ALOE VERA gel (Aloe Barbadensis) - Famous for its moisturising and soothing properties, as well as for its ability to aid healing, organic aloe vera gel also thickens liquids and gives moisturisers a lighter consistency.
ALMOND vegetable oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) - Pressed from the ripe seeds (nut) of the almond tree. Organic sweet almond oil is clear and light yellow with a pleasant smell. It has a high content of oleic acid and low in fatty acids. It is thin, easy to spread and kind to sensitive skin.
AVOCADO vegetable oil (Persea Armeniaca) - Cold pressed from the dried fruit pulp of organic avocados. The green oil is rich in Vitamin A, C, D and E, protein and amino acids. Our unrefined organic avocado oil has a high content of fatty acid oleic acid and has a distinct taste and smell. Organic avocado oil spreads well, is very nourishing and deeply absorbed. It contains low protection from UV rays and can assist the regeneration of damaged skin. See our Organic Avocado Face Cream and Organic Avocado Oil for body, face and massage.
BENZOIN essential oil (Styrax Tonkinensis) - Extracted from resin, benzoin oil has a gentle odour with a touch of vanilla that is comforting and soothing during upsetting times. Benzoin stimulates circulation, warming the heart and mind. It relieves chapped, cracked, inflamed and irritated skin conditions. We use it in our Organic Calendula Soothing Salve for eczema.
BERGAMOT essential oil (Citrus Bergamia) - Extracted from citrus peel, the greenish oil of organic bergamot has a sweet fruity and slightly spicy smell. It has uplifting, energising and de-stressing effects. Helps clear and calm irritated/oily/acne skin. Our organic bergamot oil is bergapten-free in order to reduce sensitivity to sunlight. Sourced from a fairtrade co-operative in Italy. We use it in our Organic Avocado Face Cream.
CAMPHOR essential oil (Cinnamomum Camphora) - Distilled from wood, camphor oil has a sharp smell and has antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make camphor good for treating conditions such as cold sores, foot infections, colds and flu. It is also effective for acne and oily skin.
CANDELILLA WAX (Euphorbia Cerifera) - This high quality plant wax exudes from the pores of the evergreen shrub in North Mexico and forms a thin coating which is extracted by boilling the leaves and stems. Candelilla wax protects the skin from moisture loss and gives our lipbalms firmness and a smooth texture. It has a natural shelf life of 2 years. We use it as a vegan alternative to beeswax in lipbalms.
CETEARYL ALCOHOL - A gentle vegetable emulsifier derived from coconut that stabilises oil and water formulations. N.B This is not a drying alcohol substance. We use it in our hair conditioners.
CETYL ALCOHOL - A firm white wax derived from palm oil that dissolves into other oils to give consistency and firmness. It acts as an emulsifier in creams and moisturises the skin. N.B This is not a drying alcohol substance.
CHAMOMILE, ROMAN essential oil (Anthemis Nobilis) - Extracted from the flower head with a warm, sweet fruity-herbaceous scent, this is a wonderful organic essential oil for treating problematic and sensitive skin. Containing the anti-inflammatory agent azulene it helps relieve acne and inflamed, irritated, dry, itchy or infected skin. It has low toxicity and is suitable for children. Organic chamomile also relaxes and de-stresses.
COCOA BUTTER (Theobroma Cacao) - Our cocoa butter is extracted from fermented, roasted and ground organic cocoa beans. The butter is yellow and solid at room temperature and used to give consistency and firmness to products. It moisturises and protects the skin.
COCOAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE - A gentle foaming surfactant produced from coconut butter. It is 98% biodegradable and approved by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency as Good Environmental Choice.
COCO GLUCOSIDE - A gentle and completely biodegradable foaming surfactant derived from coconut and fruit sugars. It is compatible with all skin types and as one of the mildest surfactants available it is ideal in baby products.
COCONUT BUTTER (Cocos Nucifera) - Coconut butter is extracted from coconuts grown on palm trees which grow to 20-25 metres in Asia. The fresh butter is an off white with it's own slightly sweet taste and smell. It is a lovely light moisturiser for all skin.
CYPRESS essential oil (Cupressus Semperiverens) - Distilled from cypress needles, this essential oil has a smoky herbaceous odour. Cypress oil is astringent and firms the skin, aiding oily skin and cellulite. It also helps blood flow (can regulate heavy periods), excessive perspiration and varicose veins.
ESSENTIAL oils - Essentials oils are extracted from herbs, spices, fruits, flowers, woods or resins. They are concentrated oils occurring naturally as a result of photosynthesis. Unlike vegetable oils they are thin and do not stain clothes. They have varied therapeutic properties but must be used in the correct manner and dosage. As essential oils are highly concentrated overdosing can cause injuries and all oils, except lavender and tea tree must be diluted in a product before coming into contact with the skin.
We use oils that have been analysed and tested to ensure their quality and purity. Some oils on the market can be diluted with vegetable oil. You can test this yourself by putting a few drops on a piece of paper. A pure essential oil will not stain, whereas the vegetable oil will.
Care must be taken when using oils during pregnancy. Some oils should be avoided completely during some trimesters and after birth. However, many are very safe and can be used to help the process of childbirth.
CAN BE USED IN: perfumes, skin care products, vapourisers, baths, compresses, massage oils. They can also be inhaled directly from the bottle e.g eucalyptus oil for congested nasal passages.
FENNEL, SWEET essential oil (Foeniculum Vulgare) - Distilled from the seeds, organic sweet fennel oil has an anise-like scent. It is great for detoxifying; it improves circulation and is effective at treating cellulite. Sweet fennel oil improves dull, mature complexions.
FRANKINCENSE essential oil (Buswellia Sp.) - Our oganic frankincense oil is extracted from resin from a fairtrade community project in Somaliland. Historically used as a fragrance/incense for men and women it can benefit those who suffer from stress related conditions. Organic frankincense also has strong moisturising properties for dry/mature skin and improves blemishes and scars. We use it in our Organic Frankincense Face Cream.
GERANIUM, ROSE essential oil (Pelargonium Graveolens) - Extracted from the leaves this essential oil has a green and rose like smell. It is good for oily and dry skin as it balances the production of sweat. Geranium also stimulates the lymphatic system and blood circulation (beneficial for cellulite) and has a calming, de-stressing effect on the emotions. A good oil for the effects of pre-menstrual tension.
GINGER essential oil (Zingiber Officinale) - This organic essential oil is distilled from the unpeeled dried ground root and is pale yellow with a fresh woody-spicy scent. It is good for improving poor circulation and the symptoms of arthritis, muscular aches and pains and rheumatism.
GLYCERINE (Glycerin) - Vegetable glycerine is a clear, odourless thick liquid produced when plants digest fats. (Beware: animal glycerine looks and smells exactly the same!). Glycerine maintains the moisture levels on the skin and softens hair.
GRAPEFRUIT essential oil (Citrus Paradisii) - Extracted from the peel, organic grapefruit essential oil has a fresh sweet citrus aroma. It is refreshing and uplifting. It helps clear spots and acne and stimulates hair growth. As with many citrus oils it can also increase the skins sensitivity to light.
HEMP vegetable oil (Cannabis Sativa) - A dry oil with a nutty aroma. It is an excellent source of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids in the correct ratio of 1:3 which helps keep the skin supple and flexible. In addition, organic hemp oil naturally contains Vitamin E. This oil is good for moisturising and softening dry skin but especially soothes eczema and psoriasis conditions due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
LAVENDER essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia) - Our floral essential oil distilled from organic lavender flowers is a good versatile moisturiser for all skin types, particularly mature skin. Organic lavender is antiseptic and provides excellent relief for sunburn, acne, cuts and scratches. The oil also has relaxing properties, helping to de-stress, reduce tension and create balance.
LEMON essential oil (Citrus Limon) - Extracted from the peel, this oil is pale yellow and has a fresh, light, fruity scent. Lemon is good not only for acne, spot, boils and greasy skin, but also insect bites, mouth ulcers and varicose veins. Its antibacterial properties also make it a good ingredient for deodorants.
LIME essential oil (Citrus Aurantifolia) - Extracted from the peel, lime essential oil is pale yellow or olive green and has a fresh, sharp, fruity aroma. Our organic lime essential oil is refreshing and cleansing, helping to fight off colds, infections and flu. It is also good for acne and oily skin.
MACADAMIA vegetable oil (Macadamia Tetraphylla) - A cold pressed oil that is readily absorbed by the skin. Macadamia nut oil has a high level of Omega 7 fatty acids, which resembles the natural oil our skin produces. However as we age we produce less so this oil is good for maturing skin or that which has difficulty retaining moisture.
MARJORAM, SWEET essential oil (Origanum Marjorana) - Organic & fairtrade our sweet marjoram essential oil is sourced from a community project in India. It is ideal for cramps and muscular pains. We use it in our Organic Warming Massage oil.
MYRRH essential oil (Commiphora Myrrha) - Extracted from fairly traded resin from Somalia/Kenya, this rich essential oil has a distinct aroma and powerful healing qualities. It is used to help irritated, problem skins such as athlete's foot and eczema and to moisturise chapped and cracked skin and mature complexions. It can also act as a natural preservative.
NEEM vegetable oil (Melia Azadirata) - A cold pressed oil that has a very pungent smell and keeps for 2 1⁄2 years. It is used in Ayurvedic tradition to regenerate dry and sensitive skin. It is also a good conditioner for dry hair.
OLIVE vegetable oil (Olea Europeae) - The fruit of the olive tree is pressed carefully just before ripening to give virgin olive oil. Our organic olive oil is unrefined, dark green, thick and has the characteristic taste of olives. It moisturises and protects all skin types and can be used to improve circulation.
ORANGE, SWEET essential oil (Citrus Sinensis) - Organic sweet orange essential oil has a fresh uplifting aroma and can be used to brighten dry & dull complexions when blended with creams, butters or massage oils.
We only use organic sweet orange essential oil that has been expressed from the orange peel, not distilled, to avoid sensitivity to sunlight.
PALMAROSA essential oil (Cymbopogon Martinii) - Distilled from the fresh grass leaves this oil has a sweet floral geranium-like scent. Our organic palmarosa is sourced from a community fairtrade project in India. It has antiseptic and stimulating properties and is therefore good for skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, scars and sores. It stimulates cell regeneration and regulates sebum production.
PEPPERMINT essential oil (Mentha Piperita) - Distilled from fairly traded leaves from a community project in India, our organic peppermint essential oil has a penetrating minty smell. It is refreshing, cooling and pain relieving. Peppermint is good for acne and dermatitis. It also increases concentration and reduces mental fatigue.
PRESERVATIVES - When water is used in a product it is easy for bacteria, moulds and funguses to grow. Chemically produced preservatives e.g parabens, protect products for up to 3 years but may be dangerous. We only preserve our products using the natural antibacterial properties of essential oils & antioxidants such as Vitamin E and rosemary.
ROSEMARY essential oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - Distilled from fairly traded leaves from a community project in Morocco, our rosemary essential oil has a strong fresh scent and antioxidant and antiseptic properties. It improves circulation, helping ease muscular pain and fluid retention. It also tames problematic skin and dandruff. It stimulates the scalp, promoting hair growth.
SHEA BUTTER (Butyrospermum Parkii) - Shea butter is pressed from the fruit of the shea tree in Africa. It is a creamy coloured solid fat that disperses other active ingredients very well. The butter itself has excellent moisturising and healing properties, quickly penetrating deep into the skin where it promotes cell regeneration and improves elasticity. Our unrefined shea butter is certified organic and sourced from a fairtrade co-operative project in upper east Ghana. It is suitable for all skin and hair types and improves the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles. With its antibacterial properties it is a good aid for eczema and psoriasis, small cuts and scratches and protects against the sun with a factor of 2-3. We use organic shea butter as a base in many of our creams. See our 100% pure Shea Butter Tin.
SUGAR (Decylglucoside (and) Cocoamidopropyl Betaine) - Produced from the glucose in corn and coconut butter, this sugar detergent is mild with a good foaming action. It is 100% biodegradable and approved by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency as Good Environmental Choice.
TEA TREE essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) - This essential oil is distilled from needle-like leaves and has a strong cleansing and slightly woody scent appreciated by men and women alike. It is a powerful anti fungal, anti viral and antibacterial oil and used to aid numerous skin complaints such as acne, sunburn, insect bites etc.
VITAMIN E (Tocopherol) - Vitamin E is a classic antioxidant believed to protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that, although necessary for normal body function e.g neutralising bacteria, can also react with healthy cells and cause damage. Vitamin E helps to minimize the effect of negative reactions, which accumulate with age.
XANTHAN GUM (Xanthan Gum) - A natural thickening agent derived from sugar glucose that produces a cloudy gel. Xanthan gum stabalises and gives consistency to products. The gel forms a barrier on the skin, retaining moisture and protecting the skin. Xanthan gum is safe to eat and is routinely used in salad dressings and chewing gum.
YLANG YLANG essential oil (Cananga Odorata) - Extracted from fairly traded flowers from a community project in Madagascar, our ylang ylang essential oil has a rich exotic aroma and is famous for it aphrodisiac properties. It is a calming, balancing oil that dissolves anger and frustration. Ylang ylang is beneficial for all skin types and encourages hair growth.