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INCI Dictionary – International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredients

The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) is a system for labeling the ingredients in cosmetics. It is used internationally to ensure that the ingredients listed on the label of a cosmetic product are consistent and easy to understand, regardless of the language spoken by the consumer. The INCI system is maintained by the International Nomenclature Committee (INC) and is overseen by the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC). The INCI names for ingredients are typically derived from the scientific names for the substances, but may also be based on common names or trade names. The INCI labeling system is designed to provide consumers with accurate and consistent information about the ingredients in their cosmetic products.

Common name INCI name
Purified water, deionized water, demineralized water, water, etc.Aqua
Sodium Coco SulfateSodium Coco-Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (from coconut oil)Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium laureth sulfate (from coconut oil)Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl betaine (from coconut oil)Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Decyl glucosideDecyl Glucoside
Citric acidCitric Acid
ParabenMethylparaben
Cetyl alcoholCetyl Alcohol
Vitamin ETocopherol
BeeswaxBeeswax
Vegetable GlycerinGlycerin
Oat branAvena Sativa (Oat) Bran
Shea butterButyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Passion Fruit JuicePassiflora Edulis Fruit Juice
Red rose waterRosa Damascena Flower Water
Raspberry extractRubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract
Yucca herbal extractYucca Schidigera Stem Extract
Aloe vera leaf gelAloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Tea tree oilMelaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
Peppermint leaf oilMentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
Spearmint leaf oilMentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil
Wintergreen leaf oilGaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil
Lavender oilLavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Cinnamon leaf oilCinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil
Lemon peel oilCitrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
Valencia orange peel oilCitrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
Pink grapefruit peel oilCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
Roman chamomile oilAnthemis Nobilis Flower Oil
Jasmine oilJasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil
Extra virgin olive oilOlea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Saponified oil of coconutSodium Cocoate
Saponified oil of palmSodium Palmate
Hemp oilCannabis Sativa Seed Oil
Jojoba oilSimmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Sunflower oilHelianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

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