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Adriene Arpel - Aminogenesis - Avon Self-taut - Caudalie - Cellex-C - Cellusculpt - Cle de Peau - Crinagen - Crystalescience Lip Serum - Clarins Cellulite control - Creme de la Mer - DDF - DermaDoctor - Dr. Brandt - Dr. Denese - Eminence Organic - Estee Lauder - Fair and Flawless body lightening - Freeze 24/7- Green Cream - Hydroderm - Hylexin - Isomers - Juice Beauty - Juvena - Lancome - Laura Mercier - Lip Fusion XL - L'Oreal - MD Formulations - Murad - Murad cellulite - Nectifirm - Neostrata - Osmotics eye surgery - Patricia Wexler, M.D. - N.V. Perricone, M.D. - philosophy - Prevage - Re Vive - Revivogen - Scar So Soft - Shiseido - SkinCeuticals - Skin Medica (TNS) - Theamine - Transculp XR - Eye area creams (Hylexin and others)

Guide to this table... 

Actives and possible actives
We suggest


Idebenone, sodium PCA, glycosaminoglycans, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, tocopherol, cholesterol, ceramide III

Coenzyme Q10, Canvas cream base (provides glycosaminoglycans), anti-Ox booster (supplies alpha-D-tocopherol), rosehip oil (linolenic and linoleic acids).


Water, glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract, sunflower seed oil, hesperidin methyl chalcone, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, dipeptide-2, hydrosuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, steareth-20, stearic acid, polyglyceryl-3, beeswax, triethanolamine phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben isobutylparaben

Ready to use SAS Bright-I cream or Canvas base cream, de-puff (hesperidin methyl chalcone palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 dipeptide-2), chrysin, Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) extract.

Murad Cellulite and stretch mark kit

Paulinia cupana seed extract, cysteic acid, carnitine, lactic acid, retinol, caffeine, atelocollagen, Centella asiatica extract

SAS cellulite control cream (contains the caffeine in Paulinia cupana), or get Canvas base cream plus carnitine, pumpkin bioferment (for exfoliation, replacing retinol, glycolic and lactic acids), natural active peptides, Centella asiatica, green tea caffein, L-carnitine, glutathione (better than cysteic acid).

Clarins Cellulite Control


Skin Actives cellulite control cream

Aminogenesis Cocoon

Water, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, stearic acid, L-lysine monohydrochloride, L-histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate, L-arginine monohydrochloride, L-aspartic acid, L-threonine, L-serine, L-glutamine, L-proline, glycine, L-alanine, L-valine, L-methionine, L-isoleucine, L-leucine, L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, N-acetyl-L-tyrosine, polysorbate 60, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, dimethicone, carbomer, triethanolamine, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, diazolidinyl urea, fragrance.

Skin Actives marine cream or Canvas base cream plus sea kelp bioferment and Dermagen (to supply amino acids).

Cle de Peau

Water, glycerin, petrolatum, butylene glycol, arbutin, squalene, pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate, xylitol, jojoba, behenyl alcohol, PET-60 glyceryl isostearate, dimethicone, PEG-6, PEG-32, stearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, isostearic acid, microcrystalline wax, ethylparaben, lauryl betaine, fragrance, polyvinyl alcohol, butylparaben, alcohol, fig extract, licorice extract, carbomer, trisodium EDTA, serine, citric acid, soy sterol, potassium ascorbyl tocopheryl phosphate, disodium adenosine triphosphate, sodium metabisulfite, sodium hyaluronate, St. John's wort extract, Chinese blackberry, tocopherol, chestnut rose, cat's claw.

Canvas base cream (much nicer than petrolatum!!!, with jojoba and sodium hyaluronate), arbutin, soy isoflavones, anti-Ox booster (with natural tocopherol).


Note: the ingredients list in Cle de Peau does not make sense because they do not seem to be in order of conecntration but I do not have a better list.


Water; polysorbate 20; azelaic acid; zinc acetate hydrate; niacin; pyridoxal-5-phosphate; saw palmetto extract; Ginkgo biloba, fragrance.

Sea kelp bioferment, niacinamide, saw palmetto, grape seed proanthocyanidins.


Palmitoyl oligopeptide, tea leaf extract, epidermal growth factor

Skin Actives anti-age cream or Canvas base cream plus Palmitoyl pentapeptide, EGCG from green tea, epidermal growth factor.

ReVive eye renewal cream

Water, glycerin, sodium polyacrylate, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed wheat protein, butylene glycol, dimethicone, dimethiconol, tetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamine, recombinage, sodium carboxymethyl betaglucan, carboxymethyl cellulose, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, bisabolol, panthenol, allantoin, propylene glycol isocetheth-3 acetate, carbomer, sclerotium gum, PVP, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben.

Skin Actives Bright-I cream or Canvas base cream, aloe vera gel, EGF.


I guess sodium carboxymethyl betaglucan sounds better than carboxymethyl cellulose, the real name, a thickener. I also have to guess what recombinage means, probably an EGF containing solution.

Caudalie Lifting Serum with Grapevine Resveratrol

Water, glycereth-26, oat protein, rose flower water, propylene glycol, methyl gluceth-20, dimethicone, squalene, phenoxyethanol, grape (?), orange flower extract, sunflower seed extract, alfalfa extract, witch hazel extract, ceramide III, ceramide III B, lecithin, xanthan gum, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, methylparaben, caprylic/capric triglyceride, acrylates/C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, triethanolamine, sodium lauroyl lactylate, panthenol, tetrasodium EDTA, sodium hyaluronate, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, sodium benzoate, PEG-40, hydrogenated castor oil, carbomer, isobutylparaben, polysorbate 80.

SAS "let's make collagen" serum or sea kelp bioferment plus hyaluronic acid, grape seed proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, anti-Ox booster .


Ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, amino acids, flavonoids, sodium hyaluronate, Sylibum marianum (milk thistle) extract, grape seed extract, ergothioneine, tocopheryl acetate.

SAS CHAS serum or ascorbic acid, coconut endosperm, sea kelp bioferment, silymarin, grape seed anthocyanidins,anti-Ox booster (supplies alpha-D-tocopherol and more), glutathione (instead of ergothioneine).

Cellex-C serum for sensitive skin

Water, ascorbic acid, acetyl tyrosine, zinc sulfate, sodium hyaluronate, pine bark extract.

SAS CHAS serum or sprinkle some ascorbic acid on water. mix, apply to skin using some cotton wool. Use fresh, preferably after a shower or bath.


Water, propylene glycol, isoceteth-3 acetate, lauryl lactate, glyceryl polymethacrylate, glycerin, corn starch, perilla seed oil, PPG-2 isoceteth-20 acetate, magnesium silicate, caffeine, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Bupleurum falcatum extract, phytol, Lagerstromia indica, carnitine, Panax gingseng root extract, mallow extract, inulin, xymeninic acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, menthyl lactate, carbomer, butylene glycol, PEG-8, menthol, phospholipids, PVM/MA, phospholipids, benzyl alcohol, EDTA, methylparaben, sodium hydroxide, polysorbate 20, ethylparaben, fragrance, choleth-24, ceteth-24.

SAS cellulite control cream or Canvas base cream plus L-carnitine. Most of the other ingredients in Cellusculpt are fillers, while menthol is included to "sting", an nerve response that gives the user the illusion of fast action.

Creme de la Mer

Seaweed algae extract, zinc gluconate, vitamins, sodium hyaluronate, linoleic acid, minerals, birch extract, dipotassium glycyrrhicinate, chamomile, tocotrienol, Centella asiatica.

SAS Marine cream or SAS marine kit or Canvas base cream plus sea kelp bioferment, Centella asiatica, anti-Ox booster (with tocotrienols), white liquorice extract, bisabolol.

Crystalescience Lip Serum

Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, cholesteryl nonanoate, cholesteryl chloride, rose rip oil, aloe vera oil, Maxi Lip (ethylhexyl palmitate, tribehenin, sorbitan isostearate, palmitoyl-oligopeptide), tocopheryl acetate, peppermint, orange oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, bergamot oil, mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide. May Contain: Carmine

Liquid rainbow (includes anti-Ox booster eucalyptus essential oil), rosehip seed oil. See our essential oil selection.

DDF RMX Maximum

Water, colostrum (bovine?), palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl oligopeptide, acetyl hexapeptide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, glycoproteins-Y28, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, hexylene glycol, methyl pyrrolidone, hydrolyzed vegetable protein CR, hydrolyzed vegetable protein CS, hydrolyzed rice protein CI, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, glycerin, anise fruit Extract, polysorbate 80, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, genistein, Aminobutyric Acid, ergothioneine, sodium PCA, Yeast Extract, inulin lauryl carbonate, retinyl palmitate, xanthan gum, allantoin, bisabolol, disodium EDTA, panthenol, phytonadione, prasterone, tocopherol, pine bark extract, ubiquinone, acetyl cysteine, grape seed extract.

Canvas base cream, bovine colostrum (buy as powder),palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, hyaluronic acid, soy isoflavones (genistein), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, GABA (aminobutyric acid), retinyl acetate, glutathione (instead of ergothioneine and acetyl cysteine), idebenone (instead of ubiquinone, CoQ10), resveratrol, grape seed proanthocyanidins), white liquorice extract (instead of bisabolol and allantoin).

DDF Cellular revitalization age renewal

Water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, C 12-15 alkyl benzoate, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, shea butter, Guerbet ester ??? (octyldodecyl ricinoleate?), dimethicone, {sodium acrylate/acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80}, isononyl isononanoate, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, propylene glycol, polyglyceryl-6 isostearate, PEG-100 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, hydroxyethylcellulose, clover flower extract, black cohosh root extract, soybean sterol, linseed seed oil, disodium EDTA, milk protein, carrot seed oil, genistein, prasterone (DHEA), panthenol, glucose, retinyl palmitate, ceramide-3, ceramide 1, phytosphingosine, cholesterol}, copper gluconate, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, fragrance.

Canvas base cream, soy isoflavones, wild yam extract, retinyl acetate, rosehip oil.


Errors in the labeling make it difficult to identify precisely some ingredients but they are not actives.

Estee Lauder

Re-Nutriv , Perfectionist

Mulberry root, Siegesbeckia orientalis extract, Narcissus tazetta bulb extract, clary sage extract, liquorice root extract, Centella asiatica extract, yeast lysate extract, wheat germ extract, aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate, milk thistle extract, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, tocopheryl acetate, cholesterol, linoleic acid, sodium hyaluronate.

Canvas base cream (with sodium hyaluronate),Centella asiatica, white liquorice extract, silymarin, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, grape seed proanthocyanidins, sea kelp bioferment, ascorbic acid, anti-Ox booster (for natural tocopherols), rosehip oil (for linoleic acid), clary sage essential oil.

Freeze 24/7

Anti-wrinkle: water, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, panthenol, Aloe barbadensis leaf Juice, Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract, aminobutryic acid, ethoxydiglycol, eugenol, hydroxydecyl ??, squalene, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, honey, butylene glycol, Camelia sinensis leaf extract, alpha lipoic acid, Lupinus albus seed extract, Thymus serpillum extract, tocopheryl acetate, benzoic acid, Lonicera Japonica (honeysuckle) leaf extract, bismuthoxychloride

Canvas base cream, sea kelp bioferment, anti-Ox booster , Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract, GABA, EGCG from green tea, alpha lipoic acid.

Green Cream

Water, ethanol, glycerine, aloe vera gel,octyldodecanol, retinol & polysorbate 20, cucumber extract, butylene glycol, cetyl dimethicone copolyol, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, tocopherol, acrylates/C10-C30 crosspolymer, tea-carbomer, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, propylparaben, methylparaben, disodium edta, may contain FD&C yellow 5, red 40, blue1,red 3.

Canvas base cream, retinyl acetate, sea kelp bioferment, EGCG, niacinamide.


I have nothing against color, but what's the fun of calling a cream green and then making it green with artificial coloring?


Water, Collagen (marine), octyl phenol ethoxylate (emulsifier) phenoxyethanol, Methyl Paraben, Ethyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben, Isobutyl Paraben, ethanol, Serum Protein, Purified water, PRE Complex, Sodium Methylparaben, Imidezolidinyl Urea, Trisodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid and Ascorbic Acid.



The ingredient list provided by Hydroderm does not comply with FDA rules so I had to guess what is in it.

Isomers Carnosine+ antioxidant complex

Water, Butryrospermum parkii (shea butter), caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl alcohol, butylene glycol, polysorbate 60, carnosine, Phyllantus emblica (amla) Extract, resveratrol, Pinus taeda (pine) bark extract, lecithin, dimethicone, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben

Canvas base cream, carnosine, resveratrol, anti-Ox booster .

Isomers Skin Brightening Complex II

Water, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Phyllantus Emblica Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract, Dimethicone, Polydodecanamideaminium, Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Polyoxymethylene Urea, Xanthan , Gum, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Canvas base cream, niacinamide, liquorice extract

Isomers Hydrafirm Plus

Water Cococaprylate/Caprate, Octyl Dodecanol, Ceteareth 20, Aloe Vera Extract, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Arnica Extract, Barley Extract, Wild Yam Extract, Glycosaminoglycans, Lactic Acid, Urea, Alanine, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben.

Canvas base cream, sea kelp bioferment, wild yam extract, natural active peptides

Isomers Perfecting lotion

Water, Cococaprylate/Caprate, Octyl Dodecanol, Ceteareth 20, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Vera Extract, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Licorice Extract, Glycerin, Urea, Alanine, Arginine, Kojic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Canvas base cream, white willow bark extract with salicylic acid, sea kelp bioferment, liquorice extract, natural active peptides, kojic acid

Juice Beauty Antioxidant serum

Deionized Water, Sea Algae Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Aloe Vera, Green Tea Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Squalane, Rosewater, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Extracts Of Nettle & Rosebud, Wheat Germ Oil, Borage Oil, Oat Beta Glucan, Xanthan Gum, Phospholipids, Superoxide Dismutase, Vitamins A & E, Pure Essential Oils Of Bulgarian Rose Absolute & Rosewood.

Sea kelp bioferment, Dermagen (active peptides plus hylauronic acid), superoxide dismutase, a few drops of anti-Ox booster. Add a few drops of rosehip oil if your skin feels dry.

Juice Beauty Redness reducing serum

White Grape Juice,Red Raspberry Juice & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumber Extract, Extracts Of Licorice Root, Bearberry Leaf, Red Raspberry Leaf, Calendula Officinalis Flower & Matricaria Chamomilla Flower, Algae Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Evening Primrose, Linseed Seed & Borage Seed oils, Sesame Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Potassium Sorbate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, lavender, Blue Chamomile & Roman Chamomile Essential Oils.

Grape seed proanthocyanidins, Dermagen (active peptides plus hylauronic acid), sea kelp bioferment, glutathione, chrysin, a few drops of lipophilic antioxidants.. Add a few drops of rosehip oil if your skin feels dry.

Juvena Juvedical Renewing Serum

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 39-C (Alcohol Denat.), Panthenol, Chitosan, Biotin, Lysine Hydrochloride, Threonine, Arginine, Serine, Histidine, Glycine, Trytophan, Folic Acid, Propylene Glycol, glyceryl polymethacrylate, Sodium Carbomer, Xantham Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucose, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben.

Dermagen, sea kelp bioferment, coconut endosperm.


Yam extract, retinyl palmitate, sodium hyaluronate, passion fruit extract, tomato extract, beech extract, ascorbyl glucoside, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate.

Soy isoflavones, Canvas base cream (with sodium hyaluronate), anti-Ox booster (with tomato lycopene).

Lancome Absolue Nights

Water, glycerin, shea butter, cetearyl alcohol, hydrogenated isobutene, denatured alcohol, silica, cyclohexasiloxane, carnauba wax, cyclopentasiloxane, petrolatum, glyceryl stearate, PEG-20, C13-14 isoparaffin, tocopherol, liquorice extract, Padina pavonica extract, hydrolized lupine protein, phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 stearate, polyacrylamide, wild yam root extract, demiethiconol, dimethyl isosorbide, propylparaben, capriloyl salicylic acid, paraffin, Morus bombycis root extract, cetearyl glucoside, butylene glycol, methyl paraben, octyldodecanol, tetrasodium EDTA, laureth-7, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, hexyldecanol, soybean protein, fragrance, yellow 6/CI 15985, yellow 5/CI 19140, red 4/CI 14700, B6720/2

Canvas base cream, white liquorice extract, anti-Ox booster, wild yam extract, soy isoflavones, white willow extract,

Laura Mercier

Multi-Vitamin Serum Phase 1: Water, Glycerin, glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyathea medullaris (fern) extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8, Ceramide 2, butylene glycol, oat kernel extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Soybean seed Extract, Ceramide 3, Polysorbate 20, Shea butter, Jewelweed leaf Extract, Green Tea extract, Acrylates/C-10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Propylene glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. Multi-Vitamin Serum Phase 2: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Petrolatum, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Grape (Vitis Vinefera) Seed Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol.

Multi-Vitamin Serum Phase 1: Dermagen, niacinamide, soy isoflavones, green tea EGCG.

Multi-Vitamin Serum Phase: Canvas base cream, rosehip oil, anti-Ox booster .


Note: some plant extracts seem to be added for novelty and "label value", their usefulness is doubtful.

Lip Fusion XL

Polybutene, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Silyate, Triisostearoyl Citrate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Flavor (Aroma), Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Menthoxypropanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben.

Liquid rainbow lip formula.

Dermagen (applied separately, it will not mix with the liquid rainbow). Add some honey or artificial sweetener if desired.

L'Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Filler

Water; glycerin; squalane; shea butter; cyclohexasiloxane; aluminum starch octenylsuccinate; Poly C10-30 alkyl acrylate; sucrosestearate; beeswax; cyclopentasiloxane; sodium polyacrylate; stearic acid; silica; paraffin; dipropylene glycol; tocopheryl acetate; acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer; pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate; dimethiconol; manganese gluconate; Padina pavonica extract; Boswellia serrata extract; sodium hyaluronate; atelocollagen; sodium hydroxide; methylparaben; propylparaben; chlorphenesin; phenoxyethanol; fragrance; butylphenylmethylpropional; alpha-isomethylionone; hydroxyisohexyl3-Cyclohexene carboxaldehyde; benzyl salicylate; linalool; hexylcinnamal; silica dimethylsilylate; sodium chondroitin sulfate; citronellol

Canvas base cream, natural active peptides, Boswellia serrata extract, hyaluronic acid, anti-Ox booster..

MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Serum

Purified Water, Glycerin, Urea, Cyclomethicone (and) Polysilicone-11 Lactic Acid, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceramide 3, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Cholesterol, Millet Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Bisabolol, green tea extract, tocopherol, Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Cellulose, Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Canvas base cream, Dermagen, rosehip oil, liquorice extract, anti-Ox booster , superoxide dismutase,


Epidermal growth factor, wheat germ extract, hydrolyzed lupine protein, shiitake mushroom extract, acetyl hexapeptide-3, glycosaminoglycans, manganese gluconate, olive fruit extract, Iris florentina root extract, yam root extract, soybean sterols, pomegranate extract, allantoin, lecithin, Juniperus viginiana oil, sage oil, chamomile essential oil

Epidermal growth factor BT, coconut endosperm, natural active peptides, soy isoflavones, sea kelp bioferment, Canvas base cream (with sodium hyaluronate), chamomile essential oil, cedarwood oil.

Natura Bisse Dermafill

Water (aqua), cyclopentasiloxane, black tea ferment, glycerin, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, acetyl glutamyl heptapeptide-1, anise extract, ceramide 2, PEG-10 rapeseed sterol, sodium hyaluronate, tribehenin, tetrahydropiperine, palmitoyl oligopeptide, isoparaffin C-13-14, dimethiconol, hydroxyethylcellulose, propylene glycol, fragrance (parfum), polyacrylamide, ethoxdiglycol, menthyl PCA, triethanolamine, laureth-7, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, disodium edta, lauryl PCA, caramel, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylene glycol, imidazolidinyl urea

Sea kelp bioferment, green tea EGCG, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, hyaluronic acid.


sandalwood extract, yeast extract, sweet almond seed extract, Tricaprylin, Glycerin, Cetyl esters, Phellodendron amurense bark extract, Lauryl lactate, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate citrate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 stearate, Dihydromyricetin, Glyceryl stearate, Palmitoyl tripeptide-3, Squalane, barley extract, Cetearyl alcohol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Ceramide 2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, Algae extract, bamboo extract, Steareth-20, idebenone, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, palmitoyl oligopeptide, pea extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Polysorbate 60, glucosamine HCI, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, Ceteareth-20, PEG-10 rapeseed sterol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl glycol, Tribehenin, Diazolidinyl urea, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, xanthan gum, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, fragrance.

Canvas base cream, Dermagen (peptides plus hyaluronic acid), idebenone, quercetin, sea kelp bioferment, soy isoflavones.


Gluconolactone, lactobionic (galactogluconic acid) acid, meadowfoam seed oil, algae extract, sodium hyaluronate.

Pumpkin peel bioferment.

SAS comment: Neostrata is a chemical peel, we suggest our enzymatic peel as replacement. If you have acne problems, go for willow bark extract.


Glycosaminoglycans, mango seed butter, sodium hyaluronate, willowherb extract, tocopheryl acetate, ivy extract, glucosamine HCI, pomegranate extract, green tea extract, grape seed oil, tomato extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, palmitoyl pentapeptide 3, phytonadione, tocopherol, algae extract, arnica extract, panthenol, urea, retinyl palmitate, allantoin, shea butter.

Canvas base cream, anti-Ox booster, pomegranate seed oil, ascorbic acid, natural active peptides, EGCG from green tea, sea kelp bioferment, coconut endosperm, Centella asiatica.

Perricone, M.D.

Alpha lipoic acid, neuropeptides (please replace with GABA), tocotrienols.

Alpha lipoic acid, GABA, DMAE bitartrate, anti-Ox booster . If you tell us your objectives we will help you choose from these actives.

Perricone Neuropeptide facial serum prep

Water, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Magnesium Aspartate And Zinc Gluconate (And) Copper Gluconate, PEG-400, Neuropeptide CL-F5, Phenoxyethanol (And) Methylparaben (And) Ethylparaben (And) Butylparaben (And), Propylparaben (And) Isopropylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance).

Cream or lotion, DMAE, sea kelp bioferment (to supply the metals Zn and Cu), GABA (to smooth the skin).

Notes: DMEA will liquefy the cream. The neuropeptides used by Perricone are not mentioned in the scientific literature.

Vitamin C ester eye area therapy

Cyclomethicone, Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, Squalane, Tocopheryl acetate, Tocotrienols, Bisabolol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE).

Canvas base cream, anti-Ox booster , EGCG from green tea (hydrophilic antioxidant), DMEA.

Note: DMEA will liquefy the cream.

Vitamin C Ester Amine Complex Face Lift

Water, tyrosine, urea, isopropyl palmitate, DMAE, DMAE glycolate, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, sodium carboxymethyl betaglucan, tocopheryl acetate, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, zinc sulfate, ethoxydiglycol, propylene glycol, green tea extract, diazolidinyl urea, allantoin, bisabolol, methylparaben, citric acid, ascorbyl palmitate, tocotrienols, pyridoxine HCl, pantethine, propylparaben, disodium EDTA, BHT, sodium hyaluronate.

Canvas base cream with hyaluronic acid, anti-Ox booster , EGCG from green tea (hydrophilic antioxidant), DMEA.

Note: DMEA will liquefy the cream. You can also use our sea kelp bioferment as base, or even aloe vera gel or juice.

Skin Medica (TNS)

Human fibroblast conditioned media, ascorbic acid, aloe vera leaf juice, algae extract, sodium hyaluronate,allantoin, pyridoxine dipalmitate, retinyl palmitate, tocopherol, cholecalciferol, beta carotene, rice bran extract (tocotrienols), quebracho ferment, stearyl glycyrrhetinate.

Canvas base cream (with sodium hyaluronate), epidermal growth factor BT, coconut endosperm, sea kelp bioferment, hyaluronic acid, anti-Ox booster (carotenes, tocotrienols), niacinamide, retinyl acetate.

Skin Medica TNS Illuminating Eye Cream

Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate.

EGF BT, natural active peptides, chrysin, Canvas base cream.


Centella asiatica extract, tomato extract, Portulaca oleracea extract

Centella asiatica, lycopene, Canvas base cream .

Avon Self-Taut cellulite control gel

Caffeine, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Carnitine, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Ivy (Hedera Helix) Extract, Kelp (Macrocystis Pyrifera) Extract.

Caffeine (green tea), Lipocare, L-carnitine, sea kelp bioferment.

Origins no puffery

Water, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, polysorbate 80, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Poria cocos extract, yeast extract , cucumber extract, aloe vera leaf juice, phytosphingosine, rose, chamomile, cucumber, galbanum, elemi, lemon and orange essential oils, castor bean seed oil, glycerin, caffeine, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium citrate, disodium EDTA, hinokitiol (antibacterial), sodium dehydroacetate, potassium sorbate, chlorphenesin, benzoic acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben.

Poria cocos is a mushroom, its extract seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. Use liquorice extract instead.

philosophy the big skinny (cellulite)

Caffeine, guarana seed extract, creosote bush extract, carnitine, tea oil camellia seed extract, tocotrienol, tea leaf powder, cysteic acid, pantethene-S-sulfonate, sea kelp extract,.

Caffeine from green tea, Lipocare, L-carnitine, sea kelp bioferment, glutathione, anti-Ox booster (carotenes, tocotrienols).

philosophy Deep crease relief

Centella asiatica extract, tomato extract, purslane extract, Jiaogulan

Centella asiatica, anti-Ox booster (with tomato lycopene), Jiaogulan.

philosophy hope and a prayer

Ascorbic acid, panthenol, zinc PCA, copper PCA, tea oil camellia extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, arginine, cysteine HCI, aloe vera gel.

Ascorbic acid, EGCG from green tea, glutathione, sea kelp bioferment.

philosophy hope in a jar

Water, glycerin, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, cholesterol, arachidonic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, propylene glycol, aloe vera leaf extract, cucumber fruit extract, chamomille essential oil, hydrolyzed elastin, soluble collagen, sage oil, lavender oil, triethanolamine, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, diazolidinyl urea.

Canvas base cream, anti-Ox booster, liquid crystal, rosehip oil (for linolenic and linoleic acids), aloe vera juice (buy anywhere), Dermagen, chamomile essential oil.

Adrien Arpel C Source Vitamin C Facial Treatment Capsules

Ascorbic acid; tocopheryl acetate; bisabolol.

Ascorbic acid, anti-Ox booster (carotenes, tocotrienols).

ASA comment: there is very little ascorbic acid in these capsules, as the main ingredients are cyclomethicone;glycereth-7 triacetate; PEG-20 and PEG-8

Dr Brandt Skin Release

Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA)


Two "tricks of the trade": xanthan gum will stretch the skin as it dries (egg white and other proteins are sometimes used for this purpose). Eugenol, an irritant, will make the client "feel" as if something is happening. Real change happens more slowly

Dr Brandt R3P

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Sodium PCA & Betaine & Sorbitol & Glycine & Alanine & Proline & Serine & Threonine & Arginine & Lysine & Glutamic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate Polypeptide, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis, Lavender Oil, Tocopherol Polypeptide.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis) EGCG, water (instead of Argireline, acetyl hexapeptide-3), chamomile essential oil, sea kelp bioferment (source of amino acids), retinyl acetate, grape seed (Vitis vinifera) proanthocyanidins, lavender essential oil, anti-Ox booster .

Dr Brandt A Cream

Retinyl Palmitate, Camellia Oleifera Seed (?) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Oil, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil.

Retinyl acetate, green tea (Camellia oleifera) EGCG, grape seed (Vitis vinifera) proanthocyanidins, chamomile essential oil, lavender essential oil.

Note: ingredient lists often contain errors. Often they are honest mistakes, sometimes they mispell names so that the customer will not notice that the product contains an unattractive ingredient or to make an ingredient sound more sophisticated.

Dr Denese skin recovery serum with hydroshield

Dimethicone, soybean seed extract, ceramides, retinol, tocopherol, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, octyl (ethylhexyl)cocoate, saflower seed oil, marshmallow root extract, balm mint extract, Betula alba leaf extract, coltsfoot leaf extract, horsetail extract, wheat protein extract, St. John's root extract,chamomile extract, nettle extract, clover flower extract, rosemary extract, sage leaf extract, thyme extract, yarrow extract, lecithin, glycolipids, phenoxythanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben and isobutolparaben.

Canvas base cream, rosehip oil, antiOx booster, Dermagen, chamomile essential oil.

The "hydroshield" is the dimethicone, a silicone.

Eminence Organic Skin Care

Stone crop masque

Stone crop juice, stone crop pulp, honey, citric acid, soyamine (amine derivatives of soy fatty acids), glycerin, pectin, carboxymethylcellulose water, salicylic acid.


Stone crop whip moisturizer

Stone crop juice, yarrow oil, wheat germ oil, glycerin, chlorophyll, copper, spring water, liquid germall (Germall II? diazolinidyl urea? preservative), alcohol, stearin (stearic acid triglycerides), lecithin, citric acid, ascorbic acid, sunflower glycerides (PEG 10 sunflower glycerides?), soyamine , Aquarex (sodium lauryl sulfate?), Nipagin (methyl p-hydroxybenzoate, anti-mold).

To replace the antibacterials honey and salicylic acid use tea tree oil.

Use chamomile essential oil to replace yarrow oil.

Ascorbic acid.

Use horse chestunut to replace Collinsomia canadensis (used to strengthen blood vessels).

SAS comment: It was hard to find the ingredient list and INCI names were not used, so we had to do some guessing. For example, stone crop is a generic name for Crassulaceae plant, but it is likely that the plant used is stone root, Collinsonia canadensis a.k.a. horse balm. Note that "organic" does not mean "natural". Clever (or disingenuous) to use brand names instead of the chemical names to hide the use of very non-natural chemicals.

Fair and Flawless Body ligthening

Sea water, aloe vera extract, mushroom extract, vitamin A, vitamin B5, vitamin C, white tea, glycolic acid, Sepiwhite Arbutin, lactic acid, glycerin

Sea kelp bioferment, EGCG from green tea (white tea is tea harvested at an earlier stage, poorer in active chemicals, adde here for "white label value"), arbutin, liquorice extract.

Transculpt XR

Yerba mate (source of caffein, activator of adenylate cyclase), ForsLean (activator of adenylate cyclase), sea kelp

Lipocare , caffeine of green tea, L-carnitine, sea kelp bioferment.

Osmotics eye surgery under eye rejuvenator

Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ergothioneine, Tocopheryl Acetate .

Eyeliss, chrysin, Canvas base cream with sodium hyaluronate and jojoba oil, anti-Ox booster , SOD BT, glutathione.

Eye area products (for puffed eyes)

Hylexin, Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream, DermaDoctor Eye Spy, etc.

Eyeliss (hesperidin methyl chalcone, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, dipeptide-2)

Eyeliss (hesperidin methyl chalcone, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, dipeptide-2)


Procyanidin Oligomers, Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA), Alpha Linolenic acid (ALA), Linoleic Acid, Azelaic acid, Vitamin B6, Zinc, and Saw Palmetto Extract.

Grape seed proanthocyanidins, rosehip oil (source of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids), azelaic acid, saw palmetto extract, sea kelp bioferment.

Scar So Soft

Calendula, camphor, Prunella vulgaris, comfrey and tamanu oil.

Use quercetin instead of calendula; use betulinic and/or ursolic acids instead of Prunella vulgaris, use rosehip oil to replace tamanu oil. Centella asiatica is also good for scars. To accelerate skin renewal, use pumpkin enzymes bioferment.

Shiseido Future Solution

Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Octanoate, Squalane, Dimethicone Copolyol, Dipropylene Glycol, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG 150, Ononis spinosa, Agar, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Serine, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Glycine, Arginine HCI, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Trisodium EDTA, Niacinamide, Polyquaternium 51, Angelica acutiloba, Origanum majorana, Bupleurum falcatum, Polysilicone 2, Phenoxythanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Parfum, CI77492, CI77491.

Canvas base cream, niacinamide, anti-Ox booster , sea kelp bioferment (replacing serine, glycine, arginine, ATP, agar).

Shiseido Bioperformance Revitalizer

Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Octanoate, Squalane, Dimethicone Copolyol, Quaternium, 18 Hectorite, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, PEG 150, Mortierella isabellina, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Agar, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine HCI, PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Glutamate, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Trisodium EDTA, Yeast extract (Saccharomyces Lysate Extract), Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Rosa roxburghii, BHT, Ethylparaben, Phenoxethanol, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Parfum CI 77492, CI 77491

Canvas base cream (with sodium hyaluronate), anti-Ox booster , sea kelp bioferment (replacing Saccharomyces lysate glutamate, serine, glycine, arginine, ATP, agar).

Shiseido Bioperformance Revitalizer Whitening Formula

Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, arbutin, behenyl alcohol, pentaeraythrityl tetraoctanoate, hydrogenated C6-14 olefin polymers, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, squalane, stearyl alcohol, PEG 60 glyceryl isostearate, propylene glycol stearate SE, PEG 20, jojoba oil, Mortierella oil, ethylparaben, trisodium EDTA, octyl methoxycinnamate, fragrance, cholesteryl hydroxystearate, butylparaben, gelatin, tocopheryl acetate, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, benzophenone-3, arginine hydrochloride, sodium glutamate, disodium adenosine triphosphate, sodium metabisulfite, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, tocopherol, hydrolyzed keratin, iron oxides.

Canvas base cream with jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid, arbutin, rosehip oil for PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids), anti-Ox booster for natural tocopherols, liquorice extract,


I am very confused: what is a Mortierella extract doing here? This is a fungus that can rarely infect human skin. An oil extract will not harm you, but why on earth are Shiseido suppliers cultivating this fungus?

SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic

Deionized Water, Ethoxydiglycol (solvent), L-Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin USP, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine

Sea kelp bioferment, ascorbic acid, anti-Ox booster , ferulic acid.

SkinCeuticals Eye Cream

Water, l-ascorbic acid, bioflavonoid complex, tocopheryl acetate, propylene glycol, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, caprylic/capric triglycerides, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, aloe barbadensis gel, evening primrose oil, chamomile extract, potassium cetyl, phosphate, dimethicone, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, disodium EDTA, xanthan gum, triethanolamine, allantoin, propylparaben

Ascorbic acid, grape seed proanthocyanidins, hesperidin, silymarin, anti-Ox booster , sea kelp bioferment, chamomile essential oil.

SkinCeuticals Eye gel

Water, L-Ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, sodium hyaluronate, bioflavoniods, phenoxyethanol

Ascorbic acid, sea kelp bioferment, hesperidin, grape seed proanthocyanidins.

SkinCeuticals Phyto+ drops

water, thyme extract, arbutin glycoside, glycerin, uva ursi extract, kojic acid, sodium hyaluronate, cucumber extract, citrus bioflavanoid extract, phenoxyethanol, herbal fragrance.

Arbutin, kojic acid, hesperidin, hyaluronic acid in sea kelp bioferment.

SkinCeuticals skin firming

water, barley extract and sandalwood extract and Phellodendron Amurense bark extract, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, ethoxydiglycol, caprylic/capric Triglyceride, ectoin, cetyl alcohol, tocopheryl acetate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Centella asiatica extract, barley extract, tomato Extract, polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, ammonium, acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, disodium EDTA, laureth-7, triethanolamine, juniper fruit oil.

Canvas base cream, Centella asiatica, anti-Ox booster (contains natural vitamin E and tomato lycopene), glutathione (instead of ectoin).


Note: dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline cannot be used by the skin. Collagen does contain hydroxyproline but it is the amino acid proline that is used in the synthesis of the protein, and hydroxylation comes later (ascorbic acid is required at this step).

Sovage idebenol

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylene/Acrylic Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Glycereth-26, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Cetearyl Methicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Dimethicone, Yeast Polysaccharides, Linoleic Acid, Soy (Soybean) Sterols, Soy (Soybean) Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Ferula Assa Foetida Root Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glcosamine HCI, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract (Faex), Urea, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ethylparaben.

Canvas base cream, EGCG from green tea,


Chutzpah! If you cannot use idebenone because it is use patented, let's copy the name! Women don't know better, or do they?

Patricia Wexler, M.D.

Dermaxyl (tribehenin, ceramide 2, rapeseed sterols, palmitoyl oligopeptide), Calmosensine, Argireline, vitamin C, Acnostat (salicylic acid + MMPi + Haloxyl with chrysin), GABA, vitamin A palmitate; glycolic acid.


Instead of Dermaxyl and Calmosensine, use natural active peptides; instead of Argireline, use water (same thing!); ascorbic acid (vitamin C), instead of Acnostat use willow bark extract, niacinamide and chrysin; GABA; vitamin A (retinyl) acetate; instead of glycolic acid use willow bark extract with salicylic acid.

How to use this table:
  • Welcome to DIY (Do It Yourself) skin care. You do like product "X" but do not want to pay $250 for 0.5 oz.? Then, do it yourself. You woner whether you do it? If you can make a salad, then you can make a cream that will have the actives of both Re Vive and Lancome. Don't be scared, we will help you step by step, and answer all your questions.
  • The active ingredients in a number of popular skin care lines can be found in this table. We carry a number of these actives; for those actives which we do not stock we have suggested alternatives which should perform as well as or better than those in the branded lines.
  • Long lists of actives do not necessarily mean that a product is better. Some brands use long lists of plant names as a marketing device. On the other hand, plants are a resource of chemicals that it would be silly to ignore, because plants contain many thousands more chemicals than the pharmaceutical companies can ever hope to create (they have been around for a few more million years). If Skin Actives "ignores" a plant extract is not because it is not a good product but because it can be replaced by another, and we do not want to ask our clients to buy 100 different ingredients.
  • Our stocked products are standarized extracts: the extracts have been enriched greatly in the active chemicals, eliminating the inactive ones. For example, "Philosophy the big skinny" contains tea leaf (Camellia sinensis) powder, and most of it will be cellulose (not much use for your skin). Skin Actives Scientific sells a green tea extract that contains almost 90% ECGC, the chemical responsible for the cancer preventive activity of green tea.
  • There are some very good products around, but there are also some crooks (as in any other human activity). Although the FDA regulates labeling, some brands still cheat in the ingredient listings. One example of creative listing is including tocopherol polypeptide, saccharide isomerate and retinyl palmitate polypeptide: none of these chemicals exist but they sound really fancy, the names are 'marketing names' for common ingredients rather than 'scientific names' for special molecules.
  • The order of ingredients in the list means something: they are listed in order of concentration, the most abundant first and the least abundant last. When an ingredient appears after the usual preservatives (example: methyl paraben, propyl paraben, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Lavandula angustifolia, tocopherol) then you know that you should be looking for your vitamin E somewhere else. This is very important when you consider that when we sell you an active ingredient we are providing enough for it to have a real impact rather than just providing enough to make a label look good.
  • There are other factors such as interaction between ingredients that may turn an active ingredient into an 'inactive' ingredient as well as very relevant questions of freshness.
  • It is our sincere belief that when you make your own skin care line from our actives you are not only saving money but creating a product which is much better for you than the fanciest/trendiest/most expensive brand on the market.


These claims have not been approved by the FDA and these products are not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.

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