What's Inside Our Products?
We’re pumped to provide clean ingredients and potent formulas with every product we launch. This transparency is what keeps us honest and accountable, and empowers you to learn about our products, unlike any other indie skin care brand. Many people think our products are “organic” or purely plant-based; the truth is, we’ve hit the sweet spot between a mixture of nature and science to create potent formulas with clean ingredients. This is the secret behind our products’ efficacy and simplicity. No fragrances needed, no harmful chemicals necessary.
Let’s face it, we can only add so much to our products to get them to smell nice. When you think about it though, do you really need to jeopardize your skin’s wellbeing just to smell like a pink grapefruit?
Here’s the truth: in order to eliminate unnecessary ingredients from our formulas, we had to learn to embrace the natural funk of these potent formulas. To tell you the truth, we kinda like it this way! How could we promote embracing your most natural you, only to cover up our own realness? No, they will not make your face stinky... just cleaner and healthier! All we’re saying is, we don’t fake the funk. We embrace it! Fortunately, our tribe seems to like it, too!
Our power players are the active ingredients that take your skin from dull to DAMN. They’re also what make our products into lean, mean, funk machines. On their own, we'd say these are some pretty awesome ingredients. Together, they're a powerful combination that gives you healthy skin that lets you be as authentically you as possible.
ALOE VERA: Plant-based ingredient. Heals wounds and also soothes skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.
CHARCOAL POWDER: It has the potential to extract deep-dirt that can get stuck in pores and cause infections.
COCONUT OIL: Natural ingredient that comes from coconuts. It works as an antibacterial and moisturizer.
CUCUMBER FRUIT EXTRACT: High in Vitamin C and has natural hydration benefits thanks to its high water content.
GARDEN CRESS EXTRACT: It has antioxidant properties as well as rejuvenating agents, and protective agents.
GREEN TEA: It helps the skin by reducing inflammation, puffy eyes, and oiliness; slowing down cell-aging, and reducing acne.
HYALURONIC ACID: We use a synthetic version which is able to hold 1,000X its weight in water. It hydrates and plumps skin by pulling moisture from the air.
JOJOBA OIL: This smooth operator is a knight in shining armor, making sure your skin stays soft and hydrated.
POMEGRANATE: It contains Vitamin C, anti-aging benefits, and acts as an antioxidant.
RETINOL: Powerful enough for effective cell turnover, yet gentle enough for sensitive skin.
ROSE HIP OIL: Helps your skin by correcting dark spots and hydrating.
SHEA BUTTER: Helps the skin with its moisturizing and emollient properties.
SQUALANE: Natural ingredient that is derived from olives. It works as an emollient and skin conditioner.
VITAMIN C: Plant-based ingredient that comes from foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and potatoes. Its main benefits include collagen synthesis and antioxidant.
VITAMIN E: Plant-based ingredient that comes from foods such as oranges and broccoli. Its benefits for the skin include collagen synthesis and its antioxidant properties.
WITCH HAZEL BARK/LEAF TWIG EXTRACT: It has astringent properties which can help with acne. Also works as an anti-inflammatory.
HOW TO MAKE A SKIN CARE PRODUCT
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a skin care product? Well, it’s not just a random mixture of liquids and scents - there’s a science to it! Instead of going all Heisenberg with a chemistry lesson, we’ll fill you in on the basics of the average skin care product in order to give you a sense of what’s inside every No B.S. skin care product.
At No B.S., we want you to know as much as possible about the ingredients that go on your skin. We pride ourselves in using the cleanest and most potent elements possible to make sure you get safe skin care products that actually work!
Our combination of plant-based and scientific heavy-hitters gives us the opportunity to do just that. Use the legend below to identify the necessary ingredients for a skin care product and learn why each ingredient is used. Looking for a specific ingredient? Find the ingredient you’re curious about in the dropdowns.
Antioxidant (AX): limits production of free radicals to prevent cell damage
Astringent (A): minimizes pores and balances oil production
Exfoliant (EX): freshens and smooths skin by shedding dead skin cells
Humectant (H): attracts moisture from the environment and maintains skin moisture
Skin conditioner (SC): hydrates and softens skin
Sunscreen (SS): protects skin from harmful UV rays and cell mutation
Surfactant (S): cleansing agent
Emollient (EM): softens and smooths the skin
Emulsifier (ES): stabilizes the mixture of a formula
Fragrance ingredient (F): adds natural scent to products
Preservative (P): prevents bacterial growth for longer shelf life
pH adjuster (PH): guarantees stability, safety, and performance
Thickener (T): gives creams their distinctive feel and form
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (T)
Alcohol Denat (A)
Algae Extract (H) (SC)
Aloe Barbadesis Leaf Extract (SC)
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (AX)
Butylene Glycol (H) (SC)
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (SC)
Camellia SInensis (Green Tea) Extract (SC) (AX)
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (EM) (SC)
C13-14 Isoparaffin (EM)
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (SC)
Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract (SC)
Cetearyl Alcohol (T) (ES)
Cetearyl Glucoside (ES)
Cetearyl Olivate (ES)
Ceteth-10 (ES) (S)
Cetyl Alcohol (ES)
Charcoal Powder (EX)
Citric Acid (PH)(P)
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil (F)
Cocamidopropyl Betaine (S)
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (EM) (SC)
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Exract (EM) (SC)
Decyl Glucoside (S)
Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3 (SC)
Ethoxydiglycol (solvent) (H)
Ferulic Acid (AX)
Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract (AX)
Glycereth-26 (H) (SC)
Glycerin (H) (SC)
Glyceryl Stearate (EM)
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (EM)
Glycol Stearate (ES)
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract (SC) (AX)
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate (A)
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil (EM) (SC)
Hydrolyzed Collagen (EM) (H) (SC)
Isostearyl Palmitate (EM) (SC)
Isopropyl Alcohol (EM) (SC)
Isopropyl Myristate (EM) (SC)
L-Arginine HCL (SC)
Lauramine Oxide (S)
Laureth-4 (ES) (S)
Laureth-7 (ES) (S)
Lauryl Glucoside (S)
Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (F)
Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract (AX)
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter (SC)
Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture (AX)
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil (AX) (F)
Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil (SC)
Octyl Palmitate (EM)
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (SC)
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (SC)
PEG-12 Dimethicone (SC)
Polyvinyl Alcohol (T) (ES)
Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil (SC)
Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (AX)
Retinol (Vitamin A) (SC)
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) (SC)
Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil (SC)
Rose hip Oil (SC)
Saccharide Isomerate (H)
Salicylic Acid (EX)
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (EM) (H) (SC) (AX)
Sodium Acetate (T)
Sodium Citrate (PH)(AX)(P)
Sodium PCA (H)
Sodium Hyaluronate (H) (SC)
Sodium Hydroxide (PH)
Sodium Stearate (S)
Sorbitan Olivate (ES) (S)
Squalane (EM) (SC)
Tetrahexydecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester) (SC) (AX)
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (EM) (SC)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) (SC) (AX)
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (AX)
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract (AX)
Xanthan Gum (T) (ES)
Zemea (Corn) Propanediol (H)
A BRIEF WORD ABOUT...
When you see this ingredient in your beauty products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s watered down. The water in skin care products is used as a vehicle of sorts to contain all the different ingredients together and allow them to move from bottle to skin cohesively.
Think of “Aqua” as a train and all of the other ingredients as passengers in that train. Next stop: your skin!
We’ve been conditioned to think that acids are harmful chemicals that melt through surfaces. Fortunately, that’s not the case with skin care acids. You’ll notice we love using certain acids, like hyaluronic acid, ascorbic acid, and salicylic acid. That’s because we tap into the rejuvenating and effective elements that boost our formula’s effectiveness.
It’s understandable to feel a bit hesitant at first, especially if it’s your first time; but if you’re ready to level up your skin care game, acids are a great place to start.