Deo with oceanextract

A post that has nothing to do with geo, but all with deo. 

Today I noticed I was using a deodorant with “ocean-extracts”. That made me curious. Did Nivea drain some part of ocean (with fish, etc), concentrate it and put it into the deodorant? Of course I had to know what I was spraying in my armpit. First a look at the ingredients:

Butane, Alcohol Denat., Isobutane, Propane, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Maris Limus, Ostrea, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methyl Phenylbutanol, Aqua, Octyldodecanol, Persea Gratissima, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butyloctanoic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Citronellol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, BHT, Benzophenone-3, Geraniol

It appears there are three candidates for the ocean-extract: Aqua, Maris Limus and Ostrea.

Aqua (water) is found in every deodorant so I don’t think it is ocean water.

Ostrea are clearly from oceanic origin. According to the cosmetic ingredients list from the EU (INCI) it is extracted from the shell of the Ostrea edulis or European flat oyster which has been eaten for centuries.

Maris Limus is according to the INCI list an extract of marine sediments. An extract of marine sediments?! That can be almost anything! Sand, mud, recent, cretaceous, etc. On the Canadian list of cosmetic ingredients Maris Limus is defined as “Sea Silt Extract”. So Maris Limus is marine mud. As you search for Maris Limus on the internet you can find Maris Lumus from all over the world and with different composition. One product uses Maris Limus from a glacial estuary in the Pacific Northwest (so that cannot be recent marine sediments) and different others use marine mud from the Dead Sea. Some Maris Limus are considered to be an algea species (dutch)?! 

Unfortunately the Maris Limus from Niveau is not some exotic location. Beiersdorf (the producer of Nivea deoderants) made a statement regarding the halaalness of their products. In it Beiersdorf states: “Carboxymethyl Chitin, Ostrea and Maris Limus are derived from the outer shell of Crustacean Animals”. So the Maris Limus from my deodorant is just some ground shells, perhaps also Ostrea?

That answers my question: what did kind of ocean-extracts did Nivea put in my deodorant? Just some ground shells.

But my quest lead me to a different question: what exactly is Maris Limus and especially: where does it come from. That’s definitely a spatial problem to be solved.

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