Herbs in products

 
 
   
 
Herbs in products

English Name

Latin name
 
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Alkanet root extract / Dyer's bugloss

Alkanna tinctoria

Also known as dyer's bugloss, alkanet root yields a red dye that allows the soap to be coloured naturally. In combination with the soap's oils, which are acidic, alkanet root turns a deep purple.

Aloe vera juice

Aloe barbadensis

Aloe vera is in many of our products as its mucilage gives it rich emollient and anti-irritant properties. It is cooling, soothing and restorative to the skin, especially if affected by wind and sun.

Apple extract

Pyrus malus Apple is in Red Clay Shaving Cream to help refine skin tissue. Its astringent action firms the skin, closes pores and dresses shaving cuts. Malic acid, a protein digester found in apples, loosens and removes dead skin cells.
Benzoin extract

Styrax benzoin

Obtained from the resin of styrax (or benzoin) trees, benzoin has a sweet, vanilla-like fragrance. We use it for its antiseptic properties and because it is beneficial for dry, chapped skin. It is a good natural preservative for home-made cosmetics.

Bladderwrack extract kelp

Fucus vesiculosus

Bladderwrack is rich in minerals and trace elements that boost the health of our skin and hair. It also contains mucilage, which is soothing and softening. It is very restorative and helps to relax muscles and joints.

Calendula marigold

 

Calendula officinalis

Calendula is one of the most popular herbs in skincare due to its ability to repair skin tissue. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions, making it soothing on irritated skin. It is an important base in many of our products.

Carrageenan Irish moss

Chondrus crispus

Obtained from Irish Moss, a type of edible seaweed, carrageenan is used in cosmetics as a natural thickener. It has skin-softening properties and is mineral-rich. It is in our Calendula Cleanser and Clay Mask for its emollient and thickening actions.

Carrot extract

Daucus carota

 

A highly nutritive herb, carrot is very beneficial for encouraging healthy skin due to its beta-carotene content. Its anti-inflammatory and emollient properties are very soothing, which is why we use it in products for very dry or sun-parched skin.

Chamomile extract / Chamomile oil / German chamomile Blue Chamomile

Matricaria recutita

A valuable herb and oil for skin and hair, chamomile is soothing yet antiseptic. It contains bisabolol, volatile oil and flavonoid components that exhibit anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. Despite being mildly astringent, it benefits sensitive and allergic skin types.

Chickweed extract stellaria

Stellaria media

Chickweed, also known as stellaria, is a choice herb for dry, irritated or itchy skin. It is vitamin- and mineral-rich and it has a soothing action. As a vulnerary herb, it helps improve the health of skin tissue.

Cleavers extract

Galium aparine

An astringent herb that cleans and tones, cleavers is beneficial for improving the skinís appearance. It stimulates lymphatic circulation, which supports toxin removal, and its tannins help refine pores. These actions promote brighter skin.

Comfrey extract knitbone

Symphytum officinale

Rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, comfrey is a key herb to nourish and repair skin. It contains allantoin, which stimulates tissue growth, while its tannins and mucilage soothe, soften and strengthen tissue.

Elderflower extract

Sambucus nigra

Elderflower is astringent, making it an important herb for cleansing greasy skin. Its vitamin A and C content also help stimulate tissue repair. It is popular with people who like a fresh scent that is not too floral.

Eyebright extract Euphrasia

Euphrasia officinalis

Eyebright, as its name suggest, benefits the eyes. It contains tannins and volatile oils, which gives it astringent, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions. In our White Tea Eye Gel, it tightens the delicate skin around our eyes and helps reduce puffiness.

Gotu kola extract

Hydrocotyle asiatica

Gotu kola has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine for skin health for thousands of years. Its saponin content promotes lipid and protein development, which stimulates collagen and tissue formation. It improves circulation and is anti-inflammatory, thus benefiting the complexion.

Green tea extract

Camellia sinensis

Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which reduce cellular damage and slow the effects of ageing. It is also mildly astringent, so will tone and soothe the skin. We use it in our Lemongrass Sun Spray to support sun-exposed skin.

Ground rice

Oryza sativa

Rice is composed primarily of starch. When ground, it makes a gentle but effective exfoliant due to its mildly abrasive texture. It forms the base of our Honey & Orange Scrub.

Hawthorn extract

Crataegus oxyacantha

 

Hawthorn contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as flavonoids, which exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. It helps to stabilise collagen and is therefore important in maintaining the health of skin tissue. We use it in our hand creams.

 

Horsechestnut  extract

Aesculus hippocastanum

Traditionally used to improve the tone and function of skin, veins and capillaries, horse chestnut is an astringent and circulatory tonic. It also contains a phytochemical called esculin, which has some UV-absorbing capacity. This adds to its skin-protective quality. See esculin

Horsetail extract

Equisetum arvense

Horsetail is rich in many minerals, including silica, iodine and calcium. These are key minerals in growth and maintenance of healthy hair, skin and nails. In our Coconut & Jojoba Shampoo, horsetail strengthens the hair and helps repair split ends.

 

Lavender extract / Lavender oil

Lavandula angustifolia

 

Lavender is a soothing, calming herb for delicate and sensitive skin. It is antiseptic, due to its volatile oils, and regenerative, due to its flavonoids. Both herb and essential oil are in many of our products, including our Baby Range.

Marigold extract

Calendula officinalis

See calendula

Marshmallow extract
Althaea officinalis Marshmallow is rich in mucilage, which means it is beneficial for smoothing and softening dry, rough skin. We use marshmallow for key areas that need attention such as the lips, hands and feet.

Meadowfoam extract

Limnanthes alba This is an oil extracted from the seeds of the meadowfoam plant, which we use in Chamomile Cleanser. The oil is very stable, with high levels of antioxidants. It absorbs easily into the skin, and is very moisturising and rejuvenating.
 

Myrrh extract / Myrrh oil

Commiphora myrrha

Myrrh has a reputation in oral care due to its antiseptic and astringent properties. This makes it an important ingredient in our mouthwash, mouth freshener and lip balm. The oil is also regenerating on the skin.

Neem extract

Antelaea azadirachta

Neem is a plant from India that has been used for thousands of years for its useful actions on the skin. It is antiseptic and antiviral, as well as having insecticidal properties. In Neem Soap it is cleansing and refreshing.

Nettle extract

Urtica dioica

Nettle is a nutrient-rich herb that is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin and hair. It stimulates circulation and is a traditional remedy for dandruff. It also is very soothing on the skin.

Oak bark extract

Quercus robur

Oak is a traditional herb for darkening the hair due to its high quantity of tannins, which make a natural brown dye. It is in our Rosemary & Thyme Shampoo and Rosemary & Jojoba Conditioner.

Oat extract

Avena sativa

Oats are rich in vitamins and minerals that are very nourishing to the skin. They also have an emollient action, making them soothing. Oats add to the softening action of our Red Clay Shaving Cream and Calendula & Oat Lotion.

Olive leaf extract

Olea europaea

Olive leaf extract has antimicrobial properties and helps restore damaged skin. It is an important ingredient in our Olive Leaf Moisturiser, which targets skin affected by shaving. We also use it in Rose & Almond Night Cream for dry skin.

Orange flower extract

Citrus amara

A sweet-smelling extract, orange flower is beneficial for dry or mature skin and for fair or grey hair. It is very rejuvenating and helps to reduce the effects of ageing on the skin. It also adds highlights to fading hair.

Peach powder

Prunus persica

The peach kernel can be ground into a powder that is mildly abrasive. We include it in our Pumice Foot Scrub where, in combination with pumice, it helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and invigorate the feet.

Raspberry extract

Rubus idaeus

Raspberry leaves are cooling and astringing, which makes them useful for cleansing and toning oily skin. The extract is used in our Clay Mask, which can be used for deep-cleansing or spot treatment.

 

Rose extract / Rose oil

Rosa centifolia/ Rosa damascena

Sweet-smelling rose exhibits mildly astringing and cooling actions. It is rejuvenating and soothing for skin that is dry, inflamed, sensitive or itchy. It also improves the appearance of mature skin, especially where capillaries may have broken.

Rosemary extract / Rosemary oil

Rosmarinus officinalis

 

Rosemary is a versatile plant with a refreshing, woody fragrance. It reputedly improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, as well as being antiseptic, warming and detoxifying.

As an ingredient, the essential oil and extract enhance the health of skin and hair.

Sage extract

Salvia officinalis

Sage is essential for healing skin abrasions. It stimulates circulation and is an antimicrobial. In hair care, it promotes a healthy scalp and helps to reduce dryness and dandruff, as well as improving the quality of hair colour and texture.

St John's wort extract

Hypericum perforatum

Cooling and drying due to its astringent action, St Johnís wort combines with calendula to form the base of our Cologne. It tones and tightens, and with its anti-inflammatory action, it is beneficial for the skin if applied after shaving.

Sodium usnate

sodium usnate

Sodium usnate is a compound isolated from lichen for its effective antibacterial properties. We use it in our deodorants because it helps to reduce bacterial growth and its associated odour.  

Thyme extract / Thyme oil

Thymus vulgaris Thyme stimulates blood flow to an area, so as an ingredient in our shampoo and conditioner, it increases circulation to the head, and thus improves the health of the scalp. Its antimicrobial action also helps clean the hair and scalp.

White tea extract

Camellia sinensis

White tea is rich in antioxidants, which protect the skin from ageing and improve its tone and quality. In our White Tea Eye Gel it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines by renewing cellular structure in the skin.

Witch hazel extract

Hamamelis virginiana

Witch hazel has an important application in skin care due to its effective ability to astringe and tone. It is very beneficial for oily skin, helping to reduce secretions and refine pores. It is cooling and refreshing.

Yarrow extract / Yarrow oil

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is known for its tannin content, which makes it astringent and therefore valuable for treating oily or broken skin. Rich in vitamins A and C, and with circulatory-stimulant properties, it helps to improve the skinís health and overall complexion.