It is important to be able to correctly identify the specific ingredients found in body care products. For this reason, the Avalon Organics® brand uses the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) system to list its product ingredients. This is an internationally approved system of naming cosmetic ingredients based on their scientific names. For ease of searching this ingredient glossary, some ingredients are listed using both their INCI name and their common name. Learn about Avalon Organics® ingredients here.

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Butyrospermum parkii

Shea butter
Derived from the karite fruit on the African mangifolia tree; known to heal, soothe, protect and add shine to hair.

Butcher's broom extract

Ruscus aculeatus
Derived from European plant; known as an anti-inflammatory that can improve circulation.

Burdock root extract

Articum lappa
Derived from root, seed and leaves of the Chinese burdock plant; known for its soothing, healing, and detoxifying properties.

Bromelain

Ananas sativus
Derived from pineapple, bromelain is an exfoliant that is known to help firm the skin.

Brazil nut oil

Helps lubricate and moisturize the skin, provides antioxidant benefits with its high selenium content, helps prevents dryness, and leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.

Brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer

Derived from canola and tung oils; long chain fat that protects against moisture loss.

Borago officinalis (borage) oil

Derived from the seeds; regenerative, rich in essential Omega fatty acids.

Blue-green algae

Algae extract
Derived from algae; hydrates, nourishes, detoxifies and firms.

Black pepper extract

Piper nigrum
Derived from peppercorns; known to stimulate circulation; useful for massage.

Bisabolol

Active ingredient in chamomile flowers; known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties.

Birch leaf extract

Betula alba
Derived from the tree, birch leaf has conditioning, toning and astringent properties.

Biotin

pro-vitamin B5
Derived from yeast; provides body and shine to hair.

Biosaccharide gum

Derived from a mixture of sugars; conditions and softens skin.

Beta Glucan

Active ingredient in oats; known for promoting healing and cellular turnover and stimulating collagen synthesis; protects and moisturizes the skin.

Beta carotene

Pro-vitamin A
Derived from carrots; known to aid cell rejuvenation; an antioxidant and moisturizer.

Bergamot oil

Cirtus bergamia
Derived from the rind of the fruit; balancing, relaxing and known for its anti-bacterial properties.

Benzyl alcohol

Derived from jasmine flowers or almond oil; safe, effective, food-grade preservative.

Benzoin

Styrax benzoin
Derived from tree resin; stimulates circulation, and is uplifting and rejuvenating.

Bentonite clay

Natural, grey or green, montmorillonite clay; provides thickness and texture to the formulation.

Behenyl alcohol

Derived from coconut fatty alcohols; thickening agent, helps prevent moisture loss.

Behentrimonium methosulfate

Derived from canola oil; mild ingredient used as an emulsifier to combine oil and water in the formulation of a cream or lotion.

Beeswax

Cera alba
Derived from honeycomb; emollient, nourishes, moisturizes and softens.

Basil extract

Ocimum basilicum
Derived from the herb; known to stimulate circulation; relaxing and clearing.

Balm mint extract

Melissa officinalis
Derived from lemon balm leaves; clarifies, soothes, tones and calms skin and scalp.

Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate
Non-irritating, balances pH, cleanses and absorbs odor.

Babassuamidopropalkonium chloride

Derived from babassu oil; hair conditioning and antistatic agent.

Babassu Oil

Orbignya oleifera
Derived from the fruit kernel; emollient, moisturizing.