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Ingredient Glossary

NATURAL PRODUCTS

From the highest reaches of our earth to the deepest oceans – rich, exotic, botanical ingredients have been collected and skillfully crafted into the purest skincare products available today. Sara Elizabeth Skincare is an evolution – a new approach – whereby each product is manufactured utilizing the purest methods possible – employing eco-friendly fair trade ingredients, clean energy sources, distilled extractions and never tested on animals.

EXTRACTION METHODS

Many Essential Oil, Hydrosols and Botanical Extracts commonly used in Sara Elizabeth Skincare products are obtained using the method of water distillation. The water distillation process starts when botanical material is completely immersed in water and the still is brought to a boil. This method protects the oils, as they are brought to a high temperature, and the surrounding water acts as a barrier to prevent overheating.
When the condensed material cools down, the water and essential oil is separated and the product decanted.
The water that is separated in this process is also used and known as “floral waters” (or hydrosol or sweet water) – such as rosewater, lavender water and orange water.
Water distillation can be done at reduced pressure (under vacuum) to reduce the temperature to less than 100 degrees, which is beneficial in protecting the botanical material, as well as the essential oils.
Botanical Extractions are made using an enclosed flask where there is an inverted condenser pointing down into the flask from the top. Just below the condenser is the suspended recovery vessel. The condenser has cold liquid circulating through it to keep the condenser cold. In the bottom of the main flask alcohol is placed to facilitate the extraction process. Ground plant material is placed in the recovery vessel with perforated sides and bottom so liquid can fall through it. Gentle heat is applied to the main flask allowing the solvent to evaporate and vapors reach the cold condenser at the top of the flask. The re-condensed solvent on the sides of the condenser begin flowing down the sides of the condenser and dripping off drip points on the end of the condenser. The solvent drips into the top of the recovery vessel where it saturates the herb being extracted. The solvent flows through the basket and out the holes in the bottom of the basket carrying the extract with it into the bottom of the flask.
The extract laden solvent falling from the recovery vessel is dark in color and as it becomes clearer you see the plant material leached out and the process is finished.
The next step is the separation of the alcohol from the extract itself. This is done by re condensing the liquid in the recovery flask. The recovery vessel is simply a cup which is suspended below the condenser. As solvent vapors re-condense and fall off the tip of the condenser, they fall into the cup and are separated from the extract itself.

NATURAL INGREDIENTS

The use of natural and natural source ingredients is growing in popularity as consumers become aware of the ecological and biological impact of synthetic ingredients internally and externally. Sara Elizabeth Skincare uses natural ingredients that are present in or produced by nature, or produced using minimal physical processing. Our extraction methods are simple, using simple chemical processing or are a result of naturally occurring biological processes (such as fermentation).

PROFESSIONAL PURITY

Sara Elizabeth Skincare ingredients are meticulously selected for efficacy, purity, quality and potency. We employ the finest natural therapeutic ingredients and dynamic skin conditioners which pamper and nourish your skin. Our formulation team pioneered an innovative approach to therapeutic skincare where we employ traditional ingredients in their purest form. The source of each ingredient is as important as the ingredient itself and as a result we seek the majority of our ingredients from certified organic or wildcrafted sources.

As well, we support ecologically friendly, sustainable and fair trade agricultural practices. You will find that our ingredients traditionally sourced from animals are replaced in favor of an eco-friendly plant based alternatives. More than 95% of our botanical ingredients are extracted in-house in our lab using a traditional distillation method. This process eliminates the use of undesirable ingredients to extend the shelf life of the extract.

PRESERVATIVES & SHELF LIFE

Sara Elizabeth Skincare is an innovative collection that is constantly evolving and improving as discoveries in cosmetic chemistry occur. While our products contain a substantial amount of organic oils, butters, extracts and plant materials we are not organic certified. We made the decision not to offer certified products because we want to use cutting edge, powerful skin conditioners which help your skin retain balance and vitality. To keep our products as fresh as possible, we run frequent small batches which are hand filled and packaged for you. We use a proprietary preservative system that is robust yet paraben-free.

Due to our very fresh content and ingredients, our products require special handling. Many Sara Elizabeth Skincare formulations contain photo-sensitive ingredients that can be adversely affected by direct sunlight. We also recommend the use of spatulas when handling crèmes and masques to minimize contamination. A unique feature of Sara Elizabeth Skincare products is their seasonal variation in the appearance which can change with the time of year and times of harvest for many of our raw materials. As with all natural products, we recommend you keep them fresh by storing in a cool dark place with stable and consistent room temperature. Never expose Sara Elizabeth Skincare products to extreme heat or cold as it will compromise the emulsion and shelf life of the product. Typical room temperature is 68-77 degree F (20-25 degrees C) and is the ideal environment for Sara Elizabeth Skincare. When cosmetics of any kind are stored at higher temperatures, the preservative system is significantly deteriorated. A good rule of thumb is that; one week stored at temperatures higher than 85 degrees F is equal to three months shelf life.

Ingredients Glossary

A

Acai Fruit Oil

Contains Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. Acai Oil is rich in anthocyanins and phenols making the oil a very powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. Acai Oil’s highly emollient nature make it ideal for dry, cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. Acai penetrates skin quickly, acting as an excellent emollient skin nourishing oil.

Actiwhite

Is a synergistic complex of pea extract and sucrose dilaurate. This innovative brightening complex has been shown to inhibit the production of melanin and block the it’s transfer reducing pigmentation in a natural way.

Adzuki Bean Powder

Has been used in Japanese skincare regimens for centuries for clarifying the skin. Ground adzuki beans exfoliate skin without dehydrating, leaving a soft, radiant glow.

Alfalfa Leaf Extract

Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa) Leaf Extract contains a significant amount of Vitamin K.

Algae Extract (Tego Stemlastin)

Stimulates epidermal stem cells and dermal fibroblasts. Significantly supports the maintenance of epidermal stem cell activity and activates skin rejuvenation.

Allantoin

Allantoin is obtained from the roots and leaves of the comfrey plant. Comfrey has been used for centuries to enhance healing.

Aloe Barbadensis

Natural Aloe Barbadensis is derived from a plant that has been used traditionally for healing and hydration. The leaves of the plant contain mucopolysacharides, a natural moisturizer, as well as minerals and amino acids.

Alp Rose Leaf Stem Cell

Hearty Alpine plant resists harsh environmental conditions. It has been shown to increase the vitality of epidermal stem cells by helping them to maintain their stem cell characteristics.  Reinforces skin barrier function, helps skin to cope with climate change and boosts epidermal regeneration.

 

Alpaflor Edelweiss

Alpine flower which is highly resistant to UV radiation and adverse climactic conditions. Naturally contains high levels of leontopodic acid. Scientific studies have demonstrated the presence in the plant of powerful antioxidants and other substances with both anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective properties.Edelweiss helps to rebalance UV-induced oxidative and pro-inflammatory stress markers on the gene level.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent antioxidant that can be found in meats, spinach, broccoli and potatoes.

 

Amazonian Fruit Butter

Amazonian Fruit (Astrocaryum Murumuru) Butter is rich in oleic acid which promotes nutrition and moisture retention to the skin.

 

Aniseed Fruit Oil

Aniseed (Pimpinella Anisum) Fruit Oil is known to have potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple (Pyrus Malus) Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid and water. It has mild disinfecting and antifungal qualities.

Apple Stem Cells

(Malus Domestica) This rich infusion contains revitalizing stem cells of the rare Swiss apple “Uttwiler Spatlauber” which offer longevity enhancing benefits.

 

Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel (Prunus Armeniaca) Oil is rich oil that prevents evaporation and provides lubrication to the surface of the skin.

Arbutin

Arbutin is a hydroquinone derivative from the leaves of the various berries or fungi.Arbutin contains hydroquinone which can have melanin-inhibiting properties.

 

Argan Oil

Argan contains up to 80% unsaturated fatty acids, mainly Oleic acid (45%) and Linoleic acid (35%).  Argan oil also contains approximately 1% of unsaponifiables with biologically acitve substances, including phytosterols, triterpene alchohls, tocopherols, hydrocarbons, carotenes and xantophylles. Due to its nutritional composition it is used in Anti-aging products and for a variety of skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and other conditions.

 

Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract

Rich fractionated high molecular weight proteins offer an immediate and perceivable tightening effect demonstrated in clinical studies. Particular beneficial on crow’s feet area and neck wrinkles.

 

Arginine

is an amino acid that has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps to normalize and hydrate the skin.

Arnica

Arnica (Arnica Cordifolia) Extract is widely used as a salve for bruises and sprains.

Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic Acid is a form of Vitamin C that offers antioxidant benefits.

Ascorbyl Polypeptide

Ascorbyl Polypeptide is a stabilized form of ascorbic acid coupled with polypeptides found in citrus pulp. This coupling improves the stability of the vitamin C.

Assai Palm Fruit Oil

Rich in anthocyanins and phenols making the oil a very powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. An array of nutrients, essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory action make the oil a remarkable ingredient for use in anti-aging.

 

Atlantic Seaweed Extract

contains the same amino acids found in the elastic fibers of the skin. It increases hydration and maintains and improves elasticity.

Avena Sativa Kernel Flour

Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour is derived from oats.The ingredient adds texture, soothes irritated skin, softens, and nourishes.

Avocado Oil

contains high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D and E. It moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin and is excellent for dry skin prone to wrinkling.

 

B

 

Balm Mint Essential Oil

Balm Mint (Melissa Officinalis) Essential Oil is derived from a fragrant plant. It has been reported that it offer antiviral benefits.

Bamboo Powder

A mild exfoliant suitable for sensitive skin and for use on the face.

 

Banana Fruit Puree

Banana (Musa Sapientum) Fruit Puree provides texture and antioxidant benefits.

Baobab (Adansonia Digitata)

Hygroscopic properties target water loss which occurs during the aging process. Offers moisturizing benefits with an immediate smoothing effect.

Basil Oil

Basil (Ocimum Basillicum) Oil is a herbal extraction that is known to stimulates circulation.

Beeswax

Beeswax is a waxy material made by bees. It has good emollient properties and provides natural moisture.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay is a grey, montmorillonite clay that is used to provide thickness and texture in addition to excellent drying properties.

Bergamont Essential Oil

Bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia) Essential Oil is from the rind of the citrus fruit. As an essential oil it has been used for balancing, relaxing and anti-bacterial benefits.

Bergamot Fruit Oil

is used for it’s balancing, relaxing and anti-bacterial benefit.

Beta Carotene

A powerful anti-oxidant found in carrots, fruits and green leafy vegetables. It helps maintain smooth, soft disease-free skin protects against air pollutants.

Bilberry Leaf Extract

Bilberry Leaf (Vaccinium Myrtillus) Extract is known to be an good source of antioxidants.

Biodynes O3

An innovative new ingredient, which offers DNA protection, lipid barrier protection and repair, free radical protection, and protection of anti-oxidants.

Bioflavonoids

Are a group of biologically active flavone that are widely found in plants, especially citrus fruits. They are commonly added to Vitamin C to facilitate maximum absorption. A common source of bioflavonoid is tea. Green tea, for example, contains very high quantities of bioflavonoids and other anti-oxidants.

Biophytex

Rich in saponosides and flavonoids, it strengthens the capillaries, reinforces their resistance and reactivates microcirculation. Significantly reduces the visible consequences of poor microcirculation and capillary fragility resulting in a more even skin tone and a healthier appearance.

 

Bisabolol

Alpha Bisabolol is the primary constituent of German Chamomile and is also found naturally in the bark of the Candeia tree of Brazil. Bisabolol is a naturally occurring active ingredient that accelerates the healing process of skin and protects it from the effects of daily stress.  Known to have anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties, a-bisabolol has been shown to reduce UV-induced erythema in-vivo.

Bitter Orange Oil

Bitter Orange (Citrus Uranium Amara) Oil is from the rind of the orange. It is known to have antioxidant properties.

Black Raspberry Seed Oil

Contains 85% essential fatty acids of which 30% are Omega 3. It is rich in anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients one of nature’s most potent anti-oxidants.

Black Tea

Black Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract contains polyphenols which are free radical scavengers – antioxidants.

Bladderwrack Extract

Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus) Extract soothes irritated or inflamed skin rich in minerals.

Blue Lotus Extract

contains bioflavanoids which have powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Blueberry Fruit Powder

Dried blueberry is used as a gentle exfoliant. See blueberry oil for ingredient properties.

Blueberry Oil

Blueberry (Vaccinium Angustifolium) Oil is a rich source of vitamin C but also contains two beneficial compounds – anthocyanin and ellagic acid. Anthocyanin, a flavonoid, offers a rich blue-purple color to blueberry and contribute its antioxidant activities.

Bromelain

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. It has been used to gently soften and exfoliate.

Burdock Root Extract

Burdock Root Extract (Arctium Lappa) is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids

 

C

 

Calendula Extract

Calendula Extract (Calendula Officinalis) is a medicinal plant that is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Camu Camu

Myrciaria dubia bush grows in the Amazonian rain forest of Peru and produces a fruit with the same name. Camu Camu contains powerful phytochemicals which include amino and a higher level of Vitamin C than any other known plant in the world. The camu-camu fruit is believed to have extensive therapeutic benefits.

 

Canadian Willowherb Extract

Canadian Willowherb (Epilobium Angustifolia) Extract is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant benefits.

Candelilla Wax

Euphorbia Antisyphillitica Wax is rich in nutrients and helps to bind other ingredients together. It is great for topically treating inflammation including acne, skin disorders and other skin allergic reactions.

Caprylic/Capri Triglycerides

Caprylic/Capri Triglycerides is an emollient derived from coconut.

Carrot Root Extract

Carrot Root (Daucus Carota Sativa) Extract is known to have antioxidant properties.

Carrot Tissue Oil

is cold pressed from the flesh of whole carrots, making it extremely rich in Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, B, C, D and E and essential fatty acids. It is excellent for dry skin, aging or wrinkled skin, is known to help skin regeneration and to moisturize.

Chamomile Extract Herb

Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract Herb is known to have anti-irritant, soothing, and antioxidant benefits.

Chia Seed

Chia Seeds are high in antioxidants and contain proteins and essential fatty acids. One seed holds up to 30 times it’s weight in water, making it an excellent source for providing hydration to the skin.

Cistus Incanus Extract

Provides DNA protection, strong anti-oxidative efficacy, anti-inflammatory effects, delivers daylight defense, and protects from environmental stress. Eco-Cert Ingredient.

Clove Leaf Oil

is derived from the evergreen tree and works as an anti-septic and germicide.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a coconut source emollient that functions similarly to glycerin.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) is an unrefined, yellow, natural cocoa butter. It is a rich emollient with excellent skin softening, conditioning, and lubricating properties.

Cocobetaine

Cocobetaine is a coconut source surfactant that gently removes oil from the skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) is a non-volatile plant kernel oil that has emollient properties.

Coenzyme Q10

CoEnzyme Q10 is derived from fermented vegetable. It is an essential antioxidant.

Cold Pressed Kukui Nut Oil

Cold Pressed Kukui Nut (Aleurites Moluccana Seed) Oil is derived from the kukui nut. It is rich in essential fatty acids that are known to moisturize and protect skin.

Colloidal Oatmeal

Coats the skin and seals in moisture. Natural exfoliant and skin cleanser which is good for removing dirt, dust, makeup, and excess facial oil without altering the skin’s natural acidic barrier.

Comfrey Extract

Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) Extract is used as a cellular regenerator and often for treatment of eczema, burns or dry itchy skin.

Coneflower Extract – Echinacea

Coneflower (Echinacea Pallida) Extract Echinacea has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties

Cornflower Extract

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus) Extract is know to have anti-inflammatory properties

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Juice is derived from the red berries and contains proanthocyanidins that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Cranberry Oil

Cranberry (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Oil is derived from the seed of the cranberry red berry. The oil has potent antioxidant abilities as it containspolyphenols.

Cucumber Extract

Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Extract is a source of vitamin C and iron. It is alkaline in nature and contains acid forming minerals.

 

D – E

 

Dead Sea Salt

Dead Sea Salt contains a variety of minerals and healthful properties that have been known to promote healing and soothe skin.

Decyl Glucoside

Decyl Glucoside is a nonionic surfactant – very mild cleansing agent. Decyl Glucoside is originally derived from the sugar of corn.

Dmae

DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is thought to function similarly to CoEnzyme Q10. It can help protect the cell membrane and has been sold in Europe for over 30 years.

Echinacea Extract

Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea) Extract organic- see coneflower

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globules) Essential Oil has been used for centuries for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Avocado Oil

Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil is a natural emollient that makes dry skin look and feel better.

Eyebright Extract

Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis) Extract has been used as a topical treatment for eye inflammation.

 

F – G

 

Ferulic Acid

Ferulic acid is a plant derived antioxidant that protects the skin against UVB induced redness. Ideally formulated with Vitamin E and C to improve stability and benefits. Ferulic acid is found naturally in many forms seeds and leaves.

Frankincense

Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii) is one of the most important aromatic oils. It is used to focus consciousness and gain transcendent awareness.

 

Ganoderma Lucidum Extract

Ganoderma Lucidum (Mannentake Mushroom) Extract is known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

German Chamomile Extract

German Chamomile Extract is known to have healing and soothing benefits.

Ginseng Extract

Ginseng (Eleutherococcus Senticosus) Extract is derived from a family of herbs (Araliaceae) native to Asia that are known for their medicinal benefits.

Gluconolactone

Gluconolactone is a type of polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that is similar in function and chemical structure to AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) but less irritating.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is a plant based exfoliant that gently sweeps dead skin cells.

Glycosaminoglycans

Glycosaminoglycans provide essential nourishment & moisture on a deep cellular level.

Gotu Kola Extract

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) Extract has antibacterial, anti-psoriatic, and wound-healing properties

Grape Seed Oil

Grape seed oil is rich in vitamin E, C, D and Beta-carotene. It contains linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid that help repair damaged skin and wrinkles. It has moisturizing properties that penetrate the skin to keep it supple and healthy.

Grape Skin Extract

Grape Skin (Vitis Vinifera) Extract is rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and minerals.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi) Essential Oil has good antioxidant properties.

Green Tea Extract

Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis Leaf) Extract when applied topically has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. It helps fight the various oxidative stressors (air, UV light, smoke) that cause degeneration of the skin and damage to skin cells.

Green Tea Extract

Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract has many health benefits as it’s a powerful antioxidant.

Guar Gum

Guar Gum is a polysacharide made of the sugars (galactose and mannose). Guar gum comes from the endosperm of the seed of the legume plant Cyamopsis tetragonolobus.

 

H – J

 

Helichrysum Angustifolium Hydrosol

Helichrysum Angustifolium Hydrosol is a distillate from the essential oil. This exotic, fragrance oil has been used for centuries due to its believed therapeutic benefit.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum (Italicum) Essential Oil is from the plant family that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for skin

 

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum (Italicum) Essential Oil has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for skin

Helichrysum Hydrosol

Helichrysum (Helichrysum Angustifolium) Hydrosol is a steam distilled by product of the essential oil. Used for healing of the skin, great for inflammation and acne.

Hibiscus Esculentus Extract

A low molecular weight oligopeptides that targets wrinkle depth. Good anti-free radical activity against primary free radicals and secondary reactive oxygen. Reinforces skin cells’ natural defense against the effects of free radicals. This anti-oxidant effect helps protect skin from biological aging with significant results following 3 weeks of use. Eco-Certified Ingredient.

Hibiscus Esculentus Extract

A low molecular weight oligopeptide that offers anti-free radical benefits. It reinforces skin cells’ natural defense while protecting skin from biological aging. Significant results noted following 3 weeks of application. Eco-Cert Ingredient.

Honey Organic

Honey is said to be a natural antiseptic as it is thought to absorb moisture and dirt.

Hops Extract

Hops (Humulus Lupulus) Extract has components that may provide antioxidant and antibacterial benefits.

Horsetail Extract

Refreshes, stimulates, tones and firms. It is an effective remedy for psoriasis, eczema and other dry skin conditions.

Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder

Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder (Extract) has a mild exfoliating benefit while provide nourishment for the skin.

Hydrosol

Hydrosols, also know as hydrolats, floral waters, distillates and plant waters, are an aqueous bi product of the distillation process. There are many therapeutic benefits found in hydrosols because they hold the water soluble properties of the plant distilled, often including small quantities of water soluble essential oil. They are not just waters but are steeped in the aroma and flavor of the distilled material.

Inca Inchi Lipactive

Inca Inchi is a peruvian Amazonia plant oil containing the richest concentration of Omega 3, compared with oils of all oleaginous seeds used all over the world. It is the richest in unsaturated fatty acids and also contains a high degree of Omega 6 and 9. At a cellular level it allows epidermis regeneration, preserves cutaneous lipidic balance, improves skin texture and softens skin.

Irish Moss Extract

Irish Moss (Carrageenan) Extract is an Algae, chlorophyll-containing organisms that provides water binding and antioxidant benefits

Iron Oxides

Iron Oxides are compounds of iron that are used as colorings.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale) Essential Oil is a fragrant oil that may provide anti-fungal benefits.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba (Buxus chinensis) Oil is a pure and natural plant extract that penetrates and moisturizes skin without leaving any oily residue.

Juniper Berry Oil

is useful to detoxify and clear congested skin and return the tissue to normal functioning. It is used for its anti-septic properties.

 

K – M

Kaolin Clay

Kaolin Clay is a natural claylike mineral (silicate of aluminum) that has absorbent properties.

Kelp Powder

Kelp (Laminaria Digitata) Powder is an Algae chlorophyll containing organisms that provides water binding and antioxidant benefits.

Kiwi Oil

Kiwi (Actinida Chinensis) Oil contains more than 60% Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), an important essential fatty acid. High concentrations of Alpha Linolenic Acid help retain moisture and prevent drying. Kiwi also contains vitamins C and E, potassium and magnesium, making this a nutritionally beneficial dietary fruit.

L-Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid and the L form is one of the 20 most common natural amino acids.

L-Ascorbic Acid

L-Ascorbic Acid is a common form of vitamin C. It is considered a potent antioxidant.

Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid synthetically produced from vegetable carbohydrates. It is an exfoliant that breaks down materials that hold skin cells.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Essential Oil is a fragrant oil thought to have antibacterial properties.

Lavender Extract

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Extract see Lavender Essential Oil.

Lecithin

Lecithin is commonly found in soy or egg yolks. It is an excellent emollient and has water binding properties.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Essential Oil is derived from the peel of the lemon rind. Lemon is believed to act as a stimulant and possess anti-bacterial, astringent benefits.

Lemon Peel Oil

Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Peel Oil is used for its antibacterial properties.

Lemongrass Hydrosol

Lemongrass Hydrosol (Cymbopogen flexuosus) is a distillate from the essential oil.

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) Oil is used for a number of therapeutic purposes. Lemongrass oil can be antimicrobial, antiseptic, and astringent.

Lentinus Edodoes Extract

Lentinus Edodoes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract may have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Licorice Root Extract

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract contains glycyrrhetic acid which offers anti-inflammatory properties.

Lime Fruit Extract

Lime Fruit Extract rejuvenates the skin with a large amount of vitamin-C and Flavonoids, both of which are class-1 anti oxidants, anti biotic and disinfectants. When applied externally on skin, its acids scrub out the dead cells, rashes, and bruises.

Lychee Extract

Lychee (Litchi Chinensis) Extract is rich in Vitamin C, a natural anti-oxidant.

Lycopene

Lycopene is derived from tomato and contains is a powerful antioxidant.

Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia Nut (Macadamia Ternifolia) Oil is the only plant oil that contains high amounts of palmitoleic acid which is also found in the sebum of the skin.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

This nonirritating stable form of vitamin C that boosts skin collagen synthesis. It is ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Malic Acid

Malic Acid is derived from apple and is a source of hydroxy acid.

Mallow Root Powder Extract

Mallow (Althea Rosea) Root Powder Extract contains mucilage, flavonoids, and anthocyanidins. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin (Citrus Nobilis) Essential Oil is a sweet citrus scent which is mildly floral.

Mango Butter

Mango (Mangifera Indica) Butter is a highly emollient, high oxidative regenerating ingredient.

Mango Fruit Pulp

Mango (Mangifera Indica) Fruit Pulp is finely mashed mango from the fruit itself. The pulp provides moisturizing and emollient benefits.

Maqui Berry

Grown and harvested in Chile – this hearty berry high an extraordinarily high concentration of anthrocyanins.

Marshmallow Extract

Organic Marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis) Extract see Mallow

Meadowfoam Seeds

Meadowfoam Seed (Limnanthes Alba) Oil is known for it’s amazing skin softening, soothing and emolient properties.

Milk Thistle Extract

Milk Thistle Extract is a member of the daisy family and helps to fight free-radical damage.

Mint Leaf Extract

calms pollution induced inflammation and irritation and gives the skin a radiant glow.

Mushroom Extract

reduces sensitivity and nourishes the skin.

 

N – Q

 

Neem Leaf Extract

Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Leaf Extract has been shown to have antimicrobial properties.

Nettle Extract

Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Extract is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

Nettle Leaf Extract

has anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, strengthening properties. It is said to increase micro-circulation of the skin.

Non-Gmo Lecithin

Non-GMO Lecithin is a natural emulsifier that provides a pleasant feel to the skin

Nutripeptides

are derived from rice and help to compensate nutritional imbalances thereby activating collagen production and reducing wrinkles.

Oat Kernel Flour

Oat (Avena Sativa) Kernel Flour is derived from oats.The ingredient adds texture, soothes irritated skin, softens, and nourishes.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal, Colloidal (finely ground) is a cosmetic grade oat flour. It contains protein and fat .

Oleic Acid

Oleic Acid, derived from olives, is believed to possess many health benefits.

Olive Butter

promotes smooth, glowing complexion, increased elasticity of the skin and is high in antioxidants (including Vitamin E) that protects the skin from aging.

Olive Oil

Olive (Olea Europaea) Oil is a high grade oil that attracts and binds moisture to the skin,

Olive Squalane

Olive Squalane is an oil derived from shark liver, plants and sebum. It is a natural emollient that has antioxidant and immune-stimulating benefits.

Orange Fruit Water

Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Fruit Water is a distillate of orange essential oil.

Orange Peel

Orange Peel is the finely ground skin of the orange fruit. Used for mildly exfoliating benefits.

Organical Dew Drops

An aqueous blend of Jujube, Sea Kelp, Phyto Hyaluronic, Irish Moss and Nori Extract which help boost and retain natural moisture levels.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3 (Syn-Coll Tm)

Increases collagen synthesis stimulation. Deep wrinkles are significantly reduced and over all appearance is improved. Syn-Coll is a deep penetrating bio-active that removes any type of wrinkles.

Pansy Extract

Pansy (Viola Tricolor) Extract is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Panthenol

Panthenol is found in the vitamin B group and occurs in yeast and vegetables. Panthenol is thought to enhance formation of new cells and have healing and inflammation-relieving effects.

Papain

Papain is an gentle enzyme exfoliant extracted from Papaya.

Peppermint Leaf Extract

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Leaf Extract / Oil is derived from the Mint family. It is a sweet, invigorating oil that is thought to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal benefits.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Oil is known to have antimicrobial properties.

Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain (Citrus Aurantium) Essential Oil is derived from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It is used traditionally for acneic or oily, congested skin.

Phyto Hyaluronate

Phyto Hyaluronate (Yeast Derived) is a yeast derived synthetically replicated alternative that provides moisture and water binding benefits.

Pineapple Enzyme

Pineapple Enzyme see Bromelain

Pineapple Pulp Puree

Pineapple (Ananas Sativus) Pulp Puree is derived from the fruit. It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin and Riboflavin.

Pistachio Pulp

Pistachio Pulp is a good source of B6 and thiamine as well as possessing significant emollient benefits.

Plantain Extract

Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) Extract contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory, and is also believed to possess anti-bacterial benefits.

Plum Fruit Oil

Plum (Prunus Domestica) Oil is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Potassium and antioxidants.

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Juice contain Anthocyanins that are known for their powerful health benefits

Pomegranate Seed Extract

is a powerful antioxidant which has been found to nourish and moisturize the skin, improve elasticity, reduce wrinkles and prevent aging.

Pumice

Pumice is a naturally occurring lava based substance that lightly removes unwanted or dull skin.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

contains a high concentration of proteins that nourish and condition the skin.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, vitamin B6; is thought to have antibacterial and antioxidant benefits.

Quince Pulp

Quince (Pyrus Cydonia) Pulp is a fruit which is similar in appearance to an apple. It is rich in Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin A and Calcium.

 

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Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry Fruit Extract is rich in Vitamin C and has astringent qualities due to it’s high tannin content.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol was first found in 1940 in the roots of a plant called Veratrum grandiflorum. It is a polyphenol compound that exhibits a wide range of activities including anti-inflammatory, anti cancer, antimutagenic and antifungal properties.

 

Retinol Palmitate

Retinol Palmitate is the combination of Vitamin A and palmitic acid. It is thought to provide anti-oxidant and skin regenerating benefits.

Riboflavin

Riboflavin is also known as Vitamin B2.

Rooibos Extract

Rooibos (Red Bush Tea) Extract is from the Aspalathus Linoraris plant from South Africa. It contains no caffeine and is rich in Vitamin C and a variety of minerals.

Rose Flower Distillate

Rose (Rosa Damascena) Flower Distillate is derived from the essential oil of the Rose flower.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip (Rosa Mosquita) Seed oil is a luxurious oil used for the treatment of wrinkles, scars and inflamed skin. Rosa Mosquita is believed to have regenerative properties for sun damage, scarring, and other skin irritations.

Rosemary Leaf Essential Oil

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Essential Oil has astringent and antiseptic properties and is often used for oily, acne prone skin.

Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood (Aniba Rosaeodora) Essential Oil is a sweet, floral oil that mildly anti-septic and deodorizing. It is often used as a tonic to freshen the skin.

Safflower Oleosomes

Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) is a naturally emollient plant oil that is thought to provide antioxidant benefits.

Sage Extract

is extracted from the fresh leaves of the shrub. Its properties are antibacterial, soothing, deodorant and strengthening.

Sakura Extract

Cherry Blossom fruit nectar that offers promotes collagen formation while inhibiting uneven skin tone.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid and is used as an exfoliant and a mild anti-inflammatory.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood (Santalum Album) Essential Oil is a rare, semi-precious oil. It has been used traditionally in India as an aromatic oil found in incense, but also in topical products on inflamed and distressed skin.

Sarsaparilla Extract

Sarsaparilla is a herb that has been used in connection with eczema, psoriasis, and other skin disorders. Sarsaparilla contains steroidal saponins, such as sarsasapogenin, which many claim duplicates the action of some human hormones. Sarsaparilla also contains beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol, which may contribute to the anti-inflammatory property of this herb.

Seabuckthorn Oil

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) Oil promotes cell tissue regeneration, aiding in the healing of wounds and restoring skin tissue.

Seasflash

Derived from Sesame, instantly and visibly smoothes skin while tightening and offering long lasting hydrating.

Sesame Oil

Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil is often used in conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and arthritis. Sesame oil is naturally active in vitamins A and E and essential proteins.

Setiline

Hydrolyzed Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract is said to prevent glycation on collagen and integrin to maintain cutaneous flexibility and elasticity. The active reportedly reduces keratinocyte differentiation of the epidermis to improve cutaneous barriers. As a result of the two actions, the structure of the skin is preserved and elasticity and firmness are enhanced, improving the appearance of wrinkles.

Shea Butter

Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter is gathered by hand in the form of nuts and prepared by steaming and pounding. Traditionally used for healing wounds and burns as well as sprains and muscle pain.

Shiitake Mushroom Extract

reduces inflammation and irritation, which in turn can impact the appearance of fine lines and collagen production.

Silk Amino Acids

Silk Amino Acids are hydrolyzed Amino Acids from pure silk fibers that bind moisture to the skin.

Sodium Alginate

See Organic Bladderwrack.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is the stabilized sodium salt of L-ascorbic acid. It is thought to stimulate production of collagen and elastin and to promote skin softness and elasticity.

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a mild cleansing agent derived from coconut.

Sodium Pca

Sodium PCA, pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, is a natural component of skin that is also a very good water-binding agent.

Sorbitol

Sorbitol is similar to glycerin and is used as a thickener.

Soy Bioflavonoids

Soy Bioflavonoid is considered to be an excellent skin conditioning ingredient as it provides antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-allergic benefits.

Soyamine

Soyamine is derived from Soy and contains a significant amount of protein.

Spinach Powder Extract

Spinach (Spinacia Oleracea) Powder Extract is known to have antioxidant benefits and contain Vitamin K.

Sqisandryl

Derived from Schisandra Chinensis Berry helps to beautify and strengthen dynamic cohesion between the dermis and the epidermis. It improves resilience and firmness as it stimulates collagen XVII and ladinin-1 synthesis, two “tension molecules” of the dermal epidermal junction.

St.Johns Wort Extract

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) Extract has been used traditionally as an anti-depressant and a stimulant.

Sugar Apple Tree Extract

(anona squamosa) strengthens the dermis and stimulates collagen production. It reduces surface wrinkles and firms and tones the skin.

Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin A & E and helps condition and moisturize.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond (Prunus dulcis) Oil is excellent for all skin types as it acts as an emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is an expressed oil from raw almond kernels and exceptionally rich in fatty acids.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Essential Oil is a naturally derived emollient.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Essential Oil see Orange.

Syniorage

Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11(Syniorage) increases skin elasticity and firmness and an Increased growth of keratinocytes. Syniorage stimulates production of collagen XV11 improving cohesion between different layers of the skin and enhanced firmness.

Tea Tree Oil

is a natural anti-septic and anti-bacterial agent that combats blemishes and balances oil production.

Tetrahydroxurcumins

Tetrahydrocurcumin is derived from turmeric root and has been shown to efficiently inhibit tyrosinase.

Titanium Dioxide

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. It is the most widely used white pigment because of its brightness and very high refractive index. It’s refractive properties make it an ideal choice for sunscreens and cosmetic applications

Ultra Filling Spheres

Penetrates the upper layers of the epidermis and begins to absorb the water from the deep dermis, creating a rapid smoothing effect. Designed and created for treating fine lines and deep wrinkles. They outperform hyaluronic filling spheres by 20% at water retention.

Ultra Filling Spheres

Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac Root Extract increase water absorption, with long-lasting moisturization. Filling Spheres technology is based on the ability of dehydrated and cross-linked spheres to penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis and to absorb the water that evaporates from the deep dermis.Thanks to their hygroscopic properties, the volume of the spheres increases rapidly. Thus inflated, they tighten the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and leaving an elastic skin surface with long lasting hydration.

Unisooth Eg-28

Targets irritation pathways to provide immediate soothing.

 

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Vanilla Essential Oil

Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Essential Oil is a source of polyphenols which have been know to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Vanillin

Vanillin is a flavoring agent derived from vanilla. It is known to have antioxidant properties.

 

Vegetable Emulsifying Wax

Vegetable Emulsifying Wax (VEW) is a thickening agent derived from plant sources.

Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin, derived from olive oil, is used as an emollient and a humectant.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an emollient that possesses antioxidant and free radical attracting properties.

Wheat Germ Oil

Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Germ Oil is a fat-soluble natural oil expeller pressed from the germ of the wheat kernel. It is high in lecithin, vitamins A, D and E and is exceptional for treating dry and aging skin. It is an antioxidant which contains more Vitamin E than any other natural oil.

White Tea Extract

is the rarest and most expensive version of Camellia Sinensis available. It has been found that topical application of white tea boosts the immune function of the skin cells protecting them from sun exposure and protects the skin by building the skin’s resistance to oxidative stress.

Wild Organic Blueberry Seed Oil

a light, non greasy oil that absorbs easily into the skin and is rich in essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients.

Wild Yam Root Extract

Dioscorea is a species of vine that is native to and found growing wild in North America. It contains steroid-like saponins which can be chemically converted to progesterone and and cortisone. Wild Yam is though to be helpful to the liver and endocrine system as it regulates the female system.

Witch Hazel Extract

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana ) Extract is derived from the leaves and bark of a deciduous shrub. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

 

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Yucca Extract

is a potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal that revitalizes and calms the skin. It has been shown to repair damage to cell membranes of the skin that result in a loss of nutrients.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is used in sunscreens as a UV filter.