As we aim to be very specific and transparent about each ingredient used in our products, we want to highlight our natural emulsifiers and explain what they are and what their purpose is.
Emulsifiers are used in cosmetic products to mix water with oils. Since water and oil do not mix but stay separated, an additional agent (emulsifier) must form a homogenous mixture to keep water and oil together. There are two types of emulsifiers. Oil-in-water (o/w) emulsifiers keep oil drops packed in water, while water-in-oil (w/o) emulsifiers keep water drops packed in oil.
We are proud that all our emulsifiers are scored "EWG 1: High safety" as the highest safety emulsifiers available.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability. EWG is a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.
EWG Scores explained EWG analyzes and rates individual ingredients according to their toxicity. Individual ingredient ratings for a product are combined to find an overall product rating.
EWG 1-2: High safety EWG 3-6: Moderate safety EWG 7-10: Low safety N/A: Not yet rated
* Ingredients from natural origin (Verified by Ecogea.org)
** Ingredients from an organic agricultural source (Verified by Ecogea.org)
Cetearyl alcohol (vegetable)
INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol* Function: Emulsifier, Stabilizer Known for: Skin softening
A gentle emulsifier that gives balance to the product.
Although alcohol by the name, Cetearyl Alcohol is not the same as the traditional alcohols known for drying and sensitizing the skin.
Cetearyl Alcohol is so-called fatty alcohol safe for use, an emulsifier, and a multi-tasking ingredient that gives the skin a pleasantly soft feel. It has a waxy substance that is derived naturally from plants, like palm oil or coconut oil. Cetearyl Alcohol acts as an emulsifier and stabilizer (helps to stabilize oil in water mixes) and prevents products from separating.
EWG 1 Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohols that can come from vegetable or synthetic sources.
Cetearyl glucoside (vegetable)
INCI: Cetearyl Glucoside* Function: Emulsifier, Stabilizer Known for: Skin softening
A gentle emulsifier that also retains moisture.
Cetearyl Glucoside is a natural, plant-based emulsifier derived from plant sugars and fatty acids. It acts as an emulsifier and stabilizer (helps to stabilize oil in water mixes).
Cetearyl Glucoside helps skin and hair retain moisture, leaving a pleasant, soft feeling on the skin.
EWG 1 Cetearyl Glucoside is a surfactant and emulsifier produced from natural or synthetic ingredients.
Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (or Guar Gum) is a plant-based emulsion stabilizer and conditioning agent. It is derived from Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba, aka Guar plant, by grinding the tissue found inside its seeds. Guar Gum also helps to thicken products to give them a creamy, malleable texture.
We love this ingredient for its anti-static and smoothing properties on hair. It leaves the fur soft and shiny.
EWG 1 Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum is a resinous material derived from the ground endosperm of Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba.
Helping to keep the moisture to the skin and formulation well blended.
Glyceryl Oleate is a natural emollient that is binding moisture to the skin and keeping the formulation well blended. Glyceryl Oleate is the ester of Glycerin and Oleic Acid mostly derived from olive oil, peanut oil, pecan oil, or tea seed oil. It does not dissolve in water but dissolves in oil. It is mainly used as a co-emulsifier and stabilizer to create stable water in oil mixes. It helps cleansing products to thicken them up and has refatting and skin-smoothing effect. We love it for so many reasons!
EWG 1 Glyceryl Oleate is composed of glycerin and Oleic Acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.
INCI: Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate* Function: Emulsifier, Stabilizer Known for: Good blending properties
Water and oil don't mix, so we add this natural emulsifier to stabilize our oil-in-water solutions.
Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate is an ester emulsifier derived from 100% plant-based raw materials. This emulsifier allows oil and water ( and any other unmixable liquids) to blend into a stable solution, allowing the formula to be absorbed into the follicle, leaving no oily residue. So you can enjoy the benefits of both worlds!
EWG 1 Polyglyceryl-10 caprylate/caprate is a single ester created from polymers and glycerin used in skin care as an emulsifier or solvent.
Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate is a plant-derived ester of Lauric Acid and Polyglycerin-10. It serves as a mild emulsifier and skin-softening agent, but it can also work as a cleansing agent.
EWG 1 Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate is an ester of Lauric Acid and Polyglycerin-10.
INCI: Sorbitan Olivate* Function: Surfactant, Emulsifier Known for: Hydration
A gentle emulsifier that also reduces skin dehydration.
Sorbitan Olivate is a natural, plant-based emulsifier derived from fatty acids and olive oil. It is esterified with a sugar alcohol called sorbitol.
Sorbitan Olivate is an exceptionally soft and mild emulsifier compatible with the skin. It reduces skin dehydration and water loss. Sorbitan Olivate is a natural alternative for toxic PEGs that serves the same purpose in chemically derived cosmetic products. Sorbitan Olivate is also a hypoallergenic and bio-compatible emulsifier.
EWG 1 Sorbitan Olivate is a surfactant based on olive oil and sorbitol.