Natural Ingredients A-M

Aloe Vera - An extraordinary desert plant containing hundreds of enzymes, mineral, and vitamins.

Arrowroot - A very fine textured, high starch powder. May be included in skin applications as a paste (assisting in drying pimples) or in body powder (replacing talc).

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) - Found naturally in fruits and green vegetables and is essential for normal metabolism, wound healing, and tissue repair. Ascorbic Acid is often used as a preservative and as an anti-oxidant to help prevent free radical damage in the skin.

Ascorbyl Palmitate - Salt of ascorbic acid used as a preservative and antioxidant in cosmetic creams.

Beeswax - Nnatural emulsifier produced by bees.

Caprilic/Capric Triglyceride - Various vegetable oils and plants are the sources of this ingredient with good emollient properties.

Candelilla Wax - An extract from the candelilla plant used in lipsticks to add body.

Canauba Wax - A wax from the Brazilian palm tree leaves used to make products firmer.

Carrageenan - Natural thickening agent.

Castor Oil - This soothing and lubricating ingredient is a colorless or light yellow oil extracted from the seeds of the castor-oil plant. A large plant native to tropical Africa and Asia , the castor-oil plant is also grown for its ornamental value. Used for its fine-quality lubricating properties, it can also act as a cathartic when taken internally.

Carmine - A brilliant red dye derived from dried and pulverized adult female cochineal insects, a tropical American scale insect which feeds on a specific type of cacti. It is often used in the coloring of cosmetics, medicines, foods, etc. Some allergic reactions are possible.

Cetearyl Alcohol - A mixture of fatty alcohols derived from coconut oil consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols. Used as emollients, thickeners and emulsion stabilizers.

Cetyl Alcohol - Derived form coconut oil or produced synthetically, no longer derived from cetaceans (whales), this wax-like substance helps emulsify oils into a water base and can also be used as an emollient.

Citric Acid - Extract from citrus fruit used as a natural preservative.

Cocoa Butter - Obtained from the cacao seeds used in moisturizers.

Flax - A plant which has beneficial properties including antiseptic, and similar to aloe.

Iron Oxide - Derived from hermatite, a reddish brown iron oxide mineral, and also derived from a wide range of minerals and clays including manganese and clay.

Kaolin - Also known as "china clay". Generally, these clays are used in facial masks to absorb excess facial oil (reduces shine on the face) and to thicken lotions.

Kelp Extract - A sea plant rich in micro-nutrients and assists in gelling formulations.

Kumarahou - Also known as "gum-diggers soap" is a versatile plant used for its natural foaming properties.

Manuka - A bush which grows in New Zealand. Manuka essential oil and manuka honey are utilized in skincare products for their healing properties including antiseptic and anti-bacterial.

Mairehau - An essential oil considered to be "royal" and known for benefits for the skin.

Meadowfoam Extract - Obtained from the Meadowfoam plant, Limnanthes alba. A skin conditioning ingredient.

Mica - A natural mineral used for its pearly colors and light reflecting qualities.


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