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- Ingredients Almanac -
All about the ingredients in our Skincare Potions

 

What is an Ingredient Almanac?

 

Our Ingredient Almanac is designed to provide clarity and transparency around the ingredients used in our skincare products. 

 

We believe that everyone should be able to know and understand what ingredients are in their skincare, so they can make informed decisions about their skincare routine.

In addition, we hope our almanac reassures you that the ingredients we use and the products we make are not subject to 'greenwashing'. You can find out more about our ethos and values around our natural skincare here.

 

What is 'Greenwashing'?

 

The term 'Greenwashing' is a deceptive practice that is becoming increasingly common in the skincare industry.

 

It is when companies use marketing tactics that make their products appear more environmentally friendly or natural than they actually are.

 

Companies may use terms such as "natural" or "eco-friendly" without meeting the necessary standards or being ethically truthful.

 

Why use Preservatives?

Preservatives have a pretty poor reputation, and with good reason, many have been shown to be significantly damaging to skin and even general health. But not all preservatives are created equally. Some are either derived from natural ingredients or are 'nature identical'. Want to know more about the difference?

We are not shy in saying that we do use preservatives in the products that need them. Using the right preservatives protects the product and your skin from microbial growth, moulds, fungus, oxidation, and contamination, while also helping to prolong the shelf life of the product. The preservatives we use allow us to create natural skincare products that are safe and effective for all skin types and they are either ECOCERT, COSMOS and/or are Soil Association Approved.

 

We would not use or sell any water or water-based skincare products that have no preservation ingredient. Some natural ingredients act like preservatives or antioxidants, and these ingredients are perfect for some products instead of preservatives. When we can, we use these ingredients instead of preservatives, but sometimes preservatives are the safest way to go.  We actively formulate our products to reduce the need for preservatives. For example, our Face Mud Masks Powders are in powder form so that we do not need to add water and therefore we do not need to use preservatives. If the consumer adds the water just before applying, preservatives are not required.

 

Do our skincare potions contain allergens?

As we use natural ingredients in our potions, many of the allergy-inducing usual suspects' are not present. However, some people are sensitive or even allergic to natural ingredients (fruits and plants for example) so please be aware that just because it is natural it does not mean it is allergy free for everyone.

 

Essential oils are complex compounds extracted from plants, and contain a number of naturally occurring allergens according to European Union cosmetic regulation. However we carefully follow essential oils safety guidelines issued by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), ensuring the allergens fall below the limits recommended by IFRA. Our products also undergo robust Cosmetic Product Safety Reports assessment to ensure our skincare potions are safe to use. We always tell you about Essential Oil's naturally occurring allergens on our ingredients list and if you have any questions you can always contact us. 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Many essential oils are not suitable during pregnancy please speak to your health care provider or a medical herbalist for advice. 

 

We use many different natural ingredients including, oats containing Gluten, citrus fruit essential oils, and oils from nuts and seeds including almond oil, and although we follow all good practice manufacturing guidelines and deep clean between batches, we cannot guarantee our products are  cross-contaminate free. If you have any questions or would like more information on this please do not hesitate to contact to us.

The Ingredients we use in our Skincare Potions:

Lavender Essential Oil
INCI: Lavandula Angustifolia Oil

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Lavender Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

Has been shown to support hair growth, and provide improvements in a wide range of skin conditions such as Eczema, dermatitis, Psoriasis and general itchy and inflamed skin.  Finally, it has been shown to support the rejuvenation and healing of damaged and wounded skin.

Wellbeing properties:

Its scent is said to improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety and feelings of stress. It has also been found to reduce headaches, migraines and increase mental wellbeing when used regularly.

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Peppermint Essential Oil
INCI: Mentha Piperita Oil

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Peppermint Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

Has been used for hundreds of years as a cooling, relaxing, antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oil for skin, muscle cramps and joint stiffness.

Wellbeing properties:

Perppermint is said to be a decongestant temporarily reducing congestion in colds, and it has also been shown to be useful in IBS and Crohn’s diseases, by reducing cramping. It has well researched anti nausea propertises, reducing nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy, post operatively and for travel sickness.

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Frankincense Essential Oil
INCI: Boswellia Serrata Oil

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Frankincense Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

There are studies which show Frankincense is an antiseptic, disinfectant and anti-inflammatory. Due to its possible anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to improve skin elasticity, it is said to prevent signs of ageing. Also as an aid to further heal closed wounds as it has shown immune enhancing properties in some research.

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Neroli Essential Oil
INCI: Citrus aurantium amara flower oil and parfum (natural fragrance)

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Neroli Essential Oil

 

We love Neroli Oil, but it is one of the most expensive essential oils on the market. We choose to use a Neroli oil which is combined with other citrus blossom essential oils to create an exact scent at a much more economically sustainable price. This is a 100% natural essential oil parfum without any synthetics. 

Skincare properties:

Several small studies indicate antimicrobial/ anti fungal and antioxidant properties of Neroli may contribute to the reduction of anti-ageing skin processes. Due to its anti-imflamitory qualities conditions such as acne, scar tissue, stretch marks, also inflamed skin in general may benefit from this oil.

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Bergamot Essential Oil
INCI: Citrus Bergamia Oil (FCF)

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Bergamot Essential Oil

 

Bergamot has to be one of the most wonderful smelling essentail oils harvested. It is citrusy and floral and fresh but relaxing all at once. Bergamot contains furocoumarin which is phototoxic (meaning that this oil can make skin sensitive to sunburn in direct sunlight). Our Bergamot is FCF which mean the free of furocoumarin making it suitable for skin regardless of the weather.

Skincare properties:

There are several compounds in bergamot oil that are known to have wound-healing activities, and anti-inflammatory properties which aid in the treatment of acne or other small wounds on the skin. It is also know help improve psoriasis symptoms.

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Lemon Verbena  Essential Oil
INCI: Lippia Citriodora Oil

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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

Through research of plant terpene and phenolic compounds lemon verbena shows antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory qualities useful in treating eczema and acne. Toning actions on skin also help prevent excess sebum production.  Lemon Verbena exhibits an all round healing promotion for skin conditions.

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Patchouli Essential Oil
INCI: Pogostemon Cablin Oil

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Patchouli Essential Oil

 

Patchouli is a traditional ingredient in incense - a cleansing scent used in many religions, to aid prayer and meditation. 

 

Skincare properties:

Research supports Patchouli as having antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Research also suggests that it promotes collagen production and the reduction of fine lines.

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Rose Geranium

Essential Oil
INCI: Pelargonium Graveolens Oil

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Rose Geranium Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

Containing many plant compounds found in Lavender (the Queen of essential oils), Rose Geranium is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and can be soothing for many skin ailments; acne, fungal infections and minor wounds/bites.  Antioxidants and skin astringent properties in the plant also help with skin ageing by removing dead skin cells and can help to tone and brighten skin. Finally, some research also suggest that the scent can aid women experiencing reduced estrogen and health-related symptoms caused by menopause and perimenopause.

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Ylang Ylang

Essential Oil
INCI: Cananga Odorata Oil

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

Ylang Ylang is considered to balance sebum production and reduce oily skin and hair and is used to decrease skin irritation. Research shows high antioxidant components to the oil have been found suggest benefits to skin health in general, however reseach is limited. It is more often used for it intoxicating and deep floral scent and is used by some of the most famous perfumers in the world.

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Sweet Orange

Essential Oil
INCI: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil

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Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Sustainable Upcycled By Product)

 

Skincare properties:

Sweet Orange Oil is an effective anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal and there research suggesting that it contains anticancer agents. We use Sweet Orange oil for it beautiful zesty fresh orange scent that reminds us of summer mornings. This oil is made from the discarded peel of the fruit juice industry. 

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Pink Grapefruit

Essential Oil
INCI: Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil

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Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil (Sustainable Upcycled By Product)

 

Skincare properties:

grapefruit oil is used in skincare products as a drying agent for oily skin while inhibiting the growth of bacteria and helping to heal damaged skin with its antioxidant rich oil. Useful in acne prevention and treatment also in inflammatory skin conditions. This oil is made from the discarded peel of the fruit juice industry. 

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Lime Essential Oil
INCI: Citrus Aurantifolia Oil

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Lime Essential Oil

 

Skincare properties:

Lime is known to be an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti viral essential oil that supports skin brightening and reduction in blemishes and acne.

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Sweet Almond Oil
INCI: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil

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Sweet Almond Oil - (cold pressed)

 

Skincare properties:

Sweet Almond Oil is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, and healthy fatty acids. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-aging effects. Vitamin E helps to nourish the skin, fatty acids and proteins help to keep the skin hydrated,  and antioxidants help to protect the skin from environmental damage. It is also an effective moisturizer and can help to reduce inflammation and irritation. Sweet almond oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores or cause acne. Finally, it has anti-aging properties that can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

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Apricot Kernel Oil
INCI: Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil

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Apricot Kernel Oil (Sustainable Upcycled By Product) -Organic, cold pressed 

 

Skincare properties:

Apricot Kernel Oil is a rich, nourishing oil, perfect for natural skincare. It is light in texture and easily absorbed, making it suitable for all skin types. It is high in Vitamin A (natures Retinol), which helps to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. It is also rich in fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic, which help to protect and moisturise the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce inflammation and irritation, while the antioxidant properties help to protect skin cells from free radical damage. Finally, it can be used to help reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots. This oil is made from the discarded apricot kernel of the fruit juice and jam industry. 

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Thistle Oil
INCI: Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil

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Thistle (Safflower) Oil -Organic, cold presssed 

 

Skincare properties:

Thistle Oil also knows as Safflower oil is packed with healthy fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. It is a great moisturiser for the skin as it helps to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated. It also helps to reduce inflammation and redness, improve skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, it can help to protect the skin from free radicals and UV damage. 

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Grapeseed Oil
INCI: Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil

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Grapeseed Oil (Sustainable Upcycled By Product) 

 

Skincare properties:

Grapeseed oil is light and easily absorbed, making it an ideal moisturiser for both dry and oily skin. It is also high in linoleic acid, which helps to protect the skin from damage and can help to reduce inflammation. Grapeseed oil also has antioxidant and anti-aging properties, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, it helps to balance the skin’s natural oils, making it great for those with combination skin. Finally, its anti-bacterial properties can help to reduce acne breakouts. This oil is made from the discarded seeds from the wine and fruit juice industry. 

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Calendula Infused Oil
INCI: Calendula Officinalis Flower & Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

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Calendula Infused Oil -Organic, cold pressed

 

Skincare properties:

Calendula flowers infused in sunflower oil creates a wonderful oil packed with natural antioxidants. This oil is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which make it great for soothing and calming irritated skin. It also helps to moisturise and nourish the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Calendula Infused oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, making it a great choice for treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Furthermore, it can be used to reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes while promoting healing and cell regeneration.

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Jojoba Oil
INCI: Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil.

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Jojoba Oil -Organic, cold pressed 

 

Skincare properties:

Jojoba oil is actually not a true oil but a liquid wax ester. It is very similar to the oil that our skin and hair produces and this similarity helps to balance the skin's natural oil production, therefore it is great for oil skin and skin prone to acne.   It is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores, and is rich in vitamins including vitamin E and minerals. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, helping to treat skin conditions like acne. Jojoba oil is also great for moisturizing and nourishing the skin, as it is naturally rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Finally, it can help soothe inflammation and irritation, making it a great oil for sensitive skin.

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Hemp Oil
INCI: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

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Hemp Oil -Organic, cold pressed 

 

Skincare properties:

Hemp oil can deeply nourish and hydrate the skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, hemp oil can help to reduce inflammation, improve skin texture, and even help to reduce acne breakouts. It is also packed with antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from environmental damage and reduce signs of aging. Hemp oil can even help to balance the skin's natural oils, helping to keep it hydrated without feeling greasy or clogging pores. 

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Arnica Oil
INCI: Arnica Montana Flower Extract & Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

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Arnica Infused Oil, cold pressed

 

Skincare properties:

Arnica flowers are infused in Sunflower oil and can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness, swelling, and itching. It also has antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from environmental damage. Arnica oil is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of acne scars and wrinkles. It can be used as a spot treatment on blemishes. The Sunflower Oil is also known to help improve the skin’s elasticity and tone. Note- arnica is not to be used on freshly open skin.

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Evening Primrose Oil
INCI: Oenothera Biennis Oil

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Evening Primrose Oil, Organic, cold pressed

Skincare properties:

Evening Primrose oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which helps protect skin cells and moisturise the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and irritation. Evening primrose oil can also help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, as well as improve skin's texture and appearance. Additionally, it is a natural source of antioxidants, which can help protect skin from damage caused by environmental stressors. Finally, evening primrose oil can also help improve skin’s elasticity.

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Rosehip Oil
INCI: Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil 

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Rosehip Oil -Organic, cold pressed 

 

Skincare properties:

Rosehip seed oil is renowned for its skin-nourishing properties. It is packed with powerful essential fatty acids, vitamins including Vitamin C, and antioxidants that can help nourish and protect the skin. It can help restore elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the appearance of scars, sunburns, and other skin irritations. It can also help regulate sebum production and balance the skin's pH levels, making it suitable for all skin types. Rosehip seed oil is a superfood for the skin supporting a healthy and youthful complexion.

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Sea Buckthorn Oil
INCI: Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil

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Sea Buckthorn Oil - Virgin, cold pressed

 

Skincare properties:

Sea Buckthorn Oil is a powerful natural skincare oil. It is rich in antioxidants, carotenoids, and essential fatty acids, which are all beneficial for skin health. Sea Buckthorn Oil is known for its anti-aging properties, as it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes. It is also a great source of Vitamin C, which helps to protect the skin from environmental damage and promote collagen production. Additionally, Sea Buckthorn Oil is a natural moisturiser that hydrates and nourishes the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Finally, Sea Buckthorn Oil helps to reduce inflammation, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

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Lavender Hydrosol
INCI: Lavandula Angusifolia Flower Water

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Lavender Hydrosol (Sustainable Upcycled By Product) -Organic 

 

Steam-distillation from freshly harvested Lavender Plants. Hydrosols are the genuine by-product of the Essential Oil process.

Skincare properties:

Lavender Hydrosol can be used on all skin types. It is a gentle, calming, and soothing astringent that helps to reduce inflammation, redness and tone skin, reducing pore size and fine lines. It is also known to help balance skin's pH levels and control sebum production, making it ideal for both oily and combination skin. Lavender Hydrosol is also known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an excellent choice for acne-prone skin. 

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Juniper Hydrosol
INCI: Juniperus Communis Fruit Water 

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Juniper Hydrosol (Sustainable Upcycled By Product)

Steam-distillation from freshly harvested Juniper berries. Hydrosols are the genuine by-product of the Essential Oil process.

Skincare properties:

Juniper Berry hydrosol is known for its detoxifying and purifying properties. It helps to draw out impurities from the skin and helps to reduce inflammation and redness. It also helps to protect the skin from bacteria and other environmental toxins.

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Clary Sage Hydrosol
INCI: Salvia Sclarea Flower, Leaf, Stem Water

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Clary sage Hydorsol (Sustainable Upcycled By Product) -Organic 

Steam-distillation from freshly harvested Clary Sage Plants. Hydrosols are the genuine by-product of the Essential Oil process.

Skincare properties:

Clary Sage Hydrosol is known to tone, hydrate and soothe the skin. It is a powerful astringent that helps to minimize pores and keep skin looking fresh and vibrant. It can also help to reduce inflammation and irritation, making it especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin. Clary Sage Hydrosol is full of antioxidants that help to protect the skin from environmental damage and keep it looking youthful. 

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Peppermint Hydrosol
INCI: Mentha Piperita Water

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Peppermint Hydrosol (Sustainable Upcycled By Product) -Organic 

 

Steam-distillation from freshly harvested Peppermint Plants. Hydrosols are the genuine by-product of the Essential Oil process.

Skincare properties:

Peppermint hydrosol can be used to tone and refresh the skin, leaving it feeling invigorated and hydrated. It is naturally antiseptic and can be used to reduce the risk of infection and to promote the healing of minor wounds. It can also be used to cleanse the skin of dirt and debris, leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. The cooling properties of peppermint hydrosol make it ideal for soothing and calming redness and irritation. It can be used to reduce discomfort and inflammation, leaving skin feeling soft and refreshed.

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Cucumber Extract
INCI: Glycerine, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract.

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Cucumber Extract

 

Skincare properties:

Cucumber extract is an excellent natural ingredient for skincare. It is packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish and protect the skin. Its properties can help to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, and is rich in antioxidants which can help to reduce the signs of aging. Cucumber extract is also a natural astringent, helping to cleanse and tone the skin, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria. It can help to soothe and refresh the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. This extract also contains glycerine which helps to keep the skin hydrated and improves the skin's elasticity.

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Aloe Vera Concentrate
INCI: Aloe Barbadensis

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Aloe Vera Concentrate

 

Skincare properties:

Aloe vera is a natural ingredient that has been used for centuries to improve skin health. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and moisturising properties. Aloe vera has been proven to reduce acne, reduce fine lines and provide deep hydration to the skin. It can also help to reduce redness and irritation, as well as fade age spots and blemishes. Aloe vera has the ability to help restore the skin's natural balance and provide essential nutrients to keep it looking healthy and youthful.

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Dandelion Extract
INCI: Glycerin, Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) Flower / Leaf / Stem Extract 

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Dandelion Extract

 

Skincare properties:

Dandelion extract is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, making it beneficial for nourishing and brightening skin. It also contains natural antioxidants, which can help protect skin from environmental damage. Dandelion extract is also known to be anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce redness and swelling. Finally, it can help to balance skin’s natural oils, providing hydration and leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Especially useful for acne prone skin.

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Epsom Salt
INCI: Magnesium Sulfate

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Epsom Salt - -Natural, mined in Germany 

 

Skincare properties:

Epsom salt is a mineral compound made up of a number of minerals but primarily magnesium  that can provide numerous benefits for skin. It helps to sooth itchy and dry skin, reduce inflammation, and even help clear skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema. The magnesium in Epsom salt helps to relax and reduce stress, while the other minerals help to flush toxins from the skin. Additionally, it can also be used as an exfoliant, as it helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.  It is also know to relax muscles and ease aching joints after a long hard day.

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Pink Himalayan Salt
INCI:  Maris Sel

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Pink Himalayan Salt

Skincare properties:

Ancient oceans deposited these salts over 250 million years ago and are therefore free of man-made pollutants. These salts contain over 80 minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, that are beneficial for skin health. In a warm bath this mineral rich salt is said to hydrate, detoxify, and soothe the skin. The minerals also help to balance the skin’s pH, while the salt also helps to exfoliate and cleanse the skin for a more radiant complexion. The salt is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory propertise also make this natural ingredient suitable for skin prone to Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis.

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Dead Sea Salt
INCI: Maris Sal

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Dead Sea Salt

 

Skincare properties:

Dead Sea salt is known for its therapeutic and healing properties for the skin. The high mineral content of the salt, including magnesium, sodium, calcium, and bromide, helps to cleanse and detoxify the skin, as well as provide essential minerals to promote healthy skin. Adding Dead Sea salt to a bath can help to reduce inflammation and provide relief from skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. The salt is also known to help improve circulation, reduce stress, and calm the mind, improve skin hydration, texture, and tone.

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Arrowroot Powder
INCI: Maranta Arundinacea Root 

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Arrowroot Powder

 

Skincare properties:

Arrowroot has hydrating and soothing properties. It helps to nourish and soften skin, while also providing a protective barrier against environmental pollutants. Arrowroot is also known to improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and help treat skin irritation.  It is used in our bath salts to carry the essential oils evenly throughout the salt mixture.

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Colloidal Oatmeal
INCI: Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour

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Colloidal Oatmeal -Organic 

 

Skincare properties:

Colloidal oatmeal is a fine powder made from ground oats and is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and lipids. When added to a bath, colloidal oatmeal helps to soothe the skin and helps to retain moisture due to its moisturising properties. It also helps to reduce skin inflammation and irritation, making it an ideal choice for those with dry, itchy and sensitive skin, such as skin prone to psoriasis and eczema.

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Citric Acid
INCI: Citric Acid

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Citric Acid - (Nature Identical)

 

Skincare properties:

Citric Acid is a naturally occurring acid that is found in citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons. It main function in our skincare products is it's ability to balance the pH level of the skin, brighten the complexion, and help the skin absorb other skincare ingredients. Citric Acid works by gently exfoliating the skin, which helps to remove dead skin cells, revealing a brighter and more radiant complexion. It also helps to balance the skin’s pH level, which prevents the skin from becoming overly oily or dry. 

Although a natural source is citric acid is possible the amount required throughout the world would require many millions of trees which would not be planet friendly or sustainable. The natural identical version produced in a laboratory is far more ecologically sensible as well as being identical to the natural source.

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Potassium Sorbate
INCI: Potassium Sorbate

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Potassium Sorbate - (Preservative - Nature Identical)

 

Skincare properties:

Potassium Sorbate is an organic salt derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found is some fruit including the Rowan Berry. It is used as a preservative in foods, drinks and cosmetics. It is effective in preventing the growth of fungi, mold, yeast, and other potentially harmful pathogens, providing a longer shelf life for skincare products. Potassium Sorbate is know to be safe as it is non-irritating and whilst some individuals may be allergic to potassium sorbate, this occurrence is quite rare.  The preservative is also biodegradable, safe for the environment and acceptable to the Soil Association.

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10915818809078711

https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredients/705225-POTASSIUM_SORBATE/

Sodium Benzoate
INCI: Sodium benzoate

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Sodium Benzoate - (Preservative - Nature Identical)

 

Skincare properties:

Sodium benzoate is a preservative that help extend the shelf life of the product. It is made from a combination of sodium and benzoic acid, which is naturally found in fruits and vegetables such as cranberries, apricots, mushrooms, and honey. It helps to extend the product's shelf life by preventing the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast.  There have been some worries around Sodium Benzoate when combined with very high levels of Vitamin C such as citric acid/ascorbic acid but research shows this only applies to to ascorbic acid which we do not ever combine with Sodium Benzoate. Some people are sensitive to Sodium Benzoate when ingested (taken in by mouth), but for external application it is very safe and very well tolerated. Sodium benzoate is permitted as a preservative by all organic certification bodies worldwide and is acceptable to the Soil Association

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Glycerine
INCI: Glycerine

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Glycerine (vegetable based not synthetic)

 

Skincare properties:

Our Glycerine is a natural ingredient derived from natural soy and coconut oils. It is obtained through a process called hydrolysis, in which vegetable based oils go through an extraction process with water at high pressure and temperature. The resulting product is Glycerine. It acts as a humectant, helping to draw moisture into the skin and keep it hydrated. Glycerine also helps to protect the skin’s natural barrier, keeping it soft and supple. It has a soothing effect, helping to reduce redness and irritation and have some evidence that can be helpful for skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Glycerine is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, and it can be used on all skin types. As with all ingredients a small number of people can find glycerine irritating but when we do use glycerine it is at very low percentages. 

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Dehydroacetic Acid
INCI: Dehydroacetic Acid

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Dehydroacetic Acid - (Preservative - Nature Identical)

 

Skincare properties:

Dehydroacetic acid is found in nature in the flowers of the solandra species. This preservative is used in skincare products to prevent the growth of fungi, keeping products fresh and safe. Dehydroacetic Acid is permitted as a preservative by all European organic certification bodies and is acceptable to the Soil Association

Candelilla Wax
INCI: Euphorbia Cerifera Wax

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Candelilla Wax, traditionally extracted 

 

Skincare properties:

Candelilla wax,  a natural wax derived from the leaves of the Candelilla plant found in the Mexican desert. It has many benefits for the skin, including its ability to provide a moisturising barrier that protects the skin from dehydration and environmental stressors. Our Candeill wax is sourced from manufacture that does not use harmful environmental chemicals to process the wax, but uses a more traditional method.

Unrefined Raw Cocoa Butter
INCI: Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter

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Cocoa Butter (Sustainable Upcycled Product) -Organic 

 

Skincare properties:

Cocoa Butter is made from roasted cocoa beans (a by-product of the chocolate industry and therefore an upcycled oil) and is packed full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins. It's proven to moisturize and hydrate thirsty skin while also helping to promote elasticity and even out skin tone. 

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Vanilla Infused Sunflower Oil
INCI: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Vanilla planifolia Fruit Extract,

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Vanilla Infused Sunflower Oil, cold pressed

 

Skincare properties:

Infused with real vanilla beans, this lightweight and non-greasy infused Sunflower oil provides deep hydration and nourishment leaving skin soft and supple.

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Kaolin Clay 
INCI:  Kaolin

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Kaolin Clay

 

Skincare properties:

Kaolin clay is said to be a gentle clay that helps control oiliness without excessively drying the skin, it supports hydration and gentle exfoliation. Suitable for all skin types

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Pink French Clay
INCI: Kaolin, Illite

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Pink French Clay 

 

Skincare properties:

Pink clay is said to have a softening effect that refines skin texture, and supports hydration, firming and toning. Particularly helpful for mature skin

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Green French Clay
INCI: Kaolin, Illite, Montmorillonite

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Green French Clay 

 

Skincare properties:

Green clay is said to be one of the most oil-absorbant clays, deeply cleaning pores, gently exfoliating, and smooth skin texture. Particularly helpful for oily and acne-prone skin.

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Yellow French Clay
INCI: Kaolin, Illite

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Yellow French Clay 

 

Skincare properties:

Yellow Clay is said to be a gentle exfoliator, a detoxifier, and supports hydration and moisturisation. Particularly helpful for dry and sensitive skin.

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Rosehip Powder
INCI:  Rosa Canina Fruit Extract

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Rosehip Powder

 

Skincare properties:

The hips including the seeds, are air dried and the ground into a fine powder. Rosehip powder has been shown to help minimise the appearance of line lines and pores, smooth skin and improve skin moisture levels

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Siberian Ginseng Powder
INCI: Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract 

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Siberian Ginseng  

 

Skincare properties:

Ginseng powder has also been shown to help reduce fine lines and pores, smooth skin, and boost skin-firming collagen

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Chamomile Flower
INCI: Anthemis Nobilis Flower

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Chamomile Flower Powder 

 

Skincare properties:

Chamomile flowers are known to soothe sensitive skin, reduce redness and hyperpigmentation in irritated or acne-prone skin, and speed up skin regeneration. It is a powerful anti- inflammatory, anti-oxidant and an antimicrobial .

 

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Green Tea 

INCI: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder  

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Green Tea Powder

 

Skincare properties:

Green Tea, also know as Matcha, is a well researched anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, effective at reducing sebum excretions in the skin and associated acne and redness. 

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Spirulina Powder

INCI: Athrospira Platensis Powder

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Spirulina Powder

 

Skincare properties:

A super food for the body and skin, this blue/green alge is packed with protein, amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, and is rich in nutrients, including iron and a number of the B vitamins. It has been show to alleviate the symptoms of acne and eczema as well as reduce redness and irritations. 

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Cucumber Powder

INCI: Cucumis Sativa

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Cucumber Powder

 

Skincare properties:

Cucumber is an excellent natural ingredient for skincare. It is packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish and protect the skin. Its properties can help to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, and is rich in antioxidants which can help to reduce the signs of aging. Cucumber is also a natural astringent, helping to cleanse and tone the skin, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria. It can help to soothe and refresh the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. 

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Aloe Vera Powder

INCI: Aloe Barbadensis

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Aloe Vera Powder - Organic

 

Skincare properties:

Aloe vera is a natural ingredient that has been used for centuries to improve skin health. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and moisturising properties. Aloe vera has been proven to reduce acne, reduce fine lines and provide deep hydration to the skin. It can also help to reduce redness and irritation, as well as fade age spots and blemishes. Aloe vera has the ability to help restore the skin's natural balance and provide essential nutrients to keep it looking healthy and youthful.

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Vitamin C

INCI: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

 

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Vitamin C Powder - (High quality cosmetic grade - Nature Identical)

 

Skincare properties:

Vitamin C is known to brighten, repair, and smooth the skin as well as stimulate the growth of collagen.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps protect against damage from free radicals as well as reduce inflammation and redness.

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