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Product score: 03

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Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap W/ Shea Butter, Face & Body Bar

Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap W/ Shea Butter, Face & Body Bar

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Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • MODERATE
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 04
ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Data Availability: Limited
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: VEGETABLE GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT
Appeared as: ROSEMARY EXTRACT
Data Availability: None
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CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
CI 77499
Appeared as: IRON OXIDES
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) colorant, cosmetic colorant
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) KERNEL OIL
Appeared as: AFRICAN BLACK SOAP BASE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
AFRICAN BUTTER
Appeared as: AFRICAN SHEA BUTTER
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 01
AVENA SATIVA (OAT)
Appeared as: OATS
Data Availability: Fair
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Ingredient score: 01
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA)
Appeared as: ALOE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
PLANTAGO MAJOR (PLANTAIN) EXTRACT
Appeared as: PLANTAIN EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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Ingredient score: 01
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: VITAMIN E
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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Ingredient score: 01
POTASSIUM CARBONATE
Appeared as: PALM ASH
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredients from packaging:

AFRICAN BLACK SOAP BASE, AFRICAN SHEA BUTTER, OATS, ALOE, PLANTAIN EXTRACT, VITAMIN E, ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, PALM ASH, ROSEMARY EXTRACT, IRON OXIDES

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."

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Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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