Article by: Perry Romanowski

Sometime in the early 1990’s when I first started in the cosmetic industry, I read a news story (I think it was in C&E News) about snail slime and how shiny it was when it dried.  This got me thinking that it would make an excellent hair shine ingredient.  Unfortunately, the raw material suppliers were skeptical of the idea and didn’t have any readily available source of snail slime so the idea just kinda died there.

Imagine my surprise and delight to read this story about a new cosmetic ingredient derived from snail slime.  It was interesting to learn that there have been companies producing snail-slime based cosmetics since the 1990’s.

Who knew?

The way they are marketing the products sounds like BS what with all the cosmeceutical and skin healing references.  But I would be interested to see how well it works in a hair product.  Can it really get you the shine equivalent to a silicone?  And why would anyone use it anyway?

If someone wants to send me a sample, I’d be happy to try it out.


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    Arrey Royce

    The problem is nobody has stated exactly the active ingredients in snail slime with regards to the skin and also its functions to the skin.

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    I’ve tried a moisturizer with 70% of snail slime extract. Snail slime extract has a very nice texture – it’s like a serum that is rapidly absorbed by the skin without a stick or oily sensation – then the skin becomes very soft. And there is no odor. But of course you can achieve a similar product using “traditional” ingredients, like glycerin.

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      Perry Romanowski


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