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Ingredient Glossary

+Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice is a gel rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. a natural cocktail for soothing and healing. Known as the “healing plant”, it has been used for over 3,000 years to assist in the healing of burns and other skin irritations. Aloe Vera also has an amazing ability to retain and lock in skin’s moisture. Close

+Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (Derived from Coconut Oil) is used as a surfactant and sudsing agent. Close

+Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (Derived from Coconut Oil) is used as a surfactant and sudsing agent. Close

+Caprylyl Glycol

Skin-conditioning agent plant-derived from coconut oil. Can also be used as part of a preservative blend with phenoxyethanol. Close

+Castile

Today, Castile refers to soaps made without animal fats. Close

+Caustic Soda

Caustic Soda or lye is used to convert coconut oil into soap. Kirk’s soap contains no free lye or lye residues in it. All traces of residual lye are fully neutralized in our soap making process. Close

+Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols. It is used to stabilize the emulsion in products and has an emollient effect on the skin. Close

+Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract

Chamomile is the volatile oil distilled from the dried flower heads or extract of the flower heads of Matricaria Chamomile. Used internally as a soothing tea and tonic and externally as a soothing medication for contusions and other inflammations. Close

+Citric Acid

Citric Acid is an extract from citrus fruits and used as a natural pH adjuster. It also acts as a mild acidic preservative and gentle exfoliant for skin. Close

+Cocamide DIPA

Non-ionic surfactant for shampoos, cleaners, bubble baths, and hair colorants. Close

+Cocamidopropyl Betaine

The fatty acids in Cocamidopropyl Betaine are derived from coconut oil. It is primarily used in bath products, skin cleansing products and hair care products. Close

+Coconut Soap

Coconut Soap is made by a centuries-old, time honored process mixing coconut oil with caustic soda (sea salt). This begins what is called the saponification process. During the saponification process the coconut oil and sea salt are converted into coconut soap. All traces of residual lye are fully neutralized in the Kirk’s Natural exclusive soap-making process. Close

+Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil) is cold pressed from the fruit of palm trees. The oil is light, non-greasy, and exceptionally emollient. It can be used as a moisturizer and forms a protective layer on the skin, helping to retain moisture. Because the oil is mild, it can help soothe irritated or sensitive skin. Coconut Oil can also be used in both liquid and bar soaps to promote bountiful amounts of lather. Close

+Decyl Glucoside

Decyl Glucoside occurs naturally in sweet orange and ambrette seed. This ingredient is produced by the reaction of glucose from cornstarch with the fatty alcohol decanol, which is derived from coconut oil. It is biodegradable, non-toxic, non-irritating and will not block pores. This extremely mild and effective non-ionic cleanser creates an excellent lather and rinses quickly. Decyl Glucoside is a natural alternative to harsh surfactants like Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Close

+Dimethicone

Dimethicone is a silicon oil used as an emollient and skin protectant. Close

+Emollient

Emollient is having the ability to soften and soothe, especially to the skin. Close

+Emulsifier

Emulsifier is generally any ingredient used to bind together substances that normally would not blend and mix, such as oil and water. Close

+Fragrance

The fragrance is less than 1% of the total ingredients in Kirk’s products. The fragrance is a combination of essential oils from the pine and citrus family and is Phthalate-Free. Also, for those with highly sensitive skin we recommend our Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Fragrance Free Bar. Close

+Glycerin

Glycerin is classified as a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the skin, leaving the skin moist and healthy. It has very emollient properties and can help soften and smooth the skin. Close

+Glycol Distearate

Glycol Distearate(derived from Coconut Oil) is widely used as an emollient and viscosity builder in creams and lotions and as an pearlizing agent in surfactants. Close

+Hexylene Glycol

Hexylene Glycol is a viscosity agent used in many skin care products. Close

+Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is an effective preservative used in liquids that is paraben and formaldehyde free. Close

+Polyquaternium-10

Polyquaternium-10 is a white granular powder used mainly in the formulation of beauty care products, it can reduce static electricity. It enhances the appearance and feel of hair and skin. Close

+Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20 is derived from coconut oil and used as an emulsifier. Close

+Potassium Sorbate

Potassium Sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid from berries of the mountain ash tree and used as a preservative. Close

+Preservative

Preservative is a substance or preparation added to a product to destroy or inhibit the multiplication of microorganism. Preservatives are necessary to prevent contamination. Close

+Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract

Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract (Soapwart) is a plant derived extract with detergent cleansing properties. There is some research showing it has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Close

+Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate are mixtures of long chain sulfonate salts. The numbers indicate the average lengths of the carbon chains of the alpha olefins. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sodium Alpha-Olefin Sulfonates are used mainly in shampoos and bath and shower products. They clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. Close

+Sodium Chloride

Sodium Chloride is used in the manufacture of soap, vegetable fat is heated with sodium hydroxide. Once the saponification reaction is complete, sodium chloride is added to precipitate the soap. Close

+Sodium Stearate

Sodium Stearate is the sodium salt of stearic acid derived from coconut and palm oils. It is used as an emulsifying agent and a surfactant. Kirk’s Natural only uses coconut oils. Close

+Sorbitol

Sorbitol is used in cosmetics as a humectant and thickener. It can be found in apples, pears, peaches, and prunes. Close

+Stearalkomium Chloride

Stearalkomium Chloride is used as an anti-static agent, a surfactant and an antimicrobial. It is an ingredient in some cosmetics and hair care products, particularly conditioners. Close

+Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower seed oil, also known as, Helianthus Annuus, is widely used oil obtained by milling the seeds of the large flower produced in Russia, India, Egypt, and Argentina. A bland Pale yellow oil, it contains amounts of Vitamin E. and forms a “skin” after drying. Used in many anti-aging products. Close

+Surfactants

Surfactants also know as wetting agents, lower the surface tension of a liquid allowing easier spreading. Close

+Tocopheryl Acetate

Tocopheryl Acetate is an ester of Tocopherol (Vitamin E). This fat-soluble vitamin is a naturally occurring antioxidant it also functions as a conditioning agent. It is often used in cosmetic and personal care products ranging from make-up, foundations, moisturizers, skin care products, bath soaps and detergents, hair conditioners, and many other products. Close

+Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable glycerin is a natural product made from vegetable oil, often coconut or palm oil. Glycerin is classified as a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the skin, leaving the skin moist and healthy. It has very emollient properties and can help soften and smooth the skin. Close

+Water

Readily evaporates, allowing formula to spread throughout hair and skin. Close