Natural ingredients provide environmentally friendly nutrients to skin and hair

Products from MARIA ÅKERBERG get their beneficial qualities directly from nature. We use only organic plants and minerals since these provide all the necessary nutrients to the hair and skin. In addition, we always show you what every product contains. Scroll down to explore all of our ingredients and their properties!

This is how we work 
with our ingredients

Quality and transparency always come first. We choose ingredients based on their naturally beneficial properties, and we clearly state what our products contain and why.

Clear ingredient list

We want you to know what it is you use on your skin and hair. That is why all our products have had complete ingredient declarations since we started in 1995. It was not until a few years later, in 1999, that EU passed a law making standardised ingredient declarations mandatory. All member states have agreed on common Latin/international names for the many different ingredients. Unfortunately, it is still difficult to figure out the actual contents of many products on the market.

MARIA ÅKERBERG has chosen to take it one step further; we translate the latin/international names to English. These are included on the packaging, in our catalogue, and here on our website. If there is not enough room for an ingredient list on the packaging, we use the symbol "Hand in open book". This means you can read about the product contents in the catalogue and on this website instead. In the ingredient list of makeup products, ingredients that add colour to the product are preceeded by +/-. 

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Varying ingredients depending on harvests

As MARIA ÅKERBERG work with plant-based ingredients, the scent and appearance of our products may vary slightly from one harvest to another. This is because access to water, sunlight and soil vary over time. The variations may also be caused by the ingredients' varying colours. This is the case with the calendula extract used in Hand Cream and Shea Balm. If you want the exact same colour in all batches, you need synthetically produced ingredients. 

We always prioritise the natural effect of the primary products. Therefore, we choose to accept such variations. They are simply proof that our ingredients are pure and natural. This also means that the scent of products from MARIA ÅKERBERG may change slightly after the packaging has been opened.

Ecolabeling and certification 

All our ingredients contribute to sustainable production and consumption, and is part of a sustainable cycle. However, not all are certified as organic. Some of our ingredients are minerals, taken from the ground, which means they cannot be certified in the same manner as cultivated ingredients. Two examples are White Clay and Iron Oxide. Most of our ingredients do have some sort of independent ecolabeling.

Ecolabeling of our cultivated ingredients:

*Soil Association:
*Organic Farming:
*Farm Verified Organic:
*Austria Bio Garantie:
*Australian Certified Organic:

What will you never find in our products?

Synthetic ingredients

DERMANORD does not use synthetic thickening agents, such as carbomer, as they are not sufficiently biodegradable. Xantan Gum is a healthier and more sustainable alternative. Synthetic oil, such as silicone, is not used either, since they are suspected bioaccumulators, and they can generate formaldehyde when decomposing. Instead, products from MARIA ÅKERBERG contain only plant-based oil.


We use natural alternatives such as vitamins and essential oils to extend the shelf life of our products. Therefore, our range is 100% natural. None of our products contain raw materials that release formaldehyde, such as MIT – Methylisothiazolinone and MCI/MI – Methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone.

Animal ingredients

Many skincare products contain glycerine and collagen from offal. These are usually impossible to identify by simply reading the ingredient list. Disregarding the ethical aspect, the skin does not object to animal ingredients. However, we see no reason to use them, as there are better botanical alternatives, such as glycerine derived from rapeseed oil. Using plant-based alternatives are also a way to avoid any risk of BSE (mad cow disease).

Our only exceptions are Honey and Beeswax. Honey (Mel) is used in Aroma Bath Orange & Honey and in Baby Bath. Beeswax (Cera Alba or Cera Flava) is used in, for example, Hand Cream, Lip Care, Face Balm, Baby Care, Face Protection, Blueberry Seed Mask, Moulding Cream and Mascara. The ingredient list is always a help if you want to make sure to avoid these ingredients. 

GMO ingredients

Products from MARIA ÅKERBERG only contain ingredients that have not been genetically modified. 

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Our ingredients A–Z


In addition to the international name of each ingredient (according to The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) we include a short explanation. An asterisk (*) denotes which organisation has certified the ingredient for our suppliers. All brands, including copyrights and other forms of immaterial rights, belong to the respective owners.

An asterisk (*) may also signal that the ingredient grows in the wild, or that it is found in naturally occurring deposits of salt, minerals and clay.

Achillea Millefolium Extract: Yarrow, keeps the skin in good condition. *COSMOS

Albizia Julibrissin (Mimosa) Bark Extract: Persian Silk Tree Extract, derived from the bark. It has a firming effect on the skin, as well as smoothing and draining properties. *COSMOS

Alcohol Denat: A natural alcohol which is derived by fermenting and distilling organically grown sugar beets. It is used in Hair Spray Organic as a carrier of the other ingredients. It also makes the product dry faster.

Algae: Seaweed is rich in protein, enzymes and natural minerals, especially calcium and iron. They are also rich in vitamins. *COSMOS

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder: Aloe Vera Barbadensis is cooling and keeps the skin in good condition. *IASC, *Farm Verified Organic

Alumina: Aluminium bonded to titanium dioxide to stabilise the raw material. *COSMOS

Anhydroxylitol: Moisturising plant sugar.*COSMOS 

Aqua Purificata: We get our water from the lake Lygnern. This is among the purest waters in Sweden, filtered through the 13 000-year-old end moraine Fjärås Bräcka, and then distilled in our plant, making it much purer than regular drinking water (aqua).

Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Oil: Arnica, strengthening essential oil. *Organic Farming

Ascorbic Acid (C-vitamin): Antioxidant. *COSMOS

Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-vitamin): Antioxidant. *COSMOS


Behentrimonium Methosulfate: Moisturising ingredient derived from rapeseed. *COSMOS

Benzoic Acid: Preservative raw material. *COSMOS

Biosaccharide Gum-1: Derived from soy and corn, consisting of the sugar fucose. Moisturising. *COSMOS

Biosaccharide Gum-2: Derived from soy and corn, consisting of the sugar fucose. Moisturising. *COSMOS

Biosaccharide Gum-4: Derived from soy and corn, consisting of the sugar fucose. Moisturising. *COSMOS

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2: Made of coconut and sugar beets. Provides texture. *COSMOS

Bisabolol: Gentle ingredient of chamomile. *COSMOS

Borago Officinalis Seed Oil: Borage oil, contains 20% GLA, which is humectant and prevents dry skin. *ABCERT

Brassica Napus (Rape) Seed Oil: Cold pressed rapeseed oil. Contains good fatty acids and Vitamin E. *KRAV

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: Shea butter, adds oil to the skin and protects the skin from dehydration. *NaTrue


Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil: Skin conditioning calendula extract. *Organic Farming

Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil: Essential oil extracted from the flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree. It is balancing and regulates sebum production. *COSMOS

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: Nourishing vegetable oil, derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Capryloyl Glycin: Made of sunflowers and coconuts. Soothing and antibacterial. *COSMOS

Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycoside: Plant-based oil and sugar of wheat bran and wheat straw. Gluten-free. *COSMOS

Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit: Contains the enzyme papain which dissolves/breaks up dead skin cells. *COSMOS

Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract: Refreshing chili extract. *Organic Farming

Cedrus Atlantica (Atlantica Cedarwood) Bark Oil: Cedarwood oil, extracted from the wood by destillation. Strengthening. *QC&I

Cera Alba (Beeswax): White beeswax. More protective than oils and fats. Our beeswax is produced by bees from Swedish beehives. Its pollen has been removed, making it suitable also for pollen allergy sufferers. *COSMOS

Cera Flava (Beeswax): Yellow beeswax. More protective than oils and fats. Our beeswax is produced by bees from Swedish beehives. *KRAV

Cetearyl Alcohol: Nourishing, solid fatty alcohol of coconut.

Cetearyl Glucoside: Emulsifier derived from coconut and corn. *COSMOS

Cetyl Alcohol: Nourishing, solid fatty alcohol of coconut.

Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Oil: Nourishing. *Organic Farming

Cinchona Succirubra Extract: Extract of  Cinchona tree bark. Reduces hair loss. *COSMOS

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum) Bark Oil: Essential oil of cinnamon bark. Antibacterial and a fungal inhibitor. *COSMOS

Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil: Purifying essential oil of lime peel. *QC&I

Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil: Balancing essential neroli oil from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. *QC&I

Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil: Purifying and balancing essential petitgrain oil from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. *COSMOS

Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract: A unique, stabilised concentrate of Vitamin C from oranges. *COSMOS

Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Orange) Peel Oil: From the leaf of the bergamot fruit. Balancing and purifying. The bergamot oil we use is free from bergapten, which otherwise can make your skin photosensitive. *COSMOS

Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil: Purifying essential oil from grapefruit peel. *QC&I

Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil: Essential oil, cold pressed from the peel. Purifying and strengthening. *QC&I

Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Water: Contains mineral salts and trace elements. *COSMOS

Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil: Cold pressed, essential oil. Strengthens and helps prevent striae. *QC&I

Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil: Essential oil, cold pressed from the peel. Skin conditioning. *QC&I

Clay: White Clay that is rich in minerals and has soothing and strengthening effects. *Clay

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Mildly cleansing ingredient derived from coconut. *COSMOS

Coco-Betain: Derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Coco-glucoside: Emulsifier derived from coconut and corn. *COSMOS

Cocoglycerides: Nourishing oil, derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Commiphora Myrrha Oil: Essential oil of the myrrh tree. A fungal inhibitor. *Soil Association

Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax: Wax from the carnauba palm leaves. Protects the skin. *ABCERT

Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypess) Oil: Strengthening and purifying essential oil. *QC&I

Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Oil: Essential oil which binds moisture and stimulates the skin’s moisture production. *QC&I 

C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside: Nourishing fatty alcohols of coconut and corn. They make water and oil mix. *COSMOS, *NaTrue


Daucus Carrota Sativus (Carrot) Seed Oil: Beneficial for dry skin, counteracts free radicals and aids in the formation of new cells. *Organic Farming

Daucus Carrota Sativus (Carrot) Root Extract: Beneficial for dry skin, counteracts free radicals and aids in the formation of new cells. *Organic Farming

Darutoside: Extracted from Siegesbeckia Orientalis. Improves the skin’s surface and elasticity. *COSMOS

Decyl Glucoside:  Cleansing ingredient derived from the sugar in corn and coconut. *COSMOS

Dehydroxantan Gum: Humectant thickening agent. *COSMOS

Dihydroxyacetone: DHA, a carbohydrate that turns brown when it comes in contact with oxygen. Used in Tan In A Bottle. *COSMOS


Elattaria Cardamomum Seed Oil: Firming oil of cardamom seeds. *QC&I

Esculine (Horse Chestnut): Extract of horse chestnut strengthens the skin. *COSMOS

Ethylhexyl Palmitate: Softening fat of coconut. *RSPO

Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil: Antiseptic and expectorant essential oil. *QC&I


Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil: Strengthening essential oil. *COSMOS

Fructose: Fruit sugar, humectant. *COSMOS

Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides: Fermented fruit sugar, humectant. *COSMOS


Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil: Strengthening essential oil. *QC&I

Geraniol: Found in lemon oil, for example.  *COSMOS

Geranic Acid: Antibacterial. Extracted from geranium. *COSMOS

Glucose: Humectant sugar. *COSMOS

Glycerin (Vegetable): Our Glycerin is extracted from rapeseed oil and has humectant properties. *COSMOS

Glyceryl Caprylate: Extracted from coconut oil. Used for its emollient properties. *COSMOS

Glyceryl Oleate: A mix of Glycerine and Oleic Acid, both of which come from plant-based oils. *COSMOS

Glyceryl Stearate: Emulsifier derived from plant-based oils, used to make water-soluble and oil-soluble substances emulsify (blend). *COSMOS

Glycine: Amino Acids, the building blocks for proteins. Nourishes the skin. Derived from beans and beets. *COSMOS

Glycolic Acid: Humectant and exfoliating (derived from sugarcane). *COSMOS

Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride: Flour from the ground seeds of Guar. Makes hair easy to comb. *COSMOS


Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: Emollient oil with Vitamin E. *COSMOS

Heptyl Glucoside: Emulsifier, of castor oil. *COSMOS

Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil: An oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids which help the skin maintain its moisture balance and strengthen its natural protective barrier. *COSMOS

Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract: Contains berberine, which is antibacterial and anti-fungal. *COSMOS

Hydrogenated Jojoba Wax: Jojoba grains made of wax from the jojoba shrub seeds. *ABCERT


Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate: Lactic Acid Salt with antibacterial properties. *COSMOS


Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Oil: Purifying essential oil. Helps the body cleanse. *QC&I


Kaolin: Also known as China Clay. Astringent and cleansing in skincare products. Considered as a mineral and used as pigment in makeup. *Clay


Lactic Acid: Our Lactic Acid, made of sugar beets, is of the same type as the one that naturally occurs in our bodies to retain moisture. Natural Lactid Acid is revitalising and mildly exfoliating. It also strengthens the skin’s collagen fibres. (Synthetically produced Lactic Acid has other properties.) *COSMOS

Lauroyl Lysine: Nourishing ingredient derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Lauroyl/Myristoyl Methyl Glucamide: Derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Laurus Nobilis (Bay) Oil: Essential oil. *COSMOS

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil: Antiseptic and strengthening essential oil. *QC&I

Lecitin: Made from soybeans. Lecithin is humectant, beneficial for dry skin. *COSMOS

Levulinic Acid: Derived from sun flower. *COSMOS

Linalool: Found in lemon oil, for example.  *COSMOS

Limonene: Found in lemon oil, for example. *COSMOS

Lysine: Amino Acids,  the building block for proteins. Provides nutrient to the skin. *COSMOS


Maltodextrin: Sugar derived from corn and potatoes.

Maris Sal/Sea Salt: Without iodine. *Salt

Mel (Honey): Antiseptic and emollient. Vitamins, minerals, fructose and glucose are among the active ingredients. We only use Swedish Honey. *KRAV

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil: Used by Australia’s indigenous people for centuries to combat bacteria and fungus. *COSMOS

Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract: Oil with antiseptic and strengthening properties. *COSMOS

Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil: Cooling and soothing essential oil. *QC&I

Menthyl Lactate: Antibacterial Lactic Acid. *COSMOS


Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil: A greasy, cold pressed oil, difficult for the skin to absorb. *NaTrue

Olibanum Oil: Strengthening essential oil, also called Frankincense, extracted from the resin of the olibanum tree. *QC&I

Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Oil: Antibacterial oil. *QC&I


Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Peptider): Increases the skin’s moisture content and improves its resilience. Extracted from palm oil. *RSPO

Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil: Antibacterial essential oil. *QC&I

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil: Conditioning and nourishing oil. *COSMOS

Phragmites Kharka Extract: Derived from reed. Restores the skin’s balance and increases resilience. *NaTrue

Pinus Silvestris Leaf Oil: Pine oil, fungicidal and bactericidal. *COSMOS

Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil: Essential oil that stimulates the skin’s cell division. *QC&I

Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate: Humectant glycerine (carbohydrate of vegetable origin) and oleic acid of coconut oil. *COSMOS

Polyhydroxystearic Acid: Derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Potassium Alum: Naturally occuring mineral salt. Astringent on pores.

Potassium Hydroxide: Salt, pH-balancing.

Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder: Apricot kernels that are ground into a powder. Used in exfoliators, to remove dead skin cells from the body. *COSMOS

Punica Granatum Seed Oil: Pomegranate, keeps the skin in good condition. *Organic Farming


Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil:  A fatty oil with conditioning and purifying properties. *NaTrue

Rosa Canina (Dog Rose) Fruit Oil: Conditioning oil of rosehip seeds. Contains Vitamin A. *ABCERT

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water: Calming, regenerating and moisturising rose water. *Soil Association

Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Oil: Strengthening and humectant essential oil, distilled from the petals of rosa damascena (rose otto). *COSMOS

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil: Strengthening essential oil, or extract. These are two different substances that have the same international name. *QC&I


Saccharum Officinarum: A sugary liquid pressed out of sugarcane, then boiled and cristallised. Used in Hair Spray Organic to provide hold and shape. 

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Water: Purifying and astringent on pores. *COSMOS

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil: Purifying and astringent on pores. *COSMOS

Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil: Antiseptic essential oil. *Soil Association

Silica: A mineral from algae that we use in both skincare and makeup. It has a strengthening and cleansing effect on the skin, while increasing the long-lasting effect of makeup, without clogging pores. *COSMOS

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: Cold pressed plant-based oil from the seeds of
the jojoba shrub. *COSMOS

Sodium Anisate: Salt of Basil. Antibacterial properties. *COSMOS

Sodium Bicarbonate (Salt): Naturally occuring salt. Antibacterial properties. *Salt

Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate: Antibacterial Lactic Acid Salt from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Sodium Coco-sulfate: Cleansing ingredient of coconut. *COSMOS

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate: Cleansing ingredient of coconut oil and amino acid (prepared through fermentation). *COSMOS

Sodium Hydroxide: Salt, pH-balancing.

Sodium Lactate:  Herbal salt that binds moisture to skin and hair. *COSMOS

Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid:  Anionic surfactant, derived from oat amino acids. Hair conditioning effect. *COSMOS

Sodium Levulinate:  Derived from sugarbeets or sugarcane. In addition to protecting our products from microorganisms, this ingredient stabilises the skin’s natural, slightly acidic pH-level, much to the delight of the good bacteria on the skin, which also get nutrients from Sodium Levulinate. *COSMOS

Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate:  Cleansing ingredient derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Sodium PCA: see Sodium Lactate. *COSMOS

Sodium PH: see Sodium Lactate. *COSMOS

Sodium Stearate: Softening ingredient derived from rapeseed and coconut. *COSMOS

Sorbic Acid:  Antibacterial. *COSMOS

Sorbitan Isostearate: Softening ingredient of rapeseed and corn. *COSMOS

Sorbitan Laurate:  Emulsifier derived from coconut oil. *COSMOS

Sorbitol: Humectant fruit sugar. *COSMOS

Spirulina Platensis Powder:  Nourishing algae. *COSMOS

Squalane (Vegetable): Humectant Squalane of olive oil. *ABCERT

Stearic Acid: Nourishing oil of olive oil and coconut. *COSMOS

Stearalkonium Chloride: Makes the hair shiny and easy to comb (from coconut). *COSMOS

Stearyl Alcohol: Nourishing fatty alcohol derived from olive oil and coconut. *COSMOS


Talc: Just like various minerals, clays and salts, Talc is extracted from naturally occuring deposits. Covering and mattifying effect in makeup. *Mineral

Tartaric Acid: Humectant and exfoliating grape acid. *COSMOS

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder: Raw materials from the cocoa bean, rich in antioxidants. *ABCERT

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: Nourishing butter from the cocoa seed. *ABCERT

Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil: Antibacterial essential oil. *QC&I

Titanium Dioxide (E 171, CI77891): A mineral that protects against UV radiation. Colour pigment in makeup. *Mineral

Tocopherol: Antioxidant (Vitamin E), extracted from, for example, Sunflower Oil. Our vitamin E is a D-alpha Tocopherol, which indicates that it is of a natural origin. Synthetic vitamin E does not contain D-alpha Tocopherol. However, ingredient lists do not distinguish them from each other. The kind that we use is made of non-GMO Soy. *BDIH

Tocopheryl Acetate: Antioxidant (Vitamin E), extracted from, for example, sunflower oil. *BDIH

Tribehinin: Humectant made of rapeseed oil. *COSMOS

Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract: The isoflavones of red clover are skin conditioning. *Grows in the wild

Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract: Skin conditioning and purifying. *COSMOS


Undecylenoyl Glycin: Extracted from sunflower. Antibacterial. *COSMOS

Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract: Balancing. *COSMOS


Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil: Blueberry seed oil, an oil rich in antioxidants. Contains several forms of Vitamin E. *COSMOS 

Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil: Conditioning oil of orchids from Madagascar. *QC&I


Xanthan Gum: Thickening agent, made of sugar from corn. *COSMOS

Xylitylglucoside: Moisturising plant sugar.*COSMOS 

Xylitol: Moisturising birch sugar. *COSMOS


Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Root Oil: Purifying extract of ginger. *QC&I