Our Ingredients

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Almond Oil
(Prunus dulcis)
More precisely, we use sweet almond oil. It is obtained by cold pressing the almond kernels. Heat is sometimes applied to the process to extract a larger quantity of oil, however cold-pressed almond oil is extracted at much lower temperatures which delivers oil of a higher quality.
Sweet Almond oil is odourless and has a light yellow tint. It is used for its emollient properties. We use this light oil as it is easily absorbed by the skin and leaving it silky and soft. High in Vitamin E, this oil nourishes the skin and conditions it.
Used in hair products, sweet almond oil adds shine and softens the entire hair shaft.
We also used ground almonds as exfoliates in our scrubs to add texture and deepen the scrub. Ground almond soften the skin and nourishes it at the same time, making it the perfect ingredient in our facial scrub formulas as well as some of our body scrubs.


Aloe Vera Gel
(Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe Vera is a desert plant that contains a clear gel harvested for its healing properties. It is particularly effective in treating burns. Aloe gel cools and soothes the skin, which reduces irritation and redness. It is also hydrating, which softens and helps protect the skin from dryness.
Aloe gel also helps reduce the appearance of scars.
We use aloe vera gel in all our creams and lotions to help establish a high water content in the skin and keep it hydrated.
We also use Aloe Vera powder in some of our formulas to colour our products and nourish the skin.


Avocado Oil
(Persea gratissima)
Avocado oil is obtained by cold-pressing the flesh of the fruit. It can take up to 10 Avocados to produce one teaspoon of the rich and thick oil. This oil is easily absorbed by the skin and is full of beneficial fatty acids and vitamins. It contains more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, lecithin and potassium. Its high content of unsaponifiables soften and moisturise the skin and is known to reduce age spots and scaring.
We use it in some of our scrubs, creams and lotions as well as some of our soap for its high moisturising and conditioning properties.
In hair products, avocado oil strengthens, adds shine and body, conditions and softens the hair due to its rich and nourishing properties.

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Beautyderm HP
(Glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, sodium cocoyl glutamate).
We use Beautyderm HP as an emulsifier in our creams and lotions formulas. It is an eco certified emulsifier, designed to keep our oil in water emulsions together by merging the water phase and the oil phase. Delicate and moisturising, this emulsifier contributes to the final texture of the product and adds a velvety feel to the skin after application.


Beeswax
(Cera alba)
Beeswax is the substance that makes up the structure of a honeycomb. To store their honey, honey bees convert nectar into wax and build the honeycomb. 10 pounds of honey produces one pound of wax.
This wax is known to be effective in healing bruises, inflammation and burns. It contributes emollient quality to creams and is protective as it creates a waterproof barrier on the skin, which preserves the natural moisture of the skin by preventing it from evaporating.


Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is known for its ability to hold up to 15 times its own weight of water due to its structure. As water is introduced to the clay, it becomes strongly negatively charged. Once applied to the skin, it draws toxins from your pores, which are on the other hand strongly positively charged. By drawing the toxins out of your pores, your skin is left softer, smoother and cleaner. This is what makes most clay such a unique and important ingredient in the formulation of masks and cleansing treatments.
We use clay in some of our scrubs as well as our shaving soaps, as they assist in the slip of the razor. Clay also soothes the skin and purifies it.
We also use clay in our facial masks and scrubs to absorb grease and dirt from the skin, while toning at the same time, smoothing out fine lines.


Benzoin
(Styrax tonkinensis pierre)
Benzoin consists of coniferyl cinnamate, an ester, and sumaresinolic acid, which contribute to its relaxing properties. It is well known for its sweet, balsamic, vanilla and ice cream-like essence used in aromatherapy to aid relaxation but has much more to offer than that.
With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, benzoin helps soothe skin irritations and swelling and due to its warming effect, benzoin is used to calm aching muscles.
We also use it as it is a natural preservative and an antiseptic.
In hair products, benzoin provides a protective film on the hair, which prevents it from losing moisture. It also adds shine to dull looking hair.


Bergamot Oil
(Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot oil is widely known for its uplifting properties. It is very refreshing with a light, fruity and floral tone. Its fresh and dynamic scent makes it a natural anti-depressant believed to clear the mind of anxious thoughts. Since it has antibacterial properties, bergamot oil help in various skin treatments.
In hair products, this oil adds shine and gloss to the hair.


Black Pepper
(Piper nigrum)
We use black pepper in some of our soaps to add texture to the product as well as create the possibility for the soap to deliver a gentle exfoliation.


Buttermilk
Buttermilk is a wonderful addition to soap as it is soothing and moisturising. We use it in some of our soap formulas to add conditioning to the bar, which results in soft, moisturised skin after use. It also contributes a rich, creamy lather to the soap. It also adds to the overall fragrance of the soap by contributing a deep, rich and sweet scent in the final bar.

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Castor Oil
(Ricinus communis)
Castor oil is obtained by cold-pressing the seeds. The oil is heated to clarify and purify it.
This oil is well tolerated by the skin and used as carrier oil, skin conditioning agent and an emulsion stabiliser in cosmetics. It also contributes in the texture of creams and lotions.
Used in hair products, castor oil, conditions, repairs and facilitates the growth of hair. It is used in mascaras to promote lashes growth and volume.


Cayenne Pepper
(Capsicum Annuum)
Cayenne pepper is a red powder obtained from a type of red chilli. We use it as it contributes to the colour of some of our soaps.


Cetearyl Alcohol
(Cetearyl Alcohol)
Cetearyl alcohol is a white, waxy, solid material that comes in various forms. It is an oil soluble alcohol made up of fatty alcohols.
Cetearyl alcohol is used as a co-emulsifier in some of our richer creams as it supports the main emulsion system and gives texture to the product. It helps stabilise the emulsion, preventing oil and water from separating.
The emulsifying quality of cetearyl alcohol enables all the ingredients to stay together and contribute to the efficiency of the final product. It also contributes softness to the cream leaving a silky feel on the skin after application.


Chamomile Flowers
(Anthemis nobilis)
We use chamomile flowers as a decorative finishing touch in some of our products. It is also used in soap to deliver a gentle exfoliation.


Cinnamon Leaf Oil
(Cinnamomum cassia)
Cinnamon leaf oil is obtained from their leaves by steam distillation. It is a brownish-yellow oil with a warm, rich and spicy aroma.
Commonly used to fight feelings of depression, weakness and exhaustion, it is also antiseptic, antibiotic and analgesic.
In perfumery, cinnamon leaf oil is used for its spicy, woody notes, creating an uplifting scent.
We also use cinnamon powder in some of our products for its beautiful light brown colour. The powder has a fragrant, spicy, intensely warming and slightly sweet flavour.


Citric Acid
(Citric Acid)
Citric acid is a naturally occurring fruit acid. It is a white crystalline powder, which is odourless and tastes very acidic. Mixed with sodium bicarbonate, citric acid is what makes up our bath butter bombs. The combination introduced to water is what causes the bomb to fizz and release its goodness in the bath.
Citric acid is also a mild degreaser.


Clove and clove powder
(Eugenia caryopyllus)
Clove is a spicy, warming and stimulating herb with anaesthetic and analgesic effects. It is also anti-fungal and antiseptic. We use it in some of our products to create a darker brown and contribute to the overall look of the product as well.


Cocoa Butter
(Theobroma cacao)

The cocoa seeds are fermented, then cleaned, roasted and cracked to remove their hard shells. They are then ground to a thick, oily paste called chocolate liquor. The fat is then removed from the liquor through high pressure to separate the cocoa butter and cocoa powder. The butter is then rendered into pale yellow cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter is not a greasy substance to the touch. It has a hard consistency and smells like chocolate.
Cocoa butter is used in cosmetics for its unique ability to smoothen the skin and make it supple. It is a well suited butter to prevent the appearance of stretch marks. It is also an ideal ingredient in the making of natural deodorants blocks as it creates a protective barrier which hold all the other ingredients in place for long lasting freshness. In large quantities cocoa butter is not ideal as it is not easily absorbed by the skin and leaves it shiny but in small quantities contributes amazing softening, moisturising and conditioning properties.
It also nourishes the skin and smoothens its texture.
We also use cocoa powder in our products as it is rich in antioxidants which help nourish and optimise the overall texture of the skin. It contributes a sweet aroma to the products and cleanse the skin as well.


Coconut Oil
(Cocos nucifera)
The coconut palm is a versatile and complete tree. Many things can be made solely using raw materials from the tree. Almost the entire palm is used in a way or another.
The coconut oil extracted from the nut is rich in magnesium, iodine and potassium making it ideal for use on the skin, scalp and hair. It is revitalising, soothing and hydrating whilst it facilitates the absorbsion of other much need nutrients from other sources into the skin.
We use coconut oil across the spectrum for its various properties. In soap it contributes a unique fluffy lather that most other oils cannot deliver.
We also use desiccated coconut in some of our scrub formulas to add texture to the product and this assist with a deep exfoliation,.
It also contributes a fresh coconut aroma to the products.


Coffee
(Coffea arabica)
We use ground coffee in our scrubs to introduce texture and assist with a deeper exfoliation. It also contributes a rich and familiar aroma in our scrubs. Perfect for a morning exfoliation.


Corn Starch
(Zea mays)
Cornstarch is a fine, silken powder milled from the dried seed cobs of corn. Due to its high absorbing properties, we use it in our deodorant blocks to ensure that the armpits stay dry and comfortable all day long. Its fine texture also makes the skin feel silky and smooth.


Cranberries
(Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Cranberries contain benzoic acid, which acts as a natural preservative within some of our products. We use dried cranberries in our formulas to add texture and provide a deeper exfoliation. Dried cranberries are also used to decorate some of our products.

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Dehyquart C4046
(Cetearyl Alcohol & Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Ceteareth-20)
Dehyquart C4046 is a conditioner base emulsifier used in some of our products for its emollient properties. In hair products, it is used to keep the hair conditioned and untangled.

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Emulgade PL68/50
(Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol)
Emulgade PL68/50 is an emulsifying wax used in some of our formulas to keep the water and oil bonded. It has moisturizing and hydrating properties that contribute to the overall application and effectiveness of the product. It also assists the penetration of other ingredients in the skin for the full benefit of the product.

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Fragrance

Fragrance is a synthetic compound that has a smell or odour. We use fragrance in our products to give them a pleasant and attractive odour, create different ranges and contribute to the overall sensorial experience of the products.

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Geogard Ultra
(Gluconolactone, sodium benzoate)
Geogard Ultra is a preservative derived from natural sources. It is used in our creams and lotions to fight bacterial growth. This enables your product to last longer uncontaminated. This keeps the product safe for use with no risk of skin issues arising from bacterial infection. Creams and lotions containing water have to be preserved in order to extend their lifespan and ensure that bacteria do not contaminate the product.


Ginger Powder
(Zingiber officinale)
Powdered ginger helps stimulates blood circulation which then warms the skin. Ginger promote relaxation and to help our body eliminate toxins. We use ginger powder in some of our products for its subtle colour.


Glitter
Glitter describes an assortment of very small particles that reflect light in a sparkling spectrum. We use it in some creams and lotions for its visual appeal. They stay on the skin after application for a subtle shine when it reflects light. It adds a feminine touch to our ranges and adds to the overall sensuality of some products.


Glycerine
(Glycerine)

Glycerine is a natural by-product of soap making. It also occurs naturally in nature. Glycerine is a clear, odourless, viscous liquid, which dissolves completely in water. Its main characteristic lies in the fact that it is a humectant and absorbs water to its structure. This is a very important ingredient in all cosmetic formulations as it helps not only retain water close to the skin but also attracts it. In so doing, it softens, hydrates and moisturises the skin.
In hair products, it encourages shine, conditions and contribute to the overall texture of the hair.
We use it in almost all our products due to its hydrating properties.


Goats Milk
Goats milk is used in our range primarily for facial soaps. It contributes to a creamy lather and has emollient properties that condition sensitive skin. Goats milk is rich in beta-casein, Vitamins A, B6, B12 and E and minerals that help nourish and hydrate sensitive, dry and aging skin.



Goji Berries
(Lycium barbarum)
We use dried goji berries in our formulas to add texture and provide a deeper exfoliation. Goji berries are also used to decorate some of our products. They are also high in antioxidants which contribute to the overall health and texture of the skin.


Grapeseed Oil
(Vitis vinifera)
Grape seed oil is an odourless, delicate and light-coloured oil, extracted from seeds of the grape. It is a stable, lightweight and moisturizing ingredient used in cosmetics for its versatile applications.
It has a high affinity with our skin and absorbs easily without leaving a heavy greasy feel. It also facilitates the absorption of other ingredient.
With its high linoleic acid (omega 6 essential fatty acid), Grapeseed oil leaves skin feeling comfortable and soft, promoting the repair of skin tissue.


Green Tea
(Camelia sinensis)
Green tea is made from freshly plucked leaves, which are first blasted with steam and roasted, then dried or ground to a powder. It contains polyphenols, which are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. It also has anti-bacterial properties.
Green tea is also used as an astringent which helps tone and tighten the skin.
We use green tea in some of our scrubs as it infuses with the other ingredients and contribute to the overall refreshing properties of the products.

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Honey
(Mel)
Honey is a fragrant, sweet, sticky liquid made by honeybees. They collect nectar from a variety of plants, carry it to their nests and convert it to honey.
It is believed that honey has antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant and antifungal properties as a result of the enzymes it contains.
As glycerine, honey is a natural humectant and therefore, a wonderful, gentle moisturiser.
We use honey in our scrubs to enhance its texture and benefit the skin.


Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
(Phytokeratine)
Hydrolyzed wheat protein contains wheat oligosaccharides (carbohydrates) which constitutes to its a unique hydrating effect that deliver a combination of moisture-balancing and film-forming properties. It leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. It is used in facial products as an anti-aging ingredients.
In hair products, hydrolised wheat protein works to give hair better body control and shine. It also aids to repair damage hair.

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Iron Oxide
Iron oxide is a compound composed of iron and oxygen. It is used in cosmetics as a natural colourant. There are many different colours available. We use black oxide to colour some of our soaps, especially the men’s ranges.

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Jojoba Oil
(Simmondsia chinensis)
Jojoba oil is a unique liquid wax obtained from the seeds of the jojoba shrub. It is an excellent moisturizer and softener for skin and scalp. Known for its unique affinity to our sebum, jojoba oil is easily absorbed by the skin. In cosmetics, it is also used as an emollient. It is used to ease sunburn, windburn and irritation.
In hair products, jojoba oil conditions the scalp and hair. It contributes by adding shine and rendering hair manageable and soft.

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Kaolin
Like bentonite, kaolin is a clay used to cleanse and purify the skin. It is used mainly for dry skin as it does not hold the same amount of dirt and toxins as bentonite but serves the same purpose. It is a white powder that when mixed with water becomes negatively charged, which helps remove the dirt and toxins in the pores which are positively charged. It leaves the skin soft and smooth, free of impurities. We use Kaolin in some of out masks, facial scrubs and shaving soaps as it helps the blade slip smoothly alongside the skin.


Kelp Powder
We use kelp powder in some of our products for its unique colour. It is high in antioxidants and sea minerals which contributes to the overall health and texture of the skin as well.

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Lactic Acid
Due to its high affinity with our hair and skin as it occurs naturally in our body, lactic acid contributes much needed properties to the cosmetic industry. It assists in regulating formulations’ pH levels. It is a very effective moisturizer both for the skin and hair.
In hair products, it brings shine and improves texture as well as help eliminate dandruff.




Lanolin
Lanolin is extracted from sheep’s wool. It is an emollient used to soften the skin by forming a protective barrier over the top layer of the skin, which then helps maintain the skin soft and hydrated. As we’ve seen with the glycerine, lanolin is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin. It also contributes to the texture of emulsions and the effectiveness of the final product. In hair products, it nourishes the hair and reinforces its shine.


Lavander flowers
(Lavandula augustifolia)
We use the lavender flowers in some of our products for decoration. In scrubs, we use them as they act as a gentle natural exfoliant that delivers a textured, gentle exfoliation. It adds to the overall lush experience of our lavender products.


Lemon Peel
(Citrus limonum)
We use lemon peel in our products to add texture and exfoliate the skin. It also contributes to the overall visual appeal of some products.


Lemongrass Oil
(Cymbopogon schoenanthus)
Lemongrass oil is extracted from lemongrass by steam distillation. It is known for its antiseptic, tonic and deodorising qualities.
Lemongrass oil is dark yellow and has a sweet and creamy, lemon-like aroma, used as an insect repellents due to its content in myrcene and citronellal.
Its fragrance is energising and combined with other citrus oils, create an uplifting aromatherapy experience.


Linseeds
(Linum usitatissimum)
Linseeds are rich in protein, oil, vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the skin. We use linseeds/flaxseeds to decorate some of our products as it enhances its visual appeal. It is also used within our formulas to deliver a gentle exfoliation to soften and smoothen the skin.

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Macadamia Nut Oil
(Macadamia ternifolia)
In cosmetics, Macadamia nut oil is both emollient and moisturising. With high levels of Omega 7 palmitoleic acid, protein, niacin, iron, magnesium and thiamine, this vegetable oil is highly compatible with human skin and helps promote healthy cell formation.
Due to its nourishing and easily absorbed consistency, it's an ideal skin conditioner and helps skin regeneration.
In hair products, it enhance shine and nourishes the scalp.


Magnesium Sulphate
(Epsom salt)
Chemically, Epsom salts are crystals of hydrated magnesium sulfate. They are known to soften skin, reduce excess fluid, and detoxify the body. Much like salt, Epsom salt cleanses the pores and nourish them. We use Epsom salt in our bath salts for their cleansing, detoxifying properties.

Mango Butter
(Mangifera indica)
Mango Butter contains abundant vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, vitamins A, E, C and B. It is high in antioxidant, naturally antibacterial and rich in enzymes which contribute to the overall health and texture of the skin. These enzymes remove dirt, which makes it an ideal to clarify the skin, improve skin tone and texture whilst for hair products, it is cleansing, enhances shine, strengthens and adds volume.


Marigold Flowers
(Calendula officinalis)
Calendula flowers are used within some of our formulas purely to enhance the visual aspect of the product and match the themes it is associated with within the ranges. The delicate dried petals are yellow and contribute texture to some of our formulas.


Mustard Seeds
We use mustard seeds within some of our formulas to enhance the visual aspect as well as create a gentle stimulating massage whilst exfoliating. Because the size of the grains are bigger than the exfoliants within the scrubs, they deliver a gentle massage that helps with blood circulation as well as assist in breaking down cellulite. All scrubs naturally have this effect but with mustard seeds it is simply enhanced.


Myrrh
(Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh is a resin produced by small sturdy trees. It has a rich, amber-incense aroma.
Myrrh is believed to be antiseptic, astringent, carminative and anti-inflammatory and helps the skin healing process. We use it as mustard seeds, to enhance the visual appeal of some products as well as to create a gentle stimulating massage within our scrub formulas.

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Oatmeal
(Avena sativa)
Oats are a source of calcium, iron and vitamin B1 with a high carbohydrates content. They contain more protein and lipids than other grains as well as Avenanthramides (a type of antibiotic that act as an antioxidant). This contributes to the topical soothing effect of the grain. We use rolled oats in some of our products for its soothing properties as well as to create a gentle exfoliation to keep the skin smooth and deliciously peachy.


Olive Oil
(Olea Europaea)
Olives and olive oil are said to have anti-tumour action as well as protect against cancer.
With a high content of vitamin E, oleic acid, hydroxytyrosol and Squalene, olive oil is known to protect the skin from free radicals. It is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving a heavy and greasy layer behind.
In hair products, it helps strengthen and nourish the hair.


Orange Peel
(Citrus Aurantium dulcis)
We use orange peel in some of our products to enhance the visual aspect of the concepts we portray. It bright orange colour brings some punch and energy the products. They also act as exfoliants to keep the skin free of dirt.

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Palm Oil
(Elaeis Guineensis)
In our soaps, palm oil contributes hardness and smooth creamy lather for a luxurious shower experience. Palm oil is used in soap making as the vegan alternative to tallow (animal fat).


Parsley
(Petroselinum crispum)
We used dried parsley in some of our products for its antioxidant and calming qualities.
It contains vitamins A, C, E, chlorophyllin and plant flavonoids, giving it its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to colour our products and contribute to the visual appeal of the different ranges.


Patchouli Oil
(Pogostemon cablin)
Patchouli oil is extracted from the dried leaves of the plant, which are fermented prior to the steam distillation process.
It is a dark orange viscous liquid that has a very strong smoky aroma, used by aromatherapists for its relaxing and antiviral qualities.
Patchouli is used for its cooling, astringent and soothing properties within cosmetic products.


Peppermint
(Mentha piperita)
Peppermint oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowers of the plant. The oil is a pale liquid, and its main constituents are menthol and menthone. This oil has a very strong and refreshing aroma with underlying herbal notes.
We use it in some of our products for the cooling effect it has on the skin. It is very refreshing and invigorating. We use it in our products for the feet as it takes away all traces of unpleasant smell that could have existed and keeps the skin cool and refreshed.


Polysorbate 20
Polysorbate 20 is used in our scrubs as a solubiliser and co-emulisfier. It allows the oil phase of our formula to disperse and fully incorporate into the water phase. This allows the product to emulsify with the shower/bath water to deliver a rich and creamy exfoliation that is held together and last longer.


Poppy Seeds
These delicate little seeds are the perfect addition to some of our scrubs formulas. The enhance the exfoliation and smoothen the skin whilst simultaneously stimulating blood circulation. Due to their coarser texture, the skin is smoother, softer and free of dirt and oils. They will thoroughly remove the dead skin cells that dull your skin to reveal the vibrant glowing skin layer underneath.


Potassium Hydroxide
Potassium Hydroxide is the alkali used in the making of natural liquid and cream soap.


Pumice
We use ground pumice rock in some of our scrubs with the same aim as the poppy seeds. They exfoliate the skin deeper and soften it. Exfoliation, being one of the most important processes in maintaining your skin youthful and healthy, should be done regularly. The Pumice rock shamelessly removes the dead skin cells deposit on the top layer of the skin to allow the new layer to come through and breathe.

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Rose Water
(Rosa centifolia)
Rose water is soothing, gently moisturising and toning on the delicate skin of the neck and d├ęcolletage. This ingredient is best suited for mature, dry and sensitive skins.
We also use rose petals as embellishment, decoration and finishing touch to some of our products.

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Sea Salt
(Sodium chloride)
Sodium Chloride is simply salt. Salt is stimulating, cleansing, antiseptic and astringent. It softens and hydrates the skin. Being full of minerals, salts stabilise the pH levels of the blood and lymphatic system. These minerals neutralise wastes and prepare their elimination.
Cleansing the skin with soaps containing salt is an excellent way to benefit from its mineral content. Bathing in salt water degreases the skin and frees it from dead skin cells and dirt. It does so without depleting the skin of its natural oils, leaving it soft and comfortable.
We use coarse salts in our bath salts formulas for their cleansing and hydrating effect. The crystals vary in shape and are naturally pure. Their unrefined qualities ensure that the full content of trace minerals are present.
We also use fine sea salt in some of our bath bombs and soap formulas for their rich mineral content. This benefits the skin by entering through the pores, cleanse, nourish, and hydrate them.
We also use fine sea salt in some of our scrub formulas as exfoliants. Their crystals are ground to a small size for a mild exfoliation.


Sea weed
High in antioxidants and minerals, sea weed contributes to the overall well being of the skin. We use sea weed in some of our products as exfoliants as well as to embellish product. It helps with a deeper exfoliation and replenishes the skin’s mineral content.


Sesame Seeds
(Sesamum indicum)
Ripe sesame seeds are collected and either pressed for oil, ground into a paste or stored for decoctions. They contain sesamol, a natural preservative which makes the oil very stable and highly resistant to oxidation. It is rich in monosaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as lecithin. We use the seeds in some products for decoration as well as to add texture and enhance the exfoliation property of certain products.


Shea Butter
(Butyrospermum parkii)
Shea Butter is a naturally occurring fat, derived from the nut of the Karite tree. The oil extracted from the nut is used for cooking whilst the butter is very popular in cosmetics.
The vegetable butter contains vitamin A, which helps maintain the skin healthy and youthful.
Compounds within the butter offer some protection from UVB rays. The butter contains oleic acid, which is beneficial for external and internal health as it is highly compatible with our skin and sebum. It is easily absorbed by the skin and facilitates the absorption of other ingredients within the formula it is included in.
Shea butter nourishes, moisturises, softens and protects the skin.


Sodium Bicarbonate
(Sodium Bicarbonate)
Sodium Bicarbonate is soothing. It is used for insect bites, eczema, and minor sunburn. It softens water, promotes circulation and also acts as a degreaser. These properties make it an excellent ingredient for our bath bombs and bath salts. In combination with other ingredients within the formulas, it enhances the bathers experience by softening the skin and cleansing the pores leaving the bather with silky smooth and clean skin.


Sodium Borate
(Borax)
Borax is used as an emulsifier when used with beeswax. This method of emulsion is called a water in oil emulsion and creates a cream termed “cold cream”. This method neutralizes the borax and effectively leaves none of it in the final product. This cream is called as such as it is cool on application. It is a protective cream primarily thick and cocooning. It softens the skin and protects it from external damaging factors. This cream can also be used to cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
Borax is a colourless, crystalline powder. It is the mineral salt of boric acid.


Sodium Hydroxide
(Sodium Hydroxide)
Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is a white, crystalline substance, which is soluble in water. Sodium hydroxide is the alkali used to manufacture solid bars of soap.


Soya Lecithin
(Soya Lecithin)
Soya lecithin is used as a co-emulsifier and a texture enhancer in our formulas. It comes from the soya bean. Lecithin is a fatty substance that occurs naturally in eggs, whole grains and legumes and is a vital, structural, cell membrane component of living organisms.
It is a highly conditioning and moisturising ingredient for the hair and skin and it also facilitates he absorption of other ingredients in the skin for the full benefit of the product.


Soybean Oil
(Glycine soja)
Obtained from the soya bean, this oil has a rich and moisturising texture. Used in cosmetics for its emollient properties as well as its ability to thicken the texture of a product, soybean oil is high in antioxidants which condition both the hair and the skin.


Spring Water
(Spring Water)
Spring water refreshers, enlivens, hydrates and brings necessary minerals directly to the skin. It is used within across the border and contributes in various ways. In soap it is used as a conduit for the sodium hydroxide to saponify the fats and oils and transform the mixture into soap.
In our creams and lotions, it is used to hydrate the skin and to lighten up the emulsions, avoiding a heavy, greasy and shiny feel on the skin.


Stearic Acid
Stearic acid is one of the most common of the long-chain fatty acids found in saturated fats. In cosmetics, it is used as a co-emulsifier and a texture enhancer. It stabilisers the emulsion and contributes emollience to the final product. It is used to prevent the water and oil from separating within a formula. We also use it in our scrubs to assist it to spread in the bath/shower.


Stout
(Beer)
Stout is a dark, heavy-bodied beer brewed from cereals and sugar. It is said to add volume, softness and shine to hair. It is used in shampoo or a final rinse for dark hair. The sugar and protein contained in stout are responsible for its properties. We use stout in our solid shampoo bars for it’s richness as well as for the sweet decadent fragrance it contributes to the final shampoo bar.


Sugar
(Sucrose)
Obtained from the sugar cane, sugar is used as exfoliants in our scrubs. They gently exfoliate and stimulate the skin. We use various different sizes of sugar for a creamy, yet effective exfoliation.


Sunflower Oil
(Helianthus Annuus)
Sunflower oil is a pale yellow liquid commonly used for cooking. In cosmetic products, it contributes as a moisturiser. It also creates a protective barrier over the skin and contributes to the overall health of the skin due to its high level of Vitamin E.

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Tea Tree Oil
(Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree leaves are collected and water or steam-distilled to produce tea tree oil. This oil has a warm, spicy and fresh fragrances used for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is particularly effective treatment for dandruff as it soothes and cleanses the skin.


Titanium dioxide
Titanium dioxide is a pure white pigment occurring naturally as a crystal. Used in various industries to whiten products. In cosmetics, titanium dioxide is used for its ability to absorb UV rays and act as a physical sunscreen. It has a high refractive index of n=2.7. We use it in our products to increase the opacity of a product, giving it a rich and creamy appearance.


Tomato paste
We use tomato paste in some of our soaps for the luxurious auburn colour it contributes to the final bar of soap. It is a unique colour that matches certain themes and adds to the visual appeal of the finished product.


Turmeric
(Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. In cosmetics, it is used as a skin brightener leaving the skin with a glow due to its potent colour. Used in very small quantities, we add turmeric to colour some of our products designed to brighten the skin.

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Vanilla Pod
(Vanilla planifolia)
Vanillin is the main source of the characteristic vanilla scent and it also has antioxidant properties. Vanilla pods are made up of sugars, vanillin, fats and mineral salts, which assist in retaining moisture close to the skin as well as preventing moisture loss. We use vanilla powder and pods in various products as embellishment to contribute not only to the visual appeal but to the fragrance as well.


Vitamin E Oil
(Tocopherol)
Vitamin E oil is a fat soluble antioxidant used in cosmetic application to combat skin damage. Its antioxidant properties also help prevent sun damage by destroying free radicals that occur as a result of normal human metabolism and due to exposure to sunlight, pollution and cigarette smoke.
Vitamin E oil is an excellent antioxidant and considered important for cell regenration and for the maintenance of our immune system. It is a vital ingredient used across the ranges to maintain the well being of the skin.

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Wheatgerm Oil
(Triticum vulgare)
Wheat germ oil contains protein, oleic and linoleic fatty acids, vitamin B complex, iron and magnesium. It is soothing for skin and conditioning for the hair. Wheat germ oil helps maintain the structure of our skin. It is of a yellow colour and has a nutty taste and aroma.
Used as a nourishing treatment for the scalp, it is packed full of antioxidants as well as assists the skin in retaining moisture.


Witch Hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana)
Witch hazel is the source of medicinally important Hamamelis water. It has astringent properties and is used to tone and tighten the skin, making it a good ingredient for anti aging formulas. It also helps reduce puffiness and has excellent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

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Xanthan Gum
Xanthan Gum is used as a thickener. It will not emulsify ingredients but it helps to stabilise the formulation. A very small amount of Xanthan Gum is used to stabilise emulsions and keep the ingredients from separating.
It is suitable for use in many naturally based products such as creams and lotions.

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Yogurt
Yoghurt is a fermented dairy product with a slightly sour taste. It is a popular remedy for sunburn, itchy scalps and yeast infections.
Yoghurt is skin-soothing and moisturising due to its lactic acid content. When added to a product, yoghurt helps adjust the pH level. It is also rich in protein and calcium which help condition the hair. It is particularly suitable for hair and facemasks.
We use yoghurt in some of our soaps as it contributes a sweet and fresh smell to the final bars as well as hydrating, soothing properties.