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  • WHY WE USE THE INGREDIENTS WE USE

    Choosing the best quality ingredients, offered by businesses who operate with integrity, is our #1 priority. As we grow, we continue to seek out and partner with businesses who also value people, plants and the planet over profit.

    Our ingredients are 100% natural, 90% organic and 0% artificial. 

    Discover why we chose and continue to choose the ingredients we do below. For your convenience, we have provided links to scientific research exploring the topical benefits of each ingredient. 

     

    Unrefined Organic Shea Butter

    raw shea butter for organic skin moisturizer

    We use raw, grade A, virgin, USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade, unrefined, shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) from Ghana in our creams, soaps and balms. Unrefined shea butter has a nutty aroma, creamy color and a "0" rating on the comedogenic scale (the scale that determines the pore-clogging likelihood of an oil).

    Organic raw shea butter contains high amounts of vitamin A and E and a dynamic blend of rich fatty acids known to improve the look and feel of the skin.

    In addition, because it's not refined, it retains all its original nutrients. While this does lead to being careful with how our products are stored and made (must keep away from heat or else risk texture changes), it's also why our products are so effective with problematic skin.

    We encourage you to explore the benefits of using shea butter topically further.

     

    Grass-Fed Tallow

    grass fed tallow used in nefertem tallow skincare

    We use tallow in our soaps, creams and balms that we render in-house from pure suet, sourced from local, small family farms who raise grass-fed, grass-finished, antibiotic-free cattle.

    The ranches we source our suet (the fat before we render it into tallow) from care for the cattle naturally as our grandparents would have – plenty of sunshine, fresh grass and love.

    Grass fed tallow contains high amounts of Vitamins A, D & K, antioxidants, and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Explore the benefits of grass fed tallow in detail.

    Of all the oils or fats to use on the skin, tallow has been deemed most likely to address dryness at the cellular level naturally due to its similar composition to our sebum.

    Tallow has been known to replenish the building blocks of our skin cells that decrease with age while improving the look and feel of the skin. Learn more about the benefits of grass fed tallow.

     

    Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil

    organic coconut oil we use in Nefertem natural moisturizers

    We use pure, unrefined, expeller-pressed, USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade USA-certified, virgin coconut oil (Cocos nucifera) in our soaps, creams and balms.

    Unlike "refined" coconut oil, our unrefined coconut is never exposed to hexane (a harsh chemical used to increase oil yield).

    Unrefined coconut oil has been shown to have natural antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties and contains high amounts of antioxidants.

    We encourage you to explore the benefits of topical coconut oil use further. 

     

    Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil

    olive oil used in nefertem natural skincare

    We use USDA Certified Organic, first cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil (Olea europaea) from Spain, Italy and Tunisia in our natural soaps, creams and balms.

    Our olive oil is made by mechanically, cold-pressing the olives to extract the oil. This careful process helps to retain most (if not all) of olive oil's delicate vitamins.

    High in polyphenols, antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, olive oil is also said to increase skin hydration naturally, guard against free-radical damage and improve the softness of skin.

    We encourage you to explore olive oil's topical benefits further.

     

    GCMS-tested, Pure Essential Oils

    essential oils for use in nefertem holistic skincare

    We use certified organic essential oils whenever it makes sense. Some oils come from countries that do not have an organic designation program, therefore, they cannot be purchased organic.

    Some oils come from plants that are naturally, and sustainably, wild-harvested, therefore do not need organic certification to ensure purity. After careful research, we make that choice.

    All of our essential oils have been chosen for their energetic, mental, emotional and physiological benefits, as indicated by various scientific research documents.

    Being highly potent plant extracts, essential oils offer benefits not afforded to us by artificial fragrances.

    In fact, ingredients found in many artificial fragrances have been shown to disrupt our hormone receptors and cause havoc within our lymphatic system (source). Discover why essential oils are so essential. Learn about the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils. 

     

    Organic Dried Herbs

    herbs drying for use in our holistic skincare

    We infuse specific products with raw, dried, certified organic, sustainably harvested herbs from a company based out of Oregon.

    Organic herbs contain higher levels of micronutrients and less pesticide residue than their conventionally-grown alternatives.

    The herbs used in our holistic skincare formulas, such as turmeric, calendula and white willow bark, have been extensively studied for their therapeutic benefits when applied directly to the skin.

    We encourage you to explore turmeric's topical benefits further. Explore calendula's benefits. Explore white willow's benefits

     

    Raw Natural Beeswax

    natural beeswax for use in organic skincare

    We use a raw, natural, yellow beeswax (cera alba) from bees raised by a local bee farm in our natural moisturizers.

    The benefits of using beeswax in skin preparations goes back as far as the Ebers Papyrus. We encourage you to explore honey's topical application benefits further. 

     

    Organic Golden Jojoba Oil

    jojoba oil with seeds for use in holistic skincare

    We use cold-pressed, Certified Organic, golden jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis) sourced from Argentina, Panama and the United States in our natural moisturizers.

    Jojoba oil has been shown to benefits a variety of skin conditions due to its unique chemical composition. Explore some of jojoba's benefits.

    Jojoba oil adds a beautiful softness to our moisturizers, which can be used liberally day and night.

    With a comedogenic (pore clogging) rating of only 2, jojoba oil is used extensively within the skin care industry to aide in hydrating and softening the skin.

     

    Organic Castor Oil

    castor oil seeds on tree for use in organic skincare

    We use Certified Organic, expeller-pressed castor oil (Ricinus communis) from India in our natural soap.

    Castor oil adds a level of moisture and lather to our soaps that we simply couldn’t live without! Explore Castor Oil's benefits

     

    Organic Neem Oil

    organic neem in glass jar with neem berries in bowl for holistic skincare

    We use Certified Organic, kosher certified, neem oil (Azadirachta indica) in our TLC Soap.

    All parts of the neem tree have been shown as useful remedies, especially in Ayurvedic medicine, where its use dates back roughly 5,000 years.

    Extensive studies have been conducted on the wide variety of uses and benefits of neem oil, especially in the treatment of skin conditions. Explore the benefits of topical neem oil use.

     

    Non-GMO Vitamin E Oil

    vitamin e oil in glass bottle used in natural skincare

    We use kosher certified, Non-GMO, vitamin E oil (tocopherols from soy) in our natural moisturizers.

    Vitamin E oil adds an antioxidant property to our creams and assists in improving the look of the skin.

    Used topically in skin preparations, vitamin e oil has been shown to aide in many regenerative processes. Explore the benefits of using vitamin e oil topically.

     

    Raw Natural Clay

    clay in white bowl used for our holistic skincare

    We use a variety of raw, natural clay powders in our natural soap to achieve a variety of natural colors. Clay has been used for cosmetics and skincare since at least 6,000 years ago.

    Clay is known to be rich in micro-minerals such as iron, potassium, copper, silica and more. It is said that this adds to its skin smoothing and detoxifying properties.

     

    Powdered Organic Herbs & Marine Plants

    powdered herbs in bowls used in our organic skincare

    We use a variety of organic, all natural, powdered herbs and spirulina in our natural soap to achieve a variety of natural colors.

    Herbs have been used at least 6,000 years to produce various colored cosmetics and as additives to skin soothing salves.

    It has been said that due to the rich vitamin content in herbs and spirulina, that both can contribute to the improved appearance of the skin.

     

    Full-Moon Infused Purified Water

    full moon against blue sky for use in organic skin care preparations

    We use spiritually-cleansed, full-moon bathed, distilled water in our natural soap and aromatherapy sprays. Many around the world believe that it is best to set an intention or goal on a full moon because the moon's energy is at it's peak. The strength of this energy can intensify the power of the goal/intention, making the outcome arrive faster/easier/more naturally.

    We prepare our full-moon infused, purified water by cleansing it with burning sage and intentional meditation. On the night of the full moon, we write HCME on the outside of the gallon jugs to saturate the water with the power of Healing, Cleansing, Manifesting and Evolving. 

    We then place the gallons outside to bathe in the moonlight all night long. In the morning, we respectfully remove them from outside and store for future use. This highly charged water imparts a powerful, positive energetic quality to our soaps & sprays that cannot be measured, only felt.

     

    Clear Quartz Crystals

    quartz crystals used in organic aromatherapy sprays

    We use clear quartz crystals in our aromatherapy sprays as they are said to retain the energetic intention we set while creating each product.

    Clear quartz is known for its ability to amplify spiritual awareness and assist the mind in clearing negative thought patterns.

    Considered the master of all healing crystals, clear quartz is believed to possess the ability to cleanse one's aura.

    These quartz crystals share a distinct bond with our bodies as they are composed of silicon dioxide, a chemical compound known for its energy attracting and communication enhancing properties.

    This shared molecular structure is what gives this transparent crystal its profound benefits when worn, utilized (in our aroma sprays) or kept in your living space.

     

    Organic Witch Hazel Extract

    witch hazel tree used in making our organic holistic skincare

    We use Certified Organic, Kosher, witch hazel extract (Hamamelis virginiana) from the USA in our aromatherapy sprays. Witch hazel is a natural distillation of the twigs and bark of the witch hazel tree and can be used all over the skin.

    We use it in our aromatherapy sprays to assist in blending the essential oils and water each time you shake your bottle. Witch hazel has a minimal scent and adds an energetic softness to our sprays. 

     

    Still Have Questions?

    variety of herbal ingredients used to make our organic holistic skincare

    Have any questions about why we use the ingredients we use in our holistic skincare? Contact us today. We'd be happy to answer.