Not all raw materials are processed equally!  I take care to research the properties of each raw material.  In addition, I also research the source and processing of each material to ensure that you are not only receiving the highest possible quality in the finished product, but the maximum healing benefits as well. 

Absolutes - Like an essential oil in that the compounds are from plants but a solvent is used instead of water to do the extraction.  In most cases the solvent used is hexane, a highly toxic substance.  I only buy oils in which the solvent used is grain alcohol.

Aloe Vera Gel (Whole Leaf) - Organic -
Healing & moisturizing to skin and hair.  Effective in treating burns, bites, and other skin irritations.  Food grade.

Arrowroot Powder - Organic -  The dried root of the arrowroot plant.  Used for thickening.
Food Grade.

Beeswax - Beeswax has emollient, soothing and softening properties and helps the skin retain moisture (humectant). It has anti-bacterial properties and also contains vitamin A, which is essential for human cell development.

Bentonite Clay -
A combination of montmorillonite and volcanic ash, it is highly absorbent and that pulls oils and toxins from the skin.

Calendula - Most recognized for its ability to help heal wounds, ulcers and abrasions.

Cane Sugar Alcohol - Organic - Also called "ethyl alcohol" or "neutral spirits." It's used at a very low concentration as a preservative in water-based formulations.  No need to worry about dry skin as all of my products containing this
ingredient contain other moisture supportive ingredients.  This type of alcohol is markedly different from isopropyl alcohol, which is petroleum based, very drying and harsh on the skin.  Isopropyl alcohol is commonly found in commercial toners, acne care and after-shave products.

Chamomile Floral Water - Mixture of distilled water and essential oil.

Cocoa Butter - Organic & Fair Trade - An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties. Helps reduce skin dryness and improves skin elasticity.  Expeller pressed.  Unrefined.

Coconut Oil (Fractionated) – Also know as Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. This version has virtually no scent.  It’s a light, non-greasy, non-staining oil with an indefinite shelf life. A very good choice for use with therapeutic essential oils, as it helps effectively carry these oils deeper into the tissue. Often a mixture of coconut and palm.  I took care to find one that is PALM FREEExpeller pressed. Fractionated by steam distillation. Food grade.

Coconut Oil - Organic Virgin - Moisturizes and protects skin & hair, has anti-fungal & antiseptic properties and has a high Vitamin E content.  In countries where it is produced, it is a food source and has been found to be the best source of monolaurin, a well known antiseptic substance found in breast milk.  Has a lovely coconut scent.  Expeller pressed.  Unrefined.

Coffee - Organic - A great exfoliator.  Also a great wake up as some caffeine goes in through the skin.

Dendritic Salt - Sodium chloride.  Softens water.

Epsom Salt - Known for its ability to ease pain and muscular tension. Helps to reduce swelling, relax the nervous system and eliminate toxins from the body.

Essential Oils - Usually obtained by steam distillation of the flowers, bark, roots or leaves of the chosen plant, essential oils are full of beneficial nutrients, healing properties and are used as the basis for aromatherapy. One of the bonuses of using these oils is that they leave no toxic residue behind in the body. So, you reap all the benefits with none of the side effects common after using other methods of symptom relief (pharmaceuticals).  Essential oils are still highly potent substances and should be used with caution.  They can still have some side effects as with any herb but not to the same level as herbs that are ingested.  All of the essential oils used are suitable for therapeutic use, which means they are high quality and have high levels of the constituents that are beneficial to healing.  There is no organized body of experts that does any certifications that determine the quality of essential oils by "grade."  "Therapeutic grade," "Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade," and any other trademarked phrases that relate to grade are just marketing terms.  While oils can have a quality level that makes them "therapeutic grade," meaning the constituents in the oil are at the desired levels for maximum therapeutic benefit, there is no governing body that is measuring the quality level of oils.  I have been careful to obtain my oils from a reputable source, largely from a company that was owned by one of the industries leading essential oil chemists.  Testing purity of oils is what he does.  He has assured me that he personally trained the new chemist in charge of Quality Control.

Evening Primrose Essential Oil - High in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which supports anti-aging and reduces skin redness. G
ood for skin irritations including Eczema.

Glycerin - Organic - Humectant (helps skin retain moisture).  From non GMO soy. Food Grade.  Kosher. No trace amounts of Diethylene Glycol or Ethylene Glycol.
Allergic?  Let me know and I can custom make your product without it.

Jojoba Beads - A very gentle exfoliant with a round surface area so as not to damage the thinner and more delicate skin on the face.

Jojoba Oil – Organic - Pressed and filtered from the seeds of a desert shrub, it is actually a liquid wax. It is most similar to the sebum produced by our own body making it a useful equalizing tool for overly dry or oily skin, including the scalp. Good for all skin types. Expeller pressed.  Unrefined.

Kaolin Clay (white) - Kaolinite,
the mildest of all clays.  Gently cleans, increases circulation and removes toxins from the skin.

Kaolin Clay (pink) - Kaolinite, Iron, Illite, Montmorillonite and Calcite
very mild clay.  Gently cleans, increases circulation and removes toxins and oils from the skin.  Helpful for redness issues and/or broken capillaries.

Meadowfoam Oil – This herbaceous winter annual plant is native to the pacific Northwest area of the United States. It is said to moisturize the skin and hair better than most oils, and it helps prevent moisture loss. It has a very high fatty acid count and is one of the most stable lipids known giving it an indefinite shelf life.  Expeller pressed.

Neem Extract - Anti-bacterial and highly beneficial for skin irritations such as rashes, psoriasis, eczema and acne. 

Oats Extract - Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Helpful for skin irritations such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, shingles and rosacea.

Sea Salt - From the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Contains minerals that help to draw toxins from the skin.  Eases muscular tension.

Shea Butter – Organic -  A semi-solid wax pressed from the nuts of the Karite tree in Africa. It’s high in Vitamin E and has a natural sun protection factor of 8. Useful in healing and protecting the skin.  Expeller pressed. Refined (bleached & deodorized with steam & clay).

Sugar - Organic & Fair Trade - Made using 100% pure cane sugar, retaining the natural molasses found in the sugar crystals.

Sunflower Oil (high oleic) - Organic - Moisturizing.  High Vitamin E content (anti-oxidant).  Highly stable. Expeller pressed.  Non-GMO.  Refined (bleached with steam, deodorized with diatamaceous earth). Food Grade.

Vegetable Alcohol – Ethyl alcohol made from fermented vegetables instead of petroleum (isopropyl alchol - extremely drying). Better for the environment and for your body. Non-drying.

Vitamin E (7500 IU) - A powerful anti-oxidant, it protects cellular structures against damage from free radicals.  It acts as a free radical scavenger to prevent the byproducts of chemical-cell interaction that causes cell damage.  Repairs, heals and protects the skin.  Unrefined, food grade, kosher and certified GMO free (from soy). 
Allergic?  Let me know and I can custom make your product without it.

Water - Distilled - In body care, water is the enemy - a harborer of bacterias, molds and other contaminants and therefore crucial that it be as pure as possible. 

Witch Hazel – Made from the bark and leaves of the tree with the same name. Has astringent properties and cleans the skin, removing excess dirt after washing. Also tones the skin.  Great for acne, bug bites, swelling, inflammation, razor burn and tightening of the pores.  Low grain-alcohol content of 14% as compared to 40-50% in most off the shelf brands.

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