Emollient

Role details

*What are emollients used for?*

Emollients are used in moisturisers to help dry skin gain and retain moisture. All organs, including the skin, need to repair and regenerate in order to stay healthy. The biological reactions that take place to facilitate this all require the presence of water. If skin is too dry, its ability to repair and regenerate itself is compromised. 

Also, as skin gets dry, it becomes prone to tightness and irritation. In the long term, dry skin will contribute to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin is also more susceptible to damage such as from sun exposure or harsh detergents.

Often, the word _emollient_ is used interchangeably with _moisturiser._ Technically speaking, emollient is used to refer to the single ingredient, whereas moisturiser refers to the finished product, which combines multiple ingredients.

*How do they work?*

Emollients help to moisturise through the following properties:

*Occlusion:* Providing a protective layer on top of skin to seal in moisture and prevent it from evaporating

*Humectant:* Increasing the water-holding capacity of skin and drawing water into skin

*Lubrication:* Providing slip and glide across skin for a smoother feel

Role Ingredients

Ingredient Health & Environment Used in EWG Rating
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. lip balm stick, dandruff control conditioner, volumising conditioner, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, ultra sensitive conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser, lip balm stick, dandruff control conditioner, body butter, volumising conditioner, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, ultra sensitive conditioner 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Beeswax is produced by bees, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby nappy balm, lip balm stick, body butter 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, body butter 0 - 0
Shea Butter is considered a low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser, body butter 0 - 0
Fractionated Coconut Oil is a low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser, body butter 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, baby moisturiser 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser, body butter 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, glass & surface cleaner, normal daily moisturising shampoo, dandruff control shampoo, wool & delicates, bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bubble bath, multi-purpose concentrate 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, normal daily moisturising shampoo, dandruff control shampoo 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. volumising shampoo, fabric softener, ultra sensitive shampoo, baby shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, body wash, hand wash, normal daily moisturising shampoo, dandruff control shampoo, foaming hand wash, wool & delicates, bubble bath 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, liquid scourer, volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, dandruff control conditioner, body butter, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, volumising conditioner, hand wash, normal daily moisturising shampoo, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dandruff control shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, wool & delicates, laundry liquid, ultra sensitive conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. coconut soap, baby nappy balm 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. manuka honey & kelp soap, baby soap 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. manuka honey & kelp soap 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser, body butter 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, baby moisturiser, body butter 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, baby nappy balm, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Goat's milk is an animal product that does not cause harm to the animal, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby soap, goat's milk soap 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. baby nappy balm 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived with a synthetic portion, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby shampoo, baby body wash, body wash 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. volumising conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. volumising conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. liquid scourer, coconut soap, grapefruit & mint soap, manuka honey & kelp soap, vanilla soap, baby soap, goat's milk soap, dandruff control conditioner, volumising conditioner, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, foaming hand wash, lemongrass soap, ultra sensitive conditioner 0 - 0
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