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GLOSSARY

RatingIngredientDescriptionCategories
Good1, 2-HexanediolA preservative belonging to a class of agents known as higher molecular glycols.Preservatives
Good10-Hydroxydecanoic AcidA synthetic ingredient that functions as a skin-conditioning and occlusive agent.Emollients
Good4-T-butylcyclohexanolA synthetic fatty alcohol that functions as an emollient and soothing agent...Emollients,
Skin-Soothing
PoorAcacia farnesiana extractA fragrant extract from a type of acacia tree. There is no research showing it to have any benefit...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodacacia senegal gumHerb that can have skin soothing properties, but is used primarily as a thickening agent.Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Soothing
BestacaiPronounced "ah-sigh-ee", this small berry with a deep purple color is a source of...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Pooracetic acidAcid found in vinegar, some fruits, and human sweat. It can be sensitizing to skin...Sensitizing
PooracetoneStrong solvent that is used in Nail Polish removers.Sensitizing
Bestacetyl carnitine HCLTBCAntioxidants
Bestacetyl glucosamineAmino acid sugar and primary constituent of mucopolysaccharides and hyaluronic acid.Skin-Replenishing
Goodacetyl glyceryl ricinoleateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestacetyl hexapeptide-1Acetyl hexapeptide-1 is a synthetic peptide composed of the amino acids alanine, arginine, histidine, leucine, phenylalanine and tryptophan.Skin-Restoring
Bestacetyl hexapeptide-37Acetyl hexapeptide-37 is a synthetic peptide composed of the amino acids alanine, proline, serine and glycine.Skin-Restoring
Goodacetyl hexapeptide-8Acetyl hexapeptide-8 is a synthetically-derived peptide that, like all peptides, has water-binding properties and skin-restoring ability.Skin-Restoring
Goodacetyl octapeptide-3A synthetic peptide that is based around octapeptide-3, a peptide complex composed of the amino acids aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glutamine, and methionine...Skin-Restoring
Bestacetyl tetrapeptide-11Acetyl tetrapeptide-11 is a synthetic peptide that helps skin look and feel healthier.Skin-Restoring
Bestacetyl tetrapeptide-5Acetyl tetrapeptide-5 is a synthetic peptide that has calming, smoothing, hydrating, and firmness-enhancing benefits when applied to skin.Skin-Restoring
Bestacetyl tetrapeptide-9Acetyl tetrapeptide-9 is a synthetic peptide that helps visibly restore skin's natural support.Skin-Restoring
Averageacetyl tributyl citrateRelated to citric acid and used as a plasticizer, most commonly in nail polish and nail-hardening...Film-Forming/Holding Agents
Goodacetyl tyrosineAn amino acid complex that functions as a skin-conditioning agent. There is no research proving it...Hydration
Goodacetylated castor oilUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodacetylated hydrogenated cottonseed glycerideUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodacetylated lanolinEmollient derived from lanolin.Emollients
Goodacetylated lanolin alcoholAn ester of lanolin alcohol uses as an emollient and occlusive agent. An ester is a compound formed...Emollients
Goodacetylated palm kernel glyceridesUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
PoorAchillea millefoliumTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
AverageacidAnything with a pH lower than 7 is considered acidic‰ÛÓabove 7 is considered alkaline. Water has a pH...Miscellaneous
Pooracne soapSoaps that often contain strong cleansing ingredients, they are often overly drying and...Cleansing Agents
GoodacrylateTBCTexture Enhancer
Goodacrylates copolymerTBCTexture Enhancer
Goodacrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymerA synthetic ingredient used to enhance the texture of skincare and haircare products.Texture Enhancer
Goodacrylates/dimethicone copolymerA silicone-enhanced film-forming agent. Also functions as a binding agent so products adhere better...Silicones,
Texture Enhancer
Goodacrylates/steareth-20 methacrylate copolymerA synthetic polymer that blends stearth-20 with one or more forms of methacrylic acid. Functions as...Texture Enhancer
AverageActaea racemosaTBCPlant Extracts
BestActinidia chinensis (kiwi fruit) extractActinidia chinensis (kiwi fruit) extract is an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestadenosineYeast-derived ingredient that functions as a good soothing and skin-restoring agent.Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Restoring
Bestadenosine phosphateAlso known as AMP, adenosine phosphate is a skin-soothing and restoring ingredient that's similar to adenosine triphosphate.Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Soothing
Bestadenosine triphosphateAn organic compound from adenosine, which is formed by the hydrolysis of yeast nucleic acids. All...Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Restoring
Goodadipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymerA synthetic polymer.Texture Enhancer
Pooradvanced glycation endproduct (AGE)Advanced glycation endproducts, also known as AGEs, are caused by the body's major fuel source, namely glucose.Miscellaneous
PoorAerocarpus santalinusTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodAesculus hippocastanumTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodagarTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
GoodAgastache mexicana (hyssop) flower/leaf/stem extractAgastache mexicana (also known as hyssop) is a flowering shrub native to North America that‰Ûªs an edible plant with an anise-like flavor and aroma.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorAGETBCMiscellaneous
AverageAgrimonia eupatoria leaf extractResearch shows this plant extract has antioxidant properties....Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestAHAAHA, also known as alpha hydroxy acid, exfoliates skin and improves signs of aging, dry skin and an uneven skin tone.Exfoliant
GoodAhnfeltia concinna extractTBCAntioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodahnfeltia extractTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts
GoodAhnfeltiopsis concinna extractAhnfeltiopsis concinna extract is a type of red algae with calming and hydrating properties for skin.Emollients,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
GoodalanineTBCAntioxidants
GoodAlaria esculentaTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
PooralbuminFound in egg white, and can leave a film over skin. It can constrict skin temporarily, which can...Texture Enhancer
PooralcloxaMore technically known as aluminum chlorhydroxy allantoinate, alcloxa has constricting properties...Uncategorized
AveragealcoholA group of organic compounds with a vast range of forms and uses in cosmetics...Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
BestAleurites moluccana seed oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestalfalfa extractCan be an antioxidant in skincare products‰Û_Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestalgaeAlgae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000...Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts
Bestalgae extractTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts
GoodalginBrown algae.Antioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
Goodaliphatic hydrocarbonHydrocarbon contained in natural gas and mineral oils. It is a synthetic fluid with varying...Uncategorized
PooralkalineAnything with a pH higher than 7 is alkaline; a pH below 7 is acidic. Water has a pH of 7; skin has...Uncategorized
AveragealkyloamidesIdentified on skin-care product labels as DEA, triethanolamine (TEA), and monoethanolamine (MEA),...Texture Enhancer
BestallantoinBy-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective skin-soothing and skin-conditioning agent.Skin-Soothing
Goodallyl methacrylates crosspolymerA synthetic, non-aqueous polymer whose chief function is film-forming agent.Texture Enhancer
Bestalmond oilNon-volatile oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient.Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Bestalmond/borage/linseed/olive acids glyceridesA mixture of the fatty acid and triglyceride components of several non-fragrant plant oils, including almond, borage, linseed, and olive.Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Hydration
GoodAloe barbadensisTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodaloe barbadensis leaf juice extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodaloe barbadensis leaf juice powderThis form of aloe is the powder form of the aloe barbadensis leaf plant...Plant Extracts
Goodaloe extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodaloe juiceTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodaloe veraThere is no real evidence that aloe vera (Aloe barbadenis) helps the skin in any significant way....Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestalpha bisabololTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestalpha glucan oligosaccharideEmollient used in cosmetics that also has water-binding properties.Emollients
Bestalpha hydroxy acidTBCExfoliant
Pooralpha isomethyl iononeAlpha isomethyl ionone is a fragrance ingredient that must be listed on products that contain it due to its risk of causing a sensitized reaction.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestalpha lipoic acidAlpha lipoic acid is an enzyme that, when applied topically on skin, appears to be a very good antioxidant, and is believed to have numerous soothing effects.Antioxidants
Bestalpha-tocopherolTBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
GoodAlteromonas ferment extractAlteromonasåÊis found in deep areas of seawater.Plant Extracts
GoodAlthaea roseaTBCSkin-Soothing,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts
BestAlthea officinalisLatin name for the marshmallow plant.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodaluminaAluminum oxide, which is used as an abrasive, a thickening agent, and an absorbent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Scrub Agents,
Absorbent
GoodaluminumAluminum is the most common element on Earth. It's also a common source of confusion in terms of its presence in cosmetics, specifically whether that presence poses a health risk.Uncategorized
GoodAluminum hydroxideA synthetic ingredient that functions as an opacifying agent. Secondary uses...Texture Enhancer,
Absorbent
Goodaluminum magnesium silicateSalt that has absorbent properties.Absorbent
Goodaluminum powderMetallic element used as a coloring agent. It is composed of finely ground particles of aluminum....Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodaluminum silicateSalt that has absorbent and abrasive properties.Absorbent,
Scrub Agents
Goodaluminum starch octenylsuccinatePowdery thickening agent, absorbent, and anticaking agent used in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Absorbent
Goodaluminum stearateThe aluminum salt of stearic acid that functions as a thickening agent and helps stabilize products.Texture Enhancer
Pooraluminum sulfateIt can sensitizing to skin.Absorbent,
Antioxidants
Bestamino acidsFundamental constituents of all proteins found in the body.Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Averageaminobutyric acidAmino acid that has water-binding properties and may provide soothing benefits for skin. It...Skin-Soothing
Goodaminomethyl propanediolUsed to adjust pH in cosmetics.Uncategorized
Goodaminomethyl propanolAminomethyl propanol is a synthetic ingredient used in cosmetics as a pH adjuster.Uncategorized,
Miscellaneous
Goodammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymerA synthetic polymer and film-forming agent that also serves to thicken cosmetic formulas...Texture Enhancer
Poorammonium chlorideAlkaline salt used as a pH balancer in skincare products; it is not used in concentrations that...Absorbent
Bestammonium glycolateSynthetic form of glycolic acid used as a pH adjuster and exfoliant. It is sometimes paired with...Exfoliant
Averageammonium hydroxideClear, colorless liquid used in cosmetics to adjust a product's pH level. Ammonium hydroxide is...Uncategorized
Goodammonium laureth sulfateCan be derived from coconut; used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent and is considered gentle...Cleansing Agents
Goodammonium lauryl sulfateCan be derived from coconut; used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent and is considered gentle...Cleansing Agents
GoodamodimethiconeTBCSilicones,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodamygdalic acidTBCExfoliant,
Antioxidants
Pooramyl cinnamateFragrant component.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Pooramyl salicylateFragrant component.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Pooramyris oilFragrant oil. It has no other known benefit for skin.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorAnacyclus pyrethrumTBCPlant Extracts
GoodAnacystis nidulans extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodAnanas sativus fruit extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Exfoliant
BestAnastatica hierochuntica extractAnastatica hierochuntica extract, also known as Rose of Jericho, has research showing it is a potent antioxidant and soothing ingredient.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodandiroba oilExtracted from the Brazilian mahogany tree; it has soothing properties (Source:...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
AverageAnethum graveolensTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorAngelica archangelica root oilVolatile oil obtained from the angelica plant. The oil contains chemical constituents that can be...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorAngelica polymorpha sinensis root extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GOODanhydroxylitolA natural, plant-derived ingredient that acts as a humectant to help skin absorb and retain moisture.Hydration
PooranisaldehydeSynthetic fragrance used in cosmetics.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PooraniseAlso known as aniseed, it can have antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodannato extractNatural plant colorant derived from the flesh surrounding the seed of Bixa orellana, a shrub native...Plant Extracts
BestAnthemis nobilis flower extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BestanthocyaninGroup of naturally occurring substances found in plants that give fruits, vegetables, and plants...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestantioxidantGeneral term for a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients that work to reduce...Antioxidants
Bestapple fruit extractGeneral name for various types of apples, all of which have potent antioxidant ability that, at least in theory, can benefit skin when applied topically.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Averageapricot kernelOften used as an abrasive agent in so-called "natural" scrubs. Apricot kernals have irregular and...Scrub Agents
Bestapricot kernel oilEmollient plant oil pressed from the seeds of apricots, and similar to other nonfragrant plant oils.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodarachidic acidDerived from peanut oil and used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodarachidyl alcoholWaxy substance used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodarachidyl glucosideA mild surfactant (cleansing) and emulsifying agent, made from...Cleansing Agents
Goodarachidyl propionateWaxy substance used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
BestArachis hypogaea extractExtract of the plant commonly known as the peanut. It can have emollient and skin soothing...Skin-Soothing,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestarbutinIsolated from the leaves of the bearberry shrub, cranberry, blueberry, some...Plant Extracts
BestArctium lappaTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestArctium majusTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants,
Skin-Soothing
BestArctostaphylos uva ursi leafTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestargan oilNon-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of argan trees. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin...Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestArgania spinosaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestArgania spinosa kernel oilArgania spinosa kernel oil is the latin name for the oil expressed from the kernels of the argan tree.Emollients,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodarginineAmino acid that has antioxidant properties and can be helpful for soothing skin (Sources: Journal...Antioxidants
GoodArgirelineTBCSkin-Restoring
BestAristotelia chilensis (maqui)Maqui, also known as Chilean wineberry, is a richly-colored berry that contains a potent type of antioxidant anthocyanidin known as delphinidins.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorarnica extractExtract from the plant Arnica montana. There is research showing that when arnica is taken orally...Plant Extracts
Averagearoma/flavorSeeing "aroma/flavor" on an ingredient list can be either good or bad. For example, if the aroma or flavor comes from mint....Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
AveragearrowrootThickening agent; it has no known benefit for skin.Texture Enhancer
Goodartemia extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
AverageArtemisia absinthium extractTBCPlant Extracts
AverageArtemisia vulgarisTBCPlant Extracts
GoodAscophyllum nodosumSpecies of seaweed.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
Bestascorbic acidForm of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties (Sources: Advances in Experimental Medicine and...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestascorbyl glucosamineForm of vitamin C that has little research showing it has the antioxidant or brightening...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestascorbyl glucosideAscorbyl glucoside is a stable form of vitamin C combined with glucose.When properly formulated and absorbed into...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestascorbyl methylsilanol pectinateForm of vitamin C that is considered stable and that functions as an antioxidant and thickening...Antioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Vitamins
Bestascorbyl palmitateStable and nonacidic form of vitamin C that is effective as an antioxidant (Source: Biochemical and...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
GoodasparagineTBCAntioxidants
GoodAsparagopsis armata extractExtract derived from seaweed.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
Goodaspartic acidTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
BestastaxanthinTBCAntioxidants
Bestastaxanthin extractCarotenoid (carotene pigment) found in plants, algae, and fish, particularly salmon, that functions...Antioxidants
BestAstragalus membranaceusLatin name for the Chinese herb Huang-Qi, also known as milk vetch.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodAstragalus sinicusTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodAstrocaryum murumuru seed butterA non-fragrant vegetable fat that's nearly solid at room temperature (much like dairy butter). It functions as an emollient ingreident that works to keep...Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestATPTBCSkin-Soothing,
Skin-Restoring
Bestatractylodes macrocephala root powderA natural plant extract commonly used in Chinese and Korean herbal medicines.Antioxidants,
Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
AverageAtractyloydes lancea root extractAlso known as Chinese Thistle Daisy, this root extract is used in Chinese and Japanese alternative...Plant Extracts
BestAvena sativaSee oatmeal, oat bran extract, gluten ingredients‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestavobenzoneSynthetic sunscreen ingredient (also known as Parsol 1789 and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) that...Sunscreen Actives
Bestavocado oilEmollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. It has antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Emollients
PoorawapuhiEnglish name for wild ginger.Plant Extracts
PoorAzadirachta indicaTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestazelaic acidA type of acid known as a dicarboxylic acid derived from grains that offers numerous benefits when applied to skin.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Exfoliant
Bestazelaoyl bis-dipeptide-10Azelaoyl bis-dipeptide-10 is a synthetic peptide built around naturally-derived azelaic acid that offers brightening and antioxidant benefits.Skin-Restoring
BestAzelexTBCUncategorized
Averageazuki beansLegumes that are often ground up for use in skincare scrub products.Scrub Agents
AverageazuleneChamomile extract used primarily as a coloring agent in cosmetics. It can have antioxidant and...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestbabassu oilBabassu oil comes from the seed of the Orbignya oleifera plant, which is native to Brazil.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
BestbakuchiolAn antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea corylifolia...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorbalm mint extractExtract derived from a fragrant plant; it poses some risk of causing skin sensitivity‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorbalsam peruFatty resin that when applied topically can cause skin sensitivity‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestBambusa vulgaris (bamboo) leaf/stem extractExtract from the common bamboo plant. Like many plant extracts, research has shown...Uncategorized
Averagebanana extractExtract from banana fruit that has some weak antioxidant properties (Source: Free Radical Research,...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestbarberryPlant whose primary component, berberine, is an alkaloid that can have soothing properties and...Skin-Soothing
Goodbarium sulfateBarium sulfate is an inorganic salt that occurs in nature.Coloring Agents/Pigments
Averagebarley extractExtract from barley plants. Can have antioxidant properties when ingested, but there is no research...Plant Extracts
Goodbatyl alcoholDerived from glycerin and used as a stabilizing ingredient and skin-conditioning agent.Emollients
Poorbay leaf oilHas the potential to provide antioxidant benefits for skin‰Û_Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodbearberry extractLatin name Arctostaphylos uva ursi, there is research showing that this extract has soothing...Antioxidants
Poorbee pollenCan have antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, April 2001, pages...Uncategorized
GoodbeeswaxSubstance made by bees to build the walls of their honeycomb. It is a thickening agent that has...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodbeet root extractPowdered base of the stem (root) of the Beta vulgaris plant. Used as a coloring agent. As with most...Antioxidants,
Coloring Agents/Pigments,
Plant Extracts
Goodbeheneth-5A synthetic or plant-derived derivative of polyethylene glycol and behenyl alcohol that functions as an emulsifier and can also be a surfactant.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodbehenic acidFatty acid used as a thickening agent and surfactant.Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
Goodbehentrimonium chlorideSkin-conditioning agent and emulsifier.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodbehenyl alcoholThickening agent used in cosmetics. It is not related to irritating forms of alcohol.Texture Enhancer
Goodbehenyl behenateBehenyl behenate is the wax-like ester of the fatty acid behenic acid and fatty alcohol behenyl alcohol.Hydration,
Emollients
PoorBellis perennisTBCPlant Extracts
GoodbentoniteType of clay that is used as an absorbent in cosmetics. It can be drying for skin, though its...Absorbent
Averagebenzalkonium chlorideUsed as a preservative in skincare products. There is no research showing it...Antioxidants
Goodbenzephenone-3Also called oxybenzone, a sunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun‰Ûªs UVB rays and...Sunscreen Actives
Goodbenzoic acidPreservative used in skincare products; it is considered less sensitizing than some other forms of...Preservatives
Poorbenzoin extractBalsam resin that has some fragrant properties; it may also be sensitizing to skin‰Û_Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodbenzophenoneGroup of compounds used in cosmetics as sunscreen agents to protect mostly from UVB radiation and...Sunscreen Actives
Goodbenzothonium chlorideCompound used as a preservative in cosmetics. It is generally considered less sensitizing‰Û_Preservatives
Bestbenzoyl peroxideBenzoyl peroxide is considered the most effective over-the-counter topical acne treatment. Learn more.Anti-Acne
Goodbenzyl alcoholAn organic alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruits (apricots, cranberries) and teas.Preservatives
Poorbenzyl salicylateA volatile fragrance chemical with a sweet, floral odor used to impart scent to cosmetic products and perfumes.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestBerberis aristataTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Poorbergamot oilA volatile citrus oil that, when used topically, is a photosensitizer...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodBertholletia excelsa extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestbeta hydroxy acidTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Exfoliant
GoodBeta vulgaris root extractTBCAntioxidants,
Coloring Agents/Pigments,
Plant Extracts
Goodbeta-caroteneMember of the carotenoid family. There are hundreds of carotenoids, including lycopene and lutein....Antioxidants
Bestbeta-glucanPolysaccharide sugar derived from yeast or oats. It has some antioxidant properties and is a skin-soothing agent.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Bestbeta-sitosterolBeta-sitosterol is a fatty acid-type ingredient derived from plants, and is similar to cholesterol...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodbetaineBetaine is an ingredient that works to balance skin‰Ûªs hydration.Hydration
Goodbetaine salicylateAn ingredient derived from sugar beets that is sometimes used as an alternative to...Exfoliant
GoodBetula albaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodBetula alba (birch) juiceBetula alba juice is the sap from the birch tree.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestBHA (beta hydroxy acid)BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, is more commonly known as salicylic acid.Skin-Soothing,
Exfoliant,
Anti-Acne
AverageBHTButylated hydroxytoluene, a potent synthetic antioxidant that also has negative properties when...Antioxidants
Bestbifida ferment lysateBifida ferment lysate is a probiotic ingredient derived from a specific type of yeast obtained by the fermentation of Bifida bacteria.Miscellaneous,
Hydration
Bestbilberry extractSome research shows bilberry (vaccinium myrtillis) to be effective as an antioxidant when ingested...Plant Extracts
BestbioflavonoidDiverse range of substances that are components of many fruits and vegetables. Many have been shown...Antioxidants
GoodbiotinA water-soluble substance produced in the body by certain types of...Vitamins
Bestbiotin/folic acid/cyanocobalamin/niacinamide/pantothenic acid/pyridoxine/riboflavin/thiamine/yeast polypeptidesA blend of several B vitamins plus peptides derived from a strain of lab-produced yeast.Skin-Softening
Goodbirch bark extractExtract derived from the plant Betula albaåÊ(common name white birch). It can have potent...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodbirch leaf extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodbis-diglyceryl polyacyladipateCan be extracted from chamomile or derived synthetically. It is an skin-soothing ingredient.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodbis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silaneA synthetic skin conditioning agent and surfactant belonging to the chemical class of siloxanes and...Silicones,
Cleansing Agents,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodbis-phenylpropyl dimethiconeA synthetic, colorless, silicone-based polymer that...Silicones,
Texture Enhancer
BestbisabololCan be extracted from chamomile or derived synthetically. It is an anti-irritant.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Averagebismuth oxychlorideAlso known as synthetic pearl, it‰Ûªs the primary ingredient included in most powders that are referred to as...Texture Enhancer,
Absorbent
Poorbitter orange flowerTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Averageblack cohoshThere is no research showing that black cohosh can have this or any effect‰Û_Plant Extracts
Bestblack currant oilNon-volatile plant oil.Plant Extracts
Bestblack elderberryWhen taken orally, this has antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorblack locust extractExtract that can have antioxidant properties, although it also may have harmful...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodblack mulberryDue to its arbutin content, this extract can have some value in improving the look of discolorations....Plant Extracts
Poorblack pepper extract and oilIt can cause significant skin sensitivity...Plant Extracts
Bestblack raspberryFruit that has antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestblack teaTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestblackberryBerries that have antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestbladderwrack extractExtract derived from seaweed; it can be an effective antioxidant and has water-binding properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorbloodwortAlso known as yarrow.Plant Extracts
Goodblue 1TBCColoring Agents/Pigments
Goodblue 1 lakeTBCColoring Agents/Pigments
BestBoerhavia diffusa root extractExtract from a flowering plant. Animal studies have shown that this plant has strong...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Poorbois de rose oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorbois oilFragrant oil that has no research showing it has benefit for skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestborage seed extractExtract of the plant Borago officinalis, it can have skni-soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestborage seed oilNon-fragrant plant oil that contains gamma linolenic acid and other essential fatty acids for skin.Skin-Soothing,
Emollients,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestBorago officinalis extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestBorago officinalis seed oilTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
PoorborateGroup of compounds used in cosmetics in small quantities primarily as pH adjusters (they have a pH...Preservatives
PoorboraxAlso known as sodium borate decahydrate, borax is a mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and...Preservatives
Goodboric acidMay have skin soothing and restoring benefits‰Û_Preservatives
Goodboron nitrideSynthetic, inorganic powder, which in cosmetics has absorbent properties similar to those of...Absorbent
PoorBoswellia carteriiTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
AverageBoswellia serrata extractAn extract from the gum resin of a tree and also a source of Indian frankincense, this plant extract has both positive and negative qualities for skin.Skin-Soothing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Plant Extracts
AveragebotanicalsGeneral term for a large group of natural ingredients. Botanicals may or may not be organic, and...Plant Extracts
BestboysenberryBerry that can have potent antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry,...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestBrassica campestrisTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients
GoodBrazil nut extractExtract for which there is a small amount of research showing it can have antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodbroad spectrumTerm that, when applied to sunscreen, refers to a sunscreen‰Ûªs ability to protect the skin from both...Sunscreen Actives
GoodbromelainBromelain is an extract from the pineapple that contains, among other components, various...Plant Extracts,
Exfoliant
PoorbronopolTechnical name 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, a formaldehyde-releasing preservative (Source:...Preservatives
Goodbronze powderMineral coloring agent derived from copper. Permanently listed (since 1977) by the FDA as a safe...Coloring Agents/Pigments
BestBuddleja davidii extractPlant also known as summer lilac or butterfly bush (because the flowers are a food source for...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodbumetrizoleSunscreen ingredient that absorbs primarily UVB light.Sunscreen Actives
AverageBupleurum falcatum extractA plant used in Chinese medicine for a varitety of ailments ranging from the common cold to liver...Plant Extracts
Bestburdock rootPlant extract whose active constituents are skin soothing and antioxidant‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodbutyl acetateSolvent used in nail polish and many other products.Film-Forming Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Bestbutyl methoxydibenzoylmethaneTBCSunscreen Actives
Goodbutylene glycolCommonly-used ingredient that has multiple functions in cosmetics, including....Texture Enhancer
GoodbutylparabenParabens are a group of controversial preservatives that include butylparaben...Preservatives
Poorbutylphenyl methylpropionalSynthetic fragrance ingredient with a strong floral scent.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestButyrospermum fruitFruit from the karite tree, scientific name Butyrospermum parkii, from which the fat is obtained to...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestButyrospermum parkiiTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
BestButyrosperum parkii (shea) butter extractButyrosperum parkii (shea) butter extract doesn‰Ûªt just have a rich texture; it‰Ûªs also a rich source of antioxidants and replenishing antioxidants.Emollients,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestBuxus chinensisTBCPlant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
BestC10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol estersBlend of cholesterol and fatty acid ester from lanolin. Functions as a skin conditioning agent.Emollients
GoodC11-15 pareth-7C11-15 pareth-7 is a lightweight, synthetic mixture of fatty alcohols and polyethylene glycols that functions as an emulsifier and surfactant.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
GoodC12-15 alkyl benzoateSynthetic ingredient used as an emollient and texture enhancing agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodC12-16 pareth-9C12-16 pareth-9 is a lightweight, synthetic mixture of fatty alcohols and polyethylene glycols that functions as an emulsifier and surfactant.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
GoodC12-18 acid triglycerideUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodC13-14 isoparaffinA petroleum-derived ingredient whose wax-like texture functions as a thickening or gelling agent.Texture Enhancer
GoodC13-15 alkaneC13-15 alkane is a synthetic blend of alkanes that functions as a solvent.Skin-Softening,
Miscellaneous
GoodC18-36 acid triglycerideUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodC20-40 pareth-40Mixture of polyethylene glycols of various molecular weight that can function as stabilizing...Cleansing Agents
Bestcaffeic acidAntioxidant that has multiple benefits for skin‰Û_Antioxidants
AveragecaffeineCaffeine is the chief stimulant in beverages such as coffee and tea. It‰Ûªs often included in skincare products with claims...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorcajeputi oilTBCPlant Extracts
PoorcalaminePreparation of zinc carbonate, colored with ferric oxide (a form of rust). Zinc carbonate is a...Sensitizing
Goodcalcium aluminum borosilicateCalcium aluminum borosilicate is a mineral-derived thickening agent often used in powders.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Bestcalcium ascorbateForm of vitamin C; other forms include ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, and...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Goodcalcium carbonateChalk; used as an absorbent in cosmetics.Absorbent
Goodcalcium d-pantetheine-s-sulfonateTBCVitamins
Goodcalcium gluconateCalcium is an essential mineral for the body. A small amount of research shows calcium gluconate...Skin-Soothing
Goodcalcium pantothenateAlso known as pantothenic acid.Vitamins
Bestcalcium PCACalcium PCA is the calcium salt of PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid), which is a key component of skin‰Ûªs natural moisturizing factor, or NMF.Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodcalendula extractExtract derived from the plant commonly known as pot marigold, there is little research showing...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodCalendula officinalis flower extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCalluna vulgaris flower extractAlso known as heather extract, this plant has skin-soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodCalophyllum inophyllum seed oilTBCPlant Extracts
BestCamellia japonica flower extractCamellia japonica flower extract is also known as Tsubaki, Japanese camellia, common camellia.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCamellia oleiferaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCamellia sinensisTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorcamphorAromatic substance obtained from the wood of a tree common to Southeast Asia, Cinnamomum camphora,...Plant Extracts
Poorcananga extractFragrance used in cosmetics; it can be sensitizing to skin, much like ylang ylang.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCananga odorataTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodcandelilla waxExtract derived from candelilla plants; used as a thickening agent and emollient to give products...Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Bestcandelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 estersA natural mixture of polyglycerin-3, candelilla wax, jojoba seed wax, and rice bran wax...Thickeners/Emulsifiers
BestcannabidiolCannabidiol is one of the components of the Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica plants.Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Soothing
BestCannabis sativa oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestcanola oilPlant lipid that has skin restoring and soothing properties‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Replenishing,
Plant Extracts
Bestcaprooyl phytosphingosineA mixture of fatty acids caproic acid and phytosphingosine.Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
Bestcaprooyl sphingosineA mixture of fatty acids caproic acid and sphingosine.Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
Bestcaprooyl tetrapeptide-3A synthetic or plant-derived signal peptide that‰Ûªs said to help to boost the...Skin-Restoring
Bestcaprylic/capric triglycerideDerived from coconut oil and glycerin, it‰Ûªs considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodcapryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymerA naturally-derived (coconut and castor oil) or synthetic ingredient...Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Goodcapryloyl glycineA synthetic amino acid derivative that function as a conditioning agent or...Hydration
Bestcapryloyl salicylic acidCapryloyl salicylic acid is a derivative (ester) of salicylic acid developed by L‰ÛªOreal.Skin-Soothing,
Exfoliant
Goodcaprylyl caprylate/caprateA synthetic ester blend of medium chain fatty acids and fatty alcohol that works as an emollient.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodcaprylyl glycolSkin and hair conditioning agent that may be plant-derived or synthetic. Often used as part of a...Plant Extracts,
Preservatives
Goodcaprylyl methiconeTBCSilicones,
Emollients
PoorcapsaicinComponent of capsicum. When used topically, capsaicin can prevent the transmission of pain. It is...Plant Extracts
PoorcapsicumLarge group of plants consisting primarily of the pepper family, including chili peppers and...Plant Extracts
Poorcapsicum oleoresinFatty resin derived from capsicum plants. It can be sensitizing to skin...Plant Extracts
GoodcaramelNatural coloring agent.Coloring Agents/Pigments
GoodcarbomerGroup of thickening agents used primarily to create gel-like formulations.Texture Enhancer
GoodcarbopolTBCTexture Enhancer
Bestcarboxylic acidTBCAntioxidants
PoorcardamomPlant of the ginger family, used as fragrance in cosmetics. Terpene, one of its major constituents,...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodcarmineNatural red color that comes from the dried female cochineal beetle. It is sometimes used to color...Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodcarnauba waxNatural, hard wax obtained from the leaves of palm trees. Used primarily as a thickening agent, but...Plant Extracts,
Absorbent,
Texture Enhancer
BestcarnitineNaturally occurring amino acid. Deficiencies of this small but essential component can result in...Antioxidants
Bestcarnosic acidComponent of rosemary that is an antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestcarnosineComposed of amino acids, it has soothing and antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestcarnosol acidTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodcarrageenanSeaweed gum used in cosmetics as a thickening agent with water-binding properties.Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
Bestcarrot oilEmollient plant oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils.Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
BestCarthamus tinctorius oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
PoorcarvoneEssential oil used as a flavoring agent and fragrance component in cosmetics. It can be a...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodCarya illinoensis oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodcaseinSubstance derived from milk protein that may have some antioxidant properties when applied...Uncategorized
BestCassia angustifolia seed polysaccharideCassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide is the polysaccharide portion derived from the seed of the Cassia angustifolium plant.Emollients,
Plant Extracts
GoodCastanea sativa seed extractTBCPlant Extracts
Goodcastor isostearate succinateA mix of esters formed by the reaction of castor seed oil, isostearic acid, and succinic acid. This ingredient functions...Emollients
Goodcastor oilVegetable oil derived from the castor bean. It is used in cosmetics as an emollient, though its...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestcatalaseEnzyme that decomposes hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen and that has significant antioxidant...Antioxidants
GoodCaulerpa taxifolia extractTBCAntioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
PoorcedarwoodFragrant plant extract. There is evidence that cedarwood oil is sensitizing...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCedrus atlantica bark extractFragrant oil that can aggravate skin...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodcellulosePrimary fiber component of plants. Used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and to bind other...Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
GoodCellulose gumAny of various fibrous substances derived from plants. Cellulose gum is a natural ingredient..Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
BestCentaurea cyanusTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestCentella asiaticaExtract of herb that may be listed on labels as asiatic acid, hydrocotyl, or gotu kola. It has...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BestcephalinPhospholipid.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodCera albaSee beeswax...Texture Enhancer
Goodcera microcristallinaTBCEmollients
Bestceramide APTBCSkin-Replenishing
Bestceramide EOPTBCSkin-Replenishing
Bestceramide EOSTBCSkin-Replenishing
Bestceramide NGTBCSkin-Replenishing
Bestceramide NPOne of several types of ceramides.Skin-Replenishing
Bestceramide NSTBCSkin-Replenishing
BestceramidesCeramides are naturally occurring, long chains of lipids (fats) that are major components of skin‰Ûªs outer...Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodceresinDerived from clay, ceresin is a waxy ingredient used as a thickening agent in cosmetics. It can be...Texture Enhancer
Goodceteareth-20Fatty alcohol that is used to thicken cosmetics and keep ingredients mixed together and stable.Texture Enhancer
Goodceteareth-25A fatty alcohol that functions as an emulsifier and surfactant in cosmetics.Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodceteareth-6 olivateCeteareth-6 olivate is the ester of a fatty alcohol and fatty acids from olive oil.Emollients,
Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodcetearyl alcoholFatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodcetearyl ethylhexanoateOil-like liquid that functions as an emollient to prevent skin from losing moisture. Also...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodcetearyl glucosideA blend of cetearyl alcohol and glucose that functions as an emulsifier.Texture Enhancer
Goodcetearyl octanoateTBCTexture Enhancer,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
Goodcetearyl olivateCetearyl olivate is an ester of cetearyl alcohol and fatty acids from olive oil.Slip Agents,
Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodcetyl acetateA mixture of cetyl alcohol and acetic acid used as a skin-replenishing agent and emollient.Emollients
Goodcetyl alcoholFatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodcetyl dimethiconeSilicone polymer that functions as skin-conditioning agent.Silicones
Goodcetyl dimethicone copolyolTBCSilicones,
Emollients
Goodcetyl estersSynthetic wax used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodcetyl hydroxyethylcelluloseA mixture of cetyl alcohol and Hydroxyethylcellulose. It functions as thickener and stabilizing...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodcetyl palmitateThe ester of cetyl palmitate and palmitic acid, this thickener and emollient helps smooth and condition dry skin while preventing moisture loss.Emollients
Goodcetyl PEG/PPG-10/1-dimethiconeSilicone that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier.Texture Enhancer,
Silicones
BestchamomileIngredient derived from plant species Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria recutita, and Matricaria chamomilla...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestChamomilla recutita flower extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodcharcoalPrimarily carbon substance formed by charring organic material in absence of oxygen. One...Absorbent
Goodcharcoal powderPrimarily carbon substance formed by charring organic material in absence of oxygen...Absorbent
Goodchelating agentAny of numerous ingredients that bind with metal ions or metallic compounds, preventing them from...Uncategorized
Bestcherry extractAlso known as wild cherry and sweet cherry, cherry extract is a natural source of vitamin C.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodChina clayTBCAbsorbent
BestchitosanDerived from chitin, a polysaccharide found in the exoskeletons of shrimp, lobster, and crabs. It...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
GoodchlorellaTBCAntioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
GoodchloropheneUsed as a preservative in cosmetics.Preservatives
GoodchloroxylenolChemical compound used as a preservative and cleansing agent due to its action...Preservatives
GoodchlorphenesinType of alcohol used as a preservative in cosmetics...Preservatives
GoodcholecalciferolTechnical name for vitamin D.Antioxidants,
Vitamins
BestcholesterolThe surface of skin depends on the stratum corneum lipid matrix, which...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
BestcholinePart of the vitamin B complex and a constituent of many other biologically important molecules,...Vitamins
Bestchondroitin sulfateTBCSkin-Replenishing
BestChondrus crispus (algae) extractChondrus crispus, also known as red algae, is a type of seaweed that‰Ûªs a rich source of many nutrients for skin.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Hydration
Goodchromium hydroxide greenEarth mineral used as a coloring agent/additive and permanently listed (as of 1977) by the FDA for...Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodchromium oxide greenTBCColoring Agents/Pigments
BestChrysanthellum indicum (golden chamomile) extractChrysanthellum indicum is a form of chamomile that, like other forms, has soothing properties when applied to skin.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestchrysanthemum extractCan have soothing benefit for skin.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
AverageChrysanthemum parthenium extractTBCPlant Extracts
GoodCichorium intybusSource of a plant extract with antioxidant properties (Source: Archives of Pharmaceutical Research,...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageCimicifuga racemosa root extractTBCPlant Extracts
PoorCinnamomumTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCinnamomum camphoraTBCPlant Extracts
PoorcinnamonCan have antioxidant properties when applied to skin...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorcinnamyl alcoholA volatile fragrance ingredient that contains extracts from cinnamon and balsam of Peru...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodcitrate bufferCitrate buffer is a buffered mixture of sodium citrate and citric acid and is used in cosmetics as a pH adjuster.Miscellaneous
Goodcitric acidExtract derived from citrus and used primarily to adjust the pH of products to prevent them from...Uncategorized
PoorcitronellolA volatile fragrance chemical extracted from geranium, rose, and other plants, citronellol has a characteristic grassy, citrus-like scent.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCitrullus colocynthisBitter apple; considered sensitizing to skin.Plant Extracts
PoorCitrus amaraTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCitrus aurantifoliaTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCitrus aurantiumTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCitrus aurantium extractBitter orange extract. It can have antioxidant properties when eaten (Source: Journal of...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorCitrus medica limoniumTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
AverageCitrus unshiuPlant extract more commonly known as the satsuma. This medium-sized citrus fruit is native to...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageCitrus unshiu peel extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorclary oilUsed as fragrance; can be a skin sensitizer.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodclary sageAlso known as Salvia sclarea, the extract from the clary sage plant (not to be confused with common sage leaf) has antioxidant properties, although it isn‰Ûªt nearly as well researched as several other plant extracts with antioxidant benefits...Antioxidants
GoodclayTBCAbsorbent
BestClitoria ternatea (butterfly pea) flower extractClitoria ternatea is a perennial herb more commonly known as butterfly pea because of the pea-shaped, wing-like flowers it produces.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorclove leafTBCPlant Extracts
Poorclove oilPotent skin sensitizer when applied repeatedly...Plant Extracts
Poorclover blossomContains eugenol, which can be a skin sensitizer and cause photosensitivity.Plant Extracts
Poorclover leaf oilTBCPlant Extracts
Averagecocamide DEA and MEABoth cocamide DEA (diethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine) are widely used ingredients to thicken the water phase of cosmetics, keep ingredients blended, and boost foaming properties...Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
Goodcocamidopropyl betaineOne of the more gentle surfactants used in skincare products.Cleansing Agents
Goodcocamidopropyl dimethylamineAn antistatic agent derived from coconut oil, though it may be produced synthetically, too...Cleansing Agents
Goodcocamidopropyl hydroxysultaineMild surfactant.Cleansing Agents
BestCoccinia indica (ivy gourd) fruit extractIvy gourd is a fruit that acts as a natural skin-conditioning agent.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Hydration
Goodcoco caprylate/caprateCoco caprylate/caprate functions as a lightweight emollient.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodcoco-caprylateCoco-caprylate is the mixture of esters that occur when the fatty alcohols derived from coconut alcohol reacts with the fatty acid caprylic acid.Emollients,
Hydration
Goodcoco-glucosideA mixture of fatty alcohol from coconut and glucose. Chiefly functions as a cleansing agent. May be...Cleansing Agents
Bestcocoa butterOil extracted from cocoa beans, used as an emollient and with properties similar to those of other...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestcocoa extractCan have antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodcocoglyceridesUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodcoconutHas degreasing and cleansing properties, which is why detergent cleansing agents are frequently...Plant Extracts,
Cleansing Agents
Goodcoconut acidA natural mixture of fatty acid found in coconut oil primarily used as a cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Bestcoconut oilNon-volatile plant kernel oil that has emollient properties for skin.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestcocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extractThe extract of the fruit of the coconut tree, this ingredient is rich in skin-conditioning fatty acids, proteins, and complex B vitamins.Skin-Softening
Goodcocoyl prolineCocoyl proline is a mixture of coconut fatty acids and the amino acid proline,Hydration
BestCocus nuciferaTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodCodium tomentosum extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestcoenzyme Q10Also known as ubiquinone, it is a vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance present in skin....Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BestCoffea arabica (coffee) fruit extractCoffee fruit extract is an excellent antioxidant when applied to skin, or consumed orally.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCoffea arabica (coffee) seed oilThe concentrated oil from the coffee bean plant, whichis green, not dark brown as this color doesn't occur until coffee beans are roasted. Research on this oil's effect on skin...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCoffea arabica seed extractCoffea arabicaåÊis the coffee plant, and there is research showing that coffee extract has...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageCola acuminata seed extractTBCPlant Extracts
PoorColeus barbatusMember of the mint family and also known as forskolin; can be a skin sensitizer...Plant Extracts
Goodcollagen amino acidsCollagen amino acids are made from the hydrolylsis (breaking down with water) of protein...Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
Bestcolloidal oatmealTBCSkin-Soothing
Poorcolloidal silverRefers to ground-up silver suspended in solution.Uncategorized
Poorcomfrey extractSeveral studies have shown that comfrey extract can have harmful properties when...Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
PoorCommiphora myrrha extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodconeflowerAnother name for echinacea; has soothing properties.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
PoorCopaifera officinalisTBCPlant Extracts
GoodCopernicia cerifera waxTBCPlant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer,
Absorbent
Goodcopper gluconateAlso known simply as copper, this mineral is an important trace element for human nutrition. The...Antioxidants
Goodcopper lysinate/prolinateAn amino acid/mineral complex that limited yet potentially exciting research has shown...Uncategorized
Goodcopper PCAA synthetic skin-conditioning agent composed of the copper salt of PCA (Pyrrolidone Carboxylic...Uncategorized
Goodcopper peptidesCopper peptides combine the element copper with three amino acids. Copper peptides occur naturally in the body, and are used in trace amounts to...Antioxidants
Averagecopper sulfateEffective for soothing skin, but there is no research showing it has any impact when used...Uncategorized
GoodCorallina officinalis extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
GoodcorianderHerb and spice plant, the source of a fragrant component; it can be a potential skin sensitizer‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestcorn oilEmollient oil with properties similar to those of other nonfragrant plant oils (Source: British...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestcornflowerCan have soothing properties for skin‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
PoorcornmintAlso known as wild mint; it can be sensitizing to skin‰Û_Plant Extracts
GoodcornstarchStarch obtained from corn and sometimes used as an absorbent in cosmetics instead of talc.Plant Extracts,
Absorbent
GoodCornus extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodCorylus americanaTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodCorylus avellanaTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodcoumarinOrganic compound found in plants and derived from the amino acid phenylalanine. It creates the...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestcranberry seed extractExtract of the cranberry fruit. Natural components known as proanthocyanidins are responsible for...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestcranberry seed oilExtract derived from the seed of this red berry; the oil (which is not red) has antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageCrataegus monogina extractTBCPlant Extracts
BestcreatineAn amino acid found in the human body and most type of meat and fish. This ingredient serves as the...Skin-Restoring
Goodcucumber extractNon-irritating plant extract from the gourd family (think pumpkin) that‰Ûªs often reputed to be...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCucumis melo (melon) fruit extractMore commonly known as cantaloupe or honeydew melon, Cucumis melo is a fruit that is a rich source...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodCucumis sativus extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCucurbita pepo seed extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestCucurbitea peponisTBCAntioxidants,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Plant Extracts,
Vitamins,
Skin-Restoring
BestCurcuma longa rootTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestcurcuminAntioxidant spice that can be effective in soothing skin‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
GoodCyamopsis tetragonolobaTBCPlant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
GoodcyanocobalaminTBCVitamins
Poorcyclamen aldehydeSynthetic fragrant component in products; it can aggravate skin.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodcyclohexasiloxaneOne of the numerous forms of synthetic siliconeEmollients
GoodcyclomethiconeSilicone with a drier finish than dimethicone.Emollients
GoodcyclopentasiloxaneLightweight silicone with a silky, slippery feel that functions as a skin/hair conditioning agent.Emollients
GoodcyclotetrasiloxaneTBCEmollients
PoorCymbopogon citratesTBCPlant Extracts
PoorCymbopogon martiniTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodcysteineTBCSkin-Replenishing
GoodcystineTBCSkin-Replenishing
Bestd-alpha-tocopherolAntioxidant that's considered the most optimal form of vitamin E.Antioxidants,
Vitamins
GoodD&CAccording to the FDA, D&C is an identification that indicates a coloring agent has been approved as...Coloring Agents/Pigments
GoodD&C colorsGeneral term for a wide group of color additives that are approved for use in drugs and cosmetics...Coloring Agents/Pigments
Poordaisy flower extractThere is no research showing this extract has any benefit for skin. Also known as tansy, it can...Plant Extracts
PoorDaucus carotaAlso known as wild carrot. It can have antioxidant properties, but applied topically it can cause...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodDEA oleth-10 phosphateUsed as an emulsifying agent, which is a group of ingredients essential to most cosmetic...Texture Enhancer
Bestdecarboxy carnosine HCLTBCSkin-Soothing,
Skin-Restoring
Gooddecyl glucosideUsed as a gentle detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Gooddecyl oleateA skin-conditioning agent derived from the esters of decyl alcohol and oleic acid.Emollients
Gooddecylene glycolA synthetic glycol that functions as a skin-conditioning agent.Skin-Replenishing
Gooddehydroacetic acidA synthetic preservative uses in amounts of 0.6% or less. Sometimes its salt form (known as sodium...Preservatives
AveragedehydroepiandrosteroneTBCUncategorized
Gooddeionized/demineralized waterFiltered water used in cosmetics. All water used in cosmetic formulations goes through this process...Uncategorized
Poordenatured alcoholDenatured alcohol is a drying type of alcohol that aggravates and weakens skin...Sensitizing
Averagedeoxyribonucleic acidTBCUncategorized
Gooddetergent cleansing agentTBCCleansing Agents
Averagedeuterium oxideTBCUncategorized
GooddextranPolysaccharide that has water-binding properties for skin.Skin-Replenishing
GooddextrinCarbohydrate that is classified as a polysaccharide. It is used as an adhesive when mixed with...Texture Enhancer
GoodDHATBCUncategorized
Gooddi-PPG-3 myristyl ether adipateDerivative of myristyl alcohol (a fatty alcohol) and adipic acid (a buffering and neutralizing...Texture Enhancer
Averagediatomaceous earthLight-colored porous rock composed of the skeletons of minute sea creatures called diatoms....Scrub Agents
Averagediazolidinyl ureaWater-soluble preservative.Preservatives
Averagedibutyl phthalateAlso known as DBP, it is a common ingredient in nail polish and most synthetic fragrances sold...Uncategorized
Gooddicaprylyl carbonateAn emollient ingredient that may be derived from synthetic or animal sources. It spreads easily and...Emollients
Gooddicetyl phosphateA mix of portions from cetyl alcohol and phosphoric acid that functions as surfactant and emulsifier.Cleansing Agents
Gooddiethylhexyl carbonateA synthetic oil-likeåÊester that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient. Also used in...Emollients
Gooddiethylhexyl malateEmollient and skin-conditioning agent derived from the solvent ethyl hexanediol.Emollients
Gooddiethylhexyl syringylidenemalonateAn ester that functions as an antioxidant and helps defend cosmetics products from chemical or physical deterioration...Antioxidants
Bestdiheptyl succinateTBCTexture Enhancer
Gooddihydrocholeth-30A synthetic ingredient that functions as an emulsifier...Cleansing Agents
GooddihydroxyacetoneIngredient present in all self-tanners that affects the color of skin. Derived from sugar, it...Uncategorized
Gooddiisopropyl adipateUsed as a film-forming agent, emollient, and skin-conditioning agent.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Gooddiisopropyl dimer dilinoleateA synthetic ester that functions as aåÊskin-conditioning agent and emollient.Emollients
Gooddiisostearoyl trimethylolpropane siloxy silicateEmollient in the silicone family.Silicones,
Emollients
Gooddiisostearyl dimer dilinoleateA synthetic ester that functions as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent. May be animal-derived.Emollients
Gooddiisostearyl malateDiisostearyl malate is an ester that functions as an emollient...Emollients
Gooddiisostearyl polyglyceryl-3 dimer dilinoleateDiisostearyl polyglyceryl-3 dimer dilinoleate is an emollient blend of fatty acids often used in cosmetics to enhance coverage.Skin-Softening,
Emollients,
Emulsifiers
Gooddimer dilinoleyl dimer dilinoleateA mixture of fatty acids and a fatty alcohol. This synthetic ingredient...Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
GooddimethiconeA type of silicone, dimethicone is one of the most frequently used emollient ingredients in moisturizers due to its gentleness...Silicones,
Emollients
Gooddimethicone copolyolTBCSilicones,
Emollients
Gooddimethicone crosspolymerSilicone derivative used as a stabilizing or suspending agent or as a thickener.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients,
Silicones
Gooddimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymerA mixture of the silicone dimethicone with PEG-10 and PEG-15.Silicones,
Emollients
Gooddimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymerTBCTexture Enhancer,
Silicones
GooddimethiconolTBCSilicones,
Emollients
Gooddimethyl capramideFunctions as a stabilizer and solvent in cosmetics.Uncategorized
Poordimethyl etherColorless gas used as a propellant in aerosol products. It is potentially harmful if inhaled‰Û_Uncategorized
Gooddimethyl isosorbideA solvent derived from the sugar sorbitol...Uncategorized
Averagedimethyl MEATBCSkin-Restoring
AverageDioscorea villosa extractTBCPlant Extracts
Gooddipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprateMixture of fatty acids used as an emollient and thickening agent.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestdipeptide-2Dipeptide-2 is a small, less complex synthetic peptide made up of the amino acids tryptophan and valine.Skin-Restoring
Bestdipotassium glycyrrhizateTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestdipotassium glycyrrhizinateTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Gooddipotassium phosphateA synthetic salt that helps to adjust and maintain the pH of water-based and...Miscellaneous
Gooddipropylene glycolA synthetic slip agent and texture enhancer.Texture Enhancer
Gooddisodium cocoamphodiacetateMild detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Gooddisodium cocoyl glutamateA cleansing agent derived from coconut.Cleansing Agents
Gooddisodium diglyceryl phosphateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Gooddisodium EDTAShort for disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. Used as a chelating agent...Uncategorized
Gooddisodium glyceryl phosphateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Gooddisodium lauraminopropionateA mild surfactant.Cleansing Agents
Gooddisodium lauriminodipropionate tocopheryl phosphatesA complex mixture of esters formed from a blend of tocopherol phosphates with lauriminodipropionic...Uncategorized
Gooddisodium rutinyl disulfateA water-soluble derivative of the bioflavinoid rutin...Antioxidants
Gooddisteardimonium hectoriteUsed as a suspending agent, often with pigments.Uncategorized
AverageDMAETBCSkin-Restoring
AverageDMDM hydantoinFormaldehyde-releasing preservative...Preservatives
Gooddocosahexaenoic acidTBCTexture Enhancer,
Emollients
Gooddog roseTBCPlant Extracts
GooddogwoodThere is a small amount of research showing that dogwood has antioxidant and soothing...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodDromiceius oilTBCEmollients
GooddulseTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestDunaliella salina extractA type of micro-algae that‰Ûªs known for being adaptable and able to survive even in harsh natural conditions. It‰Ûªs a rich source...Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GooddurianA tropical fruit that contains high levels of antioxidants such as caffeic acid and quercetinAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodDurvillaea antarctica extractExtract derived from a species of algae (Durvillea antarctica).Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestecamsuleSunscreen ingredient that provides UVA protection...Sunscreen Actives
BestEchium plantagineum seed oilA novel, non-fragrant plant oil that's a rich source of saturated fatty acids...Emollients
BestEclipta prostrata extractAn annual plant common to Korea, Eclipta prostrata has potent antioxidant and skin-calming properties.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestectoinEctoin is a synthetic ingredient that serves as an emollient on skin and can also have a buffering effect in cosmetic formulas.Emollients
GoodEDTAAcronym for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a stabilizer used in cosmetics to prevent ingredients...Miscellaneous
Bestegg yolkEgg yolk is mostly water and lipids (fats), especially cholesterol, which makes it a good emollient...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Besteicosapentaenoic acidFatty acid derived from salmon oil; it is a good emollient and replenishing ingredient for skin.Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
BestElaeis guineensisTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestelderberryAlso known as black elderberry or Sambucus nigra, this plant has potent antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorelecampaneLatin name Inula helenium; it is a plant that can be very sensitizing to the skin...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Bestellagic acidPotent antioxidant compound found in pomegranate and most berries.Antioxidants
BestEmblica officinalis (gooseberry) fruit extractAlso known as amla, the fruit extract from gooseberry is among the richest plant sources of antioxidants.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodemollientSupple, waxlike, lubricating, thickening agents that prevent water loss and have a softening and...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodemu oilThe emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is a large, flightless bird indigenous to Australia. The oil...Emollients
GoodemulsifierWhen it comes to cosmetics, an emulsifier refers to any ingredient that helps keep unlike...Thickeners/Emulsifiers
PoorEnglish ivy extractPlant extract that can be a skin sensitizer due to its stimulant and astringent (skin-constricting) properties.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodEnteromorpha compressa extractExtract from green algae.Antioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Plant Extracts
Poorenvironmental damageOccurrence that takes place at an atomic level and is a complex physiological process. Molecules...Miscellaneous
GoodenzymesVast group of protein , produced by all living things, that act as catalysts in chemical...Exfoliant,
Skin-Restoring
Bestepigallocatechin gallateOne of the constituents of green tea believed to be responsible for its many health...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestEpilobium angustifolium extractExtract derived from a plant commonly known as fireweed or willow herb...Skin-Soothing
BestEpilobium fleischeri (willowherb) extractEpilobium fleischeri, also known as Alpine willowherb, is a plant extract has documented skin-calming and antioxidant benefitsSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
PoorEquisetum arvenseTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodergocalciferolTechnical name for vitamin D.Antioxidants,
Vitamins
BestergothioneineA substance derived from animal tissue or various types of mushrooms that has potent antioxidant...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BestEriobotrya japonicaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GooderythruloseSubstance chemically similar to the self-tanning agent dihydroxyacetone. Depending on your skin...Miscellaneous
PooresculinComponent of horse chestnut, it is considered harmful and is not recommended for skin...Sensitizing
Pooressential oilTBCSensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodesterA compound formed from the reaction between an alcohol and an acid via the elimination of water....Emollients
BestEster-CTrade name for a combination form of vitamin C that contains mainly calcium ascorbate, but in...Vitamins
PoorethanolTBCSensitizing
GoodethoxydiglycolTBCMiscellaneous
Poorethyl alcoholTBCSensitizing
Averageethyl hexanediolA synthetic, viscous alcohol that functions as a solvent and can also be...Texture Enhancer
Goodethyl macadamiateMixture of fatty acids from macadamia nut oil.Plant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodethyl vanillinFlavoring agent derived from vanilla. It has antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of...Antioxidants
Bestethylhexyl methoxycinnamateTBCSunscreen Actives
Bestethylhexyl olivateA natural ester of skin-conditioning fatty acids derived from olive oil. It can have an occlusive effect on skin.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodethylhexyl palmitateA mixture of a fatty alcohol and palmitic acid that functions as an emollient.Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodethylhexyl stearateTBCThickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodethylhexylglycerinA synthetic skin-conditioning agent used as a preservative or as a carrier or suspending agent for...Miscellaneous,
Preservatives
GoodethylparabenParabens are a group of controversial preservatives that include butylparaben...Preservatives
Pooreucalyptus extractExtract that may have beneficial properties on the skin...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Pooreucalyptus oilFragrant plant oil whose active constituents are found in the leaves and the oil obtained from...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorEugenia aromaticaTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorEugenia caryophyllusTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PooreugenolFragrance chemical that occurs naturally in some plant ingredients...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodEuphorbia cerifera waxTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
AverageEuphrasia officinalisTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestEuterpe oleracea (acai) sterolsEuterpe oleracea (acai) sterols are the sterol portion derived from the acai plant.Emollients,
Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Replenishing
BestEuterpe oleracea fruit extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestevening primrose oilCan have significant soothing and emollient benefits for skin.Skin-Soothing,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
GoodEvodia rutaecarpa extractA species of Asian tree whose fragrant fruit functions as a good soothing agent in...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodExt. D&CType of coloring agent. According to the FDA (www.fda.gov), when Ext. D&C is followed by a color,...Coloring Agents/Pigments
AverageeyebrightA plant; although the name sounds like it would be beneficial for the eye area, there are no...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodfaexA type of yeast.Antioxidants
AveragefarnesolExtract of plants that is used in cosmetics primarily for fragrance. A few animal studies and some...Antioxidants,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Plant Extracts
Averagefarnesyl acetateTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestfatty acidSubstance typically found in plant and animal lipids (fat). Fatty acids include compounds such as...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodfatty alcoholMade from fatty acids; fatty alcohols are used in cosmetics as thickening agents and emollients....Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodFD&CType of coloring agent. According to the FDA, when FD&C is followed by a color, the color is...Coloring Agents/Pigments
GoodFD&C colorsGeneral term for any color additive deemed to be safe and FDA-approved for use in foods, drugs, and...Coloring Agents/Pigments
Poorfennel oilVolatile, fragrant oil that can cause skin sensitivity.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorfennel seed extractCan have antioxidant properties, but on skin it can be a skin sensitizer (Source:...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodferric ammonium ferrocyanideInorganic salt of ferric ferrocyanide.Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodferric ferrocyanideAlso known as Iron Blue, a coloring agent used in cosmetic products, including those designed for...Coloring Agents/Pigments
PoorFerula galbanifluaTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestferulic acidA plant-based antioxidant. Research suggests that it provides antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodfeverfew extractA plant that can be very soothing but also potentially sensitizing to the skin...Skin-Soothing,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
GoodfibronectinType of protein found in the skin....Skin-Replenishing
BestFicus carica (fig) fruit extractFig is a rich source of a class of antioxidants known as phenolic compounds.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestfigTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestFilipendula glaberrimaAlso known as Nakai, the root of this plant extract has been shown to be an antioxidant‰Û_Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestFilipendula rubraTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodfilm-forming agentLarge group of ingredients that are typically found in hair-care products, but that are also widely...Film-Forming/Holding Agents
Poorfir needle oilVolatile, fragrant oil that can cause skin sensitivity.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestfireweed extractExtract from the Epilobium angustifoliumåÊplant; also known as willow herb.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Averagefish cartilage extractMay have water-binding properties, but there is no research showing that this has any benefit for...Miscellaneous
BestflavonoidTBCAntioxidants
AverageflavorAccording to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the term "flavor" on a product label signifies...Miscellaneous
BestflaxPlant source of linen and edible seeds. Flax seeds and seed oil have antioxidant properties...Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestflaxseed oilFrom seeds of the flax plant; a source of fatty acids, particularly omega-3.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorfloralozoneOne of a number of synthetic fragrant components.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorFoeniculum vulgare extractTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodfolic acidPart of the B-vitamin complex; when taken orally, it is a good antioxidant. That benefit has not...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Averageformaldehyde-releasing preservativeCommon type of preservative found in cosmetics...Preservatives
BestFragaria vesca (strawberry) fruit extractStrawberry‰Ûªs red color comes from its high amount of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorfragranceOne or a blend of volatile and/or fragrant plant oils (or synthetically derived oils) that impart...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorfrankincense extractFragrant component used in skincare products; it can be a skin sensitizer...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodfructoseOften called fruit sugar, fructose is a type of sugar composed of glucose. It has water-binding...Skin-Replenishing
Averagefruit acidTBCMiscellaneous,
Plant Extracts
BestFu lingTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestFucus vesiculosus extractFucus vesiculosus extract, also known as bladderwrack, is a type of brown algae (seaweed) that is edible.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Soothing,
Hydration
Goodfuller's earthMineral substance that is similar to kaolin (a clay). Composed mainly of alumina, silica, iron...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Absorbent
GoodgalactoarabinanPolysaccharide extracted from the western larch tree.Antioxidants,
Hydration,
Plant Extracts
PoorgalbanumFragrant substance that, because of its resin and volatile oil content, can be extremely sensitizing‰Û_Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Bestgamma linolenic acid (GLA)Fatty acid used in cosmetics as an emollient and antioxidant. GLA is considered to...Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Skin-Restoring
BestGanoderma lucidum (mushroom) extractGanoderma lucidum is a species of mushroom also known as Reishi mushroom that, when applied to skin, can visibly reduce some types of discoloration.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestGarcinia mangostana (mangosteen) peel extractMangosteen is a fruit with a sweet and sour flavor and is native to several Asian countries.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorGardenia florida extractFlower extract used in cosmetics to impart fragrance; also functions as an antioxidant (Source:...Antioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodgelatinProtein obtained from plants or animals and used in cosmetics as a thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodgellan gumA plant-derived, high-weight, polysaccharide texture enhancer that also...Texture Enhancer
GoodGellidiela acerosa extractExtract derived from a type of algae.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestgenisteinPlant component (most often from soy) that is a rich source of antioxidants, though it can also be...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestGentiana lutea (Gentian) root extractPart of the gentian plant, constituents of which are soothing to skin...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AveragegeraniolA volatile fragrance ingredient extracted from geranium, geraniol is capable of causing sensitivity when applied to skin.Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestgeranium extractExtract that can have potent antioxidant properties (Source: Phytomedicine, June 2000, pages...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorgeranium oilFragrant oil that can have beneficial properties but also can be a skin sensitizer...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorGeranium pretenseGeranium plant.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodGermaben IITrade name for diazolidinyl urea.Preservatives
Goodginger extractExtract from a plant in the ZingiberacaeåÊfamily that has research showing it has soothing...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorginger oilTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
BestGinkgo biloba leaf extractPotent antioxidant and soothing ingredient.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestginsengGinseng is a popular herbal supplement. When applied topically it delivers antioxidant benefits, boosts hydration, and helps visibly improve signs of skin aging.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestGLATBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Skin-Restoring
BestglabridinMain ingredient in licorice extract. It has soothing properties. There is research showing...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestglucomannanGlucomannan is prebiotic sugar that combines the simples sugars mannose with glucose.Hydration
BestgluconolactoneTBCExfoliant
Bestglucosamine HCLA form of glucosamine, an amino sugar that can be considered a skin-restorative...Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodglucoseMonosaccharide that has water-binding properties for skin.Skin-Replenishing
Goodglucose oxidaseGlucose oxidase is an enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of the sugar glucose.Miscellaneous
Bestglucosyl hesperidinA water-soluble form of hesperidin, a flavonoid found in many citrus plants, as well as evening primrose oil. It has potential as an antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestglucosylceramidesGlucosylceramides are responsible for the healthy formation and appearance of skin‰Ûªs upper layers.Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodglutamic acidGlutamic acid is an amino acid that helps aid skin hydration.Hydration
BestglutamineCan help improve the function of skin...Skin-Replenishing
BestglutathionePowerful, non-enzymatic antioxidant which naturally occurs in the skin.Antioxidants,
Skin-Restoring
Goodgluten ingredientsGluten is a protein that occurs naturally in many types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley.Miscellaneous
Goodglycereth-26Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglycereth-26 phosphateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglycereth-6 laurateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
BestglycerinAlso called glycerol or glycerine, glycerin is present in all natural lipids (fats), whether animal or vegetable.Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
BestglycerineTBCSkin-Replenishing
BestglycerolTBCSkin-Replenishing
Goodglycerol monostearateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglycerol triacetateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglycerol trioleateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Bestglyceryl ascorbateA vitamin C derivative, it serves as an antioxidant in skincare products.Antioxidants
Goodglyceryl behanateA simple mixture of glycerin and the naturally-occuring fatty acid behenic acid. Glyceryl behenate...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
Bestglyceryl behenateAn ester emollient of fatty acid behenic acid...Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodglyceryl behenate/eicosadioateA mixture of esters of glycerin, along with behenic and eicosadioic acids, its works as a thickener and stabilizing agent in makeup and skincare products.Thickeners
Goodglyceryl cocoateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl dibehanateA complex mixture of glycerin and the naturally-occurring fatty acid behenic acid. Glyceryl...Emollients
Goodglyceryl dipalmitateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl distearateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl esterLarge group of ingredients that are composed of fats and oils. At room temperature, the fats are...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl isopalmitateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl isostearateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl myristateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl oleateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
Goodglyceryl palmitateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl polymethacrylateA blend of glycerin and polymethacrylic acid that functions as a film-forming agent. It has a...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Goodglyceryl rosinateAn ester of long chain acids derived from a plant-based ingredient known as rosin.Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
Goodglyceryl stearateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl stearate citrateGlyceryl stearate citrate is an ester of citric acid and glyceryl stearate.Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodglyceryl stearate SEWidely used ingredient that is a self-emulsifying (that‰Ûªs what the ‰ÛÏSE‰Û stands for) form of...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
GoodglycineTBCSkin-Replenishing
BestGlycine soja oilOil derived from wild soybeans; it has emollient properties.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
BestGlycine soja seed extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
BestGlycine soja sterolsA sterol is a solid complex alcohol derived from animals and plants. In this case, the sterols are...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodglycogenPolysaccharide that has water-binding properties for skin.Skin-Replenishing,
Hydration
Goodglycol stearateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Bestglycolic acidA type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that, like other ingredients in the category, can act as a water-binding agent and, when properly formulated, as an exfoliant...Exfoliant
BestglycolipidType of lipid composed of sugar (monosaccharide) and fat (lipid) that forms an important component...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
BestglycoproteinsGlycoproteins are a type of peptide naturally present in skin's surface that works with other ingredients to reinforce skin's barrier strength.Skin-Restoring,
Hydration
BestglycosaminoglycansAlso known as mucopolysaccharides; these are a fundamental component of skin and are...Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
BestglycosphingolipidTBCSkin-Replenishing
Bestglycyrrhetic acidExtract from licorice that has skin-soothing properties‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestglycyrrhetinic acidOne of the components of licorice root extract...Antioxidants,
Skin-Soothing
BestGlycyrrhiza glabraTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestGlycyrrhiza uralensis root extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestgoji fruit extractThis bright, warm red berry, native to Asia, is a very good source of antioxidant compounds.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorgoldAn ingredient that seems luxe and helpful but is actually a frequent contact sensitizer‰Û_Sensitizing,
Miscellaneous
GoodGossypium herbacuem seed oilAlso known as cotton seed oil, this non-fragrant plant oil may cause...Plant Extracts
Bestgotu kolaTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestgrape seed extractGrape seed extract has been shown to help diminish free-radical damage‰Û_Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestgrape seed oilEmollient, non-fragrant plantåÊoil that also hasåÊexcellent antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Poorgrapefruit oilCitrus oil whose volatile components (chiefly substances known as furocoumarins) are sensitizing...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorgrapefruit peel extractTypically listed as citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract on the ingredient list...Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
Poorgrapefruit seed extractLabelled as Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) seed extract, this is often claimed as a natural preservative...Uncategorized
Bestgreen teaSignificant amounts of research have established that tea, including black, green, and white tea...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestgromwellTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Goodguar gumPlant-derived thickening agent...Plant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodguar hydroxypropyltrimonium chlorideTBCThickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Miscellaneous
PoorguaranaHerb that contains two and a half times more caffeine than coffee. It can have constricting...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestguavaGuava extract is a rich source of bioactive antioxidants including gallic acid, quercetin, and tocopherol.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodgumsSubstances that have water-binding properties, but that are used primarily as thickening agents in...Plant Extracts,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer
BestHaematococcus pluvialis extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorHamamelis virginianaTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
PoorhamamelitanninTannin that is found in witch hazel. It can be a skin sensitizer but it also has antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Sensitizing
GoodHaslea ostrearia extractExtract derived from a water plant also known as blue algae. In pure concentrations this extract...Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Plant Extracts
Poorhayflower extractPlant extract that, due to its constricting effect on skin, can be sensitizing There is no...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodhazelnut oilOil extracted from the hazelnut and that is used as an emollient.Emollients
GoodhectoriteA type of clay used in cosmetics that enhances texture by imparting a smooth, silky feel.Texture Enhancer
PoorHedera helixTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorhedioneSynthetic fragrant component in products, which also can be a skin sensitizer.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestHelianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oilHelianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil is a non-volatile, non-fragrant plant oil used as an emollient in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
BestHelianthus oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
Besthemp seed oilFrom the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BesthesperidinFlavonoid found in various plants such as citrus and evening primrose oil. It has potential as a...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodhesperidin methyl chalconeCitrus bioflavonoid often seen in products claiming to improve dark undereye circles. There is...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Besthexanoyl dipeptide-3 norleucine acetateHexanoyl dipeptide-3 norleucine acetate is a synthetic peptide that helps skin‰Ûªs surface shed properly and speeds up surface renewal for fresher-looking skin.Skin-Restoring
Poorhexyl cinnamalA fragrance ingredient used in many perfumes and often seen in fragranced skincare products...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodhexyl laurateSkin-softening agent and emollient that is a mixture of hexyl alcohol and lauric acid.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
GoodhexyldecanolA synthetic, non-drying fatty alcohol used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodhexylene glycolTBCSlip Agents
AveragehexylresorcinolA synthetic ingredient that has been shown to have skin brightening ability but there is very limited research about it on skin...Antioxidants
GoodhibiscusFragrant plantAntioxidants,
Skin-Restoring,
Plant Extracts
GoodHimanthalia elongate extractExtract of a species of algae.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
BestHippophae rhamnoidesTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestHippophae Rhamnoides (seaberry) fruit extractAlso known as sea buckthorn, seaberry is a good source of vitamin C as well as various B vitamins, vitamin E.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodhistidineTBCAntioxidants
BesthoelenA mushroom that grows underground on the roots of pines and other trees around the world. It has...Plant Extracts,
Preservatives
BesthomosalateFDA-approved sunscreen active ingredient that primarily provides UVB protection. Its UVA range is...Sunscreen Actives
BesthoneySubstance produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. Composed primarily of the...Skin-Soothing,
Vitamins,
Antioxidants
Besthoney extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Besthoneysuckle flower extractPlant extract that functions as a soothing agent. It is a very good source of flavonoids...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
AveragehopsThere is no research showing that hops have any benefit for skin. However, components in hops may...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageHordeum vulgare extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodhorse chestnut extractMay have soothing properties for skin...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Poorhorse elderTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorhorseradishPlant that can sensitize skin and should never be applied to abraded skin.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Averagehorsetail extractPlant extract that has antioxidant and soothing properties, but there's no solid research showing it can and does exert these effects...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageHortonia floribunda leaf extractNo research shows this plant as having any benefit for skin although it and other plant components...Plant Extracts
GoodHuang qiTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageHumulus lupulus extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Besthyaluronic acidComponent of skin that is used in skincare products as a good restorative ingredient....Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
PoorHydnocarpus anthelminticaTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorHydrastis canadenisTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Besthydrocotyl extractTBCPlant Extracts
Poorhydrogen peroxideThere is a great deal of current research showing that hydrogen peroxide is problematic as a...Sensitizing
Goodhydrogenated coco-glycerideUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodhydrogenated dideceneSkin-conditioning agent derived from didecene, which is a hydrocarbon. Hydrocarbons are organic...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Besthydrogenated lecithinTBCSkin-Restoring,
Emollients
Besthydrogenated olive oilWhen a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is chemically converted gas from a liquid to a semi-solid or...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodhydrogenated palm glyceridesPalm glycerides are the fatty acid component of palm oil. When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is...Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
Goodhydrogenated polydeceneSynthetic polymer that functions as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.Emollients
Goodhydrogenated polyisobuteneSynthetic polymer used as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Besthydrogenated soybean oilNon-fragrant plant oil from soy that has been hydrogenated so it retains a semi-solid rather than liquid state.Antioxidants,
Emollients
Goodhydrogenated starch hydrolysateThe end product of hydrolyzing starch, a polysaccharide carbohydrate...Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Hydration
Goodhydrogenated vegetable glycerides citrateA hydrogenated blend of vegetable glycerides that functions chiefly as an emollient and emulsifier in cosmetics...Emollients,
Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodhydrolyzed acacia macrostachya seed extractThe extract from the seed of the Acacia macrostachya plant, a tropical shrub.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Besthydrolyzed algae extractThe hydrolyzed form of algae extract, and a rich source of polysaccharides for skin.Emollients,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
Goodhydrolyzed corn starchA form of the natural absorbent corn starch that has been hydrolyzed, which means it has undergone...Absorbent
Besthydrolyzed eruca sativa (arugula) leafWhen applied to skin, arugula is a good source of antioxidants and minerals to help defend skin from environmental damage.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Besthydrolyzed glycosaminoglycansA skin-restorative ingredient that has been hydrolyzed, which is a chemical process involving the...Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Softening
Besthydrolyzed jojoba estersEssential fatty acids from the jojoba plant, broken down by water to form a new complex with...Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodhydrolyzed jojoba proteinProtein fraction of seeds from the jojoba plant that has been hydrolyzed, which is a chemical...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Besthydrolyzed pumpkin seedcakeHydrolyzed pumpkin seedcake is a plant-derived ingredient that protects skin from moisture loss to support firmness.Plant Extracts,
Hydration
Besthydrolyzed rhodophycea (red algae) extractHydrolyzed rhodophycea is a type of red algae that, like most other types used in skin care products, helps improve skin‰Ûªs hydration.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Hydration
Goodhydrolyzed silkTBCAntioxidants,
Slip Agents
Besthydrolyzed soy proteinTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodhydrolyzed vegetable proteinComposed of various protein substances derived from vegetables and broken down by water to form a...Miscellaneous,
Hydration
Goodhydrolyzed wheat proteinProtein fraction from wheat that has been hydrolyzed, which is a chemical process involving the...Plant Extracts,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer
BesthydroquinoneHydroquinone has long been established as the most effective ingredient for reducing brown spots.Skin-Restoring,
Antioxidants
GoodhydroxyacetophenoneHydroxyacetophenone is a synthetic antioxidant and skin-conditioning ingredient.Antioxidants,
Hydration
Goodhydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyl dimethyl taurate copolymerA polymer that functions as a stabilizer, thickening agent, and opacifying agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodhydroxyethyl ureaA synthetic ingredient that serves to hydrate skin and help maintain a normal...Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodhydroxyethylcellulosePlant-derived thickening agent typically used as a binding agent or emulsifier. Also used (most...Plant Extracts,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Poorhydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acidAlso known by the acronym HEPES, hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid is a buffering ingredient typically used to...Miscellaneous
Besthydroxylated lecithinTBCEmollients
Goodhydroxypropyl cyclodextrinA plant- derived or synthetic carbohydrate that functions as a chelating agent and...Miscellaneous
Goodhydroxypropyl guarTBCPlant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodhydroxypropyl starch phosphateA plant-based or synthetic starch ingredient that functions as a thickener or bulking agent in cosmetics...Thickeners/Emulsifiers
GoodHypericum extractTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
BesthyssopTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestidebenoneA synthetic antioxidant similar to coenzyme Q10. Idebenone got a lot of press as the best...Antioxidants
BestIlex paraguariensisTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
PoorIllicium vernumTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodilliteIllite is a mineral-sourced natural thickener that is sometimes referred to as French green clay.Thickeners,
Absorbent
Averageimidazolidinyl ureaConsidered a weaker preservative than its "cousin" diazolidinyl urea because it is beneficial against...Preservatives
Goodinactive ingredientThe list of inactive ingredients is the part of an ingredient label that is not regulated by the...Miscellaneous
BestinositolMajor component of lecithin that may have water-binding properties for skin. It is not a vitamin,...Skin-Replenishing
PoorInula heleniumTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodiodopropynyl butylcarbamateA synthetic preservative that is typically used in concentrations of 0.1% or less. It is very...Preservatives
PoorIris florentina extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodIrish moss extractType of red algae.Antioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodiron oxidesCompounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics. They also are used as a metal...Coloring Agents/Pigments
Averageiron powderIron powder is, as the name states, a powdered versoin of the mineral iron. A natural ingredient, it's used as an opacifying agent in cosmetics.Absorbent
Goodisoamyl cocoateIsoamyl cocoate, an ester of isoamyl alcohol and coconut acid, works as a lightweight, fast-absorbing emollient and skin softener in skin care.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodisoamyl laurateThe ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid, this plant- or synthetic-based texture-enhancing ingredient feels velvety-soft.Emulsifiers,
Skin-Softening
Goodisobutyl acetateTBCMiscellaneous
GoodisobutylparabenParabens are a group of controversial preservatives that include butylparaben...Preservatives
Averageisocetyl salicylateTBCMiscellaneous
GoodisododecaneHydrocarbon ingredient used as a solvent. Isododecane enhances the spreadability of products and...Miscellaneous,
Texture Enhancer
BestisoflavonePlant derivative with antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodisohexadecaneUsed as a detergent cleansing agent, emulsifier, and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents,
Texture Enhancer
GoodisoleucineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodisononyl isononanoateAn ester that functions as a skin-conditioning agent. Occurs naturally in cocoa and lavender oil.Emollients
GoodisoparaffinTBCThickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Poorisopropyl alcoholTBCSensitizing
Goodisopropyl isostearateThe ester of isopropyl alcohol and isostearic acid. It is used as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient in cosmetics products...Emollients
Goodisopropyl lanolateDerived from lanolin, it is used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodisopropyl myristateTexture enhancer and emollient as used in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodisopropyl palmitateTexture enhancer and emollient as used in cosmetics. It can potentially be...Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodisopropyl titanium triisostearateA synthetic or animal-derived ingredient used as a surface treatment for cosmetic pigments...Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodisopropyl titanium triisostearte/triethoxycaprylylsilane crosspolymerA synthetic, silicone-enhancedåÊpolymer that occurs from combining isopropyl titanium triisostearate...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Silicones,
Texture Enhancer
Goodisostearamide DEAUsed as a surfactant, water-binding agent, and thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
Goodisostearic acidFatty acid used as a binding agent and thickener.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Poorivy extractPlant extract that can be sensitizing due to its astringent (skin-constricting) properties.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodJapan waxVegetable wax obtained from sumac berries, and used as a thickening agent and emollient in...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Poorjasmine oilFragrant oil, often used as a source of perfume, that can be a skin sensitizer...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorJasminium grandiflorumTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestjojoba butterThe fattiest portion of jojoba oil, used as an intensive emollient.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
Bestjojoba estersJojoba esters are a mixture of esters from jojoba oil and hydrogenated jojoba oil that are used as emollients, occlusives, or as scrub particles in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Scrub Agents
Bestjojoba oilEmollient, non-fragrant oil (technically, a polyunsaturated wax) extracted from the seeds of a perennial shrub.Skin-Restoring,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
Bestjojoba waxSemi-solid portion of jojoba oil.Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
Poorjonquil extractFragrant plant extract that poses a strong risk of skin sensitization.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodJu huaTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodjujube fruit extractAsian plant extract that has soothing properties and may also provide other benefits...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Poorjuniper berryCan have sothing properties for skin‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorJuniperus communisTBCSkin-Soothing,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
GoodkaolinNaturally occurring clay mineral (silicate of aluminum) that is used in cosmetics for its absorbent...Absorbent
PoorKathon CGTBCPreservatives,
Sensitizing
Poorkava-kava extractExtract of the Piper methysticumåÊplant that has soothing properties, but can...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorkawa extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodkelp extractTBCAntioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
AverageKigelia africana extractExtract of African plant commonly known as the sausage tree. The African lore about this extract is...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestkiwi fruit extractAs a food, kiwi has significant antioxidant properties that may even be greater than those of...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodkojic acidBy-product of the fermentation process of malting rice for use in the manufacture of sake, Japanese...Antioxidants
Goodkojic dipalmitateA mixture of kojic acid and palmitic acid. It functions as a skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant...Antioxidants
Averagekola nutOne of the major components of the kola nut is caffeine, which in high amounts can be a skin sensitizer...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Bestkudzu rootSource of isoflavone, genistein, and daidzein, all plant estrogens..Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestkukui nut oilNon-volatile oil from a plant native to Hawaii; it has emollient properties for skin (Source:...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestL-ascorbic acidForm of vitamin C that is a potent antioxidant and skin-soothing agent...Skin-Soothing,
Vitamins,
Antioxidants
GoodL-cysteineTBCAntioxidants
Bestlactic acidAlpha hydroxy acid extracted from milk, although most forms used in cosmetics are synthetic. It...Exfoliant
BestLactobacillus fermentLactobacillus ferment is a lab-created, non-living probiotic ingredient made by fermentation of the microorganism Lactobacillus.Hydration
BestLactobacillus/rye flour fermentLactobacillus/rye flour ferment is a non-living probiotic made by fermenting rye flour with the microorganism Lactobacillus that‰Ûªs used to create sourdough bread.Hydration
GoodlactobionatePolysaccharide that has water-binding properties for skin.Skin-Replenishing
Bestlactobionic acidTBCExfoliant
BestlactoperoxidaseEnzyme derived from milk; it has purifying benefits for skin and may be helpful for...Miscellaneous
Poorlady's mantle extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Miscellaneous
Bestlady's thistle (milk thistle) extractExtract for which there is a great deal of research showing it has many applications...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Restoring
AverageLagerstroemia indica extractNo research shows this plant as having any benefit for skin...Plant Extracts
GoodLaminaria digitataTBCAntioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
GoodLaminaria longicrurisTBCAntioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
GoodLaminaria ochroleuca extractThe Latin name for a species of kelp, also known as brown seaweed. Applied topically, it helps...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodLaminaria sacharrinaTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
BestLamium album flower extractA species of the nettle plant that is used topically as as a soothing ingredient...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodlanolinEmollient, very thick substance derived from sheep. Lanolin has long been...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodlanolin alcoholEmollient derived from lanolin.Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodlappa extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodLarrea divaricata extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodLarrea tridentataTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodlauramphocarboxyglycinateMild detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodlaurdimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy proteinTBCMiscellaneous
Goodlaurdimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat proteinTBCMiscellaneous
Goodlaureth-23Derived from lauryl alcohol and used either as a surfactant or emulsifier (or, in many cases, as...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Goodlaureth-4Derived from lauryl alcohol and used either as a surfactant or emulsifier (or, in many cases, as...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
Goodlaureth-7A form of lauryl alcohol (a non-irritating fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil) that can...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents
GoodlaurethsSubstances that in various combinations create a wide range of mild detergent cleansing agents...Cleansing Agents
Bestlauric acidOne of several fatty acids found in coconut oil and other natural fats.Skin-Replenishing,
Cleansing Agents
Goodlauroyl lysineAmino acid derivative that functions as a skin- and hair-conditioning agent. It also contributes to...Miscellaneous
PoorLaurus nobilisTBCAntioxidants,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Plant Extracts
Goodlauryl alcoholTBCCleansing Agents
Goodlauryl glucosideTBCCleansing Agents
Goodlauryl lactateMixture of lauryl alcohol and lactic acid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestlauryl laurateAn ester of lauryl alcohol and lauric acid...Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodlauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethiconeA silicone polymer that has multiple functions in cosmetic products, including skin/hair...Emulsifiers,
Miscellaneous,
Texture Enhancer,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Poorlavandin oilEssential oil of the hybrid lavender plant Lavandula hybridaåÊand used in cosmetics as a fragrance...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorLavandula angustifoliaTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorLavandula officinalisTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorlavender extract and oilIn-vitro research indicates that components of lavender oil, specifically linalool and linalyl acetate, can have...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestlecithinPhospholipid found in egg yolks and may be plant or animal derived. It is widely used in...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
PoorlemonPotent skin sensitizer. Though it can have beneficial properties...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorlemon balmTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorlemon juiceThe juice from the citrus fruit lemon, often touted in the world of skin care as being a natural option for brightening skin.Antioxidants,
Sensitizing
Poorlemon oilCommonly used citrus oil that can be a skin sensitizer, especially on abraded skin.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorlemongrass extractExtract that can have beneficial properties...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorlemongrass oilAlso known as Oil of Verbena; can be effective as a mosquito repellent...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodlentil fruit extractExtract that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and likely has antioxidant benefit, too.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Softening
AverageLentinus edodes extractExtract from the shiitake mushroom that may have antioxidant properties...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Antioxidants
BestLeontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) extractEdelweiss is a plant extract whose constituents are capable of providing antioxidant and skin-soothing benefit for skin.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodLeptospermum scoparium oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodleucineAmino acid.Skin-Replenishing
Goodleuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrateLeuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate is a preservative created by fermenting Raphanus sativus (radish) roots.Plant Extracts,
Preservatives
PoorLevisticum officinale root extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Bestlicorice extractPlant extract that has skin-soothing properties. In addition, licorice root may be effective in...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestlicorice rootTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
AverageLilium candidum bulb extractExtract derived from the white lily bulb. There is no research showing this has any benefit for...Plant Extracts
Poorlime oil and extractCitrus fruit whose volatile compounds are sensitizing...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodLimnanthes albaPlant commonly known as meadowfoam; its seed oil is a non-volatile plant oil used as a...Plant Extracts,
Skin-Softening
BestLimnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oilLimnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil is a non-fragrant, edible plant oil originally developed as an agricultural crop in the 1950s.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
GoodLimnanthes alba seed oilTBCPlant Extracts
PoorlimoneneChemical constituent of many natural fragrant ingredients, notably citrus oils such as lemon (d-limonene) and...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorlinaloolFragrant component of lavender and coriander that can be a skin sensitizer, or...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Bestlinden flower extractMajor constituents in linden are flavonoids and glycosides. Flavonoids are potent...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestlinoleic acidUnsaturated fatty acid used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. There is some...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Skin-Restoring,
Emollients
Bestlinolenic acidLinolenic acid is a naturally-occurring, colorless polyunsaturated fatty acid liquid...Skin-Restoring,
Plant Extracts
BestLinum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oilLinum usitastissimum (linseed) seed oil is more commonly known as flaxseed oil.Plant Extracts
BestLinum usitatissimum extractTBCPlant Extracts
BestlipidWide range of ingredients found in plants, animals, and human skin. Lipids include fatty acids,...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodliposomesDelivery system (not an ingredient) capable of holding other ingredients and releasing them after...Miscellaneous
Goodlithium magnesium sodium silicateSynthetic silica-based clay composed of lithium, sodium, and magnesium. Used as a thickening agent...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Absorbent
BestLithospermum erythrorhizonAlso known as gromwell, the root of this plant is believed to have antioxidant and...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorLitsea cubebaTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodlocust beanTBCPlant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents
BestLonicera caprifolium flower extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestLonicera japonicaHoneysuckle extract. A plant with soothing properties for skin.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestLonicera japonica flower extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestloquat extractExtract derived from a subtropical flower that has antioxidant properties similar to...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestlotus seed extractExtract that can have soothing and antioxidant properties...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorlovage root extractIn cosmetics, it is used as a fragrance....Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestlupineLegume that is a source of isoflavones with antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestlupine oilExtract of Lupinus albus, a legume; it has emollient and antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestLupinus albus (white lupine) seed oilLupinus albus (white lupine) seed oil is a non-fragrant plant oil whose unsaturated fatty acid content consists primarily of oleic and erucic acids.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestLupinus albus extractSpecies of legume.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestluteinCarotenoid that has antioxidant properties‰Û_Antioxidants
BestLycium barbarum fruit extractThe extract of the fruit commonly known as goji, goji berry, or wolfberry. This fruit extract is an antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Skin-Softening
BestlycopeneCarotenoid pigment that has potent antioxidant properties‰Û_Antioxidants
PoorlyeTBCCleansing Agents,
Sensitizing
GoodlysineAmino acid.Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Bestlysine HCILysine HCI plays a role in keeping skin hydrated and helping it look smooth and youthful.Hydration
Goodmacadamia nut oilUsed in cosmetics as an emollient for dry skin.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestmadecassosideOne of four principal bioactive compounds in the plant extract Centella asiatica.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodmagnesiumEarth mineral that has strong absorbent properties and some disinfecting properties‰Û_Absorbent
Goodmagnesium aluminum silicatePowdery, dry-feeling, white solid that is used as a thickening agent and powder in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodmagnesium ascorbyl palmitateFatty acid-basedåÊderivative of vitamin C that can be an effective antioxidant. There is some...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestmagnesium ascorbyl phosphateForm of vitamin C that is considered stable and an effective antioxidant for skin (Sources:...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Goodmagnesium aspartateMagnesium aspartate is the magnesium salt of aspartic acid that plays a role in maintaining proteins in skin.Skin-Softening,
Hydration
Goodmagnesium carbonateInorganic mineral salt used as an absorbent, opacifying agent, coloring agent, or to adjust the pH...Absorbent
Goodmagnesium hydroxideActive ingredient in milk of magnesia. It is an absorbent and has disinfectant properties for skin.Absorbent,
Miscellaneous
Goodmagnesium laureth sulfateMild detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodmagnesium oleth sulfateMild detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodmagnesium palmitoyl glutamateMagnesium palmitoyl glutamate is an amino acid (glutamic acid) and mineral (magnesium) blend that conditions and softens skin.Skin-Softening
Bestmagnesium PCAMagnesium PCA is the magnesium salt of PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid), which is part of skin‰Ûªs intercellular matrix.Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodmagnesium stearateUsed as a thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodmagnesium sulfateCommonly known as Epsom salt, a magnesium salt used as a texture enhancer.Texture Enhancer
GoodMahonia aquifolium root extractA plant extract known as Orgeon grape...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestmalic acidMalic acid is an exfoliating ingredient derived from unripe fruit.Exfoliant
BestmallowCan be used as a texture enhancer in cosmetics and may have soothing...Skin-Soothing,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts
BestMalpighia emarginata (acerola) fruit extractAcerola fruit extract is a potent source of antioxidants and hydrating polysaccharides.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodmaltodextrinA plant-based sugar created by hydrolyzing a saccharide with starch from corn, potato, or rice.Thickeners,
Film-Forming Agents,
Absorbent
Goodmaltooligosyl glucosideA carbohydrate polysaccharide that‰Ûªs naturally-derived and then combined...Hydration,
Film-Forming Agents,
Emulsifiers,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer
GoodMalva sylvestris extractExtract from the blue mallow flower, it may have some soothing properties for...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Averagemalvaceae extractExtract from plants of the Malvaceae family, which includes over 1,000 species, found in tropical...Plant Extracts
Poormandarin orange oil or extractPrimarily used as a fragrance; it can be a skin sensitizer. There is no research showing it has any...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodmandelic acidA type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), also known as amygdalic acid. There‰Ûªs some research showing mandelic acid is an effective exfoliant, although it‰Ûªs not as effective as glycolic acid due to its larger size...Exfoliant
Averagemanganese gluconateMineral found in trace amounts in tissues of the body. While manganese plays a vital role in the...Antioxidants
Goodmanganese violetColoring agent/additive permanently listed (as of 1976) by the FDA for use in cosmetic products,...Coloring Agents/Pigments
BestMangifera indica (mango) seed butterMore commonly known as mango butter, this ingredient is a very good plant-based...Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
GoodMangifera indica rootExtract derived from the mango tree; it can have antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodmannitolMannitol is a plant-derived or lab-made sugar that works in skin care to bind moisture and condition.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodmanuka oilExtract derived from the New Zealand tea tree; the oil is similar to that of the Australian tea...Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodmarigoldTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodmarionberryFruit that has potent antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoormarjoramHerb with a fragrant component used in cosmetics; can be a skin sensitizer‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestmarshmallowA flowering plant native to Africa that has soothing effects...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
GoodMastocarpus stellatusTBCAntioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestmate extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestmatricaria oilTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageMEAAbbreviation for monoethanolamine.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Bestmeadowsweet extractExtract that can have skin-soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestMedicago sativaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodMelaleuca alternifoliaTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
PoorMelaleuca cajeputi oilThere is no research showing that this oil, which is derived from a plant in the same family as the...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestMelia azadirachta (chinaberry) flower extractThe chinaberry is a popular plant throughout India, where use of every part of the plant can be seen in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestMelia azadirachta (chinaberry) leaf extractLatin term for the extract from the leaf of the neem plant.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
PoorMelia azadirachta oilTBCSensitizing
GoodmelibioseSaccharide that can have good water-binding properties.Skin-Replenishing
PoorMelissa officinalisTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorMentha arvensisTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorMentha piperitaTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorMentha spicataTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorMentha viridisTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoormentholDerived from peppermint; menthol can have the same sensitizing effect as peppermint on skin‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoormenthoneMajor constituent of peppermint.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoormenthoxypropanediolSynthetic derivative of menthol. It is known to produce effects that are twice as strong as...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Bestmenthyl anthranilateAlso known as meradimate, this is a synthetic sunscreen active is a partially effective UVA...Sunscreen Actives
Poormenthyl lactateUsed as a cooling agent and fragrance in cosmetics. It is a derivative of menthol and is supposed...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestmeradmiateTBCSunscreen Actives
PoormethanolTBCSensitizing
GoodmethiconeOne of the simpler silicones due to its less complex molecular structure.Silicones,
Emollients,
Slip Agents
GoodmethionineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodmethyl gluceth-20Liquid that functions as a water-binding and skin-conditioning agent.Skin-Softening
Goodmethyl gluceth-20 benzoateA synthetic ester and emollient used to improve product spreadability. Methyl...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodmethyl glucose sesquistearateA mixure of the diesters of methyl glucoside and stearic acid. Functions as a skin-conditioning...Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Goodmethyl trimethiconeTBCSilicones,
Slip Agents,
Emollients
PoormethylchloroisothiazolinoneIn combination with methylisothiazolinone, it goes by the trade name Kathon CG (among others)....Preservatives,
Sensitizing
Poormethyldibromo glutaronitrileFormaldehyde-releasing preservative...Preservatives
PoormethyldihydrojasmonateSynthetic fragrant component.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodmethylglucoside phosphateA type of monosaccharide (simple sugar) derived from glucose, it serves as a skin-conditioning agent...Skin-Softening
PoormethylisothiazolinonePreservative that‰Ûªs generally recommended for use only in rinse-off products such as cleansers or...Preservatives,
Sensitizing
GoodmethylparabenParabens are a group of controversial preservatives that include butylparaben...Preservatives
GoodmethylpropanediolGlycol that functions as a solvent. Methylpropanediol can enhance ingredients such as salicylic acid.Miscellaneous,
Hydration
Goodmethylsilanol mannuronateTBCSilicones,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodmethylsilanol PEG-7 glyceryl cocoateA glyceryl ester used as an emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics.Silicones,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
GoodmethylsufonylsulfateTBCAntioxidants
BestMexoryl SXTBCUncategorized
GoodmicaEarth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine.Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodmicrocrystalline waxPlastic-type, highly refined wax derived from petroleum. Used as a thickener and to give products a...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
GoodMicrocystis aeruginosaLatin name for spirulina.Antioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodmilk proteinTBCEmollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodmilk vetch rootRoot with potential antioxidant properties, although there isn't conclusive research that it functions that way when applied topically.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Averagemillet seed extractExtract from a cereal grain that has no established benefit for skin, but is added to cosmetic...Plant Extracts,
Skin-Softening
Poormimosa oil or extractExtract used as a fragrance in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodmineral oilClear, odorless oil derived from petroleum that is widely used in cosmetics because it rarely...Emollients
PoormintCan be a skin sensitizer‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodmixed fruit extractsTBCPlant Extracts
Goodmontan waxA type of natural wax derived from lignite, which is a type of coal that‰Ûªs made from wood. Most...Texture Enhancer
GoodmontmorilloniteA type of clay that is a mix of bentonite and fuller's earth, with the latter being a white to brown substance found in sediment...Absorbent
GoodMorinda citrifoliaTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestMoringa oleifera seed oilMoringa oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that contains several antioxidants and vitamins.Emollients,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestMorus alba (white mulberry) root extractMorus alba (white mulberry) root extract has antioxidant properties, but its main benefit for skin has to do with calming signs of irritation.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodMorus bombycis root extractTBCPlant Extracts
GoodMorus nigra root extractTBCPlant Extracts
BestmucopolysaccharideAlso known as glycosaminoglycans. This is a large class of ingredients that includes hyaluronic...Skin-Replenishing
AverageMucor miehei extractExtract of a type of mold whose enzymes are used as a food additive and flavor enhancer in cheeses....Miscellaneous
Averagemugwort extractThere is no research showing this extract has any benefit for skin (Sources:...Plant Extracts
Bestmulberry extractNon-fragrant plant extract (Latin name is Morus alba) whose various parts such as the leaf and root, have shown potential to brighten and improve the look...Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Goodmurumuru seed butterTBCEmollients,
Plant Extracts
BestMyrciaria dubia (camu camu) fruit extractCamu camu is a small berry that, especially when fully ripe, possesses strong antioxidant capacity due to its levels of vitamin C.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodmyristamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphatemyristamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphateSkin-Softening,
Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
Goodmyristic acidCleansing agent that also creates foam and can be drying.Cleansing Agents
Bestmyristoyl hexapeptide-16Myristoyl hexapeptide-16 is a synthetic, fatty acid-linked peptide known to improve skin‰Ûªs resilience, visibly calm, and help skin look and feel smoother.Skin-Restoring
Bestmyristoyl pentapeptide-17Myristoyl pentapeptide-17 is a synthetic peptide known to increase skin's hydration and resilience.Skin-Restoring
Bestmyristoyl tripeptide-31A synthetic peptide made from combining the fatty acid myristic acid with tripeptide-31. This peptide is believed to have a retinol-like effect on skin‰Ûªs appearance.Skin-Restoring
Goodmyristyl alcoholA lighter-weight fatty alcohol that functions as a thickener, emulsion stabilizer, and emollient.Emollients,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodmyristyl myristateUsed in cosmetics as a texture enhancer and emollient.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestmyristyl nicotinateA derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin) that isn‰Ûªt the same ingredient...Miscellaneous
PoormyrrhFragrant gum resin that can be a skin sensitizer. There is little research showing it has any benefit...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poormyrtle extractContains volatile oil and tannins...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorMyrtus communis extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
AverageN-acetyl-L tyrosineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
BestN-hydroxysuccinimideN-hydroxysuccinimide is a synthetic ingredient used in cosmetics as an ester to soften and condition skin.Skin-Softening
AverageN6-furfuryladenineTechnical name for kinetin.Plant Extracts,
Skin-Restoring
GoodNaPCATBCSkin-Replenishing
PoorNarcissus poeticus waxFragrant flower extract that can cause sensitizing reactions‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodNardostachys jatamansiTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
AverageNasturtium officinale extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodnatto gumFermentation product of soy protein. It may be a potent antioxidant (Source: Journal of...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestnatural moisturizing factor (NMF)One of the primary elements in keeping skin feeling and looking healthier‰Û_Skin-Replenishing
Bestneem extractNeem extract has antioxidant and skin-calming benefits and may also help reduce the population of harmful microbes on skin‰Ûªs surface.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Poorneem oilNeem oil contains a chemical known as nimbidin that gives it a sulfur-like odor.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodneopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprateUsed as an emollient and texture enhancer.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodneopentyl glycol diheptanoateMixture of texture-enhancing ingredient neopentyl glycol and grape-derived fatty acid heptanoic acid...Texture Enhancer,
Skin-Softening
PoorneroliTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorneroli oilFragrant plant oil that can be a skin sensitizer...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Averagenettle extractExtract that may have soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestniacinTBCSkin-Restoring,
Vitamins
BestniacinamideAlso known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient...Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Restoring,
Antioxidants,
Vitamins
BestnicotinamideTBCSkin-Restoring,
Vitamins
Bestnicotinic acidTBCSkin-Restoring,
Vitamins
Goodnoni juiceAlso known as morinda or Morinda citrifolia, comes from a small evergreen tree. The juice from this...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodnonoxynolsUsed as a mild cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodnylon-12Powder substance that is used as an absorbent and texture enhancer...Texture Enhancer,
Absorbent
BestNymphaea tetragonaAlso known as pygmy waterlily. The stem has been shown to be an antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodo-cymen-5-olPreservative used in cosmetics.Preservatives
Pooroak root extractExtract that can be a skin sensitizer.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Antioxidants
Bestoat beta-glucanTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Bestoat bran extractOat bran extract is a portion of the oat plant that contains antioxidant and soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestoat kernel extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestoatmealCan have skin-soothing properties‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestoctinoxateAlso known as octyl methoxycinnamate and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate‰Û_Sunscreen Actives
BestoctisalateTechnical name for the active sunscreen ingredient octyl salicylate (also known as ethylhexyl...Sunscreen Actives
BestoctocryleneGlobally-approved sunscreen agent that protects skin from the UVB range of sunlight.Sunscreen Actives
Bestoctyl methoxycinnamateSunscreen agent used to protect skin primarily from the sun‰Ûªs UVB rays‰Û_Sunscreen Actives
Goodoctyl palmitateUsed in cosmetics as a texture enhancer and emollient.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestoctyl salicylateSunscreen agent used to protect skin primarily from the sun‰Ûªs UVB rays...Sunscreen Actives
Goodoctyl stearateUsed in cosmetics as a texture enhancer and emollient.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodoctyldodecanolOpacifying agent, used primarily as a texture enhancer in moisturizers because of its lubricating and emollient properties.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodoctyldodecyl myristateMixture of octyldodecanol (thickener) and myristic acid that forms a new compound used as a...Texture Enhancer,
Skin-Softening,
Emollients
Goodoctyldodecyl neopentanoateSkin-softening agent and emollient.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
BestOenothera biennis oilTBCSkin-Soothing,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
GoodOlea europaea fruit oilTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing
BestOlea europaea oil unsaponifiablesAn unsaponifiable oil is the portion of a plant oil that is not broken down when the oil's fatty...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
Bestoleanolic acidA skin-soothing ingredient, especially when used in synthetic rather than natural form...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Bestoleic acidOleic acid is a natural, monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that‰Ûªs found in many plants.Cleansing Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Goodoleth-10A form of fatty alcohol that functions as a texture enhancer and cleansing agent.Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
GoodolethsMild cleansing agents.Cleansing Agents
Goodoleyl erucateSkin-softening agent derived from oleyl alcohol, which is obtained chiefly from fish oil.Skin-Softening
Poorolibanum extractTBCFragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodolive oil/olive fruit oilEmollient plant oil similar to many other non-fragrant plant oils. The concept of olive oil having...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
BestOptunia ficus-indica stem extractA type of cactus also known as prickly pear whose stem is a bountiful source of antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poororange blossomFragrant extract that can also be a skin sensitizer.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodOrbignya martianaTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
BestOrbignya oleifera seed oilOrbignya oleifera seed oil is more commonly known as babassu oil, a non-fragrant nut oil that smooths and softens skin as well as being a good antioxidant.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
PoororchidFragrant flower that can be a skin sensitizer.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoororeganoHas beneficial properties, but can also be a skin sensitizer.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorOriganum majoranaTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
PoorOriganum vulgare flower extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poororris rootUsed primarily as a fragrant component due to its violet-like scent (Source:...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestOryza sativa (rice) bran extractOryza sativa (rice) bran extract is a plant ingredient used in cosmetics to condition and soften skin.Skin-Softening
BestOryza sativa ceraA natural, non-fragrant wax obtained from rice bran. It functions as a skin-softening agent...Skin-Softening
GoodOryza sativa oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
BestoryzanolComponent of plants and their products, such as rice bran, that has potent antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestoxidoreductaseLarge group of enzymes that block oxygen in different forms from generating environmental damage.Antioxidants
BestoxybenzoneOxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) is a sunscreen agent that protects primarily from the...Sunscreen Actives
GoodozokeriteMineral that is used as a texture enhancer in cosmetics, especially in lipsticks and stick...Texture Enhancer
GoodP. elisabethaeThe ‰ÛÏP.‰Û is short for the genus Pseudopterogorgia.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
PoorPABATBCSunscreen Actives
Averagepadimate OSunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun‰Ûªs UVB rays (Source: Skin Therapy Letter,...Sunscreen Actives
GoodPadina pavonica extractTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
AveragePaeonia albiflora extractTBCPlant Extracts
AveragePaeonia suffruticosa extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodpalm kernel acidA mixture of fatty acids derived from palm oil. Used as a cleansing agent, emulsifier, or to add...Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
Bestpalm oilHas emollient and antioxidant properties for skin.Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
GoodPalmaria palmata extractExtract from a type of algae whose common name is dulse.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Poorpalmarosa oilTBCPlant Extracts
Goodpalmitic acidBlend of the fatty acid palmitic acid with several amino acids‰Û_Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing,
Cleansing Agents
Bestpalmitoyl dipeptide-10A synthetic peptide made of palmitic acid and dipeptide-10, which contains the amino acids alanine and histidine. This peptide is believed to trigger some amount of repair to damaged collagen and elastin.Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl hexapeptide-12Blend of the fatty acid palmitic acid with several amino acids‰Û_Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl oligopeptideA blend of palmitic acid (a fatty acid) with several amino acids, including alanine, arginine,...Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl pentapeptide-4Trade name Matrixyl, a fatty acid mixed with amino acids. The only research showing this has any...Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl prolinePalmitoyl proline combines fatty acid palmitic acid with the amino acid proline.Skin-Softening,
Hydration
Bestpalmitoyl tetrapeptide-7A synthetic peptide whose trade name is Matrixyl 3000‰Û_Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl tripeptide-1Palmitoyl tripeptide-1 is a synthetic fatty acid-linked peptide that can help repair visible skin damage and strengthen skin‰Ûªs underlying supportive elements.Skin-Restoring
BestPalmitoyl Tripeptide-38An ingredient manufactured by the brand Sederma under the trade name MATRIXYL synthe‰Ûª6...Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl tripeptide-5A synthetic peptide that is believed to play a role in the appearance of skin firmness...Skin-Restoring
Bestpalmitoyl tripeptide-8A plant-derived or synthetic peptide made from combining the fatty acid palmitic acid with...Skin-Restoring
BestPanax ginseng root extractGinseng is a popular herbal supplement. When applied topically it delivers antioxidant benefits, boosts hydration, and helps visibly improve signs of skin aging.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AveragePanicum miliaceumTBCPlant Extracts
Averagepansy extractExtract for which there is a small amount of research showing it has skin soothing and...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodpantethineAlso known as pantothenic acid.Vitamins
BestpanthenolAlcohol form of the B vitamin pantothenic acid.Vitamins
Bestpantothenic acidAlso called vitamin B5, and often touted for a variety of benefits to skin. However, there is only one...Vitamins
PoorpapainEnzyme extracted from papaya. Applied topically, papain can aggravate skin...Plant Extracts,
Exfoliant
Averagepapaya extractExtract that is the source of papain, which theoretically can have exfoliating properties on skin,...Plant Extracts,
Exfoliant
Poorpara-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)Sunscreen ingredient rarely used since the 1990s because of strong potential for sensitizing reactions.Sunscreen Actives
GoodparabensGroup of preservatives, including butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben,...Preservatives
GoodparaffinWaxy, petroleum-based substance used as a thickener in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer
GoodParaffinum liquidumThe Latin name for emollient ingredient mineral oil, also known as liquid paraffin.Emollients
BestParsol 1789TBCSunscreen Actives
GoodPassiflora edulis extractThe layperson term for this Brazilian-based plant oil is passion fruit‰Û_Plant Extracts
BestPassiflora edulis seed oilNon-fragrant plant oil from the passion fruit plant, and a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodpassion fruit extractThere is no research showing this has any benefit for skin.Plant Extracts
PoorpatchouliFragrant oil derived from mint. It contains eugenol and can aggravate skin.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Averagepawpaw extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Exfoliant
GoodPCAPCA (which stands for pyrrolidone carboxylic acid), is an ingredient derived from amino acids that serves as a humectant and is part of the natural moisturizing factor.Hydration
Goodpeanut oilEmollient plant oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodpecan oilEmollient plant oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodpectinNatural substance found in plants, especially apples, and used in cosmetics as an emulsifier and...Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
GoodPEGPEG is the acronym for polyethylene glycol. Various forms of PEG compounds are mixed with fatty...Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG 90MTBCCleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-10 dimethiconeTBCSilicones,
Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
GoodPEG-10 dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymerA synthetic, silicone-enhanced polymer that helps products adhere‰Û_Silicones,
Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-10 phytosterolA synthetic or soy-derived ingredient used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent and emulsifier.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
GoodPEG-10 rapeseed sterolA blend of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and the fatty acid component of the rapeseed plant. Used as a...Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-100 stearateTBCEmollients,
Cleansing Agents
GoodPEG-12 dimethiconeTBCSilicones,
Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-12 glyceryl dimyristateA skin-replenishing ingredient that is a polymer of ethylene oxide.Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodPEG-120 methyl glucose dioleateTBCCleansing Agents
GoodPEG-14A synthetic ingredient that functions as a humectant and solvent. With any PEG...Uncategorized
GoodPEG-150 distearateTBCTexture Enhancer
GoodPEG-20 methyl glucose sesquistearateA complex mixture of a glycol with a fatty acid and glucose that funtions multiple ways: emollient,...Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-32Peg-32 also functions as an emulsifier, which is a type of ingredient that keeps unlike substances...Texture Enhancer
GoodPEG-33The synthetic polymer of ethylene oxide used as a binding agent and humectant. With any PEG...Uncategorized
GoodPEG-40 hydrogenated castor oilEmollient ingredient that is a mixture of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with castor oil.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
GoodPEG-40 stearatePEG-40 stearate typically functions as a cleansing agent, but also helps keep ingredients...Cleansing Agents
GoodPEG-60 almond glyceridesThe polyethylene glycol derivative of fatty acids from almond oil...Emollients
GoodPEG-60 hydrogenated castor oilThe chief function of this ingredient is cleansing agent.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
GoodPEG-7 glyceryl cocoateTBCCleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-75 shea butter glyceridesAn emulsifying and skin replenishing agent derived from glycerides (fatty acids)...Skin-Replenishing
GoodPEG-75 stearatePEG-75 stearate is an ester blend of polyethylene glycol and stearic acid.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
GoodPEG-8TBCCleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG-8 dimethiconeA synthetic skin and hair replenishing agent...Uncategorized
GoodPEG-80 sorbitan laurateMild surfactant.Cleansing Agents
GoodPEG/PPG-17/6 copolymerPEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodPEG/PPG-18/18 dimethiconePEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.Silicones,
Emollients,
Cleansing Agents
GoodPEG/PPG-18/4 copolymerA synthetic polymer compound that functions as a solvent.Uncategorized
GoodPEG/PPG-20/15 dimethiconePEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.Silicones,
Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
PoorPelargonium graveolens oilTBCPlant Extracts
PoorpellitoryPlant whose root extract can cause skin sensitivity.Plant Extracts
BestPelvetia canaliculata (algae) extractPelvetia canaliculata is a type of brown seaweed also known as Channeled wrack.Antioxidants,
Hydration,
Plant Extracts
PoorpentadecalactoneSynthetic fragrance used in cosmetics.Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodpentaerythrityl tetraisostearateA non-aqueous ester that functions as a thickener and binding agent...Texture Enhancer
Goodpentaerythrityl tetraoctanoateSynthetic compound as an emollient and thickening agent.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestpentapeptide-59Pentapeptide-59 is a biomimetic peptide that contains amino acids.Skin-Restoring
BestpentapeptidesPentapeptides are a type of peptide where the peptide has five ("penta") amino acids. There are dozens of pentapeptides used in cosmetic products.Skin-Restoring
Goodpentasodium pentetateUsed as a chelating agent in cosmetics to prevent various mineral components from binding together...Uncategorized
Goodpentylene glycolA synthetic skin-replenishing agent and solvent.Texture Enhancer
PoorpeppermintBoth the oil and the extract can have disinfectant properties...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestpeptidesPeptides are portions of short or long-chain amino acids, and amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Skin...Skin-Soothing,
Skin-Restoring
AveragePerilla ocymoidesAlso known as beefsteak plant. Like many plants, the leaves contain flavones which help the plant...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestPersea gratissima (avocado) oilPersea gratisima is the Latin name for avocado, and the oil from this fruit is an excellent source of skin-replenishing fatty acidsAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts,
Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
BestPersicaria hydropiperAlso known as water pepper. All parts of this plant extract have been shown in vitro to be not only...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Skin-Soothing
Poorpetitgrain mandarinTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodpetrolatumVaseline is pure petrolatum, and petrolatum is a rich emollient and FDA-approved skin protectant.Skin-Soothing,
Emollients
BestPeucedanum graveolens (dill) extractA plant extract with research showing it can improve skin‰Ûªs resiliency and work as an antioxidant. Dill also has a calming action on sensitized skin...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestPHATBCExfoliant
GoodphenoxyethanolCommon cosmetic preservative that is considered one of the less sensitizing ones to use in...Preservatives
GoodphenoxyisopropanolAlcohol used as a solvent and preservative.Preservatives
Goodphenyl trimethiconeSilicone with a drier finish than dimethicone.Silicones,
Emollients
GoodphenylalanineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Averagephenylethyl resorcinolSynthetic antioxidant often seen in skin-brightening products.Antioxidants
BestphloretinA flavonoid substance derived from apples and the bark of apple trees. As for topical application...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestphosphatidylcholineActive ingredient in lecithin‰Û_Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
BestphosphatidylethanolamineTBCEmollients,
Skin-Replenishing
BestphospholipidType of lipid (fat) composed of glycerol, fatty acids, and phosphate. Phospholipids are essential...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodphosphoric acidUsed as a pH adjuster in cosmetics and skincare products.Uncategorized
PoorphotosensitizerIngredient that can cause the skin to have a sensitizing reaction when exposed to...Uncategorized
AveragephthalatesPhthalates refers to a wide range of substances that are very different from one another...Uncategorized
BestPhyllanthus emblica fruit extractExtract that has antioxidant and soothing properties‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestphysalis angulata extractThis plant extract has a potent calming effect on skin.Antioxidants,
Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodphytantriolHair- and skin-conditioning agent that also has water-binding properties.Uncategorized
Goodphytic acidComponent of plants that has antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestphytoceramidesPhytoceramides are plant-derived ceramides.Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodphytonadioneOne form of vitamin K.Vitamins
BestphytosphingosineLong-chain, complex fatty alcohol that functions as a water-binding agent and also has preservative...Preservatives,
Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
Bestphytosphingosine phosphatePhytosphingosine phosphate is a large mix of esters derived from phytosphingosine and phosphoric acid.Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Replenishing
BestphytosterolsPhytosterols are naturally occurring, cholesterol-like molecules found in all plant foods.Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Soothing
Bestphytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamatePhytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, a mix of amino acids and plant-based sterols, functions in cosmetics as an emollient and skin-conditioner.Emollients
BestPicea abies extractLatin name for Norway spruce. Research has shown its bark...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Poorpine oilIt can aggravate skin and should never be used on abraded or chafed skin‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodpineapple extractContains some antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, particularly from the enzyme bromelain it contains.Plant Extracts,
Exfoliant
Goodpinecone extractComponents of this extract, specifically linolenic and linoleic acids, can have antioxidant...Antioxidants
PoorPinus lambertiana wood extractPine extract that may aggravate skin...Plant Extracts
GoodPinus sylvestris extractTBCAntioxidants
PoorPiper nigrumTBCPlant Extracts
Goodpistachio seed oilEmollient plant oil with uses similar to peanut oil in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodPistacia vera seed oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
BestPisum sativum (pea) extractPisum sativa (pea) extract has documented antioxidant ability thanks to its natural content of ellagic acid and beta-sitosterol, gallic acid, and quercetin.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodplankton extractA marine species known as Thalasso plankton and derived from various algae, seaweed, or marine skeletons...Plant Extracts
Averageplasticizing agentsIngredients that place a thin layer of plastic over the skin. Typically these are used in facial...Texture Enhancer
BestPlinia cauliflora (jabuticaba) fruit extractJabuticaba is a dark berry native to Brazil and, like many berries, is a rich source of nearly a dozen polyphenolic antioxidants.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Goodplum extractExtract of Prunus americanaåÊthat may have antioxidant activity when applied topically (Source:...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestplum seed oilPlum (Prunus domestica) seed oil, also known as plum kernel oil, is non-fragrant oil‰Û_Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
PoorPogostemon cablinTBCPlant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodpoloxamer 184A synthetic polymer that functions as a cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
GoodPoloxamer 407Liquid polymer that functions as a surfactant. This ingredient can also keep unlike ingredients...Cleansing Agents
GoodpoloxamersTBCCleansing Agents
GoodpolyacrylamideTBCTexture Enhancer
Goodpolyacrylate crosspolymerA synthetic polymer that functions to protect skin's surface, thicken products, and help keep cosmetic...Film-Forming Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Goodpolyacrylate crosspolymer-6Polyacrylate crosspolymer-6 is a synthetic powder ingredient that stabilizes and thickens water-based emulsions.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodpolyacrylate-17TBCTexture Enhancer
Goodpolyaminopropyl biguanideSynthetic polymer that functions as a preservative.Preservatives
GoodpolybutenePolymer derived from mineral oil and used as a thickener and lubricant.Texture Enhancer
GoodpolyethyleneA form of plastic (synthetic polymer) that has numerous functions in cosmetic products. Rounded...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Scrub Agents
Goodpolyethylene glycolAlso listed as PEG on ingredient labels, polyethylene glycol is an ingredient that self-proclaimed...Texture Enhancer,
Scrub Agents
Goodpolyglucuronic acidTBCTexture Enhancer
Goodpolyglycerol monostearateUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodpolyglyceryl 2 triisostearateA mixture of the fatty acid Isostearic acid and a form of glycerin that functions as a...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodpolyglyceryl methacrylateTBCTexture Enhancer
Goodpolyglyceryl-10 caprylate/capratePolyglyceryl-10 caprylate/caprate is a single ester created from polymers and glycerin used in skin care as an emulsifier or solvent.Cleansing Agents,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Goodpolyglyceryl-10 dioleatePolyglyceryl-10 dioleate is a mixture of the fatty acid esters of oleic acid and a polymer, polyglycerin-10, which functions as a hydrator and emulsifier.Emulsifiers,
Hydration
Goodpolyglyceryl-10 laurateA plant-derived or synthetic ester of lauric acid and the synthetic polymer polyglycerin-10.Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents,
Skin-Softening
Goodpolyglyceryl-10 stearatePolyglyceryl-10 stearate is the ester of stearic acid with a glycerin polymer that functions as a skin-softener and emollient ingredient.Cleansing Agents,
Emollients,
Emulsifiers
Goodpolyglyceryl-3 beeswaxThe ester of fatty acids from beeswax and polyglycerin-3 that functions as a surfactant and...Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
Goodpolyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearateTBCTexture Enhancer,
Emollients
Bestpolyglyceryl-3 rice branateAn ingredient that serves as a surfactant and emulsifier and is a derivative of the fatty acids that come from rice bran oil.Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents
Goodpolyglyceryl-3 stearatePolyglyceryl-3 stearate is the ester of the fatty acid stearic acid and polyglycerin-3, which is a polymer of glycerin that contains three units.Emollients,
Emulsifiers
Goodpolyglyceryl-4 isostearateThe ester of isostearic acid and polyglycerin-4 that functions as an emollient and can also be a...Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
Goodpolyglyceryl-4 lauratePolyglyceryl-4 laurate works as an emollient, emulsifier, and a cleansing agentEmulsifiers,
Emollients
Bestpolyglyceryl-4 olivatePolyglyceryl-4 olivate is the plant-derived or synthetic ester of olive oil and polyglycerin.Emollients,
Emulsifiers
Goodpolyglyceryl-6 isostearateThe ester of isostearic acid and a form of glycerin. Functions as an emollient and an emulsifier in...Emollients
BestPolygonum cuspidatum root extractPolygonum cuspidatum root extract is a plant whose root is a good source of the potent polyphenolic antioxidant trans-resveratrol.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestpolyhydroxy acidIngredients such as gluconolactone and lactobionic acid are types of polyhydroxy acid (PHA). They...Exfoliant
Goodpolyhydroxystearic acidSynthetic polymer related to stearic acid. It functions as a suspending agent.Uncategorized
GoodpolyisobuteneA polymer of the hydrocarbon isobutylene obtained from petroleum oil. It functions as a thickening...Texture Enhancer
GoodpolymerA word that literally means ‰ÛÏmany parts.‰Û Any of numerous compounds having a high molecular weight...Uncategorized
GoodpolymethylsilsesquioxaneA polymer formed from the condensation and hydrolysis of the silicone methyltrimethoxysilane.Silicones,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodpolypropylene glycolAlso known by the acronym PPG, polypropylene glycol is...Uncategorized
Goodpolyquaternium-10TBCTexture Enhancer
GoodpolyquaterniumsGroup of ingredients used primarily in hair-care products for their antistatic and film-forming...Texture Enhancer
BestpolysaccharideNatural component of skin that can be a good water-binding agent and potentially have antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodpolysilicone-11Specialized, synthetic crosslinked siloxane that functions as a film-forming agent and polymer.Silicones,
Texture Enhancer
Goodpolysorbate 20TBCCleansing Agents
Goodpolysorbate 60TBCCleansing Agents
Goodpolysorbate 80TBCCleansing Agents
GoodpolysorbatesLarge group of ingredients most often derived from lauric acid, which is derived from coconuts....Cleansing Agents
Averagepolyvinyl alcoholA synthetic polymer of vinyl alcohol that functions in cosmetics as a gel-based thickener, film-forming, and binding agent.Texture Enhancer
GoodpolyvinylpyrrolidoneUsually listed on ingredient labels as PVP or PVP copolymer, it is one of the primary ingredients...Texture Enhancer
Bestpomegranate extractPomegranate and its extracts have antioxidant properties that, while not conclusively demonstrated on human skinAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestPongamia glabra seed oilOil derived from the seeds of the Millettia pinnata tree, a plant native to South and Southeast Asia...Antioxidants,
Emollients
BestPoria cocos extractAlso known as Hoelen and Fu ling. Extract derived from a mushroom, which has antioxidant and...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AveragePorphyridium cruentum extractExtract derived from a type of red algae. There is research showing components of red algae contain...Plant Extracts
BestPortulaca oleracea extractExtract that may have soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodpotassiumImportant element in diet that is present in such fruits as bananas and citrus. It is also an earth...Plant Extracts,
Absorbent
Bestpotassium ascorbyl tocopheryl phosphateBlend of vitamins C and E with phosphorus that functions as an antioxidant.Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestpotassium azeloyl diglycinateA water soluble derivative of azelaic acid, potassium azeloyl diglycinate is believed to convey many of the same benefits as pure azelaic acid.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Goodpotassium cetyl phosphateUsed as a detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodpotassium citratePotassium citrate is a buffering agent that is the potassium salt of citric acid.Miscellaneous
Averagepotassium hydroxideAlso known as lye, a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to modulate the...Cleansing Agents
Averagepotassium myristateDetergent cleansing agent that is a constituent of soap; it can be drying and aggravate skin for some...Cleansing Agents
Bestpotassium PCAPotassium PCA is the potassium salt of PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid), a substance that‰Ûªs a natural part of skin‰Ûªs intercellular matrix.Skin-Replenishing,
Hydration
Goodpotassium phosphateAn inorganic (not composed of plant or animal matter) salt used as a buffering agent and pH...Uncategorized
Goodpotassium sorbateUsed as a preservative, almost always used in conjunction with other preservatives.Preservatives
GoodPPG-12 buteth-16Versatile ingredient composed of several non-volatile alcohols. Functions as a skin-conditioning...Texture Enhancer,
Cleansing Agents
GoodPPG-12/SMDI copolymerA copolymer that serves as a film-forming agent...Texture Enhancer
GoodPPG-14 butyl etherUsed as a hair- and skin-conditioning agent.Uncategorized
GoodPPG-2 myristyl ether propionateMixture of glycols and fatty alcohols used as a skin-conditioning agent and, in some cases, as a...Texture Enhancer
GoodPPG-2-deceth-30An emulsifying agent partially derived from a fatty alcohol.Uncategorized
GoodPPG-20 methyl glucose etherA synthetic ingredient that funtions as hair- and skin-replenishing agent. The "PPG" designation...Uncategorized
GoodPPG-26-Buteth-26PPG stands for polypropylene glycol, and this ingredient combines PPG with a fatty alcohol....Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents
GoodPPG-3 benzyl ether myristateAn emollient that has a silicone-like feel and multiple functions in cosmetic products...Emollients
GoodpreservativesSubstances used in cosmetics to help defend against contamination of products...Preservatives
GoodprolineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodpropanediolA glycol that can enhance the absorption of ingredients‰Û_Uncategorized
GoodpropolisBrownish, resinous material that is collected by bees and used to construct the hive. It has...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Bestpropyl gallateAn ester of gallic acid that is an antioxidant, and helps protect fats and oils used in cosmetics products from becoming rancid...Antioxidants
Goodpropylene carbonateLiquid used as a solvent and film-forming agent.Texture Enhancer
Goodpropylene glycolAlong with other glycols and glycerol, propylene glycol is a humectant (hydrating) and delivery ingredient...Texture Enhancer
Goodpropylene glycol dibenzoatepropylene glycol dibenzoateEmollients
Goodpropylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprateA gel-textured ingredient used in many lightweight moisturizers. It is a mix of propylene glycol...Uncategorized
Goodpropylene glycol isostearateA mixture of propylene glycol and isostearic acid. See both. This ingredient is used as an...Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
Goodpropylene glycol laurateThe ester of propylene glycol and lauric acid, which is a constituent of many vegetable fats.Emollients
Goodpropylene glycol stearateMixture of propylene glycol and stearic acid used as a skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier.Texture Enhancer
GoodpropylparabenParabens are a group of controversial preservatives that include butylparaben...Preservatives
AveragePrunella vulgarisTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodPrunus americanaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodPrunus amygdalus dulcisTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodPrunus armeniacaTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodPrunus domestica seed extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestPrunus domestica seed oilNon-fragrant plant oil, more commonly known as plum (and, when dried, prune) that is a rich source of several potent antioxidants.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodPrunus dulcisTBCEmollients
BestPrunus serotina (wild cherry) fruit extractCommonly known as black cherry, wild cherry extract is a potent source of antioxidants, notably several kinds of antioxidants known as polyphenols.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestPseudopterogorgia elisabethaeTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BestPsidium guajava fruit extractGuava extract is a rich source of bioactive antioxidants including gallic acid, quercetin, and tocopherol.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestPueraria lobataTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodpullulanGlucan gum produced by black yeast that contains polysaccharides, which makes it a good...Antioxidants,
Texture Enhancer
BestpumpkinPlant whose seeds are a rich source of fatty acids and several antioxidant components, including...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestpumpkin seed extractType of squash that is a very good source of antioxidant cartenoids. Pumpkin seed oil and extract...Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients
BestPunica granatum extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodpurified waterTBCUncategorized
BestpurslaneTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodPVM/MA decadiene crosspolymerSynthetic polymer used as a film-forming and thickening agent.Texture Enhancer
GoodPVPTBCTexture Enhancer
GoodPVP copolymerTBCTexture Enhancer
GoodPVP/dimethylaminoethylmethacrylatePolymer formed from PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) and the film-forming agent dimethylaminomethacrylate.Texture Enhancer
BestpycnogenolAntioxidant derived from the bark of the French Maritime pine tree. The term pycnogenol was...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodpyridoxine hydrochloride (HCL)Scientific name for vitamin B6; may have antioxidant benefits for skin when...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
PoorPyrus cydoniaTBCPlant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
BestPyrus malus (apple) fruit extractPyrus malus (apple) fruit extract is a species of apple; the fruit is a tremendous source of polyphenolic antioxidants.Skin-Restoring,
Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
Goodquaternium ammonium compoundsA wide range of ingredients, called ‰ÛÏquats‰Û for short, that share a unique molecular structure that...Uncategorized
Averagequaternium-15Formaldehyde-releasing preservative used in cosmetics. It can be a skin sensitizer, as can all...Preservatives
Goodquaternium-18 hectoriteUsed as a suspending agent and also has emulsifying properties.Texture Enhancer
BestquercetinA bioflavonoid ingredient from plants. Quercetin occurs naturally in red wine, tea, onions, kale, tomatoes, berries, and many other fruits and vegetables...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorquercusTBCPlant Extracts
PoorQuercus infectoria extractTBCPlant Extracts
Goodquillaja extractExtract of the Chilean soap bark tree. It contains a good amount of saponins, which have cleansing,...Plant Extracts
Poorquince seedUsed as a thickening agent in cosmetics, but also has skin-constricting properties...Plant Extracts,
Texture Enhancer
Goodquinoa oilDerived from quinoa grain, it may have disinfectant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestrapeseed oilNonfragrant oil that has emollient and potential antioxidant properties for skin (Source: British...Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
BestRaphanus sativus (radish) seed oilRaphanus sativus (radish) seed oil is non-fragrant plant oil that‰Ûªs a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
Goodraspberry seed extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodraspberry seed oilTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodred 27 lakeTBCColoring Agents/Pigments
Goodred 28Red 28 is a synthetic coloring agent that uses a combination of colors to create its red hue.Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodred 33TBCColoring Agents/Pigments
Goodred 6 lakeTBCColoring Agents/Pigments
Goodred 7 lakeRed 7 lake is a synthetic coloring agent approved for use in drugs and cosmetics.Coloring Agents/Pigments
Bestred algaeTBCAntioxidants,
Texture Enhancer,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
Goodred cloverCan have antioxidant and soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodreducing agentVersatile ingredient composed of several non-volatile alcohols. Functions as a...Cleansing Agents
BestresveratrolPotent polyphenolic antioxidant that is abundant in red grapes and, therefore, in red wine...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestretinolRetinol, the name for the entire vitamin A molecule, is a skin-restoring ingredient and an antioxidant.Antioxidants,
Vitamins,
Skin-Restoring
Bestretinyl ascorbateAn ester of vitamin A (retinoic acid) and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that functions as an antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestretinyl palmitateCombination of retinol (pure vitamin A) and the fatty acid palmitic acid. Research has shown...Antioxidants,
Skin-Restoring,
Vitamins
Bestretinyl retinoateA synthetic, "new generation" retinol with research showing its usefulness for skin...Skin-Restoring,
Vitamins
BestRhodiola rosea root extractThe extract of the plant Rhodiola rosea, also known as Arctic root or golden root, that is high in antioxidants and flavonoids.Antioxidants
AverageriboflavinTBCVitamins
Goodrice bran oilEmollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. There is no research showing this has any...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodrice oilEmollient similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. There is no research showing this has any...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodrice starchAbsorbent substance sometimes included in products rather than talc....Plant Extracts,
Absorbent
GoodricinoleateGlyceryl triester used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.Texture Enhancer
GoodRicinus communisTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
PoorRobinia pseudacacia extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodRosa caninaTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
GoodRosa centifoliaTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
GoodRosa centifolia flowerTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
PoorRosa damascena oilOil of a very fragrant pink rose used as fragrance in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodRosa eglanteriaTBCAntioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
PoorRosa gallica flower extractFragrant extract.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodRosa mosquetaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestRosa roxburghii extractExtract from the chestnut rose; can be a source of antioxidants for skin, and does not impart...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodRosa rubiginosaTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Poorrose flowerHighly fragrant substance that can be a skin sensitizer.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorrose flower oilFragrant, volatile oil that can aggravate skin. There is no research showing...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodrose hipTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodrose hip oilGood emollient oil that has antioxidant properties (Sources: Journal of Agricultural Food...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Poorrose oilFragrant, volatile oil that can aggravate skin.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodrosemary extractExtract that can have antioxidant benefit for skin (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry,...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Poorrosemary oilFragrant plant oil derived from rosemary, Latin name Rosmarinus officinalis. This ingredient is primarily used as a fragrance in cosmetics...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorrosewood oilFragrant plant oil with a spicy-sweet scent, also known as bois de rose. It is extracted from wood...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodRosmarinus officinalis extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Averageroyal jellyThe myriad claims about royal jelly are anecdotal and have no research to substantiate them.Uncategorized
BestRubus chamaemorus (cloudberry) fruit extractRubus chamaemorus (also known as cloudberry) is a plant grown primarily in Scandinavian countries whose golden-red berries are rich sources of anthocyanins, beta-carotene, and vitamin E.Antioxidants,
Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestRubus idaeusTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestRubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extractRed raspberry gets its red color from the presence of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestRubus occidentalisTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodRubus ursinusTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestRubus ursinus x idaeusTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestRubus villoscusThe Latin name for blackberry fruit extract. This plant extract has antioxidant ability...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
AverageRuscus aculeatusTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestrutinBioflavonoid that is extracted from various plants and used in cosmetics as an antioxidant and...Antioxidants,
Emollients
Goodsaccharide isomerateGood water-binding agent and emollient for skin.Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
BestsaccharidesTBCSkin-Replenishing
AverageSaccharomyces calcium fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of calcium ions. It has no known benefit for skin.Miscellaneous
AverageSaccharomyces cerevisiaeSaccharomyces, from the Latin, literally means ‰ÛÏsugar fungus,‰Û and is the scientific name for the...Skin-Replenishing
AverageSaccharomyces copper fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of copper ions. There is no known benefit for skin,...Antioxidants
AverageSaccharomyces iron fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of iron ions.Antioxidants
BestSaccharomyces lysateSaccharomyces lysate is a probiotic yeast obtained by fermentation.Antioxidants
AverageSaccharomyces magnesium fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of magnesium ions.Antioxidants
AverageSaccharomyces manganese fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of manganese ions.Antioxidants
AverageSaccharomyces officinarum fermentDerived from the sugarcane plant. Glycolic acid is also derived from sugarcane, but sugarcane...Plant Extracts
AverageSaccharomyces potassium fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of potassium ions.Antioxidants
Goodsaccharomyces selenium fermentAn ingredient created by the fermentation of the Saccharomyces yeast with the mineral selenium.Antioxidants
AverageSaccharomyces silicon fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of silicon ions.Antioxidants
AverageSaccharomyces zinc fermentExtract of yeast fermented in the presence of zinc ions.Antioxidants
Bestsafflower seed oilEmollient oil derived from the safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) plant.Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
Averagesage extractPlant used most often to enhance the flavor of foods. Like all plant extracts, sage...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodsalicinTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestsalicylic acidAlso called beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this multifunctional ingredient addresses many of the systemic causes of acne.Skin-Soothing,
Anti-Acne,
Exfoliant
GoodSalix alba extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodSalix nigra (willow) bark extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
BestSalvia hispanica (chia) seed oilNon-fragrant plant oil whose seeds are a rich source of fatty acids...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing,
Skin-Restoring
PoorSalvia officinalisTBCPlant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents
GoodSambucus canadensisTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodSambucus ceruleaBlue elderberry. May have antioxidant properties for skin.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestSambucus nigraWhen taken orally, this has antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestSambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extractSambucus nigra is a dark purple to black shrub-growing berry with potent antioxidant properties.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorsandalwood oilFragrant oil that can cause skin-sensitizing reactions...Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
AverageSantalum album seed extractLatin name for sandalwood extract, which is used in cosmetics as a fragrance. It can have...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
GoodSapindus mukurossi peel extractA plant extract that is a natural source of saponin...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodSaponaria officinalis extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Cleansing Agents
GoodsaponinGroup of natural carbohydrates, found in plants, that have considerable potential...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodsarcosineA synthetic amino acid derivative that functions as a skin conditioning...Hydration
GoodSargassum filipendula extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorsausurrea oilAlso called costus oil. Volatile oil and fragrant component used in cosmetics; it can be a skin...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
AverageSaxifraga sarmentosa extractTBCPlant Extracts
BestSchisandra chinensis (magnolia) fruit extractAlso known as five flavor fruit and Chinese magnolia vine, magnolia fruit is a small red berry loaded with beneficial compounds.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorsclareolideFermented from clary sage and used as a fragrant component in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestSclerocarya birreaMore commonly known as marula oil, Sclerocarya birrea oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that's a rich source...Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodsclerotium gumA plant-derived, gel-like polysaccharide (sugar-based) ingredient that‰Ûªs used in cosmetics to thicken and stabilize formulas. It is considered safe as used in cosmetics, and is similar to xanthan gum.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
GoodScutellaria baicalensis root extractScutellaria baicalensis root extract comes from a flowering plant native to China.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
PoorSD alcoholTBCSensitizing
PoorSD alcohol 40-2Denatured alcohol used as a solvent. It can be drying and sensitizing to skin when one of the main...Sensitizing
Bestsea buckthornAlso known as seaberry, sea buckthorn is a good source of vitamin C as well as various B vitamins, and vitamin E.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Averagesea saltCan be effective as a topical scrub, but if left on skin it can increase skin sensitivity to UVB...Scrub Agents,
Sensitizing
Bestsea whip extractExtract from a creature that inhabits coral reefs, known for its soothing properties...Skin-Soothing
GoodSeamollientTrade name for an algae extract.Antioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodseaweedGroup of sea plants (scientific name: algae) of all sizes and shapes, and having a gelatin-like...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodsebacic acidUsed as a pH adjuster.Miscellaneous
BestseleniumMineral considered to be a potent antioxidant...Antioxidants
AverageSerenoa serrulata extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodsericinScientific name for silk protein.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodserineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
BestSesamum indicumTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
BestSesamum indicum (sesame) seed oilSesame oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats along with vitamin E and lignans.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
GoodsesquioleateUsed in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Bestshea butterShea butter is a plant lipid extracted from the karite tree that is used as an emollient in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Emollients,
Antioxidants
AverageSiegesbeckia orientalisChinese herb (also known as St. Paul‰Ûªs wort) for which there is no research showing that it has any...Plant Extracts
GoodsilanetriolTBCUncategorized
GoodsilicaMineral found abundantly in sandstone, clay, and granite, as well as in parts of plants and...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Absorbent
Goodsilica dimethyl silylateUsed as a slip and suspending agent.Silicones,
Slip Agents
Goodsilica silylateSilica silylate works as a binder, thickening agent, and emollient in cosmetics.Emollients,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
GoodsilicateInorganic salt that has potent absorbing and thickening properties.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Absorbent
GoodsiliconeSubstance derived from silica (sand is a silica). The unique fluid properties of silicone give it a...Silicones,
Slip Agents,
Emollients
GoodsilkTBCAntioxidants
Goodsilk powderSynthetically derived powder used as an absorbent and slip agent.Absorbent,
Slip Agents
Goodsilk proteinProtein substance (also called sericin) formed by converting silk, which is the soft, lustrous...Antioxidants
GoodsiloxaneTBCSilicones,
Slip Agents,
Emollients
GoodsiltA sediment obtained from various bodies of water. Silt‰Ûªs absorbent nature helps it function to...Absorbent
PoorsilverMetallic element that in cosmetics can have disinfecting properties; however, prolonged contact can...Sensitizing
Averagesilver chlorideAn inorganic salt that has no known function in cosmetics.Sensitizing
Bestsilver tip white tea leaf extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestSilybum marianum (milk thistle) fruit extractSilymarin marianum is a plant whose many components have pronounced antioxidant and skin-calming ability.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestSilybum marianum extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodsimethiconeMixture of dimethicone with silica; related to silicones, but used as an antifoaming agent.Silicones,
Slip Agents
BestSimmondsia chinensisTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Bestskin-replenishing ingredientsThese are skincare ingredients that help enrich skin‰Ûªs surface, drenching it with revitalizing hydration and keeping it there.Skin-Replenishing
Bestskin-restoring ingredientsSkincare ingredients that nourish skin‰Ûªs surface in a way that helps transform it on many levels...Antioxidants,
Skin-Restoring
Goodskullcap extractHerbal extract from Scutellaria baicalensis that has antioxidant soothing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodslip agentTerm used to describe a range of ingredients that help other ingredients spread over the skin and...Slip Agents
Goodslippery elm barkCan be a skin-soothing ingredient.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
PoorsoapTrue ‰ÛÏsoaps‰Û are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and are not required to list...Cleansing Agents,
Sensitizing
Goodsoapberry extractExtract from the tree Sapindus saponaria. The berries contain a good amount of Saponins.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodsoapwortPlant from which is derived an extract with detergent cleansing properties.Plant Extracts,
Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium acetateThe sodium salt derived from acetic acid, it serves as a buffering agent when used in small amounts.Uncategorized
Goodsodium acrylate/acryloydimethyl taurate copolymerSynthetic polymer used as a stabilizing and suspending agent and as a thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodsodium acrylates copolymerSodium acrylates copolymer is a synthetic, acrylic-based polymer that functions in cosmetics as a texture enhancer, binder, and film-forming agent.Film-Forming Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Bestsodium ascorbateTBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestsodium ascorbyl phosphateSodium ascorbyl phosphate is a stable, water-soluble form of vitamin C that functions as an antioxidant.Skin-Soothing,
Vitamins,
Antioxidants
Goodsodium benzoateSalt of benzoic acid used as a preservative.Preservatives
Goodsodium bicarbonateA synthetic inorganic salt more commonly known as baking soda. It has many functions in cosmetics, including pH adjuster, buffering agent, and abrasive, such as in face or body scrubs.Miscellaneous,
Scrub Agents
Averagesodium bisulfiteUsed in acid-type permanent waves to alter the shape of hair. It is less damaging than alkaline...Sensitizing
Poorsodium borateTBCSensitizing
Poorsodium C14-16 olefin sulfonateCan be derived from coconut. Used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent, but is potentially...Cleansing Agents,
Sensitizing
Goodsodium carbomerA blend of sodium (salt) and carbomer that functions as a stabilizer and film-forming agent.Film-Forming/Holding Agents
Poorsodium carbonateAbsorbent salt used in cosmetics; it can also be a skin sensitizer.Absorbent,
Sensitizing
Goodsodium carboxymethyl beta-glucanA carbohydrate ingredient with a gel-like texture, it functions as a binding agent and texture...Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodsodium cetearyl sulfateA mixture of stearyl and cetyl sulfate that funtions as a surfactant.Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium chlorideMore popularly known as common table salt. Used primarily as a binding agent in skincare products...Scrub Agents
Bestsodium chondroitin sulfateDerived from natural mucopolysaccharides, it functions as a skin-softening agent and helps...Skin-Replenishing
Goodsodium citrateUsed primarily to control the pH level of a product, this ingredient also has antioxidant and...Antioxidants,
Preservatives
Goodsodium cocoamphoacetateA gentle cleansing agent derived from coconut fatty acids. It functions as a cleansing agent and...Cleansing Agents
Poorsodium cocoateUsed as a cleansing agent primarily in soaps. It can be drying and sensitizing for skin.Cleansing Agents,
Sensitizing
Goodsodium cocoyl amino acidsThe salt form of amino acids...Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium cocoyl glutamateA cleansing agent derived from coconut oil. This ingredient is also used to help soften (remove...Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium cocoyl glycinateSodium cocoyl glycinate is an amino acid-derived cleansing agent and skin-softening ingredient in skin care and hair care products.Cleansing Agents,
Skin-Softening
Goodsodium cocoyl isethionateDerived from coconut, it is a mild detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium dehydroacetateOrganic salt used as a preservative.Preservatives
Goodsodium dilauramidoglutamide lysineA plant-derived ingredient that helps replenish skin and hair...Emulsifiers,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodsodium gluconateThe salt form of gluconic acid, sodium gluconate is a mild acid produced from the sugar glucose.Skin-Softening,
Miscellaneous
Goodsodium hexametaphosphateSalt with multiple functions in cosmetics. It can act as a detergent, an emulsifier, a texturizer,...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Preservatives,
Cleansing Agents
Bestsodium hyaluronateThe salt form of skin-replenishing ingredient hyaluronic acid.Skin-Replenishing,
Antioxidants,
Skin-Restoring
Bestsodium hyaluronate crosspolymerA modified form of skin-replenishing hyaluronic acid attached to a polymer structureSkin-Replenishing,
Film-Forming Agents,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents
Averagesodium hydroxideAlso known as lye, it is a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to...Cleansing Agents,
Sensitizing
Goodsodium hydroxymethylglycinateDerived from amino acids and used as a skin- and hair-softening agent, and to a lesser extent as...Preservatives,
Hydration
Goodsodium lactateSodium salt of lactic acid. Used primarily as a hydrating and buffering agent (to adjust a...Miscellaneous
Averagesodium lactobionateWhite, crystalline powder used to synthesize other chemicals. May function as a preservative in...Preservatives
Goodsodium laureth sulfateCan be derived from coconut; it is used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent. It is considered...Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium laureth-13 carboxylateUsed primarily as a detergent cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium lauroamphoacetateMild surfactant also used as a lather agent.Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium lauroyl lactylateUsed as an emulsifier and mild thickening agent in cosmetics. In higher concentrations, it...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents
Bestsodium lauroyl oat amino acidsA skin-soothing salt created by condensing the chloride form of a fatty acid with amino acids derived from oats.Cleansing Agents,
Skin-Soothing
Goodsodium lauroyl sarcosinateSodium lauroyl sarcosinate is a synthetic or plant-derived surfactant (cleansing agent) that also works as an emulsifier.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
Goodsodium lauryl glucose carboxylateA gentle cleansing agent that may be derived from coconut or made synthetically.Cleansing Agents
Poorsodium lauryl sulfateVersatile ingredient composed of several non-volatile alcohols. Functions primarily as aåÊsurfactant...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents,
Sensitizing
Goodsodium levulinateSodium levulinate is the salt of levulinic acid, a synthetic organic acid that helps condition and soften skin.Skin-Softening,
Preservatives
Averagesodium metabisulfiteReducing agent that alters the structure of hair. It can also be used as a preservative in...Antioxidants,
Preservatives,
Sensitizing
Goodsodium methyl cocoyl taurateMild surfactant.Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium methyl taurateMild surfactant often combined with...Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium myreth sulfateDetergent cleansing agent similar to sodium laureth sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate...Cleansing Agents
Poorsodium palm kernelateTBCCleansing Agents
Poorsodium palmateA soap ingredient created by the salts of acids derived from palm oil. May be naturally-derived or...Cleansing Agents
Goodsodium palmitoyl sarcosinateSodium palmitoyl sarcosinate is the salt of palmitoyl sarcosinate, which is derived from the amino acid derivative sarcosine.Cleansing Agents,
Hydration
Bestsodium PCAPCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid) is a natural component of skin that is also a very good...Skin-Replenishing
Goodsodium PEG-7 olive oil carboxylateA mild surfactant formed by reacting fatty acids from olive oil esters from polyethylene glycol...Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
Goodsodium phytateThe salt form of the corn-derived plant component phytic acid, used as a chelating agent in...Miscellaneous
Goodsodium polyacrylateA synthetic polymer with multiple functions, including film-forming agent, stabilizer, absorbent,...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Emollients,
Absorbent
Goodsodium polyacrylate starchSodium polyacrylate starch is a mixture of a natural starch combined with a synthetic acrylate polymer.Absorbent,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Averagesodium salicylateSalt form of salicylic acid (BHA). Because it is not the acid form of salicylate (i.e., salicylic...Miscellaneous
Poorsodium silicateHighly alkaline and potentially sensitizing mineral used in cosmetics...Sensitizing
Goodsodium stearoyl glutamateSodium stearoyl glutamate is a synthetic or animal-derived ingredient that is added to cosmetics to condition skin or work as an emulsifier.Emulsifiers,
Hydration
Goodsodium stearoyl lactylateA synthetic or animal-derived ingredient...Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Averagesodium sulfiteReducing agent that alters the structure of hair. It can also be used as a preservative in cosmetic...Preservatives,
Sensitizing
Poorsodium tallowateSodium salt of tallow.Miscellaneous,
Cleansing Agents
Poorsodium thioglycolateA synthetic ingredinet that functions as a reducing agent in cosmetics, most typically hair-removal lotions...Sensitizing
Goodsodium trideceth sulfateTBCCleansing Agents
AverageSolanum lycopersicum extractTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
GoodSolanum tuberosum extractExtract that is more commonly known as potato starch. Used as a thickening agent and texture enhancer in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
GoodsolventDescribes a large group of ingredients, including water, that are used to dissolve or break down...Miscellaneous
GoodSonojellTrade name for petrolatum.Skin-Soothing,
Emollients
Bestsoothing agentAny ingredient that reduces certain signs of sensitivity in skin...Skin-Soothing
Goodsorbeth-230 tetraoleateSorbeth-230 tetraoleate is a mixture of oleic acid with sorbitol derivatives that can help thicken cosmetic formulas.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodsorbic acidPreservative derived from mountain ash berries or manufactured synthetically. Sorbic acid is used...Preservatives
Goodsorbitan laurateSorbitan laurate is an ester that works as a cleansing agent and emulsifier.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
Goodsorbitan oleateSynthetic or animal-derived ingredient used as an emulsifier and cleansing agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents
Goodsorbitan olivateSorbitan olivate is a mixture of the fatty acids from olive oil plus a sugar known as sorbitol.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
Goodsorbitan sesquioleateTBCThickeners/Emulsifiers
Goodsorbitan stearateUsed to thicken and stabilize cosmetic formulations.Thickeners/Emulsifiers
BestsorbitolSorbitol is a type of sugar that can be created synthetically or derived from natural sources.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Hydration,
Slip Agents
Bestsoy extractPotent antioxidant and soothing agent for skin...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestsoy isoflavonesTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestsoy oilEmollient oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Poorspearmint oilFragrant, volatile oil that can cause skin sensitivity.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestSPFTBCMiscellaneous
BestsphingolipidsSphingolipids are complex lipids (fats) that function as skin-replenishing and conditioning ingredients...Skin-Restoring,
Skin-Replenishing
BestSpiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet) extractSpiraea ulmaria extract, commonly known as meadowsweet, is a plant whose various parts have been shown to calm factors in skin that lead to signs of irritation.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
GoodspirulinaTBCAntioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Plant Extracts,
Emollients
BestsqualaneSqualane is a moisturizing ingredient that‰Ûªs also a source of skin-replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants.Hydration,
Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
BestsqualeneOil derived from shark liver or from plants (usually olives). It is a natural component...Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
GoodSt. John's wortContains several components that are harmful to skin in the presence of sunlight (Sources: Planta...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Poorstar aniseTBCAntioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodsteapyrium chlorideAntistatic agent used in hair-care products.Miscellaneous
Goodstearalkonium chlorideAntistatic ingredient used in hair-care products to control flyaways and aid in helping a brush or...Miscellaneous
Goodstearalkonium hectoriteUsed as a suspending agent.Miscellaneous
GoodstearatesTBCThickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodsteareth-20Derived from the benign fatty ingredient stearyl alcohol, this functions primarily as a surfactant...Cleansing Agents
Goodstearic acidFatty acid used as an emollient and emulsifier...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodstearyl alcoholFatty alcohol used as an emollient and to help keep other ingredients intact in a formulation.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodstearyl dimethiconeStearyl dimethicone is a synthetic skin-conditioning agent that's a siloxane polymer...Silicones,
Slip Agents
Beststearyl glycyrrhetinateThe fatty acid form of the skin soothing glycyrrhetinic acid, which is derived from licorice.Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Goodstearyl methiconeSilicone polymer used as a skin-conditioning or occlusive agent.Silicones,
Emollients,
Slip Agents
Goodstearyl stearateA plant-based wax prepared with natural fatty acids combined with synthetic fatty alcohols.Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Poorstyrax benzoinTBCPreservatives
Goodstyrene/acrylates copolymerSynthetic polymer.Film-Forming/Holding Agents
GoodsucroseMonosaccharide that has hydrating properties for skin.Skin-Replenishing,
Hydration
Goodsucrose stearateSucrose stearate is an ester of stearic acid and sugar that works as an emollient and cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents,
Emollients,
Emulsifiers
Averagesugarcane extractIngredients like sugarcane extract, fruit extracts, mixed fruit extracts, and milk solids may claim...Plant Extracts
GoodsulfatesSulfates are a group of ingredients that have many consumers worried but in truth, misinformation, not sulfates, are the actual problem...Cleansing Agents
PoorsulfurDisinfectant agent that can be a potent skin sensitizer...Sensitizing
Bestsun protection factorMost commonly seen as SPF, it is a number that is assigned to a product that identifies its ability...Miscellaneous
Bestsunflower seed oilNon-volatile plant oil used as an emollient in cosmetics.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Bestsuperoxide dismutaseEnzyme considered to be an antioxidant...Antioxidants
GoodsurfactantShortened term for surface active agent. Surfactants degrease and emulsify oils and fats and...Cleansing Agents
Goodsweet almondMost often used in its oil form, this ingredient is expressed from almonds. Also used as an...Emollients,
Plant Extracts
Goodsweet almond oilEmollient, non-fragrant plant oil.Emollients
PoorSymphytum officinale extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Goodsynthetic beeswaxAn artificial form of beeswax composed of a mixture of alcohol esters...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodsynthetic fluorophlogopiteSynthetic fluorophlogopite is a synthetic mineral material used in cosmetics to add bulk and to thicken emulsions.Thickeners,
Texture Enhancer
Goodsynthetic waxA wax derived from a mixture of various oils. It functions as a binding and stabilizing agent.Miscellaneous,
Texture Enhancer
PoorSzechuan peppercornFrom a plant native to Szechuan Province in China. It grows on trees, and so differs from black...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
AveragetalcNaturally occurring silicate mineral (any group of substances containing negative ions composed of...Miscellaneous
PoortallowSubstance extracted from the fatty deposits of animals, especially from suet (the fat of cattle and...Miscellaneous
Goodtamanu oilFrom a tree native to Polynesia. It is reputed to have wondrous skin-restoring properties, as well‰Û_Skin-Soothing,
Hydration,
Plant Extracts
AverageTanacetum partheniumTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poortangerine oilFragrant, volatile citrus oil that can be a skin sensitizer‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Besttannic acidPolyphenol that's considered a very good antioxidant‰Û_Antioxidants
Goodtapioca starchA natural thickener and texture enhancer derived from the roots of Manihot...Thickeners,
Texture Enhancer
Besttartaric acidTartaric acid is a naturally-occurring crystalline organic acid found in many plants, including grapes and tamarinds.Exfoliant
GoodTEATBCMiscellaneous
Goodtea tree oilAlso known as Melaleuca, from the name of its native Australian plant source, Melaleuca alternifolia.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorTEA-lauryl sulfateWhile there is abundant research showing sodium lauryl sulfate is a sensitizing cleansing agent,...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Sensitizing,
Cleansing Agents
Bestterephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acidTBCSunscreen Actives
BestTerminalia chebula fruit extractTerminalia chebula is an Ayurvedic plant extract that‰Ûªs native to South Asia, where it‰Ûªs known as ‰ÛÏThe King of Medicine‰Û.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodtetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydrocinnamateTBCAntioxidants
Besttetrahexyldecyl ascorbateTetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
BesttetrahydrobisdemethoxycurcuminAntioxidant and skin-soothing plant extract.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BesttetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethaneA synthetic antioxidant derived from curcumin.Antioxidants
BesttetrahydrodemethoxycurcuminTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BesttetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethaneA synthetic antioxidant that provides the effects of the antioxidant curcumin but...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BesttetrahydrodiferuloylmethaneAntioxidant and skin-soothing plant extract.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
BesttetrahydromethoxycurcuminAntioxidant and skin-soothing plant extract.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Goodtetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamineTBCMiscellaneous
Besttetrapeptide-30Tetrapeptide-30 is a peptide that targets the appearance of discolorations and uneven skin tone.Skin-Restoring
Goodtetrasodium EDTAChelating agent used to prevent minerals present in formulations from bonding to other ingredients.Miscellaneous
Goodtetrasodium etidronateUsed as a chelating agent in cosmetics to prevent varying mineral components from binding together...Miscellaneous
Goodtetrasodium glutamate diacetateTetrasodium glutamate diacetate is a chelating agent that can boost the effectiveness of preservatives.Miscellaneous
BestTheobroma cacao seed butterTBCPlant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodthiamine HCLVitamin B1. There is no research showing this to be effective when applied topically on skin.Vitamins
Goodthickening agentSubstances that can have a soft to hard waxlike texture or a creamy, emollient feel, and that can...Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Bestthioctic acidTechnical name for the antioxidant alpha lipoic acid. Unlike many antioxidants that are either...Antioxidants
Averagethiodipropionic acidAcid-based synthetic antioxidant. There is no research pertaining to its benefit for skin, but in...Antioxidants
GoodthiotaurineAmino acid. Potentially, it can have antioxidant properties for skin...Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodthreonineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
Averagethyme extractExtract derived from the leaf or flower of theåÊthyme plant. It can have potent antioxidant...Antioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
Poorthyme oilThe most concentrated part of the thyme plant, and a source of antioxidants, some of which...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Averagethymus hydrolysateForm of animal thymus derived by acid, enzyme, or other methods of hydrolysis. It can have...Miscellaneous,
Hydration
PoorThymus serpillum extractExtract of wild thyme.Antioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
AverageThymus vulgarisTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorThymus vulgaris oilThymus vulgaris oil is more commonly known as thyme oil.Antioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
BestTilia cordataTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Besttitanium dioxideInert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in...Sunscreen Actives,
Coloring Agents/Pigments,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
BesttocopherolTBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
Besttocopherol acetateTBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
Besttocopheryl acetateTBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
Besttocopheryl lineolateTBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
BesttocotrienolsPotent forms of vitamins E that are considered stable and powerful antioxidants. These forms of...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Averagetomato extractExtract that has weak antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
Poortormentil extractPlant that can be irritating due to its tannin content, which causes skin constriction.Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodtragacanthNatural gum used as a thickener in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
Besttranexamic acidA synthetic amino acid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and astringent.Miscellaneous
GoodtrehalosePlant sugar that has hydrating properties for skin.Miscellaneous,
Hydration
Besttremella fuciformis sporocarp extractTBCAntioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodtribeheninAlso known as glyceryl tribehenate, a skin-conditioning agent that is a mixture of glycerin and...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Skin-Replenishing,
Emollients
Goodtribehenin PEG-20 estersA complex mixture of tribehenin and PEG-20, this ingredient has multiple functions in cosmetic...Emulsifiers,
Cleansing Agents,
Emollients
GoodtricaprylinMixture of glycerin and caprylic acid. Has emollient properties and is used as a skin-softening...Emollients
Goodtrideceth-12Trideceth-12 is a synthetic mixture of a fatty alcohol (tridecyl alcohol) and polyethylene glycol that functions as an emulsifier and cleansing agent.Cleansing Agents,
Emulsifiers
Goodtrideceth-6An emulsifier, meaning it helps keep unlike ingredients (such as oil and water) from separating in an emulsion...Emulsifiers
Goodtridecyl salicylateSalt form of salicylic acid (BHA). When it is no longer an acid (as in this case), salicylic acid...Miscellaneous
Goodtridecyl stearateUsed in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodtridecyl trimellitateUsed as a skin-conditioning agent and thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Hydration,
Skin-Softening
GoodtriethanolamineUsed in cosmetics as a pH balancer. Like all amines, it has the potential for creating...Miscellaneous,
Emulsifiers
GoodtriethoxycaprylylsilaneSilicone that functions as a binding agent and emulsifier.Silicones,
Slip Agents
Goodtriethoxycaprylylsilane crosspolymerA silicone polymer used to enhance a product's texture.Silicones,
Film-Forming/Holding Agents
Goodtriethoxysilylethyl polydimethylsiloxyethyl hexyl dimethiconeA silicone polymer that has multiple functions in cosmetic products, including skin-conditioning...Emollients
GoodtriethylhexanoinTriethylhexanoin is a synthetic mixture of glycerin and a fatty acid that functions as a solvent, occlusive, and skin-conditioning ingredient.Emollients
GoodTrifolium pratenseTBCSkin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodtriglycerideUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Averagetrigonella foenum-graecum seed extractLatin name for the fenugreek plant. The seeds are used most often, and their fiber content helps...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
GoodtrihydroxystearinMixture of glycerin and fatty acids that is used as an emollient and thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Skin-Replenishing
Goodtriisocetyl citrateA trimester of the fatty alcohol isocetyl alcohol and citric acid. It is used as on occlusive agent.Emollients
GoodtrilaurinGroup of ingredients that are triesters of glycerin and aliphatic acids, and known generically as...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
BesttrimethylsiloxyamodimethiconeTrimethylsiloxyamodimethicone is a synthetic silicone-based polymer that functions as a conditioning agent, hydrating and smoothing skin‰Ûªs surface due to its lightweight yet silky, non-greasy feel.Hydration,
Texture Enhancer
GoodtrimethylsiloxysilicateUsed as a skin-softening and occlusive agent.Silicones,
Slip Agents,
Skin-Softening,
Emollients
GoodtrioclanolinDerived from lanolin and used as a texture enhancer, most commonly in powder-based products such as...Miscellaneous
GoodtrioctanoinUsed as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients
Goodtrioctyldodecyl citrateMixture of octyldodecanol and citric acid used as a skin-softening agent and emollient.Emollients,
Skin-Softening
Besttripeptide-1Tripeptide-1, aka GHK (glycine, histidine, lysine - the amino acids that comprise it), is a synthetic signal peptide that teaches skin to rebuild damaged areas.Skin-Restoring
Besttripeptide-29Tripeptide-29 is a synthetic peptide consisting of amino acids glycine and proline plus hydroxyproline (an amino acid derivative) shown to improve uneven texture and the look of fine lines.Skin-Restoring,
Hydration
Goodtripeptide-32A synthetic peptide with the "tri" (meaning three) designation referring to this peptide's mix of the amino acids proline, serine, and threonine.Skin-Restoring
GoodTripleurospermum maritimum extractAlso known as false mayweed or sea mayweed, this plant extract encompasses the entire plant. Raw material...Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Goodtrisodium EDTASimilar to tetrasodium EDTA. Used as a water-softening and chelating agent (a compound that binds...Miscellaneous
GoodTriticum vulgare (wheat) germ extractExtract from the germ portion of the wheat plant. In cosmetics, this ingredient functions as a...Plant Extracts,
Skin-Softening
GoodTriticum vulgare oilTBCPlant Extracts,
Skin-Softening,
Emollients
BesttroxerutinA flavonoid ingredient that's extracted from the Japanese plant Sophora japonica.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
GoodtryptophanTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
BestturmericTurmeric is a spice made from the dried, ground root of the Curcuma longa plant.Antioxidants,
Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestubiquinoneit is a vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
GoodUlmus fulva bark extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
GoodultramarinesInorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only,...Coloring Agents/Pigments
GoodUlva lactuca extractExtract from the plant known as sea lettuce, it has some soothing and antioxidant...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
AverageUncaria tomentosa extractAlso known as cat‰Ûªs claw, there is some research showing it to be an effective soothing...Plant Extracts,
Skin-Soothing
BestUndaria pinnatifida (algae) extractUndaria pinnatifida, also known as brown algae, is a type of seaweed that‰Ûªs also edible.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts,
Hydration,
Skin-Soothing
GoodureaComponent of urine, although synthetic versions are used in cosmetics. In small amounts urea has...Exfoliant,
Hydration,
Skin-Replenishing
AverageUrtica dioicaTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
PoorUVAUltraviolet AåÊradiation. The sun produces a range of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, of which UVA and...Miscellaneous
BestUva ursi extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Antioxidants
PoorUVBUltra-violet BåÊradiation.Miscellaneous
GoodVA/crotonates copolymerTBCFilm-Forming/Holding Agents
BestVaccinium macrocarpon fruit extractLatin term for cranberry.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestVaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit extractBilberry is one of the best sources of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
BestVaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberry) fruit extractVaccinium vitis-idaea (also known as lingonberry) is a wild-growing Scandinavian-native berry that‰Ûªs similar in nutrient profile and size with its plant ‰ÛÏcousin‰Û, blueberry.Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
BestVaccinum Angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extractBlueberry fruit extract is rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins and flavonoids.Antioxidants
GoodvalineTBCAntioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing
GoodVanilla planifolia fruit extractExtract used primarily as a fragrance and flavoring agent. The vanilla plant is a source of...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorverbena extractFragrant extract that can be a skin sensitizer...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poorvetiver oil or extractFragrant component in skincare products that also has some beneficial properties...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Goodvinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymerBlend of silicone polymers that functions as a thickening agent and texture enhancer.Thickeners,
Silicones,
Texture Enhancer
AverageViola tricolor extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Bestvitamin ATBCAntioxidants,
Vitamins
Goodvitamin B1TBCVitamins
Goodvitamin B12Overall there is limited research showing vitamin B12 has any benefit when applied topically on skinVitamins
Averagevitamin B2There is no research showing this has any benefit when applied topically to skin. However, there is...Sensitizing,
Vitamins
Bestvitamin B3TBCSkin-Restoring,
Vitamins,
Hydration
Goodvitamin B5Also known as pantothenic acid.Vitamins
Averagevitamin B6There is no research showing it to have benefit for skin.Vitamins
Bestvitamin CVitamin C is a top rated skin care ingredient to help maintain healthy-looking and radiant skin...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Goodvitamin DA fat-soluble vitamin (technically, it's a hormone)åÊthat may have antioxidant, soothing, and...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestvitamin EOne of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin. Vitamin E occurs...Antioxidants,
Vitamins
Bestvitamin FName sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These...Antioxidants,
Skin-Replenishing,
Vitamins,
Emollients,
Skin-Restoring,
Hydration
Goodvitamin HTBCVitamins
Goodvitamin KTechnically known as phytonadione, vitamin K is a fat-soluble....Vitamins
BestVitis viniferaLatin name for the vines that produce wine grapes. More commonly known as grape seed oil or grape...Antioxidants,
Emollients,
Plant Extracts
Poorvolatile oilGroup of volatile fluids derived primarily from plants and used in cosmetics primarily as fragrant...Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
GoodVP/eicosene copolymerA film-forming agent often used in water-resistant sunscreen products. It helps the sunscreen...Film-Forming/Holding Agents
GoodVP/hexadecene copolymerSynthetic polymer.Film-Forming/Holding Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Averagewalnut extractExtract that can have antioxidant properties...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodwalnut oilEmollient, non-fragrant plant oil...Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Averagewalnut shell powderAbrasive used in scrub products; not preferred to polyethylene beads.Scrub Agents
GoodwaterThe most widely used cosmetic ingredient; water is almost always listed first on an ingredient...Miscellaneous
Averagewatercress extractResearch indicates that watercress extracts can have antioxidant activity, but that information is limited...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Bestwatermelon fruit extractExtract from the fruit Citrullus lantus, commonly known as watermelon...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodwheat amino acidsA blend of amino acids from wheat protein after it has been broken down via hydrolysis. Most often...Miscellaneous,
Hydration
Goodwheat germ glyceridesUsed as emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Emollients,
Texture Enhancer
Goodwheat germ oilEmollient plant oil similar to all non-fragrant plant oils.Plant Extracts,
Emollients
Goodwheat proteinTBCSkin-Replenishing
Goodwhey proteinA form of protein derived from milk. An animal-derived ingredient, whey protein functions as a hair...Miscellaneous,
Skin-Softening
Averagewhite nettleContains components that can have both soothing and sensitizing properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorwhite oak bark extractTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Bestwhite tea leaf extractExtract from the minimally processed buds and leaves of green tea. There is research showing that...Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
Goodwhite willowTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Poorwild gingerTBCSkin-Soothing,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
Goodwillow barkContains salicin, a substance that when taken orally is converted by the digestive process to...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Bestwillow herbTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts
Poorwintergreen oilA type of mint often used to ease the discomfort of sore muscles...Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
Poorwitch hazelCommonly used plant extract that can have antioxidant properties...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants,
Sensitizing
Goodxanthan gumUsed as a thickening agent.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer
BestxanthophyllAlso known as lutein, this is a cartenoid pigment from plants that functions as an antioxidant.Antioxidants,
Plant Extracts
PoorXi xinTBCSkin-Soothing,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
GoodXimenia americana oilLatin name for plum oil; it can have emollient properties.Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants,
Emollients
BestxylitolXylitol is a sugar alcohol that may be plant-derived or synthetic.Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Texture Enhancer,
Slip Agents
GoodxylitylglucosideAn ingredient derived from two water-binding plant sugars, xylitol and glucose.Hydration
GoodxyloseForm of sugar. Similar to other sugars, xylose has hydrating properties for skin.Miscellaneous,
Hydration
Goodxymenynic acidSynthetic fatty acid that functions as a skin-softening agent.Miscellaneous,
Skin-Softening
Pooryarrow extractExtract for which there is little research showing it to have any benefit for skin. What studies do...Skin-Soothing,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
GoodyeastGroup of fungi that ferment sugars. Yeast is a source of beta-glucan, which is a good antioxidant....Antioxidants
Goodyeast extractTBCAntioxidants
Goodyellow 5TBCColoring Agents/Pigments
Goodyellow 5 lakeYellow 5 lake is synthetic coloring agent approved for use in foods, drugs and cosmetics.Coloring Agents/Pigments
Goodyellow 6 lakeTBCColoring Agents/Pigments
Bestyerba mate extractPlant ingredient used in the preparation of the most popular tea-like beverage in South America. It has...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants
Poorylang ylangFragrant, volatile oil that can also be a skin sensitizer‰Û_Plant Extracts,
Antioxidants,
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
AverageyogurtThere is no research showing that yogurt is effective when applied topically on skin. Yogurt...Miscellaneous
Averageyucca extractPlant extract that can have soothing benefits...Skin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing,
Antioxidants
AverageYucca schidigeraTBCUncategorized
PoorZanthoxylum piperitumTBCPlant Extracts,
Sensitizing
BestzincThere is growing evidence that zinc can be a significant soothing agent and antioxidant. It also can...Skin-Soothing,
Antioxidants
Poorzinc carbonateTBCMiscellaneous,
Sensitizing
Goodzinc gluconateZinc gluconate is the zinc salt of gluconic acid produced from glucose that functions as a preservative.Preservatives,
Hydration
Bestzinc oxideZinc oxide is an inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.Skin-Soothing,
Coloring Agents/Pigments,
Antioxidants,
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Bestzinc PCAA synthetic skin-softening ingredient derived from zinc, research has shown it to have anti-aging benefits due to...Miscellaneous
Goodzinc stearateThe zinc salt of stearic acid. It has multiple functions in cosmetics, including serving as the...Thickeners/Emulsifiers,
Coloring Agents/Pigments,
Slip Agents,
Texture Enhancer
Poorzinc sulfateChemical compound resulting from the interaction of zinc with sulfuric acid. There is little...Preservatives,
Sensitizing
PoorZingiber officinale roscoeTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorZingiber zerumbetTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts,
Sensitizing
PoorZingiberaceaeTBCSkin-Soothing,
Sensitizing,
Plant Extracts
GoodZizyphus jujuba fruit extractTBCSkin-Soothing,
Plant Extracts

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