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Alcohol in cosmetics: FAQ

Alcohol in cosmetics is dangerous? It is harmful? Can you avoid it or can be used it safely?

Some cosmetic ingredients have generated in years controversial debates about their use. This article will try to clarify the use of “Alcohol” in the INCI.

The INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) is the list of ingredients, required by law, on the labels of cosmetic products, so that consumers can purchase with greater awareness.

Recently many cosmetics, especially eco-bio cosmetics, reported on the label the words “alcohol free”: why?

Denatured ethyl alcohol: what is it?

First of all, I need to specify that the denatured ethyl alcohol (also known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol) is an ingredient that is commonly used in cosmetics, both for its quality of solvent that of preservative: indeed, is the second most widely used solvent after water, especially indicated for perfumes thanks to its fast evaporation capacity.

It is a substance that generally neither toxic nor harmful to health but that, unfortunately, sometimes it can cause irritation in particularly sensitive subjects.

Is ethyl alcohol bad?

The answer is maybe.

As mentioned above, denatured ethyl alcohol normally is not a problem: despite this, it eases the absorption of other irritants elements because it wears thin the protective barriers of the skin.

Moreover, it tends to dry out and degrease the skin and its use in face creams makes dry the eye area.

For these reasons, the natural and organic cosmetics try to exclude this ingredient from their formulations.

All alcohols are equal?

Besides Alcohol, which is precisely for ethyl alcohol, in the INCI we can meet several other names of ingredients that contain this word, but that have little to do with it.

Some examples:

  • Cetyl alcohol is a fatty wax with emollient properties;
  • Benzyl alcohol is a preservative;
  • Myrisyl alcohol has emollient qualities;
  • Stearyl alcohol has emollient properties.

A green choice

All OllyNatural cosmetics, with a strong green identity, are denatured ethyl alcohol free: a choice that goes in search of the best for the skin, for the creation of functional products related to the skin and do not cause any irritation in it .

Morover on the back of the labels it is clearly stated that these cosmetics are ALCOHOL FREE, giving a strong signal of attention and responsibility towards the consumer.

And it is for these reasons that the OllyNatural phytocosmetics are also ideal for sensitive skin and for children, thanks to particularly green formulations and the respectful of the health of users.

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