What are they made from?
Organic Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) oil is native to South Africa, now widely cultivated in many countries. Geranium has been a part of traditional African medicine for many years and became popular in Europe in the 1800s when the French discovered Geraniums potential in perfumery. Geranium oil has an anti-inflammatory, cooling, calming and astringent quality.
Organic Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) oil is probably the most well-known medicinal herb. Originally from France and the western Mediterranean, lavender is now cultivated worldwide. It was an established plant by the 12th century as St. Hildegarde awarded it a whole chapter in her medical journal. The Romans were responsible for the spread of Lavender throughout Europe and used it in the famous Roman bath houses. Lavender is an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal agent and is the premier plant for healing burns, wounds, sores and stings.
Organic Sandalwood (Santalum album) oil has been valued and treasured for thousands of years for its sacred and medicinal anti-microbial properties and has been associated with meditation, sacred spaces and the peaceful temple environment.
Organic Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus Deodora) oil – the health benefits of Himalayan Cedarwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and fungicidal substance. Seborrhoea or Seborrhoeic eczema is a dreadful disease that is caused by a malfunction of the sebaceous glands. This results in increased sebum production and a subsequent infection of the epidermal cells. It looks very ugly as the skin, coloured white or pale yellow, starts peeling off, particularly from the scalp, eyebrows, inner ear and anywhere else with hair follicles. Himalayan Cedarwood oil can be beneficial in curing this inflammatory situation and can reduce this skin peeling regularizing sebum production and treating the infection. The oil also reduces the ugly redness and obvious signs of the condition while treating it. Himalayan Cedarwood oil is also beneficial in curing acne, dandruff and dermatitis.
Organic Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil was considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews and is one of the most powerful essential oils on the planet. Rosemary was used in the first perfumes known as Hungary Water. In the 17th century Rosemary formed part of the first skin lotion sold commercially. Rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth, prevents baldness, slows greying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp.
Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Powder is known for its skin healing properties. It is used for irritated, sunburned, or inflamed skin. Aloe Vera powder contains salicylates, which are known to relieve pain. It is also high in antioxidants, vitamin C and other minerals which help the skin to heal faster.
Organic Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Fruit oil – please read here
Crocodile oil – please read here
Organic Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) oil – please read here
Organic Wild Harvested Baobab (Adansonia digitata) oil – please read here
Vegetable Glycerin – our vegetable glycerin is a clear, odourless liquid produced from coconut oil through the process called hydrolysis. Glycerin acts as a humectant (a substance that attracts moisture to the skin) in our formulations: it leaves your skin hydrated and increases the solubility of the active ingredients, making them more easily absorbed by the skin.
Cetyl alcohol – a fatty alcohol that is derived from plants can attract and repel water. We use it in our hair conditioner to moisturize dry, rough, scaly scalp skin. Scalp skin becomes dry when water loss occurs; cetyl alcohol helps pull moisture back. Cetyl alcohol also helps protect your skin by shielding it from irritation, such as wetness.
Hydrolysed wheat protein – is well-known for its strengthening properties. Penetrating the cortex, it provides replenishment by adding Cystine to hair weakened by chemical treatments and regular hair maintenance.
Citric acid – we use it in both shampoo and conditioner to adjust the pH level. It is a fairly weak acid which makes the adjustment easier. It also has a small amount of preservative action – as opposed to any other acid it prevents bacterial growth.
Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols found in plants, like Coconut. We use it as a stabilizer to thicken an emulsion and keep it from separating. Cetearyl Alcohol also contains emollient properties which leave skin soft and smooth.
Sodium benzoate & Potassium sorbate, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin are liquid cosmetic preservatives with a broad, balanced spectrum of effect against bacteria, yeasts and mould fungi.
Xanthan gum – is natural source thickener that adds viscosity and texture to our shampoo.
Glyceryl stearate SE is a vegetable origin emulsifier perfect for making water-in-oil emulsions.
Cetrimonium chloride is used as a detangler in our hair conditioner since it can attract negatively charged hair proteins making hair smoother and more manageable thereby eliminating tangles and knots.
Cocamidopropyl betaine & Caprylyl/capryl glucoside are mild amphoteric surfactants derived from coconut oil and renewable raw materials: fatty alcohols and glucose from vegetable origin.