Ingredient glossary

Yes To formulations are meant to deliver the best results for your skin, body and hair. By only including the most essential, clean ingredients, we can offer highly effective, nourishing products to all. While we thoughtfully design our formulas to address specific needs, we know everyone’s skin is different. By knowing what’s in your skincare you can have the peace of mind to know you’re making the right choices for you. We’re happy to provide our full ingredient glossary below that outlines each ingredient purpose, origin and benefit. 

1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V X Z

1,2-Hexanediol

Multifunctional synthetic ingredient most commonly used as a skin humectant and preservative booster.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

preservative

Preservative

Acacia Senegal Gum

Naturally-derived thickening agent and film former primarily used to help improve the texture of certain skin care products.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

film-former

Film-Former

Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

Contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help gently exfoliate and condition skin. Sourced from Sugar Maple trees.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar)

Helps clarify and normalize skin and hair, and balance the pH of formulas. Commonly known as Apple Cider Vinegar.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Achillea Millefolium Extract

Helps to soothe and balance skin's appearance. Sourced from Yarrow plants.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract

A source of antioxidants that can help guard against free radical damage.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Alcohol

Helps to dissolve certain ingredients such as Salicylic Acid. Can also help to extract ingredients from plants and improve product application. Naturally derived.
solvent

Solvent

Aleurites Moluccanus (Kukui)

Helps soothe skin and moisturize skin and hair. Derived from the Kukui Nut. Included as an Oil and Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Algin

Type of carbohydrate found in brown algae that is primarily used to improve the texture of certain skin care products. Derived from Seaweed.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Allantoin

Helps to soothe and condition skin. Synthetic.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Aloe Barbadensis

Helps to soothe, moisturize and condition the skin. Derived from the Aloe plant. Included as a Flower Extract, Leaf Extract, Leaf Juice, Leaf Powder or Leaf Water,
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Amino Esters-1

Mixture of amino acids that help to maintain skin's
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer

Synthetic polymer used as a film-forming agent, thickener and texture enhancer. Because of its water-binding properties, the film leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

film-former

Film-Former

Amyl Cinnamal

Fragrance ingredient with a floral/jasmine scent.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Amylopectin

Primarily functions as a natural thickener and texture enhancer. Main component of starch, naturally derived from rice, waxy potato starch and waxy corn.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Anhydroxylitol

Naturally derived from xylitol, a sugar found on cellulose of wood, Sugarcane, corn cobs and certain seed hulls that serves as a humectant to help skin absorb and retain moisture.
humectant

Humectant

Aqua (Water)

Most commonly used cosmetic ingredient. Almost always listed first on an ingredient list because of its concentration in the formula.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

solvent

Solvent

Arachidyl Alcohol

Naturally-derived fatty alcohol primarily used as a viscosity controlling agent and emollient. As an emollient, it works to soften or soothe the skin or hair.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

emollient

Emollient

Arachidyl Glucoside

Naturally-derived surfactant and emulsifier that helps to keep skin hydrated and leaves skin feeling moisturized and clean.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract

Bearberry plant extract known to have antioxidant and skin-brightening properties.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

Ascorbic Acid

Naturally-derived, water-soluble form of Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. Also known as L-ascorbic Acid.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

vitamin

Vitamin

Ascorbyl Glucoside

Water-soluble, synthetic and stable form of Vitamin C obtained by the condensation of ascorbic acid with glucose. Known to be an effective antioxidant and skin brightener.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

vitamin

Vitamin

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Fat soluble, synthetic and stable form of Vitamin C that is an effective antioxidant which helps to guard against environmental damage.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

vitamin

Vitamin

Aspalathus Linearis

Plant extract known to have antioxidant and skin-conditioning properties. Processed from the Rooibos Tea plant and included as an Extract, Leaf Extract and a Leaf/Stalk Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract

Plant extract known to help condition and soothe skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Beeswax

Wax that helps to thicken formulas and also provides emollient benefits.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Behentrimonium Chloride

Cleaning and conditioning agent that helps to detangle, fight static, condition and soften hair. Known in technical terms as a “cationic quaternary ammonium compound” naturally derived from the Turnip Rape.
hair-conditioning-agent

Hair-Conditioning Agent

Behenyl Alcohol

Naturally-derived large fatty straight-chain alcohol emulsifier in skin care formulations.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Bentonite

Aluminum silicate clay used to help absorb oil from the skin.
absorbent

Absorbent

Benzoic Acid

Aromatic carboxylic acid that is commonly used as a preservative or pH adjuster in cosmetic, skincare, food and beverage products. Can be synthetic or naturally derived.
preservative

Preservative

Benzyl Alcohol

Aromatic alcohol with a floral-like scent that is naturally occurring in some fruits and teas. Most commonly used as a preservative in cosmetics.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

preservative

Preservative

Benzyl Benzoate

Commonly used as fragrance ingredient, preservative and solvent.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

solvent

Solvent

Beta-Carotene (CI 40800,75130)

Yellow/orange naturally-derived pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their color. Also know to have antioxidant properties.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

colorant

Colorant

Beta-Glucan

Polysaccharide sugar naturally-derived from yeast or oats. Helps to soothe irritated skin as well as has some antioxidant properties.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Betaine

Primarily used in skin care for its moisturizing power and helps to keep skin feeling hydrated and balanced. Originally discovered in Sugar Beets, which is where the name betaine comes from.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

humectant

Humectant

Biosaccharide Gum-1

Fermentation gum naturally derived from Sorbitol known to have moisturizing and skin soothing properties.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Bisabolol

Skin soothing oil typically extracted from German chamomile that can help reduce the appearance of redness. Can also be synthetically produced.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Bixa Orellana Seed Oil

Naturally-derived colorant that produces a deep yellow-orange to red color that also is known to have skin conditioning properties. Commonly known as Annato Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

colorant

Colorant

Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract

Skin-conditioning agent extracted from the Broccoli plant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Synthetic fragrance ingredient, also known as Lilial, with a strong floral scent.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

Plant fat extracted from the nuts of the Shea Tree used as an emollient to help form a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture and help improve skin elasticity.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside

Plant-based emulsifier, usually accompanied with C14-22 Alcohols.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

C14-22 Alcohols

Primarily used as emulsifier along with C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside. Derived from a mixture of plant-based fatty alcohols.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum

Acts as a thickener, emulsion stabilizer and texturizing agent. Plant material derived from the dried, gummy exudate of the Tara tree.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Caffeine

Stimulant found in coffee, tea and chocolate known to help tighten and brighten the skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Calcium Carbonate

Commonly used as an absorbent in skin care products to help mattify and absorb excess oil. Naturally derived.
absorbent

Absorbent

Calcium Sulfate

Primarily used in the cosmetic industry as a color additive, opacifier and binder. Sometimes referred to as Gypsum, Alabaster, "Plaster of Paris" or Terra Alba. Can be naturally derived or synthetic.
colorant

Colorant

Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract

Plant extract with skin-soothing properties. Derived from the Common Heather plant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Plant extracts known to have antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. Helps to improve the appearance of stressed skin. Derived from Green Tea.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin Conditioning Agent

antioxidant

Antioxidant

Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters

Primarily functions as a emulsion stabilizer, thickener and emulsifier. Natural wax derivative obtained from the combination of Polyglycerin-3 (from Glycerin), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Jojoba Wax and Rice Bran Wax.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Caprylhydroxamic Acid

Primarily used as a chelating agent or preservative. Amino acid naturally derived from Coconut Oil.
preservative

Preservative

chelating-agent

Chelating Agent

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Helps to replenish skin's surface and moisturize skin. Emollient naturally derived from Coconut Oil and Glycerin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Caprylyl Glycol

Skin-conditioning agent and preservative most commonly obtained from naturally-derived plant oils.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

preservative

Preservative

Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside

Nonionic surfactant or cleansing agent obtained from fatty alcohols and glucose. Naturally derived.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract

Skin-conditioning agent used to improve the appearance of skin's tone. Extract of the dried fruit of the Cayenne Pepper.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Carbomer

Term used for a series of synthetic polymers primarily made from acrylic acid that function as texture enhancers to create gel-like formulations.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Carrageenan

Natural gum obtained from various types of Seaweed used to thicken and stabilize products. Also know to have water-binding properties.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Cetearyl Alcohol

Mixture of naturally-derived, fatty alcohols consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols. Can be used as texture enhancer, emollient and as a foaming agent. Used along with similar ingredients to give products texture and slip.
emollient

Emollient

texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

foaming-agent

Foaming Agent

Cetearyl Glucoside

Primarily used as an emulsifier. Naturally-derived product of the condensation of Cetearyl Alcohol with Glucose.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Cetearyl Olivate

Texture enhancer and emulsifier. Naturally derived from Cetearyl Alcohol and the fatty acids obtained from Olive Oil.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Cetyl Alcohol

Used as a emulsifier, emollient and thickening agent. Mixture of naturally-derived fatty alcohols.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

emollient

Emollient

Cetyl Palmitate

Used primarily as a thickener and emollient that helps skin feel smooth and moisturized. Most commonly derived from plant oils.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

emollient

Emollient

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)

Plant extract with antioxidant and skin soothing properties. Forms include Extract, Flower Extract and Leaf Extract. Sourced from the German Chamomile plant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Charcoal Powder

Dried, carbonaceous material naturally obtained from the heating of organic substances such as Wood, Bamboo or Coconut Husk. Used to help detoxify skin and remove surface impurities.
absorbent

Absorbent

Charcoal Powder (Binchotan White Charcoal)

Traditional Japanese charcoal made by heating wood to a temperature of 1000 C (1832 F) and then covering it with a moist mixture of earth, sand and ash to cool. Due to the different processing method, can be gentler and less drying than black charcoal.
absorbent

Absorbent

Chlorphenesin

Synthetic preservative used in skin care as a cosmetic biocide.
preservative

Preservative

Chondrus Crispus Extract

Rich source of beta-carotene and the antioxidants Zeaxanthin and Lutein which can help hydrate skin and guard against the visible effects of blue light exposure. Sourced from a type of seaweed also known as Red Algae.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

Inorganic, green pigment used as a colorant.
colorant

Colorant

Citral

Main component of citrus fruit's peel oil. Most commonly used as a fragrance ingredient.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Citric Acid

Naturally-derived Alpha Hydroxy Acid used in personal care products primarily as a pH adjuster.
ph-adjuster

pH Adjuster

Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract

Fruit extract known to be packed with water and antioxidants, including Lycopene, to give skin a light hydration and leave skin refreshed. Naturally derived from Watermelon.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime)

Contains antioxidant Vitamin C and can be used to brighten skin's appearance. Forms include Peel Extract and Fruit Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract

Extract known to help balance and soothe skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)/Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract

Extract known to have antioxidant properties. Forms include Fruit Extract and Peel Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit)

Extract known to have antioxidant properties to help skin appear brighter and more evenly toned. Forms include Extract, Fruit Extract, Fruit Water, Peel Extract and Seed Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Citrus Limon (Lemon)

Extract that may help brighten skin and make it appear more evenly toned. Forms include Fruit Extract, Peel Extract and Peel Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit)

Extract known to help balance and brighten the skin. Forms include Fruit Extract, Seed Extract and Seed Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Naturally-derived mild cleansing agent often used as a secondary surfactant and lather booster.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine

Naturally-derived mild surfactant. Can also be used as a foam booster and conditioning agent for the hair and skin.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

foaming-agent

Foaming Agent

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract

Skin conditioning agent in skincare formulations. Naturally derived from Ivy Gourd.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Coco-Caprylate

Emollient naturally derived from Coconut Oil and Caprylic Acid.
emollient

Emollient

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate

Functions as an emollient and skin-softening agent. Mixture of Coconut Alcohol with Caprylic Acid and Capric Acid, which are found naturally in various plant oils.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Coco-Glucoside

Mild cleansing agent naturally obtained by the condensation of Coconut Alcohol with Glucose.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Coconut Alkanes

Helps lock in moisture by sitting on the skin to create a barrier. Naturally- derived from the complete reduction and hydrogenation of fatty acids derived from Coconut Oil.
emollient

Emollient

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut)

Used as a skin conditioning agent or emollient depending on the form. Shell Powder can be used as a natural exfoliant. Forms include an Oil, Extract, Fruit Extract, Fruit Juice, Fruit Powder, Liquid Endosperm and Shell Powder.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

exfoliant

Exfoliant

Coffea Arabica (Coffee)

Antioxidant that helps to reduce the visible signs of aging. Powder can also be used as an exfoliant. Forms include a Seed Extract and Seed Powder.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

exfoliant

Exfoliant

Corallina Officinalis Extract

Naturally derived from Red Algae. Most commonly used as a texture enhancer or emollient.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

emollient

Emollient

Coumarin

Fragrance ingredient with a vanilla-like odor with grassy elements.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract

Plant extract known for its skin-soothing properties. Forms include Extract, Fruit Extract, Fruit Water, Seed Extract and Seed Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract

Extract most commonly used as an antioxidant or skin-conditioning agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Cupressus Sempervirens Oil

Most commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Fragrant plant oil obtained from the Cypress Tree.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract

Antioxidant plant extract known to help normalize skin and help reduce the appearance of redness.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil

Plant oil known for its antioxidant properties that may help to reduce the visible signs of aging.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Decyl Glucoside

Plant-derived ingredient used as a mild cleansing agent.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Dehydroacetic Acid

Synthetic preservative most effective on fungi.
preservative

Preservative

Dehydroxanthan Gum

Natural texture enhancer and thickening agent produced by the dehydration of Xanthan Gum.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Dextrin

Most often used as a texture enhancer or adhesive. Naturally-derived water-binding polysaccharide that helps to increase the solubility of water-insoluble compounds.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Dicaprylyl Carbonate

Naturally-derived emollient and skin-conditioning agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Dicaprylyl Ether

Emulsifier and skin-conditioning agent. Naturally derived from Caprylic Acid, a fatty acid found in various plant oils.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate

Known to help skin appear more evenly toned. Skin-conditioning agent naturally derived from Licorice Root.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract

Plant extract known to have antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. Sourced from Willow Herb.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Erythritol

Known to have humectant properties that help condition and lock in skin's moisture. Sugar Alcohol found in certain fermented foods and fruits such as Melons or Grapes.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin Conditioning Agent

humectant

Humectant

Ethylcellulose

Plant-derived texture enhancer obtained from cellulose.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Emollient that can help reduce the appearance of dry skin. Also used as a texture enhancer to help improve the sensory feel of some products.
emollient

Emollient

Ethylhexylglycerin

Multifunctional humectant that can aid in the preservation of cosmetic formulas. Synthetic.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

preservative

Preservative

Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract

Extract derived from the Evodia Fruit known for its skin-soothing properties in both Chinese medicine and topically in skin care applications.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Flavor (Aroma)

Defined by the FDA as any natural or synthetic substance used solely to impart a taste to a cosmetic product. Can be naturally derived or Synthetic.
flavor-ingredient

Flavor Ingredient

Fragrance (Parfum)

Defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne its distinct scent. Can be naturally derived or Synthetic.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Galactoarabinan

Powerful hydrating ingredient for the skin obtained from the Larch Tree.
humectant

Humectant

Gellan Gum

Naturally-derived fermented polysaccharide used as a texture enhancer as well as to aid in the stability of a formulation.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract

Antioxidant and skin-conditioning agent known to soothe skin and help guard against environmental aggressors and oxidative stress. Naturally derived from the Ginkgo Tree.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Gluconolactone

Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) that gently exfoliates the skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Glucose

Naturally-derived sugar known for its water-binding properties.
humectant

Humectant

Glycerin

Humectant obtained from various plant oils. Known for its skin-replenishing and skin-restoring properties.
humectant

Humectant

solvent

Solvent

Glyceryl Caprylate

Used to stabilize oil-in-water emulsions and moisten skin. Co-emulsifier produced from various kinds of vegetable oils. Also used as a naturally-derived preservative along with Glyceryl Undecylenate.
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

preservative

Preservative

Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate

Vegetable-derived ingredient that can be used as an emollient, surfactant and emulsifier.
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Glyceryl Laurate

Multifunctional ingredient produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Lauric acid from various plant oils. Most often used as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Glyceryl Oleate

Most often used as an emollient, surfactant and emulsifier. Vegetable-derived ingredient made by combining Glycerin and Oleic Acid (from Olive or vegetable oils).
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Glyceryl Stearate/Glyceryl Stearate SE

Most often used as an emollient, surfactant and emulsifier. Vegetable-derived ingredient made by combining Glycerin and Stearic Acid (from vegetable fats). Glyceryl Stearate SE is the self-emulsifying form of Glyceryl Stearate.
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Glyceryl Undecylenate

Most often used as an emulsifier but also can be used as a preservative. Vegetable-derived ingredient made by combining Glycerin and Undecylenic Acid (from Castor Oil).
emulsifier

Emulsifier

preservative

Preservative

Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil

Most often used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent. Oil expressed from Soybeans.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Glycolic Acid

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that chemically exfoliates to help improve skin's tone and texture.
exfoliant

Exfoliant

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract

Plant extract known for its skin-soothing and antioxidant properties.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Polymer used as a conditioning agent for skin and hair. Also provides anti-static properties for the hair. Naturally-derived Guar Gum.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

hair-conditioning-agent

Hair-Conditioning Agent

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)

Skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant that helps to balance, soothe and reduce the appearance of redness. Forms include Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Extract, Leaf Extract, Leaf Water and Water.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

antioxidant

Antioxidant

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)

Non-fragrant plant oil used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent. Forms include an Oil and Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Heptyl Glucoside

Naturally-derived solubilizer and cleansing agent from Sugar and Castor Seeds.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Hexyl Cinnamal

Fragrance ingredient naturally derived from Chamomile Oil that has a jasmine-like aroma.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract

Plant extract from the Hibiscus flower known to contain Vitamin C, anthocyanins, polyphenols and water-soluble antioxidants.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Honey (Mel)

Natural humectant and skin-conditioning agent that helps maintain skin's moisture.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract

Extract that contains phenols which are known to provide antioxidant activity to help guard against free-radicals. Naturally derived from the Barley plant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Hyaluronic Acid

Powerful humectant capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water to help prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL), making it an optimal hydrator for all skin types.
humectant

Humectant

Hydrogenated Castor Oil

Emollient used on skin's surface to help stop moisture loss and keep skin feeling soft.
emollient

Emollient

Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil

Naturally-derived exfoliant derived from the hydrogenation of Jojoba Oil. Commonly known as Jojoba Beads.
exfoliant

Exfoliant

Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides

Naturally-derived emollient that helps condition and soften the skin.
emollient

Emollient

Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate

Primarily used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent. Naturally derived.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides

Primarily used as an emollient to help condition and soften the skin. Naturally derived.
emollient

Emollient

Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters

Used as a skin-conditioning agent. Essential fatty acids from the Jojoba Plant that are broken down by acid, enzyme or other method of hydrolysis.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein

Skin and hair conditioning ingredient that also has antioxidant properties. Naturally derived from Soybeans.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

hair-conditioning-agent

Hair-Conditioning Agent

Hydrolyzed Tomato Skin

Functions as a skin-conditioning agent. Concentrate of Tomato skins obtained by hydrolysis.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

Plant-derived texture enhancer derived from cellulose.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate

A naturally-derived starch that primarily functions as a thickening agent and can also be used to stabilize skin care formulations.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey

Used to condition and detangle hair. Quaternary ammonium compound derived from Honey.
hair-conditioning-agent

Hair-Conditioning Agent

Illite

Group of clay micas also known as French Green Clay that help to absorb excess oil from the skin. Normally combined with other clays such as Bentonite or Kaolin.
absorbent

Absorbent

Ipomoea Batatas Extract

Helps to moisturize and condition skin. Plant extract obtained from the Sweet Potato.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Iron Oxides (CI 77491)

Naturally-derived colorant also known as Red Iron Oxides.
colorant

Colorant

Iron Oxides (CI 77492)

Naturally-derived colorant also known as Yellow Iron Oxides.
colorant

Colorant

Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Naturally-derived colorant also known as Black Iron Oxides.
colorant

Colorant

Jojoba Esters

Commonly used as an emollient but can also be used as a natural exfoliant in solid form.
emollient

Emollient

exfoliant

Exfoliant

Kaolin

Aluminum silicate clay used to help absorb oil from the skin.
absorbent

Absorbent

Krameria Triandra Root Extract

Plant extract derived from the root of the Rhatany shrub known for its astringent and skin-soothing properties.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lactic Acid

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that gently exfoliates to help improve skin's tone and texture
exfoliant

Exfoliant

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lactobacillus Ferment/ Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate

Non-living probiotic made by fermentation of the microorganism Lactobacillus. It is known for its skin-soothing benefits and may help balance skin's microbiome.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lactobacillus/Lemon Peel Ferment Extract

Known to help balance the appearance of skin's tone. Extract of the product obtained by the fermentation of Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel by the microorganism, Lactobacillus.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lactococcus Ferment Lysate

Known to help strengthen skin's barrier function. Non-living probiotic made by fermentation of the microorganism, Lactococcus.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lauramine Oxide

Multifunctional synthetic ingredient primarily used as an anti-static agent, surfactant or foam booster.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

foaming-agent

Foaming Agent

Lauryl Glucoside

Plant-derived ingredient used as a mild cleansing agent.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Lauryl Laurate

Plant-based emollient made from a mixture of vegetable oils that can be used as a natural replacement for lightweight silicones.
emollient

Emollient

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Primarily used as a fragrance ingredient but is also known to help clarify and soothe skin.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lecithin

Used as an emollient or water-binding agent. Natural lipid primarily found in plants such as Soybeans or Sunflowers.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract

Plant extract known for its skin-softening benefits. Sourced from the Lentil plant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract

Plant extract that shows some antioxidant and skin-brightening benefits. Sourced from the Garden Cress Sprout.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

Naturally-derived preservative created by fermenting Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Roots with the microorganism Leuconostoc.
preservative

Preservative

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil

Non-fragrant Meadowfoam plant oil primarily used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Limonene

Fragrance ingredient known for its Lemon-citrus aroma.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Linalool

Fragrance ingredient found in many flowers and spice plants such as Lavender and Coriander.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Lycopene (CI 75125)

Primarily used as a natural colorant. Carotenoid with antioxidant properties that gives fruits and vegetables a red color.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

colorant

Colorant

Magnesium Aluminum Silicate

Primarily used to improve the texture and function of formulations. Naturally-occurring mineral derived from Smectite clay.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Magnesium Carbonate

Multifunctional mineral salt most commonly used as an absorbent, coloring agent and opacifying agent. Can also be used to adjust formula pH.
absorbent

Absorbent

Maltodextrin

Plant-based sugar most commonly used as a hydrating ingredient, film former and to stabilize and improve the texture of skincare formulations.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

film-former

Film-Former

Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract

Plant stem cell extract with antioxidant and skin-conditioning benefits to help combat the visible signs of aging. Sourced from the Swiss Apple.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Maris Sal (Sea Salt)

Inorganic salts derived from sea water that can help soothe and condition skin and act as an exfoliant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/ Leaf/Stem Extract

Fragrant Tea Tree plant oil/extract with antioxidant and skin-soothing properties that also may improve the appearance of breakouts.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Melia Azadirachta

Plant extract from the Chinaberry Tree most commonly used as a skin-soothing antioxidant and natural green colorant. Forms include and Flower Extract and Leaf Extract.
colorant

Colorant

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract

Extract from the Lemon Balm plant that helps to calm and balance skin. Most commonly used as a fragrance ingredient.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Mentha Citrata Leaf Extract

Plant extract most commonly used as a fragrance ingredient and to cool skin. Also known as Orange Mint and Bergamot Mint.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

Plant oil derived from the Peppermint plant most commonly used as a fragrance ingredient and cooling agent that helps to tone and soothe skin.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Menthol

Derived from Peppermint Oil. Known to have a cooling sensation on the skin.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate

Naturally-derived skin-softening ingredient and emollient derived from Methyl Glucoside and Stearic Acid.
emollient

Emollient

Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether/Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether

Fluorinated ethers used as solvents and viscosity controlling ingredients that also cause a bubbling effect as seen in bubbling paper masks. Synthetic.
solvent

Solvent

Mica

Silicate minerals that can be used to add shimmer to cosmetic formulations.
colorant

Colorant

Montmorillonite

Mix of French Green clays used to help absorb oils from the skin.
absorbent

Absorbent

Morinda Citrifolia

Extract of the Noni plant known to have antioxidant and skin soothing properties. Forms include Fruit Extract and Fruit Powder.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Musa Balbisiana Fruit Extract

Wild Banana plant extract rich in polyphenols with antioxidant benefits.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract

Banana plant extract that may provide some antioxidant benefits due to its Vitamin C content. Also has been shown to have moisturizing and antimicrobial benefits.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Myristic Acid

Naturally-derived fatty acid commonly used as a cleansing agent or surfactant in skin care products.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Myristyl Lactate

Naturally-derived ester of Lactic Acid most commonly used as an emollient and skin-softening agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Myristyl Myristate

Naturally-derived fatty alcohol commonly used to help improve the texture of skin care products as well add moisture to the skin.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

emollient

Emollient

Niacinamide

Form of Vitamin B3 known for its skin-restoring benefits. Synthetic.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

vitamin

Vitamin

Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract

Functions as an antioxidant and moisture enhancer. Plant extract made from Basil flowers and leaves.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract

Plant extract and adaptogen, also called Tulsi or Holy Basil, that helps balance and condition skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Octyldodecanol

Naturally-derived long-chain fatty alcohol primarily used as an emollient, fragrance ingredient or solvent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Olea Europaea

Olive plant oil/extract high in fatty acids most commonly used as an emollient. Forms include Fruit Oil and Leaf Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Orchis Mascula

Fragrant Orchid extract known to show antioxidant properties and have a soothing effect on the skin. Forms include Extract and Flower Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract

Used to help condition and soften skin and as a chelating agent. Plant ingredient extracted from the bran or outer layer of the Rice kernel.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Palm Acid/Palm Kernel Acid

Used as an opacifying agent, emulsifier or cleansing agent. Naturally derived.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Palmitic Acid

Long-chain fatty acid naturally derived from various plant oils with many functions but most commonly used as a cleansing agent and emollient.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

emollient

Emollient

Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate

Synthetic ester primarily used as a skin-conditioning and emollient.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Pentylene Glycol

Skin-conditioning agent or solvent that could be synthetic or naturally derived from Sugarcane.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

solvent

Solvent

Perlite

Used to exfoliate skin and to help absorb excess oil. Mineral made from mined volcanic glass.
absorbent

Absorbent

exfoliant

Exfoliant

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil/Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract

High in Omega-3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants that help to replenish skin and guard against free radical damage.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Phenethyl Alcohol

Naturally-derived aromatic alcohol typically used as a preservative or fragrance ingredient.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

preservative

Preservative

Phenoxyethanol

Paraben-alternative preservative that helps inhibit the growth of bacteria. Can be used globally up to 1%. Synthetic.
preservative

Preservative

Phragmites Communis Extract

Perennial Grass plant extract that helps to moisturize and condition skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Polydextrose

Primarily used as a thickening agent and humectant. Naturally-derived polymer formed from the condensation of Glucose.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

humectant

Humectant

Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate

Skin-softening emulsifier produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Lauric Acid from various plant oils. Can also serve as a cleansing agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate

Skin-softening emulsifier produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Oleic Acid from Olive or vegetable oils.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

Emulsifier produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Stearic Acid from vegetable fats.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate

Skin-softening emulsifier and emollient produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Lauric Acid from various plant oils.
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate

Skin-softening emulsifier and cleansing agent produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Stearic Acid from vegetable fats. It can also serve as a cleansing agent.
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate

Skin-softening emulsifier produced from vegetable-derived Glycerin and Capric Acid from various plant oils.
emollient

Emollient

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Polyhydroxystearic Acid

Natural texture enhancer that is most often used as a dispersant in sunscreens.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

Polylactic Acid

Starch-based polymer of Lactic Acid most often used as natural exfoliating agent.
exfoliant

Exfoliant

Polyvinyl Alcohol

Synthetic polymer most often used as a film-forming agent. The key ingredient in peel-off masks, it reacts with air to form a layer on your skin that can be peeled off.
film-former

Film-Former

Potassium Cetyl Phosphate

Naturally-derived emulsifier that provides flexibility for various applications, such as creams to spray or over a broad pH-range
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Potassium Hydroxide

Used in small amounts to regulate the pH of a product.
ph-adjuster

pH Adjuster

Potassium Sorbate

Paraben-alternative, synthetic preservative that helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi and molds.
preservative

Preservative

Propanediol

Skin-friendly, Corn-derived solvent that acts as a humectant.
solvent

Solvent

Propylene Glycol

Primarily used as a solvent in skin care applications. Synthetic.
solvent

Solvent

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond)

Most often used as an emollient that helps condition skin. Extracted from the ripe seed kernel and fruit of the Almond tree. Forms include a Fruit Extract and Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil

Used as an emollient to help soften and soothe skin. Fixed oil expressed from the kernels of Apricots.
emollient

Emollient

Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract

Rich source of antioxidants to help fight the visible signs of aging. Extract of the Guava fruit.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Pullulan

Water-binding film-former derived from yeast that creates a barrier on the skin to enhance skin texture and hold moisture.
film-former

Film-Former

Punica Granatum

Pomegranate Fruit Extract with antioxidant properties. Forms include Bark/Fruit Extract. Extract and Flower Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract

Apple Fruit Extract with antioxidant properties known to be a natural source of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids).
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil

Non-fragrant Raspberry plant oil used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil

Non-fragrant Castor Bean plant oil most often used as an emollient.
emollient

Emollient

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

Extract known to have antioxidant benefits as well as a calming effect the skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Saccharide Isomerate

Deeply moisturizing, plant-derived ingredient with good water-binding properties.
humectant

Humectant

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract

Natural source of Glycolic Acid, known for its exfoliating and skin-brightening properties.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Salicylic Acid

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA) used as an exfoliant in cosmetic formulations and as an active ingredient in various OTC drug monographs. Can help diminish the appearance of pores and help clear skin.
antiacne-ingredient

Antiacne Ingredient

exfoliant

Exfoliant

Salix Alba (Willow)

Willow Tree plant extract known to have soothing benefits for the skin. Contains salicin, which is converted to Salicylic Acid (BHA) in the presence of enzymes. Forms include Bark Extract and Leaf Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Salvia Officinalis (Sage)

Sage plant extract most commonly used as a fragrance ingredient and skin-conditioning agent to help balance the skin and scalp. Forms include Leaf Extract and Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil

Clary Sage plant oil most often used as a fragrance ingredient.
fragrance-ingredient

Fragrance Ingredient

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

Skullcap Root plant extract with skin-soothing and antioxidant benefits to help guard against environmental aggressors.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

SD Alcohol 40-B

Denatured alcohol most often used as a solvent. Commonly naturally derived from Corn.
solvent

Solvent

Sea Silt Extract/ Maris Limus Extract

Extract of Sea Silt or sediment from the sea that helps to absorb oil from the skin.
absorbent

Absorbent

Shea Butter Ethyl Esters

Emollient derived from Shea Butter that helps form a protective layer over the skin to hold in moisture.
emollient

Emollient

Silica

Multifunctional mineral that can be used as a thickening agent to help improve the texture and feel of a formulation.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

absorbent

Absorbent

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

Most often used as an emollient in skin care formulations. Also known for its skin-soothing benefits and lighter feel. Liquid wax found in the seeds of the Jojoba plant.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

emollient

Emollient

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Water-soluble, more stable and synthetic form of Vitamin C known to help brighten the skin.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

vitamin

Vitamin

Sodium Benzoate

Paraben-alternative synthetic preservative primarily used an anti-fungal agent but also has effectiveness against the growth of bacteria.
preservative

Preservative

Sodium Chloride

Most often used as a thickening agent. Also known as Table Salt.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Sodium Citrate

Most often used to control pH but it can also be used as a preservative. Naturally-derived sodium salt of Citric Acid.
ph-adjuster

pH Adjuster

Sodium Coco-Sulfate

Cleansing agent naturally derived from Coconut Oil.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

Cleansing agent naturally derived from Coconut Oil.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Mild cleansing agent naturally derived from Coconut Oil.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Sodium Dehydroacetate

Antimicrobial, naturally-derived preservative used in skin care formulations.
preservative

Preservative

Sodium Gluconate

Skin-conditioning agent and chelating agent derived from sugar Glucose.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid. Generally has a smaller molecular size which allows it to deeply hydrate and effectively maintain plump, hydrated skin.
humectant

Humectant

Sodium Hydroxide

Highly alkaline ingredient used as a pH adjuster in cosmetic formulations. Synthetic.
ph-adjuster

pH Adjuster

Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate

Mild, naturally-derived surfactant and cleansing agent.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

Plant-derived cleansing agent that can also be used as an emulsifier. Most often used in shampoos and cleansers.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

Mild plant-derived surfactant and cleansing agent derived from various plant oils.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate

Mild surfactant and cleansing agent derived from Coconut. Known to produce a creamy foam.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

Sodium Palm Kernelate

Naturally-derived cleansing agent and emulsifier often used in bar soaps.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Sodium Palmate

Naturally-derived cleansing agent and emulsifier most often found in bar soaps.
cleansing-agent

Cleansing Agent

emulsifier

Emulsifier

Sodium PCA

Naturally-occurring humectant and skin-replenishing agent.
humectant

Humectant

Sodium Phytate

Natural chelating agent derived from Corn that serves as a natural alternative to EDTA.
chelating-agent

Chelating Agent

Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate

Vegetable-derived ingredient most often used as an skin-softening emulsifier that helps to keep the oil and water phases blended and the skin soft.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

Plant-derived emulsifier that helps to stabilize oil-in-water formulations and is known for its moisturizing and skin-conditioning capabilities.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Callus Culture Extract

Plant stem cell extract known to have antioxidant and skin-conditioning benefits. Derived from the Tomato.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato)

Tomato plant extract that contains Lycopene and has antioxidant properties. Forms include Fruit Extract, Fruit Juice and Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract

Vitamin-rich plant extract known to have skin-conditioning capabilities.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Solanum Tuberosum (Potato) Pulp Extract

Plant extract known to have skin-conditioning capabilities.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Sophora Japonica Flower Extract

Japanese Pagoda Tree Flower plant extract that functions as a skin-soothing agent.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Sorbic Acid

Naturally occurring compound, from Rowan/Mountain Ash Berry. Commonly used as a preservative.
preservative

Preservative

Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer

Naturally-derived emulsifier and fragrance solubilizer.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Sorbitan Olivate

Emulsifier and mild cleansing agent naturally derived from the dehydrated Sugar Sorbitol and the fatty acids from Olive Oil.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Sorbitan Stearate

Emulsifying agent derived from Sorbitol and Stearic Acid from vegetable oil.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Sorbitol

Skin-hydrating ingredient or humectant and slip agent similar to Glycerin. Sugar alcohol found in fruits and plants.
humectant

Humectant

Sorbityl Laurate

Naturally-derived oil-in-water emulsifier offering a light skin feel.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract

Plant extract obtained from Spinach leaves with antioxidant and skin-conditioning capabilities.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Stearic Acid

Vegetable-derived emollient and emulsifier that helps to improve a product's texture and consistency.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

Stearyl Alcohol

Most commonly used as an emollient, emulsifier or thickening agent. Multi-functional fatty alcohol derived from Coconut Oil or other vegetable fatty acids.
emulsifier

Emulsifier

thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

emollient

Emollient

Sucrose

Most often used as a natural exfoliant and humectant. Sourced from Sugarcane or Sugar Beets. Commonly known as Sugar.
humectant

Humectant

exfoliant

Exfoliant

Sucrose Stearate

Most often used as an emollient, emulsifier or cleansing agent. Combination of Stearic Acid and Sucrose.

Emollient. Emulsifier

Sulfur

Naturally-occurring element primarily used as an active ingredient in various OTC drug monographs including acne. Helps clear acne and prevent the development of new pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.
antiacne-ingredient

Antiacne ingredient

skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Tapioca Starch

Primarily used as a natural thickener and texture enhancer. Sourced from the Casava Shrub.
thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Root Extract

Dandelion Root plant extract with skin-conditioning and skin-soothing benefits.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Fat-soluble, stable and synthetic form of Vitamin C known to be an effective antioxidant and skin brightener.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

vitamin

Vitamin

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Naturally-derived chelating agent that can also boost the effectiveness of preservatives.
chelating-agent

Chelating Agent

Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate

Inorganic synthetic salt primarily used as a chelating agent in skin care products.
chelating-agent

Chelating Agent

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter

Emollient rich in antioxidant polyphenols and extracted from Cocoa Beans. Helps form a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture.
emollient

Emollient

Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

Naturally-derived colorant found in a range of colors.
colorant

Colorant

Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Naturally occurring element primarily used as a natural colorant in cosmetics as well as an active ingredient in OTC sunscreen products.
sunscreen-active

Sunscreen Active

colorant

Colorant

Tocopherol/Tocopheryl Acetate

Forms of Vitamin E typically made naturally from vegetable oils or synthetically. Known for their powerful antioxidant properties.
antioxidant

Antioxidant

vitamin

Vitamin

Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

Naturally-derived chelating agent that helps boost the effectiveness of preservatives and antioxidants.
chelating-agent

Chelating Agent

Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Leaf Extract

Wheat plant extract that helps to soothe the skin.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract

Plant extract known for potent antioxidant and skin-conditioning benefits. Forms include Fruit Extracts and Seed Oil.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract

Bilberries plant extract that contain potent antioxidants called anthocyanosides known to help calm and condition skin. They also give the berries their dark color.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

Non-fragrant plant oil most often used as an emollient in skin care formulations. Known to have a lighter feel.
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent

Xanthan Gum

Natural texture enhancer and thickening agent produced when Sugar is fermented by a type of bacteria called Xanthomonas Campestris.
texture-enhancer

Texture Enhancer

thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Xylitol

Plant-derived Sugar molecule said to boost skin hydration levels and help strengthen skin's barrier.
humectant

Humectant

Xylitylglucoside

Naturally-occurring ingredient produced from Glucose and Xylitol that help moisturize skin by preventing water loss.
humectant

Humectant

Zea Mays (Corn) Starch

Primarily used as an absorbent or thickening agent in skin care formulations.
absorbent

Absorbent

thickening-agent

Thickening Agent

Zinc Oxide

White, powdery mineral primarily used as an opacifying agent, skin protectant or sunscreen ingredient.
sunscreen-active

Sunscreen Active

Zingiber Officinale (Ginger)

Plant extract known for its skin-soothing and antioxidant benefits. Forms include Root Extract and Root Juice."
skin-conditioning-agent

Skin-Conditioning Agent