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jojoba oil

Emollient, non-fragrant oil (technically, a polyunsaturated wax) extracted from the seeds of a perennial shrub. Read More »

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cranberry seed oil

Extract derived from the seed of this red berry; the oil (which is not red) has antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Glycyrrhiza uralensis root extract

See licorice root , licorice extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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fireweed extract

Extract from the Epilobium angustifolium plant; also known as willow herb. Read More »

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Theobroma cacao seed butter

See cocoa butter

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tetrahydrodemethoxycurcumin

See turmeric , curcumin

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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physalis angulata extract

This plant extract has a potent calming effect on skin. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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black currant oil

Non-volatile plant oil. Read More »

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Rubus occidentalis

See black raspberry

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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glycyrrhetic acid

Extract from licorice that has skin-soothing properties… Read More »

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carnosol acid

See carnosic acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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soy oil

Emollient oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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linden flower extract

Major constituents in linden are flavonoids and glycosides. Flavonoids are potent... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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ferulic acid

A plant-based antioxidant. Research suggests that it provides antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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hydrolyzed jojoba esters

Essential fatty acids from the jojoba plant, broken down by water to form a new complex with... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening, Plant Extracts

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watermelon fruit extract

Extract from the fruit Citrullus lantus, commonly known as watermelon... Read More »

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Glycine soja oil

Oil derived from wild soybeans; it has emollient properties. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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Borago officinalis seed oil

See borage seed oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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yerba mate extract

Plant ingredient used in the preparation of the most popular tea-like beverage in South America. It has... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Camellia japonica

The leaf has been shown to be an antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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Simmondsia chinensis

See jojoba oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients, Skin-Replenishing

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honeysuckle flower extract

Plant extract that functions as a soothing agent. It is a very good source of flavonoids... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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chamomile

Ingredient derived from plant species Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria recutita, and Matricaria chamomilla... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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licorice extract

Plant extract that has skin-soothing properties. In addition, licorice root may be effective in... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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Helianthus annuus seed oil

See sunflower seed oil

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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