Ingredient Dictionary

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aluminum powder

Metallic element used as a coloring agent. It is composed of finely ground particles of aluminum.... Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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barium sulfate

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

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments, Irritants

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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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Beta vulgaris root extract

See beet root extract

Categories: Antioxidants, Coloring Agents/Pigments, Plant Extracts

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blue 1

See FD&C colors

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blue 1 lake

See FD&C colors

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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bronze powder

Mineral coloring agent derived from copper. Permanently listed (since 1977) by the FDA as a safe... Read More »

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caramel

Natural coloring agent. Read More »

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carmine

Natural red color that comes from the dried female cochineal beetle. It is sometimes used to color... Read More »

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chromium hydroxide green

Earth mineral used as a coloring agent/additive and permanently listed (as of 1977) by the FDA for... Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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chromium oxide green

See chromium hydroxide green

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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D&C

According to the FDA, D&C is an identification that indicates a coloring agent has been approved as... Read More »

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D&C colors

General term for a wide group of color additives that are approved for use in drugs and cosmetics... Read More »

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Ext. D&C

Type of coloring agent. According to the FDA (www.fda.gov), when Ext. D&C is followed by a color,... Read More »

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FD&C

Type of coloring agent. According to the FDA, when FD&C is followed by a color, the color is... Read More »

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FD&C colors

General term for any color additive deemed to be safe and FDA-approved for use in foods, drugs, and... Read More »

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ferric ammonium ferrocyanide

Inorganic salt of ferric ferrocyanide.  Read More »

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ferric ferrocyanide

Also known as Iron Blue, a coloring agent used in cosmetic products, including those designed for... Read More »

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iron oxides

Compounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics. They also are used as a metal... Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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manganese violet

Coloring agent/additive permanently listed (as of 1976) by the FDA for use in cosmetic products,... Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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mica

Earth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine. Read More »

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red 27 lake

See D&C colors

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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red 33

See D&C colors

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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red 6 lake

See D&C colors

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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titanium dioxide

Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Sunscreen Actives, Coloring Agents/Pigments

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