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Naturopathica Gotu Kola Balm

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Naturopathica Gotu Kola Balm product label collected on December 10, 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 Naturopathica Gotu Kola Balm is 2.

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Data last updated: December 2018

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Occupational hazards
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited

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

None
RASPBERRY SEED OIL PEG-8 ESTERS
Appeared as: RASPBERRY SEED OIL/TOCOPHERYL SUCCINATE AMINOPROPANEDIOL ESTERS

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

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

Fair

None

Fair

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

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

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
AZADIRACHTA INDICA LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: MELIA AZADIRACHTA LEAF EXTRACT

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited
MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED EXTRACT
Appeared as: MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL

Limited

Limited
HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEA BUCKTHORN) OIL
Appeared as: HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES FRUIT OIL

Limited
EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX
Appeared as: CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

Limited
EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX
Appeared as: CIRE DE CANDELILLA)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

None

Fair

Limited
CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (POT MARIGOLD) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT

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

Limited
COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX
Appeared as: CERIFERA CERA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX

Limited
COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX
Appeared as: CIRE DE CARNAUBA)

Fair

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

Fair
HYPERICUM PERFORATUM (ST. JOHN'S WORT) EXTRACT
Appeared as: HYPERICUM PERFORATUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT

• Cancer (low)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.

PETA Cruelty-free Companies

Companies that join the "Caring Consumer" program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading international animal rights advocacy organization, attest that "neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations or finished products, and that they pledge not to do so in the future."

For more information visit: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

Leaping Bunny

Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified cruelty-free under the Humane Household Products Standard, managed in the U.S. and Canada by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, a coalition of eight national animal protection groups. Participating companies must open their processes to independent audits throughout the supply chain.

For more information visit: http://www.leapingbunny.org/

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Raspberry Seed Oil/Tocopheryl Succinate Aminopropanediol Esters, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cire De Candelilla), Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cire de Carnauba) Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract

Directions from packaging:

Warm balm between fingertips and apply to dry, devitalized skin on face or body. For stretch marks: Use a dime size amount for pre-natal belly massage to help prevent the appearance of stretch marks.

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