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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.
Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted through steam distillation of twigs and leaves of the tea tree, which is native to the streams and flats of Australia. The Aborigines used tea tree oil for centuries to heal wounds and infections. The fresh, medicinal, woodsy scent physically and emotionally clears the head, and the aroma is often used for both purposes in aromatherapy today.
EWG Rating = 1
Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter
Extracted from cocoa beans that have been roasted and fermented, this ingredient has been used to make chocolate for thousands of years. Chocolate has been used traditionally in religious rituals and even as a form of currency in Mesoamerican civilizations. According to an Aztec legend, the god Quetzacoatl was condemned by the other deities for sharing chocolate with mortals—a story reminiscent of Prometheus and his fire in Greek mythology. Speaking of the Greeks, the scientific name for the plant, Theobroma, literally means “food of the gods” in Greek, but the butter’s velvety texture and delicious fragrance have made it a favorite addition to lotions as well. In addition, its naturally moisturizing properties make it an excellent skin conditioner, while antioxidants increase its naturally long storage life and make it an agent of revival.
EWG Rating = 1
One of the two natural minerals we use in our sunscreens, it is not absorbed by the skin and works to immediately reflect the sun’s rays. Minerals are instantly effective, broad spectrum and do not damage the coral reefs. A concern with minerals is that they can be inhaled. This is the reason the EWG gives sunscreen-grade titanium a higher score. Lotion-based formulas like ours mitigate the inhalation worry. This is even true of our sprays since they are non-aerosol and come out in a lotion consistency. Our titanium dioxide is coated to keep it contained so it doesn’t release free radicals, and we use the stable, rutile form of titanium. The rutile form is rice-grain shaped which also gives it a better UV blocking ability and allows the minerals to go on more sheer. The synergy with zinc and titanium works better together—and titanium protects against UVB rays better than zinc—which is why we use titanium, but we take precautions to make our sunscreens safe.
EWG Rating = 2-6
Tomato Extract (Solanum Lycopersicum)
An extract of the leaves, stems and roots of the tomato plant, it is used as a skin conditioner and an astringent. Tomato extract is often used in eye creams to freshen and revitalize the eyes. We use tomato extract in the form of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant whether eaten or used in skincare. It reduces skin roughness, particularly when applied topically. It inhibits collagen breakdown to help keep skin firm, and is included in the same family as retinol, without the risk of retinoid dermatitis. It has more antioxidant power than vitamins C and E combined. Though the oil is a deep, rich color, it will not transfer and discolor the skin.
EWG Rating = 1