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Cranberry Seed Oil

Sodium Stearate

Varisoft® EQ 65 (Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol)

Quaternium-90 Sepiolite and Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite (Thickening Clay)

Hydrolyzed Baobab Protein

Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein

Hydrolyzed Rice Protein

Sea Kelp Bioferment

Kokum Butter

Brassica Campestris Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer


Avocado oil

Carnauba wax

Walnut oil

Raspberry Seed Oil

Soybean oil

Neem oil

Kukui nut oil

Tamanu oil

Canola Oil

Meadowfoam oil

Rice Bran Oil

Babassu oil

St. John’s Wort

Murumuru Butter

Neossance® Hemisqualane

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Sodium Cocoamphoacetate

Borage Oil

Black Currant Seed Oil

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

Boron nitride

Corn Starch

Rhassoul (ghassoul) clay

Calcium carbonate

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex AVC)

Tallow (beef)


Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)

Fuller’s Earth/Multani Mitti clay

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLeS)


Distilled water

Sodium chloride (salt)

Behentrimonium Chloride

PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides

Coco Glucoside

Prickly Pear Seed Oil


Witch Hazel

Sodium (C14-16) olefin sulfonate (Bio-Terge AS90)

Silica Microspheres

Sodium (C14-16) alpha olefin sulfonate (Bio-Terge AS40)

Isopropyl Myristate

Medium chain triglycerides

Fractionated coconut oil

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil

Magnesium Myristate

Magnesium Stearate


Cromollient SCE (Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate)

Polyquaternium 7



Cera Bellina


Olive Squalane

Guar Gum

Pomegranate Oil

Cetrimonium Chloride


Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Arrowroot Starch

Aloe Vera

Alkanet Root

Activated Charcoal

Coloured Mica

Sericite Mica

Xanthan Gum

Citric Acid

Penstia™ powder


N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG)

Sodium Lactate


Panthenol (Vitamin B5)

Propanediol 1,3

Hyaluronic Acid

Baking Soda

Tucuma Butter

Olivem 300

Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSa)

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside

Olivem 1000

Ritamulse SCG (Emulsimulse, ECOMulse)

Emulsifying Wax NF


Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 80

Stearic Acid

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetyl Alcohol

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI)




Plum Oil


Rosehip Oil

Mango Butter

Oat Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Moringa Oil

Abyssinian Oil

Hazelnut Oil

Camellia Seed Oil

Broccoli Seed Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

Vegetable Glycerin

Bayberry Wax

Candelilla Wax

Turkey Red Oil

Titanium Dioxide

Monoi de Tahiti

Cupuacu Butter

Marula Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Orange Wax

Olive Oil

Macadamia Nut Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

Zinc Oxide

Bentonite Clay

Sunflower Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Jojoba Oil

Iron Oxides

Evening Primrose Oil

French Green Clay

Kaolin Clay

Toothpick Swirl

Safflower Oil

Castor Oil

Cocoa Butter

Coconut Oil

Argan Oil

Water Bath


Shea Butter

Sourcing & References

Wherever I list a very specific claim about an ingredient I aim to link to the original source.

A lot of the more general information in the encyclopedia is readily available on supplier websites, both in the product description and the associate SDS and fact sheet documents. I frequently refer to these websites:

Ingredients to Die For
Making Cosmetics
Wholesale Supplies Plus

Industry websites are also useful for learning about ingredients. Manufacturers will often make fact sheets, SDS, and sample formulations available. These can be available through manufacturer websites, supplier websites, some google-sluething, and websites like ULProspector.

CosmeticsInfo is a great place to learn about the general uses of cosmetic ingredients.

Modern Cosmetics: Ingredients of Natural Origin a Scientific View , Volume 1 is also a fantastic reference volume, and information from it is scattered throughout encyclopedia posts.

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