Husband Asked, “What’s in Alba’s Unscented Moisturing Cream Shave?”

razorThis morning, my husband asked, “What’s in this shaving cream? Is it really free of synthetic chemicals?” He saw a list of ingredients he couldn’t pronounce and wondered what they were. He went on to gush over how much better the product was over the old foam kind he used to use. I didn’t even bother with the marketing terms on the front of the tube. Instead I glanced at the label and thought most of the long ingredient names were botanicals but wasn’t sure.

First stop: Environmental Working Group’s web site called Skin Deep.
I entered Alba moisturing shaving cream and found the unscented version.

Nice! They’ve done the work for me.

Overall, they rate it as 3 out of 10 for the hazard score. A moderate hazard.

Which ingredients were of most concern?
Two scored 4/10

PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE: PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate is the polyethylene glycol ether of Glyceryl Cocoate (q.v.) thatconforms generally to the formula: where RCO- represents the fatty acids derived from coconut oil and n has an average value of 7.

PHENOXYETHANOL: Phenoxyethanol is the aromatic ether alcohol.

With a rating of 3 was:
SODIUM HYDROXIDE: Sodium Hydroxide is the inorganic base.

The rest of the ingredients had ratings of 0-2.

Just for fun, I searched the old, foam shaving cream he used to use. It came up as a 5 hazard score, with ingredients such as propane and fragrance. Its ingredients were linked to all the health concerns including cancer. But the real surprise was so was Alba’s linked to all the hazards on the list, although it was rated 3, less of a hazard. We’ll use up the Alba cream we bought but the EWG lists many other brands we can try.

These are those listed as having 0 or 1 scores:
1. A Goat Milk Soap Milk -N- Honey bar soap, shaving cream 0
2. Miessence Shave Gel shaving cream 0
3. Nurture My Body Shave Cream Fragrance Free shaving cream, shaving cream (men’s) 0
4. Nurture My Body Shave Cream shaving cream, shaving cream (men’s) 0
5. Samantharoma Smooth Shaving Oil, Mostly Hers shaving cream 0
6. Samantharoma Smooth Shaving Oil, Mostly His shaving cream 0
7. Poofy Organics Orange Sweetness Shower & Shaving Gel body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 0
8. Poofy Organics Lovely Lavender Shower & Shaving Gel body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 0
9. A Shampoo Soap Citrus Shampoo and Body Bar bar soap, body wash/cleanser, shampoo 0
10. A Shampoo Soap Coconut Milk Shampoo and Body Bar bar soap, shampoo, shaving cream 0
11. A Shampoo Soap Citrus Shampoo and Body Bar bar soap, body wash/cleanser, shampoo 0
12. A Soap for Goodness Sake Shampoo and Body Bar Babassu Shampoo and Body Bar bar soap, body wash/cleanser, shampoo 0
13. A Soap for Goodness Sake Patchouli Shaving Soap shaving cream 0
14. Tom’s of Maine Natural Conditioning Shave Cream, Refreshing Mint shaving cream, shaving cream (men’s) 1
15. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Baby (Unscented) Shaving Gel shaving cream 1
16. Women’s Wellness Mink Oil Complexion and Body Bar bar soap, shaving cream 1
17. Tom’s of Maine Natural Conditioning Shave Cream MINT / Non-Aerosol shaving cream, shaving cream (men’s) 1
18. Perfect Organics Lavender Lavish Ultimate Body Wash bath oil/salts/soak, body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 1
19. Perfect Organics Citrus Fresh Ultimate Body Wash bath oil/salts/soak, body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 1
20. Perfect Organics Nilla Mint Ultimate Body Wash bath oil/salts/soak, body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 1
21. California North Razor Shavecream shaving cream 1
22. Nothing Nasty smoothly does it shave oil shaving cream 1
23. Perfect Organics Real Spice Ultimate Body Wash bath oil/salts/soak, body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 1
24. Perfect Organics Orange Ginger Ultimate Body Wash body wash/cleanser, shaving cream 1

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