Base Oils & Butters
The science of formulating wholesome skin care products lies in the selection of the base oils and butters used to create each recipe.
Skin care products are only as good as the ingredients used to create them and each natural oil and butter lends unique properties to the finished product.
We use unrefined, virgin oils and butters whenever available. Unrefined oils retain their natural scent, color and most importantly their nutritional benefits.
We use only certified organic oils and butters if they are available.
It does not make sense to create "all natural" products with plant based oils and butters that are grown using toxic pesticides, that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or that use solvents or other toxic chemicals in their processing. How is this "natural?"
Some base oils and butters, such as kokum butter and illipe butter, are not available as certified organic. But since we are a certified organic company, we are required to submit documentation that even our "non-organic ingredients" were produced without the use of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge, solvents or irradiation.
Our descriptions of base oils and butters are for external use only.
Organic Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil, Prunus dulcis, cold-pressed from the dried kernels of the almond tree, is a popular massage oil with moisturizing and nourishing properties. It easily absorbed, leaving the skin soft and smooth without a greasy feel.
Organic Aloe Vera Butter
Aloe Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, is an extraction of healing aloe in coconut oil. Aloe Butter melts on contact with the skin and is wonderful for treating dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sunburn, and capping. It is ideal for soothing, moisturizing, repairing, and protecting both skin and hair.
Organic Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil, Prunus armeniaca, a natural emollient, absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving an oily residue. It is a great moisturizing and conditioning oil for mature and sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed and dry.
Organic Argan Oil
Argan oil, Argania spinosa, is rich in vitamin E, natural squalene, phytosterols, and essential fatty acids that may help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It contains natural anti-inflammatory agents that help with inflamed skin, and sebum-regulating properties to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and acne.
Organic Avocado Oil
Avocado oil, Persea gratissima, imparts valuable nutrients to the skin because it is a penetrating oil rich in vitamins A, B1, B2 pantothenic acid, E and lecithin, and fatty acids. Great for sun-damaged and mature skin. In hair care, it helps restore luster and hydrate dry and damaged ends.
Organic Babassu Oil
A fast penetrating oil, Babassu oil, Orbignya oleifera, is one of nature’s richest emollients and is especially good for eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin. In hair care, babassu oil nourishes, moisturizes and restores hair strength, giving you shiny, healthy-looking hair.
Organic Baobab Oil
Baobab Oil, Adansonia digitate, is high in vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. The oil absorbs quickly does not clog pores, helps moisturize and soothe dry, chapped skin, eases symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, and helps combat early signs of aging by reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Beeswax, Cera alba, forms a lovely, light barrier on your skin that prevents loss of moisture and helps seal in moisturizing oils and butters, without clogging pores. In hair care, Beeswax adds moisture, hydration, and softness to hair and can add shine and glossiness to dull hair.
Organic Borage Oil
Borage oil, Borago officinalis, restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin and provides relief from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.
Organic Canola Oil
Canola Oil, Brassica napus, rich in essential fatty acids, canola oil helps prevent moisture loss, conditions, and softens skin. In hair care, canola oil penetrates the hair shaft and revitalizes and softens hair as it imparts shine.
Organic Castor Bean Oil
Castor bean oil, Ricinus communis, adds mildness and richness to soap and provides a conditioning, fluffy lather with thick, large bubbles. In hair care castor oil smooths the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving hair feeling soft and silky.
Organic Cocoa Butter
Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Theobroma cacao, is an excellent moisturizer that soothes and softens skin. In hair care, cocoa butter easily absorbs into the hair and imparts sheen. It locks in moisture and helps protect the hair shaft. Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA.
Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, Cocos nucifera, a great natural moisturizer, gives soap cleansing properties and makes a rich creamy lather with big, fluffy bubbles. In hair care, it is used as a hair tonic to stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil, Cocos nucifera, with natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, is an excellent skin moisturizer, can penetrate hair better than other oils and smells delicious. Our virgin coconut oil is Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA.
Organic Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil, Oenothera biennis, promotes healthy skin by restoring moisture and helping to maintain skin elasticity. This soothing oil has been used to help with conditions like eczema and is an excellent oil for dry, aging or chapped skin, or massage.
Organic Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil, Linum usitatissimum, helps seal moisture into the skin, reduces inflammation, which may help with psoriasis and eczema, and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In hair care, flaxseed oil has been used topically to improve hair strength and shine, minimize dandruff and flakiness, moisturize, and help prevent hair loss.
Organic Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil, Vitis vinifera, rich in vitamin E and omega fatty acids, is a lightweight oil that easily absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory which may help with acne-prone skin
Organic Hemp Seed Oil
Rich in vitamin E, Hemp Seed Oil, Cannabis sativa, is a great oil for all skin types, balances skin oil production, provides long-lasting moisture, does not clog pores, soothes irritated skin, and may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In hair care, hemp seed oil imparts luster and manageability to hair, bringing relief from dry scalp or hair damage.
Illipe Butter, Shorea stenoptera, similar in nature to cocoa butter, moisturizes and helps restore skin elasticity. Many believe it to be the most nourishing of the healing butters.
Organic Jojoba Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil, Buxus sinensis, penetrates the skin easily, has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used on acne without any problems. It is great for mature, aging skin and is exceptionally mild for sensitive skin. In hair care products, jojoba provides shine, promotes hair growth, and improves the health of the scalp and hair.
Kokum Butter, Garcinia indica, has been used traditionally in India to soften skin and restore elasticity and as a balm for dry, cracked, rough and calloused skin. It is a great ingredient to add to healing creams and body butters because of its ability to soothe and heal chapped dry skin.
Organic Mango Butter
Mango Butter, Mangifera indica, is a great moisturizer for all skin types, but especially mature, dry or sun-damaged skin. Non-comedogenic mango butter helps provide relief from the dryness of eczema and psoriasis. In hair care, mango butter replaces moisture, adds softness, elasticity and shine to your hair.
Organic Neem Oil
Neem Oil, Azadirachta indica, with its garlicky odor, has been used in the treatment of acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is especially gentle and nourishing when used for itchy, irritated, sensitive, or dry skin conditions. In hair care, it is used to treat itchy, irritated scalps, dandruff, and other scalp problems.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olea europea, which retains all the nutrients and antioxidants from the olive fruit is rich in natural squalene to help promote soft, supple, and youthful-looking skin. In hair care, olive, used for centuries in hot oil treatments, helps repair split ends, control dandruff, and makes your hair shiny, silky, and lustrous.
Olive Butter contains the moisturizing and antioxidant properties of olive oil with the deep moisturizing and skin nourishing qualities of a thicker butter for healthy, hydrated skin. Olive butter is a rich, thick moisturizer.
Olive Squalene, Squalane, is a botanical lipid that is similar to the squalene produced by our skin’s sebaceous glands. Olive squalane is a unique emollient that penetrates quickly and absorbs deeply. It helps increase hydration and maintain our skin's moisture barrier. Squalane is believed to help to promote cell growth and help with dry, rough skin, and skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis.
Organic Palm Oil (Sustainable)
Palm Fruit Oil, Elaeis guineensis, is an excellent moisturizer to help make skin soft and supple. It makes a nice hard bar of soap that cleans well and adds a smooth creamy lather. Our Palm Oil is always certified sustainable.
Organic Virgin Palm Oil
Virgin Palm fruit oil, Elaeis guineensis, is unrefined and also known as Red Palm Oil. The nutrients in virgin palm oil can help minimize the signs of aging, soothe and heal acne, relieve psoriasis and eczema, and help fight fine lines and wrinkles. In hair care, virgin palm oil conditioner is great for dry hair and may help with hair loss. Our palm oil is always certified sustainable --click "read more" below.
Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate Seed Oil, Punica granatum, helps fight free radicals and skin aging; helps heal, protect and moisturize dry, cracked, mature, and irritated skin; revitalizes dull or mature skin, assists with wrinkles; improves skin elasticity; and soothes minor skin irritations, including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and sunburn
Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil, Cucurbita pepo, is rich in essential fatty acids that regulate skin oil (sebum) production, it is great for both oily/acne-prone skin and dry damaged skin. It helps combat fine facial lines and dryness and may be helpful for eczema and psoriasis. In hair care, it helps protect hair follicles and promote shine. It is an emollient that moisturizes and helps smooth frizz.
Organic Rosehip Oil
Rosehip Oil, Rosa rubiginosa, promotes healing of eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, and burns, including radiation and sunburn when used as an ointment or topical cream. It has been known to diminish stretch marks and sunspots and work wonders on scars from surgery and acne.
Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil
Seabuckthorn Oil, Hippophae rhamnoides, helps promote wound healing and reduce scarring by encouraging tissue regeneration. When used as an ointment or topical cream, sea buckthorn oil promotes the healing of eczema, rosacea, and burns, including radiation and sunburn.
We use virgin, unrefined, organic sea buckthorn oil. Unrefined oils have not been bleached or deodorized and retain their natural scent, color, and nutritional benefits.
Organic Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame Seed Oil, Sesame indicum, is one of the best oils for dry skin because it absorbs easily and creates a protective film on the skin. It is used for massage and health treatments in ayurvedic medicine, contains a potent antioxidant called sesamol that is beneficial for mature aging skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Organic Virgin Shea Butter
Unrefined Shea Nut Butter, Butyrospermum parkii, penetrates deep, moisturizes and nourishes. It is excellent for dry, damaged, and maturing skin. In hair care, Shea Butter provides deep nourishment for the hair shaft and moisturizes dry, dull hair resulting in improved luster and manageability. Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA.
Organic Shea Olein
Shea Olein, Butyrospermum parkii, is true liquid shea butter, not a solvent extracted shea oil. It penetrates quickly and is great for dry skin and damaged hair. Shea Olein is believed to have exceptional nourishing, protective and reparative properties, which may help with aging and/or irritated skin. It also makes an excellent massage oil and leaves hair feeling healthier and more manageable.
Soy Wax, hydrogenated Glycine soja (soybean) oil, melts at about 100 degrees, which is only slightly warmer than body temperature, making it a great ingredient for a lotion candle or massage candle. The soy wax is made from 100% pure soybean oil - a natural moisturizer that makes your skin silky smooth!
Organic Sunflower Oil
Sunflower Oil, Helianthus annuus, is easily absorbed and can be used on all skin types. It is especially helpful for delicate or dry skin. It is known to be one of the most moisturizing vegetable oils. In hair care, nutrient-rich sunflower oil moisturizes, nourishes, and protects for silky, strong, healthy hair.
Organic Tamanu Oil
Tamanu Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum, is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It helps fades stretch marks, helps improve the appearance of scars, promotes new tissue formation and encourages healthy skin growth to aid in healing minor cuts, burns, rashes, acne, eczema, rosacea, and other skin conditions.
It is a rich source of fatty acids, which help keep skin super moisturized. Tamanu is safe for use on oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.
Organic Walnut Oil
Walnut Oil, Juglans nigra, is believed to have anti-aging, regenerative and skin toning properties, which makes it wonderful for damaged or maturing skin. Walnut oil is an excellent hair care oil. It helps condition hair to provide smooth and manageable hair.
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germ Oil, Triticum vulgare, is believed to promote skin elasticity, nourish skin cells, and prevent moisture loss resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin. In hair care, wheat germ oil improves the scalp’s ability to utilize oxygen, leaving the scalp healthy while softening hair.
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