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In the ingredient descriptions: Good means that I like to see this in a product's list of ingredients. Okay means this product appears safe for a curly person like me to use. Caution means that this ingredient may not be good in some hair care products, or for some people. Avoid means this ingredient may hurt your hair. If you see this ingredient in a hair product, it's best to put it down and walk away.
There is more and more research showing that irritation damages the skin. Whether the irritation is from a drying cleanser, a fragrance, or essential oils, it all adds up to irritation. Even if we might not feel irritation, that doesn't mean irritation isn't taking place. Just because we don't feel irritation doesn't mean it isn't happening. Skin may not always let us know if damage is occuring, such as wrinkling that comes from sun damage. Though some substances (such as preservatives) may cause irritation, it is much safer to use a product that has a preservative in it than use one that doesn't have one. Fragrances, or even natural oils with strong fragrances, are known to be a big source of irritation or skin sensitivity. Since these do not serve a true purpose in products other than for marketing, adding fragrance, or a "tingle", the potential for irritaion that comes with these isn't worth it. The more sources of irritation that can be eliminated, the better. Pgs 16-17, 40. —I'm torn about this, because I love my products to have a great scent, and so far, I haven't had any problems with skin sensitivity. However, after what I've been reading, I want to at least present this information here, so you can decide for yourself. Also, it is best to keep potential irritants off a baby's skin or scalp.—T
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