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Japan Wax - Juniperus Communis

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Japan wax. Vegetable wax obtained from sumac berries. It is used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics.

Japanese dandelion. There is a small amount of research showing it to have anti-tumor properties on mouse skin (Source: Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, June 1999, pages 606-610). But it can also be a skin irritant. See dandelion.

jasmine oil. Fragrant oil, often used as a source of perfume, that can be a skin irritant or sensitizer (Sources: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database,; Contact Dermatitis, June 2001, pages 344-346; and Cutis, January 2000, pages 39-41). It may have antifungal properties (Source: Mycoses, April 2002, pages 88-90).

Jasminium grandiflorum. See jasmine oil.

jewelweed. Has antifungal properties (Sources: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database,; and Plant Physiology, April 2002, pages 1346-1358). There is one animal study showing that, when taken orally, it can stop itching associated with dermatitis (Source: Phytotherapy Research, September 2001, pages 506-510), however, when applied topically there is no benefit when compared to a placebo in cases using jewelweed to reduce itching related to dermatitis or poison ivy (Source: American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, September 1997, pages 150-153).

jojoba oil. Emollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. See natural moisturizing factors.

jojoba wax. The semi-solid portion of jojoba oil. See natural moisturizing factors.

jonquil extract. Fragrant plant extract that poses a strong risk of skin irritation.

Ju hua. See chrysanthemum extract.

juniper berry. Can have anti-inflammatory properties for skin (Source: Pharmacology and Toxicology, February 1998, pages 108-112), though the methanol content, with repeated application, can cause skin irritation.

Juniperus communis. See juniper berry