Why do people often ask me the ingredients in the comments on my reviews?

CASpookygirl CASpookygirl
I have NEVER understood this concept. If I had an opinion on the ingredients I would mention that in my review.. Yet, with out fail, on every review I have done of a lotion, lube, lipbalm and the like, someone has asked me what the ingredients are. Anyone have any idea why this is? Should I just automatically cut and paste the ingredients into every review I do, is that expected?

Anyways, thanks for your thoughts
08/26/2012
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I usually read reviews when they're first posted, as opposed to reading them from the product page. If it's a product I'm unfamiliar with, I would like to know the ingredients in the review so all of the information is in one spot. A lot of people have reactions to certain ingredients or just avoid some ingredients so it's nice to include that information for them.
08/26/2012
Rossie Rossie
A review should include as much information as possible.
08/26/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by CASpookygirl
I have NEVER understood this concept. If I had an opinion on the ingredients I would mention that in my review.. Yet, with out fail, on every review I have done of a lotion, lube, lipbalm and the like, someone has asked me what the ingredients are. ... More
While the ingredients are posted on the product page, the product page isn't always accurate. I like to see the ingredients in the review, so that I can tell if there's anything that I'll have an allergic reaction to.
08/26/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by CASpookygirl
I have NEVER understood this concept. If I had an opinion on the ingredients I would mention that in my review.. Yet, with out fail, on every review I have done of a lotion, lube, lipbalm and the like, someone has asked me what the ingredients are. ... More
"Should I just automatically cut and paste the ingredients into every review I do"

Please don't.

You may want to mention something if it irritated you, or you know it's a common irritant for others, but cutting and pasting solid blocks like this:

"Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Organic), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera) (Organic), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Organic), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Organic), Natural Flavor (Limonene & Linalool), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Organic), Stevia Extract (Organic), Tocopherol, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Organic), Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract (Organic)"

or worse, one that is all-caps:

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CYCLOHEXASILIXANE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, LYCIUM BARBARUM FRUIT EXTRACT, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT EXTRACT, MALPIGHIA PUNICIFOLIA (ACEROLA) FRUIT EXTRACT, PUNICA GRANATUM EXTRACT, PASSIFLORA INCARNATE FRUIT EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, HIBISCUS ROSA-SINSENSIS FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, MICA, ECHINACEA ANGUSTILFOLIA EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL

are not a great idea in my opinion.
08/26/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Yeah, copy and paste is not the way to go. Also sometimes the ingredients listed on the bottle are different than what Eden lists.

I like to see the ingredients because I have reactions to many. I also like a little explanation of things that might not be well known.

As mentioned, a review should contain as much information as possible.
08/26/2012
Sammi Sammi
There's no need to cut and paste them if they're on the product page, especially if they match the ingredients on the product you have - if they don't, please let one of us know and we'll get that information to the product manager.

As Petite Valentine mentioned above, if something in the product irritated you, or worked well for you, or you know it's an irritant (latex or parabens, for example), that's a great thing to mention. If someone asks in a comment what the ingredients are, a link to the product page (which is also available on the review) will give them a list of the ingredients if they need to view them.
08/26/2012
CASpookygirl CASpookygirl
OH!! Now I understand! I completely didn't get this part, and my apologies.. They want me to type out the ingredients from the bottle?? Okay, now I know, and knowing is half the battle

I will endeavor in the future to do just that, and thanks for the explanation
08/26/2012
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
No I wouldn't copy from the bottle either. I recommend saying something like: "Make sure to look at all the ingredients at the main product page if you have problems with allergies to certain ingredients".
08/26/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by CASpookygirl
OH!! Now I understand! I completely didn't get this part, and my apologies.. They want me to type out the ingredients from the bottle?? Okay, now I know, and knowing is half the battle

I will endeavor in the future to do just that, and ... More
I, personally, recommend copying them from the bottle... While the information is on the product page, not everyone will look there, and unfortunately not including the ingredients could result in your vote being less useful than it would've been otherwise.
08/26/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by SMichelle
I, personally, recommend copying them from the bottle... While the information is on the product page, not everyone will look there, and unfortunately not including the ingredients could result in your vote being less useful than it would've been ... More
When I vote, a review that looks like this:

Be careful, this lotion has parabens…

gets a higher score from me than a review that looks like this:

This lotion contains: Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake (CI 15985), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)

I find it more useful for the reviewer to write something I'll actually read.
08/26/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
When I vote, a review that looks like this:

Be careful, this lotion has parabens…

gets a higher score from me than a review that looks like this:

This lotion contains: Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), ... More
To each their own, I suppose. I enjoy seeing an entire list of what the item has, because there might be something I'm allergic to in it -- and I don't always trust the information on the product page.

So, for me, an otherwise useful review that doesn't list the ingredients earns a "useful" vote, but one that lists the ingredients earns an EU vote (as long as the rest of the review answers all my questions, too).
08/26/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
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Originally posted by SMichelle
To each their own, I suppose. I enjoy seeing an entire list of what the item has, because there might be something I'm allergic to in it -- and I don't always trust the information on the product page.

So, for me, an otherwise useful ... More
I'm with Michelle. A review that only says "be careful, there's parabens", is nice... but what about the rest of the ingredients? While you may not have sensitive skin or allergies to certain ingredients, others might. I just usually list whatever is on the bottle.
08/27/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by SMichelle
I, personally, recommend copying them from the bottle... While the information is on the product page, not everyone will look there, and unfortunately not including the ingredients could result in your vote being less useful than it would've been ... More
Wait...let me get this straight, because people are too (insert adjective here) to open a new tab with the product page, they give a lower rating?

That is absolutely ridiculous. Just sayin'.

Reviews are to give information on how the product works or doesn't work and what a person likes or doesn't like about the item, not to give a rundown of the things already listed on the product page.
08/27/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
I've noticed that I can do a review on a product and put all kinds of info, pictures, the ingredients, the experience. Answer questions in the reviews and then I get some bad votes, especially one yesterday on STA-Hard and I honestly thought it was a good review. I don't understand either.
08/27/2012
(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
It's good to list the ingredients (as well as the measurements of the product) in your review, even if they're listed on the product page. It's also good to point-out any ingredients that may be dangerous to some users, like nuts or latex.
08/27/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by (k)InkyIvy
It's good to list the ingredients (as well as the measurements of the product) in your review, even if they're listed on the product page. It's also good to point-out any ingredients that may be dangerous to some users, like nuts or latex.
Good? Yes. Required? Absolutely not.
08/27/2012
junipersgame junipersgame
Frankly, I don't read long lists of ingredients. That's boring, and I can find that on the main product page if I am curious.

But, then again, I don't really have any skin allergies to things that will be put in toys (no one is going to put iodine in a sex toy! lol). I feel like anyone who wants to know what is in the product can look on the main page. What I want to know is if it burned, produced a rash, caused irritation, pain, etc. The reviewers here at EF aren't allergists or doctors (for the most part - I know some of you wonderful folks are ), so postulating on exactly what ingredient caused the irritation is silly and unique to that person's body.
08/27/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by Ansley
Wait...let me get this straight, because people are too (insert adjective here) to open a new tab with the product page, they give a lower rating?

That is absolutely ridiculous. Just sayin'.

Reviews are to give information on how ... More
The product pages are not always accurate, so for me, including the ingredients is important.

I mean, just think of all the products out there that comes in multiple scents/flavors/whateve r. I have a few bottles of the Dona massage oil -- different scents -- and the ingredients are at least slightly different for each one. The product page only gives the ingredients for one of the scents.

So.. yeah, I consider a review to be less usual than it would've been otherwise, if it doesn't tell me what the ingredients are, because it's not always listed on the product page. I have incredibly sensitive skin, and I am prone to having bad reactions with products... I need to know what's in the product. If the review doesn't tell me what I need to know, then of course it's less useful to me.
08/27/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by SMichelle
The product pages are not always accurate, so for me, including the ingredients is important.

I mean, just think of all the products out there that comes in multiple scents/flavors/whateve r. I have a few bottles of the Dona massage oil -- ... More
It's still not a requirement. It's a nice thing to do, sure. If someone says they have sensitive skin and didn't have a reaction to it, that's good enough for me.

This is another one of those prime examples of "voting is subjective".
08/27/2012
Mikemanz Mikemanz
I put ingredient lists into my reviews at the advice of my mentor. I did some internet research to find out what exactly each ingredient does and why it was in the product. I type it all up and put in into my own words. And no one reads it except my mentor and me!!
08/27/2012
Cinnyree Cinnyree
this is the first time i have ever seen people getting "snippy" with each other on this site. I wonder if maybe we could compromise and refer to the product page when writing a review and add into the review what is different. I think everyone would win that way. "the product page lists a few things for the ingredients but it also says it contains red#4" that way if you need to now what is in it the information is somewhere.
08/27/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I would like to point out that, while people are free to vote on reviews as they please, as both Sammi and Stormy have noted, full ingredients lists are *not* required by EdenFantasys in reviews.

I know a lot of y'all are told something is good to do by a mentor or do things because of your own preferences but please, do try to remember that those are preferences.

The good folks who work here will always give you the final, official word
08/27/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I would like to point out that, while people are free to vote on reviews as they please, as both Sammi and Stormy have noted, full ingredients lists are *not* required by EdenFantasys in reviews.

I know a lot of y'all are told something is ... More
Thank you, Carrie Ann. Sometimes I wonder if we need a megaphone.
08/28/2012
CASpookygirl CASpookygirl
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I would like to point out that, while people are free to vote on reviews as they please, as both Sammi and Stormy have noted, full ingredients lists are *not* required by EdenFantasys in reviews.

I know a lot of y'all are told something is ... More
Thank you!! I didn't mean to start a thing, but I was really curious about this.

I don't feel like I am qualified to make comment about ingredients, even if I did google what they were, that doesn't mean I really understand it. I would hate it if I made a mistake and someone got hurt because of it. I would rather that they look at the official ingredient list provided by the manufacturer.
08/30/2012
indiglo indiglo
On my last review for a lube product, I checked the list of ingredients on the bottle and made sure it was the same as the list on the product info page. It was. So in the review, I said "the ingredients are exactly as they appear on the product info page". Then, since the main active ingredient was Prickly Ash, I wrote a little paragraph with some info on Prickly Ash. It isn't published yet (because it's a DR) but to me, that is sufficient information & some extra, just plain interesting information.

I used to feel that an ingredient list was essential for a review, but now I think that if I just make sure it's accurate on the product page, I can just say that. Like you, I'm not a chemist, and I don't know that much about the chemicals in cosmetics or lubes. I'll put a warning if there is something that is well known to be a possible irritant, or I'll note if something is organic or all-natural. Other than that, I say "buyer be ware". If someone has a sensitivity to something they will need to check it out for themselves.

This is one of those subjective things. I suspect if there were a poll with this thread, it would be split about 50/50. So, my advice? Just do what YOU think is enough, and be happy about it. You won't EVER get everyone to LOVE the hell out of every review you write, and that's ok.
08/30/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by indiglo
On my last review for a lube product, I checked the list of ingredients on the bottle and made sure it was the same as the list on the product info page. It was. So in the review, I said "the ingredients are exactly as they appear on the ... More
I love this post a lot.
08/30/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
What I finally learned to do was to post a list of ingredients (from the product) - making each a link to a site for further explanation of what they were, but honestly... that's not even what I really like.

What I really enjoy seeing is a list of the ingredients and a short explanation of what they are. Educate me.

You know who I think does this well? ~Lauren~. If you've ever looked at one of her product reviews, or have read enough of them, you begin recognizing the chemicals, oils; what's a skin conditioner and what's a toxin. Her reviews have me checking out my products at home and what I'm purchasing at Ulta.

What you put in your review is totally up to you. People will vote on what they like to read.
09/04/2012
RomanticGoth RomanticGoth
This is a great topic!
09/05/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
I will list the ingredients in a, what was it referred to as, "block style". If that isn't good enough, well, I'm sorry. I just don't have the time to be a scientist and break down EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT and list reasons why it is bad(or good). Some people do that, but I don't read it. I will mention things that are common, like glycerin and then mention that people with allergy concerns can see the ingredients listed below *insert list*. The ONLY reason I include them is because like the OP said, people were asking and rating me lower over it. I also let people know that I mentor, that though it is not required, that I have been doing it just so people don't rate me lower over it and I leave it up to them to put it in or not. Because like Stormy said, and I'll use the word, it is LAZY to down vote over the list when you can just right click on the image of the product up there in the left corner when on a review page and have a new tab open, scroll down a bit and read the ingredients. I'll continue to do my reviews the way I have been, if someone wants to rate me lower because I don't include a sentence for every single ingredient OR break them down, then so be it, I'm not going worry about it. I have also seen people have each ingredient hyperlinked to a page (like wiki) but again, sorry, I don't have the TIME to do that and I won't because it isn't required. If someone wants to know more about an ingredient, Google is your friend .
10/04/2012
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