Key Ingredients

Sometimes it's tricky to understand which ingredients make up your favourite skincare products. Rather than listing ingredients in plain English, skincare creators have to use the terms dictated by the INCI and they can also hide certain elements of the product behind the term "fragrance" or "parfum". We prefer our skincare to be simple and straightforward, made with entirely natural ingredients that are clearly listed on the side of products. Here are some of the wonderful natural remedies we work with...

Dead Sea Salts

Bath Salts / Body Scrub
Waters taken from the Dead Sea are unique because they contain a much wider variety of salts compared to normal sea water. Salts sourced from the Dead Sea include magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. Various medical studies have provided evidence that Dead Sea Salts can soothe ailments associated with joint pain like osteoarthritis and tendonitis and skin conditions like psoriasis.

Coconut Oil

Body Scrub / Liquid Soap / Soap Block
Coconut oil is the flesh of matured coconuts. It is widely used in cooking but has some excellent skincare benefits too. Coconut oil has a low molecular weight and melting point so it can penetrate the skin easily. According to fans, coconut oil has amazing moisturising, oily-skin-balancing, deep-cleansing super skills. Here are some of the things we use it for: removing make-up, deep conditioning hair, soothing dry areas of skin.

Himalayan Pink Salts

Bath Salts
Himalayan Salts are mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan and the lovely pink colour comes from its mineral content. The salt contains a huge range of minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The beautiful grains make the perfect natural bath salt – and because they are millions of years old they are much purer than salts found in the sea.

Beeswax

Lip Balm / Skin Balm
As the name suggests, beeswax is produced by honey bees and collected from hives. It is a wonderful base ingredient in a natural moisturiser because it is an emulsifier so it blends ingredients together. It is also lovely, smooth and thick, which makes it a pleasure to smooth over your skin – especially dry areas.

Shea Butter

Soap Block
Shea Butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. The presence of fatty acids in the butter makes the the ingredient moisturising and nourishing – so it is good at soothing dry skin and protecting skin’s natural oils. The butter can be used as a base ingredient in a range of beauty products – including moisturisers, deodorants, hair products, lip balms, makeup and aftersun.

Jojoba Oil

Body Oil / Body Scrub / Liquid Soap / Skin Balm
Unsurprisingly, jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant. Officially, it is a wax, but it has a very low melting point so is usually liquid in form. It is commonly used as a natural moisturiser in products because it contains some properties that are similar to the natural conditioner produced by skin, sebum.

Cocoa Butter

Lip Balm
Extracted from the cocoa bean, cocoa butter is a vegetable fat and it is commonly used in chocolate. Unsurprisingly then, it is edible, which is why we use it in our Lip Balm. Its melting point is just below human body temperature so when massaged into the skin it sinks in nicely.

Calendula

Lip Balm / Skin Balm
Calendula is a beautiful yellow plant. However, it’s not just a pretty flower, calendula is also commonly used in skincare thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Medical research conducted into calendula’s ability to repair skin found it stimulates angiogenesis (the production of blood vessels) and fibroplasia (the formation of tissues when healing a wound).

Rose Geranium

Soap Block / Bath Salts / Body Oil / Skin Balm / Lip Balm / Candle
Rose Geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Pelargonium Graveolens; the older the leaf, the stronger the rose aroma. The plant is native to the Cape Provinces and the Northern Provinces of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Patchouli

Soap Block / Bath Salts / Body Oil / Skin Balm / Lip Balm / Candle
Patchouli is often associated with the 1960s when it became the chosen fragrance of the hippy movement. It carries an earthy and rich scent that works well as a beautiful base note. It is a bushy herb of the mint family, native to Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

Lavender

Soap Block / Bath Salts / Body Oil / Skin Balm / Lip Balm / Candle
Lavender’s floral notes have long been used in natural relaxation remedies, which is why we use it in bath salts. The University of Maryland Medical Centre suggests that lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system and improve sleep quality. Lavender is part of the mint family and is grown all over the world, including in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Lemongrass

Liquid Soap / Body Scrub / Soap Block / Candle
Commonly used in Thai cooking, lemongrass is a herb that belongs to the grass family of Poaceae. As its name suggests, the essential oil’s scent strongly resembles that of lemons, which makes it a popular scent in natural skincare remedies and soy wax candles.

Peppermint

Liquid Soap / Soap Block / Body Scrub / Lip Balm
Native to Europe, Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It's sharp aroma makes it a popular scent in toothpaste, chewing gum, tea and skincare. Peppermint contains menthol, which has local anaesthetic properties.

Eucalyptus

Liquid Soap / Soap Block / Body Scrub
There are hundreds of species of eucalyptus and most are native to Australia. The essential oil extracted from the leaves contains compounds that are natural disinfectants. It is one of the main ingredients in VICKS decongestants to soothe coughs and open airways.

Soy Wax

Candle
Soy wax is a natural alternative to paraffin wax – the wax that is commonly used in scented candles. Paraffin wax is a petroleum waste product, and when burned it can release a range of chemical compounds, some of which are carcinogenic. For example, paraffin wax is known to release acetaldehyde, which is also found in tobacco smoke. Not wanting to fill our family home with unhealthy fumes, we decided to use soy wax as the base for our candles instead.

Cotton Wicks

Candle
All of our candles hold a cotton wick at their core. The majority of candles contain metal-based wicks, usually made out of tin or zinc but in some cases lead. The Environmental Protection Agency’s study into fragranced candles found that: “candles with lead wicks have the potential to generate indoor airborne lead concentrations of health concern.” We didn’t want to risk that, so we opted for cotton.


Ingredients we never use

We absolutely, never ever use...

  • Parabens - preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus, but have often been connected with the increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) - found in the majority of skincare products and is known to irritate skin, lungs and eyes. Plus, when mixed with other ingredients it also has the potential to become a carciogen.
  • Formaldehyde - another bacteria preventer that is a carciogen and skin irritant.
  • "Fragrance" - a term that often appears on skincare bottles but often disguises a bunch of chemical ingredients.

And, all these ingredients listed on the Safe Cosmetics website: http://bit.ly/2oIqdEh

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