How to read an Inci (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients)

Inci is the list of ingredients contained in a cosmetic. The order of the substances is not random nor alphabetical: the elements are listed according to the percentage contained within the product, in descending order. Therefore, the first element indicated is the most present in the formulation. For example, Inci of traditional cosmetics reports as the first ingredient “aqua”.
Another thing that is often not taken into consideration is the language in which the ingredients are written: the components of natural origin are named in Latin, while those of chemical synthesis are written in English. A good point of reflection for the purchase of a cosmetic is therefore: which language prevails in its inci?

Our Inci are composed of:

ALOE ARBORESCENS LEAF JUICE: aloe juice, skin moisturizer.

ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT: althaea extract, emollient and anti-inflammatory.

AVENA SATIVA KERNEL EXTRACT: oat extract, moisturizing, film-forming and anti-reddening.

BETA-CAROTENE: vegetable pigment, powerful antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A.

BISABOLOL: redness inhibiting and soothing.

BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS STEROLS: phytosterols, consistency factor with strong decongestant power.

BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER: shea butter, conditioning, emollient, rich in unsaponifiables.

CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT: calendula extract, reduces inflammation.

CERA ALBA: beeswax, consistency factor with nourishing, protective properties.

CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA FLOWER EXTRACT: chamomile extract, decongestant, emollient and anti-age.

CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA FLOWER WATER: chamomile water, anti-inflammatory and astringent.

CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS PEEL OIL: essential oil of sweet orange, toning and draining.

CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL: lemon essential oil, bactericidal and antiseptic.

COCO CAPRYLATE: oil of natural origin, highly fluid, silky and emollient.

CORYLUS AVELLANA SHELL POWDER: hazelnut powder, natural mechanical exfoliant.

CUCURBITA PEPO SEED OIL: pumpkin seed oil and soothing, eudermic.

ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA ROOT FLUID: echinacea extract, restorative, firming, regenerating and elasticizing.

EQUISETUM ARVENSE EXTRACT: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

GLUCOSE: humectant, moisturizing and skin conditioning.

GLYCERIN: vegetable glycerin, humectant.

HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL: sunflower oil, used for the extraction of active ingredients.

HELICHRYSUM ITALICUM EXTRACT: protective and restorative.

HETEROTHECA INULOIDES FLOWER EXTRACT: arnica extract, astringent, soothing and decongestant.

HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL: thickener, emulsifier.

HYPERICUM PERFORATUM FLOWER EXTRACT: antibacterial, healing and emollient.

KAOLIN: white clay, purifying, opacifying and absorbent.

LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL: lavender essential oil, antibacterial, antiseptic, healing.

LECITHIN: soy lecithin, consistency factor, protective, conditioning and emollient.

MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL: macadamia nut oil, emollient, sebum-balancing, with dry touch.

MALIC ACID: derived from the apple, lightening, anti-acne and anti-aging.

MALTODEXTRIN: powder binder.

MALVA SYLVESTRIS LEAF EXTRACT: mallow extract, moisturizing, emollient and anti-reddening.

MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA OIL: tea tree essential oil, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.

MENTHA PIPERITA OIL: peppermint essential oil, balsamic, antiseptic and anti-itching.

NIGELLA SATIVA SEED OIL: black cumin oil, antioxidant and antibacterial.

ORYZA SATIVA BRAN CERA: rice wax, consistency factor with nourishing, filmic and protective action.

ORYZA SATIVA BRAN OIL: rice oil, rich in tocopherols, nourishing, antioxidant and photoprotective.

ORYZA SATIVA STARCH (AMIDO): rice starch, anti-reddening, soothing, refreshing.

ORYZA SATIVA STARCH (CRUSCA): rice bran powder, natural mechanical exfoliant.

PAPAINA: Papaya enzyme, exfoliates and accelerates cell turnover.

PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL: avocado oil, elasticising and high in unsaponifiables.

PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS SHELL POWDER: sweet almond powder, natural mechanical exfoliant.

PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL: apricot kernel oil, elasticizing and anti-aging.

RETINYL PALMITATE: vitamin A, protects against photoaging, pigmentation and acne disorders.

RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL: castor oil, humectant, in small quantities amplifies the properties of the other active ingredients.

ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT: rosehip extract, smoothes, tones and has a lightening effect.

ROSA MOSCHATA SEED OIL: exceptional anti-aging and elasticising.

ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF OIL: rosemary essential oil, astringent, healing and antibacterial.

SESAMUM INDICUM SEED OIL: sesame oil, antioxidant, emollient, sebum regulator.

SILICE: silica, viscosising, texturizing, used to give a silky touch and matte effect to the skin.

SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL: jojoba oil, emollient and protective.

SODIUM BICARBONATE: natural mechanical exfoliant.

THEOBROMA CACAO SEED BUTTER: cocoa butter, protective.

TOCOPHEROL: vitamin E, powerful antioxidant.

TRIETHYL CITRATE: antioxidant, deodorant, solvent.

URTICA DIOICA LEAF EXTRACT: nettle extract, astringent and tonic.

XANTHAN GUM: natural gelling agent.