Category Archives: Ingredient Spotlights

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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Ingredient Spotlight: Watermelon Seed Oil

Have you been enjoying watermelon as much as I have this summer? If you need a little inspiration, this post gives you every reason to eat more watermelon (lycopene, potassium and more!). The benefits of watermelon don’t stop there. Cold-pressed watermelon seed oil is one of the best ingredients you can add to your summer […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Oil

  Coconut oil has enjoyed wild popularity over the last few years. With its irresistible tropical scent, it has become one of those trendy ingredients that people know about even if they aren’t keyed in on natural beauty, and I’m certain it has led more than one curious soul on to a cleaner and greener […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Rosehip Seed Oil

Did you know that rose bushes produce small seed pods that look like little fruits at the end of the growing season? They look like tiny persimmons with a darker coloring. These are the rosehip seeds, and they offer up one of nature’s most effective toning and refining ingredients—rosehip seed oil. Studies show that rosehip […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Barbary Fig Seed Oil

There are botanical oils for skincare, and then there are super botanical oils for skincare. Barbary fig seed oil is just that — a super food for your skin. You could call it the kale of botanical oils. Rich in essential fatty acids (particularly omega 3), active minerals, amino acids and powerful antioxidants like betalains, […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary

You may be most familiar with rosemary in a culinary context, but this herb is just as useful in skincare and hair care as it is in your kitchen. Rosemary is an evergreen shrub that originated in the Mediterranean but now grows throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the U.S., too. I have […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter

Let me guess — your skin feels a little chapped, or at least in need of deep hydration. Though we are just rounding the corner toward spring, it is late February and the winter weather seems to be on a rampage. While there are many things you can do to help protect your skin against […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Rose

  Rose is one of the most therapeutic and luxurious ingredients in beauty and aromatherapy. Both precious and expensive, it takes around 60,000 roses to produce a single ounce of rose oil. Of course, there’s an art to harvesting roses for oil production. Roses smell different at different times of the day. Blossoms are traditionally […]

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