* denotes organic ingredient
Allantoin is, in nature, an extract of the comfrey plant and is also present in uric acid. It is thought to have skin conditioning properties. It helps to keep the skin moisturized. We absolutely love this ingredient and use it in our formulas as often as possible. The allantoin we use is a nature identical synthetic. This removes the concern of this being an animal derived ingredient.
Apricot kernel oil is rich in Vitamins A and E and high in both oleic and linoleic acids. It is quickly absorbed so there is no greasy feeling left behind. We use a cold pressed, non-solvent extracted oil. Apricot kernel oil is good for all skin types, including babies and is an especially excellent oil for dry or sensitive skin.
Ascorbyl palmitate is formed by combining Vitamin C with palmitic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. This creates an oil soluble form of Vitamin C that is used in foods, supplements and skin products. It is considered a very safe and gentle form of Vitamin C as the palmitic acid serves to buffer the C.
Australian ivory clay is the most gentle of all clays and is suitable for even the most sensitive skins of babies and the elderly. It is the whitest form of kaolin clay. Kaolin clays are known for absorbing excess oils without over-drying the skin. It has natural cleansing properties.
Babassu oil* is pressed from the kernels of the babassu palm tree. It has excellent moisturizing properties that do not leave an oily residue. It is high in lauric acid. Being a cousin of coconut oil, it has almost all of the amazing benefits but without the coconut fragrance and oilier after-feel. Those who feel they are sensitive to coconut oil generally do not have the same experience with babassu oil.
Benzoin essential oil (not to be confused with benzine or benzene) is extracted from the resin of the Benzoin tree and is also known as Gum Benjamin. It has a wonderful vanilla scent and is used to 'fix' fragrance ingredients such as other essential oils. It has a warm, grounding fragrance.
Boron Nitride is an inorganic mineral synthesized from the elements boron and nitrogen. It is used to create a higher, longer-lasting adherence of cosmetics as well as to diffuse lines and offer opacity. It is skin conditioning and gentle on even very sensitive skin. It assists in excess oil absorbency.
Broccoli seed oil is known as nature's alternative to silicones. It is pressed from the seeds of the Brassica oleracea italica and contains 50% erucic acid, a fatty acid that imparts a natural sheen. Rich in Vitamin A , it leaves a protective barrier on the skin without a greasy feel.
Bromelain is an enzyme that comes from the pineapple plant. Skin cells are proteins and bromelain acts to clean dead surface cells. We use this ingredient to exfoliate without abrading and damaging the skin. Our bromelain is not derived from genetically modified plants.
Candelilla wax is the wax coating on the leaves of the candelilla shrub making it a vegan ingredient. It is used for personal care, food products and pharmaceuticals along with many other uses. It has protectant, emollient and skin conditioning properties as well as adding a lasting shine.
Capuacu butter is an edible butter extracted from the seeds of the Capuacu tree. It is hydrating, softening, smoothing and non-greasy. It is excellent for dry and damaged skin. Many refer to it as the plant version of lanolin but with superior hydration minus the skin sensitization.
Carnauba Wax is a vegetable wax obtained from the leaves of the 'Tree of Life' palm tree. The tree exudes a wax through its fan-shaped leaves which are pruned annually to harvest the wax. It is a hard and brittle wax used in food, cosmetics, the automotive industry and more. It has a high melt point giving lipsticks and waxy products added heat resistance.
Castor oil is a cleansing oil as well as having excellent moisturizing capabilities. It is rich in fatty acids. Used alone it can also be drying to the skin which is why we use it combined with other oils.
Chromium oxide green is a mineral pigment approved for use on the eyes and face but not the lips. In nature, it occurs as the rare mineral eskolaite. It is an inorganic compound.
Cocoa butter is a pure, edible vegetable fat pressed from the cocoa bean, the seeds of the Cacao Tree. It is naturally rich in vitamin E (making it one of the most stable fats known) as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. It is a natural emollient. It contains skin softening agents and can help the skin retain moisture. Consisting mainly of a rich blend of beneficial fatty acids (palmitic, stearic, and oleic) which may reduce the appearance wrinkles, age spots, and scars. Cocoa butter provides a barrier for the skin and contains only trace amounts of caffeine and theobromine.
Coconut (shredded)* and (fiber)* contain many of the same benefits as the oil. Shredded coconut still has a significant amount of oil present while coconut fiber has had most of the oil extracted. We use organic food grade for both ingredients. The fiber from the coconut acts as a gentle, non-irritating exfoliant without sharp edges that abrade.
Comfrey root powder contains allantoin and is rich in vitamins B12, B1, B2, C, E, A and pantothenic acid as well as a source of calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.
Copper infused distilled water is made from 99.999% pure copper and distilled water. Copper is a necessary element.
Fractionated coconut oil is a colorless, odorless and tasteless food-grade oil. It is non-greasy and non-comedogenic and there are generally few skin reactions to this oil. It is steam distilled to contain only the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) of coconut oil which makes it a light, non-staining and stable liquid oil with an indefinite shelf life.
French green clay is a soft, green, mineral-rich clay. It absorbs impurities and oil on the skin while lessening the appearance of pores. It temporarily firms, tones and refreshes. It is appropriate for all skin types, especially blemish prone skin.
Green tea* used topically contains cleansing properties and may reduce the visible size of pores.
Iron oxide is a naturally occurring, inorganic mineral. It comes in varying colors depending on the amount of heat to which it has been subjected. It is used as a cosmetic colorant. Because of possible contamination by undesirable minerals in nature, iron oxides used in cosmetics are synthesized and purified. It is extremely rare that they cause reactions.
Jojoba esters are all natural, interesterified, or hydrogenated, jojoba oil, meaning the oil has had its triglycerides removed. This creates varying levels of solid wax containing the same benefits as the oil.
Jojoba oil is actually not an oil but a liquid wax ester giving it a waxy, non-greasy feel that closely resembles that of skin's sebum. It is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba bush. It contains tocopherols (forms of Vitamin E) that give it an indefinite life while extending the life span of any oils used with it. We use unrefined, pesticide free jojoba oil. It is non-comodogenic, non-reactive and highly moisturizing.
Kaolin clay is a cleansing clay when it is left on the skin as a powder or used wet in cleansers or masks. Kaolin clay is known for absorbing excess oils without drawing necessary oil from the skin. Good for all skin types, it is the mildest of all clays and is especially suitable for people with sensitive skin. It can gently exfoliate dead surface skin.
Lavender Essential Oil is obtained from an edible flower that promotes sensory calming and soothing. It may assist in reducing the appearance of scarring.
Lemongrass Essential Oil* comes from a perennial grass which is said to have cleansing properties. It is a lemony/citrus, uplifting and soothing fragrance. As a source of essential vitamins, the grass is often used as a tea to support healthy digestion.
Manganese violet is a naturally occurring, inorganic salt used as a cosmetic pigment. Because it is often contaminated in nature, it is synthesized in order to maintain purity. It is rare for this ingredient to cause skin reactions.
Mica is a silicate mineral. It can have a matte or iridescent appearance depending on how it is ground. It has reflective and refractive abilities and can therefor create an appearance of smooth, flawless skin. It is approved for all forms of cosmetics and is also considered safe for use in toothpaste.
Moringa Oil is an edible oil commonly referred to as ben oil. It contains a high concentration of Vitamins A and C. It is safe for use when skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and cold sores are present. It is highly moisturizing yet light with exfoliating properties.
MSM or methylsulfonylmethane, is an organic sulfur compound (not to be confused with sulfa or sulfates) known as 'natures beauty mineral'. As a cosmetic, it brightens the appearance of skin.
Multani mitti clay is also known as fuller's earth. It is the decomposition of volcanic ash. A cleansing clay, it is exceptional for absorbing excess oil and creating radiant skin. It removes dead surface skin cells which allows skin to breathe.
Murumuru butter comes from the edible fruit of the murumuru palm tree. Creating a light barrier on the skin, it is especially beneficial to dry skin. It is light and melts on contact. Full of essential fatty acids and vitamins, it is considered non irritating for those with skin conditions.
Neem leaf powder is an herb that has been used for centuries. The leaves contain a natural astringent that helps the skin appear taught and smooth without drying and is, in fact, moisturizing. It contains natural vitamin C which does not promote blemishes and promotes a youthful appearance.
Olive squalane is a vegetable source of squalane, a naturally occurring component of sebum. It is an organic compound naturally found in olive oil and produced during the refinement. It is an odorless, colorless, light, non-staining oil. It is hydrating, non-greasy and protective to the skin.
Palm oil* is an edible, healthy vegetable oil from the palm fruit. We use Fair Trade, sustainable palm oil with part of its unsaturated fat removed. It is high in palmitic and oleic acids, and carotenes, including tocopherols and tocotrienols, giving protective properties for the oil. It is trans-fat free and non-hydrogenated.
Rice bran oil is an edible oil that is extracted from the bran of brown rice. It is rich in many vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It contains a large amount of tocopherols and tocotrienols. A mild, usually non-allergenic oil, it is safe for dry, sensitive, mature and delicate skin. It is considered smoothing and improving of skin appearance.
Rice powder is a light, food grade powder. It offers slow absorbency so it will work throughout the day to reduce shine without drying the skin when used as a powder. It is sometimes used as a gentle exfoliant that does not abrade skin or as a cleanser. A brightener and smoother that gives skin a glow, it is cooling to the skin.
Rhassoul clay is an ancient clay from Morocco. It is considered to be highly cleansing and safe for all skin types due to more moisturizing and less drying properties. Rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium, it cleanses surface impurities and gently exfoliates. It can create the appearance of tighter, firmer skin. As an exfoliant, it may improve texture and clarity of the skin.
Spearmint essential oil* is a mild and sweet mint oil. It is an uplifting and yet calming fragrance. It has a cooling, refreshing aroma and flavor and is widely used in foods.
Sunflower lecithin is used as an emulsifier. Lecithin contains B vitamins, choline (an essential nutrient), and inositol. It acts as a stabilizing agent, surfactant, emulsifier and antioxidant. Lecithin is a fat-like substance, known as a phospholipid. We use sunflower lecithin in order to avoid soy products whenever possible.
Sweet orange essential oil* is used in the cosmetic and food industries for the cleansing, fragrance and flavoring properties it contains. It is said to lift the mood and energize while still being calming and stress reducing. It is commonly used in aromatherapy. The oil is extracted from the peel of the orange and can be especially good for dissolving excess oils. It is considered moisturizing .
Titanium dioxide occurs in nature as minerals rutile, anatase and brookite. These are purified for use in cosmetics, paints and foods. It is a white, odorless, absorbent powder commonly used as a sunscreen because of its refractive properties. It is the most widely used white pigment. It is used as a whitener, brightener and opacifier. Although it is considered safe for consumption, because it is non-nutritive we do not prefer it added to our foods and find it is not always listed on the ingredients of foods that contain it. It is not known to be absorbed through the skin in larger particle sizes and we do not use 'nano' sized particles in the formulation of our cosmetics.
Trehalose is an edible plant sugar that adds moisturizing properties to cosmetics. It has high water retention, rehydrating and binding capabilities. Unlike many humectants that we have found to wick moisture out of the skin, Trehalose seems to leave moisture on the skin.
Tremella mushroom extract* is a food-grade supplement used by us to exfoliate and increase moisture on the skin. It contains a high level of vitamins, proteins, fats, amino acids, minerals and glycogen. It is considered to improve the complexion and overall appearance of skin.
Ultramarine blue is a blue cosmetic and paint pigment that was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli stones into a fine powder. Since the 1800's it has been lab synthesized by heating and purifying clay, sulfur and other minerals. It is considered safe for cosmetic use on the eyes and face but not lips. It was given the name 'ultramarine' which means 'over the sea' because of its deep blue color.
Vitamin E oil, also known as tocopherol, is an anti-oxidant (not a preservative) used in both cosmetics and foods. It is an essential, fat-soluble vitamin. It is considered skin conditioning and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is commonly used on burns and scars. A naturally gluten free ingredient, the Vitamin E oil we currently use does come from soybean oil, however, the protein is removed in the refining process and should not cause a problem for those of us with soy related allergies.
Vegetable glycerin is a sweet, sticky, clear fluid derived from fats and oils known as a sugar alcohol although it is neither sugar nor alcohol. Colorless and odorless, it is used in foods and toothpastes for its sweetening and solvent properties. Although it is considered a humectant, we don't like to use it in that manner. In our experience, it not only draws moisture from the air, it also removes it from the surface of the skin when left there for extended lengths of time. Because of this, we find it best used with moisturizing ingredients that counter this effect and allow it to do what we feel it does best which is to cleanse. It is lubricating, emollient, softening, and non-comodogenic.
Watermelon seed oil is pressed from dried watermelon seeds. The seeds are edible and contain essential fatty acids, vitamins (particularly B and E), and minerals such as copper, manganese, magnesium, and zinc making it a very nourishing oil for skin. It is highly moisturizing and is non-greasy. Good for all skin types, including babies, it does not clog pores. It is said to have antioxidant properties.
White willow bark extract is taken from the bark of the white willow tree which contains salicin and salicylic acid. Having astringent and exfoliant properties, it has been used for thousands of years. Our white willow extract is made of only white willow and contains no fillers.
Zinc oxide occurs in nature as the mineral zincite. Zinc is an inorganic, element with many different functions and especially soothing for the skin. It is used as colorant in cosmetics and as a sun-screening agent. It has astringent properties and is protective. It assists in coverage and adhesion of cosmetics.