Adipic acid: 100% natural acid extracted from beets. Used to control a product’s acidity.
Alaria esculenta extract: 100% natural seaweed extract. This molecule specifically targets progerin, a protein involved in cell aging.
Aleurites moluccana seed oil (kendi oil)*: Zorah’s kendi oil is 100% plant sourced, 100% natural and 100% organic. Imported from Indonesia, kendi oil is a rare and precious vegetable oil. Its high levels of Omega 3 and y-tocopherols and its unique sensory properties make it highly effective against sun stress. It also helps with skin cell regeneration.
Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide: A natural prebiotic that inhibits “bad bacteria” in intimate areas, both in women and men. Promotes and nourishes saprophytic (good) bacteria, to the detriment of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts. Prebiotics help restore flora and maintain pH through better control and integrity. They also reduce the likelihood of developing vaginitis, candidiasis and other mycoses.
Althaea officinalis leaf/root extract*: Marshmallow extract, 100% natural, 100% organic. Marshmallow is grown in Quebec for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. High-quality emollient.
Alumina: 100% natural, 100% mineral-sourced aluminum oxide. Natural mineral powder used as an anti-caking agent.
Aluminum hydroxide: 100% natural, unrefined and non-toxic, this fine aluminum powder is used as an opacifying agent.
Amber powder: 100% natural fossilized resin, amber is often used to make jewelry. In the biocosmetic industry, amber is ground into a fine powder (until the grains are smaller than 400 microns), for controlled agglomeration. These micro-crystals lift away dead skin when used as a scrub, for gentle exfoliation. Ideal for sensitive skin.
Aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) oil: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Rosewood essential oil.
Argania spinosa kernel oil*: 100% natural, 100% organic argan oil. Very rich in essential fatty acids, contains Omega 3, Omega 6, flavonoids (antioxidants), sterols, tocopherols and vitamin E. Argan oil is remarkably effective at giving the body what it needs to stimulate cell regeneration, keep systems working properly, repair chapped skin, moisturize the skin and protect it from daily irritants.
Argania spinosa leaf extract: Extract of argania tree leaves. 100% plant sourced, 100% natural. Inhibits (blocks) collagenosis, which destroys collagen.
Aroma: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Strawberry and raspberry aromas.
Aroma: Concentrated green tea extract. 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Double-acting aromatic agent that masks the bitter smell of other ingredients and supplies an extra dose of antioxidants.
Ascorbyl glucoside: 100% natural, ascorbyl glucoside is formed when a sugar molecule (glucose) is added to vitamin C (ascorbic acid). This makes the vitamin C more stable and resistant, helping it penetrate the subcutaneous layer of skin. Once the ascorbyl glucoside is under the epidermal layer, the sugar molecule is metabolized, enabling the ascorbyl glucoside to act as an antioxidant and stimulate collagen synthesis.
Benzyl alcohol: Synthetic preservative authorized by Ecocert at concentrations not exceeding 0.3%.
Biosaccharide gum-1: Texturing agent and powerful subcutaneous hydrator. 100% natural polymer derived from sorbitol through fermentation.
Bismuth oxychloride, chromium oxide greens, iron oxides, mica, titanium dioxide, ultramarines: 100% natural, 100% mineral-sourced. These are the color powders used in Zorah eyeshadows. Black, mauve, green or red iron oxides; deep blue ultramarine; forest green chromium oxide greens; glittering silver bismuth oxychloride, sparkly mica and white titanium dioxide, Zorah’s colours are all made from natural mineral powders.
Butyrospermum parkii (shea)*: Shea butter, 100% natural, 100% organic, 100% fair trade. Shea butter is a vegetable fat very rich in oleic and stearic acids. Shea butter has long been used in cosmetics for its wonderful moisturizing and skin softening properties.
Caesalpinia spinosa gum: Tara gum (Peruvian carob) is a 100% natural texturing agent.
Camelina sativa seed oil*: 100% natural, 100% organic, camelina oil is very rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6. Made in Canada, this wonderful oil provides concentrated antioxidants and very important polyunsaturated fatty acids. Camelina oil helps reduce skin inflammation and slow the skin aging process.
Caprylic capric triglyceride: 100% plant sourced, this is a fatty ester made from coconuts. Used as an emollient and moisturizer, it helps essential fatty acids penetrate the skin.
Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes: 100% natural, safflower oleosomes are natural vegetable oil reservoirs that gradually release their essential fatty acids, water and vitamins under the skin. Zorah uses them as an emollient, moisturizer and skin softener.
Centipeda cunninghamii extract: 100% natural, extracted from an Australian plant used by the indigenous peoples for its medicinal properties. Centipeda cunninghamii (scent weed) has impressive anti-inflammatory effects, helping namely to soothe burns.
Cera alba*: 100% natural, 100% organic beeswax, a high-quality natural emollient. Beeswax is also known for its antibacterial properties.
Ceratonia siliqua (carob) seed extract: Emulsion stabilizer and emollient, carob seed extract is 100% natural and 100% plant sourced. Further, this plant extract helps keep skin moisturized and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cetearyl alcohol: A natural emulsifier, 100% plant sourced, cetearyl alcohol enables the mixing of water and oil. Despite its name, it is not an alcohol, but rather a fat (fatty alcohol).
Cetearyl olivate/sorbitan olivate: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced emulsifier, made from olive oil. Enables the mixing of water and oil.
Cetyl alcohol: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Despite its name, cetyl alcohol is not an ethyl or isopropyl alcohol. It is a natural fat and thickener. It increases a product’s viscosity.
Cetyl palmitate/Sorbitan palmitate: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced fat, made from palm oil. An emulsifier.
Citric acid: 100% natural, extracted from fruits. Used as an antioxidant, to protect the product.
Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced, orange essential oil.
Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*: 100% organic, 100% plant-sourced, 100% natural carnauba wax made from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera palm tree. Hypoallergenic emollient.
Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil*: 100% organic, 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced pumpkin seed oil. High-quality natural emollient rich in stearic acid and linoleic acid. Leave skin silky smooth.
Dehydroacetic acid: A synthetic preservative, dehydroacetic acid is a natural compound derived from a pyrone. It is authorized by Ecocert at concentrations not exceeding 0.3%.
Dicaprylyl carbonate: A very high-quality synthetic emollient. Leaves skin soft to the touch and keeps it from dehydrating.
Dilinoleic acid/Propanediol copolymer: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced polyester (multiple esters) made from propanediol. Propanediol is obtained from a bacterium that triggers oriented sugar fermentation. Dilinoleic acid is a combination of two chains of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is the main ingredient in vegetable oils like olive oil and argan oil. Propanediol and dilinoleic acid are used as a slightly binding emollient with a very shiny appearance. They increase the long wear and non-transferable effect of lip gloss.
Dipeptide-2: Produced by fermenting vegetable proteins. 100% natural, dipeptides are small molecules that easily penetrate the skin and regulate lymphatic drainage. Remarkably effective at repairing fibroblasts (which produce collagen) and slowing skin aging.
Emblica officinalis fruit extract*:
Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced, candelilla wax is obtained from the candellila shrub, Euphorbia antisyphilitica, native to Mexico. It improves feel, binding and finish. Long-lasting, its relatively high melting point raises the softening point of lipsticks.
Glycerin (vegetable): Humectant, 100% natural, 100% plant sourced, glycerine is a by-product of saponifying vegetable oil (olive oil, in this case). Maintains and preserves moisture and helps the active ingredients penetrate the skin.
Glycerin crosspolymer: 100% natural, glycerine is used as a binding agent for various ingredients.
Glyceryl stearate: Natural emulsifier, 100% plant sourced, enabling the blending of oil and water.
Glyceryl stearate citrate: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced emulsifier. Made from glycerine, vegetable stearin/olein and citric acid. A skin stabilizer, it helps maintain moisture and restructure the skin. Excellent alternative to synthetic emulsifiers.
Glyceryl undecylenate: Glyceryl undecylanate is a natural emulsion stabilizer that helps preserve the product. It is derived from ricin oil mixed with glycerin.
Glyceryl caprylate: 100% natural, used as an emulsion stabilizer or occasionally as a surfactant. It is a glycerin ester (monoester) derived from saponifying vegetable oils.
Gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract: 100% natural cotton oil extract. Improves the skin barrier and helps reduce irritation.
Hectorite: 100% natural mineral clay. Hectorite is used as an absorbing and bulking agent, to control a product’s viscosity. It also contains large qualities of silicon needed for cellular reproduction.
Heliantus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*: 100% natural, 100% organic sunflower oil. A polyunsaturated oil rich in linoleic and linolenic acid. These essential fatty acids have a nourishing and softening effect on the skin.
Hesperidin methyl chalcone: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Powerful natural humectant that keeps the skin cells from becoming dehydrated.
Hydrolyzed corn starch: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced, used as an humectant.
Inulin lauril carbamate: 100% natural, this ingredient synthesizes a particular form of inulin, a natural product, and acts as an emulsifier.
Isoamyl cocoate: 100% natural, this coconut oil ester is a plant-sourced emollient and dispersant (helps spread mineral pigments), effectively replacing volatile silicones.
Isoamyl laurate: 100% natural, this lauric acid ester (saturated fatty acid derived from coconut oil) is used with isoamyl cocoate as a plant-sourced emollient and dispersant, effectively replacing volatile silicones.
Isostearic acid: 100% natural, isostearic acid is a saturated fat derived from coconut oil. It is a natural binding agent that helps bind pigments.
Isostearyl hydroxystearate: A natural, plant-sourced emollient, this hydroxystearic acid ester is made from ricin oil. It is used to adjust a product’s viscosity.
Isostearyl isostearate: Plant-sourced emollient, helps maintain the skin’s natural moisture content.
Lauryl glucoside: 100% natural, this sugar-derived surfactant was designed to reduce tensions between two bodies, thus making them easier to mix. It is a gentle product ideal for sensitive skin.
Lavandula hybrida oil: 100% natural lavender essential oil. One of three ingredients in Zorah’s fragrance.
Lepidium meyenii root extract* (maca): Sacred plant from the highlands of Peru, maca has been used by local populations for over 5,000 years. Believed to have a positive effect on energy, libido and sexual performance. It is said that before battle, Inca warriors would eat maca to gain strength. Maca acts as an adaptogen, helping the body achieve balance.
Lysolecithin: 100% natural, lysolecithin is lecithin modified by a fatty acid enzyme to give it greater stability and increase its emulsification properties.
Magnesium aluminum silicate: 100% natural, this mineral powder has absorbing properties that are very useful in controlling a product’s dispersal and in absorbing sebum.
Magnesium hydroxide: Also called “Milk of Magnesia” or brucite, magnesium hydroxide is a 100% natural mineral powder used as a pH regulator.
Magnesium silicate: 100% natural, magnesium silicate is magnesium salt, often called talc. Zorah uses it to set mascara.
Magnesium sulfate: Also called Epsom salt, it can be purchased over the counter in pharmacies and has been used in medicine for over a century. 100% natural, it is used as an emulsion stabilizer.
Maltodextrin: 100% natural, maltodextrin is derived from mixing sugar molecules through hydrolysis. Zorah uses it as a binding agent and film coating agent to protect the hydrolipidic film.
Moroccan lava clay: 100% natural, ghassool (pronounced rhassoul) is a clay especially rich in silicon and other minerals needed for cell production. A basic ingredient in the Nyxe cream mask, it gently exfoliates, revitalizes skin cells, nourishes the skin and regulates sebum production.
Mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil: 100% natural spearmint essential oil. One of three ingredients in Zorah’s fragrance.
Millefolium flower extract*: 100% natural, 100% organic, Achillea millefolium (common yarrow) is a perennial plant native to Canada. Zorah uses it for its antipruritic properties (soothes dermatitis).
Nylon 10/10: Despite its worrisome name, this nylon is a completely natural polymer. Surprising! Researchers created this polymer with amide functions (therefore, a polyamide) from ricin oil. 10/10 is the number of carbon atoms in the monomers, which, when bound, form this polymer. Nylon 10/10 is used as a texturizing agent. It gives skin a silky feel, reduces shine and gives a smoother appearance. Additional proof that it is possible to surpass the synthetic industry without resorting to polluting chemicals that are harmful for the body and the environment.
Octyldodecanol: Partly natural, partly synthetic, octyldodecanol is a fatty alcohol Zorah uses as an emollient and lubricant. It is a very stable ingredient widely used in natural and organic cosmetics.
Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3: Produced by fermenting 100% natural vegetable proteins, tetrapeptides are small molecules that easily penetrate the skin. By acting on given proteins, they are extremely effective at reducing skin inflammation and altering the skin cells.
Panicum miliaceum (millet) seed extract (orthosilicic acid): Wonderful 100% natural plant-sourced active ingredient. Also called vegetable silicone, orthosilicic acid is easy for the body to assimilate and helps produce hydroxyproline, the main component of type 1 collagen.
Persea gratissima (avocado) oil*: 100% natural, 100% organic avocado oil. Especially rich in Omega 3, phytosterols and carotenoids, avocado oil is known for its regenerative and moisturizing properties.
Polyglyceryl-10 laurate: 100% natural, a glycol and lauric acid ester. These two components are 100% plant sourced, from renewable resources. Co-emulsifier and surfactant.
Polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate: 100% natural, from the family of glycerol esters, these glyceryls are derived from glycerides, fatty agents found in vegetable oils and butters. Zorah uses them as emulsifying agents.
Polyglyceryl-4 diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate: PEG-free emulsifier. A synthetic product with low manufacturing impacts and post-use environmental impacts. Authorized by Ecocert, this emulsifying agent enables an effective and stable water-oil mix.
Polyhydroxystearic acid: 100% natural, this acid is part of the broad family of stearic acids, found in large quantity in vegetable oils and butters. Polyhydro refers to its molecular structure, comprised of a set of hydrostearic chains (hydrogenated stearic acid). This structure gives it natural dispersant qualities, enabling it to better disperse mineral pigments.
Potassium phosphate dibasic: Potassium salt formed by potassium hydroxide’s reaction to phosphoric acid. Synthetic ingredient used in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Used to balance a product’s pH.
Potassium sorbate: Potassium sorbate, a sorbic acid salt, is a preservative. Initially, sorbic acid was extracted from the fruit of the sorb tree (hence its name). It is now produced synthetically. It is a mild preservative, used in food, cosmetics and pharmacology. It is accepted by Ecocert and is non-toxic. It is used in several Zorah products at a concentration of 0.2%.
Propanediol: Propanediol is an agent that controls a product’s viscosity. 100% natural and plant sourced, it is a polyester (molecule containing several esters) made from linoleic acid and a fatty alcohol.
Pullulan: 100% natural, pullulan is a polysaccharide made from a fungus (Aureobasidium pullulans). It is a texturing agent used to create 100% natural gels. It has a silicone-like texture without the harmful effects on human health and the environment.
Quercus suber bark extract: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Extracted from the bark of the cork-oak tree. Contains large quantities of suberin, a lipid biopolymer comprised of numerous fatty acids that bind to the skin cells and bring them closer together, producing an immediate lifting and firming effect.
Rhizobian gum: 100% natural humectant, 100% plant sourced. Helps keep skin moisturized.
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*: 100% natural, 100% organic ricin oil. The oil is made from ricin seeds and is composed of 90% polyunsaturated fatty acids. Zorah uses it for its extraordinary regenerative properties.
Rosa canina (rosehip) seed oil*:
Salicylic acid: 100% natural, salicylic acid has a significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. Made from the bark of the willow tree (Salix), it is used in several Zorah products to prevent acne.
Salvia hispanica seed oil* (chia oil): 100% plant-sourced, 100% natural and 100% organic chia oil. Zorah’s chia oil is from a Mexican plant, Salvia hispanica. Chia oil is one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants. It also provides a large quantity of B vitamins, as well as significant quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc, to name but a few.
Sclerotium gum: 100% natural, this ingredient is derived by fermenting fungi. It is an emollient and natural emulsion stabilizer that effectively replaces synthetic ingredients.
Silica: Skin restructuring agent. 100% natural. Silica is one of the building blocks of the skin’s connective tissues. Its presence helps improve cellular regeneration and helps elastin and collagen to biosynthesize, directly improving skin firmness and elasticity.
Simmondiasis chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*: 100% natural, 100% organic jojoba seed oil. Used for its moisturizing properties.
Sodium benzoate: A benzoic acid salt. Acid that is found in its natural state in certain fruits, but is now produced in the laboratory. It is therefore a synthetic ingredient. Benzoic acid is a food-grade preservative, accepted by Ecocert. It is used in some of Zorah’s products, at a concentration of 0.3%.
Sodium chloride: Sea salt, 100% natural, used as an emulsion stabilizer.
Sodium citrate: Sodium salt of citric acid. Citric acid is a natural acid found in large quantity in lemons. A natural agent used to stabilize pH.
Sodium hyaluronate: Hyaluronic acid salt. 100% natural. Powerful hydrator naturally present in the body. It facilitates hydration and maintains the level of water in the skin cells. Facilitates the penetration of vitamin C. Zorah’s hyaluronic acid is obtained through bacterial fermentation.
Sodium hydroxide: 100% natural. Often called “soda,” sodium hydroxide is a strong base, used to regulate a product’s pH.
Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate: 100% natural, produced from the reaction of vegetable oils (coconut oil) to starch and sugar. It is a natural emulsifier.
Sodium phytate: Phytic acid sodium salt, extracted from legumes. 100% natural. Natural chelating agent used to stabilize a product.
Sodium stearoyl lactylate: Natural emulsifier, 100% plant sourced. Enables water and oil to mix.
Sorbic acid: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced, sorbic acid is a preservative extracted from the sorb tree (hence its name).
Sorbitan olivate: 100% natural, sorbitan olivate is derived from olive oil and is an excellent water/oil emulsifier. It helps moisturize the skin and is not harmful for human health or the environment (no PEG or ethoxylates).
Spilanthes acmella flower extract: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Concentrated extract of a tropical plant, it simulates the contractile powers of fibroblasts. This active ingredient improves the structural dynamism of the cells, making skin denser and firmer.
Stearic acid: 100% natural, stearic acid is a fatty acid found abundantly in nature. Present in nearly all vegetable oils, Zorah uses stearic acid as an emollient and texturing agent.
Stevia rebaudiana extract*: The famous “stevia,” a 100% plant-sourced and certified organic natural sweetener.
Sucrose polystearate: 100% natural sugar ester (table sugar to which a fatty acid was added). Used as an emollient (gives skin a soft, silky feel).
Sucrose*: 100% organic, 100% fair trade sugar. The sugar grains, which are ± 0.5 mm in diameter, are used to remove dead skin cells, as a scrub.
Tannic acid: 100% natural, tannic acid is found in many plants, including oak bark (as in this case). It is an excellent tensor agent and a high-quality natural astringent.
Theobroma cacao seed butter* (cocoa butter): 100% natural, 100% organic, 100% fair trade cocoa butter, an excellent natural moisturizer that helps quickly heal chapped skin.
Theobroma grandiflorum seed butter*: 100% natural and 99.95% organic. Very rich in beneficial sterols, our cupuaçu butter (as it is commonly called) is from a Brazilian development cooperative. It helps restore a damaged skin barrier and keeps the skin moisturized. Cupuaçu butter is known for its healing properties. While rarely used in North America, its chemical structure is ideal for cosmetic use.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E): 100% natural, vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant.
Triheptanoin: 50% plant sourced and 50% synthetic. An emollient that gives products a silky texture (concentration not exceeding 0.4%).
Trimethylpentanediol: “Clean” synthetic ingredient. Emollient and film-coating agent. Improves mascara’s hold.
Tsuga canadensis leaf extract: 100% plant sourced, from Eastern hemlock leaves. Purifies the skin, calms and soothes irritated skin.
Ulmus fulva (slippery elm) bark extract*: 100% natural and plant sourced, slippery elm bark extract is a known anti-inflammatory. Slippery elm is a large tree that grows naturally throughout Eastern North America. Native peoples have long used the powder made from the inner bark of the elm tree to heal various injuries and soothe skin inflammation.
Vanilla flavor: 100% natural, 100% plant-sourced vanilla aromas.
Vanilla planifoliafruit extract: 100% natural, 100% organic vanilla bean extract used for flavor.
Xanthan gum: 100% natural, 100% plant sourced. Natural thickener due to the action of the Xanthomonas campestris bacteria. Increases a product’s viscosity.
Zea mays starch: 100% natural, this corn starch is used as a smoothing agent, to give creams amore luxurious texture.
Zinc PCA: 100% natural active ingredient, controls the quantity of sebum on the surface of the skin.