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The following is a comprehensive list of ingredients used in our products along with useful information about their origins and benefits. 

Carrier Oils

ALMOND OIL (SWEET)

This amazing carrier oil is extracted from raw almonds and owes its benefits to the generous amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium, proteins, zinc, and a number of other vitamins and minerals.

Rich in fatty acids and vitamins E, A, and B, almond oil serves as a natural emollient.  This miraculous oil seals the moisture in the skin and improves absorption while ensuring the pores aren’t blocked. Emollients are especially effective for conditions like acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, and Rosacea.

Almond Oil works as a natural exfoliant, thus helping to remove dead skin cells and create a cleaner, more radiant pallet. 


APRICOT KERNEL OIL

Apricot Kernel Oil is lightweight oil that’s rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It soothes irritated skin and hydrates all skin types. Apricot Kernel Oil can be used on sensitive skin, mature skin and even on the skin of babies. This oil is ideal for inflamed skin and is known to reduce wrinkles and plump the appearance of skin. This wonderful oil can also work to diminish the appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks!


ARGAN OIL

Often called "liquid gold"

For centuries, Argan Oil has been used by by Moroccan women to moisturize and soften their skin. Argan Oil’s benefits are due to its unique range of ingredients, including high amounts of antioxidants, vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids. It is a natural moisturizer for all ages, and can be used by all skin types. Argan Oil works to help skin retain moisture and nutrients. Its high essential fatty acid content contributes to strengthening the membranes of skin cells, enabling them to function well and maintain a healthy balance. 

This miracle oil not only fights signs of aging, but can also reduce acne. Argan Oil moisturizes the skin without making the skin oily. This is because the unsaturated fatty acids in the oil do not clog pores causing excess sebum production. Instead, it helps maintain normal oil production maintaining proper pH balance. In this way, Argan Oil benefits both oily and dry skin types. For dry skin, Argan Oil moisturizes and hydrates the face. For oily skin, it reduces the skin’s production of oil, maintaining a healthy balance for the face. 


AVOCADO OIL

How can something be so perfect? 

Avocado Oil is one of the natural oils that is the most easily absorbed by the skin and transported deep into the tissue. Avocado Oil is full of vitamin E and great for people with dry skin. It’s also rich in lecithin, a lipid that helps deliver nutrients directly to the bloodstream and deep into the layers of the skin.  Naturally high in sterolins, Avocado Oil helps to reduce age spots and heal visible evidence of sun damage and scars. As if all this wasn’t enough, Avocado Oil significantly increases the amount of collagen in the skin making it a great anti-aging choice.


BLACK WALNUT OIL

Walnut oil is high in both vitamins and minerals. It is rich in Vitamins B & E, antioxidants, melatonin, omega 3,6 & 9 and phytonutrients.  Regular application has been proven to fight wrinkles, treat infection, lowers stress levels and ensures firmer, more youthful skin.


CAMELLIA SEED OIL 

Camellia Seed Oil has outstanding moisture and emollient properties and it is one of the lightest and fast absorbent plant oils. It penetrates skin as fast as water, leaving it supple and hydrated. The oil contains mono-saturated essential fatty acids and very high in oleic acid (Omega 9 fatty acid). Camellia Seed Oil contains vitamins, A, B, and E and some of the most precious constituents for skin such as Phytosqualene. Squalene is a natural component of human sebum. With age the deficiency of Squalene results in dry skin, premature aging and wrinkles. Application of just a few drops of Camellia Seed Oil replenishes this deficiency, protecting, nourishing and moisturizing skin, 
Camellia Seed Oil shields skin, acting as a natural sunscrean and protecting skin from harmful UV and environmental damage. Camellia Seed Oil is also known to help prevent age spots, freckles and excessive pigmentation. It is safe to use around eyes to prevent crow’s feet and fine lines. 


CARROT SEED OIL

This healthy oil is high in powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E and C making it extremely powerful in protecting your skin from free radical assaults. It’s also been shown to help protect your skin against UV radiation making this delicate oil a great addition to your day time regimen.

When it comes to rejuvenating your skin, this oil produces results. Because it is high in vitamin C and E this golden oil has the ability to moisturize, heal, renew, and repair your skin. It rejuvenates skin cells, stimulates collagen production, and encourages new growth while bringing a refreshed beautiful glow to the skin. 


CASTOR OIL

Castor Oil consists of ricinoleic acid, making up to 95% of its composition. It is omega-9 fat efficient for moisturizing, hydrating, nourishing and healing the skin. Ricinoleic acid is an anti-inflammatory agent. Undecylenic acid in castor oil has the antifungal properties.  The combination of fatty acids and vitamins makes castor oil a universal skin care products. 

Castor Oil is a perfect skin care product for people with dry skin. Castor Oil can moisturize and hydrate the skin effectively due to Its ability to be absorbed by the skin cells quickly, locking in moisture. Castor Oil creates a thin film on the skin protecting it from harmful environmental conditions. Castor Oil is also effective at diminishing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.


COCONUT OIL

Coconut Oil is a medium chain fatty acid. It has relatively small molecules allowing it to penetrate the skin. Signs of aging occur when free radicals cause the connective tissue in the skin to break down. Coconut oil's high antioxidant levels combat this, slowing the harmful effects of free radicals in the body; thereby, helping to prevent the damaging actions that lead to signs of aging. Additionally, high levels of triglycerides help to keep moisture from escaping, thus aiding in maintaining soft and supple skin.  

Rich in fatty acids such as capric acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid, & high in vitamin E, Coconut Oil has disinfectant and anti-microbial properties, providing excellent skin healing properties. 

Coconut Oil has been found to aid in sun-protection and it helps to cure and prevent acne by encouraging a proper pH balance.


FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL

So gentle, it is used on premature babies! Fractionated coconut oil is also beneficial in treating skin conditions likepsoriasis & eczema. 

Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil that has been processed or “fractioned”.

Coconut oil itself is extracted from the meat of the coconut fruit. Even before processing, it is very high in saturated fat, with a content that hovers around 90%. In pure form, coconut oil is solid at room temperature, with a milky color. When refined or fractionated, it becomes clear to yellow in color, and it is liquid at room temperature. The refining process removes impurities that could cause the oil to become rancid over time.

Due to the higher level of purity and low level of saturated fat, fractionated coconut oil is ideal in helping to prevent acne and soothe skin inflammation.


GRAPESEED OIL

The power of the grape plant goes way beyond its fruit and wine-producing abilities. Very light in consistency and easily absorbed by the skin, grapeseed oil is considered to be especially effective around the eyes. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory properties.  Due to its high levels of linoleic acid, it limits excess oil production and is effective in the prevention of acne as well as soothing skin that’s already breaking out. 


JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba Oil is actually not oil, but rather a liquid wax.  It’s a melted type of vegetable wax and is found in the seeds/nuts of jojoba plant that grows in hot areas, such as desert areas of California, Arizona and Mexico. 

Jojoba Oil closely resembles human sebum – an oily substance naturally produced by the oil glands below the skin surface, making Jojoba Oil a natural for assimilating and delivering moisture and nutrients to the skin.  Additionally, it does not clog pores like sebum.  It is theorized that Jojoba Oil tricks your skin into thinking it has produced enough oil; thereby, slowing down sebum production.  

The best thing about Jojoba Oil is that it is packed with almost all of the vitamins and minerals essentially needed for healthy skin, namely, vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. It normally does not have any harmful effects, and can be used by even those with sensitive skin without worry of an allergic reaction.

This oil is considered to be a natural cure for eczema. Jojoba Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that work to reduce the redness caused by dry skin and other conditions like rosacea.

Jojoba Oil works well on oily skin too. It is non-comedogenic and does not clog pores. Jojoba Oil stops the skin from secreting more oil on its own and balances oil production.


MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL 

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is extracted through the cold- pressing of the Limnanthes alba seed, which produces an antioxidant-rich oil possessing amazing skin softening and moisturizing properties. It is also a stable oil, so it may be used as a carrier oil that will lengthen the life of less stable oils. 

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is a mild oil with the consistency of Jojoba seed oil and very close in composition to natural sebum, meaning it’s easily absorbed into the skin. When used topically, Meadowfoam Seed Oil locks in moisture and helps other ingredients penetrate deep into the skin as well. It has the ability to break down blackheads and detox the skin.

Because of the high levels of antioxidants that it contains and the ease with which it’s absorbed, Meadowfoam Seed Oil is a great choice for both acne-prone and aging skin.


OLIVE OIL

Due to the anti-aging antioxidants found in olive oil, it helps in boosting skin tone and complexion, eliminate wrinkles and age spots, protect against skin cancer, and smoothen the skin, among others.

The polyphenolic compounds found within olives are also found in olive oil, which can help to reduce oxidative stress in the body, the same type of chronic inflammation that can cause wrinkles and age spots. When these antioxidants seek out and neutralize free radicals, they can help you look and feel young, while also tightening the skin and increasing elasticity.

Olive oil is known as a great moisturizer, because it can penetrate deep into the skin, delivering important nutrients like vitamin E and A to the layers of skin cells that need it most. This can keep your skin balanced in terms of moisture, and make your skin feel and look healthier.

The color of your skin and the evenness of your complexion can be affected by olive oil, so regular use is recommended for people who struggle to maintain an even tone. Olive oil can stimulate circulation and the elimination of toxins, generally giving a boost to the overall quality and health of your skin, anywhere on the body.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is susceptible to attacks from all sorts of pathogens. By applying olive oil to your skin, the natural antibacterial actions of this oil will help to boost your immune system and keep you safe from a wide variety of pathogens.

Studies have found that olive oil is able to reduce the damage of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on the skin, combating the oxidative stress and potential cellular mutation. This oil can help to protect against and treat the impact of a sunburn, which makes it a popular alternative to traditional sunblock.


ROSEHIP SEED OIL

Rosehip Seed Oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes.  Rosehip Seed Oil is packed with natural beauty essentials, like anti- inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C. 

These attributes provide rosehip oil with the ability to treat signs of aging and pigmentation.  

Anti-inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C—make this oil the ideal solution for fading any facial scars or unsightly marks, all while hydrating and repairing damaged skin with a strong anti-oxidant boost.  Together these help undo and prevent oxidative damage and help the skin re-build collagen. It can help fade skin hyperpigmentation and potentially minimize the appearance of fine lines and even stretch marks.

The astringent properties in Rosehip Seed Oil help to tighten your pores and brighten your skin. 


SAFFLOWER OIL

Rich in linoleic acid, this oil is highly versatile and all skin types can benefit from its use. However, it has been suggested that Safflower Oil is especially beneficial for those suffering from psoriasis and eczema.

Safflower Oil is lighter in texture than some of its counterparts, yet it still remains effective in increasing the skin's ability to retain water and moisture. Safflower Oil is naturally anti-inflammatory and actually increases cell membrane integrity. In layman’s terms…it protects you from high levels of toxins and bacteria in the air…a very good thing for all skin types!


TAMANU OIL

Tamanu Oils benefits are supported by research conducted in the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Europe. And more recently, major breakthroughs in Japan and Canada have illuminated the science behind Tamanu Oil’s success stories. However, Tamanu Oil still remains relatively unknown outside of the South Pacific. 

Tamanu Oil is one of the most effective agents in promoting the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating healing and the growth of healthy skin. This process is known, in medical terms, as cicatrization.Essentially, this means Tamanu Oil is a powerful skin regenerator. Tamanu Oil can penetrate all three layers of the skin, allowing its nourishing, anti-microbial abilities to work at a very effective level.  Tamanu Oil is active in fighting potential microbes that manifest as conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.


VITAMIN E OIL

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents formation of free radicals that damage our skin cells. Its antioxidant properties neutralize the oxidant effect that damages collagen and makes the skin dry and forms wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and discoloration, which accelerates the aging process. Vitamin E also contains anti-inflammatory properties and can protect and repair the skin from cellular damage.

Vitamin E oil promotes the production of collagen and elastin, the protein component necessary for skin elasticity. By encouraging new skin cell growth, cell regeneration and boosting collagen production, it reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

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Clays

BENTONITE CLAY

Bentonite clay is sometimes referred to as montmorillonite, as this is the main component in the clay. Other components include iron, potassium, silica, sodium and calcium. 

Bentonite is used in a variety of ways, including ingestion to provide amazing health benefits.  Applied topically, this clay works wonders for the skin! Some of its amazing benefits include:

·  Drawing out toxins – Bentonite Clay actually has the amazing ability to draw out toxins from the body. The electric charge (no – this will not shock you!), produced by wet Bentonite clay, is made up of negative ions that attract the positive ions in toxins and heavy metals, binding these toxins to it and removing them through the skin. This amazing clay has the ability to draw out such damaging toxins such as plutonium, radioactive uranium and the heavy metals including lead and mercury. These toxins are not only devastating to overall health, but definitely contribute to premature aging. 

**For this reason, it is important not to use anything metal to apply the mask as this will neutralize the negative electrical charge.

·  Opening up clogged skin pores – We all know the phrase, “The road to … is paved with good intentions!” Well, that’s kind of sebums role in the life of our skin! Sticky sebum is naturally produced with the intent to keep skin moisturized.  However, excess sebum production locks onto all kinds of dirt, debris and dead skin cells, clogging pores and making it the major cause of acne. Bentonite clay draw excess sebum from the skin, unclogging pores and letting our skin breath! …Ahhhhh!

·  Toning and tightening the skin – Bentonite clay’s astringent properties have the ability to shrink body tissues. This is particularly useful in dealing with enlarged pores caused by the accumulation of oil and dirt in the skin, age (due to loss of skin elasticity) and sun damage. 

·  Reducing blemishes – Bentonite clay’s astringent properties assist in reducing all types of skin blemishes, including:  skin discoloration, blackheads, muddled skin tone and age spots. 

·  Exfoliating the skin – Exfoliating helps keep skin looking vibrant and young by removing dead skin cells from the upper layer and encouraging cell renewal.  


FRENCH GREEN CLAY

First discovered in France (I know - captain obvious!), French Green Clay, also known as sea clay or Illite clay, is a go-to for gentle and effective exfoliation, pore reduction and oil-absorption, making it excellent for oily, acne-prone skin. It is a very fine, light green powder. This lovely green color comes from the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide. This is also a determining factor in the quality of the clay.  French Green Clay should never be gray or white.  

Molecules in French Green Clay have a negative charge. This is important, since most of the impurities in the skin are positively charged.  The clay and the toxins are magnetically attracted and attach to each other, drawing the impurities from the skin and allowing you to wash them down the drain.

Note: contact with metal objects will deactivate the clay, therefore, it is important to use only clean hands or plastic to remove the mask from the jar.  In fact, Green clay is so absorbent that not only does it drink up oils, it also pulls blood towards the surface of your skin, giving you a bit of a tingling sensation as it boosts circulation bringing oxygen and minerals to nourish your skin both inside and out.


KAOLIN CLAY – WHITE

The gentle giant

In combination with other ingredients, Kaolin Clay can help cleanse, purify, heal, soothe, nourish and tone all skin types. Free of harmful chemicals, Kaolin Clay has long been used by the Chinese, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians for a variety of purposes. Kaolin Clay is especially useful in pampering skin in the following ways:

·  Kaolin Clay has proven effective in improving blood flow to the skin, bringing important oxygen and nutrients to the dermal layers, and unlike harsher clays, Kaolin is effective in detoxify skin without drying it out.  In addition, its placidity makes it an excellent product for damaged skin.

·  Kaolin Clay is an excellent skin care treatment as it aids in regenerating and mineralizing dry skin while it effectively controls sebum production.

·  Kaolin Clay contains the compound montmorillonite, an effective ingredient in the removal of toxins and oils from skin. It is also rich in phyto-nutrients and essential minerals.

·  Kaolin Clay has the ability to adhere to and remove oil, dead cells and blackheads, thereby preventing the build-up of unwanted skin conditions.

Being the mildest of all clays, Kaolin Clay is particularly suitable for sensitive skin types. It soothes irritated skin and skin prone to breakouts, rashes and redness.


RHASSOUL CLAY

Simply a of gift of nature! 

Found in the ancient lake beds of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, Rhassoul Clay is naturally-occurring. The clay deposits lay dormant for millions of years, only to be carefully brought to the surface and purified from the miners to you! When first brought to the surface, the clay is in a rocky, soaplike form. After it is refined and purified, however, it takes the form of a fine, luxurious powder. Used by royals and nobility in ancient Rome and Egypt, Rhassoul Clay is rich in nourishing magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium. The molecular structure of Rhassoul Clay gives it a unique ability to absorb excess dirt and oil, as well as extract impurities from the skin. Rhassoul Clay has been shown to improve dry skin by regulating skin's natural oil balance! Additionally, when used in a mask, Rhassoul Clay has been reported to improveme the cleanliness and overall look and texture of skin. Some studies suggest Rhassoul Clay may improve skin clarity as much as 68%, moisture retention by as much as 79%, and skin elasticity by over 24%, making Rhassoul Clay a perfect and necessary addition to any anti-aging regimen. 


ROSE KAOLIN CLAY (PINK CLAY)

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick!” - Theodore Roosevelt

Mother nature must have been tipping her hat at ‘ole Teddy when she created Rose Clay.  

Rose Clay is rich in trace elements and excellent for sensitive skin! Its detoxification properties are superior. Rose Clay is a mild, yet powerful, kaolin clay that packs a punch in the battle against toxins and impurities while refusing to draw out precious oils, making it a perfect choice for dry skin. Like French Green Clay, molecules in Rose Clay are negatively charged. This is important, since most of the impurities in the skin are positively charged.  The clay and the toxins are magnetically attracted and attach to each other, drawing the impurities from the skin and allowing you to wash them down the drain.

Note: contact with metal objects will deactivate the clay, therefore, it is important to use only clean hands or plastic to remove the mask from the jar. Rose Clay increases circulation so well, that in some cases it may appear the rosy color has stained your skin! This is actually nutrient rich blood reaching the surface of your skin and normal skin color will return within the hour. Yes...it's that powerful and that gentle! Oh…and did I mention…it’s pink!

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Essential Oils

**Some essential oils may negatively affect women who are pregnant, allergy sufferers and individuals with epilepsy as well as other medical conditions.  If in doubt, please contact your doctor before using.


Chamomile 

Chamomile is a fabulous skincare herb and is suitable for all skin types. As it is so strongly anti-inflammatory, it is particularly well suited for sensitive skins prone to inflammation. Herbs such as chamomile demonstrate, yet again, why botanical extracts are generally the best choice for your skin.


Clary Sage

Clary Sage essential oil is distilled from the leaves and buds of the Salvia Sclarea plant native to Europe. It's probably best known for it's therapeutic benefits for women. Clary Sage is credited with regulating women's menstrual cycles, calming cramps, balancing hormones and acting as a mild sedative and antidepressant. It's even claimed to have euphoric and aphrodisiac qualities! Due to its hormone regulating, estrogenic properties.*It's probably best to avoid Clary Sage during the early stages of pregnancy or while breast-feeding. 

Clary Sage essential oil helps to regulate sebum production,works as a mild astringent to tone the skin and reduces inflammation associated with acne and also has anti-bacterial properties. 


Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil, also known as ‘Nilgiri tel‘ (Hindi), can be enormously beneficial to overall well-being. This amazing oil is derived from the dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree. These sweet-scented leaves are steam-distilled to make the oil. Today, around 5% of the oil comes from Australia, while the remaining 95% is comes from China.

Due to its healing properties, the oil is largely used for first-aid purposes. It may be used for the treatment of cuts, minor wounds, blisters, and bruises. Application of the oil also heals skin irritations and insect bites. Eucalyptus oil is especially appropriate for oily complexions.

The inhalation of the sweet-smelling oil aids the body and mind, eliciting a calming effect and overall feeling of relaxation.


Jasmine

The aroma of jasmine is considered to have a pleasing & uplifting effect on the mind, actively fighting depression. The aromatic effect of jasmine oil stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in the boost of energy and the uplifted mood.

Jasmine provides relief from a cough by helping clear out the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts. It can also reduce snoring by clearing the congestion from nasal and respiratory tracts.

Jasmine’s properties make it an ideal tool for inducing long, restful sleep. Its expectorant, sedative, and antispasmodic properties combine to help you indulge in a peaceful good nights sleep. 

This property is meant to give relief to those women who suffer from irregular, obstructed, or painful menses or an untimely menopause.

The emmenagogue property of jasmine oil can regulate period cycles, while also helping to push back menopause. It can also provides relief from other problems associated with menses such as fatigue and PMS.

Jasmine oil has long been associated with treating dry, brittle, or dehydrated skin and frequently used for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis.

Jasmine essential oil increases milk secretion from the breasts and is therefore very good for lactating mothers and their new babies. This property also helps protect from breast tumor and cancer.

Jasmine essential oil is very good for treating and relaxing spasms. It provides quick relief from spasmodic coughs, cramps, congestion, asthma, breathlessness, and even spasmodic cholera. It also alleviates intestinal cramps and pains resulting from spasms in other parts of the body. Spasms can be dangerous, disruptive, and even deadly, so any substance that can alleviate this serious condition quickly should be respected.


Lavender 

One of the wonderful benefits of lavender essential oil is its antibacterial activity. Because lavender oil can penetrate pores to kill bacteria,  It can help reduce redness, blotchiness and ruddiness of the skin. When used regularly, this oil may also help to diminish other types of skin discolorations.

Lavender essential oil may also help to lighten skin, prevent wrinkles, protect from free radicals and reduce anxiety.


Melaleuca (Tea-Tree)

Melaleuca, commonly known as “tea tree oil”, has been treasured for centuries for its soothing effect on the skin and profound ability to promote clear breathing and healthy skin function. 

The health benefits of Melaleuca can be attributed to the fact that it is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, stimulant and sudorific substance. Whew!!! Pretty impressive stuff!!

Unlike the name suggests, the essential oil is not extracted from the plant commonly associated with tea as a beverage. It is extracted through the distillation of twigs and leaves of Tea Tree. The tea tree is native to Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, in Australia, making it little surprise that the Australian Aborigines were the first to recognize the power of Melaleuca. They would apply the leaves directly to their skin to provide cooling relief or crush them and inhale the oil to promote clear breathing. 

Melaleuca is a wonderful in supporting the reducing the discomfort and unsightly appearance of minor skin irritations. It is also a marvelous agent for cleansing and purifying the skin.


Peppermint 

Peppermint is an herb known for its distinct aroma and medicinal value.  Peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, calcium, Vitamins A and C, minerals, potassium, manganese and copper. It contains menthol, an organic compound with anesthetic properties that helps soothe discomfort. Additionally, peppermint oil is known to have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and carminative properties.  It contains menthol that has a cooling effect while, at the same time, works to brighten up dull skin.   Peppermint also controls the secretion of excess oil and prevents clogging of pores and outbreak of acne. 


Rosemary

This essential oil is believed to have medicinal benefits.  In fact, during the middle ages, Rosemary was burned to help fight off the plague. Today, Rosemary is revered for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it good for acne, eczema, dermatitis and oily skin. It clears pores and promotes healing, improving the appearance of skin.

Also rich in antioxidants and natural astringent properties, Rosemary is very beneficial to aging skin. It increases blood circulation to the skin's surface, smooths the appearance of wrinkles, moisturizes and can even help with the treatment of scars and sun-damaged skin.

Used in the bath, Rosemary is not only good for your skin, but it can relieve muscle aches and help with mental and physical tiredness.

*Cautions: Do not use if you are epileptic, suffer from hypertension or are pregnant. If in doubt, always consult with your doctor. 


Spearmint 

Spearmint oil is extracted from the flowering tops of the spearmint plant by steam distillation. The temperature of the steam is carefully controlled to prevent it from destroying the plants. The steam is then collected in another container and cooled to collect the oil.

Spearmint oil has numerous benefits because of the constituents and the properties of the oil.

· Due to the presence of menthol, it acts as good anti-septic for wounds and helps in rapid healing. 

· It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.  Traditionally, it has been used to cure many infectious diseases like athlete’s foot and dermatitis.

· It also helps in relaxing the nerves and relieving stress, depression, and anxiety.

· Acts as an effective anti-spasmodic

· Works well as a disinfectant

· Restorative


*Please Note: The above information is not meant to diagnose, prevent and/or treat medical conditions. As noted throughout, some of the above carrier oils and essential oils may be harmful to certain individuals with medical conditions or allergies. Please seek professional medical advice if in doubt.



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Butters & Waxes


BEESWAX

Beeswax creates the bridge between oil and water allowing the two to mix flawlessly. Not only does beeswax allow oil and water to mix, it adds healing, soothing and moisturizing properties to skin creams. 


*   Provides deep, penetrating moisture

*  Softens skin

*  Creates a protective layer

*  Shields from infection

*  Heals minor abrasions 


Beeswax protects the skin from the drying and damaging effects of the environmental. The soft, pliable wax seals in moisture and keeps harmful pollutants and irritants out. At the same time, it penetrates deeply into the skin for long lasting, penetrating moisture. When skin cells are well moisturized, they plump up creating smooth skin and reducing visible wrinkles. 

Beeswax is a natural anti-inflammatory. It heals and minimizes eruptions, acne, redness and minor rashes. The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial elements prevent infections from developing while healing existing discomforts.

I personally feel beeswax is a little heavy for the face, but I love it in creams for hands and feet!


COCOA BUTTER 

Cocoa butter is very rich in antioxidants, which destroy free
radicals and protect the skin against signs of aging and the harmful effects of the environment. 

Cocoa butter is a salvation for people with sensitive skin. Products with cocoa butter protect from the heat and treat conditions such as eczema. The cream made of cocoa butter helps skin stay soft & supple.

Due to it’s high comedogenic rating, I feel cocoa butter is inappropriate for facial products and is only used in body products for dry skin. 


MANGO BUTTER 

A soft, creamy butter with a very mild scent; Mango Butter is extracted from the de-shelled fruit kernels of the mango tree. Once the mango butter is extracted from its fruit kernels it is heated and boiled to get the right consistency.

Mango butter has natural softening properties, and is full of nourishing antioxidants. It has a protective effect against UV radiation. Find more benefits below! 

*  Has skin softening, soothing & moisturizing properties.

*  Helps to combat dry skin, eczema and dermatitis.

*  Is helpful in protecting the skin from the weather and UV radiation.

*  Said to be effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

*  Contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.

* Is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin.


SHEA BUTTER

Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree in the savannah of Western Africa. The English name Shea comes from its Bambara name "sii", which means sacred. As a sacred tree, it is treated with particular respect.  The Shea nuts are traditionally harvested, crushed and boiled to extract the Shea butter. In the hot Sahara or Savannah, Shea butter protects the skin from the sun and dehydration. For millenia, people have used it to protect their skin from the drying winds and sun as well as to heal many skin problems, minor cuts and burns. The Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who was magnificently beautiful, was said to owe her legendary beauty to the use of Shea butter. 

What makes Shea butter an extraordinary skin care and an amazing body healer is its richness in precious constituents, which include unsaturated fats with a large proportion of "unsaponifiables" components, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin. All these are natural and make Shea butter a superfood for your skin.  But that is not all it can do for you as Shea Butter has also been revered for the following attributes as well: 

· Helps improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and scars repairing Powerful Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory
Deeply moisturizing 

· Stimulating for the superficial microcirculation Skin strengthening
Skin protecting from environmental exposure & UV rays 

· Collagen production stimulating (makes the skin stronger, more supple and younger) Minor cuts and burns healing.

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Other Ingredients

BEHENYL ALCOHOL

Behenyl alcohol, also known as docosanol, is a saturated fatty alcohol with 22 carbons. Fatty alcohols are high molecular weight, straight chain primary alcohols derived from natural fats and oils. Behenyl alcohol is derived from vegetable sources (i.e. corn)

In cosmetic and skin care formulations, behenyl alcohol functions as an opacifying ingredient, thickener, emollient, and emulsifier. Behenyl alcohol is used as an emollient in cosmetic formulations because of its ability to soften and soothe the skin. After topical application, behenyl alcohol forms a protective layer on the skin that helps to prevent moisture loss. Plus, behenyl alcohol does not leave a greasy feel after application like other emollients can.


CHAMOMILE HYDROSOL (Chamomile water)

 Like the tea, which uses hot water to extract the relaxing compounds from the tea leaves, steam distillation is used to draw out these same compounds from chamomile plants. 

Chamomile is one of the most widely used and well-documented medicinal herbs in the world. Its use dates back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt where it was considered a sacred gift from the Sun God Ra. A chemical analysis undertaken on embalming oil for one of the Pharaohs found that chamomile was one of the main constituents. Hieroglyphics also show that chamomile was used in skincare by Egyptian noblewomen.

Chamomile is a fabulous skincare herb and is suitable for all skin types. As it is so strongly anti-inflammatory, it is particularly well suited for sensitive skins prone to inflammation. Herbs such as chamomile demonstrate, yet again, why botanical extracts are generally the best choice for your skin.


CITRIC ACID

Citric acid can slough off dead skin cells and speed new cell turnover, promoting new skin growth that can help alleviate the appearance of age spots, acne scars, small wrinkles and areas of uneven tone and texture. 


COCONUT MILK

Coconut milk is full of Vitamin E and has a rich, emollient consistency, which helps to soften skin while reducing dryness. Copper and zinc help to maintain skin elasticity.

Coconut contains polyphenols such as ferulic acid and caffeic acid, both effective anti-oxidants.  More powerful than Vitamin E, they can help to prevent skin aging, reduce age spots and help to repair sun-damaged skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut milk help to soothe chapped and sunburned skin and reduce itching and inflammation.


CYCLOMETHICONE

This ingredient has a unique fluidity that makes it easily spreadable. When applied to the skin, it gives a silky & slippery feeling to the touch and acts a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin. It can also fill in fine lines/wrinkles, giving the face a temporary “plump” look.


DENDRITIC SALT
Dendritic Salt is a finely ground grain salt that has been crystallized to provide increased surface area. Although not visible to the human eye, Dendritic Salts have a star-shaped surface area that helps to retain fragrance, requires less pigments and reduces the caking and clumping that can occur in salt formulations.


EMULSIFIERS

A Critical Part of the Process

Face and body creams contain both water and oil elements. Oil and water will not mix willingly, and require an emulsifier to blend together. The emulsifier breaks the oil and the water into tiny droplets that fuse to create creamy face and body creams that will not disintegrate into a gooey dilapidated mess! 


GERMABEN II-E (preservative)

Are there any natural preservatives? Not really. Natural substances that show antimicrobial activity are either not adequate for broad spectrum protection or they have undesirable qualities. Most natural substances are not active against the most threatening microbes, pseudomonads. Others, such as essential oils, require unsuitably high concentrations to be effective. Some have offensive odors or colors that would be unacceptable in skin care products. Many become inactivated by manufacturing procedures and other factors.  Therefore, a natural preservative is not really an option. Germaben II-E was developed to protect formulations that contain ingredients that inactivate parabens. It is a liquid preservative system that contains 20% Germall II, 10% methylparaben, 10% propylparaben, and 60% propylene glycol. It is used to preserve water-in-oil and oil-in-water emulsions. Germaben II-E is a complete preservative effective against gram positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeasts and molds. It is compatible with almost all cosmetic ingredients including surfactants and proteins.


GLYCERINE

What Exactly is Glycerine Anyway?

Vegetable Glycerine is an organic compound traditionally made from vegetable fat.  It is a thick, gelatinous, odorless liquid that completely dissolves in water.

*It is important to note that glycerin can be petrol-derived; I only use 100% vegetable glycerine in my formulas.

Not only is it extremely effective in the treatment of dry skin conditions, research is also indicating that glycerol has a repairing action on the barrier function.

Research shows that the inclusion of glycerine in skin care formulas, can keep the skin hydrated for as long as two weeks, even after the product has been removed from the skin!


NIACINAMIDE

A potent cell-communicating ingredient that provides multiple benefits for the skin including the following:

·  Anti-acne

·  Anti-inflammatory

·  Oil sebum control

·  Lightening & brightening 

·  Sun damage repair & protection

·  Prevent water loss in skin

·  Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

·  Improve skin elasticity


OATMEAL

Oatmeal is commonly used to reduce inflammation associated with chickenpox, shingles, insect bites, sunburn and poison ivy.

Oatmeal is not only perfect for dry or inflamed skin, but also effective for treating acne and skin blemishes. In addition, it helps to reduce the toxicity of bile acids responsible for certain types of cancer.



ROSE HYDROSOL (rose water)

Rose water helps hydrate, revitalise and moisturise the skin giving it with that refreshed look.

Due to its antibacterial properties, rose water also aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds.

The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

Due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness.
It also helps aging skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.


SEA SALTS

Sea salts are said to be the purest form of natural salt on Earth today.

most contain up to 84 nourishing trace elements and minerals that cannot be found in regular processed table salt.

Having regular  salt baths can: 

·  Boost your Immune System 

·  Regulate pH

·  Fight Infection

·  Provide Detoxification and Minerals Infusion

·  Re-Energize Your Body.

·  Promotes Better Skin Hydration

·  Reduce Inflammation and Soothe Away The Soreness


SODIUM HYDROGEN CARBONATE - Commonly known as Baking Soda


SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE (SLSA)

This ingredient has created quite a stir and is often confused with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Therefore, I’d like to take a moment to clarify the differences betweenSLS and SLSA in order to tackle a few common misconceptions.

Unlike SLS, SLSA is completely safe for most skin types, including sensitive skin. It removes oils and bacteria without irritating the skin. What throws people off when they look at these two ingredients is that the first two words are identical, and therefore, it’s assumed that they must be very similar.  

However, the two molecules are very different. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) has a large molecular structure. Large molecular ingredients are considered to be mild, gentle, and non-irritating, as they cannot penetrate the skin. In contrast, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a small molecular ingredient. Therefore, it is capable of penetrating the skins surface and cause irritation.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate  (SLSA) is derived from coconut and palm oils. It is a safe, skin-friendly surfactant (foaming agent) for both skin and hair. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a rich, luxurious lather that effectively removes surface oil, dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying even the most sensitive skin.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA)is a functional and versatile foaming additive used in a multitude of commercial and handcrafted products such as bath bombs, bubble bars, bubble baths and more.


TARTARIC ACID

True glycolic acid comes from the natural acids of fruit, also called alpha hydroxy acids. As a skin treatment, glycolic acid products are used to renew a person’s skin through peeling old, dead sun-damaged skin cells on the surface.  Tartaric acid is a derivative of grape extract. This type of peel is very similar to all other fruit acid peels and works to improve the skin and reduce acne with repeated treatments over time.


ZECHSTEIN MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

 Magnesium chloride is a most important and vital mineral required for life. Without magnesium chloride, the human body would be unable to maintain fluids in blood vessels, conduct nerve transmissions, move muscles, or maintain proper kidney function. Please visit our Blog or "Did You Know" sections to learn more about this critical element.

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