The Best Natural Skin Care Products
We believe that natural skin care products should soothe, heal, moisturize and protect. People deserve to feel great in their skin. We offer natural, healing body care for men and women without added fragrance, and consult with each client to create custom, individualized aromatherapy blends, using all-natural, undiluted essential oils.
Take a peek at the best natural ingredients we use in our locally made, handcrafted hair, body, and skin care products. These are Heliotrope founder Jonathan Plotzker’s top picks!
Jonathan's Top Natural Ingredient Picks
|ALOE: Nature’s miracle. It heals cuts, it moisturizes, is anti-inflammatory, and has antioxidant properties to boot
SHEA BUTTER: From a nut harvested across Africa. It’s super moisturizing and protective, and encourages the skin to regenerate collagen. It’s really nourishing, too!
JOJOBA: Jojoba is amazing for two big reasons — one, it’s the closest thing on Earth to human’s own sebum (what our skin secretes for its own protection), and two, it never turns rancid! Scientists can’t even explain that, since every other vegetable oil will eventually go bad, but not jojoba. This means no preservative is needed. (It’s great for hair, too, though that doesn’t apply to me!)
OLIVE OIL: So many clients I know love this oil so much, that’s all they put on their faces. But — like eating a well-rounded diet — just one food won’t give you all the nutrition you need. Still, it’s a great, healthy oil, for all the same reasons it’s so good to eat. Fun fact: we sell a number of accessories made of olive wood that use trees that no longer bear fruit.
|LAVENDER: Probably my favorite essential oil. Healing, calming, smells great, and combines well with almost every other essential oil, so it’s in a lot of our blends. Plus, two bonuses: it’s one of the few essential oils that are okay to put directly on the skin, and is also safe for the face, which many essential oils are not. Fun fact: Because the ancient Romans used it for cleaning everything, its Latin root gives us the modern word laundry.
NEROLI: The flower of the orange tree (the orange blossom, which for some reason has its own name — perhaps because it’s so special)! Not only is the smell intoxicating, it’s naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic (so it’s a great add-in for acne control). It also reduces redness (so it’s great for rosacea, too).
|HONEY/BEESWAX: Honey is not just nourishing and soothing, but also naturally anti-bacterial — meaning it acts as a preservative. With honey in a product, fewer preservatives need to be added. Beeswax (and its cousin, propolis) is great for skin and nails, too. Both soften the skin and add a great all-natural scent to formulas without additional fragrance.
BAMBOO: This plant is highly sustainable. Not only does bamboo grow with no fertilizer necessary, but it’s also naturally insect-resistant, and needs no pesticides! We use crushed bamboo in a number of exfoliators, but we also use it burned! Charcoal is naturally antiseptic (think of those pills that purify water on camping trips), so bamboo charcoal is doubly amazing. We use it in many cleansers, and we even buy textiles from Japan that incorporate the charcoal into their fibers.
Heliotrope creates high-quality, all-natural products — handmade in Northern California in small batches — using simple, organic ingredients. Founder Jonathan Plotzker's experience in product development and his work with small chemists throughout the Bay Area have brought natural, well-made, and fragrance-free skin care to the market.
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