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Glossary A - K

For Ingredients Starting with L - Z,  Go to : Glossary L - Z

Glossary of Potion Ingredients* (including products containing them)
*Statements made in the Glossary of Potion Ingredients have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They are based on anecdotal information gathered from numerous sources, and have been cross-referenced. Potion does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure any ailment or condition. Before using herbal and natural products, consult with a doctor if pregnant or have health concerns.

103-Proof Corn-Based Moonshine:

  • Natural preservative; used to prevent disease-spreading microbes from forming in products containing water
  • The use of 103-proof corn-based alcohol in our products extends shelf life and keeps things clean
  • Anti-bacterial 

In Pit Potion

Acai Berry Extract (Euterpe Oleracea Extract):

  • Full of antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals
  • Contains lots of fatty acids that are building blocks of collagen
  • Promotes a bright, even skin tone due to vitamin C content

In Gentle Face Scrub and Motherlode Face Serum

Acai Berry Oil (Euterpe Oleracea Oil):

  • Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which help heal damaged skin cells and restore moisture
  • Anti-inflammatory properties help control acne
  • Omega 3, 6 and 9
  • Packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals to help retain moisture
  • Relieves irritation and redness
  • Moisturizes the skin

In Motherlode Face Serum

Aloe Vera Extract:

  • Restores suppleness to dry skin
  • Helps repair sun-damaged skin
  • Vitamin E resource that promotes a healthy look

In Botanical Cleansing OilSkin Soothing Tonic, and Motherlode Face Serum

Aloe Vera Powder (Aloe Barbadensis Miller Powder):

  • Treats acne and rosacea
  • Soothes inflamed and acne prone skin
  • Supposed to help prevent aging of skin
  • Contains vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B4, and B12
  • Contains many essential amino acids
  • Potent moisturizer
  • Invigorating and soothing agent
  • Has been shown to improve the appearance of aging and dry skin
  • Skin feels more resilient and supple

In Face Forward Mask, Morning Toner Upper, Clear Complexion Toner, Glow Face Elixir, and Skin Soothing Tonic

Apple Cider Vinegar:  

  • Made from fermented apple juice
  • Alpha hydroxy acids remove dead skin and reduce age spots
  • Antibacterial properties prevent acne from forming
  • Balances pH levels
  • Keeps skin from becoming too oily or too dry
  • Helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles
  • Draws out toxins and gives skin a healthy glow
  • Needs to be diluted with water due to acidity
  • Malic acid helps unblock pores, as it loosens the outer layer of dead skin cells, and tackles inflammation

In Gentle Face ScrubFace Forward Mask, and Clear Complexion Toner

Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Oil):

  • Light, gentle moisturizer
  • Contains skin soothing vitamins A and E
  • Rich in gamma linoleic acid, which firms/tones skin and maintains moisturization
  • Good for oily skin - will not leave greasy residue

In Motherlode Face Serum

Arborvitae Essential Oil (Thuja Picata Essential Oil):

  • Powerful cleansing agent
  • Warm & earthy aroma
  • Preservative properties

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Oil):  

People with tree nut sensitivities should avoid

  • Vitamin E and fatty acids make it very beneficial by keeping skin hydrated and promoting collagen
  • Moisturizes and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving it silky soft
  • Essential fatty acids: linoleic and oleic-help to reduce signs of aging
  • Contains squalane: substance produced naturally by skin cells to help keep skin moisturized and protected
  • Rich in polyphenols and coenzyme Q10
  • Antioxidants provide anti-aging benefits
  • Soothing relief from eczema
  • Balances dry or oily skin to help with acne
  • Heals sore and damaged skin

In Face Forward Mask and Motherlode Face Serum

Artichoke extract (Cynara Scolymus Extract):

  • Tightens pores
  • Builds collagen
  • Rich supply of antioxidants and peptides improve skin texture & nourish cells to diminish fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes
  • Helps maintain skin thickness to keep it bouncy and elastic
  • Hydrates

In Motherlode Face Serum

Avocado Oil (Persea Americana Oil):  

  • Rich in vitamins A, E, and D as well as antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Excellent moisturizer for dry, itchy skin
  • Anti-aging agent; keeps skin plump & smoothes away wrinkles
  • Can soothe eczema and psoriasis
  • Glutamine amino acids for cleansing power
  • Dissolves oil and dirt without stripping skin

In Botanical Cleansing Oil

Beeswax (Cera Alba):  

  • Used as perfume fragrance or thickening agent in creams
  • Forms moisturizing barrier for skin without clogging pores
  • Keeps skin hydrated by attracting water (humectant)
  • Vitamin A reconstructs new cells; keeps skin fresh
  • Natural relief for itchy skin

In Under-Eye Sleep Salve

Benzoin Essential Oil (Styrax Tonkinensis Essential Oil):

  • Said to have calming effect
  • Brings nervous and neurotic system back to normal
  • Antiseptic and disinfectant
  • Kills body odor
  • Increases skin’s elasticity
  • Reduces redness, irritation and dryness

Bergamot Essential Oil* (Citrus Bergamia Essential Oil):
*avoid direct sunlight up to 12 hrs after use

  • Soothing, calm aroma
  • Refreshes and uplifts
  • Rejuvenates and cleanses skin
  • Astringent
  • Avoid sun exposure for 8 hours after use - not in any Potion Face products

 Calcium Bentonite Clay:

  • Healing, cleansing clay
  • Absorbs and draws out toxins - has a strong negative electrical charge, which bonds to positive charge of toxins
  • Reduces acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis outbreaks
  • Alleviates redness
  • Fights allergic reactions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Binds to bad bacteria on skin that causes acne and pulls them off
  • Unclogs and shrinks pores
  • Improves circulation and skin tone

In Face Forward Mask

Calendula Essential Oil (Calendula Officinalis Essential Oil):

  • Soothing and healing properties
  • Helps revive damaged skin
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Softens skin and helps with irritations
  • Great moisturizer for dry skin
  • Provides antioxidant protection that reduces appearance of wrinkles/age spots
  • Promotes smooth, even-toned, glowing skin

In Face Forward Mask and Skin Soothing Tonic

Calendula Flowers (Calendula Officinalis):

  • Extremely healing
  • Anti-inflammatory/reduces swelling
  • Antioxidant, which reduces appearance of wrinkles, age spots and scars
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Promotes smooth, even-toned and glowing skin
  • Soothes skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis

In Gentle Face Scrub

Calendula-Infused Olive Oil (Calendula Officinalis in Olea Europaea Oil):

  • Heals dry and damaged skin
  • Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
  • Promotes healing of skin conditions
  • Protects skin from aging and promotes skin regeneration
  • Gives skin youthful glow

In Face Forward MaskMorning Toner Upperand Skin Soothing Tonic

Camellia Seed Oil (Camellia Sinensis & Oleifera Oil):

  • Also known as tea seed oil (NOT tea tree), as it is derived from pressing the seeds of the same shrub that renders leaves for green, white, and black tea
  • Anti-aging moisturizer that is non-greasy, light, and rapidly absorbing
  • Softens wrinkles
  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Resembles skin's natural sebum
  • Rich in vitamins A, B, and E, monounsaturated fats, plant collagen, essential fatty acids, polyphenols, and antioxidants
  • Emulsifying agent
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sweet pleasant aroma; mild amber green color
  • Mild astringent

In Motherlode Face Serum and Morning Toner Upper

    Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Daucus Carota Essential Oil):

    • Antiseptic
    • Disinfectant
    • Potent and rejuvinating detoxifier
    • Stress reliever
    • Full of antioxidants that repair damage from free radicals and prevent wrinkles
    • Tones the skin and prevents it from hanging loose or showing signs of aging
    • Moisturizing
    • Ease nerves and anger
    • Support immune system

    In Under-Eye Sleep Salve

      Cedarwood Essential Oil (Juniperus Virginiana Essential Oil):  

      • Warm, soft, woody aroma
      • Reduces skin’s oily secretions; treats acne
      • Said to have calming effect
      • Insect-repellent & antiseptic
      • Promotes clear, healthy skin

        In Clear Complexion Toner

        Chamomile (German/Blue)* Essential Oil (Matricaria Recutita Essential Oil):  

        *consult doctor if pregnant

        • Nourishes & restores healthy skin oil balance
        • Has a calming effect
        • Mild sedative - may promote relaxation and deep sleep
        • Warm & herby scent; apple-like fruity freshness
        • Anti-inflammatory - restore and soothes irritated skin
        • Moisturizing
        • Astringent - great for cleansing pores
        • Antiviral, Anti-bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-fungal
        • Helpful for psoriasis, eczema and acne
        • Antioxidants help prevent premature aging of skin

        In Under-Eye Sleep SalveBotanical Cleansing Oil, and Skin Soothing Tonic

        Chamomile (Roman)* Essential Oil (Chamaemelum Nobile Essential Oil):  
        *consult doctor if pregnant

        • Calming effect
        • Heals dry skin, eczema, acne, and allergies
        • Used to soothe and clear the mind
        • Fresh, sweet, apple-like scent
        • Calming effect on the skin, mind, and body

        In Skin Soothing Tonic and Glow Face Elixir

        Clary Sage* Essential Oil (Salvia Sclarea Essential Oil):
        *consult doctor if pregnant or nursing

        • Said to induce feelings of joy and have calming effect
        • Antibacterial/antiseptic-prevents acne
        • Astringent properties-tones and strengthens skin
        • Balances natural oil production in skin
        • Odor neutralizer

        Coconut Oil (Unrefined Cocos Nucifera Oil):

        • Used as a carrier oil for essential oils
        • Extremely beneficial to the skin
        • Saturated fats keep skin moisturized
        • Vitamin E keeps skin smooth and protected
        • Proteins keep skin healthy
        • Antibacterial properties treat eczema & acne

        Coconut Oil (Organic, Steam-Refined, Expeller-Pressed, Refined Cocos Nucifera Oil):

        • 62% medium chain triglycerides
        • 50% Lauric acid, which is antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal
        • Caprylic acid is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal
        • Can help fight skin infections/acne and reduce inflammation
        • Highly-moisturizing

        Coconut Oil (Fractionated Cocos Nucifera Oil):

        • Indefinite shelf life
        • Contains same beneficial properties as coconut oil
        • Has even more of an antioxidant & disinfecting effect
        • Thin oil that absorbs into skin easily

        In Skin Soothing Tonic

        Coffee Essential Oil (Coffea Arabica Essential Oil):

        • Antioxidants to combat free radicals
        • Said to produce a calming effect
        • Deodorizes a room
        • Enhances collagen production, promoting smooth skin & preventing wrinkles
        • Said to improve mental alertness and promote feeling of well being
        • Vitamin E, fatty acids, sterols, and antioxidants provide protection from sunburn, DNA degradation, and damaging free radical activity
        • Helps prevent photo-aging
        • Enhance production of collagen to promote soft skin and prevent formation of wrinkles and rough skin

        In Motherlode Face Serum

        Coffee Extract (Coffea Arabica Extract):

        • Contains high concentration of antioxidants (fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E) to protect skin from damage
        • Stimulate collagen production and protect against moisture loss
        • Caffeine reduces skin roughness and may reduce appearance of fine lines

        In Motherlode Face Serum

        Cornstarch (Organic Zea Mays Starch):

        • Fine texture makes for a gentle exfoliant
        • Works well as a face cleaner
        • Vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen and helps in tightening skin
        • Vitamin A present in cornstarch helps delay aging and fight wrinkles

        In Gentle Face Scrub

        Cucumber Fruit Extract (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract):

        • Nourishing, hydrating astringent
        • Contains vitamin C to soothe and invigorate skin
        • Vitamin E helps repair acne prone skin
        • Known to reduce under-eye swelling
        • Has the mineral silica, which helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines
        • Gives skin a radiant glow

        In Skin Soothing Tonic

        Cucumber Seed Oil (Cucumis Sativus Seed Oil):

        • Rapidly absorbed leaving no greasy feel
        • Balancing
        • Highly moisturizing and encourages skin cell regeneration
        • Rich in phytosterols, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and fatty acids, cucumber seed oil is remarkable for mature skin promoting the reduction of wrinkles
        • Highly moisturizing for dry, dehydrated, damaged and irritated skin
        • Anti-inflammatory properties from Omega 6 fatty acids are said to soothe skin
        • Addresses acne
        • Anti-aging
        • Helps guard against free-radical damage

        In Morning Toner Upper and Skin Soothing Tonic

        Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil):

        • Anti-inflammatory
        • Analgesic
        • Antibacterial
        • Antiviral
        • Helps get rid of acne

        In Skin Soothing Tonic

        Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia Carterii Essential Oil):

        • Anti-inflammatory
        • Anti-infectious
        • Cleansing and purifying to skin
        • Repairs cells & reduces signs of aging
        • Reduces appearances of blemishes
        • Rejuvenates skin
        • Immune stimulant & sedative
        • Increases intuition and spiritual connection
        • Improves concentration & focus
        • Eases impatience & irritability
        • Emotionally uplifting
        • Improves focus and concentration, minimizes distractions
        • Enhances spiritual awareness and meditation

        In Glow Face Elixir and Motherlode Face Serum

        Frankincense Powder (Boswellia Serrata Powder):

        • Antibacterial & Antifungal
        • Anti-inflammatory properties
        • Gently exfoliates skin

        In Face Forward Mask

        Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens Essential Oil):

        • Prevents skin from sagging
        • Promotes cell health
        • Treats acne
        • Helps promote calmness
        • Neutralizes body odor
        • Eases nervous tension and stress
        • Hydrates skin
        • Increases blood flow
        • Antibacterial,anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
        • Astringent -good cleanser for oily skin
        • Helps balance sebum (fatty secretion in sebaceous glands of skin that keeps it supple)

        In Botanical Cleansing OilMorning Toner UpperClear Complexion TonerMotherlode Face Serum, Pit Potion

        Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber Officinale Essential Oil):

        • Warm, spicy, and energizing
        • Anti-inflammatory
        • Anti-oxidant properties improve skin’s appearance by removing toxins and improving circulation, resulting in the delivery of more nutrients to skin
        • Improves elasticity of skin
        • Powerful antiseptic and cleansing agent
        • Toning properties nourish and soften skin


        Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Paradisi Extract):

        • Natural preservative
        • Antibacterial
        • Rich in skin-protecting ingredients like vitamins A, E, C, as well as antioxidants
        • Effective topical fungicide
        • Avoid contact with eyes

        In Clear Complexion TonerGlow Face ElixirSkin Soothing Tonic, and Pit Potion

        Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil):

        • Readily absorbed by and gentle on skin
        • Vitamins D, C, E - prevent wrinkles and minimize appearance of scars
        • Rich in polyphenols, an antioxidant known to slow aging process and prevent acne
        • Great skin balancer since it is lightweight
        • Hydrates the skin and cleanses breakouts
        • Contributes to making skin feel firm and smooth, giving a youthful appearance
        • Omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid, which helps enhance skin moisturizer barrier, reduce acne and enhance cellular migration during healing
        • Noncomedogenic
        • Non-allergenic

        In Motherlode Face SerumGlow Face Elixir, and Botanical Cleansing Oil

        Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Extract):

        • Rich in antioxidants to protect the skin and aid in shrinking blood vessels underneath eyes to reduce swelling and puffiness
        • Antibacterial- fights bacteria in skin that causes acne
        • Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties all help to fight both acne and blackheads
        • Decrease wrinkles to make skin look youthful
        • Reduces inflammation and promotes skin elasticity

        In Morning Toner Upper and Botanical Cleansing Oil

        Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil):

        • Used for centuries as an antibiotic, antifungal and antimicrobial
        • Most potent essential oil for skin cell regeneration
        • Stimulates development of collagen-this gives skin more elasticity and smooths out skin imperfections (scars, stretch marks, etc.)
        • Promotes blood flow in capillaries under the skin
        • Can help hydrate burnt skin
        • Helps skin recover quickly from damage
        • Blocks UV light
        • Decreases signs of aging
        • Antibacterial properties make it a great acne cure
        • Sweet fruity scent is warming, uplifting, and comforting, especially for those who have experienced trauma
        • Has a grounding quality that makes it useful for releasing emotional blocks and relieving feelings of hopelessness
        • Detoxifies skin

        In Botanical Cleansing OilFace Forward Mask, and Skin Soothing Tonic

        Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil):

        • High in proteins and essential fatty acids
        • Absorbs well into the skin
        • Helps to heal skin lesions, fight skin inflammations, and soften dry skin
        • Excellent anti-aging natural oil with moisture balancing properties
        • Non-greasy and emollient

        In Gentle Face Scrub

        Himalayan Sea Salt:

        • Purest of sea salts and one of the best sources of natural minerals on the planet
        • Balances pH levels
        • Detoxifies the skin

        In Pit Potion

        Honeysuckle Extract (Lonicera Japonica Extract):

        • Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory
        • Natural preservative
        • Suitable for antimicrobial protection of natural cosmetics
        • Effectively inhibits growth of bacteria, yeast and mold. Can be used in products for a preservative-free claim, EcoCert.

        In Face Forward MaskMorning Toner UpperClear Complexion TonerGlow Face ElixirSkin Soothing Tonic, and Pit Potion

          Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Oil):

          • Liquid wax extracted from a shrub indigenous to California, Arizona and Mexico
          • Contains vitamins B and E and minerals
          • Closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, therefore making an excellent skin conditioner that quickly absorbs into skin
          • Not as greasy as other oils
          • Protects and hydrates, creating a barrier from everyday skin irritants
          • Can also counteract oily skin by modulating sebum production, therefore reducing acne caused by sebum accumulation
          • Antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that fight acne and irritation
          • Non-comedogenic: doesn’t clog pores
          • Protectant and cleanser
          • Rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria
          • May accelerate wound healing process
          • Stimulates collagen synthesis
          • Hypoallergenic - unlikely to cause allergic reaction
          • Smoothes skin in preparation for shaving

          In Motherlode Face SerumBotanical Cleansing OilFace Forward MaskMorning Toner Upperand Under-Eye Sleep Salve

          Juniper Berry Essential Oil (Juniperus Communis Essential Oil):

          • Disinfectant
          • Cleanser & purifier/detoxifier
          • Anti-fungal/antibacterial: treats acne
          • Skin healer
          • Helps skin retain moisture
          • Evokes feelings of health, love, and peace
          • Elevates spiritual awareness
          • May aid memory

          In Clear Complexion Toner and Botanical Cleansing Oil

          Juniper Berry Powder (Juniperus Communis Powder):

          • Valued for its detoxifying action on the body
          • Gentle exfoliant
          • Cleanses and tones the skin

          In Face Forward Mask

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