We use the safest and most effective antioxidants, preservatives and emulsifiers to ensure our products nourish, soothe and protect your skin.
Coco Glucocide: A non-ionic surfactant used for foaming and cleansing. It is derived from coconut oil and fruit sugars and is created through a chemical reaction between glucose and coconut oil derived ingredients. Coco-glucoside is used to build viscosity and foaming capacity in soaps. It is very gentle and acts as a cleansing agent without drying out skin.
Citric Acid: Used as a pH adjuster derived from certain fruits or vegetables through fermentation.
Hyaluronic Acid: A polysaccharide found naturally in skin that has the ability to bind large amounts of water to keep skin hydrated. We use a low-molecular hyaluronic acid created through fermentation that is able to penetrate the skin without causing irritation.
Propanediol: A colourless liquid glycol, naturally derived from corn. It functions as both a solvent and humectant.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda): Derived from minerals that are refined into calcium carbonate then turned into baking soda. When combined with citric acid, baking soda creates a fizz that both softens the water and distributes the essential oils throughout.
Resveratrol: A source of polyphenol antioxidants derived from knotweed.
Rosemary Leaf Extract & Rosemary CO2: Extract from rosemary leaf that is very high in antioxidants. Keeps our products smelling and feeling as fresh as possible.
Vitamin E (tocopherol): A naturally occurring antioxidant.
An emulsifier is the ingredient that binds water to oil in order to create an emulsion, which is just a fancy term for cream or lotion. We chose the following ingredients because they are safe, do not separate, and do not leave a sheen on your skin after applying.
Cetearyl Alcohol: A fatty alcohol extracted from coconuts that is very different than denatured alcohol, which is known to dry out skin.
Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate: The sodium salt of sulfur extracted from coconut. Sulphur is an element that exists in all of nature. The term 'no sulfates' is way too broad a term and is based on a lot of misinformation.
Stearic Acid: A fatty acid extracted from plants that acts as a thickening agent and helps to prevent melting in warmer temperatures. Plant fats that are solid at room temperature, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, palm oil or coconut oil, contain high amounts of stearic acid.
Xanthan Gum: A natural food and cosmetic additive used as a binder, emulsion stabilizer and skin conditioning agent. It is a polysaccharide produced from simple sugars using fermentation. It is dried and processed into a powder, when added to water it acts as a thickener.
The preservatives we use for our lotions, creams and cleansers are sodium levulinate from sugarcane, and sodium anisate from basil and star anise. Levulinate contains the same compound (levulinic acid) that bees use to protect their pollen and nectar. Not only are these effective anti-microbials, but they also have active skin care properties; soothes skin and balances the skin's PH to an ideal level.
Glyceryl Caprylate: Derived from coconuts, it works with sodium levulinate and sodium anisate in our preservative system.
Vegetable Glycerin: A colourless, odourless liquid that derives from non-GMO rapeseed oil. It is soluble in water and acts as a humectant (attracts moisture).
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Zinc Oxide: A naturally occurring powdered mineral used in lotions and creams meant for outdoor use. Zinc Oxide sits on top of the skin scattering, reflecting and absorbing UVA and UVB rays.
Titanium Dioxide: A naturally occurring mineral that works like tiny mirrors to deflect UV rays off of the skin. It has a high refractive index and ability to reflect and scatter light. Titanium Dioxide is both gentle and cooling on the skin.
Aluminum Hydroxide: Used as a skin protectant - coats the titanium dioxide and forms a protective layer without penetrating the skin.
Lauric Acid: Naturally occurring fatty acid found in coconut oil.
Triethoxycaprylylsilane: Used to create a stable coating for zinc oxide.
Tapioca Starch: Derived from the root of the cassava plant and is used to create a smooth, non-oily, light cream.
Olive Leaf Extract and Turmeric are both antioxidant rich botanical extracts that are soothing and rejuvenating to the skin.
Glyceryl Stearate SE: Fatty acid derived from vegetable oil, produced from glycerin and stearic acid and used as an emulsifier.
Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate: Produced from glycerol and stearic acid and used as an emulsifier.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Used as a preservative and antioxidant.
Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid and Sorbic Acid: All ECOCERT approved preservatives that work together in Reflector SPF 30 to ensure safe broad spectrum protection.
Potassium Sorbate: The inactive salt of sorbic acid.