Marshmallow Root and Vanilla Pod Extract

Althaea officinalis; Vanilla planifolia; Propylene Glycol

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Marshmallow plant
A soothing sweetness
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Marshmallow roots and vanilla pods are mixed with propylene glycol, producing a syrupy extract with soothing properties and a sweet and comforting scent.



Marshmallow is a perennial plant which is native to Europe. It grows in salt marshes, by the sea and along riverbanks, and has soft, velvety leaves. The whole plant contains a lubricating mucilage — a thick, gluey substance which is particularly concentrated in the root.

Renowned for its fragrance, vanilla is also soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanillin, its main aromatic compound, is an antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin's brightness and softness. 

Finally, propylene glycol is a humectant, which means it is carrying the water-based ingredients into the skin. It also absorbs moisture in formulas, reducing bacteria growth, helping products to last longer. In hair care products, it softens the hair and allows it to be combed through easily. Lush use a palm-free propylene glycol made from rapeseed oil, coconut oil, or other vegetarian crops depending on crop growth.