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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Sweet orange oil

Citrus sinensis
Derived from the orange fruit; aromatic essential oil; soothes, calms and refreshes.

Sweet almond oil

Prunus amygdalus dulcis
Derived from the nut; smoothes, softens and protects.

Super oxide dismutase

Antioxidant known to protect skin from free radicals.

Sunflower oil

Helianthus annuus
Derived from the seed; contains large amounts of vitamin E; softens and protects.

Sugar cane juice

Saccharum officinarum
Derived from sugar cane; contains glycolic acid, a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid; gentle exfoliant and antioxidant.

Sucrose cocoate

Derived from sugar beets and coconut oil; emulsifier and humectant.

Sucrose

Sugar
Derived from sugar beets; alpha-hydroxy acid; gentle exfoliant and antioxidant.

Stearyl alcohol

Derived from stearic acid and from vegetable fatty acids; soothes, softens, and is an emulsifier.

Stearic acid

Derived from vegetable fatty acids; soothes, softens and is an emulsifier.

Steareth-21

Derived from palm oil; emulsifier.

Steareth-20

Derived from palm oil; mild cleanser and emulsifier.

Steareth-2

Derived from palm oil; mild cleanser and emulsifier.

Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine

Derived from palm oil; helps to reduce build-up on the hair.

St. Johnswort

Hypericum perforatum
Derived from herb; calms, tones, and heals.

Squalane

Derived from olives; protects, rejuvenates and moisturizes.

Spirulina maxima extract

Derived from blue-green micro-algae; skin firming and mineral-rich.

Spiraea ulmaria leaf extract

Meadowsweet
Derived from an herb; contains beta-hydroxy acids; smoothes and softens.

Soyamidopropalkonium chloride

Derived from soybean oil; skin conditioner and moisturizer.

Soy protein

Glycine soja
Derived from soy bean amino acids; conditions skin and strengthens hair.

Soy lecithin

Phosphatioylcholine
Derived from soybeans; emulsifier, stabilizer, and antioxidant.

Soy bean oil

Glycine soja
Derived from soy bean; rich in fatty acids and vitamin E; moisturizes.

Soy bean glycerides

Derived from soy beans; naturally occurring free fatty acids with emollient properties.

Sorbitol

Derived from fruits and berries; humectant that gives a velvety feel to the skin.

Sorbitan stearate

Derived from berries; a natural alcohol used as a binder and humectant.

Sorbitan laurate

Derived from coconut; mild cleanser.

Sodium stearoyl lactylate

Derived from coconut oil; used as an emollient and emulsifier.

Sodium PCA

Derived from plant, fruits, grasses and vegetables; humectant and emollient.

Sodium methyl-2 sulfolaurate

Derived from coconut; mild, non-drying cleanser.

Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate

Derived from coconut and palm oils; skin-friendly surfactant (foaming agent) for both skin and hair; effectively removes surface oil and dirt without stripping or drying sensitive skin; hydrophilic so it dissolves readily in water, thus providing superior rinseablility.

Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate

Derived from coconut oil; a safe, skin-friendly cleanser for both skin and hair that effectively removes surface oil and dirt without stripping or drying sensitive skin.

Sodium lauroyl lactylate

Derived from palm kernel and sugar; a safe, skin-friendly cleanser for both skin and hair that effectively removes surface oil and dirt, without stripping or drying sensitive skin.

Sodium lactate

Derived from lactic acid; humectant that increases moisture retention.

Sodium hydroxide

pH adjuster and formula stabilizer.

Sodium hyaluronate

Derived from vegetable; humectant that regulates the level of hydration of skin.

Sodium cocoyl sulfate

Derived from coconut; mild cleanser that won't strip or dry delicate skin and hair.

Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate

Derived from coconut oil; skin-friendly cleanser for both skin and hair that effectively removes surface oil and dirt without stripping or drying sensitive skin.

Sodium cocoyl isethionate

Derived from coconut fatty acids; mild, non-drying cleanser; sudsing agent.

Sodium cocoyl glutamate

Derived from coconut oil and glutamate amino acid; cleanses, protects and repairs.

Sodium citrate

Derived from minerals and citric acid; balances the pH level.

Sodium chloride

Salt; astringent known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Sodium bicarbonate

Baking soda
Non-irritating, balances pH, cleanses and absorbs odor.

Sodium benzoate

Derived from benzoic acid; used as a preservative.

Simmondsia chinensis oil

Jojoba oil
Derived from the bean; nutrient-rich ingredient soothes, moisturizes and softens.

Silica silylate

Derived from silica; used as a thickener.

Silica

Derived from sand; water repellent and lubricant.

Shea butter

Butyrospermum parkii
Derived from the karite fruit on the African mangifolia tree; soothes, protects and adds shine to hair.

Sesamum indicum seed oil

Sesame seed oil
Derived from sesame seeds; antioxidant that soothes, smoothes and protects.

Sesame oil

Sesamum indicum
Derived from sesame seeds; antioxidant, soothes, smoothes, and protects.

Serenoa serrulata fruit extract

Saw palmetto
Derived from the palm fruit; soothing ingredient.

Seaweed extract

Derived from algae and kelp; rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, balances and tones.

Sea salt

Sodium chloride
Derived from seawater; contains all the minerals and micro-nutrients that are present in the sea (over 80 elements); exfoliates and helps promote circulation.

Sea kelp

Laminaria digitata
Derived from kelp; highly moisturizing, smoothing and firming.

SD Alcohol-40

Derived from grain; cosmetic grade, non-drying compound used to dilute and dissolve other ingredients.

Sclerotium gum

Derived from specially fermented sugar; used as a thickener.

Saw palmetto extract

Sarenoa serrulata
Derived from the palm fruit; soothing.

Saponified elaeis guineensis oil

Saponified palm oil
Derived from palm oil has gone through saponification to form a gentle soap.

Saponified cocos nucifera oil

Saponified coconut oil
Derived from coconut oil that has gone through saponification to form a gentle soap.

Sambucus nigra fruit extract

Elderberry
Derived from the berry; antioxidant high in vitamin C content.

Salvia officinalis extract

Sage extract
Derived from the sage plant; astringent, cleansing ingredient known for its antiseptic properties.

Salix alba extract

Willow bark extract
Derived from the bark; natural source of salicylic acid that cleanses and exfoliates; known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Salicylic acid

Beta-hydroxy Acid
Derived from the bark of the willow tree; provides gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing.

Sage extract

Salvia officinalis
Derived from the sage plant; astringent, cleansing ingredient known for its antiseptic properties.

Safflower oil

Carthamus tinctorius
Derived from safflower seeds; an emollient high in oleic acid; nourishes, protects and firms.

Saccharum officinarum juice

Sugar cane juice
Derived from sugar cane; contains glycolic acid a naturally occurring alphahydroxy acid; gentle exfoliant and antioxidant.