Category Archives: Ingredient Spotlights

Ingredient Spotlight: Aloe Vera

  Aloe vera was my very first introduction to the healing power of plants. I remember being taught as a young teen that keeping an aloe plant around was helpful for treating burns, and I was amazed when I had the chance to really try it out. It worked! But wow is it useful for […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Broccoli Seed Oil

The first time I saw broccoli seed oil on the ingredient list of a product, I did a double take. After experiencing it for myself, it’s clear that broccoli seed oil is indeed a powerhouse of an ingredient. When cold pressed, broccoli seeds yield a light, non-greasy and easily absorbed oil that has so much […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Marshmallow Root

  Marshmallow root is commonly found in natural skin and hair care products, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? Most of us associate marshmallow with the sweet puffs used for campfire treats and the like. Traditionally, the marshmallows we love to eat were made with powdered marshmallow root. Known as Althea officinalis (Althea […]

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Healing Helichrysum

Have you noticed helichrysum in the ingredients of many of your skin care products? There’s a good reason for that. Helichrysum is an essential oil that promotes skin regeneration and acts as a super healer. There are over 600 species of flowers in the helichrysum genus, which is part of the sunflower family. The type […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Blue Tansy

  For fans of calming, soothing botanical ingredients, blue tansy is a must-have in skincare. You’ve probably run across it in popular products like the Blue Cocoon, and you’ll recognize it by its telltale indigo or blue color as well as its sweet, herbaceous and slightly fruity aroma. Blue tansy, also referred to as tanacetum […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

  At the recent W.E.L.L. Summit in Boston, I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Jolene Hart, who wrote Eat Pretty—a book that teaches you how to eat for healthy skin. She reminded me what incredible health benefits spices—particularly cinnamon—have when we eat them routinely. Cinnamon, for example, is a potent antioxidant that […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin for Healthy Skin

No doubt about it, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are a healthy dietary choice—but did you realize that pumpkin has incredible benefits when applied to the skin? I love to eat pumpkin seeds on salads and as a snack. They are rich in tryptophan, a mood-boosting amino acid that helps increase serotonin levels and contributes to […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Eyebright

  Eyebright is an herbal ingredient that is commonly found in natural skincare treatments for—you guessed it—the eyes. Yes, eyebright does exactly what it’s common name suggests—it helps the eyes look more awake and brightened. It’s naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and can help the thin, delicate skin around the eyes look more youthful and […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Honey

It’s national honey month! This superfood is worth celebrating all year long. Honey is one of the most potent ingredients in natural skincare, yet despite all its power it is one of the most delicate and gentle ingredients you can put on your face. Honey belongs in every skincare routine—from young, oily and acne-ridden complexions […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Seaweed

  If you’ve ever run into seaweed or similar marine plant life at the beach, you know it’s not very glamorous stuff. Cold and slimy are the words that come to mind. However, marine plants like seaweed (also known as algae and kelp) are rich in minerals and antioxidants, making them potent anti-aging ingredients in natural […]

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