Cosmetics Ingredients Dictionary

Cosmetics Ingredients Dictionary

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


A

Acacia Decurrens Flower Extract (see Mimosa Flower Extract)

Aesculus Hippocastanum (see Horse Chestnut Bark Extract)

Alcohol  Alcohol refers to a group of organic compounds with a vast range of forms and uses…

Algae Extract – Algae extract is rich in a compound called Alguronic Acid, shown to increase…

Aloe Barbedensis (see Aloe Vera)

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbedensis) – Available as leaf, juice or extract, aloe vera is used for its skin…

Alpha Lipoic Acid – An antioxidant with many health benefits…

Apis Mellifera Wax (see Beeswax)

Aqua (see Water)

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa) – Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree native to Morocco…

Argania Spinosa (see Argan Oil)

Ascorbic Acid (see Vitamin C)

Astaxanthin – Astaxanthin is a red-pink pigmented antioxidant crowned “king” of all…

 

B

Beeswax (Apis Mellifera Wax) – Beeswax is a natural wax made by honeybees in the hives…

Behenyl Alcohol – Behenyl alcohol is a saturated fatty alcohol that is traditionally used as an…

Benzyl Alcohol – Benzyl alcohol is a clear colorless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic scent…

Bergamot Fruit Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergami Fruit Oil) – Bergamot fruit oil is extracted from the rind…

Beta Carotene – Beta carotene is considered an antioxidant for properties that protect from…

Betula Alba Bark Extract (see Birch Bark Extract)

Birch Bark Extract (Betula Alba Bark Extract) – Birch bark extract possesses astringent attributes…

Bisabolol (L-Alpha) – Bisabolol is derived from Chamomile. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and…

Butyrospermum Parkii (see Shea Butter)


C

 Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (see Ylang Ylang Flower Oil)

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Caprylic/capric triglyceride, derived from coconut oil and glycerin,…

Caprylyl GlycolCaprylyl glycol is a humectant and skin conditioning agent that lends…

Carnitine (L) – Carnitine (L), derived from an amino acid, is found in nearly all cells of the body . In…

Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (see Safflower Seed Oil)

Cetearyl AlcoholCetearyl alcohol is a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohol and is popular with…

Cetearyl Glucoside – Cetearyl glucoside is formed by the condensation of cetearyl alcohol…

Cetyl Alcohol Cetyl alcohol is made by heating coconut oil with a strong base (for example lye…

ChlorophyllinChlorophyllin is very closely related to chlorophyll, the green pigment found in most…

Citric AcidCitric acid is an acid compound found in citrus fruits.  It is used as an excipient in…

Citrus Aurantium Bergami Fruit Oil (see Bergamot Fruit Oil)

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (see Orange)

Citrus Grandis Peel Oil (see Grapefruit Peel Oil)

Citrus Hystrix Peel Oil (see Combave Peel Oil)

Cloud Berry Seed Oil (Rubus Chamaemorus) – Cloud berry seed oil contains a huge amount of…

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine –  Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine is a soap-like, yellow liquid…

Combava Peel Oil (Citrus Hystrix Peel Oil) Combava Peel Oil is also known as Kaffir Lime Peel. It…

Comfrey Leaf Extract (Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract) – Comfrey leaf extract is extracted from…

Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract) – Cranberry fruit is a source of…


D

D-Alpha-Tocopherol (see Vitamin E)

D-PanthenolD-Panthenol is an alcohol form of the B Vitamin, pantothenic acid. A moisturizer and…

E

Emulsifying Wax Emulsifying wax is a mixture of a waxmaterial (either vegetable or petroleum…


F

Ferulic Acid   Ferulic acid is a natural antioxidant present in seeds and the cell walls of plants…


G

Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract Gingko is one of the oldest living plants. The leaf is a source of…

Glycerin Glycerin, also called glycerol or glycerine, is a sugar alcohol that is either synthetically…

Glycerol (see Glycerin)

Grapefruit Peel Oil (Citrus Grandis Peel Oil) – Grapefruit peel oil is extracted by compression from…

H

Horse Chestnut Bark Extract (Aesculus Hippocastanum) – Horse chestnut extracts improve blood…

Hydrolyzed Sweet Almond Protein Hydrolyzed sweet almond protein is extracted from almonds…


I


J

Juglans Regia Shell Powder (see Walnut Shell Powder)

K

Kosher Vegetable Glycerin – Kosher vegetable glycerin is derived from plant based fats, typically…


L

L-Ascorbic Acid (see Vitamin C)


M

Milk Thistle Seed Extract (Silybum Marianum Seed Extract) – Milk thistle gets its name from the…

Mimosa Flower Extract (Acacia Decurrens Flower Extract) – Mimosa flower is a perennial shrub…


N

Niacinamide – Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, which research has proven can reduce the…


O

Olea Europaea Leaf Extract (see Olive Leaf Extract)

Olive Leaf Extract (Olea Europaea Leaf Extract)Olive leaf extract has potent antioxidant activity…

Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) – Orange is available as extract, oil, or wax…

 

P

Polysorbate 20 Polysorbate 20 is a surfactant (penetrating agent) and emulsifier used in a variety…

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) – Pomegranate is available as juice, oil, or extract…

Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract (see Red Algae Extract)

Potassium SorbatePotassium sorbate was first discovered in ash trees, but it is now synthetically…

PullulanPullulan is a naturally occurring substance derived from the fungus Aureobasidium

Punica Granatum (see Pomegranate)

Propylene GlycolPropylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that acts as a humectant…


Q


R

Red Algae Extract (Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract) – Red algae extact contains a sugar that…

Retinal (Retinaldehyde) – Retinal (Retinaldehyde), a natural form of vitamin A like retinol and retinyl..

Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract) – Rosemary leaf extract is used for its…

Rosa Damascena Oil  (see Rose Flower Oil)

Rose Flower OilDamascus Roses are the preferred variety for rose flower oil because they are…

Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (see Rosemary Leaf Extract)

Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil (see Cloud Berry Seed Oil)

 

S

Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil) – Safflower seed oil is an edible vegetable oil…

Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) – Shea butter is an off-white or ivory-colored fat extracted from..

Silybum Marianum Seed Extract (see Milk Thistle Seed Extract)

Sodium Benzoate – Sodium benzoate is a salt derived from benzoic acid found in a variety of fruit…

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate – Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate is a foaming agent that is often…

Sodium CocoamphoacetateSodium cocoamphoacetate is a mild biodegradable surfactant…

Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein – Sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed amaranth protein is…

Sodium HyaluronateSodium hyaluronate is a water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid, which is…

Sodium Lactate – Sodium lactate is one of the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) constituents of…

Sodium Methyl Cocoyl TaurateSodium methyl cocoyl taurate is a mild, solid surfactant derived…

Sorbic Acid – Sorbic acid is a compound in either natural or synthetic form that is used as a…

Spearmint Leaf OilSpearmint leaf oil is obtained from the tops and leaves of the spearmint plant…

Spirulina Platensis (Algae) Extract Spirulina platensis (algae) extract provides vitamins, many…

Squalane – Squalane is a natural organic compound originally obtained for commercial purposes…

Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (see Comfrey Leaf Extract)


T

Tartaric Acid – Tartaric acid is an organic acid that occurs primarily in grapes…

Tetrasodium Edetate – Tetrasodium edetate is a water-soluble ingredient used as a “chelator,”…

Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha)Tocopheryl acetate (D-alpha) is a synthetic combination of vitamin…

Tocotrienols – Vitamin E is made up of eight different compounds that are divided into two separate…

Triethanolamine Triethanolamine is used to help to form emulsions by reducing the surface…

Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil (see Wheat Germ Oil)


U


V

Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract (see Cranberry Fruit Extract)

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid/L-Ascorbic Acid) – Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant…

Vitamin E (D-Alpha-Tocopherol)- Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties protects cells from damage from free radicals…

Vetiver Root Oil (Vetiveria Zizanioides) – Vetiver root oil is a grass, related to lemongrass, whose…

Vetiveria Zizanioides (see Vetiver Root Oil)


W

Walnut Shell Powder (Juglans Regia Shell Powder) – Walnut shell powder made from ground…

Water (Aqua) – Water is primarily used as a solvent in cosmetics and personal care products to help…

Wheat Germ Oil  (Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil) – Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the…


X

Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum is a complex sugar produced through fermentation and which is used…


Y

Ylang Ylang Flower Oil (Cananga Odorata Flower Oil) – Ylang Ylang flower oil is used as a fragrance..


Z

Zinc Sulfate – Zinc sulfate is important for normal functioning of the skin…