Natural Beauty Ingredients Glossary

When you ask skincare experts what their best tip for healthier skin is, many will say “be sure to check the ingredient list labels of your skincare products.”  
The issue is that sometimes deciphering the label is a lot easier said than done. It can feel like you’re interpreting a foreign language when you scan the ingredient list filled with complex names and words.  
At Keepers Collective, we believe in complete transparency when it comes to the ingredients we use to formulate our handmade, small-batch skincare products. This includes providing easy to interpret ingredient lists on all of our labels.  
And while we provide easy to interpret ingredient lists on all of our labels, we wanted to take it a step further. That’s why we’ve put together this glossary that offers more detailed information on all the incredible ingredients that make up our natural skincare and beauty products
This glossary comprises the complete list of ingredients used in the Keepers Collective skincare line at the time of writing - last updated April 2022. 

Arrowroot Powder
Arrowroot contains many beneficial minerals and vitamins such as zinc, iron, potassium, and Vitamin B6, and is known to provide relief to skin irritations including rashes, acne, skin sores, and rashes.

Avocado Oil
Avocado oil contains a high percentage of Vitamin E, as well as potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients which can nourish and moisturize your skin. The oleic acid also promotes collagen production, which helps grow new skin. This accelerates the healing process, helping with issues like sunburn.

Bee Pollen 
Bee pollen is a bee byproduct that has potent antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is full of Vitamins A, B, C, and D and various nucleic acids that stimulates the growth of new skin cells to prevent premature aging and boost hydration.  

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honeybees. It’s excellent at creating a protective barrier and acts as a humectant to attract water and moisture to the skin. Without clogging pores, it can heal and soften the skin and fight against acne, eczema, stretch marks, and cellular damage.   

Beetroot Powder 
Beetroot comes from the roots of the beet plant. It’s known for its natural antioxidants and rich source of vitamins and minerals. Especially high in Vitamin C, beetroot is beneficial for anti-aging, acne healing, skin brightening, and reducing redness and inflammation.  
Bentonite Clay 
Bentonite Clay is an absorbent clay that is often derived from weathered volcanic ash. It’s rich in antibacterial minerals and is used as a purifying and detoxifying agent in many skincare products.  

Calendula Extract
Calendula oil is a natural oil extracted from marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis). Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that might make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving diaper rash. It's also used as an antiseptic.
Castile Soap 
Made from vegetable oil, castile soap is completely biodegradable and free of synthetic ingredients. It’s mild enough to be used as a skin and facial cleanser, but is powerful enough to penetrate pores with its antibacterial agents, helping to prevent acne and other blemish flareups. It’s naturally hydrating and anti-inflammatory, helping to ease eczema, psoriasis, and more.   

Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, which is why it's often touted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture. It is used to smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is comprised of a unique combination of natural fats, which can make it useful in treating the skin. Studies haveshown that coconut oil may improve skin barrier function and repair, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, fights the signs of skin aging, and makes an effective moisturizer.

Essential oils  
Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing chemical compounds from plants. An essential oil is "essential" in the sen se that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.

Fragrance Oils 
Fragrance oils consist of many aromatic ingredients. Some are made naturally and others synthetically. Natural fragrances are extracted from plants or flowers and synthetic fragrances are manufactured from man-made materials. The fragrance quality of the fragrance oils we use in our products is our top priority, free of carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and other concerning chemicals. 

Jojoba Oil 
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is extracted from the seeds of a desert shrub. It helps prevent moisture loss and aids in the absorption of other topical products. 

Kaolin Clay 
Kaolin Clay, a naturally occurring clay mineral, is often famed for its clarifyng and absorption properties in the skincare world. When applied topically, it is extremely effective in absorbing excess oils and unclogging pores.  

Lavender Essential Oil  
A popular essential oil distilled from the lavender flower. In skincare, the lavender essential oil is used for its powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helping rebalance and restore dry, irritated skin.  

Mango Butter
Mangoes are loaded with nutritious substances, they’re packed with fiber, vitamins C, B6, A, E, and minerals. They’re also a good source of folate, potassium, calcium, and beta carotene. Many of the vitamins found in mango hold skin-improving powers, so it makes sense to blend it into a butter. Thanks to its vitamin power, it can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. It can also soften stretch marks and reduce acne scars and soothe irritated areas.
Olive Oil 
Olive oil comes from the fruit of the olive tree. It is rich in cleansing, antibacterial, and hydrating properties and is often used to minimize dark circles and improve puffy or sagging skin.  

Peppermint Essential Oil  
Distilled from peppermint leaves, this essential oil helps to tone and stimulate skin cells, encouraging skin cell renewal and promoting a healthy, glowing appearance.  
Produced by honeybees, propolis is renowned for its healing, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It can effectively heal wounds, treat acne, and protect the skin.  
Raw Honey 
Raw honey is a natural substance derived from flower nectar, created by bees. Honey is shown to have powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that works as a natural moisturizer and deep cleanser to maintain blemish-free, healthy skin.  

Rosehip Oil 
Pressed from the seed pod of a Latin American wild rose, Rosehip oil is high in Vitamin C and A. It is composed of ~80% essential fatty acids, it’s incredible at hydrating dry, mature, and damaged skin. It also has healing effects on irritated and acne-prone skin.  
Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is produced by bees and was once known as the “original elixir of youth.” It enhances collagen production, reduces skin inflammation, fights free radical damage, and heals the skin. 
Shea Butter 
A natural fat obtained from the nut of a Shea tree, shea butter has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that deeply nourish the skin. It’s full of minerals, vitamins, and proteins that help to protect the skin from environmental and free-radical damage.  

Sweet Almond Oil 
Sweet Almond Oil is a cold-pressed, light nut oil that effectively hydrates dry, chapped skin while also encouraging moisture retention.  
Tea Tree Essential Oil  
Tea trea oil comes from the twigs and leaves of the Tea Tree. It’s best known for its therapeutic and medicinal uses in skincare, particularly for blemish-prone and oily skin. It has potentient antimicrtobial, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflamatory, antiseptic, and antiviral qualities. 
Turmeric Root 
Turmeric is a spice made from the ground root of the Curcuma longa plant. It’s been used for thousands of years for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can calm irritation on the skin to restore a healthier, more radiant appearance while also decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  
Vegetable Glycerin 
Vegetable glycerin is plant-derived fatty alcohol that works as a natural emollient and humectant, which attracts water and helps the skin prevent moisture loss.  
Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E helps support the immune system, cell function, and skin health. It’s an antioxident, making it effective at combating the effects of free radicals produced by the metabolism of food and toxins in the environment.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out our blog all about How to Use Our Products and Build Your Own Skincare Routine. 

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