INGREDIENT GLOSSARY

These key ingredients help power the Aveda products you love.
Discover what they do and where they are sourced from - and why
they'll make a difference in your hair care routine.

 

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INGREDIENT NAME: ACACIA SENEGAL GUM

WHERE IT'S FROM: Acacia Tree
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for hair thickening & maintaining a hair style

INGREDIENT NAME: ACRYLATES COPOLYMER

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to thicken and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: ALCOHOL DENAT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to blend other ingredients into the product and as a carrier for another ingredient

INGREDIENT NAME: ALEURITES MOLUCCANA (KUKUI) SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Kukui Seed
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for weightless conditioning

INGREDIENT NAME: AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for cleansing with lots of luxurious lather

INGREDIENT NAME: ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Rapeseed, an annual flowering plant grown for the oils in its seeds
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to create a rich product texture and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Wheat
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: ARGAN OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Kernals of argan tree
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for conditioning and nourishing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: ARGININE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to balance the pH of the product and for hair strengthening

INGREDIENT NAME: AVENA SATIVA (OAT) BRAN EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Oats
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to provide a creamy product texture and slip through hair

INGREDIENT NAME: BABASSUAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Babassu
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle cleansing

INGREDIENT NAME: BEHENAMIDOPROPYLTRI MONIUM METHOSULFATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Rapeseed, an annual flowering plant grown for the oils in its seeds
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for conditioning hair and static prevention, not a sulfate cleanser

INGREDIENT NAME: BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Rapeseed, an annual flowering plant grown for the oil in its seeds
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to create a creamy product texture and for conditioning and static prevention

INGREDIENT NAME: BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Rapeseed, an annual flowering plant grown for the oil in its seeds
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to create a creamy product texture and for conditioning and static prevention

INGREDIENT NAME: BEHENYL/OCTYLDODECYL PROPANEDIOL CITRATE CROSSPOLYMER

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut & Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for smoothing hair and long lasting conditioning

INGREDIENT NAME: BENZOIC ACID

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to keep product fresh

INGREDIENT NAME: BIXA ORELLANA (ANNATTO) SEED EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROMSeeds of Bixa, Orellana, also called archiote tree or the lipstick plant
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used to color a product, improving its appearance

INGREDIENT NAME: BUTYLENE GLYCOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Sugar Cane
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for moisturization and to blend other ingredients into the product

INGREDIENT NAME: BUTYROSPERMUM (SHEA BUTTER) PARKII

WHERE IT'S FROM: Shea
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for softening and smoothing

INGREDIENT NAME: CAFFEINE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coffea Arabica
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for its calming and soothing properties for skin and scalp

INGREDIENT NAME: CAPRYLYL GLYCOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to blend other ingredients into the product and for moisturization

INGREDIENT NAME: CARAMEL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to color a product, improving its appearance

INGREDIENT NAME: CARRAGEENAN

WHERE IT'S FROM: Red Algae
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to thicken a product, improving the texture

INGREDIENT NAME: CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) plant, an annual flowering plant grown for the oil in its seeds
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used for softening and smoothing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: CETEARYL ALCOHOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for hair smoothing and to create a creamy product texture

INGREDIENT NAME: CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut and/or Palm
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for weightless hair conditioning, ease of combing, and static prevention

INGREDIENT NAME: CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Quinoa
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: A source of vegetable protein known for hair strengthening

INGREDIENT NAME: CITRIC ACID

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to balance the pH of the product

INGREDIENT NAME: CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Orange
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to provide a creamy texture and slip through hair

INGREDIENT NAME: COCAMIDE MIPA

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for cleansing with lots of luxurious lather and to thicken product

INGREDIENT NAME: COCOMIDOPROPYL PG-DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used for gentle cleansing and light conditioning

INGREDIENT NAME: COCO-GLUCOSIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle cleansing and conditioning and to blend other ingredients into the product

INGREDIENT NAME: COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for softening and nourishing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: CRAMBE ABYSSINICA (ABYSSINIAN) SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Abyssinian Seed
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for weightless conditioning and shine

INGREDIENT NAME: CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Turmeric Root
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known to invigorate

INGREDIENT NAME: DECYL GLUCOSIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle cleansing

INGREDIENT NAME: DICETYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS
Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for conditioning hair and static prevention

INGREDIENT NAME: DIHEPTYL SUCCINATE/CAPRYLOYL GLYCERINE/SEBACIC ACID COPOLYMER

WHERE IT'S FROMWheat, Coconut, Castor Bean
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
An emollient, used for hair smoothing and shine

INGREDIENT NAME: DIHYDROXYPROPYL ARGININE HCI

WHERE IT'S FROM: Sugar Beets
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for hair thickening and hair nourishment

INGREDIENT NAME: DIMETHICONE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for hair smoothing, frizz reduction and shine

INGREDIENT NAME: DIMETHICONOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for hair smoothing and silky feel

INGREDIENT NAME: DISODIUM COCO-GLUCOSIDE CITRATE 

WHERE IT'S FROM: Plant Blend
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle cleansing

INGREDIENT NAME: DISTEARYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROMSoy
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used for conditioning and softening hair

INGREDIENT NAME: EMBLICA OFFICINALIS (AMLA) FRUIT EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known to encourage strong, shiny hair and used for hair thickening

INGREDIENT NAME: ETHYL MACADAMIATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Macadamia Nuts
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for softening and nourishing hair and shine

INGREDIENT NAME: EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX

WHERE IT'S FROM: Candelilla, a small shrub
WHAT IT IS
Natural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for hair conditioning smoothing

INGREDIENT NAME: GALACTOARABINAN

WHERE IT'S FROMLarch Tree
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT
A natural polymer extracted from larch trees, known for hydration

INGREDIENT NAME: GLYCERIN

WHERE IT'S FROMPalm, soybean, or rapeseed, an annual flowering plant grown for the oil in its seeds
WHAT IT ISNatural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed as a carrier for another ingredient; also humectant, used for hydration

INGREDIENT NAME: GLYCERYL STEARATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Palm
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to support the product texture

INGREDIENT NAME: GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Soy Bean
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for weightless moisture retention

INGREDIENT NAME: GLYCOL DISTEARATE

WHERE IT'S FROMPalm
WHAT IT ISNaturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREATUsed to enhance the appearance of the product; in shampoos will give a pearly appearance

INGREDIENT NAME: GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Guar Seed
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for easy wet combing and slip

INGREDIENT NAME: HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROMHelianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used as a carrier for Tocopherol (Vitamin E); used for nourishing and smoothing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: HEPTYL UNDECYLENATE

WHERE IT'S FROMCastor Beans
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
A light weight emollient, used for softening and smoothing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROLYZED CORN STARCH

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for maintaining a hair style

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROLYYZED JOJOBA ESTERS

WHERE IT'S FROMSimmondsia chinensis (jojoba), a scrub
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
An emollient used for hair conditioning

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROLYYZED RICE PROTEIN

WHERE IT'S FROMRice
WHAT IT ISNatural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for hair hydration and light styling

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN

WHERE IT'S FROM: Soy Beans
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for nourishing and strengthening hair strands

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN PG-PROPYL SILANETRIOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for heat and styling protection

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROXYPROPYL GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROMGuar Bean
WHAT IT ISNaturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for weightless hair conditioning, ease of combing, and static prevention

INGREDIENT NAME: HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used to thicken and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: KAEMPFERIA GALANGA ROOT EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROMRoot of Kaempferia Galanga, also called sand ginger
WHAT IT ISNatural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREATAn natural UV filter used for hair protection against the drying effects of the sun

INGREDIENT NAME: LACTIC ACID

WHERE IT'S FROM: Biofermentation
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to balance the pH of the product

INGREDIENT NAME: LINUM USITATISSIMUM (FLAXSEED) SEED EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Flaxseed
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known for slip and texture

INGREDIENT NAME: MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER

WHERE IT'S FROMMangifera Indica (Mango) Seed
WHAT IT ISNatural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for moisturizing and nourishing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Peppermint
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known to invigorate

INGREDIENT NAME: MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Peppermint
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for its cooling sensation

INGREDIENT NAME: MENTHOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Mint Plant
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for its cooling sensation

INGREDIENT NAME: METHYL SOYATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Soy Beans
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to soften and smoothing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROMSeeds of Moringa Oliefera Tree, often called "tree of lift" or the "miracle tree"
WHAT IT ISNatural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for moisturizing and softening hair

INGREDIENT NAME: OCTYLDODECYL CITRATE CROSSPOLYMER

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut & Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used for smoothing hair and long lasting conditioning

INGREDIENT NAME: OLEA EUROPEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL

WHERE IT'S FROMOlea Europea (olive)
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used to condition and nourish hair, providing a smooth and soft appearance

INGREDIENT NAME: PANAX GINSENG (GINSENG) ROOT EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Ginseng
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known to invigorate

INGREDIENT NAME: PANTHENOL

WHERE IT'S FROMSynthetic
WHAT IT ISSynthetic
WHY IT'S GREATAlso called Provitamin B5, used for strengthening, hydrating and nourishing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL

WHERE IT'S FROMAvocado
WHAT IT ISNatural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREATUsed for smoothing the cuticle and nourishing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: PHELLODENDRON AMURENSE BARK EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Amor Cork Tree
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known to nourish

INGREDIENT NAME: PHENOXYETHANOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to keep the product fresh

INGREDIENT NAME: POLYGLYCERYL 10 LAURATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut/Palm
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used to mix together ingredients and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: POLYGLYCERYL 10 OLEATE

WHERE IT'S FROMSynthetic
WHAT IT ISSynthetic
WHY IT'S GREATUsed to mix together ingredients and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: POLYGLYCERYL-10 PENTAOLEATE

WHERE IT'S FROMPalm
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREATUsed to mix together ingredients and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: POLYQUATERNIUM 4

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for wet combing and slip

INGREDIENT NAME: POTASSIUM SORBATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Synthetic
WHAT IT IS: Synthetic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to keep product fresh

INGREDIENT NAME: PROPANEDIOL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to blend other ingredients into the product and used for moisturization

INGREDIENT NAME: PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Sweet Almond
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to condition and soften hair

INGREDIENT NAME: PRUNUS SERRULATA FLOWER (CHERRY) EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Cherry Flower
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to condition and nourish hair

INGREDIENT NAME: PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROMPomegranate Seed
WHAT IT ISNatural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREATOmega-5 rich oil used for revitalizing dry, dull hair

INGREDIENT NAME: ROSMARINUS (ROSEMARY) OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT

WHERE IT'S FROM: Rosemary
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Herb known to invigorate and nourish

INGREDIENT NAME: SCLEROTIUM GUM

WHERE IT'S FROMFermentation of Sclerotium rolfsii and corn sugar
WHAT IT ISNatural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed to thicken and stabilize a product

INGREDIENT NAME: SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL

WHERE IT'S FROM: Jojoba
WHAT IT IS: Natural; Organic
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for weightless nourishment

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM CITRATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Corn/Mineral
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
Used to balance the pH of the product

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM CHLORIDE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Mineral
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used to thicken product

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM COCO-SULFATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for cleansing with lots of luxurious lather

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM HYDROXYPROPYLSULFONATE LAURYLGLUCOSIDE CROSSPOLYMER

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut & Corn
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle cleansing

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM LAUROYL METHYL ISETHIONATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle hair cleansing

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Coconut
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gentle hair cleansing

INGREDIENT NAME: SODIUM PHYTATE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Rice
WHAT IT ISNaturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREATUsed to bind minerals, which can affect product performance and discolor hair

INGREDIENT NAME: SQUALANE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Olive
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for weightless moisturization

INGREDIENT NAME: STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE

WHERE IT'S FROM: Palm
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for conditioning and static prevention and to create a creamy product texture

INGREDIENT NAME: TOCOPHEROL

WHERE IT'S FROMHelianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
WHAT IT IS: Natural
WHY IT'S GREAT
An antioxidant and form of Vitamin E, used to keep the product or an ingredient fresh

INGREDIENT NAME: TRICAPRYLYL CITRATE

WHERE IT'S FROMCastor Beans
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT
An emollient used for softening and smoothing hair

INGREDIENT NAME: VINEGAR

WHERE IT'S FROM: Wheat
WHAT IT IS: Naturally Derived
WHY IT'S GREAT: Used for gently purification, to balance the pH of the product and for shine

INGREDIENT NAME: XANTHAN GUM

WHERE IT'S FROMFermentation of corn sugar
WHAT IT ISNatural
WHY IT'S GREATUsed to thicken and stabilize a product