HaleBopp says…Hi Beauty Brains. Such a fantastic resource, thank you! I have a question regarding alcohol denat in a body moisturiser for dry skin. It’s listed as the 8th ingredient in Garnier Body Hydralock (Rich Texture) in the UK. After my research on here, I have learnt that you can’t simply isolate one ingredient and say that is is bad. I have also read via your site that one of the ingredients known to be drying to the skin is that of alcohol denat. I am really confused as to why it would then be in a moisturiser for really dry skin, even if maybe it’s purpose is that of preservation. I’d be really interested to hear you thoughts on the use of this ingredient in this product.
Garnier Body Hydralock Ingredients
Water, glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, urea (5%), mineral oil, propylene glycol, butyrospernum parkii, cetearyl alcohol, ALCOHOL DENAT, peg-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, glycine, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, disodium edta, hydroxethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid, acer saccarinum extract, xanthan gum, acrylates/c10-30 akyl acrylate crosspolymer, methylparaben, phenoxyehanol, ethyparaben, parfum.
The Beauty Brains bottom line
Under normal circumstances ethanol is one of the last ingredients you’d want to see in a skin moisturizing lotion. But if it’s helping another ingredient to “stimulate epidermal renewal” than it may be worth it. If any cosmetic chemist reading this post has another idea why this formula could contain ethanol, please leave a comment and share your expertise. We promise we won’t tell anyone at L’Oreal.
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