Why are NATURAL ingredients SO important?
When natural ingredients like vitamin C are absorbed into the skin, they can increase collagen production, improve oxygen and blood flow to the skin, and repair free radical damage. This results in an appearance with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, tighter skin, and protection from the elements. Better ingredients mean better results!
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it acts as a barrier to the daily toxins of the world. When you slather toxic ingredients onto your skin, you’re interrupting your skin’s ability to renew itself and defend from environmental damage. The wrong ingredients on your skin do your body a huge disservice.
Did you know? Our soy wax melts are crafted using EcoSoy! Also known as EcoSoya PB, this Pillar blend is made from pure 100% soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils
Soy wax is a natural wax derived from soy beans. Soy wax also burns SLOWER then unhealthy paraffin wax, meaning you’ll get a wax melt that lasts much longer! Paraffin wax creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens) - the toxins released from paraffin wax are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes and are linked to asthma and lung cancer. Benefits of SierraHandMade Soy Wax Melts: • Made with pure, 100% natural soybeans. • Longer, cooler and cleaner burning without soot buildup. • Made in the USA with domestically grown crops. • Renewable sustainable resources requiring plant growth. • Biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides. • Produced containing NO Genetically Modified Material. • Easy to clean up with soap and hot water eliminating solvents. • Manufactured meeting FDA and Kosher standards. • Very stable allowing for long shelf life. • Not subject to animal testing.
100% Organic Coconut Oil
When you think about the health benefits of coconut oil, the last thing that probably comes to mind is rubbing the edible plant grease all over your skin and hair. But dermatologists, natural beauty devotees, and a growing body of scientific studies are starting to bring the plant’s potential to light. Coconut oil is comprised of a unique combination of natural fats, which makes it useful in treating the skin. Studies show that coconut oil—which is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts—may improve skin barrier function and repair, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, fight the signs of skin aging, and is just as safe and effective as mineral oil when applied as a moisturizer, per a 2018 review of research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
Organic Olive Oil
Olive oil has many skin and health benefits. Studies show that fatty acids in extra-virgin olive oil can protect your liver from oxidative stress. Research also proves that applying olive oil to the skin can prevent signs of photo-aging and sun damage. It's true—using olive oil for your skin is a thing.
The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism
Avocado oil contains a high percentage of Vitamin E, as well as potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients which can nourish and moisturize your skin. The oleic acid also promotes collagen production, which helps grow new skin. This accelerates the healing process, helping with issues like sunburn
Castor oil is a natural remedy derived from the castor bean, known as Ricinus communis . The main component of castor oil is ricinoleic acid, a type of fatty acid shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp oil can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent signs of aging from developing. The linoleic acid and oleic acids found in hemp oil can't be produced by the body but can play a crucial role in skin health and anti-aging, so they're important nutrients to add to the diet.
Hemp oil contains a wide array of phytochemicals beneficial for skin health and human health in general. Skin conditions that may benefit from hemp oil include eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Hemp oil may also be useful in anti-skin aging and treatment of acne scarring.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Healthy skin is slightly acidic. This acid mantle helps form a protective barrier, and it's important for overall skin health. Washing with baking soda can remove the skin's protective oil barrier, alter its pH, and disrupt the natural bacteria on the surface that help to prevent infection and acne.
SLSA (Bubble Bars only)
SLSA (Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate) is a mild natural cleanser derived from coconut and is Ecocert approved. SLSA is beneficial for all hair types and mild enough for the most sensitive and dry skin types.
SLSA can remove dirt, oil, product build up and bacteria without causing skin irritation as it is a water loving and mild natural cleanser. SLSA is compatible and safe to use on the majority of hair types.
Citric acid is a wonderful product for treating several skin problems like mild acne, pigmentation, clogged pores, sun tanning, wrinkles, and dark spots. Lemons, oranges, and certain berries contain citric acid in large quantities. You can apply citric acid on the skin, in the form of peels, toners, scrubs or masks.
Polysorbate 80 is primarily used in cosmetics and beauty products as a surfactant and emulsifier because of its ability to help other ingredients dissolve in a solvent in which they normally would not be able to dissolve, specifically in the case of oil in water.
Wheat Free Corn Starch
Cornstarch can be used to soothe and calm skin irritations like sunburns, rashes, and allergy-related itchiness.
Cornstarch is also beneficial for oily skin, as it gets rid of the annoying excessive oil in your skin and it regulates the level of fats your skin produces every day.
Sensory screening indicates that Zea mays (corn) starch provides a unique powdery- dry, smooth skin after feel, helps to control immediate and residual shine and oiliness, and reduces perceivable tackiness/stickiness.
Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, some research suggests that witch hazel could be useful in the treatment of acne. Summary Witch hazel acts as an astringent to help shrink your pores, soothe your skin and reduce inflammation.
Essential & Fragrance Oils
Essential oils have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making them great for acne-prone skin. They are also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. They also help soothe chapped, dry skin.
Fragrance oils are man-made oils, manufactured to imitate a naturally occurring scent. They are created in a lab, meaning all fragrance oils do not come fully from nature. There are two broad categories of fragrance oil: synthetic and natural.
Biodegradable Glitter/ Eco Glitter
Biodegradable Glitter comes from Non-GMO eucalyptus trees which have been sustainably farmed, however, it still has the same reflective properties as conventional glitter.
FDA Approved Lakes/Micas
Mica/Lake minerals naturally occur in the earth and are crushed into a fine powder for use in beauty products. Mica is non-irritating and may also help calm already irritated skin.
What is natural mica? Natural mica is a naturally-occurring mineral. There are many types of mica and it can be found across the globe, however, over the years the cosmetic industry has given preference to Indian mica due to its quality.
The biggest benefit of mica is its ability to create a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects.
99% Isopropyl Alcohol (For Painting Purposes)
We use very minimal amounts of 99.9% Alcohol to paint and/or airbrush our bath bombs. Small amounts of IPA on the skin is not dangerous. We use such a small amount it's barely traceable.
Epsom salt bathwater can soften rough, dry skin, and exfoliate dead skin cells. It may also soothe skin affected by skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
The coarse texture of Epsom salt may help exfoliate skin by removing dead skin cells.
Epsom salt helps relax muscles and relieve pain in the shoulders, neck, back and skull. For example, by relaxing the muscles surrounding the skull, the magnesium in Epsom salt may help release a headache or migraine. Some researchers also think that magnesium is good for reducing inflammation in internal organs.