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Ingredient Glossary

Ingredient Science

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Glossary of Terms

Plant-Based

Sometimes a plant oil is minimally modified with carbon from other sources to improve its performance. When carbon in the modified plant oil is mostly (more than 50%) from the plant, Seventh Generation refers to the ingredient as plant-based. The remaining carbon may be derived from petroleum based sources.

Plant-Derived

Some ingredients obtain their carbon exclusively from plants, but have been modified from their state found in nature to provide functional performance. Seventh Generation refers to such ingredients as plant-derived.

Minerals

Many ingredients are found in nature as minerals. If the mineral has been processed to form an ingredient it is listed as mineral-based on our label.

Plant-Modified Synthetic

When most (50% or more) of the carbon in an ingredient is from sources other than a plant, Seventh Generation identifies the ingredient as plant-modified synthetic.

Preservatives

Some of our formulations require the use of a preservative or preservative system, which helps prevent microorganism growth that can make your products go bad. At this time, we have not found an effective plant-derived preservative system that is compatible with our products. Because of this, we feel confident that our synthetic preservative is the best option at this time. However, we are diligently searching for a wholly plant-derived preservative system.

Synthetic

Finally, if the carbon in an ingredient is derived exclusively from petroleum or natural gas, the ingredient is synthetic.

Glossary of Terms

Sometimes a plant oil is minimally modified with carbon from other sources to improve its performance. When carbon in the modified plant oil is mostly (more than 50%) from the plant, Seventh Generation refers to the ingredient as plant-based. The remaining carbon may be derived from petroleum based sources.

Some ingredients obtain their carbon exclusively from plants, but have been modified from their state found in nature to provide functional performance. Seventh Generation refers to such ingredients as plant-derived.

Many ingredients are found in nature as minerals. If the mineral has been processed to form an ingredient it is listed as mineral-based on our label.

When most (50% or more) of the carbon in an ingredient is from sources other than a plant, Seventh Generation identifies the ingredient as plant-modified synthetic.

Some of our formulations require the use of a preservative or preservative system, which helps prevent microorganism growth that can make your products go bad. At this time, we have not found an effective plant-derived preservative system that is compatible with our products. Because of this, we feel confident that our synthetic preservative is the best option at this time. However, we are diligently searching for a wholly plant-derived preservative system.

Finally, if the carbon in an ingredient is derived exclusively from petroleum or natural gas, the ingredient is synthetic.

 
Seventh Generation Ingredients
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INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
3-hexenol Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Corn Mint
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INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Abies balsamea (balsam fir) Fragrance component Essential Oil of balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Skin Conditioner Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Amylase Enzyme- soil remover Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Chamomile Flower (Anthemis nobilis)
Artemisia pallens (davana) flower oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Davana Flower (Artemisia pallens)
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B
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Benzisothiazolinone Preservative Synthetic, Biodegradable
Beta-caryophyllene Fragrance component Botanical Isolate
Boric Acid Enzyme stabilizer Mineral-based, Disperses into the environment
Buchu leaf oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Buchu Leaf (Agathosma betulina)
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C
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Calcium Chloride Enzyme stabilizer, Viscosity modifier Mineral-based, Disperses into the environment
Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Ylang Ylang Flower (Cananga odorata)
Canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles Fragrance component Essential Oil of Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
Caprylyl/Decyl Glucoside Cleaning agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside Cleaning agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Safflower Seed (Carthamus tinctorius )
Cedrenol Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Cedarwood
Cedrol Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Cedarwood
Cellulose Gum Anti-redeposition agent Plant-based, Biodegradable
Ceteareth-25 Anti-spotting agent Plant-modified synthetic, Biodegradable
Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose Emulsion stabilizer Plant based, Biodegradable
Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark extract Fragrance component Botanical Extract of Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Citral Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Litsea cubeba
Citric Acid Water softener, chelating agent, pH adjuster Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Citronellol Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived derived from Cintronella
Citrus aurantifolia (lime) Fragrance component Essential Oil of Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium amara)
Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Bergamot Orange Fruit (Citrus aurantium bergamia)
Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Orange (Citrus aurantium dulcis)
Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Orange Peel (Citrus aurantium dulcis)
Citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Grapefruit Peel (Citrus grandis)
Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Lemon Peel (Citrus limon)
Citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Mandarin Orange Peel (Citrus nobilis)
Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Conditioning agent Plant based, Biodegradable
Coco-Glucoside Skin Conditioner Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Anti-foaming agent, Shine Agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Coriandrum sativum (coriander) fruit oil Fragrance component Essential Oil or Coriander Fruit (Coriandrum sativum)
Cupressus sempervirens (cypress) Fragrance component Essential Oil of Cypress (Cupressus semperviren)
Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) leaf oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Lemongrass Leaf (Cymbopogon citratus)
Cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon schoenanthus)
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D
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Decyl Glucoside Cleaning Agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate Fabric softening agent Plant-based, Biodegradable
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E
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) seed oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Cardamom Seed (Elettaria cardamomum)
Ethyl Levulinate Glycerol Ketal Solubilizer Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Eucalyptus Leaf
Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Clove Leaf (Eugenia caryophyllus)
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INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Fatty Acid, di-(Palm Carboxyethyl) Hydroxyethyl Methylammonium Methyl Sulfates Fabric softening agent Biodegradable, Plant based
Fusanus spicatus (sandalwood) oil Fragrance component Essential oil of Sandalwood (Fusanus spicatus)
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G
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Gamma-decalactone Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Castor Bean
Glycerin Foam stabilizer, enzyme stabilizer, feel enhancer, conditioning agent, Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate Skin conditioner Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Glyceryl Oleate Skin conditioner Plant-derived, Biodegradable
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H
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Hexyl Glucoside Cleaning Agent Plant Based, Biodegradable
Hydrogen Peroxide Stain removal agent Inorganic (contains only hydrogen and oxygen), Disperses into the environment
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J
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Juniperus mexicana (cedar) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Cedar (Juniperus mexicana)
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L
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Lactic Acid pH adjuster, demineralizer Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Lauramine Oxide Cleaning agent Plant based, Biodegradable
Laureth-6 Cleaning agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Lauryl Polyglucose Cleaning agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Linalool Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Howood
Litsea cubeba(may chang) fruit oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of May Change (litsea cubeba)
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INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Magnesium Chloride Viscosity modifier Mineral-based, Disperses into the environment
Magnesium Sulfate Cleaning enhancer Mineral-based, Disperses into the environment
Mannanase Enzyme soil remover Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil Fragrance component Essential of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Spearmint Leaf (Mentha viridis)
Methylisothiazolinone Preservative Synthetic, Biodegradable
Myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Nutmeg Kernel (Myristica fragrans)
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O
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Oleic Acid Anti-foaming agent, Shine Agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Orange oil sinensal Fragrance component Botanical Extract of Orange Sinesal Oil
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P
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
PPG-10-Laureth-7 Cleaning agent Plant-modified synthetic
PPG-4-Laureth-8 Anti-spotting agent Plant-modified synthetic
Pectinase Enzyme soil removers Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Geranium Flower (Pelargonium graveolens)
Pinus sylvestris (pine) Fragrance component Essential Oil of Pine Needles (Pinus sylvestris)
Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Potassium Sorbate Preservative Synthetic
Protease Enzyme soil remover Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalus dulci)
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INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Quillaja Saponaria Wood Extract Cleansing agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
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S
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Sodium Benzoate Preservative Synthetic
Sodium Bicarbonate Water Softener Mineral-based
Sodium Borate Enzyme stabilizer Mineral-based
Sodium Carbonate Cleaning agent Mineral-based
Sodium Carboxymethyl Inulin Soil dispersant Plant-based
Sodium Chloride Viscosity modifier, processing aid Mineral-based
Sodium Citrate Water softener Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Sodium Coco Sulfate Cleaning Agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Sodium Gluconate Water softener Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Sodium Hydroxide pH adjuster Mineral-based
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Cleaning agent Plant-derived, Biodegradable
Sodium Magnesium Silicate Anti-spotting agent Mineral-based
Sodium Percarbonate Oxygen stain removal agent Mineral-based
Sodium Polyaspartate Anti-filming agent Synthetic
Sodium Silicate pH adjuster, cleaning agent Mineral-based
Sodium Sulfate Processing aid Mineral-based
Sodium aluminosilicate Water softener Mineral-based
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INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Tangelo oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Tangelo Orange (Citrus reticulata)
Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate Chelating agent Synthetic
Thymol Short description Liliensternus Atrociraptor Eucoelophysis Herbstosaurus
Tocopheryl Acetate Anti-oxidant Synthetic
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V
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Vanillin Fragrance component Botanical Isolate derived from Clove
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W
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Water Diluent Inorganic (contains only hydrogen and oxygen, Biodegradable)
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X
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Xanthan Gum Thickener Plant-derived, Biodegradable
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Z
INGREDIENT NAME WHAT IT IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil Fragrance component Essential Oil of Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale )
B-Corp Certification
Leaping Bunny Certification
FSC Certification
Rainforest Alliance Certification
Cotton Certification
OTCO Certification
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Kosher Certification
USDA Biobased Product Certification