Alcohol in products... AARGGGHHH good and bad ones?

Hi all...
please help me with my alcohol problem...lollll.

pretty much every single thing i pick up has some kind of alcohol ingredient, it seems unavoidable. ive been told there are certain ones that have no negative effects and can be ignored, and others that you absolutely should avoid....

anyone got a list? or a link? i cant find one myself :-(

cetearyl alcohol?
benzyl alcohol?
etc etc etc...


  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users has an ingredient dictionary. It's mostly for cosmetics but it mostly translates.
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    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    Just google them. Wikipedia pretty much has every alcohol.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density


    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
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  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Bad, drying alcohols: menthanol, ethanol, propanol, SDA40, SD alcohols, alcohol denat., specially denaturated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, propyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol and 'alcohol'.

    Good, fatty alcohols: everything else

    Keep in mind that it's not bad for most people when a bad alcohol is low in the ingredients list. I frequently use this and it's not drying at all.
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
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  • StephaniieStephaniie Posts: 46Registered Users
    Here is a list of drying alcohols to avoid:
    Denatured alcohol
    SD alcohol 40
    Witch hazel
    SD alcohol
    Propyl alcohol
    Isopropyl alcohol

    Here is a list of moisturizing alcohols to look for:
    Behenyl alcohol
    Cetearyl alcohol
    Cetyl alcohol
    Isocetyl alcohol
    Isostearyl alcohol
    Lauryl alcohol
    Myristyl alcohol
    Stearyl alcohol
    C30-50 Alcohols
    Lanolin alcohol

    The info is here: How to Determine if a Hair Product is Curly Girl Approved


    Mix of 3C & 3B
    Medium porosity
    Low density
    Medium width

    Excuse my bad english :oops:

  • Curls&AgapeCurls&Agape Posts: 52Registered Users
    Thank you all!

    Sooo happy my conditioner doesn't have a bad one in it!!! Yayyyy!!!!
    So helpful... Copy, paste, use next shop. Woot!