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Petrolatum

Much like parabens, petrolatum has received a lot of hate over the past few years. Some companies have even had to remove it from their products altogether in order…

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Benzyl Alcohol

There are two types of alcohol—the good kind (emollients) and the bad kind (solvents). As it turns out, benzyl alcohol is in the second group. In cosmetics, benzyl alcohol…

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Dimethicone

Sometimes dimethicones get a bad rap. They’re part of the silicone family. And, since silicones are synthetically derived, the holistic community will condemn them to the nth degree. But,…

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L-Theanine

You might have heard about L-theanine from the steady stream of nootropics out there. As supplements, they’re used to quell anxiety, stress, and high blood pressure. More recently, I’ve…

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Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a clear, odorless liquid often (but not always) derived from petroleum. You can find propylene glycol everywhere–from antifreeze to salad dressings and so much more. In…

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L-Ascorbic Acid

L-Ascorbic Acid is a fancy word for Vitamin C. What’s Vitamin C? For those of you who don’t know, it’s an antioxidant that’s essential to collagen biosynthesis. Of course…

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Hamamelis Virginiana

This is the kind of thing you’d usually find in your sweet old nana’s bathroom cabinet. But, thanks in large part to Thayer’s, it’s going through a mini-resurgence and…

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