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Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment (2016 formulation) product label collected on November 01, 2016 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 Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment (2016 formulation) is 4.

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Data last updated: November 2016

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 MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

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

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

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

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

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Fair
ZEA MAYS (CORN) KERNEL EXTRACT
Appeared as: ZEA MAYS (CORN) BUD/SEED EXTRACT

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

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

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

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None
AGAVE AMERICANA LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: AGAVE TEQUILANA STEM EXTRACT

Fair

None

Fair

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Glycerin (Vegetable), Water Zea Mays (Corn) Bud/Seed Extract, Pectin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Tocopherol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Panthenol, Vinegar, Cetrimonium Chloride, Agave Tequilana Stem Extract, Niacin, Potassium Sorbate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Yeast Extract, Citric Acid *Certified Organic Ingredient

Directions from packaging:

Rub a small amount together in hands. Apply to styled hair, smoothing flyaways with fingertips. For maximum control, apply small dabs to hairline and to edges the night before and cover hair with a silk scarf. In the morning, hair will be slicked back and well hydrated.

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