Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BOTANICALS and what they do for your skin

“Know what is in your beauty products”

By Karen Evans Cunningham


AGAVE – Emollient.

AGRIMONY LEAF - Agrimonia Eupatoria. Calming, astringent and toning. Beneficial as an eye wash. Also anti-inflammatory.

ALTHAEA - extract: Smoothes, softens.

ALFALFA - extract: Astringent, skin protectant ( SLE akaLupus patients should NOT apply or ingest this herb).

ALGAE - Obtained from seaweed, algae is a natural moisturizer and is claimed to prevent wrinkles. Added to salt baths to boost detoxifying action. Emollient

ALMOND MEAL - Moist with sweet almond oil, almond meal helps replenish skin oils lost during the cleansing process while producing a gentle massaging effect during exfoliation.

ALMOND OIL - Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis. Pressed from the ripe seeds (nut) of the almond tree. A versatile, carrier oil, good for all skin types. Ground almonds make for excellent natural abrasives. Moist with Sweet Almond Oil, ground almonds help replenish the oils lost from the skin during the cleansing process; being rather soft in texture, they produce a gentle massaging effect in exfoliators. Very lubricating and can relieve itching and inflammation; a wonderful, natural moisturizer for 'dishpan' hands and chapped skin.

ALOE VERA GEL - The pulpy, expressed juice of the Aloe Vera plant. Aloe Vera is famous for its moisturizing, proyecting and soothing properties, as well as for its ability to aid in healing.

ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS - Natural plant extracts that improve the look and condition of skin by accelerating the exfoliation of outer dead skin cells revealing younger fresher skin. Additionally, AHA's stimulate collagen synthesis, boost skin elasticity and increase cell renewal.

ANGELICA - extract Soother.

ANISE OIL - Pimpinella Anisium. Well known for its sweet aroma and taste. Antiseptic and slightly astringent. Helps induce perspiration.

ANNATO - One of the oldest known colorants, this natural red pigment is extracted from seeds of Annato tree. It has been used since antiquity to color cosmetics and food.

ANTIOXIDANTS - A group of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help protect our body from the formation of destructive, reactive molecules known as free radicals. Antioxidants, such as Vitamins A, C, and E, the mineral selenium, and other nutrients also act as free radical scavengers, neutralizing the free radical particles.

APPLE - extract Exfoliates.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR - Pyrus Malus. A sour, sharp-tasting liquid containing acetic acid. Produced from the fermentation of the juice of various fruits or berries, or from honey, molasses, or even cereal grains as in malt vinegars. Cosmetic vinegars, also called toilet vinegars, have been used as a complexion aid for centuries. Vinegar closes pores and preserves or restores the skin's natural acidity (pH balance). Vinegar keeps both oily and dry complexions soft and fresh and can combat the ravages of alkaline soaps and make up.

APRICOT KERNEL OIL - Prunus Armeniaca. An extremely desirable moisturizer rich in Vitamins A and E, apricot kernel oil is extracted from the inedible kernels found in the apricot pit. Helps skin retain elasticity and suppleness without feeling greasy. Excellent when used on dry or mature skin.

ARNICA - extract Soothes, anti-inflammatory.

ASCORBYL PALMITATE (vit. c) - Antioxidant.

ASCORBIC ACID - Is the scientific name for vitamin C, which is typically found in fresh fruits and vegetables. It can stimulate skin protein production when applied to skin.

ASTRINGENT - A member of the toner family effective on oily and blemished complexions. Performs a tightening action on the skin and pores.

AVOCADO OIL - Persea Gratissima. A precious, natural oil derived from the flesh of the avocado fruit, a tropical plant from Central America and California. Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, protein and amino acids. One of the few vegetable oils containing protein, avocado oil penetrates the skin deeply without leaving an oily film on the skin. Promotes the regeneration of scarred skin. Softens, soothes and conditions dry, flaky skin and scalp. Stimulates hair growth.

AZTEC MARIGOLD - Tagetes Erecta. Used for its cleansing and deodorizing properties, Aztec Marigold is an anti-fungal and antibacterial. A wonderful emollient oil which has a soothing effect on the skin.

BALSAM PERU - Myroxylon Pereirae. An essential oil with a very rich, vanilla-like fragrance. Promotes healthy growth of skin, and can be used for eczema, chapped hands, and to toughen nipples in preparation for nursing.

BAY OIL - Steam distilled from the leaves and branches of the bay plant, bay oil is prized for its antiseptic and emollient qualities. Possesses a warm, spicy fragrance.

BALM MINT - extract: Soothes.

BENTONITE - A natural clay that is an effective skin clarifier. Takes its name from Fort Benton where bentonite deposits are found. Used in facial masks.

BERGAMOT OIL - Citrus Bergamia. Antiseptic, energizing and uplifting. Used to calm irritated skin, psoriasis and stress, also used as an aromatic agent

BETA-CAROTENE - Substance found primarily in carrots. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A. Used to give products a yellow to orange-red color.

BETULA - extract Astringent, skin purifier.

BILBERRY EXTRACT - Extracted from the leaves and fruit of the shrub, Bilberry is an astringent, cooling herb that tones the skin. It is also a natural alpha hydroxy acid.

BIRCH LEAF - extract - Reduces oiliness, refines pores.

BLACK COHOSH - extract Anti-inflammatory.

BLADDERWRACK - Derived from thallus of Fucus Vesiculosus. Bladderwrack is a seaweed. This extract is recommended for toning the skin and stimulating cell activity. Great in baths, bladderwrack provides various minerals and salts that cleanse and refresh the skin.

BLUE VERVAIN LEAF - Acts as a relaxant in cases of muscle tension. Infused as an eye compress for tired eyes and inflamed eyelids.

BORAGE SEED OIL - Emollient, moisturizer.

BORAGE EXTRACT - Derived from the leaf of the plant, the extract is an exhilarating tonic that stimulates and conditions the skin.

BURDOCK ROOT EXTRACT – Skin Conditioner. Burdock, a member of the thistle family, has been used for centuries to improve dry, scaly skin disorders, specifically dandruff and itchy scalp. Rich in essential fatty acids necessary for a healthy scalp, Burdock Root Extract improves the luster, body and strength of the hair shaft.

BUTCHERBROOM - Anti-inflammatory.

CALENDULA FLOWER - exract Calendula Officinalis of the Marigold plant. Calendula is classified as an anti-inflammatory and is often used to treat itching, flaking, weeping skin conditions. A wonderful, emollient oil that has a soothing effect on the skin. Anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory Effective ally in treating water retention and cellulite. Used in treatment-type products for mature skin. Calendula has been used for centuries.

CALCIUM CARBONATE - Natural chalk. It is an absorbent for facial oils and helps smooth out the complexion. It is also a natural abrasive in toothpaste.

CAMELLIA OIL - Smoothes, softens.

CAMPHOR – From the Asian Camphor Laurel tree. Cooling, highly stimulating herb. Used for oily skin and acne.

CANDELILLA WAX - Eupohorbia Certifera. A natural wax from the Candelilla plant, grown in Mexico. Obtained by boiling the plant. Gives formulas body and sheen. Used in cosmetics as a thickener.
CARAMEL - Natural Colorant.

CARMINE - A natural red pigment used in lipstick.

CARNAUBA WAX - Derived from the leaf of a Brazilian palm known as "the tree of life." An edible material wax often used in making candies, it has the highest melting point of any natural wax found on earth.

CARRAGEENAN - Chondrus Crispus. Derived from a red seaweed; another name is Irish Moss. Used for its excellent emollient qualities. Soothes the skin

CARRIER OILS - Essential oils are very concentrated and can not be used directly on the skin, as they can cause irritation. Therefore essential oils are diluted before being applied, into carrier oils. Extracted from nuts, kernels, seeds, and are sometimes called vegetable oils.

CARROT POWDER - Vitamin Rich, garden grown Carrots are fresh dried and gently ground to a powdered form. Carrots, rich in Beta Carotene nourishes and conditions the skin to help improve skin tone and color. Works as a natural antioxidant, to help reverse free radical damage.

CARROT SEED OIL - Daucus Carota Sativa. A thin, yellow oil distilled from ground seeds. Rich in Carotene and valued for its soothing, relaxing properties. It stimulates cell renewal as well as the sweat and sebaceous glands, and is a great benefit to mature or dry skin. Protects skin exposed to weather extremes and is indispensable for hikers, skiers and outdoor athletes. Helps to deter or reduce wrinkles. Has a heavy, woodsy, earthy, fruity scent.

CASTILE SOAP - A soap of vegetable oil origin, usually olive oil.

CASTOR OIL - The oil extracted from the castor bean. It is a moisturizer, conditioner, emollient and natural pigment dispersant.

CEDAR LEAF OIL - Cedarwood Atlas. Is antiseptic and astringent. Balances and regulates oil production. Often used for it's aromatic scent.

CEDARWOOD OIL - Astringent and cleansing oil with a mild, balsamic, pleasant fragrance. Steam distilled from various types of cedars. Good as a base note to blend with floral scents for use in personal care products.

CHAMOMILE - Anthemis Nobilis. There are two chamomiles, Roman and German, both produce the light blue oil, azulene, used since ancient times for its invigorating qualities. Chamomile has very low toxicity so it is good for children. Rejuvenating and relaxing, European facialists rave about this fragrant annual herb. Massage oil with Chamomile is good for dry skin, dermatitis, acne, burns and inflammation. Bathing with Chamomile is soothing, helps menstrual problems, aches and pains related to exercise, anxiety, stress and irritability. Extract: Calms, reduces response to irritation

CHAPARRAL EXTRACT - Reduces oiliness, refines pores.

CHASTE TREE BERRY - extract Anti-inflammatory

CHLOROPHILLIN-COPPER COMPLEX - A water soluble derivative of chlorophyll. Used as a deodorizing agent in mouth washes, breath fresheners and body deodorants.

CINNAMON OIL - Cinnamomum Cassia. The natural essential oil of the Cinnamon tree obtained by steam distillation of the leaves, bark and twigs. Used in skin care preparations for its spicy, awakening fragrance.

CITRIC ACID - Natural alpha hydroxy acid found in citrus fruits. It is a gentle exfoliator for skin.

CITRONELLA OIL - Cymbopogon Schoenanthus. Derived from Citronella grass. A fragrant oil used in insect repellents. Citronella oil is used as a raw material in the manufacture of other oils and is extensively used in soap making.

CITRUS extract - Astringent, acidifier, pH adjuster.

CLAY - Clay consists of tiny particles of minerals (rocks) which were carried along by rivers in previous geological years and then deposited in the earth, now excavated. Variously enriched and colored by the particulars of their geographical location, clays may be red, green, or white and their properties vary according to the trace elements they contain. Used for health and beauty treatments throughout the ages, in both mud packs and face masks. Its drawing action removes impurities from deep within the pores, leaving the skin clean, clear, and stimulated.

CLOVE OIL and POWDER - Eugenia Caryophyllus. Both extracted from the buds of an aromatic tropical evergreen. Warming, antiseptic, disinfectant and a pain reliever. Lends a sweet, spicy note to skin care formulations.

CLOVER - extract Soothes.

CLOVER FLOWER OIL - Aromatic agent.

COCOA BUTTER - Triglycerides of fatty acids made from the beans of the cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao). Cocoa butter is a superb emollient that softens and protects chapped skin, relieves irritation and diminishes signs of wrinkling and stretch marks. Has a sweet chocolate smell. It is also helpful as a binder or thickener in natural cosmetic formulas where chemical thickeners are not used.

COCONUT OIL - Cocos Nucifera. The flesh of the coconut is rich in emollient fat, and when pressed yields a white, sweetly scented, super moisturizing oil, which is a solid at room temperature but easily melts on the skin. The consistency of coconut oil helps to bind and emulsify natural formulations where no chemical emulsifiers are desirable. Usually blended with other fats, coconut oil is the volatile, fragrant oil popularly used in suntan products. It protects skin from the elements by forming a thin film which is not absorbed. Coconut oil is useful as an after sun oil, and it is revitalizing to dry, damaged hair. Surfactants derived from coconut oil have good cleansing properties and are known for their mildness.

COMFREY - Symphytum Officinale. Contains allantoin, a skin ingredient that promotes healing, and is known for its regenerating and soothing properties. The extract of the Comfrey plant is anti-inflammatory, astringent and emollient. Aids the healing of open wounds, cuts, burns, and bruises.

COMFREY ROOT – extract An extract containing the active healing components of the root.

CORIANDER OIL - Aromatic agent.

CORN STARCH - Zea Mays. Highly absorbent product derived from the corn plant. Absorbs both moisture and oils. Produces a soft, soothing feeling in face masques. An ingredient added to cremes and lotions to help the product spread on the skin more easily.

CORN OIL - Emollient, lubricant.

CORNMEAL - Milled from corn and corn cobs, these natural abrasives are effective, yet safe, for your skin.


CRANBERRY EXTRACT - Naturally acidic extract, has an astringent effect on gums.

CUCUMBER EXTRACT - The juice extracted from the vegetable is mildly astringent (controls oiliness), yet soothing and can help reduce puffiness of the skin and refine pores Cucumber also has a slight bleaching action which aids in removing dead skin cells.

CYPRESS OIL - Cupressus Sempervirens. Steam distilled from the needles, twigs and cones of this tall evergreen, a native of Southern Europe. Clear to greenish-yellow, with a sharp and spicy smell, which is warm, woody and resinous with a lemony undertone. Stimulates circulation and has a detoxifying effect on the body. In skin care formulations, cypress regulates oil production, making it useful for controlling acne and dandruff, which are both caused by over-activity of the skin's oil glands. Also used to treat broken capillaries and varicose veins. Often used in men's cosmetics due to its astringent properties, cypress oil can stop the bleeding from shaving nicks and cuts.

DANDELION extract Astringent.

DECYL POLYGLUCOSE - A combination of corn starch and coconut oil, this gentle, naturally derived cleanser foams away dirt and oil. It is biodegradable and mild to skin and eyes.

DIATOMACEOUS EARTH - A fine siliceous earth composed chiefly of the cell walls of diatoms, any of numerous microscopic, unicellular, marine or fresh-water algae. Effective in destroying soft bodied larval pests.

DULSE - Rhodymenia Palmata. An emollient and moisturizing sea weed. Detoxifying. Good for the treatment of oily skin.

ELDER FLOWER - Sambucus Nigra. Extracted from the honey-scented flowers of the elder tree. Healing and gentle astringent for all skins especially mature or sallow skins. Reputed to soften skin and smooth wrinkles, fade freckles and soothe sunburn.

EMOLLIENT - A skin conditioning agent which helps maintain the smooth, soft pliable appearance of the skin.

EMULSION - A stable system in which two liquids, which would not normally go into solution, are held in suspension by a small amount of an emulsifier.

ERGOCALCIFEROL (VIT. D2) Essential vitamin.

ESSENTIAL OILS - A volatile, rapidly evaporating oil obtained from the leaves, stem, flower, seed or root of a plant, usually carrying the odor characteristic of the plant. Essential oils add fragrance to our skin care products, as well as contribute to their healthful and beautifying qualities through their various abilities to tone, balance, relax, cleanse and invigorate. Although all essential oils are 'fragrant', not all 'fragrances' are essential oils. True essential oils must be plant derived. Used in cosmetics, aromatherapy, medicine, perfumery and flavoring.

EUCALYPTUS OIL - Eucalyptus Globules. Thin colorless oil derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, a native of Australia. Eucalyptus trees are the tallest deciduous trees in the world, some of them reaching a height of 500 feet. Stimulating and antiseptic oil valued for its penetrating fragrance with a medicinal note to it. Most people are familiar with this scent as it is often used in cough and cold remedies, for example, Vick's Vapor Rub. Inhaling its camphor-like smell opens up sinuses and clears congestion. Often used to fight colds and coughs, as it has strong antibacterial, expectorant and cough-suppressant properties. Insects are repelled by the smell of Eucalyptus oil; it is used in many herbal insect repellents. A popular medication used to relieve joint pains, muscular aches and the swelling of arthritis. Also used for its soothing and refreshing properties.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL - Emollient, conditioner, anti-inflammatory.

EYEBRIGHT LEAF - Euphrasia Officinalis. This plant has been used for centuries as a topical application for eye irritations. it has a toning effect on the surface of the eye, and has excellent astringent and anti-inflammatory properties to aid problems due to allergic reactions, airborne pollution and conjunctivitis. Eyebright is known to give brilliance and sparkle to the eyes.

FENNEL SEED - Used in facial steams and baths for deep cleansing. Seeds used to reduce inflammation, or chewed to sweeten breath.

FERMENTED VEGETABLE - 100% natural, special, proprietary ingredient. Clinically used for years as a natural deodorant. Used to neutralize body odors.

FILTERED WATER - Water that has been treated to filter out sediments, remove all dissolved minerals and kill all microorganisms.

FIR NEEDLE - Thin clear oil derived through steam distillation of the needles of the pine tree. Strong antiseptic and deodorizing qualities. Quite useful in the sauna, and in a bath, pine eases stress and mental exhaustion. Pine is a familiar scent to most of us, reminding us of cool, green forests. Often used in household cleaning products and in men's toiletries.

GERANIUM OIL – Aromatic Oil with a fresh, sweet floral fragrance obtained through steam distillation of Pelargonium Odorantissimum, 1 of 700 species of the Geranium family. Highly therapeutic, antiseptic and astringent. Helps user relax and cope with pain. Brings a radiant glow to skin. The plant is indigenous to Algeria, Madagassar and Guinea.

GINSENG - extract Conditions, rejuvenates.

GOLDEN SEAL - extract Astringent.

GLYCERIN - Natural humectant and emollient. A clear, sweet, syrupy liquid derived from vegetable oil. Non-irritating and soothing, can be used on even the most sensitive skin.

GRAPE SEED OIL - Vitis Vinifera. Expressed from grape seeds. Rich, soothing, emollient carrier oil that imparts shine and is widely used in hypo-allergenic moisturizers because it does not cause allergic reactions.


GRAPEFRUIT OIL - Uplifting, cleansing and clearing. Stimulating to the lymphatic system and toning to the skin.

GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT - Citrus Grandis. Extract from the seeds of the grapefruit. A natural bactericide, preservative and stabilizer that is both tonic and astringent.

GREEN TEA - Green Tea was brought from China to Japan over 800 years ago and has become an essential part of Japanese everyday diet. Beneficial effects of green tea were well-known from the early times. Nowadays, with reasons of those benefits proven by scientific research, green tea has been given credit for being more than just a "healthy drink". Green tea contains nutritious skin ingredients including Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B. It is antibacterial and anti-oxidant.

GREEN TEA EXTRACT - A natural antioxidant, green tea extract is a natural astringent and is effective in treating troubled skin and breakouts. Works as a soothing exfoliant.

HAZELNUT OIL - From the hazelnut. This oil is slightly astringent and toning. Good for all skin types.


HOPS EXTRACT - Astringent.

HORSETAIL EXTRACT - Conditions, reduces oiliness, refines pores.

HORSETAIL LEAVES - From the nonflowering horsetail plant. Rich in silica and other minerals. Rehydrating and soothing properties, as well as toning and astringent qualities. Promotes the regrowth , strength and Ielasticity of connective tissues. Important to tired and neglected skin types.

HUMECTANT - A skin conditioning ingredient in creams and lotions whose function is to prevent water loss and drying of the skin. Humectants are hydroscopic, that is they attract and hold moisture.

HYBRID SAFFLOWER OIL Emollient, moisturizer.

HYBRID SUNFLOWER OIL - Sunflowers were cultivated by the American Indians over 3,000 years ago. The pressed oil contains Vitamin E and other substances that are beneficial to the skin.

HYDRATING - The ability to restore or maintain the normal fluid proportion in the skin or body. Hydrating agents are used in cosmetics to keep the skin natural, moist, firm and young-looking.


HYPERICUM PERFORATUM - St. John's Wort. Has a wide range of medicinal uses; it is an antibacterial used to heal deep cuts and wounds, soothes and eases the pain of burns by lowering skin temperature, and is a diuretic, helping to eliminate waste materials from the body.

INFUSION - A mixture of herbs in liquid that is soaked or steeped for a period of time and then used internally or externally as a cosmetic or medicine. An infusion is made chiefly from the softer parts (the flower or leaves).

IRON OXIDE - A natural mineral pigment.

IVY extract:Astringent

JAPAN WAX - A vegetable wax harvested from the protective coating on the berry kernels of several varieties of the Haze tree. It contributes rigidity to the structure of cosmetic pencils.

JASMINE OIL - Jasmium Officinate. Used in skin and hair care products, it helps to soothe and moisturize. Jasmine is believed to be soothing, anti-depressant, antiseptic, emotionally balancing and an aphrodisiac. Has a rich, calming, sensual floral fragrance.

JEWELWEED - The juice of the plant has been used for centuries to relieve the irritation and itch of poison ivy, oak or sumac.

JOJOBA OIL - A natural extracted liquid wax from the jojoba plant. This natural oil is excellent for the skin and hair. It is superior to other skin and hair oils. This mild emollient oil is a natural moisturizer that absorbs quickly into the skin.

JUNIPER OIL - Thin, clear liquid derived from the berries of the juniper bush. Antiseptic, detoxifying, toning and astringent. Chosen for oily or sluggish skin and is a good cleansing agent. Draws out fluids and is useful in cellulite formulations. Slightly reminiscent of pine needles.

KAOLIN - Natural Clay. Finely textured, light colored clay. Pink, green and white clays are all members of kaolin family. Its excellent absorbent, tightening and toning properties make it valuable for face masks.

KELP - Lamanaria Digitata. High in silicon. A skin softener. Believed to keep skin from wrinkling and sagging.

KRAMERIA EXTRACT - Also know as Rhattany, this powerful astringent has been used for centuries by Peruvian Indians to promote healthy gums.

KUKUI NUT OIL - Emollient.

LACTIC ACID - Humectant, moisturizer, exfoliant.

LADY'S MANTLE LEAF EXTRACT - Once believed to have magical properties, Lady's Mantle is popular for its therapeutic actions. Healing and soothing to the skin.

LANOLIN - Obtained from the wax found on sheep wool after shearing, refined and purified to cosmetic specifications. Has a characteristic 'barnyard' odor. Rich in cholesterol, Lanolin is well suited for the treatment of brittle hair and fingernails, and dry and raw elbows, knees and feet. An excellent emollient, skin lubricant and protectant especially helpful in winter when extremes of temperature and wind can damage skin. Lanolin is also useful in natural cosmetic formulations as it adds thickness and 'body' to a cream or salve without the use of chemical thickeners.

LAVANDIN OIL – Aromatic Agent.A hybrid of true lavender and spike lavender. Similar actions to true lavender, but is more penetrating and rubefacient (stimulates circulation and reddens skin) with a sharper scent. Good for circulatory or muscular conditions.

LAVENDER OIL – Aromatic. Any of the woody evergreen shrubs belonging to the genus Lavaendula, bearing spikes of pale purple flowers and yielding a fragrant oil. Its fresh, clean scent has made it a worldwide, body pampering favorite. Lavender is an excellent all-purpose skin care oil in that it soothes, relieves pain, promotes healing, and prevents scarring by stimulating the cells to regenerate more quickly. Used on itchy skin, bruises, burns and blemishes. Stimulates circulation to the skin.

LECITHIN - Emollient, surfactant.

LEMON FRUIT WATER - All natural lemon extract contains at least eleven water soluble bioactives, including trace elements and mineral salts. Helps remineralize and condition scalp and hair.

LEMON OIL – Aromatic. Obtained from the fresh peel of the Citrus Lemon tree. Known for its astringent and anti-irritant qualities, lemon oil also imparts shine to the hair when added to hair products. Also valued for its characteristic sweet, fruity refreshingly clean, lemony fragrance. Balances overactive sebaceous glands. Invigorates the complexion. Also effective in treating brittle fingernails and in general hand care.

LEMON PEEL EXTRACT – Astringent. .Extract contains the essential oils of the lemon which are stimulatory to the skins circulation.

LEMON VERBENA LEAF - Aloysia triphylls. These leaves have a clean, sharp, lemony fragrance. Is antiseptic and stimulating. As an infusion, can be used to reduce puffiness around eyes.

LEMONGRASS - extract Conditions, tones.

LEMONGRASS OIL - Citrus Medica Limonum. Volatile oil distilled from the leaves of lemon grasses. A yellowish or reddish brown liquid, it has a strong odor of verbena. Used in insect repellents and in fruit flavorings for foods and beverages.

LETTUCE EXTRACT - Our yellow corn alcoholic extract contains chlorophyl and other essential oils.


LIME OIL – Aromatic. Astringent, antiseptic and non-irritating. Useful in the treatment of acne.

LINDEN EXTRACT - Soother, antiseptic.

LYSATE EXTRACT - Calms, soothes.

MACADAMIA NUT OIL - A rich, emollient fatty oil obtained from the Macadamia Nut. A nourishing yet gentle oil it is very effective for moisturizing for dry skin.

MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE (PRO-VIT. C) - Emulsifier, stabilizer. Note: This is the form of Vitamin C that is readily absorbed by the skin.

MAGNESIUM SULFATE - Epsom Salts. Small, white crystal resembling salt. It is used in soaks and baths to 'draw' toxic substances from the body through the skin. Very effective for sore, tired muscles.

MANGO BUTTER - A natural fat obtained from the mango fruit, it softens the skin yet leaves it non-greasy and helps protect the skin from moisture loss.

MALLOW EXTRACT - Soothes, reduces response to irritation.

MARSHMALLOW EXTRACT and LEAF - Althaea Officinalis. Emollient, softening and soothing. Good for inflamed, puffy skin.

MATRICARIA OIL - Anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, essential oil.

MELISSA EXTRACT Soothes, calms.

MENTHOL - This natural crystal imparts stimulating, cooling and antimicrobial properties to preparations.

MICA - A natural pearlescent mineral pigment.

MULBERRY EXTRACT Anti-inflammatory.

MUGWORT - Artemisia Vulgaris. Derived from the distillation of the whole plant. Strongly aromatic, slightly musky, the oil is yellowish-brown. Named after the goddess Aremis, protectress of virgins, mugwort had an ancient reputation as a specific for female cycles. It was also a magical plant known to increase psychic power.

MYRRH - Commiphora Myrrha. Obtained from various trees, especially from East Africa and Arabia. Valued for its fragrant and soothing properties. Used by the ancients as an ingredient of incense and perfumes and as a remedy for localized skin problems. Can work to heal skin rashes and irritations. Has a revitalizing effect on aging and wrinkled skin. It has preserving and antiseptic properties.
NEROLI OIL – Aromatic. This oil comes from the bitter orange tree. It calms, soothes and normalizes the skin.

NETTLE EXTRACT Stimulates, softens.

NETTLES - Urtica Dioica. An herb obtained from the stinging weed. Rich in minerals and plant hormones. Known for its tonic, astringent and revitalizing properties. Stimulates hair growth and adds shine and softness to hair.

NUTMEG - Myristica Fragrans. Aromatic.Used in perfumery, especially in combination with such other scents as sandalwood, lavender, patchouli, and vetiver, and in spicy aftershave lotions and other types of men's cosmetics. Used as a massage oil to stimulate circulation and to relieve rheumatic pains and achy joints. It is used externally as a gentle stimulant.

OAT AMINO ACIDS - Moisturizer, hydrates.

OAT KERNEL MEAL - Emollient, absorbent powder, emulsifier.

OAT PROTEIN - Avena Sativa. A very special, natural emulsifier which blends vegetable oils and vegetable glycerin together.

OAT STRAW - The rough cellulose fiber of the oat (sativa) species, which lends a "scrubbing" action to the soap bar. Oats are well known skin soothers.

OATS and OATMEAL FLOUR - Kind and soothing to the skin, oats can relieve the irritation of dry, itchy skin. Helps absorb oils, leaving a silky smooth feel to the skin. Acts as a gentle exfoliant.

OLIVE OIL - Obtained from pressing ripe olives of Olea Europaea. Olive oil is greenish-yellow in color and has a strong, somewhat spicy odor. A carrier oil best used with the stronger smelling essential oils such as rosemary or tea tree to mask its inherent odor. It has been used by Mediterranean people for centuries both as a food and as a treatment for damaged, dry hair. Soothes, heals and lubricates the skin. Used in many face creams as an emollient with superior penetrating power.

ORANGE BLOSSOM Aromatic agent.

ORANGE OIL - Citrus Aurantium Dulcis. Aromatic. Obtained by expressing the cold, fresh peel of the orange tree, a smallish tree native to China and India, now cultivated in Brazil, Cypress, Israel, Mexico and the United States. About 800 oranges yield one pound of orange oil. Valued for its zesty and refreshing, sweet yet tart aroma. In skin care preparations, orange oil reduces puffiness and discourages dry wrinkled skin. Both the oil and the peel are used to stimulate circulation, clear blemishes, and increase perspiration, thus assisting the release of toxins from dull or blemished skin. The peel is used as a natural exfoliator.

ORANGE WAX - Derived from orange rinds, this wax is a multifunctional ingredient that possesses antimicrobial, emulsifying, stabilizing and emollient properties.

ORCHID EXTRACT - Moisturizer.

PANSY EXTRACT Anti-inflammatory.

PANTHENOL – (Provitamin B5). Conditions, Moisturizes and hydrates the hair when absorbed.

PATCHOULI OIL - Pogostemon Cablin. Antiseptic. Stimulating when used in small quantities, sedating when used in larger doses. Best used for bath or massage. Said to have aphrodisiac qualities. Scent makes a pleasant cologne.

PARSLEY EXTRACT - Parsley is a source of remarkable nutrition. Rich in Vitamin C, pro vitamin V and chlorophyll, parsley increases circulation to the skin and helps purify the skin.

PARSLEY LEAF - Soothing and antiseptic. Has healing effects on acne, psoriasis and excema. Excellent for use in facial steams.

PEA EXTRACT - Emollient, moisturizer


PEANUT OIL – Lubricant

PECAN OIL - Emollient

PECAN SHELL POWDER - Carya Illinoensis. From the ground shell of the pecan, pecan shell powder makes an excellent, gentle, natural exfoliant.

PENNY ROYAL - The Latin name derives from pulex (flea) because of penny royal's power to deter fleas and other insects.

PEPPER - Aromatic agent

PEPPERMINT OIL - Mentha Piperita. Refreshing, stimulating, reviving, fragrant oil or extract from the Mediterranean peppermint plant. Peppermint herb is valued for its cooling, pain relieving and antiseptic effect in bath and facial herbs. When prepared in a carrier lotion it is useful for minor skin irritation and inflammation. Peppermint oil contains menthol, known for its ability to open breathing passages and settle upset stomachs. Peppermint oil is used extensively to flavor candy, chewing gum and toothpaste and, in cosmetics, is used to cleanse and tone. Purifies sluggish skin and pores, and is suitable for use on oily skin, acne, and blackheads.

PEPPERMINT LEAF EXTRACT - Peppermint leaf has been used for thousands of years as a cleansing and refreshing herb. Derived from the Latin word "mente", meaning "thought", mints are believed to stimulate the brain and are a natural additive for shampoos and other a.m. products.

pH - The power of the hydrogen molecule. The amount of hydrogen present in a substance determines the acid or alkaline level of a product. In the skin it is the pH 5.5-6 of the acid mantle (the protective fluid made up of perspiration, oils and other debris lying over the live part of the Dermis) that is considered important to the health of the skin.

PINE OIL – Aromatic agent. Thin clear oil derived through steam distillation of the needles of the pine tree. Strong antiseptic and deodorizing qualities. Quite useful in the sauna, and in a bath, pine eases stress and mental exhaustion. Pine is a familiar scent to most of us, reminding us of cool, green forests. Often used in household cleaning products and in men's toiletries.

PINE TAR - Produced by distillation, and applied externally, pine tar is used extensively in the treatment of skin afflictions. Pine tar is soothing to the skin and antiseptic.

PLANTAIN LEAF EXTRACT - Extract from the broad-leafed plantain, this slightly astringent extract is actually very healing, cooling and soothing to the skin.

PUMICE - Light weight porous rock of volcanic origin that acts as an exfoliator when rubbed on skin.

PURIFIED WATER - Water that has been treated as such to filter out sediments, remove all dissolved minerals and kill all micro-organisms.

PYRETHRUM - A natural pest deterrent made from the dried flower heads of the Chrysanthimum.

RASPBERRY EXTRACT - Antioxidant, anti-bacterial

RETINYL PALMITATE (Vitamin A) – Antioxidant. A stable form of Vitamin A that acts as a skin normalizer. Helps remind the cells of what they "did" when they were young. Nourishes the skin when applied topically.

RICE FLOUR - Highly absorbent product derived from ground rice. Absorbs both moisture and oils.

RICE PAPER- Natural fine tissue paper made from ground rice.

ROSE HIP SEED OIL - Rosa Mosqueta. A Triglyceride (vegetable oil). High in polyunsaturated fats and Vitamin C. Soothing, softening and regenerating to the skin. Successfully used to treat scar tissue. Reduces Oiliness, refines pores

ROSE OIL – Aromatic agent. Has soothing, gentle cleansing properties that have a softening and refining effect on the skin. It is antiseptic and mildly astringent for dry or chapped skin, helping to restore pH. Excellent for use on all skin types.

ROSE WATER - Produced by the distillation of the fresh flowers as well as the distillation of the essential oil of roses, rose water is mildly astringent and soothing to dry skin.

ROSEBUDS - Obtained from the dried plants of Rosa Centifolia. Has the same sweet fragrance as rose oil, but to a much lesser degree.

ROSEMARY - Rosmarinus Officinalis. An aromatic shrub with scaly bark and leathery, needle-like leaves yielding a pungent pine-like aroma with a woody, camphor note. Used for centuries, rosemary is a physical and mental stimulant, and an astringent healer used to treat muscle soreness.. Stimulates cell renewal, rejuvenation, and in beauty products it is used to clear acne and blemishes, improve circulation and can reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins. Has a long history as an ingredient in hair care, as it normalizes excessive oil secretions and improves most scalp problems, notably dandruff. Conditions the scalp and stimulates hair growth.

ROSEMARY EXTRACT - From the aromatic rosemary shrub with scaly bark and leathery needle-like leaves, yields a pungent pine-like aroma with a woody, camphor note. Used for centuries, Rosemary is a physical and mental stimulant. Stimulates cell renewal, and in beauty products, it is used to clear acne and blemishes, improve circulation and can reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins.

ROYAL JELLY - Very nourishing, royal jelly is made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, bee hormones and other natural ingredients. Very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce and feed to only select young bees, who in turn become mature and fertile Queen bees. The Queen bee lives 40 times longer than her worker bees.

RUE - A volatile oil which contains limonene. Completely safe way to deter insects. For centuries, the herb rue has been used in households to deter flies and ants in such things as arrangements, wreathes and potpourri.


SAGE - Salvia Officinalis. A natural antioxidant. Conditions and softens the skin. The leaves of the small evergreen perennial are used for their tonic, astringent, and soothing properties. Sage oils, obtained by steam distillation of the leaves, are used as a fragrant component in lotions. Arabs believe sage prevents dying, while the Chinese used to brew sage leaves instead of tea to obtain a soothing, relaxing beverage.

SAMBUCUS CANADENSIS - extract: Astringent

SANDALWOOD OIL - Santalum Album. This rich, luxurious, fragrant oil is one of the oldest known perfume materials, with at least 4,000 years of uninterrupted use. Sandalwood helps reduce tension and anxiety, and is moisturizing to dry skin and hair. It is believed to be an antidepressant, expectorant and aphrodisiac.

SAW PALMETTO FRUIT - extract: Skin conditioner

SEA CLAY - Tiny particles of minerals (rocks) which were carried along by rivers in previous geological years and then deposited in the sea, now excavated. Used for health and beauty treatments throughout the ages, in both mud packs and face masks. Sea clay's natural drawing action removes impurities from deep within the pores, leaving the skin clean, clear, detoxified and stimulated.

SEA SALT - Concentrated mineral salt from the sea. Softens skin and acts as a detoxifying cleanser that draws impurities out of the body through the skin.

SEAWEED - Detoxifying marine plant. Good for the treatment of oily skin.

SESAME SEED OIL – Nutrient, Emollient. The edible seeds of an East Indian herb yield a pale yellow oil which is an excellent skin softener. Aids in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema. Excellent for all skin types.

SHEA BUTTER – Lubricant, EmollientThe natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karite tree. Shea Butter is valuable, nourishing addition to moisturizers for the reduction of wrinkles, improves the elasticity of the skin and protects the skin against environmental aging. Shea Butter is known to increase local capillary circulation which in turn increases tissue re-oxygenation.

SLIPPERY ELM BARK - Obtained from the inner bark of Ulmus Fulva-the North American Elm tree. Used for its soothing and softening properties. Colonists used Slippery Elm Bark poultices for a variety of skin ailments. Effective in damp, moist areas such as a baby's behind to soothe, coat and calm the skin.

SODIUM BICARBONATE - Baking Soda. A natural, alkaline salt crystal. Very effective cleansing agent, yet mild to the hair and skin. Also extremely absorbent of odors.

SODIUM CITRATE - A natural alpha hydroxy acid salt that naturally adjusts ph.

SODIUM CHLORIDE - Concentrated mineral salt from the sea. Softens skin and acts as a detoxifying cleanser that draws impurities out of the body through the skin.

SOUTHERNWOOD - An herb which has essential oils that pass to the roots and act as a conditioner. Great for dull, lifeless hair, also used to encourage hair growth. Also used to deter flies.

SOYBEAN OIL - Emollient, solvent, moisturizer

SPEARMINT OIL - Natural mint flavor imparts taste and antimicrobial properties to oral products.

SPENT GRAIN WAX - Anti-inflammatory, minimizes skin moisture loss

SPRUCE OIL - Tsuga Canadensis. Pleasant in the bath and is used commercially in soap making, room deodorants, bath preparations and many other types of household products.

ST. JOHN'S WORT (Hypericum Perforatum) Has a wide range of medicinal uses; it is an antibacterial used to heal deep cuts and wounds, soothes and eases the pain of burns by lowering skin temperature, and is a diuretic, helping to eliminate waste materials from the body.

STEARIC ACID (Vegetable Fat) - When a vegetable oil molecule is split in half, glycerin and fatty acids are the result. These fatty acids are reacted with borax (a natural salt) to produce a natural emulsifier. Emulsifiers enable oils to be dispersed throughout a water base to form a cream or lotion that does not separate.

SUCROSE - Sugar. A crystalline disaccharide obtained from the sugar cane, the sugar beet, and sorghum, and forming the greater part of maple sugar.

SUCROSE COCOATE - A combination of sugar and coconut oil, this nearly natural cleanser gently foams away dirt and oil. A GRAS compound, it is one of the safest cleansers available.

SUCROSE STEARATE - Derived from sugar and vegetable oil, works as an emulsifier.

SUGAR CANE EXTRACT – Exfolliant. The juicy pulp of the sugar cane plant works as a natural alpha hydroxy acid.

SUGAR MAPLE EXTRACT - Derived from the Sugar Maple tree, this extract works as a natural alpha hydroxy acid.

SUNFLOWER OIL - Helianthus Annuus. Emolliant, Lubricant. Makes an excellent nutritious food for the body and skin. Sunflower oil is especially useful for oily skin. The petals are used as an ingredient in herbal hair rinses, especially for blond or light-colored hair.

SWEET ALMOND OIL - From the almond. Llubricant. ery emollient, all-purpose oil that is absorbed quickly. Excellent for the skin and nails.

SWEET ORANGE OIL - Citrus Aurantium Dulcis. Obtained by expressing the cold, fresh peel of the orange tree, a smallish tree native to China and India, now cultivated in Brazil, Cypress, Israel, Mexico and the United States. About 800 oranges yields one pound of orange oil. Valued for its zesty and refreshing, sweet yet tart aroma. In skin care preparations, orange oil reduces puffiness and discourages dry wrinkled skin. Both the oil and the peel are used to stimulate circulation, clear blemishes, and increase perspiration, thus assisting the release of toxins from dull or blemished skin. The peel is used as a natural exfoliator.

TAGETES EXTRACT - Used for its cleansing and deodorizing properties, tagetes extract is an anti-fungal and antibacterial. A wonderful emollient oil which has a soothing effect on the skin. Also known as Aztec Marigold.

TANSY - Used as an insect deterrent. Externally tansy can be used as a wash to treat scabies. Tansy was one of the herbs strewn on the floor in the Middle Ages to deter fleas and other insects.

TEA TREE OIL - Indigenous to Australia, Tea Tree has been used for centuries for a wide range of medical conditions. It is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. tea tree oil: Stimulant, astringent

THALASSOTHERAPY - The art of using sea water, sea minerals, and sea plants for therapeutic results, from the Greek 'thalassa' meaning 'sea'. Sea products are used in spas around the world for skin care, cellulite control and aches and pains such as arthritis. The balance of elements in sea water and sea plants is very similar to the chemical make-up of human plasma, and many of the nutrients found concentrated in sea plants are nutrients needed by the skin and hair.

THYME EXTRACT - Astringent

TITANIUM DIOXIDE - Naturally derived from a mineral. Used chiefly as a white pigment, and as an opacifier. Reflects light, so (when stated as such) can be considered a natural sun block.

TOCOPHEROL (D-Alpha) - Vitamin E. Found in vegetable oils, especially Soybean and Wheat Germ. A natural anti-oxidant, guarding against rancidity in oils. Valued for its soothing, regenerating properties. D-Alpha Tocopherol is natural Vitamin E. DL-Alpha Tocopherol is synthetic.

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE - The ester of Tocopherol and Acetic Acid, a man-made form of Vitamin E that helps protect the skin (a 'stabilized' version of Tocopherol).

TOMATO EXTRACT and POWDER - Purifying to the skin, naturally acidic tomato extract also helps balance the PH of the skin.

VANILLA BEAN - Dried, cured fruit pods of the tender epiphytic tropical orchid. Principally used as culinary and in commercial flavorings and cosmetics.

VANILLA EXTRACT - Anti-inflammatory, aromatic agent . Orchidaceae. From the tropical epiphytic orchid. Principally used as culinary and in commercial flavorings and cosmetics.

VEGETABLE GLYCERIN - A sweet tasting, colorless, sticky fluid, usually a by-product of soap-making, that draws moisture to the skin.

VEGETABLE OIL - Used to dilute essential oils which are very concentrated and can not be used directly on the skin. Extracted from nuts, kernels and seeds, vegetable oils are also used extensively as emollients.

VEGETABLE SOAP - Made from earth alkalies and vegetable oil, and used by mankind for thousands of years, natural vegetable soaps are the oldest cleansers.

VETIVER OIL - Vertiveria Zizanioides. Steam distillation from the roots and rootlets. Aids in cleansing and soothing dry skin.

VINEGAR - Pyrus Malus. A sour, sharp-tasting liquid containing natural, acetic acid. Produced from the fermentation of the juice of various fruits or berries, or from honey, molasses, or even cereal grains as in malt vinegars. Cosmetic vinegars, also called toilet vinegars, have been used as a complexion aid for centuries. Vinegar closes pores and preserves or restores the skin's natural acidity (pH balance). Vinegar keeps both oily and dry complexions soft and fresh and can combat the ravages of alkaline soaps and make up.

VITAMIN C - MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE (PRO-VIT. C) - Emulsifier, stabilizer. Note: This is the only form of Vitamin C that is readily absorbed by the skin.

WALNUT SHELL POWDER - Oil, absorbent

WATER - The major constituent of all living matter. Our products always contain purified water.

WATERCRESS EXTRACT - Stimulates, purifies, refreshes

WHEAT GERM OIL – Moisturizes, softens. Triticum Vulgare. Thick, dark, fragrant oil expressed from the wheat germ-the seed of the wheat grain. This oil is very high in vitamins, particularly Vitamin E, carotene, and lecithin. Its high Vitamin E content acts as an anti-oxidant and preservative. Wheat germ oil is added to some cosmetics to keep the product from turning rancid.

WHEAT GRASS SEEDS - The sprouted seed of the wheat plant.

WHEAT STARCH - Absorbent

WHITE FRENCH CLAY - Finely textured, light colored, Kaolin clay. Its excellent absorbent, tightening and toning properties make it valuable for face masks.

WHOLE BUTTERMILK - A specialty milk richer in fats and emollients than whole cow's milk. For centuries milk has been used as a natural, soothing skin cleaner and skin softener.

WILD LETTUCE POWDER - Succulent wild lettuce is fresh dried and gently ground to a powdered form. Wild Lettuce is nutritionally rich yet mild to the skin, and has soothing, cooling and purifying skin properties.

WILLOW LEAF EXTRACT - Willow Leaf extract contains natural salicyclic acid, which acts as a keratolytic agent. As such, it accelerates the sloughing of dead skin cells, thus helping eliminate scales and flakes on the scalp and removing dandruff.

WILLOWBARK EXTRACT - Contains natural beta hydroxy acids which work as a natural skin exfoliant to help unplug follicles and pores.

WINTERGREEN OIL - Gaultheria Procumbens (Methyl Salyctate). Distilled from the leaves of the Wintergreen plant. Strong heat/cooling action. Intensely aromatic when used in bath herb or facial herb formulas. Methyl salicylate is used as an astringent aromatic in lotions, creams, salves, and as a rub for sore muscles, arthritis, rheumatism, or sciatica.

WITCH HAZEL - Hamamelis Virginiana. Of Eastern North America, witch hazel is a liquid extraction from the leaves or bark of this plant, containing water and alcohol, used externally on inflammations and bruises and as an astringent.

WORMWOOD - Also known as green ginger. Completely safe herb used to deter insects. For centuries, wormwood has been burned on a fire with low embers to destroy fleas and lice.

XANTHAN GUM - A natural sugar polymer found on the foliage of leafy green plants. A natural thickener, this food grade material is edible and often used to thicken ice cream and salad dressing as well as natural cosmetics.

YARROW EXTRACT - Achillea Millefolium. Extract from the leaf and flower of the Yarrow-a strongly scented, spicy, wild herb used in astringents and shampoos. Infused with almond and olive oils, Yarrow is valued for its cleansing, toning, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. One of the best-known herbal remedies for fevers. Like all sweat inducing remedies, Yarrow encourages blood flow to the skin and this helps to lower blood pressure. Adds sheen and body to hair when used in hair products.

YLANG YLANG OIL – Aromatic Agent. Cananga Odorata. This oil is used in soap making and as a blender in perfumery. It has an intensely sweet, soft, floral - balsamic, slightly spicy scent.

YUCCA SCHIDIGERA EXTRACT - A natural foaming extract from a southwestern shrub.

ZINC OXIDE - A natural mineral that works as one of Mother Nature's most effective skin protectants. Provides a natural block or barrier to wetness and moisture, as well as to the sun's rays.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

CHEMICALS in your Personal Care Products

Hello Everyone,

This is a topic that should be on the top of your priority list. Please read the labels of ALL of the products that you purchase to put on, or in your body. In Europe and Australia there has been a ban on over 3,000 chemicals that cause harm to our bodies. Sadly, in the USA we have only banned about 10 (last count) of those same chemicals. I know one thing for sure that if men (the majority of these lawmakers) used lipstick you could be sure that there would NOT be any harmful agents such as LEAD in a single lipstick product in this country. So, thankfully, with this new Administration, we not only have more people in power who are more ecologically minded, but who are more conscious of "people safety" and who also grant much more humane approaches to our beloved farm animals. In short, with more Women now in positions of power, we are most assuredly set to see some changes in these horrible laws that leave our own Cosmetic Industry the least regulated in the western world. This is a major flaw with laws governing the FDA (Federal Drug Administration)

Ask your Government Why do we have all of these chemicals in our Personal Health and Wellness Products? Who is benefiting? Not the Consumers, that is for certain.

Please take a few minutes to listen to our very own Congresswoman, Jackie Speier (Scroll down to PBWCSA08-120) (does not work with Firefox Browser) at the Luncheon address to the PBWC (Professional Business Women of California) Conference in Sacramento, last November. She speaks openly about this subject and how we need to make serious changes. Lead in your lipstick? Think again.

BEWARE of the following CHEMICALS:- ARBONNE does not use any of these ingredients. If you read anywhere that we do, I would be happy to direct you to our Product Data Sheets that are all freely available to all Arbonne Consultants. We are Vegan Action certified, Friends of the Environment and FSC.org Certified

Parabens - Methy, Ethyl, Propyl and Butylparaben
These are Petroleum based preservatives that earned a very bad reputation as being disruptive to the reproductive system and causing allergic response in sensitive individuals. In fact, it was mainly due to the large quantities of these preservatives that were the cause for much concern. In very low amounts these preservatives did not appear to be an issue. But, as ever with many Companies wanting extremely long shelf lifes for their products, they used in many cases ten times the amount of preservative that more cautious Companies.

Mineral Oil
An occlusive Petroleum derived oil, used as a main ingredient in many face and body preparations. I liken using anything with Mineral Oil to placing a sheet of plastic film over your face and then expecting great skin as a result. For purely demonstrative purposes imagine the skin : It breathes and as the body's largest organ its' job is to protect the internal organs of the body and the pores take in nutrients or medicines straight through the dermis ans the skin is also a body temperature regulator via perspiration as well as an organ of elimination, debris is also eliminated through the pores. So if you put something on the skin that blocks the pores, as is the case with any Mineral Oil, then you are hindering the body. Hence some of the reason people get blackheads; the mineral oil acts as a sheet of plastic over the skin blocking the skin from breathing and releasing debris. Mineral Oil also acts in a Hygroscopic (drawing water out of), thus depleting the skin of its' much needed natural moisture.

Beware of this chemical and avoid it at all times. It is a Carcinogen and has absolutely no place in any cosmetic or other personal products. It is not the Dethanolamine itself per se that is the major issue, it is what happens to that chemical as a result of it meeting other chemicals or ingredients, which allow for the formation of See Cancer Prevention for a detailed assessment of this chemical

PABA (para aminobenzoic acid)
A Sunscreen that was widely used for many years before it was discovered that PABA actually increases your risk of Skin Cancer because it increases the formation of a certain DNA defect in Humans. There are many alternatives available that

contain much safer sunscreens.

Petrolatum aka. Petroleum Jelly
Yes, a good old gasoline derivative FULL of carcinogenic impurities. The links to Breast Cancer are immense and with 1 in 8 American girls born today, likely to get Breast Cancer in her lifetime, this is one chemical that should be outlawed for use in Personal Health Care products.

PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are common contaminants in petrolatum, also called petroleum jelly and sold under many well-known brand names, of course I cannot directly name names here. Petrolatum is found in one of every 14 products on the market, including 15 percent of all lipstick and 40 percent of all baby lotions and oils. FDA restricts petrolatum in food to no more than 10 parts per million, and requires petrolatum used in food packaging or drugs to meet impurity restrictions for PAHs (21 CFR 178, 21 CFR 172.880).

But the agency allows any amount of petrolatum of any purity in personal care products, many of which are applied directly to the lips and swallowed. Read your labels please!

Manufacturers would find no legal impediments to using the same unregulated petrolatum in personal care products as can be used in shoe polish.

A recent study by the University of Columbia concluded that women with Breast Cancer were 2.6 times more likely to have elevated levels of PAH's bound to their DNA than women without Breast Cancer. Europe and Australia have banned the use of Petrolatum from all Personal Health and Wellness products. We so far have not!

Studies by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) show that most people in the United States carry in their bodies concentrations of a family of synthetic chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates are commonly found in plastics, pesticides, and personal care products like shampoos, soaps, and makeup. Now, for the first time, there is a human study linking mothers exposed to phthalates to genital birth defects in male infants. The research is in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The author is Dr. Shana Swan of the University of Rochester Medical School

Propylene Glycol
Liquid preservative, solvent and antifreeze, this toxic petroleum derivative is known to cause allergy and irritation. A common ingredient in Moisturizers, Medicines, Cosmetics, Food, Toothpaste, Mouth Wash, Deodorants, Hand Sanitizers and Tobacco. It is also used as a less toxic Motor Engine Coolant and it is the stuff that makes the smoke, in smoke machines. It is a Hygroscopic Compound (water drawing), therefore, even if this Chemical were safe for humans, it is counter-intuitive to use it in a moisturizer, because it draws moisture away from the skin. Perhaps a ploy to require that you use much more of this product to keep up the moisture levels in your skin. Just a thought.

a waxy crystalline flammable substance obtained especially from distillates of wood, coal, petroleum, or shale oil that is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons. Paraffin wax, classified as a chemical preservative, is widely used on fruits, vegetables, and candy to make them shiny and pretty as well as to retard moisture loss and spoilage. Waxes are made from vegetable oils, palm oil derivatives, and synthetic resins, as well as other materials. Some people, notably those who are allergic to aspirin, may be sensitive to many waxes, depending on their ingredients.