What does all that mean? ...

When you look at your skincare products sitting in your bathroom cabinets it is a minefield to know what all those words on the labels actually mean.

Ingredients in skincare products all have important reasons for being there; whether it is to make it smell nice, make two ingredients bind together or as the active base layers of the actual product itself.


My initial lessons when I began my skincare formulation course was to research into each of the ingredients on the bottles in my bathroom cabinets. It took me quite some time to do and to save you time doing the same thing (although it is very interesting to do!) I have given you a very brief lowdown on what the ingredients in our base cream recipe for all our hand creams looks like.

The latin names of the ingredients in our hand cream might look very technical but I thought it would be good to give you a brief explanation as to what each ingredient is and its role. So here we go with our basic 'Lavender' Handcream ...


Aqua… water! nothing scary here I hope! Used widely in creams to make the hand cream more fluid and hydrating.


Caprylic/capric triglyceride…. Fractionated coconut oil. A carrier oil, it helps smooth skin and works as an antioxidant. Derived from coconut it does contain nuts.


Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) seed oil…. A carrier oil, Grapeseed oil is a byproduct from the winemaking industry where the oil is extracted from the remaining grapeseeds. It’s known for its anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant properties. It is a lovely oil that is suitable for all skin types and as it does not contain nuts it is suitable for use by itself by those with nut allergies. (Our hand creams also contain fractionated coconut oil so are not suitable for those with nut allergies)


Glyceryl stearate, Peg 100 stearate, Glyceryl stearate S/E, Cetyl alcohol, Stearic acid… these are emulsifiers (emulsifying oil and water) that are vegetable derived.


Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E)


…antioxidant and naturally extracted from the soy bean


Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin 1…preservative with origins from coconut.


Lavandula hybrida grosso (Lavandin herb oil)… made from the lavender plants we grow in our herb garden and distilled in the traditional way through steam distillation in our copper alembic still. Lavandin essential oil is used primarily for aroma however on a future blog I will discuss its beneficial properties in more detail.


Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene…these occur naturally in the essential oils used in the product and could be allergens to some people so they are listed to warn those who may be allergic to these components that they are present in the product.


I hope you found this insightful, I know how important it is to know what and why ingredients are in there to start with!!

Sue x


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