Mother Nature's Beauty Kitchen

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has a rich history of use in cosmetic and health treatments. From Cleopatra, who applied Aloe Vera gel over her body as an extensive beauty treatment, to the Native Americans who called Aloe Vera the ‘Wand of the Heaven’, Aloe Vera has been hailed for millennia for its health benefits.

Benefits in Facemasks

Aloe Vera has a very special quality when it comes to skin treatments, it's great at moisturising without leaving the skin feeling greasy, so it's perfect for anyone with an oily complexion. If it's the aging process you're worried about, Aloe Vera contains a huge variety of antioxidants which make your skin feel firmer and more hydrated. What's more, this super plant contains anti-inflammatory hormones which work wonders when treating acne.

Manuka Honey

Used for centuries to treat infections and other conditions, the natural antibacterial qualities found in honey soothe the skin, whilst its ability to deeply condition hair will leave your mane full and glossy. The deliciously sweet smell is the icing on an indulgent cake. Originating from the sunny climes of Australia and New Zealand, Manuka honey differs from standard honey as it is made only from the sweet nectar of the Manuka tree.

Benefits in Facemasks

Its antibacterial properties and generous serving of skin-saving antioxidants make honey a saviour for your skin; the prefect ingredient for our natural facemasks. Full of antioxidants, honey helps reduce the signs of aging whilst boosting your complexion by moisturising and soothing your skin. What’s more, honey helps open up the pores making them easy to cleanse and unclog

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is used in chocolate, ointments, toiletries and many more of our favourite things. Its velvety texture and delicious fragrance make it perfect for skin products. After all, who can resist that rich chocolatey smell? The cocoa bean, from which cocoa butter is derived, only grows around the equator, like most of us it enjoys warmer climes, and today nearly 70% of all the cocoa beans produced hail from sunny West Africa.

Benefits in Facemasks

Cocoa butter is a fabulous moisturiser as it gets deep down into your skin, penetrating the top layer, to truly nourish your skin. But there is more to this mighty bean than simple moisturiser. Cocoa butter also contains antioxidants to kill off those nasty free radicals which, among other things, age the skin by destroying skin cells. Some clever scientists have also found that cocoa butter can help against skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. And it’s not just good for your skin, your hair can benefit too. Not only does cocoa butter help moisturise your hair from root to tip, it also help alleviate an itchy scalp and could even prevent chemical damage from excess dying.

Coconut

Coconuts, the totally tropical fruit. It conjures up images of paradise, sunny weather and long sandy beaches. We drink their water and their milk and eat their flesh. The leaves are used to make matts and baskets and the fibrous husk is used to make brushes and stuffing for mattresses. To say it is a plant of many talents is an understatement. From healing scars, to gently moisturising your face, not to mention the fact you can cook with it, is there anything the modest coconut can’t do?

Benefits in Facemasks

The protein rich formula of coconut oil makes it perfect for face masks. It contains a wide variety of nutrients which kill acne-causing bacteria, nurture sensitive and oily skin, prevent premature aging and unclog blocked pores to remove dirt and grime. It really is a one-stop-shop when it comes to beauty treatments for your face.

Ginger

It may look like a gnarly witch’s finger, but ginger is worth its weight in gold when it comes to health and beauty. As a root plant, ginger is originally from the tropics with the best quality produce growing in Jamaica. Used throughout history, from the ancient Greeks who used it to cure nausea, to cleansing and toning skin and reducing cellulite in modern day beauty treatments, ginger is one hot ingredient when it comes to health and beauty.

Benefits in Facemasks

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties make it an ideal facemask ingredient. It also has a strong antibacterial element which makes it perfect for cleansing your skin and washing away the dirt and grime of everyday life. Your skin is left clean, bright and wrinkle free (well almost). When it comes to looking good, ginger is hot stuff.

Berries

We all know berries make a tasty, not to mention healthy, snack. But there’s more to the humble berry than meets the eye. From Peru to Poland, from South Africa to Spain, and of course not forgetting the UK, berries are grown in every corner of the world and come together to shape our food, beauty regime and lifestyle. Let’s take a look at what makes berries so great.

Benefits in Facemasks

Firstly, they smell great. Let’s be honest smell is important when choosing a face mask. But it’s not everything, and berries need to bring something more to the beauty bar than just a gorgeous smell. Strawberries contain hydroxy acids, which brighten the skin and are a fantastic exfoliator. Blueberries harness the power or anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant, vitamins A, B complex, C and E, potassium, zinc, copper, iron and magnesium to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone and balance the oil levels in your skin. Is there nothing these super berries can’t do?

Dead Sea Minerals

The Dead Sea contains more than 45,000 million tons of salt which is rich in minerals – that’s a lot of feel-good minerals. What’s more, of the 26 essential minerals found in the Dead Sea, 12 do not exist in any other ocean or sea in the world. Famed for their unique spa like qualities, Dead Sea minerals will leave you feeling relaxed and your skin feeling nourished.

Benefits in Facemasks

Dead Sea minerals are a fantastic way of incorporating natural sources of magnesium, calcium, potassium and more into your beauty regime. The nutrients will cleanse your pores, moisturise your skin and draw out any impurities and dirt and grime that a busy modern life can cause. Let’s face it, if it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for us.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil comes from an Australian flowering shrub and is famed for its antiseptic properties. Aboriginal communities have been using the leaves of the tea tree to soothe cuts, burns and infections for centuries. This miraculous oil has many uses from clearing acne to treating dandruff, so it’s no wonder tea tree oil can be found in most bathroom cabinets across the country.

Benefits in Facemasks

The fresh fragrance of tea tree oil has an instantly cooling effect on your skin whilst the essential oil will leave your face feeling refreshed and deeply cleansed. Tea tree face masks soothe and calm problematic, blemish-prone skin, removing those nasty impurities and dirt and grim which build up throughout your busy day. They’re the perfect deep cleanse to get you ready for the weekend.

Pomegranate

Pomegranates originated in the area from Northern India to Iran, they are now loved across the globe and are widely grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India. They have always been highly prized for their flavour for centuries, but in recent years they have been hailed by the health and beauty industries as a superfood, highly nutritious and packed with antioxidants. What’s more, they taste great.

Benefits in Facemasks

The powerful antioxidants and vitamins in pomegranates help defeat those nasty free radicals, helping to reduce the signs of aging. Pomegranate juice is also a fantastic moisturiser, penetrating deep into the skin to moisturise from the inside out. As well as making you look good, pomegranates also have multiple health benefits from boosting your immunity and aiding digestion to preventing heart disease and lowering blood pressure. This tasty fruit definitely deserves its superfood status.

Evening Primrose

Evening primrose is more than just a pretty yellow flower. With its ability to help treat PMS, hormonal acne, hair loss, eczema and psoriasis, it really is a wonder plant. It is essentially a wild flower and grows naturally in hedges and wasteland, bringing beauty to even the harshest of landscapes. It’ll have you feeling bright and beautiful in no time.

Benefits in Facemasks

Evening primrose has many magical properties, the main being it will hydrate your skin thoroughly leaving it fresh as a daisy. But that’s not all, famed for its anti-aging properties, evening primrose is a highly sought after ingredient in facemasks as it can leave those pesky tell-tale lines visibly reduced. If it’s complete rejuvenation you’re looking for, evening primrose has the magic touch.

Shea Butter

Shea butter, the ivory-coloured fat produced from the nut of the African shea tree, is famed around the world for its moisturising qualities. From preventing stretch marks during pregnancy to moisturising post shaving, from soothing sunburn to preventing blemishes and wrinkles, this silky smooth butter is a cure all when it comes to skin ailments.

Benefits in Facemasks

The intense moisturising properties of shea butter restore your skins natural elasticity, targeting those extra dry areas that need a little extra boost. The shea butter seals in moisture leaving your skin hydrated, and silky smooth. It works wonders on damaged hair too, sealing split ends and adding shine to dull and lifeless hair.