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Product score: 03

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Paula's Choice Skincare Probiotic Nutrient Moisturizer

Paula's Choice Skincare Probiotic Nutrient Moisturizer

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CATEGORY

Moisturizer

BRAND

Paula's Choice

DATA LAST UPDATED

December 2021

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    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: 01
WATER
Appeared as: WATER (AQUA)
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
ISOAMYL LAURATE
Appeared as: ISOAMYL LAURATE (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: GLYCERIN (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
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: 01
BUTYLENE GLYCOL
Appeared as: BUTYLENE GLYCOL (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, solvent, viscositydecreasing agent, humectant, masking, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM POLYACRYLATE STARCH
Appeared as: SODIUM POLYACRYLATE STARCH (TEXTURE ENHANCER/STABILIZER)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) absorbent, binder, emulsion stabilizer, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, emulsion stabilising, film forming, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
CETYL ALCOHOL
Appeared as: CETYL ALCOHOL (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, fragrance ingredient, opacifying agent, surfactant - emulsifying agent;surfactant - foam booster, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, viscosity increasing agent -nonaqueous, emollient, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, foam boosting, masking, opacifying, surfactant, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
LACTOBACILLUS/ RYE FLOUR FERMENT
Appeared as: LACTOBACILLUS/RYE FLOUR FERMENT (TEXTURE ENHANCER/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
LAUROYL LYSINE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, hair conditioning, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT
Appeared as: LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT (PROBIOTIC/SKIN-SOOTHING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE
Appeared as: BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE (PROBIOTIC/SKIN-SOOTHING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
D-GLUCO-D-MANNAN
Appeared as: GLUCOMANNAN (PREBIOTIC/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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Ingredient score: 01
SACCHAROMYCES LYSATE
Appeared as: SACCHAROMYCES LYSATE (POSTBIOTIC/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
LEUCONOSTOC/ RADISH ROOT FERMENT FILTRATE
Appeared as: LEUCONOSTOC/RADISH ROOT FERMENT FILTRATE (PROBIOTIC/SKIN-SOOTHING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) antidandruff, antimicrobial
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT
Appeared as: GLYCINE SOJA SEED EXTRACT (SOYBEAN)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, bulking, emollient, hair conditioning, moisturising, skin conditioning, solvent
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 04
CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT (GREEN TEA)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, oral care agent, skin-conditioning agent -miscellaneous, ultraviolet light absorber, antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, humectant, masking, oral care, skin conditioning, skin protecting, tonic, uv absorber
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE
Appeared as: TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C/)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-1
Appeared as: ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-1 (SKIN-RESTORING/SKIN-SOOTHING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
PALMITOYL DIPEPTIDE-10
Appeared as: PALMITOYL DIPEPTIDE-10 (/SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 01
CERAMIDE NG
Appeared as: CERAMIDE NG (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
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Ingredient score: 01
ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA (BABASSU) SEED OIL
Appeared as: ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA SEED OIL (NON-FRAGRANT PLANT) OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
PALMITOYLPROLINE
Appeared as: PALMITOYL PROLINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCINE
Appeared as: GLYCINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent -miscellaneous, antistatic, buffering, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
SERINE
Appeared as: SERINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
THREONINE
Appeared as: THREONINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, hair waving or straightening
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Ingredient score: 01
ALANINE
Appeared as: ALANINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
VALINE
Appeared as: VALINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ARGININE
Appeared as: ARGININE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
PROLINE
Appeared as: PROLINE (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
LYSINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Appeared as: LYSINE HCL (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antioxidant, reducing, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: RUBUS IDAEUS FRUIT EXTRACT (RASPBERRY)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
NIACINAMIDE
Appeared as: NIACINAMIDE (SKIN-RESTORING/SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, smoothing
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Ingredient score: 01
ADENOSINE
Appeared as: ADENOSINE (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 03
LECITHIN
Appeared as: LECITHIN (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, surfactant - emulsifying agent, antistatic, emollient, emulsifying, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM PHYTATE
Appeared as: PHYTIC ACID (CHELATING AGENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, oral care agent, chelating, oral care
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
YEAST EXTRACT
Appeared as: YEAST EXTRACT/FAEX (PREBIOTIC/POSTBIOTIC/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 02
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: TOCOPHEROL (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)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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Ingredient score: 03
SODIUM LACTATE
Appeared as: SODIUM LACTATE (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, exfoliant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, buffering, humectant, keratolytic
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM PCA
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, antistatic, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 02
PCA
Appeared as: PCA (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - humectant, humectant, moisturising
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 01
MAGNESIUM PALMITOYL GLUTAMATE
Appeared as: MAGNESIUM PALMITOYL GLUTAMATE (SKIN-SOFTENING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM PALMITOYL SARCOSINATE
Appeared as: SODIUM PALMITOYL SARCOSINATE (SKIN-SOFTENING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, surfactant - cleansing agent, cleansing, hair conditioning, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
ISOPROPYL PALMITATE
Appeared as: ISOPROPYL PALMITATE (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) binder, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, antistatic, binding, emollient, perfuming, skin conditioning, solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
GLUTAMIC ACID
Appeared as: GLUTAMIC ACID (AMINO ACID/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, antistatic, hair conditioning, humectant
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Ingredient score: 01
BETAINE
Appeared as: BETAINE (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, antistatic, hair conditioning, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE (TEXTURE ENHANCER/)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying
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Ingredient score: 02
SODIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
Appeared as: SODIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER (/HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) binder, film former, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, film forming, opacifying, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)
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Ingredient score: 01
HYDROXYACETOPHENONE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 03
CETETH-20
Appeared as: CETETH-20 (SOLUBOLIZER)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent, emulsifying
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
STEARETH-20
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
POLYSORBATE-20
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
PEG-75 STEARATE
Appeared as: PEG-75 STEARATE (CLEANSING AGENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 03
PROPYLENE GLYCOL
Appeared as: PROPYLENE GLYCOL (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin-conditioningagent - miscellaneous, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 01
1,2-HEXANEDIOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 04
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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Ingredient score: 02
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) deodorant agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredients from packaging:

Water (Aqua), Isoamyl Laurate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Sodium Polyacrylate Starch (texture enhancer/stabilizer), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient), Lauroyl Lysine (texture enhancer/hydration) Lactobacillus/Rye Flour Ferment (probiotic/skin-soothing), Lactobacillus Ferment (probiotic/skin-soothing), Bifida Ferment Lysate (probiotic/skin-soothing), Glucomannan (prebiotic/hydration), Saccharomyces Lysate (postbiotic/hydration), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (probiotic/skin-soothing), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Acetyl Hexapeptide-1 (skin-restoring/skin-soothing), Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10 (antioxidant/skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Palmitoyl Proline (amino acid/hydration), Glycine (amino acid/hydration), Serine (amino acid/hydration), Threonine (amino acid/hydration), Alanine (amino acid/hydration), Valine (amino acid/hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Proline (amino acid/hydration), Lysine HCl (amino acid/hydration), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract (prebiotic/antioxidant), Niacinamide (skin-restoring/skin-replenishing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Yeast Extract/Faex (prebiotic/postbiotic/hydration), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing) Sodium Lactate (postbiotic/hydration), PCA (skin-replenishing), Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate (skin-softening), Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate (skin-softening), Isopropyl Palmitate (emollient), Glutamic Acid (amino acid/hydration), Betaine (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer/emulsifier), Hydroxyacetophenone (antioxidant/hydration) Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (texture enhancer), Ceteth-20 (solubolizer), Steareth-20 (emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), PEG-75 Stearate (cleansing agent), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Propylene Glycol (texture enhancer), 1,2-Hexanediol (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative).

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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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