An Investigation of cosmetic textiles in consumer products: the use of Vitamin E in hair wraps

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2017-01-01
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Dickerson, Cassandra
Xiang, Chunhui
Fuller, Megan
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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The application of cosmetic substances such as: Vitamin E, Shea butter or Olive Oil on textile materials have varied. The goal of cosmetic textiles is to transfer substances such as these directly to the skin or scalp, therefore the efficacy of the method is of utmost importance. Consumers want a lasting, effective product. A consumer of cosmetic textiles wants to know that fiber properties are inherent in their garment or textile, and that they last (Nelson, 2002). Shea Butter and Olive Oil are two of the most sought after natural ingredients in the world. But how would consumers know that: 1) these ingredients have really been applied to these products? 2) product use will yield the stated results? The purpose of this study is to investigate the ingredients of the Qfitt Double Mesh Wrap product, to confirm that the natural ingredients cited on the packaging are present in measurable amounts.

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