Ingredient Dictionary

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aloe juice

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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aloe vera

There is no real evidence that aloe vera (Aloe barbadenis) helps the skin in any significant way.... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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alpha bisabolol

See bisabolol

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Alteromonas ferment extract

Alteromonas is a gram-negative bacteria found in deep areas of seawater. Due to its polysaccharide... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Althaea rosea

See mallow

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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Althea officinalis

Latin name for the marshmallow plant. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Anti-Irritants, 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

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Anacystis nidulans extract

See algae

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

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Ananas sativus fruit extract

See pineapple extract

Categories: Leave-On Exfoliant, Plant Extracts

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andiroba oil

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

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Anethum graveolens

See dill extract

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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Angelica polymorpha sinensis root extract

See dong quai

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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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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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 anti-inflammatory... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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arbutin

Hydroquinone derivative 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, Anti-Irritants

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Arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf

See bearberry extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Antibacterial/Anti-Acne

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argan oil

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Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Argania spinosa

See argan oil

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Poor

arnica extract

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

Categories: Plant Extracts

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artemia extract

See algae

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

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