Earth’s biodiversity doesn’t just serve up gorgeous mountain views, majestic mammals and awe-inspiring oceans. It also provides us with nutrient-rich botanicals that are key to nourishing our bodies and our skin. Here’s a tour of some of the unique ingredients our beauty lines rely on to deliver effective results.
Chile and South Africa: Rosehip Oil
Spotlight product: Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil
Best for: Dehydrated or aging skin, minimizing acne scars or stretch marks
Rosehip oil is derived from from seeds and fruit of Rosa canina bushes that grow in the wild, mountainous regions of Chile and South Africa. Packed with a high concentration of fatty acids like omega 3, 6 and 9 and linoleic acid, it moisturizes skin, repairs fine lines and even reduces scars. Antioxidant vitamins A and E combat sun damage, and rosehip phenols have antibacterial properties that can benefit those with acne.
West Africa: Black Soap
Spotlight product: Nubian Heritage African Black Soap
Best for: Balancing and detoxifying oily skin
Used for centuries in Africa, black soap is made from the ashes of palm trees and cacao pods, and draws out skin impurities. This formula also features soothing colloidal oatmeal and super moisturizing shea butter. Black soap is particularly helpful in combating blackheads, and fans say it helps with razor bumps, too.
France: Mineral Spring Water
Spotlight product: Avene Thermal Spring Water
Best for: All skin types, especially sensitive or irritated skin, or those prone to redness
Sourced from a mineral spring in the Cévennes Mountains in southern France, this naturally calming water is infused with skin-friendly trace elements and silicates. As it’s filtered through rocks, it comes in contact with the microorganism Aqua dolomiae, which provides significant anti-itch and anti-inflammatory benefits and helps renew the skin’s natural protective layer. It’s ideally pH-balanced for skin, so moisture is retained and environmental toxins are kept out.
Amazonian Rainforest: Rahua Oil
Spotlight product: Rahua Legendary Amazon Oil
Best for: Dull, damaged or dry hair
Rahua oil comes from the ungurahua nut found in the rainforests of the Amazon, and Rahua sources it directly (and sustainably) from indigenous people in the region who harvest it using traditional methods. This organic oil is ideal for making hair soft and shiny without sulfates or parabens, and its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate deep into the hair shaft. It’s especially nourishing for processed and color-treated hair, and is a fast fix for frizz and split ends.
Spotlight product: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
Best for: Dry or flaky skin
Biodynamic and organically grown roses (Rosa gallica, Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascene) from the Jurlique farm are blended into a Rosa Hybrid Flower extract that’s the essence of this rosewater mist—proven to hydrate and soften skin. It’s an ideal first step after cleansing to prep your skin for serums and moisturizers, and can be used throughout the day (even over makeup) to cool, refresh and leave skin glowing.
Australia: Kakadu Plum
Spotlight product: Pangea Organics Wild Plum & Willow Facial Cleanser
Best for: Normal or combination skin
Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) has been used for centuries by Australia’s First Nations communities for skin health because of its amazing vitamin C content, which is among the highest of any known plant. Vitamin C protects and repairs skin from sun damage, while ellagic acid, a natural compound found in the fruit, helps skin retain elasticity and reduce inflammation, especially from sunburn. Additional clary sage and willow bark in the cleanser help balance oil production and detoxify while keeping skin nourished and moisturized.
Israel: Pomegranate Seeds
Spotlight product: Lavido Replenishing Facial Serum
Best for: Normal, combination or dry skin
The oil from the seeds of native pomegranate trees come together with other botanical oils in this serum that quickly hydrates skin and improves firmness, noticeably reducing lines and wrinkle depth. Pomegranate oil is an easily absorbed moisturizer that softens skin, and along with other super-antioxidants like lemon myrtle, grapefruit seed and mandarin oil, this serum helps repair sun damage to the skin.
Europe: Bilberry (European Blueberries)
Spotlight product: Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask
Best for: Sensitive, irritated or dry skin
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) grows throughout Europe, and is similar to our blueberry in that it’s packed with powerful antioxidants—including vitamin C, resveratrol and quercetin—that repair sun damage from the free radicals that can lead to signs of aging in our skin. Bilberry is excellent at minimizing redness and combating inflammation, too. The combination of bilberry extract and skin-soothing oats and wild pansies helps distressed skin recover, making this mask ideal for use after cosmetic procedures. Or you can use it any time as a sleep mask (leave it on overnight) to nourish and brighten skin that needs a dose of TLC.
Hungary: Stone Crop
Spotlight product: Eminence Organics Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer
Best for: Dry or sun-damaged skin with brown spot pigmentation
Found in Hungary and other parts of Europe, stonecrop (sedum) is a hearty succulent that helps hydrate the most parched or stressed skin; it even brightens aging skin by lightening brown spots from sun damage. This rich moisturizer can be mixed with a few drops of water or a hydrating mist for a lighter feel.