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24-Karat Gold Leaf
24-Karat Gold Leaf: A food-grade gold that can be used anywhere on the face, even the lips.
An amino acid complex that in combination with Vitex Agnus Castus Extract stimulates the melanocytes to produce melanin (a brown substance seen as a tan), and enhances the natural protection factor of the skin against UV radiation.
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
An emulsifier and emollient, which helps reduce moisture loss and helps makeup adhere to the skin. Produced from lanolin that comes from the wool of sheared sheep. Vegans will want to avoid products with lanolin.
An adhesive and binder which along with dextrin serves as the “glue” in Professional Faux Lashes. A safe and non-sensitizing alternative to traditional eyelash glue such as formaldehyde and rubber latex.
A film forming and viscosity controlling agent.
A silicone, which provides long wear and a soft, smooth, non-tacky finish.
Alaria Esculenta (Algae) Extract
see Algae and Algae Extract
A plant-based alcohol. It is included at a miniscule concentrations in the PoreAway™ complex of ingredients (along with Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Glycerin and Lecithin), used in Smooth Affair for Oily Skin, to help preserve the ingredients within the complex.
Algae and Algae Extract
A potent sea mineral and antioxidant which provides various benefits in cosmetic applications. Algae nourishes and soothes all skins types, even mature and sensitive skin. It may help to increase the skin’s moisture content while acting as an anti-irritant, effectively improving the quality of sensitive skin. Research suggests that some algae may also protect the skin against the effects of UV radiation. In mascara and brow products, it conditions and protects brow hairs, making them healthier, smoother and more manageable. These extracts also condition and protect lashes to reduce splitting and breaking.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (First Aid Plant)
A compound expressed from the leaf of the aloe plant. There are more than 300 species. Used medicinally for more than three thousand years. It is referred to in the Bible. Used for its softening benefits in cosmetics. Hydrating and soothing. The specifically formulated and purified aloe vera in our gel is less sensitizing than raw gel.
Alumina is the bonded coating on the titanium dioxide used in LipDrink. Helps achieve a high broad spectrum sun protection rating, prevent the titanium dioxide from clumping and aids in even dispersion. Coatings are essential on titanium dioxide to prevent phototoxicity and to turn it from a pigment to an active sunscreen ingredient. Alumina, which is also known as aluminum oxide, is an inorganic compound consisting of oxygen and aluminum. It is widely recognized as safe and effective for use in cosmetics and personal care products. Its safety has been assessed by the FDA and Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. CIR conducts an independent review and assessment of ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products and publishes their findings in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Alumina is also included on the BDIH positive list of ingredients. BDIH is the pioneer German natural and organic standards and certification organization in the cosmetics and personal care products industry. The positive list was established after intensive research and only products using the ingredients included in this list can attain BDIH certification.
Aluminum Hydroxide is the bonded coating on the titanium dioxide used in Glow Time. It helps achieve a high broad spectrum sun protection rating, prevent the titanium dioxide from clumping and aids in even dispersion. Coatings are essential on titanium dioxide to prevent phototoxicity and to turn it from a pigment to an active sunscreen ingredient. Aluminum Hydroxide is widely recognized as safe and effective. According to cosmetics.org, an information website that includes factual, scientific information on cosmetic ingredients, and sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council: Aluminum Hydroxide is a stable form of aluminum. It is found in nature as the mineral gibbsite. It is used in many types of cosmetics and personal care products including makeup and eye makeup products, lipstick, cleansing products, lotions, moisturizers, hair conditioners, other skin care products and suntan products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the safety and efficacy of Aluminum Hydroxide for use in Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products. It is permitted for use as an active ingredient in OTC antacids, and in OTC skin protectant drug products… The FDA also permits Aluminum Hydroxide to be used as an indirect food additive. For example, it may be used as a defoaming agent in the manufacture of paper and paperboard used to package food. Aluminum Hydroxide is included on the BDIH positive list of ingredients. BDIH is the pioneer German natural and organic standards and certification organization in the cosmetics and personal care products industry. The positive list was established after intensive research and only products using the ingredients included in this list can attain BDIH certification.
Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract
Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Studies have shown that it reduces dryness, itching, redness and sensitivity in irritated and inflamed skin. Extract obtained from the flower heads.
Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil
Oil made from the flowers of the plant Anthemis nobilis, also known as Roman chamomile or English chamomile. It is one of the plants used to make chamomile tea. It is a fragrant skin conditioner that soothes the skin and acts as an anti-irritant.
A new type of skin de-pigmentation and whitening agent. Arbutin protects the skin against damage caused by free radicals and inhibits the formation of the melanin pigment by inhibiting Tyrosinase activity. It is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. As far back as the 18th century, arbutin was used in medical areas for the latter purposes. Arbutin is well tolerated by the skin, does not cause irritation and has no known toxicity or side effects. Arbutin is extracted from the bearberry plant. Bearberry, from the botanical family Ericacae, grows in Europe, northern temperate Asia and North America. The part of the plant traditionally used for extraction is the leaves.
A stable and long lasting form of vitamin C which helps brighten the skin and serves as an antioxidant.
A salt of ascorbic acid used as a preservative and antioxidant.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract
A certified organic extract of oat. An exceptional moisturizer which is protective, soothing and non-irritating, even to sensitive skin.
A natural substance obtained from the honeycomb. Can be yellow or white. It has powerful anti-microbial properties. Vegans will want to avoid products with beeswax.
A mixture of organic vegetable oils.
A myrrh-type gum resin obtained from African trees. It reduces sensitivity and inflammation. It is also soothing and has vaso-constrictive properties. Also used as a preservative.
Also known as “synthetic pearl,” it occurs in the earth’s crust. Used as an opacifier, it enhances coverage and gives a silky glide on application. *This ingredient is only found in White/Pink Highlighter Pencil.
Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil
An herbal extract with emollient properties. Rich in stores of a therapeutic fat called gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid. An anti-inflammatory which may help to clear acne and rosacea.
Composed of flat, hexagonal, plate-like crystals that can freely slide over one another. Because of this composition, this white powder is added to cosmetics to enable a silky glide in application, and provides excellent adhesion and soft focus properties.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
A natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karite tree.
A fine odorless, tasteless mineral powder used as a coloring and firming ingredient.
Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Oil
Has soothing, antiseptic, anti-itching and anti-inflammatory properties. Effective for oily and/or delicate skin as well as for acne. Extract obtained from the calendula blossom.
Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Recently discovered to have many nutritional and healthful qualities. It contains 20 times the antioxidant effect of vitamin E and increases the effect of sunscreens. High in ethylxanthines, which are believed (by the National Cancer Institute) to prevent skin cancer. Green tea also helps prevent irritation of the skin.
Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Oil
Oil derived from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis tea plant generally recognized as a powerful anti-aging ingredient. In addition to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, recent research suggests that the compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) contained in green tea can protect skin from UV damage and prevent the breakdown of collagen.
Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract
Contains concentrated antioxidant properties.
Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Extract
Infusion of ylang ylang essential oil. Ylang Ylang is a sebum balancer and a supposed aphrodisiac.
An oily mixture derived from coconut oil. Used extensively as a vehicle for pigment dispersion.
A natural coloring agent derived from heating edible sugar that provides a brown color and a delicious natural scent.
A thick, stable emulsion.
A crimson pigment derived from the dried female cochineal beetle sometimes used as a colorant in food and cosmetics. The coloring has no known toxicity. Vegans and others concerned about animal derived products will want to avoid the makeup colors containing Carmine.
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil
A plant oil that conditions the skin and gives the skin a soft andsmooth appearance.
The primary fiber component of plants. Used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and to bind other ingredients together.
An ester from the candelilla plant. An emollient and skin protectant which helps prevent moisture loss.
Acts as a lubricant on the skin, giving it a soft, smooth appearance. Enhances water resistancy and improves spreadability of cream-based formulas.
An emollient, used to smooth and soften the skin.
A solid fatty alcohol used as an emollient and emulsifier. It also functions as a thickener and carrying agent for other ingredients.
A natural emollient. Ours is vegetable-sourced.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Soothing and conditioning extract from the heads of chamomile flowers.
Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment
An extract of algae used as a skin conditioner. It also has anti-aging benefits, aiding in collagen stimulation and skin conditioning.
Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract
A seaweed extract that has anti-inflammatory capabilities in addition to being nourishing and moisturizing to the skin.
Chromium Oxide Greens
Oxides of chromium occurring in the earth’s crust. Used as a colorant.
Cirtus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil and Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
Used as antibacterials and natural preservatives.
Extract derived from citrus and used to adjust the acidity and pH of products to prevent them from being too alkaline.
Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract
In a concentrated form along with Sodium Ascorbate it aids in fading brown spots and increasing skin luminosity. It is also a potent antioxidant, skin conditioner and provides a lovely citrus scent.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax
A skin conditioner also used as a binder and emulsion stabilizer.
Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
An oil expressed from the fresh rind and peel of lemons. Used for flavoring, it also has cleansing and decongestant properties. It is refreshing and purifying to the skin, and is a natural mood lifter. In Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health and Beauty, author Roberta Wilson says that lemon oil “encourages clarity, concentration and recall. It can calm or prevent emotional outbursts. It fights depression, eases fear, strengthens resolve and assists in communication and decision-making”.
Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract
In a concentrated form along with Sodium Ascorbate it aids in fading brown spots and increasing skin luminosity. It is also a potent antioxidant and anti-irritant that helps with facial oil control.
Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract
A natural extract from the peels of ripe tangerines, it is used to calm and feed the skin.
An antistatic ingredient in hair and skin care products.
A mixture of esters of Coconut Alcohol with Caprylic Acid and Capric Acid that is used as an emollient and emulsifier, and serves as a skin conditioning agent.
An emollient from coconut oil that gives the skin a soft, smooth appearance.
A plant derived silicone obtained from coconut oil which provides a smooth feel and helps spreadability.
Coconut Alkanes (and) Polysilicone 11
A vegetable sourced silicone elastomer. It provides a matte, soft focus appearance and silky feel. It also aides in absorbing excess facial oils.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
A natural emollient and moisturizer.
Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract
An extract from the seeds and leaves of the Coffea Arabica coffee plant that contains potent antioxidants and is a skin conditioner.
Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Extract
Healing and analgesic properties. One of the gifts of the Magi.
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax
Exuded by the leaves of a Brazilian tree to conserve its moisture. Called the tree of life by the natives because of the use they make of its various products.
An enzymatic bioactivator used in Tantasia to help promote more even color.
Corallina Officinalis Extract
Seaweed extracts harvested from some of the richest seabeds. Re-mineralizes the skin.
Crithmum Maritimum Extract
A plant extract that conditions and softens the skin.
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract
A skin conditioning agent that hydrates the skin and serves as a potent antioxidant. It also has a soothing and calming effect on the skin.
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil
Oil expressed from the seeds of the pumpkin. A skin conditioner and antioxidant.
Derived from silica. Used as an emollient and for glide. (See Dimethicone.)
Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil
Oil derived from carrots that is a powerful antioxidant and a nourishing skin moisturizer.
Helps to sooth irritated skin.
Dextrin (Professional Faux Lashes)
A carbohydrate/starch used as a thickener and adhesive.
The ester of diethylhexyl alcohol and adipic acid (found in beet juice). A lubricant which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance.
Also known as DHA interacts with the dead surface cells in the epidermis to darken skin color and simulate a tan. The DHA used in Tantasia is bonded to a natural vegetable amino acid compound and incorporates a unique buffering technology which enables us to use far less DHA than most tanning products.
Made from sand (silica) that is a combination of minerals but largely composed of quartz. This state-of-the-art ingredient replaces the need for oils and is the coating on our micronized titanium dioxide. Dimethicone aids spreading, is transfer resistant and imparts a remarkable smoothness and creaminess to the overall product. It also improves coverage without adding heaviness. And, it is non-comedogenic and highly water repellent. It gives micronized titanium dioxide the highest light refractive ability of any titanium. This outstanding ingredient is one of the driving forces behind the creative evolution of color cosmetics. In a medical article entitled “Effective Sunscreen Ingredients and Cutaneous Irritation in Patients with Rosacea,” Dr. Nichols and colleagues found that the addition of silicon-based protectants (dimethicone and cyclomethicone) into sunscreens greatly reduced facial irritation that rosacea sufferers experienced to these products. The physicians performed this study because in their medical experience, patients with rosacea are particularly susceptible to irritation caused by sunscreen ingredients. The results of the study demonstrate that in addition to their protective actions, dimethicone and cyclomethicone were found to have excellent moisturizing actions. Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer: A silicone with emollient and skin conditioning properties. Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer (Complete In Touch Highlighter): A silicone with skin conditioning properties. Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer: A silicone elastomer. It provides a smooth, velvety feel and helps minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. It also aides in absorbing excess facial oils
Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil
A natural emollient and moisturizer.
An ester of macadamia oil, used as an emollient.
A soft plant based membrane coating surrounding the color spheres included in Smooth Affair for Oily Skin.
An ester of Ethylhexyl Alcohol and the fatty acids derived from Olive Oil that hydrates the skin and leaves a smooth finish.
An emollient from palm oil.
An emollient derived from vegetable oils.
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax
An herbal wax obtained from various Euphorbiaceae species. Used in cream to powder formulations to give them body.
Ingredients which give a taste and sometimes scent to a product. Our flavors are all natural and organically sourced wherever possible.
Geranium Maculatum Oil
A certified organic extract from the root of the geranium plant, which gives antibacterial and antiseptic protection, and is anti-inflammatory.
Derived from vegetable oil. Used as a solvent.
An emollient and emulsifier prepared from vegetable glycerin.
An ester of glycerin used as a thickener.
Derived from glycerin. Used as an emulsifier and a humectant.
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
A natural moisturizer and antioxidant.
Comes from vegetable glycerin and is used as a humectant.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
Licorice extract is an effective natural lightener now being widely used. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract
A natural astringent which evaporates quickly.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Obtained by milling the seeds of large sunflowers. Contains large amounts of vitamin E.
A water-binding agent.
Made from sand. Can hold seven times its molecular weight and so is excellent in absorbing excess oil.
Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Expressed from the beans of the castor oil plant. Soothing to the skin. In combination with Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax and Carnauba Wax, it forms a natural alternative to the petroleum-based ingredients used in conventional cosmetics.
Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil
Expressed from the seeds of the cotton plant. A skin conditioner that slows the loss of water from the skin.
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil
Oil extracted from the beanlike seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis. It has been used for many years by Mexican and American Indians for hair and skin care. Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen gas under high pressure to make liquid oils solid. This is the process used to manufacture margarine and shortening.
Lecithin is a natural emulsifying agent derived from the membranes of plant cells. The addition of hydrogen to Lecithin, forming Hydrogenated Lecithin, bolsters the stability of the ingredient.
Hydrolyzed Algae Extract
An oil-free conditioner that controls static and helps repair natural hair and bristle brushes. Hydrolysis means turned partly to water.
Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters
A skin conditioner and emollient.
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Cleanses, protects and strengthens.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
A conditioner that in mascara and brow products, acts as a natural fixative and curl enhancer.
A cellulose gum.
Iron oxide is iron combined with oxygen and can be found in nature or produced synthetically. It varies in color from red to brown, black to orange or yellow depending on the degree of water and the purity.
Flavoring derived from anise, butter acids, oil of lemon and oil of lime. Used as an emollient and natural solvent.
Derived from natural jojoba oil and used for its soothing and moisturizing skin care properties. A bonding of two jojoba esters designed to enhance moisture retention. Jojoba comes closest to the skin’s actual sebum.
A skin softener and conditioner, it gives glide to lip colors. Produced from lanolin that comes from the wool of sheared sheep. Vegans will want to avoid products with lanolin.
From oil extracted from the beanlike seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis. It has been used for many years by Mexican and American Indians for hair and skin care. Of any oil, it most closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum. It gives some protection against UV rays. An ester is a molecule of a fatty acid and a fatty alcohol.
Also known as China Clay. Aids in covering ability and in absorbing excess oil secreted by the skin.
Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract
An extract from a species of brown algae with moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Helps repair UV damage in the skin.
A moisturizer, it absorbs and holds water to the skin for extra conditioning. Produced from lanolin that comes from the wool of sheared sheep. Vegans will want to avoid products with lanolin.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water
From certified organic lavender extract, it calms, soothes and protects the skin.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
An anti-inflammatory from certified organic lavender, it soothes irritated skin.
Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Expressed from the seeds of the Meadowfoam plant.
Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
A potent antioxidant that has strong cleansing properties and lovely fragrance.
Lotus Corniculatus (Lotus Flower) Extract
An extract obtained from the Lotus Flower that moisturizes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties that help sooth and protect the skin.
Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil
An emollient derived from the seed of a small evergreen tree native to coastal rainforests of central east Australia (New South Wales and Queensland) and commercially grown in Hawaii and France. Macadamia nut oil is similar to sebum, the oil naturally produced by human skin to protect itself. It contains magnesium and thiamin, absorbs well into the skin, and is highly emollient and soothing.
Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract
An oil balancer.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Vitamin C. A stable derivative of ascorbic acid. Has been shown to suppress melanin formation. Has a protective effect against skin damage by UVB radiation. A good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can be used post-exfoliation, as it frequently has a less acidic pH than water-based vitamin C.
A binding agent that can be derived from rice, corn, or potato. The maltodextrin we use is derived from potatoes.
Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract
Apple stem cell extract that helps rejuvenate the appearance of the skin, resulting in skin that has a more youthful and radiant appearance.
A coloring agent.
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil
Oil extracted from the fruit of a tropical evergreen tree.
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract
A natural antiseptic.
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract
Found in nature in crystallized, thin, elastic sheets that can be separated easily. They vary in color from pale green, brown, or black to colorless. Today, mica is made in laboratory settings to ensure there is no heavy metal content. It can be shiny or dull. We use mica for a variety of purposes including its gliding properties, mattifying properties and sparkle.
A very soft phyllosilicate mineral that typically forms in microscopic crystals, forming a clay. Used as a thickener and emulsifier and to suspend makeup pigments. Over 200 cultures have used this clay for medicinal purposes, including the Ancient Egyptians, the Essenes, the pre-Aztec Amargosians, and other natives of Mexico, South America and North America.
Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters
Moringa butter created from Moringa Oil.
Moringa Pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Oil
Oil obtained from the seeds of the tropical Moringa tree. A skin conditioner and powerful antioxidant. Soothes skin with anti-inflammatory properties.
An ester of lactic acid, it works as an emollient and skin conditioner that gives skin a smooth, satiny feel.
An emulsifier, opacifying ingredient and emollient.
Oil-free emollient and skin conditioning widely used in skin care products and often in sunscreens because it has the added benefit of boosting a product’s SPF properties.
An ester of Octyldodecanol and oleic acid that hydrates and conditions the skin.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract
An antioxidant and natural preservative.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Fruit Oil
Derived from olives, olive fruit oil and olive leaf extract are potent antioxidants and skin moisturizers. Olive oil is also an anti-microbial and anti-irritant.
Typically obtained from various animal and vegetable fats and oils, our oleic acid is vegetable sourced.
Orange 5 (CI 45370)(Aka 201)
A bromine salt that contains no petroleum derivatives and no heavy metals. Used in Forever Peach Lip and Cheek Stain, it is activated by the lips' natural pH (acid balance) to create a unique shade of peach that is long-lasting and non-transferable. It color-adjusts to the user's unique body chemistry.
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch
Made from finely pulverized rice grains. It is a demulcent (soother) and emollient, and forms a soothing, protective film when applied.
A naturally occurring wax-like mineral found near soft shale deposits. An emulsifier and thickening agent.
The natural tripeptide Gly-His-Lys. This tripeptide has the biological property of stimulating the neosynthesis of collagen and glycosaminoglycans. In a clinical trial of over 30 days, volunteers reported that it increased lip hydration, reduced lip furrows and enhanced the volume of the lips.
A cutting edge peptide that delivers anti-aging benefits by helping to stimulate collagen growth and specifically targets skin clarity, brightness and even skin tone.
Vitamin B Complex Factor. Used to condition hair. It is good for human tissues.
A substance found in citrus and apples and used as a binder and emulsifier.
A silicone which provides a smooth feel and promotes spreadability.
An emulsifying agent.
A PEG compound that is cross-linked to fatty esters and helps stabilize the gel like texture of the product.
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil
High in fat, vitamin A and C. Used in folk medicine as an aphrodisiac.
A complex fat substance found in living cells. They bind water and hold it in its place.
Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract
85% – 95% proathocyanidins and flavonoids extracted from the French Maritime pine tree bark (Pinus pinaster). It is a potent free radical scavenger and preservative. Its antioxidant capabilities are 50 times greater than vitamin E and 20 times greater than vitamin C. Its molecular structure is much smaller than that of vitamin E and C, and, therefore, it penetrates more readily through the epidermis into the dermis. It is water-soluble and most importantly it is safe. We have run no tests on the benefit of the antioxidants in our formulas to the skin, but there are a number of clinical reports attesting to its topical value as a free radical scavenger and as a preventative against UVB radiation damage.
Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum
A plant resin that is known for anti-irritant and astringent properties. Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, is included in the PoreAway(TM) complex of ingredients (along with Glycerin and Lecithin), used in Smooth Affair for Oily Skin, to help reduce shine, the appearance of pores and clogged pores, and create a smooth matte finish.
Plankton Extract (Algae Extract 1, an Omega 3 acid)
A high tech extract of sea minerals proven to nourish the skin, it enhances moisture retention beneficial for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for dry and mature skin. A documented anti-inflammatory which soothes sensitive skin. In addition to calming, it also encourages rebuilding of the skin’s lipid film barrier. This increases effective protection against moisture loss, so sensitive skin is not only protected, but actually improves.
Used as a binder, it contributes to firm product texture.
A polymer of ethylene. Low moisture absorption and good insulating properties.
Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract
Obtained from the grains of Polygonum fagopyrum. It is effective in reducing puffiness around the eyes.
A polymer that provides a smooth and silky feel.
PPG-3 Myristyl Ether
An emollient that gives a smooth, velvety texture.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract
Included in a proprietary blend with vanilla fruit extract to produce a uniquely enhanced, all-natural preservative.
Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract
A potent natural antioxidant containing ellagic acid, which protects skin cells from the aging effects of free radical damage. It also boosts sunscreen protection and acts as a natural preservative.
Plastic resin resembling albumin. Used for soft body and hold. (Often used in food and blood as an expander.)
Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract
An extract from the fruit, leaf, stem, root or flower of the apple. Serves as an antioxidant and skin conditioner.
Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract
A certified organic natural preservative, with beneficial antioxidant support.
Red 21 (CI 45380) (aka 223)
A bromine salt that contains no petroleum derivatives and no heavy metals. Used in Forever Pink Lip and Cheek Stain, it is activated by the lips’ natural pH (acid balance) to create a unique shade of pink, that will vary with each user’s personal body chemistry.
Red 30 Lake
Natural dye from indigo bonded to calcium.
Red 6 Lake (CI 15850)(Aka201)
Tree resin bonded to calcium.
Red 7 Lake
Tree resin bonded to calcium.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
Expressed from the beans of the castor oil plant. Soothing to the skin.
Rosa Damascena Flower Extract
Oil obtained from rose petals that has anti-irritant properties, softens the skin and has a fragrant rose scent.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Derived from the flowering evergreen. It contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
A substance produced by bees, rich in nutrients, with antioxidant and collagen-boosting properties.
Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract
An extract of the fruit of the Rubus Fruticosus blackberry plant that contains potent antioxidants and has a lovely berry scent and flavor.
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil
Oil obtained from raspberry seeds. A skin conditioner with potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract
A natural peptide from sugar cane extract which reduces excess sebum production without drying the skin and inhibits the growth of microorganisms.
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
Outstanding anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is one of the few ingredients that is found in nature and is also an OTC. A natural source of salicins and beta-hydroxyacids which are especially helpful for acneic skin.
Sambucus Nigra (Elder Flower) Extract
From the elder flower plant, it is high in vitamin C, and is soothing and conditioning to the skin.
SD Alcohol 39-C
An antibacterial and antiseptic which evaporates quickly. Made by the fermentation of starch, sugar and other carbohydrates.
An absorbent powder and thickening agent.
Used for texture.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Oil extracted from the beanlike seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis. It has been used for many years by Mexican and American Indians for hair and skin care. Of any oil, it most closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum. It gives some protection against UV rays.
A water-soluble, stable form of vitamin C, which along with a concentrated form of Grapefruit Fruit Extract and Bitter Orange Fruit Extract, helps in fading brown spots, brighten the skin and also serves as an antioxidant.
More commonly known as common table salt is used as a binding agent.
A hyaluronic acid, it attracts moisture, thereby improving the appearance of dry or damaged skin and helping to smooth wrinkles.
Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids
A gentle, non-irritating skin cleanser. Certified organic.
An essential amino acid and moisturizer. Reaches areas of the skin where the skin’s own sodium PCA cannot.
A humectant which gives a velvety feel to the skin.
A natural moisturizing agent.
Derived from butter acids, cascarilla bark and other oils. Used as a softener.
A silicone gel which leaves a silky soft touch and soft focus appearance. Helps with the long wearing and transfer resistant color application, leaving a light smooth feel.
Sucrose (Turbinado Sugar)
Organic brown sugar crystals, which give a gentle exfoliation.
A copper-containing protein enzyme that decomposes free radicals.
A manufactured wax which strengthens lipstick-type formulas and helps keep them from becoming brittle.
Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract
Used for fragrance.
An ester of vitamin C with antioxidant properties shown to reduce acne blemishes. It stimulates collagen production and helps repair UV damage. Gentle and non-irritating.
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract
From the kernels of ripe seeds of the Theobroma Cacao plant. Used as a flavoring.
Derived from titanium, which is extracted from the minerals such as rutile and ilmenite. It gives the greatest covering and tinting power of any white pigment, and it is listed in the FDA monograph as one of the purest and most effective active ingredients for sun protection.
Vitamin E. A topical antioxidant and natural preservative with many known skin benefits. We use natural vitamin E because there is very little incidence of allergic reaction to it.
An ester of glycerin and behenic acid, a fatty acid found in seed fats. Used as an opacifier, emollient and lubricant.
A jelly derived from citric acid which gives texture and glide; our natural alternative to the petroleum-based ingredients traditionally used in other lipsticks and balms.
From silicone, it gives glide for even product distribution, and conditions and protects the skin by helping to reduce moisture loss.
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
A bonding of wheat starch, a product of the cereal grain used for its emollient and soothing properties.
Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)
A naturally occurring metabolic enzyme found in every living cell of the body. Used daily, CoQ10 helps prevent and reverse the aging process. It stimulates the vital energy necessary for skin cells to heal, protect and rejuvenate themselves. Tests show that CoQ10 decreases DNA damage up to 70%. Significantly maintains the dermal matrix. Reduces wrinkle depth by 27%. Increases epidermal turnover and cellular renewal. Acts as a powerful antioxidant.
Made from powdering the mineral lapis lazuli. It is a vivid blue.
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract
An extract of the fruit of the blueberry. A skin conditioner and potent antioxidant.
Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract
A natural antioxidant which gives a fresh natural flavor and also keeps the natural oils in the lip plumper fresh.
Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract
Included in some products in a proprietary blend with sweet almond extract to produce a uniquely enhanced, all-natural preservative. In other products, it gives a delicious flavor.
An expressed oil of vegetable origin that is a skin conditioner and aids in slowing the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.
Vitex Agnus Castus Extract
The extract of chasteberry, in combination with acetyl-tyrosine to stimulate and accelerate melanin synthesis.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract
An extract used for its healing, soothing, antioxidant properties.
Wheat Germ Glycerides
High in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, used as a texturizer and emollient.
Also called corn sugar gum. Used as a thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer.
Also known as Flowers of Zinc, is derived from the mineral sphalerite which occurs in limestone and dolomites. Zinc is believed to encourage healing of skin disorders. It is insoluble in water. In an ointment, it is used as an antiseptic and as a protection against skin diseases.
Zinc Soap (a mixture of zinc salts). Widely used in cosmetics because it contributes to adhesive properties.
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract
Used for flavor.