Glossary of Ingredients F-H


A monosaccharide sugar that is the principal circulating sugar in the blood and the major energy source of the body.

glucose oxidase

Found in honey and acts as a natural preservative.


A colorless, odorless, syrupy, sweet liquid, usually derived from oils that helps to balance and maintain moisture levels.

glycol stearate

When a vegetable oil molecule is split in half, glycerin and fatty acids are the result. These fatty acids are reacted with borax, natural salt and emulsifiers. Emulsifiers enable oils to be dispersed throughout a water base to form a cream or lotion that does not separate.

grape seed extract

Expressed from grape seeds, this rich, soothing, carrier oil imparts shine, and is widely used in hypo-allergenic moisturizers because it does not cause allergic reactions.

grapefruit seed extract

Extract from the seeds of the grapefruit. A natural bactericide, preservative, and stabilizer that is both tonic and astringent.

green tea extract

A natural antioxidant, green tea extract reduces the risk of irritation and elastin damage while energizing the skin. Antioxidants protect the skin from the breakdown of collagen and elastin that occur through sun exposure, pollution and smoking which are all major causes of premature aging.

guar gum

Natural food thickener, similar to locust bean gum, cornstarch or tapioca flour

hydrated silica

Derivative of the mineral silica and is the abrasive used in gel toothpastes, or in the clear portion of striped toothpastes

hydrolyzed caesalpinia spinosa

A small shrub or tree, native to Peru and is used as a natural thickening agent

hydrolyzed rice bran

Softens and brightens the skin around the eyes. The extract regulates melanin production and has been used in far eastern cultures for years to help brighten and lighten the complexion.

hydrolyzed wheat protein

Also known as Phyto Peptides and derived from wheat, this is an effective substitute for animal protein derived by acid, enzyme, or other method of hydrolysis. It offers conditioning, moisturizing and film forming properties and is widely in skin care products to help skin retain its moisture and improve its overall appearance