Ingredients Glossary

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is known as the "healing plant". The leaf of the plant contains a gel rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids. It has been used for over 3,000 years to assist in the healing of burns and other skin irritations.
 
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) has the ability to neutralize acidic pH levels creating a natural deodorizer. Softens skin and soothes irritated skin.
 
Basil
Basil has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. The aromatic herb is native to India and other tropical regions of Asia.
 
Caprylyl Glycol
Caprylyl Glycol occurs naturally in oil of lavender, lemon, lime, oil of lovage, orange peel and coconut oil.
 
Caramel
Caramel is a sugar that has been melted and browned. It is used as a natural colorant.
 
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) flower extract is the volatile oil distilled from dried flower heads. It has long been known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
 
Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer and colorant.
 
Citric Acid
Citric Acid is an extract from citrus fruits and used as a natural pH adjuster. It also acts as a mild acidic preservative and gentle exfoliant for skin.
 
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Cocamidopropyl Betaine is derived from coconut oil and beets. It can be used as a cleanser and foaming agent.
 
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nuciferal)
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nuciferal) is cold pressed from the fruit of palm trees. The oil is light, non-greasy, and exceptionally emollient. It can be used as a moisturizer and forms a protective layer on the skin, helping to retain moisture. Because the oil is mild, it can help soothe irritated or sensitive skin. Coconut Oil can also be used in both liquid and bar soaps to promote bountiful amounts of lather.
 
Corn Flour
Corn Flour is the course meal ground from dried maize or American corn. Corn flour is used as an effective exfoliator in Grandpa’s Indian Corn Soap.
 
Cornstarch
Cornstarch is produced by grinding, washing, and drying the endosperm of the corn until it reaches a fine, powdery state. Corn Starch is gluten free.
 
Decyl Glucoside
Decyl Glucoside occurs naturally in sweet orange and ambrette seed. This ingredient is produced by the reaction of glucose from cornstarch with the fatty alcohol decanol, which is derived from coconut oil. It is biodegradable, non-toxic, non-irritating and will not block pores. This extremely mild and effective non-ionic cleanser creates an excellent lather and rinses quickly. Decyl Glucoside is a natural alternative to harsh surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
 
Dimethicone
Dimethicone is a silicon oil used as an emollient and skin protectant.
 
Emollient
Emollient is having the ability to soften and soothe, especially to the skin.
 
Emulsifier
Emulsifier is generally any ingredient used to bind together substances that normally would not blend and mix, such as oil and water.
 
Ethyl Cellulose
Ethyl Cellulose (plant derived) is a gelling and thickening agent derived from cellulose.
 
Exfoliant
Exfoliant is an abrasive surface or material that is applied to the skin to remove dead cells from the surface.
 
French Milling Process
During the milling process soaps are produced, allowed to dry, and then run through stainless steel rollers a minimum of three times.  Running the soap through the rollers at least three times causes the soap crystals to break down into a fine paste which produces a soap more consistent in color, fragrance and purity. French milled soaps are known to have a smooth even texture; rich lather and last longer than conventional bars. French milled soap is ofter refered to as triple milled.
 
Gardenia
Gardenia is an evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and fragrant white summer flowers. The plant is native to China and Japan.
 
Ginseng (Panax Ginseng Root Extract)
Ginseng (Panax Ginseng Root Extract) is a fleshy root, found in Asia and parts of North America. The herb has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for centuries. Panax means “heal all” in Greek. Ginseng is commonly used as a source of energy.
 
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract is high in vitamin E, flavonoids, and linoleic acids. It also acts as a natural antioxidant, which helps protect cells from free radical damage and promotes positive circulation.
 
Green Clay (Montmorillonite)
Green Clay (Montmorillonite) absorbs impurities and excess oils. It nourishes skin with essential minerals such as Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Silica. French green clay helps maintain the skins natural moisture and natural oils.
 
Lauramide Dea
Lauramide Dea is derived from coconut oil. It is a foam booster and emulsion stabilizer. Lauramide Dea helps to increase the viscosity in surfactant systems.
 
Loofah
Loofah is the fibrous skeleton of a fruit-like gourd. It is known to activate, stimulate and exfoliate skin.
 
Oat Beta-Glucan
Oat Beta-Glucan is a unique ingredient derived from natural oats. Oat Beta-Glucan has been said to be capable of penetrating deep into derma and delivering significant skin benefits. It has been known to work as an anti-irritant and to help speed healing of abrasions and burns. It is also a long lasting moisturizer.
 
Olive Fruit Oil
Olive Fruit Oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E and polyphenols that help repair cells and neutralize free radicals.
 
Palm Oil (Elaesis Guineensis)
Palm Oil (Elaesis Guineensis) is obtained from the fruit or seed of the palm tree.
 
Panthenol (Vitamin B-5)
Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) hydrates and nourishes skin, hair and scalp.
 
Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin)
Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) is obtained from the leaves of an East Indian shrubby mint. Patchouli’s distinctive scent is recognized in the world of aromatherapy for its calming and restful characteristics.
 
Phenoxyethanol
Phenoxyethanol is an effective preservative used in liquids that is paraben and formaldehyde free.
 
Pine Tar Oil (Pinus Palustris)
Pine Tar Oil (Pinus Palustris) is a natural moisturizer and deodorizer with antiseptic properties. Grandpa Brands Company obtains its pine tar oil via a closed kilned process. Grandpa’s Pine Tar is always Creosote-free.
 
Polyquaternium-10
Polyquaternium-10 is used in hair products to improve overall texture while adding body, suppleness and sheen.
 
Polysorbate 20
Polysorbate 20 is derived from coconut oil and used as an emulsifier.
 
Potassium Sorbate
Potassium Sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid from berries of the mountain ash tree and used as a preservative.
 
Preservative
Preservative is a substance or preparation added to a product to destroy or inhibit the multiplication of microorganism. Preservatives are necessary to prevent contamination.
 
Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is a vegetable based humectant used to create a smooth glide in deodorants.
 
Rolled Oats (Avena Sativa)
Rolled Oats (Avena Sativa) is derived from ground oat kernels. In bath products, oatmeal helps soothe irritated or chafed skin.
 
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sandalwood (Santalum album) is a woody aromatic used for over 4,000 years in everything from aftershave to deodorant.
 
Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum Oil)
Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum Oil) is an East Indian herb that has a rosy or white flower. It is used as a skin softener and in hair conditioners.
 
Sodium Olefin Sulfonate
Sodium Olefin Sulfonate is a surfactant free of sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens and animal by-products.
 
Sodium Stearate
Sodium Stearate is the sodium salt of stearic acid derived from coconut and palm oils.
 
Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annulus)
Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annulus) is an extract of sunflower seeds. The oil is a rich emollient high in linoleic and oleic essential fatty oils.
 
Surfactants
Surfactants, also know as wetting agents, lower the surface tension of a liquid allowing easier spreading.
 
Titanium Dioxide
Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral with UV light absorbing capabilities. It is commonly used in sun products and as a natural whitener. 
 
Tocopheryl Acetate
Tocopheryl Acetate is Vitamin E derived from the sunflower seed oil. It is an effective antioxidant also used as a natural preservative.
 
Vegetable Glycerin
Vegetable Glycerin is derived from coconut and palm oils. Glycerin is an emollient, humectant and skin softener.
 
White Clay (Kaolin)
White Clay (Kaolin) has the ability to attract and absorb while being non-irritating. Kaolin is the gentlest of all clays and is non-drying.
 
Witch-Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
Witch-Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) is a natural skin freshener and astringent made from the bark and leaves of the Hamamelis, a deciduous shrub. It has long been used to relieve bruising, sunburns, and insect bites.
 
Allantoin
Allantoin is derived from comfrey root. Allantoin is a naturally occurring nitrogenous compound used as a skin conditioning agent.
 
Chamomilla Rectita (Matricaris)
Chamomilla Rectita (Matricaris) is the extract of the chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita) flowers.
 
Glyceryl Laurate
Glyceryl Laurate is produced from glycerin and lauric acid made from vegetable oils. It is known for its skin conditioning and emollient, skin softening and soothing properties. It is also a surfactant and an emulsifier.
 
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea Extract is a powerful antioxidant and is known to soothe and moisturize.
 
Lavender
Lavender is harvested from the flowering buds of the Lavandula Angustifolia plant. The ancient Romans used lavender to promote healing through skin regeneration. The scent of lavender is said to be calming, relaxing and stress relieving.
 
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) from the Mangifolia tree grows wild in West Africa and produces fruit once a year. The shea nuts are separated from the fruit, roasted and then dried in the sun before they are crushed and boiled to extract butter. Shea Butter is known for its healing properties of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, cinnimic acid, unsaponiables and natural UV protection.
 
Sulfur
Sulfur is a naturally occurring element that is an essential component of all living cells. Sulfur is used as an ingredient to reduce acne blemishes, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.