I use a lot of amazing ingredients in my potions. Here is a short rundown of what they are, and
what benefits they can bring to you. Never forget, plants are magic!
I will also be linking to scientific studies where relevant, because this business isn’t just about hippy woo. There’s science as well!
WARNING: Science is not vegan. Scientists are dicks to rats, I don’t even know how they can be such pricks. But I will still cite their research, because I’m ethically inconsistent and morbidly curious.
Oils and Butters
These are the main ingredient in any moisturising product. They moisturise the skin and prevent dryness by stopping the water evaporating from it. Different oils contain different nutrients, such as vitamins, fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
What does cold pressed mean? And do I actually need to care? Well, if you care about how nourishing the oil is, yes. It does make a difference. Hot pressed oil is basically cooked already. For some oils, heat will change their chemical structure, and many vitamins are destroyed by heat.
So, with no further ado, here’s the list:
Organic Raw Unrefined Shea Butter – So moisturising and nourishing. And science has found that it has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Useful for basically everything.
Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Naturally moisturising and nourishing, full of anti-oxidants and polyphenols
Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil – You know that coconut oil fixes everything, right?
Vitamin E – Antioxidant. Good for your skin and to preserve oil type ingredients.
Jojoba Oil – Very similar to the skin’s natural oil, this helps to balance oil production.
Evening Primrose Oil – Anti-inflammatory and healing, hormone balancing
Organic Almond Oil – Light and easily absorbed.
Organically grown Aloe Vera gel – Also contains Citric Acid, Vitamin C, and Potassium Sorbate. It needs this small amount of preservative as aloe contains a lot of water. This salt is the only added preservative in any of my products.
Beeswax – the only non-vegan ingredient. Nourishing and protective, locks in moisture.
Candelilla Wax – A glossy vegan wax made from plants. Conditions and protects skin.
Carnauba Wax – Another vegan plant wax, considered to be hypoallergenic.
Then we have the herbs. Herbs have uses in skincare, medicine, food, and magic because they contain high concentrations of active compounds and pure natural power. I get all my dried herbs from The Fig, Derby. A truly excellent shop, with the widest selection of herbs, spices, resins, powders, petals, roots and loveliness that I’ve ever seen. Remember: Support Your Local, Independent Businesses!
Calendula – Classic skin soothing and healing herb. Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, this sunny orange petal is also a potent anti-oxidant and skin brightener. Those fancy folks at Weleda seem to love it, so trust.
Chamomile – The magical flower of calm the fuck down. Soothing and calming to angry or irritated skin. Also calming and balancing for stressed minds.
Comfrey – An amazing skin healer and pain reliever. Science says: “multiple randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the efficacy and safety of comfrey preparations for the topical treatment of pain, inflammation and swelling of muscles and joints in degenerative arthritis, acute myalgia in the back, sprains, contusions and strains after sports injuries and accidents” “The therapeutic properties of comfrey are based on its antiinflammatory and analgesic effects. Comfrey also stimulates granulation and tissue regeneration.” Granulation is the thing your skin does in order to heal. Has practically magical powers. Do not use on wounds deeper than surface level or it could cause the surface to heal too fast. Also, don’t use comfrey for extended periods of time, or eat/drink it, if you have liver problems or compromised liver function. You’ll probably be fine, but better safe than sorry.
Pure Essential Oils
Essential oils are amazing. The active compounds of the plant are distilled into a concentrated form, with an amazing scent and powerful effects.
Lavender – Soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory, cooling, mild antibacterial, shown to promote skin healing in clinical trials.
Tea Tree – Antimicrobial, antifungal, astringent, aids healing, kills nasties. A tried and trusted remedy used for thousands of years by Aboriginal Australians.
Frankincense – Encourages healthy cell regeneration and healing, tones the skin, reduces blemishes and discolouration, anti-inflammatory, astringent, increases circulation. Used since Ancient Egypt in skin healing preparations. Frankincense may have antidepressant properties, and has also been shown to inhibit the growth of tumour cells in laboratory studies. It’s potent stuff. Try some here.
Sweet Orange – Smells like Cointreau and sunshine, uplifting, balancing, detoxifying through encouraging lymph and blood circulation, warming. Boosts collagen production so good for lips, anti-inflammatory, reviving.
Lemongrass – Cleansing and reviving, antiviral, healing.
Geranium – Hormone balancing, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, smells like flowers.
Vanilla – Soothing and aphrodisiac, so have fun with that 😉
Cinnamon Leaf – Spicy, analgesic, antiseptic, circulation boosting, used in lip plumping formulations.
This list will be updated regularly.