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Ingredient Dictionary

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Acacia farnesiana extract

A fragrant extract from a type of acacia tree. There is no research showing it to have any benefit... Read More »

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

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Aerocarpus santalinus

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

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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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amyl cinnamate

Fragrant component. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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amyl salicylate

Fragrant component. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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amyris oil

Fragrant oil. It has no other known benefit for skin. Read More »

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

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Anethum graveolens

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

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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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anisaldehyde

Synthetic fragrance used in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant 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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aroma/flavor

Seeing "aroma/flavor" on an ingredient list can be either good or bad. For example, if the aroma or flavor comes from mint.... Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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balm mint extract

Extract derived from a fragrant plant; it poses some risk of causing skin sensitivity… Read More »

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

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balsam peru

Fatty resin that when applied topically can cause skin sensitivity… Read More »

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

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bay leaf oil

Has the potential to provide antioxidant benefits for skin… Read More »

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

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benzoin extract

Balsam resin that has some fragrant properties; it may also be sensitizing to skin… Read More »

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

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benzyl salicylate

A volatile fragrance chemical with a sweet, floral odor used to impart scent to cosmetic products and perfumes. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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bergamot oil

A volatile citrus oil that, when used topically, is a photosensitizer... Read More »

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

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bitter orange flower

See orange blossom

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

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bois de rose oil

See rosewood oil

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

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bois oil

Fragrant oil that has no research showing it has benefit for skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Read More »

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

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Boswellia carterii

See frankincense extract

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

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Boswellia serrata extract

An extract from the gum resin of a tree and also a source of Indian frankincense, this plant extract has both positive and negative qualities for skin. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Plant Extracts

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butylphenyl methylpropional

Synthetic fragrance ingredient with a strong floral scent. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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cananga extract

Fragrance used in cosmetics; it can be sensitizing to skin, much like ylang ylang. Read More »

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

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Cananga odorata

See ylang ylang

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

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