glossary of terms

Acidic- A measurement of ph levels. For optimal health, the body itself should be slightly alkaline, but the skin should remain slightly acidic. This acidic state helps act as the first layer of defense from bacteria and viruses. These organisms simply cannot live in an acidic environment.

Alkaline - A measurement of ph levels. When speaking of the skin, anything higher than 7 being more alkaline. Our skin has a layer of oil with a ph of 4.5 to 6. This layer of oil, called the acid mantle, protects our skin from bacteria. Most soaps are high in alkaline mainly because higher alkaline products help soften the skin and impart that super clean feel. Higher alkaline skin disrupts the that gentle acid mantle and creates a better environment for bacteria to survive in, making it especially important for those suffering from acne to use a more acidic product.

Antioxidant - Constituents that neutralize free radicals which cause damage to the body and skin. Antioxidants come from eating fruits and vegetables and also can be applied topically to help heal the surface of the skin.

Astringent - Solution that removes oil from the skin. Often used after a facial wash to remove any remaining traces of a cleanser and balance the ph from alkaline washes.

Certified Organic - Grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and processed without radiation or additives.

Cold & Expeller Pressed Oils - Oils that are extracted from vegetables with very little heat or without heat at all. Produces the highest quality oils.

Collagen - A protein that forms the chief constituent of the connective tissue and bones. It gives skin strength and durability. Age related declines in collagen production cause thinning of the skin and wrinkles.

Dermis - Layer of the skin just beneath the epidermis. Contains blood and lymphatic vessels, hair follicles, nerves, and glands. Also called cutis.

Elasticity- The substance that enables skin to snap back into place.

Elastin - A protein component of skin that helps maintain skin resilience and elasticity. When elastin is abundant and undamaged, the skin regains its shape after being folded or stretched.

Emollient - Topical applications that are used to correct dryness and scaling of the skin.

Emulsifier - ingredient(s) typically used to keep a mixture well dispersed. It is what binds the oil and water mix.

Exfoliants - Skin care products that break down and remove keratinized cells that naturally build up on the skin's surface. Even skin functioning at peak performance and normal skin can benefit from an exfoliant. Exfoliants help restore that healthy, translucent glow.

Fatty Acids - Oils found in vegetable and animal fats. We use only vegetable fats. Saturated fatty acids are palmitic and stearic. Some unsaturated fatty acids are oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids (excellent emollients for the skin). Fatty acids are necessary for regulating healthy skin and pre-mature aging.

Free Radicals - Highly active chemicals in the body. They're created from many metabolic processes and also from inflammation and excessive sun damage. They contain one or more unpaired electrons and scavenge, or steal, electrons from other molecules, thus damaging those molecules. In terms of your skin, free radicals can damage collagen and elastin.

Hyper-Pigmentation - The darkening of an area of skin. Can be caused by sun damage or other skin injuries. People with darker Asian, East Indian, Mediterranean or African skin tones are also more prone to hyper-pigmentation.

NON-GMO - Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), introduced into our food supply in the mid-1990�s, are bioengineered foods genetically manipulated. This controversial method of meddling with the food supply has not yet been adequately investigated and many believe could cause long term risks.

Nutrient Dense - A term that refers to skin care products that contain a high concentration of added vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nourish the skin and provide added protection from free radicals.

Photo Toxic - Used as a term to caution users of certain essential oils (mainly citrus) that should not be worn directly before exposing skin to the sun. Can cause reaction of redness to the severity of blisters.

PH Balanced - The ph scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is, and a ph of 7 like that of water is considered neutral. All bellow 7 on the scale being more acidic and above 7 more alkaline ranging from 0 to 14. In order to retain a natural resistance to bacteria the skin needs to maintain a balanced ph that ranges from 4.5 to 6.0.

Preservative - A natural or synthetic ingredient that is added to a product to prevent the decomposition process caused by antimicrobial action. We use only gentle preservatives in our products unknown to cause damage to the human system.

Sebum - The semi fluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material. The oil naturally produced by ones skin to help protect it.

Surfactant - Also known as a wetting agent because it is water-soluble and promotes the spreading of a liquid on the skin. A surfactant lowers surface tension on skin for better contact and absorption.
Wildcrafted - Plants that are gathered from their natural, wild habitat, often from pristine areas. When wildcrafting is done sustainably with proper respect, generally only the branches or flowers from plants are taken and the living plant is left, or if it is necessary to take the whole plant, seeds of the plant are placed in the empty hole from which the plant was taken. Care is taken to only remove a few plants, flowers, or branches, so plenty remains to continue the supply.

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