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When stress or life goes to your head and your hair starts thinning, motivate your tired scalp with stimulating clove and cinnamon oils and a peppermint infusion.

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Ingredients overview

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettleand(Peppermint Infusion) Urtica Dioica, Mentha Piperita, Fragrance, *Eugenol, Glycerine, Urtica Urens Leaf Extract, Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum), *Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Red 30

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Highlights

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Key Ingredients

Antioxidant: Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

Skin-identical ingredient: Glycerine

Other Ingredients

Antimicrobial/antibacterial: Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus Officinalis), *Benzyl Benzoate

Colorant: Red 30

Emulsifying: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Moisturizer/humectant: Glycerine

Perfuming: Mentha Piperita, Fragrance, *Eugenol, Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum), *Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool

Surfactant/cleansing: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

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Ingredient name what-it-does irr., com. ID-Rating
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate surfactant/​cleansing, emulsifying com.:0 icky
Nettleand(Peppermint Infusion) Urtica Dioica
Mentha Piperita perfuming icky
Fragrance perfuming icky
*Eugenol perfuming icky
Glycerine skin-identical ingredient, moisturizer/​humectant 0, 0 superstar
Urtica Urens Leaf Extract
Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus Officinalis) antioxidant, antimicrobial/​antibacterial icky
Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus) perfuming
Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) perfuming
*Cinnamal perfuming
Cinnamyl Alcohol perfuming
*Benzyl Benzoate solvent, perfuming, antimicrobial/​antibacterial icky
*Limonene perfuming, solvent icky
*Linalool perfuming icky
Red 30 colorant 0, 3

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Ingredients explained

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - icky

Also-called: SLS | What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing, emulsifying | Comedogenicity: 0

The famous or rather infamous SLS (not to be confused with SLES). It is a cleansing agent known for being too good at the job and potentiallyirritating the skin. But, on the positive side, it can produce copious, creamy and luxurious foam compared to the more gentle and thus nowadays much more commonly used Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

In fact, SLSis so good at irritating the skin that it is very commonly used in dermatological studies just for that. It is a so-called "primary irritant", a substance that irritates the skin in one go (without prior sensitization) but doesn't do any other big harm (such as being carcinogenic or systematically toxic - those claims are not true). Also, the formula can greatly influence the irritating potential of SLS, and mixing it with other cleaningagents makes it milder.

If it's not in a cleanser, it works as an emulsifier or even as a penetration enhancer for active materials.

Nettleand(Peppermint Infusion) Urtica Dioica

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (2) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Mentha Piperita - icky

Also-called: Peppermint Oil;Mentha Piperita Oil | What-it-does: perfuming

The essential oil coming from steam distillation of freshlyharvested, flowering peppermint sprigs. Its major component is mentholthat gives the oil its well-known refreshing and cooling properties. Peppermint oil is traditionally used as an inhalant for cold and coughs and there is also some clinical data validating its use against headaches by rubbing a peppermint oil cream on the forehead.

As for skincare, other than the nice grassy-minty smell and the refreshing sensations, we cannot write good things. It can be a skin irritant, so much so that it is a well-known counterirritant for muscle pains creating mild surface irritation to make things better in the deeper layers. But for everyday skincare, counterirritation is not something you wanna do, so we think that peppermint oil is better to avoid, especially if your skin is sensitive.

Fragrance - icky

Also-called: Fragrance, Parfum;Parfum/Fragrance | What-it-does: perfuming

Exactly what it sounds: nice smelling stuff put into cosmetic products so that the end product also smells nice. Fragrance in the US and parfum in the EU is a generic term on the ingredient list that is made up of 30 to 50 chemicals on average (but it can have as much as 200 components!).

If you are someone who likes to know what you put on your face then fragrance is not your best friend - there's no way to know what’s really in it.

Also, if your skin is sensitive, fragrance is again not your best friend. It’s the number one cause of contact allergy to cosmetics. It’s definitely a smart thing to avoid with sensitive skin (and fragrance of any type - natural is just as allergic as synthetic, if not worse!).

*Eugenol - icky

What-it-does: perfuming

A colorless or yellowish oil that's used as a fragrance. It has aspicy scent and can be found for example in basil, clove or cinnamon oil.

A 2006 in-vitro (made in the lab not on real people) study examined if clove oil is cytotoxic and found that not only clove oilbut also its main constituent, eugenol is cytotoxic even at very low concentration (0.03%).It’s also one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that has to be labelled separately (and cannot be simply included in the term “fragrance/perfume” on the label) because of allergen potential.Best to avoid at least in leave-on products.

Glycerine - superstar

Also-called: Glycerol;Glycerin | What-it-does: skin-identical ingredient, moisturizer/humectant | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 0

  • A natural moisturizer that’s also in our skin
  • A super common, safe, effective and cheap molecule used for more than 50 years
  • Not only a simple moisturizer but knows much more: keeps the skin lipids between our skin cells in a healthy (liquid crystal) state, protects against irritation, helps to restore barrier
  • Effective from as low as 3% with even more benefits for dry skin at higher concentrations up to 20-40%
  • High-glycerin moisturizers are awesome for treating severely dry skin

Read all the geeky details about Glycerin here >>

Urtica Urens Leaf Extract

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (3) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - icky

Also-called: Rosemary Leaf Oil;Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil | What-it-does: antioxidant, antimicrobial/antibacterial

The essential oil coming from the leafs of the lovely herb, rosemary. It contains several fragrant components, including the well-known irritant, camphor (around 15%). It has a nice smell, is a potent antioxidant and it's also an antimicrobial agent.

If your skin is sensitive, it's probably a good idea to avoid it.

Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus)

What-it-does: perfuming

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (4) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)

What-it-does: perfuming

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (5) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

*Cinnamal

What-it-does: perfuming

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (6) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Cinnamyl Alcohol

What-it-does: perfuming

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (7) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

*Benzyl Benzoate - icky

What-it-does: solvent, perfuming, antimicrobial/antibacterial

A common fragrance ingredient that has a faint sweet balsamic smell. It can also be a solvent and canfight against microbes and insects very well.

It's one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that has to be labelled separately because ofallergen potential. Best to avoid if your skin is sensitive.

*Limonene - icky

What-it-does: perfuming, solvent, deodorant

A supercommon and cheap fragrance ingredient. It's in many plants, e.g. rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint and it's the main component (about 50-90%) of the peel oil of citrus fruits.

It does smellnice but the problemis that it oxidizes on air exposure and the resulting stuff is not good for the skin. Oxidizedlimonene cancause allergic contact dermatitis and counts asa frequent skin sensitizer.

Limonene's nr1 function is definitely being a fragrance component, but there are several studies showing that it's also a penetration enhancer, mainly for oil-loving components.

All in all, limonene has some pros and cons, but - especially if your skin is sensitive -the cons probably outweigh the pros.

*Linalool - icky

What-it-does: perfuming, deodorant

Linalool is a super common fragrance ingredient. It’s kind of everywhere - both in plants and in cosmetic products. It’s part of 200 natural oils including lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, jasmine, geranium and it can be found in 90-95% of prestige perfumes on the market.

The problem with linalool is, that just like limoneneit oxidises on air exposure and becomes allergenic. That’s why a product containing linalool that has been opened for several months is more likely to be allergenic than a fresh one.

A study made in the UK with 483 people tested the allergic reaction to 3% oxidised linalool and 2.3% had positive test results.

Red 30

Also-called: Ci 73360 | What-it-does: colorant | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 3

Lush New ingredients (Explained) (8) We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

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