Calm Down Petal Powder Facial Cleanser 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 Chamomile Powder (Chamomilla Recutita Flower)

Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans all used chamomile flowers medicinally, particularly in wound healing and as a cold remedy among many other applications. Classical scholars would find abundant reference to Chamomile in the writings of ancient Greek physicians as a treatment for a wide variety of ailments. In the Unani tradition chamomile is known as Gul-e-Babuna which has been used for various conditions due to its versatility.

Chamomile is a popular flower with a reputation for softening properties and maintaining moisturised skin. The main constituents in chamomile function as antioxidants which include phenolic compounds, primarily the flavonoids apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, luteolin, and their glucosides. The presence of these powerful antioxidants give chamomile its potent skin-soothing action, helps relieve skin inflammation and irritation, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scar.

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 Wholegrain Powdered Oats (Avena Sativa Kernel)

Oats have a beauty tradition that goes back to ancient times.  Ancient Egyptians used oats to soothe inflamed skin. The Roman poet Ovid mentioned oats for their skin benefits in his writings. Middle Eastern women have used oat baths to prepare their skin for centuries.

Oats have gentle and hydrating properties that soften and soothe your skin. Oats contain a soluble fibre, beta glucan, which naturally firms and lifts the skin in a way similar to hyaluronic acid. Oats are great for cleansing the skin due to the presence of saponins that provide gentle exfoliation.They are well documented for their moisturising, soothing, conditioning, and nourishing qualities. They significantly improve skin dryness and roughness. They also include a variety of antioxidants due to the presence of phenols including ferulic acid, caffeic acids and flavonoids.Oats are non-irritating and have low allergenic properties.

Kaolin & Illite Clays

Clay therapies have been used by many human civilisations throughout history. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks & Romans all used clay for cleansing rituals. Ayurveda and Unani therapies have always valued clays for purifying the skin.

Kaolin clay is rich in silica and has a neutral pH. It is one of the softest and mildest forms of clay around. It contains minerals that can remove oil and dirt built up on the skin. They serve as cleansing and refreshing agents by absorbing impurities and reducing blemishes.

Illite clay is able to calm skin. It acts as a magnet for impurities, stimulates blood flow to the skin, removes excess oils and exfoliates dead skin cells. Both clays are gentle and are perfect for mild cleansing. 

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.

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Surfactant)

The early forms of surfactants go back to the babylonian that began the development of hard soaps. It was the ancient levantines that developed plant based soap made from plant oils and herbs and by the 12th century, formed a soap industry in the Middle East.

This effective surfactant provides a mild and gentle cleanse. Sodium cocoyl isethionate is naturally derived from fatty acids extracted from coconut oil and approved for organic formulas. This beautiful surfactant produces a stable, rich and velvety lather without dehydrating your skin due to its mild properties and is 100% biodegradable.