What "Clean" Means

We believe it is important to have a strong definition of what "clean" ingredients mean. To us it means NO PLASTICS! No petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, dimethicone, acrylates, polymers, and paraben. It also means NO sulfates, surfactants, phthalates, dyes, colorants, detergents, sodium benzoate, or any other unpronounceable chemicals.

WE LOVE OUR INGREDIENTS!

We lovingly refer to our ingredients as "botanical" because they are all found in nature, not invented in a chemical factory. We think they are pretty magnificent and want you to be able to read all about them.

We have grouped our ingredients into five categories: Botanical Extracts, Essential Oils, Fruit & Floral Essences, Oils Butters & Bees wax, and Salts, Clays, & Milks.

You will find a definition for each ingredient and a list of each product they are used in.

INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY

BOTANICAL EXTRACTS

Arnica Flower Extract helps promote the healing of bruising and wounds.  It is also known to stimulate circulation of blood flow and oxygenation. {used in Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm}

Burdock Root Extract is rich in EFA's and a gel-like substance that soothes and moisturizes skin.  This extract may be useful for people with dry, sensitive skin, as well as those suffering from acne, rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions. It contains Vitamins B & E, potassium, phosphorous, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, silicon, and zinc.  The root extract is known to help detoxify the skin and be anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial. {used in Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm}

Comfrey Extract contains Allantoin and other compounds that make it a superb healing herb and is used externally to assist with numerous skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, sores, and wounds.  It is effective at repairing tissue damage and speeds the healing process by stimulating the growth of new cells. {used in Crème Nouveau, ReLeaf Balm, and Essential Unscented Body Cream}

Hawthorn Berry Extract: aids in dissolving lipids and fat deposits and increases micro-circulation.  Hawthorn Berry also strengthens vascular walls and is excellent for regenerating the varicose and spider veins.  It has strong antioxidant properties, is extremely anti-inflammatory, and helps remove acids from the body. {used in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, ReLeaf Balm, and Essential Butter Balm}

Hibiscus Flower Extract is rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) and Amino Acids.  The extract has antioxidant and exfoliating powers.  This extract is known to improve skin's elasticity and creates higher moisture levels.  It has astringent, anti-inflammatory, and free-radical scavenging properties.  It is used for various skin conditions. (used in Crème Nouveau and Essential Butter Balm).

Japanese Green Tea Extract is a potent anti-inflammatoy agent and helps to promote the health and quality of collagen, maintaining a firm and elastic skin.  The tannins in green tea are astringent and anti-oxidant.  One of the polyphenols in green tea is thought to be 200x more powerful than Vitamin E for neutralizing free radicals.  Green tea also stimulates microcirculation in the skin. (used in Essential Butter Balm)

Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent.  There are references to the healing and medicinal properties of all portions olive tree, leaf, and fruit that date back to biblical times.  The Olive Tree is referred to in the Book of Revelations as a tree of life whose leaves were for the healing of the nations. {used in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, and ReLeaf Balm}

Rose Hips Extract is derived from Rosehips, which are the fruit of the rose plant, that begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. It is rich in Oelic and Linoleic Acids and Vitamins A & C.  It is known to be healing with antiseptic properties.  It has been found to regenerate tissues and prevent premature aging, minimize wrinkles, and reduce stretch marks.  It is recommended for skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. {in our Crème Nouveau and Crème Calm}

Sea Kelp Extract is a sea weed belonging to the brown algae family.  Kelp a good source of minerals found in abundance in the sea, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and iodine.  It is also rich in vitamins and cell salts.  {in our Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm}

ESSENTIAL OILS

Bay Laurel Essential Oil:  is highly regarded in aromatherapy for its positive effects on the lymphatic system.  The oil contains elements of nearly all of the chemical groups found in essential oils, which results in a broad spectrum of positive effects.  (in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Essential Body Oil)

Bergamot Essential Oi (FCF) is rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. It has a sweet, delicate scent with citrus and green top notes. It is cold pressed from the rind and is furanocoumarin free (FCF). (in Oil Nouveau)

Black Pepper Essential Oil:   is commonly used to stimulate circulation and digestion.  This oil increases warmth and stimulation. (in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Essential Body Oil)

Geranium Essential Oil:  has a greatly stimulating effect on the lymphatic system and helps detoxify the body.  It has a diuretic effect on the body and balances water systems in the body, including the elimination of water and waste.  It also helps to balance oil production in the skin and clears sluggish skin. (in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Essential Body Oil)

Citronella Essential Oil: is known to tone the skin and is wildly refreshing.  It is also antiseptic and can have a calming effect on the mind. (in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Essential Body Oil)

Elemi Essential Oil is known to promote cell regeneration, heal skin, and stimulate the immune system.  It is also known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate bacteria, and increase radiance and vibrancy of skin. (in Crème Nouveau)

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (in Lip Crème, and Essential Soap Scrub, Butter Balm, and Shea Milk Bar Soap)

German Chamomile Essential Oil is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory essential oils, along with Helichrysum.  This oil can be of great help to minimize the irritations of skin inflammations such as acne, boils, burns, cuts, eczema, dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, itching, and psoriasis.  (in Crème Nouveau)

Grapefruit Essential Oil: is considered the premier oil for smoothing cellulite, as it is thought to break down fats in the body.  It has astringent properties and is useful in cleansing, decongesting and can be beneficial for a sluggish Lymphatic System.  (in Citrus Butter Balm, Sugar Balm, and Body Cream, in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Essential Body Oil, as well as Sugar Polish and Orange Grapefruit Cleanser)

Helichrysum Essential Oil is known to improve skin conditions and reduce inflammation while speeding healing.  It is known to be one of the most potent anti-inflammatory essential oils. (in Crème Nouveau)

Jasmine Absolute is the pure and most concentrated essence of the jasmine. It is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants and smells like the sweetest, freshly blooming jasmine petals.  (in Crème Balance)

Lavender (Fine French) Essential Oil is soft and floral with a woody undertone.  Lavender is known to have a sedative effect on mood and promote restful sleep.  Lavender is also considered one of the safest essential oils to be used with children and elderly people. (in Lemon Lavender Cleanser)

Lemon Essential Oil lifts spirits with its bright, tart, lively aroma. It is rich in fruit acids which detoxify impurities from skin and Vitamin C which naturally brighten the skin tone. It is also powerfully antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent which makes it wonderful for decongesting skin and reducing acne.  (in Citrus Butter Balm, Sugar Balm, and Body Cream, in Sugar Polish and Lemon Lavender Cleanser)

Lime Essential Oil is similar to lemon essential oil with its bright, tart, lively aroma and is also a powerful antioxidant and decongestant for the skin.  (in Citrus Butter Balm, Sugar Balm, and Body Cream)

May Chang Essential Oil is known for its refreshing, stimulating, and uplifting abilities.  It is anti-stress, and has exceptional antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties making it valuable for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, rashes, and athlete’s foot. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Palmarosa Essential Oil stimulates new cell growth, regulates oil production, moisturizes and tones, and speeds healing.  It has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties that benefit wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.  It also has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that make it useful against skin infections such as acne, boils, shingles, and fungal infections. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, Shea Milk Bar Cleanser, and Honey Rosewood Cleanser)

Peppermint Essential Oil (in Lip Creme, and Essential Soap Scrub, Butter Balm, and Shea Milk Bar Soap)

Rosewood Essential Oil hydrates and nourishes dry skin and is known to slow the epidermal aging process.  It has been noted to create skin elasticity.  It is also beneficial in the treatment of acne and eczema.  It is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal, and antimicrobial. *This essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and small branches of new growth Rosewood trees wild grown (and consistently replenished) in Brazil. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, Shea Milk Bar Cleanser, and Honey Rosewood Cleanser)

Rose Geranium Essential Oil stimulates cell growth, increases radiance and circulation, and is anti-inflammatory. This oil is steam distilled from the fresh flower petals and its scent is truly stunning. (in Oil Nouveau).

Sea Buckthorn Essential Oil is known to be one of the most effective oils for nearly every skin care condition.  It has one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C - 15x more than an orange.  It is also rich in carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, and dietary minerals.  This oil is known to rejuvenate and protect the skin and increase microcirculation.  It is also a potent anti-inflammatory and is antibacterial.  (in ReLeaf Balm)

Spikenard Essential Oil was considered a holy essence in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Hindu civilizations and was reserved for kings and high priests and priestesses.  It is known to increase circulation, heal skin conditions, reduce inflammation, and balance moisture levels in the skin.  (in ReLeaf Balm)

Spike Lavender Essential Oil is more pungent and with more notes of camphor than other Lavenders.  It is also known to be antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and helps to keep wounds clean to promote faster healing.  (in ReLeaf Balm)

Sweet Fennel Essential Oil is excellent for cleansing the body of toxins due to excesses of food, alcohol, etc. and is considered to be a tonic for the digestive system. (in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Essential Body Oil)

Sweet Orange Essential Oil lifts spirits with its bright, soft, sweet aroma. It is rich in fruit acids which detoxify impurities from skin and Vitamin C which naturally brighten the skin tone. It is also powerfully antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent which makes it wonderful for decongesting skin and reducing acne.  (in Citrus Butter Balm, Sugar Balm, and Body Cream, in Sugar Polish and Orange Grapefruit Cleanser, and Nourish Butter Balm, Soap Scrub, Shea Milk Bar Soap, Sea Salt Soak, and Spa Candle)

Tangerine Essential Oil is both sweet and citrusy at the same time and is very balancing.  It is like thirst quenching to the nose!  It is bright orange in color and is a powerful astringent.  It is also deeply cleansing and can stimulate cellular growth. (in Citrus Butter Balm, Sugar Balm, and Body Cream)

FRUIT & FLORAL ESSENCES

Acerola Berry has a high Vitamin C content as well as Vitamin A, iron, calcium, and niacin - all known to encourage healthy skin.  The acerola berry also contains mineral salts that are known to improve stressed skin. (in Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm)

Albumen is rich in vitamins, amino acids, proteins, and minerals.  Albumen tightens skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles and also heals acne by decongesting pores.   (in Milk Flower Mask)

Allantoin is a botanical extract from the comfrey plant and is used for its healing, soothing, and anti-irritating properties.  It helps to heal wounds and skin irritations and stimulate growth of healthy tissue.  It is also mildly astringent. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Balance, ReLeaf Balm, and Essential Unscented Body Cream)

Aloe is extracted from a species of succulent and has been widely used to treat skin conditions ranging from burns and cuts to eczema and psoriasis.  It is also known to be effective soothing and reducing inflammation, redness, itchiness, and rosacea.  (in Milk Flower Mask and Crème Calm)

Arrowroot is a starch extracted from the rootstock of tropical plants.  It acts as a silky smooth thickener. It has been suggested that the name comes from arrowroot's use in treating poison-arrow wounds, as it draws out the poison when applied to the site of the injury. (in Milk Flower Mask)

Bromelain is a collection of enzymes called proteases that naturally found in pineapple. Bromelain gently dissolves dead skin cells, making it an excellent choice for natural exfoliation. (in ReLeaf Balm and Clay Mineral Mask)

Camu Camu Fruit is the highest source of Vitamin C currently known - further, it has approximately 30x more Vitamin C, 10x more Iron, 3x as much Niacin, 2x as much Riboflavin, and 50% more Phosphorous than an Orange.  The high Vitamin C Content makes it a powerful anti-oxidant that neutralizes free-radicals.  Also, it delivers enzymes, bioflavonoids, and other components that are referred to as the "P factor" which makes the capillaries in the skin tougher and more durable. It is known to reduce the size of pores, promote elasticity, and is a natural healing agent for wounds and scars. (in Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm)

Chamomile is a flower that is known for its exceptional anti-inflammatory abilities.  It is known to calm, soothe, and aid in healing.  It calms stress and anxiety at a cellular level and studies have even shown it to have anti-cancer possibilities.  {used in Creme Phyllise and Milk Blossom Masque}

Grapefruit Peel is high in Vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium and also known to be an extraordinary antioxidant.  When used topically on the skin, it gently exfoliates, promotes the synthesis of new collagen, and increases radiance. {in Clay & Mineral Masque and Slim Tonique Sea Salt Soak}

Grape Seed is known to be the greatest source of proanthocyanidins, which is a class of polyphenols known to be an extremely potent antioxidant. Polyphenols play important roles in the life of most plants and tissues; for example they signal growth processes and prevent bacterial and microbial infections. {in Clay & Mineral Masque}

Honey is a natural antiseptic and has the ability to destroy bacteria cells by drawing the water from the cells that keep them alive.  Honey is also astringent and deeply cleansing, due to its ability to draw dirt and dead skin from pores.  At the same time it is a natural humectant so it attracts and binds water to skin, so it is very hydrating and it increases skin elasticity.  Honey is also known to calm irritation. {used in Cleansing Milks, Face Polish, Slim Tonique Soap Scrub, Citron Dream Shave Scrub, Citron Dream Milk & Honey Soap, and Creme Phyllise.}

Lemon Balm is an herb in the mint family that also smells richly of lemon.  It is known to be a strong antioxidant and also highly antibacterial and antiviral. {in Clay & Mineral Masque}

Lemon Peel is rich in citric acid and vitamin C, which can help purify blood vessels and remove impurities found in skin cells.  The Antioxidants in lemon peel can detoxify the free radicals that are known to increase signs of aging and skin conditions. {in Slim Tonique Sea Salt Soak}

Kelp has been shown to contain minerals, amino acids, and vitamins necessary for human health.  Kelp is also a natural diuretic and helps clean out the body of excess water and toxins.  It can also increase hydration while eliminating excess or stagnant fluid. {in Clay & Mineral Masque and Slim Tonique Sea Salt Soak}

Green Tea is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and helps to promote the health and quality of collagen, maintaining a firm and elastic skin.  The tannins in green tea are astringent and anti-oxidant.  One of the polyphenols in green tea is thought to be 200x more powerful than Vitamin E for neutralizing free-radicals.  Green tea also stimulates microcirculation in the skin. {in Slim Tonique Butter Balm}

Hawthorn Berry is very high in flavonoids, which make it a powerful antioxidant.  It is also known to be a diuretic, so it helps the body flush excess water and salts.  {in Slim Tonique Butter Balm and Milk Blossom Masque}

Hibiscus is rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) and Amino Acids.  The extract has antioxidant and exfoliating powers.  This extract is known to improve skin's elasticity and creates higher moisture levels.  It has astringent, anti-inflammatory, and free-radical scavenging properties.  It is used for various skin conditions and is commonly used in products to minimize the appearance of cellulite. {in Slim Tonique Butter Balm, Creme Phyllise, and Milk Blossom Masque}

Oatmeal has an exceptional ability to bind to skin to create a protective barrier from environmental aggressors.  Its natural proteins and fibers hold moisture on the surface of the skin, resulting in softer skin with greater elasticity.  Oatmeal is also known to be soothing and reduce redness, and itchiness{in Milk Bath and Milk Blossom Masque}

Rosehip is derived from Rosehips, which are the fruit of the rose plant, that begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. It is rich in Oelic and Linoleic Acids and Vitamin C. It has been found to regenerate tissues and prevent premature aging, minimize wrinkles, and reduce stretch marks.  It is recommended for skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. {in Milk Blossom Masque}

OILS, BUTTERS, & BEESWAX

Almond Oil is extracted from Almonds and is rich in proteins, glucosides, minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, A, B1, B2, B6, and E.  It is an excellent emollient for skin and helps balance moisture loss and the absorption of moisture.  It relieves irritation, inflammation, and itching.  It is also known to relieve muscle aches and tighten skin.  (in Body Creams, Essential Body Oil, and Essential Butter Balm)

Andiroba Oil is extracted from the kernel found inside the fruit that grows on the Andiroba tree found in the Brazilian Rainforest.  The oil is lightweight and penetrates the skin quickly.  This oil is known for its exceptional anti-inflammatory properties.  This oil is unique in its content of Liminoid and Triterpenes Compounds, which are known to promote circulation.  Due to the exceptionally high levels of Essential Fatty Acids, this oil is highly effective in moisturizing and healing dry, cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It has been used for generations of Amazonian tribes to heal skin. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Apricot Kernel Oil is extracted from the kernel found inside the Apricot fruit.  The oil is lightweight, but rich.  It is high in both oleic (Omega 3) and linoleic (Omega 6) acids.  It is known to be beneficial for mature, sensitive, dry, and/or inflamed skin.  This oil is also rich in Vitamins A & E. (in Crème Nouveau, ReLeaf Balm, Butter Balms, Sugar Balms. and Nourish Body Oil)

Babassu Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Babassu Palm tree which grows in the Amazon region of South America. This oil is a very similar texture and chemical composition to Coconut Oil - but does not have the 'coconutty' aroma.  oil is comprised of over 70% Fatty & Essential Fatty Acids and is recommended for both dry and oil skin types.  (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, ReLeaf Balm, Hand Crème, Lip Crème, Butter Balms, and Sugar Balms)

Argan Oil is a rare oil because it is pressing is very labor intensive. The oil comes from the fruit of the Argan Tree - a tree that has been documented to live up to 200 years in Morocco.  Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E, Polyphenols, Carotenes, Antioxidants, Fatty & Essential Fatty Acids and is recommended for wrinkle reduction, acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, dry scalp.  (in Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm)

Baobab Seed Oil grows in India and Africa and the oil is pressed from the seeds.  The oil is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Lipids, Antioxidants, and Sterols, and is recommended for elasticity, wrinkle reduction, in eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin conditions. (in Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm)

Bees Wax: is a highly stable material that is a natural emulsifier and preservative.  Using raw, unfiltered, bees wax that is local to San Diego helps to support local Bee Keepers, Honey Farms, and overall, the entire world. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, ReLeaf Balm, Hand Crème, Lip Crème, Butter Balms, and Sugar Balms)

Black Currant Seed Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Black Currant fruit that grows on a woody shrub native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia.  This oil is an important oil for fighting the visual signs of aging and moisturizing the skin because of its high content of Gammo Linolenic Acid (GLA) - and Essential Fatty Acid that is not commonly found in many oils.  This oil is recommended for dry, sensitive, and aging skin, as well as eczema and psoriasis. {in our Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm}

Black Cumin Seed Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Black Carraway plant that is native to South and Southwest Asia.  This oil is unique due to its rich variety and content of Vitamins such as: Folacin, Niacin, and A, B1, B2, B6, and C, and Minerals such as: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, and Zinc. This oil can be particularly effective in combating psoriasis because it has been found to boost the Immune System. {in our ReLeaf Balm}

Black Raspberry Seed Oil absorbs quickly and is non-greasy and increases elasticity in maturing skin. It has naturally high concentrations of anti-oxidants Vitamin E and A, and Phytosterols that are known to help stimulate cell repair, encourage collagen growth, and protect against environmental aggressors. It has been suggested that it may also inhibit UV damage. {in our Oil Nouveau}

Borage Seed Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Borago plant that is native to the Mediterranean region.  It is known to be one of the richest sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), containing 20-25% GLA.  GLA is part of an essential fatty acid that the body needs in order to repair itself.  The high proportion of GLA in this oil makes it exceptionally nourishing and it reinforces cell tissues and membranes which minimized moisture loss and the breakdown of skin.  It is a very restorative, anti-inflammatory, and it increases microcirculation.  {in our Crème Nouveau}

Buriti Fruit Oil comes from the Moriche palm tree in the Amazon rainforest and is extracted from the pulp.  It is very rich in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, Omega 3, 6, and Essential Fatty Acids. It is a potent anti-oxidant, reduces redness, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and restores skin elasticity.  It is remarkably nourishing and strengthens cell membranes for longer cell life.  It is also known to help lighten dark spots caused by sun exposure and protects against further photo-damage. {in our Oil Nouveau}

Camelia Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Camellia plant, which is most widely cultivated in China.  It is known to be used by the Geishas to enhance and protect their beauty.  This oil is pressed from the seeds of the tea plant and contains more nutritive properties than can be believed!  It is rich in Fatty & EFA's, Vitamin E, Polyphenols, Antioxidants, and is recommended to improve moisture, radiance, and tone of the skin, reduce wrinkles, and balance skin pH. {in our Crème Nouveau, Crème Phyllise, ReLeaf Balm, and Cleansing Oil}

Cherry Kernel Oil is extracted from the kernel found inside the cherry fruit.  The oil is high in Vitamins A & E, Oleic Acid and Tocopherol, and Antioxidants. It also contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called Eleostrearic Acid that is thought to play a vital in the production and regulation of hormones called Prostaglandins which are involved in pain relive and metabolism. {in our Cleansing Oil}

Cocoa Butter is crushed from the cacao bean and has the rich aroma of dark chocolate.  It has been used in Africa for centuries to soothe, heal, and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the dry environment and sun.  Cocoa butter also helps to reduce the formation of stretchmarks during pregnancy. Cocoa butter contains a high proportion Stearic and Palmitic Acids, which are the most common Fatty Acids found in Nature, but typically found in animal fats in this proportion. (in Nourish Butter Balm)

Coconut Oil is and edible oil that is extracted from the meat of matured coconuts.  It is thought to moisturize skin and reduce protein loss in skin.  This oil contains a large proportion of Lauric Acid (a component of a Triglyceride) which may be a contributing factor to it being helpful in healing acne.  It is also an excellent base for soap because it retains more water than most other oils.  (used only in the soap making process for Shea Milk Bar Cleanser, Nourish Shea Milk Soap, Essential Shea Milk Soap, and the base for Lemon Lavender Cleanser, Orange Grapefruit Cleanser, Sugar Polish, and Nourish Soap Scrub and Essential Soap Scrub)

Copaiba Balsam Resin is and exceptionally rare and vital resin that is extracted from the Copaiba Balsam Tree that grown predominantly in Brazil's Amazon rain forest.  What makes this resin so unique is the presence of multiple chemical compounds that are typically found one at a time in strong smelling and highly protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-germicidal Essential Oils such as clove, hemp, rosemary, & hops.  This resin is therefore extremely powerful and recommended for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Cranberry Seed Oil is rich in Vitamins E and A, as well as Tocotrienols and Phytosterols.  It also has a unique balance of Omega 3, 6, & 9 Essential Fatty Acids which is the only oil to have a natural ratio of the three.  It is known to provide excellent protection against environmental stressors, and it improves elasticity, boosts collagen, firms skin, and reduces the appearance of age spots. (in Oil Nouveau)

Evening Primrose Oil is pressed from the seeds of the Evening Primrose Plant that is native to North and South America.  This oil is unique in that it has one of the highest concentrations of an Essential Fatty Acid known as Gamma-Linolenic Acids (GLA) making it highly nourishing & supportive to the skin.  The high levels of GLA are thought to provide healing benefits, rejuvenate and regenerate skin cells, and improve elasticity.  This oil is recommended for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, & rosacea.  (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, Shea Milk Bar Cleanser, and Honey Rosewood Cleanser)

Glycerin Organic (from plants) provides emollient properties which can soften and soothe the skin and it assists the outer epidermis in retaining moisture.  Most of the glycerin used in cosmetic products in non-organic, derived from palm, soy, or petroleum which is damaging to our health and our environment due to unethical sourcing techniques.  Our Glycerin is Organic and made from vegetables...it is up to 5x the cost of conventional glycerin, but we feel that using the best possible ingredients and supporting ethical suppliers is more important that profitability.  (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, ReLeaf Balm, Hand Crème, Lip Crème, Butter Balms, Sugar Balms, Body Creams, and Essential Unscented Body Cream)

Grapeseed Oil is pressed from grape seeds.  Grapeseed oil is naturally a gorgeous green color because of its high levels of chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll is a biomolecule that absorbs light during the photosynthesis process.  It is true that humans do not utilize Chlorophyll as plants do, but we do eat many processed foods and spend limited time outside 'absorbing light' so maybe it is a good idea to get a little topical help from Grapeseed Oil. In addition to Chlorophyll, this oil is also very light weight but exceptionally nourishing with high levels of Vitamin E & EFA's. in Crème Nouveau, ReLeaf Balm, Butter Balms, Sugar Balms, and Essential Body Oil)

Hemp Seed Oil is known to aid in the healing of skin lesions, dry skin, and inflammation of the skin and joints.  This oil is rare in that it has the lowest amount of saturated acids and the highest amount of polyunsaturated acids, which make it extremely anti-inflammatory.  This oil is also edible and highly nutritional because the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 essential acids matches the balance required by the human body. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Karanja Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Millettia Pinnata tree, which is native to Asia.  This oil is thick and slightly opaque and has a resinous aroma to it.  It is a unique and valuable oil because of its ability to to encourage wound healing and skin conditions by fighting bacteria, microbes, fungi, and is also antiseptic. It is recommended for psoriasis, eczema, scalp conditions, wounds, and as an insect repellent. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Kokum Seed Butter is extracted from the seeds of a fruit bearing, Wild Mangosteen tree, that grows indigenously to India.  This butter is solid at room temperature and is very dense.  It is similar in texture and consistency to Cocoa Butter, but does not have an aroma.  This butter is an important base in skin care products because of its ability to encourage cell regeneration and elasticity.  It melts onto skin creating a protective coating and healing environment. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, ReLeaf Balm, Hand Crème, Lip Crème, Butter Balms, and Sugar Balms)

Kukui Nut Oil is extracted from the nut of the Kukui tree that is thought to have first been cultivated in ancient Hawaii.  The oil absorbs quickly into the skin and rejuvenates dry, deteriorated skin.  It is rich in Vitamin A, E, and F, and Linoleic Acids.  This oil forms a protective barrier on the skin. {(n Crème Nouveau and ReLeaf Balm)

Maracuja Oil is extracted from seeds of the Passion Flower vine that is native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.  The fruit is sweet and full of seeds.  The oil is a super emollient oil rich in Vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus.  This oil is light in texture but has high contents of essential fatty acids.  It is easily absorbed by skin and is highly nourishing and anti-inflammatory. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is extracted from a flowering plant called White Meadowfoam that is native to California and Oregon.  The oil is a non-greasy oil that penetrates easily into the skin and prevents moisture loss and revitalizes dry skin.  This oil is known to minimize wrinkles and signs of aging.  It is also known to have natural UV protective abilities *DO NOT RELY ON AS SUNSCREEN.  This oil is one of the most stable oils and lends stability to other less stable oils. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, and ReLeaf Balm)

Peach Kernel Oil is extracted from the kernel found inside the peach fruit.  The oil is a light weight, quickly absorbing oil that is rich in Vitamin E. It is similar to Apricot Kernel Oil and Almond Oil and is very effective in relieving the itchiness associated with dry skin. (in Yuzu Oil Cleanser)

Perilla Oil is derived from the seeds of an herb that belongs to the mint family that grows predominantly in Asia.  It is rich in Omega 3 and ALA Essential Fatty Acids and is thought to be very effective against the bacteria responsible for acne.  It is also believed to be effective against chronic inflammation and itchiness. (in ReLeaf Balm)

Pequi Seed Oil is derived from the seeds of the fruit that grows on the Pequi tree in Brazil.  This oil contains a very unique combination of essential fatty acids and is highly emollient making it highly effective healing dry skin and skin that is suffering from conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.  (in ReLeaf Balm)

Plum Kernel Oil is rich in the Essential Fatty Acids:  Palmitic, Stearic, Linoleic and Oleic Acid and is packed with Vitamins A, E, and C. It is a power-packed anti-oxidant, and dramatically nourishes, moisturizes, and protects the skin. (in Oil Nouveau)

Pomegranate Seed Oil is a strong anti-oxidant and highly anti-inflammatory.  Rich in rare Omega 5 essential fatty acid, it is the only known botanical source of Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLnA), also known as Punicic Acid, one of the most potent antioxidants known to modern science, and a natural phytoestrogen (plant-based estrogen) that supports hormonal balance in the skin. (in Oil Nouveau)

Rice Bran Oil is extracted from the hard, outer brown layer of rice husk. This oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, Phytosterols, and anti-oxidants.  It is excellent for dry, mature, delicate, and sensitive skin. (in Yuzu Oil Cleanser and Nourish Butter Balm)

Rosehip Seed Oil is derived from Rosehips, which are the fruit of the rose plant, that begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. It is rich in Oelic and Linoleic Acids and Vitamin C.  It is known to be a healing oil with antiseptic properties.  It has been found to regenerate tissues and prevent premature aging, minimize wrinkles, and reduce stretch marks.  It is recommended for skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. (in Crème Nouveau and Crème Calm)

Seabuckthorn Berry Oil  can be extracted from either the seeds or the pulp of the fruit that grows on the Seabuckthorn shrub found in dunes and sea cliffs found in Europe and Asia.  This oil has incredible nourishing, revitalizing, and restorative properties.  It has particularly high contents of fatty acids, essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and Phytosterols - all of which are important for the maintenance of healthy skin.  The oil is beneficial for numerous skin conditions as well as can combat wrinkles, dryness, and other symptoms of malnourished or prematurely aging skin.  (in ReLeaf Balm)

Shea Butter (sourced only from members of the Africa Fair Trade Council) is a rich emollient moisturizer that is rich in vitamins A and E.  It is known to be anti-inflammatory and can be effective in minimizing irritation associated with skin conditions and severely dry skin.  Shea Butter also has natural ultra violet protection *DO NOT RELY ON AS SUNSCREEN. (in Crème Nouveau, Crème Calm, ReLeaf Balm, Hand Crème, Lip Crème, Butter Balms, and Sugar Balms, and used in the soap making process for Shea Milk Bar Cleanser, Nourish Shea Milk Soap, Essential Shea Milk Soap, and the base for Lemon Lavender Cleanser, Orange Grapefruit Cleanser, Sugar Polish, and Nourish Soap Scrub and Essential Soap Scrub)

 

 

SALTS, CLAYS, & MILKS

SALTS

Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt): is an inorganic salt that contains magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.  When Magnesium Sulfate is absorbed into the skin it is known to be anti-inflammatory and purifying. (in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Unscented Body Cream)

Dead Sea Salts are obtained by evaporating sea water.  Minerals are absorbed while soaking, and in the process stimulate blood circulation.  Research has also demonstrated that skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis can be relieved by regularly soaking in Dead Sea Salt baths.  These baths have been shown to improve skin hydration and reduce inflammation.  They are also known to improve detoxification of the body. (used in Essential Sea Salt Soak and Nourish Sea Salt Soak)

Himalayan Sea Salts (in Lemon Lavender Cleanser, Orange Grapefruit Cleanser, Sugar Polish, and Nourish Sea Salt Soak)

Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is an alkaline salt that helps to neutralize acids and balance pH. (in Lemon Lavender Cleanser, Orange Grapefruit Cleanser, Sugar Polish, C, and Essential Sea Salt Soak) 

Dendridic Salt does not necessarily have health benefits, but it is useful in preventing the oxidation of other mineral rich salts and delicate essential oils. (in Essential Sea Salt Soak)

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane): is an organic source of bioavailable sulfur crucial to body function and is found naturally in all living organisms.  MSM is an essential nutrient that helps to repair damaged skin and encourage wound healing.  If MSM supplies are depleted the results can be dry, cracked, damaged, wrinkled skin. (in Crème Nouveau, ReLeaf Balm, Clay Mineral Mask, and Essential Sea Salt Soak).

CLAYS

Bentonite Clay is very effective at absorbing excess oil, acne causing toxins, and poisons that get trapped under the skin.  It is filled with minerals that are known to be very healing. (in Clay Mineral Mask)

Dead Sea Clay originates from the Dead Sea in Israel.  It is known to remove toxins and revitalize skin with its rich amounts of magnesium, potassium, sulfate, and calcium. (in Clay Mineral Mask)

French Green Clay is highly effective at drawing oils and toxins from the skin.  It is also rich in minerals such as, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorous, copper, and selenium.  (in Clay Mineral Mask)

White Kaolin Clay is very unique in that it does not draw oils from the skin so people with dry or sensitive skin can get the benefits of absorbing minerals, remove impurities, and tighten skin, without being losing precious oils and moisture. (in Milk Flower Mask, and Coconut Matcha Mask)

MILKS

Coconut Milk is one of the only milks that is not derived from an animal source, but from the meat of young coconuts.  This milk is rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Coconut milk is also known to be antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. (in Milk Flower Mask)

Goat Milk helps soothe and moisturize skin and is rich in Vitamins A, B6, B12, and E.  It is also rich in beta-casein, a protein readily absorbed by the skin for quick hydration and softening.  The high levels of triglycerides and amino acids help to balance skin pH and promote non-aggressive exfoliation of even the most sensitive skins. (in Crème Calm, Crème Balance, Shea Milk Bar Cleanser, Milk Flower Mask, Body Creams, Shea Milk Soaps, Lemon Lavender Cleanser, Orange Grapefruit Cleanser, Sugar Polish, and Soap Scrubs)

Yogurt soothes, softens, hydrates, and rejuvenates skin.  Yogurt enhances cleansing due to its unique and powerful probiotic properties. It is also antibacterial and anti-fugal and help rid the skin of impurities.  It is also rich in calcium, vitamins, and proteins that tighten and soften skin.  Yogurt has a high Lactic Acid content which gently removed dead skin cells. (in Milk Flower Mask and Clay Mineral Mask)