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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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Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius)

Safflower is one of the oldest crops, and is cultivated mainly for the oil. The oil is extracted from the seeds, and is used in foods and cosmetics. In skincare, it is extremely hydrating, and helps the skin retain moisture.

EWG Rating = 1

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Sclerotium Gum

Naturally derived from mushrooms, sclerotium gum is a gel-like beneficial polysaccharide. It is used in skincare as a thickener that also offers skin soothing, smoothing and conditioning properties. Sclerotium gum helps keep products from separating and gives products a consistent texture.

EWG Rating = 1

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides)

An extract of the fruit of the sea buckthorn, this rugged shrub is also used for soil, water and wildlife conservation and antidesertification, in addition to consumer products. In skincare, it softens and hydrates the skin.

EWG Rating = 1

Seaweed Extract (Caulerpa Lentillifera)

Also known as the sea grape, seaweed extract is a strong antioxidant that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Like other seaweeds, sea grapes have strong natural mechanisms to protect themselves from oxidative damage, and can offer similar benefits to the skin. A plant-based alternative to hyaluronic acid, it hydrates and smooths the skin, and supports collagen production.

EWG Rating = 1

Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)

Our shea butter comes from the nuts of the shea tree. As an ingredient, shea butter is primarily used as a moisturizing agent. It is also an anti-inflammatory that could reduce damage from airborne toxins and environmental impurities like pollution. It is a rich moisturizer that’s also edible. Since it is a tree nut, it can pose concerns for those with allergies. An alternative is our continuous sprays since they do not contain any shea butter.

EWG Rating = 1

Silica

Silica is a natural mineral most commonly found as quartz in sandstone, clay, and granite. It can also be found in plants—fruits and vegetables are a known source, and ingesting this ingredient actually contributes to the health of our joints, bones, teeth, and skin! Because it is highly absorbent, silica is used to thicken creams and lotions to improve spreadability and promote the even distribution of pigments (or other minerals!) in a substance. Its absorbency also makes it a common ingredient in powder cosmetics because it reduces shininess and the appearance of oils on thskin.

EWG Rating = 1-2

Sodium Benzoate

Products that contain water need some kind of preservative to prevent mold and bacteria, both of which can be harmful if allowed to grow. Sodium benzoate is the most mild of these preservatives. The EWG gives it a three rating, and it is allowed under an organic certification to help ensure the safety of consumers with regard to a suitable shelf life.

EWG Rating = 3

Sorbitan Oleate

A sweet substance that occurs naturally in berries and fruits, it helps reduce the surface tension of water, and aids in keeping the water-based ingredients from separating from the oils in our sunscreens.

EWG Rating = 1

Sorbitan Olivate

A natural surfactant based on olive oil and sorbitol. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of water, and are often used in cleansers to help the water disperse evenly. They also help the water attract grease and break it up, allowing it to easily be washed away.

EWG Rating = 1

Squalane

Structurally similar to squalene, a naturally occurring oil in the skin’s own lipid barrier, vegetable-derived squalane mimics that barrier and helps prevent moisture loss. Production of squalene slows after age 30, so squalane has many benefits in skincare. This oil is non-greasy and will not clog pores. It is an antioxidant with purported antibacterial properties, and is used to reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles, similar to retinol, but without the photosensitivity. It’s very gentle, and the EWG gives it a one. Vegetarians and vegans should know squalane (with an “a”) like we use in our products, is vegetable derived. Squalene (with an “e”) is the type our bodies form, but it can also come from shark livers for use in skincare products. This practice is having a detrimental impact on the population of certain shark species.

EWG Rating = 1

Stearic Acid

A naturally occurring fatty acid, it can be derived from animals or plants, but ours is plant derived and vegan. It’s used as a surfactant to keep the skin soft, but we give it a dual role and use it to encase our titanium dioxide. This helps contain the titanium dioxide to keep it from releasing free radicals.

EWG Rating = 1

 

Stevia Rebaudiana Extract

Stevia rebaudiana extract comes from the leaves of the stevia rebaudiana plant, a member of the Chrysanthemum family. It’s been used for hundreds of years in South America as a natural sweetener, and is used to sweeten some of our lip balms.

EWG Rating = 1

Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus)

Extracted from the seeds of the sunflower, helianthus annuus, it is a skin-conditioning agent and emollient. This powerful antioxidant is also a natural moisturizer that is full of natural vitamin E. Our sunflower seed oil is certified organic and non-GMO.

EWG Rating = 1

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