GLOSSARY OF INGREDIENTS

What’s in your bottle and why?

At Herbal Essences, we carefully select our ingredients, to nurture your hair and give you the most enjoyable product experience possible. This list contains ingredients you can find in our products and we tell you why we selected them.

Ingredient NamePurposeDescription
1,2-HexanediolPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
2-t-Butylcyclohexyl AcetateFragranceFragrance Ingredient
Acetamide MEAConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Acrylates CopolymerPolymerHelps Hold Style
Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate CopolymerPolymerCreates Product Consistency
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate CrosspolymerPolymerAdjusts Product Thickness
Acrylates/Hydroxyesters Acrylates CopolymerPolymerHelps Hold Style
Alcohol DenatSolventDissolves ingredients to enhance functionality
Alcohol DenaturedSolventDissolves ingredients to enhance functionality
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf ExtractBotanicalAloe
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf JuiceBotanicalAloe
Alpinia Galanga Rhizome ExtractBotanicalBlue Ginger
Amino Methyl PropanolpH AdjusterBalances pH
Aminomethyl PropanolpH AdjusterBalances pH
Ammonium BenzoatePreservative Keeps Product Fresh
Ammonium Laureth SulfateSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Amp-Acrylates CopolymerPolymerHelps Hold Style
Anthemis Nobilis Flower ExtractBotanicalChamomile
Argania Spinosa Kernel OilBotanicalArgan Oil
Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract (Leaf/Stem)BotanicalBamboo
Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem ExtractBotanicalBamboo
Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot ExtractBotanicalBamboo
Behentrimonium ChlorideConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Behentrimonium MethosulfateConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Benzyl AlcoholPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Betula Alba Bark ExtractBotanicalBirch Bark
Bis-Aminopropyl DimethiconeSiliconeConditions To Moisturize Hair
Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 DimethiconeSiliconeConditions To Moisturize Hair
Blue 1ColorantBlue Color
Bourbon ExtractBotanicalBourbon
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) ExtractBotanicalShea Butter
C9-11 Pareth-8EmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
CaffeineConditioning AgentConditions to moisturize hair
Camellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractBotanicalGreen Tea
Cannabis Sativa Seed OilBotanicalHemp Seed Oil
Caprylyl GlycolPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
CarbomerStabilizing & Thickening AgentHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OilBotanicalSafflower
Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower ExtractBotanicalCactus Flower
Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract (Cactus)BotanicalCactus Flower
Cetearyl AlcoholConditioning AgentConditioner derived from plant oils
Cetrimonium ChlorideSurfactantHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Cetyl AlcoholConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Charcoal ExtractCharcoalCharcoal
Charcoal PowderCharcoalCharcoal
ChitosanPolymerHelps Hold Style
Citric AcidpH AdjusterBalances pH
Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit ExtractBotanicalWhite Grapefruit
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower ExtractBotanicalOrange Flower
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) OilFragranceFragrance Ingredient
Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractBotanicalGrapefruit
Cocamide MEASurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Cocamidopropyl BetaineSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit ExtractBotanicalCoconut
Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Fruit ExtractBotanicalCoffee Fruit
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit WaterBotanicalCucumber
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water/EauBotanicalCucumber
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) FruitwaterBotanicalCucumber
CyclohexylaminepH AdjusterBalances pH
CyclopentasiloxaneSiliconeConditions To Moisturize Hair
Dicetyldimonium ChlorideConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
DimethiconeSilicone Conditions To Moisturize Hair
DimethiconolSiliconeConditions To Moisturize Hair
Dimethyl EtherAerosol PropellantPropellant
Disodium CocoamphodiacetateSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Disodium EDTAChelantKeeps Product Fresh
DMDM HydantoinPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Ecklonia Radiata ExtractBotanicalSea Kelp
Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Sea Kelp)BotanicalSea Kelp
EDTAChelantKeeps Product Fresh
Ethylene BrassylateFragranceFragrance Ingredient
EthylhexylglycerinPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf ExtractBotanicalEucalyptus
Ext. Violet 2ColorantViolet Color
Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit ExtractBotanicalStrawberry
FragranceFragranceMakes Hair Smell Great
Fragrance/ParfumFragranceMakes Hair Smell Great
Glutamic AcidConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Glycereth-7 TriacetateEmollient Conditioner To Moisturize Hair
GlycerinSolventDissolves ingredients to enhance functionality
Glyceryl StearateEmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Glycol DistearateOpacifying AgentBrightener derived from Plant oils
Glycolic AcidpH AdjusterBalances pH
Green 3ColorantGreen Color
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium ChloridePolymerConditions To Moisturize Hair
Hexyl CinnamalFragranceFragrance Ingredient
Hexyl SalicylateFragranceFragrance Ingredient
HistidineAntioxidantNatural Antioxidant
HoneyBotanicalHoney
Honey ExtractBotanicalHoney
Honey/MielBotanicalHoney
Hydrolyzed SilkBotanicalSilk
Hydrolyzed Wheat ProteinBotanicalWheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat StarchBotanicalWheat Starch
HydroxyethylcellulosePolymerHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Hydroxypropyl GuarPolymerConditions To Moisturize Hair
Hydroxypropyl MethylcellulosePolymerEnhances Lather & Feel During Washing
IsobutanePropellantAerosol Propellant
Isobutyl Methyl TetrahydropyranolFragranceFragrance Ingredient
IsododecaneSolventDissolves ingredients to enhance functionality
Isopropyl AlcoholSolventDissolves ingredients to enhance functionality
Lactic AcidpH AdjusterBalances pH
Lauramidopropyl Betaine SurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Laureth-23EmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Laureth-4SurfactantHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
LimoneneFragranceFragrance Ingredient
LinaloolFragranceFragrance Ingredient
Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride PhosphateConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Linoleic AcidConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Lysine HCLConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit ExtractBotanicalMango
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf OilBotanicalTea Tree
Mentha Arvensis Leaf OilBotanicalField Mint
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) OilBotanicalPeppermint
MentholFragrance / SensateFragrance Ingredient / Creates Cooling Sensation
MethylchloroisothiazolinonePreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
MethylisothiazolinonePreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
MethylparabenPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Mixed TerpenesFragranceFragrance Ingredient
Moringa Oleifera Seed OilBotanicalMoringa Flower
Nelumbo Nucifera Flower ExtractBotanicalSacred Lotus Flower
NiacinamideVitaminVitamin B3
Oleyl AlcoholConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Orange 4ColorantOrange Color
Orchis Mascula Flower ExtractBotanicalOrchid
Oryza Sativa (Rice) StarchBotanicalRice Starch
PanthenolVitaminVitamin B
Passiflora Incarnata Flower ExtractBotanicalPassion Flower
Passiflora Incarnata Fruit ExtractBotanicalPassion Flower
Passiflora Laurifolia Flower ExtractBotanicalPassion Flower
Passiflora Quadrangularis Flower ExtractBotanicalPassion Flower
Pearl ExtractBotanicalPearls
PEG-10 DimethiconeSilicone Conditions To Moisturize Hair
PEG-12 DimethiconeSilicone Conditions To Moisturize Hair
PEG-20 Glyceryl LaurateEmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
PEG-2MThickening AgentAdjusts Product Thickness
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor OilEmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
PEG-60 Almond GlyceridesTexture Modifying AgentEnhances The Feel Of Product Feel In Shower
PEG-8 DimethiconeSilicone Conditions To Moisturize Hair
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit ExtractBotanicalAvocado
PhenoxyethanolPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
PolymethylsilsesquioxaneSIliconeConditions To Moisturize Hair
Polyquaternium-10PolymerConditions To Moisturize Hair
Polyquaternium-4PolymerHelps Hold Style
Polyquaternium-6PolymerConditions To Moisturize Hair
Polyquaternium-7PolymerHelps Hold Style
Polyquaternium-76PolymerHelps Reduce Static
Polysorbate 20EmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Polysorbate 60EmulsifierHelps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Polysorbate 80Emulsifier Helps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Polyurethane-14PolymerHelps Hold Style
Potassium HydroxidepH AdjusterBalances pH
PropanePropellantAerosol Propellant
Propylene GlycolSolventDissolves ingredients to enhance functionality
PropylparabenPreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit ExtractBotanicalApricot
Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit ExtractBotanicalWild Cherry
Punica Granatum ExtractBotanicalPomegranate
PVPPolymerHelps Hold Style
Quaternium-18Conditioning AgentConditioning Ingredient To Moisturize Hair
Quaternium-80Conditioning AgentConditioning Ingredient To Moisturize Hair
Red 33ColorantRed Color
Red 4ColorantRed Color
Retinyl PalmitateVitaminVitamin A
Rosa Canina Fruit ExtractBotanicalDog Rose
Rosa Centifolia Flower ExtractBotanicalCabbage Rose
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf ExtractBotanicalRosemary
Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit ExtractBotanicalBlackberry
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit ExtractBotanicalBlackberry
Salicylic AcidConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Sambucus Nigra Flower ExtractBotanicalElder Flower
SilicaAnti-Caking AgentCleans Away Dirt & Oil
Silicone Quaternium-26Conditioning AgentConditions to moisturize hair
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed ExtractBotanicalJojoba Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed OilBotanicalJojoba Oil
Sodium BenzoatePreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Sodium ChlorideViscosity ModifierTable Salt
Sodium CitratepH AdjusterBalances pH
Sodium CocoamphoacetateSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate SurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Sodium HydroxidepH AdjusterBalances pH
Sodium Laureth SulfateSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl IsethionateSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate SurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Sodium Lauryl SulfateSurfactantCleanser derived from plant oils
Sodium Salicylate PreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
Sodium XylenesulfonateSurfactantModifies product thickness
Sorbitan CaprylatePreservativeKeeps Product Fresh
SorbitolConditioning AgentConditions To Moisturize Hair
Spirulina Platensis ExtractBotanicalSpirulina
Stearamidopropyl DimethylamineConditioning AgentConditioner derived from Plant Oils
Stearyl AlcoholConditioning AgentConditioner derived from Plant Oils
Tapioca StarchAnti-Soil Redeposition AgentTapioca
Tea-DodecylbenzenesulfonateSurfactant Helps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Tetramethyl AcetyloctahydronaphthalenesFragranceFragrance Ingredient
Tetrasodium EDTAChelant Keeps Product Fresh
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed ButterBotanicalCocoa Butter
TocopherolVitaminVitamin E
Tocopheryl AcetateAntioxidant, Conditioning AgentVitamin E
Trideceth-10Emulsifier Helps Disperse And Stabilize A Mixture
Triethyl CitratePlasticizer For Styling PolymersHelps Hold Style
TrihydroxystearinStabilizing AgentThickener derived from Castor Oil
TriisopropanolaminepH AdjusterBalances pH
Trisodium Ethylenediamine DisuccinateChelant Removes Copper
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ OilBotanicalWheat Germ Oil
VA/Crotonates CopolymerPolymerHelps Hold Style
VA/Crotonates/Vinyl Neodecanoate CopolymerPolymerHelps Hold Style
Verbena Officinalis Leaf ExtractBotanicalVerbena Leaf
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed ExtractBotanicalGrape Seed
VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate CopolymerPolymerHelps Hold Style
WaterSolventPurified Water
Water/EauSolventPurified Water
Yellow 10ColorantYellow Color
Yellow 5ColorantYellow Color
Yellow 6ColorantYellow Color
Zea Mays (Corn) Silk ExtractBotanicalCorn Silk