The following is a list of miscellaneous ingredients some of which are added to skin care products and some of which are used in medicinal salves, creams and lotions.
Beeswax – A thickener for making lip balms, salves, creams and lotions.
Borax – is a crystalline powdered mineral salt. Acts as a binder and when combined with beeswax, oil and water makes a stable emulsion. It also acts as a whitener, mild antiseptic, and is a natural preservative.
Clay, French Green – is a dried powder. It is a sage-green, mineralized clay. It is very good for oily skin . It is an astringent and is good for sloughing and circulation stimulation. Good for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and devitalized, wrinkled skin.
Clay, White Cosmetic is a dried powder. It is recommended for sensitive or normal-to-dry skin due to its gentleness. It is good for masks and scrubs. It draws toxins from the skin, exfoliates, and adds minerals.
Cocoa Butter is a wax or butter that acts as a soothing emollient to sunburned and dry skin. It is used in lip balms, creams, and lotions to soften the skin and to thicken the product. It has to be melted before the addition of essential oils.
Glycerin, Vegetable is a clear, thick liquid. It acts as a humectant, which draws moisture from the air to your skin. It is used in lotions and creams for dry skin. It makes lip balms taste very sweet.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is an astringent preservative and antimicrobial. It is added to facial and body splashes, creams and lotions to extend the shelf life.
Lanolin, Anhydrous is wax from sheep’s wool. It acts as an emollient that holds water on the skin. It absorbs water and is a great emulsifier for creams and lotions. However, it may be a potential allergen.
Sea Salt is a granular sea salt. It is rich in minerals and aids in healing itchy, inflamed skin. When added to bath water, sea salt can benefit skin afflicted with acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes. It can be drying so follow up with a good body moisturizer.
Water, distilled is steam-distilled water. It is used in making all cosmetic products that call for water or herb infusions. It discourages premature mold growth in cosmetics. Never use tap water.
Witch Hazel is a liquid, water and alcohol-based extract of the witch hazel herb. It is a mild astringent, and the ideal cleanser for minor cuts, scratches, and pimples. It is used as a facial splash base for normal-to-oily skin.
Vinegar, raw apple cider is diluted vinegar. It softens and relieves itchy skin if added to bath water. It is used as a base for herbal splashes and toners for all skin types. It acts as a gentle exfoliant, leaving skin smooth. Restores normal PH to skin after cleansing. However it may irritate sensitive or sunburned skin.
Vitamin E (D-alpha tocopherol) is found in liquid capsule form. It acts as a natural preservative and antioxidant when added to creams, lotions, and base oils. It is reported to soften and gradually fade scar tissue. Good for chapped lips and ragged cuticles.