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Ingredients

Organic Vegan Energised Skincare

The best skincare products use ingredients that work at a biochemical level to increase the energy of the cell.

These are some of our key ingredients:

1. Coenzyme Q 10

Coenzyme Q 10 is a lipid soluble coenzyme which is synthesized in the body; its chief role is as a transporter of electrons in a process known as the electron transport chain, which is a series of reactions that take place in the mitochondrial membrane and is where we produce energy known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). It is also an important antioxidant protecting cell membranes from free radical damage. The best skincare products use CoQ10 because of it’s important role in energy production.

IFM [1999] Improving Intercellular Communication in Managing Chronic Illness.
HealthComm International Inc. Washington, USA

2. Zinc

Zinc is critical for the functioning of many enzymes, assisting in many hormone activities and is vital for immune function. In relation to skin, zinc is important for protein and DNA synthesis, growth and maintenance of body tissues including skin, wound healing and skin oil gland function [Garrison R and Somer E 1995].

Garrison R, Somer E [1995] The Nutrition Desk Reference
Keats Publishing, New Canaan, USA

3. MSM/Methylsulfonylmethane

Methylsulfonylmethane is an organic sulphur containing compound that occurs naturally in a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains [PDR 2001]. It is readily absorbed into the body’s proteins and it is the sulphide-to-sulphide bonds in these proteins, which account for the strength of connective tissue.

PDR [2001] Physicians Desk Reference. Medical Economics Co. USA

4. Carthamus tinctorius (Organic Thistle oil)

A vegetable oil obtained from the seeds of the Thistle. It is easily absorbed by the body as it contains approximately 80% Linoleic Acid which the body can convert to the essential fatty acid Gamma Linolenic Acid [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of
vegetable oils. Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

5. Panthenol (Vitamin B5)

Vitamin B5 is formed by the combination of beta-alanine and pantoic acid, its’ biological form which is used by the body is coenzyme A, 95% of which is in the mitochondria of the cells [IFM 1999]. Its functions are widespread, but in relation to skin care, it helps to repair cells and to synthesise essential fats, including phospholipids which surround cell membranes and sphingolipids, components of the myelin sheath surrounding neuronal cells [IFM 1999]

IFM [1999] Improving Intercellular Communication in Managing Chronic Illness.
HealthComm International Inc. Washington, USA

6. Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera )

Aloe Vera contains Glucomannan, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and small quantities of Aloin. It is known for its healing properties and is often used for cuts, burns, blemishes and as an ingredient in cosmetics [Balch JF, Balch PA 1990]

Balch JF, Balch PA [1990] Prescription For Nutritional Healing
Avery Publishing Group, New York, USA.

7. Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado oil)

Avocado oil has a soothing and softening effect and is good for dry and mature skin. It is considered to have a healing and soothing effect on damaged skin [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of vegetable oils. Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

8. Borago officinalis (Organic Borage oil)

Borage oil also known as Starflower oil, contains 20-24% of GLA (gamma linolenic acid) [Borseth K 2008] which has anti-inflammatory properties (IFM 1999)

8a. Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of
vegetable oils. Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

8b. IFM [1999] Improving Intercellular Communication in Managing Chronic Illness.
HealthComm International Inc. Washington, USA

9. Butyrospermum parkii (Organic Shea butter)

Shea butter contains phytosterols [Borseth K 2008]

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of
vegetable oils. Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

10. Rosa rubignosa (Organic Rosehip oil )

Rosehip oil is good for damaged and sensitive skin as well as sun damaged skin. It can help dry, irritated and weather damaged skin and contains approximately 20-35% Alpha Linolenic Acid [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of vegetable oils.

Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

11. Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A)

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and is important for the production of new skin and mucous membranes, immune function, bone development, reproduction, as well as eyesight (night vision). Its’ role in relation to skin is as an antioxidant to protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation [PDR 2001]

11a PDR [2001] Physicians Desk Reference. Medical Economics Co. USA

11b IFM [1999] Improving Intercellular Communication in Managing Chronic Illness.
HealthComm International Inc. Washington, USA

12. Squalane (derived from Organic Olive oil)

Squalane is found naturally in our skin. Our Squalane is derived from Olive Oil; it helps to keep skin soft and supple [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of vegetable oils.

Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

13. Prunus Armeniaca (Organic Apricot oil)

Apricot oil is suitable for people with sensitive, inflamed, dry or ageing skin. It contains approximately 25% of
omega 6 essential fatty acids [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of vegetable oils.

Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

14. Camellia chinensis (Organic Green Tea)

Green Tea contains polyphenols known as catechins. The most important catechin is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG]. Topical treatment of green tea polyphenols can help to prevent UVB induced inflammatory responses and oxidative stress to skin.

International Journal of Oncology. Jun;18(6) 2001

15. Tocopherol  (Natural Vitamin E)

A fat-soluble vitamin that comprises 2 groups of compounds, tocopherols and tocotrienols. The molecular structure of the vitamin anchors it into the membranes of the cell where much of the free radical activity takes place. [Brody T 1994]

All membranes of cells contain polyunsaturated fats [PUFAs] and they are easily damaged by free radicals. The role of vitamin E is one of repair and preventing widespread damage to cell membranes. It also plays a role in protecting Vitamin A and is itself regenerated by Vitamin C. [Brody T 1994]

Brody T [1994] Nutritional Biochemistry. Academic Press, San Diego, USA

Tocopherols are thought to be the major lipid-soluble antioxidants circulating in the blood plasma where they provide antioxidant protection for circulating lipids and the hydrophobic segments of blood proteins. [Levine & Kidd 1985]

Levine S.A, Kidd P.M [1985] Antioxidant Adaptation. Its Role In Free Radical Pathology
Allergy Research Group, San Leandro, California

16. Rosa damascena (Rose Otto)

“No other flower has been so exalted in literature, mythology and used for so many sacred purposes as the rose.” It is used to soothe and cool; it can act as a sedative for the nerves; has excellent emollient, softening and hydrating properties especially for dry, mature and sensitive skin. [Battaglia S 2003]

Battaglia S [2003] The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition.
International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia

17. Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

Lavender has many properties – it can reduce inflammation, promote wound healing and is a natural antiseptic. It is regarded as a first choice in the treatment of insomnia [Battaglia S 2003]. Heart Qi is soothed and supported by Lavender [Mojay G 1996].

Battaglia S [2003] The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition.
International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia

Mojay G [1996] Aromatherapy for healing the spirit.
Hodder and Stoughton, London UK.

18. Hamamelis virginiana (Organic Witchhazel)

Witch hazel contains tannins which give it an astringent effect [Mills S.Y](18a) and is useful for inflammation (18b).

18a Mills S.Y.[1991] The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. Clays Ltd, St Ives, England

18b Pengelly A [1996] The Constituents of Medicinal Plants. Sunflower Herbals, Australia

19. Euphrasia officinalis (Organic Eyebright)

Eyebright has traditionally been used to help puffiness and swelling around the eyes [Mills S.Y 1985]

Mills S.Y [1985] The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. Thorsons, England

20. Prunus amygdalus (Organic Sweet Almond oil)

Sweet Almond oil is a classic oil for skin care being good for softening and moisturising. It contains approximately 28% linoleic/omega 6 essential fatty acids [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of vegetable oil

Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

21. Ricinus communis (Organic castor oil)

Castor oil is used because it draws dirt to itself and out of the skin. [Borseth K 2008].

Borseth K [2008] The Aromantic Guide to unlocking the powerful health and rejuvenation benefits of vegetable oils

Aromantic Ltd, Scotland

22. Cera flava (Organic beeswax)

Our beeswax is sourced in Sweden where beekeepers do not have to use toxic pesticide strips inside the hives. It has protective and soothing properties [Davis P 1999]

Davis P [1991] Subtle Aromatherapy. The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd, UK

23. Rosa damascena (Organic Rose water)

Rosewater has been used for centuries for skin care and healing. It’s suitable for all skin types as a freshener and toner (23a) and for its soothing qualities (23b).

23a. Battaglia S [2003] The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition.
International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia

23b. Worwood V [1991] The Fragrant Pharmacy.
Bantam Books, UK

24. Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood)

Rosewood encourages the growth of new skin cells and can be beneficial for sensitive skin, aging skin and damaged skin [Lawless J 1992],[Lavabre M 1997].

Lavabre M [1997] Aromatherapy workbook. Healing Art Press, USA

Lawless J [1992] The encyclopaedia of essential oils. Element Books Ltd, UK

25. Santalum album (Sandalwood)

Sandalwood is soothing, cooling, moisturising and recommended for dry skin conditions caused by loss of moisture and skin inflammation [Mojay G 1996].

Mojay G [1996] Aromatherapy for healing the spirit. Hodder and Stoughton, London UK