Ingredients Glossary

As part of our commitment to environmental and economic sustainability we source as many of our ingredients as possible from small family–owned farms and cooperatives producing with integrity and knowledge accumulated over multiple generations.

Acai (Euterpe oleracea): an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C
Find it in: Antioxidant Mask

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa): stimulates the renewal of skin cells and improves collagen synthesis
Find it in: Toning Mist

Aloe Vera Leaf (Aloe barbadensis): creates a shield over the skin that keeps moisture in and pollutants out and works to calm and soothe skin.
Find it in: Facial CleanserToning Mist, Brightening Serum, Eye CreamNight Cream

Argan Oil (Argania spinosa): extremely rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids (80%) argan oil works to neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging, restore elasticity, minimize fine lines and wrinkles and balance sebum production.  Light and non-greasy, argan oil is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and contains plant sterols to treat a range of skin concerns from acne to eczema. Region: Morocco
Find it in: Facial Cleanser, Serum, Eye Serum, Facial Lotion, Eye Cream, Night CreamAntioxidant Mask, Brightening Serum, Lip & Face Balm, Fez and Essaouira Body Serums, Goat Milk and Honey Argan Soap, Lemongrass Nettle Argan Soap, Hand & Body Balm, pure Argan Oil

Arganyl (Argania spinosa): extracted from the leaf of the argan tree, it contains the vitamin E and antioxidant content of argan oil. Region: Morocco
Find it in: Toning Mist, Eye Serum

Aspen Bark Extract (Populus tremuloides): an excellent source of salicylic acid, it helps soothe skin irritations and reduce inflammation while refining pores.
Find it in: Toning MistEye SerumEye CreamAntioxidant Mask

Barley (Hordeum distichon): contains high concentration of trace elements including selenium, manganese, and zinc which act as catalysts to promote the effectiveness of antioxidative enzymes in the skin. In this way, free radicals are prevented or deactivated more quickly.
Find it in: Night Cream

Betaine: derived from beets, this ingredient boasts a unique molecular structure that allows it to retain moisture and offer superior hydration to the skin.  It is an anti-irritant and can temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles.
Find it in: Facial LotionEye SerumEye Cream

Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum): also known as Moroccan chamomile, this blue-hued oil is an anti-inflammatory, soothing, and calming essential oil. Region: Morocco.
Find it in: 
Facial Cleanser, Brightening Serum, Night Cream, Lip & Face BalmEssaouira Body Serum

Buckwheat (Polygonum fagopyrum): a phytosterol rich extract that inhibits lipogenesis (fat synthesis), resulting in long term reduction in the appearance of bags under the  eyes.
Find it in: Eye Serum

Calendula (Calendula officinalis): moisturizes and promotes skin healing and regeneration due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Region: Egypt.
Find it in:
 Lip & Face Balm, Hand & Body Balm

Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota): nourishes, tightens, and rejuvenates skin due to its high concentrations of carotene and vitamin A.  Some studies have claimed a high SPF (28 – 30). Region: India.
Find it in: Serum, Lip & Face Balm, Hand & Body Balm

Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera): an excellent source of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E.
Find it in: Fez and Essaouira Body Serums
, Hand & Body BalmLip & Face Balm

Coffee Berry Extract (Coffea arabica): high in concentrated polyphenols and phenolic acids, which are natural antioxidants. Region: India.
Find it in: Serum

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum): contains diketones, which are anti-hematomic and reduce the effects of bruising. Region: France.
Find it in: Lip & Face Balm

Glycerin: serves as a humectant, improving the skin’s ability to hold water and boost barrier function.
Find it in: Facial Cleanser, Brightening Serum, Facial LotionAntioxidant Mask

Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera): an excellent source of vitamins E and C, as well as complex polyphenols that bind to collagen and help rebuild the cross-links among the fibers reversing damage caused by free radical attack. Grape Seed extract acts as an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which works to nourish and strengthen the skin cells, particularly the collagen and elastin structures.  Research shows that when grape seed extract is applied to skin prior to UV light exposure, the compounds may have a sunscreen effect, helping to reduce redness and damage to cells. Region: France.
Find it in: Night Cream

Hexapeptide-11: a natural source of peptides, it increases collagen and improves cellular oxygen consumption and blood flow.
Find it in: Toning MistAntioxidant MaskEye SerumEye Cream

Japanese Seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida): a powerful antioxidant that inhibits tyrosinase activity, the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin, to help reduce hyper-pigmentation and lighten dark spots due to aging, sun exposure or scarring.  It also blocks hyaluronidase, the enzyme that degrades hyaluronic acid, and prevents the deterioration of the extracellular matrix.  Region: Japan.
Find it in: Brightening Serum

Mango Nut Butter (Mangifera indica L.): contains vitamins A, C and E, which work to combat free radicals. Mango butter is deeply moisturizing and provides some UVA protection.
Find it in: Lip & Face BalmHand & Body Balm

Maritime Pine Bark (Pinus pinaster): pine bark is high in bioflavonoids known as oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to strengthen capillaries, repair collagen and help the body’s defenses against the sun’s rays. Region: France.
Find it in: Brightening Serum

Melissa (Melissa officinalis): with potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and a gentle lemon scent, it relieves anxiety and is a mild sedative and calming agent.  Region: France.
Find it in: Night Cream, Hand & Body Balm

Olive Oil (Olea europaea): rich in vitamin E, polyphenols and antioxidants, olive oil moisturizes and helps to neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging
Find it in:
 Lip & Face BalmFez and Essaouira Body SerumsHand & Body Balm

Papaya Enzyme (Carica papaya): papain in papaya is a fruit enzyme that exfoliates by breaking down and dissolving dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.
Find it in: Facial Cleanser

Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum): antioxidants, vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, zinc and iron in pomegranate seeds help encourage cell regeneration and stimulate collagen production, aiding in daily skin repair and helping to reduce the signs of aging.  Pomegranate seed oil is anti-inflammatory and studies have shown it to provide some protection against sun exposure. Region: France.
Find it in: SerumAntioxidant Mask

Prickly Pear Seed Oil (Opuntia ficus indica): contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamin E (150% of argan oil) and vitamin K to moisturize and soften skin, refine skin texture, minimize and prevent signs of aging, and reduce under-eye darkness and hyperpigmentation. Region: Morocco.
Find it in: Serum, Eye Serum, pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus idaeus): raspberry seed oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids and contains high levels of Vitamin E. It has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and minimize redness.  Some studies have claimed a remarkable level of protection against UVB (28 – 50) and UVA (SPF 8).
Find it in: Facial Lotion

Resveratrol (Pischi/Resveratrol): resveratrol is produced by plants to help fight infection and acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent.  Used topically in this bio-available form, Resveratrol stimulates healthy cell renewal and boosts collagen by protecting the dermal matrix from harmful enzymes and improving the function of fibroblasts that create healthy collagen. The anti-inflammatory properties combined with powerful antioxidants, make resveratrol highly effective in combating the damaging effect of free radicals that leads to skin aging. Region: France.
Find it in: Night Cream

Rhassoul Clay (hectorite): obtained exclusively from the Anti Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this clay is an important part of Moroccan beauty rituals for its ability to draw out toxins and impurities, even skin tone, exfoliate and cleanse skin. Region: Morocco.
Find it in: Antioxidant Mask

Rhodiola Rosea Root: Grows in cold climates on sea cliffs and on mountains at high altitudes. Valued for its use as an adopten, helping the skin resist stress, rhodiola rosea helps skin maintain strength and elasticity and improves barrier function against environmental stressors including UV, pollution and cigarette smoke. It contains powerful polyphenols of the same variety found in grape seed and green tea, known for their ability to protect from damaging oxidation. Rhodiola encourages the production of elastin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Find it in: Eye SerumEye Cream

Rice (Oryza sativa): rice has moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevent or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation.
Find it in: Toning MistBrightening SerumEye Cream

Rose damascene (Rosa damascene): excellent for combatting skin aging, it helps repair tissue damage and soothe skin. Region: Morocco.
Find it in: Toning MistBrightening SerumNight CreamFez and Essaouira Body SerumsHand & Body Balm

Rutin (Rutinyl Disulfate): an antioxidant rich flavanoid, rutin aids in proper absorption and function of vitamin C, one of the vitamins critical to maintaining collagen.
Find it in: Night Cream

Brewer’s Yeast (Saccharamoyces cerevisiae): also known as baker’s or brewer’s yeast, it is the simplest single-cell organism and operates in a manner similar to human cells.  It helps to increase microcirculation and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Find it in: Eye SerumEye Cream

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides): a powerful source of vitamins C, E and  A, plant sterols, beta carotene, and trace elements, it promotes skin hydration, elasticity, and skin regeneration, and can help treat and prevent acne and rosacea. It also contains superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that helps prevent free radical damage. Region: Lithuania.
Find it in: Serum, Lip & Face Balm

Sea Daffodil (Pancratium maritimum): reduces hyper-pigmentation by inhibiting melanin transmitters as well as a hormone that triggers melanin cell production.
Find it in: Brightening Serum

Sea Fennel (Crithmum): naturally derived from a maritime plant, it is rich in sea-minerals, vitamins A, C, E, amino acid peptides and polyphenols and is considered a bio-available form of retinol. Sea Fennel Extract stimulates cell renewal, boosts collagen and elastin, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover and evens out skin discoloration and texture. Region: England.
Find it in: Eye Cream

Shea Nut Butter (Butyrospermum parkii): a superior moisturizer naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F and essential fatty acids. It also offers some UV protection (SPF ~6). Region: Uganda.
Find it in: Brightening SerumNight CreamLip & Face BalmHand & Body Balm

Sodium Hyaluronate: derived from the fermentation of a vegetable source, sodium hyaluronate mimics the exact structure of hyaluronic acid, a necessary constituent of body tissues and fluids. It immediately plumps skin cells while increasing their moisture retention capabilities over time. By binding collagen and elastin fibers together, hyaluronic acid makes skin smooth, firm, and flexible.
Find it in: Toning MistFacial Lotion, Eye SerumEye CreamNight CreamBrightening Serum

Spirulina (Spirulina platensis): delivers perceivable firming properties as well as substantive hydration and moisturizing benefits to leave the skin smooth and supple.
Find it in: Brightening Serum

Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus annuus): a good source of essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
Find it in: Facial CleanserBrightening SerumSerumNight CreamEye SerumEye CreamLip & Face BalmAntioxidant MaskFez and Essaouira Body Serums

Tea (Camellia sinsensis): scientific studies have shown that the polyphenols in tea are highly effective at reducing the inflammation and oxidative stress that can degrade skin cells. Tea contains significant amounts of catechins, a powerful group of water-soluble polyphenol antioxidants. These catechins have been shown to help maintain and improve skin health by enhancing viability of skin fibroblasts. In addition, tea enhances the activity of the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which helps neutralize free radical attack.
Find it in: Toning MistEye Cream

Watermelon Seed Oil (Citrullus lanatus): a lightweight oil rich in omega fatty acids that is easily absorbed into the skin.
Find it in: Lip & Face BalmFez and Essaouira Body SerumsHand & Body Balm

Willow Bark (Salix nigra): contains salicylic acid, a natural beta hydroxy acid exfoliant and astringent, which is anti-inflammatory and can help fight acne.
Find it in: 
Facial Cleanser, Toning Mist

 

Free shipping in the US with orders over $75.