Question:

is John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray allowed to be used on Pesach?

Answer:

Here are the guidelines for cosmetics etc.on Pesach. All liquids such as deodorant, cologne, hairspray, mouthwash, shaving lotion, may not contain denatured alcohol DN alcohol or ethyl alcohol, the reason being is that it can be a derivative of wheat, and it can be distilled and make drinkable. Therefore unless you can verify the source of the alcohol it should not be used.

Regarding solids, semisolids, cremes, there are different opinions regarding this. Some poskim say that since it can not be distilled that they may be used for pesach, with the exception of lipstick that contain chometz, since it may actually be ingested. Others however say that since the person wants it for use on pesach that it isn’t considered not fit for canine consumption, and therefore if it contains chometz ingredients it should not be used. They furthermore say that this was the minhag in klal yisroel.

If you go with the first opinion then you won’t have an issue most of your toiletries won’t be an issue at all on pesach. If you go like the second opinion then the rules are as follows.  If the ingredients contain a derivative of the 5 grains then it should not be used, otherwise it is alright. Here is a list of ingredients most commonly used by cosmetic companies for their products. (Taken from R’ Blumenkrantz’s digest 2017) Alcohol, Denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol avena sativa ( oat kernel) flour, barley extract, beta glucan, dextrin, dextrin palmitate, hordeum vulgar extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed what starch, malt extract, maltodextrin, oat beta glucan, oat extract, oat flour, prolamine, oat amino acids, secale cereale (rye) seed flour, sodium lauroyl, sorbitol,t riticum vulgare, wheat amino acids, wheat bran extract,wheat grem glycerides, wheat protein, wheat germ extract,  wheat grem oil, yeast extract,

Regarding Lipstick – Aside from all that was stated above, flavored lipsticks should not be used, and it is preferred to use pesach approved lipstick and toothpaste, and one should preferably not use the same stick that was used during the year .

 

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