentler, very Mild Sulfates in Cleansers/Shampoos
Sodium Cocyl Isethionate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Sodium Socoyl (or lauryl/lauroyl) Sarcosinate
Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate
Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate
Methyl Cocoyl or Lauryl Taurate - mild, derived from coconut fatty acids
Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate
List courtesy of Tonya McKay Becker (CurlChemist)
MOST POPULAR NATURAL PRODUCT INGREDIENTS
Conditioners, Deep Treatments and Leave-In’s for most hair Conditioners contain moisturizing and softening ingredients. Here is a short break down of a few natural ingredients found in Products.
Proteins: These ingredients are used in many conditions to Reinforce and Strengthen the hair structure that has been damaged or weakened by Chemicals (perms, color, etc.) You should always follow up with a Moisturizing deep conditioner when using Protein to restore elasticity to dry, hard hair after a Protein Treatment. Some Natural Proteins are Amino acids, Animal protein, Casein, Cholestrol, Collagen, Keratin, Milk protein, Oat flour, Panthenol, Rice protein, Soy protein, Wheat protein.
Fatty Alcohols: Yes…There are alcohols that are actually OK for your hair, they work to provide an Emollient effect, and bind water and oil to give our favorite conditioners their lubricating slip and creaminess that makes our hair feels so good but they DO NOT add Moisture. Some fatty alcohols are like Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Isocetyl alcohol, Isostearyl alcohol, Lauryl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, C30-50 alcohols, Lanolin alcohol.
Humectants: These ingredients are used to draw moisturize from the environment to dry and/or damaged hair. In high humidity, humectants can attract too much water and cause the hair Shaft to swell (frizz & poofiness). In low humidity, humectants can draw water out of the hair Shaft and cause dryness and breakage. Some natural humectants are Butylene Glycol9 Dipropylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Capryl Glycol, Urea, Honey, Aloe Vera Gel, Quillaia.
Natural Oils: These wonderful oils are used to strengthen, repair & add sheen to hair not moisture (except penetrable oils like coconut olive and argon oils). Oils are mostly known as Sealants, they are used over your moisturized hair to lock in that goodness. A few Natural oils are Olive, Coconut, Argon, Castor, Jojoba, Avocado, JBCO, Grapeseed, Almond, Palm Oil, etc.
Natural Butters: The Benefits of Butters are their unique Properties that come from fruit, beans, seeds, and leaves due to their fatty acids, loads of vitamins, UV protections and its natural emollient to Seal/Protect hair while also nourishing, softening and conditioning hair strands. A few Popular natural butters are Tucuma, Shea, Cocoa, Mango, Avocado and Kokum Butter to name a few.
Our Moisturizing Daily Leave-In Tea Spritz Ingredients
I decided to use 100% All-Natural & Organic ingredients when I created my handmade Natural Hair & Body Products called Ayur’s Batch of Nature. I was so tired of buying and using products that had ingredients I could not pronounce and worst of all…didn’t work! These products are made with the best natural ingredients found in Nature...Literally! Take a look at our product label for our Ayurvedic Tea Spritz.
Well…there you have it, at least you have a better understanding of what is in those products before you buy and what those ingredients REALLY mean!!!
Do You Read your Product Labels? What Ingredients do You look For?
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Tara ~ Let’s Natty Chat Blog
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