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Brands by alphabet starting with S-Z

  • first cleanse,  The Body Shop

    The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

    the claim The The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter claims to be a luxurious way to remove all makeup while purifying, cleansing and refreshing the skin for a silky soft finish. Suitable for sensitive skin.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in a relatively short formula of 14 ingredients is Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a mineral oil replacement comprising an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid. Non-occlusive emollient properties help it to reduce water loss and keep skin moist and supple without creating a film on the surface. Next, Synthetic Wax, is derived form a mixture of oils and helps to bind, stabilise and enhance texture. The…

  • wash off,  Wildcrafted Organics

    Wildcrafted Organics Wild Berry Masque

    the claim The Wildcrafted Organics Wild Berry Masque comprises 85% Certifed Organic and Wild Harvested Ingredients. It claims to be a luscious honey based cleanser, exfoliant and masque rich in skin loving nutrients, antioxidants and the purest New Zealand clay for healthy, beautifully radiant skin.     the science Topping the INCI is organic Honey. Strong antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in honey make it a great cleanser while also protecting the skin and helping to prevent premature aging. As a humectant, it draws and retains moisture for increased skin hydration and suppleness. Halloysite Clay is a pure white New Zealand clay that enhances cleansing and exfoliation. It is…

  • oil,  The Jojoba Company

    Jojoba Company Ultimate Youth Potion

    the claim The Jojoba Company Ultimate Youth Potion claims to be a deeply moisturising facial oil that restores skin elasticity with the full spectrum of vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, F), essential omega acids (3, 6, 9) and potent antioxidants.     the science The brand’s hero ingredient, Jojoba Seed Oil is composed of 97% wax esters. This oil/wax resembles human sebum ensuring fast and effortless absorption into the skin for superior moisturisation without clogging pores. Additionally, this characteristic helps regulate sebum production and balance facial oils. Important for skin cell regeneration, it is rich in natural Vitamin A while essential omega 6 and 9 fatty acids help repair…

  • Skocktail Moisjito
    serum,  Skocktail

    Skocktail Moisjito

    the claim The Skocktail Moisjito claims to perform the role of both serum and moisturiser in one step to immediately plump, nourish and repair skin.     the science There are two hero ingredients in the Skocktail Moisjito formula, both well known in the skincare arena. Firstly, at the highest concentration is Hyaluronic Acid (HA), present at a low molecular weight of 5nm (diameter). HA occurs naturally in the skin, a humectant that has the ability to draw over 1000 times its weight in moisture from the atmosphere to keep it supple and fresh. One gram of HA can hold up to six litres of water. Revitalizing the skin’s outer…

  • oil,  The Ordinary

    The Ordinary “B” Oil

    the claim The Ordinary’s “B” Oil claims to solubilize a purified form of micro-algae in a blend of squalane and marula, argan, baobab, pataua, brazil nut, inca inchi, rosehip and borage oils to support healthy skin defense, enhance radiance, quench free radicals and help balance pro-irritant mediators.     the science The oils included at the largest volumes in the blend closely resemble human sebum in structure, ensuring rapid penetration, deep hydration and no greasy residue. The first is Squalane which comprises three major antioxidants, namely, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols, for ultimate protection against free radicals and restorative function. Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil offers a strong concentration of Omega…

  • Tia'm Snail & Azulene Low pH Clenaser
    second cleanse,  Tia'm

    Tia’m Snail & Azulene Low pH Cleanser

    the claim The Tia’m Snail & Azulene Low pH Cleanser is a mild gel cleanser that helps to maintain a healthy skin pH while also reducing skin irritation that can be caused by cleansing.     the science Represented at the highest concentration, following water, is Cocamidopropyl Betaine. This ingredient is a gentle surfactant which acts as a cleansing and lathering agent. According to beauty guru, Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice Skincare, it is too mild to clean adult skin when used alone. Thus the requirement for Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate at position 3. A water soluble, sulfate-free, coconut derived surfactant, it too is incredibly mild and considered one of…

  • Trilogy No 15 Beauty Oil
    oil,  Trilogy

    Trilogy No 15 Beauty Oil

    the claim The Trilogy No 15 Beauty Oil claims to be a one-of-a-kind anti-pollution multi-tasking oil suitable for all skin types. It is said to protect the skin at the cellular level with antioxidants while also conditioning and strengthening the natural barrier function.     the science Baobab Seed Oil is packed with vitamins and Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, it’s lightweight, soothing and hydrating so delivers gentle moisturisation. It’s also readily absorbed without greasy residue. Similar in composition, Macadamia Seed Oil offers like traits. Apricot Kernal Oil acts as an emollient. High essential fatty acids help to maintain the skin…

  • Marine Active Toner
    hydrating toner,  The Skin House

    The Skin House Marine Active Toner

    the claim The Skin House Marine Active Toner claims to sink in quickly to hydrate the skin with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Deep sea water and seaweed extract make skin clean and bright without feeling sticky.     the science Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally present in the human body. It draws up to 1000 times its weight in moisture from the atmosphere into the skin for a hydrated, plump and healthy appearance. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of HA and present at a fair concentration, listed seventh on the ingredient list. Humectants Glycerin, Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol similarly enhance hydration, the latter also assisting to increase the…

  • The Silk Crystal 2-Way Silk Pack
    mask,  The Silk Crystal,  wash off

    The Silk Crystal 2-Way Silk Pack

    the claim The The Silk Crystal 2-Way Silk Pack claims to tighten and lift pores to remove impurities in just 30 minutes for flawless skin.     the science The peel comprises 88% Fibroin, a fibrous silk protein that promotes a rigid structure and tensile strength. These properties together with self-contraction, make it very capable of drawing out impurities from pores, effective against blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin cells, even downy facial hair. Helping to create the peeling film is Polyvinyl Alcohol, an ingredient regularly found in such masks because of its film forming properties. According to Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice Skincare: This type of alcohol may pose a…

  • The Skin House Marine Active Cream
    moisturize,  The Skin House

    The Skin House Marine Active Cream

    the claim The Skin House Marine Active Cream claims to be a hydrating cream that contains nutrients from the sea to fill the skin with moisturise from the inside for a bright complexion.     the science Hyaluronic Acid is naturally present in the human body. It draws up to 1000 times its weight in moisture from the atmosphere into the skin for a hydrated, plump and healthy appearance. Hydrated skin is more effective at keeping ageing at bay, helping to prevent wrinkles forming and diminishing the look of existing lines. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid and present at a solid concentration, listed third on the…