After the very first try, I was addicted. I have no idea how I lived without this water-resistant brow pomade before. This product not only colors my brows but also conditions them to stimulate hair growth. In addition, it helps me achieve natural-looking yet silky, shapely, and luxurious eyebrows. If you use brow makeup, this post about the best eyebrow pomade by Crunchi is for you. For sure, this safe smudge-free pomade will help you have gorgeous eyebrows. Keep reading to find out why I like this and another brow product by Crunchi.
Why am I so high on Crunchi makeup?
To begin with, as an ingredient consultant for cosmetics manufacturers, I have done an enormous amount of research on products and ingredients. Trust me when I say that most makeup products have ingredients that you would not want on your face.
Indeed, makeup exposes you to the chemicals it contains via skin absorption, inhalation, and even ingestion (when you eat with your lipstick on). Plus, you can develop an allergic reaction that can even result in a trip to the ER. It happened to me in 2012 when I was still breastfeeding my son.
Thus, my experience has led me to conclude that you cannot rely on advertising to make your purchasing decisions. What should you rely on? Safe product ingredients and the good reputation of the company that makes and sells them.
In my opinion, Crunchi is an example of both. In fact, I have been using their products almost exclusively since 2018 and like them a lot. Although I have tried all their products, I made a list of my favorites in my Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review.
Some facts about Crunchi brow pomade
First, what you should know about makeup is that all makeup uses two types of colorants: petroleum-based and mineral. As a rule, both types of cosmetic colorants contain trace amounts of heavy metals. Besides heavy metals, petroleum-based pigments may contain trace amounts of contaminants specific to petroleum. Therefore, I promote brands that use only mineral pigments, such as Crunchi.
Moreover, Crunchi tests their products for heavy metals using the services of 3rd party labs. Importantly, the heavy metal levels in this best eyebrow pomade, like in all Crunchi products, are below their upper limits. Please refer to the Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review for the numbers and details on heavy metal limits.
In addition, Crunchi does not source their mineral pigments from China. This is great news because I do not trust China’s lenient regulations and environmental conditions.
On top of that, Crunchi’s mineral pigments (iron oxides) have a European Union certification, EcoCert. To clarify, it ensures that the pigments are truly natural and have no synthetic additives.
Above all, Crunchi products are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and have environmentally friendly packaging. Thus, even the non-toxic brow pomade comes in a glass container with a lid free of phthalates and BPA.
What are the best eyebrow pomade ingredients?
Here are the ingredients of Crunchi smudge-proof pomade for beautiful brows:
Isoamyl Laurate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Myrica Pubescens Fruit Wax, Coconut Alkanes, Dilinoleic Acid/Propanediol Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Lauric Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Isoamyl Cocoate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). * Certified Organic Ingredients
All the ingredients except one have a rating of 1 on a scale from 1 to 10 (with 1 being the safest) in the EWG Skin Deep database. Though a good tool for reading ingredients, the EWG database has its flaws. Please read my post to learn how to Use the Skin Deep Database the Right Way.
Now, let us look at every ingredient closely.
The isoamyl ingredients in Crunchi brow pomade
There are two isoamyl ingredients: isoamyl laurate and isoamyl cocoate.
First, isoamyl laurate is an ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid and is approved as a direct food additive. Additionally, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel found it safe in their 2015 review of 237 alkyl esters (source). It is used as a conditioning agent.
As for isoamyl cocoate, there is not much information about it, and the 2015 CIR does not mention it either. Nevertheless, from what I can gather, it should be okay as chemically it is similar to isoamyl laurate. Instead of lauric acid, it is an ester of isoamyl alcohol and coconut acid. And isoamyl alcohol is one of the main alcohols found in alcoholic beverages and is produced through the fermentation of starches (source).
The olivate ingredients in the best eyebrow pomade
Again, there are two olivate ingredients: cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate. They are used as a conditioning agent and an emulsifying agent, respectively.
While cetearyl olivate is an ester of cetearyl alcohol and olive oil acid, sorbitan olivate is a sorbitan ester of sorbitol (sugar alcohol) and olive oil acid. Thus, the CIR Expert Panel found them safe in the 2015 review of 237 alkyl esters (source).
Waxes in this non-toxic brow pomade
The waxes in this makeup for beautiful brows are oryza sativa bran wax, euphorbia cerifera wax, copernicia cerifera wax, and myrica pubescens fruit wax.
First, oryza sativa bran wax is an edible species of rice. Specifically, this light-yellow rice oil is pressed from rice bran, so the wax comes from the rice bran.
Second, euphorbia cerifera wax comes from Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla), a shrub native to Mexico. The EU authorizes Candelilla wax (E 902) as a food additive and a glazing agent (source). So, this ingredient does not pose any concerns.
Third, copernicia cerifera wax is sustainably harvested from Brazilian Carnauba palm leaves and is a food-grade ingredient. Thus, Federal regulations (see 7 CFR Part 205.605(a)) list it as one of two non-agricultural waxes allowed in or on certified organic food. Please, read about the best non-toxic lipstick that uses both euphorbia cerifera and copernicia cerifera waxes.
Lastly, the source for myrica pubescens wax is berry fruit peels of the Myrica Pubescens tree native to Latin America. It is a healthy, vegan, and eco-friendly wax in the Crunchi best eyebrow pomade.
Oils, butters, and botanicals in the Crunchi makeup for beautiful brows
This non-toxic smudge-proof pomade contains the following butters and oils: ricinus communis seed oil, butyrospermum parkii butter, and olea europaea fruit oil. Importantly, they all are organic.
To start with, ricinus communis oil is organic castor seed oil, which is a moisturizing and conditioning oil rich in ricinoleic acid. Besides, the oil has some promising indication in hair loss prevention or hair growth promotion (source). So, if you are looking for thicker eyebrows, it is a good ingredient to have. This is one of the main ingredients that makes this brow pomade nutrient rich.
Next, organic shea butter is a vegetable fat sourced from the fruit of an African tree, Butyrospermum Parkii. Admittedly, shea butter is rich in fatty acids including stearic and oleic acids. Hence, it is a really good skin and hair conditioner (source).
Finally, olea europaea oil is organic olive oil which is a good moisturizer in this non-greasy brow product.
As for botanical extracts in the Crunchi toxin-free makeup for beautiful brows, they speak for themselves. They are rice bran extract, rosemary leaf extract, and sunflower extract.
Other ingredients in the best eyebrow pomade
The rest of the ingredients are coco-caprylate/caprate, trioctyldodecyl citrate, and sodium cocoyl glutamate. Additionally, the pomade contains silica, tocopherol, lauric acid, coconut alkanes, dilinoleic acid/propanediol copolymer, and pigments.
Coco-caprylate/caprate, trioctyldodecyl citrate, and sodium cocoyl glutamate
To begin with, coco-caprylate/caprate is a mixture of esters of coconut alcohol with caprylic acid and capric acid. The 2015 the CIR Expert Panel report finds it safe among other 237 alkyl esters.
Then, trioctyldodecyl citrate is a citric acid ester made with octyldodecanol. It is a long chain alcohol with a rating of 1 and limited data in the Skin Deep database.
Last, sodium cocoyl glutamate also has a rating of 1 and limited data in the Skin Deep database. It is a result of the reaction of coconut acid chloride and glutamic acid. In 2017, in their review of 115 amino acid alkyl amides, the CIR Expert Panel found it safe.
Silica, tocopherol, and lauric acid
First, silica is a part of what we know as sand and is safe unless you inhale it. Since this smudge-proof brow pomade is not a powder, there is no respiratory toxicity (source).
Second, tocopherol is vitamin E, which is a good antioxidant. The tocopherol in Crunchi products is non-GMO and is wholly extracted from sunflower seeds.
Third, lauric acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid common in coconut oil (source).
Coconut alkanes, dilinoleic acid/propanediol copolymer, and pigments
For starters, coconut alkanes are a natural alternative to silicone. This ingredient in this best eyebrow pomade will make your brows look and feel silky.
As for copolymer, it means two or more components bonded together. Although the copolymer does not have safety data, its components do. Thus, dilinoleic acid has a rating of 1 with limited data in the Skin Deep database. And propanediol has a rating of 2 with fair data in the Skin Deep database. The chemical name of propanediol (CAS Number 504-63-2) is 1,3-propanediol, and it is different from propylene glycol. Unlike propylene glycol, even undiluted propanediol has a low potential of irritation (source).
Regarding pigments in the Crunchi vegan brow pomade, they are mineral titanium dioxide and iron oxides. As we discussed above, Crunchi makes sure that their mineral pigments are not from China. Furthermore, their iron oxides have EcoCert certification, which means that they are made without synthetic additives. It also means that the heavy metal levels are within the limits that the European law sets forth.
What is my other favorite Crunchi makeup for beautiful brows?
In addition to the best eyebrow pomade, I use and love Clear Brow Gel. Frankly, I cannot even express how much I like it! The fact of the matter is that my eyebrows get very unruly, so the gel helps me keep them neat. If your eyebrows are like mine, this brow gel will help you keep them in place.
Let us look at its ingredients:
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract*, Sorbitol, Glycerin*, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Laurate, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sucrose Trilaurate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carrageenan, Glyceryl Caprylate, Propanediol, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract. *Certified Organic Ingredients
Just as the ingredients of the Crunchi toxin-free brow pomade, almost all gel ingredients are rated 1 in the Skin Deep database.
Unlike the best eyebrow pomade, this clear brow gel contains water, which means it must have preservatives. So, let us briefly talk about its preservatives: phenethyl alcohol and ethylhexylglycerin.
Phenethyl alcohol and ethylhexylglycerin in the Crunchi clear brow gel
To start with, phenethyl alcohol is not a true alcohol, so it is not drying. It is a naturally occurring ingredient produced by microorganisms, plants, and animals. The FDA approves of its use in food because its safety reassessment as food flavoring ingredient pronounced it safe (source). Specifically, a safe concentration would be up to 1%. So, I am not worried about its use in the Crunchi products, including this brow gel. Crunchi also uses it in their hydrating face moisturizer which I love and have not had any allergic reaction to since I started using it in 2018.
As for ethylhexylglycerin, the Skin Deep database rates it 2 with limited safety data. It lists irritation as a concern. Alternatively, it does not pose risk for cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, or sensitization (source).
While ethylhexylglycerin raises some concerns, it is mild in comparison to other preservatives used by skin care manufacturers. Therefore, I have added it to my approved list of preservatives. (Get your Savvy Consumer Superpower to learn how to identify bad preservatives quickly).
Again, after a long-term use of Crunchi hydrating face moisturizer which contains ethylhexylglycerin, I have not experienced any irritation.
Conclusion about Crunchi non-toxic brow pomade
In conclusion, I believe the Crunchi smudge-proof pomade and clear gel are what you need for beautiful brows. In addition, they are as safe as they can get and work very well. Therefore, I recommend that you give them a try if you want to improve the look of your eyebrows.
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