Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare)
This oil comes from the seed or ‘germ’ of the wheat stalk. Wheatgerm makes an excellent addition to massage oil as it contains high levels of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.
West African Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa)
Shea nuts are wild-harvested in the forested savannah of Africa in an area that extends west-east for approximately 5,000 kilometers between the latitudes of 11 and 14 degrees north of the equator. Our West African shea is from the Tung Teiya Women’s Shea Association in Ghana. Eleven women’s groups, comprising of 450 women, generate income from harvesting shea, valuing and conserving their semi-arid ecosystem. Shea butter improves the elasticity of the skin and enhances the barrier function of the epidermis, helping it to retain moisture.
White lupin protein (Lupinus albus)
An annual bean, the white lupin produces flowers in an upright spike, with each blossom being replaced by a pod containing a number of beans. A thousand beans weigh a kilo (2.2lbs). The white lupin is among the most widely cultivated of the lupins, and has been key subsistence crop for 3,000 years. The white lupin is related to the colourful ornamental lupins that grow in gardens. We use white lupin bean as part of a blend for its skin-plumping, firming and toning properties.
Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis virginiana)
Witch hazel is a deciduous shrub or small tree. Its other common names, winterbloom and snapping hazel illustrate its unusually late flowering period and its explosive bursting seeds that can be ejected as far as 20 feet away from the plant. Naturally rich in tannins the distillate produced from witch hazel has a mildly astringent effect, helping to tone the skin.
White Clay (Montmorillonite)
This super-fine powder helps absorb excess sebum on the skin and draw out embedded impurities.