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Desert Essence Smoothing Primer (2018 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Desert Essence Smoothing Primer (2018 formulation) product label collected on August 16, 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 Desert Essence Smoothing Primer (2018 formulation) is 4.

Data last updated: August 2018

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

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
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • 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
Limited

• 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)

None

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

Limited
CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG) OIL
Appeared as: CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL (YLANG YLANG)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

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

Limited
LAURUS NOBILIS OIL
Appeared as: LAURUS NOBILIS LEAF OIL (BAY)

• Use restrictions (high)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Fair

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

Limited
CITRUS RETICULATA LEAF OIL
Appeared as: CITRUS RETICULATA LEAF OIL , (TANGERINE)

• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

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

Fair
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS) LEAF OIL
Appeared as: EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Limited
VINEGAR
Appeared as: VINEGAR (APPLE CIDER)

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

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

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

None
MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF WATER
Appeared as: MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA LEAF WATER (TEA TREE)

None

None

Limited
PANTHENOL
Appeared as: PANTHENOL (PROVITAMIN B-5)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

None

None
THYMUS SERPILLUM (WILD THYME) EXTRACT
Appeared as: THYMUS SERPYLLUM EXTRACT (WILD THYME)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

None
ADIANTUM CAPILLUS VENERIS LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: ADIANTUM CAPILLUS-VENERIS LEAF EXTRACT (MAIDEN HAIR FERN)

Limited
ARCTIUM LAPPA (BURDOCK) ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT (GREAT BURDOCK)

Limited
SALIX NIGRA (BLACK WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: SALIX NIGRA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT

• Cancer (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Limited

Limited

• Endocrine disruption (moderate)

Limited
LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL
Appeared as: LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL (LAVANDIN)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited
CEDRUS ATLANTICA (ATLAS CEDAR) OIL
Appeared as: CEDRUS ATLANTICA WOOD OIL (CEDARWOOD)

Fair

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

Limited
OCTANOHYDROXAMIC ACID
Appeared as: CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID

Limited

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (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:

(INCI): WATER, (APPLE CIDER) VINEGAR, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE (ALOE), MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF WATER, GLYCERIN, HEPTYL GLUCOSIDE, COCOGLUCOSIDES HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PANTHENOL (PROVITAMIN B-5), HYDROLYZED QUINOA, THYMUS SERPYLLUM EXTRACT (WILD THYME), ADIANTUM CAPILLUS-VENERIS LEAF EXTRACT (MAIDEN HAIR FERN), ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT (GREAT BURDOCK), SALIX NIGRA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL*, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL*, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL*, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL (LAVANDIN)*, LAURUS NOBILIS LEAF OIL (BAY)*, MENTHOL COCO-GLUCOSIDE, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL*, CEDRUS ATLANTICA WOOD OIL (CEDARWOOD)*, GLYCERYL OLEATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL*, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL (YLANG YLANG)*, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRUS RETICULATA (TANGERINE) LEAF OIL*

Directions from packaging:

For all applications: Apply to wet hair and scalp. Using the bottle tip, create small parts in your hair and apply product. Gently massage. Leave in 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Before Shampoo: Use for a deeper scalp and hair treatment to optimize shampoo performance. Can be used on wet or dry hair. After Conditioner: Use as a Primer for your styling ritual. In between shampoos: Use as a hair and root rinse to freshen, cleanse and deodorize scalp and hair.

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