Guide to Natural Cosmetics
Some Common Ingredients in Natural Cosmetics/Bodycare Products
There are many wonderful and natural alternatives when it comes to cosmetics and bodycare products. Natural cosmetics draw from the earth, from plants and herbs and foods, for their ingredients. Below are some of the more commonly found ingredients in natural cosmetics and body care products--all are listed as non-toxic when used in cosmetics or skincare products. Although a small percentage of people may report allergic reactions to some plants, most of the ingredients listed below are gentle, and some have healing and soothing properties.
Beeswax, Candelila Wax, Carnauba: These plant-based waxes (except for beeswax) are used as a texturizer in cosmetics. Most lipsticks also contain castor oil and other vegetable oils (as opposed to petroleum-based oils).
Biotin: Also known as Vitamin H, biotin is a whitish crystalline powder made from yeast and used as a texturizer in cosmetic creams and hair conditioners.
Colorants/Pigments: If you've wondered why all the natural cosmetics look so earthy, that's because they are. Iron oxides give a range of natural colors--including yellow, red, rust, brown and black--and are found in cosmetics such as mascara, blush, lipstick and eye shadow. Titanium dioxide is a white colorant that comes from titanium ore and is valued as a natural sunscreen. Carmine, found in many lipsticks and other makeup, is derived from cochineal, a Mexican insect that feeds on various cacti.
Essential Oils: These oils are a wonderful alternative to synthetic fragrances, which can be irritating to the skin and nasal membranes. Some popular essential oils are rose, sandalwood, lavender, rosemary and peppermint. They are very strong, so a little goes a long way.
Panthenol: Also known as Vitamin B5, panthenol is made from yeast, crude molasses and rice. It is a natural hair revitalizer found in shampoos and other hair products, as well as in creams and lotions.
Plant Extracts: Extracts from plants form the base of many natural cosmetics. Allantoin from the comfrey plant (it can also be made synthetically) is known for its healing and soothing properties. Other common extracts include aloe vera gel, bladderwrack, calendula, witch hazel and menthol.
Propylparaben/Methylparaben: Naturally derived from benzoic acid, which comes from benzoin tree gum, these parabens are a safe alternative to petrochemical-derived preservatives.
Seawood and Plant Lichens: Seaweed such as kelp and agar are used as thickeners in a variety of cosmetics and hair products. Kelp is used as a hair conditioner.
Vitamin E: A popular and effective antioxidant obtained by the vacuum distillation of edible vegetable oils, vitamin E helps prevent rancidity in oils.
Xanthum Gum: A popular natural thickener, this gum (also called "corn sugar gum") is an emulsifier and stabilizer.
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