Because everyone wants to feel good about what they put on their skin and in their body, we made it easy to look up each ingredient in every Apriori Beauty product with our online Ingredient Dictionary. Click to find a specific ingredient and to see which products it is in, as well as look-up each product to see its list of ingredients. This dictionary includes the definition of each ingredient and its source, along with any synonyms or relating source studies. If you’re like most ingredient-conscious consumers, it’s a tool you’ll want to bookmark and revisit often
Palmitic Acid is a fatty acid derived naturally from palm trees and is also found naturally as an important component of the skinâ€™s extracellular matrix. In addition to improving hydration, barrier function and the general appearance of skin, palmitic acid aids in cell communication allowing skin to function in a healthier manner.
Natural, Tonic, Hair Invigorator.
Natural, Vitamin B-5, Shine Enhancer
Papaya fruit contains an exfoliating enzyme called papain that may help gently break down the bonds that hold dead cells to the surface of the skin.
Parabens are a group of preservative compounds that are widely used in cosmetics, foods, and pharmaceutical products because they are highly effective without causing irritation. Recent research showing a potential correlation between parabens and breast cancer has caused growing concern over their safety in cosmetics products. Because of the controversy surrounding paraben use, and the uncertainty regarding paraben toxicology, Apriori Beauty does not use parabens in any of its formulations.
A close relative of the apple, pears are a good source Vitamins B2, C, E, copper, potassium, and antioxidants.
Ingredients derived from silicones that are used in cosmetics as skin conditioners, skin protectants, and anti-foaming agents. Silicones also prevent water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. They provide a silky feel to products in which they are used.
A silicone-based polymer used to give formulas a smooth feel, promote spreadability, and add lubrication. It is a skin conditioning agent. Because of PEG 12 Dimethicone's low molecular weight, it is minimally absorbed by the skin. PEG 12 Dimethicone is not considered to be an irritant or sensitizer.
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil is and emulsion stabilizer.
Pentylene Glycol is a synthetic solvent and skin conditioning agent used commonly in skin care products.
Peptides are short sequences of amino acids linked by peptide bonds that are similar in structure to proteins, but shorter in length. In cosmetics, peptides are known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through a variety of mechanisms, including stimulating collagen synthesis and blocking the transmission of nerve signals to facial muscles. Acetyl Octapeptide-3 and Oat peptides are examples of peptide ingredients used in the Celloxylin products.
Apriori Beauty's OPN Rating System categorizes all ingredients used in our products as either organic, performance, or natural. Apriori Beauty defines performance ingredients as synthetically produced ingredients that provide specific functions, such as preservatives. All performance ingredients are parabin, SLS, and SLES free. In addition, Apriori Beauty does not use any synthetic fragrances, dyes, or toxic ingredients.
Natural, Hair Protector, Hair Strengthener, Anti-Frizz
Petasites japonicus, commonly known as butterbur, has a long history as an anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and pain reliever. As a skin care ingredient, butterbur has demonstrated a remarkable ability to help minimize skin irritation, both soothing and calming the skin while improving overall appearance.
A measurement of how acidic or basic a substance is based on the concentration of hydrogen ions in solution. Pure water has a neutral pH value of 7.0; solutions with a pH less than 7 are considered acidic and those with a pH greater than 7 are considered basic. The pH of skin is slightly acidic, due to the presence of a natural acid mantle that acts as the first line a defense against bacteria and other microorganisms. Skin care products that are not formulated with pH in mind (i.e. harsh soaps and surfactants) can strip skin of the natural acid mantle, disrupting barrier function and leaving it susceptible to infection and inflammation. Apriori Beautyâ€™s products are formulated to be pH correct, to prevent stripping skin of its acid mantle.
pH adjusters are ingredients that are used to adjust the pH of a given product.
A derivative of GABA, phenibut works as a relaxing and anti-anxiety agent. Phenibut is known to relieve tension and improve sleep, while also helping to improve cognitive performance.
Phenoxyethanol is a gentle and effective preservative commonly used in cosmetics formulations to prevent contamination from bacteria and other microorganisms
Phospholipids are a class of lipids that contain a hydrophilic (water loving) head and two hydrophobic (water repelling) tails. This molecular structure causes the phospholipids to arrange into a two-layer sheet when exposed to water, with the head ends facing outward and the tail ends facing inward towards each other. Lipid bilayers make up cellular membranes, and play a major role in cell communication and barrier function. When arranged into vesicles (sac-like structures), lipid bilayers can also form liposomes, which are highly effective for ingredient delivery in skin care formulations. A common phospholipid in living organisms is lecithin.
When considering the aging process and skin, there are two major types of aging to consider, intrinsic and extrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging results when exposure to external factors damages skin, causing premature aging. Numerous factors can negatively affect the skin, the most common of which is sun exposure (extrinsic aging is, therefore, often referred to as photoaging). Other factors include pollution, poor diet, cigarette smoke, stress, and gravity. Exposure results in skin with age spots, blotchy pigmentation, deep wrinkles, and a rough, leathery appearance. Also see intrinsic aging.
Phytochemcials are plant-derived chemical compounds including polyphenols, flavonoids, flavones, isoflavones, catechins, anthocyanidins, isothiocyanates, carotenoids, and allyl sulfides. They are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and other plants parts. Phytochemicals are not considered essential nutrients, but are frequently recognized for their beneficial properties including enhanced immune function, antioxident production, hormone regulation, and cellular cleansing among others. Thousands of different phytochemicals have been found in plant foods and many more will be discovered. These protective plant compounds are an important component of the emerging study of nutrigenomics, with new research reported every day. Their use (both applied topically and taken internally) can have significant health benefits, especially in reducing the deleterious effects of oxidative stress.
Phytoestrogens are plant derived compounds that behave as estrogen mimics. The most well researched for their nutritional and health benefits are isoflavones and lignans.
Phytosteryl canola glycerides is a canola-based, emollient ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties. It helps moisturize skin and protect skin barrier function.
A good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin B1, pineapple juice is also known to provide digestive support.
Plankton Extract is a polymer naturally produced by marine phyto-Plankton (tiny plants that float freely with ocean currents, or micro algae).
Polybutene is a viscosity regulating ingredient.
Polyethylene is a polymer widely used in cosmetics as a viscocity regulator, emulsifier, and film forming agent.
Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate is an emulsifier that is used to prevent cosmetics formulations from separating into their oil-based and water-based components.
Polyphenols are a group of plant-derived chemicals (phytochemicals) most commonly known for their antioxidant properties; the most commonly studies subgroups include tannins and flavonoids. Several ingredients used in Apriori Beauty products are rich in polyphenolic compounds.
Polypodium extract is isolated from the root of ferns in the genus, Polypodium. The extract is known to have strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and photoprotective properties when ingested.
Polysilicone-11 is an emollient, and film forming ingredient.
Polysorbate ingredients (including Polysorbate 20, 40, 60, and 80) are nonionic surfactants used as emulsifiers and solvents in skin care formulations.
Pomegranate fruit is rich in two types of polyphenolic compounds, anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins, and is known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have demonstrated the potential for clinical use of pomegranate in the prevention and treatment of cancer (1), and its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for addressing other diseases where chronic inflammation plays a critical role (2). It is also known to promote cardiovascular health by preventing low-density lipoprotein oxidation, reducing blood pressure and slowing the development of atherosclerosis (3).
Potassium hydroxide is an ingredient used in small, non-irritating quantities to adjust the pH of cosmetics formulations.
Potassium sorbate is a preservative ingredient that provides broad spectrum protection against fungus and some bacteria.
PPG-26-Buteth-26 is an emulsion stabilizer used in many kinds of personal care products.
Performance, Shine Enhancer, Conditioning Agent
Preservatives are components of personal care products, foods, and beverages that are essential for maintaining the quality of products by preventing the survival and growth of micro-organisms (mold, bacteria, etc.). Apriori Beauty utilizes natural and non-toxic preservative ingredients wherever possible to prevent contamination while still maintaining the safety of our products.
Lactospores are probiotic, lactic acid producing bacteria that help improve digestive health. In addition to increasing the concentration of enzymes used in the stomach and intestines for digestion, lactospores help prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms that can cause diarrhea and constipation.
A skin conditioning agent widely used in skin care formulations. Propylene glycol helps skin retain moisture and restore suppleness by attracting water. Propylene glycol is also used as a delivery agent and to help stabilize cosmetics formulations.
Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate is a skin conditioning agent that helps prevent water loss by forming a barrier on the skinâ€™s surface.
A naturally formed stone from hot lava, it's been used for centuries as an abrasive beauty aid for removing rough skin or in granules for exfoliation.
Carrots are a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals and are known for several health benefits including reduced incidence of certain cancers and improved immune system function. Purple carrots are unique amoung the different varieties due to the presence of flavonoids called anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. In addition, research has shown that purple carrots also have over two times the amount of alpha and beta-carotenes than standard orange carrots.
Purple grapes contain high levels of phytochemicals, including anthocyanins and other flavonoids, that are commonly known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Of particular interest is the polyphenolic compound, resveratrol, which is found primarily in the skin and seeds of red and purple grapes, and is considered to be one of the most potent anti-aging, antioxidant substances known. Concord grape juice has also been shown to promote healthy arterial function and reduce the risk of some cancers. See also Resveratrol.
PVM/MA copolymer is an emulsion stabilizer.