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Look at the Label: BBW Sparkling Snow Anti-Bacterial Soap

Posted Dec 31 2011 1:01am

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Product Girl wonders if the “snowberry” used in Bath & Body Works Sparkling Snow Anti-Bacterial Soap is a real ingredient. A look at the label should give us the answer.

Water
The usual suspect that makes up the bulk of most formulations. 

Sodium laureth sulfate
A common, and not very expensive cleansing agent. Also known as SLES.

Fragrance
According to the BBS website, this product leaves your skin with the “scent” of snowberry which suggests to us that it’s added as part of the fragrance instead of a stand alone ingredients. There is a plant called “snowberry” (technically known as “Symphoricarpos”) but we’ve never heard of it being used as a fragrance component. 

PPG -1, PEG-9 Lauryl glycol ether
Thickeners.

Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
Secondary surfactant. Helps with foam and mildness. 

Honey extract
Sounds sweet but doesn’t do anything, especially from a rinse off product. 

Coconut fruit extract, Mango fruit extract, Olive fruit extract
Fabulously fruity, but non-functional. 

Cocamidopropyl amine oxide
Another mild foam booster.

Hydroxyethyl urea
Moisturizer that’s supposedly good as glycerine but I doubt it does anything when rinsed off. 

PEG-7 glyceryl oleate
Thickener. 

Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose
Thickener, stabilizer.

Glycerine
Humectant. Doesn’t do much for skin from a rinse out cleanser. 

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride
Hair and skin conditioning agent. 

Propylene glycol
Cosolvent and perhaps to adjust viscosity down (because of all the thickeners!)

Triethylene glycol
Could be an antimicrobial agent but if so it’s not approved for this type of product.

Tetrasodium EDTA
Preservative.

Citric acid
pH control; adjusts lower. 

Benzophenone-4
UV absorber that protects the color of the formula. (You need that when the product is in a clear package.)

Sodium chloride
Salty goodness that thickens. (Why do they need so many thickeners in this formula??)

Butylene glycol
Another co-solvent; could be carried in with the extracts.

Sodium hydroxide
pH Adjustor (this one adjusts higher.)

Benzyl alcohol
Preservative. 

Methochloroisothiazalinone, Methoisothiazalinone
More preservatives. For reals.

Image credit: Bathandbodyworks.com

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