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SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Facial Wash & Scrub (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Facial Wash & Scrub (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 04, 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 SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Facial Wash & Scrub (2016 formulation) is 4.

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Data last updated: July 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 HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Miscellaneous
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited
MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL
Appeared as: TEA TREE OIL

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

Limited
CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL EXTRACT
Appeared as: CITRUS MEDICA LIMONIUM (LEMON) EXTRACT

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

Limited
EMULSIFYING WAX
Appeared as: VEGETABLE EMULSIFYING WAX

Limited
DECYL GLUCOSIDE
Appeared as: DECYL GLUCOSIDE (COCONUT OIL)

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

Good

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: GLYCERINE

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited
BISABOLOL
Appeared as: BISABOLOL (CHAMOMILE)

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: CITRUS AURANTUIM (ORANGE) EXTRACT

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: DEIONIZED WATER

Fair
ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) KERNEL OIL
Appeared as: AFRICAN BLACK SOAP

None

Fair

Limited

Fair

Limited

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited
NIGELLA SATIVA (BLACK CUMIN) SEED OIL
Appeared as: NIGELLA SATIVA (BLACK) SEED OIL

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

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

Limited
TAMARINDUS INDICA EXTRACT
Appeared as: TAMARINDUS INDICA (TAMARIND) EXTRACT

Fair
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL
Appeared as: OLEA EUROPEA (OLIVE) OIL

None
TANACETUM ANNUUM (BLUE TANSY) OIL
Appeared as: MOROCCAN CAMOMILE SAUVIGE OIL

Limited
VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS (BILBERRY) EXTRACT
Appeared as: VACCINIUM MYRTILUS (BILBERRY) EXTRACT

Limited

Limited
ACER SACCHARUM (SUGAR MAPLE) EXTRACT
Appeared as: SUGAR MAPLE EXTRACT

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Deionized Water, African Black Soap, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerine, Vegetable Emulsifying. Wax, Stearic Acid, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Myristic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), Salicylic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Bisabolol (Chamomile), Nigella Sativa (Black) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) extract, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Moroccan Camomile Sauvige Oil, Vaccinium Myrtilus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Citrus Aurantuim (Orange) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonium (lemon) Extract, Tea Tree Oil. *Certified Organic Ingredient.

Directions from packaging:

Apply to damp skin. Gently massage into the face and neck using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly. Use once or twice weekly as required. Follow with Problem Skin toner.

Warnings from packaging:

Natural and certified organic ingredients may vary in color and consistency. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

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