Discover more about our handpicked, superfood ingredients.
The alcohol I use is obtained by fermenting corn: it helps eliminate the need for synthetic harmful preservatives; and it tones and it firms without drying out the skin, as it’s used in extremely small quantities.
Allantoin is an extract from the root of the comfrey plant. It helps to soften and protect the skin, and is a soothing, non-irritating ingredient, which has the ability to help heal the skin and stimulate cell regeneration and the growth of healthy tissue.
The health benefits of this green godsend and beauty ‘must-have’ seem endless. From clearing troubled skin, to boosting your immune system, to soothing menopausal flushes – Aloe Vera is a great addition to anyone’s daily health and beauty routine. Aloe Vera is packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. With anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it is a particularly potent skincare essential.
Pure and simple, this is purified water – essential for hydration.
Harsh environmental stressors such as wind and dryness cause healthy skin to prematurely age, leading to wrinkles, fine lines and a tired, lack-lustre complexion. The ravages of weather, dehydration and toxins in the air also weaken the skin’s ability to act as a barrier against the outside world. Scientists have long sought a solution to strengthen skin from such onslaughts… and the answer may be in the Alpine Rose. This highly resistant flower is one of the most typical and prominent alpine plants that flourishes high in the Swiss Alps and Pyrenees. It has unique resilience and regenerative abilities, allowing it to thrive in the extreme conditions of its high-altitude habitat, enduring freezing temperatures and dry air. It has developed impressive strategies to protect itself against dehydration and the attack of free radicals and pathogens. These stressors would quickly destroy the plant if it were not for its ‘resistance-charged’ stem cells, which are scientifically classed as totipotent – able to continuously regenerate cells throughout life, allowing these plants to live up to 100 years. Stem cells extracted from the Alpine Rose (Rhododendron Ferrugineum) were shown to have the same protective effect on human skin, as they did with the plants own flowers. Epidermal skin cells are responsible for skin cell replenishment, but as we age, epidermal cells take 50% longer to be replaced. One scientific study showed that epidermal stem cells’ ability to form colonies (a key measure of their vitality) increased by as much as 75% when penetrated with a 0.15% Alpine rose stem cell extract, indicating their potential for renewal. Skin penetrated with an extract of Alpine rose stem cells is better able to fend off environmental stress and stay more vibrant. This resistance-charged stem cell (PhytoCellTec™ Alp Rose) restores skin’s resilience, protecting skin against dehydration, oxidation and damaging free radicals.
This non-acidic molecule is made from Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Palmitic Acid (fatty acid). It is a preservative with antioxidant properties, and an effective collagen builder and free-radical scavenging ingredient – essential to healthy skin.
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is a derivative of vitamin C that can be used at higher concentrations than Vitamin C, without drawbacks. This mild skin treatment helps to block pigment production and increase cell turnover, leading to brilliantly brightening benefits – boosting radiance and reducing signs of ageing. This oil-format vitamin C formula is delivered in combination with vitamin F, known for its essential skin-plumping fatty acids.
The main use of Aspen Bark Extract in skincare is as a natural preservative. This is an excellent alternative to parabens, which protects my products from contamination. It’s natural Salicin content soothes the skin, while its conditioning properties help make skin smooth and soft to the touch. No chemical preservatives can claim they are actually beneficial to the skin, as well extending its shelf life naturally!
The ultimate ‘good’ fat: rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids and phytosterols. Softening, nourishing and regenerative, avocado oil is packed with anti-ageing properties, which provide your skin with a supercharged beauty boost revealing a more revitalised morning glow.
These flowers are pretty but you should not dismiss them as merely decorative – they have a host of health benefits! The extracts of methanol present in banana flower possess antioxidant properties, which perfectly manage free radicals that cause damages to the skin, it delays cell ageing, improves elasticity of the skin, and helps with the appearance of wrinkles. Banana Flower Oil Extract is particularly effective against skin alterations and the ageing process, due to its elevated contents of Vitamin E, which activates microcirculation in the skin. In addition, Vitamin E acts as a moisturising agent, anti-inflammatory, and protection against UV damage.
This fantastic ingredient also helps to support the bee population. In skincare, beeswax creates a thin, protective layer over the skin to help prevent loss of moisture and protect it from environmental assaults. Plus, unlike petroleum-derived waxes like paraffin, when formulated correctly, it won’t clog pores.
Benzyl Alcohol is a naturally occurring fragrance in essential oils that has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which means that it can be used as a preservative.
Benzyl Benzoate is a naturally occurring fragrance in Jasmine essential oil.
Made by fermenting plants. A moisturising and skin soothing ingredient, it works by binding water to the epidermis, and creating a moisture-binding film on the skin that gives the skin a soft, smooth feeling. In addition to providing long lasting hydration, it also functions as an anti-irritant.
Borage is a wildflower commonly called the starflower. It is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin but can also provide relief to people who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.
Blackcurrant seed oil is an effective moisturiser and is reputed to increase elasticity in the skin. Boasting optimal amounts of Gamma Linolenic Acid (omega 6) and Stearidonic Acid (omega 3) which are crucial for healthy skin, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory agent which clariﬁes and soothes stressed skin, and can be used to protect and nourish itchy and inflamed skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. Blackcurrant seed oil is also vitamin rich and high in antioxidants, which help to breathe new life into tired lack-lustre skin and slow premature ageing.
This gorgeous emollient oil is naturally hydrating. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E, Black Cherry Seed Oil keeps skin nourished and hydrated and it is especially beneficial for acne-prone or inflamed skin. The vitamins and nutrients contained within the fruit are known to play an important role in collagen synthesis and skin healing processes. The oil is abundant in Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and essential fatty acids that help to restore, replenish, nourish and hydrate the skin, whilst helping to defend it from UV stress.
Also known as English Marigold, Calendula has been used to heal injuries, relieve dry chapped skin, and reduce inflammation – in fact, people in ancient Rome also used it as a fever reducer. In modern day skincare the oil extracted from the flower petal is thought to have detoxifying properties and act as an antiseptic. Calendula treats a variety of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and sunburn. Even the most sensitive skin can benefit from its healing properties as it comforts and calms dry irritated skin.
Very high in omega 3 essential fatty acids, Camelina Seed Oil nourishes and improves skins elasticity whilst giving it a glossy luminescence.
Derived from coconuts, Caprylic Triglyceride creates a barrier on the skin’s surface which decreases the amount of moisture lost through the skin. It also works as a skin-conditioning agent. It has excellent antioxidant properties, which extend the natural shelf life of the products whilst making the consistency of them noticeably silky.
Packed with essential vitamins (A, B, C, and E) as well as Beta-carotene, Carrot Tissue oil improves circulation, repairs, rejuvenates, nourishes and tones, as well as defending the skin from free radical damage. Vitamin A (a natural source of retinol, but far less harsh than its chemical equivalent) helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Derived from plants, it works as an emollient, an emulsifier, and a thickener.
This gorgeous emollient oil is naturally hydrating. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E, Cherry Seed Oil keeps skin nourished and hydrated and it is especially beneficial for acne-prone or inflamed skin. The vitamins and nutrients contained within the fruit are known to play an important role in collagen synthesis and skin healing processes. The oil is abundant in Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and essential fatty acids that help to restore, replenish, nourish and hydrate the skin, whilst helping to defend it from UV stress.
Chia is one of the richest botanical sources of Omega 3 fatty acids found in nature and its seed oil is loaded with unusually high levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Chia is a powerful source of Alpha Lipoic Acid: a powerful antioxidant that helps to minimize fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, while encouraging healthy cellular function and increasing radiance. Also, chia seed oil is clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration, reduce trans-epidermal water loss and increase skin barrier function, in even the driest skin.
A fragrant, natural liquid, occurring in citrus essential oils.
A component of essential oil fragrance found in Geranium and Rose.
Clary Sage has a herbaceous, slightly sweet and warming aroma, which is renowned for calming the nerves and helping with depression. The oil also has a toning effect as it boosts the circulation.
Besides being a highly nutritious and delicious cooking oil, Coconut Oil contains properties that feed and moisturise the skin. The scientific community is finally catching up with what many have known for ages, coconut oil is truly good for you, both inside and outside.
This antioxidant-rich enzyme – found naturally in the body – is responsible for producing energy, neutralising free radicals and keeping skin cells healthy and young looking. CoQ10 levels significantly decrease with age (particularly over the age of 30) impeding the skins ability to produce collagen and elastin, causing skin to wrinkle and sag. Using CoQ10 topically, helps to keep skin in optimal health, improving firmness and elasticity, whilst protecting against oxidative damage and premature ageing.
These are fatty acids derived from Coconut Oil that help the skin to better absorb other ingredients.
This is a naturally occurring mineral found in the earth’s crust, which is used in skincare products as a pigment colourant to make skincare products white in colour and opaque. Titanium Dioxide is also an active ingredient used in sunscreens to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. In addition it’s an excellent skin luminiser – absorbing and reflecting light – which brightens even the dullest complexions.
This naturally occurring mineral is used to illuminate and brighten skin.
Crambe Seed Oil is abundant in Erucic Acid: a monosaturated omega-9 fatty acid, which helps to give a glossy shine to hair (just like silicone would), and shine and gloss to dull and lifeless skin, without making it greasy. This natural replacement to mineral oils and silicones, has an amazing ability to quickly penetrate the outer layers of the skin: improving the skins barrier function, whilst keeping skin deeply nourished and protecting it from dehydration. This oil also has a highly biodegradable profile, and as a result, has been used as a natural substitute for synthetic mineral oils.
Echium is a gift for dry, dehydrated and inflamed skin conditions. It’s the most potent plant source of Gamma Linolenic Acid, Stearidonic Acid – a powerful combination of omegas 3 and 6 – the building blocks of strong cell membranes, and a great source of protection against oxidative damage. Aside from maintaining healthy, clear skin, Echium improves the skins capacity to retain moisture and it is known as an exceptional wrinkle smoother. Because of these omegas, vegetarians take echium seed supplements to replace fish oils.
Eugenol is a naturally occurring fragrance, which occurs in fruits and spices.
For skin, Evening Primrose soothes dryness and nourishes skin with important fatty acids that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Evening primrose is a good source of Linoleic Acid, which is one of the essential fatty acids that we need for healthy looking skin. These good fats promote protection and help your skin look firm and tight. Evening primrose can also help calm the skin.
Farnesol is a natural substance – contained in some essential oils such as rose and orange blossom – reputed to smooth wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity. It helps to reduce skin ageing by promoting the regeneration of skin cells and increasing collagen synthesis.
Geraniol is a naturally occurring fragrance found in roses, lavender and geranium.
Balancing and uplifting, this sweet yet citrusy oil tones the skin, whilst it’s reviving effect helps to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Ginger has a warm, spicy, oriental aroma. It is reputed as being naturally calming and soothing – great for easing digestion, relieving nausea that can accompany pregnancy, and for travel sickness. Used topically, Ginger Essential Oil increases circulation, which helps to tone the skin.
A derivative of glucose, Gluconolactone is a natural preservative that also makes skin look younger and healthier. It has an amazing ability to reverse the effects of photo ageing, banishing free radicals, protecting the skin from environmental toxins and reducing sun damage. This clever ingredient improves the texture of the skin and increases elasticity and firmness.
Glycerin is an emollient derived from vegetables. It is considered a humectant – attracting moisture and drawing it beneath the skins surface – helping to prevent and combat dry skin by keeping it moist, and soft and supple to the touch. Glycerin also increases the thickness of the epidermal layer, improving skins barrier function by keeping harmful chemicals and environmental elements out and locking moisture in.
Derived from Glycerin and Caprilyc Acid and produced using only plant materials, Glyceryl Caprylate is used as part of our preservation system, due to its antimicrobial properties which guard against degradation. It is also an emollient that makes skin soft and smooth, as well as improving and maintaining the moisture balance and environment of the skin.
Grapefruit Peel Oil has a slight astringent effect, which keeps the skin clean and gives a refreshing feeling – making it ideal for oily skins. Its fresh fragrance has an energising, stimulating effect on the emotions, uplifting the spirit.
Green Mandarin Essential Oil has a tangy citrus aroma with fresh, sweet, green notes. It’s a gentle, uplifting and soothing oil, which nourishes and nurtures the skin, whilst helping to regenerate skin cells.
Whether or not you like to drink it, you’ll love what green tea does for your skin. Its polyphenols have antioxidant benefits two times more potent than Vitamin C and E, thus helping to repair and protect from future signs of ageing. It’s also known to be skin firming (due to its tannins content), anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
This olive oil derivative is known for its excellent moisturising and rejuvenating properties. It leaves a unique soft powdery feeling and creates a lasting satin effect on the skin, without the use of silicones.
Isomalt is a complex mixture of polysaccharides that improve skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water. It works as a humectant, drawing water vapour from the air, beneath the skins surface, consequently increasing skins ability to absorb and retain moisture – vital for skin repair and renewal, and in protecting the skin’s barrier function.
Made from renewable natural sources such as sugar and coconut, this is a great natural alternative to silicone. Isoamyl Cocoate dramatically improves the textures of creams, oils and butters that have been made with high amounts of vegetable oils, butters and waxes. It makes them feel light, silky, more elegant to the touch, less greasy, and easier to apply.
A skin conditioning emollient, Isoamyl Laurate is similar to Isoamyl Cocoate in that it’s naturally derived from sugar beets or coconuts, and it serves as a replacement for silicone – giving lotions and creams a silky, creamy texture.
Jasmine Essential Oil has an intoxicating, sweet, and floral fragrance. The oil also soothes, tones and improves skin’s elasticity.
Jojoba Seed Oil is referred to as an ‘oil’, but it is, in fact, a liquid wax… and that makes all the difference. Unlike other skincare oils, the wax structure of Jojoba Seed Oil is very similar to the natural oils in our skin, which means it not only moisturises, it absorbs faster than other oils, and it is suitable for all skin types. Aside from its moisturising properties, its benefits don’t end there, Jojoba Seed Oil is full of nutrients and antioxidants; it helps tame inflammation; reduce fine lines; control acne breakouts; soothe sunburn …and more.
Rich in phytonutrients, Korean Ginseng has incredible rejuvenating properties, it: stimulates the skin’s metabolism; rids the build up of pollutants and toxins; eliminates dead cell skin cells to reveal healthy new skin; and increases collagen production, which helps tone, ﬁrm and plump the skin from within to reveal a fresh, healthy and energised look.
Lactobacillus Ferment has a host of benefits such as reducing skin irritation by inhibiting harmful bacteria living within the microbiome of our skin. It’s a natural antimicrobial, which works by acidifying the environment to create a healthy ph balance and prevent the generation of harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Lactobacillus Ferment also helps to condition the skin – the fermentation process gives rise to new amino acids, organic acids and antioxidants, which help to hydrate and nourish the skin. In addition, the fermentation also helps the skin to absorb the product better. Normally, your skin cannot easily absorb the actives in natural ingredients. This is because the molecular size of the actives is too large. But through fermentation, microorganisms break down the molecules into smaller sizes, so that your skin can easily absorb the skin-benefitting ingredients. These benefits work synergistically with one another to help your skin become healthier overall.
Lactic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). AHAs are acids derived from sour milk, and when applied topically and regularly to your skin, help reduce the appearance of ageing. They can be an especially good remedy against fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing from sun damage.
Reputed for its calming and relaxing fragrance, which can promote restful sleep, Lavender is also mildly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It can help skin to heal, soothing, softening, rejuvenating and conditioning the skin.
Derived from soya beans, Lecithin is an emollient used to emulsify and stabilise our formulations. It is also a softening and soothing agent with powerful moisturising properties that help to keep the skin hydrated, making it an excellent for mature, dry, or overworked stressed skin. It also has the unique ability to deeply penetrate the skin, and carry substances directly to the cells and the bloodstream.
Levulinic Acid is a corn extract that helps to prevent microbial build-up in skincare. It’s added to creams, lotions, and other beauty products to prevent them from ‘going off’. It also helps to condition and tone the skin, which is why it’s such a popular ingredient.
Limonene is an oil nutrient called a terpene – a primary element present in essential oils of many types of medicinal plants and flowers, which provides them with natural protection from bacteria and fungus, insects and other environmental stresses. This amazing natural compound found in lemon and orange peels, has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene found in many flowers and spices including lavender and coriander. It gives off a complex yet delicate floral aroma, and while its effects are myriad, it is in particular one of the substances used most widely to reduce stress.
Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide and carbohydrate derived from oats, which helps bind ingredients together. It also increases the anti-ageing properties of other ingredients when used in combination with them.
Helpful in reducing acne and diminishing the appearance of scars and age spots, Mandarin Essential Oil also balances oily skin and brightens the complexion. It’s also helpful in alleviating insomnia.
Aside from having a wonderfully refreshing and uplifting scent, May Chang Essential Oil is a mild astringent, which helps balance oily and combination skin types.
Mica is a natural mineral used in cosmetics for its shimmering appearance. It reflects light and creates the illusion of a smoother, softer and more radiant skin tone.
It’s full name ‘MethylSulfonylMethane’ may sound like a chemical, but it’s actually a naturally occurring sulphur found in all plants. Also known as the ‘beauty mineral’ – due to its ability to enhance collagen production and restore the foundation of healthy skin – it helps in keeping the skin smooth and youthful, and hair glossy and lustrous. MSM is a natural anti-inflammatory which clariﬁes and soothes stressed skin, and it improves the absorption of other active ingredients making them more available to skin tissues.
A little-known but highly effective antioxidant, oat beta glucans protect the skin against everyday environmental aggressors by demolishing invading pathogens, which are the main causes of stressed out skin. They lock in moisture, soothing and healing, and have the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to plump out wrinkles.
Over the last decade, everyone has been harping on about the beauty benefits of olive oil, but the truth is, this kitchen staple has been used on the body since ancient times, because it leaves skin feeling smooth and silky soft (thank you, Cleopatra). Often known as liquid gold, Olive Oil is superb for hair, skin, and nails. It contains three major antioxidants – Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols – which help protect the skin from premature ageing; and it’s a natural source of hydrating squalene – about 10% of our skin surface (skin lipids) is made of squalene, which plays a crucial role in skins moisture regulation. Unlike some moisturisers, olive oil doesn’t clog pores, and it penetrates deeply into the skin whilst providing a cleansing effect. It’s nourishing, softening and protecting properties are well known, but it is also an anti-inflammatory, making it extremely valuable for use in oil blends that treat skin irritations, damaged skin, and itchiness.
Derived from coconuts, Palmitic Acid is an emollient, which moisturises and softens the skin by creating an oily water-retaining barrier, which reduces the loss of moisture through the skin. This helps with dry skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema, keeping skin hydrated, smooth and supple.
Panthenol promotes wound healing: it helps to restore damaged skin; reduces itching and inflammation; and it improves skin hydration by reduces trans-epidermal water loss.
The declaration ‘Parfum’ actually equates to a blend of various natural essential oils, which make up this Rose Parfum.
This cutting-edge botanical ingredient keeps skin looking as healthy as possible for as long as possible, by feeding the skin with antioxidants that equip it to fight against the daily damage of free radicals. It is made from tung (China wood) and rapeseed oils, and works by forming a long-lasting invisible shield on the skin, delivering superior protection from damage caused by pollutants and environmental aggressors.
Phytic Acid is a natural plant antioxidant found primarily in bran, cereal seeds and fruit seeds. For years Phytic Acid has been used as an antioxidant in the food industry, but in the skin care industry, it is most often used as a skin lighting agent ¬– it works by blocking the entrance of iron and copper in the formation of melanin.
This effective emulsifier (helps blend water and oil together) is derived from vegetables. It is exceptionally mild and gentle on the skin, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin types. Research shows that it also helps to enhance the absorption of other skincare ingredients.
This incredible botanical extract is a ‘super juice’ for the skin, promoting firmer, smoother and more radiant, even-toned skin. It contains Punicic Acid (omega 5) proven to aid in the regeneration of skin cells – and if you suffer from acne or rosacea, it’s extremely calming. Packed with powerful antioxidants, it provides the skin vital defences from harmful UVA and UVB rays during the day, and it works hard to repair any DNA damage overnight.
Potassium Sorbate is a mild natural preservative (and an alternative to harmful parabens), which prevents the growth of microorganisms to protect products from spoiling. Derived from Sorbic Acid – which is naturally found in the berries of the mountain ash tree – Potassium Sorbate is effective against fungi, mould and yeast.
It is little wonder that this is one of the most highly prized and expensive plant oils available. An incredible source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids – boasting 61% Linoleic Acid (omega 6) and 25% Oleic Acid (omega 9) – Prickly Pear protects against free radicals, and is an exceptional moisturiser with incredible hydrating and restorative properties, keeping skin supple, velvety soft and soothed, whilst leaving skin with a natural luminescence.
Whether or not you like the pungent taste of the radish, these root veggies have amazing multi-tasking skin benefits. Their natural red colour indicates that they are packed with antioxidants, just like any dark-coloured fruit or vegetable. Additionally, they have unique toning and detoxifying properties. Radish Root Ferment is packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as many essential cell-building minerals, such as zinc, iron, and calcium. The vitamins act as antioxidants, fending off harmful free radicals caused by too much sun exposure. They are also helpful in the creation of new cells and in reducing inflammation. Radish Root Ferment is also a natural antibacterial agent, which protects the skin from bacteria that can cause acne, increased oil production, and skin blemishes. It has natural detoxifying properties, which help to draw out the impurities in the skin that cause discolorations and reduce the appearance of imperfections, blemishes and age spots. Our next generation of skincare takes this unique ingredient to a whole new level. Once the Radish Root Extract is fermented (just like they do with Kimchi – fermented cabbage) it also becomes a natural preservative.
This fragrant free oil is a great source of healthy fats – omega’s 3 and 6 fatty acids, and Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) – which our bodies don’t produce naturally. Rapeseed Oil is abundant in vitamin E, which works as an antioxidant neutralising free radicals, whilst it’s emollient properties moisturise and prevent dry, itchy skin. Overall this nourishing oil helps with regenerating, restructuring, replenishing and rejuvenating the skin, keeping it smooth and healthy.
Raspberries are full of sweet, skin-loving surprises. This potent antioxidant is exceptionally high in vitamin E and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), which help to protect, revitalise and condition the skin. Boasting an Impressive 84% content of EFA’s, red raspberry seed extract optimises the skins vital defences, increasing its capacity to resist damage caused by harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sensitive skins can also rejoice, as it provides a lipid barrier of protection and moisture.
Reap the benefits from the healing and rejuvenating power of antioxidant-rich seaweed. The intelligent gene set of this sea moss has learnt how to cope with environmental stress, by developing an advanced anti-pollution matrix to mitigate the effects of accumulating toxins. Packed with essential vitamins (A, B, C, D and K) for healthy looking skin, Red Sea Algae is a powerful antioxidant, which optimises the skins defences increasing its capacity to resist damage caused by environmental toxins. It neutralises free radicals; clariﬁes and soothes stressed skin; and locks in moisture to keep it profoundly hydrated, diminishing the look of fatigue.
Reishi mushroom extract is abundant in polysaccharides, which are vital for skin repair and cell regeneration; and aid skins natural ability to retain water, providing superior hydration for plump, youthful looking skin. It also helps to reduce skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage.
Rose Essential Oil has a calming, uplifting, aroma that enhances wellbeing. It also helps rejuvenate skin cells and reduce the look of fine lines, whilst repairing damage from environmental stressors.
Rosehip oil is an excellent natural source of Retinoic Acid (far less harsh to the skin than its chemical equivalent, Retinol), which is why it is known as the best anti-wrinkle oil to date. It is amongst the best vegetable oil sources of omega 3, and a good source of omega 6 (both essential fatty acids collectively known as vitamin F), which we need for cellular membrane and tissue regeneration. Superior for sensitive skin types, and for healing scars and skin damage caused by UV and other environmental skin stressors, Rosehip oil is both nourishing and soothing, and it improves skin elasticity for a more youthful appearance.
A must-use for busy lifestyles, this natural antioxidant provides incredible protection against oxidative damage, UV stress and glycation (caused by too much sugar intake), reducing the accumulation of skin damage over time, for healthier looking skin.
Sclerotium Gum is a gel-like thickening and stabilizing agent used in cosmetics and beauty products. It is a polysaccharide – produced through a fermentation process (basically fermented sugar) – which has natural skin soothing and smoothing properties.
Shea Nut Butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree. This nutrient rich, skin superfood is an amazing skin-conditioning agent with amazing healing and hydrating properties. It is extremely moisturising giving skin a lovely healthy glow; and it’s high in vitamins A, E and F, and Stearic and Oleic Acids (essential fatty acids) which help cell regeneration and boost collagen production. Shea Nut Butter also provides some UV protection (SPF 6)
Kojic acid (a natural Hydroquinone substitute) present in Shiitake mushrooms, brightens the skin and reduces the appearance of imperfections, age spots and scars, keeping your skin youthful and radiant looking. Packed with antioxidant properties, Shiitake mushroom extract works as a natural anti-inflammatory which clariﬁes and soothes stressed skin.
Derived from fennel, Sodium Anisate is used as part of our preservation system, due to its antimicrobial properties, which guard against product degradation. The name ‘Anisate’ looks a lot like ‘Anis’, and anyone who’s tried fennel knows that it has a mild aniseed-like flavour.
Sodium Benzoate is a salt of Benzoic Acid, which is found naturally in cranberries, prunes, plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves and apples. It naturally inhibits the growth of fungus, yeast and bacteria in skincare and food, and it is used as a preservative in our products.
Sodium Hyaluronate has been used for moisturisation and wound healing since its discovery in the 1930s. It is the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid, which is found naturally in the dermis of our skin, the fluid that bathes our joints, and in the vitreous humor of our eyes. Sodium Hyaluronate is a water-binding ingredient with a unique ability to attract water and adjust skins moisture absorption levels, based on the relative humidity in the air. This ‘smart nutrient’ is comprised of small molecules, which can hold up to 1000 times their own weight in water. When applied topically Sodium Hyaluronate penetrates deep in to the dermis, separating and hydrating the skins connective fibers (collagen and elastin) and filling the spaces between to create a plumping effect, whilst boosting skins elasticity. Not surprisingly, Sodium Hyaluronate has become popular with manufacturers of cosmetics and anti-ageing skincare products.
Naturally occurring in corn, this gentle ingredient improves the natural acidic environment of the skin and it also assists with hydration.
Derived from olives, Squalene plays a crucial role in skins moisture regulation. Used in skincare products, it helps other ingredients absorb more effectively into the skin, whilst providing natural-feeling hydration. It has emollient characteristics, lightly coating the surface of the skin without leaving a greasy residue, softening and smoothing without irritation.
Sucrose Cocoate is a sucrose ester naturally found in the fatty acids of coconuts. It is a hydrophilic emollient, which means that it absorbs water and helps to balance and maintain skins moisture levels.
Extracted from sunflower seeds, the oil is commonly used in cooking and it is also used as an emollient in cosmetic products. It can alleviate a number of skin conditions including dryness, acne, sun damage, and premature ageing. Its efficacy comes from a compound called beta-carotene, which is commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Sunflower oil contains compounds that protect collagen and elastin (the skin’s connective tissues), giving a more youthful appearance. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants that help in eliminating free radicals and toxins, responsible for certain skin issues resulting from cell damage.
Sweet Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals – which explains why it’s so good for our heart, our skin and our hair.
Swiss Apple Stem Cell (PhytoCellTec™ Mallus) is extracted from the rare Uttwiler Spätlauber apple, which is rich in phytonutrients, proteins and long-living cells, and has the incredible ability to stay fresh for prolonged periods after it is picked. Thanks to a novel technology (developed for the cultivation of rare and endangered species like the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple), stem cells can now be extracted from the apple and incorporated into skincare products. This revolutionary ingredient is currently one of the most pioneering and exciting ingredients in skincare. Not only does it protect the skin’s own stem cells, but it has been shown to have excellent age-delaying and anti-wrinkle properties: delaying the biological signs of ageing by boosting cellular regeneration; enhancing the longevity and vitality of skin cells; and decreasing the look of fine lines and wrinkles… restoring skins youthful appearance.
Tocopherol is a form of Vitamin E derived from vegetable oils. This antioxidant superhero is a naturally effective multi-tasker, which provides incredible protection. In fact, Tocopherol’s make up 96% of your skin’s natural antioxidant defence system. Its antioxidant properties not only protect your skin, it also protects the products that its in, by acting as a preservative. It absorbs UV rays and it helps to reduce UV induced, as well as pollution-related, free radical damage to skin. Tocopherol also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in skin, with preliminary evidence showing that it can help prevent scarring and reduce the signs of ageing. Studies are underway to learn more about the many ways Tocopherol and other forms of vitamin E can benefit the skin and our overall health.
As a known antioxidant, anti-ageing agent, moisturiser, anti-inflammatory, with enhanced SPF properties, Tocopherol Acetate is valued both as a dietary supplement and a skincare active. Tocopheryl Acetate reduces the formation of free radicals from exposure to UV rays, and promotes the healing process. It also strengthens the skin’s barrier function, protects the skin barrier’s lipid balance, and reduces trans-epidermal water loss.
Tonka Bean Ferment is both a powerful antioxidant and an optical skin brightener. The isolated polyphenols found in this clever active absorb UV light, blurring the appearance of uneven skin tone and imperfections, softening fine lines and wrinkles, and creating a healthier looking, luminous and radiant complexion. Polyphenols also provide antioxidant protection from extrinsic damage.
This pioneering anti-ageing ingredient encourages new ‘skin firming’ collagen production. It stimulates dermal microcirculation, which creates a healthy glow and locks in moisture to keep skin hydrated for longer, resulting in uniformity of skin tone and enhanced radiance. It also promotes the elimination of toxins and increases the skins resistance, which reduces skin irritations and sensitivities.
Vegetable Oils contain phytochemicals and nutrients that help moisturise, protect and strengthen your skin. It has a natural affinity with the skin and anti-inflammatory properties, which soothe, calm and heal, helping to keep skin balanced.
White Poppy Seed oil is high in omega-rich Linoleic Acid, which revitalises skin cell health, improving softness, firmness and elasticity. These omega 6 essential fatty acids are essential protection from free radicals, defending young skin from damage, whilst equally slowing down the ageing process of more mature skin.
Wu Zhu Wu Extract is a natural active extracted from the Evodia Rutaecarpa fruit, which quickly illuminates and brightens dull skin. This Chinese fruit extract stimulates the extracellular release of nitric oxide in the blood, dilating the blood vessels and improving microcirculation, resulting in a healthier looking and more radiant complexion.
Witch Hazel removes excess oil and impurities from skin, and then it nourishes it with healthy moisturising properties that prevent the skin from drying out. Although Witch Hazel does remove oils from your skin, it won’t dry it out like most astringents. When you use Witch Hazel right after a shower, it works to seal in moisture, which is wonderful in the winter months, particularly if you tend to have dry skin.
Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide produced by fermenting corn sugar with a specific bacterium named Xanthomonas Campestris. It has hydrating properties, which moisturise and condition the skin, whilst also working as a product stabiliser.