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LG Reen Yungo Hair Cleansing Treatment Shampoo

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Reen Yungo Hair Cleansing Treatment Shampoo

Yungo hair cleansing treatment is a 2-in-1 shampoo and hair conditioner. It is 100% non-silicone which moisturizes and cleanse hair in a mild way. Contains more than 100 ingredients, this 2-in-1 yongo cleanse hair thoroughly, while nourishing hair, leaving hair smooth and shine.
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Ingredients overview

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Dimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/​Sap Extract, Platycodon Grandiflorum Root Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Angelica Keiskei Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract, Atractylodes Japonica Rhizome Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Cnidium Monnieri Fruit Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Dictamnus Dasycarpus Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Dryopteris Crassirhizoma Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Alpinia Officinarum Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Ziziphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Hovenia Dulcis Fruit Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Mallotus Japonicus Leaf Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Bark Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Rhododendron Brachycarpum Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Sasa Quelpaertensis Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina Extract, Xanthium Strumarium Fruit Extract, Leonurus Sibiricus Flower/​Leaf/​Stem Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/​Root Extract, Sophora Japonica Bud Extract, Taraxacum Platycarpum Extract, Thuja Orientalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Dendropanax Morbiferus Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf/​Stem Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Machilus Odoratissima Bark Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Cuscuta Australis Seed Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Fraxinus Rhynchophylla Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Cornus Walteri Extract, Lespedeza Cuneata Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-73, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Chloride, Perfume, Caramel, Ci 17200, Butylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

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Ingredient name what-it-does irr., com. ID-Rating
Water solvent
Sodium Laureth Sulfate surfactant/​cleansing, emulsifying
Cocamidopropyl Betaine surfactant/​cleansing, viscosity controlling
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate surfactant/​cleansing
Dimethicone emollient 0, 1
Panax Ginseng Root Extract antioxidant, emollient goodie
Panax Ginseng Root Extract antioxidant, emollient goodie
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract soothing, antioxidant, antimicrobial/​antibacterial, moisturizer/​humectant goodie
Coptis Chinensis Root Extract antioxidant
Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract
Platycodon Grandiflorum Root Extract antioxidant
Sophora Flavescens Root Extract antioxidant
Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract
Morus Alba Bark Extract
Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice
Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract
Acorus Calamus Root Extract perfuming
Angelica Keiskei Extract antioxidant, emollient
Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract
Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract
Atractylodes Japonica Rhizome Extract
Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract antioxidant
Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract
Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract
Punica Granatum Fruit Extract
Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract
Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract
Cnidium Monnieri Fruit Extract moisturizer/​humectant
Cnidium Officinale Root Extract
Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract
Dictamnus Dasycarpus Root Extract
Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract
Dryopteris Crassirhizoma Extract
Eclipta Prostrata Extract
Alpinia Officinarum Root Extract
Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract
Centella Asiatica Extract soothing, antioxidant, moisturizer/​humectant goodie
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract antioxidant, soothing goodie
Equisetum Arvense Extract soothing, emollient
Houttuynia Cordata Extract antioxidant, soothing goodie
Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract soothing, antimicrobial/​antibacterial goodie
Ziziphus Jujuba Fruit Extract
Angelica Gigas Root Extract
Hovenia Dulcis Fruit Extract
Pueraria Lobata Root Extract moisturizer/​humectant
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract soothing, skin brightening superstar
Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract
Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract
Mallotus Japonicus Leaf Extract antimicrobial/​antibacterial, antioxidant
Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract
Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract
Broussonetia Kazinoki Bark Extract
Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract
Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract soothing, anti-acne goodie
Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract antimicrobial/​antibacterial, antioxidant
Portulaca Oleracea Extract soothing, antioxidant goodie
Prunus Mume Flower Extract
Plantago Asiatica Extract
Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract
Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract
Rhododendron Brachycarpum Extract
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract
Sasa Quelpaertensis Extract
Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract
Selaginella Tamariscina Extract
Xanthium Strumarium Fruit Extract
Leonurus Sibiricus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract soothing
Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract moisturizer/​humectant goodie
Saussurea Involucrata Extract moisturizer/​humectant
Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract
Sophora Japonica Bud Extract soothing
Taraxacum Platycarpum Extract
Thuja Orientalis Extract antimicrobial/​antibacterial, emollient, moisturizer/​humectant
Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract antioxidant, soothing, skin brightening, perfuming goodie
Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract
Bambusa Vulgaris Extract
Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract antioxidant, emollient, moisturizer/​humectant
Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract surfactant/​cleansing goodie
Dendropanax Morbiferus Extract
Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf/Stem Extract antioxidant, emollient
Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract antioxidant
Machilus Odoratissima Bark Extract
Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract
Cuscuta Australis Seed Extract
Althaea Rosea Flower Extract
Fraxinus Rhynchophylla Leaf Extract antioxidant
Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract
Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract
Camellia Japonica Seed Extract
Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract
Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract moisturizer/​humectant
Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract
Arctium Lappa Root Extract antioxidant, soothing goodie
Morus Alba Root Extract skin brightening
Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract perfuming
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract antioxidant, soothing goodie
Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract antimicrobial/​antibacterial, antioxidant, emollient
Cornus Walteri Extract
Lespedeza Cuneata Extract antimicrobial/​antibacterial, antioxidant
Rumex Crispus Root Extract soothing
Morus Alba Fruit Extract antioxidant
Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract moisturizer/​humectant
Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract
Trametes Versicolor Extract
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride viscosity controlling
Polyquaternium-10 viscosity controlling
Polyquaternium-73
Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate surfactant/​cleansing
Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate surfactant/​cleansing
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer viscosity controlling
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil emulsifying, surfactant/​cleansing
PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether solvent
Laureth-23 emulsifying, surfactant/​cleansing 0, 3
Laureth-4 emulsifying, surfactant/​cleansing 4, 5
Tetrasodium EDTA chelating
Triethanolamine buffering 0, 2
Citric Acid buffering
Sodium Xylenesulfonate
Sodium Chloride viscosity controlling
Perfume perfuming icky
Caramel colorant
Ci 17200 colorant 2, 1
Butylene Glycol moisturizer/​humectant, solvent 0, 1
Methylchloroisothiazolinone preservative icky
Methylisothiazolinone preservative icky

LG Reen Yungo Hair Cleansing Treatment Shampoo
Ingredients explained

Also-called: Aqua | What-it-does: solvent

Good old water, aka H2O. The most common skincare ingredient of all. You can usually find it right in the very first spot of the ingredient list, meaning it’s the biggest thing out of all the stuff that makes up the product. 

It’s mainly a solvent for ingredients that do not like to dissolve in oils but rather in water. 

Also-called: SLES | What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing, emulsifying

It’s probably the most common cleansing ingredient of all. It’s usually the Chief Bubble Officer responsible for big bubbles in cleansing products through the foam it creates is a bit airy and loose and not as dense and luxurious as the foam created by infamous SLS

As for mildness, it goes somewhere in the middle. It’s often confused with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), but they are absolutely not the same. The SLES molecule has a bigger water-soluble head part that makes it milder and much less irritating. It is considered absolutely ok in the amount used in cosmetic products, though if you are looking for a mild facial cleanser, you have better chances with a formula without SLES. For an average shower gel? SLES works just fine.  

Super common ingredient in all kinds of cleansing products: face and body washes, shampoos and foam baths. 

Number one reason for its popularity has to do with bubbles. Everyone loves bubbles. And cocamidopropyl betaine is great at stabilizing them. 

What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing

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What-it-does: emollient | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 1

Probably the most common silicone of all. It is a polymer (created from repeating subunits) molecule and has different molecular weight and thus different viscosity versions from water-light to thick liquid.

As for skincare, it makes the skin silky smooth, creates a subtle gloss and forms a protective barrier (aka occlusive). Also, works well to fill in fine lines and wrinkles and give skin a plump look (of course that is only temporary, but still, it's nice). There are also scar treatment gels out there using dimethicone as their base ingredient. It helps to soften scars and increase their elasticity. 

Also-called: True Ginseng, Ginseng, Korean Ginseng | What-it-does: antioxidant, emollient

A  traditional Korean medicine used for more than 2000 years. Regarding skin care, its main thing seems to be enhancing skin nutrition and metabolism as a result of improving blood circulation.

It also contains biologically active components referred to as ginseng saponins (ginsenosides) that have potent antioxidant properties

Also-called: True Ginseng, Ginseng, Korean Ginseng | What-it-does: antioxidant, emollient

A  traditional Korean medicine used for more than 2000 years. Regarding skin care, its main thing seems to be enhancing skin nutrition and metabolism as a result of improving blood circulation.

It also contains biologically active components referred to as ginseng saponins (ginsenosides) that have potent antioxidant properties

Also-called: Skullcap Root Extract | What-it-does: soothing, antioxidant, antimicrobial/antibacterial, astringent, moisturizer/humectant

A traditional Chinese herbal medicine loaded with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids such as baicalin, baicalein, and wogonin.

If that would not be enough, Skullcap Root is also claimed to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties (also against P.acnes and Malassezia furfur) as well as some skin-brightening activity. A multi-functional skin-goodie.

What-it-does: antioxidant

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What-it-does: perfuming

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What-it-does: antioxidant, astringent, emollient

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Also-called: Fo Ti Root

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What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

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Also-called: Ginkgo Biloba Extract

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Also-called: Gotu Kola, Tiger Grass | What-it-does: soothing, antioxidant, moisturizer/humectant

Centella Asiatica - or gotu kola as normal people call it  - has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years. It’s traditionally used to improve small wounds, burns and scratches and it’s also a well known anti-inflammatory agent for eczema.

Recently science has taken an interest in Gotu Kola as well and it turns out it really has many active compounds with several benefits. Just for hard-core geeks, the main biologically active compounds are pentacyclic triterpenoid saponins called asiaticoside, madecassoside, asiatic and madecassic acid (also called centellosides).

Also-called: Green Tea | What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing
  • Green tea is one of the most researched natural ingredients
  • The active parts are called polyphenols, or more precisely catechins (EGCG being the most abundant and most active catechin)
  • There can be huge quality differences between green tea extracts. The good ones contain 50-90% catechins (and often make the product brown and give it a distinctive smell)
  • Green tea is proven to be a great antioxidant, UV protectant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial
  • Because of these awesome properties green tea is a great choice for anti-aging and also for skin diseases including rosacea, acne and atopic dermatitis
Read all the geeky details about Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract here >>

Also-called: Horsetail Extract | What-it-does: soothing, emollient, astringent

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What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing

Houttuynia cordata is a flowering plant native to Southeast Asia. It is eaten as a leaf vegetable, and also has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, including as an attempted treatment for SARS (it didn’t really work). Regarding cosmetics, however, houttuynia cordata extract has a good bit of potential! 

The main active components in the plant are these fancy chemicals called flavonoids. Houttuynia cordata specifically has a good amount of polyphenolic flavonoids, four common ones being quercetin, quercitrin, hyperoside, and rutin. All of these exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Quercitrin has also been shown to decrease damage from UVB rays, which is an added bonus. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the flavonoid content of this extract can depend on if the extract is taken from the roots or the leaves, as well as if it’s a water extraction or an alcohol extraction.

Also-called: Japanese Honeysuckle Flower Extract | What-it-does: soothing, antimicrobial/antibacterial

Lonicera Japonica, or Japanese Honeysuckle as normal people call it, is a white-flowered honeysuckle known for being a traditional Chinese medicine. Modern research confirms that the plant has a super complex chemical composition with more than 140 compounds identified with possible anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidative and hepatoprotective activities.

As for Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract in skin care, it can have two main roles. The first one is being an anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredient, probably due to chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol thought to be the main bioactive component of the flower.

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What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

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Also-called: Licorice Root;Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract | What-it-does: soothing, skin brightening

You might know licorice as a sweet treat from your childhood, but it's actually a legume that grows around the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East, central and southern Russia. It's sweet and yellow and not only used for licorice all sorts but it's also a skincare superstar thanks to two magic properties:

Nr. 1 magic property is that it has skin-lightening or to say it another way depigmenting properties. The most active part is called glabridin. The topical application (meaning when you put it on your face) of 0.5% glabridin was shown to inhibit UVB caused pigmentation of guinea pigs. Another study even suggested that licorice is more effective than the gold standard skin-lightening agent hydroquinone. All in all, licorice is considered to be one of the safest skin lightening agents with the fewest side effects.

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Also-called: Nelumbium Speciosum Extract

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Also-called: Amur Cork Tree Bark Extract, Oubaku Ekisu | What-it-does: soothing, anti-acne

traditional East Asian medicine that has a couple of recent studies to back up its positive effects on the skin.

It seems to have potent anti-inflammatory activity, it's a mild antioxidant and also has strong anti-bacterial effect for acne causing bacteria, Propionibacterium acne. 

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Also-called: Purslane Extract | What-it-does: soothing, antioxidant

Portulaca Oleracea is a nice succulent with bright yellow flowers and edible nutritious vegetables. It's a famous plant in Korean traditional medicine to treat infection and irritated skin.

Modern research confirms that it's loaded with skin-goodies: it's the richest green plant source of omega-3 fatty acids (α-linolenic acid), contains NMFs (polysaccharides and amino acids),  vitamins (β-carotene), minerals, and antioxidants (yellow betaxanthins and reddish betacyanins). Thanks to all its beneficial components, Purslane Extract has several magic properties: it's a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent and also has wound healing abilities

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Also-called: Reishi Mushroom Extract

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What-it-does: soothing

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What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

polysaccharide (a big sugar molecule) coming from the edible fruit bodies of the Silver Ear mushroom in China. It's claimed to be an awesome moisturizer with slightly greater water-holding capacities than HA. We wrote more about Tremella here >> 

What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

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What-it-does: soothing

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Also-called: Turmeric Root Extract | What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing, skin brightening, perfuming

Turmeric is the yellow spice you probably know from curry and Indian food. It's also a traditional herbal medicine used in Ayurveda for its bunch of anti-something magic abilities including being anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticarcinogenic. 

As for turmeric and skincare, we have good news: studies show that the root extract and its main biologically active component, curcumin can do multiple good things for the skin. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, it shows some promise for acne-prone skin and a small study from 2013 showed that it might be able to regulate sebum production

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Also-called: Soapberry Fruit Extract;Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract | What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing

Sapindus Mukorossi is a nice, big tree living in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia. Its fruit is commonly called soapberry or washnut - telltale names for its traditional use as a cleansing agent. It contains natural surfactants called saponins (10-11.5%) and forms a nice rich lather. It's great at cleansing the skin of oily secretion as well as washing the hair.

Apart from being a cleansing agent, Sapindus Mukorossi also has a bunch of other pharmacological effects: It's well-known for its insecticidal properties and is traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. As for other skin-care relevant things, it has promising tyrosinase inhibition, free radical scavenging (antioxidant), antimicrobial and anticancer activity.  

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What-it-does: antioxidant, astringent, emollient

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What-it-does: antioxidant

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What-it-does: antioxidant

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Also-called: Evening Primrose Flower Extract | What-it-does: astringent

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Also-called: Black Soybean Extract

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What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

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Also-called: Burdock Root | What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing

Burdock root is a goodie plant extract that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Also, it has some anti-fungal and seborrhea regulation magic powers that make the ingredient especially useful for greasy and flaky skin and scalp. 

What-it-does: skin brightening

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What-it-does: perfuming

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Also-called: Ginger Root Extract | What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing

The extract coming from ginger, the lovely spice that we all know from the kitchen. It is also a medicinal plant used both in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for pretty much everything you can imagine (muscular pain, sore throat, nausea, fever or cramps,  just to give a few examples).

As for ginger and skincare, the root extract contains the biologically active component called gingerol that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with Bisabololthe duo works synergistically to sooth the skin and take down redness. 

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What-it-does: soothing

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What-it-does: antioxidant

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What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

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Also-called: Pumpkin Extract

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What-it-does: viscosity controlling

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What-it-does: viscosity controlling

A cellulose derived polymer (a big molecule that consists of many parts) that can help to thicken up products, form a nice film on the skin or hair and is considered to be an excellent hair conditioner.

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What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing

A soft, mild cleansing agent with amphoteric structure meaning that its head contains both a positively and a negatively charged part (surfactants are most commonly anionic meaning their head has a negative charge).  It also has great foaming abilities and is recommended for baby products and other non-irritating cleansers.

What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing

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Though its long name does not reveal it, this polymer molecule (big molecule from repeated subunits or monomers) is a relative to the super common, water-loving thickener, Carbomer. Both of them are big molecules that contain acrylic acid units, but Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer also contains some other monomers that are hydrophobic, i.e. water-hating. 

This means that our molecule is part water- and part oil-loving, so it not only works as a thickener but also as an emulsion stabilizer. It is very common in gel-type formulas that also contain an oil-phase as well as in cleansers as it also works with most cleansing agents (unlike a lot of other thickeners). 

A mildly viscous, amber-colored liquid with fatty odor, made from Castor Oil and polyethylene glycol (PEG).

If it were a person, we’d say, it’s agile, diligent & multifunctional. It’s mostly used as an emulsifier and surfactant but most often it is used to solubilize fragrances into water-based formulas.

What-it-does: solvent

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What-it-does: emulsifying, surfactant/cleansing | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 3

A white waxy solid that helps water and oil to mix nicely together (emulsifier). It is derived from the fatty alcohol lauryl alcohol by ethoxylating it and thus making the molecule a lot more water-soluble. In fact, Laureth-23 is mostly water-soluble acting as a solubilizer for dissolving small amounts of oily things into water-based formulas. 

What-it-does: emulsifying, surfactant/cleansing | Irritancy: 4 | Comedogenicity: 5

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What-it-does: chelating

A handy helper ingredient that helps products to remain nice and stable for a longer time. It does so by neutralizing the metal ions in the formula (that usually get into there from water) that would otherwise cause some not so nice changes.

What-it-does: buffering | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 2

It’s a little helper ingredient that helps to set the pH of a cosmetic formulation to be just right. It’s very alkaline (you know the opposite of being very acidic): a 1% solution has a pH of around 10.

It does not have the very best safety reputation but in general, you do not have to worry about it. 

What-it-does: buffering

Citric acid comes from citrus fruits and is an AHA. If these magic three letters don’t tell you anything, click here and read our detailed description on glycolic acid, the most famous AHA. 

So citric acid is an exfoliant, that can - just like other AHAs - gently lift off the dead skin cells of your skin and make it more smooth and fresh. 

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Also-called: Salt | What-it-does: viscosity controlling

Sodium chloride is the fancy name of salt. Normal, everyday table salt

If (similar to us) you are in the weird habit of reading the label on your shower gel while taking a shower, you might have noticed that sodium chloride is almost always on the ingredient list. The reason for this is that salt acts as a fantastic thickener in cleansing formulas created with ionic cleansing agents (aka surfactants) such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. A couple of percents (typically 1-3%) turns a runny surfactant solution into a nice gel texture.

Perfume - icky
Also-called: Fragrance, Parfum;Parfum/Fragrance | What-it-does: perfuming

Exactly what it sounds: nice smelling stuff put into cosmetic products so that the end product also smells nice. Fragrance in the US and parfum in the EU is a generic term on the ingredient list that is made up of 30 to 50 chemicals on average (but it can have as much as 200 components!). 

If you are someone who likes to know what you put on your face then fragrance is not your best friend - there's no way to know what’s really in it.  

What-it-does: colorant

The caramel in cosmetics is pretty much the same one that you know from the kitchen. It is derived by controlled heat treatment of food-grade carbohydrates (sugars) and works as a brown colorant

Also-called: Red 33, D&C Red 33, Red 33 Lake | What-it-does: colorant | Irritancy: 2 | Comedogenicity: 1

A super common synthetic colorant that adds a purple-red color - similar to red beet - to a product.

What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant, solvent | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 1

Butylene glycol, or let’s just call it BG, is a multi-tasking colorless, syrupy liquid. It’s a great pick for creating a nice feeling product.  

BG’s main job is usually to be a solvent for the other ingredients. Other tasks include helping the product to absorb faster and deeper into the skin (penetration enhancer), making the product spread nicely over the skin (slip agent), and attracting water (humectant) into the skin.

What-it-does: preservative

This totally unpronounceable ingredient (let’s take a shortcut: MCI) is a super effective preservative with both antibacterial and antifungal effects that works at very low concentrations. 

The bad news with it though is that it can sensitize the skin easily (it’s a so-called non-fragrance allergen). It’s not permitted to be used alone, but only with its BFF, methylisothiazolinone (MI), another icky preservative. Together they have a broad spectrum antimicrobial effect but are permitted to be used only in rinse-off products (under 0.0015%).

What-it-does: preservative

As you may guess, if something is only recommended in products that you rinse off (cleansers and shampoos), then it’s probably not the best ingredient for the skin.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative that' super efficient against bacteria at surprisingly low concentrations. The problem with it though is that it can also sensitize and irritate the skin quite easily when it comes in leave-on formulas.

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