• Derived from: oats
  • Pronunciation: ˈbī-ə-tən
  • Type: Natural
  • Other names: Vitamin B7

What Is Biotin?

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a white or colorless substance that occurs in foods such as nuts, oatmeal, soybeans, and fish.[1,2,3] It is a nutrient present in living cells.[4]

What Does Biotin Do in Our products?

Biotin adds texture to formulations, adds shine to hair, and can help improve brittle nails or hair. It is in a variety of products such as hair conditioner, shampoo and moisturizers.[5,6] It is also available in vitamin supplements.[7] It dissolves in water.[8]

Why Puracy Uses Biotin

Biotin is a plant-based hair and skin supplement. We use it in our pet shampoo as an additional aid in skin and coat health. We do not use a biotin supplement in any of our human products. The FDA has deemed biotin as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).[10] The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has also concluded that biotin is safe as used in cosmetic formulations.[11] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its cosmetics products.[12] Although we only use biotin in our pet shampoo, we recommend reviewing the FDA's warning if you are personally taking biotin supplements.[13]

How Biotin Is Made

Human bodies manufacture their own biotin, but manufacturers can synthesize it from 4-benzamido-3-ketotetrahydrothiophene and methyl y-formylbutyrate and from 3,4-diamino-2-carbomethoxythiopene.[9]

Certifications

Sources

[1] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[2] Food and Drug Administration
[3] Personal Care Council
[4] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[5] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[6] Environmental Working Group
[7] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[8] Personal Care Council
[9] Personal Care Council
[10] Food and Drug Administration
[11] Personal Care Council
[12] Whole Foods Market
[13] Food and Drug Administration

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