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Ingredient Dictionary

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comfrey extract

Several studies have shown that comfrey extract can have harmful properties when... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Poor

denatured alcohol

See alcohol

Categories: Sensitizing

Poor

elecampane

Latin name Inula helenium; it is a plant that can be very sensitizing to the skin... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Poor

English ivy extract

Plant extract that can be a skin sensitizer due to its stimulant and astringent (skin-constricting) properties. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Poor

Equisetum arvense

See horsetail extract

Categories: Sensitizing, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Poor

esculin

Component of horse chestnut, it is considered harmful and is not recommended for skin... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing

Poor

essential oil

See volatile oil

Categories: Sensitizing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

Poor

ethanol

See alcohol

Categories: Sensitizing

Poor

ethyl alcohol

See alcohol

Categories: Sensitizing

Poor

eucalyptus extract

Extract that may have beneficial properties on the skin... Read More »

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

Poor

eucalyptus oil

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

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

Poor

Eugenia aromatica

See clove oil

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Poor

Eugenia caryophyllus

See clove oil

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Poor

eugenol

Fragrance chemical that occurs naturally in some plant ingredients... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

Average

Euphrasia officinalis

See eyebright

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Average

eyebright

A plant; although the name sounds like it would be beneficial for the eye area, there are no... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Poor

fennel oil

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

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Poor

fennel seed extract

Can have antioxidant properties, but on skin it can be a skin sensitizer (Source:... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Poor

Ferula galbaniflua

See galbanum

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

Good

feverfew extract

A plant that can be very soothing but also potentially sensitizing to the skin... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Sensitizing

Poor

Ficus carica fruit extract

See fig

Categories: Sensitizing, Plant Extracts

Poor

fig

Fruit that contains psoralens, which are compounds that may cause sensitizing reactions... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

Poor

fir needle oil

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

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

Poor

Foeniculum vulgare extract

See fennel seed extract , fennel oil

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

Poor

fragrance

One or a blend of volatile and/or fragrant plant oils (or synthetically derived oils) that impart... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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