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Ingredient Dictionary

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Zizyphus jujuba fruit extract

See jujube fruit extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

Poor

Zingiberaceae

See ginger extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Sensitizing

Poor

Zingiber zerumbet

See ginger extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing, Skin-Soothing

Poor

Zingiber officinale roscoe

See ginger extract

Categories: Sensitizing, Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

Poor

Zanthoxylum piperitum

See Szechuan peppercorn

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Average

yucca extract

Plant extract that can have soothing benefits... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Sensitizing, Antioxidants

Poor

ylang ylang

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

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

Best

yerba mate extract

Plant ingredient used in the preparation of the most popular tea-like beverage in South America. It has... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Poor

yarrow extract

Extract for which there is little research showing it to have any benefit for skin. What studies do... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Sensitizing

Good

Ximenia americana oil

Latin name for plum oil; it can have emollient properties. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients

Poor

Xi xin

See ginger extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Sensitizing

Best

xanthophyll

Also known as lutein, this is a cartenoid pigment from plants that functions as an antioxidant. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Poor

witch hazel

Commonly used plant extract that can have antioxidant properties... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Poor

wintergreen oil

A type of mint often used to ease the discomfort of sore muscles... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Best

willow herb

See Epilobium angustifolium extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

Good

willow bark

Contains salicin, a substance that when taken orally is converted by the digestive process to... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

Poor

wild ginger

See ginger extract

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

Good

white willow

See willow bark

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

Best

white tea leaf extract

Extract from the minimally processed buds and leaves of green tea. There is research showing that... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Poor

white oak bark extract

See oak root extract

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Average

white nettle

Contains components that can have both soothing and sensitizing properties... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing, Skin-Soothing

Good

wheat germ oil

Emollient plant oil similar to all non-fragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients

Best

watermelon fruit extract

Extract from the fruit Citrullus lantus, commonly known as watermelon... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Average

watercress extract

Research indicates that watercress extracts can have antioxidant activity, but that information is limited... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Good

walnut oil

Emollient, non-fragrant plant oil... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients

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