When you look at a skin care bottle from the out-side what isn't apparent is just how many Women, communities and habitats are involved in the ingredients found on the inside.
One of the areas of the beauty industry that is often overlooked is the minority workers, many of them Women behind some of the most precious ingredients that we have all come to love and cherish. Mass production of Ingredients such as Shea Butter, Marula Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil and Morninga Oil are often produced by workers who are not represented within a cooperative.
By supporting cooperatives and sustainable suppliers for our cold-pressed oils we have peace of mind that the communities and Women producing the ingredients benefit directly. Some of the way in which these rural communities benefit are through clean drinking water and literacy classes for Women.
With over 350 active botanical ingredients we are proud of the ecological and cultural diversity of our ingredients, were inspired by the people who cultivate our ingredients, their lives and stories.
Below are the cold pressed oils that we source and purchase for use in our blends from ethical and sustainable producers.
Cold Pressed Argan Oil
Origin: Women's Cooperative Anti-Atlas Mountains Of Morocco
Process: Cold pressed and sustainably produced to protect the argan tree and its vital role ecologically. Considered to be one of the rarest oils in the world due the small and very specific growing area this oil is under the protection of UNESCO.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Origin: Fair Trade – Philippines
Process: Coconut oil is extracted from copra, making it an important agricultural commodity for many coconut-producing countries.
Origin: Women’s Cooperative, Africa
Process: Wild Crafted – Sun dried
Benefits: Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, helps restore elasticity, minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Shea trees bear fruit once annually after they are approximately 20 years old. Africans have traditionally referred to the trees as “Gods gift to Africa” because of their long 300-year lifespan.
Cold Pressed Marula Oil
Origin: Certified Organic – Africa
Process: A labor intensive process, performed primarily by Women of the region.
Benefits: A rich source of Vitamin C, contains 60-70 percent Oleic Acid (omega-9 fatty acid), the fruits, and the nourishing oil pressed from the kernels, have been used for centuries by the people of southern Africa for their remarkable therapeutic, benefits.
Cold Pressed Moringa Oil
Origin: Fair Trade – Ghana
Process: Cold Pressed
Benefits: Moringa is known as the ‘miracle tree’. Moringa leaves are incredibly nutritious (gram-for-gram, more iron than spinach, moringa seeds produce a moisturizing oil packed with antioxidants and cell-stimulating plant hormones to help nourish and repair dry skin and hair.
Baobab Nut Oil
Origin: Organic, Fair Trade – Africa
Process: Cold Pressed
Benefits: Contains high levels of antioxidants and is rich in fatty acids to help condition dry skin.
Raw Himalayan Honey
Origin: Fair Trade – Certified Organic – Certified GMO free – Kassmir Valley, Himalayan Mountains
Process: Raw, unheated
Benefits: Considered the purest honey on earth, rich in Gluconic Acid – a mild alpha hydroxy acid that sloughs dead skin cells and brightens the complexion. The honey is a rich dark color and has not been heated to maintain the natural structure of Vitamin B, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Potassium and Calcium.
Benefits Of Supporting Cooperatives And Sustainable Farming
Buy purchasing from and working with partners who support cooperatives and fair-trade we can ensure a continuous income stream for rural Women who work under a system of payment for their labour.
By supporting fair-trade and Women's cooperatives there is a much greater level of equality and opportunity within the supply chain.
Sustainable harvesting methods and practices include education for the farmers and as a way to protect the natural habitat of these precious oils.
As part of our mission to purchase ethically and sustainably sourced oils we are passionate about education for the girls of these regions. Through education these girls can become independent, influential women. To learn more about how we give back to the communities where we source our oils from CLICK HERE