Below is a list of natural ingredients used in abundance in Surya Brasil's products. These natural, organic (whenever possible) and vegan ingredients help you benefit from nature's beautiful bounty while avoiding potentially harmful and toxic ingredients.
Acácia ConcinnaCommonly known as Shikakai, Acacia Concinna is a shrub native to the warm, plains of central and south India. Shikakai means "fruit for hair" and is traditionally used as a natural shampoo in India for centuries. With a mild, low pH, Acacia helps to soften hair, adds manageability and incredible shine. Surya Brasil Henna Powders contain Acacia.
Most of the skin benefits associated with our Brazilian Acerola come from a high vitamin C concentration. This natural ingredient helps to hydrate the scalp and skin and boost collagen and elastin. Amazonia Preciosa Facial Toner and Sapien Men Shampoo and Conditioner 2 in 1 are just two of Surya Brasil's products that contain this vitamin-packed botanical.
The miracle plant that is world-renowned for its moisturizing properties that soften both the hair and skin can be found in almost all of Surya Brasil's products. Aloe Vera contains as much as 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes, including Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and B12, Vitamin C and E, folic acid and Niacin. Minerals found in aloe vera include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese.
Free of allergenic gluten, Amaranth is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Due to its robust nature and high protein content, Amaranth was a staple food of the diets of pre-Columbian Aztecs. This naturally hydrating and moisturizing ingredient is now used in natural and organic products like Sapien Men Shower Gel and Sapien Women Shower Gel.
On an interesting note, in India, Amla fruit is used in making pickles, chutneys, jams and murabbas as well as a healthy juice beverage in Ayurvedic practice. Surya Brasil has found Amla adds shine and softness and is a rich source of vitamin C and fatty acids to help nourish the hair with Surya Brasil's Henna Creams and Henna Powders.
Amazonia White Clay
A Brazilian beauty secret for flawless skin. Extracted from the Amazon River, which spans approximately 4,000 miles in length collecting nutrient dense fruit and plant matter. At the most downstream region nutrients are at its highest concentration where the clay is harvested. Once refined, it helps absorb the skin's excess oil while hydrating and eliminating dryness. It will also help soften and smooth out the skin's texture. This magical ingredient can be found in our Sapien Women Body Scrub.
Proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier, this natural "liquid gold" ingredient can be found in our Sapien Women Split End Repair When added to a styling product, Argan Oil has the ability to tame frizz and give hair tremendous shine, due to its beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. It also makes hair more manageable. This is an ideal step to add to your daily routine after blow-drying.
Used for its emollient properties, Babaçu restores the natural oils of the hair. Babaçu oil is extracted from the nuts of wild-growing Babaçu palms. Babaçu oil has a high content of Vitamin E (a highly nourishing nutrient) in addition to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil is particularly rich in lauric and myristic acids, with lauric acids making up 50 percent of the entire composition. Babaçu oil is used in our Amazonia Preciosa Murumuru Hair Mask and Amazonia Preciosa Ucuuba Hair Mask for curly and fragile hair.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Brazil nuts are also packed with selenium. A great part of a healthy diet, Brazil Nut oil is used in Surya Brasil's Amazonia Preciosa Brazil Nut Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask, three products that were created to soften and silken dry and dehydrated hair while fighting frizz and protecting each lock from heat tools.
Surya Brasil's Amazonia Preciosa Buriti Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask restore brilliance to color-treated hair. Buriti oil naturally absorbs UV rays, protecting hair from dryness and the fading effects of the sun. Grown in the wild Northern Brazil's biodiverse Cerrado, Surya Brasil has begun to sustainably harvest their own Buriti while helping to strengthen the organic farming industry and conserve this beautiful region of Brazil. Buriti can be found in many of our products including our Sapien Women Facial Scrub.
A mood elevator, cedarwood can actually help us relax and focus. It is also a wonderful scalp and skin treatment. Surya Brasil has added cedarwood to the Sapien Men collection to reduce acne flare ups, with Sapien Men Facial Scrub and Sapien Men Shampoo and Conditioner 2-in-1 where cedarwood helps to reduce dandruff.
A soothing natural ingredient and favorite tea, Chamomile has been found to be highly effective in preventing and eliminating dandruff. In addition, it also soothes irritated scalps. We have included chamomile in our award-winning Color Fixation Restorative Conditioner.
Highly anti-inflammatory and promotes hair growth Amazonia Preciosa Hand and Body Lotion and Cinnamon and Cupuacu Vegan Moisturizing Lip Balm Cinnamon extract can be used to slow the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which cause wrinkles and amplify sun damage.
Cocoa Seed Butter is a natural antioxidant that is nutrient-dense with a high fatty acid content and is amazing for dry skin. It helps replenish with deep hydration and can be found in our Amazonia Preciosa Facial Moisturizer.
Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C and it's health benefits can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, and stimulating properties. Clove oil is used in Sapien Men Hair Styling Gel, Amazonia Preciosa Exfoliating Shower Gel and Sapien Men Facial Scrub.
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and nature’s super hydrator, many of our products contain pure coconut oil including one of our favorite's, our Coconut and Rosemary Hair Mask. This mask deeply nourishes your hair and scalp with proteins, vitamins and minerals. It reinforces the structure of dry and damaged hair and locks in moisture, leaving the hair stronger and easier to comb.
A super fruit that grows in the rainforest's of South America and belongs to the cocoa family, Cupuaçu is well-known for its high fatty acid content with moisturizing benefits to the hair. Rich in nutrients and vitamins B1, B2, B3 (Niacin) and at least nine antioxidants that neutralize free radicals (including Vitamin A and C), Cupuaçu is used in many Surya Brasil products, including the Amazonia Preciosa Cupuaçu Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask.
Guaraná is a shrub native to the Amazon (and particularly the regions of Manaus and Parintins). In the lushness of the Brazilian Amazon where it originates, it often grows to 12m high. The fruit is small, round, bright-red in color, and grows in clusters. As it ripens, the fruit splits and a black seed emerges - giving it the appearance of an "eye" about which Indians tell legends. Also a Brazilian fruit that acts as a capillary stimulant enhancing the circulation of the scalp, Guarana can be found in our 15 shades of Henna Cream formulations.
Also listed as Corylus Rostrata and found in our Color Fixation hair care collection, Hazelnut is an excellent source of fatty acids which help to moisturize and deeply condition the hair.
Henna is very popular in India and there is evidence from Egypt that henna was regularly used to color hair five thousand years ago, and may have been used in Jericho as early as eight thousand years ago. Henna was used to keep hair healthy and to color gray hair. Henna is a natural herbal powder which is not only used for coloring the hair, but also helps to prevent dandruff and scalp itching. It acts as a great conditioner. The lawsone molecule penetrates the hair shaft, binding with the keratin in the hair. This makes hair stronger as it coats the hair and fills in rough spots on a frayed cuticle. This adds a second layer of strength, but it DOES NOT lock out moisture. One of the main reasons to choose our healthy henna over traditional color is that henna is non-toxic. Chemical dyes are not only VERY damaging to hair, they can also cause scalp burns, allergic reactions, and recently studies have linked long term use to cancer.
Jasmine hair oil is frequently used to tame unruly hair, and is often used by those with frizzy, coarse and curly, dry hair, although it can be used successfully by any hair type. Jasmine oil can be found in our award-winning Color Fixation Restorative Conditioner to restore brilliance and vitality to damaged and colored hair.
A natural anti-bacterial moisturizer jojoba contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. And it’s even gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin without causing allergic reactions. You can find jojoba in our 100% vegan moisturizing lip balms in five delicious flavors.
Used in our Henna Creams, Jua is indigenous to north eastern Brasil the plant has natural saponins which act as a lathering agent. Juazeiro is one of the most respected trees in Brazil due to its numerous uses including the prevention of dandruff and seborrhea. Brazilian Jua fruit lends anti-inflammatory and peripheral circulation stimulant properties to our healthy henna formulations.
A wonderful moisturizer for the skin, macadamia oil will help balance oil production while hydrating the skin while leaving a satiny – not oily – finish to the skin. Available in our Sapien Men After Shave and Sapien Women Shave Gel natural, organic and vegan products.
Mallow (Malva Sylvestris Extract) is used as a thickening agent and contains anti-inflammatory and soothing properties for hair and skin due to its content of flavonoids and anthocyanidins. Mallow can be found in our healthy henna creams and color extending Color Fixation hair care collection.
Rich in pro-vitamin A and C and Omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9, Murumuru is sustainably extracted from the seed of the palm tree typical of the Amazon region. When used in Surya Brasil's Amazonia Preciosa Murumuru Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask, it will help smooth and nourish each hair fiber while reducing frizz and leaving hair soft, silky and supple.
Cooling, soothing and skin repairing Passion Fruit is native to Brazil and grows a fruit very common in desserts and juices. Found in our refreshing Amazonia Preciosa Exfoliating Shower Gel, it is also known to contain a rich content of omega 6 fatty acids.
Cooling, refreshing and stimulating, 100% organic peppermint oil is used in our delicious 100% Vegan Moisturizing Chocolate Mint Lip Balm. Natural and invigorating mint oils can also be found in our Amazonia Preciosa Leg & Foot Lotion to help increase circulation.
High in Oleic Acid, Pracaxi Oil also makes an excellent conditioner for both skin and hair. It is believed to posess therapeutic properties, and may be helpful in the treatment of rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. A natural antiseptic that hydrates, Pracaxi oil is used in our Sapien Women Body Moisturizer among many of our skin and hair care products in this best-selling collection.
Also known as Aniba Canelila, the entire Amazonia Preciosa collection uses the sustainably-harvested resin taken from this evergreen tree native to the Amazon forest in Brazil, which contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Found in our amazing Color Fixation hair care collection that will extend the life of your healthy henna color, sandalwood is the name of a group of fragrant trees that is found mostly in India, some other countries of south Asia, Indonesia and Australia. This aromatic tree was initially used mostly by perfume makers and while the fragrance continues to be one of the most popular derivatives, the powder and oil are also heavily used for their excellent skincare enhancing qualities, especially to enhance the glow on a bride just before her wedding.
An important botanical herb that is used for all types of internal and external ailments throughout the Asian continent for centuries. With anti-inflammatory properties, Terminalia Belerica has the ability to prevent premature greying and can be found in our 100% natural Henna Powders.
Virola Sebifera (Ucuuba) Butter is cold-pressed from the seeds of the South American tree. This plant butter is exceptionally high in fatty acids and provides a wonderful alternative to petroleum and animal-derived ingredients like bovine tallow. Ucuuba contains 60-70% fat of which most is a triglyceride of myristic acid and aromatic essential oil, which helps hydrate dry, brittle curly hair. Ucuuba can be found in Surya Brasil's Amazonia preciosa Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask for Curly and Fragile Hair and when used as a hair care regimen will help strengthen curls while leaving hair silky and more manageable.
A non-toxic, non-sentizing natural conditioner that is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, Ylang Ylang is used in our high-performance henna creams . Our Henna Creams have a very pleasant aroma, which is a wonderful surprise for many of our new customers making the transition from chemical dyes to our healthier alternative for grey coverage, available in 15 beautiful and vibrant shades.