Raw Materials

A lot of time is spent sourcing the highest quality of raw materials possible, to provide the most effective and appropriate product for your outdoor adventures.  These are a few of my favorites…


Vegan Oils, Butters and Waxes:

Sunflower Wax – used instead of beeswax, with twice the shelf life, sunflower wax gives firmer texture and shine.  We are transitioning to using more of this ingredient due to supply shortages of other ingredients. It is high quality and traceable from the source. 

Candellila Wax –  Also used instead of beeswax, at about half the rate, gives firmer texture, adds slip and shine to lip balms and salves. From Wikipedia: “Candelilla wax is a VEGAN wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera and Euphorbia antisyphilitica, from the family Euphorbiaceae. It is yellowish-brown, hard, brittle, aromatic, and opaque to translucent.”

Olive Oil and Wax– Extra Virgin Olive Oil direct from a local manufacturer’s warehouse, without any chemical extraction – I process the olive pulp removal myself to ensure a very high quality in this ingredient.  This product is certified as organoleptic (organic) in its country of origin.

Castor Oil – Balances the humectant and lathering properties of other oils, adds gloss to lip balms

Rosehip Seed Oil – for moisturizing and restoring elasticity to the skin, particularly after sun exposure, great as a carrier oil

Coconut Oil – We use both 76 degree and 92 degree melting point (depending on the season) in  cold-process soap formulation to add firmness and increase the bubbly lather soap. We have tapered usage in leave-on products to prevent comedogenic impacts.

Jojoba Wax – a liquid wax with long shelf life, closest to the skin’s natural sebum, balancing moisture and elasticity, more penetrating than almond oil.  I prefer this organic product for sensitive skin products.

Tamanu Oil – extremely humectant quality for very dry skin, has a nutty, curry-like aroma

Red Raspberry Seed Oil – may provide additional sun protection, useful in leave-on products.

Shea Butter – I use a raw, unrefined, organic shea butter for smooth, silky, emollient skin products, especially useful during the winter months.

Cocoa Butter – a very firm, chocolately-smelling butter that is really more flakey like a wax, melts upon contact with skin, very moisturizing but not quite as emollient as shea.  Sometimes, I use Cupuacu butter as

Illipe Butter – This is a very firm, slightly waxy but not sticky butter that combines well with oils for breathable slip in deodorant.

Favorite Herbs:

Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower – for calming the skin and reducing topical inflammation, very gentle.

Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf – for supporting irritated skin, especially around the mouth.

Impatiens Capensis (Garden Balsam or Jewelweed) Leaf – for helping to prevent poison ivy/oak exposure, calming the skin from bites and existing rash

Urtica Dioica (Stinging Nettle) Leaf – for giving shine and elasticity to hair

Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Flower and Leaf – for penetrating muscle tissue.

Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower – for reducing inflammation and bruising to muscles, immediately after injury.

Symphytum x Uplandica or Officinalis (Comfrey) Leaf and Root – for penetrating to ligament and bone, support cellular growth and recovery 

Prunella Vulgaris (All Heal or Self Heal) Flower and Leaf – for gentle and complete skin support, all season long.

Bixa Orelana (Annato) Seed – for yellow, orange or red colors

Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Leaf – for anchoring essential oils in terpene family, aiding in muscular penetration.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower – for adding depth to essential oil blends, calming the skin

Sassafras Albidum (Sassafras) Root – for anchoreing sweet aroma, soothing irritated skin

Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower – for skin calming, relaxing, apple-like aroma

Chlorella Vulgaris (Chlorella) Leaf – for bright green color in soap products

Indigofera Tinctoria (Indigo) Leaf – for denim blue color in soap and bath salts

Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Powder – for blue-green color in soap products

Capsacum Frutescens (Cayenne) Powder – for warmth in winter salves, orange color

Beta Vulgaris (Red Beet) Powder – for tinting lip balms with rosy, cool red tones

Kaolinite (Rose) Clay – for detoxifying, pore-tightening and pink color in soap

Montmorillonite (Bentonite) Clay – for toning the skin, removing impurities

Zinc (non-nano particle) – this naturally-occurring powder is fine enough to block some UV rays and prevent bacteria from getting funky, but not fine enough to clog your pores.


Sustainable Essential Oils:

Although my selection is vast – too many to list – I include every ingredient – with its International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) name – on the label and in the description of each product. You can also sleep well knowing that my (proprietary) sources for essential oils include distributors who make a high-quality product, provide transparency with the Material Safety Data Sheets and incorporate sustainable harvesting practices and low impact to the environment. I do not use multi-level marketing branded essential oils. I have studied aromatherapy and best practices to ensure my formulations are compliant with standardized safe dilution rates and handling, storing batch records for every product made so that aromas are consistent and predictable with every batch.  Pro-tip: most of my blends are reminiscent of specific outdoor destinations and do not resemble food in any way.  We don’t want to attract bears while you’re hiking!

Zero Waste Packaging:

Paperboard Tubes – Compostable and Biodegradable, with push-up bottoms.  Available for lip balm, sun stick and deodorant. No single use plastic.

Labels – All products are labeled with biodegradable, brown kraft paper and a plant-based adhesive.

Ink – Proprietary biodegradable powder is safe for the environment and won’t bleed like other laser printers. Eco-friendly.

Tins – Twist-off lid stainless steel tins are useful for travel, leak proof and can be reused after product is exhausted. Recycle. Reuse. Repurpose.

Shipping Mailers and Filler – Plastic-free all the way! Sustainable Forestry Initiative packaging is prioritized unless a custom order demands reuse of other packaging.  Reused and recyclable filler materials are used if extra padding is needed. Shipping label liners are also compostable.

For educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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