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Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer, For Color Treated Hair (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG scientists reviewed the Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer, For Color Treated Hair (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer, For Color Treated Hair (old formulation) is 9.

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Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
FRAGRANCE
Appeared as: PARFUM/FRAGRANCE

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Fair
LILIAL
Appeared as: BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

Limited
LYRAL
Appeared as: HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)

Good

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

None

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Fair
FD&C YELLOW 5
Appeared as: CI 19140/YELLOW 5

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (high)

Fair
FD&C BLUE 1
Appeared as: CI 42090/BLUE 1

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

None

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

None

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATES (C12)
Appeared as: LAURETH-23

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair
DAIDAI205
Appeared as: CI 15510/ORANGE 4

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited
ACID RED 33
Appeared as: CI 17200/RED 33

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA/WATER

Good
MINERAL OIL
Appeared as: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/MINERAL OIL

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Limited

Limited
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER)
Appeared as: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER/SHEA BUTTER

• Use restrictions (low)

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

Good
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Appeared as: CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair

Fair

Fair

Limited
PENTASODIUM DTPA
Appeared as: PENTASODIUM PENTETATE

None

None

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

None

Limited
PHENOLSULFONPHTHALEIN
Appeared as: PHENOLSULFONEPHTHALEIN

Fair

Fair
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL
Appeared as: OLEA EUROPAEA OIL/OLIVE FRUIT OIL

Limited
SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL
Appeared as: SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS OIL/JOJOBA SEED OIL

Limited
PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL
Appeared as: PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL/AVOCADO OIL

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) GEL
Appeared as: ALOE BARBADENSIS/ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair
COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL
Appeared as: COCOS NUCIFERA OIL/COCONUT OIL

None

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Shea Butter Conditioning Relaxer Creme: Aqua/Water, Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Guanidine Carbonate, PEG-75 Lanolin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-6, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, CI 15510/Orange 4. Creme Activator: Propylene Glycol, Calcium Hydroxide, Silica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide. Silk Keratin Serum: Aqua/Water, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Arginine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Pentasodium Pentetate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Ethylparaben, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Propylparaben, Linalool, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide. Color Signal Neutralizing Shampoo: Water/Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Cocamide MEA, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, Sodium PCA, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Phenolsulfonephthalein. Deep Conditioner: Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-37, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum, Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Citric Acid, Sodium PCA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Olea Europaea Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Linalool, Panthenol, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 14700/Red 4, CI 17200/Red 33, CI 42090/Blue 1. Healthy Gloss 5 Moisture Hair Creme: Aqua/Water, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Paraffin, Parfum/Fragrance, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Ethylparaben, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Hexyl Cinnamal, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Benzyl Alcohol.

Directions from packaging:

Important - read & follow the safety warnings.

Warnings from packaging:

Important - read before purchasing. This product may not be suitable for all hair types; a strand test must be performed prior to application. Use the strength of relaxer suited to your hair. Not suitable for use on children. Do not use on bleached hair, highlighted hair, hair treated with henna or metallic salts, or hair processed with a thio/perm product such as thioglycolate, thiolactate, cysteine, cysteamine, sulfite. Hair loss or breakage could occur. Do not use on hair that is fragile, breaking, splitting or otherwise damaged; for example, due to frequent coloring or other chemical processes. If you have permanent or demi-permanent haircolor, wait at least 2 weeks before relaxing. Do not use if you have a sensitive, irritated or damaged scalp. It is recommended that you use petroleum jelly during application as indicated in enclosed instructions. Usage Advisory - Safety Warnings: Read and follow enclosed instruction sheet completely before using. Failure to follow instructions or warnings or other misuse of the product can cause serious injury to eyes or skin and can damage hair or result in permanent hair loss. Keep out of reach of children. Contains alkali. Wear gloves provided in the kit throughout the relaxing process. Avoid contact with eyes. Can cause blindness. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately and thoroughly with water and consult a doctor. Keep relaxer off scalp and other skin areas. In case of contact with skin, rinse immediately.

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