Ingredients I to P

Iron Oxide

Universally known as Hematite or rust, iron oxide is a naturally occurring mineral compound. Which is in fact, an oxidised iron, composed of iron and oxygen.

The utilisation of iron oxides can be traced back to ancient times where it was used in festivities and religious ceremonies as tattoo inks for face and body. This mineral provides a variety of colours and hues which can be used to add pigments to paints, concretes and beauty products. This inorganic compound has been created from purified, oxidised iron.

Iron oxides are used in cosmetic applications to provide desirable pigmentation in beauty products. Iron oxides impart colouring agents to mineral makeup and are classified into three major colour groups: the yellow iron oxide (yellow), colcothar (red), black iron oxide (black).

Unlike synthetic dyes, iron oxides are moisture resistant which means the colours it creates do not bleed or disappear. The compounds of iron oxides allow the mineral makeup to glide on the skin which allows effortless blending and buffing.


Jasmine Absolute

(Jasminum Sambac)
Jasmine belongs to the same family as the humble olive, the Oleaceae plant species. Jasmine is a climbing shrub grown all over the world. The fragrant white flowers are picked at night as the darkness protects the powerful aroma. The process known as effleurage is then used to extract the precious oil, known as Jasmine absolute. 

Jasmine absolute is considered to be one the most precious oils and is extremely expensive because of the abundant amount of flowers required to produce a small quantity of the dark orangey-brown, viscous liquid. Jasmine absolute has a voluptuous; intensely rich, deep, floral aroma and its flowers buds are useful for the treatment of ulcers, boils, skin and eye disorders.
Known for its aphrodisiac properties Jasmine is also purported to facilitate birth and "warm the womb". Jasmine is recognised for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative and antispasmodic properties.
Moms to be - Please Note:
Jasmine is also purported to facilitate birth and "warm the womb". 
Precautions:
"Not for use by nursing Mothers as the smell of jasmine inhibits lactation."
Source:
Environmental Health Perspectives (ehp)"Olfaction: Anatomy, Physiology and Behavior"

by Vernon A. Benignus and James D. Prah 
AND
"bandaging the breasts with jasmine flowers to suppress lactation is a common practice among women in Kerala"
Source:
"Inhibiting effect of jasmine flowers on lactation"Indian Journal of Medical ResearchAbraham, M., Devi, N. S., Sheela, R.Dept. of Anatomy, Med. Coll., Trivandrum, India. 
Our ethically harvested Jasmine Absolute is produce of Northern India


Lemon Essential Oil

(Citrus Limonum)
This refreshingly fruity essential oil is purported to carry nutrients to the hair follicles whilst controlling the natural pH of our hair and scalp. Lemon Essential Oil also stimulates the scalp and is packed full of vitamin C. It can also be used as an antimicrobial, astringent and bactericide. Lemon Essential Oil can also act as a depurative and lymphatic stimulant, getting rid of excess fluids and toxins, when used as a cellulite treatment.

Our Lemon Essential Oil is a produce of southern Italy. .


Macadamia Nut Oil

(Macadami Integrifolia)
This highly prized oil has been pressed from Macadamia Nut kernel of the tree that bears its name. It's a very stable emollient that gives coily - curly hair great sheen and softness.
Macadamia nut oil has high levels of natural antioxidants (vitamins C and E), magnesium, thiamin, omega-3-6-9 and a component of our sebum Palmitoleic Acid - said to be the key ingredient in anti-ageing creams.

Aborigines call the Macadamia Nut "Kindal Kindal" and would chill out by the east coast of Australia enjoying these yummy nuts - oh yeah!

Our Macadamia Nut Oil is produce of New South Wales, Australia.


May Chang Essential Oil

(Litsea Cubeba) 
When I first set my nostrils over this fruity essential oil it reminded me of fragrances that are used in some really rather expensive parfums - I haven't yet found anything that quite matches it's unique aroma. In South East China Litsea is used to flavour tea, it is also known for it's antiviral and cell regenerative properties, this citrusy essential oil has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for hundreds of years. 

May Chang is also used as an astringent to tone, cleanse and help clear acne prone skin. It has antiviral properties that help ward off viral conditions and ease the symptoms of colds and flu.

Our May Chang is produce of China.


Mica

Mica is the most common ingredient found in mineral makeup.

Its name has been derived from the Latin word “micare” which means a crumb that glitters. They are mined from igneous and metamorphic rocks and are used for various applications in the electrical, automotive, construction and industrial industry since the 19th century.

One of Mica’s distinguished features is its shimmering and pearlescent appearance that remains constant even when it’s being grounded into finely milled powder. It has monoclinic properties, similar to most crystals, which can reflect light off its surface which is why it also became appealing to the cosmetics industry.

Crushed and pulverised mica exhibits a very natural sheen when added to foundations, lipsticks, eyeliner, blushers, nail polish and in many different kinds of makeup products.

Powdered mica’s aesthetic contribution to mineral makeup is its light-reflective quality that gives a “lit-from-within” glow that looks very natural. It is an ingredient that adds a velvety and silky feel to mineral makeup which gives a gliding effect when applied on the skin.

Mica also provides skin care benefits as it evens out the complexion and buffs away redness and pigmentation from the skin with continuous use. 


Monoi de Tahiti®

Tiare
(Cocos Nucifera oil and Gardenia Tahitensis)

Monoï de Tahiti is protected worldwide by an Appellation d'Origine (guarantee of Origin) designation (French decree no. 92-340)
Fabulous natural floral oil from French Polynesia. 
The 2000 year old technique, called enfleurage, is the art of extracting fresh floral buds and gently macerating them in coconut oil.
The Gardenia Taitensis (Tiare) flower comes from the Rubiacea plant species.
The Tiare Tahiti blooms all year round with its snow-white petals that contrast against its glossy, dark green, smooth leaves. The Gardenia releases a unique aroma into the Coconut Oil sort of a mixture of gardenia, tuberose and a hint of apple flowers.
 
Monoi de Tahiti is a mixture of: 
Natural chemical composition:
Tiare essential oil is rich in active ingredients, partly explaining the flower’s many uses. GC/MS (gas chromatography and mass spectrophotometry) analyses have confirmed the presence of the active molecules in Monoi de Tahiti, thereby confirming the quality of the gentle extraction process.     

These compounds include:
• Methyl salicylate known for its soothing properties.
• And purifying compounds, including :
- Natural Alcohols (like hexanol and phenylethyl alcohol)
- Natural Esters (ethyl benzoate and methyl salicylate, for example).     

Traditional applications:
The Tiare flower is the emblem of Tahiti. It is also one of the main ingredients in French Polynesia’s traditional pharmacopoeia. It is believed to effectively relieve migraine and earache, heal wounds, and even cure certain types of eczema.

“Monoi de Tahiti is the product obtained by macerating  Tiare blossoms in refined coconut oil. This oil is to be extracted from mature coconuts gathered from Cocos Nucifera trees growing in the coral soil in the geographic area of French Polynesia exclusively. Only "Tiare" flower buds from the Gardenia Tahitensis species and of Polynesian origin are acceptable...”
Source:
Institut du Monoï / The Monoi Institute 
Tahiti, French Polynesia

Our Monoi de Tahiti is manufactured under strict controls and has been issued with a certificate of origin by the Monoi de Tahiti Appellation D'origine. This is why only  "Tiare"  flower buds from the Gardenia Tahitensis species and Coconut Oil obtained from the coconuts grown exclusively on the coral soil of French Polynesia are acceptable for use in Monoi de Tahiti® Tiare.

Monoi may solidify at temperatures below 72°F (22°C).


Non-Destructive Palm Oil

(Elaeis Guineensis)
A wonderfully light and non-greasy ingredient with the consistency of Unrefined Shea Butter is extracted from wild-growing Palm trees.
Palm oil is isolated from the pulp whereas Palm Kernel oil is taken from the kernel. Both have different fatty acid properties. Palm oil is 51% saturated, 39% mono unsaturated and 10% polyunsaturated whereas Palm Kernel oil is 84% saturated, 14% unsaturated and 2% polyunsaturated. However, both contain high amounts of glycerides which is a natural conditioner that imparts incredible softness to skin and hair.  
  
We feel very strongly about the plight of the orangutan.

Our Palm Oil supplies are sourced from plantations that:
• Use already-degraded land for palm oil production.
• Ensures that absolutely no high conservation value forests are cleared for oil-palm cultivation.
• Respects the traditional land rights of local communities.
• Does not use fire to clear areas.
• Ensures that corridors remain to connect existing forests allowing free movement of populations of animal
species.
• Does not offer bonuses to kill orangutan.

Our supplier is one of the founder members of the RSPO and is highly responsible when sourcing Palm Oil from a non-destructive source. 

At present the RSPO are working towards an internationally accepted set of criteria to assist Palm oil plantations and their associated farming communities.


Organic Andiroba Oil

(Carapa Guianensis)

This rich, light creamy oil takes it's name from Nheengatu nhandi rob, meaning "bitter oil".

Andiroba trees are part of the Mahogany family found in tropical Brazil, Guyana and Colombia.

Each Andiroba tree produces small semi-circular seeds that have similar properties to that of Neem oil but without the characteristic un-friendly scent. 

How it's made:
To extract the oil from the seeds they first have to be boiled and left to ferment for approximately 25 days. The pulp is separated and shaped into a round spherical object then placed on a sloping surface in the sun (or shade) for a few weeks to allow the oil to naturally seep out. Pure Andiroba oil will congeal, like butter, in cooler climates. Simply place the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water to liquefy. Andiroba oil contains a group of natural alpha-hydroxy acids that increases collagen and gives effective relief for certain skin ailments like psoriasis.

It's a great source of fatty acids such as: 

  • Linoleic, a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid required for the development of healthy skin and cell membranes, reducing puffiness and swelling. Its EFA (vitamin F) content helps to hydrate dry, parched skin.

  • Palmitoleic, an unsaturated fatty acid that contains high amounts of glycerides (a natural conditioner that imparts incredible softness to skin and hair). 

Due to the presence of a phytochemical called Limonoid, Andiroba oil is also been considered an anti-inflammatory.
"Currently limonoids are under investigation for a wide variety of therapeutic effects such as antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-neoplastic and antimalarial."
Source: 

Wikipedia

Organic Andiroba Oil will solidify into a creamy texture at temperatures below 72°F (22°C) - as per the image above. 

Our Fairly Traded Organic Andiroba oil is purchased directly from the Indigenous farming communities throughout the Amazon River basin area of Brazil. 

Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime. 


Organic Virgin Argan Oil

(Argania Spinosa)

Organic Virgin Argan Oil, also known as pure unadulterated Moroccan Oil, is a centuries-old product mainly used in food, although can also be used as a skin and hair treatment. Argan Oil is made from the fruit Argania Spinosa, of the Argan Tree. Local Berber women collect these fruits directly from the tree. 

The fruit is opened to obtain the kernels, which are then ground and pressed to gather the oil for use in cosmetics and cooking.
Ideal for use as an after shower, or bath, body oil to lock in moisture. 

Just one pump of our organic virgin argan oil on the ends of hair saves strands from daily styling. 
Whilst adding a non-greasy sheen and prolonging the time between trims by at least a couple of months.

Certified Organic Virgin (Raw) Argan Oil. Full traceability together with detailed MSDS & Certificate of Analysis available upon request.

Our Fairly Traded and Certified Organic Virgin Argan Oil is produce of the Berber Womens Co-operative of Morocco.

Each co-operative is sponsored by the Social Development Agency (SDA) with the support of the European Union and the UCFA (Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de l’Arganeraie) With the support of the Moroccan Foundation Mohamed VI pour la Recherche et la Sauvegarde de l’Arganier (Mohammed VI Foundation for Research and Protection of the Argan Tree) and UNESCO. 

Note: Due to the popularity of this precious oil the Argan tree is currently classed as endangered and is under the protection of UNESCO to ensure adequate supply meets demand.


Organic Babassu Oil or Babacu Oil

(Orbignya Phalerata)
Comes from the fruits that grow in clusters and hang from the tall Brazilian feather-leaf Babassu Palm tree. During harvest time (usually around August to November) Babassu breakers collect the Babassu fruit seeds, crack them open and remove the meat which is then cold pressed into a light, nourishing, edible vegetable oil. In Brazil, Babassu oil is often used for cooking, soap making, to treat eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin and scalp conditions. Babassu Oil, on its own, is a great moisturiser for both dry and oily skin and *does not* leave an oily residue. In fact, it works with the body's natural oils (sebum) to leave your skin feeling powdery soft. 

This is due to its high content of Vitamin E (anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant) and Phytosterols (which stimulates the formation and growth of new cells).

Babassu Oil adds a sparkling glow to curly tresses restoring strength and elasticity from roots to tip. When used as a skin moisturiser Babassu Oil is feather light, melts to the touch and doesn't leave an oily residue.We've added it to our shampoo bars because it cleanses without drying or stripping your curls of its natural oils, leaving hair soft and noticeably strong. 

We've been sourcing organic babassu oil directly from the co-operatives of quebradeiras (women breakers) of Maranhão, Piauí, Tocantins and Pará, Northeastern Brazil, since 2006. Fully supporting the Interstate Movement of babassu coconut breakers (MIQCB) their communities and families. 


Organic Bergamot Essential Oil

(Citrus Bergamia)    

Bergamot grows almost exclusively in Calabria, Italy. It flowers in the spring and the end of summer with yields of small oval shaped citrus fruit.  However there are a few experimental cultivations dotted around the Mediterranean and Africa.

Bergamot Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the pericarp (peels) of unripe fruit which produces a liquid that is yellowish-green in colour with a fresh, fruity, slightly balsamic scent. 
 
The actual fruit itself tastes rather sour but it's the aromatic peel that is used to produce the essential oil used in Earl Grey tea,  perfumes, and aromatherapy to treat depression. It is also used as a digestive aid, and has been purported to stimulate hair growth. It's a major component of the original unisex Eau de Cologne 4711 developed by Muelhens (in 1792) - sold at a shop located on 4711 Glockengasse in Cologne, Germany. Bergamot is also popular in Greece as a preserve and is used by a few Italian food manufacturers.
 
Traditionally Bergamot is used: 
As an antiseptic
A deodorant
In perfume
As a soothing agent
As a skin and scalp conditioner
As a hair stimulant
As a treatment for blemishes and oily skin
In Pain relief
As an anti-spasmodic
and as a diuretic

Bergamot is also purported to relieve: 
Colic
Intestinal cramps 
Flatulence
Stress and nervous tension

Our Organic Bergamot Essential Oil is produce of Italy and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.


Organic Burdock Root

(Arctium Lappa)

Burdock Root is traditionally used to promote hair growth and reduce hair from falling out but its variety of uses has made it very popular throughout the world!

The world of Organic Burdock:

The actual plant is a biennial thistle with a prickly head that would snag and catch onto any material that came near it - hair, clothes, dogs, cats you name it.

Burdock has been a favorite medicinal herb for centuries - used to alleviate many ailments. Not just that but in some parts of the world it's considered a delicacy.
In Japan, there is a local cuisine called kinpira gobo, which consists of shredded burdock, burdock actually tastes similar to it's relative, the humble artichoke. 
Burdock seeds are also used in traditional Chinese medicine, and goes by the name of "niupangzi"

Here, in the United Kingdom, a company called Fentimans latched on to the wonderful goodness of Burdock and created a drink called "Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock" (it is yummy stuff indeed!). 

Organic Burdock Root, what's in it for YOU?

Loaded full of calcium, potassium, amino acids, polyphenols (a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant derived from plants), mucilage, arcigen, essential oil, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, chlorogenic acid, polyacetylenes (an effective antibacterial and antifungal ingredient), resin, tannin, and taraxosterol. 

Phytosterol from the root source: Burdock Root is also rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids (including rare long chain EFAs) required to maintain a healthy scalp and promote the growth of naturally curly, wavy, Afro textured hair.

For your hair: 

 Burdock root oil extract aka: Bur oil, is used as a scalp treatment to improve the strength, sheen and body of the hair. Burdock root is also purported to stimulate hair growth.

DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR LACTATING

Our Organic Burdock Root is produce of Europe and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.


Organic Carrot Root Oil

(Daucus Carota)
Stimulates the production of sebum in dry, scaly skin and scalp, also known to calm and sooth the sebaceous glands in overactive oily skin.

Organic carrot root oil is commonly used to increase the formation of new healthy skin cells
Organic Carrot Root Oil:

  • Contains over 600 carotenoid - carotenoids aid in reducing UV ray and free radical damage. 

Source: Wikipedia 

  • Removes toxins

  • Regenerates and tones giving skin a fresher and firmer appearance.

  • Stimulates and maintains the skin's elasticity

  • Rich source of, Beta carotene, Vitamins E and Pro-vitamin A (3300IU per gram)

  • Helps clear blemishes on the skin

  • Heals dry, chapped, cracked skin.

  • Purported to increase the healthy growth of natural Afro hair and naturally curly hair.

Organic Carrot Root oil is brilliant for all skin and naturally curly hair types.
For more interesting info. on the benefits of Carrots check out the Carrot Museum.

Our Organic Carrot Root oil is produce of France and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom. 


Organic Castor Oil

(Ricinus Commonus)
There is so much information about this oil and its uses below is only a brief synopsis.
Castor Oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids, cold pressed from the Castor Bean and is known as a strengthening hair oil. Castor Oil has remarkable healing abilities; approximately 90% of its fatty acid content is made up of ricinoleic acid not found in any other natural substance. 
Native to India where it is called "Erand" and Palma Christi (Palm of Christ) because of the shape of the leaves. Some herbalists use Castor Oil as a compress but it has other uses too. 
Topically applied Castor Oil has been said to:
- Increase the flow of blood throughout the body.
- Quickly remove toxins.
- Provides softness to the ends of afro hair, nourishes the scalp and stimulates hair follicles.

Castor oil and its derivatives are used in: 
- Plastic (Polyamide resin or Rilsan used for coating metals)
- Perfume and cosmetic (Emulsifiers and Deodorant)
- Textile (Surfactants, Pigment wetting agents)
- Paper (Defoamer, Water proofing additive)
- Electronics (Capacitor fluids, Polyurethane and Polyamide resins)
- Pharmaceutical 
- Paint
- Ink
- Food 
- Adhesive
- Lubricant
"Kastorka" - Russian for Castor Oil. 
The Russians are said to use the stem of the Castor plant in the textile industry. 

On the Canary Islands, Spain, 
Nursing mothers make a poultice from the leaves of the castor bean which is applied to their breasts to increase milk and relieve inflammation. 

In India
The seed kernals or hulls of the Castor plant are boiled in milk and water to make a drink that is said to relieve arthitis and lower back pain.
 
We use Organic Castor Oil, in our Goodies, as an emulsifier and humectant to add softness to hair and skin.

Our Organic Castor Oil is produce of India and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.


Organic Coconut Nectar or Sap

commonly known as “purong tuba”

(Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Nectar)

Raw Coconut Nectar is regarded as one of the most sustainable sweeteners in the world today. Produced by local farmers, this all-natural, nutrient rich sweetener is created using freshly collected sap of coconut blossoms. The sap is gently heated at a low temperature allowing the excess moisture to evaporate leaving a completely pure and unrefined raw coconut nectar.

100% Raw Coconut Nectar is an ideal source of naturally occurring nutrients and minerals such as amino acids, iron, B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. This popular alternative to agave nectar has a very low glycaemic index of 35 which means it will not cause blood glucose level to rise. 

What You Get From Raw Coconut Nectar?

  • A healthy delicious sweetener with a caramel taste which can be used in your favourite shakes,  smoothies and many other dessert recipes

  • Low Glycemic (GI of 35)

  • Nutritionally superior as it contains minerals, vitamins C and B and 17 amino acids

  • Enzymatically alive with a nearly neutral pH

  • 16% sucrose

  • 0.5% glucose

  • 1.5% fructose compared to agave nectar which is about 90%

  • Great alternative for people with fructose sensitivities

  • 82% FOS that improves digestive health 

The Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Nectar
Calcium (Ca) – promotes overall bone health

Nitrogen (N) – is helpful in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases

Iron (Fe) – important in the production of red blood cells
Phosphorus (P) – improves kidney functions and cellular growth
Magnesium (Mg) – helps speed up metabolism and boosts memory and cognitive abilities

Manganese (Mn) – rich in free-radical-fighting properties that eliminates the signs and symptoms of ageing
Sodium (Na) – maintains normal functioning of the nerves and muscles
Boron  (B) - boosts brain function and improves alertness
Zinc (Zn)  -  enhances mental development

Sulfur (S) – keeps hair, skin and nails healthy, glowing and shiny
Copper (Cu) – aids in the production of melanin in the skin

Potassium (K) – assists in regulating blood sugar and reducing the occurrence of hypertension

Our Organic Coconut Nectar is produce of Sri Lanka.


Organic Copaiba 

(Copaifera, Balsam Copaiba, Para Balsam, Maracaibo Balsam, Copahu Balsam, Jesuit's Balsam)

A rich natural oil with a slightly spicy somewhat woody aroma. 
It has a deep natural brownish resin colour which accounts for up to 60% of this gorgeous balsam and contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known balsam. 
In Brazil, Copaiba is widely used for its purported antiseptic properties and as a topical antibiotic to treat skin inflammation. 
 
Copaiba also has a high content of naturally occurring essential fatty acids (EFAs - the building blocks of healthy skin tissue) as well as an abundance of the natural germicidal agent, beta-carophyllene. The active properties of Copaiba (caryophyllene and calamenene) are the most effective and best known phytochemicals (plant chemicals) in the world. 

Copaiba oil is the best known source of caryophyllene (nature's potent defender against unwanted invaders that attack our skin) - great for treating a variety of skin conditions - including topical ulcers, eczema and psoriasis. 
Copaiba is derived from the deteriorated cell walls of the copaiba tree trunk. The oleoresin accumulates within the cavities over a long period of time. When it comes to harvest this rich balsam all the farmers have to do is tap or drill holes into the wood of the trunk and collect the resin that drips out. Copaiba is the most sustainable rainforest resource that is harvested without cutting through the entire tree or destroying the forest in which it grows.

Our Fairly Traded Organic Copaiba oil is purchased directly from the Indigenous farming communities throughout the Amazon River basin area of Brazil.

Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.


Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

(Olea Europaea)
Promotes sheen, a healthy scalp, adds nourishment and softness to dry hair and skin. This is mostly due to the presence of Olive oil derived squalane which contains phytosterols and oleic acid both help to retain moisture. Olive Oil contains an abundant amount of vitamin E, A, D and K.

Only carefully selected olives that contain a high concentration of natural tocopherols, antioxidants and phenols (all useful in protecting cells) are used in our recipes.

In addition, the Olive phenols present in this ingredient have been the topic of research conducted at the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, School of Pharmacy - University of Milan.

Our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom and is produce of Florence, Italy.


Organic Kelp Powder

(Ascophyllum Nodosum (Linnaeus) aka: Knotted wrack or Egg wrack Le Jolis)
"Ascophyllum is very popular amongst the science community and has been claimed to be both the most active seaweed on the planet as well as the most researched by the academic community."
Source: Wikipedia 

This edible sea vegetable is a concentrated source of minerals and vitamins. 
It's rich in iodine, calcium, sulphur, silicon, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, chlorine, copper, sodium, potassium, zinc and manganese. Kelp contains an abundant amount of B-complex vitamins as well as vitamins A, C, E, G, anti-haemorrhage vitamin K and the anti-sterility vitamin S.  Kelp's unique moisturising properties are found to be stimulating, nourishing and revitalising for skin, scalp and hair follicles. This is due to its natural sulphur amino acid content, disinfectant properties and anti-inflammatory properties. 
When mixed with water, kelp forms a protective nourishing gel that helps to reduce moisture loss due to natural evaporation. Kelp's organic silicon content has the potential to renew the skin's tissue - making it one of the best natural and renewable sea resources Mother Nature has to offer.

Kelp is commonly found in vitamin supplements to promote healthy hair and nail growth.

Most folks eat raw Kelp as it is purported to control the thyroid and regulate metabolism.
Kelp has been dubbed "a sustainer" for the nervous system and brain and is an essential food supplement during pregnancy.

Our Organic Kelp Powder is produce of Norway and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.


Organic MSM

(Methyl Sulfonyl Methane / Methyl Sulphonyl Methane)
MSM originates from the ocean, in the form of plankton, which releases sulphur compounds into the water the compounds are released into the atmosphere and converted into atmospheric sulphur. This falls to earth in the form of rain which is then absorbed by plants. Plants have the ability to take in the sulphur through the roots where it is concentrated 100 fold.

MSM sulphur is a non-toxic organic white crystalline powder that is found virtually everywhere especially in our red blood cells and within the keratin fibers of protein in our hair and skin. A lack of sulphur can weaken the fiber causing irregular sebum activity on the surface of the skin and scalp which may result in dandruff, dry skin and/or brittle hair and nails. Topical application of MSM assists with the rehydration and detoxification of the cell fibres by allowing water and nutrients into the cells and toxins to flow out. This is necessary for the production of collagen and keratin - protein necessary for the health and maintenance of skin, nails and hair. 

MSM Sulphur is a natural component of various foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dried beans, milk, eggs, tea, coffee, garlic, dried horsetail herb, chocolate, seafood, meat (approximately 2% sulphur), amino acids (L-methionine, L-cysteine, L-cystine andtaurine), wheat germ and whole grains. MSM is a sulfur compound but NOT a sulfite and should not be confused with other ingredients like sulfa or sulfate.

Our Organic MSM is produce of the United Kingdom.


Organic Papaya Oil

(Carica Papaya)
AKA: PawPaw, this light oil is pressed from the dark seeds inside the Papaya fruit. It's high in omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, vitamins A and C.

Papaya contains the enzyme papin, a natural exfoliant that dissolves dead skin cells which attributes to dandruff.

The Fairly Traded Papaya seeds used to create Papaya oil have been grown by farmers in the Ukambani area of Southern Africa. 

Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.


Organic Rosewood Essential Oil

(Pau Brasil, Pau Brazil, Aniba Roseaodora)

Rosewood Essential Oil is mostly used in the perfume industry as a Middle or Top note. 
In Brazil and Peru Indigenous people use Rosewood to heal wounds and reduce skin inflammations. Rosewood Essential Oil has been credited as being an anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, cellular stimulant and as a tissue regenerator providing effective relief for acne and dermatitis. It's perfect for combination skin (oily/dry).

Rosewood Essential Oil is wild crafted and steam distilled from the reddish bark and heartwood chippings of the medium sized evergreen tree that bears yellow flowers.

Our Organic Rosewood Essential Oil has a fresh, woody floral aroma with a spicy character that is also referred to as an anti depressant and mild aphrodisiac.

The Indigenous farmers of the Amazon River Basin, who harvest Organic Rosewood Essential Oil, do so in accordance with the strict agricultural guidelines of the Brazilian government.

To protect the future of the rain forest and preserve the way of life for the Indigenous farmers, our organic rosewood essential oil is distilled and purchased directly from a small family run plantation that reforests.


Organic Sesame Seed Oil

(Sesamum Indicum)
Aka Gingilli or Gingelly oil, which has been known from ancient Egypt to the Indian continent, as a soothing, gentle emollient. Sesame Seed oil comes from the lovely annual shrub with white bell-shaped flowers that's grown worldwide, especially in India, Africa, Europe and South America. 

Rich and almost odourless organic sesame seed oil is cold pressed from the tiny sesame seeds and is very stable.

It contains an antioxidant system consisting of: 
Sesamol 
AND
Sesamolinol 
Both formed from sesamolin.
Organic Sesame Seed Oil packs a massive nutritious punch.
Just 100 grams of Organic Sesame seed oil contains approximately:
Vitamin A - 15 I.U. - to improve the texture, health and smoothness of both hair and skin
Vitamin B1 in the form of Thiamine 1.07 mg - increases the blood circulation 
Niacin - 2.7 mg - a skin/scalp conditioning agent
Calcium - 580 mg - super emollient and anti-aging benefits 
Potassium - 360 mg - an humectant that improves skin/scalp moisture and hair texture
It also contains linoleic acid and alpha linoleic acid as well as lecithin (found in all living organisms and is known as a moisturising emollient).

Sesame seed oil holds prominence in Ayurvedic medicine: 
It's the primary oil used in the Indian massage, Abhyanga. 
This massage focuses on over 100 different points of the body referred to as marma points. 
Abhyanga is said to improve energy flow and help to rid the body of impurities.

The ancient massage consists of the oil being rubbed all over the body and left to soak into the skin/scalp for five to fifteen minutes before taking a warm bath or shower. This allows the oil to be absorbed, nourish and detoxify the tissue cells. 

The application of warm water is important as it opens the pores, allowing the oil to permeate further into the skin's layers.

Fact:
It's been cultivated for over 4,000 years and was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb, in Mesopotamia. 
Women of ancient Babylon ate Halva, a mix of honey and sesame seeds to prolong their youth and beauty.
Roman soldiers would eat the sesame seeds with honey to give them extra energy and strength.

Our Organic Sesame Seed Oil is produce of France and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.


Organic Sweet Almond Oil

(Prunus Dulcis)
An emollient with a pale yellow colour and sweet odour, containing important vitamins such A and E (approx. 24 mg per 100 g) as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc; the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and folate; and phytonutrients. It's normally referred to as a carrier oil, which provides an elegantly fine texture which makes it easily penetrable and nourishing to both skin and hair. An excellent softening and soothing moisturiser for all skin types. Its main constituent is oleic acid, very similar in composition to olive oil, Oleic acid enhances the skin's penetration to moisture.

Midwives have historically used Organic Sweet Almond Oil during pregnancy and labour to keep the Mother's skin elastic and supple - preventing rips and tears of the soft skin tissues of the nether regions.

Organic method of extraction:
1. Extracted from the seeds of almond tree 
2. Kernels crushed into powder form
3. The powder is cold pressed and left to "rest" for a few weeks to produce the oil
4. The oil goes through a natural filtration process

Our Organic Sweet Almond oil is produce of Italy and has been certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.


Organic Unrefined Cupuaçu Butter

(Theobroma Grandiflora)
This large round fruit resembles that of a pale coconut with an indescribable tart taste of both sweet and sour.

It is used in juices, jams and ice creams in Brazil.

Cupuaçu is part of the Cocoa/Cacao Butter family (Theobroma which means "Food of the Gods") but it is softer and smoother than Cocoa/Cacao Butter and has a very light scent all its own.

It is nothing like Cocoa Butter by way of colour, texture and versatility.

This semi-solid triglyceride has a high capacity for retaining moisture because of its abundant phytosterol content, yet it's not greasy at all your hair and skin just drinks in the nourishment of this natural ice - creamy scented butter. Cupuaçu is common to the Amazon, legend has it that the Tikuna Indians used to drink the juice from the Cupuaçu fruit when they performed their ritual healing ceremonies.

Our Organic Cupuaçu Butter has a nice lovely creamy scent similar to that of vanilla ice cream.
Our Fair Trade Organic Cupuaçu Butter is purchased directly from the Indigenous farming communities throughout the Amazon River basin area of Brazil.

Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.


Organic Unrefined Murumuru Butter

(Astrocaryum Murumuru)
Murumuru has been known for its anti-inflammatory and bactericide properties and it's a pleasant fresh nutty scent.

This semi-golden-ivory coloured Brazilian butter is a powerful emollient packed full of Vitamin A (approximately 50,000iu of vitamin A per 100 grams to be exact) and it helps to retain moisture, restore natural sheen, softness and improve the flexibility of your hair. It does this by creating a permeable barrier that prevents moisture loss whilst keeping your skin moist and tresses hydrated and pliable. Our Organic Murumuru Butter has a soft nutty scent similar to that of freshly roasted peanuts.

Our Fair Trade Organic Murumuru Butter is purchased directly from the Indigenous farming communities throughout the Amazon River basin area of Brazil. Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.


Organic Vanilla

(Vanilla Planifolia) 
This thick resin with a natural yummy, sensual, aphrodisiac aroma contains the highest concentration of Vanilla available. Pure Vanilla is a great source of catechins (also known as polyphenols) and has a purifying effect coupled with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

It can take up to 9 months for the Vanilla seed to develop into a plump, green, aroma-less immature pod ready to be picked, dipped in hot water, sweated, dried, placed on trays and left in the sun for up to three hours. Then they're tucked into comfy blankets to sweat where the whole process starts again the following day. This continues until the pods are a pliable deep brownish to black colour. 

Note: 
Vanilla planifolia may cause irritation in overly sensitive skin.

Our new fair trade suppliers are certified Organic by the Soil Association of the United Kingdom.
Produce of Uganda and Madagascar

Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.


Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

(Cocos Nucifera)
Cold pressed from fresh coconut meat contained within it's outer shell the Coconuts used are from the traditional Palms organically grown in Fiji - no hybrid varieties are ever used. 

The Coconut meat is hand picked and gently heated at a temperature that *does not* exceed 60°C.

It has a free fatty acid level below 1%, which is well within the stability criteria for vitamin E and other natural tocopherols.
No deodorisation
No hydrogenation    
Non-GMO    
No refining    
No chemicals added    
No bleaching
Our Fair Trade Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (or VCO) has an irresistibly yummy aroma, pure white in colour and is good for you both inside and out. 
In India, VCO is gently messaged into the scalp and is said to promote strong healthy tresses.
"Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is the only oil found to reduce the protein loss for both undamaged and damaged hair.  This is due to the fact that VCO is a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid). It has a high affinity for hair proteins and because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, VCO is able to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft and carry nourishment along with it. " 

Source:

J. Cosmet. Sci., 54, 175-192 (March/April 2003)

"Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage"
AARTI S. RELE and R. B. MOHILE, Research and Development Department, 
Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India.
Accepted for publication April 29, 2002.

FACT:
The caprylic acid found in coconut oil is said to be effective against fungus, planter's warts and athlete's foot. 

Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride)
Contains only medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from the organic virgin coconut oil - this makes it a very stable liquid oil. 
Fractionated Coconut Oil is produced by way of hydrolysis of organic virgin coconut oil it is then steam distilled to isolate the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). 
Sebum is made up of medium chain fatty acids/medium chain triglycerides creating an anti-microbial layer that protects our skin and scalp from Bad bacteria and prevents infections. If your skin is dry - then putting an oil high in medium chain fatty acids/medium chain triglycerides will protect against dryness.

Note:
Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol derived from Coconut Oil. We use this ingredient in our Goodies as an emulsifier, emollient and thickener.
Our Fair Trade Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is produce of the Taveuni Island of Fiji and has been certified Organic by the (OGA) Organic Herb Growers of Australia.

Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.


Organic Watermelon (Kalahari) Oil

(Citrullus Vulgaris)

Watermelon oil is easily absorbed, dissolves excess sebum and adds a rich sheen to hair. It has a high content of Vitamin C, Omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids (EFAs) so you can be sure to get your RDA (recommended daily application) of nutrients. The seeds are hand picked out of the melon, left to dry in the sun and cleaned ready for the cold pressed extraction of oil. The oil from the seeds contain up to 57% oil and 34% protein.
The Fairly Traded Watermelon seeds used to create Watermelon oil are produce of Africa.
Fair trade means that the co-operatives and suppliers making our products are paid at a fair rate and are provided with a pension plan, vacation, sick pay, family leave and overtime.