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Sep 8, 2015

Other Names of Natural Ingredients

While reading the labels on the back of your personal care products, do you feel the guilt of not paying attention in your high school science class? Or your total ignorance of anything Latin? Long names and unpronounceable words can be intimidating right? Lol

You are not alone! I was never a science student so I always get woozy from long scientific words, but my foray into skincare has made it necessary to cram the scientific or Latin names of some common skincare ingredient so I know what I am putting on my skin.

My chemicals to avoid list covers lots of toxic ingredients you should know to stay away from but what about those healthy, natural products that might be disguised with 'ugly' and odd looking names? Don’t be afraid...Its just Science or Latin!


Check out some of these natural skincare ingredients and other names that might be used for them on product labels;

  • Olea Europaea - Olive Oil
  • Coco Nuciferas - Coconut Oil
  • Morus Alba - Mulberry leave extract
  • 5-hydroxy-2-hydroxymethyl-4-pyrone - Kojic Acid or Kojic Acid Depalmitate
  • Hydrogen monoxide / Aqua – Plain and simple; this is the scientific name for water. Don’t be afraid of a little H2O!
  • Macelignan – An ingredient from Nutmeg also used in anti-aging products to reduce the visibility of wrinkles.  
  • 1- Propanediol – A corn-based humectant that may be superior to other humectants such as butylene glycol.
  • 2-Phenylethanol – An organic compound derived from essential oils like rose, orange blossom and geranium used as a natural preservative because of its antimicrobial properties.
  • 3-Artocarpus incies – Extracted from Thai breadfruit and used as a skin-lightening agent that may be better than Kojic acid an alternative to toxic hydroquinone. 

For example, below is what the label of an egg would look like;

Does it mean it is not safe to eat eggs? of course not! Lol.  Even if you’re like me and run from scientific jargon, don’t be fooled by intimidating names. There are lots of articles and blogs about what toxic ingredient names you should know like the back of your hand but it’s also important to stay informed as a consumer so that you don’t scare yourself out of choosing the right product.

What scientific names did you discover on your personal care products label that were actually natural and beneficial? Leave your comments and let me know.

Until next post.  Remain beautiful,


  1. Hi Onome, I sent a mail to your box. Please do check and revert. Thank you.

  2. @ Onome do you sell some of the products you talk about, like the Glytone gel wash and bentonite clay? If not where can I get them? tnx


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