Our Ingredients

Our ingredients are sourced in New Zealand, though some of the primary raw materials for a few of these ingredients may originate from other parts of the world.

  • Our ingredients are primarily selected for their beneficial properties and unique energy.

  • All ingredients have been carefully reviewed and selected for their generally acceptable problem-free safety and toxicity profiles. 

  • Only EcoCert Approved preservatives and emulsifiers are used.

  • NO synthetic or petrochemical derivatives are used in any of our products. 

  • This means NO parabens, NO phenoxyethanol, NO formaldehyde, NO silicones, NO mineral oils, NO PEG, NO PPG, NO phthalates, NO synthetic colours and fragrances. NO GMOs. NO animal products or bi-products. 

A full alphabetical list of these ingredients is shown below (common and INCI names presented). *Certified organic ingredients.

Ingredients A - Z

(Aloe barbadensis)

Emollient, hydrating, softening. Aloe butter is made by blending an extract of Aloe Vera with fatty fractions of coconut and shea butter to produce a soft-solid which melts on contact with the skin. It is excellent for hydration of dry skin and is often used to improve eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sun burn, wind burn, and general chapping. The inclusion of this butter in creams is a wonderful treat for thirsty skin, but lovely for all skins.

(Aloe barbadensis)

The Aloe vera leaf extract is known for its emollient, demulcent, moisturising, sunscreen and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera is the oldest medicinal plant known. It stimulates circulation, having a soothing effect on burns. It has excellent skin and tissue penetration qualities, encouraging cell regeneration and rejuvenation. 

(Prunus Americana)

Apricot kernel oil is light in texture, yet rich in polyunsaturated acids. It has a high content of linoleic acid and is readily absorbed by the skin. An excellent source of vitamin A precursor, it is great for all skin types and in particular for sensitive skins.

(Argana spinosa)

The argan trees grow mostly in the southern region of Morocco. The oil from the argan tree almonds is known for its anti-oxidant properties. It is an abundant source of vitamin A and E (alpha-tocopherol), containing both carotenes and phytosterols. The argan oil has good softening properties and it is high in unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acids. A great nourishing and restructuring oil, for all skins, but in particular for dry skins. It is also credited with beneficial effects on eczema and psoriasis.

Arginine is an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. In humans, arginine is classified as a semiessential or conditionally essential amino acid. It is important for cell division, wound healing, functions are are also critical for good looking skin.

(Persea gratissima)

Emollient, moisturiser, nourishing, restructuring, conditioning, noncomedogenic. A truly rich source of vitamin D. In addition, it is also an excellent source of vitamin A and E (alpha-tocopherol), used to relieving eczema and psoriasis. Known for promoting cell regeneration and for its beneficial effects on dry and fragile skins, it is also an excellent skin and tissue penetration qualities.

(Vaccinium Myrtillus)

Bilberries contain a nthocyanosides that are plant pigments known for their powerful antioxidant properties. These antioxidants scavenge the body for free radicals, with the intention of helping to prevent or reverse damaged cells. The use of this extract in skin care is intended to support regeneration and cell renewal.

(Borago officinalis)

Moisturising, emollient, softening, soothing, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating, nourishing, hydrating, improves elasticity, firming, regenerative. Excellent for scars, cuts and bruises. Borage oil is well known for being rich in gamma linoleic acid (GLA) and it is used as a hydrating and elasticity-restoring agent. GLA is important in cell regeneration and in the regulation of hormonal balance. All in all this is a superb nourishing oil.

(Calendula officinalis)

This cheerful plant more commonly known as marigold has a long history of use in traditional medicine. An extract produced from the plant has a calming, soothing effect on the skin.

(Camellia japonica)

This oil has excellent skin conditioning, restructuring and moisturizing properties. A rich source of vitamin A, B and E (d-alpha-tocopherol), these are all useful against aging.

This oil is also rich in oleic acid and is a good anti-oxidant agent. A rejuvenating and restructuring oil that gives the skin a special radiant glow, camellia oil has been known for promoting the healing of scars and elasticity. It has been used for skin and hair care by Japanese women for centuries.

(Camellia sinensis)

Ingredients: White tea extract (certified organic); Source: Extract from organic tea leaves; Effect: Protects against free radicals, astringent; Used in: Facial care.

(Euphorbia cerifera)

Adds firmness to creams, balms and lotions. Very stable and protective, it helps to provide a silky barrier on the skin that prevents dehydration without clogging your pores. A true gentle shield that is protective in harsh environments.

(Daucus carota)

Tonic, stimulant, softening, cooling, detoxifying. This oil is known to improve complexion, relieving dryness, restoring elasticity and tone to the skin and it is thus a panacea for premature aging. This oil has a high content of vitamins A, B, B2 and C. It is also used to relieve symptoms of eczema as well as psoriasis and often use in restorative creams.

This is an outstanding co-emulsifier wax. Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol used as an emulsion stabiliser and opacifier, adding body and viscosity to creams and lotions, and improving texture and feel with its characteristic velvety texture. It imparts emollient properties to formulations due to its absorption and retention in the epidermis where it lubricates and softens the skin.

This is also known as Emulsifier E. This is a plant-based non-ionic, self-emulsifying wax that is gentle on the skin and well tolerated by those with sensitive skin. It has a silky smooth texture and it is highly emollient.

Also known as HE20, it has been developed from natural ingredients, is PEG-free and without preservatives or additives.  It is a nonionic oil-in-water emulsifier, based on olive oil fatty acids which are known for their excellent compatibility with lipids present in skin. Therefore it is particularly suitable for sensitive skincare products.  The ability to form liquid crystal systems allows the making of products which are particularly compatible with the lipid structures of the skin. C reams made with this emulsifier have a particularly light touch with a smooth and velvety after-feel, leaving a sensation of comfort and nourishment without any greasy residue.

Also know as Olivem 1000. This is an oil-in-water PEG-free emulsifying wax made from olives. It is an emulsifier that is also an active ingredient, being Ecocert Approved as a certified organic ingredient. Due to its chemistry it forms highly stable and dermo-compatible liquid structures that are similar to the lipids of human skin. As a result, this emulsifier easily penetrates the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis, as well as the deeper layers of the skin. Because of its restructuring and thickness properties, it has anti-ageing properties, giving tonicity and elasticity to the skin.

(Matricaria chamomilla)

Soothing, cooling, toning, alcohol-free. Chamomile distillate is wonderfully calming and cooling. Chamomile distillates contain a much lower concentration of the active chamomile components, however, as chamomile promotes endometrial sloughing, they are used to ease discomfort associated with menstruation, and should be avoided in the early months of pregnancy. The concentration of this distillate in our skin care is intended to provide the skin benefits without any of the secondary effects. Chamomile is also calming and relaxing to the mind and soul.

(Anthemis nobilis)

Soothing, anti-inflammatory, emollient, calming, toning. Chamomile is a wonderful calming and cooling essential oil. However, it is also known for easing discomfort associated with menstruation, as it promotes endometrial sloughing. As a result direct skin use of this essential oil in its concentrated form should be avoided in the early months of pregnancy, though discretion should be exercised with the selection of any products in this period. Thus, the amount of the chamomile essential oil in our skin care is restricted to the minimal level known to provide benefits to the skin, while minimizing the possibility of secondary effects. Chamomile is also calming and relaxing to the mind and soul.

We use  a bled of clays to capture their benefits in our Pink Swirl Mask.

Pink Clay improves skin softness and is ideal for all skin types. It is very soft and can be used on fragile, dehydrated or sensitive skin. It is beneficial to use on mature skin, lined or wrinkled skin. It is also ideal to use on the chest, thighs, stomach and upper arms due to its gentle, yet effective nature.

Kaolin is a white super fine clay named after the hill in China from which it was mined for centuries for use in the making of China and Porcelain. It is particularly useful for oily and acne prone skin where it's drying and cleansing properties work well to help clear the skin.

Yellow Clay is best suited for sensitive skin and particularly good for sun-damaged skin. It is also useful to help improve the appearance of the skin when you are recovering from illness. It helps to cleanse sallow skin or smoker's skin.

Green Clay is the most effective clay to draw impurities and toxins from the skin. It also helps to soothe and relax skin that is tight or irritated. Green clay has a cleansing  nature and is very beneficial to use on the main parts of the body - back, legs, feet, arms and shoulders. It can be used in facial care as well for an intensive treatment, or as an exfoliating scrub.

Also known as Cetiol C5©, Coco Caprylate is used in cosmetics as an emollient and emulsifier for formulations.  It is an ester of coconut fatty alcohol, caprylic acid.  It improves the glide of many varieties of products during application and leaves a non-greasy, soft after touch. An excellent natural alternative to silicone.

(Theobroma cacao)

Emollient, softening, moisturising, demulcent. Excellent for all skins, but in particular it reduces dryness and improves skin elasticity. Its pleasant chocolate-like scent adds to the wonderful silky benefits on the skin.

(Cocos nucifera)

This is an excellent oil that is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it with a smooth and silky texture. It has also got cleansing and conditioning actions that make this an ideal oil for all skin preparations. In particular, when balanced with jojoba and apricot oils, it makes a marvellous mild cleanser.

(Ubiquinone)

Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance present in all human cells. It is responsible for cell protection and energy production in the body.Studies have shown that  coenzyme Q10 may have an effect on skin and the appearance of wrinkles.

This is likely due to its powerful antioxidant properties which help to protect the skin from UV damage, stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce substances that destroy the skin's support structure. Other research suggests that topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

(Cucumis sativus L.)

Anti-inflammatory, vaso-constrictor, cooling, astringent, cleansing, alcohol-free. Cucumber water is cooling and cleansing with an extremely soothing effect on the skin. Cucumber extracts contain amino acids and minerals that are important to cell regeneration processes that improve skin tone.

Also know as Geogard 221 is the trade name of an Ecocert Approved preservative containing a mixture of dehydroacetic acid (DHA) and benzyl alcohol made by the USA company Lonza. The use of this synthetic preservative is permitted by Ecocert in ecological and organic certified cosmetics. Geogard 221 has also been approved global for virtually every personal care and cosmetic application.

Clinical trials comparing Geogard 221 versus parabens and paraben blends have demonstrated its higher efficacy as a broad-spectrum bactericidal and fungicidal agent, in particular for formulations with a lower pH.

The safety of the Geogard 221 blend stems from its use as a food preservative for well over five decades. It has an excellent toxicity profile and its development has not required animal testing.

(Oenothera biennis)

Moisturising, softening, calming, astringent, soothing. An excellent source of essential fatty acids, in particular GLA (gamma-linoleic acid). GLA is important in cell regeneration and in the regulation of hormonal balance. Evening primrose oil is known for improving flaky/dry skin and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

(Linum usititassimum)

The essential fatty acids found in flaxseed oil are known to smooth the appearance of wrinkles by helping to repair skin cells, due to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil also moisturises the skin, evens the tone and helps to reduce dark circle under the eyes.

(Capric Caprylic Triglyceride)

Our Capric Caprylic Triglyceride is derived from Coconut oil. It is widely used in cosmetics as a dispersing agent but also functions as a solvent for fat soluble vitamins and other active nutrients. It is an excellent emollient and rapidly penetrates the skin. Once it has penetrated it slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.

It is also used to alter the thickness of liquid products providing a silky and even application that promotes dispersion of other ingredients in finished products. This provides and maintains a beautiful smooth and lustrous after-touch when applied to the skin. This ingredient is also known for great stability and resistance to oxidation, hence its indefinite natural shelf life. 

(Pelargonium graveolenses)

This essential oil is great for all skin types. It balances sebum production to help keeping the skin supple, but not oily. It livens dull skin by gently improving blood flow. On the soul it has a balancing effect and quells anxiety.

(Panax ginseng)

Chinese Red Panax Ginseng is rich in amino acids, B-vitamins (particularly B5), and enzymes, and is known for its ability to provide quick energy. The value of this ingredient is skin care products is based on benefits to cellular metabolism by encouraging balanced cellular function.

(Vitis vinifera)

Emollient, moisturizing, soothing, calming, anti-ageing. This is a polyunsaturated oil with a high content of linoleic acid. It is extracted from the seeds of grapes and is known for its excellent skin dispersal.

It contains an anti-oxidant – proanthocyanidin, known to support the effects of vitamin E and beta-carotene, while increasing the action of vitamin C. It penetrates the skin readily, encouraging cell growth and regeneration.

(Coffea arabica)

Coffee beans are rich in antioxidants and of course, caffeine. Antioxidants  are known to help prevent oxidation in the tissues which may help fight the physical signs of aging, caffeine is said to reduce swelling and inflammation.

L- Histidine is an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. As a source of nitrogen and protons, it is a good pH balancer.

(Hyaluronic acid or Hyaluronate (HA))

HA is naturally present in human tissues such as skin, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. It acts as a connective tissue 'organiser' and helps to hold water. HA is found in both layers of the skin where it has a protective, structure stabilizing and shock-absorbing function. About a third of the total amount of HA in the entire human body is found in the skin. As we age, the content of HA in the skin decreases, which may contribute to loss of freshness, hydratation, moisture and elasticity in the skin and the development of wrinkles.

This may be resolved by adding commercially produced HA to cosmetic products. Its ability to penetrate the skin and unique moisturising and viscoelastic (both viscous and elastic) properties make the skin softened and restore its elasticity contributing a significant anti-wrinkle effect. Hyaluronic acid can be added various cosmetic products such as creams, lotions, serums, shampoos, conditioners, bath oils, foundations, lipsticks or lip balms.

(Simmondsia chinensis)

Moisturising, emollient, anti-oxidant, rejuvenating, sebum controlling, anti-inflammatory. This substance is really a liquid wax. It is related to human sebum and thus, highly compatible with the human skin.

Though this ingredient is known for its protective benefits for skin in dry conditions, improving skin elasticity and suppleness, it is and ideal oil for the control of sebum and for those prone to oily skin. In combination with other nourishing oils, jojoba oil is great for all skins types.

(Jojoba esters)

Jojoba, pronounced ‘hohoba’ is a desert shrub which produces seeds that resemble large coffee beans. The seeds contain a wax that can be shaped into tiny spherical beads. These beads provide a gentle exfoliating action on the skin to leave a clearer, brighter, more polished complexion.

(Terminalia ferdinandiana)

It has a high concentration of vitamin C in its fruit, so it is a useful ingredient to stimulate regeneration and mild exfoliation. Because of these two properties it is considered to have to encourage youthful looking skin.

(Lavandula angustifolia)

Moisturising, softening, soothing, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, calming, stimulates circulation, rejuvenating. Promotes cell growth and has a balancing action on sebum production.

Excellent also on cuts, bruises, skin irritation/inflammation and as a muscle relaxant - Its aroma is therapeutically calming for the body and soul.

As this essential oil promotes endometrial sloughing it should be avoided, in its concentrated form, in the early months of pregnancy.

(Leptospermum personii)

Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit. The oil is contained within glands in the outer layer of the peel. The oil is used in aromatherapy and has a refreshing and uplifting effect, and is sometimes referred to as 'the sunshine oil'.

Studies have shown that dispersing lemon oil into the atmosphere helps improve concentration; in Japan it is used in this way and is said to reduce typing errors in the workplace.

(Aloysia citrodora)

Known for its anti-inflammatory and non-irritating properties, it is ideal for sensitive skin. In addition, it has a lovely gentle wild lemon scent.

(Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Known to have gentle melanin dispersing properties it is often use as a natural skin brightener and lightener.

(Macadamia ternifolia)

Moisturising, nourishing, anti-oxidant, restructuring, conditioning. It has excellent dermal penetration with a profile that is close to human sebum. This monounsaturated oil has a high content of palmitoleic acid, a substance that is crucial to delaying skin and cell ageing.

Palmitoleic acid is rare in vegetable oils, and usually found in fish oils. This is a truly marvellous oil with benefits for all skins, but in particular it is of value to mature and delicate skins.

(Citrus sinensis) 

Cleansing, toning, anti-inflammatory. Orange Peel Oil has a cleansing and toning effect on skin and can improve oily, acne prone skin. The natural oil contains Limonene, which is a very effective free radical scavenger.

Also contained in Orange Butter is Orange Peel Wax, which contains a high level of Bioflavonoids (polyphenols). Bioflavonoids have anticellulite, anti-inflammatory, promote flushing of toxins and many other protective benefits for skin.

Orange butter in combination with hydrating and nourishing oils is used on our cleansers. These are suitable for all skin types.

(Citrus sinensis)

Tonic, decongestion, uplifting, calming. This essential has a calming effect on the skin and stimulates the release of toxins. Added to this is the wonderful scent of orange peel. But, caution has to be exercised with this oil as it can lead to photosensitivity and to development of brown marks on the skin if prolonged usage is followed by continuous sun exposure.

Thus, this essential oil is only used in our cleansers, and not on any of our products. In this way, the skin is only exposed to the essential oil during cleansing. Any residual amounts of this oil present on the skin are rinsed or wiped away, though the citrus aroma remains in the air around you.

Orange essential oil contains substances that may lead to photosensitivity, thus this oil is only used in our cleansers. This essential oil is uplifting to the mind and reviving to the body and soul.

(Citrus sinensis)

This essential oil has the same therapeutic properties as the cultivated Sweet Orange described above, however, its main distinguishing feature is its amazingly strong fragrance.

This strong orange note is refreshing, stimulating and yet abounding with a calming energy that sooths the skin and soul.

Orange essential oil contains substances that may lead to photosensitivity, thus this oil is only used in our cleansers.

(Prunus persica)

Moisturising, regenerative, restructuring, anti-aging. A monounsaturated oil of fine texture, whose lipid composition make it compatible even with sensitive skins. Peach Kernel Oil is rich in Vitamin E and great for mature and sensitive skins.

(Mentha piperita)

Cooling, anti-inflammatory, softening, refreshing, invigorating. Peppermint essential oil is wonderfully refreshing and uplifting, though it has also got some contra-indications, e.g. it promotes menstruation, easing period discomfort. Because of this property it should be avoided in pregnancy and by nursing mothers.

Due to its strong scent and it its properties, this oil is used only in the lowest amounts in our skin care. At this low level this essential oil provides an uplifting feeling on the mind and an energizing effect on the skin, whether present in a cream or a cleanser.

Softening to skin, firmness to cream. A naturally occurring waxy substance extracted from plant material. It provides a pearly texture to skin care products.

Potassium sorbate is a naturally occurring substance in various berries and tomatoes. It is effective against yeasts and moulds, as well as some bacteria, especially in products that have a low pH. It is used as a preservative for high water content products.

(Rosa damascena)

Soothing, anti-inflammatory, vaso-constricting, regenerating, restructuring. This essential oil is a real soothing treat for all skins, but it is particularly useful for mature, dry or sensitive skins.

However, it is also known for easing discomfort associated with menstruation, as it promotes endometrial sloughing. As a result it should be avoided in pregnancy. Because of this property the amount of the rose essential oil included in our skin care is enough to provide the wonderful bouquet of roses and the soothing properties on the skin, without the associated side effects.

Rose essential oil is soothing, calming and known for harmonizing body and soul.

(Rosa moschata)

Rosehip oil contains essential nutrients for tissue regeneration. An excellent source of vitamin C, it is known for its benefits on skin texture and the healing of scars, it is recommended for all skin types. It is also one of the best anti-wrinkle oils, having moisturizing and hydrating properties.

(Burtyrospermum parkii)

Regenerative, stimulates micro-circulation, anti-scarring, natural sunscreen. Known for its ability to "melt" into the skin. It is softening, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties are excellent for dry, cracked, injured skin. It gives a luxurious velvety feeling to the skin.

Shea butter is ideal for sensitive and fragile skins, but a bonus for all skins. Shea butter is also known as Karite butter or African butter. The Karite tree is known as the "Tree of Life" in Africa with many legends on its life supporting properties.

Decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, coco-glucoside and glyceryl oleate properties: Surfactants are "surface-acting chemicals" used in cleaning products. Due to their chemical structure they facilitate the mixing of liquids, or solids and liquids of different consistencies. Thus, surfactants "lift" dirt particles and mix them with water to clean the surfaces where they are acting. Classically surfactants are detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents and dispersants.

The blend of surfactants used in our Refreshing Facial Cleansing Cream and Cleansing Mouse is gentle to the skin, and the proportion of the surfactant in this product was carefully considered to provide a cleansing action without foaming. Coco-glucoside and glyceryl oleate are naturally occurring surfactants in coconuts.

(D-alpha tocopherol)

A fat-soluble vitamin with a powerful anti-oxidant properties, being protective against free-radicals. It has a beneficial and DNA repair role in most metabolic processes, including the immune system. It is used as soothing agent for skin disorders and sensitivities, leaving the skin with a smooth texture. There are several forms of vitamin E, the most potent of which is the alpha-tocopherol.

It is available in its natural form as d-alpha-tocopherol, whereas the synthetic form is designated dl-alpha-tocopherol. The best sources of vitamin are avocados, wheat germ oil and sunflower seeds. Because of its anti-oxidant properties it is used as a natural preservative.

(Aqua – H20)

Is the basis of all life, comprising 75% of lean muscle tissue, 95% of blood, 22% of bone and 14% of fat.

All water-based ingredients used in our products, such as the distillates and the lapis lazuli gem essence, are filter sterilised through 0.22um sterile filter cartridges.

Ethical Skin Care

Ethical Skin Care = no animal testing or animal derived products = no animal cruelty.

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