This is a complete list of all the ingredients we use in our products. You will see different ingredients listed in our soaps because we do not make them ourselves. Full ingredients disclosed for every product under the ingredients tab.
Calendula flower extract
We grow Calendula Officinalis (otherwise known as Pot Marigold) at our farm on the Mendip Hills. Calendula has been used for thousands of years in skin care to soothe inflammation and promote healing. It is less well known for internal use as a remedy for digestive and urinary infections, as a mouthwash or gargle for sore throats, tonsillitis and gum disease. It's uses are, in fact, far too many to mention.
We love it's well known calming qualities, but also because it can promote collagen regeneration and is rich in antioxidants, making it possibly the oldest anti ageing treatment in the world.
We grow, pick and dry the flowers and use them to infuse our base oils.
Some of the useful components of calendula include, carotenoids, flavonoids, mucilage, resin, polysachharides, aromatic plant acids as well as saponins, glycosides and sterols
It's unusual to find clinical studies of natural remedies, but Calendula's healing properties have been recognised in several studies, including this one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25276736
Here is a lovely link on the traditional and folk uses of Calendula which quotes well known herbalist Mathew Woods
Marshmallow root extract
Marshmallow is also one of our favourite herbs that we grow here on our small farm in the middle of the Mendip countryside. It is traditionally used for calming and soothing the skin and mucus membranes reduces skin irritation and has ant-inflammatory properties. We love it for it's ability to soften, hydrate and repair. It's effect on rough hands, feet and skin damaged by water is remarkable. It's a great herb for very dry skin conditions as it will help hydrate the driest skin.
Zinc oxide is a naturally occurring mineral which has been used for many years in all sorts of first aid situations. It is the active ingredient in calamine lotion because it soothes and cools angry skin. It is also found in hemorrhoid preparations because it shrinks swollen tissue. It is used in many mineral sunscreens and as a white pigment in mineral make up.
We only use non-nano zinc oxide, so it won't be absorbed into the skin. It will show white on the skin if applied too liberally. It is very water repellent and will protect skin from moisture damage. consequently it is hard to wash out and it can stain clothes and nappies.
Zinc oxide has a drying effect on the skin and is useful for oily skin and suitable for skin affected by blistery rashes (like chicken pox). It is very suitable for skin prone to rosacea, acne and perioral dermatitis.
We buy babassu as organic or wild harvest - depending on availability.
Babassu rich in Vitamin E and is used to heal scars. It contains phytosterols which are proven to reduce the loss of collagen production caused by exposure to the sun and it is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is very similar to coconut oil, but much lighter and less prone to clogging pores (it is non comedogenic), it has excellent emollient properties and is helpful to both oily and dry skin. Because it is a tropical oil it is very sun stable and will reduce free radical damage.
We buy only unrefined organic shea butter because refining removes nutrients. It is very easily absorbed and does not make skin feel greasy and it wont clog pores. Shea butter is known for it's excellent emollient qualities. This is because it is rich in the essential fatty acid 'linoliec acid' (known as Vitamin F). It is also very rich in antioxidant vitamins A and E which will neutralise free radicals. It's not surprising it's known as an anti-ager. Because it is a tropical oil it is very sun-stable.
Macadamia nut oil
We buy organic macademia nut oil. It is a light oil easily absorbed and said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known for its emollient properties which means it improves skin barrier to seal in moisture. It is predominately mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are sun-stable.
We buy organic jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is rich in Vitamin E and B complex which makes it very soothing and anti-inflammatory. It is said to keep skin calm and recommended for eczema and rosacea. It has a high percentage of mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are sun-stable.
Sweet almond oil
prunus amygdalus dulcis
We buy unrefined cold pressed almond oil which will have the best vitamin content. We do not buy organic as it is extraordinarily expensive and because the nut is protected by a shell so the non-organic crop is very clean. Almond oil is very rich in vitamins E and A which are free radical busting antioxidants. Vitamin A is also anti-inflammatory. It has a high percentage of mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are sun-stable.
We buy unrefined organic coconut oil. Coconut oil is almost legendary for it's anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is often recommended for eczema and acne, however, we find it can make some people spotty so we don't use it in products we make for facial use and we don't recommend it for acne prone skin (although we think this is only a problem for certain individuals). It absorbs beautifully because it has one of the smallest molecules of all the oils. Because we use the unrefined version it smells divine.
We buy organic unrefined avocado oil. When you see the colour you know it's good, deep green and oozing with nutrients. Famously rich in vitamin E but also vitamin A, vitamin D and potassium. It's used to sooth flaky itchy skin and calm acne. It is sun-stable and will reduce free radical damage.
We buy organic sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is very high in the omega 6 essential fatty acid, linoliec acid (Vitamin F). This means It has great emollient properties and will repair skin barrier to seal in moisture. It is also rich in vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin D. This makes it anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating. It is non-comedogenic and will not block pores.
Rosehip oil is known as an anti-ager because of it's high levels of vitamins C and A. (retinol is derived from vitamin A). It also contains caretinoids which are similar to vitamin A and improve collagen production. Its said to reduce wrinkles, prevent stretch marks and improve scars. We appreciate it's wealth of gamma linolenic acid (GLA). This is a fatty acid which atopic eczema sufferers often cannot synthesise. Applying GLA to the skin can be very helpful for eczema. It is not sun-stable and best used at night.
Apricot Kernel Oil
We buy cold pressed apricot kernel oil. It is a lovely light oil that is easily absorbed and suitable for all skin types. It is rich in antioxidant vitamins A and E which halt free radical damage. Vitamin A is anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. Apricot kernel oil is high in oliec acid which is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid and is very sun-stable.
Baobab oil is a wild harvest crop. It is high in saturated fats and very sun-stable. it contains vitamins A, D, E and F and is known as a rejuvenator. it improves skins elasticity and is an excellent emollient.
We buy cold pressed borage oil. We like it for it's high levels of gamma linolenic acid which is a fatty acid which atopic eczema sufferers often cannot synthesise. A review of studies using topically applied borage, and other oils containing gamma linolenic acid, found borage oil has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and that it was helpful for patients with atopic dermatitis. Borage oil is not sun-stable.
Beeswax is a great moisturiser as it locks in moisture to the skin, is an ant- inflammatory and antimicrobial so it’s perfect for easily irritated problem skin such as acne. It has good humectant qualities which means it helps your skin absorb moisture from the air. It has been used for centuries for its health and healing properties.
Vitamin E oil
We only use gluten free natural vitamin E (not the synthetic version derived from petrochemicals). Vitamin E oil is a family of oil soluble anti-oxidants It assists in various kinds of cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for scars or burns. Antioxidants prevent oxidative damage to cells by halting free radical damage. Additionally, vitamin E has moisturising and healing benefits, and helps to strengthen skin barrier function, Vitamin E is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can be soothing and help calm the skin, It's also good for hydrating skin. Because it is such a powerful antioxidant, it prevents the oils in our products from going rancid and ensures a long shelf life.
Palmarosa essential oil
Palmarosa is known to be sebubum balancing and is valuable for dry or oily skin types. It can also be calming on the nervous system so may help with stress related skin issues. It is Cytophylactic which means it promotes the growth of cells and the recycling of cellular matter and therefore helps the repair of damaged skin.
clary sage essential oil
Clary sage is known to be an anti-microbial and has a positive impact on some strains of bacteria that are associated with the skin. It also helps to regulate sebum production and as it’s a mild astringent and anti-inflammatory making it great for acne related skin problems.
pourable benzoin resin
styrax benzoin + alcohol
Benzoin resin is a resin that is obtained from the bark of the styrax benzoin tree. Benzoin resin promotes elasticity and reduces redness and irritation. It has astringent properties so helps to tone up the muscles of the of the skin. It has antimicrobial actions and helps to soothe inflammation. We use benzoin in our Beauty Balm and Body Butter, it smells divine! In very rare cases it can cause irritation, this seems to affect people with severe perioral dermatits. For this reason we produced an Unfragranced Beauty Balm. If you are very sensitive, it might be worth ordering samples first to see how you get on.
Patchouli essential oil
Is great for treating skin conditions such as dermatitis, acne and dry cracked skin it helps to reduce wrinkles as has been known to increase collagen content. It also has anti-inflammatory. Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It helps boost circulation, thus promoting oxygen to the cells.
organic rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil helps to increase circulation which boosts skin and hair health. It calms inflammation and has antibacterial properties which are great for treating skin conditions such as acne.
Geranium essential oil
Geranium has anti-microbial, antibacterial and ant-inflammatory properties. It has been known to eliminate dead skin cells and promote new cell growth which is why it is great for skin many conditions. It has astringent properties and balances out sebum production.
juniper essential oil
Juniper contains properties that help speed up wound healing as well as being a mild astringent and antimicrobial it also has a calming effect on irritated skin and acne prone skin conditions.
Frankincense essential oil
It has rejuvenating, balancing and healing action on the skin, It has effective astringent, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, Frankincense Essential Oil is an effective natural remedy to calm the complexion. For irritated or damaged skin, frankincense oil restores the epidermis and calms skin.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender has been known to disinfect and sooth inflamed skin with its cooling and soothing effects. It is Cytophilactic which means it can help to eliminate scares, regenerates and repairs the skin cells. It has been used to tone and tighten the skin which helps in reducing the appearance of ageing. It is cicatrisant which means its skin healing, wound healing and cell regenerative.
Vetiver essential oil
Has excellent anti-ageing properties by firming, tightening and protecting the skin. As well as its wonderful scent we like to use this as it has excellent antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties.
Rose flower extract
Rose is well known for having a calming effect on the nervous system and lifting anxiety and balancing moods. It has high vitamin C content and aids collagen production in the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to sooth and reduce redness.