Ingedient Glossary

ALGAE EXTRACT
Active substance used to normalize the skin's moisture content and provide suppleness to the epidermis. Used to add vital oligo-elements and increase surface hydration.

ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE (Aloe barbadensis) - Organic
Aloe Vera extract has been used for more than 3,000 years for its soothing, healing and repairing properties. There are more than 200 varieties of these desert lilies, all rich in vitamins and minerals.

APRICOT OIL (Prunus armeniaca)
Apricot oil is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that help condition the skin. It penetrates skin cells without leaving a greasy feel and is well known for its protective and nourishing properties.

ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C)
The remarkable antioxidant and preservative properties of Vitamin C make it an important ingredient in skin care formulations. Research has shown it to be the only vitamin that effectively stimulates the growth of collagen. When applied topically, vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and helps promote healthy cell turnover for younger looking skin.

AVOCADO OIL (Persea gratissima) **Certified Biodynamic
An extremely deep-penetrating oil, rich in vitamins A, D, E and potassium, avocado oil contains proteins, lecithin, beta-carotene and more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids. High in sterolins (known to reduce age spots) it helps minimize sun-damage, reduce the appearance of scars, and assists in regeneration and rejuvenation by hydrating and moisturizing the skin.

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BERGAMOT OIL (Citrus bergamia)
The powerful antiseptic action of this member of the citrus family makes it beneficial for treating wounds, acne and dry skin. Bergamot has also been found to increase the skin's immunity to infections.

BLACKCURRENT SEED OIL (Ribes nigrum)
Black currant seed oil is rich in essential omega-6 fatty acids, which promote and maintain the body's vital functions. It is also high in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), which has been proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

BORAGE OIL (b.officinalis)
Rich in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) borage, also known as starflower oil, is used in skin care products to boost collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is also highly effective for the treatment of minor inflammations.

BURDOCK EXTRACT (Actium lappa) - Organic
Burdock root consists primarily of carbohydrates, tannins, and fatty oils, all of which contribute to its healing properties. Burdock is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects.

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CALENDULA EXTRACT (Calendula officinalis) - Organic
Calendula, or marigold, is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, soothing and healing herb, which stimulates cellular regeneration. This highly effective herb is used in all our products.

CANADIAN RED CLOVER EXTRACT (Teifolium pratense)
A legume rich in isoflavones, red clover is used for its antioxidant, cell regenerating, anti inflammatory, and detoxifying properties on the skin.

CHAMOMILE EXTRACT AND OIL (Chamomilla spp.) - Organic
Chamomile has been used for centuries by civilizations around the world. Its anti-inflammatory characteristics applied topically improves skin regeneration. Chamomile is rich in azulene and bisabolol, which reduces puffiness and helps cleanse skin pores.

CLARY SAGE OIL (Slvia Sclarea)
The name 'clary' is derived from the Latin word sclarea meaning 'clear' - appropriate, since this herb helps maintain a clear complexion by regulating sebum production. It also helps reduce swelling.

COMFREY EXTRACT (Symphytum officinale)
One of the most famed healing plants; it contains allantoin, a substance that promotes the growth of connective tissue and is easily absorbed through the skin. Comfrey heals rapidly and soothes irritated skin, reducing swelling and bruising. Comfrey is well known for its healing qualities. It was referred to as "Knitbone" traditionally, as it is known for knitting together tissues and promoting cell growth.

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FLAXSEED OIL (Linum usitatissimum)
Flaxseed contains high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are useful for healing scars and abrasions as well as for their anti-inflammatory properties. This makes flaxseed effective in the treatment of dry, inflamed skin or skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema. When applied topically, flax oil can help lock in moisture and improve the appearance of dry, dull skin, even helping to improve the appearance of fine lines.

FRANKINCENSE OIL (Olibanum)
Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to treat numerous ailments. It is well known for its anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and healing properties and is recommended for use on dry and mature skins, scars, wounds and wrinkles.

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GERANIUM OIL (Pelargonium Graveolens)
Essence of geranium is widely used for its balancing, calming and uplifting properties. In skin care preparations; it is valued for its ability to balance oil and moisture content.

GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT (G. biloba)
Ginkgo Biloba is a vasodilator which helps increase circulation, improve sebaceous secretions, decrease capillary hyper-permeability, improve tissue irrigation and activate cell metabolism. It also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic properties and is effective at increasing the creation of fibroblast, collagen and extra cellular fibronectin.

GRAPE SKIN EXTRACT (Vitis vinifera)
Grape skin extract is full of beneficial antioxidants and polyphenols. This nutrient rich extract promotes blood circulation, which enhances, replenishes and revitalizes the complexion.

GREEN TEA EXTRACT (Camellia Sinensis) (Camellia Oleifera)
Polyphenols give green tea powerful antioxidant and cell-protection properties, making it a valuable addition to our skin care products. Although they do not block UV rays, topical green tea formulations have been shown to reduce sun damage by destroying free radicals and reducing inflammation, when used in conjunction with an effective sunscreen. Where collagen has broken down, green tea's enzymatic action can result in firmer looking skin.

GUAR GUM *Certified Organic
Used as a thickener, protective colloid in skin care products, creams and lotions.

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HORSETAIL HERB (Equisetum arvense) - Organic
Rich in minerals - particularly silica, glutathione and vitamin C, Horsetail remineralizes and acts as an astringent and local decongestant. It helps boost collagen production. A great herb used in anti-aging skin care.

HYALURONIC ACID
Hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the joints and the deeper layers of the skin has been dubbed "the key to the fountain of youth.

HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE
An anti-microbial ingredient derived from glycine (naturally occurring Amino Acids) hydroxymethylglycinate is active against bacteria, yeast and mold.

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JULEP MINT
Mint contains Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Essential oils promote formation of white cells and acts against microbial germs, while being completely harmless to skin tissue. All these factors are at work in healing skin conditions.

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KAKADU PLUM EXTRACT (Terminalia ferdinandiana).
Found only in the Northern Territory of Australia, this fruit has the highest concentration of natural Vitamin C of any known plant. Antioxidant Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that 'mops-up' free radicals, helping to prevent damage to the skin's cell structure. Vitamin C stimulates production of Elastin and Collagen to help maintain skin suppleness.

KOREAN GINSENG EXTRACT (Panax schinsen)
This extract is well known for its detoxifying and strengthening properties. When it is used as an ingredient in skin care products, Korean Ginseng helps condition and rejuvenates as well as strengthening the skin's immune system.

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LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia) - Organic
One of the oldest and most prevalent ingredients in skin care, this antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb is known for its calming and soothing properties, making it a great remedy for stressed skin. It is also used to promote healing and encourage new cell growth.

LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice root extract is widely valued for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, as well as its qualities as a brightening agent.

LOTUS BEAN GUM (Nelumbo nucifera) *Certified Organic
The Lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions for centuries, and this sacred extract has been credited with numerous beneficial properties both physical and spiritual. When used in skin care products it helps improve skin condition, texture and complexion and combats the signs of aging.

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MARINE COLLOID EXTRACT
Marine colloid stimulates collagen production, encourages skin renewal and reduces the appearance of both deep wrinkles and fine lines. By helping prevent collagen and elastin breakdown it is instrumental in firming the skin. Marine Colloid provides viscosity control, moisturizes and is a film former. It is known to promote blood flow, release moisture and have a vitalizing effect and care for the skin. As such, algae containing products are reported to have a beneficial effect on the healing process in cases of eczema, psoriasis and neurodermitis.

MACADAMIA OIL (Macadamia ternifolia) **Certified Biodynamic
The macadamia nut contains palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, plus omega 3 and 6. Its oil is extremely stable and closely resembles the sebum found in young humans. Highly effective at penetrating skin cells, macadamia nut oil is great for moisturizing and hydrating.

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OAT PROTEIN
Oat protein is a natural humectant clinically proven to increase hydration. In skin care products it is used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. A soluble form of oats containing 23% oligosaccharides and 3% protein retains up to 50% more moisture than comparable proteins. It conditions the skin to feel silky smooth.

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PALMAROSA (Cymbopogon martinii)
Palmarosa oil moisturizes the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections.

PANTHENOL (VITAMIN B5)
Vitamin B5 is essential to DNA and RNA synthesis and cell reproduction. As such, it is crucial for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body. Among its many health benefits, Vitamin B5 is essential to the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails. Deficiencies in B vitamins can cause premature aging, dry dull skin, brittle and weak nails, grey hair and other skin conditions.

PURIFIED RAIN/GLACIER WATER
In nature, flowing water contains an energy vortex that reduces impurities and increases the amount of dissolved oxygen it holds. The energy and valuable health benefits of this 'living water' is lost when the water is transported in restrictive pipes and not allowed to flow naturally. With a combination of ancient technique and modern science, the revitalized water process restores the natural energy of water by running it through a vortex of quartz crystals and silver coils, flushing away impurities and increasing dissolved oxygen levels.

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RETINYL PALMITATE
Retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, is becoming an increasingly popular anti-aging ingredient as an alternative to tretinoin and retinol because it is a gentler, milder vitamin A option. Retinyl Palmitate vitamin A treatments have demonstrated similar success when compared to retinol in rejuvenating aging skin.

ROMAN CHAMOMILE OIL (Anthemis nobilis)
This bright, crisp, sweet, fruity herb is greatly valued for its wide range of healing properties. It can help to calm acne, eczema, rashes, wounds, dermatitis, dry and itchy skin and other allergic skin conditions.

ROSEHIP EXTRACT AND OIL (Rosa canina) *Certified Organic
Wild crafted and cold pressed in Chile; this oil is rich in transretinoic acid and essential fatty acids. Clinically proven to reduce scarring, wrinkles and other age related conditions on the skin.

ROSE OIL (Rose damascena)
Rose is the Queen of Oils. And our rose oil is very special. It comes from a tiny village in Iran where it is organically grown, picked by hand and steam distilled using mountain stream water. The result is a unique extract rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties. It is invaluable for soothing red, inflamed skin and strengthening capillaries, as well as purifying, smoothing, moisturizing and conditioning the skin.

ROSEMARY EXTRACT (Rosmarius officinalis) *Certified Organic
Rosemary is a powerful antioxidant, and anti aging herb known for its ability to increase microcirculation in the body.

ROSEWOOD OIL
Rosewood essential oil may be useful in skin care blends as well. It has been noted to "create skin elasticity" and is "soothing to the skin". It is further recognized to support elimination of candida from the skin and possibly slow the aging process.

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SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT
Derived from yeast, this extract is an excellent humectant, drawing moisture from the air and helping skin cells prevent moisture loss. It may also aid in reducing hyper pigmentation by blocking melanin biosynthesis. Yeast extract is an antioxidant, a pH adjuster, and rich in the B vitamins and amino acids that help maintain healthy looking skin.

SKULLCAP EXTRACT (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap extract is best known for its sedative properties and is used to calm the skin. Its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent addition to skin care products.

SOY LECITHIN
Lecithin, derived from soybeans, is a powerful anti-oxidant and emulsifier. The chemical cousin of vitamin B, lecithin is high in essential fatty acids, and is an essential building block of the lipid layer that surrounds skin cells and forms the foundation of the cell membrane.

STEARIC ACID
Stearic acid is a fatty acid used as a cosmetic base and emollient. It is also used to soften and soothe the skin.

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL (Helianthus annuus) *Certified Organic
This cold-pressed, unrefined oil is rich in vitamins A and E as well as other fatty acids. It has excellent moisture retention properties and helps maintain a good support system for the skin.

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TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E)
A natural non-GMO antioxidant vitamin used in skin care products for its excellent moisturizing and softening properties.

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UVA URSI LEAF (BEARBERRY) EXTRACT (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
As a natural extract found in bearberry (Uva Ursi) plants, arbutin creates a lightening and brightening effect on the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase activity, making it effective for reducing age related pigmentation and age spots. Bearberry also helps increase cell turnover and is an excellent antioxidant.

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WHEATGERM OIL
This oil is an excellent source of Vitamin E and is used widely in skin care products for its emollient and moisturizing properties.

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YLANG YLANG OIL
Distilled from fresh flowers, Ylang Ylang has a sensual, exotic smell and is known for its aphrodisiac properties. When applied to the skin, it has an uplifting and rejuvenating effect.

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