Glossary of Terms

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Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. External factors that increase the production of free radicals include pollution, UV exposure and cigarette smoke. Antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.


Biodegradable means a substance or object can decompose in the environment naturally. Given the right conditions (bacteria or other living organisms), it will eventually break down to its basic components and blend back into the earth. Ideally, these substances degrade without leaving toxins behind.


Products are not tested on animals by the company or third-party sources.


Eco-friendly products are manufactured sustainably and are safe for the environment.  Sustainable manufacturing utilizes economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources.


A finished natural product contains a minimum of 95% natural ingredients in the total formula. The non-water portion is at least 50% bio-based (which means animal- or plant-, or microorganism-based), or the product contains acceptable mineral ingredients.

Natural Ingredients: Water, minerals, plants and animal materials made with minimal processing to keep them true to their natural form.

Naturally Derived Ingredients: Any ingredient whose starting material originates from plants, minerals, microbes or animals that may be adapted to provide performance.


Products are formulated without the use of toxic, carcinogenic or poisonous ingredients at levels that could be unsafe if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.


Must contain at least 95% certified organic ingredients (not including salt and water). Up to 5% of ingredients may be non-organic ingredients, as outlined by the USDA’s National List.

Organic Ingredients must have at least 70% certified organic ingredients (not including salt and water). Organic ingredients may contain up to 30% of allowed non-organic ingredients, as outlined by the USDA’s National List.


The quantity of the plant or plant-derived ingredients represents more than 50% of the total formula or materials.

Plant-Derived Ingredients: Any ingredient whose starting material originates from plants and may be adapted to provide performance.


A product is recyclable if it can be recycled. Recycling is processing used materials into new, useful products.  This is done to reduce the use of raw materials that would be used.


Clinically-Tested for Hypoallergenic Claim

To substantiate hypoallergenic and clinically-tested claims, the company works with third-party laboratories for validation.  Each product undergoes a clinical study using HRIPT testing; a method commonly used in the industry to determine the potential for irritation, sensitization and allergic contact of a product.  The acronym “HRIPT” means “Human Repeat Insult Patch Test.” It is a clinical trial, meaning a scientific experiment, performed on human subjects sometimes called volunteers (or testers of cosmetics and topical products).

Preservative Efficacy Testing

To ensure that the preservative system works in each product, a third-party laboratory performs a challenge test.  The product is inoculated with a specified amount of different types of bacteria and fungus (microorganisms). Then, the product is held at room temperature for a designated period to determine if the preservative system works. An effective preservative system does not allow microorganisms to survive as defined by test protocols.


A vegan product does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. This includes, but is not limited to, honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, etc. All Noodle & Boo products are not tested on animals.


Products are manufactured in facilities that may process finished goods that have wheat/gluten, soy, dairy and nuts.


The information on this website has been compiled from published sources and is provided only as a guide. Although every effort has been taken to ensure that information published on this site is correct and up to date, Noodle & Boo cannot guarantee the accuracy of all information presented, and accepts no liability in respect of any omission or error.