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Ingredient Dictionary

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galactoarabinan

Polysaccharide extracted from the western larch tree. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Hydration, Plant Extracts

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glycogen

Polysaccharide that has water-binding properties for skin. Read More »

Categories: Hydration, Skin-Replenishing

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hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Composed of various protein substances derived from vegetables and broken down by water to form a... Read More »

Categories: Hydration, Miscellaneous

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sodium hydroxymethylglycinate

Derived from amino acids and used as a skin- and hair-softening agent, and to a lesser extent as... Read More »

Categories: Preservatives, Hydration

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sorbitol

Can be created synthetically or derived from natural sources. Similar to glycerin, it is a... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Hydration

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sucrose

Monosaccharide that has hydrating properties for skin. Read More »

Categories: Hydration, Skin-Replenishing

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tamanu oil

From a tree native to Polynesia. It is reputed to have wondrous skin-restoring properties, as well… Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Hydration

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thymus hydrolysate

Form of animal thymus derived by acid, enzyme, or other methods of hydrolysis. It can have... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Hydration

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trehalose

Plant sugar that has hydrating properties for skin. Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Hydration

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tridecyl trimellitate

Used as a skin-conditioning agent and thickening agent.  Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Texture Enhancer, Hydration, Skin-Softening

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Undaria pinnatifida

Form of brown algae. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Hydration, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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urea

Component of urine, although synthetic versions are used in cosmetics. In small amounts urea has... Read More »

Categories: Exfoliant, Hydration, Skin-Replenishing

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vitamin B3

See niacinamide

Categories: Vitamins, Hydration, Skin-Restoring

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vitamin F

Name sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These... Read More »

Categories: Hydration, Antioxidants, Skin-Replenishing, Vitamins, Emollients, Skin-Restoring

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wheat amino acids

A blend of amino acids from wheat protein after it has been broken down via hydrolysis. Most often... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Hydration

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xylose

Form of sugar. Similar to other sugars, xylose has hydrating properties for skin. Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Hydration

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