What’s in my product?What’s in ‘MUSTELA Gentle Cleansing Gel for hair and body’

It’s Saturday and I am back with a What’s in my Product” post. Today ‘s brand Mustela is close to my heart as it was one of the first few things that were bought for my baby Hanifa and this one was picked up by her Abba from his Dubai trip and is now a part of her bath staple.


To be honest, when I first went through the ingredients of this one ( With my ‘Mommy’ eye magnifying glass on), I was skeptical about using this on my little baby. But then I put my ‘RESEARCHER HAT’ on and was pretty surprised! Read on till the end to know what is it that surprised me!

Many of the ingredients in this review fall into either of these categories hence to simplify your understanding of them,I have listed their meanings here.

  • Emollient : A preparation that softens the skin by reducing water loss from the epidermis, the outer layer of skin.
  • Emulsifier :Two or more liquids together create an emulsion if the liquids do not mix. For example, if you add oil to water, the oil floats on the surface of the water. To stop the two liquids separating, we need a substance called an emulsifier.

You should know that any label reads the ingredients in the descending order of their quantity. i.e the first ingredient is used in the highest amounts and the last ingredient, the least.20170824_165112

 Here are the ingredients that go into the making of ‘ Mustela Gentle Cleansing Gel for hair and body’ 


 Glycerine is a humectant, meaning that it attracts water. When glycerine is applied to the skin, it seals in moisture that might otherwise escape. Glycerine is present in all natural lipids (fats), whether animal or vegetable. It can be derived from natural substances and can also can be synthetically manufactured.


Gentle surfactant used in skincare products, almost always as a secondary cleansing agent and lather booster. When used alone as the sole cleansing agent, it is too mild to clean adult skin and hair.

Cocamidopropyl betaine may be plant-derived or synthetic, with either form considered safe for use in cosmetic products. It is considered low risk for sensitizing skin.


This dangerous sounding chemical is nothing but a detergent cleansing agent similar to ammonium laureth sulfate. It is used most often in shampoos and sometimes in facial or body cleansers. Along with many other cleansing agent, sodium myreth sulfate has been thoroughly evaluated and deemed safe as used in the amounts commonly found in cosmetic products.


PEG is an acronym for polyethylene glycol. It’s just a mild cleansing agent.

The greater the number following the PEG designation, the “heavier” and more complex the molecule. For example, PEG-200 palm glyceride is a heavier ingredient than PEG-100 stearate. PEG compounds are widely used throughout the cosmetics industry. They’ve been extensively tested and are considered safe for use in cosmetics products.


A mixture of fatty alcohol from coconut and glucose. Chiefly functions as a cleansing agent. May be plant-derived or manufactured synthetically.

  1. PEG-150 DISTEARATE : Rating: GOOD

A simple and safe texture enhancer.


Natural Surfactant Enhancer (Glyceryl Caprylate Caprate) is a 100% natural thickener for water based cleansing products. It is made from, 100% renewable sources.


Mixture of portions of glycerin and stearic acid used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. May be animal-derived or synthetic.


Represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients that impart aroma and odor to products. These are often skin sensitizers . I always cringe to find fragrance in any skin care product. 

  1. CITRIC ACID : Rating: GOOD

Extract derived from citrus fruits and used primarily in small amounts to adjust the pH of products to prevent them from being too alkaline.

Citric acid is an AHA, and as such, in the right formula and concentration, it can exfoliate skin. However, research on this ability looked at much higher concentrations (20%, for example) than are used in skincare products.

  1. PANTHENOL : Rating: BEST

Alcohol form of the B vitamin pantothenic acid. Panthenol is used in skincare products as a humectant because of its ability to attract and hold moisture. 

Sometimes called pro-vitamin B5, panthenol mixes readily with many different types of ingredients, making it a versatile ingredient to be used in formulas because it improves the look and feel of skin.


Used as a preservative, almost always used in conjunction with other preservatives.


An Emollient oil which has antioxidant properties and is a good source of skin-replenishing fatty acids.

Overall verdict:

I was pleasantly surprised as out of the 14 ingredients that go into this product, 13 were actually good or excellent ingredients (marked in green). I so wish fragrance is removed from all cosmetics and skincare products, leave alone baby products! Mustela, are you listening?

All in all, it is an excellent product and I have been using this on my daughter’s since her birth and can surely say it is a safe cleanser. It costs around Rs 1100 ( We get it from Dubai , it’s around Rs 1400 in Mumbai).

Another of it’s merits is that it is a 2 in 1 product , cleanser for hair and body. So save the effort of having to use a shampoo separately (though I suggest you use a baby shampoo for oiled hair).

Which body cleanser does your baby bathe with?


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