Behenyl Alcohol. It’s a saturated fatty alcohol – not to be confused with drying alcohols like ethanol, isopropyl alcohol or alcohol denat. It is used to increase the viscosity in formulations and as an emulsifier, allowing water-based ingredients and oil-based ingredients to mix and stay together.
Bakuchiol. You might or might not know this but retinol (Vitamin A) is a highly effective cosmetic ingredient with undeniable benefits. Its efficacy has been demonstrated by many experimental and clinical trials. It addresses major skincare issues such as wrinkles, UV damage and even acne. The problem with retinol is that it can cause irritation, skin sensitisation, redness and increased skin sensitivity to sunlight (that’s why it cannot be applied during the day). If used incorrectly, it can cause scaling, dryness and itching.
Bakuchiol, from the seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia – or Babchi seeds – has been used in Asia for more than 100 years to treat skin conditions so it’s not new but new research has now put it in the spotlight as the first plant-based alternative to retinol, with amazing comparable results. The huge difference is that bakuchiol does not cause irritation, burning, stinging or tingling and can be applied both during the day and at night.
You can find this amazing ingredient in our Papaya & Bakuchiol Gel Serum, a rich, translucent gel-serum made with negligible water use and no heat from the sustainably-grown Quillaja tree and wild-harvested Soapwort extract. We also use Papaya Enzymes from the unused residual fruit pulp; plus Acai, Moringa and Baobab oils for a boost of Omegas, vitamins and antioxidants.