Organic Skincare Ingredients

Our products are packed with lovely organic skincare ingredients, but ingredients lists can be a bit confusing. So we’ve created a handy guide that tells you what each one is and what it does for your skin. Take a look!

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Allantoin

Comes from Comfrey Root and is the most active part of the herb. Allantoin is your skin’s best friend, promoting cell regeneration and helping sensitive types become more resilient. It soothes dryness, stops cracking, heals wounds and stimulates healthy tissue growth. An all-round superstar.

Aloe Vera

We know you’ve heard of this one. Aloe Vera is a top notch emollient – it soothes and calms the skin, so it’s particularly good for sunburn. It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties to kill any nasties.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

(Vaccinum myrtillus, Saccharum officinarum Acer sacharinum, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Citrus medica limonum)
They may sound serious, but Alpha Hydroxy Acids are full of fabulous botanical extracts including bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon. The acids work by breaking down the areas that hold dead skin on the surface, which removes dead cells and uncovers the fresh, smooth skin underneath. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are also really moisturising for even lovelier skin.

Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca)

Not only are apricots tasty to eat, they’re also great for skin. This oil is cold pressed from the kernel to soften and moisturise skin, and is good for sensitive types.

Argan oil (Argania spinosa)

Fast fact – Argan oil is extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree. Bet you didn’t know that! It’s rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2 and Vitamin E and in Omega 6 fatty acid, which means it breathes life into tired skin to keep it soft and supple.

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Bamboo grains

These tiny grains come from bamboo plants and are a natural way to exfoliate skin, sloughing off dead cells and revealing the beauty underneath.

Beeswax (Cera Alba)

We’re really proud of our beeswax – it’s natural, unrefined and comes from community projects in the African rainforest. And because it’s so good, the Soil Association has qualified it. Beeswax creates a protective barrier for the skin, which helps to retain moisture and keep it supple.

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

We source our Organic Calendula oil from a small supplier in the Welsh Borders, he’s been growing herbs organically for 25 years. It’s packed with good stuff – Calendulin, Carotene, waxes, Tannis, Phosphorous and Vitamins A and C, but all you need to know is Calendula is an excellent healer and helps maintain healthy skin.

Castor oil (Ricinus communis)

Our Castor oil is made from cold pressed Fair Trade organic seeds and comes from a community project in India. Castor oil is a brilliant cleanser – it draws dirt from the pores without drying the skin.

Carrot Seed oil (Daucus carrota)

A handy tool in the battle against wrinkles, this essential oil tones mature or dry skin to keep it soft and supple. It’s also great for eczema and skin rashes.

Cetyl Alcohol

Don’t let the name fool you cetyl Alcohol is made from Palm Kernel oil- fatty acid (Palmitic acid) and is used as a stabiliser to help give creams and lotions firmer consistency.

Chamomile oil Chamaemelum nobile

An old favourite, Chamomile oil is distilled from the flowers and is known for its calming and balancing effect on the body. Wonderful for angry skin conditions like dryness, eczema and psoriasis.

Clary Sage oil (Salvia sclarea)

Distilled from sage leaves, this oil stimulates blood circulation, regulates seborrhoea and is an excellent lymphatic cleanser. In English, that means it’s fab for keeping oily skin and spots at bay.

Clay

No, not the kind you made wonky pottery with in school. We use white French clay (very posh), which has natural minerals and enzymes that stimulate and tone the skin. Clay draws dirt and impurities from the skin, making it the ultimate ingredient in facemasks. It’s also suitable for all skin types, but especially the sensitive ones.

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)

From the Cocoa bean found on the Cocoa tree, Cocoa Butter nourishes, protects and softens the skin. It also smells amazing.

Cucumber extract (Cucumis Sativus)

Fresh, whole, organic cucumbers are put through a unique process qualified by the Soil Association to draw out the extract. This active ingredient is cooling and soothing on the skin and can help banish dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. It’s moisturising too – is there anything cucumber can’t do?

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Dead Sea Salts (Sodium Chloride)

From the bottom of the ocean come Dead Sea Salts – they’re rich in minerals and Magnesium, which can help those with psoriasis and acne as well as reduce inflammation and improve skin hydration (must be all that water).

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Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate)

Epsom Salts can be added to a hot bath to soothe and relax muscle pain, draw toxins from the body, calm the nervous system and reduce swelling and bruising. They are naturally moisturising and exfoliating and can help with itching and rough patches on the skin. And if that wasn’t enough, because the body’s Magnesium level increases when soaking with Epsom Salts, they can regulate your mood and increase feelings of wellbeing. A bathroom cabinet must-have.

Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers are used in creams and lotions to help water and oils mix together. We use a few different ones – Glyceryl Stearate, developed from palm kernel oil from sustainable sources, and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, derived from rape seed and palm oil also from sustainable sources. We also use Cetearyl Glucoside, which is derived from corn and coconut.

Evening Primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)

Cold pressed from the seeds of the pretty Evening Primrose flower, this oil is thin and dry, making it easily absorbed by the skin. It’s a clever little oil – because of its moisture-retaining effect, it prevents dryness and increases cells’ ability to absorb oxygen. Very handy for skin conditions like acne and eczema.

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Frankincense oil (Boswellia carteri)

This warm, comforting oil helps balance emotions and bring a sense of calm to even the most stressed mind. In skincare it rejuvenates mature skin by smoothing out wrinkles, hydrating dry patches and balancing oily bits.

Frankincense water (Boswellia carteri)

Frankincense water is distilled from resin and works as a natural skin toner. It’s mildly astringent and very hydrating with an uplifting fragrance to make you feel cheerful.

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Geranium oil (Pelargonium graveolens)

Feeling a little unbalanced? This wonderful oil will steady both mind and skin. It balances sebum and improves circulation to help congested skin and stimulates the lymphatic system to keep skin supple. It’s emotionally uplifting too – just what you need if you’re feeling out of sorts.

Geranium floral water (Pelargonium x asperum)

This light floral fragrance is distilled from the flowers. It’s a humectant, which means it attracts moistures to the skin, making it a fabulous toner and moisturiser. It also cools and calms angry skin.

Glycerine

Made from sustainable palm oil production in Venezuela, Glycerine holds moisture within the skin, keeping it healthy and hydrated.

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Honey moisturiser (Hydroxy- propyltrimomium honey)

It’s tasty on toast, but honey is good for skin too – its moisturising properties keep skin hydrated, soft and supple.

Hyaluronic acid (Sodium Hyaluronate)

It’s Hyaluronic acid that gives skin its volume and fullness. Aging can result in a loss of Hyaluronic acid, which can lead to a lack of volume in the skin, where wrinkles and folds can appear. Adding it back into the skin helps to smooth and soften those areas.

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Jasmine oil (Jasminum officinale)

This decadent, luxurious oil comes from Jasmine flowers. It hydrates, soothes and rejuvenates the skin and calms and relaxes the mind.

Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

This hardworking cold pressed oil protects the skin from water, wind, dirt, cold and all kinds of weather conditions. Jojoba is a liquid wax that forms a transparent, protective film on the skin to moisture and soften it. A firm favourite.

Juniper Berry oil (Juniperus communis)

Extracted from Juniper berries, this oil works to detox blocked pores and can help skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema. Juniper Berry oil is a natural diuretic, meaning it helps reduce water retention and can also help improve the appearance of cellulite.

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Lactic acid

Lactic acid is often used to help balance the Ph level in skincare products. It also has excellent moisturising properties.

Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender oil is distilled from Lavender flowers and is a good friend to the body and mind. It’s a natural antiseptic, balances oiliness, promotes cell growth and encourages natural healing for the body. For the mind, it calms, soothes and relaxes the emotions.

Lavender floral water (Lavandula angustifolia)

Our Lavender floral water is distilled from organic flowers. It’s a natural toner and cleanser as well as being hydrating and cooling on the skin.

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Macadamia Nut oil (Macadamia tetraphylla)

This ‘fatty’ oil is extremely nourishing for dry and mature skin. It protects against Mother Nature’s elements while softening and moisturising the skin.

Mullein oil (Verbascum Thapsus)

Mullein oil is made when leaves from the Mullein plant are soaked in organic Sunflower oil. This produces an oil high in vitamins and minerals that rehydrates and moisturises the skin. Mullein oil is also a natural wrinkle buster and can help skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

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Natural Moisture Retainer (Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol, Urea, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Oleth-20, Asparagus Officinalis Root Extract, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbitol)

This vegetable-based active ingredient holds moisture deep within the layers of the skin, keeping skin truly hydrated. Among other ingredients, Natural Moisture Retainer includes soya beans and asparagus extract.

Neroli oil (Citrus aurantium)

A skincare essential. Neroli oil is very delicate and works wonders for those of us over 35 as it tones skin and helps reduce wrinkles, as well as balancing oily areas. For the mind, it’s good for depression and insomnia, relieves stress and anxiety and is very calming.

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Palma Rosa oil (Cymbopogon martini)

This hydrating, naturally antiseptic oil is good for acne and problem skin as it regulates production of sebum, which can cause spots. It’s also calming and uplifting – a bit like its Latin namesake, the Martini!

Preservative (Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin)

All skincare products containing a blend of oil and water need a preservative system, otherwise the product would have a very short shelf life and be vulnerable to bacteria, which could be harmful to the skin. We use a low level of preservative, usually between 0.6% and 1%. It’s a modern, safe and effective way to preserve our products and is used throughout Europe.

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Red Raspberry Seed oil (Rubus idaeus)

Just like the fruit, Red Raspberry Seed is a real treat. It’s great for sensitive skin and is deeply nourishing, softening and conditioning. It forms a barrier to protect and moisturise the skin and can absorb UV rays. It’s packed with good stuff too – Vitamin A and E as well as Omega 3 and 6, which are all essential for maintaining healthy, supple skin.

Rosehip Seed oil (Rosa rubiginosa)

This luxurious oil is easily absorbed by the skin and contains a natural form of Vitamin A, making it soothing, moisturising and good for problem skin. It’s high in Omega 3 and 6, which are essential for skin regeneration, so can be used to repair skin damaged by sunlight and scars. And it can shrink large pores too – what more do you need?

Rosemary Co2 extract (Rosmarinus officinalis)

This is a new kid on the block – part of a new generation of natural antioxidants that are created with a special extraction process using Co2. Antioxidants are important in skincare as they increase the shelf life of oils and products.

Rosewater (Rosa X damascena)

Rosewater is produced using organic flowers and helps the skin retain moisture. It’s suitable for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin and is mildly astringent and very cooling.

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Safflower oil (Carthamus Tinctorius)

Known more commonly by its alias Thistle oil, Safflower oil is an excellent source of those essential fatty acids that keep skin supple. It’s particularly good for oily skins as it helps reduce pores and control sebum production.

Sea Buckthorn pulp Co2 extract (Hippophae rhamnoides)

It may sound a bit odd, but Sea Buckthorn is a skincare superstar. It helps with sunburn, promotes cell rejuvenation, has pain and stress relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and it’s high in antioxidants. It also gives products a lovely natural orange colour.

Sunflower Seed oil (Helianthus anuus)

We use organic Sunflower Seed oil which is high in Omega 6 and a natural source of Vitamin E. It’s easily absorbed and nourishes, moisturises and softens the skin. It can also be helpful for skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

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Vitamin A (Retinol palmitate)

Vitamin A nourishes the skin, calms inflammations and protects skin cells from damage caused by those naughty free radicals. It’s great for mature skin and helps protect against wrinkles.

Vitamin E oil (Tocopherol)

This natural source of Vitamin E is derived from Sunflower Seed oil and soya. It’s a classic antioxidant, Vitamin E protects the skin from free radicals and is also a wonderful skin healer and anti-wrinkle oil.