At DANI Naturals, we strive to always use natural and organic ingredients as often as we can. In our research to find the best ingredients possible, we’ve learned that sometimes synthetic ingredients have their benefits. If you have the healthy habit of reading the label of products before you by, it can be confusing. Some natural ingredients are disguised, so it can be hard to know exactly what you’re getting. We’re here to break down which ingredients are good for you and which you should avoid.

Natural

If you’re ever picked up a product that claimed to be organic or all natural, and been miffed by the ingredient list, it’s important to note that not all natural ingredients are listed by their common names. When it comes to natural ingredients, like vegetables, flowers, fruits, and minerals, they’re listed with their scientific name first, and then the common name in parenthesis. Sometimes the scientific name can make ingredients sound unnatural, so here are a few common scientific names that you can trust.

A common ingredient in DANI products is shea butter, which is listed as butyrospermum parkii. Shea butter is known for healing and being extremely moisturizing, which is why we use it in our body lotion.

Another common natural ingredient in DANI products is camellia sinensis, which is known as green tea. We use this ingredient in our body wash, shampoo, condition and body lotion, due to its antioxidant properties.

Other natural ingredients that we use in our products are:

  • Zingiber officinale, or ginger root extract
  • Chinensis, or jojoba seed oil
  • Aloe barbadensis, or aloe leaf juice
  • Lavandula angustifolia, or lavender stem extract

Synthetic

When synthetic ingredients are used it’s not always a bad thing. Some synthetic ingredients are classified as synthetic, because they are derived from natural ingredients, but aren’t in their original form. If something is “derived from bamboo” or “bamboo-based” it’s still made from a natural ingredient, but it’s not its original form. It doesn’t mean it’s a completely synthetic product, it’s still created or came from a natural ingredient.

There are certain ingredients that are synthetic ingredients, derived from natural materials, that are okay to use in all-natural products. These ingredients include; Cocamidopropyl betaine, or coconut-based, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, or plant-derived, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, also means plant-based, sodium levulinate, or from corn. Some synthetic ingredients that you should avoid if you can, are dimethyl mea, polyquaterium-11, and sodium xylenesulfonate.

Take Away

Something to keep in mind, if we could list a recognizable name as it’s common name we would, but regulation requires us to list them with scientific names. The best way to weed out bad synthetic ingredients vs. synthetic ingredients derived from nature is to look for scientific names without anything next to them. If an ingredient appears to be synthetic, and doesn’t have a common name like aloe or coconut-based, next to it, it’s more than likely created entirely in a lab.