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Starting with the first batch of sunscreen mixed in the family kitchen, our skincare products use all natural ingredients to protect the skin and feed it the nourishment it needs. Because every ingredient comes from nature, all our organic skincare products are safe for people and the planet. And if you’re wondering about those long names in parenthesis after some ingredients, don’t worry! They’re based on the ingredient’s scientific name and are required on cosmetic packaging. We included them so you know what to look for.

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Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Leuconostoc)

Part of a plant-based preservation system, this ingredient is actually alive. Radish root is a “living” lactic acid just like the fermentation process is “alive.” The little peptides break down the cell wall of the bacteria and kill it. As a bonus, peptides help repair and rebuild the skin.

EWG Rating = 1

Red Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis)

A natural source of caffeine, red tea helps minimize dark circles and reduces puffiness, while providing extra-powerful antioxidant protection for the delicate skin around your eyes. Red tea also supports collagen preservation.

EWG Rating = 1

Rice Extract (Oryza Sativa)

Used to extract willow bark, it replaces chemical extraction agents, while providing skin benefits. An extract of the grains of rice, Oryza sativa in skincare smooths and promotes integrity of the skin’s outer layer for a firming effect. It can be used to replace butylene glycol, its synthetic counterpart.

EWG Rating = 1

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil

Castor oil has been used both medicinally and cosmetically by civilizations around the world for over 6,000 years. The Egyptians, for example, used it to promote eye health, but it has many other uses as well, including as a facial oil. In products today, castor oil hydrates and softens the skin while promoting a smooth consistency in recipes. It also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, and is even said to have anti-aging abilities, perhaps because hydrated skin is fuller, which can fill in wrinkles and reduce their visibility.

EWG Rating = 2

Roman Chamomile Flower Oil (Anthemis Nobilis)

A calming, soothing essential oil, roman chamomile hydrates, moisturizes and sooths irritated skin. In aromatherapy, the scent is also calming and relaxing, and is reported to help with sleep.

EWG Rating = 1

 

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Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina)

Extra soothing, it can be used in place of petrochemical emollients. It reinvigorates the skin and boosts the skin’s protective barrier, unlike retinol which can deplete it over time. Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it smooths, softens, strengthens and promotes elasticity. Because of its rejuvenating effects, it could be used to improve the pigmentation of scars and damaged skin.

EWG Rating = 1

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Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

This powerful antioxidant helps protect the skin from environmental stress and free radicals. Long regarded for its anti-inflammatory properties, rosemary leaf extract also naturally lengthens the shelf life of oils. The EWG gives this ingredient a one.  

EWG Rating = 1