You probably haven’t gone through the list of ingredients used in some of the products you use every day. But, if you did, you’d be very surprised at some of the things grooming companies use in their products. Some of them are so weird that we find ourselves asking: ‘how the heck did they discover this!’

Here are four of the most bizarre ingredients used in your grooming products and why they work:

Snail extract

Most of us were taught at some point in our childhoods that snails have an amazing ability to heal themselves – to reproduce shell tissue when theirs gets damaged. Well, the reason they can do this is because of something called Helix Aspersa Muller. Scientists discovered that the mucus secreted by these tiny and slimy creatures is also a great agent for renewing our skin, making for a more youthful and resilient complexion.

Sheep placenta

While there are very few things that sound grosser than this, an extract found in sheep placenta has become quite a common and familiar ingredient in a lot of today’s grooming products today. It’s said that the numerous nutrients and proteins found in extracts of sheep placenta not only revive a dulled complexion, but also reduce the amount of oil produced by the skin. So you, yes, the one with the super oily skin – this ingredient is for you!

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Charcoal is most familiar in our minds as the black stuff that gets a nice braai-fire going. But did you know that charcoal is also great for improving the appearance of your skin and even your hair. Over the years, there’s been an increase in companies infusing charcoal into their grooming products because of its powerful absorption properties that can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. It is also effective in treating scalp conditions and excessive sweating.


Caviar, which are fish eggs that are the ultimate appetiser for those who fancy the finer things in life, is also a great rejuvenator for your skin. This is because caviar is full of fatty and amino acids, both of which work well together to not only hydrate the skin, but to tighten it as well, making wrinkles and age lines less visible.

So, the next time you pick up a serum or special moisturiser, take a careful look at the ingredient list to find out exactly what makes it so special.

Sources: AskMen, Gentlemen’s Lounge