Our Oils:we purchase most of our oils and other ingredients from Pure Nature in Auckland.They source the best quality oils from all around the world and where possible we buy those organically grown.
A word about shelf life. Truly natural skincare products don't last as long as commercial ones, which are packed with synthetic preservatives. Therefore we recommend the following: Creams will keep six months unopened - use within three months once opened.
A brief description of the main oils and butters we use:
Avocado Oil:Extra virgin, cold pressed from New Zealand. We use Avocado oil as the base for many of our creams as it has the following wonderful properties: moisturising and nourishing; increases collagen under our skin; helps heal many skin conditions; rehydrates sun-damaged skin; extremely rich in vitamins A, D and E and high in lecithin and potassium; contains sterolins which are reputed to reduce scarring, age spots and to moisturise and soften skin. Jojoba Oil: Organic, cold pressed from South America. High in Vitamins A, D and E.We use jojoba in most of our products as it is easily absorbed deep into the skin while soothing and regenerating it.jojoba has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it effective in treating some skin conditions. It also has a long shelf life. Argan Oil:Organic, cold pressed from Morocco.Argan oil is extremely high in vitamin E – a good antioxidant for cell membranes and also anti-inflammatory.It has been used for centuries by Moroccan women for its moisturising and anti-aging properties.It is rich in essential fatty acids especially omega 6 linoleic acid which helps against drying and loss of elasticity in the skin. Rosehip Oil: Our Organic Rosehip Oil comes from Chile and is a well known super oil for skincare. It is regenerative and has wonderful healing properties for scar tissue and burns. The pH of rosehip oil is the same as the oils in our skin therefore it does not clog pores and is very effective for aging skin. High in essential fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamins A and C. Marula Oil: This 'miracle' oil comes from Africa where it has been used for centuries by African women for both moisturising and cleaning the skin. Marula oil is super absorbing and hydrating - rich in antioxidants and very nourishing. Meadowfoam Oil: Seeds used, refined, solvent extracted, USA.Meadowfoam is a very stable oil which has amazing moisturising and rejuvenating capabilities.It contains over 98% long chain fatty acids and has very high triglyceride levels.It forms a moisture barrier on the skin helping to prevent moisture loss. Camellia Oil: Organic, cold pressed from China.Known for its moisture retaining ability, camellia oil is also suitable for sensitive, allergy prone skin. It is rich in monosaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid as well as vitamins A,B and E, various minerals and squalene (a deficiency of which causes dry wrinkly skin). Camellia also has antioxidant, disinfectant and germicidal properties.An excellent component of any skincare product. Cacay Oil: Organic, cold pressed from Brazil. Called the new 'miracle' oil as it is easily absorbed, rich in vitamins A,E and retinol. Said to contain 3 times more retinol than rosehip oil and has 50% more vitamin E and linoeic acid than argan oil. Calendula infused Olive Oil: New Zealand. Organic calendula petals are infused in extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil.This wonderful healing oil is made locally. The combination of naturally moisturising olive oil and the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of calendula make it an excellent addition to any skincare cream. Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil: Cold pressed from Spain.Nourishing, revitalising and excellent for prematurely aging skin this lovely oil also has UV protection properties.It also is an effective healing oil for various dermatological conditions and minor burns.Seabuckthorn is high in the following properties; fatty acids (65% combined palmitoleic and palmic acids), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, B1, B2, K and P plus various flavonoids. Shea Butter:Organic. Shea butter is obtained from the seeds of the Karite tree in Africa.While its main use is in the chocolate industry it is moisturising and healing for skin and is very high in vitamin A. The moisturising components in Shea Butter are the same moisturisers produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin – a perfect match for skincare. Cocoa Butter: Similar in effect to Shea butter. Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa beans and is a stabiliser and antioxidant. Smooth and nourishing for skin. Sweet Almond Oil: A light gentle carrier oil which has long been used in the cosmetic industry. We use organic, cold pressed almond oil which is rich in vitamins A,B1, B2, B6, C and D as well as minerals and essential fatty acids - all nourishing for your skin.
Other Ingredients: Olive emulsifier; derived from olive oil - blends oil and water products to a cream. Cetyl alcohol; a fatty alcohol produced from coconut, palm or vegetable oils. Sodium PCA; a natural component of skin it is made here from plants, fruits and coconut oil. Used as a humectant (moisture retaining). Vegetable Glycerine; a coconut based humectant and emollient. Aloe Vera gel; helps keep the skin moist and smooth. Also has healing properties. Xanthan gum; a stabiliser and thickener derived from corn sugar. Guar gum; used as above - derived from guar beans. Essential oils: these are concentrated essences from plant products and are not the same as the carrier oils above. Vitamin E: Anti-oxidant and anti-aging Grapefruit seed extract: Anti-oxidant, preservative