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Ingredients Guide A to Z


Viva La Body products are totally handmade. We are passionate about using natural and sustainable ingredients that deliver the best product possible. Our products are plant based, palm oil free and cruelty free and come in compostable packaging (yes just throw the box out with your veggie scraps!). Our ingredients have been stringently examined and independently certified by Orangutan Alliance and Choose Cruelty Free. 

Here is the The A to Z list of our no-hide natural plant derived ingredients:

Acanthopanax Senticosus (Ginseng Extract) We use it in powdered root form in our hair care products for its ability to stimulate growth and reduce hair breakage.

Activated Charcoal - is a fine carbon powder created from coconut shell. Clever charcoal gently detoxifies, softens and moisturises whilst drawing out impurities and toxins without being absorbed itself. We use it for its ability to draw out impurities in skin and along the hair shaft.

Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Extract) A gentle non irritating extract that boosts hair growth. We use it for the texture that it brings to the hair shaft leaving hair feeling thicker and more dense. Great for those with thin "fly away" hair.

Aqua (Water) - pure water sourced from Darwin River Dam! Living in rural north Australia far from inner-city pollution, our pure water is full of natural minerals that are great for the skin and tastes delicious!

Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil) from Morocco this oil is super high in vitamin E delivering lustre and shine to the hair shaft without being greasy. It also protects hair from sun damage. 

Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle Oil) An Australian subtropical native plant that has been used in Aboriginal medicine and cooking for thousands of years. We use it for its gentle astringent properties. Not only does it keep hair and skin free of oil build up it has a clean, sweet, citrus perfume. 

Behentrimonium Methyl Sulphate is a plant based emulsifier that conditions the hair shaft delivering smooth, soft strands. Derived from rapeseed oil our BTMS is totally free of palm oil.

Brassica Alcohol - is natural palm oil free emulsifier derived through sustainable green chemistry. Using plant materials which are processed via fermentation to form a natural palm oil free conditioning agent. This ingredient helps detangle hair strands adding texture and body.

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter) comes from the nut of the African Shea tree. High in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids its rich nutrients protect and deliver moisture to dry skin and hair.

Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Extract) a gentle botanical extract with anti inflammatory properties that make it perfect to soothe sensitive skins and scalp. 

Cannabis Sativa (Hemp Seed Oil) High in fatty acids and rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils Hemp Seed oil is highly nourishing for skin and hair.

Camellia Senensis (White Tea Extract) is high in antioxidants and we use it to prevent hair loss, breakage and damage.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (from Coconut) is a lightweight emollient derived from coconut oil fatty acids. It gives body to "fly away" hair and is totally palm oil free.

Cedrus Deodara (Himalayan Cedarwood oil) to strengthen the hair strands, remove excess oil build up and ward off a flaky scalp causing dandruff.

Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon Oil) holds natural antifungal & antibacterial properties with a sweet spicy fragrance. We love using cinnamon in a cleansing soap bars.

Citrus Limon (Lemon Oil) an astringent that removes impurities and excess oil build up. Has a sweet zesty citrus fragrance to leave hair and skin smelling fresh and clean.

Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit Oil) a natural astringent that removes impurities and excess oil build up. We use it in our hair care to soothe the scalp and bring shine and gloss to the strands.

Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Oil) a natural astringent that removes impurities and excess oil build up. It revitalises skin tone & texture & holds a sweet citrus perfume. We use it in our hair care to soothe the scalp and bring shine and gloss to the strands.

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil) Coconut oil is a natural emollient that penetrates the hair shaft and skin to condition and moisturise.

Crushed Walnut Shell - finally ground walnut husk is used as an exfoliant to remove dry, dead skin cells.  Regularly clearing the pores and opening the way to receive moisture helps to keep skin in optimum health.

Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass Oil) A natural astringent that removes impurities and excess oil build up. We use it in our hair care to soothe the scalp and bring shine and gloss to the strands. It improves skin tone, texture and vitality.

Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella Oil)  improves skin tone and texture and is a natural deodorant. A natural astringent that removes excess oil build up and impurities that may form on the skin.

Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed Oil) High in nutrients it's a great oil for treating sun damaged skin. We use it in our hair care to moisturise the scalp and to repair split ends.

Euphorbia Certifera Cera (Candelilla Wax) a gentle, moisturising, natural plant based wax.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride is a palm oil free plant based conditioning agent derived from Guar Gum. It gives hair a smooth silky texture adding weight and volume to fly away hair.

Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel Extract) a gentle botanical extract good for soothing sensitive scalps and preventing dandruff. We also use it to keep away the frizz!

Koalin (Pink Clay, Red Australian Clay, Green Clay) We use clays in our hair and facial products to draw out impurities and gently cleanse the skin and scalp. Pink Clay is great for super sensitive skin, Red Australian Clay is rich is minerals and Green Clay is suitable for most skin types.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Oil) improves skin tone and texture, soothes sensitive irritated skin and is a natural deodorant.

Magnesium Hydroxide you'll find this in our deodorants for its ability to counteract the bacteria that causes odor (this bacteria sits on the surface of our skin where our sweat glands/pores are). It does not absorb into the skin.

Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter) a rich emollient high in Omega 6 and moisturises without being greasy, it is high in Vitamins A and E. 

Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint Oil) stimulates and revitalises skin tone and texture. Relieves dry itchy scalps and has a soothing cooling effect on skin.

Mentha Viridis (Spearmint Oil) has antibacterial properties, stimulates and revitalises skin tone & texture, great for treating acne inflammed skin. Relieves a dry itchy scalp and is a natural deodorant.

Olea Europea (Olive Oil) A moisturising emollient high in antioxidants and so good for your skin and body.

Oryza Sativa Bran Wax (Rice Bran Wax) a vegetable wax derived from rice bran oil. We use it as a binding ingredient in some of face and body care products.

Panthenol (Vitamin B5) a gentle conditioning agent that softens and moisturises. We use it in our hair care to treat split ends.

Pelargonium Roseum x Asperum (Rose Geranium Oil) balances oil production, moisturises and soothes skin.

Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli Oil) is high in antifungal and antibacterial properties and improves skin tone and texture holding a sweet, musky perfume.

Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) a rich and nourishing emollient full of proteins and high in Vitamin D. It keeps the hair shaft smooth, soft and shiny.

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil) high in essential fatty acids it is great for rejuvenating skin tone & texture. Light and easily absorbed we use it in our facial care products.

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor Oil) is an emollient providing a surface barrier to protect the hair shaft whilst delivering moisture.

Rosa Eglanteria (Rosehip Oil) A healing oil rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins & antioxidants.

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) cleansing oil that draws out impurities and soothes dry irritated skin. We use it in our hair care for its stimulating properties and to promote hair growth and strength. It holds antifungal and antibacterial properties and improves skin tone and texture.

Salvia Officianalis (Sage Oil) a cleansing oil that draws out impurities and soothes dry irritated skin. We use it in our hair care for its stimulating properties and to promote hair growth.

Sesamum Indicum (Sesame Seed Oil) softens and moisturises the skin, holds antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties is high in antioxidants plus vitamins A & E. We use it in our facial care to promote healthy skin.

Simmondsia Officinalis (Jojoba Oil) high in vitamin E it holds great moisturising properties for both skin and hair. We use it to moisturise the scalp and promote hair health. 

Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) is a salt solution that when mixed with water becomes Lye. Lye saponifies when blended with coconut and olive oils to create soap. 

Sodium Coco Sulphate one of the ingredients that delivers the bubbles that gently foam and lather in our hair care. It is palm oil free and derived from coconut.

Sodium Cocyl Isethionate is a surfactant and one of the ingredients that delivers the gentle foam and lather in our hair care. It is palm oil free and derived from coconut.

Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum Extract) has been wild harvested in rural Country very close to ours! It holds the highest known quantity of vitamin c in any plant. It delivers so many benefits for skin and hair. Being rich in antioxidants it detoxifies, stimulates the production of collagen and soothes sensitive skins.

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) High in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids its rich nutrients protect and deliver moisture to dry skin and hair and holds a delicious chocolately aroma!