Glossary of the naturally derived ingredients of Teo Shampoos

98% naturally derived ingredients (incl. water) – these ingredients, derived from plants and minerals, offer a wealth of benefits for health and beauty.
2% additional ingredients – they improve the good experience and performance, product safety and its stability during the shelf life.
Here you can find more information about the naturally derived ingredients of our shampoos – Teo Nature 2in1 and Teo MEN 3in1.


Water is an excellent solvent for a wide variety of substances both mineral and organic, as such it is widely used in industrial processes, and in cooking and washing. Water is used in almost all leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic products. Water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth’s hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms. It is vital for all known forms of life, despite not providing food, energy or organic micronutrients.

Cocamide DEA

It is used as a foaming, thickening and cleansing agent in bath products like shampoos, shower gels and liquid hand soaps and is safe for use in cosmetic products in accordance with strict European cosmetic safety laws. Cocamide DEA is made by reacting the mixture of fatty acids from coconut oils with diethanolamine.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Due to Sodium Laureth Sulfate’s effective cleansing, foaming and thickening properties, it is mainly used in cleansing products such as bath foam, shower gels, shampoos and liquid soaps. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is prepared by ethoxylation of dodecyl alcohol, which is produced industrially from palm kernel oil or coconut oil. It acts as an anionic surfactant. Surfactants are chemical compounds that decrease the surface tension or interfacial tension between two phases.

Citric Acid

Citric Acid is often used in shampoo formulations to bring the pH levels down, which improves the hair’s appearance and manageability by reducing frizz.  Citric Acid is a naturally-occurring compound found especially in citrus fruits such as lime, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. It is produced commercially for specific industrial applications within the food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical sectors.

The pH level of skincare formulations is an extremely vital factor deciding both quality and safety. An ideal pH enables products to become more safe, pleasant, and less irritating to use. In addition, the performance of some actives, colorants, thickeners, and other ingredients can also be dependent on the pH level. By helping to stabilize the pH of formulations, citric acid can boost the longevity of cosmetic products. The pH can be a critical factor affecting how some preservatives work, and so its use ensures optimal stability for a safe-to-use product. Citric Acid is also known to have chelating properties – it binds (sequesters) to trace metal ions and thereby boosts the efficacy of added preservatives and antioxidants.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid occurs naturally in plants like willow bark. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and works against congestion of the skin by unclogging pores and exfoliating. Salicylic acid has proven to be adept at clearing dead skin cells and other pore-clogging impurities, on your face, body, and scalp. It helps rid your scalp off dry skin and dandruff, which means reduced itchiness and irritation.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl betaine increase foaming and mildness of the cleansing formulations. It is derived from coconut oil and is a mild amphoteric surfactant that is used in shampoos and skin cleansers. Surfactants have many functions, including cleaning agents to dissolve contaminants, holding agents to keep solids from separating from the liquid product, foaming agents, and emulsifiers to allow oil and water to mix.

PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate

The blend can be an emollient, emulsifier, and surfactant. As an emollient, it helps soften and smooth skin, making it a useful addition to moisturizers, hair conditioners, and cleansers. PEG 7 glyceryl cocoate also helps to protect the skin’s natural barrier and retain the skin’s moisture levels. PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate is a complex blend of a polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivative, coconut fatty acids and  glycerin-derived cleansing agent, meaning that it can be described as coconut-derived.


It forms a protective layer on the skin and hair, reducing water loss, make them soft, smooth and hydrated. This property is particularly helpful for dry hair and skin. It also stabilizes the product and prevents the components from getting separated into its oil and water-based components. It can be used as a substitute for silicone in many formulations. It is also used specially to dissolve salicylic acid.  It is used in formulations of creams, lotions, sun care, and other skin and hair care products. Octyldodecanol is a fatty alcohol derived from natural fats and oils that can nourish the skin and hair to help maintain natural hydration.

Glycol Stearate

Glycol Stearate is composed ethylene glycol and stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. Due to its opaque properties, Glycol Stearate is used to formulate a wide range of hair and skin care products.


Glycerin is a humectant, a type of moisturizing agent that pulls water into the outer layer of the skin from deeper levels of your skin and the air. Behind water and fragrance, glycerin is one of the most frequently reported ingredients in cosmetics.
Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a natural compound derived from vegetable oils or animal fats. It’s a clear, colorless, odorless, and syrupy liquid with a sweet taste.  In skin care products, glycerin is commonly used with occlusives, another type of moisturizing agents, to trap the moisture it draws into the skin.


Serine is an amino acid that most often comes to the formula as part of a moisturizing complex. It’s a non-essential amino acid (meaning that our body can synthesize it) and serves as a water-binding ingredient (increase moisturizing).

Egg Yolk Powder

Eggs are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for overall health as well as hair health. The vitamins B-complex and biotin present in them strengthen your hair roots. As eggs are rich in nutrients, they stimulate hair growth and increase volume, which are all beneficial for hair health. They also contain proteins that strengthen the hair root and shaft, whereas their fats condition and improve hair texture. One of the most popular questions about eggs is which part is good for hair? Actually, both egg white and egg yolk  are good for hair. Egg white contains protein, calcium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium for strong and healthy hair. At the same time, it can be used for oily hair type and don’t make it greasy. Egg yolk is better for nourishing dry hair, give it shine, and tame frizz.

Lavender Extract
INCI: Lavandula Angustifolia Extract

The lavender extract is made from dried flowers, extracted with water and filtrated. The filtrate is concentrated by distillation. The concentrated extract is prepared in a mixture of water and glycerin. Lavender extract can be added to creams, lotions, rinse off products for skin and hair care (soaps, shampoos and shower gels), anti-aging products, after sun products and many others. It has calming and soothing properties.

Rosemary Extract
INCI: Rosemarinus Officinalis Extract

The rosemary extract is made from dried flowers, extracted with water and filtrated. The filtrate is concentrated by distillation. The concentrated extract is prepared in a mixture of water and glycerin. Rosemary extract can me used in many skin and hair care products, such as creams, lotions, shampoos, shower gels and liquid soaps. It tightens and tones the skin. Rosemary contains hydrating properties and helps lock in moisture to give you softer and glowing skin. It also contains nutrients that help strengthen the hair and increasing its elasticity.

Thyme Extract
INCI: Thyme Vulgaris Extract

The thyme extract is made from dried flowers, extracted with water and filtrated. The filtrate is concentrated by distillation. The concentrated extract is prepared in a mixture of water and glycerin. The origins of thyme’s usage for purposes other than cooking can be traced back to the Mediterranean, where it is used for its antibacterial and anti-aging properties. It is also known to be extremely beneficial in clearing out the skin, so that it is used in many rinse off products, such as shampoos, shower gels and soaps. Thyme is extremely beneficial for the hair, makes it stronger and shine. It is rich in antioxidants and works towards slowing the ageing process, thus giving your skin a soft and radiant look. It is also a good moisturising agent.

Nettle Extract
INCI: Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract

The nettle extract is made from leaves, extracted with water and filtrated. The filtrate is concentrated by distillation. The concentrated extract is prepared in a mixture of water and glycerin. Nettle has been used in traditional medicine for many centuries. Nettle leaf is a rich source of antioxidants, which are needed for reducing the number of free radicals in your system. You can find nettle leaf extract in many rinse off cosmetic products, especially in shampooes and other hair care products. The most noticeable benefit for the hair is the reduction of a dry, itchy scalp as well as helps to prevent dandruff. Nettle has been proven to benefit the health and look of your skin and hair.

Sodium Chloride

Sodium chloride is more popularly known as common table salt. It is used primarily as a binding and thickening agent in rinse-off skin and hair care products. In its raw form it is a white, crystalline solid.

White Birch Extract

INCI: Betula Alba Leaf Extract

Birch extract provides nourishment to your hair, reduces hair loss and dandruff, and promotes hair growth. It is completely natural and protects the hair from harmful chemicals. It is known to exfoliate the scalp and has anti-inflammatory properties which prevent the scalp from bacterial and fungal infections. Birch Extract further helps to strengthens hair and protects from damage.


Erythritol is naturally occurring sweetener, humectant and hair conditioner agent. It is derived by fermentation process of corn, beets or sugar cane. Erythritol has a conditioning action that improves hair combability. It improves the surface structure of the hair by restoring the cells of the cuticle tiles back into position and providing smoothness to the hair.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride is a naturally derived cationic polymer that is commonly used as a conditioning agent in shampoos and other cosmetic products. It is especially beneficial as a hair care product. Because it is positively charged, or cationic, it neutralizes the negative charges on hair strands that cause hair to become static or tangled. Better yet, it does this without weighing hair down. With this ingredient, you can have silky, non-static hair that retains its volume and provides a smoother brushing experience.

Aloe Vera Extract

INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Extract

Aloe vera has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It’s a plant that has thick leaves with a gel-like substance inside of them. Aloe vera cleanses the hair shaft efficiently, stripping off extra sebum and residue from other hair products. Using aloe vera is a great way to get hair that looks healthier, shinier, and softer. Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, and E. All three of these vitamins contribute to cell turnover, promoting healthy cell growth and shiny hair.

Argan Oil

INCI: Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil

Argan oil or “liquid gold,” as many refer to it, is made from the fresh kernels of the fruit of the argan tree in Morocco. Pure argan oil has been used for centuries for cooking and as a home remedy for health and beauty, including hair loss. Argan oil is full of fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin E, that have been shown to have benefits for your scalp and hair. It is mostly used as a moisturizer for skin and hair,  has protective effect that can help prevent damage from washing, styling and  hair dying.

Active Charcoal

INCI: Carbon

Activated carbon gives the specific black color to the shampoos in which it is used. Activated charcoal deeply cleanses your scalp and removes impurities that might be weighing your hair down. It possesses strong detoxifying and clarifying properties. An activated charcoal shampoo can get rid of impurities and excess sebum, cleans your scalp by pulling the toxins away from it, and unclogging the pores, allowing it to breathe and improve hair growth.

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