Ingredient Dictionary

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Bellis perennis

See daisy flower extract

Categories: Plant Extracts

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balsam peru

Fatty resin that when applied topically can cause allergic skin reactions and contact dermatitis.... Read More »

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

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Zingiber zerumbet

See ginger extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Irritants, Anti-Irritants

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Piper nigrum

See black pepper extract and oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Irritants

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eucalyptus oil

Fragrant plant oil whose active constituents are found in the leaves and the oil obtained from... Read More »

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

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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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Levisticum officinale root extract

See lovage root extract

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

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Melissa officinalis

See balm mint extract , counter-irritant

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

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verbena extract

Fragrant extract that can be a skin irritant. Read More »

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

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pine oil

Can have disinfectant properties (Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, December 1997,... Read More »

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

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kawa extract

See kava-kava extract

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts, Irritants

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botanicals

General term for a large group of natural ingredients. Botanicals may or may not be organic, and... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Narcissus poeticus wax

Fragrant flower extract that can cause irritation and dermatitis (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com) Read More »

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

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Citrus aurantium

See orange blossom

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

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Castanea sativa seed extract

See chestnut seed extract

Categories: Plant Extracts

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fir needle oil

Volatile, fragrant oil that can cause skin irritation and sensitivity. Read More »

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

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methyleugenol

Natural constituent of plant oils such as those from rose, basil, blackberry, cinnamon, and anise.... Read More »

Categories: Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Pyrus cydonia

See quince seed

Categories: Irritants, Plant Extracts, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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Mentha arvensis

See cornmint

Categories: Irritants, Plant Extracts

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neroli

See orange blossom

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

Poor

tangerine oil

Fragrant, volatile citrus oil that can be a skin irritant. Read More »

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

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Pogostemon cablin

See patchouli

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

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palmarosa oil

See geranium oil

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

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Geranium pretense

Geranium plant. Read More »

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

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essential oil

See volatile oil

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

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