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  • Comedy Saturday… Can anyone top this for worst INCI ever?

    Posted by Graillotion on July 1, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    On the beginner site where I try and provide a little sanity, this label popped up….not as a bad product…but something they wanted to ‘knock off’.

    Look at the claims… OMG…the medical industry is set to be replaced! 😂

    But my all time favorite…. the wording on the INCI for the emulsifier…this was new to me, and I thought I had seen it all… “Organic Stabilizer”.

    Don’t even start with the preservative.

    BTW… How does one go about reporting a product to the FDA? (Asking for a friend.) 😉

    Graillotion replied 10 months ago 10 Members · 14 Replies
  • 14 Replies
  • Herbnerd

    July 2, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    Its not the worst.

    The worst would have to be some hippy-made product where they included ‘love’ as an ingredient. I wish I had photographed it now!

    • Graillotion

      July 4, 2023 at 12:12 am

      Here in Hawaii, we make products with ‘Aloha’. 😂 🌴

  • Microformulation

    July 2, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    I see worse all the time. DIYer’s trying to get established in a retail market are, in my experience very uniformed on Regulatory issues.


    • Graillotion

      July 13, 2023 at 3:02 pm

      OMG….went to file my first complaint…. and they only have phone numbers???? (How 20th century, and quaint.)

      I got rid of my phone….years ago, when I retired?

      Is there not a web page where one can file?

  • Paprik

    July 2, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Oh yeah, I have a good one too 😀

    I got this one for free for my grocery shopping. I guess they could not sell 😀

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  Paprik.
    • Juggsy

      July 10, 2023 at 8:58 pm

      @Paprik is that Ahhh, it’s all Good? If so have a look at the shampoo bar ingredients - they are worse:
      Ingredients: Sodium Coco Sulphate (coconut derived), Water (infusion of lentils), Sweet Almond Oil, Citric acid, Cocomidylpropyl betaine, Manuka Honey, Natural (colourless) Henna, Glycerine, Honey Fragrance

      Also note that this is being sold in NZ - they are supposed to do INCI labelling - as per Cosmetic Products Group Standard 2017. Some labels are just so shockingly bad.

      • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  Juggsy.
      • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  Juggsy.
  • ozgirl

    July 3, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    That is first time I had heard of organic stabilizer 🤣. The Helianthus Annuss seed is sunflower seed not Arnica. 🙄

    I once had a Garnier product that listed ROPYLENE GLYCOL in the ingredients. The proof reading team must have been on holidays that week.

  • Trytryagain

    July 4, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Haha I was excited to see this post, and went straight for the INCI. I thought hmm, “organic stabilizer”. What in the world? I haven’t heard of that before. But I’m newer here.

    Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t heard of “organic stabilizer”. 😆

    I mean, it seems like some brands will not only leave ingredients off completely, but they make up new words too.

    • Eliza

      July 11, 2023 at 9:46 am

      Who is selling this?

  • chemicalmatt

    July 5, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    @Paprik that one is a laugh too. BTMS-25? Must be 25 times stronger than just plain BTMS, right?

    Here in the USA, upcoming MoCRA regs should - I’m not saying will - put an end to this chicanery as soon as all these indie brands are required to register their labels with FDA like our OTC drug products have for six decades.

  • Graillotion

    July 12, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    I think I found one….that is trying to unseat the others. It is posing as a natural brand….and I just love the creative re-naming of polysorbate 60… OMG 😂 … Yes…and all the other issues as well.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  Graillotion.
    • Graillotion

      July 12, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      They took that creative approach…write out of the mfg’s creative description:

      “Emulsifying Wax is a mixture of cetearyl alcohol and the polyethylene glycol sorbitan ester of stearic acid with an average of 20 repeating units of ethylene glycol.”

  • Loretta

    July 19, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Oh that so called ingredients. Did you file complaint? You can do so online under the fda website

    • Graillotion

      July 19, 2023 at 3:14 pm

      I was planning on it….then discovered the FDA only operates with last century technology. You can only phone them in. Since I have no phone….I could not complete the task. 🙁

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