Activated Charcoal Powder is used in our cosmetic formulations to help absorb excess oil and remove impurities from hair and skin.
Removes dry, dead skin and creates a lovely glow, reduces inflammation, and contains an abundance of Vitamin E- an antioxidant which can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and is essential to maintaining healthy skin. Gentle enough to be used on all skin types.
Almond Oil (sweet): (Prunus amygdalus)
Sweet almond oil is said to have great nutritional value for all skin types. Has a similar makeup to baby’s sebum, the oil naturally produced by the skin to protect it and is easily absorbed. Contain glucosides, minerals, and vitamins and is rich in protein.
Not only is it an efficacious, nontoxic and natural preservative, but it also enhances the delivery of phytochemicals in the herbs and flowers extracted using the alcohol. We use food grade, certified organic grain alcohol (Ethanol). Bacteria, yeasts, and molds do not grow in an ethanol concentration of approximately 15-20% or greater. Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative, and carrier, helping ingredients in their delivery. Alcohol, derived from the fermentation of starch, sugar, and other carbohydrates, can also be used to extract and preserve botanicals, not just finished bases. And, unlike the isopropyl alcohol in your first aid kit, ethanol alcohol is not drying to the skin when it is part of a moisturizing base.
Aloe Vera: (Aloe barbadensis juice)
Aloe vera improves hydration is soothing and healing to all skin types. Aloe vera also contains the “youth mineral” potassium. Has renowned healing properties, anti-inflammatory and can soothe the skin and help heal cuts, grazes, burns and insect bites. True aloe vera is watery and thin. The products that you see on the marketplace that are thick have been chemically thickened and highly diluted.
A chemical compound that comes from the extracts of a comfrey plant. Highly regarded for its skin soothing, healing and keratolytic (ability to remove excess skin) properties. It helps to shed the outer layer of the epidermis and promotes healthy tissue formation. It also softens the skin and enables it to absorb more moisture. It’s particularly effective in treating wounds, burns, skin ulcers, eczema, and any other abrasion in the skin.
Alpha Lipoic Acid:
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is often referred to as the “Universal Antioxidant”. It rivals Vitamin C and E in its antioxidant effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of nature’s most powerful ingredients that offer health as well as beauty benefits. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that prevent acne or pimples by keeping the skin pores free from bacteria, oil, and other dust particles. In addition, it helps restore and balance your skin’s pH, which is essential to prevent skin breakouts. Apple cider vinegar is good for people who have oily skin, thanks to its astringent properties. In addition, it is a rich source of alpha hydroxy acids that increase blood flow to the skin and minimize pores. Apple cider vinegar also promotes soft and shiny hair. It has to clarify properties that help remove buildup left on your hair and scalp from styling products and shampoos. It also helps restore the natural pH level of the scalp. ACV is an age-old treatment for sunburn as well. A natural astringent, it helps soothe the pain and speed up the healing process. In addition, it calms irritation, itching, and inflammation.
Apricot Kernal Oil: (Prunus armeniaca)
Apricot kernel oil comes from the large pits of apricots. The oil is similar in weight to human sebum. Extremely nourishing to the skin and excellent around the eyes and neck. Apricot kernel oil is an emollient.
Argan Oil: (Argania spinosa L.)
Also, know as Moroccan oil, Argan oil is an effective, all natural moisturizer for skin and hair. One of the main reasons that argan oil is so healing is that it is rich with vitamin A and vitamin E. However, argan oil is also packed with anti-oxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. Research shows that when applied to the skin, it eases inflammation while moisturizing the skin. When applied externally, trocopherol from the vitamin E helps to boost cell production while promoting healthy skin and hair.
Arnica Flower Extract: (Arnica montana)
Arnica (or Arnica montana) is a perennial herb often used to prepare homeopathic remedies. Arnica’s flowers and roots are also used in herbal medicine, typically in remedies applieddirectly to the skin. One of the most common uses of arnica is the treatment of wounds, bruises, sunburn, and other formsof skin irritation or inflammation. In these cases, an arnica based gel, cream, ointment, or salve is topically applied to
promote healing and soothing of the skin. Arnica gel is also touted as a means of relieving muscle soreness and sprain related pain.
Avocado Butter: (Persea Gratissima)
Avocado butter is obtained from the fruit of the avocado tree (Persea Gratissima) which grows in sub-tropical regions of the world. used to improved moisturization and soften rough, dry skin.
A natural alkaline that neutralizes acids and washes away oils and dirt. It’s natural pH balance leaves the skin soft, silky and smooth. It is great to use in soaps, bath salts, and skin scrubs.
Baobab Seed Oil: (Adansonia digitata)
Cold Pressed Virgin Baobab Oil comes from sustainable practices in harvesting and processing of the Baobab seeds. Rich in vitamins and sterols, Baobab Oil absorbs quickly and is well balanced in oleic and linoleic acids making it perfect for dry skin and dry hair treatments.
Beeswax comes from the honeycomb of virgin bees. Bees process honey form the nectar and then convert it into wax. It has a honey like aroma. It is used as a skin humectant, emollient and protective barrier.
Bilberry Fruit Extract:
Bilberry fruit contains chemicals known as anthocyanosides, plant pigments with excellent antioxidant properties that help to prevent or reverse damage to cells caused by free radicals. Bilberry also contains vitamin C, which is another antioxidant.
Teas, including green, black and red, have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Among many other benefits, it’s rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
Black Willowbark: (Salix nigra)
This bark contains high levels of salicylates and tannins. These compounds have been used traditionally in skin care for their astringency and anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is used to renew skin, treat acne and other skin disorders. Willowbark Extract’s natural salicylates will enhance skin cell renewal without irritation. Willow Bark Extract has also demonstrated antimicrobial activity. Willow Bark Extract is recommended for balancing and toning most skin types. It can be particularly useful in anti-aging formulas and formulas for acne or other skin disorders.
Borage Seed Oil: (Borago officinalis)
Certified Organic Cold Pressed Refined Borage Oil is obtained from the seeds of Borage Officinalis through cold pressing. Borage oil is rich in the Omega 6 essential fatty acid GLA (gamma-linoleic acid C18:3n-6). GLA has amazing beneficial effects on skin and hair. The GLA content in borage oil is one of the highest levels found in oils.
Botanicals- Dried Herbs, Flowers, Spices, and Oxides:
Our products often use natural botanical, mineral, and spice materials for scent, exfoliation, color, and their own unique properties. Including:
-Anise Seed Powder
-Cinnamon Bark Powder
-Ginger Root Powder
Calendula: (Marigold Flowers- Calendula officinalis)
Shown in a laboratory test to induce granulation, which is an integral part of the healing process for wounds. Useful for burns, cuts, eczema, oily greasy skin, and bruises. It soothes skin, inflammations, insect bites, rashes, wounds, and cracked dry skin.
Capsicum Fruit Oleoresin:
Capsicum offers a warm, soothing sensation when used on the skin. It also helps with bringing blood flow to the skin which aids in healing and regeneration.
Carrot Seed Oil: (Daucus carota sativa)
Cold pressed carrot seed oil is rich in vitamins and is high in antioxidants which help soothe dry, distressed skin. Carrot oil helps to balance skin’s moisture and also conditions hair. It is used in cosmetics to nourish, revitalize, tone and refresh the appearance of skin.
Castor Oil: (Ricinus communis seed oil)
Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor plant. Commonly used commercially in 50% of lipsticks in the United States. Creates a protective barrier on the skin and is soothing and glossy.
An emulsifying wax produced from a mixture of fatty alcohols. Made from cetyl and stearyl alcohol’s which together form an occlusive film to keep skin moisture from evaporating. They give hair and skin a velvety feeling. Used to add body and allow for combability in hair products.
Chamomile Roman Distillate: (Chamaemelum nobile)
From the production of distilling plant material, distillates have similar properties to essential oils though much less concentrated. A member of the daisy family, Chamomile Roman distillate is used to treat dermatitis, minor skin irritations, and inhibits inflammation.
Derived from citrus fruits by fermentation of crude sugars. Used as a preservative and to adjust acid-alkali balance. Citric acid is said to have antioxidant and toning properties. Citric acid is one of the alpha-hydroxy acids. AHA’s are used not only to reduce wrinkles but also to brighten your skin.
Cocoa butter is the solid fat expressed from the roasted seed of the cocoa seed (AKA beans). It is highly protective and acts as a water repellant. It contains about 5 IU of vitamin E per ounce. Cocoa Butter softens and lubricates the skin.
A coconut oil, alcohol and betaine compound. A salt derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil. Betaine occurs commonly in beets and other vegetables. It is used as an emulsifier, thickener, foam booster and conditioner. Coco betaine leaves hair and skin soft and smooth and is compatible with other cationic, anionic, and nonionic surfactants making it a favorite of cosmetic formulators. Cocamidopropyl betaine has an exceptional safety profile and performs markedly well.
Coconut Oil: (Cocos nucifera)
Coconut oil is expressed from coconut kernels. Coconut is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees. This highly saturated fat contains twice the heavy fats as lard. Coconut oil is commonly used to promote lather in soaps and gel. Wonderfully emollient and has cooling properties. Coconut adds to the hardness and creates “big bubbles” in soap.
An antioxidant, fat-soluble vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body. In addition to its vital function within cells, CoQ10, when applied topically, can also help skin appear more youthful. Generally, after the age of thirty optimum levels of CoQ10 in the skin begin to decline. CoQ10 is not only critical to the cells ability to produce energy, it’s also critical to the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is important because it makes skin appear firm and smooth, while elastin gives your skin the appearance of flexibility and elasticity. The loss of collagen and elastin can cause your skin to appear wrinkled and sagging.
Colloidal Oatmeal: (Avena sativa L.)
Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. Colloidal oatmeal works great to help relieve dry, skin patches, eczema, psoriasis, acne, bug bites, sunburns, and other minor skin irritations. It may also help relieve chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other itching and scratching rashes. Since colloidal oatmeal has an anti-itch property that helps reduce the “need to itch,” soaking in the bath may bring soothing comfort to those infected. When your skin is itchy and irritated, its pH level may be higher. Colloidal Oatmeal may help bring the pH back to normal levels, taming “the need to itch.”
Cornsilk powder is used in natural cosmetics, skincare, and soap for its ability to reduce inflammation and soften the skin. Cornsilk used in body powders provides a silky feel. Cornsilk can be used in soap as a natural brown coloring.
Cranberry Fruit Extract: (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Packed with nutrient content and natural antioxidants. Cranberry seed oil has a natural balance of Omega 6 (linoleic), Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic), and Omega 9(oleic) fatty acids not found in any other oil. Cranberry seed oil assists in moisture retention.
Cranberry Seed Oil: (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Cold Pressed Cranberry Seed oil is an essential fatty acid and is the only available oil with a one to one ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic) fatty acids. Cranberry seed oil has oxidative stability and it is a superb emollient, lubricant and conditioner for the skin.
Dead Sea Mineral Mud:
The Dead Sea is unique due to its high concentrations of salts and minerals. It is particularly rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne may be helped by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin’s pH balance. A Dead Sea mud mask can improve the appearance of your facial skin by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, wrinkles and lines. When it dries, toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet are drawn out. Your face will feel clean and refreshed.
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate:
Is found in hair and skin products. Quite simply, it’s a de-greasing, emulsifier, and foaming agent used in many shampoos and other cleaning products much like the much more harsh sulfates we don’t use. It’s not an organic substance, but it’s also not like other chemicals either. Is it bad for you? Researchers say no. The molecules are larger and cannot penetrate the skin in the way other surfactants do. It’s considered very gentle on the skin, and is even suitable for more sensitive skin types. It’s manufactured as an added gentle foaming agent in a variety of shampoos, body washes, bubble baths, cleansing lotions, hand soaps, and cream rinses. Since it’s not sulfated in production, it will be free of sulfates (the salt of the sulfuric acid which is potentially harmful to the skin).
A sulfate-free hydrotrope derived from lauric/myristic acid from Coconut. It provides foam-boosting and is mild and gentle, often used in baby shampoos. It’s an amphoteric gel that is compatible with ionic, nonionic and cationic surfactants it’s widely used in mild shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, hand soap, shaving products and so on, as a secondary surfactant.
DMAE Bitartrate: (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate)
A potent, site-specific free radical scavenger that can help improve the appearance of aging skin.
A waxy material to emulsify your water and oils together.
Made from the combination of Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, (fatty alcohols used as emollients and to help keep other ingredients intact in a formulation. Not to be confused with the drying, irritating types of alcohol such as SD alcohol or denatured alcohol), and Polysorbate 60, a sorbitol-based emulsifier.
Epsom Salt: (magnesium sulfate)
Not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches. An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. It will even neutralize foot odor. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
Naturally occurring aromatic essences from plants, herbs, and flowers. Distilled or expressed from the plant material to give us the many therapeutic properties our natural botanicals possess.
Evening Primrose Oil: (Oenothera Biennis)
Evening primrose is full of vitamins and minerals. It also repairs damaged skin, keeps skin healthy, helps repair sun damaged and mature skin. Evening primrose oil is an emollient that help makes the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. May possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.
A sugar made from the root of the konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac). It is used as a thickener or gelling agent
Glycerin (Kosher vegetable glycerin):
Vegetable Glycerin is obtained by adding alkalies to fats and fixed oils. Glycerin is a soothing, humectant which draws moisture from the air to the skin. Glycerin is an emollient, which makes the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce rough feeling, cracking and irritation. Nontoxic, nonirritating and nonallergenic.
The smallest and most highly soluble of the alpha hydroxy acids making it especially efficacious in exfoliants and chemical peels. It reduces cell adhesion in the uppermost layer of the epidermis, promoting exfoliation of dead skin and cell replacement contributing to a smoother brighter complexion.
Goat’s Milk: (Lactose)
Goat milk leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. It is an effective and softening skin cleanser. It is high in hydrophilic (water) and lipophilic (fat) factors and has beneficial vitamins and sugars. It has excellent nutritive value, is packed with proteins, beneficial fats, vitamins, amino acids, and calcium. It is easily absorbed into the skin. The Lactic acid in Goat’s Milk gently lightens and exfoliates the skin. It is a long standing favorite in the beauty industry.
Grapeseed Oil: (Vitis vinifera)
Refined grapeseed oil is made from the seeds of wine producing grapes. The lightest of oils and virtually odorless.
Contains vitamins, minerals, high in polyunsaturates and protein. An effective, non-greasy emollient with good absorption.
Hemp Oil: (Cannabis sativa)
We use unrefined hemp to avoid chemical contamination possible in the refining process. Hemp has a remarkable fatty acid profile and is a wonderful oil for dry or mature skin since it is said to help stimulate cell growth. Hemp seed oil is an emollient, emollients help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.
Honey is the sweet material taken from the nectar of flowers and manufactured by bees. Used since Egyptian times for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Honey is full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. Has an emollient property, is soothing and humectant. Emollients make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce rough feeling, cracking and irritation. Honey is cleansing and antibacterial. Bacteria cannot live in honey, which demonstrates its natural preservative properties. It leaves a micro-thin protective film on the skin.
Hydrolyzed wheat proteins:
A protein from wheat which has been turned partly into water through hydrolysis. Proteins are the nitrogen carrying constituents of living cells. Protein treatments are said to be beneficial to hair and skin. They add gloss, body and luster to hair.
This vegan source Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent addition to any skin care formula. Hyaluronic acid holds 500 times its own weight in water, making it is excellent for moisturizing and lubrication, & tissue stability.
Iron Oxides & Micas:
Classified as certified purified inorganic colorants – which means that they are produced in keeping with the highest standards for purity and have been tested and guaranteed to conform with the specifications set forth for use in drug and cosmetic applications. We use iron oxides and micas 9to a lesser degree) for our lip colors. *We do not use synthetic colors derived from petrochemicals. Widely used FD&C and D&C colors are coaltar (bituminous coal) derivatives that are continuously tested on animals due to their carcinogenic properties.
Jojoba oil: (Simmondsia chinensis)
Jojoba resembles human sebum; the natural coating our body produces to protect the skin and keeps it supple. Jojoba is skin therapy; our skin loses sebum with age, sun, wind, cold, and the environment. It Contains protein, minerals and a waxy substance that mimics collagen. Jojoba is perfect for any skin type it has a large molecular structure. Jojoba can help dry or oily skin. If your skin has an overproduction of sebum jojoba oil will dissolve clogged pores and restore the skin to its natural pH balance. The reason jojoba oil works so well it actually penetrates the skin because it is accepted as sebum. Jojoba can increase skin softness by up to 37%, it reduces superficial lines and wrinkles by up to 25% upon application and up to 11% after 8 hours. Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and pure.
A highly adsorbent clay that cleanses the skin. It’s especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin and wonderful in use as a clay facial mask. It gently exfoliates and cleanses.
Lard (Bacon Fat):
Locally Rendered fat from pasture-raised pigs.
Lavender distillate: (Lavandula angustifolia)
Aids in relieving irritation due to dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, insect bites, rashes, pimples, blackheads and light forms of acne. Good for all skin types and is relaxing and sedating.
The main fatty acid in coconut oil as well as palm kernel oil; it is also found in human milk, cow’s milk, and goat’s milk. It is used in beauty products and skin care because of its moisturizing abilities and is also recognized as an acne-fighter thanks to its anti-microbial properties.
Non-GMO Lecithin is an antioxidant and emollient derived from Sunflowers. When used in cosmetic formulations, it has a softening and soothing effect on the skin.
Lemon Peel Extract:
Helps to enhance the clarity, glow, and softness of the skin. Lemon peel contains citric and plant acids that work to cleanse, lighten and brighten the skin; remove dead skin, and stimulate new skin growth. Lemon peel may also benefit acne.
Mango Seed Butter: (Mangifera indica)
Excellent moisturizing properties and has an especially high content of oleic and stearic acids making it comparable to cocoa butter in occlusive (moisture sealing) properties.
Marula Oil: (Sclerocarya Bierra)
This high mono-unsaturated fatty acid profile is similar to olive oil and is rich in antioxidants. This gives it lovely stability to oxidation and is highly nourishing, naturally softening and revitalizing to the skin. It is easily absorbed making it lovely for a light body oil.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil: (Limnanthes Alba)
Meadowfoam Seed Oil is an exceptionally stable, emollient natural oil–high in naturally occurring tocopherols (Vitamin E). In lipsticks and balms, it helps revitalize dry, cracked lips and helps them stay moist longer.
Intensely clearing, cooling and invigorating, and Essential’s Menthol Crystals provides the best of what this potent, minty marvel has to offer. Our Menthol Crystals are naturally producedu using Cornmint (mentha arvensis)
MSM: (Dimethyl sulfone)
Natures “beauty mineral”, helps to give skin its an excellent smooth, sexy glow back. Excellent ingredient for mature skin formulations. Enhances the effectiveness of other ingredients.
Myristic Acid is a non-toxic fatty acid that, occurs naturally in some foods, such as animal fats and most vegetables. Nutmeg, palm oil and coconut oil contain relatively high levels of Myristic Acid. The saturated fatty acid Myristic Acid has 14 carbon atoms. Myristic Acid is used as a cleansing, surfactant and opacifying agent in cosmetics and personal care products.
Essential Oils vs. Natural Fragrance:
An Essential Oil is a naturally derived plant fluid (usually by distillation of the plant) extracted from bark, leaf, root, or petals of the plant. Essential oil is a “pure”, single plant oil, example “Patcholi essential oil” will be from the “Patchouli” leaf. The FDA has noted that these must be listed separately on labels or they should be called “fragrance”.
If we make an all natural essential oil blend, we will list the oils separately. If we didn’t wish to divulge our blend, the FDA says we have to list the blend as “fragrance” if each oil is not listed separately.
Some of our aromas are a combination of essential oils and natural, plant-derived aroma materials. We list these as “Natural Fragrance” on our labels. Our trusted suppliers formulate our natural fragrances with essential oil isolates and other natural plant materials to make our certified natural blends. Since the aromas have been created by them after long hours of blending these natural ingredients together to get just the right scent, they wish to keep the complex formulas a trade secret. (A third part ycertifies for us that these fragrances are 100% plant-derived). And since they do not wish to disclose every ingredient, it is only legal for us to list the aromas as “Certified Natural Fragrance”, -since this informs the consumer that it is indeed of natural origin.
There is a great deal of lab created aroma chemicals in personal care products that are not naturally-derived from plant sources. Because of the possibility of solvents, petrochemicals, and other unknown substances in these traditional “Synthetic Fragrances”, we do not use those in our products.
Neem Oil: (Azadirachta indica)
Used widely in India as an antibacterial, antiviral. antifungal, antiseptic, antiparasitic agent in toiletries, soap, toothpaste and skin/hair care products. It is used to treat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, syphilitic sores, chicken pox etc. Neem carrier oil has been reputed for its cleansing properties. It is known to be rich in fatty acids and glycerides and provides an excellent natural moisturizing base for skin care formulation.
Oats are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Oats are high in amino acids, are a humectant, skin soothing, relieves itching and act as a moisturizer.
Oatstraw Extract: (Avena Sativa)
When used in shampoos, hair conditioners, rinses, and hair masks, Oat Straw imparts a softness and shine that your hair will love. It can also soothe itchy or irritated scalps. In skin care products, Oat Straw acts as a calming agent, making it great for sensitive skin formulations.
Olive Oil: (Olea europaea)
A traditional emollient used in formulas because it is mild and gives a moisturized feel. Olive oil is obtained by crushing and pressing the fruit of the olive tree. Highly nutritive and stable. Contains protein, minerals, and vitamins. Superior penetrating power. Has acidic and antioxidant values. Olive oil is high in unsaponifiables, which is a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins – They soften the skin, have a superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars.
Emollients do help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.
Orange Blossom (Neroli) Distillate:(Citrus aurantium amara)
Neroli Distillate has a complex and sweet scent reminiscent of Mediterranean orange groves. This Distillate has astringent properties making it a wonderful toner or aftershave.
Orange Peel Extract: (d-limonene)
Vitamin C that protects skin from free radithe cal damage, calcium that helps in renewal of worn out cells, potassium that keeps the skin hydrated and magnesium that prevents oxidative stress in skin cells. Can help with oily skin.
Palm Oil – Organic: (Elaesis guineesis)
We use organic sustainable palm, for the reasons of deforestation in tropical regions. We source Certified Organic Palm Oil from an round-table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified producers who are also strategic partners of the Orangutan Land Trust.
Palm is excellent in making a harder bar of soap. A rich source of Vitamin A, it makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. It is less water-soluble and resists “melting” as many softer soaps do.
Papaya Fruit and Leaf Extracts: (Carica Papaya)
It is excellent for balancing the oiliness of the skin & working as an exfoliant on dry areas. Papaya also is often used in skin care products to give a rejuvenated look to the skin. Papaya contains Vitamin A, which helps to reveal the next layer of the skin and exposes a radiant complexion. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant with wonderful qualities that helps to smooth and soften the skin. Papain, a natural exfoliating enzyme in papaya, helps clear pores, leaving skin glowing and healthy.
Phenoxyethanol: (used at .5% or less)
A very safe preservative. All water-based products need preserving or bacteria, mold, and other dangerous microbes can make your product hazardous to use. It is not pH dependant and not a formaldehyde releasing agent. It is paraben free. It does not react with other ingredients, air or light. It is very stable.
Pineapple Fruit Extract: (Ananas Comosus)
Pineapple Powder is known to contain the fruit enzyme ‘bromelain’. It is an effective exfoliant that sloughs off dead cells on the surface of the skin while imparting benefits. It can also act as an astringent to use in facial toners.
Polysorbate 20 & 80:
Nonionic cleansers and emulsifiers derived from polyethoxylated sorbitan mono laurate.
Pomegranate Seed Oil: (Punica Granatum)
Refined Cold Pressed Pomegranate Seed Oil is a natural triglyceride oil with high levels of antioxidants. It is also is one of the few oils to contain the essential fatty acid Punicic, a conjugated linolenic acid. The seeds of more than 500 pomegranates are pressed to give us just one pound of this luxurious, hydrating oil.
Poppy Seed Oil:
High concentrations of palmitic acid and linoleic acid provide the oil with barrier repair properties. Poppy seed oil is an excellent oil for barrier damaged, mature, dry and choppy skin.
Slow absorption of the oil (despite the light skin feel) makes the oil a “protective” and “covering” skin care ingredient. It doesn’t immediately disappear. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. This is an excellent choice for barrier damaged and sensitive skin.
The liquid soap version of Sodium Hydroxide – often called caustic potash – it combines with fat to create soap.
Propanediol is an excellent, corn sugar derived alternative to petroleum-based glycols in hair and skincare formulations.
Vitamin A is one of the main weapons against aging. It is added to skincare products to treat signs of aging. It is also useful in the treatment of acne. In a nutshell, Vitamin A in their various forms provide several significant benefits for skin:
Pro-vitamin A Palmitate:
Vitamin A Palmitatnature-identical nature identical product that can help the appearance of mature and chaotic skin.
Pro-vitamin B5: (Panthenol)
Improves and increases the moisture-retention capacity of the skin (moisturizing effect), dry skin stays supple and elastic for longer Anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effect Stimulates epithelization (skin regeneration) Small wounds, scratches and blisters heal better Makes hair easier to comb Reduces hair splitting Improves the condition of damages hair Thickens the hair and provides sheen.
A non-animal alternative to human or cow sourced collagen.
It mimics the action of collagen but uses plant cells and imparts greater elasticity, more resilience and a youthful look to skin. It is extracted from the intra cellular matrix of yeast cells and is very effective as a collagen replacement.
Pumice Stone (Ground):
Pumice is a naturally occurring, floating volcanic rocks. They have been ground into a superfine powder that is perfect as an exfoliant in creams, lotions, and other cosmetic applications dealing with rough, dry skin.
Pumpkin Fruit Puree:
Pumpkin is loaded over a 100 beneficial nutrients and is a helpful super food for the skin. Leaves skin feeling replenished, brightened and softly renewed. Creamy, antioxidant and enzyme-rich. Brings deep exfoliation and sloughing effects to dry, dull skin.
Pumpkin Seed Oil: (Cucurbita Pepo)
Certified Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil is an unrefined oil rich in Vitamins and naturally occurring unsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is a natural source of antioxidants and helps skin retain moisture and maintain a beautiful appearance.
Radish Root Ferment Filtrate:
This non-GMO Leuconostoc-Radish is known also Leucidal. This preservative is based on an antimicrobial peptide originally derived from a lactic acid bacteria, which is capable of restricting the growth of other microorganisms by acidifying its environment.
Red Reef Clay: Australian
Besides it’s beautiful natural color, it’s high iron content and essential minerals help to revitalize the skin to create soft and healthy looking skin.
Rhassoul Clay’s most impressive property is its capacity of adsorption due to its high level of ion exchange. It is wonderful in use as a clay poultice, mud pack, facial mask and even in some lotion and cleanser recipes. It gently exfoliates and cleanses resulting in younger looking skin.
Rooibos Leaf Extract:
Because of its high flavonoid content, rooibos is a powerful anti-aging ingredient for skin care formulas. Since much of skin aging is caused by environmental stressors, rooibos’ abilities help to protect skin and maintain a more youthful look. Rooibos is also known to be helpful for sensitive skin.
Rooibos is a source of vitamin D and zinc, and has been shown to be protective. Finally, rooibos, because of its soothing properties, is known to not cause reactions on the skin.
Rosewater: (Rosa Damascena Distillate)
A distillate with the intoxicating scent of a rose in full bloom, created from the production of distilling plant material. Rose Distillate has the intoxicating scent of a rose in full bloom. Its rich aroma makes it a refreshing toner for all skin types. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, can help with acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
Rosehip Seed oil: (Rosa mosqueta)
A healing oil that is said to regenerate the skin and counteract the effects of aging. Rosehip oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is high in gamma linoliec acid (GLA) and vitamin C. Rose hip oil is often used in products made for stretch marks, burns, scars and mature dry skin. Rose hip seed oil is an emollient and strengthens the hair shaft. According to the AMA’s committee on Coetaneous Health emollients do help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. And may possibly retard the fine wrinkles of aging.
Its preservative value has made it a mainstay in herbal medicine. It is made of oil soluble antioxidant compounds derived from the herb rosemary. As a natural preservative, it prevents rancidity in which vegetable/plant oils have been made.
Safflower Oil: (Carthamus Tinctorius)
Safflower has one of the highest linoleic acid (70%) contents of all oils. The moisture content of human skin is proportional to the content of essential unsaturated fatty acids. Wonderfully moisturizing.
Salt (Pink Himalayan):
Also Known as Himalayan Rock Salt, this salt is hand-mined and harvested from ancient salt beds, deep under the Himalayan Mountains. Known to be rich in over 80 minerals and trace elements, some of the most notable being calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, this salt is considered to be the purest form of salt available.
For therapeutic purposes, the Himalayan Salt is popularly known for its use in baths to promote relaxation of the body, and for its refreshing and energizing effects.
Shea Butter: (Butyrospermum parkii)
Shea butter is an emollient. It is extremely therapeutic; helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness. Shea butter penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin. Shea butter is renowned for is skin softening and moisture retaining ability.
(otherwise known as caustic salt, potash, soda, or “lye”)
An alkali used to bring about “saponification” in the soap-making process. The “lye” is dissolved in water and mixed with oils (in most cases, vegetable oils) at a designated temperature to begin the chemical reaction that makes soap. At the end of the process, the chemical reaction between the ingredients leaves no trace of the lye, it’s completely neutralized, and mild. Every bar of soap is made with lye. When people think of “lye soap”, they think of as a harsh and abrasive soap that could take the paint off the wall (this could have been true because the soap-maker had no idea how much lye they were putting in). These days, we have it down to an exact science – in fact, our soaps are “superfatted” which means that the amount of lye we put in is completely neutralized while extra butters and oils remain in the bar. This is what makes our bar soaps so incredibly creamy and moisturizing – it’s like using soap and lotion at the same time. Handmade soap differs from industrial soap in that, usually, an excess of fat is used to consume the alkali (superfatting), and in that the glycerin is not removed, leaving a naturally mild soap and extra fat (moisture). One of the main reasons that handmade soap is more skin-friendly than industrial soap (think Irish Spring or Ivory), besides superfatting, is that the natural glycerin is not removed during the soap-making process (and sold as a more profitable commodity – not very KIND of them is it?).
The generic name commonly used for the mixture of fatty acid derived from coconut oil. It is produced by combining coconut oil with a sodium hydroxide base, and is used to create soap.
Sodium cocoyl/ lauroyl isethionate:
A sodium salt ester, or a fatty acid derived from coconut oil. It is used in cosmetics and personal care products as a surfactant and is often seen in hair care products like shampoos because of its ability to help water to mix with oil and dirt, allowing them to be more easily rinsed away.
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate:
A sulfate-free foaming agent alternative to sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. The safety and mildness of sodium lauryl sulfoacetate lies in the absence of a sulfate ion head, which is commonly found in many other surfactants. Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate is biodegradable and has shown in laboratory studies to undergo both primary and ultimate biodegradation. This product has a good toxicological profile which makes it an ingredient of choice for dentifrice (toothpastes), shampoos, cleansing creams, sensitive skin soap bars and shower gels. To add to its track record, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate is registered in the United States, Japan, Canada, and Australia and is compliant with the EU regulations.
Sulfate-free foaming agent – an anionic surfactant often found in bath, shower, and hair care cleansers. Ours is derived from coconut.
Sorbitol, or glucitol as it is sometimes called, is a slow-metabolizing sugar alcohol derived from fruits, corn and seaweed. It has moisturizing qualities and may be found in lotions and moisturizing soaps. The sugar alcohol has been used in cosmetic products for close to a century and is a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) product by the FDA.
Soybean Oil:(Soya max)
Soybean oil has a very high-unsaturated fatty acid compound, 2% sterolins and 30 IU per ounce of vitamin E. Unsaponifiables are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars.
This quartenary ammonium compound adds shine to hair and improves the ability to comb through hair. A complex cationic conditioning ingredient which demonstrates a natural affinity for fibrous protein and forms a protective coating on the cuticle of the hair. Retards hair tangling and enhances wet comb-out properties and overall manageability.
Stearic Acid: (Palm Stearic)
Occurs naturally in vegetable fats. A white, waxy, natural fatty acid. Used in small amounts in the soap making process helps to naturally thicken and harden the soap.
A naturally occurring, zero-calorie sweetener that we use to slightly sweeten the natural ingredients in our lip products. It comes from the plant Stevia rebaudiana.
Sugar (Brown, Cane, Turbinado):
We use sugar in our products for exfoliation.
Sugar Maple Extract:
Derived from the Sugar Maple tree, this extract works as a natural alpha hydroxy acid that is often used in skin care products to minimize and repair cell damage caused by free radicals.
Sunflower Oil: (Helianthus annuus)
Very similar to olive with a lighter/cleaner feel to it. Can have a tendency to get “sticky” if too much is used but the skin feels oh so nice when sunflower is used in the right amount. Sunflower oil is very high in essential fatty acids and helps to moisturize, regenerate and condition the skin. Good for mature, sensitive and dry, damaged skin. Leaves a second “skin” feeling when dry.
Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate:
A multi-purpose, clear, liquid chelating agent and preservative booster. Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate is made from plant material, readily biodegradable, with high solubility over a wide pH range. Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate serves the same function in formulations as EDTA, without the health and environmental concerns.
This natural mineral is used to create an opaque cream and to block the sun’s rays wherever it is applied.
Certified organic vanilla alcohol extract can be used both as a rich aroma compound and to boost the preservation systems of cosmetics and personal care products.
Vitamin A Ester:(Retinly palmitate)
Retinyl palmitate is the the ester of retinol (vitamin A) combined with palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid and a major component of palm oil. It is not considered to be the same ingredient as retinol, although it is converted to retinol, and then to the active component of retinoic acid once it is absorbed by the skin after being topically applied. It belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids and is one of the most important vitamins for the appearance of the skin because of its small molecular structures. These tiny molecules have the ability to penetrate the outer layers of the skin and work to repair the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside. Retinyl palmitate is considered a less irritating form of retinol, and a gentler ingredient on sensitive skin. The reason retinyl palmitate may cause less irritation is because of the lengthier process that must take place for it to be converted into retinoic acid (otherwise known as tretinoin), the active compound that creates the cell regeneration and exfoliation action within the skin. Retinyl palmitate converts into retinol (or vitamin A), which in turn is converted into retinoic acid by specialized enzymes in the skin. Retinoic acid facilitates communication between cells, encouraging aging cells to continue their renewal process, and regenerate collagen and elastin to prevent the appearance of aging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. It is also effective at producing new, healthy skin cells to replace skin previously damaged by acne. It helps to speed up the production of collagen. Retinyl palmitate is considered an exfoliator (albeit more gentle than pure retinol), and its effect of repeatedly shedding the upper dermal layer forces the skin to produce new cells.
Can help improve the appearance of mature, hyperpigmented, and photodamaged skin.
Vitamin C Ester: (Ascorbyl Palmitate)
Ascorbyl Palmitate is an active form of vitamin C that is fat-soluble and more stable than L-ascorbic acid when incorporated into products.
Acts as a free radical scavenger, hinders the oxidizing process in the skin and promotes soft and supple skin. Helpful in reducing scars and promotes healing. Acts as a natural preservative for products. As an antioxidant, it defends the skin and is believed to remove the free radicals that cells produce. Free radicals have been associated with skin cancer and premature skin aging due to sun exposure. Some experts believe antioxidants are the most vital weapons in the fight against aging. Most of the damage of our skin is caused by a free-radical assault from smoke, pollution and UV rays. Free radicals then turn the oils of our skin rancid, which damages the collagen. Collagen is the protein fibers that serve as the building blocks of our skin. Antioxidants are used in skin care products to neutralize free radicals before they ravage the skin.
We only used distilled or de-ionized water in our products.
Witch Hazel: (Hamamelis Virginiana)
A wonderful ingredient for use in cosmetic formulas. It removes excess oil, controls oil production, cleanses and conditions skin.
White Willow Bark Extract: (Salix alba)
Comes from the bark of the white willow tree. Native to parts of Asia and Europe, white willow bark extract boast the benefits of being anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and exfoliating.Contains salicylic acid, derived from salicin, which helps to fight acne and is an all natural, gentle exfoliant. White willow bark helps to exfoliate your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells, making way for fresh, bright and radiant skin. The astringent properties of white willow bark are due to the tannins present. Similar to those found in green tea extract, tannins are rich in anti-oxidants, help to tone and reduce inflammation, making white willow bark also an effective additive for reducing redness in skin. Willow bark is also an effective botanical for cleansing by controlling sebum production and helping to unclog pores.
Whole Milk Powder: (Lactose)
The lactic acid contained within milk can provide extremely gentle exfoliation. A wonderful solution for those with very sensitive skin.
A polysaccharide derived from non GMO fermented corn sweeteners. It can be added to thicken a cosmetic product.
An oil soluble, fine particle, white powder which is used as a white pigment and opacifier in products manufactured for use on the eyes, face, lips and nails.