When browsing through skincare product labels, you may come across unfamiliar ingredient names. It's important to understand what these ingredients are and how they contribute to the formulation. In this blog post, we'll shed light on some common ingredients we use, including Leucidal, Geogard, Optiphen, and Ecomulse. We'll also explain how you'll see them listed on product labels, ensuring you can make informed decisions about the skincare products you choose.
Understanding INCI: Before we dive into the ingredients, it's worth mentioning the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI). INCI is a standardized system for naming cosmetic ingredients. It ensures consistency across different products and simplifies ingredient identification. To learn more about INCI and how to decipher ingredient names, check out our blog post .
Leucidal: Leucidal is a natural preservative derived from fermented radish root. It helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold in skincare products. On the label, you'll commonly find it listed as "Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate," which refers to the fermented filtrate of radish root with Leuconostoc kimchii. Leucidal is often used in natural and organic formulations due to its eco-friendly and plant-derived nature.
Geogard ECT: Geogard ECT is a unique combination of ingredients, including benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, glycerin, and sorbic acid. It is a broad-spectrum preservative that is well accepted in a wide range of personal care products. On product labels, you may see it listed as "Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic Acid." Geogard ECT helps prevent microbial growth, ensuring the safety and longevity of the product. Our most used preservative can be found in most of our products. It is an excellent choice, used at a 1% usage rate, providing gentle and effective protection. Find our favorites here.
Optiphen: Optiphen is a widely used preservative system in skincare formulations. It is a blend of multiple ingredients, including phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, and sorbic acid. On the label, you'll typically find it listed as "Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid." Optiphen provides broad-spectrum protection against microbial growth, maintaining the product's integrity and safety.
Ecomulse: Ecomulse is an emulsifier used in skincare products to blend water and oil-based ingredients. It helps create stable and smooth formulations. On the label, you may see it listed as "Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate." This blend of ingredients facilitates the formation of stable emulsions, ensuring the proper mixing of water and oil components in the product. Any product that is emulsified uses this powerful emulsifier. It is non-comedogenic which means its perfect for face or body! Experience the luxurious power of ecomulse!
Other Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) known for its exfoliating and acne-fighting properties.
Potassium Sorbate: Potassium Sorbate is a preservative commonly used in skincare products. It helps inhibit the growth of microorganisms, ensuring product safety and longevity. On product labels, you'll typically find it listed as "Potassium Sorbate." It is often used in conjunction with other preservatives to provide additional protection against spoilage.
Sodium Benzoate: Sodium Benzoate is another preservative commonly found in skincare formulations. It helps prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi, maintaining the product's freshness and stability. On product labels, you'll typically find it listed as "Sodium Benzoate
Understanding the ingredients in your skincare products empowers you to make informed choices. By familiarizing yourself with ingredient names and their functions, you can better understand how these products may benefit your skin.
Remember, if you want to dive deeper into understanding INCI and decoding ingredient names, be sure to check out our blog post . Stay informed and feel confident in your skincare journey!