Our Ingredients (P-Z)
Panthenol is a nutrient from the vitamin B family which helps to manage the negative effect of oxidative stress on our skin such as redness, fine lines, skin roughness and more. It is used as lubricant, emollient and moisturizer because of its ability to penetrate the skin.
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.
A compound that includes amino acids and lipid residue, used in cosmetics and personal care products, specifically whitening formulas, to prevent skin cells from producing melanin pigmentation.
A nature-identical material comparable to compounds found in flowers and berries. It exhibits antimicrobial properties and is typically coupled with methylisothiazolinone (That means it’s a chemical substance that can control or kill harmful microorganisms. It works well as a preservative in products like shampoo and body care products, helping them to last a long time on the shelf and in your bathroom cabinets without becoming contaminated with unwanted bugs, bacteria, and fungi) for use as a broad-spectrum preservative.
Proline ,or L-Proline, is one of the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. There are two major groups of amino acids, essential and non-essential. L-proline is a non-essential amino acid, which means your body can produce it naturally when needed. L-proline plays an important role in two key areas of health, production of collagen, and reduction of the effects of atherosclerosis. Let’s look at why those are important for your health, and how L-proline helps keep you healthy. Collagen is a collection of proteins that your body produces naturally, and they help maintain the structure of connective tissues.
A type of fatty alcohol that can enhance the absorption of ingredient into skin, and has hydrating properties that can leave a smooth, dewy finish.
Pullulan is seen as an ingredient in cosmetics and beauty products, specifically anti-aging products, because of its ability to provide an instant skin-tightening effect as it adheres to the skin. It is able to quickly form a sheer film that temporarily improves skin’s texture and appearance.
Apples arre an extremely healthy fruit that is as good for your face as it is for your body. Apple extracts and essences are used in skin care for their rich nutritional profiles. Like papaya, apple extract is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and natural acids. It’s also high in polyphenols and catechins like those found in green tea.
This is used as an exfoliating agent, removing cells from the upper layer of the skin. Has effective antiseptic properties.
Sclerotium Gum is used to make elegant, moisturizing gels and serums. It thickens and stabilizes emulsions.
Stearyl Alcohol is a naturally fatty alcohol derived from stearic acid, coconut oil or vegetable fatty acids, and is used to soothe and soften as a conditioning agent and as an emulsifier.
An amino acid used in the cosmetic and personal care industry as a skin conditioning agent, anti-static agent, and hair conditioning agent because of its ability to replenish cysteine levels in the hair to keep it strong and smooth.
Hydrolyzed from pure silk fibers, silk amino acids have a lower molecular weight than silk protein powders and are penetrating and moisturizing to skin and hair.Amino Acid blend of Sodium PCA-Sodium PCA is naturally occurring amino acid found in our skin
Silk protein is the protein used by silkworms to create silk, a fibrous substance that the worm uses to make its cocoon. It is very rich in amino acids, containing 18 different amino acids, with serine, aspartic acid, and glycine in the highest concentrations. It stimulates collagen production which improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging.
Also known as lye, sodium hydroxide is a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to establish and hold the pH of a product.
Sodium Lactate is a liquid salt that is derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets. In food, Sodium Lactate may be used as a preservative, acting as an inhibitor of bacteria growth.
Chelating agents are classified as skin irritants so if you have sensitive skin you are quite likely to react to them. They help to inactivate metallic ions (impurities) to prevent the deterioration of cosmetic products.
These metallic impurities are quite common in naturally derived ingredients. If they are not deactivated they can discolour, reduce clarity of a shampoo or toner, make the cream go rancid, affect the fragrance and can even affect the stability of the foam in a cleansing product. How to spot them on the label: EDTA (synthetic) and Sodium Phytate, Phytic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate. Try to avoid them if you can. As a formulator I advise not to use them and only work with the purest ingredients. Even the water I use is medicinal grade water!
Fatty acid used as an emollient and emulsifier. It has been shown to protect skin’s surface against water loss and help shore up skin’s protective barrier. (Stearic acid may be synthetic or animal-derived)
Threonine is an amino acid used in cosmetics and personal care products because of its ability to promote growth though protein balance maintenance.
Tocopheryl Acetate is a form of Vitamin E, a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant.
Valine is an amino acid with significant effects in skin care and results. People often talk about putting proteins in skin care, like collagen, elastin, and fibrin. However, these proteins need to broken down into amino acids in order for your skin to be able to use them. It’s like trying to bake a cake from an existing cake: It doesn’t work. You need the components, the eggs, the butter, the flour, just like your skin needs the amino acids. Like all amino acids, valine is naturally found in the skin at higher concentrations when you are younger. As you age, your body naturally produces and retains far fewer amino acids. The result? Let’s go back to the cake analogy: If you didn’t have enough ingredients, you would bake far fewer cakes — or cakes that were very thin and flimsy. Similarly, if you didn’t have enough amino acids, your skin produces less protein — or very thin and flimsy collagen!
A natural plant product that is used as a thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer.