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Ingredient Glossary

Clean List

Healthy lip-loving ingredients used in our current formulations

Avocado oil: Brimming with essential fatty acids to replenish skin’s natural moisture barrier, avocado also contains Vitamin C to boost collagen production, antioxidants, Vitamin E and biotin for skin, hair and nail health.

Beeswax: A natural anti-inflammatory that gives Lip Nourish™ it’s lucious smoothness, making it glide on like a balm.

Candelilla wax: From the leaves of the candelilla shrub, this plant-based vegan wax is rich in nutrients and gives lips a smooth satin finish. Softening and protective, it also acts as a stabiliser and emulsifier to stop ingredients from expiring and separating.

Carnauba wax: A plant-based, vegan wax from the leaves of the carnauba palm that is hypoallergenic, softening and helps lip products glide on smoothly. It’s also used to thicken the formulation of Lip Nourish™ and prevent it from melting.

Castor seed oil: With hydrating and protective essential fatty acids, castor seed oil locks in moisture, promotes healing and reduces inflammation (including the redness of psoriasis).

Cinnamon bark oil: With a formidable number of antioxidants from carotene, lutein and eugenol, cinnamon brightens and smooths skin while reducing inflammation. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Cocoa seed butter: Abundant in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, cocoa seed butter is an anti-allergen wonder ingredient that deeply soothes while preventing skin disorders. High in magnesium for healing.

Cornstarch: Luk Beautifood uses cornstarch to thicken the formulation while maintaining a silky smooth texture.

Ginger root oil: Potent antioxidants in ginger neutralise free radicals to reduce inflammation (especially from psoriasis and acne), prompting skin to heal itself and appear smoother, tighter and less red. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Iron oxide: These rich red and brown pigments are moisture-resistant, so they won’t bleed into lines around lips.

Jojoba: An anti-inflammatory with soothing Vitamin E, jojoba calms and reduces redness for soft, comfortable lips.

Juniper berry oil: With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties, Juniper is a hard-working oil that also contains a healthy dose of Vitamin C. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Lecithin: This emulsifier (prevents ingredients from separating) is derived from non-GMO soybeans that are high in essential fatty acids to boost skin suppleness.

Lemon peel oil: Rich in anti-inflammatories and antioxidants including Vitamin C, flavonoids (phytonutrients that give fruits their colours) and limonins (which is also an antibacterial), organic cold-pressed lemon peel oil heals and brightens skin. Antimicrobials help with conditions like acne and psoriasis.

Lime peel oil: Bursting with Vitamin C to protect cell strength and structure, this antioxidant-rich oil helps maintain smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Mica: A natural mineral with light-reflecting properties that creates a healthy glow.

Mint oil: A potent source of antioxidants including Vitamin C, carotene (a plant pigment), magnesium, copper, iron, potassium and calcium, organic cold-pressed mint oil removes toxins from the skin while calming inflammation. Antibacterial properties protect lip health.

Orange peel oil: Rich in Vitamin C to protect cell strength and structure, this antioxidant-rich oil helps maintain smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Peppermint oil: A soothing, tingling oil that can relieve headaches with its refreshing fragrance. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Pink grapefruit peel oil: Vitamin C boosts collagen production while antioxidants fight free radicals that cause wrinkles and discolouration. Grapefruit also increases the pH of the skin, which can help reduce spots and inflammation. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Rosemary oil: Improves skin health with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds, while easing stress and anxiety with an aromatherapeutic scent. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Sesame seed oil: Contains protective and plumping essential fatty acids as well as potent antioxidants known as lignans. Rich in Vitamin E to reduce inflammation, zinc for skin health and copper to stimulate collagen and elastin formation. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Sunflower seed oil: Essential fatty acids and Vitamin E promote skin health, while selenium repairs cellular DNA. Phytoestrogens fight free radicals and reduce wrinkles.

Sweet cherry seed oil: Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants to repair dry skin, this oil also contains soothing Vitamin E.

Tangerine peel oil: Full of Vitamin C to protect cell strength and structure, this antioxidant-rich oil helps maintain smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Organic and cold-pressed to retain nutrients.

Titanium dioxide: A natural mineral from the earth that is gentle on skin, titanium dioxide helps to thicken and smooth our lip products. It also protects skin from UVA and UVB rays, making it the active ingredient in most sunscreens.

Vitamin E: A rejuvenating antioxidant, Vitamin E is a multitasking marvel that minimises fine lines, prevents damage to collagen and elastin, reduces inflammation and improves moisture retention and skin suppleness.

Vanilla oil: More than just a comforting, anxiety-reducing scent, natural vanilla is also packed with antioxidants to fight signs of aging and protect against UV rays. Vanilloids work as anti-inflammatories to heal and reduce irritation.

Dirty List

Health-harming ingredients we will never use in our formulations

Lead and heavy metals: Used to smooth and thicken cosmetic formulations, lead and heavy metals are damaging to organs including the brain, kidney, lungs and liver. Long-term exposure may cause cancer.

Parabens: A type of preservative, studies suggest parabens are endocrine disruptors, negatively affecting fertility and increasing breast cancer risk.

Petrochemicals: Derived from petroleum and used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics, petrochemicals accumulate in organs and tissue causing brain, nerve and liver damage. They have been linked to hormonal disorders, birth defects and cancer.

Phenoxyethanol: A preservative that can damage the liver, kidneys and nervous system, as well as irritating the lungs. The new European Union organic certification standard bans its use.

Phthalates: Binding agents that make plastics flexible, phthalates have concerning links to behaviour disorders (including autism and ADHD), asthma, breast cancer, obesity and fertility issues. They are banned in the European Union.

Polyethylene glycols (PEGs): Used as thickeners and solvents in cosmetics, PEGs are known carcinogens that can also harm the nervous system.

Silicones: Used as emulsifiers, emollients and surfactants in cosmetics, silicones are inferior skin moisturisers when compared with plant oils as they do not contain any nutrients.

Synthetic antioxidants (BHA or BHT): These preservatives are known endocrine disruptors that affect reproductive health and may encourage tumour growth.

Synthetic dyes: Irritating and inflaming, synthetic dyes are often made from coal tar, which can contain lead and arsenic.

Synthetic fragrances: Synthetic fragrances can contain endocrine-disrupting phthalates, as well as benzene derivatives which are known carcinogens. They are often made from petrochemicals.

Synthetic preservatives: Formaldehyde is commonly used as a preservative in cosmetics despite it being a known carcinogen. It is also used to preserve bodies in mortuaries and for medical research.