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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Hyssop

Hussopus officinalis
Derived from the chamomile flower; known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties; adds shine to hair.

Hypo-allergenic

This term is applied to a product in which care has been taken in ingredient selection and formulation to ensure minimum incidence of allergic reactions.

Hydroxymethylcellulose

Emulsifier, thickener.

Hydroxyethylcellulose

Derived from wood pulp (glycine amino acid); adds body to hair.

Hydrolyzed wheat protein

Derived from wheat; strengthening and thickening for hair.

Hydrolyzed soy protein

Derived from the beans; provides a smoothing effect to the skin.

Hydrolyzed oats

Derived from oats; adds texture and thickens hair; soothes, softens, and nourishes.

Hydrogenated jojoba oil

Derived from the seeds; natural replacement for petroleum jelly; increases viscosity or thickness in formulas; moisturizes and protects.

Hydrogenated coconut oil

Derived from the fruit; natural replacement for petroleum jelly, increases viscosity or thickness in formulas; moisturizes and protects.

Hydrogenated castor oil

Derived from castor beans; natural replacement for petroleum jelly; increases viscosity, moisturizes and protects.

Hyaluronic acid

Sodium hyaluronate
Derived from sugar beets and soy; humectant that regulates the level of hydration of skin; forms a moisturizing, non-occlusive layer of moisture on the skin.

Honeysuckle

Lonicera caprifolium
Derived from the plant; smoothes and softens skin.

Honey

A by-product of bees concentrating plant nectars; nutrient-rich emollient and humectant.

Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract

Derived from the tropical flower; high in vitamin C; known for its soothing and antioxidant properties.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract

Derived from the tropical flower; cleansing, soothing and moisturizing.

Helianthus annuus oil

Sunflower
Derived from the seeds; contains large amounts of vitamin E; softens and protects.

Helianthus annuus seed wax

Sunflower seed wax
Derived from the seed hulls; adds texture, softens and protects.

Hamamelis virginiana extract

Witch hazel
Derived from bark and leaves; known as an astringent and anti-inflammatory; soothes, and heals.