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PRZMAN products were created by hand in small batches with careful trial and error formulations. Our products are based on years of expertise and contain superior ingredients, all-natural and organic, designed for people with chemical sensitivities.
 

No Parabens
No Alcohol
No Mineral Oil
No Phthalates
No Synthetics
No Petroleum By-Products
Vegan
Gluten Free
Organic
Antibacterial


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Aesthetician – A professional trained in the art of grooming from waxing and laser hair removal to facials. Your go-to for challenging but non-medical grooming problems. Typically found at spas, waxing salons, and cosmetic dermatology offices.


Aftershave – An astringent for applying to skin after shaving.

Alcohol – When it comes to grooming, alcohol is bad. It dries the skin and doesn’t do much else. When it comes to drinking, well, it’s all good.

Allantoin – A naturally occurring nitrogenous compound. It’s a naturally soothing, anti-irritant skin protector that builds skin cells.

Allylamines or Azoles – Ingredients in over-the-counter antifungal meds used to treat athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Aloe Vera – An herb that serves an anti-inflammatory, astringent, emollient, and antifungal purpose. Aloe is excellent for externally treating skin irritation, burns, scalds, sunburn, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, ulcers, and stimulating cell regeneration. Makes a wonderful name for a stripper.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) – An ingredient like glycolic acid. AHA is commonly used in chemical peels to help remove the surface layer of skin to expose new and softer skin. Also, it helps prevent ingrown hairs.

Aluminum Chloride – The ingredient in antiperspirant that makes it work. Also suspected of being a cause of memory loss when used long-term.

Ammonia – An ingredient in hair coloring.

Antifungal Cream – Over-the-counter cream used to treat fungal infections like jock itch and athlete’s foot. Found at your local drugstore.

Antihistamine – Medication used to treat allergies. Also good for inducing drowsiness on long haul flights. Over-the-counter options can be found at your local drugstore.

Antioxidant – Chemicals that neutralize free radicals that cause damage to the body and skin. Antioxidants are in a variety of foods, such as fruit and vegetables, and can also be applied topically to help heal the surface of the skin. Find foods with them and eat them. Your body will thank you.

Antiperspirant – Stops sweating using aluminum ingredients. Unlike a deodorant which neutralizes the odor of the perspiration. Aluminum is thought to be responsible for memory loss with long-term use.

Apocrine Glands – A type of sweat gland typically found where hair grows. Produces a “fatty” sweat which stinks once bacteria starts to collect. Also see eccrine glands.

Apple Cider Vinegar – One of the best in-home remedies for a variety of reasons. It acts as a natural antiseptic and antibiotic. Also, it is a rich source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Athlete’s Foot – A highly contagious fungal infection. Treat immediately with antifungal cream and see your dermatologist or podiatrist if it doesn’t resolve quickly.

Avobenzone – An oil soluble ingredient used in sunscreen products to absorb UVA rays.

Avocado Oil – Used extensively for its ability to heal and soothe skin based on the high hydrocarbon content of the pulp and oil.


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Beard Oil
– Used to moisturize the skin under the beard and keeps hair looking healthy and more colorful.


Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) – Ingredient found in chemical exfoliants and used for tough skin types. Anti-aging ingredient that removes excess skin cells.

Benzoyl Peroxide – Compound found in face cleansers that reduces oil production and rebalances the skin by sloughing off dead skin cells. Good stuff.

Biotin – AKA vitamin H. Used in cell growth, the production of fatty acids, metabolism of fats, and proteins. Biotin is needed for healthy hair and skin, sweat glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow, and assisting with muscle pain. Biotin also assists with both the transfer of carbon dioxide and various metabolic chemical conversions—helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Definitely include in your daily vitamin intake.

Blackhead – A plug of sebum in a hair follicle, darkened by oxidation.

Botox – An effective cosmetic procedure that remedies lines and wrinkles. Uses strains of botulism to freeze the muscles in place.

Buzzcut – Short and low maintenance haircut created with electric clippers. Back and sides are typically tapered short or semi-short. Typical cut worn by soldiers and often by athletes.


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Caffeine – Found in over sixty plants including coffee beans, tea leaves, cacao pods, and kola nuts. Contains antioxidants, making it beneficial for anti-aging. Has the ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation, making it an asset for minimizing dark circles and sagging skin under the eyes.

Capillaries – The smallest veins and arteries in your body. They can become inflamed causing your skin to appear red.

Calendula – A flower extract that is beneficial in skin care, soothing inflammation, controlling bleeding and healing damaged tissue.

Cetylpyridinium Chloride – A compound that serves as an antibacterial agent to control the number of anaerobic bacteria in your mouth. Basically, it’s a secret agent that straight up murders bacteria in your mouth.

Chamomile – Sure, it’s a plant but it also has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory qualities when used topically to reduce skin redness, allergic reactions, and reduce enlarged capillaries. It can be used for treating eczema, psoriasis, and any dry, flaky skin conditions. Chamomile is also used to treat wounds, sunburn, burns, hemorrhoids, mastitis, and leg ulcers.

Chemical Peel – A treatment that uses chemicals to remove the surface layer of skin, exposing the new and softer skin beneath.

Chlorine Dioxide – A chemical that serves as an antibacterial agent to control the number of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth. Acts as a police force in your mouth.

Circle Beard – A goatee connected to a mustache. Great name for an indie band.

Cleanser – Also known as face wash, use this to properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants.

Clotrimazole – An over-the-counter antifungal medication used to treat athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Coal Tar – Ingredient used in shampoos that helps treat dandruff.

Coconut-based Soap – Made for purity out of olive oil and coconut. Olive oil is great for daily moisture, UV protection, and cell regeneration. Coconut acts as a moisturizer, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Coconut Oil – Restores skin moisture, reduces appearance of fine lines, and protects from harsh sun rays. Often used in exfoliating and moisturizing processes.

Cold Sores – Blisters that typically form around the mouth and on the lips. They are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus and erupt due to stress and exposure to ultraviolet light.

Collagen – A protein that forms the chief constituent of the connective tissue and bones, thus providing structural support. It gives skin strength and durability. Age-related declines in collagen production cause thinning of the skin, wrinkles and sagging. Shark skeletons are made of this. That doesn’t have anything to do with grooming, but it’s a cool fact.

Colorist – The only person who should ever be coloring your hair—a professional. Trust me.

Cornmeal – Ground, dried corn. When finely ground it can be used as an exfoliant, gently removing dead skin cells without irritating the skin.

Cortisone – A topical ointment that reduces inflammation.

Comedone – A pore that is clogged with dead skin cells and sebum, so these things are not good. Use noncomedogenic skin care products to avoid this formation.

Coneflower – Bright perennial flowers that look like daisies. Does wonders for men when washing and shaving with its antibiotic properties that work to decrease inflammation and soothe skin.

Cosmeceutical – A bioactive ingredient in skin care products that affects the skin and its underlying health. Typically combined with cosmetic ingredients in skin care products. Green tea and DMAE are examples of cosmeceuticals.

Cottonseed Oil – Contains 50 percent omega-6 fatty acid content and rich in natural antioxidants. Moisturizes skin.

Cyst – A hollow organ or cavity containing a liquid secretion.


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Dandruff – A common scalp condition characterized by itching and flaking of the scalp. Results in tiny white flakes or dead skin cells shedding from your head. Sorry guys, there is no official cure.

Deep Conditioning – A treatment used to restore moisture in hair that has become dry or damaged.

Deodorant – The stuff that keeps your pits from stinking. Don’t go overboard with it, simply scent the skin. It makes the skin slightly more acidic and less friendly for bacteria.

Depilatories – A hair remover. While kind of messy and smelly, they do tend to work well on lighter shades of hair. Dark hair tends to leave a shadow.

Dermatophytes – The fungus responsible for athlete’s foot and jock itch. It attacks the body and thrives in warm, wet places—specifically the foot and crotch area.

DHT – A naturally occurring hormone that increases with age, restricts blood flow to the scalp, and inhibits hair follicles. Want something to blame for your baldness? This is it. Fatty foods and red meat contribute to increase.

DHT Blocker – Blocks the formation of DHT and helps prevent hair loss.

Diabetes – A disease characterized by high blood sugar either because the pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin or because the body becomes resistant to the insulin being produced. Some varieties of diabetes are genetic, while others might be more controllable by a change in diet and exercise. In either case, diabetes is very serious. Be seen by your doctor ASAP.

Dimethicone – Super important if your ass itches. It’s an ingredient in the cream that will help soothe. Get yourself to a drugstore pronto.

Diuretic – Anything that promotes the production of urine. Helps relieve bloating. Common in high blood pressure meds.

DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) – Helps in reversing the effects of skin aging, such as wrinkles and sagging. While it’s not been 100% proven, the science is looking good.

DOPP Kit – A small toilet bag used to store men’s grooming tools when traveling. Typically contains items such as a comb, shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, cologne and deodorant.

Double Edge Razor – A shaving tool that utilizes a protective device between the edges of the blade.


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Eccrine Glands
– A type of sweat gland found all over your body and used to cool you. They produce a clear, colorless fluid consisting mostly of water. Also see apocrine glands.

Eczema – A form of chronic inflammation on the skin characterized by recurring dryness and rashes. If you think you might have this, see your dermatologist pronto.

Eflornithine Hydrochloride (13.9%) – Usually called Vaniqa, which is a prescription drug used to remove facial hair on women. More notably, for men it’s been proven effective in treating razor bumps.

Elastin – A protein that helps skin maintain resilience and elasticity. When there is an abundance of undamaged elastin, it’s easier for skin to regain its shape after being folded or stretched.

Electrolysis – A method of hair removal. Works by sticking a tiny needle into each individual hair follicle and zapping it with a little burst of electricity. Science!

Enzymes – Typically food products or supplements that aid in digestion. When used on the skin topically, enzymes break down dead skin cells and other cellular waste. In other words, they simply clear out the gunk, thus producing a brighter complexion.

Exfoliant – Skin care products that are made with natural and synthetic ingredients that break down and remove keratinized cells that naturally build up on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation is essential to keep your skin cells turning over quickly.


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Fixative
– A specific type of hair styling product that dries hard, such as gel and hairspray. The ingredients in these types of products tend to dry the hair and scalp.

Flattop – A type of buzz cut where the hair on top of the head is cut flat.

Foundation – A cream or powder used to even out facial skin tone.

Free Radicals – Naturally occurring and highly active chemicals in the body that are responsible for aging. They are created through many metabolic processes, like inflammation and sun damage. All solar radiation produces free radicals and gives you sunburn, skin damage, and potentially cancer. Free radicals damage collagen and elastin. Free radicals contribute to health issues such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.


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Ginseng
– A helpful ingredient used in skin products for its rejuvenating properties. Found it in your products? You’ve picked a good one.

Glycerol – An ingredient that helps soothe and nourish dry skin. Find a moisturizer with this stuff in it.

Glycolic Acid – Used in topical solutions and cleansers. This ingredient reduces oil production and helps rebalance the skin’s pH levels.

Goatee – Traditionally limited to groomed facial hair around the man’s mouth and chin.

Gotu Kola – Swamp plant that helps rejuvenate skin and get the blood flowing, creating brighter looking skin.

Grape Seed Oil – Pressed from the seeds of grapes. Great for combination, reactive skin. Absorbs quickly and soothes inflammation. Rich in antioxidants, non-oily feel, and great as a moisturizer for people with oily skin.

Grapefruit Extract – Has antiseptic and tonic properties. It stimulates the digestive system and kidneys and is good for congested oily skin, especially acne. Also delicious in cocktails.

Green Tea – A product made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Adds shine to hair. Soothes sunburns. Minimizes bug bites. Reduces puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. Tones and moisturizes skin. Calms skin after shaving.

Green Tea Extract – An herbal derivative from green tea leaves. It contains antioxidant ingredients that rid free radicals. Effective agent against skin inflammation and cancerous changes in the skin. Contains anti-aging and skin toning properties to make skin appear brighter and without flaws.

Grey Hair – Silver foxes are the result of a decrease in production of melanin, which is the pigment responsible for hair color.

Guarded Clipper – A device added to a clipper that determines how close or far away to the skin the clipper will cut. The lower the number of the guard, the closer to the skin the clipper will cut.


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Helichrysum
– A flowering plant in the sunflower family. Possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties while offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Helichrysum promotes healing in wounds, burns and anti-aging. It also helps to fade under-eye circles.

Hemorrhoids – Part of the anal canal and help with stool control. But when they get inflamed or swollen, watch out! Up your water and your fiber intake and be gentle on your butt.

Herpes Simplex Virus 1 – Symptoms include blisters in the skin or mucous membranes on the mouth, lips or genitals. Watch out, it’s very contagious.

Humectant – An agent that retains or preserves moisture.

Hydrocortisone – An ingredient in ass itch cream.

Hydrogen Peroxide – An ingredient in hair coloring that bleaches the hair. Also used in teeth whitening products. Unfortunately, it’s also produced naturally by the body and can result in grey hair as we age.

Hydrophilic – Having the tendency to dissolve, mix, and be wetted by water.

Hyperhidrosis (Primary) – Medical condition resulting in excessive sweating. Called Secondary Hyperhidrosis if excessive sweating is due to larger problems like endocrine disorders, neurological problems, cancer, chronic infections, dermatological syndromes, drug use, or diabetes.

Hyperthyroidism – An overactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and thinning skin. Have your doctor check your thyroid levels at your annual physical.

Hypothyroidism – When the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormone. Typical early signs include weight gain, dry itchy skin, bloating, and hair loss. Have your doctor check your thyroid levels at your annual physical.


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Ingrown Hair
– Hair that hasn’t broken through the surface of the skin through the hair shaft opening and continues to grow under the skin’s surface. Bacteria, puss, and dead skin cells get trapped with the hair, resulting in an inflamed bump. An ingrown hair can seem like a pimple, but it’s not.

Isovaleric Acid – A major component of bad foot odor. Read the foot odor section and get yourself to a drugstore yesterday.


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Jock itch
– Fungal infection also known as crotch itch and scrot rot. Need I say more? Get an antifungal cream ASAP.

Jojoba – A plant that has great effects for fighting wrinkles and an antibacterial effect on the skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores, but helps restore the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. Will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any excessive oiliness.


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Keratin – A fiber protein in skin tissue. Keratin is made soluble with AHAs and BHAs and can be easily broken down by enzyme exfoliants.

Keratinized Skin – Dead skin cells build up while newer skin underneath is completely covered, leading to pimples and dull complexion. Typically results when there is a lack of exfoliation in one’s grooming routine. Don’t let this happen to you!

Keratosis Pilaris – Congested skin when whiteheads are hard, clogged and bumpy. Super whiteheads. These suckers are not to be messed around with.


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Lactic Acid
– While this is the stuff that makes your muscles hurt after exercising, it also helps rid the skin of whiteheads and balance the pH.

Lanolin – A fatty substance found naturally in sheep’s wool. Used as an effective moisturizer.

Laser Hair Removal – Works by targeting the pigment of the hair. Makes us two steps closer to Star Wars.

Lavender – A balancing ingredient used to tone and revitalize the skin due to its soothing and calming effects. It is useful on all skin types and helps treat problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburns, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites and stings. Lavender is mainly used for its antiseptic and anti-dandruff properties.

Leave-in Conditioner – Any conditioning product that is not rinsed after application. It remains in the hair all day to increase the level of moisture.

Linoleic Acid – Helps prevent fine lines. It’s found in sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, and corn oils.

Lipids – Fatty acids that include natural oils, waxes and steroids.

Loofah – A fancy type of sponge used in the shower and bathtub to wash your body. Feels good to rub against your body.


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Malassezia
– A type of fungus. Currently suspected as a cause of dandruff.

Malic Acid – Helps balance the skin’s pH. It’s found in a lot of sour food.

Manicure – Thorough grooming of the hands and fingernails.

Mask – A weekly recommended skin treatment that helps boost circulation to the skin, also helping to fight wrinkles and lines, improving firmness, while simultaneously improving the skin’s suppleness and elasticity.

Melanin – Pigment that gives your skin its color. Free radicals damage your melanin production, and as a result you develop uneven blotches of color in your skin.

Melatonin – A powerful antioxidant that is produced by the pineal gland and is also indicated in our sleep patterns. Has been found to have a beneficial effect on the aging process.

Menthol – An organic compound found in mint oils. Known for its cooling effect, menthol can reduce redness and increase circulation to invigorate dull, tired complexions.

Miconazole – A type of azole used in antifungal creams.

Microdermabrasion – A skin treatment that thoroughly exfoliates dead skin cells and increases cell turnover. If those skin cells weren’t already dead they’d be even deader after this.

Microlacerations – Very tiny scraps on the skin’s surface that are caused by the harsh use of exfoliants, loofahs and shaving. Not necessarily bad.

Minoxidil – A vasodilator that widens blood vessels and is the active ingredient in DHT blockers. Might not make your hair grow back, but it’ll at least stop it from falling out.

Moisturizer – A lotion or cream used to prevent dryness in skin.

Monododecyl Ester – An ingredient in low-quality surfactants responsible for cleaning your hair in shampoo.

Multi-blade Razor – A razor that contains cartridges with three or four blades.


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Nail Care Stick
– A wooden stick that is used for manicuring fingernails and toenails.

Neroli – A plant oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Helps hydrate and soothe sunburned or sensitive skin. Contains hydrophilic properties, acting as a natural surfactant and emulsifier to enhance cosmetic products.

Niacinamide – Helps to reduce fine lines. Find products with this if you want to slow the aging process.

Noncomedogenic – A specific type of skin care products that will not clog the pores, causing blemishes and breakouts.


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Oak Protein
– Used instead of wheat to ensure all our products are gluten-free and vegan.


Olive Oil – Contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity. Olive Oil is also known for treating eczema, as well as being an excellent oil to nourish nails and cuticles. 

 

Open Razor – An old-fashioned razor with a blade that folds up into the handle. Also known as the straight blade razor.

Orange Blossom Water – Made from the distillation of fresh bitter orange blossoms. Used for its fresh fragrance.


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Pedicure
– A thorough wash, cleaning, and pampering of your feet. Your feet might be ticklish, but it’s so worth it.

Peroxide – An ingredient in hair coloring that bleaches the hair.

Petroleum Jelly – A purified mixture of semi-solid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. As an oil-based emollient it acts as a long lasting lubricant to smooth and protect dry skin.

Pimple(s) – These suckers form when the pore gets closed off and sebum gets stuck inside the pore. Don’t pop them, whatever you do.

Pinna – The part of the ear that’s outside the head.

Pliable(s) – A specific type of hair styling product that leaves hair remaining flexible, such as pomades, fiber-based solutions, and waxes.

Pore – A minute opening in the skin through which gases, liquids, and microscopic particles can pass.

Propionibacterium Acne – The bacteria that causes acne. This acne grows in the skin, not inside the body.

Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) – The scientific name for razor burn, which is a shaving irritation. Not good.

Psoriasis – An immune related disease of the skin which results in the overproduction of new skin cells. Often looks like raw scaly patches on the skin. See your dermatologist if you think you might suffer from this.

Pumice Stone – An actual stone you can use to rub against your skin to exfoliate. No matter how far we get with science sometimes a rock just works best.

Pustule – A small blister on the skin that contains pus.


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Razor Bumps
– Also known as razor burn. Caused by shaving irritation or curly hair. When the shaving blade cuts the hair at an angle, the hair is sharp and acts like a knife when it grows back toward the skin, puncturing the skin, ultimately becoming an ingrown hair. Use products that contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, hazel, chamomile, and glycolic acid to avoid these buggers.

Retinoid Cream – An ingredient that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Rice Powder – Uncooked rice that’s ground into a fine powder. Rich in nutrients, it also contains Allantoin, an anti-inflammatory agent.

Rosemary – A woody herb that’s a member of the mint family. It’s good for skin, antibacterial, and helps to bind chamomile.

Rosemary Oil – Contains antioxidants and nutrients that lighten skin, improve firmness, and naturally correct age spots.


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Safety Razor
– A razor with a guard to avoid cutting the skin.

Salicylic Acid – An effective ingredient that helps treat acne and reduce oil production. Usually found in cleansers and topical solutions.

Scalp Steamer – A tool used to emit hot steam through a hard-shelled bonnet that sits over the person’s head. It leaves hair soft and smooth.

Seaweed – An ingredient used in products that target combination skin. Really good stuff.

Sebaceous Glands – Located on your scalp, these glands produce sebum that protects and waterproofs your hair.

Sebum – The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material.

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – The effective measurements of your sunscreen, but most only measures for UVB radiation, not UVA. You need protection from both types of rays. Look for sunscreen that contains the ingredients; avobenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide.

Seaweed – An ingredient used in products that target combination skin. Really good stuff.

Serum – Concentrated formulas designed to help treat different issues such as dry skin or acne.

Sesame Seed Oil – Concentrated with vitamin E, an antioxidant and sunscreen, it moisturizes skin, slows aging, and works to prevent appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It repairs damaged skin cells and works at detoxifying skin so you have brighter, tighter skin.

Shave Brush – A small brush used to apply shaving soap or cream to the face before shaving.

Shaving Cream – A cream used to lubricate the shaving process and desensitize skin.

Shave Oil – Usually a blend of vegetable oils and essential oils that acts as a lubricant during the shaving process.

Shea Butter – A multi-purpose, all natural, vitamin A skin cream derived from the seed of the shea tree. Contains many healing and moisturizing qualities.

Sodium Bicarbonate – A mildly basic white salt, also known as baking soda. Helps to alleviate foot odor resulting from bacteria buildup.

Sodium Chlorite – Serves as an antibacterial agent to control the number of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.

Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate – A low-quality surfactant used in shampoos and other cleansing products. Has lots of other complicated names which you can look up on Wikipedia. Hopefully you aren’t seeing this, or any of the other names, on your shampoo’s ingredient list.

Sodium Salt – An ingredient in low-quality surfactants responsible for cleaning your hair in shampoo.

Solar Booster – A sunscreen designed to be mixed into your existing moisturizer. Can also be used separately for maximum sunscreen coverage.

Sorbitol – A sugar alcohol, which the human body metabolizes slowly.

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – The effective measurements of your sunscreen, but most only measures for UVB radiation, not UVA. You need protection from both types of rays, therefore, look for sunscreen that contains the ingredients; avobenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Straight Blade Razor – An old-fashioned razor with a blade that folds up into the handle. Once the principal method of manual shaving.

Sulfate – A salt or ester of sulfuric acid. Used as a cleansing agent.

Sulfuric Acid – An ingredient in low-quality surfactants responsible for cleaning your hair in shampoo.

Sunscreen – Absorbs and reflects some of the sun’s UV radiation on skin exposed to sunlight, helping to protect against sunburn.

Surfactant – Compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids or a liquid and a solid, i.e. detergents, foaming agents.


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Talcum Powder
– Essentially baby powder, this stuff will keep your skin dry when you need it dry. Thus, when you have some sweaty balls, sprinkle some talc on it.

Tannin – An astringent. Found in many different types of plants. The tannins found in tea to help correct bad foot odor.

Tea Tree Oil – This stuff is an antiseptic, expectorant, antifungal and bactericidal. Tea tree oil not only treats infections such as paronychia (nail infections), athlete’s foot (tinea), but also clears up wounds, and is useful in treating acne, dandruff, insect bites, plantar warts and head lice.

Terbinafine – An ingredient in allylamine antifungal creams used to treat athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Tinactin – Brand name of an antifungal cream used against athlete’s foot. It’s tough acting.

Titanium Dioxide – Naturally occurring oxide of titanium. An excellent sunscreen active for sensitive skin.

Thyroid – A gland in your body found at the base of your neck that produces a hormone which controls how quickly you burn energy, make protein and how sensitive your body is to other hormones.

Thyroid Imbalances – Can be a cause of thinning or balding hair. Also of severely dry skin, significant weight gain or loss and many other problems. Have your doctor test your thyroid levels during your annual physical.

Toner –- A humectant that acts to repair and maintain the skin’s balance and pH.

Tryptophan – One of the 22 standard essential amino acids. Makes you sleepy.

T-Zone – Includes your forehead, chin and nose. Recognized as being the area that is oilier than the rest of the face.


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Unibrow
– Hair growing between the brows over the bridge of your nose, connecting the two eyebrows. When this happens you essentially have one brow, hence, a unibrow.

UVA – The most plentiful type of solar radiation and causes skin damage and skin cancer. Your sunscreen should block this.

UVB – Stronger than UVA and can cause instant skin damage by causing pretty mean sunburn. Your sunscreen should block this too.

UVC – Filtered out by the earth’s ozone layer, so your sunscreen doesn’t really need to worry about this one.


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Van Dyke
– A goatee with a disconnected mustache.

Vitamin A – Required for development and maintenance of the epithelial cells in the mucus membranes and your skin. It’s important in formation of bone and teeth, storage of fat, and the synthesis of protein and glycogen. Get plenty of it daily.

Vitamin B – Helps balance skin and aids in nourishing irritated and dry skin. Also, helps to strengthen hair. Get plenty of it daily.

Vitamin B5 – Hydrating ingredient. Get plenty of it daily.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – Needed in the manufacture and maintenance of red blood cells. It also helps with clearing up infections and providing protection against allergies and cancer. Get plenty of it daily.

Vitamin C – Required for the manufacture of collagen in the body, and helps boost the effectiveness of other antioxidants in the body. Get plenty of it daily or else you’ll catch the scurvy.

Vitamin D – A fat-soluble hormone that is found in very few foods and synthesized mainly in the skin through the form of ultraviolet radiation, which is why you should get out in the sun daily. This “Superman” of the vitamin family, it helps to fight off disease, depression, chronic fatigue and immune deficiency. It is important for calcium absorption and thus helps to strengthen bones and teeth. Get plenty of it daily.

Vitamin E – Helpful in preventing the oxidation of lipids, assists in the utility of oxygen and selenium. There are numerous uses for this vitamin with respect to the aging process including its ability to modify free radicals, improve the functionality of important body organs, and maintain bone matrix. Get plenty of it daily.

Vitamin K (Phylloquinone) – A vitamin used in the body to control blood clotting and is essential for synthesizing the liver protein that controls the clotting. It is involved in creating the important prothrombin, which is the precursor to thrombin – a very important factor in blood clotting. Get plenty of it daily.


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White Willow Bark
– The bark from a white willow tree. It cleanses and exfoliates the skin with natural salicylic acid-like ingredients, without the irritation.

Witch Hazel – An excellent astringent (toner) herb used to reduce bleeding and inflammation.


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Ylang-Ylang
– Can be used on all skin types as it balances sebum production and has a toning and stimulating effect on the skin. Also contains excellent properties to fight skin irritations and boils. This is good stuff.


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Zinc
– On its own has antioxidant properties, yet also forms part of superoxide dismutase while it helps with vitamin A absorption and promotes glandular health. Another vitamin you should get plenty of daily.

Zinc Oxide – Multipurpose! An ingredient in some sunscreens that creates a physical block on your skin against the sun’s rays. If the molecules are too big, your skin can appear white. Also an ingredient in creams that fight ass itch.

Zinc Pyrithione – Ingredient used in shampoos to help treat dandruff. Really good stuff for anti flaking.