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Abyssinian Oil

Activated Charcoal

Alkanet Root

Allantoin

Aloe Vera

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex AVC)

Apricot Kernel Oil

Argan Oil

Arrowroot Starch

Avocado oil

Babassu oil

Baking Soda

Bayberry Wax

Beeswax

Behentrimonium Chloride

Bentonite Clay

Bisabolol

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black Currant Seed Oil

Borage Oil

Boron nitride

Brassica Campestris Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer

Broccoli Seed Oil

BTMS-25

BTMS-50

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate

Caffeine

Calcium carbonate

Calendula

Camellia Seed Oil

Candelilla Wax

Canola Oil

Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside

Carmine

Carnauba wax

Castor Oil

Cera Bellina

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetrimonium Chloride

Cetyl Alcohol

Cholesterol

Citric Acid

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Coco Glucoside

Cocoa Butter

Coconut Oil

Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)

Coloured Mica

Corn Starch

Cranberry Seed Oil

Cranberry Seeds

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

Cupuacu Butter

d-Limonene

Distilled water

Emulsifying Wax NF

Evening Primrose Oil

Fractionated coconut oil

French Green Clay

Fuller’s Earth/Multani Mitti clay

Grapeseed Oil

Guar Gum

Hazelnut Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Hyaluronic Acid

Hydrolyzed Baobab Protein

Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein

Hydrolyzed Rice Protein

Hydroxyethylcellulose

Iron Oxides

Isododecane

Isopropyl Myristate

Jojoba Oil

Kaolin Clay

Kokum Butter

Kukui nut oil

Lanolin

Lecithin

Macadamia Nut Oil

Magnesium Myristate

Magnesium Stearate

Mango Butter

Marula Oil

Meadowfoam oil

Medium chain triglycerides

Monoi de Tahiti

Moringa Oil

Murumuru Butter

N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG)

Neem oil

Neossance® Hemisqualane

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Oat Oil

Olive Oil

Olive Squalane

Olivem 1000

Olivem 300

Orange Wax

Panthenol (Vitamin B5)

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides

Penstia™ powder

Plum Oil

Polawax

Polyquaternium 7

Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 80

Pomegranate Oil

Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Propanediol 1,3

Pumpkin Seed Oil

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

Raspberry Seed Oil

Rhassoul (ghassoul) clay

Rice Bran Oil

Ritamulse SCG (Emulsimulse, ECOMulse)

Rosehip Oil

Safflower Oil

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sea Kelp Bioferment

Sericite Mica

Shea Butter

Silica Microspheres

Silk

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

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

Sodium chloride (salt)

Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS)

Sodium Cocoamphoacetate

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI)

Sodium Lactate

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLeS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSa)

Sodium Stearate

Soybean oil

St. John’s Wort

Stearic Acid

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Wax

Sweet Almond Oil

Tallow (beef)

Tamanu oil

Titanium Dioxide

Toothpick Swirl

Tucuma Butter

Turkey Red Oil

Ultramarines

Urea

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

Vegetable Glycerin

Walnut oil

Water Bath

Witch Hazel

Xanthan Gum

Zinc Oxide

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:

LotionCrafter
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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