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Natural Skin Care

Green Your Garden

Watching one of my favorite YouTube channels, Sailing La Vagabonde, sail Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic to COP25 inspired me to look at my life to see where I could do better. “Tighten up” my green, you might say.

Carbon miles have been weighing on my mind, so I made the decision to use only herbs that are grown in the U.S. This forced me to reformulate again, using a limited palate, but I’m really excited about the results. I discovered blends that work so well together that I never would have thought of before.

Essential oils have been bothering me, too. The vast amount of plant material used seems unnecessarily wasteful in a time of ecological collapse (an oft-quoted stat is 60,000 roses to make 1 oz. of oil). I depend on them though not only for their skin benefits, but for the “therapy” of their beautiful natural aromas. My compromise is to use far fewer essential oils with a much lighter hand.

I do use imported vegetable oils and butters so buy organic, and fair trade when available.

Here’s the updated list on everything used to make my vegan herbal skincare:


organic Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), Origin: USA

organic Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), Origin: USA

organic Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), Origin: USA

organic Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Origin: USA

organic Oatstraw (Avena sativa), Origin: USA

hand-harvested wild Kelp (Saccharina latissima) from the coast of Maine


organic Borage (Borago officinalis) seed oil, Sourced From Canada, China, New Zealand & United Kingdom

organic Extra Virgin Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) seed oil, Sourced From China & United States

organic Virgin Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Kernel oil, Sourced From India, Kenya & Turkey

organic Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) oil, Sourced From Argentina, China, Italy & Netherlands

organic Extra Virgin Olive (Olea europaea) oil, Sourced From Italy, Spain & Tunisia

organic Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil *Fair Trade, certified by Fair Trade USA*, Sourced From India, Philippines & Sri Lanka

Butters & Wax

organic Mango (Mangifera indica) butter, Sourced From India

organic Virgin Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) butter, Sourced From West Africa

Candelilla wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Sourced From Mexico & United States

Essential oils

organic Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil, Sourced From Bulgaria

organic Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) essential oil, Sourced From South Africa

organic Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) essential oil, Sourced From India & Sri Lanka

organic Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil, Sourced From India, Indonesia & Sri Lanka


Aloe Vera gel (Aloe vera), Origin: USA

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) extract, Origin: USA

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