Joanna Vargas, Bioderma, Lixirskin, The Coucou Club

Oily/Acne Prone Skin Set

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This set is the ultimate detox for your skin. Cleanses out dirt, gets rid of acne and hydrates the skin to prevent future clogging.

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100g/250ml/60ml/15ml/50

Oily/Acne Prone Skin Set

Step 1: Cleanse - Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar

  • Rinses away impurities
  • Delivers a flawless finish
  • Non-drying
  • Leaves skin perfectly cleansed and balanced


Step 2: Cleanse and Tone - Bioderma Sensibio H2O

  • Removes dirt and make-up from face and eye area
  • Eliminates impurities, whilst soothing irritation and strengthen the skin's protective layer
  • Leaves skin clean, fresh and revitalizes
  • Tones (preps) the skin for serum or moisturizer


Step 3: Exfoliating Treatment - Lixirskin Soft Clay Rubber

  • Clears pores and draws out impurities
  • Reduces excess sebum
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Leaves skin smooth and purified

Step 4: Exfoliate - Lixirskin Night Switch BHA/AHA 10%

  • Exfoliates the skin removing dead skin cells
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Prevents clogged pores and breakouts
  • Controls excess sebum
  • Clarifies skin (smaller pores and blackheads)


Step 5: Moisturize - Lixirskin Universal Emulsion

  • Dewy skin and moisturized skin
  • Firm and plumped skin
  • Makes wrinkles instantly less visible


Step 6: Boost and sculpt - Coucou Gua Sha 

  • Deep facial massage
  • Depuff and relieve tension in face
  • Lift and sculpt face and neck
  • Boost blood circulation
  • Stimulate lymphatic drainage
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Get that natural glow

    Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar

    • Use AM or PM (preferably)
    • Work the soap into a lather and apply to face as you normally would with any bar soap
    • The Miracle Bar is most ideal at night because as it will cleanse your skin of the toxins it has come in contact with throughout the day


    Bioderma Sensibio H2O

    • Morning and/or evening – 7 days a week
    • Soak a cotton pad with Bioderma Sensibio H2O
    • Gently cleanse and/or remove left over make-up from your face and eyes
    • Re-apply until the cotton pad becomes clean
    • Bioderma tones/preps the skin for your better absorption of your next step (e.g. Lixirskin Night Switch)


    Lixirskin Soft Clay Rubber

    • Once or max twice a week (!), apply Soft Clay Rubber generously to dry skin, massage, and pat for one minute
    • Once the product has dried, rub off with fingertips
    • Where necessary, gently squeeze blackheads between two fingers and rinse well with warm water
    • You can also use Soft Clay Rubber as a mask, leave for five minutes and rinse

    Lixirskin Night Switch BHA/AHA 10%

    • Apply one to two pumps at night to the affected area and follow with Universal Emulsion
    • Never on the same day as Night Switch Retinol
    • If this is your first time using an exfoliant, use every two to three days
    • Always allow your skin to rest for a few days

    Lixirskin Universal Emulsion

    • Warm a generous amount of Universal Emulsion in the palm of your hand and apply to your face, eye contour, lips, neck, décolleté, hands, and arms
    • For both day and night

    Coucou Gua Sha 

    • Make sure to moisturize before usage to provide a smooth glide for the tool
    • Always use tool upwards and outwards, only stroke downwards in the neck area. Make sure to stroke the face gently and to keep the tool flat on the face
    • Tip: End each stroke with a little wiggle to help move lymph

      Step 1: Cleanse - Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar

      • Rinses away impurities
      • Delivers a flawless finish
      • Non-drying
      • Leaves skin perfectly cleansed and balanced


      Step 2: Cleanse and Tone - Bioderma Sensibio H2O

      • Removes dirt and make-up from face and eye area
      • Eliminates impurities, whilst soothing irritation and strengthen the skin's protective layer
      • Leaves skin clean, fresh and revitalizes
      • Tones (preps) the skin for serum or moisturizer


      Step 3: Exfoliating Treatment - Lixirskin Soft Clay Rubber

      • Clears pores and draws out impurities
      • Reduces excess sebum
      • Removes dead skin cells
      • Leaves skin smooth and purified

      Step 4: Exfoliate - Lixirskin Night Switch BHA/AHA 10%

      • Exfoliates the skin removing dead skin cells
      • Hydrates the skin
      • Prevents clogged pores and breakouts
      • Controls excess sebum
      • Clarifies skin (smaller pores and blackheads)


      Step 5: Moisturize - Lixirskin Universal Emulsion

      • Dewy skin and moisturized skin
      • Firm and plumped skin
      • Makes wrinkles instantly less visible


      Step 6: Boost and sculpt - Coucou Gua Sha 

      • Deep facial massage
      • Depuff and relieve tension in face
      • Lift and sculpt face and neck
      • Boost blood circulation
      • Stimulate lymphatic drainage
      • Stimulate collagen production
      • Reduce fine lines
      • Get that natural glow

        Sodium Ricinoleate

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        A vegetable oil coming from the Ricinus Communis plant. It contains nice fatty acids and helps the absorption of other ingredients.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Colophonium

        Aka: Rosin

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Viscosity controlling

        A sticky substance coming from pine and spruce trees and often used in formulas because of its stickiness. If you have a rosin allergy or very sensitive skin be careful with this ingredient.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Styrene DVB Copolymer

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        A synthetic polymer that's mostly used because of its film forming effects as it produces a continuous film on skin, hair or nails.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        PEG 20 Oleate

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        A synthetic white polymer that enhances the mixture of the formula.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Methyl Chloro-Isothiazolinone

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        MCI, short for Methylchloroisothiazolinone (sounds like a word from Mary Poppins) is a preservative with antibacterial effects. However, if you have very sensitive skin this one may cause irritation.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Methyl Isothiazolinone

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A preservative that's also great against bacteria. However, if you have very sensitive skin this one may cause irritation.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Vitis Vinifera Grape Fruit Extract

        Aka: Grape Fruit Extract

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Soothing

        Moisturizer

        A grape extract that contains many antioxidants and is also soothing and very moisturizing.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Eugenol

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A fragrant oil with spicy scent. Be careful with very sensitive skin as this one may cause skin allergies.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract

        Aka: Benzoin Resin

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A fragrant ingredient with a nice vanilla smell. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract

        Aka: Myrrh

        Purpose(s): Antibacterial

        An antibacterial ingredient that smells like balsamic. It's a disinfectant and is also believed to help skin with acne.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Melissa Officinalis Balm Mint Leaf Oil

        Aka: Balm Mint Leaf Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Perfuming

        Antibacterial

        An essential oil derived from lemon balm leaves with a citrus smell. It is antibacterial and contains antioxidants. However, it also has many fragrant parts, so with sensitive skin be careful.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Potassium Alum

        Aka: Potash Alum

        Purpose(s): Astringent

        A toning ingredient that contracts the skin. It's also often used in deodorants and aftershave products.

        Astringent

        These ingredients cause contraction of the skin. In skincare astringents (or toners) are often used to tone the skin and make it firm by tightening the pores.

        Citrus Aurantium Amara

        Aka: Bitter Orange Flower Water

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        This water coming from the flowers of bitter orange has a very nice sweet smell. Flower waters are watered down essentials oils from the same plant. As with all floral water, be careful when you have sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Parfum

        Aka: Fragrance

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. In skincare products it can be made out of tens of chemicals, so if you want to know exactly which ones then this umbrella ingredient will leave you guessing. Also, when you have sensitive skin you should be careful with perfuming ingredients, even natural types.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        C13-14 Isoparaffin

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emollient

        Solvent

        This emollient, coming from petroleum, is usually paired with other thickening ingredients (Polyacrylamide and Laurent-7) to create nice, non-sticky gel formulas.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Hydrolyzed Soy Protein

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        This ingredient helps the skin to hold its moisture and water levels and smoothes the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Aloe Barbadensis

        Aka: Aloe Vera

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Soothing

        The magic plant! Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Caprylyl Glycol

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Emollient

        Deodorant

        This ingredient makes your skin feel nice and soft and can help with the effectiveness of preservatives.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Deodorant

        Ingredients that camouflage bad smell caused by sweating.

        Tropolone

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        Expired quickly? Not with this ingredient. Besides preserving the formula, it's also believed to have antioxidant and antibacterial effects.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Steareth-10

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        This waxy ingredient is used in many different beauty products, mainly because it binds liquids in the formula together so it doesn't fall apart.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Cera Alba

        Aka: Beeswax

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        This is the yellow, solid part produced by bees to build their honeycombs. It's normally used in formulas as an emollient and thickening agent and you can find it most often in lipsticks and balms.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Cetyl Palmitate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        In skincare this white and waxy ingredient gives body to the formula. You can find it in coconut or palm kernel oil.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Laureth-7

        Purpose(s): Cleansing

        Emulsifying

        This ingredient, coming from a coconut oil-derived fatty alcohol, is usually paired with other thickening ingredients (C13-14 Isoparaffin and Polyacrylamide) to create nice, non-sticky gel formulas.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Glyceryl Stearate

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Emollient

        This white, waxy biodegradable ingredient is commonly used as an emulsifier (mixes water an oil) and also makes your skin super smooth and soft.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Polyacrylamide

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        This ingredient is usually paired with other thickening ingredients (C13-14 Isoparaffin and Laurent-7) to create nice, non-sticky gel formulas.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Stearic Acid

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        This is a multi-tasking fatty acid. It makes your skin feel oh so smooth, it gives more body to the cream itself and lastly it helps to stabilize mixtures of water and oil.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Palmitic Acid

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Emollient

        Emulsifying

        You can find this fatty acid naturally in your skin, how cool is that! In skincare it's mostly used to moisturize the skin and to create foam in cleansers, that's why it's a popular ingredient in shaving foams.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Paraffinum Liquidum

        Aka: Mineral Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Solvent

        A bit of a controversial ingredient with both pros and cons. It's a great non-irritating moisturizer for sensitive and dry skin as it retains the water level in the skin. However, mineral oils don't nourish the skin like plant oils do. Some may criticize mineral oil for being linked to petrolatum and being comedogenic, however studies do not link any harmful effects to this ingredient.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Peg 6 Caprylic Glycerides

        Aka: Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        Your skin loves water and so does this ingredient. This ingredient feels nice on your skin and it's popular in micellar cleansing waters.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Fructooligosaccharides

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        A plant sugar that's a natural hydrator and very rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics keep the surface of the skin balanced, younger-looking and strong.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Mannitol

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Oehh sugar it is baby! This one keeps your skin hydrated and has water-binding effects.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Xylitol

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        A sugar type that deeply balances and hydrates the skin and makes its protective barrier stronger.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Rhamnose

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        A deoxy sugar that's a natural hydrator and very rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics keep the surface of the skin balanced, younger-looking and strong.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Cucumis Sativus Cucumber Fruit Extract

        Aka: Cucumber Fruit Extract

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Soothing

        Cleopatra used cucumber to treat her skin, so you know it's good for you. Cucumber softens and smoothes the skin and is non-irritating.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Propylene Glycol

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Moisturizer

        Solvent

        This ingredient mainly makes sure that the formula stays stable in low and high temperatures, but it's also used in formulas as a moisturizer and solvent.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Cetrimonium Bromide

        Purpose(s): Antibacterial

        Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        Good for problem skin because of its antibacterial and cleansing effects. It's also used in formulas as an emulsifier.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Disodium EDTA

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        Viscosity controlling

        A commonly used ingredient to help the formula stay stable over time.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Maltodextrin

        Purpose(s): Absorbent

        Emulsion stabilising

        This ingredient is normally derived from rice, potato or corn and added to skincare to keep skin matte and to keep the formula together.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Pentapeptide-48

        Purpose(s): Cell-communicating ingredient

        This peptide (consists of amino acids) ingredient is believed to stimulate cell renewal and elastin. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, resulting in more plump skin.

        Cell-communicating ingredient

        Ingredients that communicate to skin cells how to perform and do better.

        1-2-Hexanediol

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        This ingredient makes the formula nice and soft and acts as a solvent for other ingredients to help stabilize it. It can also boost the antibacterial function of preservatives in the formula.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract

        Aka: Telosomyl

        Purpose(s): Cell-communicating ingredient

        A red algae extract rich in milk sugar that protects your DNA and is believed to stimulate cell life and delay aging of the skin.

        Cell-communicating ingredient

        Ingredients that communicate to skin cells how to perform and do better.

        Hydrogenated Lecithin

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Emulsifying

        A chemically broken down version of Lecithin. Mostly found in formulas for coating and the stabilization of other ingredients.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Phenethyl Alcohol

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        If a product doesn't smell nice, this colorless ingredient that smells like roses is often added, so it can hide the bad-smelling parts in the formula. If you have sensitive skin, be careful with using fragrant ingredients.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Orange Peel Oil

        Aka: Sweet Orange Peel Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        An essential oil derived from the rind of the sweet orange mostly used for its fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, be careful with using fragrant ingredients.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Citric Acid

        Purpose(s): Buffering

        Exfoliant

        This ingredient is a type of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that comes from the citrus fruit. It exfoliates by lifting dead skin cells, however this type is less potent than other AHA's like Glycolic and Lactic Acid. That's why it's normally used in formulas to adjust the pH value.

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Exfoliant

        Good ingredients that remove dead skin cells to make skin soft and smooth.

        Decyl Glucoside

        Purpose(s): Cleansing

        Emulsion stabilising

        A sugar-derived gentle ingredient mostly used as a cleansing agent.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Ethylhexyl Stearate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        An oily liquid mostly used as an emollient to give your skin a nice and soft feel and to reduce any greasy texture caused by other more heavy oils.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Decylene Glycol

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        This synthetic glycol is often used to enhance the sliding of the formula on your skin. Also, known for its effect to hold in moisture.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        This is the extract of the Caesalpinia Spinosa, Fabaceae fruit. It is commonly paired with Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract in formulas to create a film over your skin to protect it against external factors.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Trideceth-6

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        A PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) that has binding effects, which means it makes sure that water and oil are mixed properly. Also, often used as a cleansing ingredient in formulas.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Polymethylsilsesquioxane-Silica Crosspolymer

        An innovative water-based silicone type that enhances texture, makes the formula soft and non-sticky and can act as a (temporary) filler for fine lines. It has the unique ability to absorb both oil and water.

        Butryrosepermum Parkii Butter

        Aka: Shea Butter

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Shea Butter, we love it. It's a natural butter that comes from the seeds of the African Shea tree and is used in skincare as a magic moisturizer and emollient. But it does more than making your skin feel soft and smooth: It protects from external factors (e.g. UV rays) and is rich in antioxidants (e.g. Vitamin A, E, F).

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Pentylene Glycol

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Moisturizer

        A silky multifunctional ingredient that's often used to make the formula feel nice on the skin and as a solvent.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Bis-PEG-8 Dimethicone

        Purpose(s): Cleansing

        Emollient

        This water-soluble silicone makes surfaces soft and smooth and reduces the tension on the surface, so formulas can be spread evenly.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

        Aka: Grape Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emollient

        A nice plant oil derived from grape seeds. This lightweight oil makes your skin feel extremely smooth. Also, it's a great source of the antioxidants and skin-protector Vitamin E and lionoleic acid, a fatty acid that repairs the skin barrier.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Simmondsia Chinensis Jojoba Seed Oil

        Aka: Jojoba Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Jojoba Oil is a lightweight oil derived from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis bush that can originally be found in South-Western North America and North-Western Mexico. The oil is perfect for nourishing and moisturizing the skin so a must when you have dry skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Salvia sclarea Clary Sage Oil

        Aka: Clary Sage Oil

        Purpose(s): Astringent

        Antibacterial

        An antibacterial essential oil and astringent that soothes redness and post-shaving irritation. Also, a herb that's often used for its nice spicy, hay-like smell.

        Astringent

        These ingredients cause contraction of the skin. In skincare astringents (or toners) are often used to tone the skin and make it firm by tightening the pores.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Citrus medica limonum Lemon peel Oil

        Aka: Lemon Peel Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        This essential oil comes from the peel of the lemon and is usually used as a fragrant component. Be careful with exposure to the sun directly after applying lemon peel oil, because it can be slightly phototoxic and sensitive to sun light.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Mentha piperita Peppermint Oil

        Aka: Peppermint Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        This essential oil comes from flowerly peppermint sprigs. It contains menthol which makes it refreshing and cooling, but it can be sensitive to the skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Cinnamomum camphora Camphor Bark Oil

        Aka: Camphor Oil

        Purpose(s): Antibacterial

        Perfuming

        This essential oil is derived from the Camphor wood (of the tree) and known for its antibacterial properties. Often used in cosmetics to relieve skin irritation and itchiness because of its cooling effects. Also, camphor has a nice calming and refreshing odor, so win-win.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Cymbopogon schoenanthus Lemongrass Oil

        Aka: Lemongrass Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Antibacterial

        A great ingredient in hair products, as it will treat dry hair and heal damage. It helps your skin to produce more oil so it can coat and protect the strands. Lemongrass also has the ability to penetrate hair follicles, leaving them healthier and stronger. May be sensitive to the skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Melaleuca Alternifolia Tea Tree Leaf Oil

        Aka: Tea Tree Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Anti-acne

        Antibacterial

        Legend goes that the medicinal benefits of this oil were so important, Australian soldiers even took it with them during World War II. Tea Tree Oil is known to be strongly antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. In skincare it's mostly used to fight acne, as most studies show that it's highly effective against P.acnes: The bacteria that causes acne.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Anti-acne

        Good ingredients that fight acne. Most of the time they're also antibacertial and anti-inflammatory.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Caprylic Triglyceride

        Aka: Fractionated Coconut Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A rich fatty oil that deeply penetrates the hair follicles to eliminate dryness while speeding up the skin’s healing process and softening ingrown hairs, so they can easily slide out of the skin. Coconut oil is perfect for after shaving as it smoothly lubricates skin to help avoid razor burn and it's very soothing. And hey it also smells great!

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Vitis vinifera Grape Seed Oil

        Aka: Grape Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emollient

        A nice plant oil derived from grape seeds. This lightweight oil makes your skin feel extremely smooth. Also, it's a great source of the antioxidants and skin-protector Vitamin E and lionoleic acid, a fatty acid that repairs the skin barrier.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Lavandula Angustifolia

        Aka: Lavender Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Perfuming

        There are many uses of Lavender oil, but in skincare it's mostly used to soothe irritated skin, reduce itching and swelling and moisturize the skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Ricinus Communis Castor Seed Oil

        Aka: Castor Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        An oil with nice rich fatty acids that make it thicker and glossier than other oils. It's a very effective emollient that reduces skin moisture loss and forms a solid film when it's dry with water-binding properties. It also enhances the absorption of other ingredients.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        D-alpha tocopherol

        Aka: Vitamin E

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        The best fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin and therefore easy to absorb. It protects against UVB rays, makes skin smooth and is a super hero when it comes to protecting the skin cells against free-radicals that are out to destroy collagen (the protein that makes our skin nice, firm and plumped). The 'd' before alpha indicates that this product contains the natural form (instead of the synthetic derived Vitamin E). The 'alpha' indicates that this type of tocopherol is the most active one with the best antioxidant qualities.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Carthamus Tinctorius Safflower Seed Oil

        Aka: Safflower Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emollient

        This oil comes from the yellow safflower plant. Just like other plant derived oils, this one is full of nourishing and moisturizing fatty acids. It's also high in linoleic acid (which protects the skin barrier) and the super antioxidant Vitamin E. Very good for dry skin.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Almond Oil

        Aka: Sweet Almond Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        This smoothing plant oil comes from almonds and is full of skin-nourishing fatty acids, Vitamin E and B. It's a nice common oil to have in skincare because of its great smoothing, softening and moisturizing effects.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        α-Bisabolol chamomile

        Aka: Alpha-Bisabolol

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        This clear, fluid oil is derived from chamomile and is often used in skincare because of its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Borago Officinalis Borage Seed Oil

        Aka: Borage Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Emollient

        A perfect ingredient for when you have dry, sensitive, irritated and eczema prone skin. Derived from the borage plant, the richest plant source out there, containing the essential fatty acid: GLA, Gamma-Linolenic Acid. This acid is soothing and nourishing and repairs dry and irritated skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Oenothera Biennis Evening Primrose Oil

        Aka: Evening Primrose Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Emollient

        It comes from the seeds of the yellow-flowered Evening Primrose plant. It's full of nourishing and moisturizing fatty acids and a rich source of linoleic acid (that repairs the skin barrier) and GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid, that repairs dry skin). It's often used because it's a perfect hydrating oil that reduces inflammation and irritation and helps with dry skin. To make it even more heoric: It stimulates skin cell regeneration.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Calophyllum inophyllum Tamanu Seed Oil

        Aka: Tamanu Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emollient

        Antibacterial

        An antimicrobial oil derived from the tamanu nut that’s packed with moisturizing omega fatty acids and antioxidants to soften skin and promote new, healthy cell growth.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Lavender Essential Oil

        Aka: Lavender Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Perfuming

        There are many uses of Lavender oil, but in skincare it's mostly used to soothe irritated skin, reduce itching and swelling and moisturize the skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Linalool

        Aka: Linalol

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A common perfuming ingredient found in a lot of natural oils and plants. It may oxidize on air and become allergenic (on very sensitive skin).

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Geraniol

        Aka: Rhodinol

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A common perfuming ingredient that smells like rose. It may oxidize on air and become allergenic (on very sensitive skin).

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Water

        Aka: H2O

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        The most common skincare ingredient out there: water! Water is mainly used as a solvent for ingredients that don't like to dissolve in oils. Once water is inside the skin it hydrates, but putting water for too long on the skin it may cause dryness (think about your long hot baths).

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Sodium Phytate

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        This helper ingredient keeps the product stable over time, without any structure or color changes. How? It neutralizes metal ions in the formula to prevent the worsening of the ingredients.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Alcohol

        Aka: Ethanol

        Purpose(s): Astringent

        Solvent

        Viscosity controlling

        Alcohol is a pretty controversial ingredient. It has many instant benefits: It's a great solvent, astringent, absorption enhancer, antibacterial and it makes formulas light. That's why it's a popular ingredient in oily products and toners. However, alcohol can also be drying, so watch out with sensitive skin and don't use skincare products where alcohol is the main ingredient.

        Astringent

        These ingredients cause contraction of the skin. In skincare astringents (or toners) are often used to tone the skin and make it firm by tightening the pores.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Xanthan Gum

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        This natural ingredient is one of the most common thickeners and emulsion stabilizers. It makes the formula more gel-like and sticky.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Magnesium Aluminum Silicate

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Absorbent

        This ingredient is a clay mineral that's used to thicken and stabilize skincare formulas. It also gives a nice creamy feel without stickiness.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Glycerin

        Aka: Glycerol

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Moisturizer

        This natural moisturizer is a super star. It can be naturally found in our skin and its use in skincare is super common. Aside from a moisturizer it keeps the stuff between our cells healthy. Glycerin is also a super ingredient for treating dry skin.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Moisturizer

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Gluconolactone

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        Exfoliant

        You want this. It's a PHA (Plyhydroxy Acid) that exfoliates skin removing dead skin cells and making the surface super smooth. It provides anti-aging benefits and improves skin thickness. Also, it's a great moisturizer and helps to repair skin damage. This all without irritating the skin.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Exfoliant

        Good ingredients that remove dead skin cells to make skin soft and smooth.

        Sodium Benzoate

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        It's a preservative which means it helps to make the products stay good over time. In this case the preservative works best against fungi.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Calcium Gluconate

        Aka: Calcium

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        It's an important body mineral and is often used in skincare for its skin-soothing and moisturizing effects.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Sodium Hyaluronate 1 pct

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Moisturizer

        This is the salt version of the famous hydrating super star Hyaluronic Acid and they do pretty much the same. Sodium Hyaluronate acts as a sponge helping the skin to hold onto water, looking firm, plump and elastic.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Cetearyl Olivate

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        This is a natural component derived from Cetearyl Alcohol and the fatty acids of Olive Oil. It's often coupled with Sorbitan Olivate. The two together help water and oil blend.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Sorbitan Olivate

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        This is a natural component derived from Sorbitol and the fatty acids of Olive Oil. It's often coupled with Cetearyl Olivate. The two together help water and oil blend.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Glyceryl Stearate SE

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        This is an oily ingredient that can magically blend with water all by itself. That's what the SE in the name stands for: self-emulsifying.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Stearyl Alcohol

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        This is a multitasker ingredient: 1) Emollient to give your skin a nice and smooth feel 2) Stabilizes oil-water mixes 3) Gives body to the formula and 4) Fatty kind of alcohol, aka the good soothing type of alcohol that doesn't dry out and irritate te skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Wax

        Aka: Sunflower Wax

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        This is a hard wax coming from the sunflower. It is used in skincare to stabilize products and give them body and it's a great ingredient for dry skin.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Octyl Palmitate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A populair emollient that is used to give the formula its richness and a mild feel when you rub it out.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Diethyl Ether

        Aka: Ether

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        This colorless liquid is often used in cosmetics as a solvent. Studies show that this ingredient may annoy skin.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Oleyl Erucate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A vegetable-based emollient that makes your skin soft and smooth. It has a rich feel to it, very Jojoba Oil like.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Olive Squalane

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Emollient

        Squalane is hot and we know why. First of all, it's a nice and stable oily liquid with a long shelf life (the length of time for which an item remains usable). Second, it's a super moisturizer that makes your skin smooth. And last but not least, it's for every skin type (e.g. it's perfect for skin with acne).

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Butyrospermum Parkii

        Aka: Shea Butter

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Shea Butter, we love it. It's a natural butter that comes from the seeds of the African Shea tree and is used in skincare as a magic moisturizer and emollient. But it does more than making your skin feel soft and smooth: It protects from external factors (e.g. UV rays) and is rich in antioxidants (e.g. Vitamin A, E, F).

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Tapioca Starch

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        A soft, white powder and often a replacement for talc in body powders. It has great oil absorbing qualities and gives formulas more richness.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Glycerin

        Aka: Glycerol

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Moisturizer

        This natural moisturizer is a super star. It can be naturally found in our skin and its use in skincare is super common. Aside from a moisturizer it keeps the stuff between our cells healthy. Glycerin is also a super ingredient for treating dry skin.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Ascorbic Acid

        Aka: Vitamin C

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Skin Brightening

        The Beyoncé under the ingredients. It boosts the skins own collagen production and fades pigmentation and brown spots. It's a very good ingredient combined with antioxidant Vitamin E. Please note: Ascorbic Acid can oxidize quickly when it comes into contact with light or air so close that jar/tube quickly after use.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Skin Brightening

        Ingredients that help fade brown spots and pigmentation caused by sun damage.

        Oryzanol

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Derived from rice bran oil, this natural ingredient has strong antioxidant effects.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil

        Aka: Mandarin Orange Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        This oil from the peel of the mandarin orange is a great fragrant ingredient, that has antioxidant effects as well. It smells nice, but keep in mind citrus ingredients may irritate sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Polymethylsilsesquioxane

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A silicone type texture enhancer that makes the formula soft and acts as a (temporary) filler for fine lines.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Sodium Hyaluronate

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Moisturizer

        This natural ingredient is one of the most common thickeners and emulsion stabilizers. It makes the formula more gel-like and sticky.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Jasminum Officinale Flower Extract

        Aka: Jasmin Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Jasmin extract is mostly used for perfuming, but it can also be used for its antibacterial effects in the treatments of skin infections (like psoriasis).

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Lavandula Hybrida Flower Oil

        Aka: Lavender extract

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Mostly used for its lavender floral smell, but this extract can also help with reducing stretch marks or other skin issues.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Benzyl Benzoate

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Perfuming

        Antibacterial

        A fragrant ingredient with a sweet balsamic smell and antibacterial effects that can be used as a solvent as well. Be careful with sensitive skin as it can cause irritation.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Limonene

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Solvent

        Deodorant

        Mainly used as a fragrant ingredient because of its pleasant smell. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Deodorant

        Ingredients that camouflage bad smell caused by sweating.

        Squalane

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Emollient

        Squalane is hot and we know why. First of all, it's a nice and stable oily liquid with a long shelf life (the length of time for which an item remains usable). Second, it's a super moisturizer that makes your skin smooth. And last but not least, it's for every skin type (e.g. it's perfect for skin with acne).

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Cetearyl Alcohol

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        This fatty alcohol (the good type that is non-drying) softens skin and hair and is often used to thicken and stabilize skincare products.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Cetyl Phosphate

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        A beige powder that helps oil and water mix nicely, often used in skincare products and sunscreen formulas.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Glycine Soja Oil

        Aka: Soybean Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        An ingredient derived from the soybean. It's rich in protein, minerals and vitamins (especially Vitamin E). Mostly used in bath oil and soaps as it's moisturizing and skin firming.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Arginine

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        This acid is one of the primary building blocks of hair keratin and skin collagen. It's a natural moisturizer and hydrator and also helps to speed up wound healing.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Myristyl Myristate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A waxy emollient that leaves skin velvety smooth and also gives body to the formula. If you are prone to acne, be careful as it may clog pores.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Phenoxyethanol

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A safe and gentle preservative that can be used in many skincare formulas. (as it works on a wide range of pH levels).

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Carbomer

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        A very commonly used molecule that turns a liquid into a nice non-sticky gel formula.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters

        Aka: Safflower Oil / Ω6 Ceramide

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Moisturizer

        A very good ingredient when your skin is damaged as it has great barrier repairing effects and soothes skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Benzoic Acid

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A preservative that is gentle on the skin and doesn't irritate. Usually it's mixed with other preservatives.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Glyceryl Laurate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Emulsifying

        Derived from glycerin, this acid works as an emulsifier and emollient - making the skin soft and smooth.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Tocopherol

        Aka: Vitamin E

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        The best fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin and therefore easy to absorb. It protects against UVB rays, makes skin smooth and is a super hero when it comes to protecting the skin cells against free-radicals that are out to destroy collagen (the protein that makes our skin nice, firm and plumped). The 'd' before alpha indicates that this product contains the natural form (instead of the synthetic derived Vitamin E). The 'alpha' indicates that this type of tocopherol is the most active one with the best antioxidant qualities.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Cananga Odorata Flower Oil

        Aka: Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A fragrant ingredient with a nice smell, relaxing and calming. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil

        Aka: Rose Geranium Flower Essential Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        An essential oil coming from the flowers of Rose Geranium and mostly used for its nice smell. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Dehydroacetic Acid

        Aka: Geogard 111A

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A preservative ingredient that keeps the formula in tact and also fights fungi and bacteria.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Rosa Damascena Flower Extract

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A fragrant ingredient derived from pink rose. It has skin-soothing and antixodidant effects and the smell is very relaxing. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Benzyl Salicylate

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Perfuming

        Antibacterial

        A fragrant ingredient with a sweet balsamic smell and antibacterial effects that can also be used as a solvent. Be careful with sensitive skin as it can cause irritation.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Citronellol

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A very common rosy fragrant ingredient. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Farnesol

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        A mix of essential oils that are used to improve the smell of cosmetic products. As with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Phospholipids

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Emollient

        A type of fatty acid that can be found in cells. It's usually used in skincare as an emollient and skin-identical ingredient.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate

        Aka: Fermented Radish Root

        Purpose(s): Antibacterial

        Preservative

        This natural preservative is derived from radishes fermented with a bacteria with which they make kimchi (yes, the Korean dish). It also has antibacterial effects.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Retinol

        Aka: Vitamin A

        Purpose(s): Cell-communicating ingredient

        Bye bye fine lines. This is the ingredient to use for anti-aging effects: It de-wrinkles and makes skin smoother and more firm. It's also a good ingredient to use when you have acne since it reduces the production of sebum.

        Cell-communicating ingredient

        Ingredients that communicate to skin cells how to perform and do better.

        EDTA

        Aka: EthyleneDiamineTetraacetic Acid

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        A chelating ingredient that can stick to metal ions (usually in water) and make them more gentle in the formula.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Ethylhexylglycerin

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A natural preservative that boosts the success of phenoxyethanol (other preservative). And bonus: It feels nice on your skin.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Propanediol

        Aka: Zemea

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Moisturizer

        An Ecocert approved natural moisturizer and solvent coming from corn sugar.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Alcohol Denat

        Purpose(s): Antibacterial

        Solvent

        Astringent

        " This one is a multitasker with a lot of good purposes, but it's debated that alcohol can be drying for sensitive skin so we recommend to test a sample on your hand first. "

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Astringent

        These ingredients cause contraction of the skin. In skincare astringents (or toners) are often used to tone the skin and make it firm by tightening the pores.

        Lactic Acid

        Aka: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)

        Purpose(s): Exfoliant

        Moisturizer

        Only love. This is a very popular AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which exfoliates, hydrates, improves firmness and reduces fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

        Exfoliant

        Good ingredients that remove dead skin cells to make skin soft and smooth.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Azelaic Acid

        Purpose(s): Anti-acne

        Soothing

        Buffering

        This can be your skin changer. A great ingredient if you have acne or rosacea: It's antibacterial, regulates sebum production in pores and helps with melasma.

        Anti-acne

        Good ingredients that fight acne. Most of the time they're also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Salicylic Acid

        Aka: BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid)

        Purpose(s): Exfoliant

        Anti-acne

        Soothing

        A must if you have problem and oily skin: It exfoliates deeply (also in the pores), treats blackheads, large pores and is great in combination with Azelaic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide for the treatment of acne.

        Exfoliant

        Good ingredients that remove dead skin cells to make skin soft and smooth.

        Anti-acne

        Good ingredients that fight acne. Most of the time they're also antibacertial and anti-inflammatory.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Sodium Lactate

        Purpose(s): Buffering

        Moisturizer

        This is the natural Ecocert approved sodium version of Lactic Acid. Great for moisturizing and also a good buffering ingredient.

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Lactobionic Acid

        Aka: PHA (Poly Hydroxy Acid)

        Purpose(s): Exfoliant

        Buffering

        A must try! The sister of Gluconolactone, also a PHA and referred to as ‘the next generation AHA’. It has all the pros of an AHA without causing any irritation. It exfoliates, moisturizes and protects the skin.

        Exfoliant

        Good ingredients that remove dead skin cells to make skin soft and smooth.

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Phytic Acid

        Purpose(s): Skin Brightening

        Chelating

        Not really an acid, more of a plant extract with antioxidant effects. Usually used in a formula to keep it stable.

        Skin Brightening

        Ingredients that help fade brown spots and pigmentation caused by sun damage.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Benzyl Alcohol

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        Perfuming

        Solvent

        A good gentle preservative coming from fruits and tea.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Cetearyl Glucoside

        Purpose(s): Emulsifying

        Cleansing

        An emulsifier ingredient coming from coconut and corn sugar. Its liquid crystal structure supports the skin's natural oil and moisture balance. It will make your skin super soft and smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil

        Aka: Rosemary Leaf Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Antibacterial

        An essential oil coming from the rosemary herb and a great antioxidant with antibacterial effects. Sensitive skin? Be careful with this ingredient.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil

        Aka: Roman Chamomile Flower Oil

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        An essential oil coming from chamomile with soothing effects.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Bentonite

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Absorbent

        Emulsion stabilising

        This ingredient helps clear bacteria and draws toxins out of skin and pores. It can also help to calm skin infections, soothe skin allergies like psoriasis and eczema.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Kaolin

        Aka: Clay

        Purpose(s): Scrub

        Colorant

        Absorbent

        A clay type that cleanses and exfoliates your skin and removes dead skin cells.

        Scrub

        Small bulky parts in scrubs that exfoliate and polish your skin.

        Colorant

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Behenyl Alcohol

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        Used as a thickener and emulsifier to help mix oil and water.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil

        Aka: Bergamot Fruit Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        An essential oil coming from the Bergamot Orange, commonly used for its scent.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Hydrogenated Castor Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Emulsifying

        Viscosity controlling

        A chemical version of Castor Oil which is mostly used for its soothing, moisturizing and emulsifying properties.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Sodium Hydroxide

        Aka: lye

        Purpose(s): Buffering

        Often used to hold the pH of a product.

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Sodium Hydroxide

        Aka: lye

        Purpose(s): Buffering

        Often used to hold the pH of a product.

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Protease

        Purpose(s): Enzyme

        Anti-Acne

        Exfoliant

        An protein-digesting enzyme that also exfoliates, promotes cell regeneration, and minimizes skin imperfections.

        Enzyme

        Biological molecules (mostly proteins) that speed up the rate of chemical reactions within cells.

        Anti-Acne

        Good ingredients that fight acne. Most of the time they're also antibacertial and anti-inflammatory.

        Exfoliant

        Good ingredients that remove dead skin cells to make skin soft and smooth.

        Subtilisin

        Purpose(s): Enzyme

        An enzyme that stimulates the breakdown of proteins to help dissolve dead skin cells.

        Enzyme

        Biological molecules (mostly proteins) that speed up the rate of chemical reactions within cells.

        Mentha Piperita Oil

        Aka: Peppermint Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        This essential oil comes from flowerly peppermint sprigs. It contains menthol which makes it refreshing and cooling, but it can be sensitive to the skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Citral

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Mostly used as a fragrance ingredient. It is synthetic and can cause skin irritations, so it is best to avoid this component if you have a sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Mica

        Aka: CI 77019

        Mica powder reflects light from the face because of its glittering or shimmering properties. It can also create the illusion of a smoother, softer and more radiant skin tone.

        Iron Oxide

        Aka: CI 77491

        Purpose(s): Colorant

        A very common red colorant.

        Colorant

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Titanium Dioxide

        Aka: CI 77891

        Purpose(s): Colorant

        A very common white colorant.

        Colorant

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Perfluorohexane

        Aka: Part of Fiflow blends

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Ingredient built up of fluorine and carbon, mainly used as a solvent.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Perfluorodecalin

        Aka: Part of Fiflow blends

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Ingredient built up of fluorine and carbon, mainly used as a solvent.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene

        Aka: Part of Fiflow blends

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Ingredient built up of fluorine and carbon, mainly used as a solvent.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Oxygen

        Purpose(s): Antibacterial

        Emollient

        It's antibacterial and stimulates collagen production. It is also good to strengthen the elasticity of the skin.

        Antibacterial

        These ingredients prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses on your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Pullulan

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Viscosity controlling

        Mostly used as a thickner and antioxidant in anti-aging products, because of its ability to instantly tighten the skin.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Ingredient built up of fluorine and carbon, mainly used as a solvent.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Palmaria Palmata Extract

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emolient

        An antioxidant and emollient that helps to improve blood and lymph circulation to promote brighter skin.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emolient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Synthetic Sapphire

        Purpose(s): Colorant

        A coloring ingredient.

        Colorant

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

        Aka: Synthetic Mica

        Purpose(s): Colorant

        A synthetic version of Mica used for its shimmering and filler properties to enhance skin tone.

        Colorant

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Rosa Centifolia Flower Water

        Moisturizes dry skin, cleanses your pores, reduces redness and can be used to get rid of acne.

        Polyacrylic Acid

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        A texture enhancer that helps bind the ingredients and prevents the formula from seperating.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Sodium Dehydroacetate

        Aka: Geogard 111S

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        Used in products to extend their shelf life.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Potassium Sorbate

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        Used in products to extend their shelf life.

        Preservative

        Used in products to extend their shelf life.

        Tetrasodium EDTA

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        Used to keep the formula stable for a longer time.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Ethyl Acetate

        Aka: Cyclohexane

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Solvent

        A colorless liquid with a sweet smell frequently often used in nail polish removers and as a solvent.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Acrylic Acid

        Aka: Glyceryl Acrylate

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emollient

        A thickening ingredient that also hydrates by drawing water to the skin.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Red 40

        Aka: CI 16035

        Purpose(s): Coloring

        A very common red colorant.

        Coloring

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Yellow 5

        Aka: CI 19140

        Purpose(s): Coloring

        A very common yellow colorant.

        Coloring

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Blue 1

        Aka: CI 42090

        Purpose(s): Coloring

        A very common blue colorant.

        Coloring

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Sodium Polyacrylate

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        This product has major water binding abilities. In cosmetics it is mostly used as a thickner or an emulsifier.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Butylene Glycol

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Solvent

        Helps the product to absorb faster into the skin. Often used in products to improve the way a formula feels on the skin.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Hydrolyzed Collagen

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Moisturizer

        Super hero! It enhances the appearance of dry and damaged skin by restoring flexibility and improves skin smoothness, elasticity, moisture, and slows down the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Caffeine

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        As nice as your morning coffee. On your skin it has soothing and antioxidant properties. By narrowing blood vessels and calming the skin, caffeine can temporarily reduce under-eye bags, winning! It can also wake up tired eyes by reducing the appearance of dark circles.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Vitamin C

        Aka: Ascorbic Acid

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Skin brightening

        The Beyoncé under the ingredients. It boosts the skins own collagen production and fades pigmentation and brown spots. It's a very good ingredient combined with antioxidant Vitamin E. Please note: Ascorbic Acid can oxidize quickly when it comes into contact with light or air so close that jar/tube quickly after use.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Skin brightening

        Ingredients that help fade brown spots and pigmentation caused by sun damage.

        Vitamin E

        Aka: Tocopherol

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        The best fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin and therefore easy to absorb. It protects against UVB rays, makes skin smooth and is a super hero when it comes to protecting the skin cells against free-radicals that are out to destroy collagen (the protein that makes our skin nice, firm and plumped). The 'd' before alpha indicates that this product contains the natural form (instead of the synthetic derived Vitamin E). The 'alpha' indicates that this type of tocopherol is the most active one with the best antioxidant qualities.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Avena Sativa Extract

        Aka: Oat Kernel Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Soothing

        Emollient

        Used for its anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and soothing properties on the skin. May ease a variety of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Aroma

        Aka: Flavor

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Just another word for fragrance. Always be careful when you have very sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Aqua

        Aka: Water, H2O

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        The most common skincare ingredient out there: water! Water is mainly used as a solvent for ingredients that don't like to dissolve in oils. Once water is inside the skin it hydrates, but putting water for too long on the skin it may cause dryness (think about your long hot baths).

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Kassou Ekisu

        Aka: Red Algae Extract

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        This extract is packed with vitamins and minerals from seaweed your skin will love. It softens, soothes and hydrates the skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Betaine

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        It helps the skin retain its moisture due to its molecular structure and ability to bond with hydrogen. This ingredient is also known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Aloe Yohjyu Matsu Ekisu

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Moisturizer

        This ingredient is good for dry, rough skin. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Rosa Rugosa Leaf Extract

        Aka: Genus Rosa

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Extract from the Rosa Rubiginosa rose and used for it's nice smell.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Trehalose

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        A type of sugar found in plants. It is used in formulas as a moisturizer and it also has water binding properties.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Hyaluronic Acid

        Purpose(s): Skin-identical ingredient

        Moisturizer

        Super hero status! It's naturally in our skin and kind of like a sponge. It helps increase skin moisture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also soothes redness and improves the skins elasticity, helping your skin to look healthy, young and glowy.

        Skin-identical ingredient

        Very good ingredients that are already in your skin or mimic those. For example, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that keep your skin hydrated and Ceramides and Cholesterol that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract

        Aka: Roman Chamomile Flower Extract

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        This ingredient is commonly used to relieve inflammatory skin conditions and calm sensitive skin. It provides some antioxidant protection and can be used to soothe and moisturize.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Butanediol

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        It helps the skin retain its moisture due to its molecular structure and ability to bond with hydrogen. This ingredient is also known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Ethyl Hexylglycerin

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A natural preservative that boosts the success of phenoxyethanol (other preservative). And bonus: It feels nice on your skin.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Glyceryl Polymethacrylate

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        It creates a protective barrier on the skin that prevents water loss and keeps the skin nice and moisturized.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Aloe Barbadensise Leaf Juice

        Aka: Aloe Vera

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        Moisturizer

        The magic plant! Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Bisabolol

        Aka: Alpha-Bisabolol

        Purpose(s): Soothing

        This clear, fluid oil is derived from chamomile and is often used in skincare because of its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Hydroxyethylcellulose

        Aka: HEC

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Commonly used in the cosmetics and hair products because of its thickening properties.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Triethanolamine

        Purpose(s): Buffering

        Mainly used to balance the overall pH of a product.

        Buffering

        Ingredients that create the right pH value for a formula.

        Volcanic Soil

        Purpose(s): Scrub

        Absorbent

        Its superpower is its ability to draw impurities away from the skin. Great to use on dry and oily skin and also pampers the acne-prone skin.

        Scrub

        Small bulky parts in scrubs that exfoliate and polish your skin.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil

        Aka: Macadamia Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Golden yellow oil coming from the Macadamia nut. It's full of nourishing fatty acids that keep skin soft and supple. Perfect for dry or chapped skin as it softens and moisturizes.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Dimethicone

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        One of the most common used silicones out there. It gives your skin a soft finish and gloss and creates a protective barrier to hold in moisture. Also used for filling up fine lines and wrinkles to make your skin look smooth and plump. That's why it's often used in primer products.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Trimethylsiloxysilicate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Who doesn't loves make-up that lasts? This solid silicone makes sure it does by creating a non-sticky protective film over your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Glyceryl Behenate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Emulsifying

        A vegetable, Ecocert trio combination of glycerin, behenic acid and di- and triglyceride that creates a very soft, non-sticky, waterfree gelly product. It also has emulsifying effects.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Polysilicone-11

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A rubber-like silicone type that creates a nice, non-sticky, powdery film on your skin to make it feel soft and smooth.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Acrylates Crosspolymer

        Purpose(s): Absorbent

        Emulsifying

        Viscosity controlling

        This ingredient is a thickener, texture enhancer, and emulsifier. In gels and emulsions it leaves a smooth and glossy feel.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        C10-18 Triglycerides

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Solvent

        This mix of solid and liquid oils is often used in skincare formulas, such as concealer, eye cream and sunscreen, as an emollient and solvent.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Viscosity controlling

        This solid, white, coconut derived fatty acid has a neutral smell and is often used as an emollient and to keep the consistency of a formula.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Prunus Armeniaca Apricot Kernel Oil

        Aka: Apricot Kernel Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Contains healthy fatty acids that keep skin smooth and hydrated and can even help manage skin conditions such as eczema or acne.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Olea Europaea Olive Fruit Oil

        Aka: Olive Fruit Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emollient

        This olive plant oil really penetrates the skin preventing moisture loss and giving it a silky smooth softness.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Polysorbate 20

        Purpose(s): emulsifying

        cleansing

        This ingredient helps to mix oil and water in the formula.

        emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        cleansing

        Ingredients that are both water and oil loving, so they are often used in cleansers or products that spread bubbles.

        Chitin

        Purpose(s): Scrub

        Soothing

        Found in the outer skeletons of shrimp, lobster and crab. Studies show it can help restore and soothe skin.

        Scrub

        Small bulky parts in scrubs that exfoliate and polish your skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Rubus Idaeus Raspberry Fruit Extract

        Aka: Raspberry Extract

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Soothing

        This can do lots for your skin! It fights discolloration and loss of firmness and it helps the skin defend itself against UVB light. If you have very sensitive skin however, you might want to be careful with this ingredient.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Mentha Piperita Peppermint Oil

        Aka: Peppermint Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        This essential oil comes from flowerly peppermint sprigs. It contains menthol which makes it refreshing and cooling, but it can be sensitive to the skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Ethylhexylglycering

        Purpose(s): Preservative

        A natural preservative that boosts the success of phenoxyethanol (other preservative). And bonus: It feels nice on your skin.

        Preservative

        Ingredients that preserve the formula. They are not the most skin friendly, but they are only used in tiny amounts and without it your product will quickly expire.

        Collagen

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Your body produces less collagen as you get older, which results in fine lines and wrinkles. In skincare, collagen is normally fish derived and can amazingly improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and increase skin moisture.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Macadamia Nut Oil

        Aka: Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Golden yellow oil coming from the Macadamia nut. It's full of nourishing fatty acids that keep skin soft and supple. Perfect for dry or chapped skin as it softens and moisturizes.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Butandiol

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        Used in cosmetics to increase the skin penetration of a formula and as a solvent.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Aloe Vera

        Aka: Aloe Barbadensise Leaf Juice

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Soothing

        Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Grape Seed Oil

        Aka: Vitis Vinifera Grape Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Emollient

        A nice plant oil derived from grape seeds. This lightweight oil makes your skin feel extremely smooth. Also, it's a great source of the antioxidants and skin-protector Vitamin E and lionoleic acid, a fatty acid that repairs the skin barrier.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Licorice Root Extract

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Soothing

        Discoloration or pigmentation? This extract is the way to go. The ingredient also has shown to possess anti-inflammatory and soothing effects making it perfect for sensitive skin.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Rose Flower Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        It can have soothing and antioxidant effects on the skin, however as with all perfuming ingredients, be careful with sensitive skin.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Rosemary Extract

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        This ingredient has antioxidant properties and works calming on this skin. Unlike Rosemary Oil, the extract version has a small chance of irritating sensitive skin because it doesn't contain much fragrance components.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Gold

        Aka: Ci 77480

        Purpose(s): Colorant

        Used as a colorant, it makes skin glowy and youthful. But studies show it has many more benefits like increasing skin's elasticity, calming the skin and preventing premature aging.

        Colorant

        Gives a nice color to the formula.

        Caprylhydroxamix Acid

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        Helps to preserve the product by neutralizing the metal ions in the formula.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Deionized Water

        Aka: H2O

        Purpose(s): Solvent

        The most common skincare ingredient out there: water! Water is mainly used as a solvent for ingredients that don't like to dissolve in oils. Once water is inside the skin it hydrates, but putting water for too long on the skin it may cause dryness (think about your long hot baths). Deionized water is water that has been treated to remove all ions.

        Solvent

        Ingredients that absorb other ingredients in the composition of the product.

        Prunus Creases Bitter Cherry Extract

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        This antioxidant defends the skin from pollutants. It also has skin-calming benefits.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Erythorbic Acid

        Aka: Vitamin C

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        This synthetic version of Ascorbic Acid aka Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and can also be used as a fragrant ingredient.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Caprylhydroxamic Acid

        Purpose(s): Chelating

        Helps to preserve the product by neutralizing the metal ions in the formula.

        Chelating

        These helper ingredients react to metal ions and are usually in a product to keep the formula stable.

        Glyceryl Caprylate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Emulsifying

        Mostly used as a stabilizer in formulas that contain both water and oil. It is produced from various vegetable oils and can also act as a humidifier to the skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Emulsifying

        Ingredients that bind other ingredients who normally don't like to mix, say oil and water.

        Diisostearyl Malate

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        This is an organic ester (derived from an acid) and mostly found in products for its moisturizing properties. It is therefore most commonly used in lipsticks.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Microcrystalline Wax

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Emulsion stabilising

        A type of wax used in formulas to bind the product and as a viscosity controller, but also believed to have moisturizing effects.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter

        Aka: Shea Butter

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Shea Butter, we love it. It's a natural butter that comes from the seeds of the African Shea tree and is used in skincare as a magic moisturizer and emollient. But it does more than making your skin feel soft and smooth: It protects from external factors (e.g. UV rays) and is rich in antioxidants (e.g. Vitamin A, E, F).

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Euphorbia Cerifera Candelilla Wax

        Aka: Candelilla Wax

        Purpose(s): Emulsion stabilising

        Viscosity controlling

        Astringent

        A vegetable wax that's used to stabilize the formula, give it more body and keep it nice and sticky. Because of its glossy finish it's great for lip products.

        Emulsion stabilising

        These helper ingredients keep the formula stable and prevent water and oil from separating over time.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Astringent

        These ingredients cause contraction of the skin. In skincare astringents (or toners) are often used to tone the skin and make it firm by tightening the pores.

        Garcinia Indica Seed Butter

        Aka: Kokum Butter

        Purpose(s): Moisturizer

        Very moisturizing and rich in essential fatty acids, which works wonders for dry and cracked skin or even scars and stretch marks. It also promotes elasticity of the skin and softens deeply.

        Moisturizer

        These ingredients help your skin to retain water so your skin feels hydrated and moisturized.

        Silica

        Purpose(s): Viscosity controlling

        Absorbent

        This is the white powdery component you find in glass and sand. It's often used in formulas because of its oil-absorbing qualities and to keep skin matte. Also used in cosmetics to thicken the formula.

        Viscosity controlling

        These ingredients help to thicken the texture of a product.

        Absorbent

        These ingredients remove excess oil and water from your skin.

        Copernicia Cerifera Carnauba Wax

        Aka: Carnauba Wax

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        A vegetable wax coming from the tree of a Brazilian tropical palm, the Copernica Cerifera. It's perfect for thickening skin care products and when used in cosmetics, it gives the product a smooth application and glossy finish. When applied to the skin it works as an emollient to soften the skin.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil

        Aka: Moringa Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        The oil coming from the seeds of the Moringa tree. It's rich in fatty acids and is a good moisturizer.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Vanillin

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        Derived from vanilla and is commonly used as a flavoring agent. However, when applied to the skin, it can have great anti-aging and antioxidant benefits.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Gossypium Herbaceum Cotton Seed Oil

        Aka: Cotton Seed Oil

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        A good and affordable antioxidant, commonly used in cleansers. It has beneficial effects on the skin and does not have a strong smell.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.

        Aleurites Moluccana Kukui Seed Oil

        Aka: Kukui Nut Oil

        Purpose(s): Emollient

        Soothing

        Traditionally used by the Hawaiians to soothe sunburn and a very nice moisturizer with rich fatty acids that is absorbed very well by the skin. It also has soothing and wound healing benefits.

        Emollient

        A good ingredient that makes your skin feel soft and oh so smooth.

        Soothing

        Soothing ingredients lighten discomfort of the skin, are anti-inflammatory, slow down the skin's aging process and help with common sensitive skin discomforts (e.g. acne, rosacea).

        Mentha Spicata Spearmint Oil

        Aka: Spearmint Oil

        Purpose(s): Perfuming

        Spearmint oil has a lot of beneficial properties for the skin like soothing and relieving itchiness. However, you might want to be careful with this ingredient when having sensitive skin, just like with all mineral oils.

        Perfuming

        Gives the product a nice smell. No magic.

        Tocopheryl Acetate

        Aka: Vitamin E

        Purpose(s): Antioxidant

        The best fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin and therefore easy to absorb. It protects against UVB rays, makes skin smooth and is a super hero when it comes to protecting the skin cells against free-radicals that are out to destroy collagen (the protein that makes our skin nice, firm and plumped). The 'd' before alpha indicates that this product contains the natural form (instead of the synthetic derived Vitamin E). The 'alpha' indicates that this type of tocopherol is the most active one with the best antioxidant qualities.

        Antioxidant

        A good ingredient that helps your skin fight against collagen-damaging free radicals that try to age your skin.