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Abyssinian Oil

Açai Berry Oil

Activated Charcoal

Alkanet Root

All-Purpose Scale

All-Purpose Scale


Aloe Vera

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex AVC)

Apricot Kernel Oil

Argan Oil

Arrowroot Starch

Avocado oil

Babassu oil

Baking Soda

Bayberry Wax


Behentrimonium Chloride

Bentonite Clay


Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black Currant Seed Oil

Borage Oil

Boron nitride

Brassica Campestris Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer

Broccoli Seed Oil



C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate


Calcium carbonate


Camellia Seed Oil

Candelilla Wax

Canola Oil

Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside


Carnauba wax

Castor Oil

Cera Bellina

Ceramide Complex

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetrimonium Chloride

Cetyl Alcohol

Cherry Kernel Oil

Chia Seed Oil


Citric Acid

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Coco Glucoside

Cocoa Butter

Coconut Oil

Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)

Coffee Grinder

Coffee Grinder

Colloidal Oatmeal

Coloured Mica

Corn Starch

Cranberry Seed Oil

Cranberry Seeds

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

Crothix™ Liquid

Cupuacu Butter

Cyclomethicone + other cyclo-siloxanes


Decyl Glucoside

Dimethicone 350

Disposable Condiment Cups

Disposable Mini Mixing Cups

Disposable Mini Mixing Cups

Distilled water

Dust mask

Emulsifying Wax NF

Evening Primrose Oil

Fractionated coconut oil

French Green Clay

Fuller’s Earth/Multani Mitti clay

Glass Prep Cups

Glass Prep Cups

Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate

Glyceryl Stearate SE

Glycol distearate

Grapeseed Oil

Guar Gum

Hazelnut Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Hyaluronic Acid

Hydrolyzed Baobab Protein

Hydrolyzed Oat Protein

Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein

Hydrolyzed Rice Protein


Iron Oxides


Isopropyl Myristate

Jar/Icing Spatulas

Jar/Icing Spatulas

Jojoba Oil

Kaolin Clay

Kokum Butter

Kukui nut oil



Lipomoist™ 2036

Liquid Germall™ Plus

LuxGlide N350 / LexFeel™ N350 (natural dimethicone alternative)

Macadamia Nut Oil

Magnesium Myristate

Magnesium Stearate

Mango Butter

Marula Oil

Meadowfoam oil

Medium chain triglycerides

Mini Mixer

Mini Mixer

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)

Passionfruit Oil

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides

Penstia™ powder

pH meter

pH meter

Plantapon® TF

Plum Oil


Polyacrylate crosspolymer-6 (Sepimax ZEN)

Polyquaternium 7

Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 80

Pomegranate Oil

Precision Scale

Precision Scale

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 Dimethyl Silylate

Silica Microspheres


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 Sulfate (SLS)

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

Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Toothpick Swirl

Tucuma Butter

Turkey Red Oil



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

Vegetable Glycerin

Vitamin E

Walnut oil

Water Bath

Watermelon Oil

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:

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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