Calm Down Petal Facial Oil Serum Ingredient Profiles
Rose Petals (Rosa Gallica Extract)
The rose petals are from the rosa gallica variety is native to southern and central Europe and Turkey and the Caucasus. It was the first variety of rose to be cultivated in Europe and was first documented by European herbal practitioners in the Middle Ages for its medicinal value.
Roses have a long history in herbal therapies within the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The famous Persian physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna) is credited with perfecting the distillation of rose oil during the Middle Ages and popularising rose for its fragrance and therapeutic purposes. In the Levant region, the rose is regarded as ‘the queen of flowers’. Rosa gallica was the emblem of the House of Lancaster, known as the ‘Rose of Lancaster’ in the 14th Century. It's also called the 'Provins Rose' referring to the first town known for this rose in France, and the name 'Rosa Gallica' means 'the Rose of Gaul'.
Rose petal extract has various antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that calm the skin. These properties also improve the moisture content in the skin for a rejuvenated fresh appearance.
Organic Bourbon Geranium Rose Oil (Pelargonium graveolens L. Oil)
The geranium rose is native to the perennial shrubs found in South Africa. It was first distilled and used by European herbalists in the 17th century and then cultivated in different regions around the world. The bourbon geranium rose is gently steam-distilled using its flowers and leaves to extract its floral fragrant oil. The bourbon variety only differs from other geranium oils in scent and is the preferred scent of many aromatherapists. In the practice of aromatherapy, geranium rose is considered to have a mood-enhancing scent creating a calming effect.
The organic bourbon geranium rose essential oil we use in Calm Down Petal is from Rwanda in the Kayonza District, which was affected by the civil war in the 1990s. Women from this area are farming and distilling the oils to provide for their families and rebuild their lives. They produce premium quality, organic oils using sustainable farming methods.
It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to reduce skin redness and leaves the skin with a rejuvenated appearance.
Organic Ylang-Ylang OIl (Cananga Odorata Oil)
The Ylang-Ylang flower’s native home is in the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, Comoros, and Polynesia. It has been used for its fragrance and medicinal properties in Indonesian and Filipino traditions. The Indonesians regard Ylang-Ylang as a sensual fragrance and sprinkle Ylang-Ylang flowers on the bed of newlyweds. In the Philippines, Ylang-Ylang has been traditionally used to heal skin injuries.
The Ylang-Ylang flower is gently steam distilled using the plant’s star-shaped flowering part to extract its sweet fragrant oil. Ylang-Ylang has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties and prevents breakouts. In the practice of aromatherapy, Ylang-Ylang is considered a relaxing and stress relieving scent.
Organic Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil)
Sunflower oil was traditionally used by Native Americans for their skin and hair and documented by European explorers in the 18th century. By the 19th century, sunflower oil was also used by European herbalists. It was later commercialised by Russians in the late 19th century for cooking.
Organic sunflower oil has a rich content of linoleic essential fatty acids to restore balance and prevent moisture loss. The organic orange peel contains polyphenols - an antioxidant, and properties to prevent breakouts and calm reactive skin.
We use organic sunflower oil to make the infused oil used in each of our facial oil serum blends. Infused oils is an age-old traditional method used for herbal extractions and can be traced back as far as the Ancient Egyptians and were adopted by subsequent civilisations.
Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil)
Jojoba oil was traditionally used by the O’odham Native American tribe for treating their skin and hair. Mexico also has a tradition that values the use of Jojoba oil for beautiful hair and skin.
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax ester similar to the healthy oils our skin produces. It is a very gentle oil that suits sensitive skin. It improves skin hydration and can regulate oil production in the skin. It is very absorbent and has a light texture that easily penetrates the upper layers of the skin and therefore effectively delivers the nutrients needed for healthy-looking skin.
Organic Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil)
Apricot kernel oil has a tradition rooted in Chinese medicine. It has also been adopted into other Asian traditions.
Apricot kernel oil is a non-irritating, soothing oil that is similar to the oils that our skin produces. It is easily absorbent, with properties that soften the skin and form a film that prevents moisture loss. The nutrients in the oil help improve collagen production needed for healthy-looking skin and help calm reactive skin.
Organic Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil)
Argan oil remains a strong tradition in Morocco and still is produced by the Amazigh Berber women till this day. They live on the land where argan trees grow and use ancient cold-pressed methods to extract the oils. Argan oil is used to protect their skin from dryness in the harsh desert climate. Argan oil was first documented for its benefits by the Andalusian physician Ibn Al Baythar in 1219 and has been a beauty staple in Moroccan culture ever since.
Nicknamed ‘Liquid Gold’, argan oil has a rich content of essential fatty acids which include linolenic acid for its anti-inflammatory properties, palmitic acid that improves skin texture and feels soft and smooth, and stearic acid that helps combat dry skin and leaves a dewy look. It also includes the antioxidant CoQ10 that slows down the signs of ageing and improves the appearance of fine lines. The phenols in the oil help improve the skin's own moisture content and leave the skin with a healthy appearance and a dewy finish.
Organic Baobab Seed Oil (Adansonia digitata Seed Oil)
Baobab seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the Baobab tree and is native in eastern and southern Africa.Baobab trees are regarded as the ‘Tree of Life’ and the ‘Pharmacy Tree’ in the eastern and southern regions of Africa. They are used by traditional African herbalists in the region. The Swahili name the tree ‘Mbuyu’ which means ‘old father’ to describe the long life of the tree. The oil has been traditionally used in the region to moisturise skin and hair.
Baobab oil has a rich content of essential fatty acids that include linolenic acid (omega 3) for a strong permeable barrier and improved skin moisture content. This can really benefit skin dryness. Baobab oil also softens the skin and improves the skin's texture. It has a high content of antioxidants including vitamin A, D, E and F which reduces skin redness and helps rejuvenate and renew cell membrane.
Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil)
Sea buckthorns are berries that grow on shrubs in high altitudes and are native to regions in China and northern Europe. It was a popular medicinal plant used in Chinese and Ayurvedic practices and regarded as ‘the holy berries of the Himalayas’.
Sea buckthorn oil has a rich content of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds. It has a unique fatty acid profile which contains all of the omegas (3, 6, 7, 9) fats that stimulate skin cell regeneration and reduce inflammation. Sea buckthorn has a rich content of sterols, which strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier. It also has a high content of antioxidants including provitamin A carotenoids, which stimulate collagen synthesis, vitamin E, and polyphenols.
Organic Rosehip Fruit Oil (Rosa Canina Fruit Oil)
There are historical records of the use of rosehip within many traditions throughout the world. There’s evidence of its use that goes as far back as the Mayans. Mayan women over 2000 years ago noted its youthful properties.
The rosehip fruit is the red fruit left on rose bushes after the rose flower dies. Rosehip fruits are cold-pressed to extract the oils that have a rich content of valuable nutrients needed for healthy-looking skin. It is nicknamed ‘Oil of Youth’ as it contains important vitamins to restore balanced skin and is able to improve oily skin.