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Aloe Vera Extract + Juice - smoothes and soothes skin, protects cels, Used since Cleopatra's time 68 - 30 B.C. Great for burns, rashes and hair too.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid - Natural sources of AHA is found in fruits and other elements. These fruit acids naturally exfolliate the skin to helpl generate new skin cells while dissolving the old dead ones. Smoothes rough skin and helps to repair wrinkles and sun damage. Common alpha hydroxy acids are citric, lactic, maslic, gllylcolic and tartaric acids. These acids need to be used in moderation because they can irritate the skin in sensitve people or with over use.

Antioxidant - Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Antioxidants bind to free radicals, deactivating them before they can cause harm. They also serve to repair all the damages done to your tissues by the oxidants (free radicals). The body has several enzyme systems that scavenge for free radicals. The main micronutrient or vitamin antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet. Antioxidants are found in Green tea and many carrier oils and butters.

Aqueous Infusion - Herbs brewed in water, using this infused water in a formula to dispurse their healing, soothing or repelling abilities.

Avocado Butter -Non comodegenic, softens, conditions skin and hair, stimulates hair growth, fast penetrating.

Apricot Kernel Oil - Prunus Armeniaca Carrier oil, a triglyceride in the same category as avocado oil, olive oil and sesame oil. Very high in Vitamin E and Oleic acid, also has Linoleic acid, prevents evaporation of water, rapidly absorbed into the skin. Helps the skin retain it's elasticity, clarity and suppleness.

Arrowroot Starch - Powder extracted from Maranta arundinacea, very gentle and fine, soothes irritated skin, smooths normal skin, revered by the ancient Mayans and other inhabitants of Central America as an antidote for poison-tipped arrows, contains anti-fungal properties. Arrowroot softens skin and absorbs excess moisture. Added to moisturizers as a thickening agent, it also helps active ingredients penetrate the upper levels of the skin.


Babassu Oil - Butter - Lightweight, easily and quickly absorbed, excellent for oily - normal and dry skin, has a cleansing affect too. Non greasy, highly emollient. Very high in Lipids and Lauric and Myristic acids - natural cleansing elements. Terrific for combination skin types offering moisture without adding an oily feeling. Leaves the skin feeling silky and smooth.

Bentonite Clay - Ours is mined in the California desert near Death Valley. Bentonite is known for it's highly absorptive properties and ability to draw out and bind heavy metals, drugs and other toxins from the skin. It generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field which attracts unwanted substances including pesticides and other toxins, drawing them out of the skin and body. When mixed with water, the clay's expanded particles are able to pick up many times their own weight in body toxins. Clay platelets with a negative electrical charge, have an atttraction to positively charged toxins. This clay has drawing power that is unsurpassed by any other known clay. We use Bentonite in soap free cleansing products, masques and bath salt blends for the above mentioned amazing therapeutic health benefits - in these applications, the product is then rinsed away with water leaving skin only the benefits. We also use use it in our therapy cremes designed to draw out infection and toxins and help to relieve itching.

Bergamot - Essential oil, Anticeptic, antibiotic, terrific for acne skin, not good for daytime use but great as a restorative elements in nighttime formulas.

Borage - Essential oil, hydrates, great for acne, allergies, regenerative for all skin types - acne through mature.

Burdock Root - herb high in Vitamins A and B and Essential fatty acids. Anti-microbial and anti-fungal, treats skin injuries and other problems. Detoxifying agent. Tones oily skin. Terrific for acne, poison ivy, eczema, psoriasis and skin inflammation. Treats dry and scaly skin, works like a poltice pulling toxins out of skin. Aids in maintaining clear skin as well.


Calcium, Ionic or Coral - Mineral vital to healthy skin function, treats skin conditions and accelerates cellular repair.

Calendula - Essential oil, soothing, restorative, great for dry and delicate skin, helps heal cracked and itchy skin.

Camphor Oil (White) - Natural preservative and insect repellent. Indian Ayurvedic medicine has used camphor as an antibacterial agent for over 5,000 years. Camphor oil was traditionally massaged into sprains and sore muscles and joints for pain relief. It has been shown to help ease inflammation by acting as a counterirritant and numbing the peripheral sensory nerves. It also warms the skin and is easily absorbed when applied topically, making it a particularly effective treatment for arthritic and rheumatic joint pain. White camphor oil, from which poisonous chemicals have been removed, is an active ingredient in cough drops, and an effective cough suppressant. It contains substances that coat and soothe the lining of the upper respiratory system and prevent the cough reflex.

Carrot Oil - Carrier oil, rich in A B and C vitamins, Beta Carotine, heals scarring, reduces inflamation, helps heal dry chapped and cracked skin, rejuvenates the basal layer.The presence of carotenoids helps to reduce the damage due to ultra violet rays - thereby helping protect against skin cancer. It also provides a natural tanning boost to your skin when applied.

Carrot Seed Oil - - Derived from steam distillation of the dried seeds and dried plant of the Wild Carrot - Daucus Carota. Anti Oxidant, Anti Septic, Anti Viral and Disinfectant, Detoxifier, Anti Carcinogenic. Stops skin infections and helps to protect from new infections.

Castor Oil - Ricinus Communis Carrier oil, Triglyceride of fatty acids with a very high level of Ricinoleic acid, one of the only substances where this acid is found. It is thought that this acid makes the oil very special in the healing processes and boost the immune system. Anti-inflammatory, helpful in treating eczema, psoriasis, acne and breakout prone skin, chapped dry skin and burns. Very moisturizing, pain relieving properties, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Also found to help Sciatica, rheumatism and shingles. When castor oil is absorb into the skin, the lymphocyte count of the blood increases, turbo charging the body's lymph system. Also an effective insect repellant in both Oil and Wax form.

Castor Wax - Emulsifying wax made from Castor oil, very high melting point, repulsive to insects.

Catnip - Nepeta cataria - Aromatic Herb of the Mint family herb loved by cats and extremely repulsive to insects of all sorts. One of the most detested elements to bugs. Catnip reduces swelling associated with arthritis, hemorrhoids, and soft tissue injuries, such as bruises, believed to contain antibacterial and antiviral substances as well. Removes swelling under eyes and soothes irritations.

Cat's Claw - Bark of an Amazonian Rainforest Vine rich in phytochemicals, a potent enhancer of DNA repair in primary organ cultures of human skin, believed to decrease the visible size of some skin tumors and cysts. Traditionally used in wound and cancer healing. An aqueous extract of cat’s claw protected skin cells from death induced by ultraviolet radiation. A pain reducer, very effective in relieving arthritis joint pain. Incredible research information available on this amazing Rainforest vine.

Cedarwood Oil - Aromatic Essential oil, repels bugs, relieves itching, astringent action that's geat for acne, eases tension and stress, anti-fungal, antiseptic, circulatory stimulant, treats oily skin. Reduces pealing of the skin, treats dandruff as well as oily scalp and acne.

Chamomile Oil and Hydrosol - Essential oil or Aqueous infusion - very soothing, calms red dry irritated skin, anti-allergy, anti-bacterial. High in Gamma Linoleic Acid - see Evening Primrose for more information on GLA.

Chondroitin Sulfate - Shown to help releave arthritis and joint pain when combined wtih Glucosamine and applied topically to affected areas. The two are Glycosaminoglycans (GAG's) that bond with copper peptide and work wonders rebuilding the skin. Studies are being done on it's positive effect wtih Psoriasis,with a reduction in skin lesions, swelling, redness, flaking, and itching, and increased hydration and skin softening.

Cinnamon Bark Oil - Essential oil, Very aromatic, repels insects. Used very sparingly, excellent in treating dry, acne as well as mature skin. Naturally astringent, anti-bacterial, causes a warming sensation on the skin. Useful in liniments - muscle pain relieving preparations.

Citric Acid - Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA), citric acid is naturally found in citrus fruits, lemons and limes have high concentrations of citric acid, accounting for their bitter taste. Citric acid, combined with sodium bicarbonate, is used to make bath fizzes or bath tablets - the combination of the two produces carbon dioxide, producing effervescent water. Vitamin C in general is an antioxidant that helps refresh skin and reduce the look of aging by promoting new skin growth and destroying free radicals. Our potions containing alpha-hydroxy acids can be used safely by anyone who desires a smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin: skin treated with alpha-hydroxy acids become more youthful and healthy - the treatment increases epidermal thickness and the synthesis of compounds that are beneficial for the skin. After several months of regular use of such exfoliants, customers see a reduction in fine lines in the skin and an overall improvement in skin tone and texture: the skin looks smoother and more youthful. Citric Acid also helps to rejuvenate sun damaged skin. It can produce a mild redening and tingling sensation when applied to the skin which goes away rather quickly - well worth it when you consider the benefites!

Citronella Oil - Aromatic Essential oil, hated by insects, diluted into carrier oils and butters to repel bugs, never used directly onto skin, could cause irritation.

Clary Sage - Essential oil, feeds skin to fight boils, acne, wrinkles, regenerates aging and dry skin, improves cell regeneration, useful on scalp to help prevent hair loss.

Clove Oil - Essential oil repulsive to insects. Used very sparingly, excellent in treating acne. Strongly anti-bacterial, causes a warming sensation on the skin. Useful in liniments - muscle pain relieving preparations.

Cocoa Butter - Cocoa or Cacao butter, known as the ultimate moisturizer, is used for its rich emollient properties on very dry, dehydrated skin as well as flaky skin, wonderful for nails and cuticles. It absorbs quickly int ot he skin, is high in vitamin E. Helps to prevent scars and stretch marks, one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known. Excellent as a treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. When applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and also helps retain moisture. In addition, cocoa butter contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma. Cocoa Butter helps suppress excessive T-cell activity in the immune system, which could help treat conditions associated with overactive immune systems, such as psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Coenzyme Q10 COQ10 - Vitamin-like substance found in fatty fish, organ meats and peanuts - found effective in fighting psoriasis, exceptional antioxidant properties. Counteracts free radical damage and provide significant protection against UVA-induced depletion of cell membranes. Coenzyme Q10 prevents damage to the collagen and elastin production process thereby helping the skin avoid the creation of wrinkles as well as treating existing ones.

GHK-Cu Copper Peptide - Combined with glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) , it is called GHK-Cu Copper Peptide, created by Dr. Loren Pickart. When we have a skin injury, our bodies gather copper ions - create copper peptides. The copper peptides accumulate and protect the skin. They trigger the immune system, telling it that skin needs repair. They tell the body to remove scar tissue and replace it with normal skin. Copper peptides stimulate the production of new proteins including collagen and elastin to give the skin strength and elasticity,as well as other proteins and molecules such as proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that bind large amounts of water to moisturize the skin. They stimulate angiogenesis - new capillary formation - to reestablish new blood vessels to nourish and oxygenate the newly repaired skin. Calms redness and irritation, smoothes roughness, reduces spots and photodamage, improves h air growth and thickness, accelerates wound healing, tightens loose skin, increases elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
We us Hyaluronic acid, Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate as our glycosaminoglycans (GAG's) to bond with our copper peptide and make a turbo charged rejuvenating skin repair element.

Cornstarch - Soothes skin irritations, excellent as a skin cleanser, deodorant, foot perspiration absorber, and a shine absorber for oily skin. Helps to relieve itchy skin. Starches like cornstarch and rice starch need to be combined with anti-bacterial elements when treating acne and breakout prone skin.

Cosmocil CQ -Food grade preservative - parabens free preservative for use in lotions and other water based solutions, broad spectrum, fast acting bactericide, non-formaldehyde, non-paraben preservative.


Diethanolamine or DEA - AVOID! A harsh solvent and detergent used in cosmetic face and body creams as an emollient. Causes allergic reactions, and long term use of DEA-based products have been linked to an increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.

Di panthenol - Pantothenic Acid or Pro Vitamin B5, speeds wound healing, smoothes and refines skin, helps prevent skin aging, soothes hives, rashes, itchy and swollen skin. Helps the body to regulate oil production - terrific in treating acne and breakout skin.


Ellagic Acid - Naturally occurring polyphenolic constituent found in 46 different fruits and nuts including pomegranates, red raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and walnuts. Potent cancer preventative, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, and arrest the growth of cancer in subjects with genetic predisposition for the disease. In a nine year study of cervical cancer patients, Ellagic Acid icaused G-arrest within 48 hours (inhibiting and stopping mitosis-cancer cell division), and apoptosis (normal cell death) within 72 hours for breast, pancreas, esophageal, skin, colon and prostate cancer cells. inhibit tumor growth caused by carcinogens. Another study found that Ellagic Acid protected mice against chromosome damage from radiation therapy. It was also effective at inhibiting tumor growth from esophageal cancer cells in mice. Ellagic Acid clinical tests on cultured human cells also show that Ellagic Acid prevents the destruction of the p53 gene by cancer cells. Another study found it prevented UV sun damage.

Emulsifying or E Wax - An important vegetable based ingredient in lotions and creams to emulsify oil and water phases together - forms a strong bond to stablize products.

Evening Primrose Oil - Carrier oil rich in Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) the Omega 6 plant fatty acid family, anti-aging - works to reverse skin aging, thickens skin by helping it to retain it's moisture, also terrific for eczema and psoriasis- reducing the itching, redness and severity of the problem. It also helped correct other skin problems including impetigo and ichthyosis. In studies, GLA has been shown to reduce skin inflammation even better than cortisone.


Flax Seed Oil - Flax seed oil contains high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, which aids in healing scars, abrasions, plus anti-inflammatory properties. Excellent for skin disorders including acne, psoriasis and eczema and dry skin. Every cell membrane in the body is partially composed of essential fats. Not only do the essential fats keep cell membranes smooth and soft, but also they help the membranes to do a better job of controlling what goes in and out of the cells. Without enough fats in the cell membranes, they are not able to retain water and they lose their plumpness.

Free Radicals - Atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction. They do damage to our bodies when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membranes. Cells function poorly or die when this happens. Free Radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can attack normal cells, destroying them or causing them to mutate which can be a precursor to cancer. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

Fragrances (artificial) - AVOID! Federal law does not requre companies to list their fragrances on labels. Any of the potentially hundreds of chemicals can be found in a single product's fragrance mixture. These fragrances can contain neurotoxins and are among the top five allergens.


Geranium Oil - Essential oil, slows aging, fights bacteria, viruses and fungus, relieves inflammation, eczema pain, burns, infected wounds, ringworm, lice, shingles, herpes blisters, tool in preventing scarring and stretch marks, blemishes, dark circles and bags under eyes.

Glycerin - Vegetable source glycerin derived from palm - coconut oil used in a very small percentage in formulas, it acts as a humectant to bring water from the environment to the skin and help hold it there. It should never be used alone or in high percentages on the skin because it acts inversely and pulls moisture out of the skin. Glycerin has a rich oily texture but is water soluable, also helpful as an emulsifier to bind water and oil phases of formulas together and as a thickening agent.

Glycolic Acid - or hydroxyacetic acid is the smallest alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Glycolic acid can be isolated from natural sources including sugarcane, sugar beets, pineapple, canteloupe, and unripe grapes. The most active and beneficial form of alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid has amazing exfoliating properties. Popular sources of glycolic acid include the citric acid of lemon, orange and grapefruit extracts. Acting as a natural exfoliator, it scrapes away dead skin cells - eliminates the bacteria in the pores and controling acne inflammations and blemishes. It also opens up the pores, thereby improving the penetration of vitamins and minerals. Attracts moisture and helps with it's absorption as well, aiding in hydration and plumping. When it enters the cell, it stimulates the formation of new collagen and triggers off the synthesis process of dermal glycosaminoglycans. This plumps up the cells and causes reduction in wrinkles and fine lines. Skin becomes super smooth and supple.

Glucosomine - Works hand in hand with Chondroitin Sulfate. They are Glycosaminoglycans (GAG's) that bond with copper peptide and work wonders rebuilding the skin. N-acetyl glucosamine is a major portion of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid when occuring naturally is an important polysaccharide in our dermis that decreases with age. Used topically, Glucosomine is a skin plumper and moisturizing agent. Glucosomine feeds the body vital elements needed to maintain healthy skin - abundance, solid, and plump. Glucosamine is an amino sugar, the primary substance for the biosynthesis of proteoglycans such as chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid. These elements provide the framework for the body's building of collagen. Glucosomine is also vital in building and maintaining joints. It aids in joint pain reduction and works as an anti-inflammatory as well.

Goldenseal - Botanical that fights viral skin ailments, dry skin repair, great for wounds and infections, ulcers, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-yeast.

Grapefruit Seed Extract - GSE is a broad-spectrum natural antibiotic, capable of killing a wide variety of pathogens. Highly active against protozoa, bacteria, yeast and some viruses, it has been used for quite some time in the treatment of parasitic infections. It is nontoxic and generally hypoallergenic.

Grapeseed Oil - Carrier oil rich in Linoleic Acid, antioxidants and Vitamin E, great for eye area repair, cell membrane repair, easily absorbed, regenerative and reconstructive. The anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties of Grapeseed oil are also effective in fighting acne. Grapeseed oil absorbs free radicals thereby protecting the cells membranes.and help to strengthen capillaries which improves circulation. Free Radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can attack normal cells, destroying them or causing them to mutate which can be a precursor to cancer.

Green Tea - Derived from the plant Camellia sinensis, Contains polyphenols, antioxidants, bioflavenoids, vitamins and minerals plus caffeine - improves over all complexion, aids in preventing skin cancer, repairing sun damage, protects against and blocks free radicals, reduces inflammation and slows the development of some signs of aging. Most of the polyphenols in green tea are catechins. Catechins function as anti-inflammatory and anticancer agents. One of the major catechins in green tea is highly effective agent against skin inflammation and cancerous changes in the skin. White and green teas contain the highest amounts of antioxidants of all teas.

Gum Arabic - Water loving emulsifiers made from the Silk tree. Very soothing to the skin as well.


Hazelnut Oil - Corylus Avelana Carrier Oil filled with vitamins, minerals and proteins, deeply penetrating, slightly astringent, great for all skin types including acne, non greasy, stimulates the circulation, tones and tightens by firming skin's elasticity, anti-bacterial, flushes the pores, encourages cell regeneration, can cause a pink coloring initially as blood flow is encouraged to the skin. Amazing oil is found to filter the sun's rays.

Helichrysium - Essential oil, extremely expensive, excellent for scar tissue, burns, cuts, wounds, stretch marks, preventing infection, bruises, warts, eczema, also anti-inflammatory

Hemp Oil - Carrier oil, Helps skin hold moisture, anti-inflamatory, anti-aging, balances dry skin, fights inflammation, heals lesions.

Honey, Bee - A number of recent studies have shown that externally applied honey can prevent a broad range of bacterial infections and promote healing in surgical and burn patients. Honey often works even better than antibiotics. Burn victims treated with a honey-soaked gauze healed in about half the time and with half the scar tissue of patients treated conventionally. Unprocessed honey was found to inhibit most of the fungi and bacteria causing surgical and wound infections.

Hyaluronic acid - Also callaed hyaluronan or hyaluronate. Hyaluronic Acid, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate are also glycosaminoglycans (GAG's). They bond with copper peptide and have incredible anti-scar, wound healing, wrinkle diminishing benefits. Hyaluronic acid is found in connective, epithelial and neural tissues of the body. It is what gives the skin it's volume and fullness, nature's skin rejuvinator. Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains a large amount of hyaluronic acid that helps the skin look healthy. As we grow older, the ability of the skin to produce hyaluronic acid decreases and the amount of hyaluronic acid begins to fall. Since hyaluronic acid helps to bind water, the ability of the skin to retain water also declines with age. As a result, the skin becomes drier, thinner, and less able to restore itself - it then become looser, which leads to wrinkling and the older appearance of the skin.

Hydroquinone skin lightener - AVOID! Hydroquionine can cause a skin disease called ochronosis-which creates disfiguring and irreversible blue-black lesions-even the FDA warns us to avoid this skin-bleaching chemical.


Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea -AVOID! This is a commonly used preservative in mainstream skin care products - an established cause of contact dermatitis by the American Academy of Dermatology. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Germall 115 puts out formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen or cancer causing agent - these are toxic chemicals.


Jojoba Oil - Simmondsia Chinensis Carrier oil closest to our own skin oil - skin sebum, contains protein and minerals as well as a waxy substance similar to our own skin's collagen, terrific moisturizer, easily absorbed. Reduces wrinkles and stretch marks, helps to lighten and heal scar tissue, humectant creating a protective film over skin, does not spoil, dissolves clogged pores, restores natural pH balance, non greasy.

Juniper Berry Oil - Essential Oil that is antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, depurative, vulnerary and tonic. The antiseptic properties make it useful in treating acne, as well as other skin inflammations. This makes it great for treating cellulite, as cellulite is sometime accompanied by mild inflammation. Juniper Berry is a natural detoxifie with diuretic effects that help to clear the skin, not only from unwanted toxins, but also from excess water in the tissue.


Kelp, Atlantic - laminaria is a large leafy brown algae, grows along cold climate coastlines and can bring a healthy glow to skin. Kelp powder has exfoliating properties. increases blood circulation and stimulates lymph production to eliminate toxins. It's also a mineral-rich body scrub for removing surface impurities.

Kokum Butter -Butter obtained from the seeds of the Garcinia indicia tree - rich in Essential Fatty Acids - EFA's , quickly absorbed, non greasy, deep moisturizing, rejuvenates dry sensitive skin, protects against sun and the formation of wrinkles, aids in cell oxygenation.


Lauric Acid - fatty acid with a foaming action that can be used in skin care cleansers and soaps.

Licorice Root - High in Gamma Linoleic acid (GLA), a powerful into-inflammatory agent, also a hyaluronic acid, is a terrific component for building healthy skin - aids in dermatitis and anti-aging. When used esternally, it is very effective against skin disorders including atopic and infantile eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. When taken internally, Licorice root induces interferon production and has antimicrobial propertis - positively effecting the adreno-cortical system.

Lipid - Lipide, renews the skin's barrier function and helps to reduce moisture loss. Liposomes are microscopic lipid or fat sacs that are widely used as a way to deliver other ingredients into skin.

Lipoic Acid - Alpha-lipoic acid, also known as lipoic acid, is a nutrient produced naturally by the body that helps cells to metabolize energy and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Unlike vitamin C, which is water soluble and works only on the inside of cells or and vitamin E which is fat soluble and only works within fatty cell membranes, lipoic acid is both - extraordinarily good at protecting cells from free radical damage whilc recyling other key antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione. These antioxidants lose electrons when they zap free radicals. Lipoic acid replenishes these electrons, restoring their fighting power.

Lavender Oil - A favorite Essential oil made by steam distillation using only the flowers of the lavender plant. Especially effective with dry or acne prone skin. It's aroma acts as an antidepressant, calming and soothing - counteracting stress hormones. Great for insect bites as well as in the treatment and prevention of acne blemishes when combined with other essential oils including Geranium and Tea Tree. Lavender has astringent and antibacterial properties and helps to reduce scaring.

Lemon Oil - Essential oil, high in Vitamin C, aromatic, bugs hate the smell, great for normal to oily skin, naturally anti-bacterial, astringent, anti-coagulant and antiseptic. Refreshing to skin, excellent in shaving preparations. Cleans and helps rejuvenate skin cells. A smoothing agent that reduces the production of sebum, tightening pores and boosts skin tone. Excellent in treating and detoxifying blemishes on oily skin. All citrus oils should be avoided in praeparations to be worn out in the sun.

Lemongrass Oil - Essential oil, very aromatic, loathed by insects, anti-bacterial, clears up oily skin and acne, aids in circulation, treats dandruff and other dry scalp conditions, helpful with muscle pain, bruising and skin problems.


Macadamia Nut Oil - Long valued by Hawaiians for its ability to protect, sooth and condition the skin. It is the best plant source of Palmitoleic acid which is an Omega 7 fatty acid as well as Oleic acid which is Omega 9 fatty acid. Macadamia Nut oil is an effective antioxidant, protecting the skin's cell membranes the way human sebum does, from free radical damage .Palmitoleic acid has been found to be an effective antimicobial on the skin's surface. Production of Palmitoleic acid in our skin declines with age. This oil is terrific for dry or mature skin that needs extra nourishment and moisture. It penetrates and hydrates the skin quickly. It is also highly emollient and soothing. Macadamia Nut Oil also contains Alphatocepherols or Vitamin E and Squalene.

Manuka Oil - Grown in New Zealand, twenty times more active than Australian tea tree oil against gram positive bacteria and up to ten times more effective against fungus. Potent antibacterial, antifungal, anti-allergenic and anti inflammatory properties. Fights the bacteria that inhabit the sebum in the sebacious glands and cause acne while also reducing the inflammation of existing acne. Excellent for burns and wound healing.

Monoethanolamine or MEA - AVOID! A harsh solvent and detergent used in cosmetic face and body creams as an emollient. Causes allergic reactions, and long term use of DEA-based products have been linked to an increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.

Moroccan Red Clay - A product of powdered rocks from beneath the Atlas Mountains. Moroccan Red Clay is made up of dolomite, silica, ferric oxide and mineral oxides. An excellent moisturizing and cleansing facial clay. Stimulates circulation, helps clean pores, especially good for people with oily skin. Gives formulas a brick red coloring.

Mowrah Butter - Carrier Butter also known as Mahua butter, made from seeds of the Madhuca tree of India, rich in Essential Fatty Acids - EFA's, moisturizes and conditions skin and hair, reduces degeneration of skin cells, restores flexibility, prevents drying of the skin and development of wrinkles.

MSM - Methyl Sulfonyl Methane -This natural sulfonyl sulfur compound, once called "Factor N" (for returning cells to Normal), forms the flexible bond between protein amino acid chains. It builds and maintains supple, permeable collagen cell walls in flesh tissues, using Vitamin C for tissue cell formation. MSM provides sulfur bonding in all enzymes and amino acids, and is required for the body to use Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Selenium, Calcium, Manganese, and Co-Enzyme Q-10. MSM improves cell wall respiration, moving nutrients and oxygen into cells and waste toxins out, and it improves circulation. MSM lessens muscle inflammations and pain, athletic soreness, back problems, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip dysplasia, and toe pain from weather pressure changes on leathery membranes. MSM relieves skin problems, leathery cracked skin, wrinkles, and skin itching. MSM reduces scar tissue, moles, brown spots, black spots, skin tumors, cuts, and burns.


Neem Oil - Essential oil used to treat skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, baby eczema and scabies, acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, scrofula, indolent ulcers, and sores, and ringworm, soothing relief of inflammatory skin conditions, insects hate it, prevents wrinkles and repairs dry skin, moisturizing, also very effective on oily skin. Neem has a rather hpleasant odor, best blended with aromatic essential oils. Neem oil's antiseptic and healing properties make it an excellent first aid for minor cuts and abrasions. It increases blood flow to the skin, to help create collagen fibers that close wounds. It has been used for treating all sorts of skin problems for thousands of years and is considered to be equal, or even superior to aloe in its healing properties. Neem helps alleviate the pain of cuts, burns and other skin irritations or diseases as it helps to heal these problems.Neem kills the bacteria that causes acne and reduces the inflammation. It is anti-viral, helps to control and reduce warts. Excellent at retaining moisture in the skin and stimulating collargen production.


Oat Starch - restore normal pH in skin conditions, soothing to irritations, neutralizes the discomfort, irritation and inflammation of the skin, as well as maintaining normal skin, and can be used to treat many types of discomforts, including itching; due to poison ivy, oak and sumac, insect bites, sunburn, chicken pox, hives, prickly heat, chafing, and the like while maintaining the normal pH of the skin.

Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)-Carrier Oil, contains polyphenols and antioxidants including oleuropein and hydroxytyresol in Extra Virgin which slows the aging process by stabilizing the skin plasma membrane. It is naturally healing, prevents wrinkles, treats dry skin and eczema, moisturizing great for even sensitive skin types, anti-inflammatory, guards against premature aging


Parabens: Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl and Butyl - AVOID! These chemicals are used to inhibit microbial growth and extend the shelf life of products. They are widely used and known toxins, having caused many allergic skin reactions including rashes. Parabens are believed by many to be carcinogens or cancer causing agents - highly toxic.

Pau d'Arco - The inner bark of the Tabebuia avellanedae tree native to the Brazil and the Amazon rainforests of Central and South America, where it is used traditionally to treat a wide range of conditions. Anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties. Reduces skin inflammation, helps body to heal fungal infections, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, acne, eczema, and wounds. Relieves rough, dry and patchy skin as well.

Pennyroyal - Family Name: Labiatae Botanical Name: Mentha Pulegium - mint family herb that insects, especially ants, fleas and mosquitoes hate. Very aromatic. Used in very small percentages as an aqueous infusion or powder to repel insects, we do not use it in essential oil form- far too potent.

Peppermint - Family Name: Labiatae Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita - Aromatic herb, Nutrients: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, tannins, flavonoids, tocopherols, cholineis, the active ingredient in peppermint is Menthol. When massaged into the skin, peppermint oil plays an innocuous trick on the nerves: It stimulates nerves that produce a cool, soothing sensation to the body. It is analgesic and calming, relieves muscle pain, burns. Peppermint is anti-bacaterial and great for infections, inflammations, skin irritations, itching, scabies and ringworm. Also useful in repeling mosquitos.

Petrolatum: Petroleum - AVOID! Often found in lip products advertised as protection from sunburn and chapping. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly which makes the skin photosensitive - promotes sun damage! Petroleum products interfere wtih the bodies natural moisturizing abilities and actually leads TO dry skin and chapping, the very thing these products claim to prevent. It is extremely inexpensive, hense it's popularity in mainstream skin care products. Petroleum is used to make emollients for face cream, Petroleum byproducts are made by the same factories that make gas for your car - these byproducts contain cancer-containing impurities. Ingredients include carcinogens in baby shampoo called 1,4-dioxane and coal tar in scalp-treatment shampoos.

Pine Oil - Essential Oil effective in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, poor skin, scabies and sores. Insect repellant, especially crawling like flees. Balances skin tone, leaving it new and shiny. Increases metabolism, diuretic, reduces inflammationand fights infection.

Poke Root - Family Name: Phytolaccaceae Botanical Name: Phytolacca Decandra - herb that relieves sores and boils, excellent for all skin problems including psoriasis and eczema, skin infections, scabies, parasites and acne. Also acts like a poultice to draw toxins from inflamed sores and infections. It works on lumps and tumors and is anti carcinogenic (anti cancer).

Polllen, Bee - Family Name: Phytolaccaceae Botanical Name: Phytolacca Decandra - herb that relieves sores and boils, excellent for all skin problems including psoriasis and eczema, skin infections, scabies, parasites and acne. Also acts like a poultice to draw toxins from inflamed sores and infections. It works on lumps and tumors and is anti carcinogenic (anti cancer).

Polyphenol - A class of bioflavinoids that have antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Most of the polyphenols in green tea are catechins. Catechins function as anti-inflammatory and anticancer agents. One of the major catechins in green tea is highly effective agent against skin inflammation and cancerous changes in the skin.

Propolis, Bee - Taken internally or used externally, bee pollen exercises a suppressive effect on facial acne. It is also an important skin rejuvenator, primarily because it contains a high concentration of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA of the natural antibiotic factor. Bee pollen is packed with live enzymes, just about every nutrient that has a name, plus some elements that science has not yet identified or labeled.

Potassium Sorbate - Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid. Its primary use is as a food preservative to inhibit molds, yeasts, and fungi growth in products.

Propylene and Ethylene Glycol - AVOID! Found in Radiator coolant, brake fluid and most mainstream skin care products. Used as a humectant, smoothing and firming lotions. Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. Known to cause allergic and toxic reactions.

Pthalates: Dibutyl pthalat )-AVOID! Plasticizer chemicals terrible for male sex organs, causing sperm damage, feminization of baby boys, or infertility. Pregnant women must avoid dibutyl phthalate in nail polish. These toxic chemicals can also hide under the ingredient "fragrance" on your product's label.


Resveratrol - a polyphenolic phytoalexin compound present in the skin and seeds of grapes, berries, peanuts, and other foods. Resveratrol aids in the treatment of a wide range of age related skin problem by acting as a sirtuin activator. Sirtuins are a group of proteins that turn on the survival gene, resulting in celular regulation. Sirtuin is usually an inactive gene that only kicks in when an organism is faced with starvation - when it's in a defensive state.

Rice Bran Oil - Carrier oil, High in Vitamin E, very gentle, non greasy, anti-cancer and anti-infection, great for all skin types, increases collagen production, softens and heals, permeates deep into skin. Exfoliate properties as well.

Ricinoleic Acid - Found in Castor Oil, has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds.

Rosehip Seed Oil - Essential oil high in Retin A trans-retinoic acid, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Vitamin C, flavonoids, and Omega 3, antiseptic, rejuvenates skin's building blocks for perfect skin, reduces scars, stretch marks and wrinkles including eye area wrinkles. Prevents premature aging and improves hydration. Linoleic Fatty Acid and Linolenic Fatty Acids belong to the family of Essential Fatty Acids often known as Vitamin-F. They serve to reduce the size of the pores, even large pores. Because of its natural content of Vitamin A, it is also very good for all kinds of skin infections including acne and boils. It is also useful in the treatment of damaged skin tissue caused by scalds, burns and varicose veins.  Rosehip seed oil is the only vegetable oil to contain natural Retinol acid (A-Vitamin acid)

Rosemary Oil - Rosemary Esesential Oil is high in Carnosic acid, a potent antioxidant that protects skin cells against UV-A radiation. This element may also shield the brain from free radicals, lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is also anti-inflammatory. Another element found in Rosemary oil is Carnosol - a promising cancer chemoprevention and anti-cancer agent. Rosemary oil helps to smooth out wrinkles, reduce fine lines, clear up acne, and minimize varicose veins and broken capillaries. It stimulates hair follicles and helps people grow fuller, thicker-looking hair. Other hair-based benefits include preventing gray hair and reducing the appearance of a dry, flakey scalp. Rosemary is very anti-aging for the skin and aids in reducing joint and muscle pain.

Royal Jelly, Bee - Royal Jelly is the milky-white gelatinous substance made by worker bees for the growth and of the queen bee. Without this special food, the queen bee would be no different from the worker bees including its life span. Royal Jelly is extremely nutrient dense. It contains at least 20 amino acids, some essential and some not even identified related compounds. It also contains proteins, lipids and sugars. Royal Jelly has been used for thousands of years to improve the health and texture of the skin - anti-aging effects, wound healing, blemishes, wrinkle repair, viral and bacterial infections. It is also used internaly for a host of problems including tumors, sarcoma cells, aesthma, arthritis, infections, bone repair, heart ailments, diabetes, hormonal inbalances, etc.


Safflower Oil - Carrier oil high in Essential Fatty Acids, that absorbs very well, excellent for distressed skin, acne eruptions and blemishes. Safflower oil, like olive oil, is very high in linoleic acid, . Your skin makes linoleic acid to help keep it soft, Safflower oil is terrific at maintaining high moisture levels in the skin by slowing the drying effects of wind and low humidity. Skin oils also act as barriers to exterior pollutants.

Sandalwood Oil - Essential oil, high quality is very expensive. Relieves itching and inflammation of the skin, and is most effective in relieving dehydrated skin - great for anti-ageing skincare - astringent action treats oily skin conditions and to prevent the skin from forming scars. Also used to treat dry eczema.

Seaweed - Contains Mineral salts, amino acids, vitamins A,C,B1,B12,E,PP,K, D and trace elements. Contains the minerals zinc, selenium and magnesium. Seaweed contains lipids, proteins, minerals and vitamins, which are easy to absorbed to moisturize and nourish the skin. Promotes tissue regeneration-Activates cell metabolism - slimming action. Benefits skin in many ways, including re-balancing, nourishing, hydrating, cell regenerating, detoxifying, purifying, oxygenating, and re-mineralizing. Seaweed cleanses, tones and soothes the skin and regenerates body tissues to maintain a youthful appearance. It improves circulation, which helps to maintain the tone of the tissue, reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Sesame Oil - Sesamum indicum Carrier oil, soluble toxins are attracted to this oil and with it's deep absorption properties, these toxins are carried away though the lymph system. Restores moisture to the skin, helps joints keep their flexibility. Anti-fungal powerful in fighting ringworm, scabies,athlete's foot . Antioxidant protecting skin from free radical damage, softening and hydrating to the skin. Anti-bacterial, terrific for acne, eczema and other skin conditions.

Sunflower Oil - used for centuries for treating a wide range of skin disorders including acne, common infections, inflammation etc. Sunflower oil contains linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid and is also rich in vitamin A, C, D and E. Vitamin E and C are very helpful in treating skin infections and inflammations. These vitamins accelerate the healing process. An excellent oil for treating acne, very moisturizing. Also anti-bacterial properties - preventing bacteria and other harmful substances to go in and out of the skin.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate - AVOID! Synthetic substance used in shampoos and soaps for it's foaming action. It causes eye irritation, skin rashes, forms of dandruff and allergic reactions.

Stearalkonium Chloride -AVOID! Used in creams and hair conditioners, developed by the textile industry as a fabric softener. Very inexpensive, so mainstream products use it instead of healthy natural proteins and herbs that are good for the skin and hair.

Stearic Acid - Vegetable sourced saturated fatty acid, emulsifier and thickening agent.

Sunflower Oil - Carrier oil that leaves a protective layer on the skin to seal in moisture, non greasy and very softening, also repulsive to insects.

Sweet Almond Oil -Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Carrier oil, high in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, terrific emollient for softening and conditioning skin - leaving it silky smooth, easily absorbed and non greasy. Alleviates dry skin, soothes inflammation, relieves itching caused by eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, soothes sunburned skin.


Tea Tree Oil - contains chemicals known as terpenoids which kill bacteria, including some bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. In a double-blind study in which 5 percent tea tree oil was compared with 5 percent benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne, the oil was more effective overall and had far fewer side effects. Tea tree was found to treat acne less quickly than benzoyl peroxide, says Hershoff, but also resulted in less itching, scaling, redness and skin irritation. Further studies found that the major components of tea tree oil are active against Propionibacterium acnes. Tea Tree oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It is also useful in treating dandruff, burns, wounds and fever blisters,

Thimerosal - AVOID! A Mercury preservative found in cosmetics including mascara. Even at low levels, mercury can damage brain function.

Thyme Oil - Essential oil, supports healthy skin flora and protects against pathogens, very powerful, must be diluted with carrier oils to avoid irritation. Repels insects including fleas and ticks, Anti-microbial, the five most active constituents are linalool, thujone, camphene, carvacrol and thymol.

Thyme Powder - Anticeptic, terrific astringent, treats acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Titanium Dioxide -a full-spectrum sunscreen mineral blend, which means that it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, Titanium Dioxide physically deflects the sun's UV rays away from your skin. It is also used a pigment to lighten formulations and as a thickening agent. TD is soothing and non irritating to even acne skin. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are combined for maximum sun protection without chemicals. Titanium dioxide is not absorbed by the skin - physical sunscreens such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide work by reflecting the photons of light up and out of the skin so there is no absorption of energy. Unlike chemical screens, the physical screen type of photoprotection produces no free radicals and no secondary skin damage. This is why dermatologists have recommended the combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as superior sun protection. Titanium(IV) oxide or titania, is the naturally occurring oxide of titanium.

Triethanolamine or TEA - AVOID! A harsh solvent and detergent used in cosmetic face and body creams as an emollient. Causes allergic reactions, and long term use of DEA-based products have been linked to an increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.


Vitamin A - Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A or Retinol and retinyl palmitate, found in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. It is also found in Carrier Oils and Butters. Vitamin A does not contain Antioxidants.

Vitamin B5 +- Di panthenol - Pantothenic Acid or Pro Vitamin B5, speeds wound healing, smoothes and refines skin, helps prevent skin aging, soothes hives, rashes, itchy and swollen skin. Helps the body to regulate oil production - terrific in treating acne and breakout skin.
OTHER B VITAMINS - B1 = Thiamin (bugs hate it!), B2 = Riboflavin,B3 = Niacin, B6 = Pyridoxine, B12 = Cobalamin

Vitamin C - Ascorbic acid is a water soluble vitamin found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries. Water soluble means that it is stored in the fluids of the body and must be replenished daily because it is lost in urination, persperation, etc. Vitamin C is an Antioxidant. ster-C® is a more stable form of Vitamin C that promotes collagen production and fends against free radical damage caused by sun, stress, and the harsh environment. Citric acid is an Alpha Hydroxy acid - naturally exfolliate the skin to helpl generate new skin cells while dissolving the old dead ones. Smoothes rough skin and helps to repair wrinkles and sun damage. Can be reddening or irritating to very sensitve skin types, so care must be taken not to overuse these acids.

Vitamin E - d-alpha tocopherol. A fat soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains expecially wheat germ, fortified cereals, and apricots. It is also present in carrier oils and butters. Fat soluble means that it is stored in the fat cels of the body. Vitamin E is an Antioxidant. Because of this, it is vital in maintaining healthy skin. Very helpful on burns, not immediately but after the initial cold treatments. Vitamin E is also needed in preventing as well as softening scars.


Wheat Germ Oil - Triticum Vulgare Carrier oil, highest concentration of Vitamin E of all oils, also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B (B1, B2, B3 and B6), Vitamin F and Lecithin. Contains protein and minerals as well, all helping to treat dry cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, prematurely aged skin even stretch marks. Posesses cell regenerative properties, terrific for moisturizing dry irritated skin. Excellent anti-aging element.

Wheat Protein - Proteins and amino acids from wheat used to help in emulsifying products. Just a small amount is used to help other ingredients perform better. Amino Acids are easily absorbed into skin and hair - an emollient or skin softener, balancing and protecting dry skin areas. Creates a flexible, strengthening network on the surface of the skin. Delivers an instant tightening effect to replicate the elasticity and tone found in youthful, vitalized skin. Film-forming agent which retains water, promotes healing processes, tightens skin and improves hair manageability.

White Tea - Antioxidant that scavanges the skin for free radicals, helping to reverse cell damage. Protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage. Elements in White tea boost the immune function of skin cells. The Langerhans cells in the outer layer of the skin or epidermis are the outermost reach of the immune system, and are the first to recognize foreign agents. They are the sentinel cells, essential in detecting germs and mutated proteins produced by cancerous cells. Because of their location, the Langerhans cells are very sensitive to damage by sunlight. White tea extract protected against the Langerhans cell destruction by sunlight. White tea extract is high in antioxidants and provides anti-aging benefits as well. White Tea is the least processed form of tea, rarely used in consumer products. White and green teas contain the highest amounts of antioxidants of all teas.

White Willow Bark - White willow (Salix alba) is a natural source of salicylic acid, a derivative of Salicin. It is a beta hydroxy (BHA) Acid. Beta hydroxy's are made up of larger molecules than their cousin Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) Acid. These larger molecules stay ont he surface of the skin - allowing it to better clean and penetrate pores. This makes BHA's the perfect exfolliants for acne formulations. Another plus is that they are less irritating to sensitive skin than AHA acids. BHA aciids are better at controling acne problems than AHA's. AHA's are better at wrinkle repair. White Willlow Bark helps to control sebum production which is very beneficial for acne problems. It also contains antiseptics that kill acne causing microbe.s

Wintergreen Oil - Aromatic Essential oil, speeds the healing of skin disorders, only used diluted in carrier oils and butters. Natural pain relieving elements, repels insects. When wintergreen leaves are distilled, they impart an oil which is made up of 99% methyl salicylate, the chemical compound upon which all aspirin products are based. Wintergreen is used in liniments for the relief of muscular-skeletal pain, both from sports injuries and arthritis. Because of its aromatic and pain-relieving qualities, the oil is used in aroma therapy, including stress-reducing pulse point creams, foot scrubs and balms.


Zinc Oxide - Mineral - Excellent in the treatment of acne, help prevent acne as well as regulate the activity of the oil glands. Effective in allowing protein synthesis and promoting a healthy immune system. Assists in the healing skin irritations and wounds, fights bacteria that may be the cause of the flare-ups. Zinc Oxide is also considered a full-spectrum sunscreen, which means that it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, physically deflecting the sun's UV rays away from your skin. It is also used a pigment to lighten formulations and as a thickening agent. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are combined for maximum sun protection without chemicals. Zinc Oxide and Titanium dioxide are not absorbed by the skin - physical sunscreens work by reflecting the photons of light up and out of the skin so there is no absorption of energy. Unlike chemical screens, the physical screen type of photoprotection produces no free radicals and no secondary skin damage. This is why dermatologists have recommended the combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as superior sun protection.

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