Innovative Ingredients

We have been thoughtful and thorough in our research for the ingredients that go into our products.  Natural ingredients were important to us in the selection process - AND so was looking at new, innovative NATURALLY DERIVED ingredients.  We carefully considered things like:  COSMOS and ECOCERT certifications, USDA BioPreferred ingredients and whether the ingredients were sustainable, including RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) mass balance (a certification system used in the palm oil industry to track the flow of sustainably sourced palm oil through the supply chain).  Transparency lies at the core of our brand - you will see detailed information on all our ingredients on our website.  Some of the INCI names (International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients) sound like they are harmful - quite the opposite is true.  Our goal is to provide detailed information on the ingredients that are in our products - just like what is required for cosmetic/haircare products for people.  We want you to know what you are putting on your equine partner, you deserve to know what is in the products that you come into contact with during the grooming process.

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Natural & Naturally-Derived Ingredients

Isoamyl Laurate

Isoamyl Laurate is a high spreading, light emollient for natural formulations with a light & non-sticky skin feel. It is a Natural refatting agent for hair and skin cleansing applications with foam improving properties. The emollient is fully based on renewable sources and produced by a unique, eco-efficient process fully running on renewable energy leading to an improved impact on global warming by 100% lower CO2.


Coco-glucoside is a natural and biodegradable surfactant derived from coconut oil and glucose (derived from corn or fruit sugars). It is a mild and gentle cleansing agent commonly used in personal care and cosmetic products.

  • Coco-glucoside is a surfactant obtained from the combination of coconut oil and glucose, resulting in a natural and eco-friendly ingredient.
  • It is a mild and gentle cleansing agent, suitable for sensitive skin and delicate areas.
  • Coco-glucoside has excellent foaming properties, helping to create a rich and luxurious lather in various personal care products.
  • It effectively removes dirt, impurities, and excess oil from the skin and hair without causing dryness or irritation.
  • Coco-glucoside is biodegradable, making it an environmentally friendly choice compared to many synthetic surfactants.
  • Coco-glucoside is known for its compatibility with other ingredients, allowing for easy formulation with various cosmetic additives.


Propanediol is a 100% natural origin glycol (approved by COSMOS & ECOCERT) and derives from bio-fermentation process. It is colorless and odorless. This ingredient is used for skincare and personal care products as a cosmetic solvent, humectant, emollient instead of synthetics and petroleum ingredients. It has a light skin feeling and spreads easily in hair care products. With good anti-microbial effect and no skin/hair irritation, Propanediol was an ingredient we chose to use in a few of our products. It is less sticky/tacky than glycerin but still has humectant & moisture retention function.

Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

100% Natural Origin. This is a PEG-free emulsifier suitable for use in organic cosmetic products, for water in oil emulsions with cold processing. Suitable for sun-protective products and cosmetics formulas, this ester also provides shine and waterproofing - making it an ideal addition to our HEALING SALVE.

Coco-Caprylate Caprate

Coco-caprylate/caprate is an ingredient commonly used in personal care and cosmetic products as an emollient and skin conditioning agent. It is a mixture of fatty acids derived from coconut oil, specifically caprylic acid and capric acid - Caprylic/Capric acid ester of saturated fatty alcohol C12-18.

Here's a description of Coco-Caprylate Caprate:

  • Coco-Caprylate Caprate is a versatile emollient and skin conditioning agent derived from coconut oil.
  • It is a lightweight and non-greasy oil that spreads easily on the skin, providing a smooth and silky texture.
  • Coco-Caprylate Caprate helps to moisturize and soften the skin, leaving it hydrated and supple.
  • It has excellent spreading properties, allowing it to be easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a heavy or greasy residue.
  • Coco-Caprylate Caprate can enhance the delivery and absorption of other beneficial ingredients in cosmetic formulations.
  • It is often used in various personal care products, including lotions, creams, serums, and hair care products, to improve their texture and provide a luxurious feel.
  • Coco-Caprylate Caprate is considered a safer and more sustainable alternative to mineral oil and other petroleum-based ingredients.
  • It is well-tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin, and does not typically cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Natural Silicone Alternatives

We chose to use a synergistic blend of Natural Silicone Alternatives - ingredients typically reserved for human hair care products. These ingredients are the star performers in our UNTANGLED @ The Paddock MANE & TAIL TREATMENT Products:

Heptyl Undecylenate

  • An extremely light and dry 100% natural non-palm emollient. It is a natural alternative to synthetic fluids such as cyclomethicone and mineral oils. It can also be combined with natural oils to reduce the greasiness of such materials. It contains 100% biobased content as certified by the USDA BioPreferred® Program, is COSMOS approved

Ethylhexyl Olivate (and) Squalane

  • A plant-derived alternative to lightweight silicones and petroleum-based hydrocarbons. This environmentally friendly emollient is natural, 100% bio-based, readily biodegradable, and palm-free. The elegant feel can be characterized as light and high spreading with quick absorption comparable to cyclopentasiloxane (D5) and dimethicone (100cst). Upcycled olive squalane provides nourishing hydration without greasiness for a soft and shiny hair. Studies showed: 55% hair frizz reduction and 69% improvement in hair detangling

Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate (and) Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables

  • An excellent natural alternative to silicone. This ingredient delivers very similar sensory performance to dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane (D5) and cylohexasiloxane (D6) and leaves hair feeling smooth, soft and full of moisture. It has also been shown to improve hair manageability and shine.

Acacia Senegal Gum (and) Xanthan Gum

These gums are obtained using an innovative and sustainable manufacturing process for which the acacia gum coats the xanthan gum. As with most natural gums, these two combined offer a natural thickening-stabilizing-texturizing polymer for use in cosmetic and hair products.  COSMOS and ECOCert approved natural ingredients.

Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer

Non-ionic surfactant (cleanser) that is 100% naturally derived.  This product is EO-free, 1,4-Dioxane free, and PEG-free, is not a Sulfate and does not contain anything from our "NO" List.  We chose this ingredient as a surfactant for some of our products, as it is able to solubilize a broad range of lipophilic (oils/esters) substances and is cold processable*.

This ingredient has excellent performance and critical for us in our selection process was the ability for this ingredient to be stable over a broad pH range, since equine hair/skin is a PH7 (Neutral). 

*As an eco-conscious brand, we are mindful of looking at ingredients that can be cold processable.  Cold processing generally requires less energy and reduces the carbon footprint compared to traditional hot processing methods. It can contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing process. 

Ecocert Certified; USDA Biopreferred Product; included for use in Safer Choice-certified products and for listing on CleanGredients as a surfactant.

Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer

This is a surfactant based on the renewable resources of corn and coconut, it is 100% Naturally Derived. Our selection of this ingredient was due to it being biodegradable, naturally derived and that it offers a superior alternative to traditional sulfates.  This ingredient, like all our other ingredient choices, meets our strict requirements and is in compliance with our "NO" List. 

It is produced in a manner that uses less energy and less hazardous starting materials than traditional sulfates or sulfonates, making it greener from start to finish.  All the starting materials are from bio-renewable or mineral sources, resulting in a 100% bio-based product with outstanding performance characteristics.  

USDA BioPreferred Product; Acceptable for use in Safer Choice-certified products and for listing on CleanGredients as a surfactant.

Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate (and) Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate

Naturally Derived, COSMOS Certified Emulsifier

Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate

Naturally derived from coconut oil, it is a phospholipid composed predominantly of diester and triester phosphatides with multiple-chain groups. This ingredient has a broad range of functional attributes including gentle cleansing and foaming properties, and anti-irritation effects, making it safe and gentle.  The other key reasons we chose this ingredient is because it provides long lasting skin and hair conditioning (by depositing essential fatty acids), and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity across a broad PH range - perfect for our CLEANSED @ The Paddock Waterless Shampoo & Spot Remover.

USDA BioPreferred; readily biodegradable

COSMOS & ECOCERT Certification - What are they? Why are they important?

COSMOS and ECOCERT certifications are both internationally recognized standards in the realm of organic and natural cosmetics and personal care products. These certifications ensure that products meet strict criteria related to their organic and ecological integrity, sustainability, and transparency throughout the production process. Let's delve into each certification:

  1. COSMOS Certification: COSMOS (Cosmetic Organic Standard) is a harmonized, internationally accepted certification developed by five major European organizations involved in the organic and natural cosmetics industry. The founding organizations include BDIH (Germany), Cosmebio (France), Ecocert Greenlife (France), ICEA (Italy), and Soil Association (UK). The COSMOS standard sets guidelines for organic and natural cosmetic products, ensuring that they are produced responsibly and meet high standards of sustainability.

Key features of COSMOS certification:

  • Organic Ingredients: The COSMOS standard defines criteria for the use of organic ingredients in cosmetic products, emphasizing the use of natural and organic materials.
  • Ecological Impact: Products bearing the COSMOS label must adhere to environmentally friendly production practices, including responsible sourcing and manufacturing processes that minimize environmental impact.
  • Responsible Packaging: The certification encourages the use of eco-friendly and recyclable packaging materials.
  • Transparency: Manufacturers must provide comprehensive information about the ingredients used and their sourcing.
  1. ECOCERT Certification: ECOCERT is an independent certification body based in France that specializes in evaluating and certifying organic and natural products, including cosmetics, food, and textiles. The ECOCERT standard was established in 1991 and is one of the most widely recognized certifications for organic and environmentally friendly products worldwide.

Key features of ECOCERT certification:

  • Organic and Natural Ingredients: ECOCERT verifies that products contain a minimum percentage of organic and natural ingredients, promoting the use of plant-based and environmentally sustainable resources.
  • Chemical Restrictions: The certification limits the use of certain synthetic chemicals, parabens, and GMOs, ensuring products are safer and more environmentally friendly.
  • Environmental Impact: ECOCERT evaluates the entire production chain to ensure environmentally responsible practices, such as reduced water and energy consumption.
  • Social Responsibility: The certification also considers fair labor practices and social responsibility throughout the production process.

Both COSMOS and ECOCERT certifications provide consumers with confidence that the products they purchase meet stringent organic and ecological standards, promoting sustainable and eco-conscious choices in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

USDA BioPreferred Program

The USDA Biopreferred program is a voluntary initiative established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote and advance the use of biobased products in various industries. The program aims to support the development and adoption of products made from renewable agricultural resources, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and promoting sustainability.

Key aspects of the USDA Biopreferred program and certification include:

Biobased Products: The program focuses on products derived from renewable biological resources, such as plants, forestry materials, agricultural crops, and other natural sources. These biobased products can replace or supplement conventional petroleum-based materials commonly used in various industries.

Biobased Content: To qualify for certification, products must undergo testing to determine their biobased content. This percentage represents the portion of the product derived from renewable resources and serves as a measure of the product's environmental impact and sustainability.

USDA Certified Biobased Product Label: Products that meet the certification requirements are granted permission to use the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. This label serves as a clear identifier for consumers, businesses, and government agencies seeking products with verified biobased content.

Environmental Benefits: By promoting the use of biobased products, the program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and contribute to a more sustainable and circular economy. Biobased products often have a lower carbon footprint compared to their petroleum-based counterparts, making them more environmentally friendly.

Market Incentives: The Biopreferred program encourages manufacturers to develop innovative biobased products by creating market incentives. Government agencies and institutions may prioritize the purchase of biobased products, and businesses can differentiate themselves by offering environmentally responsible choices to consumers.

The USDA Biopreferred program plays a vital role in advancing the adoption of biobased products, supporting agricultural communities, and fostering sustainable practices across various industries. Through the certification process and the use of the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, consumers can make more informed choices, aligning their purchasing decisions with environmental stewardship.