Sans [ceuticals] | Glossary Index



Calendula Officinalis [Calendula] Oil

Extracted from marigold flowers, Calendula stimulates the formation of new tissue, has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and is highly soothing.

C036710 R1 27 26 A

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

A powerful antioxidant that soothes and protects the skin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract helps balance sebum production, and minimises the signs of ageing.

Cannabis Sativa [Hemp] Seed Oil

A natural powerhouse for the skin, Hemp Seed oil is high in omegas 3, 6, and 9, all of which help repair the skin’s barrier to help keep moisture locked in. Excellent for most skin types, it draws moisture into the skin without clogging pores, helping to balance oily skin, hydrating it and regulating oil production. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

A fine, lightweight oil derived from coconut oil and glycerin, this essential ingredient contains a mix of fatty acids that help to replenish the skin and form a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. It is especially suited to sensitive and oily skin types.

Carica Papaya [Papaya] Seed Oil

Extracted from the papaya seed, papaya oil contains papain, a proteolytic enzyme that is a gentle alternative to manual exfoliation in the removal of dead skin cells. It is also highly anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

C036974 R1 35 34 A


Derived from red seaweed [Chondrus crispus], Carrageenan is most commonly known as Irish moss. It is used in product formulation to impart a smooth, creamy texture. Also an effective water-binding agent, it helps deliver increased hydration to the skin and hair.

Cera Alba [Beeswax]

When applied to the skin, beeswax forms a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental assaults, while also locking in moisture and reducing dryness.

C036789 R1 04 2 Jpg

Ceramide AS

Ceramides are lipids (fats) that are found naturally in high concentrations in the uppermost layers of skin. They make up over 50 per cent of skin’s composition, and play a vital role in determining how your skin looks and how it responds to environmental threats. Ceramides play an extremely important role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier as they prevent irritants penetrating and moisture leaching out, but their production declines with age. We use a vegan form in our formulations.

Ceramides NS

A highly rich complex extracted from the sunflower plant, containing ceramides (glycosphingolipids & phospholipids) that protects hair from thermal/hot tool damage. Repairs and restructures the hair fibre by forming a protective layer and improving the cohesion of cuticle scales. Prevents hair colour from fading. Studies show it can strengthen hair by up to 16%.

Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids (or fatty materials) that are found in the hair and skin. They naturally exist within the hair fibre, sandwiched in a region between the cuticle and cortex called the cell membrane complex (CMC ). In short, ceramides help keep our hair from falling apart. Ceramides are also believed to play a key role in the hair’s transition from 'live cells' within the follicle and beneath the skin’s surface to the dead, keratinised hair shafts that we see.

Ceramides are the 'glue' of our hair. Without them, our cuticle layers would unhinge and simply fall off. As we subject our hair to chemical, hot tool and environmental damage, it is depleted of ceramides and becomes brittle, dry and difficult to manage. Ceramides are needed as part of any basic moisture and protein conditioning plan to restore the hair’s health. Hydrate your hair with a powerful dose of ceramides through daily use of Sans [ceuticals] Nourishing Hair Wash.

Ceramides perform a 'barrier function' and help reduce the hair’s overall porosity. Ceramides bind to the hair fibre in damaged, vulnerable areas to help prevent the natural moisture and protein loss that occurs through chemical, hot tool and environmental damage. Natural ceramides keep the hair fibre tight and cuticles flat, so that the hair shines and has low porosity.

People who colour their hair will find that their colour deposits more evenly when the hair has been conditioned with ceramide-rich products prior to the service. Ceramides have also been shown to protect the hair against ultraviolet radiation from outside sun exposure.

C036974 R1 13 12 A

Cetearyl Alcohol

Derived from coconut oil, Cetearyl Alcohol is used as an emulsifier and moisturiser, and also to add a creamy texture to formulations.

Cetearyl Glucoside

Derived from either corn or coconut to emulsify and bind formulations together. Cetearyl glucoside is the more environmental choice as it is biodegradable and sustainable without the use of chemicals or solvents.

Cetearyl Olivate

Derived from olive oil, Cetearyl Olivate is a unique, natural, PEG-free emulsifier. It reduces transepidermal water loss, has a highly moisturising effect, is hypoallergenic and biomimics the skin.

Cetyl Alcohol

Derived from coconut and palm oils, Cetyl Aalcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols found in plants. Used in skin and haircare formulations to stabilise and thicken emulsions, it also helps prevent separation.

Cetyl Esters

Derived from either coconut or palm and used as a natural foaming agent in shampoos or as a moisturiser, emulsifier or thickening agent in skin creams and lotions. Waxes secreted by plants are mainly esters of fatty acids and usually have a protective function in formulations.

Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol

Derived from coconut, palm or soy, cetyl stearyl alcohol is used in hair care formulations to soften the hair fibre and provide slip and sheen.


A molecule found in nature, Citral is a main component of citrus fruit's peel oil and plays a role in our natural, plant-based fragrance.

Citric Acid

In the cosmetics industry, Citric Acid is used to optimise the pH level in various formulations to ensure healthy skin and hair.

Cocamide MIPA

A mild, skin-friendly cleanser, derived from coconut, that effectively removes surface oil and dirt without stripping or drying sensitive skin.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Derived from coconut, Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a mild, non-irritating foaming agent used to thicken shampoos and reduce irritation.

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine

Derived from coconut oil and used in hair and body cleansers as a superior replacement for sulfates.


Coco-glucoside is a non-ionic surfactant that is used in cosmetic formulations to provide conditioning, stabilising and emulsifying properties. It is derived from renewable resources such as coconut oil and fruit sugars.

Cocos Nucifera [Coconut] Oil

With excellent antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) such as capric acid, caprylic acid, and the powerful lauric acid. The human body converts lauric acid to combat viruses and bacteria, making the antiviral activity of coconut oil unparalleled. A luxuriously rich moisturiser, it is ideal for both dry, damaged skin, and oily, acne-prone skin, and is particularly high in Vitamin E.

Cocos Nucifera


The chemical constituent of many natural fragrance oils, most notably the tonka bean, vanilla grass, cinnamon and strawberries, Coumarin is at the heart of sans [ceuticals]’s plant-based fragrance.

Croton Lechleri [Dragon's Blood] Resin Extract

Dragon’s blood extract is obtained from the latex of the Croton lechleri tree. Proanthocyanidins are the main chemical constituent of dragon’s blood and possess an antioxidant power 20 times greater than vitamin E and 5 times greater than vitamin C. Proanthocyanidins promote hair follicle cell proliferation and promote hair growth.

Dragons Blood Extract


Join our Newsletter

Sign-up for all the Sans going-ons and receive $10 off your first order.