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Ingredient Dictionary

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açai

Pronounced "ah-sigh-ee", this small berry with a deep purple color is a source of... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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acetyl carnitine HCL

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Categories: Antioxidants

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agar

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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Agrimonia eupatoria leaf extract

Research shows this plant extract has antioxidant properties.... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Ahnfeltia concinna extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts

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ahnfeltia extract

See algae

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients, Texture Enhancer

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alanine

See amino acid

Categories: Antioxidants

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Alaria esculenta

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants

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Aleurites moluccana seed oil

See kukui nut oil

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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alfalfa extract

Can be an antioxidant in skincare products… Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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algae

Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients, Texture Enhancer

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algae extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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algin

Brown algae. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Texture Enhancer

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alpha lipoic acid

Enzyme that, when applied topically on skin, appears to be a very good antioxidant. Taken... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

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alpha-tocopherol

See vitamin E

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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aluminum sulfate

It can sensitizing to skin. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Absorbent

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amino acid

Fundamental constituents of all proteins found in the body, such as: alanine, arginine, asparagine,... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin-Replenishing

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amygdalic acid

See mandelic acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Exfoliant

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Anacystis nidulans extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Texture Enhancer

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Angelica archangelica root oil

Volatile oil obtained from the angelica plant. The oil contains chemical constituents that can be... Read More »

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

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Angelica polymorpha sinensis root extract

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Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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anise

Also known as aniseed, it can have antioxidant properties... Read More »

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

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Anthemis nobilis flower extract

See chamomile

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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anthocyanin

Group of naturally occurring substances found in plants that give fruits, vegetables, and plants... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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antioxidant

General term for a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients that work to reduce... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

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