Spotlight On: Coco Glucoside

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Coco glucoside

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

Spotlight On: Chamomile

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Chamomile flowers

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

Spotlight On: Arnica

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Wild arnica

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

Spotlight On: Cardamom Essential Oil

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CardamomCardamom is an uplifting and warm spice oil that is said to be an aphrodisiac. As a spice, cardamom has been used medicinally in Asia for over 3,000 years. Continue reading

Spotlight On: Pine Essential Oil

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When it comes to “woodsy” not much fits the bill more perfectly than the scent of pine. This scent has come to be associated with freshness and cleanliness, and rightfully so — pine boasts germ-fighting and disinfectant properties; was revered by Hippocrates for its healing effect on the respiratory system; and was used by Indigenous peoples of North America in bedding to deter bedbugs and lice. Continue reading