Here are detailed descriptions of the natural ingredients we use in our handmade products :) Unfortunately, many commercial body care products (and even more sadly, some that clearly state they are 'Natural' products) are advertised as being made with 'vegetable oils', use oils that have been chemically refined and bleached, to stay white or clear - so they have actually had all the antioxidants and 'goodness' stripped from them and so are highly prone to free-radical generation, causing your skin to actually age faster! By using our products, you can be sure that the quality, and the beneficial properties our natural products bring, is as high as can be.
Certified Organic Shea Butter is extracted from the kernel of fleshy fruit of the Shea (Karite) Tree in Africa (NOT from a nut as some are incorrectly told). For skin care Shea butter is praised for its protecting and moisturising properties. African healers have used shea butter for thousands of years as the ideal treatment for dry or aging skin. Its high content of non-saponifiable fatty acids gives it the ability to moisturize and retain the elasticity of the skin. Shea butter also helps to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun while repairing cell degeneration, and provides relief from the dryness of eczema and psoriasis.
Pure Rice Bran Oil is a lovely light oil that is one of the best sources of tocotrienols, an antioxidant that may be much more powerful and effective than Vitamin E. It's wonderful for all skin types, but especially so for dry/flaky, sensitive, mature and/or delicate skin (e.g. baby), where additional moisturization is required. It is extremly effective in keeping skin soft and smooth.
Calendula Infused Oil has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. It assists in toning and promoting blood supply to skin tissue and is helpful in the treatment of broken capillaries, as it tightens and heals the skin. Reduces inflammation and pain of sprain's, stings, varicose veins, and wounds, and also soothes burns, sunburns, rashes and skin irritations. Laboratory studies have proven that it kills bacteria and fungus, making it 'Nature's Antiseptic'. It also aids in rapid healing.
Comfrey Infused oil is rich in allantoin, which stimulates cell production. So as cell growth is increased, it helps reduce scar tissue, aids healing of old scars, proud flesh, bone/tendon injuries, bruises, sprains, fractures, swellings, pulled muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Chickweed Infused oil soothes cuts, stings & bites, and is especially great for calming eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and any other skin irritation. Chickweed is a renowned soothing and calming herb for the skin overall.
Plantain Infused oil helps to stem blood flow from deep or open cuts and minor wounds. Aids in rapid healing of damaged tissue, torn muscle & bones. Reduces swelling, bruises, joint pain, and can help heal scars up to 9 years old! In addition it’s superior to any other herb in soothing irritation and pain from bites, stings, rashes and other skin problems. It’s great for healing open or weeping ulcers as well.
Coconut Oil is a brilliant oil for skin as it helps in so many ways! It's high in natural antioxidants, protecting and deeply moisturising skin, penetrating into the deeper layers to strengthen underlying tissues, helps prevent and protect against the premature aging of the skin. It also helps prevent sagging and wrinkling by keeping tissues strong, supple soft & moisturized, the skin smoother and more evenly textured. It also helps keep skin firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helping to serve as a protective layer, retaining moisture in your skin. Very mild and great for people with sensitive skin. In soap it makes the bars hard and gives bubbly lather.
Australian Olive Oil is very good for the skin, soothing and emollient, a great all rounder. Great in a massage blend and also scalp/hair treatments. In soaps it gives mildness, and imparts small stable bubbles to the lather.
Pure Essential Oils come from many parts of plants and trees - the leaves, flowers, bark, fruit, roots etc. They are used to heal, calm, stimulate and more. They are very potent, and only a little is needed to create gorgeous natural scents. Some people can be sensitive to some essential oils. For example pregnant women should avoid soaps with Lemongrass or Peppermint Essential oils in them. We only use very low amounts, under 0.8% in our skincare range, and soap of course washes off, whereas the precautions are for 'leave on skin' products with high amounts of essential oils used - but it's best to be on the safe side in our opinion :)
Skin Safe Fragrance Oils - Due to popular demand for exotic and complex blends, we offer our products scented in a divine selection of fragrance oils that have been created (and tested) to be 100% skin safe.
Pure Rose Water is a natural water formed in the process of making Rose Essential Oil. It's excellent as a facial toner, Rose is cool and soothing, good for sensitive, dry and mature skins.
Pure Lavender Water is a natural water formed in the process of making Rose Essential Oil. It's calming for the skin, and helps revitalise and replenish the face. Excellent for mildly blemished skin as well as normal, sensitive and dry skin.
Aloe Vera Gel is a powerful moisturiser, penetrating the skin and supplying moisture directly to the tissues. It is renowned for it's soothing and calming effect on burns. It helps improve skin tone and colour by increasing the blood flow to the area it's applied to.
Emulsifing Wax is derived from natural plant oils and is a thickening agent in creams, butters, lotions and conditioners, which creates a stable union between water and oils.
Preserving System - Because all of our products are made freshly in small batches to protect you from possible 'germies' forming we need to be assured that they are the safest they can be. For this reason we've chosen to use a proven skin safe, paraben free preservative called 'Optiphen Plus' in our creams and butters at very low quantities, less than 1%. Since most people don't keep creams in the fridge, or wash their hands first, before using these types of products, this increases the risk of bacteria forming. Products that contain so called 'Natural Preservatives' (such as Grapeseed & Citrus seed extract which have been lab tested and proven not to preserve at all) are not safe or stable, and are known in the natural cosmetic industry to 'go off' as little as two months after opening! So, we provide you with an economic, safely preserved product for up to 18 months because they will stay stable and fresh until the very last drop!