These ingredients are found within the items
we have. At times, we may put definitions with a
specific product and will not include them in this
There may be ingredients not listed in what we have
it was good to mention them for reference.
Ahnfeltia Concinna Sea Extract
complex from sea algae and phytoplankton. Comprised
skin nutrient proteins with key minerals, amino
Alcohol is derived through the fermentation of
starch, sugar and other carbohydrates. It can be
extract and preserve botanicals. * Weleda uses
alcohol cultivated in Italy. The alcohol is heated
distilled, which kills the wheat protein, known as
Therefore, our alcohol is gluten-free.
- Derived from the sodium carbonate extracts of
seaweed and natural acids, this gelatinous substance
as a natural gel base and thickener for
formulations. Due to
its rich consistency and makeup, it also has a
moisture-preserving effect on the skin
- The ground extract
almond kernel, used in face masks.
Almond Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
emollient high in oleic linoleic and other fatty
Ideal in the treatment of very dry, chapped skin.
and moisturizing, with a sweet, pleasant fragrance.
Oil is a classic oil of ancient Roman times. It was
beautify the skin and treat injuries. Cultivated in
Europe, the Mediterranean countries and in
California, it is
known for having excellent penetrating properties,
nourishing and pampering skin. It is particularly
dry, sensitive skin and remains beneficial
skin type or age. Almond Oil is considered a high
with each kernel containing up to 60 percent oleic
essential unsaturated fatty acids (about 25%),
(from 0.5 to 1.0%) and Vitamin E (about 10
Units [IU] per ounce). Almond Oil was highly valued
Egyptians for cosmetic purposes. It is known for its
mildness, has excellent shelf life and imparts a
to creams and lotions. It is nearly odorless. It has
similar make-up to our skin's natural sebum (which
oil produced by the skin to protect it) and it is
absorbed. Sweet Almond Oil contains glucosides,
and vitamins and is rich in protein.
An extraordinary desert plant
containing hundreds of enzymes, minerals and
soothing and cool on the skin. Used to stabilize
Nature flax extract.
emollient known to promote healing to damaged or dry
and skin. A natural sunscreen, soothing and
Use for cuts, scratches, bruises sore or irritated
burns, sunburns, X-ray burns.
Aloe Butter & Aloe Oil ( Oil /
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract) - Aloe butter is a
proprietary cosmetic "butter" developed exclusively
cosmetic purposes. Aloe butter is an extract of aloe
aloe barbadensis, and is wonderful in the fact that
have all the benefits of aloe, without having the
preservatives that the FDA requires all liquid aloe
contain. Aloe oil is very similar, but it is blended
pure sweet almond oil so that it remains fluid at
The actual definition, from "Beauty To Die For" by
Vance, is: "Surfactant and cleaning agent, Extra
Treating the coconut oils with ammonium (NOT
ammonia) is an
expensive way to remove the nastiest, as opposed to
- From a tropical tree; imparts a natural
Ascorbyl Palmitate -
A salt of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Used as a
Apricot Kernel Oil
The fine persic oil
fruit is very rich in Vitamin A, and helps improve
elasticity. Natural oil from apricot pits. An
similar in composition to almond oil, it has a
effect on the skin. Helps to erase stretch marks and
wrinkles. Used in some of the creams and lipsticks.
belongs to the so-called oleic-linoleic acid
group, all of vegetable origin, consisting mainly of
unsaturated fatty acid components. These groups of
probably the most widely used and the most adaptable
fats and oils. They are premium edible oils and
contain only relatively low levels of linoleic
and the other highly unsaturated acids, they have
odor and color stability properties. Typical
Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Corn Oil,
Oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame
Sunflower Oil. Due to their emollient nature and
absorption into the skin, many of these Oils have
applications in cosmetic and toiletry formulations.
interest in "natural" ingredients has successfully
the use of naturally occurring oils such as Apricot
the vegetable oils in the oleic-linoleic category
liquids. There are key differences between
oils (vegetable oils), which affect their
applications. Apricot Kernel Oil, for instance, is
saturated fatty acids than other vegetable oils, an
important consideration for cold temperature
clear solutions, such as bath oils. Apricot Kernel
offers numerous potential applications for skin
to its occlusive properties and moisturizing by
excessive moisture loss through the epidermis. Its
feel, lubricity and emollient action makes it a
addition to many cosmetic formulations. Apricot
also possesses a relatively dry non-greasy feel
oil a "plus" for use in "natural" products.
- One of the
widely used plants for its effect on the skins
capillaries for bruising. It contains the same
as the New Zealand plant KOPATA.
Function: Astaxanthin, which is famous for making
salmon look pink or red, traps more types of free
molecules that are destructive to cells than
any other antioxidant. Astaxanthin is a strong
the battle against free radicals and the many
diseases associated with them. Thus, it is used in
effective anti-aging skin care creams and
Characteristics: Astaxanthin is a red pigment
naturally in a wide variety of living organisms.
crustaceans, including shrimp, crawfish, crabs and
lobster, are tinted red by accumulated astaxanthin;
flesh of healthy wild salmon is a clear
example. Benefits: Astaxanthin is a powerful biological antioxidant,
especially effective at preventing lipid
up to 500 higher efficacy than vitamin E, and up to
stronger than beta-carotene. Like other products of
salmon such as DMAE, it is a common ingredient in
anti-aging creams and supplements.
This oil is extracted directly
the dehydrated flesh of the avocado fruit, used for
lovely texture and softness on the skin. Easily
the skin, it is a good source of vitamins A D &
acids and sterols. Known to accelerate healing,
for chronic eczema and other skin disorders.
Azulene Oil -
It is a part of the chamomile
which is specifically produced by distillation.
particularly good for inflamed skin.
Babassu Oil - Is a very
rich oil pressed from the nut of Babassu Palm,
South America. It is very skin-nourishing oil, that
skin and makes it supple.
Benzoin Gum -
Styrax Benzoin, the gum has been used for centuries
antiseptic and bacteriacide. A natural antioxidant
has preservative properties. Promotes healing.
Beta Glucan - A free radical
scavenger agent, which protects and stimulates
metabolism. Vegetable based ferment extract. Not
are alike either. The OE plant-based polysaccharide
superior Poly B-1-3 Glucopyranose. Studies confirm
makes skin more resilient; decreases the effects of
inflammation; has been compared to hydrocortisone;
improve collagen synthesis dramatically; and
damage and the appearance of skin aging.
Natural beeswax has been used for centuries in the
formulation of creams; a natural emulsifier, used in
creams and for its softness in our lipsticks.
Beeswax is the oldest
purest wax in the world. Beeswax is deep in color
of a rich, sweet, floral, honey aroma. At honey
the honeycombs are carefully opened to allow for
drain from the comb. The bees seal the honey into
with wax "capping" placed over every cell filled
This "capping" is removed at harvest and is used in
production of beeswax. It is typically uses as a
base in a variety of products.
- See Stearalkonium Bentonite
soothing oil high in gamma-linolenic acid, highly
to the skin. Increases the protecting function of
and reinforces the skin as a protecting membrane.
Recommended in face oils for its rejuvenate power.
Fordi Plant Oil Copolymer - A conditioning agent
from a vegetable oil; improves hair "comb through"
reduces static. A combination of two Chinese
which are related to the mustard family.
Reduces inflammations, good for sore muscles and
pains. Antispasmodic. Good for insect bites, oily
spots. Held in high regard in the East.
- Known for its healing and analgesic properties.
burns, cuts, eczema, greasy skin, inflammations,
bites, rashes and wounds, varicose veins. Otherwise
Pot Marigold. Pot Marigold is an annual herbaceous
approximately 10 to 20 inches in height. Pot
belonging to the Asteraceae family, has rough, hairy
ramous stem bearing alternate, whole or slightly
leaves. The flower heads are singular in dimension
yellow-orange flowers. The fruits are bristles with
on their dorsal side. The chemical composition of
Marigold is fairly well known because it is a
plant. Pot Marigold was very famous in folk medical
because of its sudorific and depurative properties,
cure skin diseases, scrofulous affections, uterus
congestion of abdominal viscera. It was also used
hysteria and various nervous illnesses due to its
antispasmodic virtues, including its stimulating and
antiscorbutic properties. Pot Marigold flowers are
for a variety of medicinal values. As folk remedies,
used as menstrual pain relief, especially when pain
accompanied by or the result of anemia. It is a very
efficient anti-infection product, which clean ups
skin diseases. Further, it is used in eye baths
ophtalmia as well as to dress burns and infected
against various skin diseases such as acne,
ulcers, eczema, including corns and warts. Even in
pharmaceutical medicines of today, Pot Marigold is
similar remedies. Pot Marigold permits faster
sores. It is used to clean small wounds (after soap
water cleaning), treatment of dermatological
as protective treatment of cracks, scratches,
and insect bites, including sun burns, superficial
extensive burns and rashes. Further, it is also used
temporary relief of sore throat and/or transient
- An emollient derived from a tropical hardwood tree
Zealand. This oil is known for its moisturizing,
and fragrant properties.
Camellia Oil or Virgin Camellia
Oil - Camellia is a Tea Tree from the mountains
South-East Asia. It is cultivated in western Japan
winters are cold and dry, blossoming all through
under the snow.
The Camellia Tea Tree or shrub grows to a height of
approximately 8m in the wild, but can be less than
when cultivated. Its evergreen leaves are silky and
when very young and become tough and glabrous with
produces 1.5 to 2cm in diameter white flowers with 7
petals. The fruit is a capsule, which contains a big
oleaginous seed. The Japanese have always used
for skin care and essentially for hair and scalp
from the island of Oshima where Camellias have
very abundant are reputed to have the most beautiful
Camellia Oil can also be applied on the face, on the
and on the hands, thus causing western women to be
of the "peach skin, the long and curved nails" of
women. Camellia oil is also used in medicine where
it is an
excipient and in food, as a good dressing for salads
fat for frying. With other oils, it makes the famous
Japanese fried dish called tempura. As a compound of
oily phase, Camellia Oil has excellent skin and hair
conditioning properties. It moreover presents skin
restructuring and moisturizing virtues and is also
its nail strengthening property. Given these
is a good active ingredient in:
shampoos and lotions for dry, damaged and delicate
and after-sun products for thin and normal hair
moisturizing after-sun milks
gels for around the eyes
Restructuring creams for damaged skin
Moisturizing creams for dry skin
for normal and mature skin
can be used in any cosmetic product as an active
or as a carrier in the oily phase, without any
Candelilla Wax -
extract from the candelilla plant, used in our
add body and for its low melting point.
Micro-plant that feeds and stimulates the skin's
Canola - Very light and
odorless, and penetrates easily, a good massage oil
Its high linoleic acid content prevents rancidity.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride -
Oily fatty acid made by combining glycerin with
capric acid. Derived from coconut oil. Used as a
Carnauba Wax -
leaves of the Brazilian wax palm tree. Used as a
Used in our lipsticks to add body and for its low
- Natural thickening agent.
Carrot Oleoresin -
An oil derived from
head, it is very rich in Vitamin A, and has a
orange color. One of the richest oils available.
beta carotene and vitamins A & E, highly
beneficial to hair
and skin. Topical application of this oil promotes
formation of new cells and stimulates the production
sebum in dry, scaly scalps and skin.
Carrot Oleoresin is an extraction of
carrots into vegetable oil. Carrot is a member of
Umbelliferae family (also called the Parsley family)
chiefly biennial or perennial herbs of north
regions. Most umbelliferaes are characterized by
foliage, a dry fruit that splits when mature, and an
umbellate inflorescence (a type of flattened flower
in which the stems of the small florets arise from
point, like an umbrella). The seeds or leaves of
these herbs have been used for centuries for
seasoning or as
greens. The common garden Carrot (Daucus carota
sativa) is a
root crop, probably derived from some variety of the
Carrot. In antiquity several types of Carrot were
medicinals, and in Europe Carrots have long been
use in soups and stews. The custom of eating Carrots
a salad has become widespread in the 20th cent.
a rich source of Carotene (Vitamin A), especially
are cooked. Several types of Carrot have also been
cultivated since ancient times as aromatic plants.
still planted as fragrant garden ornamentals, such
button snakeroot and sweet cicely. Carrots are rich
B-Carotene (A pro-vitamin), a vitamin essential for
skin. The application of the A Pro-Vitamin in an
solution, provides great penetration into skin
Although, B-Carotene is essential for regular
normal skins, it is also great for restoring
disorders associated with dried skin. In both the
cosmetic industries, the natural source of A
as natural coloring.
Castor Oil -
Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor
Castor oil is commonly used commercially in 50% of
in the United States. This is due to the fact that
creates a protective barrier on the skin and is very
soothing. Castor oil is part alcohol and part oil.
mainly composed of ricinoleic acid (87%), a fatty
a unusual molecular structure. Also known as Palm
Cedarwood, Red - Mild, sweet
and woody aroma. Antiseptic, eases respiratory
for acne, dandruff, eczema, greasy hair, insect
oily skin and psoriasis. Also good for arthritis,
rheumatism. Harmonizing and calming. Avoid during
Cellulose Gums -
Used in the glucose derived polymers, but many
versions are available. The long chains of molecules
gums and hold products together.
- also known in Western Culture as Gotu Cola
is acknowledged to have value in strengthening the
vessels and thereby improving
- A mixture of fatty alcohols derived from
consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl
as emollients, thickeners and emulsion stabilizers.
- A natural fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil
used as an emollient and stabilizing agent in
and moisturizing treatments (emulsions). Thickener
derived from waxy and crystalline solids. (This is
ethyl or denatured alcohol solvent that penetrates
potentially damages the skin.)
- Derived from chlorophyl, this complex is a natural
colorant with a deodorizing effect.
Natural Vitamin D3. An effective vitamin for
- Used to treat
since ancient times for its sedative and emollient
properties. A softening agent for rough or irritated
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. Good for acne,
boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, earache, eczema,
inflammations, insect bites, rashes, sensitive skin,
Roman Camomile is used therapeutically and is golden
color. German Camomile has higher anti-inflammatory
properties due to its higher percentage of azulene,
the oil an inky blue color. Pronounced calming
effect on the
mind and nervous system.
Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract
- Extraordinary herb that reduces signs of
is powerful against free radicals.
Cinnamon Bark, Cassia
resinous aroma. Stimulant, antiseptic and an
Best not used on skin, but as an aromatic.
Citric Acid -
from citrus fruit, it is used for balancing the pH
preserving the product.
- Fresh, powerful
Antiseptic, deodorant, insect repellant.
- Sweet & musky, ideal for
and heals most skin irritations; eases respiratory
relieves aches and pains. Euphoric; relaxing &
special emphasis on women's diseases.
Clay Hallosite - The
exfoliating process is one of
the most essential parts of any skincare regime. The
of dead cells and debris enables nutrients to be
more readily into the skin. Hallosite clay is a
ingredient that Suzanne Hall, maker of Living
researched while running the laboratory at New
Clays. Situated at Matauri Bay in the Bay of Islands
Zealand, the clay is of the whitest in the world. It
specific structure which forms a molecular sieve,
specifically absorbing toxins and heavy metals and
makes an excellent water filter. It attracts
(magnetically on a molecular level) and gently draws
toxins out of the upper layers of the skin, while
acting like a poultice and drawing fresh lymph and
the area. In a similar way to how the skin goes red
areas during a massage, often the skin will also
with red patches where the blood has brought fresh
the cells and removed waste and the lymph has
white blood cells to fight infection particularly
acne skin types.
Clove Oil - Analgesic,
antiseptic and anti-irritant, this oil is known to
the pain of toothaches, arthritis and rheumatism.
acne, athlete's foot, bruises, burns and an insect
- Chelates with oxygen and produces bubbles. The
the name refers to the three-carbon chain, which
- A super emollient that softens and
chapped, dry skin. It softens pregnant skin and
erase stretch marks, aids in the treatment of skin
irritations, and is used to soften and erase
neck, around eyes and at the corners of the mouth.
acnegenic substance to some. Cocoa Butter is the
expressed from the roasted seed of the cocoa seed
beans. However, is extensively cultivated in almost
tropical countries. Cocoa Butter is mainly used as a
thickening agent in cosmetics and is a by-product
manufacturing of cocoa and chocolate. It is solid at
temperature and contains about 5 IU of Vitamin E per
It is well absorbed by the skin and can be used with
natural oils. Cocoa Butter leaves a sheen on the
skin and is
commonly used for night creams and lotions. Cocoa
promote acne and is not recommended for oily skin.
Butter is highly protective and acts as a water
It contains about 5 IU of vitamin E per ounce.
Coco Glucoside -
Anionic surfactant, very mild and skin-friendly,
from coconut oil and fruit sugar. In hair care
smoothes hair structure to improve manageability.
Coconut Oil - (Cocos
nucifera) Coconut oil is
expressed from coconut kernels. Coconut is solid at
temperatures below 76 degrees. This highly saturated
contains twice the heavy fats as lard. Coconut oil
great sapponification ability, meaning that it
lot of foaming/lather action when used in soaps.
emollient for the skin and has cooling properties.
Coffee Extract or Green
Coffee Extract - Coffee
Extract is the product obtained when extracted,
crystallized out of green Coffee. It is a natural
acid found in many vegetables. As a natural molecule
extracted of vegetables, it is an appealing
complementary to synthetic UV-B sunscreens because
solubility, its outstanding tolerance on skin and
large absorption spectrum.
It works well on skin
it forms weak bonds with the membranary proteins. It
non-negligible property of being partially oil
increases its sunscreen activities. Therefore, it
added to sunscreen formulations in order to increase
Protecting Factor (SPF).
Comfrey - An anti-inflammatory
known for its healing and emollient properties. It
is also a
source of mucopolysaccharides and allantoin, used in
treatments. A cell proliferant that regenerates
tissues with continued use.
Corn Extracts -
Used in various extracts from corn to emulsify the
and as humectants.
- Also known as Ubiquinone. Made naturally in the
- Used for menopausal
problems, excessive perspiration, circulatory
rheumatism, nervous tension. Astringent. Good for
hemorrhoids and varicose veins. An insect repellent.
Cyclomethicon - It is a form of silica. It helps
emolliant, and to "stay put" sort of ingredient on
No known toxicity.
- Mildest and most effective cleansing agent,
corn and vegetable glycerin.
Dexapanthenol - simply the chemical name for
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) -
DMAE is a nutrient found in high concentrations in
such as wild salmon. It has been demonstrated that
causes some degree of skin firming
or tightening which is why it is often found in
skin care products. In a number of studies, DMAE
shown to reduce age-related
decline in cognitive ability and memory, and hence
referred to as brain food by those who study it. It
found to modestly increase life span
of laboratory animals. Characteristics:
DMAE inhibits and reverses the cross-linking of
removes lipofuscin from the skin, which allows for
firming. DMAE - like other products of wild salmon
Astaxanthin - in conjunction with the antioxidants
Ester and alpha lipoic acid can have a profound
skin health and vitality, including delaying aging
Skin firming is as important for facial rejuvenation
other facet of skin care, and the brain-beauty
is often called brain food) is an important reason
consider using DMAE.
- A natural essential
emu oil replenishes and moisturizes the skin with a
penetration. Its ultimate therapeutic properties
muscles and joints.
Emulsifying Wax (T-Wax) - is used to make stable
blends of oil and water. It is usually obtained from
plant-based fatty acids found in fixed oils.
This natural component of the Horse Chestnut tree
found in the bark and leaves. It acts as a superb
tanning-agent and used in oral care to prevent
cavities and tooth decay.
Essence - An Essential Oil extract
that has the fundamental properties of a substance
concentrated form; a perfume or scent.
- Antiseptic and
antibacterial, this fragrant oil is used in
massage formulations and bath oils for its
anti-inflammatory properties and its cooling,
effect on the skin and scalp. Antispasmodic. Used
respiratory diseases. Eucalyptus is an evergreen
to Australia and Tasmania. However, the tree is
worldwide in Europe, North America and South
Ramel first introduced the Eucalyptus tree in Europe
1860, as a method of drying up the swampland in the
France. The underground water was soaked up quickly,
the long roots of the Eucalyptus tree. Today,
Oil is used for its medicinal benefits. The
leaves are used for the essential oils contained and
responsible for the balsamic and bacteriostatic
The essential oil has antiseptic and expectorant
(Eucalyptol). The leaves are hypoglycemic and
substance known as Tannin, which has detoxifying
far as the diphteric and tetanic toxins are
old leaves are used primarily as they contain more
active principles than the young ones. Both
and Eucalyptol are extensively used as expectorants
flavoring agents in cold and cough medicines,
for acute bronchial disorders and in nasal
dried and crushed leaves are recommended to treat
Eucalyptus can also be used against intestinal
to disinfect wounds and burns.
Evening Primrose Oil
- High in essential fatty acids, a source of
acid . Astringent and sedative, it is an excellent
for dry, flaky skin and skin prone to eczema. Keep
An antibacterial with a slight "tightening" action
skin. Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, essential
acids highly beneficial to the skin. Good for
oily, mature complexions, cellulite and rheumatism.
Ferrocyanide - is it a mineral? It's really
closer to iron oxide than mica. The chemical formula
Fe7(CN)18(H2O)x where 14 ≤ x ≤ 16. Another name for
is Prussian Blue or Berlin Blue. It is a blue
Despite the cyanide ion, it is non toxic because the
groups are tightly bound. It is impermeable to the
(Harakeke) - Living
uses several varieties of the native New Zealand
gel, which exudes from the leaves, contains many of
enzymes as Aloe Vera, and D-glucronic acid and
both great for burns. The extract is also
was an extremely useful plant to the Maori in the
days. It was used to provide clothing, ropes and
fishing nets and lines, baskets, mats, wall hangings
panels. The flax sap has antiseptic, mild
blood clotting qualities. The base of the leaves was
to broken boils, tumours or abscesses to bring them
head. The boiled liquid was taken by the Maori to
constipation while the boiled roots were used as a
for abscesses and varicose ulcers. The juice from
pounded root was a purgative and used to destroy and
parasitic worms. Applied externally the flax gel
ringworm and skin irritations. The red jelly
at the leaf base was used to treat burns, scalds and
of rheumatic or associated pains.
gum is invaluable as an application to burns,
old sores. (Taylor)
gum (pia harakeke) was extensively used. A
came to Otago in 1857 told me that following Maori
he used flax gum for cuts, binding it round with
(dresses flax) and that he found it very
gum of the Phormium is invaluable for severe
and wounds. (Reed/Brett)
simple remedy for ringworm on calves is flax gum
on with the finger. (New Zealander)
gum in its chemical characters and physical
resembles gum arabic. It has a distinct alkaline
It is used in diarrhoea, and as a dressing for
and cracked skin. Apply gum from flax to affected
gum is an excellent cure for minor cuts, scratches
cracked hands. When smeared over the wound it
impervious covering, thus protecting the wound
bacterial attack. It was extensively used by the
for burns. (Mead)
- An oil derived from the frankincense tree; used
frangrance as well as its clarifying properties
- An antifungal and antibacterial, sometimes also
used as a
fragrance. Used for acne, bruises, broken
burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema,
mature skin, mosquito repellent. An immunostimulant.
for depression, nervous tension.
Ginger - A stimulant and
anti-irritant, its warming, soothing properties are
beneficial to the skin. Sometimes used as a
excellent ingredient for bath oils and other
Glucosamine HCI - It
is an important building block needed by the body to
manufacture specialized molecules called
found in cartilage. It can come from the shells of
shrimp, lobster, and crab, or may be synthesized
(not in the
product we offer however).
- Sugar enzyme used as a natural preservative.
Glycerin - Colorless,
odorless, sweet-tasting, syrupy liquid. It absorbs
from the air; this property makes it valuable as a
in cosmetics. Glycerol is present in the form of its
(glycerides) in all animal and vegetable fats and
- An oil fraction of soy and palm oils. It regulates
texture and consistency of the product, and tends to
and smoothen the skin.
- Emulsifier derived from vegetable glycerin;
sodium and potassium. Used to assist in emulsifying
oils in a water base.
Vegetable derived from glycerin and
plant oils to moisturize skin.
- Recommended for eczema. It is
and a tonic, reduces toxins. Do not use internally
- A tonic for depression and an aid
withdrawal. Good for acne, congested and oily skin,
the skin and tissues. Good for cellulite.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapefruit Extract(GSE)
by first converting grapefruit seeds and pulp into a
acidic liquid. A natural preservative. It was
discovered by Jacob Harich while eating a grapefruit
breakfast one morning in France and savoring its
The extremely bitter taste of the seed interrupted
enjoyment of breakfast but also prompted him to
'What makes it so bitter?' Today it is becoming the
disinfectant and sanitizing agent of choice for many
hospitals and clinics throughout the United States.
laundry, GSE ensures that the linen is fungi and
free. As little as 10 - 15 drops of GSE added to the
rinse does the trick. Hospitals have also added GSE
carpet shampooers. It is reported that, ten to
in the reservoir per gallon is effective in killing
Strep, Aspergillus, Salmonella and many other
organisms which are present in hospital carpets.
Grapefruit Seed Extract at higher concentrations is
sterilizing and disinfecting operating rooms and
areas. Ordinary concentrations used equate to around
while operating rooms and similiar applications
use grapefruit seed extract at concentrations as
high as 1%.
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extract seen as powerful antioxidant. According to
studies, it also helps prevent dementia, keeps the
healthy and cures some infections. It works because
it’s a powerful antioxidant.
- Very light and odorless, it absorbs
through the skin. Grapeseed oil is rich in
minerals, linoleic acid and other essential fatty
which help strengthen tissue cells and help preserve
natural moisture of the skin. It is a good, light,
astringent, penetrating oil for massage and
uses. Use in lotions, creams, lip balms, eye creams,
and special formulations intended for dry, damaged
skin. If you are looking for cold pressed grapeseed
please see our Skin Oils Page.
Benzoin - Benzoin gum is a balsamic resin
from the tropical Sumatran and Thailand trees genus
Styrax Benzoin. The trees do not normally produce
or any substance comparable to it until infliction
sufficient wound. The trunk of the tree is hacked
axe and the liquid Benzoin is left to accumulate and
at the base until gathered. The gum is used to
fungal growth and is well accepted by the Food and
Administration (FDA) as a food grade anti-fungal.
effective under both acidic and alkaline conditions
parabens are known to lose their effectiveness. Used
externally as a tincture, Benzoin is an antiseptic
stimulant for irritable skin. Internally taken as a
and carminative as it rapidly absorbs into the
gum has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and
Halloysite Clay -
beautiful fine white clay from Matauri Bay in New
fine cell structure, which acts as a molecular
- Moisturizing and
nourishing. Hazelnut Oil, when refined, is clear and
with virtually no odor or flavor, obtained by the
of crude Hazelnut Oil. Hazelnut Oil, a stable oil,
for its remarkable diffusion and penetration powers.
highly recommended for products, such as natural
and perfumes that need to contain active agents that
penetrate and does not have a "greasy feel".
slightly astringent, is easily absorbed by the skin
ideal for oily or combination skins and acne. It
tighten and maintain firmness and elasticity of the
also helps to strengthen capillaries and encourages
regeneration and aids to stimulate circulation.
creams and milks
Magnesium-aluminum-silicate clay compound that forms
texture which stabilizes and thickens product
Traditional surfactant-free cleanser for hair and
Henna - see our
Hair Color page for
Honey Manuka -
This honey is gaining
international recognition for its natural
minerals, enzymes and vitamins. Its healing
phenomenal, especially with eczema. See Manuka.
- Antimicrobial and sedative, it calms, tones and
Acid (HA) -
Some want to refer to it as the Fountain of Youth
millennium. I'll just say it has a very good effect
skin. Hyaluronic acid is normally found in great
quantities in youthful skin under 30. Over time,
radicals destroy hyaluronic acid in our skin and by
50-years-old we possess half of the Hyaluronic Acid
our youth. Unlike
collagen, hyaluronic acid is extremely hydrophilic
water) and can absorb… 1000 times its weight in H2O
Normally used in concentrations of
0.001%-0.05% in preparations for visible
Devita Natural Skin Care uses no less than 1.00%
Acid in its products! Traditionally, the source of
Hyaluronic Acid for many companies is an animal
Scandinavian company has created a “Probiotic,”
non-animal-based hyaluronic acid through a process
bacterial fermentation, extraction, and
product is the only source of Hyaluronic Acid in
Natural Skin Care Products. This same process is
our elastin and collagen ingredients. Hyaluronic
then, works as a water 'reservoir' for skin cells,
a great ingredient to use under your favorite creams
them work better, and will even work for people in
driest atmosphere as it adds moisture in any
Hyaluronic Acid was originally used in hospitals as
delicate eye surgery. When the eye is left open for
prolonged periods (as in surgery), it rapidly loses
moisture. One drop of a diluted Hyaluronic Acid
applied to the eye before surgery solved the lack of
moisture problem. It has also been used for wound
prevent scar tissue from adhering to bandages, for
into arthritic joints to relieve stiffness and other
symptoms, and even in developing a new
Glyceride - Obtained from
fruit or seed of the palm tree.
Almond Protein - From
almonds; sugars, proteins, lipids, for a synergistic
- a form of
familiar polysacharide cellulose, treated with heat
it more soluble in water. Cellulose <http://sci-toys.com/ingredients/sugars.html>
is a long chain made of the sugar glucose. Source:
Moss (chondrus crispus) - Irish Moss is a
reddish-brown perennial thallophyte or seaweed (a
Carragheen or Carrageen) common at low tide on all
shores of the North Atlantic, especially Ireland,
round. It is remarkable for its extreme variability,
difference being mainly due to the great diversity
width of the segments. The mucilage present in this
is used in large quantities by the food industry to
jellies, or aspic and to be used as a smooth binder.
very property is the basis of its use in digestive
conditions where a Demulcent is called for, such as
gastritis and ulcers, including kidney and bladder
affections. However, its main use is in respiratory
such as coughs or bronchitis. For cosmetics it is
an emulsifier and/or thickening additive and a skin
Iron Oxides -
Iron oxide's are iron combined with oxygen, and can
in nature or produced synthetically. It varies in
red to brown, black to orange or yellow depending on
degree of water and the purity. In more detail:
commonly as rust, derives naturally from hermatite, a
reddish brown iron oxide mineral. Natural iron
include a combination of one or more ferrous or
oxides, and impurities such as manganese and clay.
our cosmetics to naturally colour, the pigments of
oxide are also used in plastic surgery by implanting
pigments in the middle layer of the skin or dermis.
- Lonicera Japonica; natural preservative, from
the Far East. Has been part of the Chinese
has been used for asthma and candida infections
Japan Wax - A fat squeezed
from the fruit of a tree grown in Japan and China.
Used as a
substitute for beeswax.
Jojoba Ester -
Oir-free, non-comedogenic, non-toxic,
improves skin texture and creates a barrier to
moisture loss. See Jojoba Oil.
- This rich extract helps the jojoba
plant retain water during the long summer drought.
as a humectant and creates a protective film over
and hair shaft that helps keep moisture in. Does not
rancid, so it is a good base oil for aromatherapy
Jojoba Oil is cold pressed from the nuts of the
The jojoba tree is cultivated in California,
and Israel. Jojoba is pronounced Ho Ho Ba. Native
have been using jojoba for centuries. The first
jojoba is from 1701, used to treat sores, cuts,
burns, as a
conditioner and for all over skin and hair
Jojoba is technically not an oil, but a liquid wax
with a long unsaturated carbon chains. Chemically it
resembles sperm whale oil or spermaceti oil. It was a
popular ingredient in creams. In the 1970's the
States (gratefully) banned all sperm whale products
they were contributing to the extinction of sperm
1977 domestic commercial jojoba oil cultivation
because it is the natural substitute for spermaceti,
in other cases has been replaced by synthetic
Jojoba esters are composed of straight chain
acid and the alcohol portions have 20 or 22 carbon
one unsaturated bond. It resembles human sebum; the
coating our body produces to protect the skin and
supple. Jojoba is pure skin and hair therapy - our
loses sebum with age, sun, wind, cold, and the
and jojoba adds a protective conditioner to make up
these depleting factors. It contains protein,
minerals and a
waxy substance that mimics collagen. Jojoba is
any skin type it has a large molecular structure.
help dry or oily skin. If your skin has an over
of sebum, jojoba oil will dissolve clogged pores and
the skin to its natural pH balance. The reason
works so well is that it actually penetrates the
because it is accepted as sebum. Although jojoba
very expensive it does have a long shelf life; it
break down or go rancid, which makes it a much
choice for you, the consumer, to use. Jojoba is
because it can take up to1200 trees to get one pound
jojoba nuts, which have a 50% yield of oil. Because
has very little scent it works as a wonderful
perfume base. Jojoba is not greasy and absorbs right
the skin. JMC Technologies has conducted scientific
proving that jojoba can increase skin softness by up
it reduces superficial lines and wrinkles up to 25%
application and up to 11% after 8 hours. Jojoba oil
hypoallergenic and pure!
Juniper - Good for acne, oily
complexions, hair loss, dermatitis, eczema, general
weariness and nervous fatigue. Antispasmodic.
Kaolin - China Clay. A
hydrated aluminum silicate used for its covering
Generally, these clays are used in facial masks to
excess facial oil.
- A seaweed high in iodine
vitamins A B-complex, C and E. A skin nutrient,
A wild weed that
coastal areas of New Zealand. Works on the skin
capillaries for bruising. Almost the same structure
Kukui Nut Oil (Kukui Oil) -
Kukui Oil comes from the nuts of the Kukui Tree in
People are just recently discovering the amazing
healing properties of the Kukui Nut Oil, known by
Hawaiians for generations. Kukui Nut Oil contains
A, E, F. These nutrients help to revitalize and
skin's normal activity. Because of the high content
linoleic and linolenic acids, it is rapidly absorbed
the skin and leaves no grease-like feel. Regular use
to rejuvenate and soften deteriorated, dry, lifeless
It can also be used topically for hemorrhoids and
disorders such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. For
with active life styles with regular exposure to the
Kukui Nut Oil can help to counteract the sun's
effects. Kukui Oil is found to have remarkably low
as indicated from acute studies performed according
and EPA protocols. Like the Hawaiians, the rest of
may soon experience the natural skin nourishing
Kukui Nut Oil.
Known as gum diggers
is a versatile plant that is used extensively
asthma. Contains flavonols, quercetin, kaempferol
- Milk enzyme used as a natural preservative.
See also Glucose & Glucose Oxidase.
Lanolin - The oils obtained
from the wool of sheep, used as an absorption base
moisturizers and hair products. See Wool Wax. Let
be clear. This is not all Lanolin. This is for
the lanolin that is called Wool Wax. There is a
difference. In Europe, wool wax has the reputation
purity. It means that there is no herbicides,
pesticides or de-worming agents present. So unless
company verifies with you the purity of the lanolin,
- Environmentally friendly, cleansing agent made
natural coconut oil and corn.
emollient. Any salt derived from lactic acid
- Has sedative and antiseptic
Penetrating, herbaceous, clean fragrance that blends
Relieves and heals skin irritations (abscess, acne,
dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis). Good for burns,
wounds and insect bites. Reduces inflammation in
and rheumatism. Calming; antidepressant, promotes
enhances intuition, soothing, balancing. Helps
skin conditions. Good for headaches and sinuses. An
Lecithin - A vegetable extract
high in natural fatty acids.
Lemon Oil - Has antioxidant
and antibacterial, antiseptic properties. Used in
for its clean, pleasant fragrance. Stimulating
alleviates oily skin. Astringent, checks excessive
perspiration. A tissue toner, good for cellulite.
Energizing; clears mind; depression reliever,
strengthening. Possible dermal irritation in some
individuals - use with care.
- An antimicrobial and analgesic with
antioxidant properties. Improves circulation and
Uplifting. An insect repellent. Good for cellulite.
astringent, tonic and for anxiety and depression.
fragrance. Expressed peel oil is phototoxic, but
oil is not. See lemon oil.
- these are natural occurring compounds within the
oils we use, by law we now have to list these on the
In pure form some people can have an allergic
them. We are not adding these to the product they
things like the Lavender oil or citrus oils and have
been in our products. (please note that Living
not add additional linalool and limonene).