Why do we use pure essential oils and wild-crafted herbs in our products? It's simple: they are better. Because our skin is the largest organ of our body, and because it absorbs everything we put on it; it only makes sense to feed it well. Several of the herbs and oils that we use, you may have heard of before, but there are sure to be a few that you haven't. This page is dedicated to helping you understand why we go the extra step to create the best products that you could possibly put on your skin.
As the name implies, they carry the essential oil onto your skin. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils, though some, such as olive, have a mild distinctive smell. There are a range of different carrier oils, each with a various therapeutic properties.
Apricot Kernel Oil - Especially useful for oily complextions, Apricot Kernel oil is gentle enough for all skin types. This oil does not leave any heavy, greasy residues and is essential in skin re-hydration, making this a perfect choice for a base in any facial oil blend. Apricot Kernel oil is rich in GLA (gamma-linoleic-acid) which helps skin maintain moisture balance. Apricot Kernel oil has an SPF rating between 2-6.
Argon Oil - Recommended for oily skin, eczema and psoriasis. Because it's so high in vitamin E and phytosterols, this oil is also recommended for scars. Argan oil is commonly called "liquid gold" in Europe. The oil is obtained from the nut which looks like a cross between a walnut and an almond. it is rich in skin-replenishing components, including flavanoids, oleic acid, linoleic acid and fatty acids. This is not a "new" oil, it's been available for a very long time, but it's only now making its way to our part of the world.
Avocado Oil - Avocado oil nourishes and restores dry, dehydrated, and mature skin. This is a rich, heavy oil that is best blended with other carrier oils. Skin problems, especially eczema and psoriasis, respond to its high content of vitamins A and E. Avocado oil is added to carrier oils in a 10%-20% dilution as an aid to skin moisturizing. This is a highly therapeutic oil which is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, vitamins D and E, protein, pantothenic acid and fatty acids. Avocado oil has an SPF rating of 4.
Borage Seed Oil - Borage seed oil is clear and slightly thick with very little odor which is cold expeller pressed. It contains an abundance of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that the body uses to manufacture prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that balance and regulate cellular activity). It reduces the aging process of the skin and reverses damage from ultraviolet rays.
Carrot Seed Oil - Carrot seed oil is an essential oil with significant antioxidant, antiseptic and fragrant properties with high levels of vitamin A. When applied topically to the skin in the form of a diluted carrier oil, carrot seed oil also provides natural sun protection. Natural SPF of 38 - 40.
Castor Bean Oil - This oil, derived from the castor bean and obtained by cold pressure, is rich in fatty acids and very moisturizing and lubricating to the skin in general. It acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil for the skin promotes beautiful skin by protecting against free radical damage that causes ageing. Its also a great moisturizer especially for more mature ladies who suffer from dryness. Naturally occurring antioxidants work to protect your skin from free radical damage and aging, while the natural glycerin intensely moisturizes your skin leaving your skin revitalized and soft to the touch.
Evening Primrose Oil - Its healing action results from its high content of gamma linolenic acid (10% GLA), an essential fatty acid that is vital to cell and body functions and not produced by the body itself. This oil is extremely helpful in treating, menstrual and pre-menstrual problems, eczema and psoriasis, dry skin, useful in treating allergic skin problems.
Jojoba Oil - Jojoba is very similar in composition to human natural skin oils. It penetrates the skin rapidly to nourish it and also softens and moisturizes mature and dry skin. Jojoba helps to heal inflamed skin conditions such as psoriasis or any form of dermatitis, helps control acne and oily scalps. It is gentle enough for newborn babies; soothes and restores elasticity to any dry skin area. Jojoba is very good in cases of psoriasis, for massage and aromatherapy, scalp/hair care and for hands/cuticles. The oil of jojoba contains a natural plant chemical called myristic acid which provides some limited sun protection. Jojoba oil has a low SPF of 4
Neem Oil - Neem oil contains vitamin E and other essential amino acids. It is an excellent moisturizing oil that contains compounds with historical and scientific validity as medicinals. Neem has been proven to be effective on a wide range of serious skin disorders, like acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and scabies.
Olive Oil - Among the natural antioxidants to be found in olive oil, there are A and E vitamins, as well as some polyphenols, well known for their ability to postpone aging. By taking out free radicals, freed in the body, these special agents are guaranteed to prolong your life, as they contribute to cell repair. Olive oil also contains a natural moisturizer, called squalene. Sebum is what makes our skin too greasy, but squalene has the incredible ability of regulating its secretion.
Sweet Almond Oil - This oil has no scent and is a great nutrient for softening and conditioning the skin. It has been known to be especially suitable for eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin. Since it contains glucosides, vitamins and minerals, it makes a fabulous massage oil. Almond oil is an excellent emollient and moisturizer. As an emollient it nourishes and softens the skin helping to keep it smooth to the touch. Almond oil is similar in composition to the oil that babies excrete to keep their skin and hair healthy.