Baking soda is one of those unglamorous skincare stars that benefits us more than we really acknowledge. It doesn’t have a fancy name, a flashy story or the advantage of being a new ingredient on the market. It wasn’t recently discovered, deep in the rainforest, and it hasn’t ever been labelled a super food. But it’s a standby ingredient in many bath products, and for good reason! Continue reading →
This week, let’s take a closer look at another of the classic herbs, lavender. The first written record of the medicinal use of lavender is said to be from 77 AD, when a Greek physician wrote that lavender could be used internally and externally for a variety of benefits. Continue reading →
In our search for a natural foaming agent to create a gentle, high sudsing bath foam, we had a few non-negotiable requirements: first, we needed it to be free of questionable ingredients like diethanolamides (DEAs), lauryl sulfates, laureth sulfates, parabens and formaldehyde. Second, we wanted it to be both sustainably produced and completely biodegradable — for a cosmetic ingredient, this means it needs to be easily broken down by enzymes in bacteria (or plants and animals). Third, we were looking for something non-drying and gentle.
A lot to ask, maybe, but luckily for us, coco glucoside is the perfect option! Continue reading →
Chamomile is one of the classic medicinal herbs, used for thousands of years for a variety of therapeutic purposes. First noted in ancient Egypt as a cure for fever, it was also commonly used by the Romans to flavour beverages and in incense, and by the Norse as a type of shampoo to add lustre to hair. Chamomile was even used to flavour beer before being replaced by hops for this purpose.Continue reading →
Arnica is a well-known medicinal herb that grows throughout Europe and in western North America. It has been used since the early 16th century as a popular German folk remedy for injuries, bruising, inflammation, pain and skin lesions.Continue reading →