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Ingredient Dictionary

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Alteromonas ferment extract

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

Categories: Plant Extracts

Good

Althaea rosea

See mallow

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Texture Enhancer

Best

Althea officinalis

Latin name for the marshmallow plant. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, 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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Anacyclus pyrethrum

See pellitory

Categories: Plant Extracts

Good

Anacystis nidulans extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Texture Enhancer

Good

Ananas sativus fruit extract

See pineapple extract

Categories: Exfoliant, Plant Extracts

Good

andiroba oil

Extracted from the Brazilian mahogany tree; it has soothing properties (Source:... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

Average

Anethum graveolens

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

Poor

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

Poor

Angelica polymorpha sinensis root extract

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Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Good

annato extract

Natural plant colorant derived from the flesh surrounding the seed of Bixa orellana, a shrub native... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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anthocyanin

Group of naturally occurring substances found in plants that give fruits, vegetables, and plants... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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apple fruit extract

General name for various types of apples, all of which have potent antioxidant ability that, at least in theory, can benefit skin when applied topically. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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apricot kernel oil

Emollient plant oil pressed from the seeds of apricots, and similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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Arachis hypogaea extract

Extract of the plant commonly known as the peanut. It can have emollient and skin soothing... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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arbutin

Isolated from the leaves of the bearberry shrub, cranberry, blueberry, some... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Arctium lappa

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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Arctium majus

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

Best

Arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf

See bearberry extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Best

argan oil

Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of argan trees. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Best

Argania spinosa

See argan oil

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Poor

arnica extract

Extract from the plant Arnica montana. There is research showing that when arnica is taken orally... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

Good

artemia extract

See algae

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

Average

Artemisia absinthium extract

See mugwort extract

Categories: Plant Extracts

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