Ingredients 101: Demystifying Product Descriptions
As experts in the field of aromatherapy and aroma cosmetics, we have spent years studying and formulating natural personal care products.
In our definition, >>all natural<< product is made with ingredients that are sourced solely from nature and have gone through one of the three extraction methods.
On the other hand, >>natural<< products are those that contain plant-derived for example emulsifiers that have been chemically processed in a laboratory and are listed on the INCI list.
Emulsifiers play a crucial role in the formulation of natural personal care products. Soem of them are: C12-C13 Alkyl Lactate, Cetearyl Olivate, Coco Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, all of them are widely used in skin care products for its emollient properties and other combining benefits such as :
- helps to soften and smooth the skin
- helps to remove dead skin cells
- improves the texture and appearance of the skin
- helps nourish and moisturize the skin
- helps to disperse other ingredients in a product and improve its spreading qualities of the product and make it more easily absorbed by the ski
- helps improve the feel and texture of the product
- thickening agents and to improve the stability of the product
- helps to stabilize a mixture of oil and water and prevents the ingredients from separating
- helps improve the texture and feel of the product
- intended to nourish and hydrate the skin.
In addition to the information provided above, here are some further insights about these ingredients:
- C12-C13 alkyl lactate is a synthetic compound formed from the reaction of an alcohol and a carboxylic acid. In the case of C12-C13 alkyl lactate, the alcohol is derived from coconut oil and the acid is derived from lactic acid, which is found naturally in milk.
- Cetearyl olivate, the alcohol is derived from olive oil and the acid is derived from cetearic acid, which is a fatty acid found in vegetable fats.
- Coco caprylate It is derived from coconut oil
- Glyceryl stearate citrate is a compound formed from the reaction of alcohol and a carboxylic acid. In the case of glyceryl stearate citrate, the alcohol is derived from glycerin and the acid is derived from stearic acid, which is a fatty acid found in vegetable fats
- Sorbitan Caprylate is a synthetic ingredient that helps to stabilize a mixture of oil and water and prevents the ingredients from separating.
- Sorbitan Olivate is derived from olive oil
- Tamarindus indica seed gum a natural thickening agent.
We hope that this information has helped you gain a better understanding of the ingredients used in personal care products and the importance of checking labels. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.