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What is it?

“Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity (sericulture).” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

Silk and silk powder are derived from animals. Both ingredients are on the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) Animal-derived Ingredients List.

PETA writes that “Silk is the shiny fiber made by silkworms to form their cocoons. Worms are boiled in their cocoons to get the silk.”

Silk powder on the other hand is collected from the secretion of the silkworms and could also cause severe allergic skin reactions, according to PETA.

The scanner highlights and tags the different forms of silk accordingly. Make sure to read the information in the hover box to get the differences.

How is it used?

It is pretty well known that silk is used in cloth and textiles, what is slightly less known is that powdered silk is used in many varied cosmetic products*.

Some of the reported functions of silk in cosmetics are as a coloring agent, shine enhancer, skin conditioning, and moisture retaining. It can be found in products such as face powders, soaps, skin and body products.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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