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. Nourishing manuka lip balm, baby nappy balm, lip balm stick 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Nourishing manuka lip balm, Purifying cleanser, Gentle cleanser, Multi-nutrient facial oil, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Nourishing manuka lip balm, baby moisturiser, Gentle cleanser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, lip balm stick, dandruff control conditioner, volumising conditioner, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, ultra sensitive conditioner, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 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. Nourishing manuka lip balm, manuka honey & kelp soap 1 - 1
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. toilet cleaner, volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, Purifying cleanser, Gentle cleanser, multi-purpose kitchen cleaner, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, normal daily moisturising shampoo, dandruff control shampoo, wool & delicates, bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bubble bath, multi-purpose concentrate, Glass cleaner 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, kids bubble bath, kids foaming hand wash, kids 3-in-1 conditioning shampoo & body wash, 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. liquid scourer, volumising shampoo, ultra sensitive shampoo, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, dandruff control conditioner, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, volumising conditioner, normal daily moisturising shampoo, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dandruff control shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, wool & delicates, ultra sensitive conditioner, laundry liquid 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
Shea Butter is considered a low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, Nourishing hand cream, Replenishing night cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, Multi-nutrient facial oil, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 0 - 0
Fractionated Coconut Oil is a low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, Nourishing hand cream 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, extra moisturising hand cream, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Replenishing night cream 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, Nourishing hand cream, Replenishing night cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising hand cream, Nourishing hand cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. baby moisturiser, kids 3-in-1 conditioning shampoo & body wash, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, extra moisturising body lotion, Nourishing hand cream 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. 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 to 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, dishwasher tablets, goat's milk soap, kids foaming hand wash, kids 3-in-1 conditioning shampoo & body wash, Purifying cleanser, dandruff control conditioner, volumising conditioner, normal daily moisturising conditioner, dry, damaged & colour care conditioner, foaming hand wash, lemongrass soap, ultra sensitive conditioner, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 2 - 2
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. Purifying cleanser, Gentle cleanser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 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. Purifying cleanser, Multi-nutrient facial oil, Light moisturiser, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Purifying cleanser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for Greywater and septic tanks. Gentle cleanser, Multi-nutrient facial oil, volumising conditioner, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Gentle cleanser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Gentle cleanser, Multi-nutrient facial oil, Replenishing night cream 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Gentle cleanser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Fully plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Gentle cleanser, Multi-nutrient facial oil, laundry powder, top & front loader, laundry soaker & stain remover, Light moisturiser, Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. extra moisturising hand cream, Nourishing hand cream, Replenishing night cream 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. volumising conditioner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Light moisturiser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Light moisturiser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Hydrating moisturiser, Replenishing night cream 1 - 1
Find a Store

Enter your location and find a store in your area.

Healthy Home Ideas

Tips and ideas to help protect your health and green up at home.

Read More
No Nasty Chemicals

We help protect your health by minimising exposure to harmful chemicals.

Learn more about us