ingredients

Your A-Z guide of the ingredients we’ve carefully chosen to use in our formulations.

Here you can discover what the ingredient does and how it works, along with insider tips from our founder and formulator.

D E F M Q T U V W X Z

Argan Oil

moisturise & repair

From the tree (Argania Spinosa l.)
Argan oil with it’s high fatty acid and vitamin E content is the ultimate in moisturising oils. Extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree, our Argan oil is organically produced and wonderful for dry hair and skin.
Argan Oil contains a blend of linoleic and oleic fatty acids, tocopherols (Vitamin E) and a plethora of organic plant compounds that can improve skin hydration by restoring barrier function and maintaining the water-holding capacity of the skin as well as protecting the skin and hair from the adverse effects of free radicals - the main cause of premature ageing.

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Aloe Vera Leaf Juice Powder

restoring & hydrating

Aloe Barbadensis
The plant offers great benefits for the skin and hair and its properties have been recognised for thousands of years in traditional medicine; its use has been recorded as early as 2,200 BC.
Aloe vera has great moisturising properties. That’s because it is rich in polysaccharides, which are highly hygroscopic (water-loving) and bind to moisture. Its structure forms a protective film for the skin, which helps give it its healing properties.

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Behenamidopropyl dimethylamine

smoothing frizz

This is our amazing conditioning agent. It is a fabulous example of green chemistry at its best. Derived from Rapeseed Oil it is highly biodegradable and has extremely low aquatic toxicity when compared with other commonly available conditioning agents.

Brassica alcohol

cleanser

Derived from renewable, sustainable, non-GM Rapeseed oil our Brassica alcohol replaces the commonly used and cheaper (though not for the planet) Cetearyl Alcohol which is derived from Palm oil.

Brassica glycerides

moisturise & smooth

Derived from renewable, sustainable, non-GM Rapeseed oil. These fatty acids provide, structure and great skin feel.

Brassicyl isoleucinate estylate

anti static

Derived from renewable, sustainable, non-GM Rapeseed oil this ECO certified emulsifying agent gives great skin feel and has anti-static properties for the hair.

Cacao butter

hydrates & protects

Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, which is why it’s often touted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture.
The Cacao industry is rife with unsustainable farming practices and poor labour standards that is why we source Organic Cacao Butter from the ACOPAGRO Cooperative in Peru which is committed to sustainable farming practices and fair work practices and pricing for farmers.
(organic)

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Calendula infused olive oil

anti bacterial & soothing

Calendula officinalis flowers have long been used topically on the skin by herbalists for their antibacterial and soothing properties. They have a delightful yellow, orange colour which they bring to our oily skin and hair range.
The effective compounds within Calendula help soothe and visibly improve skin, these compounds even help skin resist early signs of aging over time including dull skin, dry fine lines, and uneven skin tone and texture.(organic)

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Caprylic/capric triglyceride

deeply moisturising

Also known as fractionated Coconut oil or Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These components of Coconut oil have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects and are deeply moisturising to the skin and hair. They also have a drier, less greasy feel than straight Coconut oil so help bring a more balanced touch to our product.

Cedarwood essential oil

antiseptic & hair strength

Cedrus Atlantica
Cedarwood is a low irritant oil with a warm woody scent it has traditionally been used for its astringent and antiseptic properties. It has a reputation for strengthening hair growth and alleviating dandruff.

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Chlorophyll

antioxidant & anti-inflammatory

From Alfalfa grass
Chlorophyll is the pigment in green plants that helps transfer light into energy during photosynthesis. Like all leafy green vegetables, it’s an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and K.
Chlorophyll’s rich antioxidant properties make it beneficial to the skin for many reasons: 1. it's both cleansing and purifying to prevent the onset of breakouts 2. it aids in the reduction of skin inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties assist wounded cells in repairing themselves, according to a study by The National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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Coconut oil

hair strength & repair

The wonderful thing about coconut oil, apart from being an amazing source of medium chain fatty acids with anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, is that unlike many other oils, it has a high affinity for hair proteins. Coconut oil can absorb right into the hair shaft strengthening it by preventing protein loss.
(virgin, organic)

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Coffee

stimulating & exfoliating

Coffee grounds give a coarse wash making for a vigorous scrub that is suited to those who like a strong sensation of exfoliation. We use recycled coffee grounds in our coffee exfoliant body bar

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Colloidal oatmeal

soothe & protect

Avena sativa (Oats) finely ground. Oats are soothing and moisturising to the skin. They are especially suitable for sensitive skins as they help to reduce itch and create a gentle and natural protective barrier. A form of oatmeal used in cosmetics and skincare products. It is produced by finely grinding oats, then boiling them. Research shows avenathramides, potent types of antioxidants found in oats (and colloidal oatmeal), can help soothe skin. A high concentration of beta-glucan and starches in colloidal oatmeal also mean it has water-binding properties and is an effective skin protectant.

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Glyceryl stearate citrate

bar structure

Derived from Non-GM corn and canola oil this ingredient provides structure and emulsifying properties to our bars.

Glyceryl caprylate and undecylenate

bars lasting longer

This is our preservative. It is plant derived and composed of high purity monoesters of caprylic acid and undecylenic acid and is known to be active against bacteria, yeast and fungus. It is ECO Certified, allowable in organic formulas and a lot better than finding mould in your shampoo.

Ghassoul clay

gently exfoliating

AKA: rhassoul clay
Ghassoul comes from the Arabic word "ghassala", meaning "to wash". This extremely fine and mineral rich Moroccan lava clay has a smooth, almost lubricating feel on the skin. Its gentle, softening quality makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skins whilst it exfoliates and draws out impurities.

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Hydrogenated ethylhexyl olivate & hydrogenated olive oil unsaponifiables

smooth hair & skin

This is an ester complex from made from olive oil. Rather than having an oily feel it leaves a light and soft touch to the skin and hair. This ingredient acts as a vegetable based alternative to silicones which are used in many hair and skin products, but not ours.

Iron oxide

bar colour

Iron oxide are used in some of our bars (dry and oily ranges only) to create colour. Our iron oxides have been prepared to be free of any impurities and only tiny amounts are used. We avoid the use of Micas to colour our products (commonly used in cosmetics) because of issues with child labour.

Jojoba oil

Protective & moisturising

Simmondsia Chinensis
The wax ester produced by the jojoba bean is unique in that it is similar to the protective wax produced by human skin that helps keep it smooth, supple and moisturised.

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Kanuka essential oil

Soothing and moisturising

Kunzea Ericoides
A native of New Zealand and related to both Australian Tea Tree and New Zealand Manuka, Kanuka shares many of the same properties as these botanical relatives, in that it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Kanuka has a rich, warm earthy scent.

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Lactic acid

Soothing and moisturising

Our lactic acid is produced via the fermentation of a cultured bacteria via biotechnology, it is used to gently pH balance our bars so that they match the pH range of the skin and hair which is naturally mildly acidic. (See FAQ about pH for more on this topic)

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Lavender essential oil (lavandula hybrida)

Soothing and moisturising

Lavender is a well loved essential oil which is known for its gentleness. It is non-irritating and non-sensitising and has a floral, herbaceous aroma with woody undertones and relaxing properties that are said to assist with sleep.

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Neem oil

Soothing and moisturising

This strong, earthy smelling oil comes from the kernels of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica). Neem oil has a long tradition of use for the hair and scalp in India. It has a high fatty acid content and is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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Orange 5 fold, essential oil (Citrus sinesis)

Soothing and moisturising

Orange oil has a lovely uplifting and refreshing scent. Citrus oils are extracted from the peel by cold pressing, however they can contain high levels of terpenes (such as limonene which can be extracted and on-sold as an industrial cleaning agent). High terpene levels can cause photosensitisation and allergic reactions. Folding (or further distilling) the oil removes a vast proportion of these terpenes and produces a cleaner, fresher and juicier smelling oil that is safer to use. The 5 refers to the number of times the oil has been folded.

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Olive oil (extra virgin, organic)

Soothing and moisturising

EV Olive oil is just as fabulous for you on the outside as it is for you on the inside. Your skin and hair will love all the naturally occurring antioxidants and super hydrating squalene. Olive is our choice of oil for our all of our sensitive products as it is extremely low allergy.

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Pink grapefruit essential oil (citrus paradisi)

Soothing and moisturising

Pink Grapefruit is known to be the gentlest of the citrus essential oils but with a fresh, uplifting scent. It is commonly used to relieve stress and nervous tension.

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Panthenol (vitamin b5)

Soothing and moisturising

This is a vitamin found abundantly in nature. It is used in hair and skin care products for its moisturising, softening, soothing, and anti-irritant actions.

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Roman chamomile (anthemis nobilis)

Soothing and moisturising

This lovely gentle essential oil with an apple like scent is non-irritating and has traditionally been used for calming red, dry or irritated skin as well as to calm and relax the nervous system.

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Saccharide isomerate

Soothing and moisturising

Saccharide Isomerate is a natural carbohydrate complex that is ECO certified. It naturally occurs in the stratum corneum of the skin and is proven to provide long-lasting, deep moisturising effects even at low concentrations.

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Shea oil (organic)

Soothing and moisturising

To turn Shea Butter into Shea Oil all that is required is gentle heating (Shea butter melts at about 38°C) and filtering so that the heavier components are removed. This leaves a lighter, smoother oil that has a delightful luxurious but non-greasy feel on the skin.

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Sodium cocoyl isethionate

Soothing and moisturising

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a surfactant (cleanser) derived from coconut oil. It is very mild and therefore unlikely to cause irritation compared to harsh (and cheap) surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

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Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

Soothing and moisturising

This is another one of our gentle coconut based surfactants. Instead of using just one surfactant we carefully blend three gentle surfactants in the just the right ratio to create a beautiful balance of gentleness and cleansing ability.

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Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate

cleanser

Long name I know, and it has a ‘lauryl’ and a ‘sulfonate’ in it, this scares some people! But don't worry, chemically it is nothing like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate which can be extremely irritating. This is in fact another of our gentle, palm oil free surfactants. This one is made from coconut and sugars and falls into the most gentle category of them all. In fact, in a 48 hour occlusive skin patch test on human volunteers with 53 test subjects, 53/53 showed NO visible skin reaction and NO potential for dermal irritation. That’s a seriously impressive result!

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Spearmint Essential Oil

Fresh & invigorating

Mentha viridis

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Sunflower Oil

Soothing and moisturising

Helianthus Annuus

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Ylang ylang essential oil (cananga odorata)

Soothing and moisturising

Ylang ylang has a beautiful heady floral scent and has traditionally been used for its calming and balancing properties.

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