A lot of time is spent sourcing the highest quality of raw materials possible, to provide the most effective and appropriate product for your outdoor adventures. These are a few of my favorites…
Vegan Oils, Butters and Waxes:
Candellila Wax – Used instead of beeswax, at about half the rate, gives firmer texture, adds slip and shine to lip balms and salves. From Wikipedia: “Candelilla wax is a VEGAN wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera and Euphorbia antisyphilitica, from the family Euphorbiaceae. It is yellowish-brown, hard, brittle, aromatic, and opaque to translucent.”
Olive Oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil direct from a local manufacturer’s warehouse, without any chemical extraction – I process the olive pulp removal myself to ensure a very high quality in this ingredient. This product is certified as organoleptic (organic) in its country of origin.
Castor Oil – Balances the humectant and lathering properties of other oils, adds gloss to lip balms
Hemp Oil – for moisturizing and restoring elasticity to the skin, great as a carrier oil
Coconut Oil – I use an organic 76 degree and 92 degree melting point (depending on the season) in my cold-process soap formulation to add firmness and increase the small bubble factor in soap. I use an organic version in balms, salves and deodorants.
Jojoba Wax – a liquid wax with long shelf life, closest to the skin’s natural sebum, balancing moisture and elasticity, more penetrating than almond oil. I prefer this organic product for sensitive skin products.
Sweet Almond Oil – long shelf life carrier oil, adds slip and shine, quick to absorb surface level of skin, breathable.
Tamanu Oil – extremely humectant quality for very dry skin, has a nutty, curry-like aroma
Red Rasberry Seed Oil – may provide additional sun protection, useful in leave-on products.
Shea Butter – I use a raw, unrefined, organic shea butter for smooth, silky, emollient skin products, especially useful during the winter months.
Cocoa Butter – a very firm, chocolately-smelling butter that is really more flakey like a wax, melts upon contact with skin, very moisturizing but not quite as emollient as shea. Sometimes, I use Cupuacu butter as
Illipe Butter – This is a very firm, slightly waxy but not sticky butter that combines well with oils for breathable slip in deodorant.
Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower – for calming the skin and reducing topical inflammation, very gentle.
Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf – for supporting irritated skin, especially around the mouth, systemic skin issues
Impatiens Capensis (Garden Balsam or Jewelweed) Leaf – for helping to prevent poison ivy/oak exposure, calming the skin from bites and existing rash
Urtica Dioica (Stinging Nettle) Leaf – for giving shine and elasticity to hair
Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Flower and Leaf – for penetrating muscle tissue, giving new energy and focus in stagnation/inertia.
Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower – for reducing inflammation and bruising to muscles, immediately after injury.
Symphytum x Uplandica or Officinalis (Comfrey) Leaf and Root – for penetrating to ligament and bone, support cellular growth and recovery for acute injury.
Prunella Vulgaris (All Heal or Self Heal) Flower and Leaf – for systemic skin issues
Bixa Orelana (Annato) Seed – for yellow, orange or red colors
Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Leaf – for anchoring essential oils in terpene family, aiding in muscular penetration.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower – for adding depth to essential oil blends, calming the skin
Sassafras Albidum (Sassafras) Root – for anchoreing sweet aroma, soothing irritated skin
Unula Helenium (Elecampane) Leaf – for sinus-clearing tea
Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf – for earaches, for lung-clearing tea, cowboy toilet paper
Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower – for skin calming, relaxing, apple-like aroma
Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Berry – for immune support, raises body temperature to help fight infections
Chlorella Vulgaris (Chlorella) Leaf – for bright green color in soap products
Indigofera Tinctoria (Indigo) Leaf – for denim blue color in soap and bath salts
Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Powder – for blue-green color in soap products
Capsacum Frutescens (Cayenne) Powder – for warmth in winter salves, orange color
Beta Vulgaris (Red Beet) Powder – for tinting lip balms with rosy, cool red tones
Kaolinite (Rose) Clay – for detoxifying, pore-tightening and pink color in soap
Montmorillonite (Bentonite) Clay – for toning the skin, removing impurities, detoxifying lymph nodes
Zinc (non-nano particle) – this naturally-occurring powder is fine enough to block some UV rays and prevent bacteria from getting funky, but not fine enough to clog your pores.
Sustainable Essential Oils:
Although my selection is vast – too many to list – I include every ingredient – with its International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) name – on the label and in the description of each product. You can also sleep well knowing that my (proprietary) sources for essential oils include distributors who make a high-quality product, provide transparency with the Material Safety Data Sheets and incorporate sustainable harvesting practices and low impact to the environment. I do not use multi-level marketing branded essential oils. I have studied aromatherapy and best practices to ensure my formulations are compliant with standardized safe dilution rates and handling, storing batch records for every product made so that aromas are consistent and predictable with every batch. Pro-tip: most of my blends are reminiscent of specific outdoor destinations and do not resemble food in any way. We don’t want to attract bears while you’re hiking!
Zero Waste Packaging:
Paperboard Tubes – Compostable and Biodegradable, with push-up bottoms. Available for lip balm, sun stick and deodorant. No single use plastic.
Labels – Soap is wrapped in plantable paper, embedded with North American wildflower seeds, sealed with liquified olive oil soap. Compostable and natural adhesive is safe for the environment. Plus Flowers.
Ink – Wax-based ink is safe for the environment and won’t bleed like other eco-friendly printers. Eco-friendly.
Tins – Twist-off lid stainless steel tins are useful for travel, leak proof and can be reused after product is exhausted. Recycle. Reuse. Repurpose.
Shipping Mailers and Filler – Sustainable Forestry Initiative packaging is prioritized unless a custom order demands reuse of other packaging. Reused and recyclable filler materials are used if extra padding is needed.
Gift bags – Planted-based cellulose bags are clear and come only with premade gift sets. They are biodegradable and will dissolve in hot water, unlike plastic.
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