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Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Loc & Braid Butter

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Loc & Braid Butter product label collected on August 20, 2018 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 & Restore Loc & Braid Butter is 5.

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Data last updated: August 2018

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
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Neurotoxicity
  • 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

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

Limited

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

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)

Fair

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

Robust

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

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

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

Fair

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Limited

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Limited

Limited

Limited

Limited

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

None
HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM MALTODEXTRIN CROSSPOLYMER
Appeared as: MALTODEXTRIN/VP COPOLYMER

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

None

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

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:

Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*^, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetyl Alcohol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Behentrimonium Chloride, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Vinegar

Directions from packaging:

Scoop out a dime sized amount. Rub between hands and evenly distribute through damp or dry hair before palm rolling locs or braiding. Massage in between locs and braids as a moisturizer that helps relieve tight scalps.

Warnings from packaging:

If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

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