Beyond the bottle - when ingredients is key.

Beyond the bottle - when ingredients is key.

In our ever busy lives it is easy to trade quality for price and convenience.

As big industry becomes more focused on profit taking and appeasing share holders. The personal care and beautify industry is not immune. Filled with profit takers and marketing teams that push the agendas to sell sell sell, through green washing and virtual signalling. The term “organic” is abused - why we should always look for the ACO logo.

However one thing is certain and doesn’t lie - the ingredients list. Get beyond the front of the pack and a quick scan of the back will reveal all you need to know and just may make all the difference when choosing the best and safest products. After all your skin is like a sponge, and will absorb whatever you put on it.

Below is a list of the ingredients in alphabetical order along with descriptions and their powerful potential natural benefits. Ingredients we use to help us make some of the safest, gentle and naturally effective skincare in the world and that will help you make the most informed choice - when choosing what to put on your skin.

For a more in-depth look at natural ingredients a great online resource is - www.healthline.com

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Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract)

ORIGIN:

WHY: Soothing and moisturising properties.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Studies have examined the benefits of aloe vera and found that aloe vera has several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, hair and scalp problems to many more known and tested benefits.

 

Andiroba Oil (Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil)

ORIGIN:

WHY: omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A, vitamin C vitamin E

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Known to be effective on dry and cracked skin, while promoting moisture to the skin. Andiroba Oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, C and E which work as a natural antioxidant on the skin. Can be applied to damaged, dry and curly hair to help stimulate healthy hair growth. When applied to your scalp, Andiroba oil can stimulate the flow of blood to the scalp which may result in healthier hair growth in the long run.

 

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil)

ORIGIN: Morocco

WHY: vitamin E, antioxidants, linoleic acid (omega 6), fatty acids

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Argan oil provides a good source of linoleic acid (omega 6) and oleic fatty acids, two fats known to support good health. Argan Oil comes from the Argania Spinosa tree native to Morocco. Properties known to promote healthy skin, hair and eyes.

 

Argan Butter (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil)

ORIGIN: Africa

WHY: antioxidants, polyphenols, tocopherols (Vitamin E, A and F)

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Argan Butter moisturises, soothes and nourishes the skin and pores without clogging restoring softness and improving skin texture.

A natural treatment to transform ageing, dry, stressed and over exposed skin into radiant, flexible, and healthy looking skin. Returns shine and luster to damaged hair, provides moisture and nutrient support to the scalp and split ends.

 

Arnica Montana (Helianthus Annus Seed Oil)

ORIGIN: Germany
WHY: Sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, carbonic acid, coumarins May help soothe and renew the skin after exposure to stress.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Arnica extracts are used as an ingredient in several lotions meant for the treatment of skin problems. Arnica Montana flowers contain sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, carbonic acid, coumarins and volatile oils, all of which are beneficial to the skin. A sesquiterpene lactone called helenalin is the main restorative compound in Arnica Montana, which along with flavonoids help soothe and renew the skin after exposure to stress. The bio-active properties of arnica make it usable in hair as well.

 

Australian Celtic Sea Salt

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: minerals, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Helps the skin to retain moisture, keeping the skin soft and smooth. Soothing for dry, itching and irritated skin. The minerals in this salt are similar to the natural salts found on the skin, making it a safe and effective ingredient for optimal skin health. Plumps up the skin as it improves hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin. Salt grains are also found in many scrubs, as their shape helps to exfoliate the skin. Under the microscope, salt crystals appear in the form of cubes - the edges of these cubes are beneficial for naturally exfoliating the skin.

 

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Bamboo Powder (Bambusoideae)

ORIGIN: Thailand
WHY:  exfoliant, minerals

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Bamboo Powder is an extract that is obtained from the bamboo stem. The crystalline powder is very rich in minerals. Offers a mild exfoliate that helps to brush and gently cleanses the teeth and gums without irritating.

 

 

Bergamot Oil (Citrus Bergamia Oil)

ORIGIN: Italy

WHY: natural perfume

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Bergamot is a natural cleanser, adding it to a skin care formula helps remove dirt and impurities, preventing outbreaks. Good for those with oily skin, as it may help to unclog pores and balance oily skin, making the skin appear fresher and attractive, while maintaining your natural skin tone.

 

Burdock (Arctium lappa Root)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: essential fatty acids, phytosterols

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Burdock is one of nature’s most helpful ingredient for improving and soothing a number of problem skin conditions. It has the ability to improve the metabolism of external skin layers, reducing wrinkles. Being rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acid, it helps you maintain a healthy scalp, promoting natural hair health. It is also effective in treating dry hair conditions. It may also help in relieving scalp irritation and other scalp problems.

 

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Calcium Carbonate

ORIGIN: Australia
WHY: buffering

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Calcium Carbonate acts as an abrasive agent and buffering agent, helping maintain fresh clean teeth. It is a common substance found in rocks, most notably as limestone.

 

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Extract)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: antibacterial

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Calendula oil is a natural oil extracted from marigold flowers. The antibacterial properties in this herb help in clearing the bacteria in the skin pores which may lead to problem skin outbreak. Calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of your skin, providing antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Camellia Oil (Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil)

ORIGIN: Taiwan
WHY: Rich in Vitamins A, B, and E and omega-6.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Camellia (green tea) oil has been used for centuries in Japan to nourish and condition the skin and hair. Rich in Vitamins A, B, and E and Linoleic (omega-6) fatty acids, as well as numerous anti-aging antioxidants that help keep the skin, scalp and hair moist and supple.

 

Carnauba Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Wax)

ORIGIN: Africa

WHY: thickening, foaming

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Carnauba wax is a natural wax used primarily as a thickening and film-forming agent in cosmetic preparations. Carnauba wax are usually applied in barrier repair and treatments for problem skin products as to promote a barrier function on the skin. Known to smooth the skin without over clogging the skin pores.

 

Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Oil)

ORIGIN: Thailand

WHY: antibacterial

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Soothes irritation and redness related with problem skin, as well as dryness - antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, helps regulate sebum production, eliminate bacteria, guards the skin against environmental pollutants and toxins, reduces the chances of future breakouts, and appearance of the signs of ageing, cleanse and enhance circulation to the scalp. Derived from the needles, leaves, bark, and berries of the cedar tree.

 

Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: antioxidant

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Promotes a healthy glow of the skin, heals and restores.

Chamomile possesses many powerful skin bio-active properties, making it great for sensitive skin types. It helps fight and block out irritants by eliminating free radicals which damage the skin and accelerate the ageing process. Also being a natural skin lightener, it is known to promote a healthy glow. Increase the penetration and effectiveness of other skincare topicals. Chamomile flowers have nourishing substances that soften the hair and make it look shiny and healthy, while assisting in the treatment of scalp problems.

 

Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil)

ORIGIN: India

WHY: antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Soothes dry skin while helping the skin cells retain moisture, leaving skin nourished and moisturised for longer periods of time. Cinnamon leaf oil contains high amounts of natural antioxidants, higher than any other spice. These rich antioxidants help to remove and prevent the formation of free-radical molecules on the skin.

 

Citric Acid

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Used to treat skin problems, acting as a natural skin scrubber, and reduces the signs of aging. Also known to help repair the skin at it possesses anti-wrinkle properties. Citric acid is an organic agent occurring naturally in fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemons. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, this acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells.

 

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao Seed Butter)

ORIGIN: South Africa
WHY: High in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Hydrates and nourishes dry or rough skin. Contains antioxidants that help fight against the effects of free radicals that cause skin ageing, dark patches, and dull skin. Daily use of cocoa butter helps skin retain moisture, keeping it soft and supple which also helps improve your skin’s elasticity. Cocoa Butter helps boost the skins collagen production. Increased collagen production along with improved elasticity helps aid in the prevention of stretch marks, and helps skin retain moisture, keeping it soft and supple which also helps improve your skin's elasticity.

 

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil)

ORIGIN: Thailand

WHY: High in essential fatty acids - medium chain triglycerides, antioxidants, and 12-carbon lauric acid 

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Keeps skin smooth and supple by promoting collagen formation, it also stimulates hair growth and adds lustre, shine and softness to the hair. Preserves the smoothness of the face by reducing the signs of wrinkles whilst keeping the skin elastic. Gentle on the skin as a moisturiser and exfoliates without abrading the skin. When applied in a thin layer, it can act as a physical barrier to dust and other environmental pollutants, while sealing in skin moisture. Its antioxidant action reduces oxidative damage. Stimulates hair growth, promotes scalp health fighting against such problems as dry scalps.

 

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Desert Lime (Citrus Glauca)

ORIGIN: Australia
WHY: A high concentration of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: The Australian Desert Lime is packed with tiny pearls of potent actives that support collagen production, known to help repair your skin. Possessing a rich concentration of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant helps rejuvenate the skin, enhance skin firmness, helps with patchy skin tone and revitalise skin tissue.

 

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Echinacea (Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf Extract)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Rich in tannins and a source of antioxidant

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Soothes the skin and improves skin hydration, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, keeping your skin youthful and beautiful. Additionally, it can help fight harmful bacteria that can cause spots and may help in preventing further outbreaks. Known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and as an immune-strengthening agent.

 

Eucalyptus Blue Mallee Essential Oil

ORGIN: Australia

WHY: Hight in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids. Natural anti-microbial and antiseptic properties.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, Greek, and other European styles of medicine have incorporated Eucalyptus into the treatment of a range of conditions for thousands of years.

Widely used to treat skin irritations and redness of skin. It’s also great for improving poor circulation towards healthy skin cells. With its distinctively fresh evocation of the Australian bush, the aroma of Eucalyptus Blue Gum Essential Oil will be instantly familiar.

 

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Ginger (Zingiber Officinale Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: High antioxidant, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Anti-inflammatory effects, containing around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage, keeping the skin glowing and slowing down the signs of ageing. Additionally, it evens skin tone and improves elasticity. Known to remove toxins from the body, stimulates the blood circulation and thus results in making skin appearance better by allowing more nutrients to help your cells. Ginger is also said to increases circulation to the scalp. The plethora of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are known to also strengthen strands.

 

Glycerine

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Reduces the loss of moisture.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Provides the ability and increased efficacy to moisturise the skin, helping to improve skin hydration while strengthening the skins barrier. Minimising dryness and slowing the signs of ageing by supporting cell maturation. Glycerine is one of the most popular humectants used in natural and organic cosmetic formulations due to it providing multifunctional benefits.

 

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Glyceryl Caprylate

ORIGIN: Canada

WHY: Antimicrobial, skin conditioning, viscosity modifying, stabiliser.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Anti-bacterial, while assisting with making the skin soft and smooth.

 

Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Green tea extract is derived from leaves of Camellia sinensis plant and is naturally rich in antioxidants, which has a cell-protecting function that protects the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals, may help in decreasing the signs of wrinkles and making the skin appear younger. Green tea has a rich amount of polyphenols that deliver antioxidant properties to the skin that can help to fight the signs of ageing, whilst it is known to maintain the vitality of the skin and improve its natural tone and glow. Green tea is an ideal solution for reducing puffiness around the eyes and eliminating water retention. Green tea stimulates the hair follicle and encourages hair growth and also helps to remove the dry flakes on the scalp while also improving the condition of the scalp.

 

Guar Gum (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum)

ORIGIN: Mexico

WHY: Thickening, stabilizing, suspending, and binding.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Guar gum is a fibre from the seed of the guar plant it possesses excellent conditioning properties which helps both skin and hair and assists with detangling the hair.

 

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Hawthorn (Crataegus monogina)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidants, Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Fibre, Calcium, Iron

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Compounds found in Hawthorn are bio-active in nature and are good for reducing itching and other known skin conditions. The antioxidant content in hawthorn berries make it useful for applying topically to the skin.

 

Hempseed Oil (Cannabis Sativa seed oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: High in minerals and essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and omega 3

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: An excellent moisturiser, which help reduce the signs of ageing skin. Rich in Linoleic acid making it highly nourishing and moisturising for the skin including helping with problem skin conditions. Also know to be an anti-inflammatory.

 

Himalayan Fine Pink salt

ORIGIN: Tibet

WHY: Minerals, Anti-bacterial.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Himalayan pink salt naturally balances the pH of the skin due to its mineral content and is renowned for its detoxifying qualities that will leave the skin soft and glowing. Also know to cleanse and draw out heavy metals and toxins from the body thereby promoting healthy and pure skin. Helps prevent breakouts and also may provide relief from itchy skin caused by eczema.

 

Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense Extract)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: High natural silica content, collagen

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Helps soothe and calm the skin while providing bio-active benefits for minor skin irritation, making it great for sensitive skin.

Horsetail contains more silicon than any other herb, in a form that's highly absorbable by the body and essential to human health. Horsetail contains collagen which is important in keeping the skin taut and promoting a tighter and firmer look. The silica in horsetail can help grow strong healthy hair as well.

 

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Jasmine Oil (Jasminum officinale Flower Extract)

ORGIN: France

WHY: Smells amazing.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Soothing and moisturising properties Jasmin oil is especially beneficial for dry and sensitive skin.

 

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis Seed Oil)

ORIGIN: Africa

WHY: Vitamin B, E and key minerals zinc, copper. Moistures, and softens.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: It is a natural oil extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant is closest to the oil produced by the human skin called ‘sebum’ that helps protect and heal the skin from external toxins.

Helps retain moisture in the skin keeping it hydrated and looking fresh. It also helps strengthen hair follicles on the scalp causing hair to grow healthier.

 

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Kakadu Plum (Terminalia Ferdinandiana)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: High Antioxidants, Vitamin C concentration 50% higher than oranges

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: This super fruit detoxifies the skin and fights off free radical damage caused by environmental factors such as pollution or sun exposure, while the Vitamin C is effective in naturally lightening the complexion of the skin.

Kakadu plum is found in the Northern Territory of Australia and is well known for its incredibly high vitamin content, containing a Vitamin C concentration 50% higher than oranges. Works to stimulate the production of collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in antioxidants, fights off free radical damage caused by environmental factors. Kakadu plum also moisturize and hydrate your hair. It maintains the level of collagen and elastin, which is essential for healthy and lustrous hair.

 

Kaolin White Australian Clay

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Natural cleanser

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: A natural cleanser and detoxifier that helps with the removal of dead skin, toxins and impurities, while feeding the skin with nutrients and allowing the cells to regenerate.

 

Kunzea Essential Oil (Kunzea ambigua)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Anti-bacterial, alpha-pinene, viridfloral, calominene

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: An Australian native oil known as an excellent anti-bacterial ingredient with properties that help in the soothing and repairing problem skin.

 

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Lactic Acid

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Hydrates, exfoliates.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Lactic acid is known to help reduce acne breakouts, fight the appearance of wrinkles and is also known to improve skin texture and control oiliness. It benefits the skin in numerous ways and works as a nourishing agent for the skin. Helps hydrate the cell structure of the skin to keep it supple while working on the surface of the skin to stimulate the cells, helps reduce pigmentation and brighten the appearance of the face.

 

Lavender essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Smells amazing, anti-bacterial properties.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Lavender oil has anti-bacterial properties that fight against problem skin conditions. Additionally, the oil has the ability to relieve itching and reduce the irritated areas on the skin by adding moisture, thereby accelerating the soothing process. Lavender oil can also regenerate and benefit your hair and is used to treat various hair problems, whilst promoting healthy hair and scalp.

 

Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidants, vitamin C, anti-bacterial

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: A Natural skin cleanser removes dirt, dead skin cells and toxins that could not penetrate into the skin. Contains many aromatic oils and volatile compounds. Lemon oil has a highly acidic pH making it one of the best natural skin cleansers out there, while being gentle and safe.

 

Lemon Scented Teatree Oil (Leptospermum Petersonii Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Anti-bacterial, soothing

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Used for over 1,000 years, through the commercial Tea Tree industry didn’t begin until the 1920s. The leaves of the Tea Tree were used traditionally for different skin conditions, and the oil gained popularity in the 20th century for its use in aromatherapy. Tea Tree Lemon essential oil or is a small tree that is grown for its antibacterial and soothing properties.

 

Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Flexuosus Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Cleansing, anti-bacterial

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Lemongrass oil is an effective cleanser for all skin types, its antiseptic and astringent properties make lemongrass oil great for skin. All skin types can benefit from the natural bio-active properties of lemongrass oil. This oil cleanses the skin whilst reduces the appearance of ageing skin.

 

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Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter)

ORIGIN: South Africa

WHY: Vitamin A, vitamin C essential fatty acids, antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Mango butter is a natural source of vitamin A and is rich in nourishing fatty acids and antioxidants, making it ultra-moisturising and great for smoothing fine lines and preventing the signs of wrinkles. It hydrates skin, plumps it up and prevents dry itchy and tight skin. With its high linoleic and oleic acid content, mango butter is very good at maintaining the skin’s elasticity and flexibility. It also has vitamin C that boosts collagen production in skin. Mango Butter works as an effective scalp conditioner that seals in moisture and reduces breakage and hair loss by strengthening hair follicles.

 

Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidant,

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Promotes tissue fluid generation and hydrating properties that help reduce the appearance of ageing skin and fine lines, while being gentle enough to use around the eyes. It effectively soothes irritation and relieves problem skin conditions. Marshmallow root can benefit the hair also as it binds with hair proteins and makes the strands appear thicker.

 

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Nettle (Urtica Dioica Leaf)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Rich source of amino-acids, vitamins, proteins

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Proven to be very beneficial for our skin in protecting it from environmental stressors while providing many skin benefits. Having astringent properties Nettle soothes and nourishes dry skin and problem skin conditions. Nettle is rich in sulphur and silica which are known to promote hair growth while treating hair scalp problems. Another benefit of nettle is that said to help in the prevention of hair loss.

 

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Olive Leaf Extract (Olea Europaea)

ORIGIN: Chille / Greece

WHY: Antioxidant

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Moistures the skin while fighting the signs of ageing. Also works to hydrate the hair from deep within the hair follicle while adding to lustre.

 

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Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Vitamin A, vitamin C, essential fatty acids

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Hydrates and moisturises the skin without clogging pores, and soothes and calms dry, itchy, and irritated skin. Full of nutrients that are good for the skin, including vitamin A which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and vitamin C which helps keep the skin looking firm and youthful. Passionflower is also rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids that keep your skin smooth and plump looking.

 

Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia / Morocco

WHY: soothe, cools, smells amazing taste

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: One of the best-known benefits of peppermint is its ability to soothe and cool. A skin stimulant that promotes blood flow making your skin feel energised and alive. Though peppermint can be used on any skin type, it’s especially helpful for oily and combination skin, as it helps balance natural oils. That means it can aid in oil secretion in the skin, therefore preventing problem skin and fewer clogged pores. Promotes tooth care products promoting clean teeth and healthy gums.

 

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum Linn Seed Oil)

ORIGIN: Italy

WHY: Essential fatty acids, Vitamin C, antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Encourages smooth, firm skin by promoting collagen and elastin production. It is a great ingredient for skin care because its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate deeply into the skin, effectively soothing cracked and irritated skin. It contains punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid that hydrates and prevents moisture loss, promoting skin cell growth while said to help delay the signs of skin ageing and wrinkles. Pomegranate can be used for oily skin and is beneficial for acne prone skin to combat breakouts.

 

Potassium Sorbate

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Natural preservative

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Potassium Sorbate, which is the potassium salt of Sorbic Acid,

 

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Rose Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens Oil)

ORIGINS: ENGLAND

WHY: Smells amazing

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Acts as a natural cleanser and hydrator, helping with clearer and glowing skin. Rose Geranium essential oil is excellent for treating a variety of skin problems and acts as a natural cleanser and hydrator, helping with clearer skin. This essential oil also serves as an anti-winkle agent as it is said to tighten muscle tissues whilst showing much benefit towards dry skin.

 

Rose Otto Floral Water (Rosa Damascena Distillate)

ORGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidant

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Hydrates, revitalises and moisturises the skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. The use of rosewater dates back to early Egypt, when Cleopatra used this natural product in her skincare regime, due to its many benefits for the skin and face.

The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues and due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. The nourishing and moisturising properties of rose water help enhance the quality of hair. It is known to treat scalp dryness.

 

Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina Fruit Oil)

ORIGIN: Chille

WHY: Antioxidant, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Brightens the skin and acts as an anti-wrinkle agent that helps improve the appearance of pigmentation and restore skin's tone.

Rosehip is a great soothing oil due to its high percentage of Essential Fatty Acids and natural antioxidants, which is known to help repair and regenerate skin tissue. Its natural source of vitamin E works as an antioxidant that calms and hydrates dry and sensitive skin, while protecting the skin cells from sun damage. Its natural source of vitamin C brightens the skin and acts as an anti-wrinkle antioxidant that helps improve the appearance of pigmentation and restore skin's tone.

 

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Sage (Salvia Officinalis Extract)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: High source of vitamin A, calcium, antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Sage is rich in vitamin A, calcium and has antioxidants that combat free radicals known to cause wrinkles, fine lines, and ageing. These antioxidants provide protection against free radicals, that may cause premature ageing of the skin. Sage has also been used since ancient times to combat hair problems. It contains beta-sitosterol, a 5-alpha reductase compound which has been found to be effective in benefiting the skin and hair. Sage is said to be particularly effective in encouraging healthy hair growth as it improves circulation to the scalp, providing more nutrition to the hair follicles.

 

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

ORIGIN: Korea

WHY: Vitamins, minerals, antioxodants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Natural ability to balance oils counteracting dryness, and balancing oily and sensitive skin. Ginseng roots and leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that brighten the skin as well as help increase the production of collagen in the middle layer of the skin known as dermis, making the skin firmer and toned, diminishing wrinkles or fine lines on the face.

 

Silica

ORIGIN: Australia
WHY: Exfoliant

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Ability to serve as an abrasive agent and suspending agent.

Silica is a mineral found in the earth, made from a common type of mineral quartz. Silica is naturally present in the body, in levels that are even higher than other minerals like iron, but as people grow older, the amount of silica present in their tissues begins to decrease. It is used as a versatile ingredient in cosmetics and skin care industry.

 

Soap Nut (Sapindus Laurifolia Fruit Powder)

ORIGIN: India

WHY: Conditioning

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Soap nuts are rich in saponin, a natural conditioning property that helps moisturise the skin, preventing dryness. Being a natural cleansing agent, it gently exfoliates the skin, helping remove dead skin cells and alleviate skin problems. Safe and gentle enough to use on babies and people with sensitive skin.

 

Sodium Bicarbonate (Aluminium Free)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: pH balance, cleanser

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Sodium Bicarbonate can act as a great natural cleanser. Because it is alkaline, it corrects any pH imbalance that could be causing acne outbreaks. It also has antibacterial properties, so it can help clean skin thoroughly and protect it from problem skin conditions due to contamination.

 

Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis Leaf Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antibacterial, antioxidant

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: The antibacterial properties of spearmint essential oil can be used in the treatment of problem skin conditions. Used cosmetically, the antioxidant quality of Spearmint Essential Oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections such as discolouration. It stimulates the cells, thus increasing skin’s resilience and elasticity. Spearmint’s antibacterial properties work to eliminate harmful bacteria on the skin and mouth.

 

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum Perforatum Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: A broad range of flavonoids, bioactive

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: St John’s wort is known to be highly beneficial for the skin. Full of powerful flavonoids, it helps protect and soothe. Whether you have oily or dry skin, this herb helps your skin look smoother and healthier. As well as helps plump your look and hydrate skin while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

 

Sugar Cane Ethanol

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Natural preservative, kills bacteria

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: A mild astringent that is known to clean skin. It is used as a natural preservative and also can help prevent lotions from separating.

 

Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil)

ORIGIN: Australia
WHY: Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, antioxidants, essential fatty acids

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Protects the skin from sun damage and also helps reduce the signs of ageing. Sunflower oil has emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture. The vitamins, along with the essential fatty acids that are present in sunflower oil form a protective layer, which may prevent bacteria from coming in contact with the skin.

 

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Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil)

ORIGIN: Fiji

WHY: Essential fatty acids, antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Tamanu oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that lubricate and nourish the skin, helping it maintain its elasticity and firmness by locking moisture in. The antioxidants in tamanu oil help fight off free radicals which are known to cause fine lines and wrinkles, while fighting the signs of aging. Tamanu oil is beneficial for healthy hair and scalp as it seals moisture, restores hair shine and benefits the scalp.

 

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Possesses many antioxidants that protect the skin cells from the damage caused by the free radicals, and thus may aid in reducing the signs of premature ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and skin blemishes. It makes the skin soft, supple and radiant and is a simple and efficient method of bringing out the natural glow of the skin. It also known to minimises the dryness of scalp.

 

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Vitamin E Natural (Di-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidant, moisturising, stabilise

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Slows the effects of free radicals and moisturises.

Vitamin E when added into the oil phase of a formulation can work as a skincare active and an antioxidant to reduce the likelihood of oxidation of the formulation. Vitamin E may prevent or treat dry and flaking skin.

 

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Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Beta carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, antioxidants

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Stimulates the production of the skin collagen and brings smoothness and elasticity to the skin. Yam also renews damaged skin and improves it's appearance. Yam contains amazing skin-friendly nutrients like beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and antioxidants which may help to prevent wrinkles and other signs of ageing. It contains a high amount of antioxidants which protect the skin from harsh sun rays and environmental hazards. The Vitamin A in yam helps to produce and protect the oil in the scalp, thereby keeping the scalp hydrated and healthy.

 

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)

ORIGIN: Australia

WHY: Antioxidant

POTERNTIAL BENEFITS: Stops cellular damage that can lead to skin problems as well as preventing signs of ageing. Witch hazel is native to North America. Used widely in skin care, as it is a strong antioxidant and has astringent properties – its anti-bacterial quality's benefiting the skin’s pores and stopping cellular damage that cause skin problems. Witch Hazel is also known towards preventing signs of ageing.

 

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Xanthan Gum

ORIGIN: USA
WHY: Natural emulsifier and stabiliser.

Xanthan Gum is created by fermenting sugar and is a natural emulsifier and stabiliser, with amazing properties including solubility in both hot and cold water, tolerance to salt, tolerance to pH and temperature changes, it is ideal for thickening and adding volume to lotions, creams and gels. It also works well as a suspension agent. It is also used to help stabilise the oil droplets against coalescence and has some skin hydrating properties.

 

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