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Propanediol

Propanediol

Propanediol functions as an emollient, humectant, and solvent and is derived from corn. It is considered a more skin-friendly alternative to propylene glycol.
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August 22, 2023
Propyl Gallate propyl gallate

Propyl Gallate

Propyl Gallate, a derivative of antioxidant gallic acid, is used in small amounts to stabilize sensitive active ingredients in formulas from degredation.
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September 21, 2022
Retinal 88 mph short contact therapy remodelling balm retinal retinaldehyde

Retinal

Retinal, or retinaldehyde, is a gold-standard vitamin A active that targets multiple skin concerns simultaneously. By interacting with receptors inside keratinocytes, retinal promotes…
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September 21, 2022
Salicylic Acid salicylic acid

Salicylic Acid

A beta hydroxy acid (BHA). It’s an exfoliating acid that has smoothing, brightening, and regenerating qualities alongside its star talent of working deep…
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September 21, 2022
Tocopherol vitamin e natural tocopherol d-alpha tocopherol

Tocopherol

D-Alpha Tocopherol, or vitamin E, occurs naturally in healthy skin. It offers significant antioxidant properties to help defend from pollution and other environmental…
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September 21, 2022
Tridecane tridecane

Tridecane

Tridecane and Undecane form a light, fresh, fast-spreading emollient derived from 100% renewable feedstocks. This volatile hydrocarbon is an ECOCERT approved, sustainably sourced…
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September 21, 2022
Tripeptide-29 tripeptide-29 collagen anti-wrinkle smoothing peptide

Tripeptide-29

Tripeptide-29 is a signalling peptide that supports the skin's collagen creation process. It helps soften the appearance of fine lines while making skin…
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September 26, 2022
Undecane undecane

Undecane

Undecane and Tridecane form a light, fresh, fast-spreading emollient derived from 100% renewable feedstocks. This volatile hydrocarbon is an ECOCERT approved, sustainably sourced…
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September 27, 2022
Water/Aqua water aqua

Water/Aqua

Aqua. Water. H20. Water is one of the most important elements of our skincare. It functions as a solvent to help dissolve active…
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September 27, 2022
Xylitol Xylitol aquaxyl

Xylitol

A natural sugar alcohol derived from plants. This efficient saccharide humectant is part of a trio of tack-free sugar-based hydrators which also includes…
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August 22, 2023