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Ingredient Focus: Evening Primrose Oil

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Ingredient Focus: Evening Primrose Oil

Latin Name: Oenothera biennis Like a great many carrier oils, Evening Primrose oil is a very unassuming ingredient but is actually very powerful - in fact it has been hailed as the most sensational preventative discovery since Vitamin C!  The remarkable healing properties of Evening Primrose Oil are attributed to the high concentrations of the fatty acid Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) - only a few other plants contain a small amount of this.  Thanks to the high dosage of GLA it contains, Evening Primrose Oil, when taken either topically (to aid skin problems) or internally, can: Relieve discomfort associated with PMS,...

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Ingredient Focus: Olive Wax

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Ingredient Focus: Olive Wax

Latin Name: Olea Europa - Tocopherol As a vegan skincare company, and big environmentalists (you may have guessed from one of our last blog posts, on saving our bees!) we were always going to look for and use alternatives in our products to the traditional beeswax. Olive Wax was the perfect (and almost very obvious) substitute: it hardens and gives a similar feel to beeswax, and is highly compatible with the skin, having emollient (softening and soothing) and antioxidant properties.  To produce the hard wax (usually in flakes), a process of blending different olive oil fractions is undertaken, during which no chemicals...

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Ingredient Focus: Coconut Oil

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Ingredient Focus: Coconut Oil

  Latin name: Cocos nucifera People started using coconut oil around mid 19th century and still use it to this day - indeed it is currently proving very popular to use not just topically but also to eat and drink.  The most common method of extracting coconut oil is by removing the “flesh” of the coconut away from the shell. It is then boiled in water allowing it to soften and therefore allow the oil to seep through the flesh and culminate on top of the water. Once the majority of the oil has settled on top of the water it is...

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