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. Beeswax is produced by bees, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Baby nappy balm, Lip balm 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Lip balm, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Normal conditioner, Baby moisturiser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health although a small percentage of people can be sensitive to this. Biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Manuka honey & kelp soap 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. Lip balm, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Normal conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. fabric softener, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Baby body wash, Normal shampoo, Bubble bath, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, wool & delicates, Foaming hand wash, Baby shampoo, Hand wash, Body wash 1 - 1
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. Goat's milk soap, Baby 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, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. Baby nappy balm 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. Baby nappy balm, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Baby moisturiser 0 - 0
Low hazard to health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. liquid scourer, Pink grapefruit & mint soap, Goat's milk soap, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Vanilla soap, Manuka honey & kelp soap, Baby soap, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Normal shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Lemongrass soap, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Normal conditioner, Foaming hand wash, Coconut soap, Baby shampoo, Hand wash, Body wash 2 - 2
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, Baby moisturiser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Baby body wash, Normal shampoo, bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, Bubble bath, multi-purpose concentrate, Glass cleaner, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, wool & delicates, Baby shampoo, Body wash 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health although a small percentage of people can be sensitive to this oil. Derived from plants, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. dish liquid 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
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. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Fully plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. laundry powder, top & front loader, laundry soaker & stain remover 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, 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
Shea Butter is considered a low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, 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, Extra moisturising hand cream, Baby moisturiser 0 - 0
Fractionated Coconut Oil is a low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Baby moisturiser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Baby moisturiser 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising hand cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Normal shampoo, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Baby shampoo 0 - 0
Low hazard to health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, Normal conditioner 1 - 1
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. Volumising conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 0 - 0
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