Ingredient Dictionary

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Acacia farnesiana extract

A fragrant extract from a type of acacia tree. There is no research showing it to have any benefit... Read More »

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

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Acacia senegal

Herb that can have anti-inflammatory properties, but is used primarily as a thickening agent. Read More »

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

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açai

Pronounced "ah-sigh-ee", this small berry with a deep purple color is a potent source of... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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acerola fruit extract

Acerola contains vitamin C. However, the dry acerola fruit and powder are unlikely to be a good... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Achillea millefolium

See yarrow extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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Actaea racemosa

See black cohosh

Categories: Plant Extracts

Poor

Aerocarpus santalinus

See red sandalwood

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

Good

Aesculus hippocastanum

See horse chestnut extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

Good

agar

See algae

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

Good

Agaricus bisporus extract

An extract of mushroom that is thought to help regulate skin cell production by inhibiting cell... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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Agrimonia eupatoria leaf extract

Research shows this plant extract inhibits the hepatitis b virus and has antioxidant properties.... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Ahnfeltia concinna extract

See algae

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

Good

ahnfeltia extract

See algae

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

Average

Ajuga turkestanica extract

The only research about this plant indicates that it may have anabolic steroid properties (Source:... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Plant Extracts

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Alaria esculenta

See algae

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

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Alchemilla vulgaris

Plant with antimicrobial properties. Its high tannin content can cause skin irritation (Source:... Read More »

Categories: Antibacterial/Anti-Acne, Plant Extracts

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Aleurites moluccana seed oil

See kukui nut oil

Categories: Antibacterial/Anti-Acne, Plant Extracts

Best

alfalfa extract

Can be an antioxidant in skin-care products (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry,... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Good

algae

Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000... Read More »

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

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algae extract

See algae

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

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algin

Brown algae. Read More »

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

Good

Aloe barbadensis

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

Good

aloe barbadensis leaf juice extract

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

Good

aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder

This form of aloe is the powder form of the aloe barbadensis leaf plant... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

Good

aloe extract

See aloe vera

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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