Ever wondered what’s in the bottle? And what all the hair care ingredients do?
This glossary includes the ingredients real names, official label names (INCI’s) and the products they can be found in.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Nourishing Shampoo, Light Conditioner)
Well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Soothing and calming to irritated skin, so looks after the scalp. It strengthens the hair and is a very light moisturiser.
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Pre-shampoo Treatment Oil)
A natural oil used by Moroccans both in their diet and as beauty oil. Argan oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. It contains natural squalene which heals damaged skin and essential fatty acids which help prevent moisture loss in the hair.
Cetearyl Alcohol and Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Cream Conditioner, Treatment Conditioner)
An emulsifier is a wax which, when melted, helps bind oil to water to make a cream. BTMS is derived from rapeseed oil and has detangling properties. It leaves the hair with a soft, powdery after-feel.
Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil (Light Conditioner)
Used as a beauty oil by Japanese women for centuries. Camellia Kissi Oil is rich in plant collagen, vitamins and anti-oxidants, and helps to smooth and soften the hair.
Cetrimonium Chloride (Light Conditioner, Cream Conditioner)
A conditioning agent that helps with detangling. It reduces the static which causes fly-away hair.
Citric Acid (Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Nourishing Shampoo)
Naturally occurs in citrus fruits. It is used in shampoo to adjust it’s pH level. The best pH level for shampoo is between 5 and 7. This is slightly more acidic than water to help close the cuticle and make hair shine.
Cyclomethicone (Cream Conditioner, Hair Perfume)
A very light silicone which makes hair feel silky. Cyclomethicone also protects it from the heat of styling tools and calms frizz. For more info about silicones see this post here.
Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Nourishing Shampoo)
A mild surfactant (detergent) derived from natural coconut oil. A sulfate free alternative to SLS, which is a more commonly used surfactant.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Light Conditioner, Cream Conditioner, Pre-shampoo Treatment Oil)
Coconut oil which has been modified to become lighter and less greasy. It is one of the only oils to get under the hair’s cuticles and into the hair shaft to moisturise and strengthen it from inside.
Various, below (In all products)
Essential oils (like any natural ingredient) and fragrances can sometimes cause allergic reactions in people. Therefore any known allergens in the fragrance must be listed on the label. They look like this: Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Farnesol, Eugenol, Amyl Cinnamol, Butrylphenyl Methproprional, Hydroxycitronellal.
Glycerin (Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Nourishing Shampoo)
Glycerine is a humectant which means that it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere to hydrate the hair. Comes from vegetables.
Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract (Deep Cleansing Shampoo)
Has astringent qualities, helping to reduce oily build-up. The use of hibiscus in haircare is big in China, Polynesia and South East Asia.
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey (Nourishing Shampoo, Treatment Conditioner)
Honeyquat is a conditioning agent made from honey which is a humectant, like glycerine but more so. It has a lower molecular weight than honey so it gets into the hair shaft and moisturises the hair from within. Also reduces static.
Lauryl Glucoside (Deep Cleansing Shampoo)
Glucosides are mild, sulfate-free surfactants (detergents) made from corn and coconut. They are biodegradable and sulfate-free. The irritation score of glucosides is the lowest of the surfactants so they’re good for sensitive scalps/skin.
Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Light Conditioner)
An emulsifying wax just like BTMS but lighter and derived from olive oil.
Olea Europea Fruit Oil (Cream Conditioner, Treatment Conditioner, Pre-shampoo Treatment Oil)
Used by the Ancient Greeks as a beauty oil and well as in their diet. Olive oil is still well known today as a nourishing oil for skin and hair.
Olive Oil PEG-10 Esters (Deep Cleansing Shampoo)
Derived from olive oil and used to decrease any potential scalp irritation or dryness caused by surfactants (makes shampoo milder on the scalp).
Panthenol (Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Light Conditioner, Cream Conditioner, Treatment Conditioner)
A pro-vitamin B5 and a hair strengthener.
Alcohol Denat and Isopropyl Myristate (Hair Perfume)
A denatured (undrinkable) alcohol which carries fragrances, allowing them to be sprayed. It evaporates into the air, leaving behind the fragrance.
Punica Granatum Seed Oil (Pre-shampoo Treatment Oil)
The oil from pomegranate seeds has anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin and fights scalp bacteria. Nourishes the hair to make it soft and shiny.
Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol and Chlorphenesin (all products except Hair Perfume and Pre-Shampoo Treatment Oil)
A paraben-free preservative, necessary for use in products containing water to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria (which you don’t want on your head). Post about parabens here.
Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (Light Conditioner, Cream Conditioner, Treatment Conditioner)
Another oil that can be used both for beauty and cooking purposes as it is rich in all the good things. Rice bran oil has a long history in Japan and China as a beauty ingredient.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Nourishing Shampoo)
SCI is a mild surfactant that is derived from coconut oil. It softens hair, is completely bio-degradable and sulfate free. Another alternative to SLS.
Hydrolyzed Silk (Treatment Conditioner)
Made from pure silk protein fibres – silk amino acids are super moisturising, make the hair feel very smooth and help retain elasticity in the hair (meaning less breakage).
Aqua (all products except Hair Perfume and Pre-Shampoo Treatment Oil)
Controls the consistency and dilutes the surfactants to make them milder.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Light Conditioner, Cream Conditioner, Treatment Conditioner)
Wheat protein is obtained from natural wheat gluten. It can absorb up to twice it’s weight in water and forms a film on the hair to reduce the hair’s porosity, making it smoother and shinier.
Xanthan Gum (Deep Cleansing Shampoo)
A powder used to thicken liquids and foods. It is totally natural (and edible).
There you have it! Any ingredients in there that you particularly look for?