Category Archives: Ingredient Spotlights

Ingredient Spotlight: Dimethicone

Have you ever wondered what gives some cosmetics and hair care products that silky-smooth texture that glides across the skin and almost seems too good to be true? If it isn’t a natural product, chances are its dimethicone. This ingredient is a type of synthetic silicone-based polymer, and its known for creating a subtle luster that […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

Could there be one, perfect botanical oil for all your skin and hair care needs? Jojoba oil certainly comes close, if you ask me. Through the height of the coconut oil and argan oil craze—(remember when your Pinterest feed was brimming with these two?)—I often found myself reaching for jojoba oil instead. This golden beauty […]

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Why Phenoxyethanol Doesn’t Belong In Your Products

The personal care and cosmetics industry is pretty savvy when it comes to the bottom line. In response to consumer safety concerns, many products that line the shelves of beauty stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies are touted as free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, and more in an effort to capture the market share of people […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Babassu Oil

There’s been talk recently in the green beauty world that babassu oil is the new coconut oil. While they share many characteristics, babassu has a few attributes that, in my humble opinion, make it more appealing for skin and hair care. Babassu oil is extracted from the nuts of the babassu palm tree, which grows […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

Have you ever noticed squalane on an ingredient list and wondered what it is? If your skin is dry and depleted, you should definitely add this ingredient to your routine, but even people with other skin types benefit greatly from squalane. Before we get started, let’s talk about the difference between squalane and squalene, because […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Evening Primrose Oil

  There are certain botanical oils that seem to have the magic touch for a range of common issues, particularly issues rooted in hormone imbalance. Evening primrose oil is one such ingredient. It’s amazing how often hormonal imbalance is responsible for whatever problem we’re suffering from—particularly when it comes to skin concerns—and evening primrose oil […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Chia Seed Oil

Chia seed oil has quietly emerged as a popular ingredient in skincare, but you can bet that chia will be the next it botanical oil as more of us discover the results that this superfood delivers when used topically. Chia seed oil is clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration and skin barrier function, so skin retains […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Salt

With its therapeutic properties and exfoliating prowess, sea salt is an obvious choice for a body scrub or a bath soak, but this earthy ingredient is often featured in products that might surprise you, like toners or moisturizers, and for good reason. Smart skincare companies know that the benefits of sea salt go well beyond […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera was my very first introduction to the healing power of plants. I remember being taught as a young teen that keeping an aloe plant around was helpful for treating burns, and I was amazed when I had the chance to really try it out. It worked! But wow is it useful […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Broccoli Seed Oil

The first time I saw broccoli seed oil on the ingredient list of a product, I did a double take. After experiencing it for myself, it’s clear that broccoli seed oil is indeed a powerhouse of an ingredient. When cold pressed, broccoli seeds yield a light, non-greasy and easily absorbed oil that has so much […]

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