Yess Essentials A to Z Ingredients List

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder – Aloe Vera

Aloe has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria anti-microbial properties.  It soothes and heals whilst providing an effective protective barrier against the environment.  It also stimulates cell production

Aqua – Water


Present in quantity in a variety of orange/yellow fruits and vegetables, such as carrot and papaya.  It is converted into Vitamin A in the body and is used for its cellular renewal and healing abilities.  It is emollient that keeps the skin soft and supple

Butylene Glycol

Common humetant and solubilizer used in cosmetic and food preparation

Butyrospermum Parkii – Shea Butter

A fatty substance obtained from the nut of the Karite nut tree.   Has an excellent moisturising and nourishing abilities.  Contains phytosterols which stimulate cell growth.  It also protect the skin from sun

Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters  – ( Emulium Kappa)

Mixture of three hydrophilic vegetable waxes . Excellent natural emulsifier.  Forms a genuine water cushion on the skin, which resulted in a remarkable feel and startling softness.  Gives an all day comfort on the skin.

Caprylyl Glycol

Plant derived alcohol with anti-microbial properties used as part of a preservative blend with phenoxyethanol.  Also used as moisturizer and skin-conditioning agent.

Caucus Carota Extract  – Carrot Extract

A good pore cleanser and rich emollient, helps balance skin oils and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Cera Alba – Beeswax

Natural wax produced by bees.  Antiseptic and an emollient, known for its soothing, softening and protecting properties

Cetearyl Alcohol

Not an “alcohol such as ethyl or rubbing alcohol which would dry the skin.

Used as an emulsifier and emollient.  It’s not drying to the skin.  An emulsifying wax made by combining fatty alcohols from vegetable sources such as coconut alcohol.


Naturally occurring substance found in most essential oils


Naturally occurring substance found in most essential oils

Cucumis Sativus Extract – Cucumber Extract

Rich in minerals and amino acids and help to tighten, refresh and tone the skin.

Decyl Glucoside

A mild non-ionic surfactant offering natural, gentle cleansing for shampoos, body washes and liquid soaps. It is produced by the reaction of glucose from corn starch with decanol which is derived from coconut

Disodium EDTA

Sequestering agent, used as preservative


Natural occurring substance found in most essential oils


A natural sesquiterpene alcohol, occurring naturally in many essential oils, effective in inhibiting the growth of nuisance skin bacteria responsible for body odour, acne and athletes foot


Appears in our products as it is naturally present in most essential oils


Vegetable derived humectants that draws in and lock moisture to the skin

Glyceryl Stearate

Vegetable based emulsifier from palm oil

Glycine Soja – Soybean Oil

Good source of vitamin E, Lecithin and Sterolins.  Moisturizes the skin with its natural Vitamin E content and anti-oxidant properties.   Helps to protect skin from environmental stresses and free radicals

Hydrolyzed Milk Protein 

Hydrolysed milk protein help conditioning the skin


Helps to gently absorb oil on the surface of the skin.


Appears in our products as it is naturally present in most essential oils.  Main odour constituent in the citrus fruit family

Magnesium Aluminum Silicate

A naturally occurring mineral that is commonly used to emulsify, thicken, and color cosmetics. Because of its enormous molecular size, it is not absorbed through the skin.

Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Extract

An extract found in mulberries, often used in cosmetics due to the presence of arbutin, a hydroquinone derivative isolated from the leaves of the bearberry shrub, cranberry, blueberry, some mushrooms, and most types of pears. Used for its natural skin toning properties to create a more youthful appearance.

Oenothera Biennis – Evening Primrose Oil

Has a high level of natural essential fatty acids, in particular GLA. This is one of the most important of the essential fatty acids that the skin requires to remain healthy and supple but is not generated in the human body

Olea Europaea  – Olive Seed Powder

Provide gentle exfoliation

Parfum  – Fragrance 

Blend of essential oils (oily liquids obtained from plant)  used to impart fragrance with therapeutic twist.

Persea Gratissima – Avocado Oil

Natural oil from Avocados that is rich in vitamins and minerals.  Has one of the highest levels of phytosterols, this helps replace the oestrogens that are essentials for keeping the skin supple

An excellent skin conditioner and moisturizer that readily penetrate the skin


A preservative used to inhibit the destructive activities of micro-organisms.

Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate


Potassium Palm Kernelate  – African Black Soap

Made from palm kernel oil and potassium hydroxide obtained from cocoa pod ash extract. A mild soft soap with effective deep cleansing properties, used in its pure form by the indigenous West Africans, to relieve acne, rashes, scalp irritations, clear blemishes and other skin problems.  Traditionally it is used to give babies their first bath, this is known to prevent body odour and future skin irritations

  • Palm Kernel Oil – Unrefined vegetable oil from palm kernel from West Africa
  • Cocoa Pod Husk Ash – Natural source of potash.  The cocoa pods are dried to a precise texture under the hot African sun, then ash to a known specification.  The ash is then extracted with water and the resulting solution concentrated down to give the concentrated potash solution

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis  –  Sweet Almond Oil

Helps moisturise and replenish the skins natural oils

Retinyl Palmitate – Vitamin A

A long lasting antioxidant, helps to combat aging caused by free radicals caused by pollution, exposure to the sun and the oxygen in the air. 

Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract 

Plant extracts helps reduce blemishes.

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

Plant extracts helps reduce blemishes.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

An excellent moisturizer.  Helps soften and moisturises the skin

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

Vegetable based emulsifying wax from sustainable palm oil

Sorbic Acid

Preservatives commonly used in food and drink


Antioxidant used in beauty products. It is obtained by the vacuum distillation of edible vegetable oils. Used as an antioxidant for essential oils and fats.

Tocopheryl Acetate – Vitamin E

A powerful antioxidant –

  • Protects the epidermis (skin’s uppermost layers) from early stages of ultraviolet light damage
  • Reduces the formation of free radicals upon skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress
  • Prevents the peroxidation of fats, a leading source of cell membrane damage in the body
  • Reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin’s barrier function
  • Protects the skin barrier’s oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process
  • stimulate the blood circulation, regulates skin’s elasticity and prevent wrinkles

Xanthan Gum

Natural wax produced by a microorganism and used as a thickener and emulsion stabilizer