Active Charcoal Powder
Used in soap making. Smells like marzipan and makes soap smell almost edible (almost!).
Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis)
Aloe vera is highly rated for healing wounds, calming burns and helping general skin irritation. It can be applied directly onto the skin to cool irritated areas, and is also really moisturising.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The result of a fermentation process, made up of acetic acid and water.
A natural preservative.
Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca)
Packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, apricot kernel oil is a light, healing oil which is ideal for dry or sensitive skin.
Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa)
Produced from the nut of the argan tree. The nuts are dried and ground for their kernels, which are then pressed for their oil. Slightly nutty in smell and light green in colour.
Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)
This wonderfully fragrant, deep green oil is extracted from the flesh of the avocado fruit. It's a very thick oil, but still easily absorbed, so is really useful for deep moisturisation.
Babassu Oil (Attalea Speciosa)
Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Basil is spiked with small white flowers and has big, bright green leaves that contain lots of strong scent.
Beeswax (Ceris Adstringitur)
Ususally used to give the oils in a product a stiffer base, so the finished article isn't quite so melty.
Benzoin Essential Oil (Styrax Benzoin)
A resin extracted from trees belonging to the Styrax family, benzoin is thick and sticky in consistency, and very dark in colour.
Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus Begamia)
The oil is expressed from the peel of the fruit.
Bergamot is delightfully refreshing.
Bicarbonate of Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper Nigrum)
Peppercorns are dried and crushed, then the oil can then be distilled from the grounds.
Borage Seed Oil (Borago Officianalis)
Also known as starflower oil, borage is a brilliant skin-rejuvenating oil which is loaded with essential fatty acids such as omega 6 and GLA (gamma linoleic acid).
Calendula Oil (Calendula Officianalis)
This is a light golden oil made by infusing marigold flowers. With its soothing and softening properties, it's excellent for sore, inflamed or itchy skin.
Calendula Petals (Calendula Officinalis Petals)
Petals are picked from marigold flowers and dried. They are often used solely for their appealing bright orange appearance.
Camelina Oil (Camelina Sativa)
Also known as Gold of Pleasure oil (no, honest, it really is), camelina oil is rich in essential fatty acids and linoleic acid, which are all crucial to maintain skin’s elasticity and suppleness.
Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota Sativa)
Carrot seed essential oil is extracted by steam distillation, from the dried seeds of wild carrot, but also from the dried plant itself.
Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis)
Pressed from the seeds of the castor oil plant, this is an extremely rich, healing oil, which makes it ideal for skin balms and lip products.
Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus Atlantica)
This oil is extracted from the sawdust of the tree and steam-distilled. It has a sweet but woody smell that leaves you feeling very warm.
Chamomile - German (Matricaria Recutica)
The flowers of the chamomile plant are distilled to produce an incredibly blue essential oil that will brown with age.
Chamomile is well known for its calming and soothing qualities, which is exactly why we use it in our Baby range.
Chamomile - Roman (Anthemis Nobilis)
The flowers of the Chamomile plant are distilled to produce an incredibly blue essential oil that will brown with age.
This oil has all the same qualities as chamomile (German) but is a much milder oil.
Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria Flowers)
The heads of the chamomile flower can be dried and macerated in oil to release their aroma and goodness or, well, just look nice, really - at least, we think so!
Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
Another spice we are all familiar with in the kitchen, cinnamon oil is extracted by distalling the twigs and leaves.
A very strong and spicy oil.
A man-made product, made by feeding certain cultures that encourage citric acid to grow.
Clary Sage Essential Oil (Salvia Sclarea)
The flowering tops of this beautiful herb are distilled to produce the essential oil.
Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium Aromaticum)
We've all seen clove buds, usually in the kitchen. When water-distilled these little buds produce an essential oil.
It's a really potent scent, smelling strongly of spice and with 'woody' tones.
Cocoa Butter (Theobrama Cacao)
This solid, crumbly oil is extracted from the seeds of the cocoa plant and has a wonderfully sweet, chocolatey aroma.
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
A white, solid oil with a low melting point, Coconut oil is pressed from the milled kernels of coconuts and has superb moisturising and protective properties.
Cornflour (Zea Mays Flour)
This flour is ground from dried maize. Corn contains lots of minerals, such as iron, copper and magnesium, all needed to keep bones healthy.
Gentle blue coloured petals and flower heads.
Decyl Glucose (Decyl Glucoside)
Decyl glucose is a natural surfactant, produced from renewable raw materials: the glucose and fatty alcohol found in plants.
Leaves are picked and dried. They can be added to soap mixes or bath salts.
A warming herb.
Dried Rose Petals (Rosa Damascena Petals)
Petals are picked and dried, or dehydrated; this way they retain their colour.
This is created when a vegetable wax is treated with a detergent, which helps to bind oils and water together.
Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate)
Taking its name from a spring in Surrey, England, Epsom salt was produced from the chalk and clay that occurred there.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the plant. It has a strong, cool smell.
Eucalyptus Lemon Essential Oil (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
Lemon eucalyptus is a tree. Oil is extracted from the leaves.
Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis)
Oil is extracted from the leaves of the evening primrose plant.
Fennel Essential Oil ( Foeniculum Vulgare)
The oil is distilled from the seeds of this herb. Sweet and spicy, it almost smells a bit like aniseed.
Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia Thurifera)
Resin is collected from the bark of the frankincense tree and distilled to become an oil.
It has a really punchy scent - very sweet and spicy.
Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens)
The oil is contained inside the leaves of the plant which are harvested when flowering starts, as this is when the scent is at its strongest. Geranium has a really uplifting smell; we use it in lots of products.
Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger oil is warming, quite masculine in scent and very strong.
Glycerine (Vegetable Glycerine)
A sugar alcohol that comes in soluble liquid form, added to creams and balms to help encourage a glossy texture and smoothness.
Goat's Milk Powder
A natural emollient, this helps to soothe and moisturise skin.
Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus Paradisi)
The oil is machine-expressed from the peel of the grapefruit. A deep-cleansing oil that is great for oily skin.
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera)
Pressed from grape pips, this pale green oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and linoleic acid, and absorbs brilliantly.
Ground Cinnamon Powder
Ground coffee beans.
Ground Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis Powder)
Ginger is dried and then ground to a powder that has a strong and spicy smell.
Paprika is a spice made from air-dried fruits of the chili pepper family that have then been ground.
Plants are boiled and then dried in hot ovens, after which they are ground into a deep-orange-yellow powder. commonly used as a spice and also for dyeing.
Guar beans are milled and ground to form a gum powder.
Hazelnut Oil (Corylus Avellana)
A pale yellow, fine textured oil pressed from hazelnuts.
Hemp Oil (Cannabis Sativa)
Hemp oil is also a healing, soothing oil.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Jasmine Essential Oil (Jasminum Officinale)
Jasmine oil is produced in an absolute form, which you will normally find in a 10% dilution.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis)
This is not actually an oil, but a fine, oily wax extracted from the jojoba bean. Its chemical composition is very close to that of skin’s own natural sebum, and it's high in antioxidant vitamin E, which makes it an ideal choice for sensitive skins.
Kelp (Fucus Vesiculosus)
Picked straight from the Pacific, kelp leaves are dried and then ground, creating different powders and granules. Dried kelp is made up of really rich minerals - particularly great for oily skin.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender buds/flowers are steam-distilled to produce this oil.
Lavender Flowers (Lavendula Angustifolia Flowers)
Buds of the flowering herb.
Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Limonum)
Lemon oil is made when the peel from the lemon is pressed. Really fresh in smell, it also has a clean texture.
Lemon is deeply cleansing and toning.
Lemon Juice (Citrus Limonum)
The juice is squeezed from lemons.
Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Citratus)
A steam distillation of the grass, refreshing and sweet in smell.
Lime Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia)
Oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit. Uplifting and refreshing, lime has very similar qualities to lemon essential oil.
Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia)
A fine-textured oil that is pressed from the nuts of the macadamia tree; it has high levels of essential fatty acids and is a close match to the skin’s natural sebum.
Mandarin Essential Oil (Citrus Reticulata)
The oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit.
Mandarin is much sweeter and richer in smell than orange, but carries the same kind of sweetness.
Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica)
Extracted from mango seeds, this solid butter is a rich, natural emollient with healing, regenerative and moisturising properties which help to restore flexibility to your skin.
Marigold Tagetes (Tagetes Erecta)
Extracted from the leaves, stalks and flowers of the plant, marigold is yellow/amber in colour and has a thick consistency.
Marjoram Essential Oil (Origanum Majorana)
Extracted from dried marjoram flowers, this oil is very complimentary to lavender - both are used in our Heavenly Hand Cream.
May Chang Essential Oil (Litsea Cubeba)
Litsea has a citrs scent, fine and high with some floral qualities that make it quite intoxicating.
Microfine Titaniuim Dioxide
Mineral Clays (Kaolinite)
Often used to colour soaps, masks and make-up.
Myrrh Essential Oil (Commiphora Myrrha)
Resin is gathered from the bark of the tree.
A very sticky, amber-coloured oil with an almost sweet yet medicinal smell.
Neroli Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantium)
The oil is proved from the flowers of bitter orange trees.
Nutmeg Essential Oil (Myristca Fragrans)
Warming scent that will be familiar to cooks, also a great therapeutic oil for aches and pains.
Olive Oil (Olea Europa)
We use deep green, extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil for its superb and robust emollient (softening) action on particularly dry skin.
Orange Essential Oil (Citrus Sinensis)
Oil is hand-pressed from the skin of the fruit. Such a lovely sweet, fresh smell.
Orange Flower Water (Hyrdosol Citrus Aurantium Dulcis)
Palmarosa Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Martinii)
Palmarosa grows like grass, and is dried out to make the oil. It carries a sweet, floral smell.
Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon Cablin)
Patchouli leaves are broken down to release the oil. Thick in texture, it smells extremely sweet, with earthy undertones.
Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)
Distilled from the flowering leaves of the plant, peppermint oil has a strong, minty smell - you only ever need a small amount of it.
Like the fruit, Grapefruit essential oil is rich in antioxidants. Packed with Vitamin-C and antioxidants.
Added to our Gardener's Blend soap and our Sole Food to give extra scrubbiness.
This is the salt of sorbic acid. A white salt, it's very soluble in water.
When it is ground, pumice becomes a great exfoliant.
Rapeseed Oil (Brassica Campestris)
High in essential fatty acids, rapeseed is a naturally emollient oil suitable for all skin types.
Rhassoul Mud Clay (Moroccan Lava Clay)
Taken from the Atlas mountains of Morocco.
Rose Essential Oil (Rose Centifolia)
A concentrate is made by the extraction of rose petals.
Rose absolute is its purest form, which is extremely expensive. It's often sold in a dilution to make it more affordable.
Rose Water (Rosa Damascena Flower Distillate)
Rose water is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water.
Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina)
Seeds are picked from a rose bush, then dried and pressed for their oil.
Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalls)
Flowers and leaves are steam-distilled. Probably most familiar in our kitchens, rosemary is a very versatile oil.
Rosewood Essential Oil (Aniba Rosaeodora)
Oil is extracted from the wood of Aniba rosaeodora. When it arrives at the distillery, the wood is chipped, and then steam distilled.
Sage Essential Oil (Salvia Offilnalis)
This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves.
Sandalwood Essential Oil ( Santalum Album)
Distilled from the 'heartwood' of mature sandalwood trees.
A really long-lasting smell that has a very thick consistency, almost like syrup.
Sea Salt (Maris Sal)
Take water from the ocean, leave it to evaporate and what do you get? Salt crystals, which can then be ground to different-sized granules for a range of products.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
A solid white butter sourced from shea nuts, this is packed with essential fatty acids and nutrients. It's excellent for treating dry, damaged and more mature skin.
Also known as caustic soda, this ingredient is required to turn oil into soap (the process of saponification).
Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annus)
Full of vitamin E, sunflower oil acts as a great antioxidant. An excellent moisturiser that helps skin retain water, keeping it soft and moist.
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
Extracted from almond nut kernels, this is the most popular oil for massage, famous for its light but nourishing skin-conditioning properties.
Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tea tree, tea tree oil has a very strong smell. If you're planning on mixing it into a blend, you need to combine it with other strong smells.
Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus Vulgaris)
Flowering tops of the herb are collected for distillation. Thyme produces a fresh, 'garden' scent.
Used as a barrier between you and the sun to protect your skin from burning.
Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia)
Derived from a type of orchid which grows as a vine, vanilla has a very thick, treacle-like consistency.
Virgin Coconut Oil (Virgin Cocos Nucifera)
Softer and more fragrant than the regular coconut oil, this virgin cold-pressed oil is incredibly moisturising but also light, easily applied and wonderfully nourishing.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate)
We use purified water to combine ingredients.
Wheatgerm Oil (Tritium Vulgare)
Exceptionally high in vitamin E as well as numerous other proteins and minerals, this thick, rich oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel.
Witchhazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
Shrubs/small trees grown for their red and orange flowers. For their medicinal qualities.
Xanthan gum is produced by the fermentation of glucose, sucrose or lactose, then ground to form a powder.
Yarrow Essential Oil (Achillea Millefolium)
The herb is dried before distillation. Yarrow is amazing in colour: various shades of deep blue. Sweet in smell, it has an almost chamomile tone to it.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odorata)
Ylang ylang oil is made from a steam or water distillation of the flower heads.
It has a very light smell - floral and sweet, which makes it quite calming.