Ingredients Glossary

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Glossary of Natural Body Care Ingredients
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Aloe Vera Gel | Usage | Benefits

  • Topical moisturizer, emollient
  • Aloe Vera is famous for its moisturizing and soothing
  • Excellent ability to aid in healing and beautifying
  • Soothes, helps enhance appearance of the skin

Almond Oil - Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis | Usage | Benefits

  • 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, grounds 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 exfoliator. 
  • Very lubricating and can relieve itching and inflammation; 
  • A wonderful, natural moisturizer for hands and chapped skin

Antioxidants | Usage | Benefits

  • 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.

Ascorbic Acid | Usage | Benefits

  • 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

Avocado Oil - Persea Gratissima | Usage | Benefits

  • Precious, natural oil derived from the flesh of the avocado fruit, a tropical plant from Central America and California.
  • Softens and conditions dry, flaky skin and scalp
  • 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
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Avocado Oil helps Soften the appearance of dry skin

Beeswax | Usage | Benefits

  • A natural wax made by bees in the cell walls of honeycombs. 
  • Beeswax is a natural emulsifier used in cosmetics since prehistoric times.
  •  Adds a wonderful natural smell and color to products, and helps to seal and protect the skin when used in moisturizing products.

Beta-Carotene | Usage | Benefits

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

Carrier Oils | Usage | Benefits

  • Essential oils are very concentrated and cannot be used directly on the skin, as they can cause irritation.
  • Essential oils should be diluted into carrier oils before being applied
  • Essential oils are Extracted from nuts, kernels, seeds, and are sometimes called vegetable oils 
  • Carrier Oils including:  Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, 
  • Avocado, Grape Seed, Olive, Vitamin E oil, and Wheat Germ Oil. 
  • Carrier oils are also referred to as vegetable oils and base oils.
  •  They have extensive applications in Aromatherapy because they are used to dilute Essential Oils for application. 
  • They are also used in the manufacturing of soaps and cosmetics, as well as for

Carrot Powder | Usage | Benefits

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

Carrot Seed Oil -  Daucus Carota Sativa | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 
  • Smoothes and tones skin appearance

Castor Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • Castor Oil is the oil extracted from the castor bean 
  • It is a moisturizer and natural pigment dispersant
  • Castor Oil, when used in cosmetics, acts as humectants it attracts and retains moisture to the skin
  • It is also a thickener and an emollient. 
  • Medically, it is used as a laxative and industrially it is used as a drying oil in paints and varnishes.
  •   Castor Oil is a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor plant - Used in paint and varnish as well as medically 
  • Castor Oil – USP

Citric Acid | Usage | Benefits

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

Cocoa Butter | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 and has a sweet chocolate smell. 
  • It is also helpful as a binder or thickener in natural cosmetic formulas where chemical thickeners are not used 
  • Cocoa Butter is a skin conditioner

Coconut Oil -  Cocos Nucifera | Usage | Benefits

  • 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.

Dead Sea Salts | Usage | Benefits

  • Obtained from the Dead Sea in Israel
  • Composed of salts of Potassium, Chlorine, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium as well as Sulfur and Bromine compounds
  •  These salts are famous for their reviving, toning and purifying qualities

Emollient | Usage | Benefits

  • A skin conditioning agent which helps maintain the smooth, soft pliable appearance of the skin
  • Sweet almond oil and apricot oil are botanical emollients used in most of creams, salves and balms
  •  While the terms moisturizer and emollient are often used interchangeable, the two functions are different; however they often occur at the same time

Essential Oils | Usage | Benefits

  • 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
  • Essential Oils (Aromatherapy Oils) are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants.

Eucalyptus  Oil - Eucalyptus  Globules | Usage | Benefits

  • 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

Exfoliant | Usage | Benefits

  • A product or ingredient which is used to remove unwanted tissue or waste products from the skin and other body surfaces
  •  Exfoliant's gentle abrasive action removes dirt, leaving the skin soft and radiant
  •  Crushed pecans shells, ground oats and ground almonds are the exfoliating ingredients in some facial and body Scrub

Glycerin | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 | Usage | Benefits

  • Expressed from grape seeds
  • Rich, soothing, carrier oil that imparts shine and is widely used in hypo-allergenic moisturizers because it does not cause allergic reactions

Grapefruit Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • Uplifting, cleansing and clearing. Stimulating to the lymphatic system and toning to the skin

Hydrating | Usage | Benefits

  • 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

Infusion | Usage | Benefits

  • 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)
  • Massage oils are an infusion made by steeping herbs in botanical oils over low heat for several weeks until the goodness of the herbs is released into the oil. 
  • The spent herbs are then filtered out and discarded; the remaining infusion contains the healing benefits of the herbs.

Jojoba Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 oil is a natural emollient  and moisturizer that absorbs quickly into the skin

Lavender Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 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

Lemon Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • 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. Lemon oil is fairly inexpensive because it is produced quite simply and cheaply; about 1,000 lemons will yield a pound of lemon oil. 
  •  Balances over active sebaceous  glands that lead to oily, blemished skin.
  • Clears, and enlivens the complexion.  Also effective in treating brittle fingernails and in general hand care

Lime Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • Astringent, antiseptic and non-irritating. Useful in the treatment of acne.

Mask | Usage | Benefits

  • A cosmetic absorbent which, when mixed with water, draws impurities from the skin's pores. 
  • Clay mask HELPS clean the pores stimulate, tone and refresh the skin.
  • Masks do not have to be completely dry on the skin to accomplish and cleansing effects.

Moisturizer | Usage | Benefits

  • Something which helps the skin retain, or adds to, its natural moisture. 
  • Usually a liquid, lotion, cream, or oil

Natural | Usage | Benefits

  • Any substance that is harvested from nature and then isolated and purified by a variety of environmentally sound techniques including: filtration, fermentation, distillation, expressing and other like processes.

Nutmeg - Myristica Fragrans  | Usage | Benefits

  • Any substance that is harvested from nature and then isolated and purified by a variety of environmentally sound techniques including: filtration, fermentation, distillation, expressing and other like processes.

Olive Oil  | Usage | Benefits

  • 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

Papaya Enzyme (Papain) | Usage | Benefits

  • Exfoliate

Patchouli Oil- Pogostemon Cablin | Usage | Benefits

  • Antiseptic. 
  • Stimulating when used in small quantities, sedating when used in larger doses.
  •  Best used for bath or massage
  • Scent makes pleasant cologne

Peppermint Oil - Mentha Piperita   | Usage | Benefits

  • Refreshing, 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 in cosmetics, is used to cleanse and tone. 
  • Purifies sluggish skin and pores, and is suitable for use on oily skin, acne, and blackheads

PH | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 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

Plantain Extract | Usage | Benefits

  • Astringent, soothes, helps enhance appearance of skin

Pumpkin Seed Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • Source omega-3 fatty acids

Rosemary - Rosmarinus Officinalis  | Usage | Benefits

  • 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, 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 a 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: Topical moisturizer, internal antioxidant 

Rose Hip Seed Oil - Rosa Mosqueta | Usage | Benefits

  • A Triglyceride (vegetable oil). 
  • High in polyunsaturated fats and Vitamin C.
  •  Soothing, softening and regenerating to the skin. 
  • Successfully used to treat scar tissue

Rose Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • Rose Oil 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

Sage - Salvia Officinalis | Usage| Benefits

  • A natural antioxidant
  • 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

Sea Salt | Usage | Benefits

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

Sesame Seed Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • 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 | Usage | Benefits

  • Excellent for problem skin such as : Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis
  • Excellent for removing dark spots on face, and all over your body
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Moisturizes, softens, and repairs dry
    inflamed and damaged skin

Sodium Chloride | Usage | Benefits

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

Sunflower Seed -  Helianthus Annuus  | Usage | Benefits 

  • Emollient, 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 | Usage | Benefits

  • From the almond. 
  • Emollient, lubricant 
  • Very emollient, all-purpose oil that is absorbed quickly
  •  Excellent for the skin and nails

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Tea Tree Oil | Usage | Benefits

  • Indigenous to Australia, 
  • Tea Tree has been used for centuries for a wide range of medical conditions. It is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.

Tocopherol | Usage | Benefits

  •  (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


  • Toxic describes a substance or condition which presents unusually high stresses upon the normal elimination systems of the body.
  •  A chronically toxic environment or repeated exposure to a toxic substance results in the degeneration of the body's functioning.
  •  Most modern urban environments present challenging conditions for the human body and its ability to cleanse and purify.
  •  Our bodies often exhibit the negative symptoms of the assault of toxins. 
  • Helps assist the body's normal cleansing and detoxifying processes

Turmeric | Usage | Benefits

  • Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant healing properties that help to reduce skin hyperpigmentation and inflammation
  • Uncle Benney's Turmeric Butter and Soaps That Heal's Turmeric Bars helps naturally lightens dark spots and marks for a more visibly, brighter, even skin tone
  • Naturally fades the appearance of existing scars and blemishes
  • Moisturizes difficult hyperpigmentation and inflamed skin
  • Soothes 
  • Skin conditioner

Water | Usage | Benefits

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

Wheat Germ Oil -Triticum Vulgare | Usage | Benefits

  • Wheat germ extract: moisturizer, protects skin
  • Wheat germ oil: moisturizer, softens skin
  • 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

Wild Mango | Usage | Benefits

  • Skin conditioner 

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