Elemental Herbology - Grapefruit and Mandarin Body Wash

Elemental Herbology Grapefruit and Mandarin Body Wash

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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbic acid
  • ascophyllum nodosum extract
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • laminaria digitata extract
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • +2 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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"Grapefruit and Mandarin Body Wash"
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This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (cocamidopropyl betaine, coco-glucoside, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, glyceryl oleate, lauryl glucoside, polysorbate 20, sodium cocoamphoacetate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: cocamidopropyl betaine, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
6.7% - 8.2%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
5.4% - 6.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent
3.6% - 4.4%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent. Creates foam
2.4% - 3%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.9% - 2.3%
Used as a cleansing agent. Helps water and oil mix together
1.7% - 2.1%
Used as a cleansing agent (surfactant) in cleansers. Helps water and oil mix together in lotions. Can be irritating
1.4% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
1.1% - 1.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
A highly irritating fragrance
0.55% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.45% - 0.65%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that can irritate the skin. Can be used as a fragrance. Has anti-bacterial properties and might help neutralize free radicals on the surface of the skin
0.3% - 0.6%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin, but evidence is lacking
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Brown seaweed extract. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some antioxidant effect
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
Seaweed extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but good research is lacking at the moment
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
0.15% - 0.3%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.2% - 0.35%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.15%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.15%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.05% - 0.1%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.05% - 0.05%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.01% - 0.05%

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