Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that can be manufactured in the body, or obtained through dietary sources such as meat, seafood, eggs, fish, beans, nuts and seeds. It is one of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids, which are considered the building blocks of proteins (Wikipedia). It is used in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products as a skin conditioning agent, anti-static agent and masking ingredient, and as an amino acid, may combine with the epidermal cells to fill up creases, and thus provide the surface of your skin with a smoother appearance.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic Aloe)
Widely known as Aloe Vera, is extracted from the leaves of the plant Aloe which has proven to be medicinally beneficial for hundreds of years in many cultures. It contains over 200 nutritional substances including amino acids, minerals, vitamin and active enzymes. The aloe Barbandensis leaf juice serves as an anti-inflammatory agent, protects the skin from UV rays, heals sunburn and helps in rejuvenating aged or dead skin cells which in turn give us a healthy glowing skin.
Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil (Sandalwood)
Amyris essential oil’s high content of sesquiterpenols help reduce signs of aging and keep skin looking young and healthy. It can also help regenerate skin cells, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and add elasticity to the skin. It also helps hydrate the skin and replenish that youthful glow.
Aqua (Deionized Water)
This refers to water that has had its mineral ions removed. Since a majority of water impurities are dissolved salts, the process of deionization produces a high purity water which serves as a good solvent for skin care production. It simply means the removal of ions. Ions are electrically charged atoms or molecules found in water that have either a net negative or positive charge.
If muscles begin to lose protein then the skin loses elasticity. Arginine: Arginine, or L-arginine, is a semi-essential amino acid that is produced naturally by the body. Arginine can increase wound healing time by decreasing inflammation, assisting in tissue formation and tissue remodeling.
Aspartic acid is an important amino acid that is incorporated into collagen, elastin, and other supporting structural proteins within the skin. Aspartic acid is an amino acid that has been proven to exhibit benefits for the skin . Aspartic acid is a skin-exfoliating acidic amino acid.
Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Mask- QMBC
This berry-filled formulation will hyper-oxygenate your skin cells with its antioxidant load of berries. Blueberries bring to your skin an arsenal of youthening and anti-aging benefits. Cranberries add to the blend with active bioflavonoids as well as much needed vitamins. A gentle exfoliation utilizing fresh fruit pulp, and a deeper cell renewal and collagen production with Glycolic acid. This decadent and restorative treatment is a must have for every face.
Bursera Fagaroides Wood Oil (Linaloe)
The essential oil of Linaloe is extracted with the steam distillation of heartwood of the tree. This oil is commonly used in the production of perfumes. As it possesses a pleasurable aroma, it is used for aromatherapy purposes as well. This oil is also known as Lignaloe oil and Mexican linaloe oil. This oil possess medicinal properties and acts as anticonvulsant, sedative, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter)
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter commonly known as Shea butter has been used as a natural skin care product in Africa for hundreds of years, where it is still expansively cultivated and shipped around the world today. It serves as an excellent moisturizing option for dry skin types and effective at reducing flaking, redness or peeling.
Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum (Tara)
Tara gum is a natural additive, obtained by grinding the endosperm of the seeds of Caesalpinia spinosa, of the Leguminosae family. Tara gum, also called Peruvian carob, is a white to yellowish powder which is soluble in hot water and partially soluble in cold water. Chemically, tara gum is comprised of polysaccharides, mainly galactomannans, of high molecular weight. Tara gum is approved as a food additive by the Food Chemicals Codex and functions mainly as a thickener and stabiliser.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Organic Green Tea)
Green Tea Leaf Extracts reduce redness and suppress skin inflammation and irritation while providing powerful antioxidant properties that help protect cells from free radical damage initiated by environmental factors.
Capsicum Annuum Extract (Cayenne)
Antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, aromatic, astringent, blood thinner, cardiovascular tonic, carminative, condiment, diaphoretic, hemostatic, hypertensive, hypotensive, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, tonic-general, vulnerary. This herbs name comes from the Greek word to bite, and was brought over to Europe by Christopher Columbus upon his return from the New World. The Cherokee Indians used Cayenne as a stimulant, while the Navajos used it as a means of weaning young children. Cayenne is a known catalyst, and aids the body in absorbing virtually any concoction, as well as increasing its effectiveness once ingested. It stimulates digestion, increases circulation, and is high in vitamin A. This last property is especially useful to us because vitamin A is essential for the maintenance of normal vision, growth, cellular activity, reproduction and immunity. Capsicum is a useful aid in arresting hemorrhaging and for cleansing and healing external wounds. It heals ulcers in the cell structures of arteries, veins and capillaries, heals any inflammation, aids in healing the flu and colds, lowers cholesterol, and decreases fat deposits in the liver while simultaneously increasing the liver enzymes responsible for fat metabolism. If Cayenne and Plantain are combined, a poultice of sorts can be applied to the skin in order to draw out foreign items such as slivers and thorns, and a small amount of powder can be sprinkled in the socks in order to prevent frost bite.
Caprylyl Glycol is a plant-derived skin-conditioning agent that is used as a preservative. In addition to its anti-bacterial characteristics, it acts as a humectant that enhances, moisturization, emollience and wetting properties to hair care formulations.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is seen as an oily liquid in room temperature, and is derived from coconut oil. It has properties that prevent water loss in skin by forming a thin barrier on the skin’s outermost layer or surface.
Cassia Angustifolia Seed extract (botanical hyaluronicn acid)
Plant Derived botanical hyaluronic acid is ethically derived from a pretty yellow flower called cassia angustifolia native to Eygpt. It is a native Indian plant also known as senna or Leguminosae. High in polysaccharides, it simulates the effect of hyaluronic acid in providing long-lasting hydration and moisturized skin. The seed extract of the Cassia Angustifolia has amazing skin hydrating and conditioning properties which help to rejuvenate the skin, reduce inflammation and irritation and also enhances skin repair.
Centella Asiatica Extract (Organic Gotu Kola)
Centella Asiatica is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals. This super blend of nutrients offers fantastic benefits for the skin, including powerful anti-aging properties – read on! Gotu Kola improves circulation as well as the synthesis of collagen and skin tissue
It is an emulsifying wax produced from coconut oil and helps the skin and scalp to retain its moisture and create a protective barrier on the skin which helps protect the skin from free radicals. This is a fatty alcohol that keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components. These ingredients are also used to alter the thickness of liquid products and to increase foaming capacity or to stabilize foams.
An emulsifier used in oil in water formulations. It helps skin and hair retain moisture, and gives a velvety after touch.
An alcohol that occurs naturally in small quantities in plants and animals.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract (Lemon Peel)
A natural source of Vitamin C and antioxidant bioflavonoids. Protects skin against damage from reactive ozone. Used as an anti-inflammatory. It helps to detoxify congested skin, soothes dry irritated skin and also supports collagen formation in the skin which is required for a healthy, younger-looking skin.
Citrus Aurantifolia Fruit Water
Citrus Aurantifolia Fruit Water is an aqueous solution of the steam distillateobtained from the fruit of the orange, commonly used as Flavoring Agent; Fragrance Ingredient; MASKING
Citrus Aurantium Leaf Oil
The round, lumpy fruits of Citrus aurantium var. amara are born green, become yellowish and finally red at the height of ripeness. The essential oil produced at this stage represents the most mature expression of the fruit peel known as Bitter Orange commonly used as Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery.
Citrus Aurantium Flower Oil
The essential oil coming from the flowers of bitter orange (which is the sister of the sweet orange we all know and eat). It contains several fragrance components including linalool (around 30%) and limonene (around 10%) and has a lovely sweet smell. As it's an essential oil with lots of fragrant components, be careful with it if your skin is sensitive.
Citrus Limon Fruit Oil (Lemon Essential Oil)
Lemon Essential Oil’s active chemical components contribute to its therapeutic benefits that give it the reputation of being an invigorating, cleansing, and purifying oil. These constituents make it ideal for use in cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, and home cleaning products to purify the air as well as surfaces. These healing benefits can be attributed to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, soothing, energizing, and balancing activities, among other valuable properties.
Citrus Reticulata Peel Oil (Mandarin Orange)
The essential oil coming from the rind of the mandarin orange also called tangerine. In general, the main component of citrus peel oils is limonene (80-97%), a super common fragrant ingredient that makes everything smell nice (but counts as a frequent skin sensitizer). Other than that, citrus peel also contains the problematic compound called furanocoumarin that makes them mildly phototoxic. In general, the sweeter the citrus, the less it contains, so tangerine peel contains less of it than some other citruses (like bergamot or lime), but still, be careful with it especially if it is in a product for daytime use.
Coco Caprylate/Caprate is primarily used in cosmetics as an emollient and emulsifier for formulations. It is an ester of coconut fatty alcohol, caprylic acid and capric acid. It improves the glide of many varieties of products during application and leaves a non-greasy, soft after touch. Although little information is available about this ester, the components present in this ingredient (coconut alcohol, caprylic acid and capric acid) are widely accepted as safe, non-toxic ingredients in hair and skin care products.
Copaifera Species Resin Oils (Balsam)
Copaiba balsam is a sap-like substance (oleoresin) collected from the trunk of trees that belong to the Copaifera species. Copaiba balsam is processed to make copaiba oil. Both copaiba balsam and copaiba oil are used to make medicine.
Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract
The extract of the fruit of the coconut tree, this ingredient is rich in skin-conditioning fatty acids, proteins, and complex B vitamins.
Dipterocarpus Turbinatus Balsam Oil (Balsam)
Dipterocarpus jourdainii and Dipterocarpus turbinatus, are trees that are India and Asia. The tree exudes a resin that is then collected and steam distilled to produce Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil. Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil primarily contains the sesquiterpene a-gurjunene. It possesses a woody and slightly sweet aroma that blends especially well with essential oils in the wood, spice and citrus families.
A natural preservative used as an alternative to parabens. Derived from glycerin and can also be used as a deodorizer and skin conditioner.
Extract (Sugar Cane)
Sugar Cane’s Benefits for Skin. Glycolic acid naturally present in Cane Sugar removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that can clog and stretch pores. This makes sugarcan an excellent ingredient in exfoliants and masks.
Extreme Antioxidant Mask-QMEA
Extreme Antioxidant Mask reverses the oxidizing free radical process for smoother, younger, happier and truly vibrant skin. Loaded with potent antioxidant and free radical superhero fighters, this miracle mask will give you the boost, lift and shine that every person with skin looks for in a skin care ally. Free radical damage, called oxidation, shows up in our skin as wrinkles and sagging. The cellular matrix of our cells collapses under the ongoing attack of free radicals. Antioxidants HALT AND REVERSE this intracellular and extracellular attack.
Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail)
Equisetum arvense, or common horsetail, is a bushy perennial native to the northern hemisphere. It belongs to a genus of plants, Equisetum, that reproduce by spores rather than seeds. Equisetum arvense is rich in the minerals silicon, potassium, and calcium.
Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (Acai Fruit)
Acai fruit has an abundance of nutrients, ranging from vitamins to phytochemicals. It is a powerful antioxidant that aids in maintaining general well-being and an active lifestyle throughout life. Acai is considered by many to be the most nutritionally dense fruit in the world.
Geranium Maculatum Extract (Wild Geranium)
he Wild Geranium, a relatively common flower, delivers some wonderful skin benefits. The leaves, stems, and roots are high in tannins and offer amazing natural astringent properties. Astringents cause the skin to contract which results in toned, firm skin, and the diminished appearance of wrinkles. This contracting action also helps reduce inflammation.
Ganoderma Lucidum Extract (Organic Reishi)
Reishi mushroom contains chemicals that seem to have a variety of potentially beneficial effects, including activity against tumors (cancer) and beneficial effects on the immune system.
Glycerin (Kosher, Vegetable)
Glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be synthesized or obtained from natural sources as the plant seed oil of palm, coconut or soy. Glycerin is a well-known humectant that prevents the premature loss of moisture from cosmetics and personal care products so they don’t dry out.
Glycine (Soybean Oil)
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Soybean Glycerides and Soy Acid are obtained from the soybean plant, Glycine soja (sometimes called Glycine max). Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil is the oil obtained from soybeans. Hydrogenated Sobean Oil results when hydrogen is added to soybean oil. Soybean Glycerides is a mixture of mono, di-, and triglycerides obtained from soybean oil, and Soy Acid is the mixture of fatty acids obtained from soybean oil.
Glycolic acid is a water-soluble alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is derived from sugar cane. It is one of the most well-known and widely used alpha hydroxy acids in the skincare industry.
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Organic Sunflower Oil)
Also known as sunflower oil is a lightweight oil that is rich in Vitamin E. It contains a lot of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, linoleic and oleic acid which boosts the production of skin cells. The sunflower seed oil has proven to be an effective emollient and also rich in carotenoids. Being rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes and is found to be effective against acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.
A non-essential amino acid found in a variety of foods and naturally in the structure of the hair, skin, and nails.
Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil (Organic Seabuckthorn )
This oil contains essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols. It is a concentrated oil, and we suggest to use sparingly. The sea buckthorn oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs was processed by the cold press method of the entire berry with seeds. This particular oil will solidify if exposed to low temperatures, and it is best left at room temperature. Some mild staining of skin may occur; this is temporary and washes off easily. Use caution, spread evenly and dilute.
Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum (Tara)
Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum is a material derived from the endosperm of Caesalpinia spinosa. Function(s): Adhesive; Skin-Conditioning Agent - Miscellaneous; Viscosity Increasing Agent - Aqueous; FILM FORMING; SKIN CONDITIONING; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING
Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters
Essential fatty acids from the jojoba plant, broken down by water to form a new complex with properties different from the original source.
Isoleucine or L,-Isoleucine, is a very important amino acid in skin care.Like all amino acids, the real value of isoleucine comes from its assimilation into the protein. The bloodstream absorbs amino acids and deliver them to all of the key tissues of the body, including the skin, hair, and nails, where they are assimilated into structural proteins like collagen, elastin, fibrin, and keratin. Studies show that isoleucine in particular may be important in stimulating protein synthesis and tissue repair.
A palm oil-based emollient, derived from coconut oil. It is primarily used as a thickening agent in skincare products like moisturizers, sunscreens, and conditioners. It also acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, giving it a smoother appearance and transforming the texture into one that is ultra soft.
Lactobacillus/Lemon Peel Ferment Extract
Optimal skin lightening ingredients for cosmetic products will inhibit melanogenesis by tyrosinase inhibition and be of plant or natural origin. Lemon Peel Bioferment is ideally suited to meet these requirements. It should be considered for use in skin lightening products and anti-age skin care products to ameliorate age spots and irregular skin pigmentation. Lemon Peel Bioferment is the result of macerating whole lemon fruit and incubating it with Lactobacillus lacti (the same bacteria used to produce many fermented food products like cheese and sour cream). This ferment is then further processed to remove the potential allergens, citral and geraniol. The resulting ferment is said to have both anti-tyrosinase and antioxidant activity.
A modified soy lecithin. It is often used as an emulsifier for light cosmetic products that are smoothing, non-greasy and hydrating.
Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract (Oregon Grape)
Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum is a material derived from the endosperm of Caesalpinia spinosa. Function(s): Adhesive; Skin-Conditioning Agent - Miscellaneous; Viscosity Increasing Agent - Aqueous; FILM FORMING; SKIN CONDITIONING; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING
Melissa Officinalis Seed Oil (Lemon Balm)
Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products.
Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
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.
Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
Potassium sorbate is used to inhibit molds and yeasts in many foods, such as cheese, wine, yogurt, dried meats, apple cider, rehydrated fruits, soft drinks and fruit drinks, and baked goods. It is used in the preparation of items such as hotcake syrup and milkshakes served by fast-food restaurants such as McDonald's. It can also be found in the ingredients list of many dried fruit products. In addition, herbal dietary supplement products generally contain potassium sorbate, which acts to prevent mold and microbes and to increase shelf life. It is used in quantities at which no adverse health effects are known, over short periods of time. Labeling of this preservative on ingredient statements reads as "potassium sorbate" or "E202". Also, it is used in many personal-care products to inhibit the development of microorganisms for shelf stability. Some manufacturers are using this preservative as a replacement for parabens. Tube feeding of potassium sorbate reduces the gastric burden of pathogenic bacteria.
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.
Prunus Virginiana Bark Extract (Wild Cherry)
Wild Cherry Bark is a cooling and sweet anti-tussive, expectorant, astringent, sedative, and digestive bitter. It’s a gentle herb with strong properties, making it great herb for children. It works by sedating the cough reflex, making it especially helpful for irritating coughs such as bronchitis, bronchial spasms and whooping cough. The active ingredient in Wild Cherry Bark is hydrocyanic acid, which works to cleanse and decongest the lungs, blood, and lymphatic system. Combined with other respiratory herbs, it can help control asthma. A cold brew of the bark can also be used as a calming wash for irritated eyes and skin.
Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate )
Benefits of Punica Granatum Fruit Extract: Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants that help fight and repair free radical damage from the sun and environmental stressors such as hyperpigmentation and age spots. Studies have shown the efficacy of punica granatum extract in protecting the skin against UVB-induced damage.
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.
Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple)
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.
The advantages include improved UV protection, stronger structure, improved electrical conductivity, improved texture, and longer shelf life. The most common types of nanomaterials that are used in personal care products are: Liposomes (for their enhanced absorption by skin)
Retinol (Vitamin A)
Retinol, also known as Vitamin A1, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent vitamin A deficiency, especially that which results in xerophthalmia.
Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Organic Rosehip Seed)
Rosehip oil has a long history as a therapeutic remedy and beauty product. It’s full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that are all valued for their ability to nourish the skin. Scientific studies showing rosehip oil’s promise make it an intriguing option for anyone looking to reduce the visible signs of aging, clear up scarring, or otherwise improve their skincare routine. Not only is it reasonably affordable and easy to use, it’s considered generally safe for all skin types.
Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil (Raspberry Seed Oil)
Raspberry seed oil is a luxurious, sweet and attractive sounding oil, which connotes images of luscious fresh raspberries on a summer day. The botanical or INCI name is Rubus idaeus, and the oil offers moisturizing, occlusive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for skin.
Salvia Sclarea Flower Oil (Clary Sage)
Clary sage, also known as Salvia sclarea, is a plant native to the northern Mediterranean Basin. It is widely used for medicinal purposes and as a spice. Many parts of the clary sage plant can be used, including the leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds.
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane)
This is used as an exfoliating agent, removing cells from the upper layer of the skin. Has effective antiseptic properties.
Santalum Album Oil (Indian Sandalwood)
Sandalwood is a great source to help keep the skin clean. Our Sandalwood comes from a plantation in Australia to help preserve the trees in India. Every batch of Plant Therapy Indian Sandalwood can be traced back to where the actual trees were grown to ensure that we are doing our part to product 100% pure, undiluted, ethically sourced Indian Sandalwood Essential Oil.
Santalum Spicata Wood Oil (Sandalwood)
Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum spicatum) from Australia is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil. Due to devastation of Sandalwood forests in India and lack of provenance, we have chosen to no longer carry endangered Indian Sandalwood. Instead, we offer this wonderful Australian sustainably grown Sandalwood.
Sclerotium Gum is used to make elegant, moisturizing gels and serums. It thickens and stabilizes emulsions.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is specifically produced for use as a stabilized source of vitamin C in cosmetic products. Light-stable and oxygen-stable. Purity >95.0%. Ascorbic acid content at least 45%. White-to off-white powder, mild odor. Soluble in water (clear solution at 10% concentration), pH 9-10 (3% in water), may discolor at pH levels below 6.
Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
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 Amino Acid blend of Sodium PCA
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.
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Organic Jojoba Oil)
Native to the southern U.S and Mexico, this Jojoba oil has been used to treat acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin for generations. The chemical structure of jojoba oil is unique in the sense that it’s a polyunsaturated wax. As a wax, jojoba oil is useful for protecting the skin, providing moisture, and soothing the skin and hair.
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)
Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Organic Dandelion)
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 (Vitamin E)
Tocopheryl Acetate is a form of Vitamin E, a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant.
Coenzyme Q10, known commonly as CoQ10, is a fat-soluble co-enzyme that is produced in most cells within the human body. It is found at particularly high levels in tissues and organs with the highest energy requirements because it plays an important role in energy production.
Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract
Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract (Blueberry)
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract is an extract of the fruit of the blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium.
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!
Vinca Major Extract (Periwinkle)
Periwinkle has been studied for potential antimicrobial and antiprotozoal applications, as well as for use in diabetes and wound healing; however, there is not enough reliable information to recommend the plant for these uses.
Vitamin C Wash - G2VC
For up to eight- fold antioxidant protection and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin. Fades sun spots and discoloration, refines skin texture and reduces wrinkle formation as well as minimizing existing wrinkles. An organic aloe vera and sugar based sulfate free wash, it is gentle enough for daily use.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed/Skin/Stem Extract (Grapeseed)
Grape seed oil is non-comedogenic, non-greasy, and easily absorbed, making it a suitable moisturizer for all skin types and ages. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and astringent properties, grapeseed oil attacks acne and residual scarring to leave your skin brightened and more balanced. Additionally, because it contains more linoleic acid than any other carrier oil, continued usage of grape seed oil will result in the restoration of firmness to your skin, thus reducing the look of fine lines.
A natural plant product that is used as a thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer.
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