Earth Science - Deep Conditioning Masque Olive and Avocado - 2 oz. (59g)
Repairs, nourishes and strengthens hair inside and out. Luscious deep-conditioning masque repairs dry, damaged, color treated or over processed hair. Penetrates and coats the hair shaft in natural silk protein to strengthen and nourish inside and out. Leaves hair soft, tangle free and smooth, not sticky or weighed down.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do they use methyl or propyl paraben to preserve their products?
Absolutely not. Earth Science products have been on the market for over twenty-five years and have never contained parabens.
Do they test on animals or use animal ingredients?
Earth Science products are not tested on animals. Most products contain no animal ingredients and are suitable for vegans. These product labels are clearly marked with, “No Animal Ingredients.” However, some Earth Science products do contain animal-produced ingredients such as beeswax, lanolin and silk protein. See below for a list of products containing these ingredients.
Which products are considered vegan?
Earth Science products are suitable for vegans, with the exception of the following:
- Azulene Eye Treatment contains beeswax
- Men’s Face & Body Skin Care Balm contains lanolin oil
- Hair Treatment Shampoo contains hydrolyzed silk protein
- Hair Treatment Conditioner contains hydrolyzed silk protein
- Deep Conditioning Hair Masque contains hydrolyzed silk protein
Why do they use sulfates in their shampoos? Are they harmful?
Sulfates, like sodium laureth or sodium lauryl sulfate, are commonly used as foaming agents. They are controversial ingredients due to rumors that question their safety. In a rinse-off formula like shampoo there is no opportunity for these sulfates to enter the bloodstream, which would be the main concern for carcinogenic risks.
A concern with sodium lauryl sulfate would be dermatitis or drying of the skin if used as part of a formula that was not pH balanced. Sodium lauryl sulfate has an approximate pH of 10 in its concentrated raw material form which is very alkaline and drying to the skin. Earth Science chooses not to use sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium laureth sulfate, on the other hand, is at an approximate pH of 5.5 in its concentrated raw material form. This greatly reduces the risk of any type of skin irritation and is much easier to formulate into a gentle cleanser. Sodium laureth sulfate is very mild; it is derived from either coconut or palm and is gentle and effective even for sensitive skin. Earth Science uses only the gentlest form of sodium laureth sulfate.
I have allergies, environmental sensitivities, skin irritation problems, etc. Are their products safe for me?
Earth Science prides itself on making gentle products that are suitable for a wide range of skin types and sensitivities. Many of their loyal customers consider themselves chemically sensitive. However, no product is guaranteed to be perfect for everyone. Allergies are particular to individuals. If you have environmental sensitivities, allergies, or skin conditions, please share the list of ingredients with your dermatologist to determine individual suitability. Additionally, they recommend patch testing the product on the inside of your wrist prior to use to confirm compatibility with your skin.
Do they use a masking fragrance in their fragrance-free products?
They do not use masking fragrances. Their products labeled fragrance-free are just that. They are specifically formulated for their customers with heightened sensitivity to fragrances.
What does the word "parfum" mean on their labels?
Earth Science uses the INCI system of cosmetic ingredient labeling (International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients). INCI is the international standard that most of the world uses, and will likely become the standard in the U.S. as well. They use INCI because it gives the most detailed and accurate information about particular ingredients. The INCI standard requires that if you use an ingredient or blend of ingredients for fragrance purposes, that it be listed as "parfum" (French for fragrance). This is so whether or not the fragrance in question is natural or synthetic. The only exception to this is when the separate fragrance ingredients are listed by their INCI names on the label. INCI requires that all plant extracts and oils be listed by their Latin names, which can be very long and sometimes confusing. Where it is possible and practical, they list simple fragrances by their individual names. However, more often space limitations on labels require that they use the INCI fragrance designation "parfum". Earth Science uses only pure essential oils or natural fragrance equivalents.
What are antioxidants and how do they help my skin stay healthy?
In the body, molecules called “free radicals” cause oxidation. Oxidation can damage healthy skin cells and may accelerate aging of the skin. Antioxidants are ingredients found naturally in plants which neutralize molecules that cause oxidation. They can help to prevent premature aging of the skin.
What role does pH play in skin care? What is the normal pH of healthy skin?
pH is a measure of the acidity and alkalinity of a solution. A lower pH indicates a more acidic solution (which carries more potential for redness and irritation). A higher pH means a more alkaline solution (which some can find drying). The pH of normal, healthy skin can be anywhere from 4.0 to 6.0. Each Earth Science product is precisely pH balanced for specific suitability.
Some of their ingredients are unfamiliar. What are they and where do they come from?
Azulene—The concentrated extract of blue chamomile flowers and contains the distilled rich oil of Chamomile. It takes thousands of flowers to yield a small amount of the Chamazulene. This ingredient gives several of their products their vibrant blue hue. Azulene is an extraordinary anti-irritant.
Hyaluronic Acid—The perfect moisturizer, hyaluronic acid can bind 500-1,000 times its own weight in water, immediately plumping and hydrating the skin without greasiness. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin and body and decreases as they age. So safe and gentle, it is used during eye surgery to help keep the eye moist. They obtain their hyaluronic acid from cultured beets.
Lichen—This extract is obtained from the tiny lichen plant. It is a completely natural, effective anti-bacterial alternative to harsh chemicals and synthetics.
Micellized Beta-Carotene—Oil-soluble Beta-Carotene is reduced to such a small particle size that little or no distinction can be made between it and water in the formula. This ingredient is readily absorbed by the skin, and helps combat the signs of aging.
They have been making natural body care products for over 30 years, and have always been guided by one principle, to try their hardest to make something special. Earth Science is a business, but it is much more than that to them. This is their creation, their craft, their profession, and they care deeply about what they do. With every product they formulate, they set out to make something that will deliver great results at a great value. They never compromise on quality.
Times change, tastes change and we change with them. However, one thing never changes: They are always motivated to make the best products, using the finest, most effective, natural ingredients. They care about you, their customers, and about the planet we all share. While so many other companies are owned by large corporate parents, they remain a family business, and thry put their human hearts into the products they make. They are motivated to make a positive contribution to your life, and to our planet.