Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil – Fiji – Cold Pressed
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturiser, used as a base in our balms. Easily absorbed because of its smaller fatty acids, coconut oil has been found to improve hydration and protect the skin barrier. It is also an antioxidant. Research has shown that it can be more effective than mineral oil in improving dry skin (Evangelista et al. 2014, PMID 24320105).
Grapeseed (Vitus vinifera) – Italy – Cold Pressed
Grapeseed oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants such as vitamins and phenolic compounds. One antioxidant is the famous resveratrol, known for its potential to prevent the signs of ageing. Besides boosting hydration, grapeseed oil may also protect our skin (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
Beeswax (Cera alba) – Australia – Unrefined
Beeswax is a natural emollient and humectant, providing moisture to the skin and acting as a protective barrier against the elements. Our beeswax comes from our own hives; we love our bees, so they are not harmed during harvesting. Beeswax is the perfect ingredient to base our balms on, as it provides amazing protection to your skin.
Extra Virgin Olive (Olea europaea) Oil – Grampians, Australia
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is sourced from our friends, Olive Grove, in the Grampians – just down the road from us. Olive oil is rich in oleic acid, and a range of antioxidants more potent than vitamin E.
Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) Oil – Australia – Unrefined
Avocado seed oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6), plus plant precursors to vitamin A, and vitamins B1, D and E. This nourishing oil helps to protect the skin and reduce the appearance of redness, making it very popular in anti-ageing products. While it is no replacement for sunscreen, this may include ageing caused by sun damage (Rosenblat et al. 2011, PMID 20978772).
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) – Ghana – Unrefined
Shea butter is taken from the nuts of shea trees, native to West Africa. It contains high levels of fatty acids, including oleic and linoleic acids, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants. These contribute to its protective properties, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, reduce the appearance of redness and improve the look of skin by enhancing hydration (Lin et al. 2018, PMID 29280987).
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Oil – China – Cold Pressed
Evening primrose oil is rich in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). Its abilities to reduce the appearance of redness and smooth rough skin means it is a popular ingredient in preparations for these issues (Horrobin, 2000, PMID 10617999).
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) – Ghana - Unrefined
Cocoa butter is the pressed fat from cacao beans, the seeds of the cocoa tree, which is left over from cocoa powder production. Rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, it is a nourishing moisturiser that can help in a wide range of skin complaints. Cocoa butter’s benefits may include reducing the appearance of redness and fighting the signs of premature skin ageing (Scapagnini et al. 2014, PMID 25116848).
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – Australia
Calendula is an antiseptic ingredient that contains high levels of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and triterpenoids. It is well-known for its nurturing effect on dry skin conditions (WHO, 2004).
Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
Marshmallow root is a wonderfully soothing agent, providing hydrating relief to dry skin, including skin that has been exposed to the sun, thanks to its high mucilage content. (Dawid-Pac, 2013, PMID 24278070).
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) – Australia
Vitamin E is a soothing, protective antioxidant that can help fight the signs of premature ageing, such as those caused by excessive sun exposure. It is also added to skincare products to keep them fresh for longer (Schagen et al. 2012, PMID 23467449).
Sorbitan Olivate (derived from olives) – Australia
Sorbitan olivate is a natural emulsifier derived from olives. Emulsifiers keep ingredients blended; otherwise, oil- and water-based ingredients will separate, and products may become less effective. It also brings its own moisturising properties to preparations (source: Britannica).