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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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azulene

January 2, 2011  | Encyclopedia

Azulene is dark blue chamomile extract that comes by steam distillation of the chamomile flower. Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a popular herbal treatment for numerous ailments, and chamomile tea is said to have mildly sedating eff ects.

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argan oil

January 2, 2011  | Encyclopedia

A vitamin E-rich oil derived from the nut of the argan tree that absorbs quickly and is highly moisturizing. Argan oil can be purchased for cooking and eating.

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tea tree oil

December 27, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, it is extracted from the leaves of the Australian tea tree for its antiseptic and antibacterial uses. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic ingredient with broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as excellent solvency and dermal penetration.

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honey

December 27, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Honey is a sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers.

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essential oil

December 20, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Essential oils are essences extracted from plants that contain the scent and other therapeutic properties of that plant.

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diamond dust

December 17, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Diamond dust is the material leftover from cutting diamonds. Its hardness makes it desired for a wide variety of uses.

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cucumber

December 17, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, cucumbers are a widely cultivated fruit with high water content (90%), lending to its unique cooling taste.

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beeswax

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Beeswax is a natural wax created by honey bees. When combined with mineral or olive oil and made into a paste, the mixture provides a soothing and protective water-resistant coating around the skin.

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oats

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

A species of cereal grain grown for its seed. Oats are used in food, drinks, to feed livestock, and to soothe skin conditions.

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pumpkin

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Pumpkin is an orange squash native to North America. The inside pulp is high in nutrients, and its seeds contain lots of zinc, which is good for the skin.

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urea

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Urea is a compound naturally produced by the body and found as a moisturizing factor in the outermost layer of the skin. Urea is naturally produced by the liver and is a waste product.

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grapefruit

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

Thought to be a hybrid of the sour fruit known as a shaddock and a sweet orange, grapefruit is rich in antioxidants (especially vitamin C), helping it boost the immune system and fight free radicals.

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papaya

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

The papaya is the fruit of the large Carica Papaya herb that, along with its enzyme called papain, are used in many skin care and repair products. Papain works as a mild exfoliant and dissolves dead skin cells, making it ideal for treating acne and reducing wrinkles.

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soy

December 16, 2010  | Encyclopedia

A legume native to East Asia, soybeans are high in proteins and vitamins A, E, and K. Soy oil and its derivatives are natural antioxidants that block out harmful sunlight.

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