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Ingredient Dictionary

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tangerine oil

Fragrant, volatile citrus oil that can be a skin sensitizer… Read More »

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

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Pogostemon cablin

See patchouli

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

Poor

palmarosa oil

See geranium oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Poor

essential oil

See volatile oil

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

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Geranium pretense

Geranium plant. Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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methylchloroisothiazolinone

In combination with methylisothiazolinone, it goes by the trade name Kathon CG (among others).... Read More »

Categories: Preservatives, Sensitizing

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menthyl lactate

Used as a cooling agent and fragrance in cosmetics. It is a derivative of menthol and is supposed... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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zinc carbonate

See calamine

Categories: Miscellaneous, Sensitizing

Poor

Pelargonium graveolens oil

See geranium oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Poor

anisaldehyde

Synthetic fragrance used in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

Poor

Coleus barbatus

Member of the mint family and also known as forskolin; can be a skin sensitizer... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

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horseradish

Plant that can sensitize skin and should never be applied to abraded skin. Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

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Illicium vernum

See anise

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

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anise

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

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

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SD alcohol 40-2

Denatured alcohol used as a solvent. It can be drying and sensitizing to skin when one of the main... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing

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dimethyl ether

Colorless gas used as a propellant in aerosol products. It is potentially harmful if inhaled… Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Sensitizing

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Anacyclus pyrethrum

See pellitory

Categories: Plant Extracts

Poor

borax

Also known as sodium borate decahydrate, borax is a mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Preservatives

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Melaleuca cajeputi oil

There is no research showing that this oil, which is derived from a plant in the same family as the... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

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Thymus vulgaris oil

Thymus vulgaris oil is more commonly known as thyme oil. Read More »

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

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alcloxa

More technically known as aluminum chlorhydroxy allantoinate, alcloxa has constricting properties... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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bronopol

Technical name 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, a formaldehyde-releasing preservative (Source:... Read More »

Categories: Preservatives

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citronellol

A volatile fragrance chemical extracted from geranium, rose, and other plants, citronellol has a characteristic grassy, citrus-like scent. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

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olibanum extract

See frankincense extract

Categories: Sensitizing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

Poor

lye

See potassium hydroxide , sodium hydroxide

Categories: Sensitizing, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents

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