Why are more and more people switching to the organic lifestyle? It’s simple, really. Consuming or using organic foods and products is not only way better for the environment (i.e. less gross chemicals in the air, ground, water supply, etc.), but it’s also healthier for you! Pesticides used on many foods and natural beauty ingredients can actually cause diseases like cancer, liver damage, and a whole slew of other health problems. Additionally, many beauty products on the shelves today are chock-full of unnatural, straight-up CHEMICALS that are made in a lab and have been linked to higher levels of toxicity in those who use them. Toxic chemicals in the body then lead to diseases, unbalanced hormones, and just feeling crummy. So, in a world where pollution is rampant and chemicals are sprayed on just about everything, it’s more important than ever to really know what makes up your beauty routine!
So, want to take a deeper look into what our products have in them? Look no further! Here we list EVERY ingredient used in any one of our products and why they are so great for you!
Known as the "plant of immortality" to the ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has been a staple of good skin and body care for centuries. It contains 20 of the needed 22 amino acids people needs to feel their best and contains all eight essential amino acids. Aloe vera also contains an array of beneficial minerals (like manganese and zinc), along with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E! All of these factors make aloe great for soothing irritated skin, adding moisture to skin, and reducing inflammation! This puts it at the top as one of the best non-irritating substances, but keeps its lubricating and moisturizing properties, making it our number 1 ingredient in our personal lubricant!
Don’t let the name fool you. Ascorbic Acid is simply vitamin C! It’s used as a preservative in our organic aloe vera. Without it, the aloe would have a shelf life of about a week, which is barely enough time for us to make it and get it to you! Not only is a a wonderful natural preservative, but it also has health benefits ranging from boosting immunity to having potential anti-cancer properties!
Avocado oil is another superfood that I just love for both beauty and cooking! It is wonderful for dry skin and is even used to decrease itching from bug bites. This oil can also be used to protect skin from harmful UV radiation and fights aging! The thing to love the most about it, though, is its moisturizing capabilities. That’s why it’s a favorite that’s used in the lotion bars and lip balms!
Beeswax is our go-to when it comes to adding more structure and anti-melting properties to our products. It’s make by worker bees within the honeycomb, and I make sure to source our beeswax from places where no bees are harmed during harvesting.
Beeswax is rich in vitamins, especially vitamin A (which helps keep your skin hydrated) and is an awesome humectant, so your skin can retain moisture! It also has great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it’s an all-around great skin and body protector.
Citric Acid is derived from, you guessed it, citrus fruit! It's part of a duo, including ascorbic acid, that keeps our products fresher longer, so you have time to enjoy them to their full potential! Not only does keep our aloe vera fresh, it also aids in fighting wrinkles and uneven skin tone!
Cocoa butter is a personal favorite of mine. It’s what makes out lip balms so silky smooth and gives our lotion bars an intense hydration without the sticky, oily feeling!
Derived from the cocoa bean, it’s basically chocolate’s cousin (and, let’s be real, who doesn’t love chocolate??)! Like it’s partners in crime shea butter and coconut oil, it’s full of essential fatty acids and contains vitamins galore. This means, tons of hydration for your skin, extra soothing properties, and less signs of aging!
Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil is all you need for luxuriously soft skin. Its super moisturizing capabilities make it a staple for any hydrating product. It’ll even help soothe your skin from irritants like eczema.
What makes it a skin superfood? Coconut oil contains a high amount of healthy saturated fats called MCT’s (or medium chain triglycerides). These are shorter than the unhealthy fats, so they are easier for your body to break down and actually benefit you!
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit oil is great for those days you feel more sluggish than usual. It’s great for mental and immune system stimulation! It is often used in organic cleaning products for its amazing cleansing properties. Grapefruit oil is also used to treat depression and anxiety!
Lavender Essential Oil/Dried Lavender
Lavender not only smells amazing, but it also has multiple health benefits, including antiseptic properties and the potential to be a pain reliever. It is often used to treat anxiety, combat headaches, and relieve nausea! It’s great for your skin, too. The name lavender comes from the Latin word “lavare” meaning “to wash”. It’ll leave your skin feeling oh-so fresh!
Manuka is a special kind of honey make by New Zealand bees that pollinate manuka bushes. It is high in antibacterial and moisturizing properties, so it makes for a great additional to your skincare routine. Manuka honey’s moisturizing properties make it a great anti-aging agent, leading to firmer, smoother skin!
Mica is a type of mineral naturally derived from the Earth. Its shiny and colorful appearance has made it a popular, natural choice for colorant and shimmer. In fact, ancient humans used mica variants to create cave paintings dating back to 40,000 BC!
Rose Essential Oil
I LOVE rose essential oil. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also makes my body feel great! Rose is a natural hormone balancer, and has been known to help ease imbalanced hormone side effects like depression and anxiety. Rose essential oil is also great for combatting acne since it has strong antibacterial properties. Also, scientists have found it helps to open up your skin so it can absorb more nutrients! This is why it is one of my favorite oils to use in lotion bars and lip balms so your skin can get the most out of their nutrient-packed ingredients!
You may be wondering, “What in the world is a rosehip?” Rosehips are the berries, or fruit, left behind after a rose flowers and loses its petals. Rosehip oil is actually one of the best anti-aging oils out there due to its rich composition of beta carotene (helps to increase cell turnover = less wrinkles), and vitamin C and E. It’s also composed of a high amount of essential fatty acids. All of these properties combined leads to less dark spots, reduced fine lines, and hydrated skin!
Shea butter is derived from the Shea (Karite) tree and is known as a “skin superfood” in the natural beauty world. Packed full of nutrients and vitamins (like vitamins A, E, and F), it’s the thing your skin wants to look and feel its best. It has natural UV protection, sitting around SPF 5-6, and it gives your skin a dose of essential fatty acids, which are necessary for your body to produce collagen. So what does all that mean? It means extra moisture and smoothing for your skin (less flaky skin and wrinkles, woohoo!), along with reduced inflammation (bye bye redness!)! It’s a win-win on all fronts.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is my go-to when I need a base oil for our products. What makes this oil rise above the rest? Not only is it great for your skin, but it also benefits your heart and colon! High in vitamin E & K, it’ll give your skin the glow and nutrients it needs to thrive! Sweet almond oil also helps protect your skin from damage, reduces inflammation, and prevents aging!
Tea Tree Oil
The ultimate antioxidant, tea tree oil is wonderful for cleansing and healing. If you suffer from acne, you’ve probably seen this on all kinds of face washes and spot treatments. Since it’s such a great antioxidant, it’s one of the best oils for fighting skin blemishes!
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil has properties of both a nutrient and antioxidant, and is often referred to as the “skin vitamin”. It helps protect your skin and body from harmful free radicals. While I love it’s internal health benefits, it’s the effect it has on skin that made me fall in love! Vitamin E is a staple for moisturized, healthy skin. It can also help reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and eczema!
Xantham Gum is used as a thickening agent and is commonly used in gluten free baking. It is made from the fermentation of simple sugars from a bacteria called Xanthomonas campestris. I use xanthan gum in my aloe vera based lubricant as a thickening agent, so the lube is creamy and lasts longer. It also adds lubricity!