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Ingredient Dictionary

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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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aliphatic hydrocarbon

Hydrocarbon contained in natural gas and mineral oils. It is a synthetic fluid with varying... Read More »

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alkaline

Anything with a pH higher than 7 is alkaline; a pH below 7 is acidic. Water has a pH of 7; skin has... Read More »

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alkyloamides

Identified on skin-care product labels as DEA, triethanolamine (TEA), and monoethanolamine (MEA),... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

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allantoin

By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective skin-soothing and skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing

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allyl methacrylates crosspolymer

A synthetic, non-aqueous polymer whose chief function is film-forming agent. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

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almond oil

Non-volatile oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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Aloe barbadensis

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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aloe barbadensis leaf juice extract

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder

This form of aloe is the powder form of the aloe barbadensis leaf plant... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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aloe extract

See aloe vera

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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aloe juice

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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aloe vera

There is no real evidence that aloe vera (Aloe barbadenis) helps the skin in any significant way.... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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alpha bisabolol

See bisabolol

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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alpha glucan oligosaccharide

Emollient used in cosmetics that also has water-binding properties. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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alpha hydroxy acid

See AHA

Categories: Exfoliant

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alpha isomethyl ionone

Alpha isomethyl ionone is a fragrance ingredient that must be listed on products that contain it due to its risk of causing a sensitized reaction. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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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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Alteromonas ferment extract

Alteromonas is found in deep areas of seawater. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Althaea rosea

See mallow

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Texture Enhancer

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Althea officinalis

Latin name for the marshmallow plant. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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alumina

Aluminum oxide, which is used as an abrasive, a thickening agent, and an absorbent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Absorbent, Texture Enhancer, Scrub Agents

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