Being able to decipher the ingredients list on the back of a product bottle will save you time, frustration and money. No more being influenced by a salesperson convincing you the contents in an attractive looking bottle will cure your beauty ails. We fully disclose all ingredients used in the making of our products on every bottle/jar.
There is a plethora of information available on-line and many excellent books to help you become ingredient wise, both in the avoidance of 'bad for you' ingredients and on ingredients to look for that are beneficial to your skin.
Dr. David Suzuki has released a list of the "Toxic 12" ingredients to be avoided in your skin care products that you can read about on his website.
The Skin Deep () is also an excellent reference.
Our Oils are cold-pressed, and many are Organic.
A good reason to use cold-pressed oil instead of refined oil is that cold-pressed oils retain much more of their valuable nutrients. A study by a Turkish university showed that more than 95% of the free fatty acids and carotenoids, and up to 61% of the tocopherols were removed when an edible oil goes through the conventional refining process.
Apricot Kernel Oil
An extremely desirable moisturizer rich in Vitamins A and E. Apricot kernel oil is extracted from the inedible kernels in the apricot pit. Helps skin retain elasticity and suppleness without feeling greasy. Excellent when used on dry or mature skin.
Argan Oil: *Organic
Rich in gamma-linolenic acid, an important ingredient for maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Beneficial in diminishing wrinkles, reducing scarring, balancing sebum production and provides relief for eczema and psoriasis conditions.
Rich in Vitamins A, D and E, amino acids and lecithin. Moisturizes, softens and increases elasticity. Richly emollient without leaving any greasy residue. Wonderfully effective on mature or impoverished skin.
Black Currant Seed Oil
Rich in gamma-linolenic acid, an important ingredient for maintaining the elasticity of the skin.
Camellia: *Certified Organic
Composed of at least 85% Oleic Acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid. Oleic acid has unparalleled penetration power, capable of permeating deeply into the lower layers of the stratum corneum to greatly enhance the beneficial effects of collagen and elastin. Oleic Acid has been identified as an excellent transdermal carrier of cell rebuilding nutrients. It contains vitamins A, B and E and phytosqualene. Squalene is a natural component to human sebum which diminishes as we age resulting in dry skin, premature aging and wrinkles. Camellia Oil also helps protect skin from harmful UF and environmental damage, and may inhibit age spots and excessive pigmentation.
Carrot Seed Oil
Rich in beta-carotene, precursors to vitamin A. High in Vitamin E, and is essential to skin cell regeneration. Helps stimulate production of natural sebum in dry skin.
Castor Oil: (Cold Pressed)
Penetrates the skin more deeply than any other essential plant oil. The Ricinoleic Acid in castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria making it an effective deep pore cleanser and treatment for acne and congested skin.
Cocoa Butter, natural unrefined
Triglycerides of fatty acids made from the beans of the cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao). Cocoa butter is a superb emollient that softens and protects chapped skin, relieves irritation and diminishes signs of wrinkling and stretch marks. Has a sweet chocolate smell.
Coconut Oil: *Organic
An effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of adverse side effects on the skin. Coconut oil helps treat psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin problems.
Cucumber Peel Extract
Rich rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes essential for strong cell growth and repair. A natural source for a fresh, powerful antioxidant. Revitalizes stressed and tired skin, leaving it calm, cool and radiant.
Evening of Primrose Oil: *Organic
Rich in gamma linoleic acid and omega fatty acids helps rejuvenate and moisturize skin. Evening Primrose Oil nourishes the skin, calms eczema and fights the effects of aging.
Germall Plus (Preservative)
Liquid Germall Plus is a broad spectrum, non-paraben preservative. It is effective against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, yeasts, and moulds. Compatible with virtually all cosmetic ingredients, including proteins and surfactants. Approved for use in both leave-on and rinse-off applications.
Grape seed Oil
Contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants. Polyphenols help slow the process of aging, as well as having anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which makes it great for helping to clear up acne. Using this oil will help prevent pores clogging, breakouts and help tone and tighten the skin.
Grape seed Extract
Citrus Grandis. Extract from the seeds of the grapefruit. A natural bactericide, preservative and stabilizer that is both tonic and astringent.
Green Tea Extract
Has strong anti-oxidant properties which aid in the prevention collagen breakdown. Regulates sebum production.
Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle)
Helichrysum italicum is the most powerfully anti-inflammatory essential oil, and an essential component in the treatment of Rosacea. The gentler Helichrysum Hydrosol treats inflamed and troubled skin and is an effective treatment for acne scars.
*indicative of USDA approved organic ingredients
Jojoba Oil, Organic
Contains Vitamin E, B Complex, and minerals silicon, chromium, copper and zinc as well as iodine which gives it it’s antimicrobial properties. Jojoba Oil’s structure is very similar to human skin’s sebum thus is able to penetrate the pores to unclog and free theskin of buildup and impurities. Because the structure so closely resembles natural sebum, it can actually trick the skin into producing less natural sebum, which unlike Jojoba, can clog pores. Jojoba may help treat acne by reducing sebum production and by protecting the skin from harmful bacteria.
Comprised of natural minerals. Its drawing action removes impurities from deep within the pores, leaving the skin clean, clear, and stimulated. Beneficial for troubled skin and in soaps for all skin types for added cleansing ability.
Manuka Honey: *Certified Organic UMF +12
Manuka Honey has a special anti-bacterial activity called Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). Laboratory research has shown that the UMF and hydrogen peroxide found in this honey kills bacteria. Research has found Manuka Honey a very effective topical use on burns, wounds , acne and eczema.. We use only 100% Certified Wedderspoon Manuka Honey in our products.
Oat Flour (Oatmeal)
Soothing to the skin and provides relieves your irritated, dry and itchy skin. Helps absorb oils, leaving a silky smooth feel to the skin. Can also act as a gentle exfoliant.
Perilla: *Certified Organic
A non-greasy oil quickly absorbed by the skin with no greasy residual and is both repairing and soothing. It is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for healthy skin. (60% Alpha-linoleic acid, 14% Omega-6). Perilla Seed Oil has been known to exhibit antiseptic activity, useful for preventing pimple causing bacteria. Perilla Seed Oil is also believed to suppress chronic inflammation and itchiness and is ideal for sensitive as well as mature and aging skin. Perilla Seed Oil also provides unparalleled antioxidant protection.
Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic
Rich in vitamins A, B, D & E; mineral and proteins. Has over 60% of unsaturated fatty acids and is rich in omega 3 an 6 fatty acids. Has restorative, soothing and scar healing properties, and is good for combating fine lines and moisture loss.
Rice Bran Oil
A nourishing and wholesome oil abundant in Vitamin E with its own natural SPF, has anti-oxidant properties.
Rose Hydrosol, Rosa demascena
Rosewater controls and balances sebum production, making it useful for both dry and oily skin. It can balance and restore the skin’s pH and help tighten pores. It’s antibacterial properties are beneficial against acne giving troubled skin providing a more gentle approach rather than harsh alcohol based toners.
Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic
Extremely high in essential fatty acids and is known to help treat dry, irritated, weathered skin. Due to its restorative, emollient and healing properties, it is used as a soft astringent to relieve skin irritations and to reduce age spots bringing back softness and suppleness to dry, damaged skin.
Shea Butter, Raw Unrefined, Butyrospermum parkii
Rawunrefined Shea Butter is the purest and most effective with a slight nutty smell. It’s an extraordinary skin moisturizer containing unsaturated fats, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, Vitamin E and D, pro vitamin A and Allantoin and is a minor sunscreen agent (up to SPF 6). It’s anti-inflammatory properties are superbly calming for eczema and skin with sensitivities. Shea Butter is easily absorbed into the skin and is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not block pores.
Baking Soda. A natural, alkaline salt crystal. Very effective cleansing agent and gentle exfoliant.
Soybean Oil, *Certified Organic (Non GMO)
Organic (Non GMO) Soy Bean Oil is packed with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E which enhances the process of cell rejuvenation, phytoestrogens, which aid in counteracting the effects of estrogen loss that are associated with aging and Lecithin which strengthens skin tissue and helps even out skin tone and improve texture. Soy also contains anti-inflammatory properties making it a gentle and effective oil in skin care for eczema and sensitive skin.
Tea-Tree Essential Oil
Used for its powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals. Vitamin E may help fade the appearance of scars and damaged skin. It also helps to fade brown spots and increase the skin’s moisture barrier so skin cells appear plumper and more hydrated.
White Willow Bark
Contains salicylic acid which aids in the removal old dead skin cells from the faceleaving a fresh radiance. Its anti-inflammatory properties can provide relieve for conditions such as rosacea as well as blemishes, acne as well as aging skin. Due to its mild exfoliating properties, it can also minimize age spots and discoloration.
A natural mineral that works as one of Mother Nature's most effective skinprotectants. Provides a natural block or barrier to wetness and moisture, aswell as to the sun's rays