Calendula – Calendula (marigold) plants have an exciting history of medicinal and culinary use. In particular, Calendula Officinalis, which possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties helps calm down infections and function as a antiseptic, helping speed up healing of wounds. The oil of calendula is also a wonderful moisturiser, helping fight signs of pre-mature aging and keeping the skin feeling supple.
Camellia – Camellia Oil, or Tea Seed Oil, is full of oleic acid, Omega, 3, 6 and 9, and filled with other vitamins such as A, B, D and E. As the oil is extracted from seeds of the tea plant, the antioxidant properties of the tea are also present. Coupled with the rich unsaturated fats and nutrients, this oil makes for an amazing moisturiser and ingredient in anti-aging products. With its abundant nutrients like Calcium, Potassium and other beneficial acids, Camellia Oil is also used for treatment of joint inflammation, Osteoporosis and lowering blood cholestrol.
Charcoal – Charcoal, or more specifically activated charcoal, has found it’s way into a range of skin care, medicine and even household products, such as stomach medicine, toothpaste, facial masks and even water purifiers. And there’s mainly one reason for this. Activated charcoal has a highly porous surface, and due to its negatively charged characteristic, toxins and gas which are generally positively charged bind to the surface the charcoal and gets adsorbed. Whether in tummy medicine, water filters or facial masks, the harmful substances get removed by the charcoal when it leaves our bodies or skin, making it an effective detoxing ingredient. In recent years, activated charcoal has also been used in making toothpaste, as its detoxing properties has proven to be effective for whitening teeth!
Citronella – Citronella is a grass that grows in hot climates, and which has a citrus, lemony scent, thus giving it its name. The essential oil extracted from this plant has a whole range of benefits such as insect repelling, antifungicidal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and deodorising. It’s antimicrobial properties allow for the elimination of harmful microbes in your gut when ingested, and also useful as an antiseptic when used externally. Another interesting property citronella oil has is that of being anti-spasmodic, which makes it ideal for use in reducing menstrual cramps, while its uplifting scent stimulates your body and mind, improving ones mood. Its strong scent is also wonderful as a deodoriser when used with laundry washes, and acts as a natural deterrent against insects when you use it outdoors.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) – Cocamidopropyl betaine, or CAPB, is an organic amido-amine alkyl compound derived from Coconut Oil. It is a lab derived synthetic ingredient that is created by mixing Coconut Oil with Dimethylaminopropylamine, and is used as a surfactant in shampoos and soaps. CAPB is not known to be an irritant. However when contaminated with -amine group of chemicals such as Dimethylaminopropylamine, carcinogenic Nitrosamines are formed.
Coco-Betaine – Coco-Betaine is formed from the straight monoalkyl-amine derived from coconut oil and is a natural surfactant. Coco-Betaine is structurally and chemically different from Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB). Being a natural substance, it can be be more irritating than CAPB to some people, but it is natural unlike the synthetically made CAPB. Usage-wise, it functions like CAPB, providing a lathering effect to shampoos or anti-frizz in conditioners.
Coconut Milk – Coconut Milk is made from filtering the liquid produced from soaking the grated flesh of coconuts in hot water, and as more milk can be extracted from mature coconuts, coconut milk usually comes from mature ones. As the mature coconuts have more time to absorb and store nutrients, you can imagine how much vitamins C, E, and minerals like selenium, iron, magnesium coconut milk contains. With such nourishing elements, it’s great to be used in hair restoration and conditioning. For skin too, due to its nourishing and antibacterial properties, it works well as a gentle exfoliator and anti-acne moisturiser as well.
Coconut Oil – Like Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil is also extracted from the flesh of coconuts and have similar nutrients and properties – like being an excellent moisturiser for skin and hair, anti-bacterial and as a cooking oil with high heat points. Hence, aside from culinary usage, coconut oil and its derivatives are also very widely used ingredients in cleansers, moisturisers, natural shampoos and conditioners.
Coffee – Having potent antioxidants and caffeine, coffee is a wonderful ingredient for use in skincare products. Used in scrubs, coffee grounds work well as a natural exfoliator and tightens the skin. The caffeine and antioxidants also make coffee an amazing ingredient for lightening dark spots and alleviate dark eye circles.