Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil – Cold Pressed – Fiji
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturiser and 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).
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Seed Oil – Cold Pressed – Australia
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is a nutrient-rich wax that we use in all of our balms. It penetrates easily into the skin, suits all skin types and is rich in vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. A review of research suggests that jojoba may assist with fighting the signs of premature ageing. Jojoba may also aid absorption of other active skincare ingredients (Pazyar et al. 2013, PMID 24442052).
Beeswax (Cera alba) – Unrefined – Australia
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.
Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) Oil – Unrefined – Australia
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, it can reduce ageing caused by sun damage (Rosenblat et al. 2011, PMID 20978772).
Extra Virgin Olive (Olea europaea) Oil – Grampians, Australia
Our 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.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) – Unrefined – Ghana
butter is extracted 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 help 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).
Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) – Australia
Kakadu plum is one of our native Australian superfoods infused into most of our balms. As an antioxidant it is 13 times stronger than blueberries (Konczak et al., CSIRO). This is due to its high level of vitamin C, which is much greater than oranges, as well as other antioxidants such as ellagic acid. In fact, Kakadu plum is a uniquely rich source of ellagic acid, which may give the fruit anti-ageing and antiseptic properties (Konczak et al. 2014, PMID 24423529).
Quandong (Santalum acuminatum) – Australia
Quandong is another native superfood similar to a wild bush peach and is used in our baby range. Like Kakadu plum, it is also far higher in vitamin C than oranges, and contains many other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, flavonols and other phenolic compounds. It is at least 2.4 times more powerful as an antioxidant than blueberries (Konczak et al., CSIRO) and also provides antibacterial benefits.
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).
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).
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) Oil – Steam Distilled – Australia
Rosalina, or Melaleuca ericifolia, is a species of tea tree known for its high levels of linalool, a phytochemical most often associated with lavender. This essential oil may have antimicrobial effects against candida, E. coli and other infectious agents involved in conditions such as eczema and nappy rash. The linalool content provides soothing anti-inflammatory benefits, which means less swelling and tissue damage, and lowered resistance to future stresses, as well as effective relief against anxiety and poor sleep. The eucalyptol acts as a nasal and chest decongestant, useful in respiratory infections such as colds (doi:10.1002/ptr.1716; PMID:27251985; doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2012.02.020; Expanded Commission E).
Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis) Oil – Steam Distilled – Hungary
Roman chamomile has been prized for centuries thanks to its range of health and beauty benefits. Its antioxidant and oil-rich, daisy-like flowers make one of the safest essential oils and we love to use it in our Baby Beetanicals: Bee Soothed and Bee Well balms (Ali et al. 2015, doi: 10.1016/j.apjtb.2015.05.007).
Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata) Oil – Steam Distilled – Australia
Spearmint oil has a fresh, minty aroma that is mild and has a sweetness suitable for young children. (Bone & Mills, 2013 – Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy). As a mint, it may also be antibacterial.
Lavender (Lavender angustifolia) Oil – Steam Distilled – Australia
Lavender oil is widely known and used for its calming and soothing properties, both on the skin and psychologically. It can also improve the appearance of skin damaged by the weather or age (Koulivand et al. 2013, PMID 23573142).
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) Oil – Steam Distilled – Spain
Cypress oil is renowned for its antiseptic qualities provided by the presence of camphene. Tests have found that it has strong effects against many common species of bacteria (Selim et al. 2014, PMID 24890383). Additionally, cypress oil is cleansing and soothing with a fresh, woody, evergreen and mildly spicy scent.
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).