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, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Normal conditioner, 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, 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. 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. fabric softener, kids bubble bath, kids foaming hand wash, kids 3-in-1 conditioning shampoo & body wash, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, baby shampoo, Normal shampoo, bubble bath, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, wool & delicates, Foaming hand wash, Hand wash, Body wash 1 - 1
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 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, Complete care mouthwash, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Propolis toothpaste, Complete care toothpaste, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Normal shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, lemongrass soap, Hydrating moisturiser, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Normal conditioner, Whitening toothpaste, Foaming hand wash, Replenishing night cream, Hand wash, Body wash 2 - 2
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, Purifying cleanser, Gentle cleanser, multi-purpose kitchen cleaner, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Normal shampoo, bathroom & shower cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bubble bath, multi-purpose concentrate, Glass cleaner, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, wool & delicates, Body wash 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, dish liquid, 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, Extra Clean laundry powder, top & front loader, 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, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Normal shampoo, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour 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 with a synthetic portion, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby shampoo, baby 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
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 0 - 0
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