Collosol, Bioderma, Embryolisse, Caudalie

The French Pharmacy Routine

step 1: Cleanse 2: Remove residue & Tone 3: Moisturize 4: Face Mist

For beauty editors, models and other skincare obsessives a trip to France is not complete without emptying the French Pharmacy. In case you didn’t know (poor you), this is a beauty ‘paradis’ full of effective, gentle, science-backed beauty. A cult institution that is hyped far beyond the Moulin Rouge. And since you are aware now of this not so big secret - we bring you the ultimate 4-step French Pharmacy skincare routine. 

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The French Pharmacy Routine

4-step French Pharmacy skincare routine to give you that desirable ‘je ne sais quoi’ glow that cool Parisian girls like Caroline de Maigret and Jeanne Damas rock. 

Benefits Collosol Cleansing Milk (step 1)  

  • Removes all traces of face make-up without an oily and sticky finish
  • Leaves skin cleansed and velvety soft
  • Calms, refreshes and hydrates the skin
  • Easy to use with cotton pads (no rinsing needed)


      Benefits Bioderma Sensibio H2O (step 2)  

      • 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


      Benefits Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (step 3)  

      • Boosts dull and grey-looking skin
      • Restores harmony of the skin, nourishes dryness and protects your complexion from environmental aggressors
      • Leaves skin plumped, hydrated, dewy and super soft
      • Retains moisture and accelerates cell renewal
      • Can also be used for post-shaving care


      Benefits Caudalie Beauty Elixir (step 4)  

      • Smoothes fine lines and creases
      • Tightens and minimizes pores
      • Tones the skin and preps it for make-up
      • Setting spray for make-up
      • Gives a burst of radiance and peps up the skin

        Full ingredient list Collosol Cleansing Milk - Click ingredient for explanation
        Water, Paraffinum Liquidum, Sodium Ricinoleate, Colophonium, Parfum, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Styrene DVB Copolymer, PEG 20 Oleate, EDTA, Methyl Chloro-Isothiazolinone, Methyl Isothiazolinone 

        Full ingredient list Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Click ingredient for explanation
        Water, Peg 6 Caprylic Glycerides, Fructooligosaccharides, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Cucumis Sativus Cucumber Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Disodium EDTA 

        Full ingredient list Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré - Click ingredient for explanation
        Water, Paraffinum Liquidum, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Cera Alba, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii, Steareth-10, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis, 1-2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Parfum

        Full ingredient list Caudalie Beauty Elixir - Click ingredient for explanation
        Water, Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Amara, Parfum, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Potassium Alum, Glycerin, Mentha Piperita Peppermint Oil, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Melissa Officinalis Balm Mint Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Vitis Vinifera Grape Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol

        Step 1: Collosol Cleansing Milk
        The fresh, gentle secret to the perfect cleansing routine, morning and night. Collosol Cleansing Milk cleanses and refreshes and adds just a hint of fragrance, for a unique daily beauty routine.

        Step 2: Bioderma Sensibio H2O
        Morning and/or evening – 7 days a week. Soak a cotton pad with Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Gently cleanse and/or remove make-up from your face and eyes. Re-apply until the cotton pad becomes clean. Follow up with your serum or moisturizer. 

        Step 3: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
        Apply to clean skin as a day and night cream. Use as a make-up primer to enhance the complexion and ensure long-lasting make-up coverage. Skin showing signs of dehydration and feeling tight? Use as a beauty mask and apply a thick layer to the skin for 15 minutes or more.

        Step 4: Caudalie Beauty Elixir
        Shake before use. Close your eyes and spritz onto your face and décolleté, taking a moment to breathe in the scent before opening your eyes. 
        Tip: Keep it on your desk and in your handbag and re-apply during the day.

        4-step French Pharmacy skincare routine to give you that desirable ‘je ne sais quoi’ glow that cool Parisian girls like Caroline de Maigret and Jeanne Damas rock. 

        Benefits Collosol Cleansing Milk (step 1)  

        • Removes all traces of face make-up without an oily and sticky finish
        • Leaves skin cleansed and velvety soft
        • Calms, refreshes and hydrates the skin
        • Easy to use with cotton pads (no rinsing needed)


            Benefits Bioderma Sensibio H2O (step 2)  

            • 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


            Benefits Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (step 3)  

            • Boosts dull and grey-looking skin
            • Restores harmony of the skin, nourishes dryness and protects your complexion from environmental aggressors
            • Leaves skin plumped, hydrated, dewy and super soft
            • Retains moisture and accelerates cell renewal
            • Can also be used for post-shaving care


            Benefits Caudalie Beauty Elixir (step 4)  

            • Smoothes fine lines and creases
            • Tightens and minimizes pores
            • Tones the skin and preps it for make-up
            • Setting spray for make-up
            • Gives a burst of radiance and peps up the skin

              Full ingredient list Collosol Cleansing Milk - Click ingredient for explanation
              Water, Paraffinum Liquidum, Sodium Ricinoleate, Colophonium, Parfum, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Styrene DVB Copolymer, PEG 20 Oleate, EDTA, Methyl Chloro-Isothiazolinone, Methyl Isothiazolinone 

              Full ingredient list Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Click ingredient for explanation
              Water, Peg 6 Caprylic Glycerides, Fructooligosaccharides, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Cucumis Sativus Cucumber Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Disodium EDTA 

              Full ingredient list Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré - Click ingredient for explanation
              Water, Paraffinum Liquidum, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Cera Alba, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii, Steareth-10, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis, 1-2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Parfum

              Full ingredient list Caudalie Beauty Elixir - Click ingredient for explanation
              Water, Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Amara, Parfum, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Potassium Alum, Glycerin, Mentha Piperita Peppermint Oil, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Melissa Officinalis Balm Mint Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Vitis Vinifera Grape Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol

              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).