What are the
ingredients used in Kiss of Nature products?
substances make up a product can be helpful, especially if you have a known
allergy. This is not meant to be a complete list of every ingredient used in the
industry, but covers individual ingredients used in our products. Only
ingredients used in our products appear on this list.
Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus) -
Non-volatile oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient.
Excellent emollient, softening and soothing to the skin. Also helps to balance
the loss and absorption of moisture, making it particularly effective for
chapped and irritated skin, soothing while nourishing and protecting it.
Suitable for all skin types.
Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis) - The
properties of the aloe plant are well known for their soothing and healing
qualities. Aloe Vera is said to encourage skin rejuvenation, healing of wounds,
reducing scarring, and treatment of sunburn. Regenerating and healing agent
(penetrates skin stimulating the immune system and increasing blood
circulation), anti-inflammatory effects, anti-aging effects (increases collagen
synthesis & skin elasticity).
Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca) - Apricot
kernel oil comes from the large pits of apricots that yield up to 45% oil.
Apricot kernel oil has 30% unsaturated essential fatty acid content. Extremely
nourishing to the skin and excellent around the eyes and neck. Apricot kernel
oil is an emollient. According to the AMA's committee on Cutaneous Health does
help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and
irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging. A perfect all
around oil, it can be used for mature skin because of it's high Vitamin A
content. It is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and
sensitive skin, and it helps to sooth inflammation.
Avocado Oil (Persea americana) – Avocado oil
is made from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is a rich, heavy but penetrating
oil that is full of nutritive and therapeutic components. Avocado oil contains
more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids. It contains vitamins A, C, D
and E, proteins, beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids and the "youth mineral"
potassium. Avocado oil is high in sterolins which are reputed to be beneficial
in reducing age spots, healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the
skin. Excellent for dry or mature skins, or people suffering from eczema or
psoriasis, and is very useful when treating sun or climate damaged skin that is
dehydrated and undernourished as it is said to help with regenerating the skin
and softening the tissue.
Beeswax (Apis mellifera) - Beeswax comes
from the honeycomb of virgin bees. Bees process honey form the nectar and then
convert it into wax. Ten pounds of honey produces one pound of wax. It has a
honey like fragrance. Used as an emulsifier to soften and protect the skin.
Emulsifiers keep the skin care product from separating.
Camphor Essential Oil - Antiseptic,
anti-inflammatory. Cooling and soothing.
Castor USP (Ricinus communis) - Castor oil
is extracted from the sees of the castor plant. Commonly used commercially in
50% of lipsticks in the United States. Creates a protective barrier on the skin
and is soothing. Castor oil is part alcohol and part oil. It is mainly composed
of ricinoleic acid (87%), a fatty acid with an unusual molecular structure. Also
known as Palm Christi Oil.
Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) - A very rich
emollient used to smooth and protect the skin in all seasons. Coconut oil brings
not only temporary relief to the skin, but aids in healing and repairing. It has
lasting benefits, unlike most lotions, and can help bring back a youthful
appearance. Coconut oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells,
making the skin smoother. Skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy
"shine". Coconut oil penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and
strengthens underlying tissues. Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling of
the skin. Helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes.
Cornstarch (Zea mays) - Used as an absorbent
and to increase the viscosity in aqueous products. Can be used in emulsions to
improve the feel or decrease greasiness. Widely used food starch product. Food
Cucumber - Known for its astringent and
soothing properties it is an ingredient often found in facial creams, lotions,
and cleansers. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory agent (slices placed
over puffy eyes can reduce swelling).
Cucumber Extract (Cucumis sativus extract) -
An extract with anti-inflammatory actions and skin tightening properties.
Emulsifying Wax (Emulsifying Wax NF) - A
product that is used as a binder in toiletries made with oil and water to bind
(emulsify) the oil and water together and keep them from separating. There are
several products on the market now being sold under the common name of
emulsifying wax or as "ewax", but unless these products meet the NF (National
Formulary) specifications they cannot be listed as Emulsifying Wax NF in your
ingredient declaration. Those products being sold as "emulsifying wax" could be
anything, but most likely they're blends of a fatty alcohol(s) and some
ethoxylated fatty alcohol. Sometimes these materials could be blended with other
emulsifiers. Some common waxy substances that are used to emulsify water and
oils include: Cetyl Alcohol (and) Stearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl
Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Stearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol
(and) Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Steareth-30 (and) Ceteth-20. So be
sure to determine what it is exactly you are using.
Essential Oil of Sweet Oranges - Obtained
from pressed orange peels, sweet orange essential oil is a superior non-toxic
cleansing agent with an extremely appealing fragrance.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Top quality olive
oil, produced from the first pressing of the olives and extracted without the
use of chemical treatments.
Glycerin, Vegetable - Vegetable Glycerin is
obtained by adding alkalies to fats and fixed oils. Glycerin is a soothing,
humectant, which draws moisture from the air to the skin. Glycerin is an
emollient, which makes the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce rough feeling,
cracking and irritation. Glycerin has a high hydrophilic (water) factor and a
low lipophilic (fat) factor. Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-allergenic. A
valuable cosmetic ingredient as a solvent, humectant and emollient.
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera) - Especially
good for people with problem skin, as it almost never causes any adverse
reactions for those with delicate skin. Grapeseed oil has regenerative and
restructuring virtues, which allow better control of skin moisturization.
Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well,
and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Wonderful for those with skin
sensitivities, because of its natural non-allergenic properties. Very beneficial
for skin that is dehydrated and under nourished. It is said to help with
regeneration of the skin and softening of the tissue. Ideal in lotions and other
skin preparations for oily skin. A light carrier/base oil used widely in
aromatherapy, massage and cosmetics. A rich and economical source of linoleic
acid (Omega 6).
Guar Gum - Guar gum comes from the endosperm
of the seed of the legume plant Cyamopsis tetragonolobus. Cyamopsis
tetragonolobus is an annual plant, grown in arid regions of India as a food crop
for animals. Guar gum is used as a thickener in cosmetics, sauces, salad
dressings, as an agent in ice cream that prevents ice crystals from forming, and
as a fat substitute
Honey - Honey is an intensely sweet, thick
and sticky fluid produced by bees. Honey is derived from flower pollen and
contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has been known
for its anti-microbial/antibacterial and wound healing properties for thousands
Hydrosols Flower Waters - (distillate water)
- Flower waters also known as hydrosols, hydroflorates or distillates are
products from steam distilling plant materials. They are wonderful and
inexpensive as a facial splash, as a deodorant, an air freshener, in the spa,
great for dry skin, as a compress, during massage or therapy sessions, and in
your culinary creations. They are moisturizing, fragrant, cooling and contain
similar properties as essential oils but in much less concentration.
Iron Oxide - Iron oxide and hydroxide
minerals occur in a variety of colors and have been used as pigments since
prehistoric times. Oxide minerals have given cosmetic products their wide range
of palette and color selection and FDA approved grade of iron oxides is safe for
use on sensitive skin types. Iron oxide materials yield pigments that are
nontoxic, nonbleeding, weather resistant, and lightfast. Natural iron oxides
include a combination of one or more ferrous or ferric oxides, and impurities,
such as manganese, clay, or organics.
Jojoba oil - A liquid wax derived from the
seeds of the native Jojoba plant. It is remarkably similar to human sebum and is
especially used in skin and hair care products.
Liquid Silk (Hydrolyzed Silk) - Imparts a
wonderfully silky feel to cosmetics, soaps and skin care products. Plant extract
oils and phospholipids make this silky serum a must have for dry skin. Apply it
under or over and moisturizer for a "rose petal" feel to the skin. Make-up goes
on smooth and skin looks radiant. Provides all day protection from moisture
Olive Squalane - An organic oil naturally
derived from olives. It helps prevent the formation of brown age spots, clears
eczema, dermatitis, rashes and helps heal skin that has been cracked and damaged
by solar radiation.
Optiphen - Optiphen is a paraben and
formaldehyde-free preservative. It consists of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl
Glycol. The Caprylyl Glycol is essentially a carrier base for the Phenoxyethanol.
Optiphen is a clear liquid that has no pH restrictions and is safe for use at
temperatures below 176 degrees.
Palm oil – A natural oil derived from the
tropical oil palm tree. It is extremely high in Vitamin E and is a basic
component of soaps.
Peppermint Essential Oil - Peppermint is a
natural hybrid of the spearmint and watermint plants. It is one of the first
medicinal plants known to mankind, and has been used for thousands of years.
Peppermint is high in manganese, Vitamins C and A. It helps soothe and relax
muscles when inhaled or applied topically to the skin.
Potassium Hydroxide - A caustic white solid
used in the manufacture of liquid soaps. Potassium Hydroxide, commonly called
caustic potash with formula KOH, is a caustic compound of strong alkaline
chemical dissolving readily in water, giving off much heat and forming a caustic
solution. It is a white deliquescent solid in the form of pellets Sodium
hydroxide (Caustic soda) and potassium hydroxide (Caustic potash) are the two
most important caustics. They are closely resembles in chemical properties and
applications, e.g., in manufacturing liquid soap, in bleaching, and in
Sea Kelp - One of nature’s richest source of
vitamins, organic minerals and amino acids, sea kelp is rich in nutrients and,
is an excellent stimulant and exfoliant. Sea herbs have been known to heal,
hydrate, detoxify and re-mineralize the skin. Their amino acids act as
conditioners to the skin as well.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit) – A
product of the Shea Karite tree which grows in West Africa. Traditional uses of
shea butter include: treatments for dry skin, blemishes, skin discoloration,
scars and wrinkles, a relaxer for stiff muscles, as an aid for pain from
swelling and arthritis, even as a sun screen. The high content of fatty acids
and vitamins A, E, and F make it a rich and powerful moisturizer.) - Is obtained
by cold pressing of the fruits (seeds) of the karite tree followed by a full
refining process. Shea is well known to assist coetaneous dryness, dermatitis
and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns.
Sodium Hydroxide - Also known as Lye, Sodium
Hydroxide is a very strong alkaline required to make soap. In the past, Sodium
Hydroxide was created by straining water through ashes. This was a very
unpredictable process, often yielding unexpected (and unpleasant) results in the
final soap product. When the soap making process is complete, the lye and other
ingredients are “saponified”, or transformed into soap.
Stearic Acid – Plant based emulsifying and
Tea Tree Essential Oil (maleleuca) -
Neutralizes bacteria by returning the skin's PH to its natural level.
Titanium Dioxide - Titanium Dioxide is an
inorganic natural material, which functions as a sunblock to both UVA and UVB
rays. A non-chemical, common agent used in sunscreen a product that works by
physically blocking the sun. It may be used alone or in combination with other
agents. Titanium dioxide provides electron-robbing behavior when in contact with
bacteria, stripping electrons from the organism's surface and thereby disrupting
their functioning (typically killing the bacteria when it has lost too many
electrons). Because some titanium dioxide is left behind on the skin and in the
pores, the benefit can also extend beyond the actual time of washing, helping
reduce bacterial contamination and reducing potential odors from bacteria on the
Water (Aqua) – De-ionized water.
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) - Helps maintain
smooth, soft disease-free skin; helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth,
nose, throat lungs, which helps reduce our susceptibility to infections;
protects against air pollutants and contaminants; helps improve eye sight and
counteracts night-blindness; aids in bone and teeth formation; improves skin
elasticity, moisture content and suppleness; and helps reverse the signs of
photo-aging. A lack of vitamin A can cause skin to become dry and hardened.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate) - The Vitamin
E family is well known for its antioxidant capabilities. Antioxidants protect
vital cell structures by neutralizing molecules called “free radicals”. Free
radicals are unstable molecules produced from sources like air pollution,
radiation, and peroxides.
Wheat Germ Oil (Triticum vulgare) – A
natural preservative. Very high in Vitamin E and also contains Vitamin A and D.
It supports the skins natural process of regeneration; aids muscle and lymph
function and is particularly valuable for treating dry, aging skin.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) - Made
from the leaves and twigs a common wild scrub found in the woods with a long
history of traditional and alternative medicine uses. Also used in the treatment
of hemorrhoids, burns and fevers. Known to be soothing skin freshener, used as a
local anesthetic, astringent, pore tightening and anti-inflammatory. Relieves
itching, soothes skin irritations, and is good for stings. Witch Hazel is a
strong anti-oxidant, great for mature skins, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial,
anti-fungal. Especially recommended for acne, mature, or damaged skin. Heals
cracked or blistered skin and is extremely good for soothing eczema and
psoriasis. An anti-inflammatory, scar preventative, and is an effective wound
wash and antiseptic. Works well on bug bits and stings.
Xanthan Gum - Thickening agent.
Zinc Oxide - Derived from the mineral
zincite, zinc oxide is used in ointments, creams and lotions to protect skin
from harmful UVA and UVB rays of sunlight.