Skin Care that is Good Enough To Eat!
Here we are going to talk about our skin and haircare! The list of ingredients we favor and why we use what we use to create our products! As well as How our Company got started and what we have planned for the rest of the year!
We have a Love for fresh Fruits and Vegetables. That Is why we Load all of our products with Real fruits and veggies! If you can eat it then it is Good enough to go onto your skin. The Largest Organ we have is our skin and it is important to take care not to harm it.
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Ingredient List (ongoing)
Milk. The lactic acid in milk naturally exfoliates your skin while its fatty properties soothe and moisturize. Additionally, milk contains numerous vitamins and minerals that benefit your skin, including vitamins A and D.
Additional tips: Also consider adding 2 cups of whole milk to your bath to soften your entire body and using powdered milk with a bit of water (enough to make a paste) for a smoothing 5-minute face masque.
Oatmeal. You know oatmeal is good for your internal health, but did you know it could make you beautiful on the outside, too? Oatmeal softens and soothes, unveiling radiant skin no matter the weather. Oats contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous in water, forming a protective barrier between your skin and the elements. Not only does this barrier aide in dry skin prevention in winter, it also keeps natural moisture in and harmful toxins out. Furthermore, the fats in oatmeal help lubricate and moisturize your skin while saponins (natural cleansers that oats possess) gently purify your pores and is also a great cleanser. Next time you’re cooking up porridge for breakfast, set some aside for your skincare regimen!
Additional tip: Form a simple exfoliating scrub of warm water and oatmeal (simply add enough warm water to the oatmeal to form a thick paste). Rub the mixture in circular motions and rinse for baby soft skin.
Baking soda. Believe it or not, this odor-fighting substance is also a natural exfoliant. Many man-made exfoliants can be damaging to your skin, while this natural substance is coarse enough to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and fine enough to not irritate the new skin beneath. Additionally, it has the same cleansing benefits for your skin as it does for your teeth, without any harsh chemicals or additives. Once a week (depending on your skin’s sensitivity), add a bit of baking soda to your regular cleanser when to reveal glowing, fresh skin.
Additional tip: Make a paste of baking soda and a bit of water – a ratio of about 3 to 1 – to rub on the roughest patches of skin, such as the elbows and the feet, getting rid of stubborn calluses and dry patches.
Coconut oil. Coconut oil is a wonderful addition to your skin care regimen. Loaded with beneficial nutrients like vitamins K and E, this natural moisturizer will help your skin repair itself and actually help protect your skin from sun damage. Additionally, the powerful antioxidants in coconut oil (particularly in virgin coconut oil – meaning it hasn’t been treated) can minimize the effects of aging by preventing free radicals from breaking down the tissues of your skin. After cleansing your body, apply the coconut oil as you would any lotion or massage oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is light and penetrating with excellent shelf life and stability. It smells of fresh coconut milk. Virgin Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature and performs similarly to Kukui, Jojoba, Illipe and Shea butter. It is creamier at warmer room temperatures and is firmer at cooler temperatures. In countries where it is produced, it is a food source and has been found to be the best source of monolaurin, a well known antiseptic substance found in breast milk.
Additional tip: For an exfoliating and antioxidant rich facial and/or body scrub, combine brown sugar and virgin coconut oil at about a 3-to-1 ratio. Mix then slough away!
Honey. Packed with flavonoids (which protect cells), natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, honey is truly Mother Nature’s nectar. The antioxidants it contains help prevent aging while its humectant state (meaning it attracts and retains water) helps keep skin hydrated. Its anti-microbial properties help soothe irritated skin, including mild sunburns. Add a cup of honey to your bath water for a luxurious treat.
Additional tip: A recent study found that a mixture of honey, olive oil and beeswax actually help relieve symptoms associated with eczema and psoriasis when applied topically. For a quick & easy hydrating boost: Apply a few drops to freshly cleansed, damp skin and leave on for a few minutes like a hydrating masque. For best results try this while in the bath or shower where the steam will help hydrate your skin. You’ll be amazed at the results! Add to your favorite facial cleanser or masque! Just prepare your cleanser or masque as usual and mix in a couple of honey drops right in the palm of your hand! For a quick & easy face masque add a few drops to a spoonful of natural yogurt. Add to your favorite hair conditioner! Pour Conditioner into palm of hand and add a few honey drops. Mix it up in your hands and then apply and rinse as usual. Use as a shaving aid – Lather up your shaving cream or shaving soap and blend a few drops to the lather. Honey adds a slick characteristic to the lather which allows for a smooth, close shave. Shave carefully
Cranberry. Is a super-fruit and are jam packed with antioxidant, anti inflammatory, antiseptic, brightening, antimicrobial, cell renewal properties. Beneficial to those with acneic, damaged, impure, and dull skin, has powerful antiseptic qualities and brightens the skins appearance
Coffee. A balancing astringent as it has the same 4.5 ph level as human skin. Perfect for protecting against acne and blemishes, Coffee provides caffeine, a wonderful antioxidant proven in many studies to actually break up cellulite deposits and tighten skin, Antiseptic extracts from the wild coffee plant were used by the Kawaiisu Indians years ago to help heal dry skin, cuts and abrasions, and even snake bites. Coffee contains ten percent chlorogenic acid, five percent caffeic, four percent phenolic acid and twenty percent caffeine. These enzymes stimulate the detoxification process. It is rich in phytosterols that penetrate the skin easily and have the ability to retain moisture. Coffee is also a balancing astringent as it has the same 4.5pH balance as human skin, which is why it helps protect against acne and blemishes. It also has good cleansing properties.
Cocoa Butter. Full of antioxidants which help fight signs of aging, Cocoa butter provides exquisite moisture that readily absorbs into skin providing deep nourishment, protection and healing benefits.
Shea Butter. Soothes blemishes, smoothes wrinkles, relieves itching and drying, treats mild skin irritations, itchy and dryness and evens out skin tone. Provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny. Because it's rich in vitamins A and E, shea butter soothes dryness, repairs breakage, and mends split ends. Shea butter absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp without clogging pores, leaving a greasy residue, or causing a buildup of oil or dandruff. Shea butter helps heal a variety of scalp problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. Shea butter protects hair from weather damage caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness, and repairs such damage. Because it's rich in moisture and can shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation, shea butter protects hair from sun damage. If your hair has endured chemical treatments, hot irons, and blow-dryers, shea butter can restore its moisture and vitality.
10. Pumpkin. The natural enzymes in pumpkin dissolves dead skin cells. High levels of Vitamins A and C. Contains minerals like zinc, the powerhouse antioxidant beta-carotene, and cancer fighting carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Fights free radical damage, a causal factor in aging. Contains B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin, salicylic acid, lactic and ascorbic acid. Natural properties stimulate skin circulation. Promotes skin healing, and restores skin’s elasticity. Provides nourishment for sun-damaged, weathered and aging skin. Provides a youthful glow to dull skin. Perfect any time of year, but particularly during dry, colder months.
11. Citric acid. Common ingredient found in face packs and skin products. It is considered an antioxidant that can help the regeneration of skin tissue and slowing down the aging process.
12. Clay. Draws out impurities from the skin, produces are superb lather, deep cleanses. Clays have been used for centuries as a natural agent to help beautify the skin. Clays have the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. Powdered clay is used as the basis for the facial masks and body masks offered by spas. The benefits are enhanced when powdered herbs and nutritives are included in the facial mask recipe. Applying facial masks in a gentle circular motion exfoliates, cleans and invigorates the skin while improving blood circulation. Powdered clays can also be found in a variety of other natural skin care products. Because powdered clays are gently exfoliating, they can be found in natural scrubs. They can enhance the lathering capabilities of natural vegetable soaps, and clay is often used in bars formulated for specific skin types. Clays come from various regions of the world but some are preferred in skin care for their unique properties. The mineral content and physical structure of each clay determines the effect it has on the skin. Most clays have the ability to absorb toxins and excess oils from the skin, but each clay differs in its specific level of absorption. Regular use of clay facials will remove dead skin cells, improve circulation to the skin, remove debris from the pores and bring about a smooth, healthy glow.
13. Coconut Milk. Deeply nourishes & softens skin. contains calcium, potassium, chloride, vitamin A and E. Coconut milk contains proteins, which strengthen hair and can help to minimize breakage. It also has properties which protect hair and scalp from UV rays.Using coconut milk for improving hair growth is another simple home remedy for hair loss that some claim to offer results. It serves to nourish the hair and promote the growth of new hair. In addition, it keeps the existing hair in a healthy condition.
14. Cucumber extract. is not only a strong antioxidant, but is also rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes essential for strong cell growth and repair
15. Flax seeds. Rich in omega 3 and six fatty acids beneficial for issues such as : Psoriasis, acne and eczema.
16. Sweet Orange Oil. Added for extra anti inflammatory, antiseptic and deep detoxifying benefits
17. Spirulina. Rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, & caratenoids. Antioxidants help protect cells from environmental damage.
18. Hemp seed. Anti inflammatory, anti aging oil that fights skin inflammations, heals skin lesions, has antioxidants and contains moisture balancing properties. Abundant in vitamins and minerals needed for great skin health.The oil is non-greasy, readily absorbs into the pores, is an emollient, and has rejuvenating and moisturizing properties for the skin. The vitamins and minerals present in hemp seed oil are easily absorbed through the skin, resulting in a more vitamin and mineral enriched body care product.
19. Avocado. Heals sun damage, scars, and reduces age spots.
20. Cucumbers. Great at toning the skin, Promotes healing and blood circulation. The silica contained in cucumbers are used to restore elasticity to the skin, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and improves the complexion.
21. Rosemary. Possesses tremendous anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb also stimulates blood circulation which facilitates nourishment and enhances detoxification for scalp health and vitality. It is also good for dry scalp and is a natural hair conditioner (It’s also a uterine stimulant in high doses; safe in moderation and normal culinary use. If pregnant avoid using the oil entirely)
22. Burdock. Shown to improve a number of skin and scalp conditions as well as curb hair loss and enhance the rate and quality of new hair growth.
23. Hydrogen peroxide. Known antiseptic with the added benefit of being a natural oxidizing and bleaching agent for lightening stains of the tooth enamel.
24. Aloe. Possesses exceptional healing and anti-inflammatory properties to stimulate regenerative cells and soothe gum tissue. Aloe has also been shown to selectively eliminate only harmful bacteria and other unsavory microorganisms in support of a healthy oral microflora. Aloe vera is a spiky plant native to southern and eastern Africa and is part of the lily family. It has yellow flowers and pulpy leaves with jagged edges. The clear gel found within the leaves is used topically to treat burns and other ailments. There are approximately 300 known species of the plant, although aloe vera (or "true aloe") is the species renowned for its moisturizing properties. Cleopatra is rumored to have used it to keep her skin smooth and supple. It is believed that the combination of enzymes, amino and fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and other substances are what give aloe vera its healing properties. Relieves Scalp Itching. Reduces Scalp Redness & Inflammation. Adds Strength & Luster To Hair. pH Balancing. Promotes Hair Growth. Heals Scalps Affected By Psoriasis & Seborrhea. Easily Penetrates Hair & Scalp. Anti- Fungal Properites Alleviates Dandruff. Helps Hair Retain Water & Mositure
25. Vegetable glycerin. Helps to eliminate dry mouth and provides a naturally pleasant sweetness to the formula.
26. Green tea extract. Offers potent antioxidants shown to eliminate harmful bacteria and plaque as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe inflamed gum tissue. Green Tea is also highly antioxidant which helps to reduce signs of aging. It is anti-inflammatory and protects against UVB damage. Green Tea is good for dry/itchy scalp and dandruff. Has antibacterial properties and contains Vitamin C and E. Studies have also shown that it helps aid in hair growth.
27. Licorice root. Helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease by eliminating the bacteria at the root of these maladies. It’s also a natural sweetener adding to the delightful taste of this formulation.
28. Myrrh. Considered one of the best herbs for healing bleeding gums and mouth ulcers. Its astringent properties help to tighten gums while its antimicrobial properties help eliminate bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
29. Neem. Highly regarded Ayurvedic herb, possesses formidable anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties leading to healthier teeth and gums as well as fresher breath.
30. Coffee Bean Oil and Butter. Offer some natural protection from ultraviolet light and is becoming a popular ingredient in sunscreen products although they can’t claim it as an “Active Ingredient.” Coffee Bean Butter is rich in plant phytosterols which help promote excellent moisture retention and restore dry, damaged skin. Last but certainly not least, Coffee extracts and derivatives are used in slimming and cellulite cosmetics due to the natural caffeine content of the coffee beans and their ability to help stimulate circulation and aid in lipolysis (fat burning)
31. Jojoba oil. Penetrating moisturizer that is similar to our hair’s own natural oils, and is rich in protein and minerals. Jojoba Oil is a light yet nourishing oil pressed from the seeds of a desert plant. This fabulous oil is one of my all time favorite ingredients and a true beauty secret. Its structure is very different from most oils, making it more stable and boasting a range of therapeutic properties. Jojoba oil has a natural affinity to human skin because it is incredibly similar to our skin’s natural oils. It is readily absorbed without leaving a shiny or greasy residue, even on oily skin. Jojoba is also naturally rich in antioxidants and is useful for all skin types. Jojoba liquid wax comes from an evergreen desert shrub’s seeds and is an oily substance that is used in many applications to extend the shelf life of other oils. It has vitamins E, C, and B complex and minerals silicon, chromium, copper, zinc, and a high percentage of iodine (almost 81.7%), giving it power to heal…acne, athlete’s foot, cuts, mouth sores, warts, Jojoba liquid wax is said to help with hair loss, removing build up around hair follicles, dry scalp, and dandruff. It also has sulfur, cobalt, and traces of tin. It soothes and helps to remove wrinkles and stretch marks; It acts as a tonic, emollient, moisturizer, lubricant, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and prolongs the shelf life of all it comes in contact with. It is highly penetrating and closely resembles human sebum.
32. Meadowfoam seed oil. Adds shine and moisture to the hair and scalp, which are often dried out by the daily washing process
33. Wheat germ oil. Rich source of vitamin E which smoothes the skin and is an anti-oxidant on free radicals in the skin; with vitamins A and D; supports the skin’s natural process to regenerate; valuable for treating dry, aging skin, i.e., good for stretch marks, scar tissue, dry rough skin as it moisturizes and softens; has carotene and vegetable lecithin which nourishes skin cells and prevents moisture loss; can ease psoriasis, eczema, and prematurely aged skin; nourishing, toning, penetrating; test for wheat allergy. Wheat germ oil is naturally anti-bacterial.
34. Avocado oil. Rich in Vitamins A, C, and E, as wellas protein and amino acids – improving the health of your hair from its root, to its tip
35. Alkanet root. A plant primarily used as a natural dye. It can create a dark magenta in cosmetics but when used in our cold-process soap it creates a rich, deep, purple. We infuse olive oil with alkanet powder in advance and use this infusion in our Lavender & Oatmeal Collection.
36. Almond meal. Made from raw almonds ground into a meal. It’s high in emollients and is used in our soaps, body scrubs, and is the main ingredient in our facial scrubs. It’s great for all skin types and with regular use it acts as a gentle bleaching agent to help even skin tone. Do not use if your skin is irritated, sensitive, sunburned, windburned, or suffering from an acne breakout.
37. Almond oil. A staple in all of our scrubs and is good for all skin types. It’s known to ease itching, soreness, dryness, inflammation, and rashes. It’s often used as a massage oil since it’s consistency provides a nice slip and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It’s often used to soften dry and irritated skin and is useful for soothing eczema and psoriasis. The oil penetrates easily and nourishes with Vitamins A, B, D & E and is rich in fatty acids & proteins.
38. Apricot Kernel Oil. Pressed from kernel within the pit of the apricot fruit. It is well known for its therapeutic qualities and is suitable for all skin types. We use this in generous proportions within our soaps since it creates a more moisturizing lather and prevents dryness. It’s an all around great oil since it’s suitable for irritated, dry, mature and sensitive skin types. Like almond and olive oils, it absorbs quickly into the skin and nourishes with high amounts of Vitamins A and E and other minerals. When used directly on the skin, apricot kernel oil absorb offers great moisturizing and helps relieve the itchiness associated with conditions like eczema. It’s also excellent for softening the delicate skin around the eye and on the throat. It’s also slight astringent so can gently tighten the skin when applied directly or as part of a lotion or cream.
39. Avocado oil. Pressed from the flesh of the avocado. We use avocado oil in all of our soaps, scrubs, and body oils because of it’s rich properties. It has lots of antioxidants, is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, potassium, protein and amino acids and is known for it’s regenerative and moisturizing properties. Due to it’s emollient nature it’s a little heavier than olive and apricot kernel oils, but still absorbs into the skin and helps relieve dry and itchy skin caused by psoriasis and eczema while leaving a protective barrier to help prevent moisture evaporation. It can also be rubbed into to skin and scalp to heal flakiness and treat sun or climate damaged skin. Our body oil is loaded with avocado oil which is perfect after a bath or shower.
40. Beeswax. We use beeswax in our solid lotion bars and lip balms. It comes from…bees. The honey bee makes wax in order to build a cell where they store their honey. We use beeswax that has been filtered and cleaned and is approved for cosmetic use (filtering the wax removes any trace of bee body parts and stingers so no worries).
41. Bergamot Essential Oil. Cold-pressed from the peel of the Citrus bergamia fruit and is used to flavor Earl Grey tea. It has a floral and citrus fragrance that is an all around favorite. It is said to refresh, balance, help ease anxiety, nervous tension, and depression.
42. Activated charcoal. Charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. All of these pores allow activated charcoal to adsorb (not absorb) other substances (like impurities, toxins, dirt, and oil) to its surface and holds it there. It’s like a magnate as it attracts impurities to itself. It makes for a super cleansing soap. Supposedly, one teaspoon of activated charcoal has the surface area of 10,000 square feet or 1 football field!
43. Coconut meat. Included in our Coconut Milk & Mango Butter Collection and select sugar scrubs to add gentle exfoliation. In soap it appears as tiny white flecks – this is cosmetic grade coconut and not the type you can purchase from local grocery stores – no sugar or other preservatives added – just coconut.
44. Coconut shells. Crushed and shredded into 40 mesh powder. It adds a gentle exfoliation and appears as tiny brown flecks/threads in soap. We use these in our Coconut Milk & Mango Butter Collection and select sugar scrubs.
45. Olive oil. Represents a large component within all of our soaps because it’s such a great moisturizer. It allows our soaps to clean without drying out and irritating your skin. Olive oil soap is very mild and great for folks with sensitive skin. Olive oil’s fat composition is very similar to that of human skin; therefore, olive oil usually doesn’t cause any allergic reactions. It’s also absorbed quickly, doesn’t leave a greasy film behind and helps lock moisture into the skin. We use Refined Grade A olive oils that has been warm pressed without any use of solvents.
46. Parsley Powder. An all natural colorant we use frequently in our soaps. It’s one of the few plants you can add to cold-process soap that does not discolor or turn brown. Over time it does tend to fade just a bit – but it’s all natural and green so we love it. Parsley is also soothing, cleansing and detoxifying when added to baths and skin care products. It helps open up and cleanse the pores.
47. Pumice. A volcanic ash which is formed when lava is permeated with gas bubbles during the solidification process. Because lava has similar properties and chemical make-up as glass, pumice is very abrasive but unlike glass, it is very soft. Pumice is the softest abrasive media in use today and it’s all natural. In small amounts, it can even be used on the face. We use it in our scrubby soaps and in select sugar scrubs.
48. Sugar (Light Brown and White Refined). A great natural exfolliant that’s not too scratchy and suitable for your body and lips. We use fine granulated brown and white sugars in our scrubs. We use sugar, instead of salt, because it doesn’t sting the skin and of course doesn’t leave a salty residue. Sugar contains natural glycolic acids which also helps it exfoliate on a chemical level – not just the mechanical abrasion of rubbing it on your skin. Sugar scrubs should be rubbed on WET skin (never dry skin) and in circular motions. Let the sugar do the work, no need to grind it in, rub gently for the best results and to avoid irritation. Avoid using our sugar scrubs if your skin is highly sensitive, irritated, sunburned, or windburned.
49. Sage Leaf. Contains vitamins A, B and C as well as potassium and calcium. It helps reduce oily hair, control dandruff and hair loss. It is a natural gray reducer.
50. Peppermint. Good for dry hair, helps stimulate blood flow to the root of your hair and promotes growth
51. Calendula. A natural humectant that contains Vitamins A,B and C. It conditions and soothes the hair and scalp, as well as strengthens and repairs hair strands.
52. Lavender. Good for dry scalp. It conditions the hair and scalp, nourishes the hair shaft, softens and strengthens and promotes hair growth.
53. Hibiscus. Contains antioxidants and Vitamin C. It’s good for dry scalp and prevents premature graying and hair loss.
54. Chamomile. Anti-inflammatory, has softening, soothing and conditioning properties and is good for dry scalp. It also restores shine.
55. BlueBerry. Many of the vitamins in blueberries normalize the oil levels of your skin, making acne a problem of the past. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries neutralize the free radicals of your skin cells which leaves your skin with a younger, softer looking feel.
56. Rose Hip. Known as the “Bomb of Natural Vitamins” or “The Queen of Herbs”. A cup of rose hip tea (200ml) contains 20 times more vitamin C than a lemon? It is said to have the most vitamin C among all plants in the natural world.
57. Pumpkin seed oil. A wonderful for your skin. it has essential fatty acids (both omega 3 and omega 6), it’s packed with vitamins (A, E, C, K) and minerals (manganese, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous). This makes it a perfect choice for mature skin types, though I feel anyone would benefit.
58. Adzuki beans. Contain a natural foaming agent called saponin that helps cleanse pores by removing dirt and dead skin cells, drawing out impurities and promoting circulation. A great product for those prone to acne and blackheads.
59. Tamanu oil. An unique oil and is renowned by native Tahitians as a ‘sacred oil’ that has been used for centuries to heal a variety of ailments not limited to skin issues. Tamanu has a distinctive composition of lipids and possesses natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. I use organic Tamanu oil, as recently seen on the Dr. Oz show!
60. Hibiscus sabdariffa. A member of the family Malvaceae and is believed to have originated in West Africa. The Hibiscus sabdariffa variety is grown mainly on the sand dunes of Western Sudan. In India, hibiscus infusions are traditionally used as rinsing agents to improve hair sheen. In Ayurvedic medicine, hibiscus petals was used to stimulate thicker hair growth and to prevent premature graying, hair loss and scalp disorders. Hibiscus prevents hair loss, premature graying, and promotes hair growth. It makes the hair smooth, shiny, and bouncy. Leaves and flowers of Hibiscus For Hair treatment are used to make natural packs, masks, and oil to prevent and control hair problems. It provides an ideal protection against chemical and natural pollutants. It works like an astringent, reducing the oiliness of hair. Hibiscus for hair not only balances the pH of the scalp, but also reduces the redness, scaling and itching of the scalp.
61. Himalayan Crystal Salt. More than our normal table salt of sodium and chloride, but contains a wide array of 84 trace minerals. which is from the pristine mountains of the Himalayans. Himalayan salt is an unaltered, holistic, wholesome, natural salt that has formed large crystalline structures in the Earth created over a time of millions of years. This salt contains all the natural minerals that are found within the human body.
62. Epsom Salt. Soothing and reduce stress,cleanse, exfoliate, and soften rough spots. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches. Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.
63. Dead Sea Salt. Well known for its therapeutic properties such as reduces muscle aches and pains.Minerals in the salt increase your blood circulation. This allows your muscles to relax and release any tension. A Dead Sea bath can especially rejuvenate your body after exercise or help relieve stress at the end of the day. It also detoxifies skin,the minerals extract toxins from your body. Blood circulation is increased and brings more white blood cells toward the surface of your skin. These cells help heal any imperfections, while giving your skin a natural glow. Dead Sea salts have a very high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and bromide, which is essential for healthy looking skin.
64. French Pink Clay. Can be used to cleanse and detoxify the skin, remove dead skin cells and create an overall refreshed appearance. It can also be used to treat acne and other skin ailments; poor blood and/or lymph circulation and sun damaged skin.
65. Strawberry extract. Rich in Vitamin C and has very high anti-oxidant levels. Known for containing soothing properties, strawberries can help reduce the appearance of pores.
66. Figs. Have relatively high levels of a phytochemical that has shown activities against skin cancer. Fig extract is beneficial in reducing superficial surface skin cells – leaving the skin refreshed and renewed.
67. Vanilla powder. is derived from the fruit of the only orchid in the world that produces edible fruit; vanilla planifolia. It has the most amazing aroma of natural vanilla, not overly sweet synthetic vanilla like you find in stores. Vanilla has a pleasant, relaxing fragrance.
68. Kokum butter. Considered to be up to 80% of stearic-oleic-stearic (SOS) triglycerides which are thought to prevent dry skin.
69. Macadamia Nut oil. Long been valued by Hawaiians for its ability to protect, soothe, and condition the skin. Particularly good for dry or mature skin that needs extra nourishment and moisture. It penetrates and hydrates skin quickly. Contains vitamin E and squalane.
70. Organic Brown Rice flour. High in nutrients needed for normal skin function such as Folic acid, vitamin E, the vitamin B group, and Essential Fatty acids. Gives gentle exfoliation.
71. Rice Bran Oil. Rice Bran oil contains the highest amount of all natural vitamin E in liquid form, which assists the suppleness of the skin.
72. Oat Extract. Natural humectant clinically proven to increase hydration. Used in skin care products to smoothes fine lines & wrinkles. Oat protein leaves a protective barrier on the skin, which prevents water loss to help maintain moisture.
73. Strawberry. Excellent source of antioxidants, which is why experts say that consistently consuming the red fruit lowers your chances of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. This fruit has an abundance of vitamin C, K, B1, B5, folic acid, and iodine – common sense will tell you that constant intake of these nutrients will definitely give you a substantial boost in your overall health.
74. Apple. Abundant in amounts of both collagen and elastin, both great for youthful skin. Can help your body by introducing antioxidants, which prevent cell and tissue damage, preventing wrinkles and aging.
75. Amazonian White Clay (Caolinitic Mineral (Amazonian) White Clay). Mineral-rich Caolinitic white clay that is gathered from the banks of the Amazon river in the beginning of the dry season, after months of steeping in all of the leaves, fruits, and seeds swept downriver from the rainforest. This natural clay has been used in Brazil for centuries as a stress-relieving, detoxifying therapies.
76. Rhassoul Clay. Aids in rejuvenation, detoxification and toning of the skin – particularly oily, tired and sensitive skin. Rich in magnesium, Silica, potassium and calcium.
77. Himalayan Pink Salt.
78. Hawaiian Red Salt.
80. Avocado Butter. Avocado butter contains the antioxidant vitamins A, E and D that kill of the free radicals that age your skin. A very scientific and comforting explanation of how it works, unlike that of the synthetic emulsified oils, containing surfactants that can damage your skin, rather than help it, and other even more toxic substances. It contains a natural sunscreen that protects your skin and hair from the damaging effects of the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. also contains lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids that are beneficial to your skin, and it melts at only 30C – 35C making it very easy to apply tom your skin. It can be used to moisturize dry skin and it can also help to reduce the appearance of age spots, sometimes referred to as liver spots, caused by the oxidation of fatty deposits just under your skin.
Banana. enhance hair's strength and shine. Bananas are rich in natural oils and vitamins that help in softening the hair and protecting its natural elasticity helping to control split ends and breakage. Bananas are full of vitamins and is a number one ingredient for strengthening and volumizing the hair. It helps in repairing dry and sun-damaged hair. The vitamin B helps in the prevention of split ends. The type of hair that is suitable for this treatment are dry hair, dyed hair and for hair after perm. It also serves as an excellent treatment for addressing the problem of dandruff and is helpful in retaining moisture on your scalp.
Dead Sea salt is well known for its therapeutic properties such as reduces muscle aches and pains.Minerals in the salt increase your blood circulation. This allows your muscles to relax and release any tension. A Dead Sea bath can especially rejuvenate your body after exercise or help relieve stress at the end of the day. It also detoxifies skin,the minerals extract toxins from your body. Blood circulation is increased and brings more white blood cells toward the surface of your skin. These cells help heal any imperfections, while giving your skin a natural glow. Dead Sea salts have a very high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and bromide, which is essential for healthy looking skin.
Banana is extremely nourishing for the skin, because it contains Vitamins B and C and is a rich source of potassium. In fact, potassium helps to soften the skin. It also tightens and tones the skin. Bananas can be made into a pulp and applied on the skin, or added to face
Apples are wonderful skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface. Apples also have anti-oxidant properties. Raw apple pulp or apple juice can be applied on the skin daily. Apple cider vinegar has great benefits for the
hair, helping to restore the normal balance of the scalp and preventing scalp problems, including dandruff.
Papaya contains papain, an enzyme. Papaya is useful for removing dead skin cells and may be applied on the face and body. It also helps to lighten skin colour if used regularly over a period of time. Ripe papaya pulp can be applied on the face, or can be mixed with other
ingredients like oatmeal, curd and honey to make face masks. Papaya pulp mixed with curd can be applied on the body.
The mango is rich in Vitamins A and C, which helps in toning and rejuvenating the skin. It helps to delay the visible signs of ageing of the skin, and also has a softening effect on it. Mango pulp can be applied on the face to keep the skin soft and supple. It is suited to
all skin types. It is an anti-oxidant and used regularly, it can reverse oxidation damage.
Like lemons, the orange is also rich in Vitamin C. The fruit pulp can be included in fruit masks. Orange peels can also be collected and dried in the sun, then ground into a powder and added to face masks. It has a cleansing and gradual skin lightening effect. Orange juice can also be added to masks for the face and hands. In fact, raw orange and lemon peels can be rubbed on the nails to remove discoloration. Orange peels rubbed regularly on the hands can help to lighten skin color and also tighten the skin.
Strawberries are powerful anti-oxidants and therefore help to prevent oxidation damage, which leads to ageing signs, like lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, etc. In fact, they also strengthen the supportive tissues and keep the skin youthful.
Apples are rich in Vitamin C and thus beneficial for the skin, as Vitamin C keeps the skin healthy. Crush them and apply on the face, for a fruit pack. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with plain water. They can be mixed with other fruits too. Or, mix crushed strawberries with curd and apply on the face. It will lighten skin colour over a period of time.
Like other citrus fruits, grapefruit also has a cleansing and toning effect on the skin. It is particularly good for oily and pimple prone skin. It reduces oiliness and also helps to reduce tan over a period of time. Grapefruit also helps oily skin problems like open pores and helps to tighten them. Apply the fruit or juice on the skin and wash off after 20 minutes.
Cherries contain vitamins and minerals, which help to nourish the skin. They have anti-inflammatory effects and help to heal and soothe irritated skin. They also help in cases of sun-damage and exposure to UV rays.
It has excellent benefits for skincare, as it helps to moisturise the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to improve the skin's moisture retention ability too. It is said to boost the process of cell renewal and thus helps to delay the formation of skin ageing signs. Used regularly on the face, it can remove tan, lighten skin colour and also brighten the skin.
Watermelon helps dry skin. It helps to seal in moisture and keeps the skin hydrated. It also helps to soothe and improve dry, scaly skin. Applying watermelon pulp or juice helps to soften and smoothen the skin.
Mango is the king of fruits, so make way for the “king” in your diet as well as your beauty regime. Mangoes are rich in vitamin A and C, which are anti-cancer antioxidants. They also contain collagen which helps in making the skin smooth and taught, thus reducing pre mature ageing. It is moisturizing, has high hydration power and makes skin smooth and soft. It is suitable for all skin types.
Alkanet Root (Powder)
Alkanet root is a plant primarily used as a natural dye. It can create a dark magenta in cosmetics but when used in our cold-process soap it creates a rich, deep, purple. We infuse olive oil with alkanet powder in advance and use this infusion in our Lavender & Oatmeal Collection.
Almond Meal (Ground Almonds)
Almond meal is made from raw almonds ground into a meal. It's high in emollients and is used in our soaps, body scrubs, and is the main ingredient in our facial scrubs. It's great for all skin types and with regular use it acts as a gentle bleaching agent to help even skin tone. Do not use if your skin is irritated, sensitive, sunburned, windburned, or suffering from an acne breakout.
Almond Oil (Sweet)
Almond oil is a staple in all of our scrubs and is good for all skin types. It's known to ease itching, soreness, dryness, inflammation, and rashes. It's often used as a massage oil since it's consistency provides a nice slip and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It's often used to soften dry and irritated skin and is useful for soothing eczema and psoriasis. The oil penetrates easily and nourishes with Vitamins A, B, D & E and is rich in fatty acids & proteins.
Apricot Kernel Oil
This oil is pressed from kernel within the pit of the apricot fruit. It is well known for its therapeutic qualities and is suitable for all skin types. We use this in generous proportions within our soaps since it creates a more moisturizing lather and prevents dryness. It's an all around great oil since it's suitable for irritated, dry, mature and sensitive skin types. Like almond and olive oils, it absorbs quickly into the skin and nourishes with high amounts of Vitamins A and E and other minerals. When used directly on the skin, apricot kernel oil absorb offers great moisturizing and helps relieve the itchiness associated with conditions like eczema. It's also excellent for softening the delicate skin around the eye and on the throat. It's also slight astringent so can gently tighten the skin when applied directly or as part of a lotion or cream.
Avocado oil is pressed from the flesh of the avocado. We use avocado oil in all of our soaps, scrubs, and body oils because of it's rich properties. It has lots of antioxidants, is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, potassium, protein and amino acids and is known for it's regenerative and moisturizing properties. Due to it's emollient nature it's a little heavier than olive and apricot kernel oils, but still absorbs into the skin and helps relieve dry and itchy skin caused by psoriasis and eczema while leaving a protective barrier to help prevent moisture evaporation. It can also be rubbed into to skin and scalp to heal flakiness and treat sun or climate damaged skin. Our body oil is loaded with avocado oil which is perfect after a bath or shower.
We use baking soda in our bath salts to add fizz and to soften the water. Baking soda when applied as a paste can relieve the pain and itch of bee stings and the itch from rashes. When sprinkled directly it can act as a deodorizer.
We use beeswax in our solid lotion bars and lip balms. It comes from...bees. The honey bee makes wax in order to build a cell where they store their honey. We use beeswax that has been filtered and cleaned and is approved for cosmetic use (filtering the wax removes any trace of bee body parts and stingers so no worries).
Bergamot Essential Oil
This oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the Citrus bergamia fruit and is used to flavor Earl Grey tea. It has a floral and citrus fragrance that is an all around favorite. It is said to refresh, balance, help ease anxiety, nervous tension, and depression.
Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. All of these pores allow activated charcoal to adsorb (not absorb) other substances (like impurities, toxins, dirt, and oil) to its surface and holds it there. It's like a magnate as it attracts impurities to itself. It makes for a super cleansing soap. Supposedly, one teaspoon of activated charcoal has the surface area of 10,000 square feet or 1 football field !
We use natural unsweetened cocoa for adding color and visual interest to some of our soaps. Cocoa powder is a natural source of antioxidants so is good inside and out.
Cocoa Butter is a solid, off-white butter that is extracted from the beans of the Theobroma Cacao plant. Our butter is expeller pressed, all natural, non-deodorized, and has a nice chocolaty-aroma. We use it in our soaps, body balms, and lip balms. Cocoa butter is not easily absorbed into the skin but is still very conditioning and when rubbed on creates a barrier between your skin and the environment; keeping moisture in and harsh elements out.
Finely shredded coconut meat is included in our Coconut Milk & Mango Butter Collection and select sugar scrubs to add gentle exfoliation. In soap it appears as tiny white flecks - this is cosmetic grade coconut and not the type you can purchase from local grocery stores - no sugar or other preservatives added - just coconut.
Creamy coconut milk is added to our Coconut Milk & Mango Butter Collection to create a truly luxurious lather. We use food grade coconut milk to ensure freshness and consistency.
This is a staple ingredient in our soaps. The dried meat of the coconut is pressed and extracted to produce the same coconut oil found in common grocery items, soap, and laundry products, and cosmetics. Coconut oil gives our soap two great properties which is hardness (makes each bar longer lasting) and fluffy, cleansing lather. Although we don't include this in any of our scrubs or oils, it can be used directly on the skin. When used this way, it creates a protective barrier on the skin and relieves itching.
Coconut shells are crushed and shredded into 40 mesh powder. It adds a gentle exfoliation and appears as tiny brown flecks/threads in soap. We use these in our Coconut Milk & Mango Butter Collection and select sugar scrubs.
An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color. Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way. The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical therapeutic benefits. These benefits are usually achieved through methods including inhalation and application of the diluted oil to the skin.(Definition taken from www.aromaweb.com)
We use fragrance oils in a number of our soaps because some scents simply cannot be found from essential oils or may be cost prohibitive. Scents like coconut, strawberry, apple, and more can't be obtained through essentials oils. Others like rose can cost over $350 per pound!!! Sandlewood has a great scent however it's an endangered species so we choose fragrance oils instead. We choose our fragrance oils and suppliers very carefully and test them in our product before we offer them for sale. They are always phthalate-free and are approved for cosmetic (skin-safe) use. Fragrance oils go through rigorous testing and do not trigger allergic reactions any more so than essential oils. In fact, essential oils can be quite potent and should be used with care (especially for pregnant women). Fragrance and essential oils represent a very small portion of the product - usually around 1-2% by weight. Items that use fragrance oils are not labeled as "all natural" however they are 98% natural! We love the variety of fragrance oils and we hope you do too.
Green Tea Extract
We use a green Tea powdered extract (50% polyphenols) in our soap and scrubs (Do You Yuzu). It's a powerful antioxidant that helps rejuvenate the skin and promote elasticity. Green tea is even better when you drink it - so have a couple cups today and make it a habit. Here's a great link on the benefits of green tea:
We add honey to our soaps and scrubs for it's natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It's also just great for the skin and can be applied directly on your face for a quick pick me up. That's right! Smooth it onto clean skin as a mask, let it sit for 10 min, and rinse it off. All of the best ingredients come directly from mother nature. Need a face brightener - try the same with just plain yogurt. For much more on honey and to read up on my first soap with honey read this blog post.
Kaolin is the mildest of all clays and is suitable for sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation while gently exfoliating and cleansing. Because it doesn't draw oils from the skin it can even be used on dry skin types.
Olive oil represents a large component within all of our soaps because it's such a great moisturizer. It allows our soaps to clean without drying out and irritating your skin. Olive oil soap is very mild and great for folks with sensitive skin. Olive oil's fat composition is very similar to that of human skin; therefore, olive oil usually doesn't cause any allergic reactions. It's also absorbed quickly, doesn't leave a greasy film behind and helps lock moisture into the skin. We use Refined Grade A olive oils that has been warm pressed without any use of solvents.
An all natural colorant we use frequently in our soaps. It's one of the few plants you can add to cold-process soap that does not discolor or turn brown. Over time it does tend to fade just a bit - but it's all natural and green so we love it. Parsley is also soothing, cleansing and detoxifying when added to baths and skin care products. It helps open up and cleanse the pores.
Pumice is a volcanic ash which is formed when lava is permeated with gas bubbles during the solidification process. Because lava has similar properties and chemical make-up as glass, pumice is very abrasive but unlike glass, it is very soft. Pumice is the softest abrasive media in use today and it's all natural. In small amounts, it can even be used on the face. We use it in our scrubby soaps and in select sugar scrubs.
Rice Bran Powder
We use raw unrefined butter. It's derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. We use generous portions of shea butter in our soaps, scrubs and of course in our shea butter creams. Shea butter is excellent for the skin. It forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is a leading natural choice for moisturizing. It's rich in Vitamins !, E, and F, promotes skin regeneration and is grat for rashes, itches, eczema, burns, bites, dry, mature skin, and wrinkles. Does any butter get any better? We use shea butter that has been hand harvested and expeller pressed and chose unrefined to retain all of the natural benefits of this amazing butter.
Sugar (Light Brown and White Refined)
A great natural exfolliant that's not too scratchy and suitable for your body and lips. We use fine granulated brown and white sugars in our scrubs. We use sugar, instead of salt, because it doesn't sting the skin and of course doesn't leave a salty residue. Sugar contains natural glycolic acids which also helps it exfoliate on a chemical level - not just the mechanical abrasion of rubbing it on your skin. Sugar scrubs should be rubbed on WET skin (never dry skin) and in circular motions. Let the sugar do the work, no need to grind it in, rub gently for the best results and to avoid irritation. Avoid using our sugar scrubs if your skin is highly sensitive, irritated, sunburned, or windburned.