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Natural Beauty 101

Ingredients matter. Learn more about some of the key elements of the ingredients we use. 


Anti-inflammatory products and ingredients help to reduce inflammation and calm irritation in the skin. Many plant extracts have natural anti-inflammatory properties including chamomile, calendula, aloe vera, and witch hazel. 


Antioxidants in skincare refer to compounds that help neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to the skin. Herbs high in Vitamin C and Vitamin E such as hibiscus and rose hips are great sources of antioxidants. 

Fatty Acids

Free Radicals


Fatty acids are important components of skincare products because they help maintain the skin's barrier function, regulate moisture levels, and support overall skin health. 

Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of skin damage

These are polyunsaturated fatty acids typically found in fish oil, flaxseed oil, and certain nuts and seeds. They are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are believed to help maintain skin hydration and elasticity.  The most common omega-3 found in skin care is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an omega-3 fatty acid primarily found in plant-based oils and is common in skin care and hair care products. Commonly found in flaxseed oil (one of the richest sources of ALA), chia seed oil, hemp seed oil, and perilla seed oil.


Linoleic Acid (LA)


While omega-6 fatty acids are beneficial for skincare, it's important to maintain a balanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet and skincare routine. The most common omega-6 found in skincare is linoleic acid (LA).

​This polyunsaturated fatty acid is essential for maintaining the skin's barrier function and moisture balance.  Oils that are rich in linoleic acid include: safflower oil (one of the richest sources of LA), grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, rosehip seed oil.

Omega-9 fatty acids are not considered essential fatty acids because the body can synthesize them on its own. The term "omega-9" refers to a family of monounsaturated fats. The most common omega-9 found in skincare is oleic acid.

Oleic Acid

Lauric Acid

Stearic Acid

This monounsaturated fatty acid is known for its moisturizing properties and has anti-inflammatory effects, which can help soothe irritated or inflamed skin. Oils rich in oleic acid include olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, macadamia nut oil, hazelnut oil, safflower oil.

Lauric acid is known for its antimicrobial properties and is often used in skincare products, as well as in the production of soaps and detergents. Oils rich in lauric acid include: coconut oil (the richest natural source), palm kernel oil, and babassu oil.

A saturated fatty acid found in cocoa butter, shea butter, and other plant-based butters. Stearic acid provides emollient properties, helping to soften and smooth the skin.

Palmitic Acid

Another saturated fatty acid, palmitic acid helps to stabilize skincare formulations and contributes to the texture of the product. It also has emollient properties, helping to keep the skin soft and supple.


Parabens are synthetic preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast. While parabens have been widely used for decades due to their effectiveness as preservatives, concerns have been raised about their safety and potential health risks. Some studies have suggested that parabens may have endocrine-disrupting properties, meaning they can mimic estrogen in the body and interfere with hormone function. Additionally, there have been concerns about the potential accumulation of parabens in the body over time and their potential association with certain health conditions. All of our products are paraben free.

Phthalate-free Fragrance

A phthalate-free fragrance refers to a fragrance or scent that does not contain phthalates as part of its formulation. Phthalates are a group of chemicals commonly used as solvents and fixatives in fragrances to enhance the scent and extend its longevity. Phthalates have raised concerns due to their potential health risks, including endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, and adverse effects on human health. All of our products are phthalate-free. 

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