Ingredient Dictionary

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jojoba oil

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

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients

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cranberry seed oil

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

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Glycyrrhiza uralensis root extract

See licorice root , licorice extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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fireweed extract

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

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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Theobroma cacao seed butter

See cocoa butter

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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tetrahydrodemethoxycurcumin

See turmeric , curcumin

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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black currant oil

Non-volatile plant oil. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Rubus occidentalis

See black raspberry

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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glycyrrhetic acid

Extract from licorice that has anti-inflammatory properties (Sources: American Journal of... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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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: Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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peony root extract

There is research showing that the root of the peony plant can have anticancer properties as well... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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linden flower extract

Major active 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 and sun-protective... 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, Plant Extracts

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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, Anti-Irritants

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yerba mate extract

Used for the preparation of the most popular tea-like beverage in South America. It has... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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olive oil/olive fruit oil

Emollient plant oil similar to many other non-fragrant plant oils. The concept of olive oil having... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients

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chamomile

Plant species include Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita, and Matricaria chamomilla.... Read More »

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

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licorice extract

Extract that has anti-inflammatory properties (Source: Healthnotes Review of Complementary and... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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Helianhtus annuus seed oil

See sunflower seed oil

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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Ginkgo biloba leaf extract

Research shows this potent antioxidant helps improve blood flow. It is often used in anti-cellulite... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Persicaria hydropiper

Also known as water pepper. All parts of this plant extract have been shown in vitro to be not only... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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Camellia japonica

The leaf has been shown in vitro to be potent antioxidant and also able to inhibit the expression... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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