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Secret Ingredient: Açai Berries

Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a small, deep purple berry that grows on certain palm trees in Central and South America.

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Secret Ingredient: Panthenol

Panthenol was the original ingredient that inspired the name for international hair care brand Pantene, which made its debut in 1947 in Europe.

Secret Ingredient: Vitamin E

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.

Secret Ingredient: Gold

In nail artistry, technicians often incorporate gold flakes or gold powder, as well as various brands of clear lacquer filled with gold leaf pieces.

Secret Ingredient: Red Wine

Ancient Chinese, prior to the second century B.C., made wine from the wild native grapes growing in mountain climates.

Secret Ingredient: Peppermint

Ancient Greek and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint during feasts and adorned their dining tables with its sprigs.

Secret Ingredient: Glycerin

Although glycerin has about the same food energy as table sugar, it does not raise blood sugar levels, nor does it cause cavities.

Secret Ingredient: Baking Soda

The ancient Egyptians used natural baking soda and incense as spiritual cleansers in purification ceremonies.

Secret Ingredient: Soy

Found in everything from lip care products to vegetarian meals, this prolific legume is used in a myriad of ways.

Secret Ingredient: Papaya

Women used to eat green papaya as a contraceptive.