5 natural beauty ingredients that only sound toxic – MRS MANUKA

5 natural beauty ingredients that only sound toxic

Toxic skincare ingredients
So, you've decided to cut out all toxic chemicals from your skin care routine and you feel a little lost. There are still some things that seem unfamiliar or even hard to pronounce. Do not fear. We have listed the 5 most common natural skin care ingredients that can confuse the best of us.
  1. Glyceryl Caprylate

Also known as Natural Surfactant Enhancer is a natural thickener in creams and cleansers. It is antimicrobial, skin conditioning and viscosity modifying. It derives from coconut or palm trees. Normal use in natural skincare products is 0.3 to 1%

2. Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is used as a binder, emulsion stabiliser and emulsifying surfactant and it is used in creams, lotions, gels, shampoos and body washes. It can derive from various plants such as corn, soy and wheat. Uses in natural skincare products is 0.1- 3%

3. Stearic Acid

Stearic acid is a fatty acid that naturally occurs in plants. In natural skincare it's used to as an emulsifier to bind oil and the water together.  Mrs Manuka uses stearic acid derived from coconut. The normal dosage in skin care products is 0.1-1%.

4. Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol is a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohol.  They both derive from mixed vegetable sources often coconut and palm tree. It is used as a stabiliser and structurising agent to achieve the right consistency in creams and lotions. The normal usage in skincare is typically 0.2-1.5%.

5. Glyceryl Stearate Citrate

Is an anionic emulsifier derived from canola oil or corn. It is usually combined with other emulsifiers to achieve a creamy but non sticky consistency. Normal use is 0.5-4% in natural skincare products.


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