Botanical Glossary for Skin and Hair

Enjoy! I find this has been a great reference for me over the years.

Quick Guide to Botanicals for Skin and Hair

Alfalfa Extract – astringent, skin protectant,
phyto-estrogenic herb

Algae Extract – emollient

Amla Extract – hair tonic

Aloe Vera Extract – moisturizer, protects

Althaea Extract – smoothes, softens

Angelica Extract – soother

Apple Extract – exfoliates

Apricot Oil – emollient, skin softener

Arnica Extract – soothes

Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C ester) – emulsifier, stabilizer, promotes production of collagen and elastin

Avocado Oil – soothes, softens

Balm Mint Extract – soothes

Bay Oil – astringent

Birch Leaf Extract – reduces oiliness, refines pores

Black Cohosh Extract – phyto-estrogenic herb

Borage Seed Oil – emollient, moisturizer

Bringraj Extract – rejuvenates hair

Burdock Root Extract – skin conditioner

Butcherbroom – anti-inflammatory

Cabbage Rose – astringent, soother, cleanser, aromatic agent

Calendula Extract – anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory

Camellia Oil – smoothes, softens

Camphor – reduces oiliness, refines pores

Carrageenan Extract – emollient, skin soother

Carrot Extract – conditions

Castor Oil – conditioner, emollient

Cedarwood – anti-inflammatory

Chamomile Extract – calms, reduces response to irritation

Chaparral Extract – reduces oiliness, refines pores

Chaste Tree Berry Extract – hormone regulator

Cherry Bark Extract – brings out color and manageability in hair

Chicory Extract – stimulates cell growth, balances

Citrus Extract – astringent, acidifier, pH adjuster

Clover Extract – soothes

Cocoa Butter – stabilizer, thickener

Coconut Oil – emollient, lubricant

Comfrey Extract – soothes, protects

Coriander Oil – aromatic agent

Corn Cob – meal exfoliates

Cornflower Extract – skin toner

Corn Oil – emollient, lubricant

Cottonseed Oil – binder

Cucumber Extract – removes impurities, reduces oiliness, refines pores

Dandelion Extract – anti-bacterial, astringent

Ergo-Calciferol (vit. D) – essential vitamin

Eucalyptus Oil – antibacterial

Euphrasia Extract – anti-inflammatory

Evening Primrose Oil – emollient, conditioner, anti-inflammatory

Fennel Extract – soothes

Galangal Extract – creates warmth, enhances sun protection

Garcinia Extract –reduces storage of fatty tissue

Ginseng Extract – conditions, rejuvenates

Golden Seal Extract – astringent

Gotu Kola Extract – healing, promotes circulation

Grapefruit Extract – antioxidant

Grape Seed Oil – emollient

Green Tea Extract – exfoliates, soothes

Guarana Extract – promotes circulation

Hibiscus Extract – stimulates hair growth, hair conditioner

Hazelnut Oil – emollient, moisturizer

Henna Extract – conditions and smoothes hair

Honeysuckle Extract – anti-microbial

Hops Extract – astringent

Horsetail Extract – conditions, reduces oiliness, refines pores

Hybrid Safflower Oil – emollient, moisturizer

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – conditions

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – moisturizes

Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s wort) – normalizes, heals

Irish Moss Extract – smoothes, softens

Ivy Extract – astringent

Jasmine Oil – aromatic agent

Jojoba Oil – emollient, moisturizes

Jube Jube Extract – free radical scavenger

Kelp Extract – skin soother, skin softener

Kukui Nut Oil – emollient

Lactic Acid – humectant, moisturizer, exfoliant

Lavandin Oil – aromatic agent

Lavender Extract – aromatic, soothes

Lecithin – emollient, surfactant

Lemon Extract – astringent

Lemongrass Extract – conditions, tones tissues

Licorice Extract – soothes

Lime Oil – aromatic agent

Linden Extract – soother, antiseptic

Locust Bean Gum – thickener, moisturizer, skin protectant

Macadamia Nut Oil – emollient

Madder Root- treat inflammation and skin disorders

Mallow Extract – soothes, reduces response to irritation

Marjoram Extract – soothes

Matricaria Oil – anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, essential oil

Melissa Extract – soothes, calms

Menthol – stimulant, cooling agent

Milk Thistle– anti-oxidant

Mugwort Extract – moisturizer, anti-inflammatory

Mulberry Extract – anti-inflammatory

Neem – anti-bacterial

Nettle Extract – stimulates, softens

Nutmeg – aromatic agent

Oat Bran – absorbent powder

Oat Extract– anti-itch, anti-irritant

Oat Flour – emollient, absorbent powder, emulsifier

Olive Oil – emollient

Orange Peel Extract – astringent

Orchid Extract – moisturizer

Pansy Extract – anti-inflammatory

Papaya Extract – smoothes, softens

Passionflower Fruit Extract – emollient, moisturizer

Patchouli Oil – aromatic agent

Pea Extract – emollient, moisturizer

Peanut Oil – lubricant

Pecan Oil – emollient

Pennyroyal Extract – soother

Pepper – aromatic agent

Peppermint Oil – stimulates

Pine Leaf Oil – aromatic agent

Plantain Extract – astringent, soothes

Retinyl Palmitate (vit. A) – antioxidant

Rose Oil – aromatic agent

Rosehips Extract – reduces oiliness, refines pores

Rosemary Oil – stimulates, rejuvenates skin

Rose Petal Extract – cleans, softens

Safflower Oil – emollient

Sage Extract – conditions, softens

Sambucus Canadensis Extract – astringent

Sandalwood Extract– treats dry skin, wrinkles

Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract – skin conditioner

Sesame Oil – nutrient, emollient

Shea Butter – emollient, lubricant

Shikakai– promotes hair growth, treats dandruff

Soap Nut – mild cleanser

Soybean Oil – emollient, solvent, moisturizer

Soybean Protein – anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, smoothes, softens and increases skin moisture

Spent Grain Wax – anti-inflammatory, minimizes skin moisture loss

Sugar Cane Extract – exfoliant

Sunflower Oil – emollient, lubricant

Sweet Almond Oil – emollient, lubricant

Tea Tree Oil – stimulant, astringent

Thyme Extract – antimicrobial

Tocopheryl Acetate (vit. E) – antioxidant

Vegetable Oil – emollient, moisturizer, skin conditioner

Walnut Shell Powder – oil, absorbent

Watercress Extract – stimulates, purifies, refreshes

Wheat Germ Oil – moisturizes, softens

Wheat Germ Extract – moisturizer, protects skin

Wheat Starch – absorbent

White Willow Bark– enhances cell turnover

Witch Hazel Extract – removes impurities, reduces oiliness, refines pores

Xanthan Gum – thickener, stabilizer

Yarrow Extract – conditions, soothes


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