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Ingredient Glossary

Ingredient Glossary

155 ingredients

COMMON NAME INCI NAME FUNCTION (WHAT IT IS) BENEFIT (WHAT IT DOES)
Acai Oil Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil Oil expressed from the Acai berry. Extremely high in antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamins and minerals. (Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, iron, potassium and calcium) Deeply hydrating to skin and hair due to beneficial omegas. Antioxidants preserve connective tissues like collagen.
Acacia Gum Acacia Senegal Gum Edible hardened sap of the acacia tree. Gum which thickens and reduces the surface tension of liquids – making it feel excellent on both hair and skin. Especially useful in hair spray as film former.
Agave Agave Americana Leaf Extract A natural sweetener derived from the agave plant. Used as an alternative to sugar, it has a low-glycemic index. Traditionally used by Aztecs to treat wounds. Thought to be immune boosting and helpful in blood sugar regulation.
Alcohol Alcohol Denat. Grain Alcohol Derived from the fermentation of Certified Organic Corn. Used as a solvent for oils. Has anti-bacterial properties, good for purifying personal environments as it evaporates faster than water.
Aloe Juice Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Extract from a desert growing succulent plant, beneficial vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and natural sugars all of which are known to reduce inflammation. Cools, calms and aids the body. Can be applied topically or consumed orally. Traditionally used to accelerate and aid in the healing of skin. Light film former which helps in the styling of hair.
Apple Juice Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice and Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Juice Juice which comes from the pressing of apples. Nutritionally high in Vitamin C and polyphenols (antioxidants). Has a variety of essential nutrients and vitamins which aid in immunity.
Apricot Kernel Oil Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil Extracted from the kernel (pit) of an apricot it contains oleic fatty acid (mono-unsaturated Omega-9) and Linoleic fatty acid (unsaturated Omega-6). Used to improve scalp condition, condition hair and nourish skin.
Avocado Oil Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Pressed from the pulp surrounding the pit. Healthful ratio of saturated and unsaturated fats. Softens skin, moisturizing and conditioning to skin and hair. Clinically studied to significantly increase the amount of collagen in the skin.
Beeswax Beeswax/Cera Alba Created by bees, this thick wax is the primary component of a honeycomb. Helps to build volume, thickness and seal in moisture in hair, while it helps to smooth and moisturize lips and skin.
Behentrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride Rapeseed based anti-static conditioning ingredient. Provides nourishment to hair – tames frizz and split ends.
Behenyl Alcohol Behenyl Alcohol Rapeseed derived fatty alcohol used to thicken and help emulsify oils. Helps to build the emulsion and aids in spreadability throughout hair.
Black Cumin Seed Aqueous (Water/Aqua) Extracts: Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Intellimune Seed Meal Complex – The perfect companion to the antioxidants found in the Intellimune Seed Oil Complex. After the oil has been cold pressed from the seeds, the water-soluble antioxidants (like polyphenols and flavonoids) are infused into this formula. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin. Topical application of both oil and water antioxidants is overwhelmingly beneficial to skin.
Black Cumin Seed Oil Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil Intellimune Seed Oil Complex – A powerful blend of high antioxidant oils. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin.
Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil Oil extracted from seeds gathered in South East Asia. High in antioxidants and beneficial to skin and hair. Protects against environmental aggressors due to high level of antioxidants.
Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum) Tonifying, stimulates digestion, assists in emotional uplift.
Carnauba Wax Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba Shiny wax which comes from palm leaves. Contains beneficial antioxidants. Sustainably sourced. Film former, fixative, shine enhancer in hair care and skincare products.
Carob Bean Ceratonia Siliquia (Carob Bean) Gum Water loving polysaccharide vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the large evergreen Carob Tree. Also called Locust bean gum, used in food production. A natural thickener and stabilizer used in cosmetic and food formulas.
Castor Oil Castor Oil and Castor Seed Oil Extracted from castor seeds, an oil with minimal smell and taste. Ideal for use on the body – its low molecular weight allows it to be absorbed into the skin for a deeply softening and conditioning effect.
Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria) Stress relieving, calming, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-allergenic, hepato-regenerative, neutralizes endotoxins, antiphogistic, good before sleep.
Cetearyl Alcohol Cetearyl Alcohol A fatty alcohol found in plant cells. Used as a plant based foam boosting surfactant. Also acts as an emollient to skin and hair. Smoothes and tames fly away hair.
Cetearyl Glucoside Cetearyl Glucoside Fatty alcohol derived from corn and coconut oil. Helps skin and hair retain moisture leaving a velvety feel while providing a smooth product consistency.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) Biblical oil, general tonic, antiviral, antiseptic, circulatory stimulant, counteracts enzyme deficiency in digestive tract, assists in intestinal infections, urinary infections, dental ailments, aphrodisiac, aides in blood sugar regulation.
Citric Acid Citric Acid Naturally found in citrus fruits like lemons and limes. Contains Vitamin C (an antioxidant) and has a high pH. pH adjuster—added to formulas to maintain consistent pH.
Cocoa Butter Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter Fat extracted from cacao seeds. Contains polyphenols and other nutrients. Highly concentrated, readily absorbs into skin to help in the creation of a moisture barrier.
Cocoglucoside Cocoglucoside Coconut, palm, and glucose derived ultra-mild surfactant system. Interacts with water to create bubbles to wash away dirt and oil from hair and skin.
Coconut Oil Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Oil produced in the shredding/squeezing of the Coconut kernel. Commonly used in cooking and in cosmetics rich in lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. Many health benefits, has been studied for proper digestion, improving metabolism, and increasing immunity. Helps to soothe dry skin/ scalp and mend split ends.
Coffee Oil Coffee Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil Oil expressed from the crushing of coffee beans. High in antioxidants with a rich, nutty aroma. High in antioxidants, which slow environmentally created free radicals. Helps to soften skin and deeply moisturizes hair.
Cranberry Seed Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed A component in the Intellimune® Seed Oil Complex. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin.
Cranberry Seed Oil Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil Intellimune® Seed Oil Complex – A powerful blend of high antioxidant oils Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin.
Decyl Glucoside Decyl Glucoside Biodegradable mild foaming surfactant sourced from glucose and corn. Commonly used in baby shampoos. Creates foam which helps to solubilize oils from hair and skin so they can be rinsed away. Leaves hair and skin feeling clean.
Decyl Oleate Decyl Oleate Plant derived emollient containing proteins and vitamins. Helps in the penetration of moisture into the hair and the skin creating a smooth soft feel.
Disodium Coco-glucoside Citrate Disodium Coco-glucoside Citrate Coconut, glucose, and corn derived ultra-mild surfactant system. Interacts with water to create bubbles to wash away dirt and oil from hair and skin.
Ethyl Palmate Ethyl Palmate Highly stable triglyceride from palm. Emollient to hair and skin. Maintains moisture.
Glycerin Glycerin Extremely versatile, sweet tasting, used in cooking as well as formulation of cosmetics. Acts as a humectant for both skin and hair. Potent moisturizer, helps to protect against dryness in skin and frizz in hair.
Glyceryl Oleate Glyceryl Oleate Sunflower Oil, coconut, and palm plant based modified oil. Balances cleansing of oils from hair and scalp.
Glyceryl Stearate Glyceryl Stearate Coconut/Palm—sourced from. Emollient to both skin and hair. Maintains moisture balance.
Green Tea Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract Antioxidant rich, time honored ingredient. Contains the amino acid, Theanine, an anti-aging powerhouse. Soothes and calms skin. Leaves hair to look shiny and moisturized.
Guar Gum Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum High fiber powder which comes from the grinding of guar beans. Helps to create a thick cream formula.
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride Plant based gum used to help thicken formula and increase viscosity. Is both nourishing and conditioning to hair and skin optimized for use in detangling and giving the hair body and shine
Jojoba Oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil) Expressed from the seed of the Jojoba plant this liquid wax is similar in structure to sebum produced by human skin, making it great to use on the entire body. Used for smoothing and conditioning hair. Also provides heat protection. On the skin, it provides an excellent, non-greasy feel which hydrates and conditions.
Lecithin (soy) Lecithin Plant source of Lecithin which is mechanically extracted. It acts as an organic emulsifier in both food and cosmetic applications. Used for smoothing both hair and skin – leaves them feeling soft and conditioned.
Linseed Oil Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil Expressed from the oil rich seeds of the Flax flower. Nutritionally, extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein and zinc. As it dries – forms a shiny surface on hair. Helps skin to retain moisture and protects delicate oil layer on skin.
Macadamia Seed Oil Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil Oil which comes from the pressing of several varieties of Macadamia nuts. Contains antioxidants, phytochemicals, protein, vitamins and beneficial fatty acids. Used as an emollient in skin and hair. Smoothes, hydrates a
Maltodextrin Maltodextrin Polysaccharide derived from starches (commonly wheat). Used in food as a flavorless/slightly sweet additive. Create a moisture barrier in both skin and hair. Provides energy to cells in the form of glucose when digested.
Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil Certified organic oil extracted from the Buriti Fruit. Rich in carotenoids and provitamin A. Beneficial to both skin and hair – uses antioxidants to inhibit free radicals. Nourishing and anti-aging.
Menthol Peppermint derived Stimulating, strengthening, digestive aide, effective for irritable colon, general tonic, antiseptic, liver and kidney tonic, repels rodents, insect repellant.
Milk Protein Hydrolyzed Milk Protein Complex organic Milk-based protein which has been enzymatically cut into smaller protein pieces. High in nutrients. Film forming agent which assists in both anti-static and curl/style retention on hair. Adds moisture and hydration.
Naturally Occuring Component of Essential Oil Blend Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool These are fragrance components. They are naturally occurring component of organic essential oils. It cannot be separated from the essential oil, and is not added to the formula separately. Distribution in the EU requires that these components of Organic Essential Oils be called out on ingredient lists.
Oatmeal Colloidal Oatmeal Produced from the pressing and boiling of the dehulled oat grain. Has a high concentration of starches, proteins, glucans and saponins. Extremely high affinity for water gives skin and hair a high level of moisturization. Applied to skin for centuries to relieve itching, irritation and inflammation.
Olive Oil Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil Comes from the pressing of olives. High in antioxidants and Vitamin E. Extremely beneficial to the body both topically and internally. Smoothes the hair cuticle and softens hair.
Palm Kernal Oil Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil Oil produced from the crushing of the kernels of the argan tree fruit. Contains over 70% Oleic and linoleic acids. Rich in Vitamin E, phenols and carotenes. Protects skin and hair from dryness – essential fatty acids provide nutrition to the body. Some research indicates it may be a treatment for psoriasis and may reduce sebum production on skin.
Palm Kernel Oil Elaeis Guaneesis (Palm) Kernel Oil Edible, emollient oil comes from the pulp of the palm fruit. High in the antioxidant beta-carotene and saturated fatty acids. This certified organic material is sustainably sourced and harvested. Aids in the healing process of the skin, and leaves hair feeling thick and conditioned.
Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil Conditioning for both skin and hair. Antioxidant-oil extracted from the seeds of Amazonian plant and used to protect from environmental agressors. Gives hair silky smooth feel, increases comability and shine.
Pineapple Fruit Extract Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract Water-based extract from pineapple. High in manganese and Vitamin C. Helps to close hair cuticle and condition hair creating shiny, sleek, smooth hair.
Pumpkin Seed Meal Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Intellimune Seed Meal Complex – The perfect companion to the antioxidants found in the Intellimune Seed Oil Complex. After the oil has been cold pressed from the seeds, the water-soluble antioxidants (like polyphenols and flavonoids) are infused into this formula. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin. Topical application of both oil and water antioxidants is overwhelmingly beneficial to skin.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil Intellimune Seed Oil Complex – A powerful blend of high antioxidant oils. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin.
Quinoa Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Cultivated as a cereal for thousands of years it is nutritionally complete. The seed contains protein, fiber and other nutrients like iron, calcium and B vitamins. Film former which helps to strengthen hair and create a smooth, conditioned feel on skin. Beneficial nutrients and antioxidants help to protect skin.
Ravintsara (Cinnamomum Camphora) Antiviral, antibacterial.
Red Grape Seed Meal Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Intellimune Seed Meal Complex – The perfect companion to the antioxidants found in the Intellimune Seed Oil Complex. After the oil has been cold pressed from the seeds, the water-soluble antioxidants (like polyphenols and flavonoids) are infused into this formula. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin. Topical application of both oil and water antioxidants is overwhelmingly beneficial to skin.
Red Grape Seed Oil Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil Intellimune Seed Oil Complex – A powerful blend of high antioxidant oils. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin.
Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) Natural Flavor Antioxidant, antimicrobial.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Intellimune Seed Meal Complex – The perfect companion to the antioxidants found in the Intellimune Seed Oil Complex. After the oil has been cold pressed from the seeds, the water-soluble antioxidants (like polyphenols and flavonoids) are infused into this formula. Protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all types of hair and skin. Topical application of both oil and water antioxidants is overwhelmingly beneficial to skin.
Rice Bran Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract Extract from rice. Commonly used as both a food additive as well as a food supplement. Holds water to aid in moisturization of both skin and hair. Assists in conditioning and smoothing.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Stimulating, relieves tension, suitable for muscle and nerves, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antibacterial, fungicide, supports digestion, supports cell-regeneration, insect repellant, preservative.
Safflower Seed Oil Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil A flavorless and colorless oil from the Safflower seed, high in monounsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid). Light oil easily absorbs into the hair and the skin providing nourishment. Hydrates the scalp and hair.
Sesame Seed Oil Sesame Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil Oil produced in the squeezing of Sesame Seeds. Easily penetrates into the skin and aids in cell growth regulation. High in antioxidant content, it has been consumed for centuries for strength, energy, youth and beauty.
Shea Butter Butrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter Seed of the Shea tree crushed and boiled to release the natural fats. High in vitamins A, E and F. Solid at room temperature but liquifies at body temperature. Provides slip. Also aids in protecting against dry skin and scalp, helps to restore elasticity to skin.
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Mild foaming surfactant sourced from palm and coconut. Creates foam which helps to solubilize oils from hair and skin so they can be rinsed away. Leaves hair and skin feeling clean.
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate Coconut derived ultra-mild, surfactant system. Interacts with water to create bubbles to wash away dirt and oil from hair and skin.
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate Lactic Acid derived emulsifier used in many types of food like baked goods, desserts and powdered beverage mixes. Humectant for both skin and hair.
Spearmint (Mentha Viridis) Stimulating, strengthening, antiseptic, aides in general nausea, effective for irritable colon, general tonic, insect repellant, repels rodents.
Sugar Glucose and Sucrose Simple sugar which comes from the photosynthesis reaction of corn and other plants. Used to help create a moisture barrier in both skin and hair. Extremely important metabolically, it is central to the energy production of almost all living cells.
Sunflower Seed Oil Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Noncomedogenic oil (won’t clog pores) which comes from pressing sunflower seeds. Contains vitamin B5 – a water soluble vitamin known as Pantothenic Acid, which is needed by the body. Light oil, absorbs easily into the skin and hair. Aids in providing a protective moisture barrier for both the skin and the hair.
Tapioca Starch Tapioca Starch Gluten-free starch extracted from the root of the Manihot esculenta plant. Helps to thicken formula and create smooth emulsion – detangler and smoothing to hair.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Fat soluble group of vitamins, essential to human growth and development. Found in many different seeds and green leafy vegetables. Antioxidant which protects cells and oils from oxidation due to free radical attack. Prevents the skin from losing water due to a high water retention property.
Vanilla (Planifolia Fruit) Natural Flavor Antioxidant, aphrodisiac, relaxing, antidepressant.
Vinegar Vinegar/Acetum Comes from the fermentation of a variety of plants. Used as both a food and a medicine for centuries – traces have been found in Egyptian Tombs. Used as a tonic and a healing elixir helps to energize the body and pH adjustment to formula.
Water Water/Aqua and Water Hydrant Moisturizes skin and hair. Readily evaporates, allowing formula to spread throughout hair and skin.
Watercress Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Flower/Leaf Extract Nutritious, water based extract high in B6, C and Carotenes. Extracted from the watercress plant, a relative of cabbage. Antioxidant-rich and moisturizing to skin and hair.
Xanthan Xanthan Gum Complex sugar developed in the late 1960’s by work completed at the USDA for uses in food, including thickening. Creates a smooth, conditioned and hydrated feel on skin and hair.