Ingredients | Basic ingredients

Active or Inactive?

Most products contain active and inactive ingredients. “Active ingredient” is the term for medicines and medicated products. For natural products and cosmetics the term active substance is commonly used. Active means that the ingredient or substance has a known effect on the body. Inactive ingredients are necessary to create a carrier for easy application of active ingredient/substance. This can be a pill, capsule, lotion, ointment, cream, etc.

Although inactive ingredients do not help directly in achieving a product’s performance objectives, they are chosen for their specific property/function. Active ingredients on the other hand, have a specific ‘working’ system with a positive performance for the skin and/or the body.

We are really choosey!

Our Pump Spray-on Technology is build around The Base Cream

The base cream itself, is basically, without active substances, has high skin caring properties, facilitates skin acceptance, supports the TLT application, and supports the right delivery of the active substances.

The ideal combination of the basic ingredients makes this performance possible. Although every single ingredient is a so-called ‘inactive ingredient’, the synergy within the combination makes The Base Cream special. It is the team that is responsible for the results, not the individual players. All inactive substances together make the best team!

High standard in quality

All ingredients in The base cream are well selected. Most of the ingredients do have a pharma grade, which is a quality standard for pharmaceutical products. We use this pharmaceutical standard for our cosmetic products as well, if the specific ingredient is available in this standard of course. One of the important benchmarks for the choices we make is the guaranteed constant quality standard. Ingredients must also be allergen free, because it is our belief that allergen free is important for the skin acceptance of our products. This principle prevents us sometimes to (be able to) use popular ingredients, if they are not available in the quality standard we work with.

We also do not allow parabens in our formulations. Although a discussion is going on about the need and safety of parabens, which discussion is still ongoing, we have chosen not to use parabens in our formulations, simply, because it is not necessary.

INCI

It is an obligation on every cosmetic product that the list of ingredients of the product is printed on the outside packaging. The names on the ingredient list of a cosmetic product are the official names that need to be used because of regulations, these are called INCI names. Alcohol is an official INCI name, but the ingredient that is (mostly) used in a cosmetic product is not consumer alcohol, but a fatty alcohol. Every ingredient has its own INCI name. This INCI name is an International standard name for cosmetic ingredients. INCI stands for International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient, easily said International Names for Cosmetic Ingredients.

The first ingredient listed on a cosmetic product, the INCI declaration, is the ingredient with the highest content in the product. The last ingredient listed, is the one with the lowest content. Every single ingredient has its own function in a formulation. Sometimes an ingredient is added to a formulation to promote the function of one or more other ingredients. It is important to understand that there is a strong synergy between all ingredients in a product. On the other hand does not every ingredient fit in every formulation. It is of course the recipe that makes a product unique.

It is difficult for consumers to ‘read’ an INCI declaration, to interpret the INCI names the right way and to draw conclusions. It happens (to) often that people give their opinion about a formulation or an ingredient without having the right knowledge to do so. The result is that other users may become feeling misled, insecure, or even stop to use a product. The advice is to ask your question to the people behind the product to get the right information.

For our pump spray-on creams we use only ingredients that are beneficial for the skin or which are necessary for the formulation itself. So we do not use ‘useless’ or ‘popular but useless’ ingredients. We support the principle “less is more”.

We use only what’s needed

An overview of Ingredients we use in alphabetic order and their function, which are used in our spray creams:

INCI

C14-22 Alcohols (Alkyl Alcohols)*

C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside

Aqua

Butylene Glycol

Caprylhydroxamic Acid

Caprylyl Glycol

Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract **

Cetearyl Alcohol*

Cetearyl Glucoside

Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) Flower extract *

Calendula officinalis flower extract **

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate

Cocoglycerides

Glycerin

Menthol **

Oleic Acid

Panthenol **

Parfum

Propylene Glycol

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract **

Silica

Zinc Oxide **

Property/Function(s)

Emulsifier

Emulsifier

Solvent/filler

Solvent

Protective

Protective

Skin Conditioner

Emulsifier

Emulsifier

Skin Conditioner

Skin Conditioner

Emollient

Consistency agent

Humectant

Cooling

Emulsifying

Skin Conditioner

Masking, Perfuming

Solvent

Skin Conditioner

Anticaking

Skin Protecting

* It is very important to know that the mentioned alcohols we use in our formulation are so called “Fatty alcohols”, not to be confused with consumer alcohol or ethanol. Fatty alcohol is a white, solid, wax-like substance, which is used in ointments so liquids can form a stable and homogeneous mixture (emulsion). It does not dry out and does not correspond to alcohol used for consumption. Fatty alcohols are absolutely not irritating and can be very useful for the skin.

** Active substance.

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