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Ingredient Dictionary

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ecamsule

Sunscreen ingredient that provides UVA protection... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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Echium plantagineum seed oil

A novel, non-fragrant plant oil that's a rich source of saturated fatty acids... Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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ectoin

Skin-softening ingredient that also functions in cosmetics as a stabilizer. There's limited research... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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EDTA

Acronym for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a stabilizer used in cosmetics to prevent ingredients... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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egg yolk

Egg yolk is mostly water and lipids (fats), especially cholesterol, which makes it a good emollient... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Replenishing

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eicosapentaenoic acid

Fatty acid derived from salmon oil; it is a good emollient and replenishing ingredient for skin. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Replenishing

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Elaeis guineensis

See palm oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients

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elderberry

Also known as black elderberry or Sambucus nigra, this plant has potent antioxidant properties... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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elecampane

Latin name Inula helenium; it is a plant that can be very sensitizing to the skin... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

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ellagic acid

Potent antioxidant compound found in pomegranate and most berries. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

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emollient

Supple, waxlike, lubricating, thickening agents that prevent water loss and have a softening and... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients

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emu oil

The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is a large, flightless bird indigenous to Australia. The oil... Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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emulsifier

When it comes to cosmetics, an emulsifier refers to any ingredient that helps keep unlike... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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English ivy extract

Plant extract that can be a skin sensitizer due to its stimulant and astringent (skin-constricting) properties. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

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Enteromorpha compressa extract

Extract from green algae. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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environmental damage

Occurrence that takes place at an atomic level and is a complex physiological process. Molecules... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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enzymes

Vast group of protein , produced by all living things, that act as catalysts in chemical... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Exfoliant

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epigallocatechin gallate

One of the constituents of green tea believed to be responsible for its many health... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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Epilobium angustifolium extract

Extract derived from a plant commonly known as fireweed or willow herb... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing

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Equisetum arvense

See horsetail extract

Categories: Sensitizing, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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ergocalciferol

Technical name for vitamin D. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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ergothioneine

A substance derived from animal tissue or various types of mushrooms that has potent antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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Eriobotrya japonica

See loquat extract

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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erythrulose

Substance chemically similar to the self-tanning agent dihydroxyacetone. Depending on your skin... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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esculin

Component of horse chestnut, it is considered harmful and is not recommended for skin... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing

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