SEPTEMBER 2020

If you’re like me, then you’d love to know EXACTLY what you’re putting on your skin.

It’s best practice to write the INCI name (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients), of any ingredient including plant, nut, seed oil that is included in a body care product formulation.  This is a global language that clarifies exactly what the ingredient is, the botanical name and, if relevant, the species of plant it comes from.

Unfortunately, this list can look a little bewildering, gobbledygookish and a little like reading a foreign language!

 

I want to demystify the ingredients that have been selected for our Chickweed Apothecary products so I’ve compiled this botanical treasure-trove for you.

 

It’ll give you the reassurance and knowledge of what you’re using on your skin and why.

 

This is an evergreen glossary which will evolve as my business and products grow.  New ingredients will be added or amendments made when a new product has been crafted or meaningful information has been discovered.

 

You’ll see I’ve also included ingredients that aren’t botanical but necessary to include as they make your product safe to use.

 

It’s a glimpse into the ingredients and the value they bring.  There is so much more to these treasures than just the few words I’ve entered below.  If I include all their therapeutic virtues then I’d need to sit down and write a book!  But I hope it gives you little more understanding about what you are using and why.  If you feel inspired to dig a little deeper, under references I’ve included the books that I often use and trust.

 

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Plant, Nut, Kernel + Seed Oils

  • Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca): enhances a rosy glow with its nourishing properties + nutrients.  Gently toning to the skin with its astringent, regenerative properties.
    Skin type: A great all-rounder especially for dry and sensitive skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse

  • Avocado Oil (Persea americana): revitalises, protects, softens + supports skin regeneration.  A highly nutritive oil which easily absorbs into the layers of the skin.
    Skin type: benefits dry, mature, depleted and damaged skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Blackcurrant Seed Oil (Ribes nigrum): high gamma-Linolenic acid and rich in vitamin C.  It’s anti-oxidant + anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and support collagen + skin regeneration.  Moisturises and maintains skin tone.
    Skin type: great oil for treating devitalised, rosacea, irritated or dry skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Borage Seed Oil (Borago officinalis):  wonderful nourishing, light oil that is easily absorbed into the skin.  Contains gamma-Linolenic acid which helps to prevent wrinkles and premature ageing.  Supports the skin’s barrier function.
    Skin type: All skin types especially premature aging, dry and sensitive skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Cacay Seed Oil (Caryodendron orinocense): a skin miracle oil.  Believed to contain 3 x more retinol than other popular oils including rosehip, and 50 % more Vitamin E and linoeic acid than argan oil.  It is a light weight dry finish oil.
    Skin type:  most skin types including sensitive and useful anti-aging.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  •  Camellia Seed Oil (Camellia sinensis):  an astringent oil that does not clog pores or leave an oily residue.  Packed with rejuvenating and protective anti-oxidants as well as nourishing and conditioning properties.
    Skin type: great for all skin types especially oily or problem skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse and Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Carrot Root Oil (Daucus carota sativa): s rich in vitamins A and E, beta carotene and carotenoids as well as powerful anti-oxidants.  It is a great cellular revitalising oil, and very nourishing and protective for the skin.
    Skin type:  most skin types especially sun damaged and anti-aging.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Castor Seed Oil (Ricinus communis): taken from the seeds of the Castor bean.  The oil’s thick viscosity is due to its unique nutrient content mainly made up of ricinoleic acid.  Excellent skin penetrating ability.
    Skin type: all skin types especially dry.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse

 

  • Chia Seed Oil (Salvia hispanica): has exceptionally high levels of Alpha Linolenic (Omega 3) fatty acids which are known to have anti-inflammatory properties.  Also containing Omega 6, vitamins + minerals including zinc make this oil extremely soothing and nourishing.
    Skin type: dry, acne, damaged and sensitive skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera): this oil is especially well absorbed by the skin and hair.  Contains vitamins A + K plus antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is highly moisturising and nourishing on the skin while also providing protection from TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss).
    Skin type: benefits normal, dry, inflamed and damaged skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothers biennis): has a high GLA (Gamma linolenic acid) content which gives this oil helpful anti-inflammatory activity.  The oil has a light feel on the skin and is cooling, soothing and nourishing.
    Skin type: good oil for irritated, premature aging, dry and devitalised skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis): a speciality oil (officially Jojoba is a wax) with high anti-oxidants, vitamins A + E and essential fatty acids.  Exceptionally light oil which sinks into the skin creating a dry yet moisturised silky feel. Assists in the healthy production of the skin’s acid mantle that helps protect against unhealthy bacteria and skin imbalances.
    Skin type: beneficial to most skin types especially blemish-prone, combination or oily skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse

 

  • Kiwi Seed Oil (Actinidia chinensis): its special Omega ratio is used for supporting skin health and balance.  Non-oily and penetrates the skin easily.  Has high vitamin C levels and is very nutritive, nourishing and regenerative.
    Skin type: dry skin and helpful anti-aging oil.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Marula Kernel Oil (Sclerocarya birrea): has high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and anti-oxidants helps protect skin cells from oxidation.  Very softening, moisturising and soothing for the complexion.
    Skin type: all skin types but very beneficial for dry and inflamed skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes alba): has a high percentage of Vitamin E which makes this a very stable oil.  It is a thick but not greasy oil that is very protective, moisturising and rejuvenating to the skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Olive Squalane (Squalane): derived from olives, squalene is a naturally occurring compound.  Compatible with skin cells and is quickly absorbed.  It has effective anti-oxidant properties, is a powerful moisturiser and helps the skin retain moisture.
    Skin types:  all skin types especially dry and sun damaged.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance and Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Passionfruit Seed Oil (Passiflora edulis): high levels of vitamin C and Omega-6 essential fatty acid oil.  Supports skin softness + health.  Calming to the body and nervous system.
    Skin type: benefits aging, dry and irritated skin conditions.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica granatum): very beneficial for mature complexions, high anti-oxidant potency, nourishing + regenerative, supports collagen production.
    Skin type: mature, dry, sun damaged and irritated skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus idaeus): a speciality oil with high anti-oxidants, vitamins A + E and essential fatty acids.  Exceptionally light oil which sinks into the skin creating a dry yet moisturised silky feel.
    Skin type: mature, sun damaged skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa canina): one of the best oils for tissue regeneration and for premature ageing.  With a rich source of vitamin A, C and key nutrients makes this a sought-after powerful facial oil.  Effective at helping to maintain healthy skin, assisting skin cell renewal and repair.
    Skin type: normal, dry and damaged skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance and Botanical Face Serum – Soothing Seed

 

  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus annus): gentle and nourishing oil with healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
    Skin type: suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse and Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Vitamin E Oil (d-alpha tocopherol) exceptional anti-oxidant.  A rich and nutritious oil that softens and hydrates the skin.  Added to oils to extend their shelf-life.
    Skin type: suitable for all skin types especially dry.

You can find it in … all Chickweed Apothecary Face Serums and Balms

Infused Oils

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  • Lavender Infused Coconut Oil: a highly moisturising oil containing antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and skin nourishing properties.  Having aromatic lavender blossoms gently infused throughout the oil brings special emotional and skin healing benefits to the balm.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Lavender Infused Sunflower Oil: aromatic lavender blossoms are slowly infused into sunflower seed oil combining the calming + healing therapeutics of lavender with the skin-nourishing goodness of sunflower seed oil.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Rose Infused Marula Oil: rose damascena petals are slowly infused in marula kernel oil creating a decadent golden oil.  Oil infusions are an ancient tradition that creates an oil with boosted botanical therapeutic properties.  Rose petals gently infused in marula nut oil creates a nourishing, luxurious oil that leaves the skin feeling soothed, moisturised and silky-soft.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Violet Infused Apricot Kernel Oil: violet herb has been slowly infused in apricot kernel oil giving a very toning, cooling and revitalising oil for the skin.  Apricot Kernel oil contains Vitamins A + E and is a gentle oil that suits all skin types.  Blending both creates a gorgeous oil combining many benefits for the skin.  

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse

Butters + Waxes

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  • Beeswax (Cera alba): contains anti-inflammatory properties that are very beneficial for the skin.  It is also protective, helping form a barrier between the skin and the environment without clogging pores.  

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao): a super-rich, creamy, moisturising butter.  Extremely beneficial for skin that is dry, cracked and irritated.  High in vitamin E and anti-oxidants with beneficial skin nourishing and protecting properties.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

Extracts + Gycerites

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  • Elderflower Glycerite (Sambucus nigra): is very rich in antioxidants and skin-soothing anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent addition in helping to protect against premature aging and free radical damage.  *Glycerin is used as its medium,

You can find it in … Botanical Face Mist – Neroli + Rose

 

  • Marshmallow Root Glycerite (Althaea officinalis): is wonderful at helping to soothe skin irritation and calm inflammation.  A great addition to help support healthy, hydrated skin.  *Glycerin is used as its medium.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Mist – Lavender + Lemon Balm

 

*Glycerin. Vegetable (Glycerol) is used as a humectant and emollient in body care formulations.  Glycerin is also an exceptional medium for capturing and delivering goodness from plants or fruit etc that have infused in the glycerin over a period of time.  These are called glycerites and are an alternative to alcohol-based tinctures and extracts.

Essential Oils

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  • Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis): steam-distilled from the chamomile flowers.  You will feel relaxed yet uplifted with the deeply nurturing properties of chamomile.  A wonderful essential oil that comforts the spirit, eases away nervous tension helping us to let go and relax.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides): steam-distilled from the leaves of the Kanuka tree.  This special oil has antimicrobial and healing properties for the skin.  Its unique aroma will help refresh and clear the mind while gently soothing the spirit.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse

 

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): steam-distilled from the lavender blossoms.  An oil with an impressive range of therapeutic properties.  Very healing, calming and soothing to both the skin and the mind.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana): steam-distilled from the flowering tops.  Relaxing, warming and comforting, sweet marjoram has a special ability to strengthen and relax the nervous system while its powerful sedating properties nurture you to sleep.

You can find it in … Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

 

  • Rose de mai absolute (Rosa centifolia): obtained from the petals, this exquisite aroma refreshes the soul bringing love, healing and comfort.  Rose has a beautiful affinity with the skin enhancing skin health and radiance.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Rose Radiance

 

  • Orange, Sweet (Citrus sinensis): is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit.  This warm, sunny citrus-sweet aroma helps us to relax and encourages positivity to shine through.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Serum – Violet Infused Cleanse and Botanical Foot Balm – Lavender + Sweet Marjoram

HYDROSOLS

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The official name for the water captured from the distillation of plant material is ‘hydrosol’, however there are other names given to this very special gentle water.  I like to call our hydrosols ‘Botanical Water’ as I feel this explains what the water actually is.

  • Lavandin ‘Grosso’ Botanical Water (Lavandula x intermedia ‘grosso’): Lavandin is a member of the lavender family that is particularly favoured in France for its high oil yield.  Its aroma is similar to English lavender but with a stronger greener, lightly-sweet floral top note.  This hydrosol has been intentionally distilled using our copper alembic still.  Therapeutically, Lavandin has the same calming, cooling and healing qualities as lavender.

You can find it in … Botanical Hydrosol – Lavandin and Botanical Face Mist – Lavender + Lemon Balm

 

  • Lavender Botanical Water (Lavandula angustifolia): relaxing, balancing and cooling to body and mind.  A gentle restorative and hydrating hydrosol that has been intentionally distilled using our copper alembic still.

You can find it in … Botanical Hydrosol – Lavender and Botanical Face Mist – Lavender + Lemon Balm

 

  • Lemon Balm Botanical Water (Melissa officinalis): a wonderful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory + skin clarifier.  A skin soothing and calming hydrosol that has been intentionally distilled using our cooper alembic still.

You can find it in … Botanical Hydrosol – Lemon Balm and Botanical Face Mist – Lavender + Lemon Balm

 

  • Neroli Botanical Water (Citrus aurantium var. amara): aromatically brings comfort, balance and calm.  A gentle astringent that delivers botanical benefits to the skin that are regenerating, balancing and hydrating.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Mist – Neroli + Rose

 

  • Peppermint Botanical Water (Mentha x piperita): The aroma of freshly crushed peppermint leaves.  Peppermint botanical hydrosol refreshes the mind, inspires, uplifts and developments clarity.

You can find it in … Botanical Hydrosol – Peppermint

 

  • Rose Botanical Water (Rosa damascena): exquisite, seductive and aromatically beautiful.  Gently refreshes, hydrates and tones the skin.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Mist – Neroli + Rose

PRESERVATIVES

  • Geogard Ultra (Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Calcium Gluconate): ECOCERT approved preservative in certified organic cosmetics.  I believe protecting your products from nasty germs + fungus that have the potential to harm your skin and wellbeing is very important.  This is why I have chosen to use this preservative and because it is approved for organic cosmetics, GMO free and not tested on animals at any point.

You can find it in … Botanical Face Mist – Neroli + Rose and Botanical Face Mist – Lavender + Lemon Balm and Botanical Waters/Hydrosols

Chickweed Apothecary Ingredient Glossary

We have deep respect and care towards nature and when we can’t use our own plants from our gardens, sourcing organic, sustainable + ethically harvested pure ingredients is extremely important to us.

 

If you have any queries or concerns with any ingredients on this list or about our products, you are welcome to get in touch.  Just flick us a note here.

References:

– Parker, S.M. (2014). Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty. Port Townsend, WA: Process Media
– Michalum, M.V., Dinardo, J.C. (2015). Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary: 4th Ed. USA: Milady
– Mojay, G. (2000). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press