Bamboo – Bamboo, or Bambusoideae, are evergreen perenial plants, but what’s more interesting are the unique properties of bamboo. Being naturally prolific and pest-resistant, bamboo is unlike cotton crops that require intensive spraying and added fertilisers to ensure optimal production. Hence, bamboo provides a sustainable and clean source of fibres for making clothes, linen, and wooden products such as toothbrushes and furniture, and best of all, it is 100% biodegradable. Bamboo clothes and cloth are also cooler to wear as the material is soft and breathable, perfect for tropical countries.
Beer – Beer, if you are an adult, high chances are you have probably had a taste of this popular alcoholic beverage. But what’s interesting about beer is that as it has a moderate content of hop, B vitamins and yeast, it can be used to make effective cleansers, preventing the growth of acne-causing bacteria and maintaining the pH balance of the skin, soothing the skin and reducing sebum production. What’s more, the hops and malt found in beer promotes hair growth and brings shine to damaged hair.
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Beeswax – Beeswax is made from the glands on honey bees and used to line hive cells where baby bees grow and honey is stored. Thus, in order to protect the baby bees, beeswax is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, making it a great natural substitute for artificial or petroleum-derived ingredients used in thickening cosmetic products like creams. Furthermore, beeswax has a host of other beneficial properties such as being a hypoallergenic and anti-inflammatory humectant (moisture-attracting), which makes it an ideal component of moisturising skin and hair care products.
Behentrimonium Chloride – Having antistatic and conditioning properties, this is a widely used chemical in hair conditioners, mousse and other hair-colouring products. But what’s not common knowledge is that this chemical is toxic and irritating to the skin in higher concentrations. Though generally regulated to be only used in acceptable concentrations, this harmful ingredient still poses potential damage to the mucous of our eyes and is inflammatory, so it’s still best to avoid this ingredient in your hair care products.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate – Not to be mistaken with Behentrimonium Chloride (above), Behentrimonium Methosulfate is a safe ingredient derived from Rapeseed Oil. It is considered to be the perfect ingredient in shampoo and hair conditionining product as it has moisturizing and conditioning properties which makes hair feel soft and easy to detangle.
Bentonite Clay – Bentonite Clay is a volcanic clay powder widely used as a healing clay. Derived from volcanic origins, this powder is a naturally rich in a large number of minerals like Calcium, Silica, Magnesium and Potassium, providing the body with necessary nutrients when consumed. As Bentonite Clay is negatively charged in its original form, it acts to attract and bind toxic molecules to it, removing heavy metals which are positively charged out of our bodies. Having such detoxing properties has also made it a commonly-used ingredient in facial masks. Fun Fact: Bentonite Clay is harvested primarily in Fort Benton, Wyoming in the US (which gave it its name), Montmorillon in France and in Italy.
Bergamot – Bergamot, or Citrus Bergamia, is a fragrant citrus fruit much like a lime, which is popularly used for its unique fragrance in perfumes and cosmetic products when extracted to form an essential oil. With stimulating and uplifting components such as limonene and alpha-pinene, Bergamot is great for combating stress and helping relax our minds and bodies. Along with its calming fragrance, Bergamot also has antibiotic properties, making it suitable for use in deodorants, wound treatments and in skin care products to help with even healing to fade facial scars away.
Butylene Glycol – A petroleum-derived chemical that can be found in many skin care products because it has a thinning effect to reduce the thickness of gels and creams, making the active ingredients more easily absorbed by or penetrate the skin. However, although used in approved concentrations, this chemical can still potentially cause skin irritation particularly for people with sensitive skin.