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Does a long ingredient name (one that most people cannot pronounce, or need a magnifying to read) equate to a “bad chemical” in a product? No!

Skin creams and lotions (amongst other common personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste…)  are considered cosmetics.

Per the FDA, cosmetic ingredients must be labeled with INCI names.  What are INCI names? The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients is a “system of names” that include scientific, Latin and English words.

Let’s take a look at a simple ingredient: shea butter.  Good quality unrefined shea butter is about as basic as it can be.   Shea butter is collected in South Africa from the kernel of the shea tree (as described here).   The raw butter is melted, stirred and filtered.  The INCI name for shea butter is Butyrospermum Parkii.  Yes, a scary looking long name.  No, the long name on the cosmetic label does not make it a “bad” chemical.

If you find yourself concerned about an ingredient on a label, I urge you to ask the manufacturer for additional information.  A cosmetic maker should always be happy to explain their products.

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