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 Choose The Ingredients We Use
Please note that the FDA severely restricts the discussion of benefits of natural ingredients. Therefore, for your convenience, we have provided links to scientific research exploring the topical benefits of each ingredient.
Unrefined Organic Shea Butter
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. We encourage you to explore the benefits of using shea butter topically further.
We use tallow in our soaps, creams and balms that we render in-house from pure suet, sourced from a small family farm who raises grass-fed, grass-finished, antibiotic-free cattle. This ranch family of 6 cares 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 CLA on skin regeneration.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 said to have the power to purify the aura. "Quartz crystals have a unique relationship to the human body because they are both made up of silicon dioxide, a chemical compound that attracts energy and fuels communication. This connection in genetic makeup is what makes clear quartz crystal so beneficial to wear, use and have in your home." (source)
Organic Witch Hazel Extract
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?
Have any questions about why we use the ingredients we use in our holistic skincare? Contact us today. We'd be happy to answer.