We love our products and we want you to love them too. We understand that what makes a product great is not just how well it works, it's knowing who made it, how it was made, and what it was made from. That's why we included this nice little info page. Here you will find some additional information on how we make our batches, the ingredients we use, and what you can expect from them.
How We Make Our Batches
Almost all of our products are made in 1 gallon batches. Our eye creams and serums are made in smaller, 16 ounce batches because they come in 1 ounce sizes. Once we make our batches we bottle them immediately so that they are sealed and properly stored. Carrier oils, hydrosols, and products containing Citrus, Conifer, or Frankincense Essential Oils are kept refrigerated because they are more prone to oxidation. We keep all of our remaining ingredients in a temperature controlled room and out of direct sunlight so that they stay fresher longer.
The Ingredients We Use
We began our quest to create plant-based products because we were skeptical about the ingredients used in mainstream skincare. We decided to create products that were more nature-friendly and that we felt safe using. That being said, we would not make anything that we would not use ourselves. We search out for ingredients that are plant-based, organic or naturally derived. We buy as local as possible, with all of our ingredients coming from Washington, Oregon, and Northern California.
We believe in only using superior essential oils from reputable essential oil distributors. Floracopeia is one of our favorite trusted companies because of their aromas and their pureness. What does it matter if an essential oil is pure or not? It matters because they are being used for their healing and therapeutic properties, which will make a world of difference on their aromas and how your skin looks and feels.
We also set out to find the most naturally-derived preservatives and emulsifiers to ensure our products maintain their stability and are safe. In researching our options we became enlightened on ingredients that sounded scary but were actually safe, and surprised to learn of ingredients that sounded harmless but were actually made from plastics or other harmful substances. We decided to create a glossary of all the ingredients that we use in our products so everyone can refer to it as a guide when they become curious as to what this or that extract does, or stumble upon an ingredient that they are not familiar with.
Below you will find a list of our ingredients; what they are, and what you can expect from them.
I N G R E D I E N T G L O S S A R Y
**For educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.**
Alpha Lipoic Acid: is a natural substance found in foods and produced in the body. It is fat and water-soluble anti-oxidant that studies suggest may improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, and skin damage caused by photoaging.
Aloe Vera: comes from the inner leaf of the Aloe Vera plant. It contains proteolytic enzymes which help break down the build up of dead skin cells and is known to reduce inflammation, soothe irritated skin, and aid in the healing of burns, wounds, and scars.
Apricot Kernel Oil: is obtained from the kernel (seed) of the apricot. It is a light, non-irritating oil that easily absorbs into the skin. It is known to improve overall skin tone, is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E, oleic (omega-9) and linoleic (omega-6) fatty acids.
Atlantic Sea Salt: Unlike table salt which is processed and stripped of many of its minerals, sea salt comes from evaporated sea water and contains an abundant amount of trace minerals that will benefit your skin. Magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, and other nutrients found in sea salt aid in detoxifying the skin and improve lymphatic circulation.
Avocado Oil: is full of anti-oxidants, vitamins A, D and E, rich in oleic (omega-9) acid, and lutein (carotenoid). It is known to improve elasticity, prevent free radicals, moisturize and soothe irritated skin caused by chronic skin conditions.
Bentonite Clay: is a combination of montmorillonite and volcanic ash. It is a highly absorbent clay that pulls oils and toxins from the skin. It contains over 70 trace minerals and is known to be one of the most effective healing clays. The largest and most active deposits come from Wyoming and Montana.
Bilberry Extract: Bilberry is extracted from the fruit of the shrub. It contains contains resveratrol and quercetin (antioxidants), and vitamins B, C, and E. It is used to alleviate inflamed skin, has astringent properties that help tighten the pores, and defends against premature aging.
Black Willow Bark: High in phenolic, salicylic, and beta hydroxy acids, Black Willow Bark is excellent for unclogging pores, treating acne and renewing the skin. It is the natural source ingredient in aspirin, making it an effective analgesic (painkiller). These analgesic properties work to calm irritation and are known to bring down inflammation in cystic acne. It is also used as a natural preservative.
Blue Green Algae Tincture: Also known as cyanobacteria, Blue Green Algae contains a full spectrum of bio-active minerals, chlorophyll, amino acids, lipids, DHA, fatty acids, and beneficial enzymes. This organic algae comes from Klamath Falls in Oregon, known to have the most nutrient rich algae available in the world.
Brown Rice Flour: is a popular ingredient to treat blemishes, wrinkles and pigmentation in many Asian countries. Brown rice powder has a chemical structure similar to ceramide, which increases collagen production to make skin more supple. It also contains the antioxidant ferulic acid and allantoin, an anti-inflammatory.
Calendula Extract: Also known as Marigold, Calendula is an all-star healer prized for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral medicinal properties. It is known to soothe skin damaged by acne, eczema, psoriasis, slow-healing wounds, and sunburns. Calendula is also an effective moisturizer, encourages even skin tone and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Chaga Mushroom: The Chaga Mushroom is a potent antioxidant that grows predominantly on birch trees in Eurasia and North America. It harbors a wellspring of benefits for skin health, having the highest levels of Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) that measures over 100,000 units of antioxidant capacity. Antioxidants are vital to the skin because they prevent damage from free radicals, one of the top contributors to skin damage and accelerated aging. It also has high amounts of trace minerals, vitamins B1, B2, B3, K, and D, amino acids, phyto-nutrients, and is a powerful anti-bacterial.
Chamomile: is best known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This is due to its high sesquiterpene and bisabolol content, which condition, soothe and inhibit the growth of bacteria in the skin. It contains flavonoids luteolin and quercetin which are phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that work as antioxidants for your skin, as well as a compound called apigenin, which improves the permeability barrier on the skin which allows it to absorb minerals and nutrients. For information on Chamomile Distillate, please view "Distillate" listed in our Ingredient Glossary.
Citric Acid: Citric Acid occurs naturally in fruits and is used primarily in skin care as a natural preservative with added benefits. These benefits include treating acne, unclogging pores, balancing ph levels, and exfoliating the skin with natural alpha hydroxy acids.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is an excellent oil that is full of fatty acids that nourish and soften the skin. The Coconut Oil we use is an RBD oil, which stands for “refined, bleached, and deodorized.” It goes through the RBD process to extend its shelf life. The refining process is approved under organic process regulations and the medium chain triglycerides or MCTs (fatty acids which make Coconut Oil so healthy) are not entirely destroyed during the heat and pressing process. The “bleaching” is not chemical based; it is either sun bleached or bleached through activated charcoal, and the “deodorizing” is done through steam and vacuum methods, leaving the finished product clean of any processing additives. More information can be found here.
Cranberry/Cranberry Seed Extract: high in vitamin C (production of amino acids) and an acne-fighting compound called Resveratol. It is rich in vitamin E, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and is a natural sun protection due to its antioxidant phytosterols. It is full of antioxidants, boosts collagen production and cellular function in the skin. Cranberry is also a natural antiseptic and antibacterial that absorbs quickly into the skin.
Cucumber Seed Oil: is cold-pressed from the cleaned and dried seeds of cucumbers. It is rich in antioxidants, linoleic acid, vitamin E, palmitic acid, and phytosterols (plant fats), which helps protect the skin's barrier from losing moisture, is highly moisturizing, and is known to benefit individuals with oily, acne-prone skin. It has excellent cooling and anti-inflammatory properties for those who are suffering from chronic skin conditions and cystic acne.
Decyl Glucoside: is a biodegradeable, plant-derived ingredient made from a reaction between a natural plant oil and a natural plant sugar. It is commonly used in baby products and for individuals with sensitive skin. This is a non-ionic surfactant (has a neutral charge and lowers the surface tension of water), which improves water’s ability to wet things more uniformly and allows the water to capture dirt and oil. This ingredient is used in less than 1% in our Hibiscus and Rose Micellar Water. Learn more about Decyl Glusoside here.
Distillate: A distillate is a by-product of the essential oil distillation process. Also called floral water or hydrosol, distillates are made from steam distillation. When distilling raw plant material the essential oil comes out into a condenser while the distillate is collected in a decanter. Distillates contain up to .02% essential oil in which the therapeutic properties are preserved.
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol): is an organic compound found in fruit acids and is naturally produced in the body. It is highly regarded for its tightening, firming, and wrinkle reduction effects on the skin. It was originally brought to the public’s attention in the 1970’s by drug makers to treat attention deficit disorder, but it became too expensive to test so they bottled it up as a nutritional supplement. You can think of DMAE as an ingredient that makes your skin focus on what it needs to do!
Emulsifying Wax NF (National Formulary): This vegetable-based ingredient is a plant-based product used to bond oils and water-based ingredients together. It is also helpful in reducing skin inflammation and considered a non-greasy moisturizer. The NF stands for National Formulary, which means it meets the National Formulary’s standard for Emulsifying Wax.
Essential Oil Preservative Blend: is made up of Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Organic Alcohol, Organic Rooibos Leaf Extract, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Neem Seed Oil, and Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract. This blend helps extend the shelf life of our products.
Evening Primrose Oil: is taken from the seeds of the flowering Evening Primrose plant. It is high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA is an essential fatty acid), making it an exceptionally nourishing oil. Full of other fatty acids including up to 70% of linoleic acid, the oil replenishes dry and itchy skin. It is also known as an anti-inflammatory, calms acne flare ups, increases moisture rentension, and stimulates circulation. Studies have shown that people with acne-prone skin have definciencies in linoleic acid, and that applying it externally can help heal and reduce its appearance.
Fermented Radish Root Extract: This plant-based ingredient doubles as a natural preservative and an anti-microbial. It is a non-irritant that moisturizes and conditions the skin, all while extending product shelf and preventing the growth of bacteria.
Geranium Essential Oil: Extracted from the entire Geranium plant, Geranium Essential Oil has a light, rose-like aroma that gives off a calming and grounding effect. It is known to help treat acne, itching, sluggish smoker’s skin, chronic skin conditions, balance sebaceous gland secretion, and promote a glowing, even skin tone. Geranium is also an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and an anti-depressant. Its aroma soothes and enhances prana and udana vata (a sub-dosha), reduces pitta fire and excess kapha doshas.
German Chamomile: is best known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This is due to its high sesquiterpene and bisabolol content, which condition, soothe and inhibit the growth of bacteria in the skin. German Chamomile also contains flavonoids luteolin and quercetin, which are phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that work as antioxidants for your skin.
Ginseng Extract: is a powerful anti-aging ingredient because of its high level of phytonutrients and ginsenosides. It has as a natural ability to balance oil, counteract dryness, and calm inflammation. It is also a well-known adaptogenic, which helps the skin adapt to changes in the environmental and protect against environmental toxins.
Gluconolactone: is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that offers all the benefits of alpha hydroxy acids but it is considered more gentle and is suitable for sensitive skin. Gluconolactone serves as both an active ingredient because of its skin-conditioning properties, and an inactive ingredient due to its solvent abilities. You can learn more about Gluconolactone here.
Glycolic Acid: is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid that can be found in milk, sugar cane, and high sugar fruits. It is used to exfoliate the skin and slough off the outermost layer of dead skin cells, helping reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, skin discoloration, and pore size. Glycolic Acid has the smallest molecules of all the acids, allowing it to penetrate the skin more effectively and yield the best results.
Grapefruit Oil: is an ingredient that works both as a beneficial ingredient as well as a natural antiseptic and preservative. It contains limonene which works to calm inflammation, and antioxidants such as vitamin C, myrcene, terpinene, pinene and citronellol. It also has excellent oil-balancing properties and helps clear up congested skin. Its therapeutic actions include: antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, anxiolytic (anxiety reducer), detoxifier, disinfectant, and stimulant (lymphatic and digestive). Its aroma has been said to shift blocked energy and reduce excess kapha in Ayurvedic applications.
Grapeseed Oil: is made from the seeds of wine-producing grapes. It is one of the lightest oils, is high in polyunsaturates and protein, rich in vitamins, minerals, and linoleum acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid. It is widely used in hypoallergenic natural products because it does not often cause allergic reactions to highly allergic individuals. It is rich in powerful plant-based antioxidants called proanthocyanidins, which can help protect against the effects of environmental stresses. Studies have indicated that grapeseed extract may all help ward off skin cancer due to regular exposure to the sun. UV-induced oxidative stress has been linked to the initiation of skin cancers, while proanthocyanidins have had a countering antioxidant activity.
Green Tea Extract: is well known for its antioxidant properties. These properties prevent the degradation of cell membranes by neutralizing the spread of free radicals. Green tea has 20 times the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E and 6 times the antioxidant effectiveness of black tea. It is known to reduce irritation and puffiness around the eyes, suppress inflammation, and has astringent properties due to its tannic acid content.
Green Tea Oil: is best known for its moisturizing effects on the skin. Due to its fast absorption rate it does not cause the skin to break out or leave skin feeling greasy. Its antibacterial properties can actually help prevent acne and the spread of infection, and it contains many anti-aging compounds, antioxidants, and helps thwart the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Helichrysum Distillate: is an effective antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antifungal agent. It is well known for treating acne and combination skin, is an effective moisturizer and helps repair aged skin. Its therapeutic actions include: analgesic (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, cell regenerative, and vulnerary (wound healer). In Ayurveda it is used to reduce excess pitta and relieve vata anxiety. For more information please see "Distillate" in the Ingredient Glossary.
Hibiscus Flower Powder/Extract: is a natural source of vitamin C and malic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid. It is rich in antioxidants and has high mucilage content, making in an excellent moisturizer. Hibiscus is increasing getting attention and being referred to as the "Botox Plant" for its ability to inhibit the activity of the enzyme elastase, which is responsible for breaking down the skin's elasticity.
Honey: has excellent antibacterial properties, making it ideal for individuals looking to treat and prevent acne. It is also an anti-inflammatory that works to calm redness and irritation, restores moisturize, is full of antioxidants, and protects the skin against oxidative stress caused by environmental factors.
Hyaluronic Acid: is naturally found in human tissue. Topically applied hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer that allows penetration into the dermis, which boosts the elasticity and hydration of the skin. It also adjusts the skin's moisture absorption based on the relative humidity in the air, making it an ideal ingredient in skin care products as it adjusts to the skins need for a moisturizing effect depending upon the relative humidity of the given area.
Jojoba Beads: are made from the liquid wax ester of Jojoba seeds. They are primarily added to skin care products to naturally exfoliate the skin.
Jojoba Oil: is cold pressed from the nuts of the Jojoba tree. It is referred to as an oil but it is really a liquid wax. Jojoba is very similar to the skin’s natural sebum, which signals the skin to decrease sebum production and the oiliness that often causes acne breakouts. It is known to have antibacterial properties and work against acne by decreasing excess oil production.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil: is known to be a natural skin toner, treats oily skin, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. Its astringent properties help balance skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Kaolin (Rose) Clay: also known as Pink Clay, is a mix of white and red kaolin clay. It is best for dry and sensitive skin types and reduces irritation and inflammation. It is rich in silica, which helps to improve skin elasticity and cell renewal for supple, younger looking skin.
Kaolin (White) Clay: White Kaolin is the mildest of all clays. It is suitable for sensitive skin and helps stimulate circulation while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils from the skin and can therefore be used on dry skin types. It has also been used to alleviate insect bites and stings. Composed of silica, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc and other minerals, this clay removes old sebum that is clogged in the pores of the skin, while also drawing out environmental toxins. White clay has electromagnetic qualities and attracts oils and particles left in the skin.
Lavender Distillate: is a floral water made from distilling lavender. It holds up to .02% of lavender essential oil, which is best known as an anti-inflammatory that can help calm acne, chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, sunburns, insect bites, and irritated skin. Lavender is also known to be an effective antimicrobial, antifungal and carminative. For information on what a distillate is, please look under “Distillate.”
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Super’ Extract: is a hybrid between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula spica.
Lauryl Glucoside: is a plant-based surfactant derived from coconut and glucose. It is commonly used in lathering products such as shampoo and body wash. The word “surfactant” is sometimes given a bad rap because people associate it with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is known to be a skin irritant. Lauryl Glucoside is biodegradable, non-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) surfactant determined safe to use in products by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and is used in less than 1% of our Hibiscus and Rose Micellar Water.
Lemon/Lemon Peel Extract: is both a natural preservative and beneficial ingredient that contains citric acid, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. It is commonly used in skin care products as a natural skin lightener and to even out skin tone. It works as a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that can treat infections, acne, and chronic skin conditions.
Lemon Verbena: contains properties that reduce puffiness, retain moisture, and calm inflammation. The main constituents within Lemon Verbena are limonene, geraniole, cineole, and citral, making it an effective antiseptic and bactericide.
Maca Powder: comes from the Maca root, which grows in the Andres in Peru. It is known to structurally enhance the firmness of skin, help treat hormonal acne and boost the skin's inherent protective abilities. It has a nutty, chocolate-like scent that makes it a delicious skin ingredient that enhances the feel and aroma of our Pure Eorthe Cleansing Grains.
Malic Acid: is a natural alpha hydroxy acid found in almost all fruits. It is known to improve hyperpigmentation by decreasing the production of melanin, exfoliate the skin, improve texture, increase dermal firmness, and moisturize the skin.
Mango Butter: is full of essential fatty acids that are ideal for dry, mature skin. Mango is rich in oleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid that seals in moisture and soothes itchy or irritated skin conditions.
Mannan: is a natural polysaccaride derived from the Konjac plant. It is used as an emulsifier and comes with the added benefit of leaving the skin silky and moisturized.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil: is extracted through the cold-pressing of the seeds. It produces an antioxidant-rich oil with amazing skin softening and moisturizing properties. The oil has a texture like jojoba oil in that it’s very similar to the sebum in one’s own skin. It’s easily absorbed into the skin, so it locks in moisture and helps other ingredients to penetrate deeper. Because it also has many antioxidant fighting properties, it’s great for all skin types and especially mature skin.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT): is a form of saturated fatty acid found in coconut oil. It is basically a concentrated form of coconut oil that contains lauric and caprice acid, which are both effective skin conditioners. MCT also moisturizes the skin and helps extend the shelf life of a product. It is a non-occlusive oil, meaning that it does not clog pores. You can learn more about Medium Chain Triglycerides here.
Morrocan (Rhassoul) Clay: is a mineral-rich clay that is high in silica, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium and sodium. It is prized for its cleansing, nourishing, exfoliating and rejuvenating properties.
MSM: (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring nutrient found in plants, meats, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. MSM is known for eliminating wrinkles, brown spots, skin tumors and spider veins. It also works to boost collagen and keratin production while nutritionally supporting the condition of skin.
Milk: has the ability to remove oil-soluble impurities from the skin with the help of a fat soluble enzyme called lipase. It also contains an alpha hydroxy acid called lactic acid, which naturally exfoliates, smoothes and boosts collagen production in the skin.
Mustard Seed Powder: Mustard is widely used in Ayurveda to balance Kapha and Vata doshas. It also is known to be an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. The mustard powder used in our Ayurvedica Body Scrub is of a coarser grind instead of a fine powder, which adds additional exfoliation.
Neem Oil: Neem oil is used widely in India as an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-parasitic agent in toiletries, soap, toothpaste and skin care products. It is also used to treat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, syphilitic sores, chicken pox and more. Neem contains an aspirin-like compound which works as an anti-inflammatory and removes the acne-causing bacteria from the skin. Since neem is particularly high in Vitamin E and fatty acids, it quickly penetrates the outer layer of the skin restoring the protective barrier and prevents moisture loss.
Nettle Leaf Powder: comes from ground Nettle Leaves, which have excellent astringent properties that help treat eczema, psoriasis, and insect bites. It also has a number of protective antioxidants that help protect skin from environmental stressors, providing anti-aging benefits.
Oatstraw Powder: is a fine powder milled from the dried oat straw that is rich emollient qualities due to its high gluten and mucilage content. It is known to sooth dry, itchy, and irritated skin, and has excellent skin-smoothing properties.
Olive Oil: is retrieved by crushing and pressing the fruit of the olive tree. It has been used since ancient times as an emollient for conditioning and softening the skin and is especially helpful for dry and chapped skin. In addition to having acidic and antioxidant values, olive oil has superior penetrating powers. It is high in unsaponifiables (cannot be corrupted), which are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. These compounds not only soften the skin, they have a superior moisturizing effect on the upper layers of the skin and are known to reduce scars.
Orange Extract: Also known as Orange Peel Extract, Orange is a powerful antioxidant that is known to calm inflammation due to its high limonene content. It also helps boost circulation, tone, and balance sebum production in the skin.
Orange Blossom Distillate: is not the same as Orange Extract in that it is made from orange blossoms and not orange peel. Also known as Neroli, Orange Blossoms have a sweeter, more complex scent than Orange Peel and have gentle astringent properties that help tone and tighten the skin. For more information please review “Distillate” in our ingredient glossary.
Organic Grain Alcohol: is made from distilling non-GMO organic fermented grain. It is an inactive ingredient used as a solvent, emulsifier, enhancer (helps deliver ingredients to skin), and preservative.
Palm Stearic Acid: is a vegetable derivative used to stiffen and stabilize lotions and creams. It is a natural fatty acid that occurs naturally in vegetable fats such as coconuts. It helps to bind and thicken creams and is a rich source of vitamin A.
Panthenol: or Pro-vitamin B5, improves and increases the moisture-retention capacity of the skin. It is an anti-inflammatory, has an anti-itching effect, and counteracts bacteria. It also stimulates skin regeneration, and helps heal small wounds, scratches and blisters. See “Vitamin B5” in Ingredient Glossary for more information.
Papaya Extract: has an enzyme called papain in it which is known to be an effective skin exfoliator, softener, acne-fighter, repairer, and skin lightener. It is also loaded with natural alpha hydroxy acids, which makes it more subtle alternative to chemical exfoliants.
Peppermint Distillate/Essential Oil: is an effective antiseptic and antimicrobial, also aiding in oil secretion in the skin. It is known to calm inflammation and give the skin a refreshing cooling sensation. This makes Peppermint Essential Oil ideal for individuals with acne or combination skin. Consider Peppermint Distillate a much lighter form of the essential oil because it is a floral water and not a concentrated oil. For more information please see "Distillate" in our ingredient glossary.
Pineapple Extract: is full of antioxidants, bromelain, and vitamin C, making it ideal for individuals with acne, mature, or inflamed skin. It is also a natural alph hydroxy acid that exfoliates and smoothes the skin.
Polysorbate 20: Polysorbate 20 is a gentle, nontoxic emulsifier derived from lauric acid (from coconut oil) and sorbitol ethylene oxide. It is used to combine essential oils and water so they do not separate. We use less than 1% of Polysorbate 20 in our Micellar Water.
Pomegranate Tincture/Extract: is a potent anti-oxidant that helps boost collagen, improve skin elasticity, promote cell regeneration, evens out skin tone, and slows the aging process. It contains punicalagins, which are powerful antioxidants that help protect against free radicals and prevent oxidative damage.
Pro-Vitamin A: is another name for beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits. Beta-carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A. Being a retinol, Vitamin A helps peel off the top layer of skin to smooth out wrinkles and even out skin tone.
Pro-Vitamin B5: is also known as Panthothenic Acid. When absorbed into the skin the provitamin is converted into Vitamin b5. This vitamin is known to regenerate, moisturize, soothe, and improve the appearance of elasticity in the skin.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: is a well-known anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and all-around healer. Aside from its calming and therapeutic properties, Roman Chamomile helps soothe sensitive, irritated skin, and chronic skin conditions.
Roman Chamomile Distillate: possesses all of the benefits of the essential oil, but on a gentler level because of it being a distillate. For more information please review “Distillate” in our ingredient glossary.
Rooibos Tea: a powerful player in the team of antioxidants when used in creams for your skin. It has a history of being used to help skin problems, such as eczema or acne. Rooibos extract has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and free-radical scavenging properties, based partly on its unique flavonoid composition including Aspalathin. Studies have found that rooibos tea contains polyphenol antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids that are potent-free radical scavengers. The most important aspects of rooibos are its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Rose Distillate: comes from rose blossoms and is an incredibly light humectant that helps balance the skin. It can be used for all skin types to help to regulate sebum and its antibacterial properties can be helpful in the prevention of acne. It is a good choice for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle formulations and is also known for its ability to help cool sunburn. For more information please see "Distillate" in the Ingredient Glossary.
Rose Otto Essential Oil: is a true gem in the aromatherapy, skin care, and the naturalist's world. It takes up to 60 roses to make 1 drop of Rose Essential Oil, making it one of the most valued and essential oils on the market. Rose is known to benefit the skin by moisturizing, treating redness, toning, and healing the skin. Rose also has amazing therapeutic properties that are truly euphoric; uplifting depressed spirits and easing feelings of anger or grief.
Rosehip Seed Oil: is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It is also high in gamma linoliec acid (GLA) and vitamin C. It is used in face blends for maturing skin or in blends for damaged skin where regeneration of new skin cells is needed. It’s considered a healing oil that is said to regenerate the skin and counteract the effects of aging.
Rosemary Oleoresin: or for short, ROE, is also known as Rosemary Oil Extract. ROE is a naturally occurring mixture of oil and resin. It is used as an natural preservative in formulations and has been demonstrated to have anti-microbial and anti-oxidant characteristics.
Rosemary Leaf Extract: has an excellent ability to energize, tone and firm the skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a well known treatment for chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Its natural antiseptic and antibiotic properties also help treat acne and oily skin conditions by balancing sebum production without overdrying or stripping the skin.
Rosewater: is made from steeping rose petals in water. It is best for individuals with sensitive skin, are prone to irritation, redness, or inflammation. It is very gentle and hydrating, working to calm and soothe the skin.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: is extracted from the seeds and berries of Sea Buckthorn, a plant native to the regions of Europe and Asia. It is full of fatty acids, phytonutrients, carotenoids, amino acids, polyphenols, and contains 12x more vitamin C than oranges. These properties help fight the signs of aging by restoring healthy moisture content, regenerating the outermost layer of the skin, and reducing the appearance of sun spots.
Sodium Benzoate: is a sodium salt found naturally in low levels in many fruits such as apples, plums, and cinnamon. It is an inactive ingredient used as a preservative in our Micellar Water (less than 1%).
Stearic Acid: is a naturally occurring saturated fatty acid. Stearic acid comes from both vegetables fats and oils. It is an inactive ingredient used as an emulsifier in products. Eufloria Botanicals uses 100% vegetable-based Stearic Acid.
Shea Butter: is made from the nut of the African Karite (Shea) Tree. It is extremely moisturizing and rich in Vitamins A, E, and F. It also contains oleic, stearic, and palmitic acid, properties that help nourish and moisturize the skin. It offers UV protection up to 6 SPF and is full of nutrients that boost collagen production. Its high cinnamic acid content also makes it an effective anti-inflammatory.
Sugar Cane Extract: is a skin-conditioning agent that contains glycolic and lactic acid. Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps reduce breakouts and the appearance of fine lines. For more information please see “Glycolic Acid” in our Ingredient Glossary.
Sugar Maple Extract: is a natural alpha hydroxy that works to repair cell damage caused by free radicals and increases the rate of cell renewal.
Sunflower Seed Oil: Sunflower seed oil contains essential fatty acids; including linoleic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids. These fatty acids are perfect for tightening and firming, giving your skin a soft and smooth appearance.
Turmeric Root Powder: has long been used in medicine as a natural anti-bacterial to treat skin infections, boils, wounds and burns. It is well known for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties and is presently being studied in cancer research. This bio-protectant also neutralizes free radicals and ultra violet radiation (UV) damage.
Usnea Lichen Extract: The main component in this fungus and algae organism is usnic acid, a powerful antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and effective skin healer. Research suggests that it may protect against UV radiation due to its antioxidant properties. It has been known to treat Strep Throat and other Gram-positive bacterias, which is why it works as such a powerful antibiotic and anti-inflammatory.
Vegetable Glycerin: (Kosher USP) is obtained by adding alkalies to fats and fixed oils. Glycerin is a soothing humectant (a substance that absorbs or helps retain moisture) which draws moisture from the air into the skin. It is also an effective emollient, which makes the skin feel softer and smoother, reduces roughness, cracking and irritation of the skin. It is nontoxic, nonirritating and non-allergenic.
Vitamin C: is a powerful antioxidant that helps to promote the production of collagen, assists in healing inflammations, and aids in the growth of collagen. It is essential in the prevention of collagen break down, which protects against sagging skin and premature aging.
Vitamin C Ester: is the oil-soluble form of vitamin C. Also known as Vitamin C Ester, it is facilitated by bonding with palmitic acid. It works as both a beneficial ingredient that also prevents oxidation of the product. It boosts the production of collagen, fights agains the prevention of wrinkles, and helps eliminate the blotchiness that gives skin an aged appearance.
Vitamin E: ensures protection against ultraviolet radiation. The supplement of vitamin E in cosmetics has a gentle effect on the smoothness and moisture content of the skin. Vitamin helps in the construction of red blood cells and facilitate the use of vitamins A and K and the trace mineral selenium. Vitamin E is also known to re-hydrate the skin and even out skin-tone.
White Tea Extract: is the rarest and most expensive version of Camellia sinensis on the market today. Out of the three different teas produced from the same Camellia sinensis plant, White Tea has the highest level of polyphenols, which protect agains ultraviolet light, induced skin damage, and safeguard healthy cells. It is also known for boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of sun exposure.
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel’s antioxidant, UV-protective and anti-inflammatory activity have been confirmed. Strong antioxidant activity against superoxidem, which is a highly reactive form of oxygen, is released by several enzymes during the inflammatory process. This action may play another role in witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory effects. Witch hazel was also found to have strong activity against reactive oxygen in skin tissue and is also known to tighten pores.
Yucca Powder: comes from the Yucca root and contains vitamin C, B and A, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. It is a coarse powder, which exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling soft without overdrying. It is also known to have photo protective properties that protect the skin against damage from the sun. The resveratrol found in yucca is proven to strengthen skin and increase its resistance to degradation from free radicals and sun damage.
Xanthan Gum: is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate) also known as corn sugar gum and is used in cosmetics as a thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer. It is derived from the bacterial fermentation of wood pulp polysaccharides (not corn, which is the usual standard). Eufloria Botanicals uses xanthan gum that is certified Non-GMO as per the NOP (National Organic Program) rules of the USDA.