Ingredient Glossary

People want to make educated decisions when it comes to health and beauty products, but with a market flooded by brands claiming to be "natural" and "organic," it's often difficult to discern the toxic from non-toxic and the quality ingredients from the cheap fillers. At Ænon’s, we believe you deserve to know what’s in your beauty products so you can make the decision whether to use them or not.

The science of skin care is constantly evolving and while it’s important to stay abreast of new practices, it’s equally as important to honor natural remedies that have been utilized for thousands of years for their restorative and healing properties. That is why our formulations are comprised of over 85% plant-derived, natural or organic ingredients.

We also encourage you to visit Cosmetics Info to learn more about the science behind the ingredients commonly found in cosmetic and personal care products. 

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice
Aloe Vera is highly regarded for its healing properties to treat burns, wounds, and to reduce scarring. Parts typically used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes are the moisturizing properties found inside the leaves which contain over 200 nutritional substances that include 8 amino acids, plus vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E. As a cleansing agent, aloe vera contains enzymes that help break down and dissolve unwanted dead skin cells, leaving skin with a fresh and smooth feel.

Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract
Calendula officinalis, most commonly known as the pot or common marigold, has been used to soothe inflammation and other skin-related ailments since the 16th century. It is highly prized for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a non-greasy, lightweight, oily liquid that rapidly absorbs into the skin. Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it is considered an excellent emollient and skin-repairing ingredient.

Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract
Gotu Kola is a well-known herb traditionally used in the treatment of skin damage as well as for circulatory enhancement. It has been shown to have many healing attributes acting as a general tonic for overall skin and circulatory health. When applied topically, it's been shown to speed the healing of damaged tissues and to minimize scarring.

Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil
Steamed-distilled lime oil is a great choice for oily and congested skin conditions. It will assist in drying the excess oil to help re-balance the skin. 

Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil
Palmarosa helps to balance all skin types -  from normal to oily - by regulating skin's oil production.

Gluconolactone is a gluten-free fermented food starch derived from non-GMO corn via a fermentation process with non-GMO microorganisms. It is used in the cosmetic industry as a moisturizer, pH adjuster, and sequestrant or chelating agent. It is generally considered suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and is non-irritating and antioxidant.

Glycerin is a clear, slightly viscous liquid that is ethically and sustainably produced from non-GMO palm oil/palm kernel oil. It is a remarkable humectant and moisturizer and it restores elasticity to aging and damaged skin.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil
Sunflower Oil contains high amounts of oleic acids and vitamins A, D, and E. It is deeply nourishing and helps to moisturize, regenerate and condition the skin.

Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Leaf Extract
Hibiscus has antioxidant properties and inhibits elastin degradation, helping to maintain the skin's elasticity and thereby offering anti-aging effects.

Kaolin (White Clay)
White clay is a very mild clay primarily used in formulations for gentle exfoliation and cleansing.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Lavender is considered the most versatile of all the herbs. It can be used for all skin types including combination skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can be helpful in the prevention and healing of acne. It is also known for its ability to help cool sunburn and soothe insect bites.

Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Extract
Geranium is well known for its ability to tone the skin and revitalize the complexion. It is well suited for a wide range of skin types and can help restore balance to combination skin types while revitalizing mature skin.

Polysorbate 80
Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifying agent consisting of sorbitol, ethylene oxide and oleic acid (derived from vegetable oil). It is primarily used in cosmetics and beauty products as a surfactant and emulsifier because of its ability to help other ingredients dissolve in a solvent in which they normally would not be able to dissolve, specifically in the case of oil in water.

Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Fruit Extract
Rosehips have a higher proportion of vitamin C than any other commonly available fruit or vegetable. Vitamin C is a classic brightening ingredient because it not only works to lighten the hyperpigmentation you already have, it also helps prevent further spots.

Sclerotium Gum
Sclerotium Gum is derived from the fermentation of a filamentous mushroom. The result is a natural, ultra pure, polysaccharide polymer used for the development of stable gels and creams. It also improves the film forming properties acting as a natural skin moisturizer and skin soother.

Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Benzoate is a food grade preservative generally regarded as safe (GRAS) worldwide. It is considered to be primarily an anti-fungal and typically used with Gluconolactone to form a broad spectrum preservation system that is accepted by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics.

Xanthan Gum
Xanthan Gum is a natural gum polysaccharide created through fermentation of sugar (glucose or sucrose). It is used in cosmetics as a thickener or an emulsion stabilizer.


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