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Ingredient Dictionary

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babassu oil

Plant oil that can have emollient properties for skin. There is no research showing it has special... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

Good

bakuchiol

An antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea corylifolia... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Poor

balm mint extract

Extract derived from a fragrant plant; it poses some risk of causing skin sensitivity… Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Plant Extracts

Poor

balsam peru

Fatty resin that when applied topically can cause skin sensitivity… Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Plant Extracts

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Bambusa vulgaris (bamboo) leaf/stem extract

Extract from the common bamboo plant. Like many plant extracts, research has shown... Read More »

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banana extract

Extract from banana fruit that has some weak antioxidant properties (Source: Free Radical Research,... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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barberry

Plant whose primary component, berberine, is an alkaloid that can have soothing properties and... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Skin-Soothing

Poor

barium sulfate

Mineral used as a whitening agent in cosmetics. It can be sensitizing. Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

Average

barley extract

Extract from barley plants. Can have antioxidant properties when ingested, but there is no research... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

Good

batyl alcohol

Derived from glycerin and used as a stabilizing ingredient and skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

Poor

bay leaf oil

Has the potential to provide antioxidant benefits for skin… Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Good

bearberry extract

Latin name Arctostaphylos uva ursi, there is research showing that this extract has soothing... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

Poor

bee pollen

Can have antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, April 2001, pages... Read More »

Good

beeswax

Substance made by bees to build the walls of their honeycomb. It is a thickening agent that has... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Emollients

Good

beet root extract

Powdered base of the stem (root) of the Beta vulgaris plant. Used as a coloring agent. As with most... Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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behenic acid

Fatty acid used as a thickening agent and surfactant. Read More »

Categories: Cleansing Agents, Texture Enhancer

Good

behentrimonium chloride

Skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer

Good

behenyl alcohol

Thickening agent used in cosmetics. It is not related to irritating forms of alcohol. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Poor

Bellis perennis

See daisy flower extract

Categories: Plant Extracts

Good

bentonite

Type of clay that is used as an absorbent in cosmetics. It can be drying for skin, though its... Read More »

Categories: Absorbent

Average

benzalkonium chloride

Used as a preservative in skincare products. There is no research showing it... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

Good

benzephenone-3

Also called oxybenzone, a sunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays and... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

Good

benzoic acid

Preservative used in skincare products; it is considered less sensitizing than some other forms of... Read More »

Categories: Preservatives

Poor

benzoin extract

Balsam resin that has some fragrant properties; it may also be sensitizing to skin… Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

Good

benzophenone

Group of compounds used in cosmetics as sunscreen agents to protect mostly from UVB radiation and... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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