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Secret Ingredient: Nail Polish

May 19, 2011  | Article

From tosylamide/formaldehyde resin to stearalkonium bentonite, ingredient names can sound more like a top secret formula for NASA than a recipe for regular old nail polish. Each of these ingredients, however, has a purpose and plays a part in the overall performance of the polish.

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titanium dioxide

April 13, 2011  | Encyclopedia

An ingredient used to increase the opacity or “coverage” of nail enamel; often used as a white pigment.

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plasticizers

April 13, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Plasticizers make nail polish more flexible and increase the durability of the polish.

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ylang-ylang

March 31, 2011  | Encyclopedia

The essential oil of ylang-ylang is used in aromatherapy.

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Secret Ingredient: Vitamin E

February 28, 2011  | Article

When vitamin E was discovered, the biggest producer of soybean oil was Eastman Kodak, which used the oil in photo processing. After realizing it could extract alpha tocopherol from the oil waste, it began selling it to vitamin producers and remains a leading supplier to this day.

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seaweed

January 17, 2011  | Encyclopedia

An ocean vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals that contains elements essential to the proliferation of healthy skin cells.

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jojoba

January 6, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Jojoba is an emollient for skin and hair that is obtained from the nut of the jojoba shrub. Jojoba is a liquid wax that is highly penetrating and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.

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green tea

January 6, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Comes from the leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant and contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols.

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caffeine

January 5, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Caffeine in its pure form is a bitter, white substance that acts as a stimulant drug. Pure caffeine is an odorless white crystal or powder that is intensely bitter.

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shea butter

January 3, 2011  | Encyclopedia

A natural moisturizer in butter form from the nut of the shea tree, containing vitamins A and E.

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pigment

January 3, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Substance that gives paint or nail polish color, derived from natural or synthetic materials that have been ground into fine powders.

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peppermint

January 3, 2011  | Encyclopedia

A hybrid mint that is a cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint is often used in aromatherapy to relieve stress, exhaustion and anxiety and its oil can be applied to cool and brighten dull skin.

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licorice root

January 2, 2011  | Encyclopedia

The root of the glycyrrhiza glabra plant, a legume that sprouts purple and blue flowers. The root has a brown, bark-like exterior and yellow interior and is 50 times sweeter than sugar.

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glycerin

January 2, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Glycerin is a thick, colorless, non-toxic liquid known for having a slightly sweet taste. Due to its humectant properties, which allow it to absorb moisture from the air, glycerin is used in skin emollients to keep skin supple.

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baking soda

January 2, 2011  | Encyclopedia

A powdery white chemical salt with crystalline grains. Its slightly grainy texture helps to exfoliate and soften calloused skin.

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