Acetyl Hexapeptide -3 -  A peptide consisting of six amino acids that works by relaxing the facial muscles that cause repeated facial expression wrinkling (crow’s feet, laugh lines, etc.).


Alfalfa (Organic)- (Medicago sativa) - The leaves of this herb contain significant amounts of beta-carotene, leading to its widespread therapeutic use concerning a variety of skin disorders.  It is an ideal herb for treating inflammatory conditions, especially those associated with aging. Various arthritic and rheumatic conditions benefit from the use of Alfalfa, including lower backache. Alfalfa is also a natural deodorizer, as well as an infection fighter due to its high content of vitamin A.


Algae Extract- Algae extract is known to benefit the health of both the hair and skin.  Its water-binding properties support moisture retention and it is brimming with essential nutrients and vital trace elements including Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Silicon, and Vitamin A amongst others.  It also contains amino acids, which nourish the skin and hair, supporting structure and luster.  Algae Extract is believed to inhibit the breakdown of collagen, which leads to an increased quantity of collagen in the skin and therefor-diminished signs of aging.


Allantoin- A healing, moisturizing, soothing and anti-irritating, keratolytic and non-toxic. Allantoin is a valuable cell-proliferating healing agent, which stimulates healthy tissue formation. Allantoin has a pronounced keratolytic and skin softening action, acts as chemical debrider of necrotic and scaling tissue, clearing up the areas where applied.  Allantoin is effective at quite low concentrations, 0.1% up to 2%.  As natural component, Allantoin is found in wheat germ, rice polishings, confrey roots, in the earth-worm and as organic component of many soils.


Aloe Vera (Organic)- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - Botanical, moisturizer, skin protectant, humectant.  A member of the South African aloe plant leaf, usually a juice, containing water, amino acids and carbohydrates, used as a moisturizer, stabilizer, and light tonic for the skin.


Alpha Hydroxy - Glycolic Acid - AHA Anti-aging, antioxidant; fruit based.  Glycolic Acid is found in simple sugars.  Glycolic Acid works by dissolving the intercellular cement responsible for abnormal keratinization (discoloration of the skin), improving skin hydration by enhanced moisture uptake, binding water to the stratum corneum, skin renewal and shedding.


Alpha Lipoic Acid- Antioxidant; Anti-aging applications have been noted due to its antioxidant nature.  Helps to smooth fine lines in mature skin.  Accelerates the sloughing off of dead skin, diminishing the signs of actinic keratosis (discoloration of the skin).  Skin cell renewal and cell shedding.


American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) - Adaptogen, alterative, aphrodisiac, cell proliferant, demulcent, rejuvenative.  Ginseng is well known as a super cosmetic, and is especially popular in places like Hollywood.  It is an absolutely wonderful skin conditioner, cleanser, and restorative.  It also acts on free radicals in the body, thus slowing down the effects of aging. 


Apple - Juice from the pressing of apples.  Nutritionally high in vitamin C and polyphenols (antioxidants).  Has a variety of essential nutrients and vitamins that aid in immunity.


Apricot Kernel oil - Prunus Armeniaca - Emollient/moisturizer.  A natural nut/vegetable oil pressed from the kernel of the apricot, for penetrating and softening. Non-greasy feel.  High content of Vitamin E.  Some claim it can aid the skin in retaining elasticity and suppleness.  Is a triglyceride containing oleic and linoleic acid. Another natural replacement for mineral oil. Mimics the skins natural sebum and is readily absorbed into skin. 


Aprylic/Capric Triglyceride-  Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient and skin-repairing ingredient.  It’s included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to repair its surface and resist moisture loss.  Caprylic/capric triglyceride can also function as a thickener, but its chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin. This ingredient’s value for skin is made greater by the fact that it’s considered non-sensitizing. Due to its fatty acid content, caprylic/capric triglyceride may clog pores, but there is much debate about this because some researchers feel that the medium-chain fatty acids that comprise this ingredient have an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces the risk of breakouts.  In addition, caprylic/capric triglyceride is not an oily or wax-like ingredient that can easily get stuck in the pore lining.


Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract- Also known as Bearberry Extract, this natural skin lightener works by reducing melanin production.  By inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for the formation of melanin in the skin.  Bearberry is effective for lightening age spots and evening skin tone for an uniform, bright complexion.


Arnica(Arnica Montana) - Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Analgesic,  Antiecchymotic. Traditionally used for the external treatment of sprains, bruises, swelling, muscle pain, varicose veins inflammations, and rheumatic complaints. Arnica can also be used to treat athletes’ foot, as well as stimulate hair growth.  Arnica grows wild in alpine meadows, and can be easily identified by its brightly colored yellow-orange flowers.


Arrow Root - A chemical component of Vitamin C and free radical fighter.  Can be used to lessen skin pigmentation.  Is found in fruits and vegetables.  Essential for the production of collagen in the skin.


Bayberry (Wild Crafted) - (Myrica cerifera)- Antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, deobstruent, emetic, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, tonic. Bayberry is a strong skin cleanser and healer, and is good for treating ulcerated sores.  It also aids in digestion, nutrition, blood building, blood circulation, and the healing of cuts, ulcers, bruises and insect bites.


Beeswax- Emollient. A wax produced by bees, used as a wax base or for smoothing the skin.


Benzyl Alcohol - Benzyl alcohol is a natural ingredient. Many plants, fruits, and teas have it as a component, as do essential oils like jasmine, hyacinth, and ylang-ylang.  Benzyl alcohol is a colorless liquid that has a mild, pleasant aromatic scent.  It is often used as a preservative due to its bacteriostatic and antipruritic properties.


Blueberry- Blueberries are rich in fiber as well as vitamins A and C.  No matter what form blueberries take in your diet, their many vitamins and nutrients can be good for your skin. Whether you suffer from acne, broken capillaries or uneven skin, the nutrients in blueberries will help.  Antioxidants and phytochemicals found in blueberries help to neutralize free radicals, which might otherwise damage skin cells, leaving your skin with a younger and softer look and feel.  A diet high in fat and carbohydrates can also encourage skin aging, so blueberries prevent aging by providing you with many needed nutrients while providing very low levels of fat and cholesterol.


Borage Oil- Borago Officinalis- An acting emollient best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is truly marvelous as carrier oil and is equally superb for addition to body care products. Natural expeller pressed oil from raw almond kernels and exceptionally rich in fatty acids.  Emollient; moisturizer; ointment base; botanical. Considered useful for sensitive skin.  Mostly the leaves are used; sometimes the flowers.


Butylene glycol- A small organic alcohol used as solvent and conditioning agent.


Caffeine-  Oil expressed from the crushing of coffee beans.  High in antioxidants, which slow environmentally created free radicals.  Helps to soften skin and may have anti-inflammatory properties.  It can penetrate skin’s barrier and has a constricting effect, which can help reduce redness but also may be irritating. 


Calendula (Organic)- (Calendula officinalis) -Calendula supports the connective tissues of the skin, and is good for healing all types of skin irritations and injuries such as burns, rashes, cuts and varicose veins.  Due to its natural content on iodine, it is considered to be one of the best antiseptics available.


Camellia Seed Oil- Camellia Sasanqua- Anti-aging; emollient; carrier; moisturizer. High content of oleic acid. Helps in role of anti-oxidation and is fairly non-greasy.


Carbomer- A group of thickening agents used primarily to create gel-like formulations.


Carrageenan Gum - Chondrus Crispus.  Irish Moss.  A natural stabilizer and emulsifier. Wonderful humectant properties for the skin and hair.  


Cayenne (Organic) -(Capsicum annum) - Cayenne is a known catalyst, and aids the body in absorbing virtually any concoction.  It stimulates digestion, increases circulation, and is high in vitamin A.  This last property is especially useful to us because vitamin A heals ulcers in the cell structures of arteries, veins and capillaries, heals any inflammation, aids in healing the flu and colds, lowers cholesterol, and decreases fat deposits in the liver while simultaneously increasing the liver enzymes responsible for fat metabolism. 


Cetearyl Glucoside - Fatty alcohol derived from corn and coconut oil.  Helps skin and hair retain moisture leaving a velvety feel while providing a smooth product consistency.


Cetyl Alcohol- A fatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other ingredients.  We use a naturally derived cetyl alcohol as in coconut fatty alcohol. It is not an irritant and is not related to SD alcohol or ethyl alcohol. The term alcohol here is a real disservice to this ingredient as it is really a fat substance.  Produced from Palm Oil usually, but it is also found in Coconut and other vegetable oils (it can be made synthetically too). Considered by some sources to be non-comedogenic, it is a moisturizer (not at all a drying alcohol).


Chamomile (Organic) -(Anthemis nobilis-Roman) - Analgesic, anodyne, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-pholgistic, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, aromatic, calmative, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge.  


Chickweed(Wild Crafted) - Chickweed is an excellent herb for treating any skin problem ranging from boils to sores to diaper rashes, and is also used for breast inflammation during lactation.  It is good for stomach ulcers, and inflammation in general.  Chickweed has a soothing effect on the body, and for this reason is used in baths. It moves plaque out of blood vessels, strengthens the tissue lining of the stomach, and breaks down cellulite.


Chinese Ginseng (Panax schinseng) - Ginseng promotes regeneration of the body, helps to rebuild body strength, and is a stimulant for the brain and memory centers. Ginseng fights free radicals in the body, therefore combating the signs and symptoms of aging.


Citric Acid - Acidulent; AHA; buffer. Often used to adjust the pH of a product.


Cocoa Butter- Theobroma Cacao - Emollient; skin conditioner; skin protectant.   Super high mineral content, vitamin C content, and Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin collagen, which assists with wrinkles and other signs of aging. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, where it has been used to protect and condition skin which has been damaged by the sun and wind. 


Cocamide MIPA- A mixture of isopropanolamides of coconut acid.  Also known as cocamide monoisopropanolamine.  This ingredient works in a variety of ways, including as an emulsifier, a stabilizer (in foams & emulsions), a thickener, a surfactant, an anticorrosive agent and a foaming agent.


Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine- A surfactant derived from Coconuts.


Cocomidopropyl Betaine- Derived from coconut oil and beets and is highly water soluble.  It is supplied in a clear yellow liquid with no or faint odor. Cocamidopropyl betain is very mild co-surfactant compatible with anionic, nonionic, cationic surfactants (also useful as primary surfactant), good cleanser & foam booster, viscosity enhancer, excellent conditioning & antistatic agent, moderate emulsifier. 


Coconut Oil (Organic) - Cocos Nucifera- Antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and contains lauric acid which is unique and wonderful for the skin.  Virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed, pure, natural and unrefined.  Our Virgin Coconut Oil is extracted from freshly harvested coconuts using a wet milling process that uses neither chemicals nor high heat.  The result is a clear coconut oil that retains the distinct scent of coconuts.  In addition, it is naturally full of antioxidants and has an endless shelf life.


Coenzyme Q10 - CoQ10 helps the skin by acting as a strong antioxidant.  It helps to neutralize the harmful free radicals that are one of the major causes of aging. Thus, the age-related decline in CoQ10 also your skin is more prone to damage by free radicals.  Using topical anti-aging creams that contain CoQ10 can effectively help fight the signs of aging. CoQ10 penetrates deeply to provide antioxidants and help create collagen and elastin.


Colloidal Silver- A powerful healing agent and natural antibiotic.


Comfrey (Organic) - (Symphytum officinale) - Comfrey supports rapid healing due to its cell proliferating properties, can often close wounds, and is useful in healing respiratory problems. Comfrey soothes inflammation and can be applied to sore breast burns, wounds, swelling and bites.  It promotes healthy skin and strong bones, promotes the secretion of pepsin, thereby making it an effective digestive aid, and arrests all sorts of bleeding and hemorrhaging.


Cranberry (Organic)- A powerful antioxidant protects against environmental aggressors. Provides nourishment to all skin types.


Cranberry Seed Oil- Vaccinium Macrocarpon- The only available botanical oil with a one to one ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic) fatty acids. This balance is critical for optimum health and dermal integrity.  Cranberry seed oil has excellent oxidative stability and contains 70% essential fatty acids making it a superb emollient, lubricant and conditioner for the skin.  Cranberry seed oil contributes to the lipid barrier protection of the skin and assists in moisture retention. 


Crithmum Maritimum - (Sea Fennel Wax) - Sea Fennel has long been honored for its healing and medicinal purposes. Today, the extract of Sea Fennel is one of THE best skin care ingredients for anti-aging and over-all skin strength and luster.  Sea Fennel Extract softens the skin, unclogs pores, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover and evens out skin discoloration and texture.  It enables the epidermis to regain its youth and vitality and improves radiance and tone. The secret of blue-green, beauty-bestowing plant is it’s rich, bio-available nutrients! Sea Fennel Extract is often considered a plant alternative to Retinol– but we think of it as an upgrade! Retinol and, more generally, retinoids are synthetic versions of Vitamin A.  Used in many skin care products to refine texture and boost the appearance of glow, synthetic Retinoids are actually only partially effective because their nourishment isn’t bio-available.  Sea Fennel is lush with radiance-delivering sea-minerals, vitamins A, C, E, amino acid peptides, pigments and polyphenols, can effectively stimulate skin renewal and boost collagen and elastin because those nutrients are bio available! They come in a package the skin understands and knows how to process and integrate. The result is harmony and the highest manifestation of beauty!


Cucumber Hydrosol - Derived from cucumber, it is known for its soothing and astringent effect.  Composed of 90% water (cooling action), amino acids, proteins, lipids, and vitamin C. It serves as an antioxidant that helps soothe and relieve puffiness.


Decyl Glucoside- Decyl glucoside is a mild, plant derived, biodegradable, natural, and gentle coconut based cleanser.  Mild foaming surfactant sourced from glucose and corn. 


Dipeptided Diaminobutyroyl - This skin conditioning agent is categorized as a neuro-peptide, and believed to block the body's uptake of Na+, which in turn causes the facial muscles to relax and prevent the formation of expression lines (wrinkles).  For this reason, it's mostly used in anti-aging products that are specifically designed to provide a safer alternative to botox.


Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate - Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is a disodium salt used as a gentle nonionic surfactant.


Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate- A disodium salt used as a gentle nonionic surfactant. It is safe and gentle and rates zero on the toxicity rating for Skin Deep.


Distillate Waters- Hydrosols are exquisite aromatic waters derived from fruits, herbs, plants, and flowers that have been distilled to produce essential oils.  They are hydrating, nurturing, healing, protective, cleansing, and restorative to the skin when applied topically.


Echinacea Root (organic) -(Echinacea purpurea) - Within the last twenty years extensive research has been done showing that Echinacea has an antibiotic cortisone-like property, and assists in the healing of the synovial membrane, supports collagen through hyaluronic acid protection, promotes wound healing, stimulates T-cell lymphocytes and suppresses tumors.  


Elder Flower (Organic) - (Sambucus spp.) - Anti-inflammatory, detoxicant, diaphoretic (mild), laxative.   It has been used for generations as a folk remedy for the flu, coughs and colds, and is known to reduce fever, purify the blood and cleanse the body at a cellular level.  This herb is also an anti-inflammatory, and can be used as a sedative to help relieve pain.


Ethylhexyl Hexyl Glycerin - This is a (natural and gentle preservative) derived from glycerin and used in various skin, hair, and body care formulations.


Evening Primrose Oil - Oenothera Biennis - Emollient; skin conditioner; botanical.  Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin maladies will benefit form this oil. Evening Primrose Seed Oil is pressed the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant.  Evening Primrose Seed Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid that is needed for our cardiovascular, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems, and to maintain healthy cells and body functions.  In addition, Evening Primrose Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator.


Ferulic Acid -  Extracted from Rice Bran Oil, is one of the most powerful natural anti-oxidants. Many plants contain Ferulic acid, which plays a key role in the plants self preservation mechanism, re-enforcing it's cellular wall strength and protecting it from microbial damage as well as sun damage.  In vivo testing has shown Ferulic Acid to be highly effective as a topical anti-oxidant.  Comparable to Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) Ferulic Acid may help to prevent the propagation of the free radical chain.


Flax Oil - Linum Usitatissimum- From linseed oil.  Natures riches plant source of Omega-3EFA (alpha-linolenic acid) at approximately 54%. Omega-EFA is beneficial for dry skin and tissue inflammations.


Geranium Essential Oil- Geranium is best known for its rather incredible ability to regenerate extremely damaged and traumatized skin.  It has even been used to heal severely burned skin with no scarring!  It is a truly amazing essential oil for all things anti aging.  Geranium also facilitates the uniform distribution of melanin in the skin, which makes it a useful oil in the reduction of scars that manifest as discoloration.  In aromatherapy Geranium strengthens the spirit, uplifts the mood and helps to aid in the relief of depression.


Gingko Biloba (Wild Crafted) - Gingko is a longevity herb. It increases blood flow, helps with memory loss, reduces blood cell clumping, prevents strokes, and helps with Tinnitus. Ginkgo biloba helps to prevent macular degeneration, oxygenates cells, and strengthens the vascular system.


Ginseng(Wild Crafted) - Is thought to promote skin cell regeneration by increasing oxygenation to skin cells.  It also has the effect of boosting blood circulation as well as detoxifying the blood, which is very important to human skin health.  


Glyceryl Caprylate(Natural Preservative) - An emollient found naturally in cows milk, goats milk, palm oil and coconut oil.  Used as a natural preservative.


Glycerly Stearate- Glyceryl Stearate- This is a plant derived thickening agent that helps give products a luminescent or opalescent appearance. 


Golden Seal (Organic) - (Hydrastis canadensis) - This herb is good for treating various feminine problems such as profuse menstruation.  It increases blood supply to the spleen, treats cracks in the skin, is an antiseptic, strengthens the immune system, relieves mouth sores, and cures ring worm.  Golden Seal also contains the natural anti-biotic known as Berberine, which is useful in treating mouth and gum problems.


Gotu Kola(Hydrocotyle asiatica) - Adaptogenic, alterative, anti-pyretic, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, blood purifier, diuretic, nervine, sedative, stimulant, brain tonic. Gotu Kola purifies the blood, balances hormones and the nervous system, and helps with menopausal problems in women.  It has been used as a blood cleanser for skin diseases.


Grapefruit Essential Oil - Citrus Grandis- Antioxidant; botanical. Contains antibacterial properties. Extracted from the seeds of grapefruits.


Grapeseed Oil - Vitis Vinifera - Our Grapeseed oil is truly superb in every regard.  Grapeseed is especially wonderful for those with skin sensitivities because of its natural non-allergenic properties.  Antioxidant; carrier; emollient; moisturizer. Contains natural Vitamin E and is good in massage oils. Has a high linoleic acid content. An amazing anti-oxidant, for anti-aging benefits. 


Green Tea (Wild Crafted/Organic) -(Thea cinensis, Camellia sinensis) - Stimulant, diuretic, astringent.  Because of its high antioxidant content it is useful in preventing aging, and soothes and calms skin.  Green Tea stabilizes blood lipids, stimulates immune functions, prevents plaque build up on the teeth, and reduces mental fatigue.  It is also useful in treating high cholesterol and hypertension.


Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract - (Astaxanthin)-  Derived naturally from fired up micro algae, Astaxanthin is 600 times more effective at antioxidant activity and skin repair than vitamin C. Astaxanthin also creates a natural sun protection factor in the dermal layers that allows for sun exposure minus the inherent inflammation and collagen breakdown which normally occurs.  Astaxanthin repairs collagen production removes aging free radical damage, eliminates the source of aging, which is inflammation, and restores skin to elastic, bright, pimple and wrinkle free tones and textures.  Studies performed with Astaxanthin and skin health and repair show an immediate improvement in skin tone, elasticity and firmness upon its introduction.  Astaxanthin is bright orange in color. Suggested use is from 0.01% up to 1%.


Hawthorn (Wild Crafted) - (Crataegus oxycantha) - Anti-spasmodic, astringent, cardiac, digestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypertensive, hypotensive, sedative, cardiac-tonic, tonic. Hawthorn increases oxygen utilization by the heart, increases enzyme metabolism in the heart muscle, is a mild dilator of coronary vessels and lowers blood pressure. 


Hemp Oil- Cannabis Sativa Oil - Emollient; moisturizer; vegetable oil. Hemp seed oil is considered an ideal companion to Flax Seed oil.


Honey- Mel- Emollient-  Humectant; skin conditioner; hair conditioner. Honey is composed of several sugars and other substances, including malic, formic, citric, and lactic acids as well as enzymes and amino acids. A highly complex substance.


Horse Chestnut - (Aesculus hippocastanum) - Tonic, narcotic, febrifuge. The bark of Horse Chestnut is used for fevers and externally to treat ulcers and sores.  The tannins, flavonoids and saponins in Horse Chestnut tone and strengthen the vein walls. 


Hyaluronic Acid-  Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most exciting ingredients on the market today. Until the 1990s the only method of producing hyaluronic acid was extracting it from rooster combs. Currently there are two forms of hyaluronic acid on the market; one derived from rooster comb and the other derived by the fermentation of yeast.  We only carry the 100% vegan approved material.  Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the extracellular matrix of human tissue. Topically applied hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective breathable barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance. The cuticle layer of the skin normally contains 10-20% water, however as we age it can drop to below 10%. Hyaluronic acid comes to the rescue with its unique ability to hold more than 1000 times its weight in water, which is a key factor in allowing the skin to retain more water.  Amazingly, hyaluronic acid adjusts its moisture absorption based on the relative humidity in the air.  It is the ideal ingredient in skin care products as it adjusts to the skins need for a moisturizing effect depending on the relative humidity of seasons and climate of an area. Hyaluronic acid also protects the epidermis by scavenging reactive oxygen species generated by ultra violet light, which would normally cause sunspots.


Hydroxyethyl Cellulose- A plant-derived thickening agent typically used as a binding agent or emulsifier. Also used (most often in styling products) as a film-forming agent.


Hydrogenated Castor Oil-  Natural source oil from Castor beans. Hard and shiny oil found in most cosmetics that acts as a barrier agent and protective medium against harsh conditions and extremes. Very soothing and lubricating to the skin. It acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin. 


Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil-  Natural source oil that acts as a barrier agent and protective medium against harsh conditions and extremes.  This oil is rich in fatty acids, and very soothing and lubricating to the skin. It acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin. 


Jojoba Oil (Organic) - Simmondsia Chinensis- Emollient; moisturizer. Very high natural content of Vitamin E.  Extremely skin nourishing.  Lasts longer in natural state than most oils. Has been credited with skin healing.  Provides rapid absorption.  Non-comedogenic.  Mimics skin's natural sebum for superior uptake and absorption.


Juniper - (Juniperus spp.) - Anodyne, anti-fungal, anti-rheumatic, urinary antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, lithotriptic, parasiticide, stimulant, stomachic, digestive, tonic. promotes and improves blood circulation.  Helps in the removal of toxins like uric acid from the body.


Kelp- Macrocystis Pyrifera -  Sea Kelp is full of trace minerals from the sea.  Stimulating, revitalizing, and nourishing to the skin due to its sulfur amino acid and iodine content.  Kelp has anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. When harvested correctly it is full of natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes.


Kosher Vegetable Glycerin- A natural humectant and affordable moisturizer. Vegetable based.


Lactic Acid - a powerful ingredient that helps reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.


Lavender -  (Lavandula officinalis) - When applied externally, Lavender oil stimulates sore and exhausted muscles, and soothes sprains, strains and stiff joints.  Lavender is an antiseptic and helps to heal and treat pimples, wounds, and sores.


Lecithin (soy)- Plant source of Lecithin which is mechanically extracted.  It acts as an organic emulsifier in both food and cosmetic applications.  Used for smoothing both hair and skin – leaves them feeling soft and conditioned.


Lemon- (Melissa officinalis) - From the small evergreen tree.  Lemon is a natural pH adjuster, contains astringents and enzymes that have an antiseptic and toning effect, provides flavor.


Lemongrass- Properties: Insect repellent, Antiviral, Sedative, Anti-inflammatory.


Licorice (Organic) -  (Glycyrrhiza glabra) - Licorice is anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, normalizes ovulation, stimulates the production of interferon, soothes sore throats, and stimulates and sustains adrenal functions.  Licorice root helps the body handle stress, raises blood sugar levels to normal, brings up phlegm, and soothes the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.


Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate- Vitamin C- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a vitamin C derivative that has better stability than absorbic acid.  MAP is an excellent non-irritating skin whitening agent that inhibits skin cells to produce melanin and lightens age spots. MAP is a potent anti-oxidant (protects skin from oxidation incl. UV rays) and it inhibits lipid-peroxidation.  Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is an anti-inflammatory and it promotes collagen synthesis.  MAP does not degrade in formulas containing water. Skin-lightening products have become more popular around the world.  With the increased number of lightening, whitening and brightening products, questions have arisen as to the safety of some skin-bleaching ingredients. The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on over-the-counter sales of cosmetic products containing hydroquinone.  The interest in lightening products remains strong, which means that there is a need for other ingredients that achieve the same lightening results.  One emerging product in this realm is magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is a water-soluble derivative of vitamin C, known to show some evidence of skin lightening abilities.  The Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) and its Cosmetic Research product-tracking extension both show rapidly increasing numbers of new products featuring magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.


Marshmallow (Organic) - (Althaea afficinalis ) - Marshmallow is very soothing for any sore or inflamed spot on the body, is soothing to the lungs, digestive tract and bowels, enriches the milk of nursing mothers, and promotes healthy intestinal flora.  It eases the passing of kidney stones, and is used externally for varicose veins, dermatitis and skin abscesses.  When eaten, the non-absorbable polysaccharides coat the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and absorb toxins.  Marshmallow is an anti-irritant, and scientific evidence shows that one pound of Marshmallow contains 286,000 units of vitamin A, making it ideal for the skin and other tissues.


Matrixyl 3000- Based on peptides that aim at stimulating the synthesis and replenishment of the skin matrix (the skin's structural framework).


MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane - MSM has been present in the oceans, soil, and atmosphere of the Earth for eons.  Organic sulfur (MSM) occurs naturally in the human body.  It actually makes up 5% of the human body and is essential for every organ, cell, tissue, hormone, enzyme, antibody, and function found in the body. This whole food is a beautifying mineral, and contributes to hair, skin, nail, and joint renewal and health.  Bio-available, MSM must be continually replenished for optimal youth, nutrition and health.  A wonderful additive to have in EVERY product.


Niacinamide- Niacinamide is a derivative of Niacin, or Vitamin B3.  When applied topically, Niacinamide dramatically improve skin tone and texture.  It has also been clinically proven to significantly address and resolve hyper pigmentation, wrinkles, sunspots, uneven skin texture, sun damage, acne, rosacea, and inflammation.  Niacinamide is a potent active ingredient specifically because the results are immediate.  Upon application, the lipid activity in Vitamin B3 immediately turns inflammation on its ear, stops pimple formation in it's tracks, and begins the rapid restoration of damaged aging skin.  Niacinamide is safe for everyday use and has no know adverse reactions to its use.


Ocean Mineral Complex - A consciously harvested, highly effective liquid complex that epitomizes Innovative Natural Science.  A truly unique, proprietary concentrate of over 92 ocean minerals in a highly stable, bio-available compound base of all natural materials.  Ocean Mineral Complex is the answer to tired and compromised skin structure and integrity, and will breath new life into the same old skin care regime. Ocean minerals and trace elements are called cofactors, meaning they activate enzymes necessary for proper cellular function.  This is the equivalent of placing the key into the ignition of the car.  Thalassotherapy is a very old regime which incorporates a variety of treatments where one is bathed, showered, wrapped, rubbed, or scrubbed with sea water or seaweed to prevent or cure various conditions and to provide vitality and replenishment for the skin and body.  Our Lab has taken this age-old wisdom and refined it into a modern, cutting edge youthening and replenishing bioactive concentrate Seawater is very similar in composition to human plasma and is readily accepted into the human body.  Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfate, phosphorus, copper, infinite ions as well as trace minerals are some of the essential nutrients found in our ocean mineral complex.  The re-mineralizing and restorative properties of the ocean are captured here in a potent concentrate, which can be worked into any cutting edge proprietary formulation.  As our soil and its bounty continue to be de-mineralized and depleted of essential nutrients and trace elements, our Ocean Mineral Complex will provide a substantial boost not only to the anti-ageing program of its users, but also a boost to their health.  This is something that we can all feel good about.


Olive Oil (Organic) - Olea Europaea - The line of Olive oil offered by VIE is 100% pure cold pressed and extra virgin from the highest quality Tunisian Olives with no other oils added to it. A great light barrier oil rich in Polyphenols and antioxidants. Soothes and hydrates skin. High in polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants and nutrient rich. Long lasting, stable oil. Used often to help soothe burns and scrapes, in an extra pure form called Sweet Oil.


Orange Peel Tincture - Citrus Aurantium Dulcis - Anti-inflammatory; antibacterial; antiseptic. Contains properties considered to be toning and antiseptic. Also some anti-fungal properties present.


Oregano Oil- Rhus Coriaria - This is claimed to be an antioxidant, with properties to assist in inhibition of bacterial growth and inhibiting the growth of fungi.  Assists with decreasing inflammation as a detoxifier.


Oregon Grape (Wild Crafted) - (Berberis aquifolium) - Oregon Grape has the ability to release stored iron into the bloodstream, helping to maintain a healthy supply of hemoglobin in the blood.  Oregon Grape is also known to have a direct effect on the skin.  It restores ones complexion and texture, especially after a bout of sores, acne breakout or other skin disease.


Palmitoyl Oligopeptide- A blend of palmitic acid (a fatty acid) with several amino acids, including alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glycine, histidine, lysine, proline, serine and/or valine. Theoretically, many peptides have cell-communicating ability and can help skin cells function in a more normal, healthy manner.  t is also possible that Palmitoyl oligopeptide may stimulate collagen production and encourage the production of intercellular matrix substances such as hyaluronic acids.


Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3 - (Peptide) -  This collagen synthesis booster works by activating the release of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) within the epidermis.  By actively promoting collagen synthesis palmitoyl tripeptide-3 is effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving the skin's firmness and moisture retention.


Papaya Enzyme - (Carica Papaya) - Antioxidant. Contains a considerable amount of Papain, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, and enzymes. Some antiseptic properties.


Passionflower(Organic) - (Passiflora incarnata) - Anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, hypotensive, nervine, sedative (mild).  Passionflower improves circulation, helps with sciatica, calms the nerves, has anti-inflammatory properties, aids in helping one go to sleep, and kills bacteria.


Pentylene Glycol- Pentylene Glycol is synthetic humectant used in cosmetics and beauty products that is also secondarily used as a solvent and preservative. It is both water and oil-soluble and can have moisture-binding and antimicrobial properties


Peppermint Extract (Organic) - (Mentha piperita)- Helps relieve skin irritation and itching. It reduces redness caused by inflammation, acne and sun burn, and cools the skin by restricting blood capillaries, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and soothed.


Periwinkle (Wild Crafted) - Applications of this liquid herbal extract in a carrier oil or salve may help in relieving the symptoms of skin conditions like acne, dermatitis and eczema.  A solution of the extract from the Periwinkle flowers is said to be useful in the treatment of eye infections and irritation of the eyes.  Externally, the herbal tincture has been used for bleeding piles, or hemorrhoids, and is known to stop the bleeding, thereby quickening the healing process.


Phenoxyethanol - Phenoxyethanol is a common cosmetic preservative that is considered one of the less irritating ones to use in formulations. Phenoxyethanol is an organic chemical compound, a glycol ether often used in skin care products.  It is a colorless oily liquid.  It is mildly soluble in water.  Phenoxyethanol can be derived from flower extracts.  It does not release formaldehyde. It is a weak biocide, most active against Gram-negative bacteria. It is typically used at 0.1%.


The EWG (Environmental Working Group)

A well-respected body on the use of chemicals has this to say about phenoxyethanol.

  • No information on cancer

  • No information on developmental & reproductive toxicity

  • Low concerns for allergies & immunotoxicity

  • Classified as an irritant for eyes, skin & lungs – 2% or higher

  • Classified as toxic or harmful for products used around the mouth or lips – 2% or higher


Phospholipids- One of nature’s most powerful humectants, Phospholipids are naturally occurring in skin as a way of protecting the dermal layer from external stressors including wind, sun and chemicals by locking in moisture. Recent studies have shown that topically applied phospholipids, derived from soy lecithin, are very effective in mimicking and enhancing the skin’s ability to retain moisture and protect it from external factors.


Phytic Acid - a natural plant antioxidant found primarily in bran, cereal seeds, and fruit seeds. Most often used as a skin lighting agent in the skin care industry, phytic acid basically works by blocking the entrance of iron and copper in the formation of melanin.


Plant Stem Cells- Plant Stem Cells have the capacity to replenish themselves through self-renewal and also the ability to divide almost limitlessly.  Cutting-edge research on plant stem cells (which are different from the controversial human stem cells studies) have demonstrated some promising health benefits to human skin.  A new hope for problems such as wrinkles, visible capillaries and sun damage, plant stem cells have proven to support the skin’s cellular turnover.  Environmental toxins, excessive sun exposure and improper nutrition can result in prematurely aged and damaged skin.  As a way to address such issues, stem cells of apples and edelweiss, among others, are increasingly integrated into skincare products.


Polyglyceryl - 10 Laurate - Derived from glycerin and palm oil.  It is used as an emulsifier, and skin conditioning agent. It is considered to be of low toxicity, and safe for the environment.


Polysorbate 20- This is a non-ionic surfactant that is used to disperse and emulsify formulations. It is indispensable for oil in water emulsions, such as lotions, conditioners, and cream rinses.  Made from oleic acid (olive oil source) connected to a sugar (sorbitol) this compound is then ethoxylated (grain based alcohol) to make it water dispersable.  Non-irritating. 


Potassium Phosphate- Potassium phosphate is a generic term for the salts of potassium and phosphate ions. It keeps PH low in formulations and prevents fungal growth.


Potassium Sorbate- Potassium Sorbate is a mild and natural preservative.  It is developed from Sorbic Acid, which is derived from the berries of the Mountain Ash Tree, and is considered non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.  Potassium Sorbate is namely used to inhibit fungi, mold, and yeast.  However, it is less effective against bacteria and is therefore not considered a broad spectrum preservative.  Paired with other preservatives this ingredient can ensure the complete protection of a formula but only partial protection when used alone.


Raspberry Seed Oil- Rubus Idaeus- Red Raspberry seed oil contains 83% essential fatty acids.  Raspberry seed oil is emollient, lubricating, conditioning, a lipid barrier providing protection to the skin and provides moisture retention for the skin.  This oil has natural UV absorptive properties in all three ranges beneficial for photoprotection.  It contains high percentages of mixed tocopherols, tocotrienols and carotenoids. The oil maintains a mild raspberry aroma.


Red Root Extract (Wild Crafted) - (Ceanothus americanus) - Astringent, expectorant, antispasmodic, sedative, antisyphilitic.  The North American Indians used Red Root to treat fevers and problems associated with the mucous membrane. It stops sniffling associated with flus, colds, asthma and bronchitis.  Red Root is also helpful to control acne and skin related problems, and brighten a sallow, doughy complexion.  


Reishi - (Ganoderma lucidum) - Reishi is very popular in Chinese Taoist herbalism, and is known as the Supreme Protector.  Ganoderma is very high in antioxidants, making it ideal for the prevention of aging.  It strengthens the internal organs, improves conditions of viral hepatitis, protects the liver, relieves insomnia, improves circulation and helps to normalize bodily functions.  Reishi helps to reduce the symptoms of stress, soothes the nerves, stimulates T-cell activity, is a powerful antioxidant, and is anti-carcinogenic and anti-bacterial in nature.

Rose Hip Oil (Organic)- Rosa Canina - Rosehip seed oil is believed to be the best oil available for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation.  Rosehip seed oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase.  This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity.  Rosehip seed oil also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which further promotes healthy skin.  In particular, it is rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, which are important skin nutrients.  Rosehip seed oil has been used successfully to treat the following skin problems: Stretch marks, UV damage from overexposure to the sun, scars from surgery, burns, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Wrinkles and premature skin aging, Hyper-pigmentation, Dermatitis, Burns, including those from radiation and sunburns, Age spots, Brittle nails, Dry and damaged hair.  Rosehip seed oil is considered a dry oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin easily, and does not leave a greasy residue.  


Safflower Oil (Organic)- 


Sclerotium Gum - 


Sea Buckthorn Oil (Cytisus scoparius) -  is found growing wild primarily in China, Mongolia and Russia.  The said benefits of Sea buckthorn oil range from cancer preventative to cancer treatment, anti-aging wonder berry, antioxidant, cardiovascular health, anti-parasitic, and more. As a topical application for the skin, there is a rich deep pigment in this berry oil that translates into a potent healing antioxidant for all skin types.  The end result of this is fewer lines, diminished sunspots, evening out of skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.  This oil also has UV-blocking properties, aids in skin regeneration and promotes shiny, healthy hair.  In a June 2006 study published in China, researchers investigated the therapeutic effects of the oil on burn patients by applying the oil to the dressing.  Our lab has sourced the highest quality unfiltered food grade, cold processed Sea Buckthorn oil.


Shea Butter- Butyrospermum Parkii - Also known as karite butter, which is extracted from the nuts of the genus Butyrosperum Parkii Kotschy tree that grows in Central Africa.  Shea Butter is superior to cocoa and jojoba butter in its ability to heal damaged and dry skin.  Great protection for the skin from the elements, sun, photoageing, and elimination of superficial irritations, burns, eczema, dermatitis, dermatosis, and all damaged hair conditions.  With high levels of vitamin A, E, unsaponifiables and cinnamic esters, these high antimicrobial and moisturizing properties heal and renew the skin.  Shea butter has a stimulating effect on the metabolism, and clinical research has indicated that Shea butter increases local capillary circulation, which in turn increases tissue re-oxygenation and improves the elimination of metabolic waste products.  Another asset natural to raw shea butter is its high protection against ultraviolet rays.  Clinical tests consistently show that Shea butter without PABA naturally prevents sunburn when exposed to UV rays.  This is a wonderful alternative to chemical sun-protection factors.


Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend - (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, LArginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine) -  The skin is a living, breathing organ and needs an abundant supply of Amino Acids to function properly.  These natural miracles are the very building blocks needed for the creation of important skin proteins like collagen and elastin.  Without amino acids the skin simply cannot function properly.  These selected amino acids are essential to healthy skin.  These are exactly the same amino acids found in collagen and elastin.  Each amino acid is made from plant sources and is painstakingly purified.  These amino acids are then carefully blended to match the optimum amino acid composition in collagen.  By utilizing the unique delivery system in this amino acid blend, the skin now has available the amino acids necessary to beautify and repair itself on a daily basis. Amino acids are the main moisture retention factors in human skin.  Topical application of amino acids has shown to dramatically increase moisture content while decreasing visible lines. In addition, amino acids help in the production of collagen and elastin, regulate sebaceous gland activity and decrease discoloration.  Free radicals are unbalanced molecules caused by the sun, environment and pollution. These unbalanced molecules randomly bounce around inside skin cells and cause damage to important cellular tissues including DNA structures. Amino acids are natural free radical scavenges that seek and neutralize free radicals to help prevent the damage done by them.  L-Proline: Important in maintaining radiant and youthful skinL-Histidine: Protects the body from radiation and sun damage.  Antioxidant, which neutralizes free radicals helping to prevent skin cell damage.  L-Arginine: Speeds the healing of skin cell damage and wounds.  L-Lysine: Skin conditioning agent.  Involved in cellular and tissue repair. Essential amino acid needed for collagen production.  L-Glycine: Repairs damaged tissue and promotes healing.  L-Isoleucine: Branched chain amino acid. Important in protein synthesis and tissue repair.  L-Tyrosine: A building block of protein used to help the moisturizing product penetrate the skin.  Converted by skin cells into melanin that protects against harmful effects of UV light.  L-Leucine: Branched chain amino acid.  Protects against muscle protein breakdown.  L-Glutamine: Helps prevent muscle and tissue breakdown.L-Valine: Branched chain amino acid. Important for muscular and tissue strength.L-Threonine: Important for the formation of collagen and elastin.  L-Methionine: Neutralizes free radicals and fights aging of the skin.  L-Alanine: Important in protein synthesis.  L-Acetyl Tyrosine: Highly bio-available form of L-Tyrosine, a building block of protein.  L-Aspartic Acid: Involved in building skin cell DNA (genetic structure in the nucleolus).L-Serine: Important in formation of cell membranes  .L-Phenylalanine: Building blocks for various proteins.


Sodium Benzoate- Occurs naturally in some plants, such as cranberries. It is used as a natural preservative.  Various tests have shown that it is not carcinogenic.


Sodium Hydroxide- Also known as lye, it is a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to modulate the pH of a product.


Sodium Lactate- Sodium Lactate is the natural salt derived from a natural fermentation product, lactic acid.  Used as a preservative, buffering agent, pH controlling agent, or exfoliant.


Sodium Malate - 


Sodium Stearate- Our Stearic Acid is a fatty acid found in vegetable fats.  It is used as the base for other fatty acid ingredients which are used as emulsifers, emollients and lubricants.


Spilanthes (Organic) - Flower Extract is also known as the Toothache plant as it was traditionally used in Brazil to treat toothaches.


Spirulina- Spirulina Maxima - Botanical; stimulant.  Full of vitamins and minerals, it is said to have a hydrating effect on the surface layers of the skin.  It has also been represented that Spirulina proteins contribute to tissue regeneration of the skin.


Sucrose Sterate - A plant derived emulsifier from sugar and Stearic acid. It is not as strong an emulsifer as Sucrose Distearate.


Sugar Cane - 


Sunflower Oil (Organic) - Helianthus Annuus - Carrier; An oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and it is highly recommended to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.  Our line of organic Sunflower oil has a pleasant scent and is easily absorbed and applied. High in Linolenic acid.


Sweet Almond Oil (Organic)- Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis - An emollient/moisturizer; a natural vegetable oil pressed from almonds used for penetrating and softening.  Is used to help relieve dry, itchy and irritated skin.  Main component is olein with a small proportion of glyceride. Similar to Olive Oil.  Elegant skin feel.


Stearic Acid- Occurs naturally in butter acids, tallow, cascarilla bark, and other fats an oils. Stearic Acid is naturally derived from palm oil.  It helps to bind and thicken creams and is also used in soap and candles.


Stearyl Alcohol- a white, waxy fatty acid obtained from vegetable fats that is used as an emulsifying agent.


Squaline - One of the most effective moisturizers available. It is a remarkable extract from olive oil and is also synthesized in the human liver, a deficiency of which results in dry skin and premature aging. It is a natural component of human skin during childhood and adolescence, but as we enter our twenties, the amount present decreases rapidly, contributing to the ageing process. It was initially discovered in Japan where it was used successfully to treat tuberculosis, and has been shown to have beneficial effects on dermatitis and skin cancer. Studies have also shown that Squalane has a stimulatory effect on the healing process which is thought to be due to its oxidizing effect. It is used in some of the world's most expensive beauty formulas. Beneficial effects on the skin include decrease in dryness and smoothing of wrinkles and scaly skin.


Tamanu Oil- Calophyllum Inophyllum - Tamanu oil is a remarkable topical healing agent with antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.  The Tamanu tree blooms twice annually with fragrant, white flowers, which later yield clusters of yellow-skinned spherical fruit.  The fruits pulp tastes similar to an apple, within which a large nut is embedded.  The nut contains an odorless pale kernel, called punnai in some Pacific areas. This kernel is dried in the sun for two months until it becomes sticky with a dark, thick, rich oil; it must be protected from humidity and rain during drying.  To put this spectacular oil into perspective, and to further justify its relatively high cost, It takes 100 kilograms of Tamanu fruit, the amount that one tree produces annually, to yield just 5 kilograms of cold pressed oil! Natives believed the Tamanu tree was a sacred gift of nature and that gods hid in its branches. It was their answer to skin protection from hot sun, high humidity and ocean wind.  Tamanu Oil heals chapped skin, post-surgical wounds, skin allergies, cracked skin, acne, psoriasis, diabetic sores, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, rashes, abrasions, athletes foot, boils, and infected nails.  It also works miracles on scar tissue, making scars look less unsightly.  

Tea Tree- Melaleuca Alternifolia - Benefits: Abscess, acne, asthma, athletes foot, blisters, bronchitis, burns, candida, chicken pox, cold sores, colds, cough, dandruff, ear and nose infections, fever, flu, fungal infections, herpes, immune system deficiencies, infectious illnesses, insect bites, local anesthetic, oily skin, prevents radiation burns or scalds, pruritis, respiratory problems, sinusitis, skin rashes, staph, strep throat, tooth and gum infections, tuberculosis, viral infections, and warts.


Tocopheryl- Used as an antioxidant and skin conditioning agent.


Violet (Organic)- (Viola odorata) - The fresh leaves of Violet have been used as a poultice for skin cancer since five-hundred B.C.  Violet has antiseptic and expectorant properties, softens hard lumps such as tumors, has been used as a gargle, and treats respiratory disorders, sore throats, chronic coughs and asthma.  It heals internal ulcers, boils, abscesses, pimples, malignant growths, swollen glands and severe headaches.


Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) - Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines on the skin, while leaving it soft, smooth, and supple. It encourages cell renewal, increasing epidermal thickness and skin elasticity, giving the skin a youthful appearance, and prevents skin roughness resulting from UV exposure.Vitamin A can act as a keratinisation regulator, helping to improve the skin’s texture, firmness and smoothness. Vitamin A esters, once in the skin, convert to retinoic acid and provide anti-aging benefits. Retinoic acid alters collagen synthesis by stimulating the growth of fibroblast cells (which produce collagen and elastin) and the extracellular matrix. Vitamin A is believed to be essential for the generation and function of skin cells and a deficiency of Vitamin A is shown by thick, dry skin. Topical application of Vitamin A helps keep skin healthy, clear, infection free and help significantly in the fight against premature ageing.


Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) - An excellent, penetrating moisturizer. It appears to stimulate cellular proliferation and help tissue repair. Studies show that when panthenol is applied on the skin it is converted to pantothenic acid, a B complex vitamin. It also protects the skin against sunburn and acts as a humectant, holding water within the product or attracting water from the environment. It acts as a skin softener providing suppleness. 


Vitamin C- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate- Topical vitamin C has now been shown to provide up to eight times the skins natural protection from UV damage. Sunscreens are also an important part of the prevention process, although they cannot do it alone.  Vitamin C protects your skin from the sun in ways that sunscreens can't.  When used together, Vitamin C and sunscreens provide almost complete photoprotection - preventing photoaging, preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting vibrant skin health. Oxidative damage shows up on our faces in the form of sun spots, discoloration, wrinkles, sagging, and loss of elasticity and glow.  Vitamin C prevents oxidative damage by neutralizing oxygen-free radicals before they can attack the body.  Some Vitamin C is available to the body by oral ingestion, but many individuals do not achieve even the minimum daily requirement through diet or supplements. Furthermore, Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, and so must be reintroduced into the body AND skin on a daily basis.   Our scientists and formulators have refined ways to stabilize and deliver additional amounts of key Vitamin C into the skin. Recent studies show that topical application of optimized Vitamin C combinations can provide up to eight-fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevent the formation of free radicals in UV irradiated skin (sun exposed skin). Our vitamin C formulations are superior to most of the C products on the market - due to our use of a uniquely stabilized vitamin C called Stay C 50.  Stay C 50 is water soluble and is a salt form.  It is easily bioconverted to Vitamin C by skin enzymes.  Ascorbyl palmitate is the more commonly used form of vitamin C in skin care formulations today. It is more stable, meaning that it will not yellow the product base as quickly.  The reason that we do not use ascorbyl palmitate is that it is not as easily converted to Vitamin C in the skin- .it remains in the ester form for a longer period of time. This is not optimal as we want the skin to bioconvert the provitamin form and take up the C right away!  What good will a vitamin C concentrate do for your complexion and skin cells if it cannot actually penetrate into the skin?  We use Stay C 50 at concentrations that may turn the base a light cream color over time. That is because vitamin C is active - all vitamins are active and sensitive to light.  Vitamin-C is necessary for the production of collagen, the major structural protein of the skin and although visible differences will not be seen for approximately two months, you may notice a visible difference in skin texture, color and tone in as early as a few days. VIE by SHANTI’s Topical Vitamin-C products will start to be absorbed by the skin almost immediately.  Because these vitamin-C products were developed as a preventative treatment with the goal of protecting the skin from further environmental damage, the skin will benefit the moment the vitamin-C is applied. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will become less noticeable within two to six months.  Individual results will vary, depending upon the condition of the skin at the time of initial use.  Research shows that topical vitamin-C offers photoprotective qualities. Most individuals find the ideal time to apply vitamin-C is in the morning, because during the day you are more susceptible to sun exposure and L-ascorbic acid provides photoprotection from UVA/UVB radiation.  You can also safely use it at night, as it stays in the skin for up to 72 hours, and cannot be washed off.  Using our Vitamin C products once a day should be perfect for optimal results.  Do not let the slight sting upon application scare you. The high acid levels are necessary in order for the Vitamin C to be absorbed.  Other products with AHAs can still very safely be used alongside of our Vitamin C formulations, and will actually be greatly enhanced by the addition of these products.


Vitamin E -Tocopheryl Acetate - Anti-inflammatory; antioxidant; emollient. Linoleic acid at 71%.  A natural Vitamin E oil obtained by vacuum distillation of vegetable fats. Great for preventing rancidity in cosmetics and it acts as an anti-oxidant in creams, lotions, baby products, cosmetics and more.  Has long been associated with accelerated healing. Is used a lot in burn and scar medical therapy units to assist the skin in healing.


Wheat Germ Oil-Triticum Vulgare - Wheat Germ Oil is naturally rich in Vitamins A, D, and E, and also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, F, Essential Fatty Acids, protein, and minerals.  Wheat Germ Oil contains high levels of Vitamin E Oil, as well as other vitamins, minerals, protein, and Essential Fatty Acids.  Essential Fatty Acids support physiological functions, and are essential for the health of our organs and overall health.  They cannot be produced by our own bodies, and instead must be obtained from dietary sources.  The Vitamin E Oil present in Wheat Germ Oil promotes skin cell formation, and is great for nourishing and rejuvenating dry, mature, dehydrated skin, and reducing scars, stretch marks, sunburns, and damaged skin.  It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, which may be beneficial medicinally as well as in cosmetics.  The high Vitamin E content in Wheat Germ Oil is a natural preservative, helps to prevent rancidity, and prolongs the shelf life of cosmetic products.  


Witch Hazel- Hamamelis Virginiana - Witch Hazel Extract is gentle enough to be used alone, or it may be combined with other ingredients or herbs.  Commercial Witch Hazel extracts usually contain more alcohol than actual Witch Hazel, and have only been distilled once. However, VIE leads in both quality and potency.  Our true Witch Hazel extract has been double distilled, and contains 99.9% Witch Hazel extract and only 0.01% alcohol.  This makes it more soothing than the version found in your local store, and lacks the alcohol sting and scent.  Witch Hazel extract is produced from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub Witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana.  In cosmetic products, Witch Hazel extract is used as an aftershave or a facial astringent, applied to blemishes and pimples, varicose veins, and is used to cleanse oil from the skin, remove make-up, decrease bags under eyes and skin puffiness, and to reduce pore size.  It is beneficial for both oily and dry mature skin, and is commonly found in anti-aging products as well as in products for blemished or acne-prone skin.  


Xanthan Gum- Despite its rather alien-sounding name, xanthan gum is as natural as any other fermented corn sugar polysaccharide you can name.  Xanthan gum derives it's name from the strain of bacteria used during the fermentation process, Xanthomonas campestris. Xanthomonas campestris is the same bacteria responsible for causing black spots to form on broccoli, cauliflower, and other leafy vegetables.  The bacteria form a slippery substance, which acts as a natural stabilizer or thickener.  The United States Department of Agriculture ran a number of experiments involving bacteria and various sugars to develop a new thickening agent similar to corn starch or guar gum.  When Xanthomonas campestris was combined with corn sugar, the result was a colorless goo called xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is considered a polysaccharide in scientific circles, because it is a long chain of three different forms of sugar. What's important to know is that all three of these natural sugars are present in corn sugar, a derivative of the more familiar corn syrup. The Xanthomonas campestris bacteria literally eat a supply of this corn sugar under controlled conditions, and the digestion process converts the individual sugars into a single substance with properties similar to cornstarch. Xanthan gum is used in dairy products and salad dressings as a thickening agent and stabilizer.  Xanthan gum prevents ice crystals from forming in ice creams, and also provides a fat feel in low or no-fat dairy products.  Another use for xanthan gum is the stabilization and binding of cosmetic products.  One advantage of xanthan gum is that a little goes an incredibly long way.  Cosmetic manufacturers add a very small amount of xanthan gum to their cream-based products in order to keep the individual ingredients from separating.  Despite the use of bacteria during processing, xanthan gum itself is safe to human skin or digestive systems. Xanthan gum is often used whenever a gel-like quality is sought.