Our Ingredients List
We're proud to show off what ingredients we use in our products and we believe in being transparent with our customers! So take a gander and learn about all the wonderful healing benefits our ingredients have to offer.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera juice contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene (a precursor of vitamin A). It’s most well-known benefit is soothing sun-burned skin, but it has a host of different benefits that are lesser known. A compound in aloe, called aloesin, could help to fade dark spots on the skin from hyperpigmentation. Aloe has been found to increase the water content in the outer most layer of the skin, making it a great ingredient for those with dry skin. When skin is moisturized and hydrated, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, plus aloe stimulates the production of Hyaluronic Acid, collagen and elastin fibers in the skin making it an excellent addition to any anti-aging products. In addition, it may help to soothe psoriasis and eczema, clear up acne, fade stretch marks and treat dandruff.
Amyris Essential Oil
Amyris essential oil has been found to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress, while also being touted as a sleep aid to assist with falling and staying asleep. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it great for healing the skin. Amyris is high in antioxidants, valerianol and the three types of eudesmol, which help to cut down on oxidative stress within the body. Oxidative stress can cause mutations in healthy cells and promote the onset of chronic disease, therefore decreasing it is important for health. Antioxidants are also excellent for skin health, as they can not only prevent inflammation and irritation, but also wrinkles and signs of premature aging. Who does’t want younger looking skin?!
Apple Cider Vinegar
has a long list of benefits for your hair, some of which are:
- It’s packed with vitamins and minerals
- It has anti-fungal and anti-bacteria properties, soothes scalp itchiness
- It can help treat dandruff, and gives shine and softness to hair.
A real wonder! ACV will give back some acidity to the hair mantle, wash off any soap build up from the scalp, while locking in moisture. If mixed with the right ingredients, apple cider vinegar can really boost the health of your hair like you had never imagined!
Apricot Kernel Oil
Rich in Vitamin A, apricot kernel oil resembles the natural sebum produced in human skin and is noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores). It moisturizes dry, sensitive skin and smooths out blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, and other symptoms of maturing skin. Known to protect skin against damage caused by UV radiation, stimulates the production of collagen, slows the appearance of aging, stimulates cell regeneration, facilitates faster wound healing, protects the skin against toxins and bacteria, lightens unwanted blemishes and dark spots to balance skin tone and create an even glow, and clears pores by slowing the production of oil in the skin and thus preventing acne breakouts.
Arrowroot powder is a gluten and grain free powder, made from a starchy substance extracted from a tropical plant known as Maranta Arundinacea. It is lightweight and absorbing, making it great in our deodorant to absorb excess oils and sweat. It's gentle and smooth when applied to the skin. In hair, arrowroot powder will absorb some of that natural oil produced by your scalp, making your hair look less greasy.
Avocado butter is full of healthy fats, vitamins (especially B, C + E) and minerals. This butter assists in collagen production, skin repair and may improve chronic skin conditions like eczema and acne. Avocado butter has been found to help against the effects of UV radiation from the sun, which can cause wrinkles, premature aging and oxidative damage. The antimicrobial properties in avocado butter may help prevent acne. In addition to these amazing benefits, the butter may help boost the production of collagen, soothe inflammation, and lift away old skin cells.
Babassu Seed Oil (instead of Coconut Oil)
Within Brazil, the Babassu tree is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ due to the healing properties of the oil. It is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and aids in wound healing. Helps to reduce cellular damage caused by free radicals. Is noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores or acne breakouts), lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. Babassu oil is recommended to use for those with dry skin or eczema because of its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is found in crystalline form in nature but is ground to a fine powder for use in cooking and cleaning. It is great for neutralizing odors and cleaning most surfaces.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil is known to stimulate, clarify, calm, fortify, energize and uplift the mind, while also assisting with memory recall. It is also said to repel insects, eliminate odor-causing bacteria, soothe headaches, and relieve respiratory as well as digestive discomforts. Basil essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic. Basil can eliminate odor causing bacteria from around your home, in fact, the word basil is derived from the Greek sentence that means “to smell.”
Bentonite is a natural clay formed from volcanic ash and has a fine, soft texture. People have used it for thousands of years to remove impurities like oils and toxins from the skin. Bentonite clay contains natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron.
Benzoin Essential Oil
Benzoin is a concentrated resinous oil that is extracted from the gum resin of the benzoin tree (Styrax benzoin), which mainly grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sumatra and Java. It has a very similar scent to vanilla, making it a popular oil for perfumes and natural skin-care. The resin has antimicrobial and disinfectant properties which can prevent infection in minor wounds and scratches. Benzoin has astringent properties, making it an effective toner and addition to beauty products because it can help to tighten the appearance of skin. Benzoin oil is known to reduce the appearance and size of pores while cleaning the skin and also getting rid of the harmful microbes. It may prevent moisture loss and thus keep your skin hydrated and plump. Some of the components of benzoin essential oil are also believed to boost the elasticity of the skin, while reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Applied to post-blemish marks, bergamot oil works to stimulate skin cell renewal, redistributing skin pigments for an even and toned complexion. What's more, bergamot has naturally powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it an effective tonic for live blemishes and bacterial induced pore clogging.
Black Tourmaline Crystal
Black tourmaline is believed to be one of the most powerful stones for absorbing electromagnetic radiation, which makes it excellent for placing near computers and other electronics. Known as one of the premier crystals for protection, it helps to put an energetic boundary between you and others so that you don't pick up unwanted energies. When placed in the corners of the room, it seals in the room with a protective shield. Tourmaline impacts energy at any frequency. Often used to shield against psychic attacks, or to help remove any low vibration feelings or thoughts in the environment around us.
Cajeput Essential Oil
Cajeput essential oils main property is being an antiseptic, although it also has been found to be antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. It has a similar scent to eucalyptus and tea tree oil, but isn’t quite as strong therefore making it a good oil to add to healing blends where you don’t want to overpower with a medicinal scent.
Calendula comes from a vibrant orange and yellow coloured flower called a marigold, and has a vast array of health and healing benefits. The powerful antioxidants found in calendula assist the skin with cell regeneration and the petals are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic due to the flavonoids (what gives the flower its bright color and skin curing benefits). Calendula is gentle enough for all skin types and conditions, including rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis and sensitive skin. It may help to heal inflammation, increase blood flow, reduce scarring and dark spots, relieve itchiness, heals diaper rash, and accelerates wound healing. We grow our own calendula in our backyard and harvest it for our skincare products.
Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is a mild, solubilizing non-ionic surfactant that is obtained from renewable raw materials: fatty alcohols and glucose from vegetable origin. Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is a glucose alkyl ether containing 60% active matter that is ECOCERT Certified, preservative free and free of impurities. This ultra-gentle, natural, cleansing, solubilizing foaming agent adds a luxurious "green" element to any product.
Cassia Essential Oil
Cassia oil is known to boost the immune system, helping the entire body run properly. Naturally anti-inflammatory, boosts circulation, rich in antioxidants, and fights free radicals.
It’s a powerful cleaner due to it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which is why we added it to The Multi-One. Cassia oil is also an antidepressant, and it has been used for years to build courage and a sense of self-worth. It has a warming effect on the body and keeps your mind at peace. In addition, cassia oil can be used as an insecticide and an astringent.
Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap that’s made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. It’s natural, nontoxic, and biodegradable. Castile soap is highly versatile and can be used for numerous things such as household cleaning, bathing, skincare, and even on pets and animals.
Castor Seed Oil
Castor seed oil might be the answer to fighting signs of aging and wrinkles without injections or expensive procedures. Castor oil penetrates the skin and helps to stimulate the body’s production of collagen and elastin (which keep the skin plump), which can soften and hydrate the skin. It’s high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties help to minimize wrinkles and fight free radicals which may be the cause behind accelerated aging. Castor oil is believed to speed up hair growth, making it a prime ingredient for makeup remover. As it coats your eyelashes to take away makeup, it also lengthens and protects them. Traditionally known for its healing properties against eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions, possibly due to the many benefits listed above and also it’s anti-bacterial properties from ricinoleic acid.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oil is both grounding and calming for the body, while having a host of benefits for the skin. It’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, anti fungal and may assist with hair growth. Cedarwood is beneficial for such as acne, arthritis, eczema and minor wounds. It’s a natural deodorizer and may help to improve focus and concentration. In addition, it may have anti-anxiety and sedative qualities which would assist with alleviating occasional insomnia.
Chamomile (Roman) Essential Oil and Floral Water
Chamomile is known for its soothing, calming and sedative effects as a tea and in aromatherapy, but it has many wonderful skin health benefits with amazing results. Chamomile alleviates redness of the skin caused by inflammation, making it a great addition to those struggling with rosacea, eczema and other skin conditions. Chamomile relieves inflammation by blocking signals in the body known as prostaglandins, which are responsible for inflammation. Chamomile is also great for short-term inflammation as well such as from a sun-burn. The flavonoids and phytochemicals in chamomile are known to fight free radicals and therefore speed up cell regeneration, and decrease fine lines, wrinkles and scars. In addition, chamomile has been found to promote healthy sleep and decrease insomnia. As a flower water, you can use it undiluted because it is gentle enough even for sensitive skin but still has amazing skin benefits that the oil does.
Charcoal Powder/Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal powder may help to detoxify and absorb impurities in the skin without drying it out. Although there is limited research to support this for the skin, and findings have been based more on anecdotal evidence (personal observation). Known to deeply cleanse the pores and remove blackheads, while tightening the skin and minimizing pore size.
Citronella Essential Oil
Citronella is commonly known for its mosquito repellant qualities. It slows or prevents the growth of harmful airborne bacteria, repels flying insects, uplifts negative moods, and relaxes the body and mind. It may reduce muscles spasms, ease headaches, and boost energy. In addition, it is anti fungal and anti-parasitic.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage is a flowering herbs native to the Mediterranean Basin. Clary sage may help to reduce stress and anxiety by inducing a feeling of well-being in aromatherapy. In a small study with menopausal women, clary sage oil reduced cortisol, the stress hormone, and produced an antidepressant-like effect. With antibacterial properties, it was found to defend against several strains of Staphylococcus bacteria. In addition, clary sage can be used to alleviate negative energy from a space, similar to how white sage is used for smudging. They are different plants, but have similar effects. This essential oil is not recommended for pregnancy or breastfeeding. Talk to your healthcare provider before using any essential oils.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove has many protective powers! As an oil it measures at over 1 million on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale which measure the antioxidant capacity of different foods, making it higher than most other fruits. Clove is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antinociceptive. When used on the skin, clove oil has been found to relieve itching and promote wound healing. In a study from 2021, researchers found that clove oil had the ability to kill staph bacteria cells, where many antibiotics weren’t effective at penetrating the biofilm to kill staph bacteria. Another study from 2017 found that clove oil was the most effective oil at stopping the growth from a range of fungi. In addition, clove’s eugenol properties had the ability to eliminate candida albicans, a type of yeast that can cause fungal infections. Overall, clove is a powerful oil to use from cleaning counters, to skin health!
Coco Glucoside has excellent foaming qualities and is a powerful natural cleanser. It is derived from coconuts and fruit sugars, making it gentle enough for all skin types and is completely biodegradable. It is GMO-free and free from sulfites, parabens, phthalates and other harmful ingredients. Coco Glucoside is a great option for your health and also the environment!
Cocoa butter has a rich, decadent smell similar to the aroma of chocolate due to being derived from cocoa beans. It contains a high amount of fatty acids, which help to create a protective barrier for the skin to lock in moisture. Cocoa butter contains phytochemicals which may protect against skin damage from harmful UV rays. In addition, it contains small amounts of vitamin E, vitamin K, and choline.
Cocoa powder is produced from cocoa butter that gets removed from the cacao beans during processing. The leftover dried solids get ground into what is known as cocoa powder. We use cocoa powder as a natural colorant to create a beautiful, rich brown in our cold-process soaps.
Coconut butter is rich in unique medium-chain fats that offer a completely different moisturizing profile to other butters. It contains lauric acid, a natural antibiotic, and also provides various nutrients that can help calm your skin. Coconut butter is made from the meat of the coconut, making it an excellent natural exfoliant.
Is moisturizing for dry skin, including in people with conditions such as eczema. It may reduce inflammation, which results from UVB exposure. It has been found to promote wound healing and is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. Coconut oil is hydrating and moisturizing for the skin, but we use this oil in our products meant for the body, rather than the face. The reason being is that coconut oil is highly comedogenic, which means it clogs the pores on your face and can also cause your skin to become oily.
Enzyme concentrate is made up of billions of natural fast acting bacteria that digest organic matter such as fats, carbohydrates, proteins, urea, etc. It works to remove odor and stains naturally and is completely biodegradable. Enzymes are proteins, composed of hundreds of amino-acids, which are produced by living organisms. They are responsible for a number of reactions and biological activities in plants, animals, human beings and micro-organisms.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Best known for its antibacterial, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Further, eucalyptus oil has also been shown to treat eczema and acne flare-ups, as well as promote wound healing and provide pain relief for minor cuts and scrapes. The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus can help to speed up healing of cold sores and reduce pain. Eucalyptus has also been used as an insect repellent, to relieve cough and chest congestion, ease joint pain and even freshen breath.
Evening Primrose Oil
It has yellow flowers that open at sunset and close during the day. The oil from evening primrose seeds contains omega-6 fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It may be beneficial for atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema), rheumatoid arthritis, acne and other skin inflammatories. Due to it’s rich properties of GLA, which the skin can’t product on it’s own, evening primrose oil is touted to increase moisture, elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel essential oil keeps surprising us in term so it’s healing abilities. It can help to stave off infection and speed up wound healing. It is super high in antioxidants, fights free radicals and provides antimicrobial properties against some strains of bacteria and pathogenic fungi. Applied topically, fennel oil can help to relieve inflammation and pain due to it’s antioxidant properties of Vitamin C and quercetin. In addition, fennel essential oil has more than 87 volatile compounds that are potent anti-inflammatory agents. Fennel has also been used for centuries to relieve digestive issues such as gas, constipation, bloating and upset stomach.
Fir Needle Essential Oil
Fir needle essential oil may have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It may be able to ease arthritis pain, soothe sore muscles, reduce body odor, detoxify the body and fight infections. Fir needle essential oil may have anti-tumor characteristics, making it a natural cancer treatment. It can help to relieve pain by acting as a natural analgesic by stimulating blood to move to the surface of the skin and speeding healing time. In addition to its free radical scavenging abilities, fir needle contains active compounds that may trigger the body to rid itself of toxins, thus making it a great addition to any detox.
Foaming Apple Surfactant
Foaming Apple Surfactant is a natural, mild surfactant obtained from amino acids found in apple juice. It helps in creating a protective skin barrier and helping reduce skin dryness. It is sulphate and preservative free, while also being biodegradable. It has a neutral pH, which helps to reduce the chance of it stinging the eyes (but avoid contact with eyes since we do not add the chemical that reduces this completely!). You can find foaming apple surfactant in our lullaby body wash for kids.
is an antiseptic and disinfectant agent that has antimicrobial effects. It has the ability to eliminate cold and flu germs from the home and the body naturally, and it can be used in place of chemical household cleaners. A lab study suggests that the combination of frankincense oil and myrrh oil is particularly effective when used against pathogens. Frankincense benefits include the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. It may help tone and lift skin, reduce the appearance of scars and acne, and treat wounds. It may also be beneficial for fading stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and healing dry or cracked skin. A review published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine indicates that frankincense oil reduces redness and skin irritation, while also producing a more even skin tone. Studies suggest that it’s the pentacyclic triterpene (steroid-like) structure of frankincense oil that contributes to its soothing effect on irritated skin. Frankincense helps to decrease negative emotions and stress reactions, while promoting feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction and overall wellness. It has also been found to decrease blood pressure and heart rate.
French Green Clay/Illite
French green clay is a natural exfoliant that gently removes dead skin cells from the skin's outer surface, leaving the skin smooth and refreshed. We add this nourishing clay to our soaps as a green colourant instead of using green chemical or synthetic dyes.
Geogard Ultra Preservative
Geogard Ultra is a unique preservative that features a synergistic blend of Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, which offers broad spectrum protection. Geogard Ultra is ECOCERT certified, possessing an exceptional toxicity profile while also being non-sensitizing, non-irritating and provides added skin moisture benefit to products. Products that are water based have to have a preservative in them to prevent the harmful growth of bacteria and mold. Many brands use parabens or formaldehyde releasing ingredients as a preservative which are harmful in themselves. Geogard Ultra is paraben and formaldehyde releasing free. It is ECOCERT/COSMOS accepted, NATRUE-approved and Soil Association approved for use in certified organic cosmetic products.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil is reputed to effectively eliminate dead cells, tighten the skin, promote the regeneration of new skin, and diminish signs of aging. A 2017 review of studies on geranium essential oil indicated that its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties make it beneficial for reducing acne breakouts, skin irritation, and skin infections when applied topically. Geranium essential oil’s anti-inflammatory properties also make it beneficial for a number of inflammatory conditions, including those affecting skin. Emotionally, geranium helps to restore confidence, release anger, and manage overwhelming emotions by creating a calming and grounding effect on the body.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger is extracted from the ginger rhizome which is actually an underground stem that the roots branch off of. Ginger is highly anti-inflammatory, relieves nausea, can aid circulation, decrease digestive upset and has a host of antioxidants. Ginger is antibacterial and helps infections to heal, while relieving anxiety, muscle ache and even acting as a natural aphrodisiac.
Glycerin is vegetable derived and amazing for the skin because it acts as a humectant, which allows the skin to retain moisture and pull water into the outer layer of your skin from the air or from deeper layers of your skin, thus allowing the skin to appear more plump and firm. Glycerin was found to be the most effective humectant compared to others and it comes from the natural by-product of making soap! Glycerin also has antimicrobial properties, which means it can protect the skin from harmful microorganisms.
Grapeseed oil comes from the pressed seeds of grapes. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, high antioxidants, high amounts of omega fatty acids and vitamin E in it, making it a great oil for skincare. It can help with acne breakouts, soften the skin, increase elasticity, even skin tone and protect from sun damage.
Green Tea Liquid Extract
is standardized for Polyphenols (17.6%). The active constituents in Green Tea are the polyphenols known as catechins, which are known to be potent antioxidants that help diminish the signs of aging. Their skin-soothing properties help to cool irritated skin, alleviate and prevent damage caused by dryness, and improve the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Furthermore, catechins even out discoloration, reduce the appearance of cellulite, eliminate dead skin through exfoliation, cleanse the skin by removing dirt, bacteria, and other pollutants on the surface, reduce the appearance of dark circles, and support skin and hair health by protecting against the damaging effects of environmental factors.
The new “botox” flower! Hibiscus flower is bright and beautiful, but also offers an array of healing benefits for the skin. It contains plant compounds, including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and malic acid to name a few. Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C, therefore aiding your skin in making collagen naturally. Vitamin C supports collagen gene expression, which prompts collagen synthesis and this has been found whether you take hibiscus internally or apply it externally. Increasing collagen synthesis is one thing, but what about reducing collagen breakdown? According to recent lab studies, hibiscus is high in an antioxidant called myricetin, which suppresses collagenase, an enzyme that degrades collagen. Collagenase activity naturally increases as we get older, causing the skin to lose its firmness and structure, but hibiscus could potentially slow this down. In addition, it can help to prevent elastin breakdown, exfoliate the skin with its natural occurring AHA’s, speed up wound healing and cell turnover and ease inflammation. Overall, it’s an anti-aging miracle flower to help tighten, firm and support mature skin.
Ho Wood Essential Oil
Ho Wood oil has many benefits for the skin. It's an excellent natural analgesic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic and sedative treatment and is particularly effective at treating general pain, minor wounds, insect bites, colds, inflammation and a range of infections as well. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great oil for cleaning and skincare alike.
Hyaluronic Acid holds 100 times its weight in water; you just have to be sure it is vegan-sourced, because sometimes they make it from rooster combs. It is great for retaining skin moisture, which makes the skin appear plump, firm and smooth. We use natural Hyaluronic Acid in the form of Seaweed extract. Seaweed extract is particularly high in Hyaluronic Acid. See also: Seaweed Extract.
We use indigo powder to create a beautiful blue hue in our cold-process soap. It’s important to note that we source 100% natural indigo powder prepared from Indigofera Tinctoria. Most indigo powder on the market today is synthetic. Indigo powder has been used for years to dye clothes, make soap and even as a natural hair dye. Some believe that indigo powder may even create new hair growth, treat baldness, sooth dry scalp and dandruff, and can make hair thicker and more lustrous.
Inulin is a prebiotic that is naturally created by plants and used as one of their energy sources. When used in deodorant, inulin is converted into short-chain fatty acids by the good bacteria found on your skin. This is important because it allows the good bacteria to thrive and grow, while crowding out the bad bacteria that cause body odor (aka “B.O.”). The good bacteria also contribute to your natural acid mantle, which protects your skin from harmful bacteria and disease.
Isopropyl alcohol is an antiseptic, antibacterial and disinfectant that is great to have around the home for cleaning. It’s fast drying so works great on windows and mirrors.
You can also use jojoba which is amazing both for skin and haircare. Jojoba is a temporary occlusive moisturiser or humectant, which means it has the ability of reducing water loss from the skin and actually drawing water to the top layer of the skin helping to keep it hydrated and firm. It has a composition which is very similar to our sebum making it awesome for skin and haircare. It is antimicrobial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. These factors can help your skin fight oxidative stress caused by everyday exposure to pollutants and other toxins and also assist in collagen production and to soothe the effects of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Also, jojoba oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it’s less likely to build up on your skin and clog your pores because it’s so similar to your natural sebum (oil your body naturally produces) that your skin can’t tell the difference. Due to it’s similar nature to our sebum, it controls sebum production leaving your skin hydrated and moisturized, yet not oily from an overproduction of sebum. Perfect for everyday use!
Kaolin clay can be found in most of our cold-processed soaps because it has the ability to absorb oil and water, therefore helping our soaps to keep their beautiful scents for longer. In addition, to holding the scent from the essential oils, it can also help to polish skin. When used as a mask it draws out impurities from deep within the skin, dries up blackheads, absorbs excess oils on the face, and minimizes the appearance of pores, leaving you with soft, smooth and gorgeous skin!
Kokum Seed Butter
Kokum seed butter softens the skin and restores its elasticity for a youthful glow. Its light texture doesn't clog the pores, thereby keeping acne and enlarged pores at bay. Due to it’s high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Kokum butter promotes healthy skin cells, while healing and soothing inflamed and damaged skin.
Activated Charcoal Powder: Activated charcoal effectively cleanses the skin, unclogs pores, removes deeper impurities, and dead skin cells. The result is smooth, supple, and even-toned skin. Charcoal is believed to help with acne due to it’s ability to remove oil, bacteria and dead skin cells from within the pores.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus (Probiotics)
A type of bacteria found in your intestines that produces lactic acid through the breakdown of lactase and lactose. Basically, these are good bacteria that “eat” odor causing bad bacteria. So when used in deodorant, it helps your good bacteria to thrive and pushes out the bad, odor causing bacteria.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it a perfect oil for the face because it will aid in soothing damaged or inflamed skin and helping to reduce acne breakouts. Lavender oil may be helpful for eczema because studies have found that it is also antimicrobial and anti-fungal. Some studies point to the potential for lavender oil to be beneficial in reducing fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production, as well as reducing scaring by promoting tissue growth due to its high antioxidant value. Emotionally, lavender is known to be a calming oil, promoting feelings of relaxation. Lavender may assist with restful sleep and decrease blood pressure and heart rate.
Lavender Flower Water
Lavender flower water has a more delicate and sweeter scent than the essential oil. This flower water promotes cell regeneration, treats acne, soothes skin, repels insects, is antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Its powerful antioxidants fight free radicals and pollutants found on the skin. Overall, lavender flower water has similar benefits to lavender essential oil, but it is gentle enough to use undiluted on the skin - making it the perfect addition to facial toners, hair conditioners, and the like.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and high in antioxidants. Lemon essential oil benefits your skin by reducing acne, nourishing damaged skin and hydrating the skin. Lemon oil was found to reduce cell and tissue damage in the skin caused by free radicals. This indicates that lemon has anti-aging effects due to its strong antioxidant properties. A scientific reviewed study also found that lemon oil was effective against skin issues like blisters, insect bites, oily skin, cuts/wounds, cellulite, rosacea and viral skin infections such as cold sores and warts. In addition, lemon oil has been a go-to oil for relieving symptoms of allergies. As a cleaning agent, lemon oil is a natural disinfectant, fighting against harmful pathogens, like bacteria and fungi in the home. In aromatherapy, lemon oil has been found to enhance the mood, concentration and energy, while simultaneously easing anxiety.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, with a host of antioxidants. It may help relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, ease headache pain, and may have a harmonizing effect on the nervous system.
Lime Essential Oil
Lime essential oil is full of antioxidants and has powerful cleansing abilities, both internally and externally. It may have antiseptic properties to help fight against skin and viral infections. Lime has also been found to treat toothache and treat bacterial infections. Lime may assist in fighting the signs of aging, can act as an antidepressant and antiarthritic substance, reducing pain the muscles and joints.
Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
The essential oil of Litsea Cubeba has protective qualities against several bacteria, possesses antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties, exerts acute and genetic toxicity as well as cytotoxicity, and may even prevent several cancers. In addition, Litsea cubeba is a natural insect repellent, is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, making it a great addition to cleansers, bug repellants, room sprays and more.
Neem oil has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions like acne. It kills bacteria and fungus and is also an anti-inflammatory and potent antioxidant. A 2016 study found that azadirachtin and nimbolide, (which are both found in neem oil) fight and reduce free radicals that are harmful to the health of the skin. This can be especially helpful for anyone struggling to reduce the appearance of acne scars or the hyperpigmentation that results form scarring, as antioxidants can repair the skin’s cells. Researchers found that neem oil boosted levels of a collagen-producing enzyme called procollagen and a protein called elastin. Collagen gives the skin structure, making it look plump and full, while elastin helps retain the skin’s shape. Also known to help with fighting skin infections and promote wound healing, neem seems to be a miracle oil.
Olive oil is a powerful, yet gentle oil to use for the face and body. It is rich in vitamins A, D, K and E. Olive oil is naturally high in antioxidants and specifically one called Squalene, which has been used with high popularity in skin care products due to it’s ability to to keep your skin hydrated by retaining moisture resulting in a more vibrant and healthy appearance. Olive oil can help fight skin damage and free radicals, and also rids the skin of bacteria that may cause acne.
Orange Essential Oil
Orange essential oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, while being high in antioxidants. It has been found to have uplifting qualities that help to lower feelings of stress and anxiety. Orange oil may also reduce inflammation and pain, reduce the appearance of acne is rich in antimicrobial properties and can even be used as an insecticide.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli oil may have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. It may help to protect against the harmful effect of UV rays and slow signs aging. A recent study observed that patchouli oil was able to disrupt biofilms and some virulence factors of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains. Another study found some evidence of patchouli being protective against a type of fungus called C. neoformans. Patchouli may also have some insecticidal qualities against certain strains of house flies, ants and mosquitos.
Peach Kernel Oil
Peach kernel oil is extracted from the pit of the peach stone. It has amazing moisturizing and anti-aging properties, while being lightweight and able to absorb easily into the skin, making it suitable for all skin types - from dry to greasy. It is rich in vitamins A, C & E, antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9). These nutrients and antioxidants help to reverse the signs of aging, regenerate skin cells and fight free radicals that cause wrinkles.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is known to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other digestive problems (like nausea), the common cold, sinus infections, headaches, and other conditions. When applied topically (to the skin), peppermint oil has been promoted for problems like headache, muscle aches, joint pain, and itching. Peppermint oil is antibacterial and antiviral.
See Rosehip Oil.
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil is known for its ability to cleanse, soften, moisturize, soothe, nourish, and smooth the skin. It slows the look of aging and brightens the complexion. When used topically, it improves circulation, evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. It increases the skin’s natural regeneration, encourages moisture retention, and soothes irritation.
Rice Bran Wax
We use rice bran wax as a vegan thickener in place of beeswax. It is non-allergenic and has a high melting point, allowing for great stability in products. In addition to being a fabulous thickener, rice bran wax preserves moisture in the skin, improves elasticity, protects from UV light and helps to soften the skin.
Ritamulse SCG Is a plant-derived ECO-CERT complete emulsifying wax for creating oil-in-water emulsions. Ritamulse is derived from vegetables, making it vegan and all natural. Ritamulse contains acyl lactylates which provide conditioning to both hair and skin. Acyl lactylates are surface active emulsifying agents with water holding capabilities which make them excellent moisturizers. Ritamulse is great in facial products since it is mild and has low eye stinging properties.
Rhassoul clay is a clay with wonderful properties. Rhassoul comes from the word “rhassala” which means “to wash” in Arabic. The clay has the ability to attract dirt and impurities. Rhassoul clay is rich in minerals that improve hair's elasticity, soften it, and revitalise your scalp by unclogging its pores.
Rose Hydrosol/Rose Floral Water
Rose Floral Water is a natural humectant (moisture locking and grabbing….aka helps to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles), smells divine and uplifts the mood. Topically, rose water balances the pH of the skin, hydrates dry skin, is an antiseptic, and fights injury due to aging and sun exposure. It’s a wonderful anti-aging ingredient and is gentle enough to use daily. It is full of vitamins, flavonoids and antioxidants, while being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial (great for acne) and antimicrobial. The anti-inflammatory active ingredients are the terpenes and glycosides, making rose water a must for those with skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, skin redness and psoriasis.
If you want anti-aging properties, retinol is something you should look for in a serum. It’s ideal for mature or dry skin that needs to be revived. Retinol boosts collagen and causes your skin to speed up its normal cell-turnover process. That means it will help tackle issues like fine lines and wrinkles. Our rosehip oil has naturally occurring beta-carotene (provitamin A), fatty acids and retinoic acid. Retinol in skincare products is synthetic and has to be converted to retinoic acid in order for it to be beneficial to the skin. In addition, rosehip oil contains additional antioxidants such as vitamin E and carotenoids, supports skin barrier function, improves hyperpigmentation, and helps with acne. Rosehip happens to contain 40-56% Linoleic acid (an omega-6), 20-30% Linolenic acid (an omega-3) and 14-20% oleic acid (an omega-9), making it a potent anti-inflammatory for inflamed skin. We chose rosehip oil as our main ingredient in our serum due to its powerful health benefits and the fact that it’s retinoic acid is completely natural and not synthetic retinol.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil is a superhero herb, native to the Mediterranean region! It has been used for thousands of years in culinary dishes and also medicinally. In ancient Greece and Rome, rosemary was believed to enhance memory. Research indicates that inhaling rosemary oil helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical important for thinking, concentration and memory. Rosemary oil may also be able to treat hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, which is better known as male pattern baldness and is a result of a byproduct of testosterone attacking hair follicles. A study found that when men massaged diluted rosemary oil into their scalp twice daily for six months, they experienced the same increase in hair thickness as those who used minoxidil (Rogaine). Those who rubbed a diluted rosemary oil blend onto their scalp for seven months, saw a 44% improvement in hair loss compared to 15% in the control group. Rosemary oil has also been known as a pain reliever. Preliminary studies support its pain relief benefits and suggest that it may be more effective than acetaminophen. Interestingly, rosemary has been found to decrease cortisol levels in the body when inhaled, which is the hormone released during times of stress and can have a negative impact on your body. Rosemary oil may help to increase circulation when applied topically by expanding blood vessels and allowing blood to flow more freely - can help to warm up fingers and toes caused by poor circulation. When people with rheumatoid arthritis were given 15-minute knee massages using a rosemary oil blend three times weekly, they had a 50% decrease in inflammatory knee pain in two weeks, compared to a 12% decrease in those not given the oil. Additionally, rosemary oil has been found to be effective at deterring certain insects including mosquitos and ticks. Overall, it is hydrating, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and high in antioxidants. People commonly use rosemary for memory, indigestion, fatigue, hair loss, cleaning, and much more.
Naturally high in hyaluronic acid, seaweed extract is used extensively in skin care products to combat signs of aging. It contains large quantities of vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid, which speeds up cell and tissue regeneration as well as helping to maintain the skin's natural moisture level. This helps promote a youthful and healthy complexion by increasing skin smoothness and decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Seaweed extract can also help with inflammation and discolouration.
Shea butter is high in fatty acids and vitamins and is one of the most well-known nut butters—and with good reason. Used topically, it is very healing for the skin due to it’s very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, ideal for damaged and irritated skin. It's also rich in vitamin E and can help fight the effects of aging. It is a fantastic anti-aging ingredient, and a great treatment option for those with dry skin or eczema.
Silverion 2400/Silver Citrate and Citric Acid
is a patented antimicrobial (broad-spectrum of bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds) based on silver ion complex produced by a unique electrochemical process with silver and citric acid. Silver biocides work by binding to and disrupting the bacterial cell wall, binding to the microbe's enzymes and denaturing them, which destroys the energy source of the cell, leading to rapid cell death. Silverion 2400 provides a broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and is effective against unwanted skin bacteria (especially cornybacterium) and pathogenic micro organisms.
Spearmint Essential Oil
Besides its beautiful scent, spearmint essential oil has been used for years to relieve symptoms of indigestion, nausea, vomiting and gas. Spearmint is very high in antioxidants and vitamin C, therefore helping the body fight free radicals and protect it against aging. With its cooling sensation when applied, it is a great oil for relieving itchiness and soothing tired muscles. It has antibacterial properties and has been known to help reveal a new layer of skin, therefore making it a good choice in cleansers.
Used to dye our soap a green colour, spinach powder comes from spinach that has been dried and turned into a powder.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil is truly an un-sung hero in the beauty world. It’s super absorbent and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores. The vitamin E in sunflower oil has antioxidants to help with premature aging and wrinkles, keeping your skin looking young and fresh. Sunflower oil also contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid found naturally in our skin’s sebum, which helps your skin retain moisture so it becomes less dry. Oleic acid in sunflower oil may be responsible for helping to heal wounds faster. In addition, sunflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe the skin and treat conditions such as dryness or eczema.
Sweet orange essential oil helps to reduce dark spots and blemishes due to its high vitamin C content. It has been found to prevent premature skin aging and fights off free radicals. Sweet orange can fight acne due to its antibacterial nature and has been found to boost circulation in the skin. Sweet orange is an astringent, which firms the skin and shrinks large pores, while also promoting cell growth and collagen synthesis making it a great addition to any facial products. Emotionally, sweet orange can help to boost mood, ease anxiety, decrease stress
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia tree. A number of compounds in tea tree oil, including terpinen-4-ol, have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Specifically, it has been found to kill E. coli, S. pneumoniae, and H. influenzae. Tea tree oil can be use to repel certain insects such as ants, mosquitos and flies. The bacteria fighting properties of tea tree make it a great addition to natural deodorants or healing balms for minor cuts and scrapes. In addition, it can ease skin inflammation, reduce dandruff, remove mold from fruits and vegetables, and even treat athlete’s foot.
Turmeric Essential Oil
Turmeric is more than the orange powdered spice you think of. The essential oil when applied to the skin is a strong antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent that may be beneficial for application to areas of minor burns, cuts, bites, and bruises. Turmeric essential oil may diminish the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles, improve the skin’s resiliency, moisturize dryness to alleviate itchiness, exfoliate to remove dead cells and reveal new skin, and can calm, smooth, tighten and brighten the skin. Used topically, turmeric may help to reduce the appearance of facial hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
Vinegar is an acidic liquid produced through the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar has wonderful antimicrobial properties making it a great household cleaner. It can also be used in the garden to kill weeds.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects skin from damage. It has also been linked to helping minimize the appearance of scarring. Vitamin E may be anti-aging because it has been found to help with lines, elasticity and an uneven skin tone.
Witch hazel is a wonderful astringent, meaning it causes your tissues to contract which shrinks pores, while also soothing your skin and relieving inflammation. The gallic acid and tannins in witch hazel are potent anti-inflammatories. It also contains antioxidants that work to fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. Witch hazel may be able to suppress erythema - a reddening of the skin caused by injury or irritation - by up to 27%. Some studies show promising results that witch hazel may be helpful in preventing some viral infections, although more studies are still needed.
Xanthan gum is created by a sugar that’s fermented by a bacteria. It’s a soluble fiber and commonly used to thicken or stabilize foods.
Ylang Ylang is a beautiful smelling flower boasted for its ability to reduce anxiety and boost self-esteem. One study found the flower to have a sedative effect by reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure rates and heart rate in healthy men. Ylang Ylang has anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties due to the compound linalool that it naturally contains. Anecdotally, Ylang Ylang has been reported to reduce the size of pores and balance skin sebum (oil) levels.
Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano)
Zinc oxide is a white, powdery mineral with a long history of use as a diaper rash protector and sun protection. Zinc oxide is made from zinc, a type of metallic element found in nature. Zinc is chemically heated and combined with oxygen molecules to create zinc oxide. Zinc oxide works by forming a barrier on the skin to keep moisture locked in and thus helping to keep your armpits dry. It also helps treat rashes, irritation and inflammation on the skin.
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