Sweet Gale also known as Myrica Gale, has fewer Irritants than other plant oils it also has anti-bacterial properties that specifically target acne and help treat blemish prone skin. Due to the fact that the anti-bacterial properties only target specific areas, because of this it is a great addition to skincare used by people with sensitive skin. Sweet Gale was also discovered to contain antioxidant properties, which can help protect our skin from damage from pollution, the atmosphere and the sun.
Labrador Tea is a wetland plant that is found throughout boreal and arctic climates. It is an adaptogenic plant with potent Vitamin C and E content and is packed full of antioxidants. This plant extract has excellent calming properties, reduces redness and can help clear acne, eczema and psoriasis. It is rich in skin repairing and anti-inflammatory ursolic acid, which aids skin in keeping its natural elasticity and promotes collagen production.In addition it prevents water loss in skin, causing skin to remain hydrated and is one of nature’s best anti aging ingredients.
The Inuit, of which these berries are a staple, call them, 'Fruit of the North.' Their flowers appear from May to June and the season usually begins in July and lasts until the first snow so we pick them at their most potenti. They are packed full of Vitamins A, C, and E; phytosterols; essential fatty acids; and Ellagitannins which are super skin soothing, helping to calm rashes, rosacea and eczema.
Blueberries contain phytochemicals and antioxidants to neutralize free radicals, which in turn make the skin look softer and younger. Due to the high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese found in blueberries, they also smooth the skin, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate scars, increase elasticity, fight against blemishes and acne, balance levels of oil in the skin, and help even out skin tone. The antioxidants are concentrated mostly in the skin of a blueberry, and because wild blueberries are small and dense, one cup of wild blueberries can contain almost twice the antioxidants as a cup of cultivated blueberries.
Known in Europe as Lingonberry. This northern boreal super fruit has impressive health and beauty benefits. The fruit and its leaves are high in antioxidants like Ursolic acid and Vitamin C. Its high Vitamin content of A, Bl, B2, B3 and minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous increase the ability of the skin to fight free radicals and absorb and maintain more moisture. The richness of the Omega 3 fatty acids improve skin density and tone.
A native North American species of cranberry delivers potent antioxidants that help inhibit free radical damage from daily environmental stress to the skin. It is effective in treating wrinkles that are primarily caused due to free radicals. Antioxidants in cranberries combat the free radicals by supplying the missing electrons, reducing the damage caused and slowing down the aging process. Cranberry is very effective in slowing down the aging process primarily due it’s it’s high levels of natural phenolics, like quercetin and cyanidin. With it’s strong antioxidant content it helps care for dry and mature skin or cases where the skin's natural barrier is damaged. The mixture of natural tocopherols and carotenoids protects the skin's own lipids and cell membranes from oxidative damage and delays environmental based skin aging. Dry skin also benefits from the oil and due to the fact the skin absorbs it so well it makes the skin super soft and hydrated. The vitamin C in cranberries is crucial for the production of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, the amino acids which are required for the production of collagen in the body. Collagen helps the blood vessels under the skin carry oxygen and other nutrients which, in turn, soften and firm up the skin and make it look young and radiant.
Raspberry fruit contains a broad mix of antioxidants, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C) beta-carotene, glutathione, quercetin, and vitamin E.The red raspberry fruit contains many antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta- carotene, glutathione, quercetin and vitamin E. It is also packed full of bioactive polyphenols including anthocyanins and ellagitannins which give the skin all the anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties it needs. Wild Raspberry leaf is also a rich source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
Seaweed and human blood plasma have nearly the same mineral levels, making algae and kelp among the most bioavailable skincare ingredients. When you smooth kelp and algae extracts on your skin, the cells readily absorb their high concentration of magnesium, calcium and potassium to help boost collagen synthesis and prevent wrinkles. As an added bonus these seaweed powerhouses contain trace elements such as zinc, iodine and copper which help combat chronically dry skin and increase elasticity
These powerful berries contain twice the amount of Vitamin C found in one orange. Vitamin C reduces the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage; helps boost healthy collagen production, reduces inflammation and irritatio and increase the effectiveness of sunscreen and boosts your skin’s defense against UV exposure. Cloudberries like partridgeberry and Crowberry have adapted to fluctuating temperatures, severe weather and learned how to utilize the little sunlight and warmth that accompany the short summers of the northernmost parts of Canada and Scandinavia. This little berry and its leaves are superfood that illuminates your skin when you ingest and when you apply topically. Potently active source of Vitamin C.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - Bearberry or Uva Ursi are three species of dwarf shrubs in the genus Arctostaphylos. Unlike the other species of Arctostaphylos (see manzanita), they are adapted to Arctic and Subarctic climates, and have a circumpolar distribution in northern North America, Asia and Europe. Bearberry contains a compound called arbutin, which halts the production of melanin–a pigment that darkens skin and leads to discoloration. Cosmetic creams that contain bearberry could help reduce the appearance of age spots for a firmer, more youthful look.
Canadian Organic Hemp seed oil
We use Organic Hemp Seed Oil as one of our carrier ols. It is rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFA's, good healthy fats), it has a full amino acid spectrum meaning that it provides complete protein coupled with a high mineral content it delivers so much nourishment to the skin in all our formulas.
Organic Aloe Juice
A staple in almost everyone's medicine cabinet for sunburn, aloe vera has been used for centuries for a skin, health, and medicinal uses. This tried and true ingredient is an important base we love to formulate with.The succulent-like leaves of the aloe plant house a clear gel that has active compounds of vitamins, minerals, sugars, enzymes,salicylic acids, and amino acidsAloe is packed full of natural moisturizing agents like vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene. These all work together to hydrate and smooth the skin leaving it with a dewy glow.