We use lots of wonderful ingredients in our products. Some of them might be familiar, others are just coming to the forefront and are a bit less known. All of them are sourced from suppliers that keep an eye on sustainability and the environment. There are also some things that we are able to supply ourselves, like beeswax, honey and various botanicals. Take tallow as an example...I started using beef tallow once I had some from some steers we raised. It made sense to use the tallow in soap, which resulted in my Farm line of soaps (no longer available).
Indigenous Berber women of Morocco's semi-desert Arganeraie, the only place in the world where the rare Argan tree grows, have been using Argan oil for their beauty regime for centuries. It naturally improves the elasticity of the skin and helps to prevent the occurrence of wrinkles and stretch marks. It soothes skin irritations and softens and reduces scars. This oil is certified organic and is responsibly harvested.
Arnica salve is a muscle workhorse. It is wonderful for sprains, strains and pulled ligaments or muscles! Arnica is known for its natural anti-inflammatory properties and it ability to reduce swelling.
Avocado oil is easily absorbed into deep tissue, and with its wonderfully emollient properties, makes it ideal for mature skins. It also helps to relieve the dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema. It is also said to help with skin regeneration.
Bentonite Clay is a highly absorbent clay that pulls oils and toxins from the skin.
Borage oil is extracted from the seeds of the borage plant and is a natural source of gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), an important OMEGA-6 fatty acid which is required for healthy skin cell membranes. Without sufficient GLA, cells can't retain enough moisture. This can result in dry skin and other chronic skin problems. Borage oil can provide both immediate and long-term relief for those who suffer from chronic dry skin and some forms of atopic dermatitis and eczema.
Calendula soothes inflamed tissue and reduces pain.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is one of the most rejuvenating and regenerating oils that can be used in skincare and helps to improve the complexion, as it helps to remove toxic build-up in the skin and eliminates excess water from the tissue.
Comfrey contains allantoin, a cell proliferant that helps speed up the natural healing process. use it for scrapes & small cuts. Deeper cuts & puncture wounds should not be treated with comfrey-it is so very healing that it could cause the surface of the wound to close over too quickley, possibley trapping infection inside.
French Green Clay
French green clay consists mostly of montmorillonite and is highly efficient at drawing oils and toxins from the skin. It is also rich in important minerals and phyto-nutrients and is the most commonly used therapeutic clay.
Fruit Extract Powders
Apple fruit extract powder contains alpha-hydroxy acid which refines and rejuvenates the skin. It also helps to maintain skin elasticity.
Banana fruit extract powder is rich in potassium and and Vitamin A. It is a very rich and moisturizing mask.
Custard apple is a relative of the cherimoya and the fruit extract powder contains alpha-hydroxy acid which refines and rejuvenates the skin. It also helps to maintain skin elasticity.
Fig fruit extract powder - Due to its high Vitamin A and vitamin C content Fig Extract is beneficial in reducing superficial surface skin cells – leaving the skin refreshed and renewed.
Guava fruit extract powder is revered for its anti-aging properties. This is because guava is very rich in Vitamin A, B and C, and it helps prevent oxidation of cells.
Mango fruit extract powder is extremely high in Vitamin A, C and Beta Carotine and is often used to prevent wrinkling and drying of skin and restore skin flexibility.
Papaya Fruit Extract Powder is excellent in stabilizing oily skin & working as an exfoliant on dry areas. Papaya also is often used for natural lift & rejuvenation of the skin. Papaya contains Vitamin A, a property that benefits skin repair through increasing the rate of new cell formation. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant with wonderful proteins for smoother, softer skin.
Pineapple fruit extract powder contain the fruit enzyme 'bromelain' which is effective in exfoliating dead cells on the surface of the skin.
Strawberry fruit extract powder is rich in polyphenols and Vitamin C, strawberry fruit extract provides protection for the skin and is a wonderful toner to reduce the appearance of pores.
Kaolin clay is one of the mildest clays available and it helps to stimulate circulation while cleansing and exfoliating.
Lavender can be applied to open wounds as a protection against infection and as a treatment once infection is evident. It also makes the balm smell wonderful!
Macadamia Nut Oil and Butter
Macadamia nut oil and butter has been long been valued by Hawaiians for its ability to protect, soothe, and condition the skin. It is the best plant source of palmitoleic acid (an Omega 7 fatty acid). The high content of palmitoleic and oleic acid (Omega 9 fatty acid) makes macadamia nut oil an effective antioxidant, as it protects the skin’s cell membranes from free radical damage.
This marine hydrolyzed collagen provides moisturizing benefits for both skin and hair by supplying it with polysaccharides, vitamins and essential sea minerals. It also aids in the healing and structuring of connective tissue.
Basil essential oil when added to a warm bath, can help relieve gout and arthritis, as well as muscular and menstrual pains.
Bergamot essential oil assists with stress, tension, SAD, PMS, skin problems, anxiety, and colds and flu. On the skin, Bergamot oil has antiseptic and astringent properties which makes it useful after shaving.
Bitter Orange essential oil is refreshing but sedative, and is a tonic for anxiety and depression.
Clary sage essential oil assists with muscle pains, anxiety, stress, nervous tension, insomnia, menstrual problems, and PMS.
Coriander essential oil can help assist the digestive system, ease rheumatism and arthritis pain and muscular spasm, while detoxifying the body.
Fir needle essential oil is used for pain associated with arthritis, muscular aches and rheumatism.
Frankincense essential oil is used to rejuvenate the skin and encourages the growth of skin cells while being a good all-over skin tonic. It is also effective in healing sores, carbuncles and wounds, while reducing ugly scaring and reducing skin inflammation. Frankincense soothes and calms the mind.
Geranium essential oil is an uplifting oil that has a great all-over balancing effect on the mind and also on the skin - where it helps to create balance between oily and dry skin.
German Chamomile essential Oil - on the skin, it is a miracle worker and calms red, dry and irritated skin, as well as calming allergies, eczema, psoriasis and all other flaky skin problems. It is also a great tissue regenerator.
Lavender essential oil soothes the spirit, relieves insomnia, and relieves muscular spasms. Lavender Absolute stimulates the growth of new skin cells and tones the skin.
Lime essential oil is valuable in assisting with poor or compromised circulation and to clear oily skin, while fighting problem and acne skin in general.
Neroli Essential Oil is not only very useful for all skin types, but helps in the treatment of broken veins and capillaries under the skin's surface, while at the same time stimulating cell activity and growth, which in turn leads to a clearer, more rejuvenated skin.
Petitgrain essential oil is useful with nervous problems, soothes aches and pains, and helps clear and tone the skin.
Rose Damascena absolute has excellent emollient and hydrating properties, which helps the skin to stay soft and properly moisturized and fight any dryness and dehydration. The stimulating action of it on the other hand is a boon for fighting aging and maintaining a soft, dewy and youthful complexion.
Sandalwood essential Oil - on the skin, Sandalwood oil is suitable for all skin types and is especially useful for chapped, dry, sensitive or inflamed skin.
Spearmint essential oil calms itching and has a stimulant action on the mind.
Sweet orange essential oil's gentle, clarifying nature cheers the heart and brightens the mood.
Tarragon essential oil can help with the digestive system and for menstrual pains.
Ylang Ylang essential oil - as a relaxation aid Ylang Ylang essential oil reduces stress and tension. On the skin, ylang-ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum.
Planell oil is made from olive oil and it helps replace elasticity and flexibility in dry and mature skin types.
Propolis is what the bees use to sterilize their hives and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Use propolis salve all over your body to help treat a variety of skin conditions. Try it for exzema, cold sores or athletes foot.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
This oil has a lot to offer skin. It has a high content of zinc, potassium, magnesium, omega 9, 6 and 3, and is packed with vitamins such as A, beta-carotene, B2, B3 in addition to a high content of essential fatty acids. It is also recommended for healing damaged skin and gently reviving dry and mature skin.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity. Rosehip seed oil also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which further promotes healthy skin.
Shea Butter and Shea Oil
This organic unrefined shea butter is from Ghana and is a beautiful ivory color and a very slight natural nutty smell. Shea penetrates deep into the skin rejuvenating damaged cells and restoring elasticity and tone. It provides the skin with all the essential elements it needs for good balance, elasticity and tone.
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheatgerm oil is very high in vitamins A, E, D and essential fatty acids. Because of its high vitamin E content, which is a natural antioxidant. It furthermore contains squalane (which is involved in the process of cell growth) which is a natural bactericide and has great healing properties. When Wheatgerm oil is applied topically to the skin it is said to help promote the formation of new cells, improve circulation, and is said to help repair sun damage to the skin. It is also used to help relieve the symptoms of dermatitis and its nourishing properties are most useful in dry sensitive skin.