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Shea Moisture African Black Soap Overnight Resurfacing Serum

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Overnight Resurfacing Serum product label collected on March 22, 2021 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 African Black Soap Overnight Resurfacing Serum is 3.

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Data last updated: March 2021

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Good

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

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

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

Robust

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

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

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

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

Limited
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Appeared as: CHARCOAL POWDER

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited

Fair

Limited
THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SHELL POWDER
Appeared as: THEOBROMA CACAO POTASH (COCOA POD)

Fair

Fair

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

None

Fair

Fair
PROLINE
Appeared as: L-PROLINE

Fair

None

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

Fair

Limited

Fair

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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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

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

WATER, GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE), PROPANEDIOL, GLYCOLIC ACID, SALICYLIC ACID, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*+, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, CHARCOAL POWDER, SODIUM PCA, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, ALLANTOIN, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA POD) POTASH, ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) KERNEL OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PANTHENOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, L-PROLINE, HYDROXYPROLINE, HYDROGENATED ETHYLHEXYL OLIVATE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, XANTHAN GUM, GLUCONOLACTONE, CALCIUM GLUCONATE, POLYSORBATE 60, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM BENZOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL

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