Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis)
Referred to as the “Lily of the Desert,” the Aloe plant grows in arid desert areas throughout the year. Its thick green leaves envelope the transparent Aloe Vera Gel. This plant has the unique ability to retain water, enabling it to survive in dry climates. Aloe contains health-promoting components, such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential Amino Acids, and protects the skin from dryness. Due to its cooling and soothing properties, it is ideal for topical use after sun exposure.
White Mallow (Althaea Officinalis)
Commonly referred to as White Mallow or Marshmallow, this plant is native to parts of Europe, Asia and the United States. The roots of the White Mallow plant are used to soothe the skin and mucous membranes.
Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca)
Commonly referred to as Apricot Kernel Oil, this oil is pressed from the kernels of the Apricot fruit. It is rich in essential fatty acids, which are vital components of the human organism. As a result, this nourishing oil helps to replenish and rebuild the skin.
Formed from two hydrogen bonds and oxygen (H2O), this liquid substance makes up the majority of all living matter. * Weleda uses distilled and deionized water. Distilled water has been boiled and the steam has condensed, yielding pure, uncontaminated water. Deionized water, obtained through the ion exchange process, is free of ions, such as those from Sodium, Calcium, Copper and Iron. As a result, Deionized Water is also a purified form of water.
Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa)
Commonly referred to as Burdock Root, this plant grows wild throughout North America, Europe and Asia and generally flowers between July and October. It is comprised of tanning agents, Vitamin C and Essential Oils. Burdock Root is traditionally used for the treatment of skin eruptions, such as acne, and to alleviate scaly skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dry scalp. It is also known for its ability to relieve bruises and inflammation.
Arnica (Arnica Montana)
This plant blooms on unfertilized grasslands throughout Scandinavia, Southern Europe and mid-Asia between July and August . The golden yellow blossoms are harvested as soon as they are fully developed. Arnica is made-up of many components, including flavonoids, Silicic Acid, cartonoids and essential oils. The extract from this plant serves as a fungicide and as an immune-stimulant. Medically, Arnica is used externally as an application for bruises, sprains, stings or wounds (see A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Clarke, MD, 3rd ed. 1987, vol. I, p. 171). Also used after traumatic injuries: see Boericke. In body care Arnica provides a layer of warmth and helps to soothe tired and tight muscles.
Avocado (Persea Gratissima)
Commonly referred to as Avocado, this pulpy green fruit has been said to have aphrodisiac qualities. It is comprised of a high content of unsaponifiable oils, along with Vitamins A and E.
Birch (Betula Alba)
Commonly referred to as Birch, the leaves and bark from which the extract is derived come from the Birch Tree. Birch is known for its purifying and detoxifying effects. The plant encourages the excretion of fluids and promotes metabolic activities.
Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa)
Commonly referred to as Blackthorn, this deciduous shrub features thorny branches and white flowers that bloom in early spring. Blackthorn is a member of the Rosaceae or Rose family. This plant grows in light thickets and sunny slopes throughout Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. The Blackthorn extract comes from the sprout heads of this plant, which are rich in Vitamin C. The juice, which contains a high quantity of tannins, acids and vitamin C, is collected from the blue Blackthorn fruits. Blackthorn is used externally to stimulate the skin’s self-strengthening and metabolic functions. In Prunus Spinosa 2X: according to A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Clarke, MD, 3rd ed. 1987, vol. 3, p. 890), Blackthorn is given in Homeopathy for lassitude in morning, as after unrefreshing sleep.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Commonly referred to as Marigold, this annual herb is from the Family Asteraceae, the Sunflower Family. The plant is native to central, eastern and southern Europe. It is made up of single, yellow to bright orange colored flowers that capture the strength and heat of the sun as it rises in the morning. The Calendula plant is comprised of carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils. This gentle and nourishing botanical possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus)
Commonly referred to as Irish Moss, this species of Red Algae grows abundantly along the rocky, Atlantic coasts of North America and Europe. It is made up of many mineral nutrients. Irish Moss serves as a thickening agent, as well as a skin softener.
This plant component is the primary constituent of fiber in plants. It is used as an emulsifier in creams.
Beeswax (Cera Flava)
This waxy substance comes from beehives and is naturally secreted by honeybees in the form of scales. It was used by the Egyptians for mummification and by the Romans as a waterproofing agent for painted walls. In the Middle Ages, it was considered valuable enough to act as a currency. Beeswax soothes and protects the skin from dryness without inhibiting its ability to breathe. It also serves as an emulsifier.
An emulsifying wax from plant oils often used as an emollient and stabilizer which gives high viscosity.
Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria)
This annual herb, also known as German Chamomile or Wild Chamomile, blooms small white flowers between May and August. It is found throughout Europe, except in the extreme north, and throughout northern Asia. The flowers of this plant possess gentle, healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Obtained from fruit juice, this plant acid serves as a natural preservative and astringent, and it balances the pH of the skin.
Fragrance (Parfum) from natural essential oils. Citronellol is a naturally occurring component of essential oils, such as Geranium Oil, Muscatel Sage, Sandalwood and Citronella Oil.
Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao)
Commonly referred to as Cocoa Butter, this vegetable oil is derived from the seeds of the tropical Cacao tree. This solid oil softens the skin and protects it against environmental influences.
Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)
Myrrh is widely considered to be one of the most effective substances for maintaining gum health by herbalists. It is well-known for its astringent and antiseptic properties.
Fragrance (Parfum) from natural essential oils. Coumarin is a naturally occurring component of essential oils, such as Lavender Oil and Tonka.
Echinacea (Echinacea Angustifolia)
According to the Commission E monograph, preparations of Echinacea angustifolia are used to support and promote the natural powers of resistance of the body, especially in infectious conditions (influenza, colds, etc.) in the nose and throat (see The Complete Commission E Monographs, American Botanical Council, 1st ed. 1998, p. 328).
According to the Commission E, eucalyptus oil is used internally for catarrh of the respiratory tract (see (see PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd ed., p.284).
Fragrance (Parfum) from natural essential oils. Eugenol is a naturally occurring component of essential oils, such as Clove Oil and Ylang-Ylang Oil.
Grapeseed oil (Vitis vinifera)
According to the PDR for Herbal Medicines, the medicinal parts of Vitis vinifera are the leaves, fruit and juice. Their hepatoprotective effects have been shown to significantly attenuate acetaminophen induced hepatic DNA damage, apoptosis and necrotic cell death of liver cells (see PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd ed., pp.362-3).
Guar (Cyanopsis Tetragonoloba)
Commonly referred to as Guar, this gum comes from the ground seeds of the Cyanopsis Tetragonoba Bean. This gelling agent has 5-8 times the thickening power of starch.
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides)
Commonly referred to as Sea Buckthorn, this summer green shrub, native to Europe and Asia, features silver-gray branches and coral red, edible berries. The golden-red Pulp Oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids and Vitamin E. The Seed Oil is primarily comprised of unsaturated essential fatty acids, including Linoleic and Linolenic Acids. Sea Buckthorn Oil, made up of Beta Cerotene, Provitamin A and Vitamin E, helps protect the skin from UV radiation and free-radical damage. These easily absorbed oils support the natural buildup of the skin’s lipid layers and possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)
The Horse Chestnut plant is made up of branches with flower buds that bloom in the spring. The bark from the branches contains a high amount of aesculin, which counters the penetration of UV light and subsequent damage. The bark also contains astringent and toning properties, serving as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense)
Commonly referred to as Horsetail, this herb has long been used by Native Americans to accelerate the body’s healing processes. It is rich in silica and minerals that the body needs to rebuild tissue. This herbal extract also supports the build up of Calcium in the body, nourishing the skin, hair, bones and tissues. Horsetail also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The plant is high in Silica, necessary for the health of the hair and scalp. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (see PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd ed., p.409).
Iris (Iris Germanica)
The resilient Iris plant is made up of a strong root system and stately flowers, generally of a violet hue. This plant possesses the unique ability to adapt to extreme environmental conditions, surviving in both desert and wetland areas. It is made up of special layers that protect it from drying, and each leaf has its own microclimate. The extract from the root, or rhizome, of the Iris stimulates the active layers of the skin and brings moisture and balance to the outer epidermal layers. It helps the skin look and feel healthy, soft and supple.
Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis)
Commonly referred to as the Jojoba plant, this evergreen shrub bears olive-shaped fruits and grows wild in arid environments, such as Arizona Mexico and South America. Jojoba Oil is derived from the seeds (beans) within the fruits. This oil, classified as a wax, is easily absorbed by the skin and is especially beneficial in treating inflamed and irritated skin conditions.
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Juniper grows in Europe, Northern Africa, North Asia and North America. It is approved by Commission E for loss of appetite and dyspeptic complaints (see PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd Ed., p. 440).
This natural clay is named after the Kaoling Hill in China. The yellowish-white powder is insoluble in water. As a result, it absorbs any excess moisture.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
The volatile oil comes from the fresh lavender-colored flower tops of the Lavender plant. It is known for its aroma therapeutic, balancing and soothing fragrance, which has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps treat skin conditions aggravated by stress.
Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum)
Commonly referred to as Lemon, the yellow fruit is grown on small trees in the Mediterranean. This oval-shaped fruit grows amongst white blossoms and emits a fresh and invigorating fragrance. The peel is comprised of invigorating essential oils, made up of components such as Limonene, Citral and Coumarin. Lemon Oil possesses skin-tightening and toning effects. It also serves as a purifying disinfectant, making it ideal for treating oily, tired and stressed skin.
Fragrance (Parfum) from natural essential oils. Linalool is a naturally occurring component of essential oils, such as Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil and Ylang-Ylang Oil.
Derived from magnesium salt and commonly referred to as Epsom Salt, it is used to treat deficiencies that occur during stress. It is also often used in the bath as a detoxifying treatment.
Mallow (Malva Sylvestris)
This annual plant, native to Europe, yields tall, beautiful blossoms ranging in color from pale mauve to intense violet. It has been prized since Roman times for its natural medicinal properties and its ability to soothe rough and dry skin. Due to its high mucilage content, the flower extract forms a soothing, protective gel. This plant possesses anti-inflammatory properties, calming and caring for delicate, sensitive skin.
Nettle (Urtica urens)
Nettle is a perennial herb which grows wild throughout the temperate zones of both hemispheres worldwide. The Lesser Nettle (Urtica urens) is widely distributed and resembles the Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) in habit, but has smaller leaves and the flowers. Urtica urens helps with itching swellings, blisters, burns and scalds (see A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Clarke, MD, 3rd ed. 1987, vol. III, p. 1486).
Avena Sativa Oat
Oats, in almost all forms, have been used since the beginning of time in the treatment of all manner of skin ailments where they offer skin softening, skin soothing, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Olive (Olea Europaea)
Commonly referred to as Olive Oil, this prized oil comes from the bluish-black fruits that mature out of small, yellowish-white blooms from the evergreen Olive tree. Olives are native to the Mediterranean region. The pulp of the Olive contains both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. It is made up of a particularly high quantity of Vitamin E-rich unsaturated Oleic Acid. This warming oil is well-tolerated by the skin and restores moisture and nourishment to dry, rough skin.
Fragrance (Parfum)* denotes the presence of natural essential oils in a formula. Natural essential oils are health-promoting and life-preserving ingredients. Essential oils have been used for centuries for mummification processes and wound healing due to their ability to “preserve” the various plants from which these oils are a part. Natural essential oils, versus synthetic compositions, enhance our wellbeing both mentally, spiritually and physically. Essential oils stimulate our mind and body, awakening our senses and stimulating the parts of our brains that control our emotions and regulate our hormones. Physically, essential oils promote the circulation and metabolic functions of the skin and its tissues. Furthermore, almost all essential oils possess fungicidal and bactericidal properties, purifying and promoting the health of the skin.
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Passionflower is a perennial creeping vine, native to the tropical and semi-tropical southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. Spanish conquerors first learned of Passion flower from the Aztecs of Mexico who used it as a sedative to treat insomnia and nervousness. The plant was taken back to Europe where it became widely cultivated and introduced into European medicine. In Homeopathy, it is given for restless and wakeful sleep, resulting from exhaustion Boericke
Peach (Prunus Persica)
Commonly referred to as Peach Kernel Oil, the light, yellow oil comes from the seed of the Peach Kernel. This plant belongs to the same family as the Almond. It is made up of a high quantity of essential Linoleic and Oleic fatty acids, giving it a special affinity to the skin. Peach Kernel Oil protects the skin by supporting its barrier function, preventing moisture loss.
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Commonly referred to as Peppermint, the thin, brittle leaves of this plant emit an aromatic and cooling flavor. Peppermint is comprised of a high amount of natural essential oils, as well as menthol and tannins. It is known for its refreshing, cooling, bactericidal and anti-irritant properties.
Potassium Cocoate is the potassium salt of Coconut Acid. It is a soap type emulsifier.
This Olive Oil derivative is part of the soap production process called saponification, involving the hydrolyzation of Olive Oil in the presence of potassium hyrdoxide. It serves as a soap-like emulsifier, and it gently cleanses and nourishes the skin.
Pumpkin (Curcubita maxima)
Pumpkin flower helps support the action of Apatite in the formation of healthy growth of bones and teeth.
Rose (Rosa Damascena)
This fragrant, pink-flowering plant yields Rose petals that provide the precious Rose essential oil, regarded to be more precious than gold. Rose Oil consists of over 400 components of essential oils, not all of which have been identified to date. In Greek mythology Roses are associated with the love goddess, Venus, as well as a symbol for resurrection. Romans associated roses with romance and happiness, crowning marital partners with rose wreaths and scattering them at the feet of heroes. This prized oil possesses harmonizing aroma therapeutic properties, promoting inner relaxation, balance and sleep. It is also one of the most beneficial and skin-friendly natural essential oils. Rose Oil is also known for its healing and antiseptic properties.
Rosehip (Rosa Moschata)
Commonly referred to as the Musk Rose or Rosehip, this plant is made up of thorny branches, white or pink blossoms and orange fruits (haws) which contain the precious Rosehip Seed Oil. This yellow-toned, odorless oil is regarded as an extremely high grade oil. Rich in antioxidants, it is comprised of Vitamins A and E, helping to fight free radical damage and promote new cell growth. Rosehip Seed Oil is also comprised of an exceptionally high amount of Linoleic and Linolenic essential fatty acids, supporting the skin’s elasticity and keeping it well-nourished. This easily absorbed oil is often used to heal scars and damaged skin. Posh Brats rosehip oil is wild-harvested and cold pressed by our very own labs.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Commonly referred to as Rosemary, this evergreen shrub, native to the Mediterranean region, yields pale-blue flowers. Characterized by the strength of the sun’s heat, Rosemary stimulates the circulation and the metabolism. It is also used to treat poorly healing wounds and eczema.
Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
This herbal plant, indigenous to the Mediterranean region, emits a refreshing fragrance and is used externally as a cleansing and purifying agent. The plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in all of Europe. It is also cultivated in North America. It is approved by Commission E for loss of appetite. In folk medicine, it is used internally for gastric disorders such as loss of appetite, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea and enteritis (see PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd Ed., p. 655).
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
This precious vegetable oil, commonly referred to as Shea Butter, comes from the Shea Tree. This tree grows in West Africa and throughout the sub-Saharan region. The oil is derived from the kernel, found within the nuts that grow on the Shea Tree. Comprised of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as Vitamin E and Carotene, this oil acts as a soothing moisturizer and emollient for the skin. It possesses protective properties against environmental influences, including UV rays and sun allergies.
Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
Commonly referred to as Baking Soda, this alkali in the form of white crystals or powder serves as a natural tooth cleaner and whitener. This is also a major ingredient in bath potions and bath bombs.
Salt (Sodium Chloride)
Commonly referred to as salt, these opaque white crystals easily absorb water and draw fluids outwards. The osmotic action of salt tones and stimulates. Salt is cleansing and purifying and improves capillary circulation.
This Coconut Oil derivative is formulated through the saponficiation process, which involves the hydrolyzation of Coconut Oil in the presence of sodium in order to create soap. It serves as an emulsifier and gently cleanses the skin.
This Olive Oil derivative is formulated through the saponficiation process, which involves the hydrolyzation of Coconut Oil in the presence of sodium in order to create soap. It serves as an emulsifier and gently cleanses the skin.
This fatty acid is primarily comprised of Stearic Acid— a byproduct of vegetable oil during the saponification process. This white powder serves as an emulsifier and mild cleanser, and it has been used to treat skin diseases.
Sucrose (sugar) is a vehicle for the active ingredients. Posh Brats uses 100% British beet sugar.
Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)
Commonly referred to as Sunflower Oil, this light-colored oil, native to Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean region and North and Central America, comes from the seeds of the Sunflower plant. The oil provides a rich source of unsaturated linoleic and oleic fatty acids and Vitamin E. Sunflower Seed Oil is soothing, calming and caring to the skin.
Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
Pressed from the nut kernels of the Sweet Almond tree, this fine, nearly colorless and odorless oil, is especially mild and gentle. It is extremely well-tolerated by the skin and is easily absorbed. Due to its high content of essential fatty acids, it protects the skin from drying and improves the skin’s barrier function, keeping it smooth and supple.
Derived from the root of the Manihot Esculenta plant, Tapioca Starch is found in the cells of this plant’s tubular roots. This plant is cultivated in warmer climates, such as Brazil, Colombia, India and Thailand. Comprised of 85% starch, Tapioca Starch gives consistency to a formula and helps keep the skin soft and supple.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Commonly referred to as Tea Tree Oil, this light yellow essential oil is derived from the Tea Tree, native to Australia. This oil easily and quickly penetrates the skin, serving as an antibacterial and disinfecting agent. It is also known to accelerate the healing of skin irritations and infections.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Valerian is a perennial herb with many varied forms. Naturalized in northeastern America, it is now extensively cultivated in most of Europe and the U.S. Traditional Greek medicine prescribed Valerian for insomnia. It is indicated in Homeopathy for sleeplessness and restlessness due to nervous irritation (see A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Clarke, MD, 3rd ed. 1987, vol. III, p. 1497).
This wax comes from the green-colored Vanilla pods, primarily grown in Madagascar and Mexico.
Wheat (Triticum Vulgare)
Commonly referred to as Wheat Germ Oil, this oil is extracted from the germ of the Wheat plant. It contains a high content of Vitamin E and Lecithin, making it extremely compatible to the skin’s natural makeup. This nourishing oil is known to keep the connective tissue healthy, soothing and refining the skin’s texture.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
Commonly referred to as Witch Hazel, the leaves and twigs of this plant are used to make this prized extract. Witch Hazel is high in tannins and known for its astringent, anti-inflammatory and strengthening properties.
This fermented byproduct of the microorganism, Xanthomonas Campestris, yields a fibrous gel similar to cellulose. It is very stable under a wide range of temperatures and pH levels. This gum agent serves as a stabilizer and emulsifier, as well as a foam enhancer and thickener.
This powder, made from the mineral Zinc Oxide, is formulated into a creamy white ointment. It provides broad UVA and UVB protection and possesses mild antiseptic properties—treating and healing skin irritations and rashes. When applied externally, it provides a protective barrier to the skin. This natural mineral is BDIH-approved.
This non-ionic tenside is among the mildest tensides from natural, renewable materials. Derived from the dried pulp of the coconut fruit and sugar, this gentle cleanser is biodegradable, non-toxic, residue free and well-tolerated by even the most sensitive skins. It is also BDIH-approved.
Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate
This tenside is among the mildest amino acid tensides from natural, renewable materials. Derived from coconut oil and fermented sugar, this gentle cleanser has excellent cleansing and foaming properties, is environmentally-friendly and is well-tolerated by sensitive and allergic skin types. It is also Natrue approved.
This castor oil derivative begins with renewable castor oil. The melting point is then raised to change the oil into a waxy substance. The resulting hydrogenated oil, classified as a non water-soluble foodstuff, is used to improve the consistency of a formula.
Beeswax (Cera Alba)
This waxy substance comes from beehives and is naturally secreted by honeybees in the form of scales. It was used by the Egyptians for mummification and by the Romans as a waterproofing agent for painted walls. In the Middle Ages, it was considered valuable enough to act as a currency. Beeswax soothes and protects the skin from dryness without inhibiting its ability to breathe. It also serves as an emulsifier.
Fragrance (Parfum) from natural essential oils. Limonene is a naturally occurring component of essential oils, such as Rosemary Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fennel Oil and Lavender Oil.
Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
Native to Persian Empire in what is today Iran, Iraq, Greece and Turkey, among other countries, the pomegranate plant is a shrub or small tree that has been cultivated by humans for millennia. Since antiquity it has appeared in art, literature and legend as a symbol of life, power, beauty and fertility; which is appropriate as some pomegranate trees are known to live for over 200 years. Today, pomegranates are widely grown throughout India and Middle East. The most coveted part of the tree is the fruit itself which contains hundreds of seeds encased in juicy arils. These seeds are rich in punicic acid and have strong anti-oxidant properties that help promote cell renewal and regeneration.
Fragrance (Parfum) from natural essential oils. Citral is a naturally occurring component of essential oils, such as Lemon Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon-Grass Oil and Bergamot Oil.
Argan Oil is one of the most sought after botanical oils in todays market. With its unique composition of unsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids, plant sterols, polyphenols, ferulic acid, Vitamin E and squalene, it delivers a therapeutic profile that offers regenerative and restructuring activity to all of your skin care products. This revitalizing oil improves skin's flexibility to improve skin softness while also offering anti-oxidant protection. Most of the research on this oil showed it's best attribute to be the reduction of wrinkles and smoothing of skin, making it a great choice for all anti-aging and mature skin products.
Contains one of the highest levels of GLA making it a must have in any treatment products designed to soothe dry skin and sensitive skin, as well as for any inflammatory skin conditions. Borage Seed Oil, is one of the best choices for anti-aging, and wrinkle reducing, product lines where it offers regenerative, and firming, properties helping to restore hydration and elasticity.
Coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fats and contains medium-chain fatty acids, which not only help to repair the skin barrier and trap water, thus hydrating the skin, they also reduce inflammation. Coconut oil adds shine to the hair and helps to heal skin conditions with a high natural Vitamin E content.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Ingredients that aid exfoliation by weakening the links between cells in the outer layer of dead skin, allowing the normal shedding process to occur at a more optimum rate. By helping new cells surface, they improve skin texture, unclog pores and facilitate absorption of moisturizers. It may also help play a role in building skin-firming collagen and elastin, especially when incorporated into a two-step chemical peel. AHAs include lactic (from dairy products), glycolic (from sugar), malic (from apples) and citric (from citrus fruits).
A substance known for its healing, soothing and anti-irritating properties. Softens skin and stimulates the formation of healthy tissue. Helps eliminate chapping and cracking, leaving skin silky, smooth and healthy-looking. Found in herbs such as comfrey, wheat and sugar beets.
Found as a natural component of chamomile, Bisabolol is an effective anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. It is very soothing and calming for red, irritated skin.
A natural antioxidant in the tannin family, rich in chemicals known as polyphenols, which have potent antioxidant properties. A potent antioxidant shown to neutralize free radicals generated from inflammation, but may also have benefit against DNA mutations that are associated with cancers (of the skin). May also reverse sun damage.
A lipid found in the skin that is necessary for normal skin function.
The protein in skin that gives it firmness, structure, keeps it taut and resilient. With age, collagen is not only produced more slowly and degenerates more quickly, but also diminishes because of sun damage, pollution, free radical damage and genetics. Depletion of collagen is the main cause of wrinkles. Fortunately, ingredients that build collagen by either promoting its production or preventing its breakdown can be both consumed in foods and applied topically via skincare products.
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Extract)
It is a natural anti-inflammatory. Works as a mild astringent, yet is gently cooling and soothing and can help reduce puffiness of the skin.
A newly recognized group of antioxidants derived from red fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, red grapes, red peppers, beets, pink grapefruit and especially tomatoes. Extremely effective at fending off environmental free radicals, helping to prevent the breakdown of collagen. May specifically diminish damage from free radicals sparked by the sun.
A Vitamin B complex factor used widely in skin and hair products for its conditioning properties.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)
The natural occurring substance in skin that first attracts, then locks water in the dermis, giving skin its thickness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. It can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. The “non-oil” component to the skin’s natural moisturizing mechanism. As we age, our skin's overall water content, which plumps skin and makes lines less visible, and its hyaluronic acid stores both decline.
Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10)
A compound that is made in our bodies and used by cells to produce the energy they need to grow and stay healthy. An antioxidant with actions very similar to those of Vitamin E, it has been found to be an excellent defender against free radicals and, when used regularly over time, may help ease lines and wrinkles by building collagen.
Vitamin A. (Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol and Retinoic Acid)
An antioxidant essential to the maintenance and repair of epithelial tissue. Stimulates new skin cells and inhibits the body's natural enzymes that break down collagen. May prevent premature wrinkling.
(Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside). An antioxidant vitamin necessary for tissue growth and repair, as well as collagen formation. One of the best free radical scavengers, it seems to combat free radicals triggered by both the body and the environment. Works synergistically with Vitamin E.
Steam distilled from the leaves and branches of
the bay plant, bay oil is prized for its antiseptic and emollient qualities. Possesses a warm, spicy fragrance.
A vegetable derived emulsifier, whithout which the creams, which are in effect an oil/water emulsion, will separate very quickly. Our eco-friendly emulsifying wax is 100% vegetable based. It is extremely mild, non-irritating and mimics the skin's natural lipid barriers and is formulated from non-ethoxylated, PEG & sulfate-free ingredients.
Hard to believe that something so fragrant could possess such potency. As one of the few oils with the ability to both uplift and sedate, trust geranium to come to the rescue for all your emotional concerns. On a physical level this oil balances, regulates, decongests and detoxifies, while boosting your immune system. It is also a marvelous skin treatment. This oil also stimulates the lymphatic system, keeping infections at bay and promoting speedy healing. Its ability to revitalize tissue helps heal wounds, frostbite, chilblains and inflamed skin disorders such as eczema, acne and shingles, and gives a radiant glow to any complexion and skin type. Its cleansing and balancing effect on the production of sebum is beneficial to numerous skin disorders. It is also believed to slow the aging process!
This essential oil has a woody and sweet aroma and is perfect for stressful situations. Naturally anti-septic, it is useful for greasy skin, dandruff and greasy hair. An astringent oil useful for protection and caring for blemished or oily skin.
A sweet, woody, fruity scented oil which is soothing, relaxing, calming and has a tonic effect. Rosewood essential oil is a good general balancer for the emotions, thus it can have good effects when used as an anti-depressant or when used during periods of stress.Rosewood is said to stimulate new cell growth, regenerate tissues and help minimize lines and wrinkles. It can also help with dry and oily skin, acne and scars. Rosewood essential oil can also be a good oil for helping to clear headaches.
(Cymbopogon martinii )
The therapeutic properties of Palmarosa oil are antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cytophylactic, digestive, febrifuge and hydrating.
Palmarosa oil calms the mind, yet has an uplifting effect. Palmarosa oil moisturises the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections, sore tired feet and athlete's foot. Palmarosa is a bright and cheerful oil with slightly floral and woodsy notes and just a hint of citrus undertones.
Bergamot essential oil can be used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, infection (all types including skin), anorexia, psoriasis, eczema. It's anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-viral properties make this essential oil useful in skin & hair care - for the treatment of cold sores, acne, eczema, boils, wounds, insects bites, and for dry itchy skin and scalp.
Has a spicy and rich smell. Clove oil helps to stimulate the mind and relieves pain in arthritis and rheumatism by its ability to deeply penetrate inside the body. It is very useful for treating muscular aches and pains.
Frankincense is used in modern cosmetics to rejuvenate the skin and has excellent cytophylactic properties (encourages the growth of skin cells) while being a good all-over skin tonic. It is also effective in healing sores, carbuncles and wounds, while reducing ugly scaring and reducing skin inflammation. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense essential oil in skincare include that of being antiseptic, astringent, cytophylactic, diuretic, and tonic. The inherent astringent qualities of this oil also act as balancer of the skin and reduce any dry or oily skin condition - returning it to normal.
Panax Ginseng Root
Ginseng contains a large number of phytonutrients, these phytonutrients can stimulate and activate the skin's metabolism and blood flow to regenerate, tone, brighten and refine skin hence minimising wrinkles and fine lines. It also counteracts dryness and helps to balance oil glands.
Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract
A beautiful plant with a sweet intense floral smell. Known as the “King of oils” (rose is the “queen”) as it is considered the most masculine of floral oils. It has a very sensual, soothing and calming aroma. Jasmine oil tones dry as there are over 100 constituents in the oil, many of them larger molecules of ketones and esters which aid cell regeneration & moisturise the skin. It also increases elasticity and is often used to assist with stretch marks and to reduce scarring.
Monoi is completely unique and exclusive oil with very moisturising and hydrating properties. It originated in Polynesia hundreds of years ago and still, true and authentic Monoi de Tahiti oil only comes from Tahiti. This Works Monoi Oil uses 200 Tahitian gardenia flowers per litre, as opposed to the standard 12 flowers- making it much more potent. Monoi oils composition is rich in terpenic alcohol and esters - which includes methyl salicylate - giving this beauty oil its wonderfully purifying and soothing properties It has been scientifically tested and proven to have emollient, soothing and purifying effects on the skin and provides long-lasting moisturisation.
Pogostemon Cablin Oil
Patchouli rejuvenates the skin and has also been used traditionally to help with skin inflammations, chapped skin and eczema. It has cytophylactic properties – it can help in regeneration of new skin cells, thus keeping the skin healthy, young and vibrant. Patchouli is also good when you suffer from fatigue as it stimulates the mind, whilst relaxing the body.
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil
Woody, sweet, exotic aroma of Sandalwood helps to soothe and calm down stressed nerves, and has sedative qualities. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective remedy for various skin problems. It softens, soothes and protects the skin and helps in firming the skin and gives it a fresher look.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
Brightens dull skin, and helps to prevent capillary fragility. It has toning qualities and t also assists the lymphatic system, helping to detoxify a congested skin and although it is a good general skin tonic, it is great for older more mature skin, dealing with dermatitis, as well as acne and soothing a dry irritated skin. The general tonic action seems to stem from the action it has on supporting collagen formation in the skin, which is required for a healthy, young-looking skin.
Cananga Odorata Flower Oil
Means “flower of flowers” in the Tagalog language of the Phillipines. Also known as the “perfume tree” for the seductive scent of its starfish shaped flowers. It has a sweet, exotic floral scent which revives the senses and counteracts stress, anxiety and depression. On the skin, ylang-ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum.
Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil
Bitter orange is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and calming to the skin. Bitter orange oil is obtained from bitter orange fruit peel and the essential oil captures the zest of freshly peeled oranges. Neroli also helps to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells and therefore has rejuvenating effects on the skin. It is particularly useful for dry or sensitive skins.
Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil
The power of vitamin A or retinol is well known on the skin. The common carrot contains a natural derivative of this material known as pro-vitamin A, which helps nourish and protect the skin from the signs of ageing. Carrot also contains a bright orange pigment called beta-carotene, which is a well-proven free-radical scavenger to protect the skin from environmental damage.
Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
Grapefruit oil is a vibrant, zesty and revitalising fragrance that will wake up even the most sluggish of skins and rejuvenate the senses. It is also good for oily skin and acne, as it has a tonic effect on the skin and scalp. Refreshing, uplifting, and used as an aid in clearing the lymphatic system, grapefruit also acts as a diuretic. Subsequently, it is often an ingredient in detoxifying programmes.
Leptospermum scoparium Oil
Manuka oil is an excellent antiseptic on the skin, as well as being antifungal and as effective as tea tree. It can be used neat on the skin, to treat cuts and boils as well as to treat acne and oily skin. It is also helpful for muscular pain and rheumatism.
Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Meadowfoam is known for its skin conditioning properties being rich in antioxidants and protective fatty acids that help to reduce moisture loss and restore the moisture balance within the dermis.
Menthol is refreshing and cooling that helps to leave the skin feeling refreshed and tingling. It has a strong invigorating and uplifting effect on the mind and body.
Rosa Centifolia Flower Water
Rose flower water, or Rosewater, is highly regarded for its soothing and gentle effect on the most delicate of skins. Rosewater is the water that is recovered from the distillation of the essential oil of rose produced when the flowers of roses are steam distilled to produce the essential oil. The steam carries the precious oil from the petals and is then condensed where the oil forms on the top of the water. The rosewater is the delicately rose infused water that remains. It is soothing and a very gentle astringent and suitable for all types of skin, but more especially for dry or sensitive.
Pelargonium Graveolens Oil
Rose Geranium is considered both sedative and uplifting, so is much favoured in the treatment of anxiety. In skin care it is considered gently antiseptic, cleansing, refreshing and a gentle tonic. It is ideal for sluggish, congested or oily skin and is said to improve the circulation of poor complexions. It has also been used for eczema, dermatitis and dry skin conditions.
The Quince extract included in our formulas is 100% natural, deriving from eco friendly and gentle extraction methods that preserve its actives. It contains a high percentage of polysaccharides which are very good film formers and therefore excellent moisturizers. Quince extract preserves the skin moisture balance for the entire day for a feeling of perfectly nourished skin.
Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract
Acai Fruits are known for their strong anti-oxidant properties (33 times more anti-oxidant than grapes), through which they protect the cells from the negative effects of free radicals and slow the ageing process.Thanks to its high content in fibers and Omega 3, 6 and 9, the consumption of Acai Fruit leads to a low appetite, an increase level of energy and to the burn of fats.The important concentration of minerals and vitamins stimulates the collagen syntheses, which drives to an improvement of skin firmness and to the restoration of it's texture.
Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract
It is one of the primary ingredients when it comes to slowing the ageing process with an additional benefit of leaving the skin energized, conditioned and moisturized, and giving the face a beautiful flawless complexion. The extract is also helpful in balancing the skin and treating skin irritations such as cuts, burns, abrasions and rashes.
Honey is a 100% natural ingredient which has been used for thousands of years for medicine & skin care. It has a stimulating and toning effect on the skin and is a mild antiseptic.
Citrus Aurantifolia Oil
Rich in vitamins and minerals, Lime oil acts as a tonic substance toning up tissues and skin and helping retain youth for long.
In cosmetology medlar particularly beneficial effect on the skin. For this purpose it is possible to use inside and make fruits a variety of masks, peels and tonics. The composition of medlar primarily beneficial effect on the state of the collagen fibers, so the skin becomes elastic, supple and healthy-looking. The Japanese have long used the fruit of the medlar in the preparation of home remedies for skin care.
Pearl Extract is a natural marine originated complex on a sea mineral water basis, rich in oligo-elements. It can be used as a natural marine mineral supply. Traditional Chinese medicine believe Pearl Powder can nourish the skin and slow down aging processes by improving the metabolism, supporting hydration and protecting against environmental damage effects.
Propylene Glycol is used as a humectant and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics. It is an effective coupling agent and its use can improve freeze/thaw stability of cosmetic emulsions. It acts as a light moisturizer and helps to prolong fragrance. CIR Review indicates it is safe for use in cosmetic products at concentrations up to 50%.Our Propylene Glycol meets USP specifications, but it is considered a cosmetic grade material once we repackage it.
Silk Amino Acids
Due to their smaller molecular weight they are more penetrating and moisturizing to skin and hair. Our Silk Amino Acids have been decolorized and deodorized -- making them an exceptional addition to even the most delicate of formulations.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol
Also known as Conditioning Emulsifier is a self-emulsifying wax, a quaternary ammonium salt derived from the natural plant oil Colza, and contains no ethoxylated ingredients. It is both a mild primary emulsifier and an excellent conditioning agent for both creams and conditioners. These creams tend to resist wash off, leaving a soft, powdery feel on the skin and imparting excellent detangling properties to hair conditioners. In a hair conditioner, it offers improved wet comb and leaves hair with noticeable body and spring. Due to its extreme mildness, it is suitable for leave-in conditioners.
Vegetable source fatty acid used to thicken and stabilize formulations.
Shungite has been used in medical treatment since the early 18th-century. It is a very rare mineral found only in Karelia, Russia. Shungite is sometimes called the "Stone of Life" due to its healing and antibacterial properties. Shungite (especially when used in water) purifies, protects, normalizes, induces recovery and promotes growth in living organisms. Healers use shungite to alleviate a wide variety of physical complaints such as heart difficulty, allergies, skin diseases, arthritis, hair and skin rejuvenation.
Ribes nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Oil
Black Currant Oil is a source of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) as well as antioxidant properties. Gamma-linolenic acid falls in the omega-6 family of fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid falls in the omega-3 family. Alpha-linolenic acid is similar to the beneficial fatty acids found in fish oils.
Very mild co-surfactant compatible with anionic, nonionic, cationic surfactants (also useful as primary surfactant), good cleanser & foam booster, viscosity enhancer, excellent conditioning & antistatic agent, moderate emulsifier. Derived from coconuts.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a classic anionic surfactant that is considered milder than sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) but has very similar properties. High foam, good lather, excellent detergent properties.
A great alternative to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This product is derived from coconut and palm oils, and conforms to Ecocert's natural and organic cosmetic standard and is 100% of natural origin.
Cornstarch contains Vitamins B, PABA, Silicon, freed oils, resin and mucilage, in addition to Vitamin K. It contains many natural, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as lutein, which is high in anti-oxidants.
Along with lactic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid and malic acid, it's classified as an alpha hydroxy acid, a type of weak acid with exfoliating properties. Alpha hydroxy acids also promote the shedding of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This gives skin a smoother appearance and more translucency with a gentle "glow" because a smoother skin surface reflects light better. This is also a major componant of some of our fizzy bath bombs and bubble bars as it helps to make a rich creamy foam.