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Ingredient Encyclopedia

A tremendous amount of thought and care has gone into finding the perfect USDA Certified Organic Compliant ingredients. In order to preserve the integrity and protect the nutritional value of our living ingredients, we do not use any severe heating or hydrogenating processes. This results in the finest and most potent ingredients for our products. We are so very pleased to present our prestigious list of our ingredients:

   

Alphabetical List of Ingredients 

*Certified Organic 

Annatto Seed Powder*

Organic Annatto Seed Powder

Botanical Name: Bixa orellana
Part Used: Seeds
Method of Extraction: Harvested and dried
General Benefits: promotes wound healing, protects from UV light, and fights signs of aging
Facts: Annatto is known for its intense red color resulting from the bixin in its seed coat. It is used as a natural dye and colorant for cosmetics, fabrics and other items. Annatto seeds come from the Achiote tree, known as the lipstick tree. This tropical tree/shrub is native to South and Central America.

Properties & Benefits     

Antioxidants: molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals, preventing cellular damage caused by the natural aging process, exposure to the sun and environmental irritants
Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Carotenoids: intensely colored pigments known to protect skin and contain anti-aging properties. Of the five hundred different carotenoids present in nature, beta-carotene is one of the best known. Also known as provitamin A, beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A and retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects the skin against free radicals and is used to repair and protect the skin against sun damage.
Vitamin B9 (folic acid): plays a role in cell development and tissue growth
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Blossom 

Arrowroot Root Powder*

Organic Arrowroot Root Powder

Botanical Name: Maranta arundinacea
Part Used: Root
Method of Extraction: Dried and powdered
General Benefits: natural desiccant that absorbs and wicks away moisture, heals and calms skin, and effectively dries out blemishes to naturally keep skin clear
Facts: Arrowroot Root powder is a white, lightweight powder that received its name from its ability to heal wounds inflicted by poisoned arrows. This protein rich starch is derived from the tuber of the Maranta arundinacea plant, native to South America.

Properties & Benefits       

Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Desiccant: a substance that promotes dryness
Iron: needed to give skin a healthy glow and speeds up the healing process
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Manganese: an essential nutrient required for collagen production and wound healing; activates enzymes that enable vitamins C, E, B1, biotin, and choline to be utilized; needed to make manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), a key antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage
Vitamin B Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12): moisturizes the skin, contains anti-aging properties, protects against UV light, strengthens nails, promotes healthy skin tone and is known to decreases acne breakouts

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Deodorant – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Avocado Seed Oil*

Organic Avocado Seed Oil

Botanical Name: Persea gratissima
Part Used: Kernel

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: deeply penetrating and moisturizing, promotes normal cell function, strengthens connective tissue, and improves skin tone
Facts: Avocados come from a tall tropical evergreen tree that can grow up to eighty feet tall. Avocado, also known as the alligator pear, has been used for centuries in skincare and beauty products of North and Central American indigenous people. Cultivated since 900 AD, avocado oil is often mistaken for a vegetable oil. It is actually a fruit oil that has a deep, dark green color resulting from the high amount of chlorophyll the fruit contains.

Properties & Benefits

Amino Acids: There are twenty amino acids naturally found in our bodies, however, there are nine essential amino acids that our bodies do not produce that are required for healthy skin. As we age, amino acids decrease causing skin to lose its elasticity and form wrinkles. Nutrients supplied by amino acids nourish the skin, strengthening connective tissue that keep your skin smooth and supple.

Chlorophyll: contains potent antioxidant properties that aids in healing and cleansing skin
Lecithin: deeply penetrating substance that moisturizes, repairs and protects the skin, is an important source of choline and inositol (vital components of all cell membranes), and plays an important role in cell growth and function
Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Linolenic Acid/omega 3/gamma linolenic acid (GLA): a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid believed to facilitate cell communication to promote proper function of the cells, repair the skin’s barrier function to quell inflammation and improve wound healing, and act as a conditioning agent to prevent water loss to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Palmitoleic Acid (omega 7): a monounsaturated fatty acid that works as a repairing and healing agent in the skin; helps prevent premature signs of aging like dryness and wrinkles, and protects against chapped skin
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Squalene: a natural component to human sebum containing emollient and humectant properties that promotes soft, healthy skin by protecting the skin from dryness, repairing damage, improving skin tone and reducing fine lines and wrinkles
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin B: moisturizes the skin, contains anti-aging properties, protects against UV light, strengthens nails, promotes healthy skin tone
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): hydrates the skin and assists in retaining moisture, slowing signs of aging 
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:

Babassu Oil*

Organic Babassu Oil

Botanical Name: Orbignya oleifera
Part Used: Kernels

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: a light and penetrating oil that contains inherent antimicrobial properties due to its high content of capric and caprylic acids; non-comedogenic, non-greasy, contains powerful skin softening agents, improves elasticity, and is an effective emollient for both dry and oily skin
Facts: Babassu seeds come from a tall, feathery palm tree native to South America. Babassu oil is rapidly gaining popularity in the skincare industry.

Properties & Benefits

Antimicrobial: refers to all agents that act against microbial organisms, helping skin stay healthy by reducing microbial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing breakouts

Capric Acid: a saturated fatty acid containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Caprylic Acid: a saturated fatty acid containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Lauric Acid: a saturated fatty acid that acts as an anti-inflammatory, keeps connective tissue strong reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and naturally exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells
Myristic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that acts as a surfactant to improve moisture retention
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkle, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Botanical Name: Sodium bicarbonate
Method of Extraction: Mined

General Benefits: helps balance skin’s pH due to its alkaline nature, neutralizes odor causing bacteria, and soothes the itchy, burning sensation of sunburned skin
Facts: Not all baking soda is naturally mined. Some are produced by a chemical reaction process through which trona ore is mined then heated until it turns into soda ash. The soda ash is treated with carbon dioxide resulting in chemically-derived baking soda. The baking soda that Conscious Choice uses is mined directly from the ground in its natural, mineralized sodium bicarbonate state.

Properties & Benefits

Antibacterial: an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria, helping skin stay healthy by reducing bacterial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing breakouts
Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Desiccant: a substance that promotes dryness

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
DeodorantEternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

The myth about baking soda containing aluminum stems from confusing baking soda with baking powder. Baking powder often contains aluminum.

Baobab Oil*

Organic Baobab Oil

Botanical Name: Adansonia digitata
Part Used: Fruit

Method of Extraction: Expeller expressed
General Benefits: extremely moisturizing, supports skin elasticity, and promotes anti-aging with its strong antioxidant properties
Facts: The Baobab tree, also known as the Upside-Down Tree, is native to Africa and India. Known in Africa as the Tree of Life, it can live for over two thousand years and provides clothing, shelter, food and water. Its cork-like bark is fire resistant and used for making cloth and rope.

Properties & Benefits     

Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitoleic Acid (omega 7): a monounsaturated fatty acid that works as a repairing and healing agent in the skin; helps prevent premature signs of aging like dryness and wrinkles, and protects against chapped skin
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Phytosterols: enhances penetration, delivering benefits to the deepest layers of the skin
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Beeswax*

Beeswax

Botanical Name: Cera alba
Part Used: Comb

Method of Extraction: Harvested
General Benefits: emulsifying and hydrating, creates a protective barrier between skin and the environment
Facts: Beeswax is a natural wax that was used by the Romans for wound healing and skin softening. Conscious Choice only uses beeswax that is humanely and ethically harvested. 

Properties & Benefits

Antibacterial: an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria, helping skin stay healthy by reducing bacterial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing acne breakouts
Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Humectant: promotes moisture retention and draws moisture to the skin keeping it naturally hydrated
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products: 
Face buttercreams –  Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural and Pure
Body buttercreams – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose, Orange Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Hibiscus, Violet, Lemongrass Mint, Natural & Pure

Blueberry Powder*

Organic Blueberry Powder

Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Part Used: Fruit / Berry

Method of Extraction: Freeze dried and powdered
General Benefits: fights free radicals that contribute to signs of aging
Facts: Blueberries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins, phytochemicals responsible for the intense blue color of blueberries. Anthocyanins can appear as red, purple, or blue in other fruits, depending on their pH.

Properties & Benefits  

Antioxidants: molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals, preventing cellular damage caused by the natural aging process, exposure to the sun and environmental irritants
Anthocyanins: phytochemicals that help protect the body against free radicals
Flavonoids: contains antioxidant properties that strengthen and stabilize elastin and collagen               
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Provence
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Provence

Brazilian Sea Salt

Brazilian Sea Salt

Botanical Name: Sodium chloride             
Method of Extraction: Harvested from the Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Brazil
Facts: Brazilian Sea Salt is considered to be among the cleanest and purest sea salt available. The Atlantic sea water is naturally filtered, collected in shallow ponds and allowed to evaporate by the warm sun and gentle wind. The sparkling salt crystals are then harvested from the salt beds.

Properties & Benefits     

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Chloride: acts as neutralizing agent and helps balance pH
Iodine: plays a role in the formation of healthy skin
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Sodium: powerful detoxifying agent, helps cells retain nourishment and expel waste
Sulfur: natural disinfectant and powerful detoxifying agent

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream –
Provence, Limone Fiori, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Camellia Seed Oil*

Organic Camellia Seed Oil

Botanical Name: Camellia oleifera
Part Used: Seeds

Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
General Benefits: absorbs quickly, helps balance skin’s pH, and protects the skin from free radical damage
Facts: Camellia oleifera is an evergreen shrub native to China. Camellia Seed Oil is also known as Tea Oil or Tea Seed Oil, not to be confused with Tea Tree Essential Oil. Not only are the seeds used to make the oil, the leaves of the Camellia oleifera shrub are harvested to make green, black and white tea. Camellia Seed Oil has been an ancient beauty secret of the Geishas and the Ama. The legendary Ama are Japanese female pearl divers that originally dived for food like shellfish, lobsters, octopus, sea urchins and oysters, which sometimes contained a pearl. This tradition that can be traced back two thousand years. The Ama would free dive to depths of ninety feet to harvest pearls without scuba gear or air tanks. Ama can keep diving well into old age and are generally able to stay submerged longer with age. To protect themselves in freezing ocean waters, the Ama would coat their bodies with Camellia Seed Oil. After hearing of the wonders of camellia oil the Geisha adapted the use of this precious oil to protect their skin and keep it beautiful.

Properties & Benefits     

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Iron: needed to give skin a healthy glow and speeds up the healing process
Manganese: an essential nutrient required for collagen production and wound healing; activates enzymes that enable vitamins C, E, B1, biotin, and choline to be utilized; needed to make manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), a key antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism

Phosphorous: helps repair cells and promote their development
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Squalene: a natural component to human sebum containing emollient and humectant properties that promotes soft, healthy skin by protecting the skin from dryness, repairing damage, improving skin tone and reducing fine lines and wrinkles
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin B: moisturizes the skin, contains anti-aging properties, protects against UV light, strengthens nails, promotes healthy skin tone
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
This is a favorite of ours; we use it in almost all of our formulas.

Carnauba Wax*

Organic Carnauba Wax

Botanical Name: Copernicia cerifera
Part Used: Leaves

Method of extraction: Collected
General Benefits: creates a protective barrier between skin and environment, holds in moisture, adds luster to dull looking skin
Facts: Carnauba Wax is a natural vegetable wax collected from the leaves of the carnauba palm tree. In Brazil it is known as the Tree of Life because of its many beneficial applications for everyday life, but its most valuable asset is the wax that is obtained from its leaves. The palm fronds are cut, packed in bundles and dried in the sun. (This does not hurt the tree.) The powder is then scraped off the leaves. Natural waxes show unrivaled, well-balanced compositions in nature that protect against stress, water loss, UV radiation and parasites.  

Properties & Benefits  

Hypoallergenic: unlikely to cause allergic reactions
Phytosterols: enhances penetration, delivering benefits to the deepest layers of the skin

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Face Buttercreams – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure

Cocoa Seed Butter*

Organic Cocoa Seed Butter

Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao
Part Used: Cocoa bean

Method of Extraction: Pure prime pressed
General Benefits: contains natural antioxidants that provide anti-aging properties that reduce premature signs aging; acts as a natural emollient that provides deep moisture to prevent stretch marks, chapped skin and lips
Facts: Cocoa translates to “food of the gods” in Greek. Cocoa Butter is a type of vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. It can have a light or strong chocolatey aroma. Chocolate and cocoa powder are actually made from cocoa butter. Cacao is a shade-loving species often grown under other trees such as mango, papaya rubber tree and banana. It takes about five years before a tree is mature enough to produce cocoa pods. Each pod contains about 40 to 50 cocoa beans. The pollination of the flowers is done by flies not bees. Cacao is the correct term for the bean and cocoa is the by-product. Every step of cocoa production is done by hand, including planting, irrigation, harvesting and roasting. To produce the cocoa butter, the inner cacao nib is removed from the outer cacao bean (the hard shell) and ground into a paste called cocoa liquor. The paste is then heated until it melts, then poured through a filter to separate the cocoa butter (which is a solidified oil) from the liquefied cocoa.

Properties & Benefits     

Flavonoids: contains antioxidant properties that strengthen and stabilize elastin and collagen
Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkle, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Lip Balm – Eternal Rose, Orange Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Hibiscus, Violet, Lemongrass Mint, Natural & Pure

Note: The various fatty acids in cocoa butter can separate when they melt. These same fatty acids re-solidify at different temperatures. This is why body butter that contains cocoa butter can become slightly grainy. The graininess does not affect the extensive benefits of this butter.

Coconut Oil*

Drupe

 

Organic Coconut Oil
Botanical Name: Cocos nucifera
Part Used: Coconut flesh

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: very strong antibacterial properties that fight odor-causing bacteria; acts as an occlusive that protects the skin from natural elements, deeply moisturizes, and prevents flaky, dry skin; contains antioxidant properties  
Facts:  Coconut Oil comes from the coconut palm tree that grows throughout the tropics and subtropics. Coconut fruit is actually a drupe, not a nut. The oil is close in chemistry to human subcutaneous fat, making it very compatible with the skin. Near tropical areas in World War II, due its high levels of sugar and salt, coconut water was substituted for blood plasma in emergency blood transfusions, similar to how an IV solution works in modern medicine.

Properties & Benefits

Caprylic Acid: a saturated fatty acid containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Capric Acid: a saturated fatty acid containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Lauric Acid: a saturated fatty acid that acts as an anti-inflammatory, keeps connective tissue strong reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and naturally exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells
Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Myristic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that acts as a surfactant to improve moisture retention
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Deodorant – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Cranberry Powder*

Organic Cranberry Powder
Botanical Name: Vaccinium macrocarpon
Part Used: Fruit/Berry

Method of Extraction: Freeze dried and powdered
General Benefits: antioxidant powerhouse that protects cells from free radical damage, acts as an astringent to tighten skin, contains significant amounts of salicylic acid
Facts: One of the few fruits native to North America. Dutch settlers gave it the name “crane berry” because the blossoms look like the neck, head and bill of a crane. Cranberries do not grow in water; they grow in sandy bogs which are flooded when the berries are ready for harvesting. The cranberries have small air pockets, causing them to float to the bog’s surface. 

Properties & Benefits

Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Astringent: promotes the tightening of skin tissue, reducing the presence of fine lines
Manganese: an essential nutrient required for collagen production and wound healing; activates enzymes that enable vitamins C, E, B1, biotin, and choline to be utilized; needed to make manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), a key antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose

Dead Sea Salt

Dead Sea Salt
Botanical name: Sodium chloride              
Method of Extraction: Harvested from the Dead Sea in Israel
Facts: Cleopatra, often considered the most beautiful woman in the world, soaked in the mineral-rich water of the Dead Sea, as it was touted for softening and smoothing the skin. After Mark Anthony conquered the Dead Sea area, he conveyed the entire region to Cleopatra. At her command, pharmaceutical and cosmetic factories were built near the Dead Sea. Their remains can still be seen today at Ein Bokek and Ein Gedi.
The majestic waters of the Dead Sea have been a destination for people seeking its therapeutic properties for over 2000 years. Dead Sea salt continues to be known for its unequaled, therapeutic and rejuvenating properties due to its twenty-one mineral composition. The waters of the Dead Sea are unique, having a total salt concentration that is ten times higher than that of ocean water. The salt concentration of the Dead Sea is known to reach thirty-three percent versus the three percent concentration that makes up ocean waters.
The mineral-rich salt that Conscious Choice uses is harvested from the southern end of the Dead Sea where the mineral content of the water is at its highest. The clean, unpolluted air and warm climate aid in keeping this salt pure and pristine. Dead Sea salt is filled with healing elements that occur naturally in our bodies but need replenishing for healthy skin. This amazing salt truly lives up to its therapeutic and healing reputation. Sea salts carry benefits that affect the entire body, not just your skin.

Properties & Benefits

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Chloride: acts as neutralizing agent and helps balance pH
Iodine: plays a role in the formation of healthy skin
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Sodium: powerful detoxifying agent, helps cells retain nourishment and expel waste
Sulfur: natural disinfectant and powerful detoxifying agent

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:

Echinacea Herb Powder*

Organic Echinacea Herb Powder
Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Part Used: Root

Method of Extraction: Dried then powdered
General Benefits: fights acne because of its antibacterial properties, promotes proper cell function, aides in collagen production
Facts: Echinacea, also known as, Coneflower, is a lovely flower with a honey-like smell. It is only native to the plains of North America and does not grow wild anywhere else in the world, but is widely cultivated especially in Europe and the U.S. Overharvesting of wild grown plants has caused many areas to declare wild grown Echinacea a protected species. It takes 3–4 years for the roots to reach harvestable size. The 18th century botanist Conrad Moench named the genus Echinacea (derived from the Greek word echinos, meaning prickly) after seeing the spiny round seed head of the flower which reminded him of a hedgehog. Echinacea is prized for its healing properties.

Properties & Benefits

Antibacterial: an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria, helping skin stay healthy by reducing bacterial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing acne breakouts
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub– Lemongrass Mint
Hand and Nail Polishing Buttercreams– Lemongrass Mint

Fir Essential Oil*

Organic Fir Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Abies sibirica   
Part Used: Needles
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled 
General Benefits: contains antiseptic organic compounds that fight odor causing bacteria and aid in preventing dangerous infections, helps soothe and relax aching muscles, can bring blood to the surface of the skin which helps flush out toxins and increase the rate of healing; contains antimicrobial, antioxidant, and insect repellent properties
Facts: Fir essential oil comes from the Siberian fir tree, a coniferous evergreen that has a natural fresh scent. Fir needles contains a large amount of vitamin C.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Bornyl acetate
Camphene
α-Pinene
δ-3-Carene
(+)-Limonene

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Seabreeze
Body Buttercream Scrub – Seabreeze
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Seabreeze

Frankincense Essential Oil*

Organic Frankincense Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Boswellia frereana
Part Used: Gum resin

Method of Extraction: Hydro-distilled  
General Benefits: anti-inflammatory that returns the skin cells to normal function and structure, antibacterial, cicatrisant (heals wounds and fades scar tissue and stretch marks), cytophylactic (promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps the existing cells and tissue healthy), works as an antiseptic and astringent to tone and tighten skin and even skin tone, balances pH, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, known as a potent all-around anti-aging ingredient
Facts: Frankincense has been treasured for centuries. The earliest recorded use of Frankincense is found in an inscription on the tomb of 15th century BC Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. It was used by many cultures to treat almost all known ailments. Ancient Egyptians burned Frankincense as incense and ground the charred resin into a powder called kohl, which was used to make the distinctive black eyeliner seen on so many figures in Egyptian art. The Egyptians also used Frankincense in rejuvenation face-masks. Frankincense comes from certain species of trees that are found only in southern Oman, Yemen and Somalia. These trees originated in the Dhofar valley region and were of great economic importance.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)   
α-Pinene
Sabinene
α-Thujene
(+)-Limonene
Viridiflorol

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Blossom
Face Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Body Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Deodorant – Eternal Blossom

French Grey Sea Salt

French Grey Sea Salt

Botanical name: Sodium chloride              
Method of Extraction: Harvested in the Celtic method from the clay-lined salt ponds
Facts: The rare French Grey Sea Salt, known in France as Sel Gris, is traditionally hand harvested from pristine, salt water ponds using centuries old Celtic methods in the Brittany Region of France. The method used follows a time honored tradition dating back 1500 years, which is authenticated and assured by vigorous purity and quality monitoring. This salt is acquired from the bountiful organic salt farms, and subject to the strictest quality controls. These sea salt ponds are categorized as a cherished national treasure. Using the ancestral method, the coarse salt crystals form at the bottom of salt pans and are raked to the surface where the salt is gathered in piles and allowed to air dry under the sun to preserve its naturally occurring enzymes. Nothing is added, nothing is removed. The rakes that are used are made of wood, so no metal ever comes in contact with the salt. The unique, natural grey color is indicative of the salt’s trace minerals. Unwashed, unrefined and additive-free, this salt is low in sodium and rich in nutrients

Properties & Benefits     

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Chloride: acts as neutralizing agent and helps balance pH
Iodine: plays a role in the formation of healthy skin
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Sodium: powerful detoxifying agent, helps cells retain nourishment and expel waste
Sulfur: natural disinfectant and powerful detoxifying agent

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Lemongrass Mint

Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Lemongrass Mint

Geranium Essential Oil*

Organic Geranium Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Part Used: Leaves

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: helps to lighten age spots and even out overall skin tone, improves circulation under the skin’s surface, contains astringent properties that tone, tighten and, improve elasticity, antioxidant with superior anti-aging properties, anti-inflammatory, returns the skin cells to normal function and structure, antibacterial, helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. insect repelling properties, thought to help support skin tissue to reduce sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, promotes cell health and encourages regeneration of new cells
Facts: Pelargoniums are a group of perennial flowering plants from the family geraniaceae. Although commonly referred to as “geraniums,” Pelargoniums are not the same as the common potted garden species of the same name. Pelargonium is derived from the Greek word for stork pelargos and reflects another common name of Pelargonium, storksbills. Pelargonium essential oil is known to have one of the highest antioxidant activity levels.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Citronellol
Geraniol
Linalool
Citronellyl formate
Isomenthone

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose
Deodorant – Eternal Rose
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose
Bath Salt – Eternal Rose

Grapefruit Peel Essential Oil*

Organic Grapefruit Peel Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi                                                                          
Part Used: Fruit peel
Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: contains d-limonene, a monoterpene that is highly regarded as a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin C which fights free radical damage of tissue; antimicrobial, antiseptic, promotes clear skin, detoxifies, soothes, refreshes
Facts: Grapefruit originated from an accidental cross between a pummela (Citrus maximua) and a sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). Some years when the weather conditions are right, a grapefruit tree can simultaneously have fruit from the previous year’s crop, baby grapefruit from the current crop, and blossoms due to a late second bloom. Of all the citrus, grapefruit have the longest picking season.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)   
(+)-Limonene
β-Myrcene
α-Pinene
Sabinene
Nootkatone

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Seabreeze
Buttercream Body Scrub – Seabreeze

Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Seabreeze
Deodorant – Seabreeze
Bath Salt – Seabreeze

Helichrysum Essential Oil*

Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil
Botanical name: Helichrysum italicum
Part Used: Flower

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: one of the few essential oils that contain diketones, which reduce scar tissue and stimulate the growth of new skin tissue, accelerating healing; makes complexion vibrant, anti-inflammatory that returns skin cells to normal function and structure properties, reduces swelling and acne breakouts, soothes and calms, moisturizing, contains antioxidants
Facts:  Derived from the Greek word helisso meaning to turn around and the word chrysos meaning gold, helichrysum is also known as Immortelle or Everlasting. Although not often used commercially in skin care today, helichrysum has been used throughout history to improve the skin. The flowering head buds, called “flower summits,” are traditionally hand cut. Harvesting of the flowers takes place from June to July. One ton of flowers are needed to produce 30 ounces of the essential oil.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

key Constituents: (listed in descending order)
α-Pinene
γ-Curcumene
Neryl acetate
β-Selinene
Italidione I  

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Blossom
Face Buttercream – Eternal Blossom

Body Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Deodorant –  Eternal Blossom

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
Botanical Name: Sodium chloride             
Method of Extraction: Harvested from ancient sea salt deposits found deep in the Himalayan Mountains
Facts: Formed over 250 million years ago, when the primal ocean that covered what we now know as the Himalayan Mountains dried up, volcanos erupted and covered the ancient sea beds with thick layers of volcanic ash. This protected and preserved the pristine, nutrient-rich, crystalized salt deposits, creating the “Salt Range” within the Himalayan Mountains known for the purest salt on Earth. The Himalayan Pink Sea Salt being mined today is the same salt discovered by Alexander the Great in 320 BC. Identical in composition to the earliest oceans, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt contains 84 essential elements. These nutrient-rich elements are thought to be easily absorbed while bathing, making it a perfect choice to replenish minerals lost from damaging effects of daily exposure to the environment. When added to the bath, these salts can create an environment that mimics the original primal sea.

Properties & Benefits

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Chloride: acts as neutralizing agent and helps balance pH
Iodine: plays a role in the formation of healthy skin
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Sodium: powerful detoxifying agent, helps cells retain nourishment and expel waste
Sulfur: natural disinfectant and powerful detoxifying agent

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Bath Salt – Eternal Rose

Jojoba Oil*

Organic Jojoba Oil
Botanical Name: Simmondisia chinensis
Part Used: Seeds                                         

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: highly penetrating, non-oily, and readily absorbed into the skin tissue; rich in phytosterols combines with sebum to create a thin, non-occlusive layer on the skin
Facts: (pronounced hōˈhōbə) Jojoba Oil comes from a dessert shrub-type plant that grows in dry, arid regions of southwestern United States. Known for its long chain of mono-saturated wax esters. Although, Jojoba Oil is traditionally categorized with vegetable oils and is called jojoba oil, it is actually a liquid wax. The chemical composition of Jojoba Oil closely resembles human sebum, which is a natural skin lubricant and moisturizer produced by the body. Dermatological tests reveal Jojoba Oil can increase the skin’s suppleness by up to fifty percent and that the skin tissues remained supple up to eight hours after the oil was applied.                                                                                                                  

Properties & Benefits    

Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Erucic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that gives the skin a natural glow, promotes collagen production, and regenerates cells
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Myristic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that acts as a surfactant to improve moisture retention
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Lavender Essential Oil*

 

Organic Lavender Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Part Used: Flowers

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: antibacterial properties, helps regenerate skin cells, great for mature skin, thought to be relaxing and calming and help adapt the body to stress
Facts: The name lavender originates from the Latin word lavare, which means to wash. It was an important part of the ancient Romans’ bathing ritual because of its disinfectant and antiseptic properties. The ancient Egyptians used lavender in the process of mummification. About 100 acres of lavender angustifolia produces approximately 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of dried flowers, which in turn make about two gallons of essential oil. There are more than thirty varieties of lavender. Lavandula angustifolia has the finest fragrance, but the lowest oil production.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents. These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Linalool
Linalyl acetate
Lavandulyl acetate
β-Caryophyllene
Terpinen-4-ol

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Provence
Buttercream Body Scrub – Provence
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Provence
Deodorant – Provence
Lip Balm – Provence

Bath Salt – Provence

Lemon Peel Essential Oil*

Organic Lemon Peel Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus limon
Part Used: Fruit peel

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: natural astringent and antibacterial great for oily, acne prone skin; naturally tones skin, increases luster of dull skin, detoxifying, antifungal, tones, tightens, cleanses and stimulates lymph drainage, insect repellent 
Facts: Known as the “golden gift of the sun”, the lemon tree is a thorny evergreen with pink and white flowers native to Asia. The tree flowers throughout the year and produces fruit six to ten times per year. The oil is cold pressed from the peel/rind. Expressed oils are not technically essential; however, they still have beneficial therapeutic properties.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
(+)-Limonene
β-Pinene
γ-Terpinene
Geranial
α-Pinene

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Limone Fiori
Buttercream Body Scrub – Limone Fiori
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Limone Fiori
Deodorant – Limone Fiori
Lip Balm – Limone Fiori
Bath Salt – Limone Fiori

Lemongrass Essential Oil*

Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon flexuosus
Part Used: Leaves / Blades

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: insect repellent, antimicrobial, aids in reducing acne breakouts, possesses astringent properties that promote the tightening of skin tissue reducing fine lines, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, returns skin cells to normal function and structure
Facts: Lemongrass has been reportedly distilled as early as the 17th century in the Philippines. It is among the top ranked oil bearing crops in the world, used in the cosmetic industry for fragrance as well as the food industry for flavoring ice cream, confections, beverages, chewing gum etc.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Geranial
Neral
Geranyl acetate
Geraniol (+)
Limonene

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Provence, Lemongrass Mint
Buttercream Body Scrub – Provence, Lemongrass Mint
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Provence, Lemongrass Mint
Deodorant – Provence, Lemongrass Mint
Lip Balm – Provence, Lemongrass Mint
Bath Salt – Provence, Lemongrass Mint

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil*

Organic Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Litsea cubeba
Part Used: Fruit

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: antimicrobial, aids in reducing acne breakouts, anti-bacterial, possesses astringent properties that promote the tightening of skin tissue reducing fine lines
Facts: Litsea is also known as May Chang, Mountain Spice Tree or Chinese Pepper. The essential oils come from the fruit, which resembles a pepper. The oil is extracted from the ripened dried fruit of the Litsea cubeba.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Geranial
Neral
(+)-Limonene
Methyl heptenone
β-Myrcene  

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Limone Fiori
Buttercream Body Scrub – Limone Fiori

Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Limone Fiori
Deodorant – Limone Fiori
Lip Balm –  Orange Blossom, Limone Fiori, Hibiscus
Bath Salt – Limone Fiori

Mandarin Essential Oil*

Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata
Part Used: Fruit peel

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: improves circulation of blood below the skin, promoting a bright and vibrant looking complexion; good toner, antiseptic, anti-fungal, cytophylactic (promotes the growth of new cells and tissues)
Facts: Mandarin oranges were brought to England between 1810 and 1820 and were introduced to the U.S. by the Italian consul in 1840. Several deep orange varieties took the name tangerine. “Mandarin” derives from the deep orange color of the robes worn by Mandarin public officials in China at the time. The oil is cold pressed from the peel/rind. Expressed oils are not technically essential; however, they exhibit many of the same beneficial therapeutic properties.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
(+)-Limonene
γ-Terpiene
α-Pinene
β-Pinene
β-Myrcene  

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Seabreeze
Buttercream Body Scrub – Seabreeze
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Seabreeze
Deodorant – Seabreeze

Bath Salt – Seabreeze

Mango Butter*

Botanical Name: Mangifera Indica
Part Used: Seed

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: Acts as a natural emollient and keep skin moisturized and nourished; soothes dry skin, regenerates skin tissue, detoxifying properties and antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage, regulates cell functions 
Facts: First grown in India about 5,000 years ago, mango trees can grow as tall as 100 feet. Mango trees have been known to bear fruit from two hundred to three hundred years. Mangoes are drupes and members of the anochardiacea family with distant relatives like the cashew and pistachio. The pip (kernel) contains the seeds that the butter is made from. Mango butter has a mildly sweet smell.

Properties & Benefits

Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Phytosterols: enhances penetration, delivering benefits to the deepest layers of the skin
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.    
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Note: The various fatty acids in mango butter can separate when they melt. These same fatty acids re-solidify at different temperatures. This is why body butter that contains mango butter can become slightly grainy. The graininess does not affect the extensive benefits of this butter.

 

Marshmallow Root Powder*

Organic Marhmallow Root Powder

Botanical Name: Althaea officinalis
Part Used: Root

Method of Extraction: Dried and powdered
General Benefits: used to treat dry skin, heals dry/chapped skin, skin softening properties make it a beneficial ingredient for mature skin
Facts: Marshmallow root has been used for thousands of years for healing. The plant’s genus name, Othea officialis, comes from the Greek word altho, which means “to cure.” Until 1880, the sap of marshmallow was used to make the confection of the same name. The powder is made by grinding the dried root.

Properties & Benefits

demulcent: (derived from the Latin word demulcere meaning “caress”) soothing, leaves a silky, protective barrier
Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Mediterranean Sea Salt

Mediterranean Dea Salt

Botanical Name: Sodium chloride             
Method of Extraction: Harvested
Facts: Also known as ‘Sel de Mer’, this salt is harvested from the salt marshes that extend from the Tropani Nature Reserve to Marsala on the Sicilian coast, an area where they have been producing salt since 200 BC. Sea water is collected and channeled through clay basins that progressively become more shallow, allowing the sun to heat up the water and speed evaporation. This makes the salt concentration greater until the hot sea water arrives in the last basin where it easily evaporates, leaving a layer of salt that is ready to harvest. The salt is then hand harvested from the basins and allowed to dry thoroughly, resulting in a beautiful, bright white, nutrient-rich salt. Mediterranean Sea salt is most commonly used to replace lost minerals in the body to maintain balance and promote healthy skin.

Properties & Benefits

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Chloride: acts as neutralizing agent and helps balance pH
Iodine: plays a role in the formation of healthy skin
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Sodium: powerful detoxifying agent, helps cells retain nourishment and expel waste
Sulfur: natural disinfectant and powerful detoxifying agent

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Provence, Limone Fiori, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Bath Salt
– Provence, Limone Fiori, Seabreeze

Myrrh Essential Oil*

Organic Myrrh Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Part Used: Dried gum oleoresin                  

Method of Extraction: CO2 Select Extract   
General Benefits: strengthens skin, heals wounds, contains anti-oxidants that prevent signs of aging and help maintain healthy skin, strong anti-inflammatory properties return the skin cells to normal function and structure; antimicrobial, helping skin stay healthy by reducing microbial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health, astringent quality that helps improve skin tone, firmness and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Facts: Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used myrrh oil for healing. The Egyptians used myrrh for embalming their pharaohs. The benefits of Myrrh are even mentioned in “Ebers Papyrus,” one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts dating back to 1550 BC. Greek soldiers made use of myrrh resin, bringing it with them to battle in order to stop their wounds from bleeding. Myrrh contains many compounds that are individually toxic, yet myrrh is one of the safest, mildest and beneficial essential oils. For example, furanoid compounds can amplify ultraviolet light causing sunburns, yet in myrrh oil the same compounds act as a sunshield, protecting the skin. Myrrh illustrates how chemical compounds work synergistically, changing dangerous, toxic chemicals into beneficial ones.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Furanoeudsma-1,3-diene
Furanodiene
Lindestrene
β-Elemene
Germacrene B      

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Blossom

Face Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Body Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Deodorant – Eternal Blossom

Neroli Essential Oil*

Organic Neroli Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium amara
Part Used: Flowers

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: possesses antiseptic properties that balance oil production without drying the skin, contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, contains anti-inflammatory properties that return the skin cells to normal function and structure, contains antimicrobial properties that act against microbial organisms which help the skin stay healthy and allow cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing acne breakouts, acts as an astringent that promotes the tightening of skin tissue which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, acts as an cicatrisant that helps regenerate cells which encourages scars to fade, promotes even distribution of melanin which reduces age spots, aids in blood circulation just below the surface of the skin, and contains citral which helps regenerate the cells
Facts: It is said that Neroli derived its name from the 16th century Italian princess Anne-Marie of Nerola, wife of Prince Flavio Orsini. She perfumed her gloves (as was the custom) with Neroli Oil. As a result, using this fragrant oil as a perfume became the vogue. Neroli Oil is reportedly one of the ingredients in the closely guarded recipes of Coco Cola. It takes about 1,000 pounds of orange blossoms to make one pound of Neroli Oil.  Neroli comes from flowers of the same species as Orange Blossom Absolute. Their different scents are due to their different distillation processes. 
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Linalool
(+)-Limonene
Linalyl acetate
β-Ocimene
α-Terpineol 

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Deodorant – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose
Bath Salt – Eternal Rose

Orange Blossom CO2 Extract*

Organic Orange Blossom
Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium amara
Part Used: Flower

Method of Extraction: CO2 extracted
General Benefits: possesses antiseptic properties that balance oil production without drying the skin, contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, contains anti-inflammatory properties that return the skin cells to normal function and structure, contains antimicrobial properties that act against microbial organisms which help the skin stay healthy and allow cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing acne breakouts, acts as an astringent that promotes the tightening of skin tissue which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, acts as an cicatrisant that helps regenerate cells which encourages scars to fade, promotes even distribution of melanin which reduces age spots, aids in blood circulation just below the surface of the skin, and contains citral which helps regenerate the cells
Facts: Orange Blossom CO2 Extract/Absolute comes from flowers of the same species as Neroli Oil. The bitter orange is native to eastern Africa and tropical Asia. Today, it is widely grown throughout the Mediterranean and other regions. Neroli and Orange Blossom have different scents due to their different distillation processes. Orange blossoms are traditionally associated with good fortune and are popular in bridal bouquets. The custom originated in ancient China where orange blossoms where incorporated into the bride’s costume. By the early 1800’s, enchanting legends of maidens that would entwine fresh orange blossoms into a bridal wreath for their hair spread throughout the continent and England, reinforcing them as symbols of purity, chastity and innocence. The influence became so indoctrinated into the culture that the phase “to gather orange blossoms’ meant “to seek a bride”. 
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
2-Phenylethanol
Linalool
Linalyl acetate
Methyl anthranilate
Farnesol      

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Blossom
Face Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Body Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Blossom

Orange Peel Essential Oil*

Organic Orange Peel Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
Part Used: Fruit peel

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, contains anti-inflammatory properties that return the skin cells to normal function and structure, contains antimicrobial properties that act against microbial organisms which help the skin stay healthy and allow cells to focus on maintaining their health, returns cells to normal function and structure, increases circulation, and helps regulates growth proteins
Facts: The orange, sometimes called “the fruit of the gods,” is actually a berry. Also known as the “golden apples” that Hercules stole. An evergreen tree believed to be native to Asia. A single tree can have approximately 60,000 blooms; however, only one percent will develop into an orange. The name orange comes from the transliteration of Sanskrit naranga, which comes from the Tamil naru meaning, “fragrant”. The oil is cold pressed from the peel/rind. Expressed oils are not technically essential; however, they exhibit many of the same beneficial therapeutic properties. “a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary”
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents. These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
(+)-Limonene
β-Myrcene
α-Pinene

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging – Eternal Blossom
Face Buttercream – Eternal Blossom

Body Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Blossom
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Blossom
Deodorant – Eternal Blossom
Lip Balm – Orange Blossom

Peppermint Essential Oil*

Organic Peppermint Essential Oil
Botanical name: Mentha piperita
Parts used: leaves

Method of extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: eases muscle pain, stimulates and increases blood circulation, skin brightening, repels insects, improves skin tone and texture, balances oily skin
Facts: Peppermint is a hybrid cross species between spearmint and water mint. One of Europe’s oldest herbs used for medicinal purposes. In Greek mythology, the nymph Minthe was pursued by Hades, god of the underworld. When Persephone, Hades’ wife, found out his dalliance she turned Minthe into mint plant. The health benefits of Peppermint Oil have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in several Egyptian tombs.  
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
(-)-Menthol
Menthone
(-)-Menthyl acetate
Neomenthol
1,8-Cineole

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Body Buttercream – Lemongrass Mint
Buttercream Body Scrub – Lemongrass Mint

Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Lemongrass Mint
Deodorant – Lemongrass Mint
Lip Balm – Lemongrass Mint
Bath Salt – Lemongrass Mint

Pumpkin Seed Oil*

Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil
Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo
Part Used: Seeds

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: softens, moisturizes, and promotes wound healing; encourages normal cell function, promotes the production of collagen, fights damaging free radicals and aids in reducing signs of aging
Facts: The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon meaning, “large melon.” Pumpkins are actually a fruit because they contain seeds, but they are often referred to as a vegetable. The oil is made from the naked edible seeds of the oil pumpkin.

Properties & Benefits    

Beta-carotene (provitamin A): a precursor to vitamin A and retinol, an antioxidant that protects against free radicals, a repairs and protects the skin against sun damage
Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Palmitoleic Acid (omega 7): a monounsaturated fatty acid that works as a repairing and healing agent in the skin; helps prevent premature signs of aging like dryness and wrinkles, and protects against chapped skin
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): increases blood circulation which promotes glowing, youthful looking skin; protects skin from signs of aging with its rich antioxidant properties
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): promotes healthy skin
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes
Zinc: works as an antioxidant though technically it is not one, encourages the production of collagen, aids in the reduction of damaging free radicals, improves skin tone, protects, heals, and rejuvenates the skin  

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize

Rose Damescena Essential Oil*

Organic Rose Damescena Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Rosa Damascena
Part Used: Flower

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, contains anti-inflammatory properties that return the skin cells to normal function and structure, acts as a natural toner that refines skin texture, contains superior emollient properties, contains a lipophilic chemical structure that increases skin permeability to provide deeply penetrating moisture to dry, mature skin
Facts: The rose, the King of Flowers, originated from Iran. It takes sixty thousand roses to produce just one ounce of rose oil. Rose oil has been cherished for thousands of years. Egyptian Queen Cleopatra adored the rose so much that she ordered the floors of her palace to be covered in rose petals. To announce her arrival before her ships could be seen, Cleopatra had the sails of her ships soaked in rosewater so the scent of roses could be carried by the breeze to her lover Mark Anthony. Roman Emperor Nero was known to sleep in a bed of rose petals. The scent is believed to decrease the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Stress is known to have negative impact to the skin, increasing premature signs of aging.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
(-)-Citronellol
Geraniol                            

Alkenes & Alkanes          
Nerol
Methyleugenol               

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose

Deodorant – Eternal Rose
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose
Bath Salt – Eternal Rose

Rosehip Seed Oil*

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
Botanical name: Rosa cania
Part Used: Seeds

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: promotes proper function of cells, repairs skin’s barrier function, quells inflammation and improve wound healing, acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture, works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Facts: Rosehips are the seed pods of the rose flower. They have an apple-like fragrance. This powerful anti-aging oil is amber with hues of orange. Rosehip seed oil is expensive due to frequent crop failure. For this reason, it is often sold adulterated (blended with other oils).

Properties & Benefits   

Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Linolenic Acid/omega 3/gamma linolenic acid (GLA): a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid believed to facilitate cell communication to promote proper function of the cells, repair the skin’s barrier function to quell inflammation and improve wound healing, and act as a conditioning agent to prevent water loss to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.        
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure

Rosemary Leaf Extract*

Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract
Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Part Used: Flowering tops

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
General Benefits: contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, acts as an astringent that promotes the tightening of skin tissue which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, contains phytonutrients, acts as a strong preservative and insect repellant
Facts: Filled with antioxidants, Rosemary Oil is often used as a natural preservative in both the skincare and food industry. The name rosemary originates from the Latin word rosmarinus meaning “mist of the sea” or “dew of the sea.” It is also a member of the mint family.
The chemical complexity of essential oils is astounding. The molecules that make up these oils are less than five hundred atomic mass units (amu). The minute molecular structure of their compounds allows them to fill the air with their aromatic essence and gives them the ability to be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated: one drop of an essential oil contains approximately forty million trillion molecules.
Basically, pure essential oils can be subdivided into two distinctive groups: The hydrocarbon compounds, (Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Diterpenes) and the oxygenated compounds (Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones alcohols, Phenols, Oxides). These are further divided into increasingly specific subgroups, culminating in the isolation of individual constituents.  These constituents determine the unique properties of the oil (such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, calmative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, cicatrisant, etc.) as well as their signature scent.
A simple essential oil’s chemistry can consist of from tens to hundreds of constituents, whereas a complex essential oil can consist of thousands. There are approximately twenty thousand known constituents and more are constantly being discovered.  A single oil can contain multiple characteristic properties simultaneously. Even with the best human efforts, combining all of the chemicals in correct proportions in a laboratory would not result in the identical oil. Naturally made pure essential oils have healing and aromatic properties that synthetically produced oils do not.

Key Constituents: (listed in descending order)  
Camphor
Verbenone
α-Pinene
1,8-Cineole
Bornyl acetate

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Deodorant – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Bath Salt – Eternal Rose, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure

Sea Buckthorn Oil*

Organic Sea Buckthron Oil
Botanical Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
Part Used: Fruit pulp

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
General Benefits: considered to contain more than one hundred different kinds of nutrients and bioactive substances that play a role in anti-aging; helps fight premature aging signs such as wrinkles, dryness and loss of elasticity; protects against dry chapped and cracked skin, contains palmitoleic acid which is found in younger skin but diminishes as the body ages, contains a high content of carotenoid and phenolic acids resulting in powerful antioxidant levels
Facts: The Greeks discovered the benefits of Sea Buckthorn berries twelve hundred years ago. Known as the “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas,” Tibetans cherished this extremely beneficial oil for over a thousand years. Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is the richest source of omega 7 of any known natural source.

Properties & Benefits   

Flavonoids: contains antioxidant properties that strengthen and stabilize elastin and collagen
Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Linolenic Acid/omega 3/gamma linolenic acid (GLA): a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid believed to facilitate cell communication to promote proper function of the cells, repair the skin’s barrier function to quell inflammation and improve wound healing, and act as a conditioning agent to prevent water loss to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitoleic Acid (omega 7): a monounsaturated fatty acid that works as a repairing and healing agent in the skin; helps prevent premature signs of aging like dryness and wrinkles, and protects against chapped skin
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): increases blood circulation which promotes glowing, youthful looking skin; protects skin from signs of aging with its rich antioxidant properties
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): promotes healthy skin and helps prevent acne breakouts
Vitamin B9 (folic acid): plays a role in cell development and tissue growth
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure                                                                                Buttercream Body Scrub – Limone Fiori                                                                                                                                           
Hand &Nail Polishing Buttercream – Limone Fiori

Seaweed Powder*

Organic Seaweed Powder
Botanical Name: Alaria esculenta
Part Used: Leaves

Method of Extraction: Harvested and dried 
General Benefits: preserves skin suppleness and elasticity by reducing collagenase and elastase (enzymes that break down collagen and elastin), protects the skin against oxidative stress, contains skin firming properties, give skin a healthy glow
Facts:  Alaria Esculenta literally means “edible wings” and is commonly known as winged kelp, dabberlocks, and bladderlocks. It grows in rocky shallow subtidal shore areas. Alaria esculenta has a narrow window for harvesting during the early summer months. The seaweed needs time to put on reasonable growth before the crashing waves shred their thin fronds. The seaweed is gathered by hand with a knife at low tide and left to dry naturally.

Properties & Benefits

Alginic acid: helps cells reproduction
Antibacterial: an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria, helping skin stay healthy by reducing bacterial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing acne breakouts
Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Antioxidants: molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals, preventing cellular damage caused by the natural aging process, exposure to the sun and environmental irritants
Beta-carotene (provitamin A): a precursor to vitamin A and retinol, an antioxidant that protects against free radicals, a repairs and protects the skin against sun damage
Bromine: acts as a natural antibiotic and helps with cell metabolism 
Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Chlorophyll: contains potent antioxidant properties that aids in healing and cleansing skin
Fucoxanthin:  a type of carotenoid, one of the intensely colored pigments known to protect skin and contain anti-aging properties. Of the five hundred different carotenoids present in nature, beta-carotene is one of the best known. Also known as provitamin A, beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A and retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects the skin against free radicals and is used to repair and protect the skin against sun damage.
Kalpariane: anti-aging properties, skin firming, can delay the duplicative phase of DNA replication in aging cells, leaving more time for the other cell functions such as DNA repair. This allows for a healthier replication and keeps the cells younger for longer periods of time.
Iodine: plays a role in the formation of healthy skin
Iron: needed to give skin a healthy glow and speeds up the healing process
Magnesium: promotes the healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Phosphorous: helps repair cells and promote their development
Tannins: promote the tightening of skin tissue, reducing the presence of fine lines
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin B: moisturizes the skin, contains anti-aging properties, protects against UV light, strengthens nails, promotes healthy skin tone
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid): works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects cells from damaging free radicals, contributes to the production of collagen and elastin (which provides firm and smooth skin), decreases premature signs of aging, fades scars and decreases age spots due to sun damage
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.
Vitamin K (phytonadione): aids in the formation of proteins that maintain healthy skin cells, helps reduce dark circles by thickening the skin under the eyes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Body Scrub – Seabreeze
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Seabreeze
Bath Salt – Seabreeze

Shea Butter*

Organic Shea Butter
Botanical name: Butyrosperum parkii
Part Used: Nut

Method of Extraction: Expeller expressed
General Benefits: contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, contains anti-inflammatory properties that return the skin cells to normal function and structure, improves elasticity, promotes normal cell function, contains unparalleled moisturizing properties for dry skin and chapped lips, acts as an emollient and an occlusive that protects the skin from damaging environmental elements
Facts: The Karite tree (Shea tree) can live up to two hundred years. It starts to produce fruit between ten and fifteen years, but can take up to thirty years for the tree to yield high quality nuts that contain high concentrations of valuable fatty acids.

Properties & Benefits

Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Palmitic Acid: a saturated fatty acid that contains antioxidant properties, increases elasticity, reduces wrinkles, provides intense skin softening and healing beneficial for mature skin, as you age the production of palmitic acid decreases
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose, Orange Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Hibiscus, Violet, Lemongrass Mint, Natural & Pure

Note: The various fatty acids in shea butter can separate when they melt. These same fatty acids re-solidify at different temperatures. This is why body butter that contains shea butter can become slightly grainy. The graininess does not affect the extensive benefits of this butter.

Sunflower Seed Oil*

Organic Sunflower Seed Oil

Botanical name: Helianthus annuus
Part Used: Seeds

Method of Extraction: Expeller expressed
General Benefits: contains antioxidant molecules that reduce oxidation of cells caused by free radicals which prevents cellular damage, reduces collagen breakdowns and stimulates production of new collagen, strengthens nails, promotes healthy skin tone, used to repair and protect the skin against sun damage, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes  
Facts: Contains more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. The sunflower is the only flower with the word flower in its name. Sunflowers are heliotrophic, meaning they follow the movement of the sun with their heads. Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants. A single sunflower can have up to 2,000 seeds.

Properties & Benefits    

Calcium: essential mineral known to strengthen cell membranes
Carotenoids: intensely colored pigments known to protect skin and contain anti-aging properties. Of the five hundred different carotenoids present in nature, beta-carotene is one of the best known. Also known as provitamin A, beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A and retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects the skin against free radicals and is used to repair and protect the skin against sun damage.
Iron: needed to give skin a healthy glow and speeds up the healing process
Phosphorous: helps repair cells and promote their development
Potassium: aids in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
Linolenic Acid/omega 3/gamma linolenic acid (GLA): a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid believed to facilitate cell communication to promote proper function of the cells, repair the skin’s barrier function to quell inflammation and improve wound healing, and act as a conditioning agent to prevent water loss to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized
Lecithin: deeply penetrating substance that moisturizes, repairs and protects the skin, is an important source of choline and inositol (vital components of all cell membranes), and plays an important role in cell growth and function
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes
Vitamin A (retinol): contains anti-aging properties, controls acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on skin, helps repair sun damage, aids in reducing stretch marks, decreases dark pigmentation and prevents dryness
The entire vitamin A molecule is known as retinol. Retinol contains potent compounds called retinoids. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that regulate cell functions. With age and sun damage, cell function deteriorates. The regular use of products that contain retinoids helps normalize cell function, thereby reducing collagen breakdowns and stimulating production of new collagen.         
Vitamin B: moisturizes the skin, contains anti-aging properties, protects against UV light, strengthens nails, promotes healthy skin tone
Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienols): Vitamin E is the universal term for all tocopherols and tocotrienols that exhibit alpha-tocopherol activities. Naturally occurring vitamin E is comprised of eight chemical forms: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta-tocotrienol. Delta-tocopherol, known as d-alpha-Tocopherol, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.
Zinc: works as an antioxidant though technically it is not one, encourages the production of collagen, aids in the reduction of damaging free radicals, improves skin tone, protects, heals, and rejuvenates the skin 

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Bath Salts – Eternal Rose, Provence, Limone Fiori, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose, Orange Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Hibiscus, Violet, Lemongrass Mint, Natural & Pure

Tamanu Oil*

Organic Tamanu Oil
Botanical Name: Calophyllum inophyllum
Part Used: Fruit kernel

Method of Extraction: Expeller expressed / Cold pressed
General Benefits: contains Coumarins (Calophyllolide, Inophyllolide and Calophyllic acid) unique to Tamanu Oil that contribute to its well-studied cicatrisant (heals wounds and fades scar tissue and stretch marks) and anti-inflammatory properties that return the skin cells to normal function and structure, acts as an effective emollient that absorbs quickly, promotes new tissue formation and healthy skin cell regeneration, improves skin integrity and moisture retention that soothes, hydrates and protects the skin
Facts: Tamanu, also known as Foraha, Kamanu, Domba, Alexandrian Laurel is a beautiful, ornamental tree with aromatic white flowers and green drupe-like fruits. It is native to Asia and Polynesia where it is considered sacred.

Properties & Benefits

Anti-inflammatory: When skin is exposed to natural and man-made irritants, it produces inflammatory hormones called cytokines and chemokines. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells and stimulate the production of more inflammatory signaling hormones. Other cytokines cause immune cells to migrate into the skin to produce more inflammatory hormones, as well as producing enzymes, free radicals and chemicals that damage the skin and lead to visible signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory returns the skin cells to normal function and structure.
Antimicrobial: refers to all agents that act against microbial organisms, helping skin stay healthy by reducing microbial attacks and allowing cells to focus on maintaining their health; aids in reducing acne breakouts
Linolenic Acid/omega 3/gamma linolenic acid (GLA): a polyunsaturated fatty acid believed to facilitate cell communication to promote proper function of the cells, repair the skin’s barrier function to quell inflammation and improve wound healing, and act as a conditioning agent to prevent water loss to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized
Linoleic Acid (omega 6): a di-unsaturated essential fatty acid that our bodies do not produce, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated
Oleic Acid (omega 9): a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely moisturizing and regenerative; acts as a penetration enhancer and an occlusive to seal in moisture
Stearic Acid: a saturated fatty acid known to be one of the building blocks of the lipid layer in skin; contains emulsifying properties that protect the outer layer of skin, preserves skin’s natural moisture by forming a barrier, and deeply moisturizes

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Revitalize

Tocopherol*

 

Tocopherol

D-alpha-tocopherol is a naturally-occurring form of vitamin E. The “d” indicates that the product was derived from natural sources, such as vegetable oil. Studies show that natural forms of vitamin E are more potent and have a higher retention rate in skin than their synthetic counterparts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting against cellular structure damage. It promotes wound healing, helps reduce scarring, protects against environmental damage, decreases erythema (redness of skin) after sun exposure, and reduces UV induced damage.

We have only highlighted the properties and benefits that pertain to the health of your skin. This is not a complete list of this ingredient’s properties or benefits.

Conscious Choice uses this ingredient in the following products:
Anti-Aging Serum – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Revitalize
Face Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Facial Polish – Natural & Pure
Body Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Buttercream Body Scrub – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Hand & Nail Polishing Buttercream – Eternal Rose, Eternal Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Lemongrass Mint, Seabreeze, Natural & Pure
Lip Balm – Eternal Rose, Orange Blossom, Provence, Limone Fiori, Hibiscus, Violet, Lemongrass Mint, Natural & Pure

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This encyclopedia is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.