We’re true believers that every ingredient in a product should have a purpose. Even fillers, those sometimes necessary, inactive ingredients that help dilute super strong active ingredients. Some companies choose to use inexpensive, sometimes toxic fillers, but we make sure we’re using fillers that are just as healthy and effective as their active counterparts. So when we are researching ingredients, you can imagine our excitement when we find a powerhouse ingredient that offers a number of beneficial and versatile properties.
Natural ingredients never cease to amaze us in the way they work so “naturally” with our skin to deliver important nutrients and support in no way a chemically made ingredient could. Here are three ingredients that we love to incorporate into our products because of all the good-for-you benefits they contribute to our skin and overall health:
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil)
Coming to us from the seed of the jojoba shrub grown in the southwestern United States, Mexico, and South America, Jojoba Oil (it’s really a wax not an oil!) rose to instant popularity in the early 1970s when it was found to be a sustainable alternative to Whale Oil (which, believe it or not, used to be a common skin care ingredient). It is not only an excellent source of moisture, but it also mimics our skin’s naturally occurring sebum (oil) and helps to keep our sebaceous glands balanced, stopping the over production of oil when necessary. Jojoba Oil absorbs quickly into skin without clogging pores and its antibacterial properties help to reduce infection, which is ideal for those suffering from acne.
Note: currently, the marketing is seeing a shortage in Jojoba Oil and prices have skyrocketed as a result. We believe in this product so much, that we will continue to buy it and use it on our products. If you’re using another company’s product that is made with Jojoba, before you buy make sure you ask them if they are still using it or if they have made a change.
Why We Love It: Jojoba is non-greasy and leaves skin feeling oh-so-smooth and soft. We love it so much that we even slip a little bit into our Mineral Foundation.
Black Cumin Seed Oil Nigella sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil
Wow, we love this oil! Packed full of essential amino and fatty acids, omega-3, and Vitamin A, Black Cumin Seed Oil is known for its remarkable healing qualities. Making a name for itself as the “remedy for all diseases” in ancient Middle Eastern culture, it has the ability to repair skin, strengthen its immunity, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, which can help in relieving symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.
Why We Love It: Black Cumin Seed Oil has built in antioxidants to help keep skin balanced and free radicals tame. It also helps to retain moisture to keep the skin from drying out, which can often times lead wrinkles and other signs of aging.
GREEN TEA EXTRACT (Camelia Sinensis Extract)
Green Tea is an excellent ingredient for balancing the skin’s moisture content, alleviating dry skin, and helping to protect the skin from free radical damage. Not only is it full of antioxidants, but it also contains polyphenols, a special type of antioxidant that improves blood flow to aid in oxygen delivery to the skin. Polyphenols help restore cells to their original healthy splendor, which minimizes and delays the signs of aging. Polyphenols are also a good anti-inflammatory, so Green Tea is an effective ingredient to soothe, reduce redness, and maintain overall skin health.
Another interesting characteristic of Green Tea Extract is that it is sometimes not green. But just because it's not green, does mean it's less effective. The stuff we use is more of a brown color and is often times responsible for giving products an off-white hue.
Why We Love It: We love the symbiotic relationship between diet and skincare. We love that Green Tea can be so beneficial to both overall health and our skin. Talk about a multi-tasking ingredient!
To make these great ingredients even better, we use the organic option of each, which ensures that they have not been exposed to any toxic pesticides, insecticides, or other growing aid.