A Breakdown of Our Ingredients

diy skincare

Our range of ingredients have been carefully selected for their effectiveness, organic composition, nutritional benefits and ease of use. We provide a range of quality and highly active ingredients, commonly used in skincare formulas and cleaning applications.

From nut butters to sea salts and clays, our range of quality ingredients allows you to create your own simple formulations with little fuss and effort. With a wealth of information and recipes now available online you don't need a degree in cosmetic science or fancy gadgets to create simple, everyday skincare formulas. 

beeswax

Butters & Waxes

Butters and waxes are a type of occlusive which act as barrier on the skin, trapping moisture and protecting the skin from water loss. Used in combination with a humectant (read more below), they are effective in keeping skin well hydrated, resulting in a smoother, more youthful complexion.

Other types of occlusives are plant oils such as coconut and sweet almond, lanolin, cetyl alcohol and lethicin. 

 

shea butter

SHEA BUTTER

Shea butter is a commonly used ingredient in a variety of beauty products, particularly body butters and balms. Its high fat content and buttery texture, deeply hydrate even the driest skin. It's also incredibly gentle on the skin, making it suitable for sensitive complexions.

Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter is abundant in skin nourishing properties that act as an anti-inflammatory and help heal skin irritation such as rashes, windburn, stretch marks etc. 

Shea butter helps retain the skin's natural moisture and promote cell regeneration making it a wonderful anti-aging moisturiser. It smooths and softens skin, helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and scars. 

Shea butter can be used on its own or mixed with other butters and oils as a body and face moisturiser or melted and applied to your hair and scalp as a deeply nourishing hair treatment.

Shea butter contains a high concentrate of skin-loving fatty acids such as stearic and oleic as well as palmitic and linoleic acid. Fatty acids help to maintain healthy skin cells. Also abundant in vitamins A and E, both natural anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damage that contribute to signs of ageing.

 cocoa butter

COCOA BUTTER

Cocoa butter is produced by extracting the beans from the cocoa fruit, then  cleaning, roasting and pressing them using hydraulic machinery, to seperate and release the fat from the bean, resulting in pure cocoa butter. 

An essential ingredient in chocolate, cocoa butter is also incredibly nourishing when applied to the skin. Often used in body butters, balms and creams, cocoa  butter is rich in essential fatty acids to deeply hydrate and improve skin elasticity. 

Cocoa butter's high fat content acts a protective barrier on your skin, helping to lock in moisture and protect the skin from damaging UV rays.

Much like shea butter, cocoa butter also helps reduce the visibility of cellulite, stretch marks and scars and helps to relieve skin irritation and combat skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dermatitis. 

Cocoa butter is rich in essential fatty acids, polyphenols, antioxidants and phytonutrients. All these organic components are intensely nourishing and help to keep skin youthful, supple and deeply hydrated. 

 

beeswax

BEESWAX

One of the many wonderful bi-products, courtesy of nature's amazing creatures, beeswax has an array of uses and is particularly effective in a variety of skincare formulas. 

Produced by the worker bee, beeswax is created by an incredibly intricate process. Secreted from the glands in the bee's abdomen, wax is pushed up into the bees mouth, collecting honey, pollen and propolis along the way turning the once colourless and brittle wax into a golden hue. The bee then chews the wax, softening it with its saliva, before using it to build the honeycombs of its beehive. 

An essential ingredient in many lip and body balms, beeswax is deeply moisturising when applied to the skin and helps seal in moisture and prevent skin dryness without blocking your pores. It also acts as a humectant attracting water to the skin and keeping it hydrated. 

Beeswax is wonderful for sensitive skin. A 2018 study concluded that beeswax was far more effective in managing sensitive skin than synthetic ingredients.

Beeswax contains anti-inflammatory properties that assist in wound healing.  Naturally anti-bacterial, beeswax helps treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Beeswax is also rich in vitamin A which is known to promote cell regeneration and maintain healthy skin cells. 

 dried rose petals

Dried Botanicals

Dried botanicals are a wonderful way to boost the aesthetics of your product and uplift the senses. Dried herbs and flowers add a sense of luxury to skincare formulations. Their unique plant compounds nurture and heal the skin, while their beauty and subtle scent nourishes the soul. 

Dried botanicals have an almost endless array of uses. Make a tincture by soaking dried herbs and flowers in water with a small amount of alcohol, this can be used as a base for facial toners, room or linen sprays or for medicinal applications. Add a handful to your bathwater or mix with your bath salts for a luxurious element. Pop of a few drops of essential oils to a handful of dried flowers and place in the bathroom or by your bed for a subtle aroma. Or place a few in your clear glass essential oil roller or perfume bottle. And did I mention they make a lovely garnish on your dessert or cake or steep in hot water for a therapeutic tea? 

 

chamomile flowers

CHAMOMILE FLOWERS

It's common knowledge that a chamomile tea can help to reduce stress and calm the mind, but you may not know chamomile, when used in skincare formulations, can calm the skin also. Like many herbs and botanicals, chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps soothe irritated, sensitive skin and reduce redness. 

Chamomile tea has been used for centuries by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to treat skin conditions and promote skin healing.

Make a tincture by steeping a handful in some water and alcohol, then use as a calming facial toner, body mist, or as an ingredient in water-based skincare formulas. Make up a tea and rinse your hair before applying shampoo to help alleviate itchy scalp and help treat dandruff. 

Chamomile contains polyphenols and phytochemicals to promote cell regeneration and combat the signs of ageing. Full of skin-loving antioxidants, chamomile helps to prevent the oxidation of skin cells that attribute to aged skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile help heal skin conditions such as acne and eczema. 

 

dried rose petals

ROSE PETALS

Roses have been used for centuries in beauty applications as well as medicinally. Revered for their sweet, floral scent and their beauty, roses are the epitome of romance and grace. 

Steep a handful in distilled water and alcohol to make your own rose tincture. This can be used as a base for facial toners, air fresheners, linen sprays and all kinds of beauty formulations. Mix in with your bath salts or scatter in the bath for a luxurious element. Or pop in your essential oil roller bottle and pretty-up your perfume. 

Roses contain unique plant compounds and anti-inflammatory components that help to reduce redness, heal blemishes and calm sensitive or problem skin. Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, dried roses, when infused into skin care formulations, help treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea etc. 

Roses also contain powerful antioxidants to help repair cells and keep skin youthful and radiant. Furthermore, roses are known to have a calming effect on the mind, helping to alleviate stress and promote restfulness and calm the spirit.

  bath salts

Salts & Minerals

Abundant in minerals and trace elements, natural sea salts are widely used in the beauty world for their ability to detoxify your system, improve blood flow, exfoliate the skin and deliver minerals to the bloodstream via skin absorption. 

Our range of salts and minerals are imported from various parts of the world, each containing their own unique mineral composition. Add a handful to your bath for a relaxing soak and to ease stress, muscle aches and any other bodily tension. Fine salts are effective as a body scrub to gently slough away dead skin and improve blood flow. 

 

Himalayan salt

COARSE HIMALAYAN SALT

Himalayan salt is renowned for its purity and beautiful pinky-orange hue. Sourced near the Himalayas in Pakistan, Himalayan salt gets its soft pink colour from minerals found naturally in the salt, particularly iron.

This ancient salt dates back 250 million years and has been used as a health remedy for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Himalayan salt contains 84 trace minerals including magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium beneficial to your overall health. Adding salts to your bath is an effective way to nourish your physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

Salt baths have been widely regarded since ancient times, as an effective remedy in relieving tired, aching muscles, soothing irritated skin, alleviating skin conditions, providing relief and helping heal wounds, detoxing the system, improving blood flow and calming the mind. 

Simply throw in a handful or make a beautiful bath salt blend using a variety of salts, minerals, carrier oils, dried botanicals, essential oils, clays etc. 

 

dead sea salt

DEAD SEA SALT

Located in the middle east on the border between Jordan and Israel, the dead sea is not actually a sea, but a lake, and is one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth. 

The salt extracted from the dead sea contains 10 times the amount of minerals than ordinary sea salt. Dead sea salt has been used for centuries, most notably in Egypt where Queen Cleopatra herself, harnessed its beauty and wellness benefits, going to great lengths to gain access and control over this unique resource. 

A handful added to your bathwater, can soothe sore muscles, irritated skin and other aches and pains. Beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea etc. dead sea salts help calm inflammation, cleanse your pores and exfoliate the skin due to its rich mineral content. 

Dead sea salt is rich in magnesium, calcium, zinc, sulphur, potassium, bromide and other trace minerals. These minerals detoxify, cleanse and exfoliate the skin, promote cell regeneration and help heal and nourish your body. 

 

epsom salt

EPSOM SALT

Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulphate, is a chemical compound comprised of magnesium, sulphur and oxygen. 

Originally discovered in the town of Epsom, Surrey in England, epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years for the treatment of constipation, insomnia and other ailments.

Our epsom salts are sustainably sourced and extracted from naturally occurring deposits in Germany. The high quality production method produces salts that are so pure they are classed as food grade. Unlike other epsom salts that are man made, ours are mined ensuring they are 100% natural.

Much like sea salt, epsom salt is high in magnesium and when mixed with water, it releases magnesium and sulphate ions that can be absorbed by the bloodstream  via the skin. Magnesium is an effective remedy in treating sore muscles, healing wounds, soothing inflamed skin and promoting a restful sleep. 

 

magnesium chloride flakes

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FLAKES

Harvested from the Dead Sea, our magnesium flakes are mined without the use of chemicals and are 100% pure. Containing a high concentration of magnesium with small amounts of other trace elements, magnesium chloride flakes are an effective way to increase your levels of magnesium by dermal absorption.

Dissolved in water and added to the bath, magnesium chloride relieves stress, helps induce a restful sleep, alleviates aches and pains, combats skin irritation and so much more. 

Create a nourishing foot bath by dissolving a handful in warm water and relax. Magnesium softens the skin and soothes tired, aching feet after a busy day. 

beauty clay powders

Clays & Powders

Cosmetic clays are naturally-occurring elements mined from various sources including volcanic ash, rocks, soil, or sediment. The variety of colours available reflects the unique mineral content in the soil or rock, from which the clay was sourced. 

Clays have long been known to benefit all skin types by deeply cleansing the skin and removing impurities, due to their mineral-rich composition. Their ability to absorb excess oil and draw out dirt, grime and toxins from the pores of the skin, results in a smoother and brighter complexion. 

Activated charcoal and other beauty powders can be added to formulations to boost their nutritional value and nourish the skin. Some clays can be ingested for the treatment of various health issues, read more below. 

 

French red clay

FRENCH RED CLAY

French red clay is derived from hematite iron and gets its reddish colour from the copper oxides found in the rock. Containing clay minerals, kaolinite, illite, montmorillonitea and calcite, French red clay deeply cleanses the skin and effectively draws out impurities, resulting in a complexion that is incredibly clean, clear, smooth and restored. 

Its organic, mineral-rich composition, is incredibly beneficial in keeping skin healthy and youthful. The high traces of iron oxide help to regenerate skin tissue and cells, helping to improve skin structure and elasticity. 

Mix with water to make a simple yet effective clay mask for the face or body. Or combine with other exfoliating ingredients to make a face or body scrub.  

 

french green clay

FRENCH GREEN CLAY

Throughout history, clays have been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes, due to their mineral-rich composition. French green clay belongs to a subcategory of clays known as illite clays and gets its name from a combination of decomposed plant matter, typically kelp seaweed and other algae as well as iron oxides found naturally in the rock. 

These organic compounds plus a whole array of other trace minerals are incredibly nourishing on the skin and help maintain skin health. An effective cleanser and exfoliator, French green clay, when applied to the skin, stimulates blood flow and absorbs impurities from the epidermis (outer layer of the skin), as well as tightening pores and deeply cleansing and exfoliating the skin. 

According to ancient beliefs, it is suggested that green clay has a negative electrical charge that helps eliminate toxins by attaching to their positive charge topically, in the bloodstream or via the intestine. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as a remedy for skin problems and digestive disorders. 

Ideal for oily skin, French green clay can be mixed with water to create a mud mask and used on a weekly basis or added to your bath water to detoxify the skin and deliver essential minerals topically. Used regularly your skin will appear more refined, clear and smooth. 

 

kaolin white clay

KAOLIN WHITE CLAY

Primarily made up from kaolinite, kaolin care is one of the most commonly occurring minerals on earth. In its purest form, kaolin clay is a bright white colour and is the mildest of all clays, making it a suitable ingredient for sensitive skin. 

Used in beauty formulations, kaolin white clay works as a gentle cleanser and exfoliator, deeply cleansing pores without irritating skin. Kaolin clay has long been used as a treatment for acne and other skin conditions as it effectively absorbs excess oil from the skin, without causing inflammation or redness. 

Clinical studies on the skin benefits of kaolin clay, showed a substantial improvement in skin elasticity and firmness. Regular use improves skin tone, helps diminish fine lines, firms and smooths the skin, brightens your complexion and keeps skin looking healthy and youthful. 

bentonite clay

BENTONITE CLAY

Derived from volcanic ash, bentonite clay is five times more absorbent than kaolin clay making it particularly effective in detoxifying and deeply cleansing the pores of your skin. Widely used in spa treatments such as mud masks for the face and body, bentonite clay is rich in skin-loving minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron as well as other trace elements. 

Various studies suggest bentonite clay is effective in removing toxins from the body, particularly when ingested. It works much the same way on the skin, by absorbing impurities and binding with their molecules and ions. 

Bentonite clay can be mixed with water and ingested. The highly absorbable clay binds with toxins in the digestive tract and helps rid the body of impurities. 

Bentonite clay is not only effective in nourishing the skin, it is also known to be beneficial in keeping your hair and scalp healthy. It is also an excellent antidote to dandruff due to its absorbency capabilities. Dandruff is caused by a fungus which feeds off excess sebum. Bentonite clay absorbs excess sebum, thus making your scalp inhospitable to fungus and preventing the formation of further dandruff. 

Regular use of bentonite clay for your hair helps remove product build up and combat skin conditions such as psoriasis. Your scalp and hair will feel incredibly clean and nourished. 

 

charcoal powder

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon is a fine black powder made from exposing common charcoal to very high heat. This exposure creates very small holes that effectively absorb and trap toxins and impurities. 

A buzz in the beauty world, activated charcoal works similarly to natural clays by absorbing excess oil and bacteria on the skin's surface and drawing out impurities. In deep cleansing the skin with a charcoal mask, the result is a clean, clear and refined complexion that is better equipped to absorb the nourishing ingredients from your moisturiser and other skin treatments, thus maximising their effectiveness. 

Activated charcoal is gentle on the skin and non-irritating making it ideal for problem and sensitive skin. It's also naturally anti-bacterial, helping to combat acne and improve skin texture. 

Activated charcoal is commonly ingested to assist in the removal of toxins and treat digestive issues such as gas, bloating and constipation. Simply mix a teaspoon in water and consume daily. 

 

plant extracts

Hydrosols

Also referred to as floral waters, hydrosols are the aromatic waters created by steam distilling plant material, typically flowers or herbs. 

Hydrosols are commonly found in beauty formulas such as face mists and toners, moisturisers, natural fragrances and other water-based skincare products. 

Their subtle scent and nourishing plant compounds make them an ideal ingredient to add to homemade beauty formulations or simply on their own as a refreshing and fragrant mist for the face and body. 

 rose bloom

 ROSE WATER

Rose water is the bi-product of the distillation of rose petals with steam. Its sweet, floral fragrance makes it an effective facial toner or room spray when used on its own, or combined with complimentary ingredients to elevate its effectiveness and applications. 

Used for thousands of years as a natural perfume in skincare and in food and drinks, rose water contains unique plant compounds that are incredibly beneficial for the skin and your overall health. 

Rose water is naturally anti-inflammatory and can help soothe and treat skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. These anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and soothe irritated skin. Rose water is also anti-bacterial making it an ideal face spritz for those with acne and effective in the healing of wounds. 

Roses contain potent antioxidants that help protect against cell damage and combat free-radicals, keeping skin healthy, nourished and youthful. Just as rose water calms the skin, it has a similar effect on your mood, helping ease tension and promote feelings of calm. 

Add some to your bath water, spritz in your hair before blow-drying, use as an after sun body spray to soothe dry, sun-affected skin or make up your own air freshener by adding some essential oils and placing in a spray bottle to create a beautiful sweet scent in the air. 

Another wonderful use is to make a cold compress for your face while you soak in the tub. Simply mix equal parts rose water and plain water (you can also add some essential oils if you like) in a bowl and soak a face washer in the water. Squeeze out excess water and place over your face, while you calm your mind and breathe in the beautiful, sweet scent. 

 dried orange

ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER

Used extensively in the beauty world for its effectiveness in keeping skin and hair nourished and youthful, orange blossom water is the resulting bi-product of the steam distillation process used to extract the essential oil, commonly referred to as neroli essential oil, from the rind of oranges. 

Wonderfully hydrating and full of unique plant compounds, orange blossom water makes an effective facial toner and hydrating face and body mist when used on its own or combined with other water-soluble, plant-based extracts and other ingredients. 

Orange blossom water is very gentle on the skin, making it suitable for babies and children who have skin conditions or those with sensitive skin.

Ideal as a face toner, orange blossom water soothes, refines, hydrates and tones the skin in preparation for your serums, moisturisers and other treatments. Orange blossom water contains vitamins and antioxidants to boost skin radiance and combat the signs of ageing. It's also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory helping soothe and treat problem skin. 

Much like rose water, the plant extracts have an uplifting and calming effect on the mind. Make a little spritz and pop in your handbag whenever you need a pick-me-up or a little calming relief after a stressful day. 

Orange blossom water has a multitude of uses and can be combined with other water-soluble ingredients, for all kinds of beauty formulations for the skin and hair as well as household uses and cleaning applications. 

 

witch hazel

WITCH HAZEL

Derived from the Hamamelis virginiana shrub, native to North America, witch hazel has been used historically by native American Indian tribes particularly for medicinal purposes as well as treating skin conditions and healing wounds. 

Witch hazel has been used to treat skin conditions caused by inflammation due to the natural compounds found in the plant, that contain potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins.

Used on its own as a skin toner, witch hazel is a gentle astringent that helps minimise pores and soften and refine the skin without causing redness or irritation. Its anti-bacterial compounds help manage acne and other bacterial related skin conditions. 

Witch hazel also contains powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals, preventing cell damage and regenerating the skin as well as protecting the skin against sun exposure. 

There are numerous uses for this powerful tincture, making it an ideal ingredient to have on hand. Witch hazel can be mixed with other water-soluble ingredients to make effective skincare formulations and medicinal treatments. 

 

carrier oils

Carrier Oils

Plant derived oils have proven to be incredibly effective as a skin moisturiser and have soared in popularity as a result. 

Lightweight, silky and luxurious on the skin, carrier oils, like nut butters, are natural occlusives, meaning they provide a lightweight sealant on the outer layer of your skin, trapping moisture and protecting the skin from water loss. 

Plant oils also contain an abundance of skin-nourishing goodness such as essential fatty acids, polyphenols, vitamins and antioxidants that keep skin and hair healthy, hydrated and nourished. 

Ideal as a base for essential oils, carrier oils are extremely gentle on the skin making them suitable for all types, particularly problem and sensitive skin. 

Carrier Oils vs Essential Oils

Plant-based carrier oils, are extracted from the fatty parts of a plant, commonly nuts, seeds and fruits, generally by way of cold pressing. Suitable for sensitive skin types, carrier oils contain few aromatic components and other concentrated plant compounds, that can burn or irritate the skin. Plant oils are often odourless or mildly scented and rich in fatty acids. Unlike essential oils they act as a coating on your skin and won't evaporate.

Essential oils, however, are steam distilled from the non-fatty parts such as flowers, leaves, roots and bark. The high concentration of plant compounds makes essential oils potent in their aroma and therapeutic benefits, and therefore need to be used with caution. Essential oils must be mixed with a carrier oil when applied to the skin or bath, or mixed with salts and other ingredients. Essential oils are a volatile oil and will evaporate quickly. 

 

hemp seed oil

HEMP SEED OIL

Produced by cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp seed oil has a deep green colour and a nutty smell and taste. 

Unlike cannabis (CBD) oil which is derived from the leaf and flowers of the hemp plant, hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds only and contains no traces of the psychoactive component THC, it is therefore completely safe for internal and external use. 

Hemp seed oil gently protects and hydrates the skin by locking in moisture and protecting it from sun exposure, moisture loss and cell damage without clogging your pores. Naturally occurring vitamins nourish the skin and the antioxidants present in hemp seed oil ward off free radicals that contribute to ageing skin. 

Hemp seed oil is also effective in controlling excess oil production by mimicking your skin's natural sebum, helping to combat acne caused by excess oil.  

Of the essential fatty acids hemp seed oil contains, one of them, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) acts as a powerful antioxidant promoting cell regeneration and acts as an anti-inflammatory, ideal in treating skin conditions such as rosacea and dermatitis. 

Combined with other carrier oils and / or essential oils, or used on its own, hemp seed oil, when used daily results in smooth, hydrated and youthful skin. 

 

sweet almond oil

SWEET ALMOND OIL

Derived from the seeds of the fruit of the almond tree, almond oil is extracted by way of cold pressing the fatty seeds to release this luxurious and nourishing oil. 

Used extensively in skin and beauty products, sweet almond oil is rich in protein, antioxidants and essential fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acid. These key components help maintain the skin's natural sebum balance as well as neutralising free radicals and promoting cell regeneration. 

Almond oil also contains vitamins A, B and E as well as magnesium and calcium to maintain skin health and combat damage caused by sun exposure, pollution and free radical damage. 

Sweet almond oil is lightweight, silky and absorbs easily onto the skin making it ideal for sensitive or problem skin. It has a light golden hue and mild nutty scent and is ideal as a massage oil, scalp and hair treatment, as a gentle cleanser or simply as a carrier oil for your favourite essential oils. 

 

jojoba oil

JOJOBA OIL

This bright golden oil is beautifully lightweight and super silky on the skin. Jojoba oil closely resembles the natural sebum found in your skin, making it an effective emollient as it softens the skin without leaving a heavy, greasy film.

Derived from the nut of the jojoba plant, a hearty, perennial plant that grows in desert climates predominantly found in North America, jojoba oil contains many healing and nourishing compounds beneficial to your skin. 

As with many plant oils, jojoba oil is naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal helping to keep the skin's natural microbiome in balance and prevent breakouts and combat acne. It's also anti-inflammatory helping soothe and treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. 

Jojoba oil contains naturally occurring vitamin E and other antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress caused by environmental pollutants and toxins, stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and other factors that contribute to oxidation of the skin. 

Due to its ability to mimic the skin's natural sebum and regulate its production, jojoba oil is naturally noncomedogenic, meaning it won't block the pores of your skin resulting in breakouts. 

Studies suggest jojoba oil may help your body produce collagen, due it its antioxidant content which studies have linked to greater collagen synthesis, resulting in plump and youthful skin. 

Jojoba oil really is a powerhouse of skin-loving benefits, and is an excellent base for essential oils. We recommend jojoba oil as a face serum in the final stage of your skincare ritual to lock in moisture, keep your skin protected from the elements and beautifully nourished. 

 

fractionated coconut oil

FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL

Fractionated coconut oil results when the solid part of the organic coconut oil is removed, leaving a mild, clear oil, that has a plethora of skincare benefits. 

A popular choice as a carrier for essential oils due to its transparent composition and mild odour, coconut oil contains essential fatty acids that help keep skin hydrated and protected. These include linoleic acid (vitamin F) which promotes moisture retention of the skin as well as lauric acid which is naturally anti-bacterial helping to combat acne and other bacterial-related skin conditions. 

Used as a body moisturiser or bath oil, coconut oil keeps your skin smooth and silky without being too heavy or greasy. Incredibly nourishing for the hair and scalp, coconut oil is commonly used as a hair treatment to hydrate and protect hair from damage. 

We recommend mixing with oils such as jojoba and/or sweet almond as well as essential oils to create a lightweight serum for your daily skincare routine, to keep your skin hydrated, youthful, soothed and protected. 

 

plant extracts

Plant-derived Humectants

A crucial element in any effective moisturiser, humectants achieve optimum skin hydration by attracting moisture from the air or the deeper layers (the dermis) of your skin, to the outer layer (the epidermis) of your skin. This results in a greater level of moisture to the stratus corneum, the layer of dead cells that comprise the outermost crust of the epidermis. 

Their unique chemical composition attracts water molecules which combat moisture loss through the skin and hydrate skin cells. Humectants can be naturally occurring or synthetic. Glycerine and aloe vera are two ingredients that work as natural humectants, achieving effective moisturising and hydrating capabilities. 

Used in combination with an occlusive (as explained previously) to lock in the moisture retained from the humectant, your skin will maintain an optimum level of hydration to prevent skin dryness and ageing. 

 

aloe vera

ALOE VERA GEL

Used for centuries in skin healing and medicinal applications, aloe vera has a multitude of skincare and healing properties due to its unique plant compounds and hydrating capabilities. 

Widely used as a topical treatment, aloe vera soothes skin irritation such as sunburn, bites and rashes, as well as healing wounds, and treating skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. 

There are over 420 species of aloe vera, the most commonly used for skincare is the aloe barbadensis Miller plant. Aloe vera contains anti-bacterial properties that further assist in wound healing, preventing proliferation of bacteria and preventing breakouts.

Commonly found in skincare formulations, typically moisturisers and serums, aloe vera is ideal as a moisturiser and can be used on its own or in combination with other moisturising ingredients. Due to its ability to attract water to the skin, it's the ideal antidote to skin dryness and particularly beneficial for sun-exposed or sun-damaged skin. 

 

vegetable glycerine

VEGETABLE GLYCERINE

Glycerine, also referred to as Glycerin or Glycerol, is a natural, vegetable-derived ingredient commonly used in moisturisers, soaps and other skincare products.

This natural emollient soothes and softens the skin, while its water attracting capabilities intensely hydrate the skin, keeping it youthful and plump. 

Ideal for sensitive or problem skin, glycerine is gentle in its composition and is non-irritating, non-drying and naturally soothing. It's also an effective treatment for skin conditions and to treat acne. It's non-greasy and noncomedogenic, making it an ideal moisturiser for oily skin. It stimulates skin cell renewal, repairs damaged tissue and helps heal skin infections and skin conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea. 

Glycerine is easy to formulate with and requires few additional ingredients and can even be used on its own. Combined with aloe vera and other water-soluble ingredients it makes an effective face serum to hydrate, heal and soothe the skin.  

diy vintage cleaning

Cleaning & Home

Unless you're cleaning your oven or scrubbing the bathroom tiles, everyday cleaning need not require heavy-duty, chemical-based formulas to keep your home clean, fresh and germ free. A simple spray made from water, a little bi-carb or castile soap and some essential oils is all the cleaning power you need to keep on top of everyday grease and grime, and to naturally disinfect your home.

Even heavy duty cleaning, can be achieved using simple, natural ingredients such as bi-carb and vinegar, and can be just as effective as commercial cleaning products, minus all the toxins. 

Simple ingredients that have been used for generations such as good old fashioned bi-carb, vinegar and lemon achieve excellent results and won't irritate the skin or adversely affect your health. 

Essential oils are an effective way to clean and freshen your home and smell incredible, much nicer than artificially fragranced, commercial cleaning products. Add a few drops along with a squirt of castile soap to a bucket of warm water to wash your floors, to remove grease and grime from walls or to clean the bathroom.  Or make your own washing powder using coconut soap, washing soda and bi-carb and a few drops of your favourite essential oils for perfectly clean, freshly-scented linen.

 

white cleaning vinegar

WHITE SPIRIT VINEGAR

Used for generations for a variety of cleaning purposes, cleaning-grade white spirit vinegar is effective in eliminating germs and bacteria from your home due to its natural acidity. 

This multi-purpose, natural cleaner can be used to clean surfaces, including stainless steel, timber, tiles, laminate etc. as well as for cleaning windows, as a floor cleaner, a rinse aid in your dishwasher, as a fruit and veggie wash, the list goes on. 

When combined with bi-carb it makes an effective oven cleaner, or any task that requires more heavy duty cleaning power. Vinegar can be used as a gentle stain remover and a little mixed into your laundry load can help brighten your whites. 

Vinegar helps reduce mould and mildew in damp areas such as the bathroom or wherever there's condensation. It also cleans mineral deposits in your coffee pot, on your shower head or taps etc. 

 

washing soda

WASHING SODA

Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate, is an effective natural cleaner and water softener. An essential ingredient in homemade washing powder, washing soda is a chemical compound derived from carbonic acid, a chemical that produces a wide range of salts collectively known as carbonates.

This naturally-derived ingredient is highly alkaline. With a PH of 11, it makes an effective degreaser and stain remover. It softens hard water and helps lift stains from fabrics.

Washing soda is safe to use and doesn't omit any toxic fumes, although it's highly caustic and should be handled with gloves to avoid skin irritation. 

Ideal to have on hand, washing soda can be used for a variety of purposes that extend far beyond washing powder. Make a cleaning solution of 1/4 cup of washing soda to 1.5 litres of water and use to clean mould, mineral deposits and soap scum from your shower curtain. Clean soap scum in the shower or bath. Clean and remove odours from your rubbish bin. As an oven cleaner or sprinkle a little in your toilet bowl to clean and freshen your toilet. And so much more!

 

bicarb soda

BI-CARB SODA

Long used for baking, cleaning and a whole range of other purposes, no home is complete without this miracle ingredient. Highly alkaline, non-toxic and eco-friendly, bi-carb soda, also known as baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, is incredibly effective in a variety of cleaning and household purposes. 

Our bi-carb soda is certified organic by the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) and contains no fillers, colours, fragrances or additives of any kinds. Unlike many commercial brands of sodium bicarbonate, ours is not manufactured and does not undergo any chemical processing. It is simply mined from naturally occurring sodium bicarbonate. 

Dating back to ancient Egypt, bi-carb soda has been used in food preparation and cleaning applications since it became commercially available in the mid 19th century and has become a staple item in most households. 

Bi-carb soda can be used to clean just about anything you can think of and helps eliminate odours. Use to clean any stubborn food bits on pots and pans, mix with vinegar and/or other ingredients to make an effective oven cleaner, combine with lemon juice and clean stainless steel surfaces to reveal their shine, make up a surface spray with water and lemon juice or vinegar and clean counter tops, the fridge, rubbish bins, carpet stains etc. Or de-clog a drain with a sprinkle of bi-carb or freshen smelly shoes, clean your silver jewellery, or even whiten your teeth. The question is what can't bi-carb do?

 

castille soap

CASTILE SOAP

Made from organic and biodegradable ingredients, castile soap is safe for the environment and won't pollute our waterways. Used wherever you require detergent such as dish soap, laundry detergent, homemade all-purpose cleaner, as a makeup brush cleaner, floor wash, or even as a fruit and veggie wash, castile soap's multi-tasking capabilities make it an ideal product to keep in the bathroom or laundry cupboard. 

Castile soap doesn't stop at the laundry. Its gentle, organic formula contains no animal fats or synthetic ingredients, making castile soap suitable as a mild cleanser for babies. Use on its own as a shampoo, body wash, hand soap, face cleanser, bubble bath etc. or combine with other ingredients to make all kinds of effective skincare formulations. 

coconut soap

COCONUT SOAP

Made from three simple ingredients, coconut oil, sourced from organic and sustainable coconuts, lye and water, this soap is incredibly gentle on the skin and dissolves so easily even in warm water, making it a great choice as a laundry soap. 

Containing no fragrances, fillers, enzymes, phosphates, acids or sodium lauryl, coconut soap is non-irritating and non-allergenic making it ideal for sensitive skin. 

Use in place of ordinary soap and dissolve in warm water for all kinds of personal and home cleaning applications. Mixed with bi-carb soda, washing soda, and some essential oils, it makes an effective, non-toxic washing powder that leaves your clothes thoroughly clean and smelling fresh.