Ingredient Dictionary

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goldenseal

A plant that may have antibacterial or antiviral properties when taken orally. There is no evidence... Read More »

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

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Pelargonium graveolens oil

See geranium oil

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

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Coleus barbatus

Member of the mint family and also known as forskolin; can be a skin irritant. Not enough is known... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Irritants

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horseradish

Plant that can irritate skin and should never be applied to abraded skin. Read More »

Categories: Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Anacyclus pyrethrum

See pellitory

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Melaleuca cajeputi oil

There is no research showing that this oil, which is derived from a plant in the same family as the... Read More »

Categories: Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Copaifera officinalis

See balsam peru

Categories: Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Origanum majorana

See marjoram

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

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petitgrain mandarin

See mandarin orange oil or extract

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

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Aerocarpus santalinus

See red sandalwood

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

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lemongrass extract

Extract that can have antibacterial properties (Source: Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2000,... Read More »

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

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Lavandula officinalis

See lavender extract and oil

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

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oregano

Has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties, but can also be a skin irritant (Source:... Read More »

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

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myrtle extract

Contains volatile oil and tannins, and can have fungicidal, disinfectant, and antibacterial... Read More »

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

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orris root

Used primarily as a fragrant component due to its violet-like scent (Source:... Read More »

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

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Daucus carota

Also known as wild carrot. It can have antioxidant properties, but applied topically it can cause... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Irritants

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Cinnamomum camphora

See camphor

Categories: Plant Extracts, Irritants

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Mentha piperita

See peppermint , counter-irritant

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antibacterial/Anti-Acne, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Irritants

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capsicum

Large group of plants consisting primarily of the pepper family, including chili peppers and... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Irritants

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daisy flower extract

There is no research showing this extract has any benefit for skin. Also known as tansy, it can... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Irritants

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Citrus aurantifolia

See lime oil and extract

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

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Equisetum arvense

See horsetail extract

Categories: Irritants, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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rosemary oil

See rosemary extract

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

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cinnamon

Can have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties (Sources: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, March... Read More »

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

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Cymbopogon martini

See lemongrass oil , palmarosa oil , lemongrass extract

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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