Pesach List

TOILETRIES & COSMETICS

GENERAL NOTE: READ CAREFULLY Many cosmetics and toiletries, particularly liquids, contain ethanol and other ingredients manufactured from chametz grain derivatives, which are chametz. In general, all talcum, baby, face and foot powders, eye shadow, hand lotions, cold cream, eye liner, mascara, blush and rouge, and similar “solid" or "lotion" or "cream” products that are not fit for human consumption are permitted to be used on Pesach, even if containing chametz. However one must be certain that they are not fit for human consumption. They do not have to be unfit for animal consumption.. Perfumes and liquids such as cologne and eau de perfume usually contain ethanol and may indeed be edible. Therefore unless the inedibility of the final product can be determined they may not be used. Deodorants and hairsprays, while maybe containing ethanol are almost certainly inedible. Special care should be taken in regards to “corn starch” powder as it may be actual “wheat corn starch” and actual chametz. Only maize corn starch powder is acceptable (Kitniyot). Some people have the custom not to rely on the inedibility of a product and use only products that contain no chametz whatsoever. The following groupings list such products that according to information provided by the manufacturers are found to be chametz free (whether inedible or not). All products of the brands listed contain no chametz whatsoever unless indicated otherwise. This list comprises of perfumes and colognes, make-up, make-up remover, lipstick and nail care products. They are permitted whether inedible or not.
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