|1propylene glycol||solvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives|
|2disodium EDTA||preservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent|
|3lauric acid||in cleansers, this fatty acid is used as a base for detergent/cleansing agents; in leave-on products it's antibacterial & anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that lauric acid works on skin to control acne-causing bacteria.|
|4lavender||Mainly used for aromatherapy than skincare; mild antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory effects make it useful as part of a preservative system in a product; fragrance components oxidize on skin & can cause irritation|
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