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Natural Ingredients
and Active Compounds

Saranghae's active ingredients are derived from rare and powerful Asian Botanicals
that grow in nutrient rich volcanic soil on the island of Jeju, South Korea.

Volcanic soil is uniquely rich in minerals and nutrients, so rich that green tea leaves harvested from volcanic soil show 250% greater concentration of antioxidants than ordinary green tea. Botanical ingredients that provide the foundation for Saranghae boast the highest concentrations of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients.

1. Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang 상핳) Mushroom

Known as the Phellinus Linteus in Latin and Sang Hwang in Korean, this incredibly rare and valuable mushroom has been used in Asian medicine for over 1,500 years. In Asia it also goes by the nickname “The Healing Mushroom” and has been used to treat numerous ailments over the ages. It is documented to have powerful cancer fighting properties.

Independent research papers from the Harvard Medical School and the National Research Cancer Center Institute in Tokyo, Japan show that the Phellinus Linteus mushroom inhibits tumour growth at a rate of up to 96.7%. Its incredible anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties have been well documented and are legendary in Eastern medicine.

So how will it benefit your skin? Free radicals are toxic waste by-products that are produced by our cells. Skin cells will function poorly or die if free radicals are not properly disposed of. The oxidative stress damages our body and skin and creates the foundation for disease and accelerated aging. In short, free radicals are the catalyst to aging: wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin and more.

The powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties of the Phellinus Linteus mushroom helps neutralize these free radicals to heal, regenerate and protect your all-important skin cells. Saranghae was the first brand in the world to develop and patent the technology to grow, extract and preserve organic Phillinus Linteus mushooms for use in anti-aging and skin care.

The Phellinus Linteus mushroom extract is known as one of the rarest and most valuable natural healing ingredients in the world and it is the primary active ingredient in Saranghae products.

2. Ginseng (In Sam 인삼)

A University of Pennsylvania research paper on aging noted that there is an 8 year life expectancy gap between Koreans and North Americans. Simply stated, the average Korean lives far longer than the average North American. When asked why, the Koreans were emphatic in their answer: the use of Ginseng, or “In Sam” in Korean.

It’s scientific name, Panax Ginseng, means “cure-all” in Greek. It is classified as an “adaptogen” which is a substance that helps our body adapt to stress and restore balance.

Wild Korean Ginseng, found only in certain mountainous regions, are extremely rare and expensive. As such, only a handful of brands in the world have the know-how to grow and harvest Ginseng. With strong evidence to support its healing properties, the cost of Ginseng has become so competitive, a 65-year-old wild Ginseng root was recently sold for $588,000 USD.

Ginseng is a pre-eminent ingredient in Korean anti-aging. It contains a large number of phytonutrients, which stimulates and activates the skin’s metabolism. It’s abundant and particularly powerful variant of antioxidants neutralizes free radicals. It also contains active compounds that can increase the production of collagen and elastin in the middle layer of the skin known as the dermis, making your skin more firm, elastic, and resilient to damage.

Saranghae was one of the first brands in the world to develop and patent the technology to grow, harvest and extract the Panax Ginseng for use in holistic anti-aging and skin care.

3. CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10)

Exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) light erodes the collagen + elastin matrix responsible for elasticity. This damage can show up as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sagging skin or even cancerous lesions. Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is an antioxidant localized to the outer layer of your skin called the Stratum Corneum and functions to protect the deeper layers of your skin from damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light.

The level of CoQ10 in your body rises from birth to about 20 years of age and then it begins to decrease with age. You may not notice the visible signs of UV damage until years later, but the damage starts as early as 18 to 20 years of age. Replenishing your skin with essential CoQ10 is a must for every anti-aging skin routine.

CoQ10 is the primary active ingredient in Saranghae’s Elemental Essence Mask.

4. Hyaluronic Acid

The polymer Hyaluronic Acid, also known as HA, is a natural compound found in human skin that has many important functions. Mainly, it assists in retaining moisture, providing cushioning, helping to repair damaged tissue, maintaining the collagen and elastin matrix and creating a protective barrier against micro-organisms.

Fun fact: Did you know that hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water? The really interesting and eye opening fact is that we start to lose hyaluronic acid as soon as 18 but wrinkles and other skin damage from loss of hyaluronic acid actually doesn’t show until late 30s or early 40s. This means that preventative anti-aging measures such as Saranghae’s 5 step anti-aging skin care routine should be implemented as soon as 18 years of age. The earlier you start, the better your skin at any age.

5. Natural Allantoin

Allantoin is a compound that softens and protects while actively conditioning and soothing skin. It also stimulates cell regeneration promoting healthy skin. Most cosmetics companies understand the benefits of Allantoin but manufacture it synthetically in a lab or from animals.

Saranghae’s Allantoin is natural. It is extracted from mulberry tree root, comfrey root, sugar beet and wheat sprouts. Our natural Allantoin compound is classified as a non-irritant specifically extracted for hyper-sensitive skin.

6. Betaine

Betaine is an amino acid that shows incredible potential in fighting heart disease and promote protein synthesis. For skin, it is particularly effective for supplying essential moisture and vitamins such as vitamin B3 below the epidermis (your top layer of skin) layer. Most cosmetics companies use synthetic Betaine.

Saranghae’s uses Betaine extracted from sugar cane.

7. Green Tea Extract

You’ve about the incredible health benefits of Green Tea leaves and you most likely drink it in brewed team form. But why is it so good for you?

Green Tea is abundant in a polyphenol called catechin. Specifically, gallocatechin (GC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin (EC) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). These polyphenols act as building blocks for tannins, which act as high potency antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and oxidative stress.

A research paper published by the University of Maryland Medical Center states that green tea strengthens the collagen and elastin matrix in the skin and greatly reduces wrinkles, age spots and sagging of the skin.

8. Macadamia Seed Oil

Macadamia seed oil contains 22% concentration of palmitoleic acid, more than any other botanical. Palmitoleic acid is a rare fatty acid found in the sebum of young human skin but is known to drop sharply and oxidizes as the skin matures.

Providing the skin with palmitoleic acid greatly decreases the rate of skin aging while softening the skin, inhibiting oxidative stress and increasing blood flow to the lymph nodes.

9. Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Nut/Stem Oil (Mediterranean Cypress)

The Extract of the Mediterranean Cypress contains an abundance of tannis and chlorophyll. It is astonishingly effective in preventing certain types of skin disease, inflammation and skin blemishes. It also inhibits free radical oxidation and prevents the destruction cell membranes from by blocking UV radiation.

10. Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower seed oil contains Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Lecithin (for cells), Linoleic Acid and essential fatty acids for a superior moisturizing effect. In the Middle East and Asia, it has been used as body oil for babies and infants because it has a gentle calming effect on the skin. It shows incredible protective properties and stops hardening on the skin (called keratinization).

11. Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil

Tea Tree oil is used around the world to kill bacteria and fungi. That is why in certain parts of the world hospitals still use Tea Tree Oil to help burn care patients and healing post-surgery.

The Australians have been using it for centuries to treat wounds and damaged skin. One legend even describes a magical lagoon where native people bathed to heal their burns, cuts, and skin disorders. Tea trees surrounded the pool, and the fallen leaves created a natural healing bath.

12. Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Korean Marigold Flower)

The Calendula flower oil is the world’s greatest skin softener and is 100 times more powerful than any other oil extract. It soothes and calms inflamed, sensitive or irritated skin and is perfect for skin prone to breakouts.

13. Pulsatilla Koreana (Korean Pasque) Flower Extract

The Pulsatilla Koreana is a flower native to Korea and shows high concentrations of an active compound called Saponin. Saponins possess incredibly high anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties. Before the creation of man-made soap, Koreans used the Pullsatilla Koreana plant to clean and disinfect.

Fun fact: There are still surgeons in Korea that clean with Pulsatilla Koreana instead of soap before surgery because it performs better at eliminating infections.

14. Adenosine

Adenosine first gained notoriety a decade ago when researchers first noticed that it was astonishingly good at fighting viruses, calming the central nervous system and efficacy in human hair growth.

In 2006, the University of Maryland Medical Center decide to see how it could benefit anti-aging in skin. The study compared the application of Adenosine containing creams and dissolvable films (like hydrogels) against placebos and found that the Adenosine containing skin treatments reduced fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles around the mouth and eye by almost 180%.

Adenosine is a cell-communicating ingredient with anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effects. It supports healthy cell function which is good news for anyone whose skin cells are not functioning to their maximum potential. Your skin cells with naturally function less with age, thus making Adenosine an important ingredient in your anti-aging routine.

Inside the Ingredients

With so many brands and so many promises it's hard to know what is really in your skin care. We could give you a million and one reasons why we're different but we thought we would let you see for yourself!

Traditional Brands


Conventional Chemicals


Asian Botanical Ingredients


Acrylates Polymers (Plastics) Chemical acrylates can be used as a fixative or water proofing agent. Plastics can leach into your skin and become toxic Plant Derived Polymes and Gums Plant baseed polymers ensure that Saranghae does not use harmful plastics
Artificial & Synthetic Dyes Synthetic dyes are produced from petroleum & can be laced with harmful chemicals and stabilizers that contain potential carginogens No Artificial Colouring or Pigmentation Saranghae does not use artificial colouring or pigmentation
Benzoyl Peroxide The European union is looking into banning this chemical due to it's toxicity Acids from fruits and plants Saranghe does not use Benzoyl Peroxide
Carbon Black Produced by combustion of heavy petroluem products, common in cosmetics like mascara and eyeliner No Artificial Pigments Saranghae does not use any artificial pigments
Diazolindinyl Urea Can release formaldehyde, which is classified as a carcinogen and is usually dervied from animal urine. No Diazolindinyl Urea Seriously, who wants to use products made from animal urine? All of our products and ingredients are cruelty free
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) Certain states have classified DBP has a reproductive, developmental toxin. Banned in the European Union Botanical based solvents like vegetable glycerin, juices or oils Provides texture for Saranghae products with antioxidants and vitamins
Silicones A synthetic plastic polymer used as a lubricant Planted derived emolients such as Safflower & Aragan Oil Saranghae does not use synthetic, plastic based emolients
DMDM Hydantoin Can release formaldehyde, which is classified as a carcinogen Plant based preservatives Keeps Saranghae products fresh without the use of Hydantoin
Hydroquinone Chemial bleaching agent that can be an endocrine disruptor which can lead to health problems. Essential botanical oils and Natural Fruit Acids Saranghe doe not use hydroquinone nor any chemical bleaching agents
Lead Acetate Lead is known to cause neurotoxicity Aboslutely no lead based ingredients! Saranghae doe not use any lead based products or artificial pigments in general
Methylene Glycol/Formaldehyde Potential carcinogen Essential oil and plant based preservatives Saranghae doe not use Methlyene Glycol or Formaldehyde
Microbeads Microbeads are used by certain brands mostly as fillers. They fill our oceans, lakes and fish plastic particles which are then consumed by humans No Microbeads Saranghae doe not use microbeads or any plastic particulates as fillers in any of our products
Mineral Oil Petroleum based product that can be laced with harmful chemicals Grapeseed oil, shea butter and essential botanicals oils Saranghae does not use petroleum based mineral oils
Nanoparticles Nanoparticle chemicals can be absored readily into bloodstream potentially causing harmful effects No Nano particles Saranghae does not use nano particle chemicals
Parabens including (methyl, butyl, propyl parabens) Parabens can potentially cause endocrine disruption which can increase the risk of certain cancers Plant based preservatives Saranghae does not use any parabens
Quaternium-15 Used as a preseverative in many hair care prodcuts and cleansers, it can release formaldehyde which is classified as a carcinogen Plant based preservatives Saranghae does not use Quaternium-15
PABA, Oxybenzone, avobenzone, benzphenone Used mostly in off the shelf sunscreen products, these chemicals absorb through the skin which can leads to adverse health affects in vast majority of consumers PABA, Oxybenzone, avobenzone, benzphenone Saranghae does not use these ingredients whatsoever
Talc Talc power has been in the news recently as a possible carcinogen. There are also concerns regarding asbestiform fibers which will cause health problems when inhaled No Talc used in Saranghae Prodcuts Saranghae does not use Talc based ingredients in any of our products
T.E.A (Triethanolamine) Can release formaldehyde which is classifed as a carcinogen Plant based essential oils Saranghae does not use T.E.A in any of our products
Toluene Toluene is a petrochemical solvent and paint thinner. It has the potential to act as a neurotoxicant and is a derivative of benzene Grapeseed oil, shea butter and essential botanicals oils Provides texture and softness in Saranghae products with added benefit of antioxidants and vitamins
Syntheitic Sulfates Synthetic chemical that is often laced with ethlene glycol and dioxanes Plant Dervied Surfactants Provides Saranghae with effective cleansing with natural surfactants without the use of harsh chemicals
Phthalates Group of syntheic chemicals that make creams and cometics softer and flexible, also known as a plasticizer Essential Botanical oils & plant based emulsifiers Gives Saranghae products softness and texture without the use of artificial plasticizers.

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