Discover the naturally-derived ingredients and non-toxic-to-skin alternatives infused into our formulas.
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Formulated with scientific expertise, this peptide helps relax and soften the look of wrinkles
Commonly known in Africa as "Siigga" or "soul", Anogeissus has long been used in traditional African medicine as a natural healer. It's a powerful skincare ingredient that helps boost skin's natural production of fibrillin to minimize the look of lines and wrinkles.
Extracted from the kernel of the Apricot fruit, Apricot Kernel Oil is a skin-loving ingredient that's rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. It's incredibly moisturizing and helps keep skin comfortably conditioned.
A superfood that's as good for your skin as it is for your body, Avocado is rich in nutrients and healthy fats and has superior moisturizing properties.
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)—which is not to be confused with BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid)—is a synthetic ingredient that’s a proven anti-oxidant. As such, it helps protect ingredients or the product from oxidation that may be caused by reactions with oxygen in the air and helps contribute to the overall stability of the product. We use BHT at levels that are recognized as safe.
Contains proteins, vitamins and minerals, this seaweed makes a superior superfood and in skincare helps boost skin’s natural collagen.
Caffeine from Coffee
The invigorating effects of coffee are well known. Countless tales have been told of the legendary Ethiopian goat shepherd who discovered his goats jumping with energy after eating the caffeine-rich red berries of the coffee tree. In skincare, caffeine from coffee helps energize tired skin to make it look more awake and refreshed.
Chinese Sacred Lily
Known as the "Paperwhite Lily", this pure white flower represents awakening and hope in many cultures. Also a symbol of renewal, it's used in skincare to help reawaken skin’s youthfulness.
Rich in antioxidants, this fermented berry blend possesses protective properties. In skincare, it helps shield the skin from environmental aggressors.
Known to thrive in harsh, cold temperatures. On our skin this delicate flower in our products helps strengthen skin’s barrier to defend skin from environmental assaults.
EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a synthetic stabilizing ingredient that helps to chelate or bind free metal ions that, left unbound, may disrupt the integrity of an ingredient or product over time. EDTA is safe for skin and based on the latest scientific evidence, EDTA is not considered harmful to the environment by regulatory bodies.
Known as the “King of Mushrooms”, Chaga Mushroom has a long history of use as a folk remedy to promote longevity and general good health. We ferment Chaga and finely filter it to create an ingredient with 28% more anti-irritant power.*
*In an in-vitro study vs. unfermented Chaga
Described prominently in ancient Chinese texts as a powerful herb, Panax Ginseng has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its health-boosting properties. A potent skincare ingredient, it helps increase skin's natural energy for a more revitalized appearance.
Glacier Water is a mineral-rich source of hydration. We infuse it into select products along with other hydrators to help quench thirsty skin.
Grapefruit Peel Oil
A hybrid of Sweet Orange and Pomelo, Grapefruit was called the “forbidden fruit” when it was first documented in Barbados in 1750. The bright, citrus scent of Grapefruit essential oil is used in aromatherapy to uplift the senses and enliven the spirit.
Holy Basil and Lady’s
Known as Tulsi in Ayurveda tradition, this prized herb is known for its natural de-stressing effects. Lady’s Thistle is a hardy flower with sharp prickles that protect it from predators and external aggressors. Together these are beneficial skincare ingredients that possess potent skin-soothing properties.
A delicious treat for skin, honey is enzyme-rich and super nourishing. The honey we use is cruelty-free and harvested using methods that keep the bees safe and their hives healthy.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid—aka HA or Sodium Hyaluronate—is a naturally occurring substance within our skin that has great moisture-absorbing properties. It even has different ranges of molecular weights (more on that later).
How Does Hyaluronic Acid
Work In Skin?
Meet the ingredient that helps give skin hydrated bounce. Hyaluronic Acid acts like a sponge to draw moisture to skin; helps replenish its moisture reserves; helps to retain water and keep skin hydrated; and helps visibly plump fine, dry lines. Remember the molecular weights? Here’s what we know: low molecular weight HA triggers skin to produce more of this moisture-binding substance while high molecular weight HA has been shown to help hold water to skin’s surface.
What Is Niacinamide?
Also known as Vitamin B3, this lab-born ingredient is a major multi-tasker. For context: it works to support skin’s barrier while it also helps to brighten dull-looking skin.
How Does Niacinamide Work In Skin?
Let the multi-tasking begin. Niacinamide not only locks in moisture to support skin’s barrier, it also works to bring dull-looking skin back to life (read: brightens and revives). Combined with our plant science and high-performing formulas, you get a multi-tasking essential for noticeably healthier-looking skin.
Orange Peel Oil
Featuring a fresh and zingy scent, Orange Peel Oil is often used in aromatherapy to help give your senses an energizing boost.
Palmaria Palmata Algae
Palmaria is in the category of Red Algae one of the oldest and largest groups of algae. They are a rich source of minerals and vitamins and work in skincare to help even skin tone.
Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that's used to help prevent microorganisms from growing in cosmetic formulas. At Origins, we use an amount of Phenoxyethanol that is recognized as safe—less than 1%—as needed to maintain product integrity as you use it; we do not over-preserve. We also continuously work to identify additional preservatives that are safe and effective for you and the planet. It's part of our ongoing commitment to your well-being.
Contains amino acids, proteins and vitamins, this aquatic ingredient goes from seaside to skincare to provide soothing benefits
Known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, Reishi is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help improve overall health and promote longevity. It possesses powerful skin-soothing properties and helps calm visible irritation and boost skin's resilience.
What is Retinol?
This potent form of Vitamin A is a skin-transforming powerhouse and the gold-standard of anti-aging ingredients.
How does Retinol work in skin?
There’s a reason retinol is considered the gold standard in anti-aging and, quite frankly, a skincare staple. Here’s why: it helps promote skin’s natural cell turnover process. It also aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and—for those who aren’t so-concerned with aging—helps delivers smoother, more even-toned skin.
This beta hydroxy acid works to unclog pores. It helps visibly reduce acne blemishes while preventing new ones from appearing.
Made from the nut of the Shea Tree, this butter is loaded with beneficial fatty acids and helps hydrate dry skin (it's no wonder Cleopatra is said to have used it in her daily beauty regimen).
Silicones are synthetic ingredients that are used in cosmetics for their conditioning benefits/unique sensorial properties, and include Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Amodimethicone and Cyclomethicone. To identify silicones when looking at ingredient lists, simply look for words that end in –cone, –conol, –silane or –siloxane. At Origins, we use silicones, including Dimethicone, in select formulas to help condition skin and enhance how products feel on your skin. Silicones, like all ingredients we use, have been evaluated for safety. We do not use any silicones that are restricted by regulation, like D4. We continue to explore and use alternative ingredients that will allow us to provide you with the same wonderful benefits with better biodegradability.
Spearmint Leaf Oil
An age-old folk remedy, Mint has been used medicinally since ancient times. We love it for its bright, invigorating aroma and infuse it into our skincare for a sensorial pick-me-up.
Sugar Cane is a rich source of sucrose (aka sugar). In skincare, sucrose works like a humectant and draws moisture to skin.
Tourmaline has been used throughout the ages by shamanic healers to help balance the chakras. It's believed to possess energy cleansing and detoxifying properties.
This lab-made ingredient brings much-needed relief to dry skin with its superior moisturizing properties.
A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E has a long history in skincare to help neutralize oxidative stress and protect skin from environmental assaults like pollution.
Witch Hazel Extract
Used in folk medicine to relieve irritation, the extract of this small yellow flower helps tone skin and is a popular addition in products for acne blemishes.