Ingredient Glossary

Learn more about what goes into our line of premium products.

Acai Fruit Oil

Acai fruit oil, also called Acai berry oil, is extracted from the fruit of the Acai palm. The Acai is known as a super fruit because of its amazing nutrient profile. Acai fruit is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega 9 essential fatty acids, as well as phytosterols, vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, and C and minerals including phosphorus, calcium, and potassium. All of these nutrients work to moisturize and reduce the appearance of aging on the skin.

Agarwood Oil

Agarwood oil is one of the rarest, most valuable oils in the world. (It averages around $1,000 per ounce.) Agarwood oil is produced from the heartwood of Aquilaria trees and is extremely rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Agarwood oil helps retain natural moisture, eliminates free radicals, and protects skin and hair against environmental stressors, including sun damage. It is a known aphrodisiac and is describe as “liquid gold” throughout the world. Agarwood oil is what makes our exclusive Black Label beard oil the finest, most luxurious beard care product on the market.

Alkyl Polyglycoside

Alkyl polyglycosides (APGs) are a class of non-ionic surfactants widely used in foaming cosmetic applications, particularly body wash, shaving cream, shampoo, facial cleansers, and sensitive skin products.

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

Aloe Vera juice (commonly called Aloe Vera) is a thick liquid made from the flesh of the aloe Vera plant. Aloe Vera is extremely effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, especially dry skin. Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin without greasy feel, so it`s great for anyone with an oily skin complexion. Aloe Vera is often used an aftershave treatment, because its healing properties treat small cuts caused by shaving.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is loaded with rich, nourishing properties and is best known for promoting hair growth and repairing damaged hair. Due to its high cost, it is often used by cosmetic companies only in high-end formulations. Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the Moroccan argan tree (Argania spinosa) and is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and E. Argan oil also contains oleic and linoleic fatty acids, which make it especially beneficial for promoting healthy skin and hair.

Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid found in humans. It is used in the biosynthesis of proteins and its effects on hair growth are phenomenal. Being a precursor of nitric oxide, Arginine is vital for healthy hair growth. It regulates the level of nitrogen oxide in the body, which then stimulates the potassium opening of the cells.

Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot powder is a starch obtained from the rootstock of the Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot plant). Arrowroot was used by the early inhabitants of the Americas and is still commonly used today in the cosmetics industry. Arrowroot serves as an all-natural thickener and has absorbent properties that help reduce the greasy feeling that products which contain certain oils can produce.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil contains palmitoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that is found naturally in human tissues just under the skin. Since avocado oil mimics this fat, the skin naturally absorbs it more-rapidly, leading to quicker moisturization. Like argan oil, avocado oil also contains high concentrations of oleic and linoleic fatty acids, as well as with other naturally-present nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamins A, D & E, which are used to treat dry skin conditions such as eczema.

Baobab Oil

Baobab oil is an exquisite oil which is cold pressed from the seeds of the African Baobab fruit tree. The Baobab tree is known as “The Tree Of Life” and can live over 5,000 years. Baobab oil contains vitamins A, E, and F, as well as beneficial sterols. Baobab oil absorbs quickly and is designed to moisturize both skin and hair.

Beeswax

Beeswax is an all-natural wax produced by honey bees. It can be found in many cosmetics and is often used as a holding agent or stiffner. Pure beeswax has not generally been shown to cause allergic reactions in people and is even edible. 100% pure beeswax is used in our premium beard balms and waxes.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is an all-natural, olive oil based cleanser that does not contain animal fats. Because Liquid Castile Soap is free of harsh chemicals, such as SLS, it is considered to be safe for use by almost everyone, including infants. It is also environmentally friendly. Since castile soap is such a gentle and beneficial cleanser, it is often used to treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans. Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These types of fats act as humectants which are used to moisturize the skin. Humectants also retain moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin. Castor oil is commonly used in cosmetics to promote hydration and added to products like lotions, makeup, and facial cleansers.

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of the fatty alcohols cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol which are made from the triglycerides in vegetable and coconut oils. It is used as a thickener and emulsifier in cosmetic creams and lotions.

Cetyl Betaine

Cetyl betaine is a surfactant that is made by reacting naturally-derived alkyl dimethyl tertiary amine with sodium monochloroacetate. Betaines are used in cosmetic products, most commonly shaving creams, as foaming agents.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl betaine is an organic surfactant (foaming agent) derived from coconut oil and Dimethylaminopropylamine. Dimethylaminopropylamine is a diamine — meaning an organic compound with two amino groups.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most popular carrier oils for good reason. Coconut oil, derived from the fruit of the coconut tree, is a super-oil full of naturally present antioxidants and is an excellent antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is exceptionally good for nourishing hair and skin. It is an excellent all-natural moisturizer and is often used to treat dry skin conditions.

Corn Starch (Maize)

Corn starch, also known as maize starch, is the starch obtained from the corn (maize) grain. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used as a disintegrant and binder. Disintegrants enable capsules to dissolve, so the contents can be released for absorption. Corn starch is recognized on the safe food substances list published by the FDA.

Cysteine

Cysteine is an amino acid found in humans. It is important for protein synthesis, detoxification, as well as diverse metabolic functions. Cysteine is one of the main building blocks of keratin, a fibrous protein that makes up the structure of skin, nails, and hair. Without enough Cysteine to maintain keratin structures, your hair will weaken and be prone to breakage.

Decyl Glucoside

Decyl glucoside is a mild, non-ionic surfactant (foaming agent) used in cosmetic products, including shampoo, shaving cream, and products for individuals with sensitive skin.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants. These oils capture the plant’s scent and aroma, also called its “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Essential oils may be extracted from a plants roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and/or fruits. We use essential oils in many of our products to produce their unique scents.

Ethylhexylglycerin

Ethylhexylglycerin is a synthetic compound derived from grains and plants which is commonly used as a preservative and skin conditioning agent in cosmetic products.

Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils are synthetic compounds diluted with a carrier like propylene glycol, vegetable oil, or mineral oil. Modern-day fragrance oils are phthalate-free and completely safe to use on skin. Fragrance oils are used in almost all soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes. We use fragrance oils in many of our products to produce their unique scents.

Glycerin (Glycerol)

Glycerin, also known as Glycerol, is a naturally occurring alcohol compound. Glycerin is a moisturizer which acts like a sponge that pulls in water to the outer skin layer. It also slows the evaporation of water from your skin, which helps combat dryness.

Glycerol Monostearate

Glycerol monostearate, commonly referred to as GMS, is an organic molecule used as an emulsifier. Emulsifiers are used in cosmetic products as thickening agents and to give them their creamy texture.

Glyceryl Stearate

Glyceryl Stearate is a lipid used as a surfactant and emulsifying agent in many cosmetics. It helps give cosmetic products their creamy smooth feel and also works to soften hair. Glyceryl Stearate forms a protective barrier on hair, which helps prevent moisture loss and fight against damaging free-radicals.

Horsetail Extract

Horsetail extract is obtained from the horsetail plant. Horsetail extract is rich in minerals for hair, tying horsetail and hair growth together. Horsetail extract’s main ingredient is the mineral silica, or silicon, which strengthens hair strands, as well as nails and bones.

Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein

Keratin increases the moisture content of the hair by restoring luster, body, and increasing manageability. Keratin is distinct from other proteins in that it is rich in cysteine (a sulfur-containing amino acid also found in our Growth Supplement Pills) giving it a unique strength and protective quality. Since Keratin is a primary constituent in skin and hair, it is one of the best nutrients for stimulating hair growth.

Jojoba Seed Oil

Jojoba oil is produced inside the seed of the Jojoba plant. Jojoba oil is commonly used to treat acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin. It’s also encourages hair regrowth. Because jojoba is an emollient, it soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles. Jojoba oil is a common carrier oil used in making skin and hair products, because it is an extremely effective skin moisturizer.

Lysine

Lysine is an amino acid found in humans. It is one of nine essential amino acids required for growth and tissue repair. Lysine helps stimulate the production of collagen and hair follicles need Lysine in order to grow hair properly.

Mango Butter

Mango Butter is commonly used in higher-end cosmetics. Like shea butter, mango butter contains high levels of non-saponifiables, making it a highly effective emollient. Mango Butter is a great additive for products that target dry, damaged, and aging skin. Mango butter is also a great source of essential fatty acids, which act as an excellent lubricant for the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. The use of mango butter in our premium Beard Butter is what sets us apart from other beard moisturizers.

Marigold Flower Oil

Marigold flower oil, scientifically known as Calendula oil, is a natural oil extracted from marigold flowers. Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving irritated skin. It is also a natural antiseptic. Calendula oil improves the overall quality and appearance of the skin.

Methionine

Methionine is an amino acid found in humans. It is an essential amino acid that plays unique roles, both in protein structure and metabolism. Methionine plays a key role in hair growth. It is a strong anti-oxidant and a warehouse of sulphur, a key ingredient for combating hair disorders.

Myristyl Myristate

Myristyl Myristate is a 100% natural, vegetable-based compound of myristyl alcohol and myristic acids. It is used as an emollient and skin conditioning agent. It also enhances esthetic properties of skin care products, giving them more body and spreadability.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is obtained from the fruit of the olive tree. The properties in olive oil are gentle and absorbed quickly by your skin, making it an excellent natural moisturizer. Unsaturated fats and Vitamins A and E are the beneficial properties in olive oil – key factors in why olive oil is so good at softening and healing dry skin.

Passion Fruit Oil

Passion fruit oil, scientifically known as Maracuja oil, is a natural oil extracted from the seeds of the passion fruit. Maracuja oil is a superior emollient rich in vitamin A, Calcium, and Phosphorus. Because of the nutrients in Maracuja oil, as well as the fatty acids and antioxidants, it is commonly used as a nourishing moisturizer in skin care products, and is particularly beneficial for those with oily or mature skin.

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is a germicidal (antimicrobial) preservative used in cosmetic and personal care products.

Potassium Hydroxide (Lye)

Potassium hydroxide, also known as lye, is a common ingredient found in soaps and other cosmetic products with cleansing properties.

Propanediol

Propanediol is a colorless liquid glycol derived from corn. It is used used as a viscosity decreasing (thinning) agent in cosmetic products.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil has antiandrogenic effects, meaning it’s beneficial for fighting hair loss. It also works by nourishing hair follicles, which helps promote hair growth. Most importantly, pumpkin seed oil is a natural DHT blocker. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main cause of hair loss in males.

Rice Bran Oil

Rice bran oil is extracted from the germ and husk of rice kernels. Rice bran oil is high in Vitamin E, which can speed up wound healing, increase cellular regeneration, soften the skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide protection from the sun. Vitamin E also helps boost the protective quality of skin cells, keeping foreign toxins and pathogens from entering through the skin.

Rosemary Extract

Rosemary extract is obtained from the rosemary plant. Available in both powder and oil form, rosemary extract helps with circulation. As a result, it has the ability to prevent hair follicles from being starved of blood supply and dying off, which leads to hair loss.

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto works in much the same way as finasteride, also known as Propecia, a common topical hair loss treatment. Like pumpkin seed oil, saw palmetto also blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main cause of hair loss in males.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is extracted from the Shea nut and is filtered (refined) to remove any impurities, resulting in a creamy off-white color and a pure, ultra-high quality product. Due to its well-known moisturizing properties, shea butter is used in countless cosmetic products. Its high level of non-saponifiables make it one of the most popular ingredients in lotions, soaps, and other skin care products. Shea butter also contains anti-inflammatories and humectants, which make it useful in medicinal creams that treat various skin conditions.

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate is an anionic surfactant derived from plant based oleochemicals, primarily coconut. It works as a foaming agent in soaps and shaving creams.

Stearic Acid

Stearic acid is a waxy, natural acid found in animal and vegetable fats. It acts as an emulsifying agent in creams, lotions, deodorants, and most natural body care products. Stearic acid is best known for the cooling effect it has when applied to the skin.

Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the Sunflower. Sunflower oil is commonly used in cosmetic formulations and as an emollient. Emollient properties help the skin retain its moisture. Vitamin E helps trap moisture inside skin cells, keeping skin hydrated for a longer period and sunflower seed oil is extremely high in Vitamin E. Sunflower seed oil is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a fat-soluble compound that can be converted into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene’s antioxidant properties are beneficial for the overall appearance of your skin.

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil is a precious, exotic oil with a rich history. It originates from the Polynesian islands, where the local Tahitian people have used it for skin and hair care for thousands of years. Tamanu oil has a significant number of nutrients and antioxidants, some of which include, Linoleic acid, Oleic acid, Palmitic acid, Calophyllic acid, and Stearic acid. It is rich in fatty acids which provide antioxidant, anti-bacterial, regenerative, and moisturizing properties. Tamanu oil is used in our exclusive Black Label beard oil.

Vitamin A (Beta Carotene)

Vitamin A helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. All cells in the body need vitamin A for growth, this includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to several problems, including hair loss.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Vitamin B2, is a water-soluble and heat-stable vitamin that the body uses to metabolize fats, protein, and carbohydrates into glucose for energy. In addition to boosting energy, Riboflavin is used as an antioxidant for proper function of the immune system, healthy skin, and hair.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3 is responsible for nourishing and re-hydrating the scalp — this helps hair follicles produce stronger strands of hair. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to several problems, including dry, brittle hair.

Vitamin B5 (Calcium D-pantothenate)

Vitamin B5 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps produce energy by breaking down fats and carbohydrates. It strengthens and nourishes hair follicles and promotes overall healthy skin and hair.

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

Vitamin B7, more commonly known as Biotin, is a water-soluble nutrient that is part of the B vitamin family. B vitamins are necessary for key metabolic processes, including hair growth. When your body has a Biotin deficiency, it can lead to thinning of the hair. Research has shown that using biotin-enriched hair products help thicken hair and stimulate healthier growth.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age. In addition, your body needs Vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen — an important part of hair structure. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)

Vitamin D is required for the regulation of certain minerals found in the body. While it is commonly known to help maintain proper bone structure, tests have also shown that Vitamin D plays a vital role in hair production through the creation of new follicles, the tiny pores in the scalp from where new hair grows.

Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)

Vitamin E has been regularly used by the cosmetics industry since the 1950s when its powerful skin and hair benefits were first discovered. Dry, itchy skin is a clear signal of a lack of moisture, but it can also be a sign of vitamin E deficiency. When vitamin E is infused with oil it helps seal in moisture, provides shine, reduces breakage, and protects hair from damage. Vitamin E is one of the best things you can apply to your beard and the underlying skin.

White Petrolatum (USP)

White Petrolatum, more commonly known as petroleum jelly, is an ingredient widely used in skin care lotions and cosmetics. It serves as a grooming aid by protecting skin, minimizing hair friction, and reducing moisture loss. Studies verified by The American Academy of Dermatology have shown that petrolatum is one of the best compounds for preventing moisture loss from skin and hair.

Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency and studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency.