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Calling it "makeup" just doesn't do it justice.  Wear Urban Apothecary day after day, and suddenly skin feels softer, more supple- even after you take it off.  The only line infused with powerful anti-oxidants and a biosynergistic blend of natural fruit extracts and minerals, Urban Apothecary is making makeup as you know it, obsolete.  Our revolutionary bio-active products are so powerful and intuitive, they energize and enhance your own natural complexion.  Our patented technology, time-released technology, Urban Apothecary provides your skin with everything it might possibly need; from treating to hydrating to brightening to repairing to smoothing.  No matter your age, skin type or concerns, Urban Apothecary has precisely what your skin needs for a healthy, flawless complexion, beautiful eyes and luscious lips.  

Urban Apothecary sources the most exquisite raw materials including Goji Berries from Mongolian Himalayas which are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta–carotene, in the world, Gyokuro Green Tea, grown under shade in Japan and eliminates free radicals and European Truffle Oil, which is the planet's richest source of B vitamins.  Urban Apothecary creates products of the highest quality and performance using only the most advanced technology available.  Proof, not promises.

Acai Extact
Acai extract helps strengthen capillary walls, reduce epidermal irritation and enhance skin’s clarity and radiance.

All Spice
Also known as Jamaica pepper, Myrtle pepper or newspice, All Spice is not a collection of various spices in the ground form. It is the unripe dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant and has the combined flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove – only hotter and more peppery. Rumored to have been used by Russian soldiers in 18th century, this spice is now used in aromatherapy as ‘warming oil’ that expands the blood vessels to allow increased flow of blood, making you feel as if you are snuggling into the arms of someone.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
More commonly known as Aloe Vera, this jelly-like protein consists of 18 amino acids and has been clinically tested to stimulate cell growth and repair damaged skin. A softening agent with hydrating properties, it can miraculously remove blemishes and also reduce dandruff when applied on the scalp.

A waxy substance that is exuded by the sperm whale, this expensive ingredient can be found floating on the sea or washed ashore by the waves. It is extensively used in perfumes, potpourris and cosmetics due to its sweet, earthy odor. Even though it is not an aphrodisiac, the wine-like smell of the ambergris oil is sure to lead you into a romantic or sensual mood.

Anise Essential Oil
This essential oil is used in facial steams to open pores and hydrate the skin. Since anise is made up of anethole, it sometimes solidifies at room temperature and has to be warmed before use. The fragrant essential oil is also good for hair cleansing, rinsing since it leaves a soothing fragrance.

The oil derived from the red annatto pulp is sure to take your libido to the highest levels that you have ever experienced. With pink and white flowers, and a red fruit and a red seed, this plant is also as a coloring agent in many cosmetics.

Antioxidants are know to fight free radicals and give you that healthy glow.

Apple Cider
Botanically known as Pyrus malus, apple cider is used for hair setting. Since it is acidic in nature, it forms a key ingredient in masks, lotions, creams and scrubs made for those who have a sensitive skin. Combined with apple pulp and honey, it can provide a soothing experience to the skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil
The popularity of the Apricot Kernel oil comes from the fact that it gets absorbed in the skin readily. Derived from the kernels in the apricot plant, this oil is a high source of vitamin A and E and therefore makes the skin soft and supple. This essential oil is particularly good for those with a dry skin.

Apricot Pulp
From shiny to dry supple and hydrated – this is what apricot pulp can do for you if you mix the pulp in milk, sour cream or water and apply on your face. It helps in controlling oily pores and allows the skin to become brighter than before. Known as Prunis armeniaca, apricot pulp also acts as a good scrub to remove black heads that show up every now and then.

Avocado Oil
Squeezed from avocado, an aromatic bath in oil will ensure that the fabric of your clothes slip off your shoulders and sleeves. The skin softening and conditioning properties come from high levels of vitamin E and Vitamin B6 that penetrate the skin to make you look younger by the day.

With varieties like Bush basil and Sweet basil, this herb is best used when it is fresh since it looses the wonderful smell once it is dry. Basil essential oil is used to promote hair growth and reduce tangles in the hair. Combined with lavender in the liquid oil form or powder form, Basil will ensure that there is a whiff of luring smell every time you flick your head.

Bentonite Clay
Also known as Montmorillonite, this earth clay is used in baths, skin care recipes and as a mud pack. It absorbs toxins from the skin and the body ensuring that a different and fresher looking you emerges from behind the mask.

Bergamot Essential Oil
Found in tropical Asia, this citrus plant is sweet and refreshing. Besides being used in aromatherapy to cleanse and calm down nerves, this oil made from the rind of the bergamot fruit can be used as a room spray for deodorizing. Sunbathing with this citrus oil on could be dangerous since it is extremely photosensitive.

Part of what we commonly know as Vitamin B complex, biotin is also called Vitamin H at times since it aids in hair growth. It is surprisingly one of the few substances that has been known to stimulate strong fingernail growth.

With the botanical name of Solanum dulcamara, bittersweet is often used as an alterative for tea. A bittersweet extract works wonders to remove all types of skin outbreaks and the results are sure to make heads turn.

Black Currant Oil
Black currant oil is not only excellent as a cleansing agent but the leaves of the black currant can be concocted into a tea that is diuretic and can cleanse the body too. The cooling effect that the essential oil produces is sure to turn you into a ‘cool’ person.

Blackberry Leaves
Just like the fruit, blackberry leaves are also used in facial masks, lotions and steam baths. They are known to make blemishes and black heads disappear like a charm and the cleansing effect can calm itchy scalps too.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Used for centuries as a herbal cosmetic the blue tansy is a key ingredient in a concoction that can give you a flawless complexion. They work wonders on spots and pimples along with a refreshing fragrance that can leave anyone mesmerized.

Dark circles and red eyes caused by overwork and tiredness can disappear with this eye wonder. A borage compress can work as a great reliever for headaches as well. The calming effect that it produces can make you forget all your worries in a jiffy.

Also known as, Ranunculus, the buttercup flower is highly poisonous and can be fatal if consumed in large quantities .However once the flower is boiled it looses its toxicity and can be safely used in cosmetic and herbal products.

Candelilla Wax
A soothing wax-like vegetable fat that can help improve the texture of your lips, large qualities oo candelilla wax can help in curing cracked heels and sore elbows and knews too.

Cardamom Essential Oil
Known as the oldest breath freshener ever, cardamom seeds are fortifying and can produce a sweet aromatic smell that can be spellbinding. Found in India, the seeds of this plant have an uplifting effect when chewed since it improves circulation.

Chamomile Essential Oil
The sweet flowers perfume of chamomile can produce hypnotic effects and can calm taught nerves. It cures insomnia, headaches, migraine and is best suited for the sensitive skin.

To turn ragged-looking tangled hair into flowing tresses, all you need is the cherry bark that is used in herbal mixtures. For stubborn and extra dry hair, the cherry bark should be combined with ragwort and nettle.

Chickweed or Stellaria media is a softening agent that is used in lotions and balms. A thick pack of chickweed can ensure effective removal of sores. Using chickweed in a herbal bath can also help in prevention of skin sores and redness.

Cicely, Sweet
Sometimes called the myrrh plant, sweet cicely gives out a sweet aromatic fragrance when added to a bath. The redolence is said to cause aphrodisiac effects as well.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Extracted from cinnamon leaves, this essential oil has a clove-like smell. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Used in the cosmetic industry due to its astringent properties and aromatic qualities, it has also been added to hair rinses to impart a brown tinge. Latest uses include addition to the potpourri to mellow the sweetness of other ingredients and add a spicy note to the overall fragrance.

Also known as the five-finger grass, this herb is dried and used in baths to provide an astringent effect. Many under eye balms and creams include cinquefoil to provide rest to tired eyes.

Also called Cedrat, the fruit of this plant is used specially for its fragrance. Used to cure seasickness, intestinal problems and as an antibiotic too. Africans use it to cure rheumatism while the Chinese employ it for warding off evil spirits.

Clary Sag e Essential Oil
A constant fixture in the area of perfumery, clary sage helps in merging various notes of other fragrances together. It finds use in almost all kinds of cosmetics like colognes, creams, perfumes, powders and the like. The soothing scent calms nerves, removes mild depression and reduces fatigue. Additionally, the dried herb is an astringent and a concoction made from the seeds is used as an eye wash.

Clove Essential Oil
Known in India for reducing pain in the teeth and as part of daily culinary needs, the clove is used in potpourris and baths due to its redolence. Used in hair rinses to lend a red or brown hue, cloves are also known to have astringent qualities. The spicy sweet smell that they emanate is also known to induce sleep and lift low spirits. And if this was not all, this wonder herb is rumored to be an aphrodisiac due to its alternating stimulating and calming properties.

Cocoa Butter
A super softener that is used in creams and lotions, this semi-solid fat melts at body temperature and lends itself to immediate absorption. The intense demulcent and conditioning effect can be put to good use in creams for dry skin and an ointment for cracked skin. Special use pertains to removal of crow’s feet and wrinkles at the back of the neck. It is a particular favorite among pregnant women for its known stretch mark removal qualities.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is unstable and goes rancid easily. The coconut oil is obtained from the coconut kernel and is solid at room temperature. It is cheap but beneficial oil that is generally used to make soap with moisturizing properties. In combination with other skin care ingredients, coconut oil has been used in lotions, hand washes and creams to increase moisturizing properties.

The active ingredient in comfrey allantoin has been known to aid in the removal of lesions and pus filled pimples. It helps in cell regeneration and can therefore be used as an age reducing lotion. With a range of applications, comfrey can also be grown in any climate since it is sturdy andthrives in all places.

Called the blue bottle and bachelor button at times, the cornflower is used for hair rinses. Water distilled with cornflower is also used as an eye wash.

Used in various creams and lotions, cucumber is specially known as an ingredient in sunburn lotions. The juice has shown incredible effectiveness in curing freckles and skin irritations. Tired eyes can find solace under a slice of cucumber. It is also known to have toning and astringent properties. Cucumber face packs have been known to have a desired vanishing effect on wrinkles, dark skin pigment and dead skin.

A popular silicone oil, Dimenthecone is used in several hair and nail related products. Used in adhesives and aquarium sealants, this oil is also used as a food additive and helps fight lice infestation.

Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline
Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline is a plant-derived ingredient, which is highly effective in toning and firming the skin. Used in several skin care products this compound is helps rejuvenate the skin while preventing wrinkles and freckles.

Echinacea Extract
Used extensively in homeopathy to augment the immune system, Echinacea extract is used in skin care products as well. Used more as an oral capsule pill than an external application, this natural substance is also used as a cleanser.

Elderberry Fruit
An emollient and cooling agent, a decoction of the same also makes a good hair dye. The elderberry fruit is a mild astringent that cleans freckles off the face and can be used as eyewash. The cooling properties are useful when you have had a bit tad too much of the sun. Elderflower is also used in a bath as a relaxing and soothing agent.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Known widely for its antiseptic properties, the eucalyptus is a fantastic cure during a cold or a respiratory condition. Added in a hot bath, it provides vapors that help respiratory problems and the aroma calms nerves and induces sleep. The camphor-smelling herb is used as massage oil that has antiseptic properties and can therefore heal lesions, cracks and sores on the skin.

The fennel seed provides relaxation to tired muscles and is extensively used in facila steams to open and medicate pores. Combined with nettle leaves, fennel is known to make a tea that can help you gain the curves that you have always wanted.

Fig Extract
Used in ancient cultures in religious and marriage ceremonies (due to its known properties as a n aphrodisiac), figs are used as an emollient and cleaning agent. Direct application of the fig extract can help in removal of warts

Used to soften skin and hair, flax is a common ingredient in several creams, face packs and even hair products. Flaxseed oil, commonly known as linseed oil is a drying agent and mixed with other oils for best results. The oil is also a relaxant and a massage with it is highly recommend during ‘irritable’ times

Folic Acid
Folic acid is the water-soluble form of vitamin B. It is used by the body for making new cells and thus highly beneficial for those wanting to conceive and those in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

Geranium Essential Oil
Apart from being a beautiful flower, Geranium is also an astringent. The scent of the flower makes it a favorite for potpourris and its root is even used as a vaginal douche to prevent and cure regular discharge.

Ginger Essential Oil
A popular spice from Asia, ginger is not only recommended for skin allergies but also prevents nausea, congestion and mental fatigue. The spice is considered an aphrodisiac and therefore is highly popular in several parts of the world. It is the root of the plant, which is said to have healing properties.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract
A popular Chinese spice, this herb is known to improve both blood circulation and memory. It is also considered an anti oxidant helps fight degenerative diseases by blocking oxidative damage to the body. A beneficial herb if you can remember the name.

Ginseng Root Extract
Another Chinese herb, Ginseng is priced dearer than gold itself. The wild variety is very expensive while the cultivated one is more commonly used. Despite being considered the king of tonics, it is not beneficial in diseases like bronchitis and so not the ‘cure it all’ that it is considered in the west.

Glycerin forms the base of almost all creams, soaps, cough syrups and lotions. It is a colorless sweet liquid, which is found in all kinds of fat, be in animal or vegetable. The oil is used to treat chapped lips frequently and is very effective on other parts of the body too.

Glycolic Acid
Extracted from sugar producing crops like sugar cane, glycolic acid helps fight dead skin cell build up. It is a colorless, odorless, water-soluble crystalline solid, which is used in many skin care products since it helps rid the skin of the outer dead cells, exposing the healthy inner layer.

Grapefruit Extract
The extract of this tropical fruit is used for exfoliating the skin apart from cellulites, acne and toning. Known to have rejuvenating qualities this fruit extract is as beneficial as consuming the fruit itself. However, never use while sun bathing, otherwise the effects could be disastrous.

Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract helps accelerate production of natural elastin, protecting skin against free-radical damage and restore skin’s clarity.  Grape seed extract has anti bacterial qualities that make it an excellent preservative. The sweet smell of this relaxant makes it popular in aromatherapy products. So next time you eat the grape, save the seed.

Green Tea Extract
Having potent bioflavonoid qualities, Green Tea extract contains highly effective anti-oxidants that naturally slow skin’s aging process and fight harmful environmental effects on the skin. It also aids in reducing inflammation of the skin.  Green tea has been used over several centuries by the Chinese as a relaxant.

Gymnema Sylvestris
The leaves of the plant are used in medicines that help fight the onset of adult diabetes. They contain gymnemic acid, which helps reduce active glucose and thus prevent diabetes. Gymnema Sylvestris is also suspected to have beneficial effects on those suffering from high cholesterol. The plant does interfere with human taste buds, which is why it is recommended dieters too.

Hazelnut Oil
Extracted from the Hazel nut, which is grown mostly in Europe and Asia, hazelnut oil is used for cooking due to its distinctive taste. The nutty flavor adds to the taste of the dish making the oil an open secret of many cooks.

Hibiscus Flower Extract
The lovely red, white and yellow flowers of the Hibiscus are used to attain the hibiscus flower extract. The extract is highly beneficial for achieving and maintaining a soft crowning glory. The product is also known to have softening effects on the skin.

Honeysuckle flowers are known for their sweet smell and taste. The oil of the flower is often used as a relaxant in massages. The oil also works wonders on skin and hair both. Many asthma patients swear by the honeysuckle syrup, which helps relieve sore throats too. The bark oil of this plant is good for wrinkle prevention.

Hoodia Gordonii
The plant resembles a bunch of stems and has been used by Africans to cure indigestion and minor infections. Hoodia Gordonii is been propagated as a dietary suppressant but no scientific proof has backed this claim yet.

Hyaluronic Acid
The acid is naturally produced by the skin and helps retain its moisture. Wrinkles are produced when this acid diminishes, which it does with age. It is used combined with skin serum for achieving that instant face life.

Idebenone is a synthetic analog of one of life's most essential biochemicals, coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10). Idebenone is a powerful antioxidant, more so than Co Q10, and in some studies is 30 to 100 times more effective, than vitamin E. Tests show a significant decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improvement in the look of firmness, tone, texture and radiance.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is 100% pure magic and is one of the oils that have the best affinity to human skin, and is an excellent moisturizer and can be used on extra-dry and flaky skin, to help restore elasticity and smoothness.

Non-dissolvable proteins, keratins are known for forming a film on the surface to prevent moisture loss. Keratin is found in high quantities in amphibians and reptiles. Keratin is used in sun blocks as well as moisturizers.

Kola Nut
Found in the African forests, Kola Nut has a bitter flavor and high caffeine content. The nut was formerly used in Cola drinks but now finds place in medication used to treat asthma and whooping cough. Wonder if earlier cola drinks helped cure these diseases too.

Lactose is a milk sugar, used as a binder and texture building agent.

Lavender Essential Oil
Got from the lovely lavender flowers, the lavender essential oil is highly favored in the cosmetic industry. Its soothing and gentle but also stimulating and warming, it brings increased circulation to the skin. Lavender essential oil calms burns and other skin irritations and has antimicrobial and anti-parasitic properties.  Right from preventing and curing skin problems like acne, eczema and even minor cuts, to relieving headaches and dandruff, the oil is considered very effective. Lavender aroma is well known for its soothing relaxing effects. It is also one of the few pleasing insect repellents to be found today.

Lecithin helps give creams a desirable smoothness and keeps the water and oil portions from separating. It provides a pleasant feel on the skin and helps moisture retention. Lecithin is a component of all of the body's cell membranes, helping form and stabilize them.

Lemon Balm
Also called sweet balm, lemon balm is often mixed with rosemary in tea. Fresh leaves are favored over dried ones. The balm is also known for its effect in encouraging hair growth as well as correcting skin blemishes.

Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is considered an herbal panacea. The pale yellow oil is known for not only its aromatic flavor but also its therapeutic abilities. It is antiseptic, cleansing and strengthening to connective tissues. Traditionally used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and firm the skin’s elasticity, the uplifting fragrance is the perfect pick me up.  

Lemon Verbena
Lemon Verbena is consumed with tea in Mexico while its leaves are used to cure insomnia and indigestion. The oil of the plant is used in soap making and of course used as bath herbs too.

Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemon grass essential oil has a distinct citrus smell, which makes it popular for aromatherapy and other scent requiring areas. The oil goes beyond just being a nice smell and is highly beneficial for oily skin and dull hair.

Licorice Extract
Licorice extract is used both cosmetically as well as medicinally. The oils help open the pores of the skin so that other essential oils may seep through. The oil is highly effective in curing under eye bags as well as acne and allergic reactions.

Lime Essential Oil
A fruit with high vitamin c content, lime has several uses. It’s peel is used as a face scrub and dried to add flavor to potpourris, while its juice is used as an astringent. Lime essences are frequently used in soaps and colognes for their unique smell.

Linden is known as Tilia also and is specially used for its sedative qualities. Linden forms an essential ingredient of sedative tea and is often mixed in baths for similar effects. Used to calm hyperactive personalities the oil is considered a great relaxant.

Lychee Extract
Lychee extract promotes long-term skin hydration and chamomile extract soothes skin and helps to counteract redness.

Mango Butter
Mango Butter is a heavy, edible plant fat similar to cocoa butter and therefore used in chocolate making. Helps consistency and stabilization of emulsions. Contains natural tocopherol (vitamin E). A relatively occlusive fat, it stays on the skin as a barrier, protecting the skin from drying out.

The root of the marshmallow plant is soft and gooey while its leaves are covered with highly therapeutic substances. It is for this reason that the plant finds special place in medicines and cosmetic that are designed to cure bruises, allergies and sore skin. The sugar marshmallow though is not a derivative of the plant.

Mashed Banana
Not only highly beneficial for infants, mashed banana is extremely nourishing for the skin too. Using it as a facial mask will help rid the skin of blemishes as well as dryness.

Mica is a mineral that provides natural shimmer in make-up. The word "mica" is thought to be derived from the Latin word micare, meaning to shine, in reference to the brilliant appearance of this mineral.

Mimosa has an appealing smell and several varieties to it. The sleeping grass that curls on touch is also a Mimosa variety. The oils from the flower are used in several perfumes.

Monoi de Tahiti
Monoi de Tahiti is the result of combing tiare flowers and coconut oil. The effects of the oil are various. Right from protecting baby skin to providing lost luster to one’s hair, the oil is known for it all.

Mustard Seed

Derived from the mustard plant, which produces tiny yellow blossoms, mustard seeds are a common spice from India. The seeds are also ground to form a mustard paste, which is popular all over the world. The seeds are also known to cure soreness.

Said to belong to Goddess Venus the Myrtle plant has several related uses. It is used for vaginal douching due to its fragrance and antiseptic qualities. The plant finds common usage in linen closets for scenting the towels etc.

Neroli maybe extracted from both bitter as well as sweet oranges. It is highly priced and is used in perfume making. Apart from being used for aromatherapy, the oil is also used in sleep pillows since it is a relaxant. Interestingly it is also considered an aphrodisiac.

Nettles help increase blood circulation and are thus highly beneficial for revitalizing the skin. Nettle is also used as a hair-wash and leaves the hair shinning and dandruff free. It is highly recommended for arthritis baths.

Nutmeg has several cosmetic and medicinal uses. An extract, powder or oil can be extracted from the nut.  Nutmeg oil is highly favored for its tonic and stimulating proprieties, which smoothens the skin as well as protects it against germs.   Studies credit nutmeg with a skin-lightening effect based on its ability to inhibit tyrosinase activity. 

As the name suggest Oakmoss is lichen. It is commonly used for soap as well as perfume making. Strangely, the moss has no smell when fresh but develops a musk fragrance when dried and for this reason has been found in several Pharaohs in Egypt.

Oats contains a colloid that has soothing properties on the skin.  Oatmeal-based preparation are celebrated  for irritated skin resulting from sunburn, psoriasis, or allergic dermatitis.  Oatmeal seems to subdue the irritation and relieve redness and itching.  It also acts a soap-free cleanser, perfect for delicate , sensitive skin.  Oatmeal also absorbs oil from the skins surface and reduces redness.

Olive Oil
An all-purpose oil, olive oil is extracted from the green olive fruit. It has a moisturizing effect on skin and hair and is of course used as cooking oil too. Olive oil application is said to help cure insect bites, bruises and even the stubborn stretch marks.

Orange Blossom
This Far East orange blossom is valued for its soothing effect and so beneficial in depression and shock treatments but interestingly at the same time, it is also a strong aphrodisiac, not to mention an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory too.

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
Derived from natural plants this tripeptide is used in several cosmetic products. It increases collagen, GAGS and helps reduce wrinkles. It is a common ingredient of most anti wrinkle creams.

A common garden flower, the pansy has several cosmetic uses. The high content of salicylic acid provides it with astringent qualities. Specially used for skin diseases in kids, pansy extract is found in several lotions and ointments. The fresh leaf of the pansy helps cure acne.

Panthenol is most commonly known as vitamin B 5 and is popular in the cosmetic industry for its deeply moisturizing abilities. It is frequently used in shampoos for its biding quality and also used to cure sun burns and minor rashes.

Papaya Extract
Another fruit, which is used for cosmetic purposes, too is the papaya. The fruit maybe mashed and applied for degreasing oily complexions. The milk from the stalk if diluted makes an excellent exfoliate. The fruit aids protein digestion.

The flower of the passionflower plant is known to have a soothing effect and so used favorably in teas and bath herbs. The fruit of the plant makes a tasty and cleansing face pack.

Peppermint Essential Oil
This oil has a nice mint flavor, which has a dual purpose of cooling in warm weather and warming in cold times. The oil also has antiseptic qualities and is a great insect repellent too.

Pineapple Extract
The juice of the pineapple makes a great astringent, much like its flesh. Pineapple extract works well as a oily skin wash too. The juice is also said to relieve sore throats. Very popular amongst kids

Polynesian Pearl
The pearl found in Polynesia is crushed ad used in several cosmetic products. Mixed with green tea the Polynesian pearl power forms the base of several eye make up products.

Pomegranate juice has a distinct red un-washable color and often used as a body dye. The fruit juice is an astringent for oily skin and consuming it helps relieve diarrhea symptoms.

Quince forms the base of several lotions and creams. Similar to flax seeds the Quince seeds also are exfoliating and often missed with rosewater to serve as a healing after-shave. The plant was said to be worshipped by Venus herself.

Red Currant
A member of the gooseberry family, the red currant is sour and often used it jellies and jams. It is known as a digestive, an astringent, a blood cleanser and even helps relieve symptoms of gout.

Rice Bran Oil
Much like wheat germ oil the rice barn oil is rich in vitamin E and so used for its anti oxidant qualities in soaps, moisturizers and even applied to the skin directly.

Considered the king of flowers the rose is said to be the supreme healer. The flower is said to have therapeutic effects apart from having the ability to cleanse the entire system. The fragrance of the flower makes it popular with perfumes too.

Rosemary Essential Oil
Known for its fresh herbal scent, rosemary essential oil works very well on hair issues like dandruff, thinning and hair loss. The Mediterranean spice oil should not however be used during pregnancy.

Saffron Crocus
Used extensively for adding flavor and color to food, Saffron is one of the most expensive spices of the world. It is used in hair dyes and lotions for its rich red color. The spice induces perspiration and is an anodyne too.

Sage oil
A combination of Clary Sage, Dalmation Sage and Spanish Sage is called sage oil. Used extensively in soaps and perfumes, the oil is also used to cure skin related issues. Sage oil is also used in mouthwashes and works as a great hair rinse too,

The wood of the tree has a unique fragrance, which makes it so popular. Sandalwood is an effective antiseptic, which helps cure minor burns and cuts. Peculiar to India, sandalwood is used in several soaps and lotions apart from being a secret aphrodisiac ingredient.

The Sassafras tealeaves are used to disinfect the skin and as a cure for acne. Mixed with rosemary water the tea makes a great eye and mouthwash. The bark of the plant helps relive the poison oak itch.

Scarlet Pimpernel
Scarlet Pimpernel is extensively used in cosmetics especially in skin care products that help cure acne, freckles and minor rashes. The plant also has astringent qualities.

Scotch Broom
Scotch broom is known for its distinctive yellow color. Used in hair rinses to add shine to the hair, scotch brown is also a relaxant and is popular for winning its fight with cellulite.

Kelp is another name for seaweeds and is known to be high in vitamins and minerals that help generate new cells for hair, skin and nails. The weed is largely consumed by those wanting to shed weight.

Shea Butter
Shea butter derived from the Shea tree is highly effective in curing skin related diseases. Right from dry skin to wrinkles, this West African butter is known as the most natural anti inflammatory sun screen available today.

Sodium Hyaluronate
Sodium Hyaluronate has a high ability to retain water due to which it is used in a lotion form to hydrate the skin cells.

Sugarcane Extract
Sugarcane Extract is a by-product of sugarcane and is said to have therapeutic effects. Though there have been claims that the product helps lower cholesterol no scientific evidence for this has been found yet.

Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine is highly effective in curing acne and oily skin. Mixed with yogurt, tangerine makes a great face pack. The juice diluted with water maybe used as a effective face rinse. Its oil is used in perfumes and colognes too.

Tea Tree Essential Oil
This spicy smelling oil can do wonders for the skin. Right from curing dryness, acne, rashes and even athlete’s foot, the Australian oil is known to do it all.

The thyme plant is peculiar to Spain and is known for its hot herbal flavor. It is an aromatic antiseptic, which is used in deodorants and perfumes not to mention toothpaste. Makes a great herbal bath mix when combined with lavender and mint!

Titanium Dioxide
Titanium dioxide is a naturally mined mineral and a common agent used in sunscreen products that works by physically blocking the sun. Used across many industries, Titanium Dioxide is considered to be safe for ingestion into the human body. Industries that use titanium dioxide include the food, medical, dental, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, among others.

Valerian Extract
Primarily found in the west, the Valerian extract is known to have a calming effect making it a popular sedative. It helps in curing blood circulation related problem and is a painkiller too.

Vanilla Bean
One of the most common ice cream flavors of the world, the Vanilla bean is used in  cosmetic preparations for its calming essence. The oil of the bean is used for massages that rejuvenate the body .All in all a perfect flavor for any occasion.

Walnut is a highly liked dry fruit. Its leaves are used in shampoos and bath gels while its hull is used in hair dyes. The oil of the nut is beneficial for anti dandruff treatment.

White Lotus
The white lotus flower was held sacred by Buddhists and Egyptians alike. It is an astringent, antiseptic, sedative, aphrodisiac and best of all; the stem of the plant is culinary delicacy.

White Tea
White Tea extract is a powerful anti-oxidant packed with anti-aging polyphenols. It boosts the immune function of skin cells, protects from the damaging effects of the sun and pollutants and leaves skin free to renew, repair and replenish.

White Truffle Oil
Used as table oil, the white truffle oil is known to have nourishing effects on hair as well as skin. The aroma of the oil is distinct and so used in aromatherapies too. This rather expensive oil is made from white truffles found in the base of trees.

Wintergreen is a popular in skin related cosmetics and medications, however, it is high in mehyl salicylate content and those allergic to it should avoid using wintergreen-containing products. Extensively used in aromatherapy and facial scrubs the plant and its oil have a fresh scent to it.

Witch hazel
Witch hazel is distinguished by its unique fragrance and is used in aromatherapy as well as combined with tea to form a face wash. Mixed with rosewater, witch hazel can be used as eyewash too. The scent also makes it a popular under arm application.

Ylang Ylang
The word means rejuvenation and the flowers do just that. The strong scent of these blossoms can cause nausea and so must be used in extreme moderation. Good for the skin and nervous system, Ylang Ylang is used to cure mood swings and depressions.

Zinc Oxide
Zinc oxide is highly favored in skin products since it is known for its healing qualities. Effectively used in case of minor cuts and burns the compound is a very good sun block too.


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