Skincare Ingredient Glossary

Our A-Z of ingredients you can find in our skincare range, along with the benefits for your skin.

A

Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

An extract from the sugar maple tree - the same tree that gives us maple syrup. It helps to brighten the skin, improve exfoliation by removing dead skin cells and enhance cellular proliferation (ie. new cells to grow). (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder

A powder from the dried juice of the aloe vera plant. It is very well known as an emollient (traps moisture making it soothing and hydrating) and moisturiser and helps to rehydrate dry skin and is skin conditioning. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum, Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum))

Aqua

Another word for water. It is used as a solvent in many skincare products and it helps to dissolve and activate certain ingredients whilst also hydrating the skin. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Invigorating Body Scrub, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse)

Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract

From the sunflower family. It has a variety of healing properties and anti-inflammatory properties so it can help with redness and some skin conditions. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

B

Basil Oil

In addition to its rich aroma, this oil is also toning, stimulating, purifying and antimicrobial. (Body Scrub). 

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol is a natural preservative and not classed as alcohol, despite its name. It predominantly helps to prolong shelf life. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Bisabolol

Extracted from chamomile and helps with redness and irritated skin. It may also help with skin-brightening. It is protecting against environmental damage. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm)

Broccoli Seed Oil

This is great to condition and soothe the skin,  and is rich in oleic acid and vitamins to protect and repair skin. (Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

Derived from the shea tree in Central Africa. It is well known as a superior moisturiser and protectant. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm, Intensely Nourishing Lip Balm, Natural Deodorant)

C

Candelilla Cera

A wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub from Mexico. It is a good vegan alternative to beeswax. It functions as a thickening agent and a skin-protective barrier agent. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm, Intensely Nourishing Lip Balm)

Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Oil

A natural oil extracted from marigold flowers. It is known to be excellent for soothing and healing due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm)

Carrot Oil

This conditions and soothes the skin, and is rich in oleic acid and vitamins to protect and repair skin. (Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

Chondrus Crispus Powder

Also known as Irish moss - a species of red algae. It is commonly used as a thickener and stabiliser as it helps to control viscosity (the thickness of the product). It's packed full of vitamins and minerals which are vital to the maintenance of healthy skin. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Citric Acid

Extracted from citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit. It is mainly used to alter the pH of a product and helps to exfoliate skin and remove dead cells on the skin's surface. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse)

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract

Extracted from oranges. It has antibacterial and toning properties which helps to brighten the skin, improve exfoliation and enhance cellular proliferation (cells to grow). (AHA Dazzling Tonic, Vitamin-Rich Sweet Glow Face Scrub)

Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract

Brightens the skin, improves exfoliation and enhances cellular proliferation (new cells to grow). (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

Cloudberry Seed Oil

An oil to condition skin and help with dry, damaged skin. (Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum)

Coconut Alkanes

A natural product obtained from a mixture of fatty acids derived from coconut oil. It functions as an emollient in skincare products. (an emollient traps moisture, making it soothing and hydrating). (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Natural Deodorant)

Coco Caprylate/Caprate

A vegetable ingredient derived from coconut. It is used predominantly as a natural emulsifier (stops separation of ingredients) in skincare products and helps to improve the application of products to the skin. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Natural Deodorant)

Coconut Water

Hydrating and nourishing properties. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. (Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum, Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum) 

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

In other words 'coconut oil', it is extracted from the meat of the coconut. It acts as an effective moisturiser for all skin types and is a good base for creams. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm, Invigorating Body Scrub, Vitamin-Rich Sweet Glow Face Scrub, Natural Deodorant)

Coconut Shell Powder

An exfoliant which is also detoxifying and purifying. (Invigorating Body Scrub)

Coconut Sugar

A natural, fine exfoliant to gently buff away dry skin, leaving it fresh and feeling smooth. (Vitamin-Rich Sweet Glow Face Scrub 

Cucumber Water

Cooling for skin while also locking in moisture and conditioning the skin. (Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract

Derived from the turmeric root. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and helps to improve skin radiance and evenness of skin tone. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

D

Dehydroacetic Acid

An odorless, white powder used to kill microorganisms and prevent their growth and reproduction. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Dermachlorella (extracted Chlorella Vulgaris)

Restores skin firmness and tonicity. (Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

Dihydroxyacetone

Self-tanning agent. (Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops)

 

E

Erythrulose

Self-tanning agent. (Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops)

 

G

Glyceryl Stearate Citrate

Glycerin reacted with a vegetable fatty acid. It is used as an emulsifier (which stops separation of ingredients) and stabilising ingredient. It mainly helps skin to retain moisture. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Glyceryl Stearate

A fatty acid derived from vegetable oils which acts as an emulsifier (stops separation of ingredients) and emollient (traps moisture making ir soothing and hydrating). Great for sensitive skin. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Glyceryl Stearate SE

An emulsifier from vegetable origin. Acts as a stabiliser and thickener in a formulation. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Invigorating Body Scrub )

H

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

Derived from the seeds of the sunflower. It has a naturally calming effect and helps to replenish the skin's barrier. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm, Vitamin-Rich Sweet Glow Face Scrub, Natural Deodorant)

Heptyl Glucoside

Improves solubility of other ingredients and enhances skin permeability (ie allowing products to be absorbed better). (AHA Dazzling Tonic, Invigorating Body Scrub, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse)

Jojoba Oil

This oil is from the seed of the jojoba plant.

It is intensely nourishing and soothing. (Brilliant Balm)

 

L

Lactic Acid

A naturally occurring AHA produced by the fermentation of sugars. It is ideal for rejuvenating the skin by helping to shed dead skin cells. Can reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, age spots and enlarged pores. (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

 

M

Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

From the peppermint plant, this is refreshing, and treats dry and cracked lips and plumps lips. (Intensely Nourishing Lip Balm)

Micro Silver

A form of pure silver. A long-term antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. (Deodorant) 

O

Orange Flower Hydrolat

Soothing and calming properties. (Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum)

 

P

Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Flower) Seed Oil

A plant oil that improves the look and feel of dry skin. It also has skin-soothing properties. It is full of nutrients that are good for the skin including vitamin A and C. It is known for protecting the skin against environmental stressors. (Reviving Cleansing Cream)

Potassium Sorbate

A natural fatty acid which is used as a preservative and helps to extend the shelf life of products. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Mousse )

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil

A pale oil which is derived from almonds. It acts as an emollient (traps moisture making it soothing and hydrating) on the skin's surface, which softens and soothes the skin. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Invigorating Body Scrub, Brilliant Balm,Vitamin-Rich Sweet Glow Face Scrub, Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil

The oil extracted from the kernels of apricots. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins and acts as a skin-conditioning agent. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm, Invigorating Body Scrub) 

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Conditioning and soothing for skin. Rich in oleic acid and vitamins to protect and repair skin. (Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

R

Rosehip Oil

This is a pressed sed oil from the seeds of the wild rose bush.

An effective emollient (softens and soothes skin). (Brilliant Balm, Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum)

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water,

A well-known for its antimicrobial properties. (Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops)

 

S

Sodium Bicarbonate

A deodorant and skin-protecting. (Natural Deodorant)

Sodium Hyaluronate

Support of epidermal hydration. Reduces oiliness. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Sodium Hydroxide

The sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. It is a powerful humectant (reduces the loss of moisture) that can attract and hold on to water which makes it a great moisturiser. (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

Sodium Lactate

The sodium salt of lactic acid. It enhances the preservatives and acts as a great moisturiser. (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract

Otherwise known as sugar cane. It brightens the skin, improves exfoliation and enhances cellular proliferation (growth of new cells). (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

Sodium Phytate

The sodium salt of phytic acid. It is used as a stabiliser and helps with discoloration of the formulation. Additional benefits include moisturising skin, helping reduce pore size and improves skin elasticity. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, AHA Dazzling Tonic, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Squalane

Squalane is derived from squalene, which is a fat-soluble, natural component of plant, animal and human skin sebum. It is an antioxidant and oxidises quickly, meaning it has a short shelf-life. This is where squalane steps in….. Squalane has a lighter consistency than squalene and is much more stable, with a longer shelf life. As an individual ingredient, it is good for dry, oily, combo and acne prone skin and is completely weightless when applied. It is known as an emollient, which means it helps soften and soothe skin.    
The natural levels of squalene in your skin start to decrease from your late 20’s/early 30’s, so it’s a good idea to use products that include this, or its derivatives such as squalane.

Moisturising, helps with skin suppleness, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin firmness and brightness. (Brilliant Balm, Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum)

 

T 

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter

Edible fat from the roasted seeds of cacao. It is well known to help dry skin and is suitable for the most delicate skin types, a source of natural antioxidants and has excellent emollient (traps moisture making it soothing and hydrating) properties. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream)

Tocopherol

Otherwise known as Vitamin E, it is a naturally occurring antioxidant which is also used to stabilise oils and fats in a formulation. (Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Intensely Nourishing Lip Balm, Invigorating Body Scrub, Vitamin-Rich Sweet Glow Face Scrub, Natural Deodorant, Reviving Cleansing Cream, Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum, Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum)

Tribehenin

Derived from the seeds of the ben-oil tree. It is a very soft wax that helps to soften a formulation and skin. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Brilliant Balm, Natural Deodorant)

 

V

Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract

A plant extract derived from the fruits and leaves of Bilberry. It helps to reduce redness due to its calming properties and it can boost skin's environmental defenses to UVA light. (AHA Dazzling Tonic)

Vit-A-Like™️ 

This is a vitamin A alternative that doesn’t cause redness or irritation and has the benefits of reducing the signs of ageing by stimulating cell renewal and collagen synthesis and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (Vitamin A Anti-Ageing Eye Serum

Vitamin C

Is brightening and helps to even skin tone, leaving skin looking radiant. Vitamin C is also involved in collagen production, as well as being an antioxidant which means it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by environmental stress. (Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum)

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

The oil from grape seeds and is a by-product of wine-making, containing a small amount of vitamin E. It is anti-inflammatory and has moisturising and nourishing properties due to the high linoleic acid content. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Brilliant Balm, Vitamin C Illuminating Super Serum)

 

X

Xanthan Gum

A sugar-based polymer produced by bacteria. It is a natural ingredient that is needed to stabilise formulas by increasing the viscosity (the thickness of the product) or binding other ingredients together. (Reviving Cleansing Cream, Radiance-Boosting Face Cream, Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops)

 

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