INGREDIENTS WE LOVE
Following is a list of natural ingredients that are commonly found in pure, natural and organic products, and that are highly effective at helping to promote a healthy, glowing complexion. It is by no means a complete list of all beneficial natural ingredients, more so a starting point to ignite your interest.
almond oil (sweet)
(botanical name: prunus amygdalus dulcis)
Excellent skin softening oil that is rich in essential fatty acids and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Beneficial for all skin types.
(botanical name: aloe barbadensis)
Aloe is soothing to all skin types. It helps to restore the skin’s natural pH and relieve irritation from sunburn, minor skin burns and rashes.
apricot kernel oil
(botanical name: prunus armeniaca)
A nourishing oil that is very rich in vitamin A, and absorbs easily into the skin. Also rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Helps the skin retain elasticity and suppleness. Excellent for all skin types.
(botanical name: argania spinosa)
Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and is believed to contain twice as much vitamin E as olive oil. It is said to contain saponins, which helps to soften the skin and restore the skin’s water lipid layer, thereby minimizing wrinkles. It can also be used to ease cases of acne and eczema helping the skin to maintain a youthful, glowing appearance.
(botanical name: persea americana)
Rich in essential fatty acids, protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E and beta carotene. Helps to promote the regeneration of scarred skin. It is best suited for dry skin.
(botanical name: orbignya oleifera)
An excellent skin softener that gently moisturizes the skin without contributing to an oily sheen. Beneficial for both dry and oily skin. Similar properties to coconut oil.
baobab seed oil
(botanical name: adansonia digitata)
Rich in vitamins A, D, E and essential fatty acids, baobab seed oil provides excellent moisturizing benefits. It absorbs easily in to the skin, improves tone, elasticity and regenerates and renews skin cells. It is said to have antioxidant properties and is an excellent ingredient in formulations for eczema and psoriasis.
bergamot essential oil
(botanical name: citrus bergamia)
Beneficial for treating wounds, eczema, psoriasis and acne. Recommended for oily skin types. Emotional benefits include uplifting and confidence-building.
(botanical name: borago officinalis)
Well known as one of the richest sources of essential fatty acids, including the richest source of gamma linolenic acid (up to 25%). Also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Beneficial for all skin types, especially sunburned and aged skin.
(botanical name: calendula officinalis)
Helps to repair dry, damaged skin and aid in the treatment of bruises, boils, burns, swelling, wrinkles, spider veins and stretch marks. Also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and soothing irritated skin, therefore beneficial for acne and eczema.
camellia seed oil
(botanical name: camellia sinesis)
Contains antioxidants that help to revitalize and rejuvenate the hair and skin. It protects the skin from free radical damage and is readily absorbed into the skin leaving a smooth finish. It is also one of the best kept secrets in hair care, used to create long silky tresses without leaving a greasy feel.
carrot seed oil
(botanical name: daucus carota)
High in both vitamins and minerals, it is considered to be one of the best oils to rejuvenate and regenerate skin tissue. It helps to remove toxic build-up in the skin, improving the skin’s complexion. It can also be used to soothe burns, blisters and scars, and is suitable for all skin types, especially dry and aging skin.
chamomile (roman) essential oil
(botanical name: chamaemelum nobile)
Beneficial for sensitive, inflamed or dry skin. Emotional benefits include soothing, calming and helping to alleviate anxiety, stress and insomnia.
(botanical name: theobroma cacao)
Has a soft, sweet cocoa aroma and is one of the most stable fats known. It has been used to heal and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the natural elements (eg. sun and wind). It also helps to reduce the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy by keeping the skin supple. It contains natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity.
(botanical name: cocos nucifera)
An excellent skin moisturizer and softener that creates an oily protective barrier on the skin.
evening primrose oil
(botanical name: oenothera biennis)
Rich in essential fatty acids which can be used to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin. It is reputed to nourish the skin and hair, and is beneficial for reducing signs of eczema and aging.
eucalyptus essential oil
(botanical name: eucalyptus radiata)
Effective as an insect repellent and beneficial in treating burns, blisters and cuts. Also renowned for its decongestant properties that significantly help to improve respiratory function. Emotional benefits include purifying and invigorating.
flax seed oil
(botanical name: linum usitatissimum)
High in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B and minerals, which help to contribute to youthful looking skin. Reputed to be excellent in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis, as well as helping to prevent scarring and stretch marks.
frankincense essential oil
(botanical name: boswellia ssp.)
Renowned for its cell regenerative properties and is therefore beneficial for treating the healing of wounds and scars. Recommended for dry, mature skin types. Emotional benefits include meditative and calming.
geranium essential oil
(botanical name: pelargonium graveolens)
Renowned for its anti-inflammatory and cell regenerative properties, therefore beneficial for treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, burns and wounds. Also helps to balance the production of sebum and is recommended for all skin types. Emotional benefits include soothing and mood-lifting.
(botanical name: vitis vinifera)
A light carrier oil that gives a satin like finish to the skin. Good for oily and acne prone skin due to astringent properties. Absorbs easily in to the skin.
(botanical name: corylus avellana)
Has a high content of essential fatty acids and is deeply penetrating and stimulating to the circulatory system. It helps to tone and tighten the skin, as well as aiding in the regeneration of cells and strengthening capillaries. Hazelnut oil is well known for its moisturizing qualities and is beneficial for all skin types.
hemp seed oil
(botanical name: cannabis sativa)
Organic Hemp Seed Oil is said to be rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, has a full amino acid spectrum meaning that it provides complete protein, and boasts a high mineral content, making this oil particularly nourishing to the skin. Hemp Seed Oil closely matches our own skins lipids and the essential fatty acids are readily absorbed into the skin. Hence Hemp Seed is said to play a preventative role in skin aging and a healthy moisture balance. Not only does Hemp Seed Oil contribute greatly to the barrier function and appearance of the skin, it also has other skin benefits such as offering relief to acne, minor abrasions, psoriasis and eczema.
jasmine essential oil
(botanical name: jasminum grandiflorum)
Beneficial for use during childbirth as it helps to relieve the pain and strengthen contractions. In skin care it is recommended for dry and irritated skin. Emotional benefits include calming, relaxing, sensual and helpful with emotional dilemmas involved with relationships and sex.
(botanical name: simmondsia chinensis)
In actuality, jojoba oil is a liquid wax. It closely resembles the sebum of the skin and is readily absorbed. Rich in vitamin E, Jojoba Oil has excellent moisturizing and softening properties, helping to nourish the skin and prevent dryness. It is suitable for all skin types.
lavender essential oil
(botanical name: lavendula angustifolia)
Beneficial for inflammatory conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and wounds. Renowned for its cell regenerative properties and for helping to ease the pain of burns, prevent infection and promote rapid healing. Recommended for all skin types. Emotional benefits include soothing, calming, relaxing, as well as being regarded as the first choice in the treatment of insomnia.
macadamia nut oil
(botanical name: macadamia integrifolia)
Has a high content of essential fatty acids that help to promote youthful soft skin. Reputed to have excellent regenerative properties and beneficial in helping to heal scars and sunburn.
(botanical name: mangifera indica)
Rich in antioxidants and used to soften, smooth and moisturize rough, dry skin. Mango butter has natural emollient properties, and is reputed to be useful for treating burns, stretch marks, scar reduction, wound healing and skin regeneration. It is also reputed to have a protective effect against UV radiation and can be used to treat sunburn.
(botanical name: sclerocarya birrea)
Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids and absorbs easily in to the skin. Reputed to significantly hydrate, soften and smooth the skin. Also an excellent leave-in hair treatment and scalp conditioner.
(botanical name: azadirachta indica)
A very effective antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral agent, as well as being a natural insect repellant. Used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine to aid the healing of eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes and burns.
neroli essential oil
(botanical name: citrus aurantium)
Renowned for helping to reduce redness and irritation. Recommended for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive skin with broken capillaries. Emotional benefits include calming, uplifting and being regarded as one of the most effective antidepressant remedies for treating anxiety and depression.
(botanical name: olea europaea)
Excellent moisturizing qualities to help soften and smooth the skin. Beneficial for both dry and irritated skin types.
orange (sweet) essential oil
(botanical name: citrus sinensis)
Renowned for its regenerative properties in treating aging skin, as well as being beneficial for soothing skin that is dry, irritated or acne-prone. Emotional benefits include refreshing, uplifting and cheering.
patchouli essential oil
(botanical name: pogostemom cablin)
Recommended for treating skin inflammation, eczema and scars due to its regenerative properties. Emotional benefits include soothing and sensual.
peppermint essential oil
(botanical name: mentha piperita)
Renowned for its cooling and refreshing properties, helping to relieve skin irritation. Beneficial for cleansing and decongesting the skin. Emotional benefits include refreshing and uplifting.
pumpkin seed oil
(botanical name: cucurbita pepo)
Rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Considered extremely nourishing and moisturizing, especially in helping to prevent fine lines. Can be used on all skin types.
rice bran oil
(botanical name: oryza sativa)
Rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids that help to smooth the skin. One of the best sources of tocotrienols, an antioxidant that is thought to be much more powerful and effective than Vitamin E. Also has constituents that are believed to hinder UV rays absorption at the skin’s surface. Excellent for sensitive, delicate (eg, baby), mature and/or dry skin. Also excellent in hair treatments to moisturize and condition the hair without weighing it down.
rose essential oil
(botanical name: rosa damascena)
Renowned for its skin softening and hydrating properties. Beneficial in the treatment of inflammation, redness and broken capillaries. Recommended for all skin types, especially sensitive, dry or mature skin. Emotional benefits include uplifting, soothing and comforting as well as being a gentle aphrodisiac.
rosehip seed oil
(botanical name: rosa rubiginosa)
Extremely high in vitamin C, essential fatty acids and is known to help treat dry, irritated, weathered skin. It is also suitable for treating burns, scars and stretch marks. The remarkable skin healing, regenerating and rejuvenating properties of this oil make it particularly beneficial oil for mature skin, helping to reduce the effects of sun damage and fine lines.
rosewood essential oil
(botanical name: aniba rosaeodora)
Renowned for its antiseptic and cell regenerative properties. Beneficial for all skin types, especially for treating acne, dermatitis and skin that is sensitive, damaged or aging. Emotional benefits include uplifting, enlivening and calming.
sandalwood essential oil
(botanical name: santalum album)
Renowned for its soothing, cooling and moisturizing properties. Primarily used for treating dry skin and to relieve eczema and psoriasis. Emotional benefits include relaxing and centering.
sea buckthorn oil
(botanical name: hippophae rhamnoides)
A natural source of vitamin A, vitamin E, and is reputed to be one of the best source of natual antioxidants due to the high content of vitamin C. Effective in helping to combat wrinkles, dryness and other signs of aged skin. Can also be used to promote healing of eczema, burns and small cuts or wounds.
(botanical name: sesamum indicum)
Rich in vitamins E, vitamin B, and minerals, and helps to soften and smooth the skin. Effective in treating psoriasis and eczema.
(botanical name: butyrospermum parkii)
Renowned for its protecting and emollient properties. It is high in fatty acids, vitamin E and other vitamins and is an excellent natural moisturizing agent for the skin as it penetrates deeply into the epidermis and leaves a smooth and glowing appearance. It is also said to have natural antioxidant and UV protection properties.
(botanical name: helianthus annus)
High in vitamin A, B, D and E, minerals and lecithin and fatty acids. Excellent skin conditioner, especially beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema and dry, damaged skin. Readily absorbed by the skin.
(botanical name: calophyllum inophyllum)
Reputed to have wound-healing properties, as well as being a cure-all for almost every skin ailment you can think of, from acne to eczema to psoriasis. Containing powerful bactericide and fungicide agents makes it a powerful healer for burns, cuts, eczema, dry or scaly skin, acne, sunburn, rashes, insect bites and also makes for an effective natural underarm deoderant.
tea tree essential oil
(botanical name: melaleuca alternifolia)
Renowned for its broad spectrum antimicrobial properties against bacteria, viruses and fungi. In skin care it is recommended for the treatment of acne, blisters, burns, wounds, insect bites and athlete’s foot. beneficial properties. Emotional benefits include uplifting and invigorating.
(botanical name: vanilla planifolia)
Considered a premiere sensual aphrodisiac and one of the most popular aromas. It is both comforting and relaxing with a rich, sweet scent.
(botanical name: juglans regia)
Excellent for helping to soften and smooth the skin. Moisturizing properties that are beneficial for dry, irritated and aging skin.
(botanical name: triticum vulgare)
Rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, proteins and lecithin. Helps to protect skin cells from environmental damage, extending to preventing damage to the skin from UV rays. Excellent for dry, damaged, aging skin, eczema, psoriasis and stretch marks.
ylang ylang essential oil
(botanical name: cananga odorata)
Renowned as an aphrodisiac, as well as being beneficial for treating PMS. Has a softening and moisture balancing effect on the skin. Recommended for dry and oily skin. Also recommended in hair care to treat split ends. Emotional benefits include sensual and stress relieving.