Natural vs. Synthetic Ingredients

What's the difference between a "natural" ingredient and a "synthetic" ingredient? Cosmetic scientist Heleen Kibbelaar explains how ingredients are classified, and which types of ingredients are known to be higher performing or more sustainable. Both type of ingredients have their benefits, which is why Function of Beauty uses unique blends of natural and synthetic ingredients, precisely combined to work for your hair needs.

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The Truth Behind All Natural Ingredients

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Heleen Kibbelaar
cosmetic scientist

Heleen completed a chemistry degree at the University of Amsterdam and internships at L’Oréal and Unilever. Currently pursuing a PhD in Soft Matter, she studies the flow behavior of complex fluids such as shampoos and creams, and runs the Instagram account @ScienceMeetsCosmetics.

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