Sweet Almond oil is one of the most used carrier oils in aromatherapy massage, and this is understandable since it has a fine texture, is easily absorbed, and helps to leave the skin soft and satiny smooth yet it is non-greasy and easily absorbed. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. An ideal basic carrier oil, nourishing and protecting to the skin. Calms skin irritation. Can be used on its own or with other carrier oils. Good keeping qualities as it contains vitamin E.
Lemon Seed Oil claims to be beneficial to the circulatory system, as well as aiding with blood flow and reducing blood pressure. The Lemon Seed Oil is rich in vitamins and minerals allowing it to provide great moisture retention abilities. This makes it ideal for treating irritated skin and dry damaged hair.
Used mainly for hair conditions such as dry, brittle, damaged hair or hair loss. Also used as a liver compress to help cleanse the liver. This is a very thick oil with a prominent odour. High in ricinoleic acid with a high viscosity, this oil acts as a humectant by attracting and holding moisture to the skin.
Jojoba oil helps promote healing of the skin in many ways. It has antimicrobial properties, which means it actually discourages the growth of some bacterial and fungal microbes that attack the skin. In addition, the chemical composition of jojoba closely resembles that of the skin’s natural sebum, so it is easily absorbed and rarely causes allergic reactions, even in the most sensitive individuals.
Watermelon Seed oil is a very light yet is a very nourishing , super-absorbant oil, rich in omega 6 & 9 EFA , excellent for baby skin care & face oils as easily absorbed and leaving no residue.
Cucumber (seed) oil contains high amounts of Linoleic or Omega 6 fatty acid together with notable amounts of Oleic and Palmitic fatty acids.
Cucumber Seed Oil can combat a wide variety of skin issues including dry skin, eczema, acne (including spots and blackheads), sunburn and dermatitis. The phytosterols restore just the right balance of moisture into our skin, so that dried-out skin is well nourished, but not greasy, whilst keeping it strong.
Avocado oil is usually categorised as a vegetable oil, despite the fact that, it is actually a fruit. The oil extracted from this fruit is of immense use in Aromatherapy for giving relaxing massages. Texture wise, the oil is a bit heavy and lends a waxy fatty feel to the skin. It penetrates deeply into the skin. It is a rich source of vitamin A and D that are very vital for the human body. It also has a high content of lecithin and potassium.
Derived from the seeds of the Citrus aurantium dulcis fruit, orange seed oil can be used in cosmetics and other personal care items. These oranges grow in parts of South America and Africa, and rather than cultivated sweet oranges just for their seeds, orange seed oil manufacturers often use oranges that would normally be discarded.
Apricot butter comes from the kernel of the pits of apricots (Prunus armeniaca). This butter is soft and has great spread-ability. It is very emollient and helps to keep the skin soft and supple, reducing roughness and cracking.
Cranberry seed oil is rich in tocotrienols and tocopherols which are the two groups of molecules that make up Vitamin E as well as other important antioxidants. Studies have found that this oil contains the highest amount of tocotrienols than that found in any other vegetable oil. Omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids, not found in any other oil, are also unique to cranberry seed oil. It is rich in Vitamin A and penetrates the skin easily, so it is highly nourishing and moisturising
Extraordinarily high in Omega-3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, Rasperry Seed oil is a superb anti-oxidant. It contains 83% essential fatty acids. Much research is available online showing the healthcare benefits of internal use of Raspberry Seed oil. Its high level of Vitamin E is known to be give it an important role in skin repair and conditioning.
Lime seed oil, pressed from the seed, is a unique emollient which contains natural waxes and rich fatty acids which provide moisturisation to the skin and enhance skin protection through improved barrier function.
Known for its skincare properties, calendula is regenerative and anti-inflamatory. Good for treating damaged and chapped skin. It is considered to be an excellent remedy for all kinds of skin damage, such as wounds, scars, burns, scalds, abrasions, infections, various inflammations and other injuries. The powerful action of Calendula oil lies in improving the blood flow to the inflicted area and in further tissue regeneration. This product is in a 1:4 ratio in Sunflower Oil.
Grapeseed oil is the oil that's extracted from grape seeds. - It's non-comedogenic which is just a fancy word for "it doesn't clog pores". - It is known to treat acne, tighten skin, help diminish dark circles around the eyes, moisturize, reduce scars, restore collagen and fight aging.
Vitamin E oil is a great addition to skin-care products for many reasons - a significant one being its ability to act as a natural preservative by preventing oxidation. With its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E benefits the skin by neutralising the oxidant effects of free radicals, and the general damage - wrinkles, fine lines and dryness - that free radicals can cause.
Rich butter obtained from the flesh of the avocado. Great in body butters and as an aid to massage. Can also be used as a skin moisturiser for after sun care and makes a good addition to creams, lotions and soaps. The butter does contain a small amount of shea butter to improve the texture of the ingredient.
Mango Butter is commonly used as a base ingredient in body care formulas, skin care products and soaps. It is an emollient with healing and regenerative properties and is a good source of essential fatty acids. Highly moisturising, useful in many skin care formulations and a great source of essential fatty acids.
Derived from Karite trees in Africa, Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturiser due to the high content of fatty acids which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity. The high fatty content also makes it a fantastic addition to soaps and other cosmetic products. High in antioxidants, shea helps fight free radicals which cause early signs of aging and skin stress. Shea is great for dry skin and has been noted to help dry skin conditions.
Coconut Milk Powder due to it's high fat content, almost 65%, is a good alternative for other Milk Powders in bath and body recipes. It has a delicate coconut fragrance and a really creamy consistency.
Flower petals of the calendula (marigold) plant
The flower petals of the calendula plant, or marigold, have been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. Researchers are not sure what active ingredients in calendula are responsible for its healing properties, but it appears to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial effects.
With its fatty and acidic nature, aged buttermilk works as a moisturizer and as an exfoliant. ... For face: The lactic acid in buttermilk makes for a great exfoliant.
Goat's milk has a similar pH level to that of human skin, which means that using goat's milk can help balance skin's microbiome. In addition, goat's milk is so gentle that it helps to calm troubled skin, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
Pink (rose) cosmetic kaolin clay is gentle, making it suitable for sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin whilst gently exfoliating and cleansing it. This clay does not draw oils from the skin, therefore is suitable for dry skin types. This clay has a softening and toning effect on the skin, making it ideal for all skin types and in particular, for mature skin.
Bentonite Clay (also known as Montmorillonite) is a clay from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments, and contains over 70 trace Minerals.
This Clay is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays.
Growing in popularity on the table as well as in skin care products, Sea salt can be found in a vast amount of products. Taking sea salt from oceans or saline lakes and allowing the sea water to evaporate leaves natural salts behind. It is a natural detoxifier as the salt absorbs toxins from the skin. Other benefits include increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without a greasy feel and since sea salt doesn't go through such a gruelling process as table salt, sea minerals remain.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant which offers many benefits and is suited for all skin types, especially dry, damaged, broken, sensitive and irritated skin. It offers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, humectant and soothing, anti-itch qualities for skin. Aloe vera powder is suitable for products to which aloe vera gel is not suitable.
Grown in the sea, Bladderwrack seaweed is also known as Fucus Vesiculosis. It accumulates various minerals and nutrients not readily found in earth grown plants. Cosmetic products may contain bladderwrack extract due to the effect it has on human skin. Many people have reported noticeable improvements to their skin and some companies even claim that regular use of bladderwrack can help tighten skin and reduce appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Kelp (also knows as Ascophyllum nodosum) contains approximately 30 minerals and also contains vitamins C, E, D, K, and B complex. The highest concentrations of these vitamins and minerals are found in the tissues of kelp. Sea kelp may not sound particularly glamourous or appealing when it comes to beauty, but this mineral and antioxidant rich seaweed is incredibly nourishing for the skin.
Being the gentlest of kaolin clays, white clay is a superb ingredient for a number of products. It absorbs impurities and gently draws out impurities such as grime, dirt, pollution and germs from the pores whilst gently exfoliating too.
Rhassoul is a mineral rich, reddish/brown Clay that blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience.
It is a truly exquisite Spa quality Clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco where it has been used for over 1400 years as a skin conditioner, Soap, and shampoo.
We use honey as an additive because of its moisturising properties. We try to use locally sourced honey to ensure that it contains all of the natural ingredients presented straight from the hive. Honey attracts dirt from skin pores and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, therefore is said to be a natural skin cleanser and softener. Like Glycerine, honey absorbs moisture from the air, so is a natural humectant that is great for dry or damaged skin. Honey also adds to the lather of soap.
Carbon has been used for thousands of years in many ways. It is commonly used for health benefits, including as a dietary supplement that helps improve the condition of the intestines and colon. Less commonly known, it is used in cosmetic products due to its amazing absorption properties. Carbon is able to absorb thousands of times its own mass, so when used as a skincare ingredient, it draws bacteria, chemicals, poison and dirt to the surface of the skin, helping to achieve clearer skin.
When Poppy seeds are added to soaps and other toiletries, it gives a lovely exfoliant effect as well as a pleasant decorative effect.