In ancient Egypt Aloe was called “plant of immortality” and no wonder; Aloe Vera is filled with health-promoting vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential amino acids. Perhaps best known for its role soothing and healing sunburns, Aloe Vera is a versatile ingredient with many benefits and uses.
Aloe Vera is quickly absorbed into the skin, so it moisturizes and hydrates without leaving a greasy feel. Vitamin C and E, contained in Aloe Vera, improve the skin’s natural firmness and provide gentle healing properties to help accelerate the skin’s recovery from irritation or infection.
Aloe Vera also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which aid in soothing rashes and minor burns. Its cooling and soothing properties can reduce pain and swelling, making it an ideal ingredient to use after sun exposure or on skin irritations.
Bees Wax (Cera Flava)
A natural wax secreted by worker bees and manipulated to build honeycomb, Beeswax is melted and purified after honey is harvested to be used for cosmetics and creams. A sublime ingredient in lotions and ointments, Beeswax never goes bad and is safe if ingested. Historically, it had a wide range of functions, including cosmetics and dental fillings.
A natural alternative to petroleum, Beeswax contains vitamin A, known to promote healthy skin, cell growth, regeneration and repair. It draws moisture to skin and seals it, forming a protective barrier against irritants while still allowing skin to breathe. Used often in natural skin care products, beeswax is known for its soothing and smoothing qualities.
Studies show that Beeswax has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties, so go ahead, slather it on!
A unique product extracted from camphor laurel wood – wood, which grows in Japan, China and Indonesia. All laurel trees have a strong odour, emit large amounts of essential oils and volatile production. Camphor oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, disinfects and reduces pain and eliminates redness and dryness of the skin. It can be used for many diseases and when applied to the skin has the following effects:
• Calms very irritated and inflamed skin, removes signs of fatigue.
• Rejuvenates and stimulates the growth of young, new cells, actively smooths uneven layers of the epidermis, eliminates wrinkles.
• Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties, allowing to heal inflammation, acne, pimples and other skin rashes.
• Makes the skin extremely smooth, even and silky and regenerates damaged tissues.
• Helps cells to intensify the process of production of collagen, elastin fibres, resulting in suspension of the aging processes.
• Improves complexion, eliminating unpleasant redness and pigmentation.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula is a remarkable flower, healing everything from diaper rash to eczema to cold sores. Used medicinally for centuries to treat skin conditions and prevent infections, it contains a high level of flavonoids, acting as anti-oxidants and boosting the body’s natural immunities.
A key ingredient in many of our products, Calendula’s anti-inflammatory properties calm irritated skin while its anti-bacterial properties help treat and prevent infections that cause those infections. Calendula effectively treats sunburn, rashes including diaper rash, insect bites and extremely dry skin.
Calendula’s plant extracts contain high levels of essential oils providing maximum moisturize. It absorbs deeply and fully allowing Calendula’s properties to fortify the skin for many hours.
We think of Chamomile as a calm, relaxing, and stomach-soothing, tea-drinking experience. Chamomile’s benefits, however, extend well beyond the breadth of relaxing with a cup of tea.
Due to its remarkable ability to soothe the skin from dryness and irritation, Chamomile is a key ingredient—in extract or oil form—in many of our natural skin products. A natural antiseptic, Chamomile’s antibacterial properties clean and protect wounds from infections and its anti-inflammatory properties can actually reduce swelling from rashes. It is especially effective for those with sensitive skin.
Chamomile is also effective in soothing minor burns and sunburn. With a pleasing, gentle scent, it is often used in aromatherapy as it calms and relaxes the body and mind.
Chickweed (Stellaria Media)
Chickweed has long been used for healing and soothing purposes, such as reducing inflammation, regeneration and stimulation of collagen needed for skin and fighting germs.
Today, chickweed is more commonly used in topical ointment form to treat a variety of skin conditions. When applied topically, chickweed cleanses the skin, eliminates inflammation and treats the following skin conditions: Contact dermatitis, Eczema, Itchy skin, Psoriasis, Acne, Rashes, Wounds, Burns, Insect bites and more.
Coconut (cocos nucifera)
Coconut has become a choice drink for athletes and runners for its hydrating abilities in the form of water, but its hydrating properties don’t stop there!
Extracted from coconuts and used as a base for many soaps and lotions, Coconut oil has exceptional abilities to deeply moisturize and nourish. With hydrating properties similar to petroleum, Coconut oil coats and penetrates skin without suffocating pores. The oil also reduces protein loss in hair, leaving behind remarkable shine.
Coconut oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, so is effective in preventing and treating skin irritations such as diaper rash. It is especially beneficial for treating dry and chapped lips. Coconut Oil also prevents free-radical damage to skin and can strengthen skin tissue.
Dead Sea Mineral
The Dead Sea’s mineral-rich waters consist of: Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Sulfur, Phosphorus, Sodium, Iron, Iodine, Bromine, Silicon, Manganese and many others. Each of the natural compositions plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin:
- Iodine exhibits bactericidal properties, regulates the hormonal balance;
- Bromine has antiseptic and sedative effects;
- Potassium is responsible for moisture level in cells, promotes rapid tissue regeneration;
- Magnesium protects the skin from inflammation;
- Calcium is essential for bone formation, and its deficiency impairs blood clotting;
- Iron is involved in oxygen transport and the process of formation of red blood cells;
- Silicon stimulates the renewal of skin cells, inhibits the ageing process;
- Sulfur promotes the formation of new collagen fibres responsible for skin elasticity.
Become acquainted with the healing powers of Geranium Oil. Known to encourage cell regeneration and growth, the oil heals skin irritation and damage. Geranium has been found to increase the circulation of blood, which is also an important factor in skin healing.
Geranium oil’s pleasant scent and anti-bacterial properties make it ideal for cleansing delicate items such as baby bottles and pacifiers.
Glyceryl Stearate is a chemical naturally produced in the body. When used as an ingredient in skin care products, it’s derived typically from Palm kernel oil, soy oil, or vegetable oil.
Glyceryl Stearate has a waxy feel and is added to products to make cream’s texture smooth. On the skin it lubricates, forming a barrier to limit moisture loss and making the skin soft and smooth. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage, such as pollution, which impacts the skin as it ages.
A perennial plant native to eastern North America. Its roots and leaves have been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, especially those involving infections or inflammation.
Today goldenseal ranks amongst the most popular herbal remedies worldwide. Teas, herbal extracts, or capsules sourced from this plant are used to treat colds, hay fever, digestive problems, sore gums, and skin problems. The herb is naturally rich in a class of alkaloid compounds, these alkaloids are linked to antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and studies suggest that these active compounds in goldenseal, help treat inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
Pressed from the seeds of grapes, Grapeseed Oil is often a by-product of winemaking. The oil is a supreme moisturizer because of its light and thin texture, and it leaves a glossy sheen over the skin without leaving a greasy feel.
Grapeseed Oil also contains vitamins A, B, C, E and more linoleic acid than other oils, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties. It also contains anti-oxidants that can protect skin cells from damage due to the sun and other environmental factors.
The flavonoids present in Grapeseed Oil stimulate blood stream, and the presence of collagen keeps your body from aging, promotes toning of the body and healing of damaged tissues
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Because of its deliciously clean scent, Lavender or lavare in Latin, means “to wash”. Used in potpourris for centuries, it is perhaps best known in aromatherapy for its calming abilities. Lavender’s benefits, however, go well beyond air-freshening.
According to dermatologists, Lavender Oil is one of the most beneficial oils to treat acne, and its antiseptic properties can prevent bacteria and treat bacterial infections. An antifungal agent, Lavender Oil can prevent and treat fungal infections such as diaper rash. Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce swelling and inflammation of the skin. It can also stimulate new cell formation which helps to accelerate healing of minor burns and skin abrasions and can help to reduce scarring. Lavender also helps to treat skin conditions, specifically those aggravated by stress.
For the hair, Lavender is useful against hair lost and for hair regrowth when rubbed into the scalp. It has also shown to be effective against lice and lice eggs.
Lavender is also indicated in soothing respiratory conditions as it soothes and opens up passages.
Lavender oil is suitable for use with all skin types, including young and sensitive skin.
Liquorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
Liquorice is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies, comes from the root of the liquorice plant.
Liquorice root contains over 300 compounds, some of which demonstrate potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral effects as a result, liquorice root extract is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema.
Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can be exceptionally helpful in easing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and dermatitis.
Nettle acts as a natural astringent, tightens and firms the skin, accelerates the healing process of wounds and burns. Due to its rich content of histamine, chlorophyll, oxyacetylene, and iron it also assists in easing itchy skin, gives relief in joint pain and arthritis.
Olive Oil is known as a healthy oil when ingested, but the benefits of Olive oil extend to the skin as well.
A natural and hypoallergenic moisturiser, Olive Oil contains Vitamins A and E to help repair and renew skin damaged by the elements. Its anti-inflammatory properties can heal skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Packed with antioxidants to defend against free-radical damage, Olive Oil keeps skin looking young and can even protect skin from certain cancers.
Also known as Mahonia aquifolium is Part of the Berberidaceae family, the chemicals in Oregon grape fight bacterial and fungal infections, relieves symptoms of psoriasis and other skin conditions by improving the severity and area of itchy and inflamed skin. Scientific research also suggests when Oregon grape is applied to the skin it slows the overproduction of skin cells in diseases such as psoriasis.
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Peppermint is a cross between water mint and spearmint, and its oil is derived from the Peppermint plant. Its most common uses are as flavoring in foods and drinks and as fragrance in soaps.
Peppermint’s distinctively fresh, clean and uplifting aroma is known to reduce tension and clear congestion. Peppermint oil’s antibacterial properties can reduce skin irritations and itching caused by insect bites and other irritants. It cools skin in the summer month and ideal for normal and oily skins.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Rosemary is known to stimulate the blood flow and the metabolism. The stimulant properties refresh and rejuvenate, helping you to feel energized and invigorated. The circulatory benefits of Rosemary can lead to an improved complexion. Rosemary can also promote toning and firming of the skin. Rosemary is useful in reducing excess oil therefore is useful in hair and skin care products, especially for those prone to oily skin and hair. Its ability to reduce excess oil in the skin complements its antibacterial properties making it helpful in treating skin prone to outbreaks.
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides)
Sea Buckthorn is a natural ingredient used in our skin care products due to its many beneficial characteristics. It is deeply nourishing and easily absorbed, benefitting the regeneration of skin tissue. Provitamin A and Vitamin E in Sea Buckthorn can help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV radiation and minimize the long term effects of sun exposure. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes healing therefore it is an ideal ingredient for skin care products used after sun exposure and in the case of skin irritation, sores and minor burns.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
Shea butter is an intensive moisturizer which contains fatty acids and Vitamin E making it ideal for nourishing and restoring dry and cracked skin. It can help to restore elasticity to the skin, minimizing stretch marks and scarring. Shea butter can also help to heal cuts, burns and rashes. It possesses protecting properties against environmental influences including UV says and sun damage.
Also known as sarsaparilla is the member of the lily family which is used for medicinal uses. It is used as an aid for health problems and is exceptionally effective at disinfecting your skin, purifying the blood, lowering toxins in the body, promoting immunity, preventing the chances of skin infection and improving the body’s response to illness.
In traditional medicine, it is used to treat leprosy, tumors, cancer, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, rheumatism arthritis, gout, muscle & joint ache. It possesses the compounds like parillin, saponins and flavonoids that ease the flare ups in body and ease discomfort as well as pain.
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
Pressed from the nut kernels of the Sweet Almond tree, this fine, nearly colorless and odorless oil is especially mild and gentle making it ideal for babies. It is extremely well-tolerated by the skin and is easily absorbed, feeling light and dry on the skin. Due to its high content of essential fatty acids, it protects the skin from drying and improves the skin’s barrier function, keeping it smooth and supple. Can be used to treat bed sores and nappy rashes amongst other skin ailments. Sweet Almond Oil is soothing and calming.
Tea Tree Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
Tea Tree Oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. By reducing the population of fungus on the skin, Tea Tree Oil can treat and prevent itching from occurring. The anti-inflammatory properties of Tea Tree Oil also help to calm irritated skin, effectively treating the symptoms of many other skin irritations.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Thyme is packed with vitamin C, and is a good source of vitamin A – both these nutrients help boost immunity, accelerate wound healing and given its antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, thyme oil can protect your skin from related infections.
Thyme oil also is effective at reducing acne-causing bacteria and symptoms of skin condition such as eczema. Healing dry, itchy scales, sores, wounds, scars, skin rashes and cuts, slowing down the aging process and leaving healthy and glowing skin.
A plant with powerful medicinal properties that can be used in a variety of ways. Most often applied to the skin and scalp, witch hazel is widely known for its ability to ease inflammation and soothe sensitive skin.
Containing many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid, tannins and antioxidants that are useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.
Studies show that topically-applied witch hazel acts as an astringent, causing your tissues to contract to help shrink pores, while also soothing your skin and relieving inflammation.
Witch hazel help treat scalp sensitivity and provide relief from symptoms, such as itching, dryness and tenderness caused by conditions like psoriasis or eczema and other scalp problems, such as dandruff.
Wheat Germ Oil
When applied to the skin, Wheat Germ oil is healing and hydrating. It soothes inflamed skin and relieves itching caused by sunburn, dry skin conditions and skin irritations. Due to its high levels of Vitamin E and antioxidants, Wheat Germ oil has the ability to stimulate new cell growth as well as repairing and preventing damage to skin cells caused by factors such as pregnancy and sun exposure. This cell growth and repair can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks and scars. Wheat Germ is also used as a natural preservative.