Ingredients

We use a large variety of natural and organically grown vegetable ingredients in the making of our soaps and bath products. Each one of them have certain properties providing unique characteristics to the final products. We only use Certified Organic, Fair trade, and Wildcrafted ingredients in the making of all our soaps and bath products, when possible, to ensure quality and purity so our environment stays clean as it should while your skin is pampered with the best of nature itself.

At By Valenti Organics we don't use any petroleum by-products, artificial colorants, perfumes, sulfates, GMOs, or harmful synthetic preservatives ever.

We don't use animal fats or animal by-products either and we don't test on animals ever. The only 2 ingredients we use in a few of our products that come from animals, in which they are not harmed in any way are the Organic Raw Honey and Organic Bees Wax.

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+ Acai Berry (Euterpe Oteracea)

Acai berry is obtained from the Euterpe oleracea, a species of palm trees native of the Amazon. It is a small round, black purple fruit that resembles the shape of a grape. Acai berry is known to have high quantities of antioxidants. The ‘phytosterols’ and ‘anthocyanins’ present in acai berry provide astringent properties and prevent skin cells from dying prematurely keeping skin youthful.

At BVO: we use certified organic Acai Berry extract in a few of our products for its powerful antioxidants.

+ Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa)

Alfalfa is a flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop for cattle. Alfalfa provides high levels of betacarotene and Vitamins A, C, E and K.

At BVO: we use certified organic Alfalfa in just a few of our products.

+ Alkanet Root (Alkanna Tinctoria)

Alkanet or dyers' bugloss (Alkanna tinctoria) is a plant in the borage family Boraginaceae with a bright blue flower, used to provide a red dye. Alkanet is grown in the south of France and on the shores of the Levant. It has a dark red root of blackish appearance externally but blue-red inside, with a whitish core. The root produces a fine red coloring material which has been used as a cloth dye and to give color to tinctures, vegetable oils, wines, varnishes, etc.

At BVO: we use Wild harvested Alkanet powder to naturally color some of our products.

+ Almond (Sweet) Oil (Prunus Dulcis)

Sweet Almond Oil is valued as an excellent emollient known to soften and recondition the skin. It's rich in proteins, linoleic acid and vitamin D. It sooths dry irritated skin. People with nut allergies should avoid products with this particular oil.

At BVO: we use Certified Organic Sweet Almond Oil to a number of our products for its wonderful moisturizing properties.

+ Annatto Seed (Bixa Orellana)

Annatto, sometimes called Roucou, is a derivative of the achiote trees of tropical regions of the Americas, used to produce a red food coloring and also as a flavoring. Its scent is described as "slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg" and flavor as "slightly sweet and peppery". Annatto is produced from the reddish pulp which surrounds the seed of the achiote (Bixa orellana L.). In Jamaica, annatto has had many uses over the centuries, including as a food dye, body paint, treatment for heartburn and stomach distress, sunscreen and insect repellent. In Venezuela, annatto (called locally onoto) is used in the preparation of hallacas, perico, and other traditional dishes. As a food additive, annatto has the E number E160b. In the United States, annatto extract is listed as a color additive “exempt from certification” and is commonly considered to be a natural color. The yellowish orange color is produced by the chemical compounds bixin and norbixin, which are classified as xanthophylls, a type of carotenoid.

AT BVO: Although Annatto is attributed to have some curative properties, we use it as a color additive to impart natural yellow/orange color to our some of our products.

+ Avocado Oil (Persea Americana)

Avocados are high in valuable fats and appear to have a beneficial effect on blood serum levels. About 75% of an avocado's calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat. Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K.

Highly prized to those with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments and recommended to those with sensitive skin, problem skin and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil.

At BVO: we use Certified Organic Avocado Oil for its restorative and highly moisturizing properties in our skincare products.


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+ Beeswax (Apis Mellifera)

Beeswax or "Bee Sweat" is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. It is mainly esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. The wax is formed by worker bees, which secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of the sternites (the ventral shield or plate of each segment of the body) on abdominal segments 4 to 7. The sizes of these wax glands depend on the age of the worker, and after daily flights, these glands begin to gradually atrophy. The new wax scales are initially glass-clear and colourless, becoming opaque after mastication by the worker bee. The wax of honeycomb is nearly white, but becomes progressively more yellow or brown by incorporation of pollen oils and propolis. Honey bees use the beeswax to build honeycomb cells in which their youngs are raised and honey and pollen are stored.

At BVO: we use Unrefined Certified Organic Beeswax in the manufacturing of these products.

+ Beet Root (Beta Vulgaris)


The beet (Beta vulgaris) is a plant in the amaranth family. It is best known in its numerous cultivated varieties, the most well known of which is probably the red root vegetable known as the beetroot or garden beet. The beet has a long history of cultivation stretching back to the second millennium BC. The plant was probably domesticated somewhere along the Mediterranean, whence it was later spread to Babylonia by the 8th century BC and as far east as China by 850 AD. The color of red/purple beetroot is due to a variety of betalain pigments. Betanins, obtained from the roots, are used industrially as red food colorant, e.g. to intensify the color of tomato paste, sauces, desserts, jams and jellies, ice cream, sweets and breakfast cereals. The roots and leaves of the beet have been used in folk medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments. Ancient Romans used beetroot as a treatment for fevers and constipation, among other ailments. According to the American Heart Association, beet juice can help lower blood pressure and it is also noted that due to the high content of iron in beets, they are good for anemia.

+ Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate)

Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Since it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, bicarbonate of soda. Sodium bicarbonate is primarily used in cooking (baking) where it reacts with other components to release carbon dioxide, that helps dough "rise". The acidic compounds that induce this reaction include phosphates, cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa, vinegar, etc. It also acts as a pH stabilizer, property valued in the skin care industry. The line of Baking Soda we use is OMRI listed for organic food use and is manufactured to USP and NSF standards.
We use Baking Soda as a key ingredient in the making of our Bath Bombs. In combination with citric acid, and in the presence of water, carbon dioxide is created which appears as gentle fizzing in your bathtub.

+ Borage Seed Oil (Borago Officinalis)


This oil contains high levels of gamma linolenic acid and Omega-6 fatty acid. Appreciated for its medicinal properties, Borage Seed Oil is widely used to treat psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea and it's a wonderful anti-aging ingredient.

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+ Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)


Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also known as pot marigold, is a genus of about 12-20 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to the area from Macaronesia east through the Mediterranean region to Iran. Calendula should not be confused with other plants that are also known as marigolds, such as plants of the genus Tagetes, corn marigolds or marsh marigolds. Marigolds typically bloom quickly (in under two months) in bright yellows, reds, and oranges throughout the summer and well into the fall. Marigolds are considered by many gardening experts as one of the most versatile flowers to grow in a garden, especially since it is easy to grow. Flowers have a spicy aroma and are produced from spring to autumn in temperate climates. Studies have suggested that Calendula extracts have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Calendula acts as a topical antiseptic and antiviral. As an anti-inflammatory it has been used to help relieve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

+ Canola Oil (Brassica Campestris)


Canola Oil is very rich in minerals and minerals. It works great on any skin type. Canola oil has been claimed to promote good health due to its very low saturated fat and high monounsaturated fat content, and beneficial omega-3 fatty acid profile.

+ Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis)


Castor Oil is a triglyceride in which approximately ninety percent of fatty acid chains are ricinoleic acid. Oleic and linoleic acids are the other significant components of this oil. One of the few oils than performs as an emulsifying agent. Favored for its wonderful protective and moisturizing properties. Castor oil penetrates deep into the skin thanks to its molecular mass nourishing the deep layers of skin.

+ Cedar Wood (Cedrus Atlantica)


The Atlas Cedar is a cedar native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria (Tell Atlas) and Morocco (in the Rif and Middle Atlas, and locally in the High Atlas). Cedar has a long history as an incense and for its aromatic wood.

+ Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum/cassia)


Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, synonym C. zeylanicum) (cassia being the Chinese cinnamon) is a small evergreen tree belonging to the family Lauraceae, native to Sri Lanka, or the spice obtained from the tree's bark. Cinnamon is harvested by growing the tree for two years and then coppicing it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots. These shoots are then stripped of their bark, which is left to dry. Only the thin (0.5 mm) inner bark is used; the outer woody portion is removed, leaving meter-long cinnamon strips that curl into rolls ("quills") on drying; each dried quill comprises strips from numerous shoots packed together. These quills are then cut into 5–10 cm lengths for sale. Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. It is used in the preparation of chocolate, especially in Mexico, which is the main importer of true cinnamon. It is also used in the preparation of some kinds of desserts, such as apple pie, donuts and cinnamon buns as well as spicy candies, tea, hot cocoa, and liqueurs. Its flavor is due to an aromatic essential oil that makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition. This oil is prepared by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in seawater, and then quickly distilling the whole. It is of a golden-yellow color, with the characteristic odor of cinnamon and a very hot aromatic taste. Cinnamomum aromaticum (cassia) is a close relative to Ceylon cinnamon (C. verum)

+ Citric acid


Citric acid is a weak organic acid, and it is a natural preservative. It is also used to add an acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks. Citric acid has been used as an additive to soft drinks, beer, and seltzer, and occurs naturally in many juices. As a food additive, citric acid is used as a flavoring and preservative in food and beverages, especially soft drinks. The Citric Acid we use comes from the fermentation of crude fruit sugars, therefore a natural byproduct.
We use citric acid in the making of all our bath bombs. Combined with baking soda and in the presence of water it creates an explosion of little bubbles (fizzing) that cares and softly cleanses you skin so it can receive the oils and butter present in the bath bomb for a complete and deep moisturizing treatment.

+ Cloves (Eugenia aromaticum)


Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum, syn. Eugenia aromaticum or Eugenia caryophyllata) are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world. Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly. Cloves are also an important incense material in Chinese and Japanese culture. And clove essence is commonly used in the production of many perfumes. Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy when stimulation and warming are needed. Clove oil is used in various skin disorders like acne, pimples etc. It is also used in severe burns, skin irritations and to reduce the sensitiveness of skin.

+ Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao)


Cocoa bean (also cacao bean, often simply cocoa and cacao) is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted. They are the basis of chocolate. Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil or theobroma cacao, is a pale-yellow, pure edible vegetable fat extracted from the cacao bean. It is used to make chocolate, biscuits, bakery wares, pharmaceuticals, ointments, and toiletries. Cocoa butter has a mild chocolate flavor and aroma. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, containing natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity and give it a storage life of two to five years, making it a good choice for non-food products. The smooth texture, sweet fragrance and emollient property of cocoa butter make it a popular ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products, such as soaps and lotions. The moisturizing abilities of cocoa butter are frequently recommended for prevention of stretch marks in pregnant women, treatment of chapped skin and lips, and as a daily moisturizer to prevent dry, itchy skin. The fact that it is a natural preservative and has a faintly pleasant aroma further lends benefits to its cosmetic uses. Pure Cocoa butter is also attributed for helping skin in diminishing burn marks and making scars less visible over a short time. Chocolate and cocoa contain a high level of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health.
The moisturizing abilities of cocoa butter are frequently recommended for prevention of stretch marks in pregnant women, treatment of chapped skin and lips, and as a daily moisturizer to prevent dry, itchy skin. The fact that it is a natural preservative and has a faintly pleasant aroma further lends benefits to its cosmetic uses. Pure Cocoa butter is also attributed for helping skin in diminishing burn marks and making scars less visible over a short time.
Chocolate and cocoa contain high levels of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health. It also helps reduce the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy by keeping the skin supple. It makes a wonderful ingredient in lotion bars, lip balms, body butters and soaps. Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable fats known valued for it high levels of antioxidants.
As well as with the coffee, cocoa infusion provide beneficial antioxidants to the skin.

+ Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)


Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconut harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Throughout the tropical world it has provided the primary source of fat in the diets of millions of people for generations. It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. What makes coconut oil different from most other dietary oils is the basic building blocks or fatty acids making up the oil. Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer and softener. A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is effective and safe when used as a moisturizer, with absence of adverse reactions.
We use Certified Organic Coconut Oil as a key ingredient in the making of our organic soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, conditioners and bubble baths. This oil makes a bubbly lather and it helps hardening the soap providing a whiter color to the non-colored bars. This oil is particularly wonderful for its cleaning power.
A great oil to use as a general moisturizing that also serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. It also acts as a mild oil suitable for those with inflamed and irritated skin, and those with skin sensitivities. Coconut oil is without a doubt, the number one lather-producing agent used in soaps.

+ Coffee (Coffea Arabica)


Coffea arabica is a species of coffee originally indigenous to the mountains of Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, hence its name, and also from the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia and southeastern Sudan. It is also known as the "coffee shrub of Arabia", "mountain coffee" or "arabica coffee". Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, being grown in southwest Arabia for well over 1,000 years. It is considered to produce better coffee than the other major commercially grown coffee species, Coffea canephora (robusta). Arabica contains less caffeine than any other commercially cultivated species of coffee. Coffee is high in antioxidants and caffeine which are beneficial to the skin. It helps reduce fine lines, acne and other skin conditions, helps improve cellulite.

+ Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate)

Potassium bitartrate, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, has formula KC4H5O6. It is a byproduct of winemaking. In cooking it is known as cream of tartar. It is the potassium acid salt of tartaric acid, a carboxylic acid. Potassium bitartrate crystallises in wine casks during the fermentation of grape juice, and can precipitate out of wine in bottle. This crude form (known as beeswing) is collected and purified to produce the white, odorless, acidic powder used for many culinary and other household purposes.
We use it as a key ingredient in our solid bubble baths.

+ Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)


Cupressus sempervirens, the Mediterranean Cypress (also known as Italian, Tuscan, or Graveyard Cypress, or Pencil Pine) is a species of cypress native to the eastern Mediterranean region, in northeast Libya, southeast Greece (Crete, Rhodes), southern Turkey, Cyprus, Northern Egypt, western Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Malta, Italy, western Jordan, and also a disjunct population in Iran. It is a medium-sized evergreen tree to 35 m (115 ft) tall, with a conic crown with level branches and variably loosely hanging branchlets. It is very long-lived, with some trees reported to be over 1,000 years old.
The essential oil is used as an astringent and disinfectant which makes it a wonderful naturals ingredient in skin care products for oily or acne prone skin.

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+ Dulce Seaweed, powder (Palmaria Palmata)


A red seaweed harvested in the cool waters along the Atlantic coasts of Canada, and on the shores of Ireland and Norway.
High in alpha and beta carotene, calcium, iodine, iron, Vitamin C among many other minerals and other natural compounds, it's an excellent source of phytochemicals and minerals beneficial for younger looking skin.

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+ Egyptian Musk


At By Valenti we make our proprietary blend of Certified Organic essential oils to achieve our unique Egyptian Musk EO Blend.

+ Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate)

Magnesium sulfate (or magnesium sulphate) is a chemical compound containing magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, with the formula MgSO4. In its hydrated form the pH is 6.0 (5.5 to 6.5). It is often encountered as the heptahydrate, MgSO4·7H2O, commonly called Epsom salt. Magnesium sulfate is used in bath salts, particularly in flotation therapy where high concentrations raise the bath water's specific gravity, effectively making the body more buoyant. Traditionally, it is also used to prepare foot baths, intended to soothe sore feet. The reason for the inclusion of the salt is partially cosmetic: the increase in ionic strength prevents some of the temporary skin wrinkling ("pruning" -- partial maceration) which is caused by prolonged immersion of extremities in pure water. However, magnesium sulfate can also be absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation. It is also sometimes found in bottled mineral water, and accordingly is sometimes listed in the contents thereof.
We use Epsom Salt in some of our Organic Bath Bombs as an added ingredient to relief stress, body aches and pains and to reduce inflammation caused by sore muscles.

+ Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea Europea)


Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean. composed mainly of the mixed triglyceride esters of oleic acid and palmitic acid and of other fatty acids, along with traces of squalene (up to 0.7%) and sterols (about 0.2% phytosterol and tocosterols) this oil is wonderful for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the preferred grade for moisturizing the skin, especially when used in the oil cleansing method (OCM). OCM is a method of cleansing and moisturizing the face with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, castor oil (or another suitable carrier oil) and a select blend of essential oils.
We use the cold press Certified Organic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) in the making of many of our products including all our organic soaps and all our bath bombs. Our famous True Castille Soap is made with 100% EVOO, just as it was made for the royal families in the Kingdom of Castilla in Spain. EVOO is known for its wonderful rejuvenating qualities and anti-aging qualities more than any other oil. High in Oleic Acid, Olive Oil does wonders for any skin type aside from being a must in any kitchen. Olive oil regenerates damaged skin and is a natural humectant, drawing moisture into your skin keeping it soft and moisturized without that oily sensation we so much dislike.

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+ Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii)

Wild Harvested
Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly Boswellia sacra (syn. B. carteri, B. thurifera), Boswellia frereana, Boswellia bhaw-dajiana (Burseraceae). It is used in incense as well as in perfumes. Frankincense is used in perfumery and aromatherapy. Olibanum essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dry resin.
The therapeutic properties of Frankincense Oil include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. It has remarkable rejuvenating and healing properties.

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+ Gardenia (Gardenia Augusta)


Gardenia is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania. Several species occur on Hawaiʻi, where gardenias are known as naʻu or nānū. Gardenia plants are prized for the strong sweet scent of their flowers, which can be very large in some species. Gardenia jasminoides (also known as Gardenia augusta) is a fragrant flowering evergreen tropical plant, a favorite in gardens worldwide. It originated in Asia and is most commonly found growing in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan and Japan. With its shiny green leaves and fragrant white summer flowers, it is widely used in gardens in warm temperate and subtropical climates. It has been in cultivation in China for at least a thousand years, and was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century. Many varieties have been bred for horticulture, with low growing, and large- and long flowering forms.
True Gardenia essential oil is not only difficult to achieve but extremely expensive ($700 per oz) making it one of the most expensive essential oils in the market, instead absolutes and fragrance oils called "Enfleurage Pomade" are widely available. We use macerated gardenia oil called "Enfleurage Pomade", which retains all the properties of the flowers & leaves of the plant while providing all the aroma. Gardenia fragrance is considered an aphrodisiac and very much used to set the "mood" for romance. It has a strong seductive flowery fragrance.

+ Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens)


Geranium Rose (Pelargonium graveolens) is a species in the Pelargonium genus, which is indigenous to various parts of southern Africa, and in particular South Africa. It is often called geranium as it falls within the plant family Geraniaceae, although more correctly, it is referred to as Pelargonium. This specific species has great importance in the perfume industry. It is cultivated on a large scale and its foliage is distilled for its scent. P. graveolens cultivars have a wide variety of smells, including rose, citrus, mint, coconut and nutmeg, as well as various fruits. However, the most commercially important varieties are those that have rose scents.
The essential oil has an herbaceous, green, sweet, slightly floral scent similar to roses. It is use in aromatherapy for antiseptic and astringent qualities recommended for oily skins and for skins with a sluggish appearance.

+ German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)


Chamomile (Matricaria recutita or German chamomile), also spelled camomile, is an annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae. German chamomile is used medicinally against sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It is also used as a mild laxative and is anti-inflammatory and bactericidal. It can be taken as a herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea, which should be steeped for ten to fifteen minutes while covered to avoid evaporation of the volatile oils. Chamomile is a relative of ragweed and can cause allergy symptoms and can cross-react with ragweed pollen in individuals with ragweed allergies. Has a high content of Azulene, the active organic compound of Chamomile, which bears a blue color. Azulene has anti-inflammatory, skin healing properties.

+ Ginger root, powder (Zingiber Officinale)


Ginger is a tuber that is consumed whole as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger cultivation began in Asia and has since spread to West Africa and the Caribbean. It is sometimes called root ginger to distinguish it from other things that share the name ginger. Ginger is know to be a natural anti-bacterial and has also been historically used to treat inflammation, arthritis and even nausea caused by sea and morning sickness. In aromatherapy Ginger is use not only as an antiseptic but as a warming agent to relax tense and sore muscles.

+ Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)


The grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi) is a subtropical citrus tree known for its bitter fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Jamaica. Grapefruit peel oil is used in aromatherapy and it is historically known for its aroma. Like many citrus fruits grapefruit is high in Vitamin C. Grapefruit oil is antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and tonic. It brightens and clears the complexion. It promotes the synthesis of new collagen and improves skin tone. The powder version of this fabulous fruit makes a wonderful natural exfoliant for oily, blemished or acne skin prone.

+ Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)


Ginger is a tuber that is consumed whole as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger cultivation began in Asia and has since spread to West Africa and the Caribbean. It is sometimes called root ginger to distinguish it from other things that share the name ginger. Ginger is know to be a natural anti-bacterial and has also been historically used to treat inflammation, arthritis and even nausea caused by sea and morning sickness. In aromatherapy Ginger is use not only as an antiseptic but as a warming agent to relax tense and sore muscles.

+ Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)


The grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi) is a subtropical citrus tree known for its bitter fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Jamaica. Grapefruit peel oil is used in aromatherapy and it is historically known for its aroma. Like many citrus fruits grapefruit is high in Vitamin C. Grapefruit oil is antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and tonic. It brightens and clears the complexion. It promotes the synthesis of new collagen and improves skin tone.

+ Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera)


Is a vegetable oil pressed from the seeds of various varieties of Vitis vinifera grapes, an abundant by-product of winemaking. Grape seed oil is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for control of skin moisturization. It contains more linoleic acid than many other oils. Grape seeds contain several antioxidants, including oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, along with high amounts of resveratrol which show some health benefits. Grapeseed oil is wonderful for those with skin sensitivities because of its natural non-allergenic properties.

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+ Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa)


Exceptionally rich oil high in essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and proteins. Hemp Seed Oil closely matches our own skins lipids and the essential fatty acids are readily absorbed into the skin. It's said hemp seed oil is a great anti-aging and moisturizing oil and is a recommended oil for acne prone skin.

+ Honey, raw (Apis Mellifera)


Honey (English pronunciation: /ˈhʌni/) is a sweet food made by certain insects using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties. Honey bees form nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and store it as a food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Beekeeping practices encourage overproduction of honey so that the excess can be taken without endangering the bee colony. Honey has a long history as a comestible and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. Generally, honey is classified by the floral source of the nectar from which it was made. Honeys can be from specific types of flower nectars, from indeterminate origin, or can be blended after collection. Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining without adding heat. Raw honey contains some pollen and may contain small particles of wax. Honey collection is an ancient activity. Eva Crane's The Archaeology of Beekeeping states that humans began hunting for honey at least 10,000 years ago. Some cultures believed honey had many practical health uses. It was used as an ointment for rashes and burns, and used to help soothe sore throats when no other medicinal practices were available. Honey is also well known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. For at least 2700 years, honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, but only recently have the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey been chemically explained.
Honey is as many others, a natural moisturizer of the skin. It is also believed to be a natural anti-wrinkle compound.

+ Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica)

Wildcrafted
The Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a species of honeysuckle native to eastern Asia including Japan, Korea, northern and eastern China, and Taiwan, which is a major invasive species in North America. It is a twining vine able to climb up to 10 m high or more in trees, with opposite, simple oval leaves 3–8 cm long and 2–3 cm broad. The flowers are double-tongued, opening white and fading to yellow, and sweetly scented. The Japanese Honeysuckle flower is of high medicinal value in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called "winter enduring vine".
In Traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle flowers are among the important herbs for clearing heat and relieving toxicity.
The perfume of this flower is exquisite, strong, and intoxicating, and many consider it an aphrodisiac.

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+ Irish Moss Seaweed, powder (Chondrus Crispus)

Wild Harvested
A red algae which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. Valued for its high content of carrageenan and anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, B, C and D, it's commonly used to detoxify, as a clarifying agent, emollient, to soften and to nourish dry skin.

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+ Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale)


Jasmine (Jasminum, Jasmine which is from the Persian yasmin) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae), with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World. Most species grow as climbers on other plants or are trained in gardens on chicken wire, trellis gates or fences, or made to scramble through shrubs of open texture. The leaves can be either evergreen (green all year round) or deciduous (falling in autumn). Widely cultivated for its flowers, jasmine is enjoyed in the garden, as a house plant, and as cut flowers. The flowers are worn by women in their hair in southern and southeast Asia. The delicate jasmine flower opens only at night and may be plucked in the morning when the tiny petals are tightly closed, then stored in a cool place until night. The petals begin to open between six and eight in the evening, as the temperature lowers. Jasmine tea is consumed in China, where it is called jasmine-flower tea. Jasmine essential oil is in common use. It is expensive due to the large number of flowers needed to produce a small amount of oil. The flowers have to be gathered at night because the odor of jasmine is more powerful after dark. Jasminium officinale (Common Jasmine) or (Poet's Jasmine) is a species of jasmine, in the family Oleaceae. It is widely recognised as the National flower of Pakistan. Jasminium officinale is also used as an essential oil in aromatherapy. It is specifically used in dermatology as either an antiseptic or anti-inflammatory agent.
Jasmine flowers are a gentle remedy for inflammation. They reduce both physical irritation and sensitivity to pain. Jasmine teas have been known to act as a gentle sedative and Ayurvedic medicine has utilized jasmine for the reduction of breast milk and milk production in general.
Jasmine has a long history in perfumery including Cleopatra and Louis XVI. It has also been used for headaches and skin problems. is well respected for its aphrodisiac properties. It is a sensual, soothing, calming oil that promotes love and peace.

+ Japanese Gree Tea (Camellia Sinensi)


Green tea is a type of tea made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where it is grown. These varieties can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, processing and harvesting time. Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. Green tea is ubiquitous in Japan and therefore is more commonly known simply as "tea". It is even referred to as "Japanese tea" though it was first used in China during the Song Dynasty, and brought to Japan by Myōan Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest. Types of tea are commonly graded depending on the quality and the parts of the plant used as well as how they are processed. Green tea contains polyphenols which are thought to improve health, particularly catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate.

+ Japanese Matcha (Camellia Sinensi)


Refers to a finely-milled Japanese green tea. The cultural activity called the Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha. Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves. The preparation of matcha starts several weeks before harvest, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight. This slows down growth, turns the leaves a darker shade of green and causes the production of amino acids that make the resulting tea sweeter. Only the finest tea buds are hand picked. After harvesting, if the leaves are rolled out before drying as usual, the result will be gyokuro (jade dew) tea. However, if the leaves are laid out flat to dry, they will crumble somewhat and become known as tencha (碾茶). Tencha can then be de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone ground to the fine, bright green, talc-like powder known as matcha. Matcha tea is valued for its high levels of anti-oxidants, caffeine, chlorophyll and catechins which are fabulous anti-aging and detoxifying components.

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+ Kelp Seaweed, powder (Ascophyllum Nodosum)


A brown seaweed valued for its high content of Vitamin A, B12, D and iodine. Aside from the nutritional value when taken as a food, it provides softening and regenerative properties in skincare products.

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+ Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)


Lavandula angustifolia (also Lavandula spica or Lavandula vera; common lavender, true lavender, or English lavender (though not native to England); formerly L. officinalis) is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to the western Mediterranean region, primarily in the Pyrenees and other mountains in northern Spain. Lavender is used extensively in herbalism and aromatherapy. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. Essential oil of lavender has antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring. It was used in hospitals during WWI to disinfect floors and walls. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products. In addition to its use as an ornamental plant, the flowers and leaves are also used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb, most often as part of the French herb blend called Herbes de Provence. Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy. Products for home use including lotions, eye pillows—including lavender flowers or the essential oil itself—bath oils, etc. are also used to induce relaxation. Dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil are also used as a prevention against clothing moths, which do not like their scent.
Lavender has traditionally been known as one of the most beautiful herbs to help support and strengthen the nervous system. It has been used to help promote a restful sleep and is known to have an uplifting effect on mood.
Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. Lavender oil, which has long been used in the production of perfume, can also be used in aromatherapy. The scent has a calming effect which may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety. Kashmir Lavender oil is also very famous as it is produced from the foothills of Himalayas. It may also help to relieve pain from tension headache when breathed in as vapor or diluted and rubbed on the skin. When added to a vaporizer, lavender oil may aid in the treatment of cough and respiratory infection. Lavender oil may also be used as a mosquito repellent when worn as perfume or when added to lotions or hair products.
During the early 20th century, French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé accidentally discovered the benefits of lavender essential oil when he plunged his badly burned arm into a vat of the pure oil. The lavender soothed his pain, helped the wound to heal faster and left no scar. He shifted his focus to the properties of other essential oils and in 1937 published "Aromathérapie: Les Huiles essentielles hormones vegetales." Inspired by his work, French doctor Jean Valnet studied and used essential oils in surgery and as psychiatric medication. His work, "The Practice of Aromatherapy," brought modern aromatherapy to the English world.

+ Lavandin (Lavandula Intermedia)


Lavandin is a hybrid plant developed by crossing spike Lavandula latifolia with true Lavandula angustifolia. Lavandin Grosso or Intermedia comes in a variety of forms due to its hybrid nature. Generally, the plant is larger then true lavender and flowers variety from blue to grayish. Natural Lavandin occurs in mountainous regions of southern France, however is mainly cultivated in Spain, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Argentina. Lavandin Grosso Oil is used almost exclusively for its scent.
We use both the Certified Organic Lavandula Angustifolia and the Certified Organic Lavandula x intermedia as both add different fragrance tones to our products.

+ Lavender Alcohol Organic (SDA 40B)

SDA 40B stands for Phthalate Free Organic Grain Alcohol Denatured with Organic Lavender. An alcohol (originally ethanol or grain alcohol) becomes denatured by the addition of Bitrex, a yucky substance added to the alcohol to render it undrinkable. Our alcohol contains instead Organic Grain Alcohol with the addition of Organic Lavender Essential Oil to render it undrinkable. The reason we use alcohol in some of our formulations is for preservation purposes to prevent bacteria to grow. The small amount of alcohol added to some of our formulas render the product bacteria free as it acts as a natural preservative. The amount of alcohol we add is large enough to protect the product from bacterial contamination but small enough that it won't dry your skin.

+ Lemon (Citrus Limon)


The lemon is a small evergreen tree (Citrus limon) originally native to Asia, and is also the name of the tree's oval yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and nonculinary purposes throughout the world – primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used, mainly in cooking and baking. Lemon juice is about 5% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste, and a pH of 2 to 3. This makes lemon juice an inexpensive, readily available acid for use in educational science experiments. Because of the sour flavor, many lemon-flavored drinks and candies are available, including lemonade. Its Origin is in 1350–1400; 1905–10. According to www.dictionary.com: Although we know neither where the lemon was first grown nor when it first came to Europe, we know from its name that it came to us from the Middle East because we can trace its etymological path. One of the earliest occurrences of our word is found in a Middle English customs document of 1420-1421. The Middle English word limon goes back to Old French limon, showing that yet another delicacy passed into England through France. The Old French word probably came from Italian limone, another step on the route that leads back to the Arabic word laymūn or līmūn, which comes from the Persian word līmūn. Lemons are used to make lemonade, and as a garnish for drinks. Lemon zest has many uses. Many mixed drinks, soft drinks, iced tea, and water are often served with a wedge or slice of lemon in the glass or on the rim. The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons of juice. In Aromatherapy - In one of the most comprehensive scientific investigations done yet, researchers at Ohio State University reveal that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system but may enhance mood.
Lemon has a clean, citrus, sugary, with a bit of spice aroma which we relate to summer and happy sunny days since a lemonade is the preferred drink during hot summer days. As the beverage the scent is very refreshing.

+ Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)


Also called Cochin Grass or Malabar Grass is native to Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma,and Thailand. Lemongrass Essential Oil is known for its invigorating and antiseptic properties. It can be used in facial toners as its astringent properties help fight acne and greasy skin.

+ Lime (Citrus Aurantifolioa)


Lime is a term referring to a number of different fruits, both species and hybrids, citruses, which have their origin in the Himalayan region of India and which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, and containing sour and acidic pulp. Limes are often used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. They are usually smaller than lemons, and a source of vitamin C. Limes are grown all year round and are usually sweeter than lemons. Limes are a small citrus fruit, Citrus aurantifolia, whose skin and flesh are green in color and which have an oval or round shape with a diameter between one to two inches. Limes can either be sour or sweet, with the latter not readily available in the United States. Sour limes possess a greater sugar and citric acid content than lemons and feature an acidic and tart taste, while sweet limes lack citric acid content and are sweet in flavor. It is valued for its unique flavor compared to other limes, with the key lime usually having a more tart and bitter flavor. The name comes from its association with the Florida Keys, where it is best known as the flavoring ingredient in Key lime pie. In cooking, lime (or green lemon as commonly known around the world) is valued both for the acidity of its juice and the floral aroma of its zest. It is a very common ingredient in authentic Mexican, Southwestern United States, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. It is also used for its pickling properties in ceviche. Lime extracts and essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleaning products, and aromatherapy.
Lime has a citrus, tart, sweet, with some spice aroma which we relate to summer and happy sunny days since a lemonade is the preferred drink during hot summer days. As the beverage the scent is very refreshing and directly related to Key Lime Pie.

+ Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye and caustic soda, is a caustic metallic base. It is used in many industries, mostly as a strong chemical base in the manufacture of pulp and paper, textiles, drinking water, soaps and detergents and as a drain cleaner. Lye is a corrosive alkaline substance, commonly sodium hydroxide (NaOH, also known as 'caustic soda') or historically potassium hydroxide (KOH, from hydrated potash). There are 2 types of lye the one for industrial use and the one for food industry. At By Valenti we use only the food industry certified. Lye is the key ingredient used in the making of solid bars of soap and shampoos. Without this chemical it is impossible to make soap. Although extremely dangerous, lye becomes inert during the saponification process with vegetable oils and instead it's replaced for pure vegetable glycerin, a byproduct of true soaps.

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+ Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)


Also known as Italian mandarin, mandarin or mandarine (both lower-case), is a small citrus tree (Citrus reticulata) with fruit resembling other oranges. The fruit is oblate rather than spherical. Mandarin oranges are usually eaten plain or in fruit salads. Specifically reddish-orange mandarin cultivars can be marketed as tangerines, but this is not a botanical classification.
Mandarin essential oil is used as an antiseptic, tonic and is especially valued for the treatment of acne prone skin.

+ Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica)

Grown w/o Chemicals
Mango is rich in a variety of phytochemicals and nutrients. The fruit pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, polyphenols and provitaminn A carotenoids. Mango contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals. High in antioxidant vitamins A, C, E,  Vitamin B6, vitamin K, other B vitamins and essential nutrients such as potassium, copper and 17 amino acids. Mango peel and pulp contain other phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants – carotenoids and polyphenols – and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Often used to soften, smooth and moisturize rough dry skin. It has natural emollient properties, and is reputed to be useful for treating burns, stretch marks, scar reduction, wound healing, sun burns and skin regeneration.

+ Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes alba)

Grown w/o Chemicals
Meadowfoam is a small, herbaceous winter-spring annual. The oil valued for its highly moisturizing and rejuvenating skin benefits is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols.
We use this oil in some of our anti-aging serums and lotions.

+ Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)

Wild Harvested
Myrrh is a reddish-brown resinous material, the dried sap of a number of trees, but primarily from Commiphora myrrha, which is native to Yemen, Somalia, the eastern parts of Ethiopia, and Commiphora gileadensis, which is native to Jordan.

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+ Neem Oil (Azadirachta indica)


Native to India, Neem kernels contain about 45% oil. This oil has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine to aid in the healing of topical skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne. Neem is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic oil. The oil has moisturizing and regenerative properties, contains Vitamin E, and has essential fatty acids.

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+ Orange, Sweet (Citrus Sinensus)


The sweet orange is a hybrid of ancient cultivated origin, possibly between pomelo (Citrus maxima) and tangerine (Citrus reticulata). The Valencia or Murcia orange is one of the sweet oranges used for juice extraction. It is a late-season fruit, and therefore a popular variety when the navel oranges are out of season. Sweet orange oil is a by-product of the juice industry produced by pressing the peel. It is used as a flavouring of food and drink and for its fragrance in perfume and aromatherapy. Sweet orange oil consists of about 90% d-Limonene, a solvent used in various household chemicals, such as to condition wooden furniture, and along with other citrus oils in grease removal and as a hand-cleansing agent. It is an efficient cleaning agent which is promoted as being environmentally friendly and preferable to petroleum distillates. d-limonene has been reported to have anti-carcinogenic activities and further studies are being conducted.
With the fabulous fragrance this oil has it also contain some natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, humectant, and astringent properties which makes it a perfect additive for products intended for oily skin. The dried powder of the skin of this sweet citric if especially favored for its gentle exfoliating properties.

+ Oats (Avena sativa)


The common oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other grains). While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed. Oats make up a large part of the diet of horses and are regularly fed to cattle as well. Oats are also used in some brands of dog and chicken feed. Oat extract can also be used to soothe skin conditions, as in skin lotions.

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+ Papaya (Carica papaya)


is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, favored for its medicinal properties. Ripe papaya is eaten to help with digestive problems. Also applied topically to relief rashes, sunburns and skin irritations. The freeze dry powder of the papaya fruit is widely used in cosmetics to calm and refresh irritated skin. The papaya is high in Vitamin A, C and Potassium, all beneficial for healthy radiant skin.

+ Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin)


Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is a species from the genus Pogostemon and a bushy herb of the mint family, with erect stems, reaching two or three feet (about 0.75 metre) in height and bearing small pale pink-white flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia and is now extensively cultivated in Caribbean countries, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, West Africa and Vietnam. The scent of patchouli is heavy and strong. It has been used for centuries in perfumes and continues to be so today. Patchouli is also in widespread use in modern industry. It is a popular component in perfumes, including more than half of perfumes for men. Patchouli is also an important ingredient in East Asian incense. It is also used as a scent in products like paper towels, laundry detergents, and air fresheners.
Patchouli has an earthy, smoky, spicy, and musky fragrance, the reason why is widely used and appreciated in the perfume industry.

+ Peony (Paeonia Lactiflora)


Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, and common garden peony is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Paeoniaceae, native to central and eastern Asia from eastern Tibet across northern China to eastern Siberia. It is used as a medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine. The root is used to reduce fever and pain, and on wounds to stop bleeding and prevent infection.

+ Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica granatum)


Native to India, Neem kernels contain about 45% oil. This oil has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine to aid in the healing of topical skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne. Neem is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic oil. The oil has moisturizing and regenerative properties, contains Vitamin E, and has essential fatty acids. Pomegranate seed oil is valued as facial skin oil for its moisturizing and nourishing skin properties, recommended for dry skin.

+ Poppy (Papaver Somniferum)


Papaver rhoeas (common names include corn poppy, corn rose, field poppy, Flanders poppy, red poppy, and red weed) is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family, Papaveraceae. This poppy, a native of Europe, is notable as an agricultural weed (hence the "corn" and "field") and as a symbol of fallen soldiers. In the course of history, poppies have always been attributed important medicinal properties.

+ Pumkin Seed Oil (Curcubita pepo L.)


Known as green gold pumpkin seed oil is one of the most nutritious oils. It contains Omega-3, Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc.

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+ Rooibos Red Tea, powder (Aspalathus Linearis)


A superb, delicate naturally decaffeinated red tea from the highest mountains of South Africa. Rooibos Red Tea is over 50 times more active in anti-oxidant properties than green tea, making it a preferred anti-aging ingredient in skincare lotions.

+ Roman Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis)


Anthemis nobilis, commonly known as Roman Camomile, Chamomile, garden camomile, ground apple, low chamomile, English chamomile, or whig plant, is a low perennial plant found in dry fields and around gardens and cultivated grounds. It has daisy-like white flowers that are found in Europe, North America, and Argentina. The stem is procumbent, the leaves alternate, bipinnate, finely dissected, and downy to glabrous. The solitary, terminal flowerheads, rising 8 to twelve inches above the ground, consist of prominent yellow disk flowers and silver-white ray flowers. The flowering time is June and July, and its fragrance is sweet, crisp, fruity and herbaceous. Chamomile is used cosmetically, primarily to make a rinse for blonde hair, and is popular in aromatherapy, whose practitioners believe it to be a calming agent to end stress and aid in sleep. Is used for its skin healing properties. It has a very pleasant, soothing, apple-like aroma. It has a long tradition in herbal medicine. The flowers were used in many cures including an herbal tea to cure insomnia. During the Second World War chamomile was also used as a disinfectant. Chamomile is considered to be an antiseptic, antibiotic, disinfectant, bactericidal & Vermifuge.

+ Rose (Rosa Damascena/Centifolia)


Rosa Centifolia (Centifolia meaning 100 petals), also known as the Provence Rose, Cabbage Rose or Rose de Mai is a hybrid rose developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between the 1600s and the 1800s, possibly earlier. It is a complex hybrid bred from Rosa gallica, Rosa moschata, Rosa canina, and Rosa damascena (Huxley 1992); its exact hereditary history is not well documented. Rosa Centifolia is particular to the French city of Grasse, known as the perfume capital of the world. It is widely cultivated for its singular fragrance -- clear and sweet, with light notes of honey and green earth. The flowers are commercially harvested for the production of rose oil, which is commonly used in perfumery.
The flowers are commercially harvested for the production of rose oil, which is commonly used in perfumery.Rose essential oil also known as "Otto" is credited with being an exotic aphrodisiac, an emollient.

+ Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa)


Also known in Spanish as "Rosa Mosqueta" is a rich high in essential fatty acids oil from the ripened Rosehip also known as Rosa Mosquita. Valued for its wonderful properties, this oil is great to fight dry, weathered skin. Fabulous on scars and for treating wrinkles and premature aging.

+ Roselle (Hibiscus Sabdariffa)


The Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus native to the Old World tropics, used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion. The plant is considered to have antihypertensive properties. In Africa, especially the Sahel, roselle is commonly used to make a sugary herbal tea that is commonly sold on the street. Many parts of the plant are also claimed to have various medicinal values. They have been used for such purposes ranging from Mexico through Africa and India to Thailand. Roselle is associated with traditional medicine and is reported to be used as treatment for several diseases. Hibiscus tea is the infusion made from the calyces (sepals) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, a herbal tea drink consumed both hot and cold by people around the world. It is also referred to as roselle (another common name for the hibiscus flower), flor de Jamaica in Latin America, karkady in the Middle East, bissap in West Africa, sorrel in Jamaica, and red sorrel in the wider Caribbean, and other names in other regions. Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine.

+ Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs like Lavender. The fresh and dried leaves are used frequently in traditional Mediterranean cuisine; they have a bitter, astringent taste, which complements a wide variety of foods. A tisane can also be made from them. When burned they give off a distinct mustard smell, as well as a smell similar to that of burning which can be used to flavor foods while barbecuing. Rosemary is extremely high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6. Hungary Water was first prepared for the Queen of Hungary to "renovate vitality of paralyzed limbs" and to treat gout. It was used externally and prepared by mixing fresh rosemary tops into spirits of wine. Antioxidant, antiseptic, and antispasmodic- Rosemary is a key herb in European herbal medicine.
As an infusion, rosemary provides antibacterial properties beneficial for healthy skin.

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+ Sage, Common (Salvia Officinalis)


Salvia officinalis (Sage, Common sage, Garden sage, Kitchen sage, Culinary sage, Dalmatian sage, Purple sage, Broadleaf sage, Red sage) is a small perennial evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and commonly grown as a kitchen and medicinal herb or as an ornamental garden plant. As an herb, sage has a slight peppery flavor. The Latin name for sage, salvia, means “to heal". Although the effectiveness of Common Sage is open to debate, it has been recommended at one time or another for virtually every ailment. Common sage is also grown in parts of Europe, especially the Balkans for distillation of an essential oil.
is a small perennial evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant. The common name "Sage" is also used for a number of related and unrelated species. Common sage is grown in parts of Europe for distillation of an essential oil. The therapeutic properties of Organic Sage Essential Oil include use as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent. In aromatherapy, it is believed to calm the nerves, ease swelling and it may be used to reduce pore size, heal wounds, infections and assist with skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.

+ Sandalwood red (Pterocarpus Santalinus)

Wild Harvested
Pterocarpus santalinus (Red Sanders or Red Sandalwood; Rakta chandana) is a species of Pterocarpus native to India. It is only found in south India in Kadapa and Chittoor on the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh border. The wood has historically been valued in China, particularly during the Ming and Qing periods.

+ Sea Salts (We use a large variety of exotic salts)

We use a large variety of Salts in the making of many of our products. Please read below for a list of all the exotic salts we use.

Dead Sea Salt >> Dead Sea salt refers to salt extracted or taken from the Dead Sea. It is a popular ingredient of many common bath products including bath salts, salt scrubs, foot scrubs, body wraps, bath bombs, soaps, and a wide variety of other cosmetic products, including makeup. The Dead Sea is popular with tourists from all over the world for its reputed therapeutic effects. The water of the Dead Sea is unique, as it has ten times the salt content of other sea water. This allows anyone to easily float on Dead Sea water because of its greater density. Its mineral composition is also different from ocean water since only 12-18% of Dead Sea salt is sodium chloride. In comparison, 97% of the salt in normal ocean water is sodium chloride. Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis.[6] One study[3] concluded that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation. Further research into Dead Sea salt benefits has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling.

Himalayan Pink Salt >> Himalayan Pink Salt is a pure, hand-mined salt that is derived from the foothills of the pristine Himalayan Mountains. Harvested from ancient sea salt deposits, it is believed to be the purest form of salt available. Himalayan Pink Salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. This salt is recognized for its beautiful pink color, high mineral content, and its therapeutic properties. Regular consumption of Himalayan Pink Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.

California Sea Salt >> Gathered from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California this high quality sea salt is perfect for bath salts and body scrubs and for a soothing, satisfying, and luxurious therapeutic soak. This salt is 100% natural and has a high mineral content. It is wonderful for softening and rejuvenating the skin.

Black Lava Salt >> Gathered from the coasts of Hawaii, this salt is infused with activated charcoal. Black Lava salt contains many trace minerals that are essential to the human body. Black Lava salt has incredible detoxifying qualities.

Brazil Sea Salt >> Pure Atlantic sea salt from the coasts of Brazil, this salt has a high content of minerals.

Grey Sea Salt >> Certified organic bath salt harvested by hand from the island of Noirmoutier near Brittany, France. Neither washed, nor refined, this salt keeps its essential nutrients vital to the human body.

+ Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)


Shea butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural fat extracted from the seed of the African sheaatree by crushing and boiling. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and salve. Shea butter is edible and may be used in food preparation, or sometimes in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter. The main industrial use oftree by crushing and boiling. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and salve. Shea butter is edible and may be used in food preparation, or sometimes in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter. The main industrial use of sheaabutter outside Africa is in cosmetics, such as moisturizer creams and emulsion, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair. It is also used by soap makers because of its property of leaving a small amount of oil in the soap and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties.butter outside Africa is in cosmetics, such as moisturizer creams and emulsion, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair. It is also used by soap makers because of its property of leaving a small amount of oil in the soap and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Used predominantly for skin care, Shea Butter is known for its moisturizing and emollient properties. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, it penetrates deeply into the epidermis and leaves a smooth, satiny finish. People with nut allergies should avoid products with this ingredient.

+ Spearmint (Mentha Spicata)


Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) is a species of mint, native of Europe and southwest Asia. Spearmint is grown for its aromatic and carminative oil, referred to as Oil of Spearmint. Spearmint is an ingredient in several mixed drinks, such as the mojito and mint julep. Sweet tea, iced and flavored with spearmint is a summer tradition in the Southern United States. Spearmint is also used as a flavoring for toothpaste and confectionery and is sometimes added to shampoos and soaps. Spearmint is steeped as tea for the treatment of stomach ache. Its essential oil was found to have some antifungal activity, although less than oregano.

+ Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis)


Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a microscopic blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil living both in sea and fresh water which is the common name for human and animal food supplements produced primarily from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima. These and other Arthrospira species were once classified in the genus Spirulina. There is now agreement that they are a distinct genus, and that the food species belong to Arthrospira; nonetheless, the older term Spirulina remains the popular name. Arthrospira is cultivated around the world, and is used as a human dietary supplement as well as a whole food and is available in tablet, flake, and powder form. It is also used as a feed supplement in the aquaculture, aquarium, and poultry industries. Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source. It is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine, and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs, and milk. It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes. Spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and arachidonic acid (AA). Spirulina contains vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Spirulina contains phenylalanine, which should be avoided by people who have the metabolic disorder phenylketonuria, where the body cannot metabolize this amino acid.

+ Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)


Sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus) are annual plants native to the Americas, that possess a large flowering head. During the 18th century, the use of sunflower oil became very popular in Europe, particularly with members of the Russian Orthodox Church because sunflower oil was one of the few oils that was not prohibited during Lent. Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, as a carrier oil and to produce margarine and biodiesel, as it is cheaper than olive oil. Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient. In cosmetics, it has smoothing properties and is considered noncomedogenic. Sunflower oil is high in the essential vitamin E and low in saturated fat. Sunflower oil, like other oils, can retain moisture in the skin. The flowers are also used as decorative flowers.. Sunflower oil is high in the essential vitamin E and low in saturated fat. Sunflower oil, like other oils, can retain moisture in the skin. The flowers are also used as decorative flowers.

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+ Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)


Tea Tree Essential Oil is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses).

+ Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum)


The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a herbaceous, usually sprawling plant in the nightshade family that is typically cultivated for its edible savory in flavor fruit. The tomato is native to South America. The tomato is now grown worldwide for its edible fruits, with thousands of cultivars having been selected with varying fruit types, and for optimum growth in differing growing conditions. Tomatoes are now eaten freely throughout the world, and their consumption is believed to benefit the heart among other things. It contains lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.

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+ Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia)


Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) is a flavoring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla native to Mexico. Etymologically, vanilla derives from the Spanish word "vainilla", little pod. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, due to the extensive labor required to grow the vanilla seed pods. Despite its high cost, vanilla is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking, perfume manufacture and aromatherapy. The fruit, a seed capsule, if left on the plant, will ripen and open at the end; as it dries, the phenolic compounds crystallize, giving the beans a diamond-dusted appearance which the French call givre (hoarfrost). It will then release the distinctive vanilla smell. The fruit contains tiny, flavorless seeds. In dishes prepared with whole natural vanilla, these seeds are recognizable as black specks. The cosmetics industry uses vanilla to make perfume. In old medicinal literature, vanilla is described as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers. The essential oils of vanilla and vanillin are sometimes used in aromatherapy.

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+ Wakame Seaweed, powder (Alaria Esculenta)


A brown seaweed with powerful anti-aging and uplifting properties. Used commonly in the Japanese and Chinese cuisine it's valued for its high source of vitamins and antioxidants.

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+ Yucca Powder (Yucca Clauca)

Wild Harvested
Grown throughout the southern United States, it's widely used by Native Americans and herbalists to tread numerous conditions including psoriasis, dandruff, skin sores and inflammation.

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There are many terms we use throughout our website that might not be of common use and that you might not be familiar with. These terms can be found on our new By Valenti Glossary. Please refer to this page in case you need clarification on some of the terms.

NASTY INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEVER SEE IN OUR PRODUCTS:
Pthalates, Sulfates, SLS, Tetrasodium EDTA, or any EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, argireline, aluminum ingredients, ammonium, synthetic ingredients, artificial colorants (FD&C, D&C, dyes, lakes, or any other tar dyes), dioxin, cocamidpropyl betaine, DEA ingredients, DMAE, any polysorbate, any PEG ingredient, formaldehyde, artificial fragrances, mineral glycerine, GMO ingredients, lanolin, any ingredient with laureth, laurate or lauryl in the name, triclosan.

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Disclaimer: No claims are made as to any medicinal value of these ingredients. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

Updated 6/13/2012 - A.S.S.



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