All products are handmade in small batches with locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients wherever possible. Products are not tested on animals, only me, family and friends. Ingredients used in my products are low on the comedogenicity and irritancy scale.
Base Oils, Butters and Waxes
Sweet Almond Oil leaves skin with a silky smooth feel without being greasy. It is full of fatty acids (mainly oleic acid Omega 9 with some linoleic Omega 6), vitamins and helps relieve dry, itchy skin. It is anti-inflammatory, an emoillent, an antioxidant, and cicatrizant (helps wounds heal faster). Sweet almond oil gives hair a bit of a shine.
Apricot Kernel Oil contains omega-9 fatty acids that act as an emollient to make hair and skin soft and pliable. It also contains linoleic acid which helps keep moisture in hair.
Avocado Oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. It helps with inflamed skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne, sun damaged skin, and by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Avocado oil is rich in sterolins, which penetrate the skin deeply and hold in moisture.
Beeswax is used to help style longer beards. It keeps wild hairs in place, and actually helps keep the beard cleaner because it is a sealant.
Camelina Seed Oil contains Omega - 3, - 6 and - 9 fatty acids to nourish the skin and hair.
Canola Oil promotes a healthy scalp and moisturizes hair better than many oils by penetrating the cuticle.
Castor Oil is high in Omega 3 and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an antioxidant, is rich in essential fatty acids and is readily absorbed by the skin. Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid, which is a superb natural treatment for acne. It acts as a humectant to lock in moisture. Castor oil also promotes hair growth, alleviates dandruff and helps prevent split ends.
Cocoa Butter is full of anti-oxidants and is a skin moisturizer. Helps treat dermatitis and eczema. Softens and moisturizes hair.
Coconut Oil readily absorbs into the skin and penetrate deeply and as a result promotes younger looking skin. It is excellent for dry skin. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial agents, vitamin E, and proteins that aid in tissue repair. Can clog pores and should not be used by people with acne prone skin.
Hemp Seed Oil is high in omega fatty acids and vitamin E. It conditions hair and helps build keratin to promote hair strength. It does not contain THC.
Jojoba Oil moisturizes and strengthens hair. It does not build up on hair, but keeps it soft and manageable. Adds shine and helps tame wild hairs.
Kokum Butter keeps skin moisturized. Helps heal cuts and fissures, helps regenerate skin cells and reduce degeneration of skin cells. Non-comodegenic (doesn’t clog pores).
Lard is rendered pig fat. In the past, lard soap was used on everything from skin to dishes. It cleans clothes gently and is low sudsing so it's great to use in HE washers. Lard is hypoallergenic and leaves clothes soft.
Mango Butter softens, moisturizes and sooths skin without feeling greasy. It helps with eczema, dry skin and dermatitis. It is a good source of vitamin A which can help skin look youthful. Mango butter is an intensive hair moisturizer.
Meadowfoam Oil is non-greasy. It is full of antioxidants and is an excellent moisturizer because it absorbs quickly into the skin. It helps hair retain moisture, keeping it soft with a little shine.
Rice Bran Oil is a good moisturizer for mature skin. It contains Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids which promote hair growth.
Olive Oil holds moisture to the skin. It helps keep skin soft and younger looking. Olive oil contains antioxidants and does not clog pores.
Shea Butter promotes the healing of wounds and scars. It is rich in oleic acid and soothes extremely dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. It is excellent for dry and mature skin. Shea butter also softens and conditions hair.
Stearic acid is a natural fatty acid made from plant or animal sources. It is added to shaving soaps to give superior lather.
Sunflower Oil is high in essential fatty acids. The oil is good for all skin types and since it is high in Vitamin E is great for dry or mature skin. Sunflower oil absorbs quickly into the shaft of hair, making it an excellent moisturizer. It contains omega-9 fatty acids to promote hair growth and conditioning.
Tallow is rendered beef fat. It tones the skin. Tallow’s fatty acid profile is very similar to our skin’s own sebum, and it is full of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. In shaving soaps it offers superior glide, moisturization and superior lather.
Apple Cider Vinegar balances the pH in hair which promotes healthy hair growth. It helps reduce dandruff and removes product build-up. Apple cider vinegar detangles, reduces frizz, and adds shine.
Arrowroot Powder is added to body butters to make them less greasy. Softens skin and makes skin feel silky.
Baking Soda has antibacterial properties. It helps acne and dry skin. Baking soda is a good exfoliant to soothe rough skin.
Beer has many benefits for hair. Malt and hops are loaded with proteins that nourish and strengthen hair. The B vitamins in beer promots shine and hair growth.
Borax helps remove acidic stains like tomato and mustard. It deodorizes and freshens and is a natural alternative to bleach. It also helps soften hard water.
Cocoa Powder is used as a colorant in soap, and also provides antioxidants to neutralize free radicals that age the skin.
Coffee removes odors, and the grounds are a gentle exfoliator.
Cornstarch soothes irritated skin.
Sugar is a gentle exfoliant and has antibacterial properties.
Dead Sea Salt contains not only sodium but magnesium, potassium, calcium chlorides and bromides. Salts in bath water help hydrate the skin.
Epsom Salt contains magnesium and sulfates. They are said to aid psoriasis, reduce muscle tension, reduce inflammation, promote healing, flush toxins and reduce foot odor.
Vitamin E supports the production of sebum, skin's natural oil that moisturizes skin and hair.
Washing Soda softens hard water. It helps remove greasy stains and embedded dirt from synthetics and cottons
Essential Oils, Absolutes
What is the difference between an absolute and essential oil? Essential oils and absolutes are made from plant parts (leaves, buds, blossom, stem, or wood). Essential oils are extracted from the plant by steam distillation or cold pressing and absolutes are extracted by alcohol. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, where the oil benefits the mind, body and soul.
I stay well within IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) guidelines for exposure on all essential oils. Some essential oils are recommended to not use during pregnancy, while nursing, or on small children. Please consult your medical professional before using any essential oil.
Allspice essential oil has a warm, fresh and spicy scent. Allspice essential oil is a pain reliever, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is said to improve blood flow to the skin.
Bay essential oil has a spicy scent. It is a pain reliever, antiseptic and skin toner.
Bergamot essential oil has a sweet, citrus scent. It can be used as a bug repellant and antifungal agent. When used on the hair can promote hair growth, shine, tame frizzies and reduce dandruff.
Benzoin essential oil has a vanilla like scent. It acts as an astringent and a deodorizer for skin and hair.
Cedarwood essential oil has a woodsy scent and is an astringent.
Chamomile essential oil soothes dry, itchy skin. It eases anxiety and tension. It has a sweet, smoky scent.
Clove essential is an antiseptic and treats minor skin problems. It also helps relieve chest congestion and has relaxing properties. It has a warm, spicy scent.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil has a spicy sweet fragrance and is native to Sri Lanka. It is a disinfectant and repels insects. It eases chest congestion.
Eucalyptus essential oil is a native of Australia, and is an antiseptic. Inhaled eases congestion due to colds and allergies.
Fir Balsam essential oil has a woodsy scent and can help reduce body odor.
Frankincense resin has long been used in the Middle East as an anointing oil in religious ceremonies. It was one of the gifts given to the baby Jesus from The Three Wise Men. As an essential oil, it has comforting properties and helps overcome stress while improving spiritual connection. Frankincense can help in keeping skin healthy. It treats dry skin and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars. It can also speed up the healing of cuts, acne, bug bites and boils. It has a rich, woody, earthy scent.
Geranium essential oil has a strong rosy scent and can be an insect repellent, and help heal insect bites. It aids in healing eczema and fungal infection. It improves blood circulation beneath the skin. It can uplift mood and lessen depression.
Grapefruit essential oil has a sweet, tangy, tart scent and is a mood booster.
Lavender essential oil has a sweet, herbal, floral, and slight woodsy fragrance and is native to the Mediterranean region. Lavender is antifungal, treats eczema and psoriasis, and can soothe itchy skin. It helps relieve colds and flu.
Lemon essential oil is a natural immune system and mood booster.
Lemongrass essential oil is a perennial plant grown in the tropics and subtropics. It has a strong fresh lemony scent. On the skin, it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It can help repel insects. In the air freshens and deodorizes odors. It has a calming aroma.
Lime essential oil has a sharp, citrus scent. It is stimulating and refreshing. It can wash out impurities that cause acne and can boost the immune system.
May Chang (Litsea Cubeba) is an ancient Chinese essential oil and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is used to treat acne and dermatitis, and has a spicy lemony scent.
Myrrh resin was one of the gifts given by The Three Wise Men to the baby Jesus. It was popular in ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures as a medicine and embalming agent. Greek soldiers brought it in battle to stop their wounds from bleeding. As an essential oil, myrrh helps heal cracked or chapped skin. It strengthens the immune system to help fight off skin infections. It has a rich, spicy, balsamic scent.
Palmarosa essential oil moisturizes and balances the sebum level in skin. Think of the scent as floral and citrusy with a partly musky earthy aroma.
Patchouli essential oil originates in Southeast Asia and is grown in the tropics and subtropics. It has a strong, musky, slightly fruity aroma. On the skin, it is reported that it can help problems such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, and help heal wounds and scars. In aromatherapy, it is used for relaxation and meditation.
Peppermint essential oil improves memory and is an energy booster. It is antimicrobial and helps clear congestion. It is also an insect repellent. It has a fresh, minty scent.
Rose absolute is a native of the temperate regions of North America. It is available in absolute form (solvent extraction). It relieves dry, hot, itchy skin.
Rosemary essential oil is a native of the Mediterranean and has a minty, woodsy scent. It has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting qualities, and is said to help improve memory. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and may reduce dandruff.
Sandalwood essential oil originated in India and has a woody, exotic smell. It calms the mind, tones the skin, and relieves itching, inflammation and rashes.
Spearmint essential oil has a cool, minty scent and can help prevent infection.
Sweet orange essential oil originated in China. It is a deodorizer and disinfectant, and promotes the feeling of happiness and well-being.
Tea tree essential oil is a native of Australia and highly prized for its healing properties. It is said to be antifungal and antibacterial. Its scent is fresh, medicinal, and antiseptic. It helps alleviate chest and nasal congestion.
Vanilla oleoresin absolute is indigenous to Central America and Mexico. Vanilla oleoresin can ease stress and help heal wounds.
Vetiver essential oil is a perennial grass grown in India. It has an earthy scent. On the skin, it can benefit wound and scar healing. In aromatherapy, it has a calming effect.
Ylang ylang (EE-lang EE-lang) essential oil has a sweet floral scent and comes from the rain forests of Asian and South Pacific islands. It relaxes body and soul, and helps regulate the production of sebum (oil secreted by the skin) to help keep skin from drying out.