Cosmetic regulations state that ingredient listings must use the INCI name. INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients and are the unique names given for each ingredient.
Some are the chemical names and some are latin or english botanical names. To make it even more confusing, soap labels contain the name of the chemical compound made when an oil reacts with sodium hydroxide rather than the ingredients you started with- but that explanation is for another blog.
Some of the common ingredients have INCI names so far removed from their common name that it can be hard to guess the ingredients used. I rely on the ingredient documents suppliers have to provide to give me the INCI information for my labels.
Here are a few of the ingredients I commonly use in my products with their INCI name which you can use to identify ingredients other makers use.
Vitamin E INCI Tocopherol
Jojoba Oil INCI Simmondsia Chinensis seed oil
Shea Butter INCI Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
Green Tea Oil INCI Camellia sinensis seed oil
Raspberry Oil INCI Rubus idaeus seed oil
Lemongrass essential Oil INCI Cymbopogon citratus leaf oil
Coconut oil INCI Cocos nucifera oil
Apricot Kernel Oil INCI Prunus armeniaca kernel oil
Beeswax INCI Cera alba