WHAT’S IN SKINCARE?

Codex Beauty’s ingredients are plant-based, locally sourced, safe, and effective. We choose organic whenever possible.
WHAT’S IN SKINCARE?

We aim to include as many local and native ingredients as possible. Where we need to source outside the country of origin, our team of formulators work to procure the best quality ingredients from across the world.

Having an herbal scientist on the formulating team and medical herbalists on our Advisory Board means that we choose ingredients that are known to be effective, either through long-term traditional use or through published research. Having a chemist on our formulating team means we understand how to get the best performance from our plant-based emulsifiers, preservatives and stabilisers so that our customer has a safe, stable and effective product.

Natural doesn’t always mean safe. Plant-based ingredients can be potent and even toxic. Essential oils in particular are highly potent materials and must be treated with care. We formulate with concentrations under the safe dermal limits since some essential oils can be sensitising. We also take great care and work with our suppliers to ensure that we use optimal plant species and avoid any risk of contamination of materials. Finally, we utilize specific extraction methods for each ingredient, understanding that certain constituents can only be extracted using targeted techniques.

At Codex Beauty, we form close relationships with our suppliers in order to get the best quality materials to work with—so we can then pass these precious ingredients along to our consumer.

Click here to view a detailed list of ingredients.


+- Adzuki Bean


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Phaseolus Angularis


Finely-ground adzuki beans gently buff away dull, dry skin with saponins, a natural foaming compound that cleanses pores, removes dead skin and excess oil as well as improves both skin tone and radiance.

 

+- Aloe Vera


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Aloe Vera Barbadensis


Native to Central South America, aloe vera provides a protective layer to help skin retain moisture and is rich in antioxidants and minerals to calm, balance and tighten skin.

 

+- Amyris


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Amyris balsamifera


Produced from a steam distillation of the bark, amyris essential oil has a high content of sesquiterpenols, which help reduce signs of aging, reduce skin tone dullness, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and add elasticity to the skin.

 

+- Arnica


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Arnica Montana


Macerated arnica oil is known for its superior toning, redness reducing, and de-puffing benefits as it works to naturally calm the skinto owing to its higher flavonoid and phenolic acid content.

 

+- Baobab Seed Oil


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Adansonia digitata


Baobab seed oil nourishes and replenishes skin, treating damaged areas with deep hydration, and yet, without clogging pores or leading to congestion.

 

+- Barley


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Hordeum vulgare


Rich in skin-brightening azelaic acid, Barley also helps gently exfoliate and control oil that is produced by the skin.

 

+- Black Currant


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Ribes nigrum


Blackcurrant seed oil works preventatively to balance the skin and help avoid\nminor skin issues by calming discomfort, reducing redness, eliminating excess oil and cleansing dirt or other impurities.

 

+- Bladderwrack


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Fucus vesiculosus


Bladderwrack seaweed, harvested from the coast of Ireland, is a potent source of B- complex vitamins, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium and potassium, among other nutrients, that firm, revitalize and restore the skin.

 

+- Bog Myrtle


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Myrica gale


Bog myrtle is effective at cleansing dirt, oils and impurities while improve skin tone and glow.

 

+- Borage


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Borago Officinalis


Borage oil, extracted from the seeds of the plant, delivers high levels of the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a soothing emollient that restores moisture and smoothness to dry, damaged skin.

 

+- Calendula Macerated Oil


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Calendula officinalis


Extracted from marigold flowers as a macerated oil or water infusion, calendula oil possesses skin softening, regenerating and calming properties.

 

+- Calendula Water Infusion


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Calendula officinalis


Extracted from marigold flowers as a macerated oil or water infusion, calendula oil possesses skin softening, regenerating and calming properties.

 

+- Carotene


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Beta carotene, a natural colorant, also provides potent antioxidant protection, which helps reduce the effects of environmental stressors that can damage skin.


Finely-ground adzuki beans gently buff away dull, dry skin with saponins, a natural foaming compound that cleanses pores, removes dead skin and excess oil as well as improves both skin tone and radiance.

 

+- Castor Oil


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Ricinus communis


Castor seed oil help to clear pores for a fresh glow, clean impurities for a brighter appearance and restore uneven skin tone.

 

+- Chamomile Hydrosol


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Antemis nobilis


Chamomile hydrosol is a powerful calming substance. It reduces discomfort, minimizes redness and promotes and even skin tone.

 

+- Chia Seed Oil


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Salvia Hispanica


Cold-pressed and rich in omega 3 and phytosterols, chia seed oil helps moisturize and condition skin by restoring the surface barrier of your complexion.

 

+- Clary Sage


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Salvia sclarea


Clary sage, a natural cleanser, may help regulate oil production to tone the skin and minimize the appearance of large pores; its crisp, green scent might also relax the body.

 

+- Comfrey


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Symphytum officinale


Comfrey’s incredible healing power come from a constituent contained in the leaf and root called allantoin, which soothes and protects skin.

 

+- Cucumber


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Cucumis sativus


Cucumber gourds are a natural source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and caffeic acid—all important nutrients to boost hydration, counteract dark spots and reduce puffiness.

 

+- Elderflower


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Sambucus Nigra


A mildly natural cleanser, elderflower extract is believed to refine the complexion, producing a natural tightening effect, reducing the appearance of pores, and making the skin look and feel smoother and fresh.

 

+- Fucus Serratus


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Fucus serratus


Fucus vesiculosus is a water-binding seaweed with a high mineral content to defend against environmental damage and toxins, while promoting a firmer and more toned appearance.

 

+- Glycerine


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Glycerin


A key molecule in skin physiology, glycerin penetrates deeply into the stratum corneum, helping to reduce the evaporation rate of moisture on the surface. It’s extremely effective at plumping the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and treating dryness.

 

+- Grapefruit Essential Oil


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Citrus Paradisi


With its powerful cleansing properties, grapefruit essential oil helps keep pores clear by removing surface build up and promotes healthy-looking skin.

 

+- Green Mandarin


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Citrus Nobilis


Green mandarin essential oil effectively cleans dirt, oils and other impurities, thereby delivering a toning and sebum-balancing effect.

 

+- Heartsease


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Viola tricolor


Captured in a water infusion from the flowering plant, heartsease is known to soothe, moisturize and improve osmotic function.

 

+- Hyaluronic Acid


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Sodium Hyaluronate


Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the body (but decreases with age and other factors) and is uniquely capable of holding many times its weight in water, producing a remarkable hydrating and plumping effect.

 

+- Immortelle Essential Oil


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Helichrysum italicum


In both macerated oil and essential oil form, immortelle (also known as helichrysum arenarium) contains concentrated levels of antioxidant flavonoids to protect from environmental stressors.

 

+- Immortelle Macerated Oil


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Helichrysum italicum


In both macerated oil and essential oil form, immortelle (also known as helichrysum arenarium) contains concentrated levels of antioxidant flavonoids to protect from environmental stressors.

 

+- Jojoba Grains


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Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil


Jojoba gains remove dead skin cells but are gentle enough not to harm the skin, helping to decongest pores and prime your skin to better absorb other ingredients applied next.

 

+- Kiwi Seed Oil


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Actinidia Chinensis


Kiwi seed oil is a potent emollient, delivering a significant amount of vitamin C to brighten, tone and lightly refine the surface of skin.

 

+- Mallow


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Althea officinalis


Mallow is an herbaceous plant that products a protective, moisturizing gel that functions as a gentle remedy for treating rough, dry skin.

 

+- Melissa


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Melissa officinalis


Melissa, or lemon balm, is a green herb that with many uses in natural herbal skincare, including cleansing, calming, protecting, soothing, and tightening of the skin.

 

+- Milk Thistle Seed Oil


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Silbum Marianum


Milk thistle seed oil, with its protective base of linoleic acid and flavonoids, works to repair the skin’s barrier function, helping to keep out dirt and impurities while preserving skin health.

 

+- Myrtle


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Myrtus communis


Associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, myrtle was prized by the ancient Greeks for its restoring qualities; the dark green leaves produce a naturally skin-toning oil, similar to eucalyptus.

 

+- Oats


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Avena sativa


For those with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate exfoliators, oats—with their natural texture—function as an ideal alternative that also imparts emollients, proteins and lipids to moisturize and calm the skin.

 

+- Oat Lipid Oil


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Avena sativa


Oat lipid oil, derived from the kernel, contains beta glucans (sugars found in the cell walls of plants like oat, among other sources) and tocopherols to support the skin’s natural barrier.

 

+- Orange Essential Oil


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Citrus Aurantium Dulcis


Vitamin-C-infused orange essential oil helps to reduce dark spots and absorb sebum, giving skin an overall radiant finish.

 

+- Red Lentils


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Lens culinaris


When pulverized into a fine powder, red lentils can effectively loosen and slough dead skin cells, smoothing the surface for a refined, even-toned appearance.

 

+- Roman Chamomile


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Anthemis nobilis


Roman chamomile, obtained from the steam distillation of the dried flower heads of the plant, soothes irritated skin and bring it to a clear and healthy state.

 

+- Rose


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Rosa damascena


Roses have been used for centuries in beauty care; the rosa damascene species is especially potent with antioxidants and nourishing compounds to help plump skin, soften lines, and reduce redness for an even-toned appearance.

 

+- Rosehip Seed Oil


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Rosa Canina


With its mix of antioxidants, retinoic acid and omega 3 and 6, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil is excellent at nourishing, softening, and improving skin elasticity.

 

+- Rosemary Antioxidant


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Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Extract


Extracted with CO2 methods to preserve the potency of the nutrient, antioxidant- infused rosemary cares for your skin with natural defenses and helps protect it from environmental stressors.

 

+- Safflower


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Carthamus tinctorius


Safflower seed oil, source from Australia, contains vitamins and fatty acids that leave skin soft and radiant, balance your complexion and maintain skin resiliency.

 

+- Sea Buckthorn


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Hippophae rhamnoides


Sea Buckthorn is often known as a superfood because of its restoring and calming properties, making it helpful for damaged, dry skin, and overall improving skin health.

 

+- Shea Butter


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Butyrospermum Parkii


Responsibly sourced from Ghana, shea butter has a high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins, making it an extremely effective emollient, known to soften, condition and calm the skin.

 

+- Strawberry


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Fragaria Vesca & Maltodextrin


Acidic in nature and rich in vitamin C, strawberries are ideal for minimizing excess sebum, as well as revitalizing the complexion for a healthy glow.

 

+- Sweet Almond


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Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis


Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, sweet almond oil heals chapped and irritated skin while also protecting against environmental stresses, to keep skin smooth and soft and minimize fine lines.

 

+- Vitamin E


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Tocopherol


Vitamin E, sourced from cereal germ, in a plant-friendly process that ensures a gluten- free result, is well known for its exceptional moisturizing capabilities and antioxidant benefits to preserve and protect skin.

 

+- Xanthan Gum


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Xanthan Gum


Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, a sugar-based polymer composed of glucose, mannose and glucuronic acid; it’s produced from a pure-culture fermentation process to create a natural gel that seals moisture into the skin.