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The Best Ingredients for Your Skin: Learn More

Each inch of your skin is made up of 19 million skin cells. To keep your skin and all your cells looking and feeling good, you have to invest in quality products that contain the best skincare ingredients. If you want flawless skin, you need to take a hard look at your skincare routine.

Your favourite cleanser might not contain the best ingredients for skin. Just because you’re looking for great products doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. If you look carefully, you can find products that contain top skincare ingredients without a premium price tag.

If you’re shopping for skincare products, here are some of the skincare ingredients to look for.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a skincare staple. It’s a common ingredient that is mostly found in moisturisers and serums.

Hyaluronic acid is something that naturally occurs in our bodies, especially in the eyes, joints, and skin. This gooey and slippery substance helps your skin retain moisture and prevents the moisture in your body from evaporating.

Hyaluronic acid can be used by people with both oily and dry skin as it doesn’t add oil to your skin; it simply traps the moisture you already have. This acid also doesn’t clog your pores, making it a good option for all skin types.

Hyaluronic acid is also beneficial to use if you live in a humid area or you’re experiencing drastic temperature changes.

Aloe Vera

When it comes to natural skincare ingredients, aloe vera is at the top of the list. Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its epidermal development properties. This makes products that contain aloe vera great for after-sun lotion

Aloe vera also has anti-fungal and antiviral properties, making it a super ingredient in skincare products.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is often used in haircare products but is also an effective skincare ingredient.

Argan oil contains ferulic acid, vitamin E, and carotenoids. This oil is less heavy than other common skincare oils, so the product won’t feel as suffocating.

Like aloe vera, argan oil has anti-inflammatory properties but is also an antioxidant. Argan oil can help prevent the appearance of sun damage while also moisturising the skin. This oil also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Argan oil isn’t recommended for people with dry skin as it’s a lighter oil. If you have dry skin, you should consider jojoba oil as an alternative.

Best Ingredients for Your Skin

When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, you have to focus on buying products that contain the best ingredients for your skin. Whether buying organic skincare products or supermarket options, you must check the skincare active ingredients. Are you needing to learn more about your skin type? Be sure to check out our skin type quiz here before purchasing.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your skincare journey, contact us today. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we consider all options when it comes to the ingredients that go into our products to ensure we give you the best possible product.

Mainstream Skincare: Harsh on Skin & Your Wallet

Many people assume that buying a product from a well-known company or directly from a local store means that the product is safe. But when it comes to common personal care and beauty products, this may not be the case.

Research shows that makeup, shampoo, nail polish, skin lotion, and other skincare products may contain chemical ingredients that haven’t been properly tested. These ingredients could be causing a variety of negative impacts on your health without you even realising it.

But how do you choose safe, high-quality skincare? One of the best ways is to learn which skincare ingredients to avoid and which are a better choice. Keep reading as we explore some of the worst and best skincare ingredients that you should be using.

Common Harmful Ingredients in Skincare

Harmful ingredients in skincare are more common than you might think. There are a variety of skincare ingredients to avoid, not only because they are unnatural, but also because they can wind up causing more harm than good.


One of the worst ingredients often found in skincare is parabens. This term refers to a family of chemicals that have been around since at least the 1950s. They are often used to make products shelf stable because they can prevent the growth of bacteria and mould. 

However, parabens have been linked to causing hormone disruption and even cancer. They are commonly found in body washes, moisturisers, shampoos, and conditioners.

Chemical Fragrances 

To give products their artificial fruity or fresh scent, many manufacturers use chemical fragrances. Many of these contain carcinogens that can cause cancer, or irritants and allergens that can cause a reaction or rash.

Plastic Microbeads

Exfoliation can help to remove dead and dry flakes from your skin’s surface. But many commercial products use plastic microbeads to provide that exfoliation.

Not only can these microbeads cause tiny tears on your skin’s surface and other irritation, but they are also very dangerous for the environment. They often make it through water filtration systems and wind up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans, where fish and other wildlife may feed on them, ultimately winding up in the food supply and entering your body through your mouth.

The Best Skincare Ingredients

It’s important to make sure that you are choosing skin care products that lack the harmful ingredients that we’ve listed above. But it’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the best skincare ingredients, as well as what they can do for your skin.

All Natural Oils

Some of the best skincare ingredients are natural oils. There are a variety of oils that provide unique benefits to our skin, such as adding hydration or promoting healing.

One oil that’s great not only for adding moisture but also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory is cold-pressed Australian Hemp Seed Oil. Also known as “majik” oil, Hemp Seed Oil can help your skin stand up to harsh climates while destroying bacteria on the skin’s surface that can lead to breakouts. It’s non-greasy, so you can use products that contain it, such as lotions, before applying your makeup.

Another oil that’s a great addition to safe skincare options is Tamanu oil. This oil is renowned for its ability to help heal damaged skin. It’s especially effective at helping to heal tissue damage caused by frequent acne breakouts during the teenage years.

Essential oils are another type of natural oil often found in natural skincare. Some of these have anti-inflammatory benefits but are also great for adding a safe and natural scent to products. They are a great alternative to harsh chemical fragrances.

Fruit Extracts

You likely won’t find fruit extracts listed as ingredients in common commercial skincare products. However, several extracts offer incredible healing and firming benefits.

Kigelia extract comes from the Kigelia Africana tree. This tree produces bright red flowers that bloom only at night. Oil can be extracted from those flowers and is known for being great for helping your skin heal itself naturally.

Another fruit extract that you’re likely to find in natural skincare is cucumber. Much like placing cucumber slices can help reduce redness and swelling, this fruit can be added to skincare to offer the same healing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Silk Amino Acids

Some of the best skincare products for hydration contain silk amino acids. This amino acid helps to lock in the moisture that you’re getting from the skincare, allowing your skin to stay healthy and hydrated all day long.

Natural Clays

When you think of natural skincare, you might think mainly of lotions and cleansers. But if you’re someone who loves to do a face mask to show your skin a little extra love, you’ll want to think twice about the ingredients in most masks that you’ll find at the store.

Just like other skin care products, many face masks contain harsh, harmful ingredients. Instead, you’ll want to choose masks that contain natural clays, such as Australian White Kaolin clay

This white clay, for example, has an incredible natural ability to absorb toxins found on the skin. It’s mild enough that it won’t irritate sensitive skin, yet still provides gentle exfoliation. Plus, it’s rich in calcium, zinc, silica, and magnesium, which work together to help your skin look and feel healthy and hydrated.

Choosing the Best Products for Your Face

Choosing the best skincare ingredients and avoiding harsh, harmful chemicals is a great way to make sure that you’re choosing natural skincare that’s actually good for your skin. From natural oils to fruit extracts and amino acids, these are some of the best ingredients that you could be putting on your skin.

If you’re ready to see the difference that clean, natural skincare can have on your skin, shop our selection of natural, high-quality skincare products today! Need to figure out your skin type first? Be sure to check out our skin type quiz here!

How to determine what skin type you have and take care of it

Does your skin confuse you? Does it seem like some days it’s oily and other days it’s dry? Skin can seem like it is all over the place. Especially as weather changes can impact how our skin behaves each season, and as we age, our skin can change too. So, how do you determine what skin type you have right now and what key things should you be paying attention to with your skin? Let’s find out!

Otherwise, if you just want to know your skin type, take our skin type quiz to find out!

What are the different skin types?

There are five types of skin. These types are used to describe three key attributes of your skin: Oilyness, hydration and sensitivity. So what are these skin types?

  1. Normal – Middle of the road, a balance between oily, dry and not sensitive.
  2. Oily – Your skin has an above-average level of oil present.
  3. Dry – Your skin has a below-average level of water present.
  4. Combination – Some of your skin is dry and some is oily.
  5. Sensitive – Your skin might not be particularly oily or dry, but it is sensitive to what you put on it.
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A Woman With Normal Skin

Normal skin

Normal skin is not too oily and not too dry. The sebum production of your skin is balanced, producing just enough to keep your skin hydrated.

How to identify normal skin

  • Low pore visibility
  • Few imperfections
  • Not noticeably sensitive
  • Often described as a glowing complexion

How to take care of your normal skin

Normal skin doesn’t usually require any special care, but it is still important to look after it.

  • Avoid conditions that can contribute to dry or oily skin
  • Protect your skin from the sun and apply after sun lotion if you get sun burned
  • Take care when using cleaning products and don’t overuse scented products, normal skin can become sensitive skin from overexposure
  • Use a natural moisturiser and look for natural products in the rest of your skincare and haircare routine

Oily skin

Oily skin is caused by excessive sebum production and tends to change throughout the year and can become particularly more prominent during hot and humid weather when you are sweating more frequently.

How to identify oily skin

  • Large pores that are easily visible
  • A complexion that is shiny
  • Skin may have an oily residue on it
  • Frequent blackheads, pimples and other related skin blemishes

Factors that can contribute to oily skin

  • Genetics that contribute to excess sebum production
  • Stress
  • Puberty
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Heat
  • Humidity

How to take care of your oily skin

  • Wash your skin after you have sweated
  • Try not to wash your skin more than twice per day
  • Use gentle cleansers designed for oily skin
  • Don’t scrub your skin
  • Exfoliate very gently as excess oil can trap dead skin and contribute to acne
  • As tempting as it is, try to avoid squeezing your pimples.
  • Use a light, oil-free moisturiser designed for oily skin to help keep your skin hydrated while signalling to your skin that it doesn’t need to produce as much sebum.
  • Look for skincare products that are labelled as non-clogging. The technical term is “noncomedogenic” which means that it won’t block your pores.
Woman with oily skin
Dry hand

Dry skin

Dry skin is the result of a lack of sebum and can be caused by a lot of environmental factors including the wind and climate control systems, it also tends to be quite irritating.

How to identify dry skin

  • Very small, almost invisible pores
  • A dull complexion that has a rough appearance
  • The skin is often covered in a layer of flaky dead skin cells
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Patchy red spots
  • Skin lines tend to be more prominent
  • Skin cracks and peels easily
  • Tends to become quite itchy
  • If it is extremely dry it can become rough and scaly both visibly and also to touch

Factors that can contribute to dry skin

  • Genetics that contribute to lower sebum production
  • Medications
  • Soaps, cosmetics, cleansers and hand sanitisers
  • Exposure to hot water for extended periods, eg long, hot baths
  • Aging
  • Hormonal changes
  • The weather, especially the sun, wind and colder temperatures
  • UV radiation
  • Climate control systems, especially heating

How to take care of your dry skin

  • Use mild soaps and cleansers
  • Use mildy-fragranced soaps that derive their fragrance from an essential oil – sandalwood, geranium, and lavender are all good essential oils for dry skin
  • Choose hand sanitisers that contain ingredients to help retain moisture rather than dry it out.
  • Don’t scrub your skin when washing it
  • Don’t scrub your skin when drying it
  • Make hot baths and showers as short as possible and don’t have more than one a day unless essential
  • Keep your skin hydrated
  • Use a gentle body butter or moisturising lotion immediately after washing
  • If your dry skin is aging related, switch to washes and moisturisers that have been formulated to assist aging skin, like our Sativa Restore Moisturiser
  • Use a humidifier, especially during cold weather when indoor heating is operating
  • Keep indoor heating as low as possible
  • Avoid direct contact with harsh chemicals and use gloves when you are doing the dishes or using any cleaning products
  • For men, consider natural shaving lotion and aftershave that lock in moisture rather than drying your face out.

Combination skin

As the name suggests, combination skin can be oily in some places, dry in others and perhaps normal in others. The T-zone in your face is often used as an example of this where the T itself, your forehead, nose and chin get oily, but the rest of your face is dry. This isn’t always the case, but it is the most common way that combination skin manifests.

It’s also worth noting that combination skin may occur in larger zones around your body and not just your face. For example, your face might be oily but your have dry skin on your arms and legs.

How to identify combination skin

  • Pores in oily areas look larger than normal
  • Shiny skin in some places and dull skin in others
  • Blackheads in some places, but dry irritations in others

Factors that can contribute to combination skin

The same factors that contribute to dry and oily skin also contribute to combination skin. Your skin just happens to be more prone to those factors in some places than others. This can make looking after it a little tricky since you don’t want to add more moisture to oily areas but you do want to hydrate those dry spots!

How to take care of your combination skin

Care is much the same as oily and dry skin, but more topical. Unfortunately, that makes things a little trickier since you should not use the same products all over.

  • Don’t use heavy moisturisers on areas that are already oily
  • Use lighter, oil-free moisturisers on the oily areas of your skin, like our Sativa Clear Moisturiser for Oily Skin
  • Exfoliate gently to help clear clogged pores and remove dead skin
  • Avoid fragrances, particularly on the dry areas of your skin
  • Use soaps that help to lock in moisture rather than dry the skin out.
The T-Zone
Woman with sensitive skin applying moisturiser on her chest

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be tough to manage. It will often get irritated at the slightest thing, including food. Most people with sensitive skin will be able to identify consistent things that trigger their skin.

How to identify sensitive skin

  • Redness with or without dryness
  • Itching with or without dry, flaky skin
  • Burning sensations
  • Dryness

Factors that can contribute to sensitive skin

  • Scented products
  • Harsh chemicals
  • Over-exfoliation
  • Excessive scrubbing

How to take care of your sensitive skin

  • Use washes that are formulated for sensitive skin, like our Hemp Body Wash for Sensitive Skin.
  • Use moisturisers and body butter with minimal ingredients that are intended for skin that is sensitive, like our Zero Tolerance Cream 
  • Avoid synthetic ingredients in your skincare – choose natural products
  • Avoid scented products, even if the scent is natural
  • Avoid scents and strong chemicals in other products too, like shampoos and conditioners
  • Look out for strong foods that might trigger your skin
  • Identify what triggers your skin
  • Avoid direct contact with harsh chemicals and use gloves when you are doing the dishes or using any cleaning products.
  • For men, as with dry skin, consider natural shaving lotion and aftershave that lock in moisture rather than drying your face out and that don’t have harsh chemicals in them.

So, have you figured out what skin type you are?

Do you know what skin type you have yet? Oily? Dry? Normal skin perhaps? Or do you have combination skin? Maybe your skin is sensitive? If you aren’t sure, take our handy skin type quiz to help you identify what skin type you have.

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Gift Ideas: All-Natural Skincare Products

What gift is perfect for a special someone who is health-conscious, prefers all-natural solutions, and loves to support small businesses?  Handcrafted, all-natural skincare products are just the thoughtful kind of gift for that someone you want to spoil—even if that someone is yourself. 

The gift ideas in this list include our very best organic skincare products. These items are affordable, effective, and completely all-natural. This is perfect for people with sensitive skin, as well as those wanting to break free from the chemical-laden trappings of modern cosmetics and skincare products.

Generally, skincare products can be expensive, especially when you’re going synthetic-free. That’s why we strive to offer our product at a price everyone can afford, and we give you the list of ingredients so that you always know what your lucky gift recipient will receive. Watch how that special person in your life glows when you give them these all-natural gift ideas.

Body Butters

Body butters are always popular organic gift ideas. They can soften the skin, replenish dry and damaged skin, and treat it with antioxidants and essential oils. Your skin will feel better than ever with these incredibly smooth skincare formulas, handcrafted with the perfect blend of cocoa, shea, and mango butter to create a silky healing touch.

Each all-natural skincare product is infused with cold-pressed rice bran oil, which lends the butter its rich, therapeutic properties. The antioxidants in the oil, not to mention the nutrients in the main ingredients, soak into your skin without leaving behind an oily residue. This means our body butters work wonders for all skin types. 

Vegan-friendly and designed to use only the best all-natural ingredients, body butters in different scents are versatile and skin-pleasing cosmetic gifts for anyone in your life.


Created with coconut for its lush and relaxing scent, coconut body butter is a can’t-miss gift for the coconut fan in your life. The coconut adds a pleasing aroma and richness to the butter itself, leaving the skin feeling better than new.

Lime and Coconut

Adding the lovely citrus fragrance of lime to the coconut body butter creates a product that tinges the soft, fruity smell of coconut with the fresh and intense crispness of lime. The result is a body butter that will soothe your skin while sweeping you up on a tropical adventure. It’s ideal for that friend or loved one who needs a chance to drift away from the stresses of life into their own personal paradise.

Mango and Coconut

The floral and slightly-citric tang of mango meets the soft aroma of coconut in this body butter. The result is this richly textured skincare product that softens and sweetens your skin in equal measure. Melt away into the blessed feeling of mango and coconut on your skin. 


Loved the world over for its incomparably sweet scent, vanilla lends this body butter a creamy and satisfying moistness as it settles into your skin to heal and refresh it. 

Body Lotion

Body lotions hydrate and seal moisture into your skin, but they also protect it with antifungal and antibacterial properties. Made with cold-pressed Australian hemp seed oil to promote skin regeneration, powered by rich Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins, the Mari-J-Majik Body Lotion is like an entire health spa for your skin. This lotion shows your special someone just how much you care: it is infused with clear quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst to enliven the healing vibrations of the purified water used in the lotion. 

Simply put: this lotion is the ideal gift to give to a health-conscious, natural-minded loved one for their skincare.

If your favourite person loves to be out in the sun but doesn’t love what it does to skin, try the Sativa Nourish After Sun Body Lotion. The nourishing oils and silk amino acids combined with the aloe and cucumber lotion soothes and restores skin damaged by the sun’s rays. It smells amazing and feels even better. 

Shaving Lotion

Most shaving lotions use harsh chemicals that don’t do your skin any favours. With Mari-J-Majik Shaving Lotion, you can replenish your damaged skin even as you shave it, leaving it softer and smoother with every shave. 

Moisturisers and Balms

Sativa Lush whipped butter is the ultimate moisturising and anti-aging cream for your skin. Combining the renewing power of silkworm-friendly amino acids with essential oils, extracts, and fragrances, it’s the most decadent your skin will ever feel—great for the person in your life who deserves a little royal treatment!

When it comes to dry, cracked skin on your hands and feet, moisturisers are a game-changer. This blend of oils, extracts, and silver colloid fades age spots, penetrates cracked skin with deep moisturising, and soothes the pain with pure healing essence. 

Giving All-Natural Smiles

Any of the all-natural skincare products on this list will bring happiness—and health!—to your loved one’s skin. If you can’t decide on just one, or you want to give the gift of discovering new restorative skin health options, try giving a gift card

Whatever synthetic-free skincare option you choose, you’ll feel better knowing your special someone’s smile is all-natural!

Ceteareth Alcohol (Ceteareth-20) In Skincare: Learn More 

If you’ve ever taken a look at the back of your shampoo and conditioner bottles or a moisturiser ingredients list, you may have come across ceteareth-20. You probably have not encountered this word in everyday conversation, but it’s a common and safe ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products.

Cetearyl alcohol for the skin is unlike other alcohols you would find on the shelf of a bar, as most alcohols dry out the skin. It is a fatty and non-irritating alcohol mixed together in skincare products to thicken the formula. We’ll go over more about this ingredient found in many skincare products and some of its benefits as well so that you can be sure that you’re making an informed decision about what personal care products you use.

What Is Ceteareth Alcohol?

Ceteareth-20 is a common ingredient in many cosmetic products as it fortunately doesn’t irritate the skin. Ceteareth-20 is made from cetearyl alcohol, which is a blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohols (natural fatty acids from coconut oils and ethylene oxide). 

It can be used as a cleansing agent or to thicken and enhance a product’s formula. It is also used in creams to stop the separation of liquid and oils; this is known as an emulsifier. 

What Are They Used In?

Ceteareth alcohol is used in many products as an emulsifier or to thicken and stabilise formulas. You can find this ingredient in many different cosmetic brands’ products. Common cosmetic products include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Skin lotions
  • Skin creams
  • Moisturisers
  • Hair removal creams
  • Hair mousse
  • Hair gels
  • Hair dyes

What Are the Benefits of Ceteareth Alcohol?

Ceteareth alcohol is safe and non-toxic to use on your skin and hair. The white, odourless compound can be mixed with natural and synthetic ingredients. It’s an essential emulsifier in many cream products, like this night moisturiser lotion, but it also has many benefits to the hair and skin. 

Smoothes and Softens 

It can help to soften the hair and skin when used in products thanks to its emollient properties. Since it’s a fatty alcohol, it is actually very moisturising. This benefit is a big contrast to other alcohols, which are not recommended to be used on the skin or hair because they tend to dry out or irritate the skin. If you are looking for a nourishing body cream, cetearyl alcohol in this coconut and mango body butter utilises fatty acids to moisturise skin.

Acts as a Surfactant

A surfactant works to lower the surface tension between liquids or liquid-solid, which allows them to be mixed together. An example of this is water and grime. It’s used in shampoos, conditioners, face cleansers, and body washes as a cleansing agent. 
Ceteareth alcohol is a common ingredient in many products, though many people don’t know its purpose in cosmetic products. Understanding the ingredients in the products you use on your hair and skin is important. If you’re interested in using healthy and natural ingredients, we are happy to go over all the details and benefits of the ingredients we use in our products. We feel it’s essential to know what ingredients you are using in order to pick out skin care products that actually work for your needs. If you’d like to learn more about the ingredients in our natural skin care treatments, take a look at the full list of ingredients.

Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum): Skincare Benefits


If you’re new to learning about natural skin care ingredients, you may not know about tamanu oil. While perhaps not a household name, this oil packs a lot of benefits to your skin when applied as a topical treatment. With its extensive healing properties and antibacterial qualities, it can be used in a wide variety of different products to treat skin issues.

If you’re looking for products that can help reduce acne, heal scars, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or provide protection against UV rays, then you might benefit from using tamanu oil. We’ll go over the top benefits of tamanu oil, plus products that incorporate this ingredient to treat various skin conditions.

What Is Tamanu Oil?

Tamanu oil, also known by the name Calophyllum inophyllum, is made from the seeds of the tamanu tree, which have been pressed to become a fatty nut oil. This tree is native to southeast Asia and has long been known for its use in skincare. Its many benefits stem from antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and anti-neuralgic properties. However, the oil can only be used topically, as it is toxic when ingested.

Fights Germs

The oil has antibacterial properties and fights against acne caused by bacteria. If you are in need of a treatment that can work against this type of acne, then using a product with tamanu oil may help your issue. This facial moisturiser is perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin.

Heals Skin

The ability to help heal skin is just one of many tamanu oil skin benefits. It might be able to help heal wounds and scars because of increased collagen production and skin cell growth. Its improvement in collagen production, as well as elasticity, also helps with ageing skin-related issues like lines and wrinkles. This scar diminishing product will work to heal your skin to heal and regenerate healthy tissue.

Improves the Appearance of Skin

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, tamanu oil may help in the treatment of certain skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. The oil can also be used to help with the fading of stretch marks due to its moisturising, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Pain Relief

With its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, the oil can be used in topical pain relief products. From joint pain issues, sprains, pulled muscles, and sciatica, products with tamanu oil may be beneficial. This joint relief lotion is great to apply to the skin to help deal with pain.
Tamanu oil is a natural ingredient in many skincare products due to its many benefits. Though it isn’t a fix-all ingredient to cure skin problems, it does have many benefits for the skin. If you are interested in any of the products mentioned above, learn more about other ingredients in the products.

Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus Rosella): Skincare Benefits


When you think of hibiscus, the images of colourful flowers or a cup of sweetly tart-tasting tea might pop into your head. While hibiscus flowers look beautiful in a garden, they also have a ton of benefits for your skin. Hibiscus sabdariffa is rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants, making it an important ingredient in your skincare products. Adding this ingredient to your daily skincare routine can keep your skin looking healthy, fresh, and glowing. If you’re struggling to figure out the right skincare routine for you, consider how the wide array of hibiscus healing properties can benefit your skin. We’ll go over some of the top hibiscus skin benefits and popular products that utilise this ingredient.

What is Hibiscus Sabdariffa?

Hibiscus sabdariffa, or Rosella as it’s commonly known in Australia, is a species of Hibiscus thought to be native to West Africa. The plant is a perennial or annual herb, growing up to eight feet tall.

Anti-Aging Properties

Thanks to its high amounts of antioxidants, hibiscus has healing properties that can help your skin cells recover from damage. The antioxidants can help prevent collagen and elastin breakdown, which leads to fine lines and saggy skin. Also, due to the rich mix of vitamins C and E, it actually boosts collagen production so skin can appear youthful and fresh. This anti-ageing moisturiser helps to tighten the skin, protect it from damage, and retain moisture.

Eases Inflammation

Rosella hibiscus has a high level of antioxidants that include Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Antioxidants work to fight free radicals that can cause inflammation. When you consume antioxidants, you add more defence against free radical activity, protecting skin cells and tissue.


One of the most well-known hibiscus skin benefits is its exfoliating properties due to alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs gently exfoliate and brighten the skin. Incorporating this into your skincare routine will help to brush away dead skin cells and encourage fresh and smooth-looking skin. This facial scrub works to gently but deeply cleanse your pores, removing dead skin cells and impurities.


If you suffer from dry, flaking skin, then hibiscus could be a great solution to keep your skin smooth, soft, and moisturised. Hibiscus oil for the skin has high levels of mucilage content, which moisturises well. Hibiscus can be a valuable ingredient in facial moisturisers, like this Argan and Rosehip Facial Moisturiser.
Natural plant-based ingredients are necessary for a healthy skincare routine. By using products that contain hibiscus, you’ll be able to reap some of the benefits associated with this plant. If you’re looking to treat specific skin care needs, like anti-ageing or dryness, hibiscus skin benefits may help you with your needs, especially when mixed with other natural ingredients. If you’re interested in learning more about how natural ingredients in skin care products can benefit you, take a look at all of the ingredients we use in our products.

Why Switch To Aluminium-Free Deodorant?

There was a time when we would hear the pressure run out and the spray ceased, telling us that our bottle of deodorant was at its end. All we had to do was pick up our brand of choice and we were on our way! Times have changed though, and we are becoming increasingly aware of potentially harmful chemicals in the products we use daily.

Some common ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants are aluminium and parabens which have been linked with various health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Though studies for this association are inconclusive thus far, people are becoming more conscious regarding the chemicals they might be putting into their bodies through the products they use on their skin.

Why is Aluminium in Deodorant?

Aluminium is the primary active ingredient in many antiperspirants because it works to prevent the user from sweating. Studies don’t currently prove that popular, big-brand deodorants and antiperspirants are bad for our health. Nonetheless, many people choose to switch to aluminium-free deodorant to avoid or lower exposure to those questionable ingredients, alleviate skin irritation, and gain peace of mind that they aren’t using anything on their skin that might be a health risk.

The Benefits of Aluminium-Free Deodorant

Aluminium-free deodorant offers odour protection that is just as good—or better—than formulas that contain aluminium. Deodorant without aluminium doesn’t prevent sweating, which does mean you are still going to have sweaty underarms, but without the odour. Your favourite brand will be up to personal preference. Some additional benefits of aluminium-free deodorant include:

Healthy Sweating

Sweating is a natural process. In fact, underarm pores are designed to sweat. Sweating helps our bodies remove excess heat while also providing an exit point for toxins we may take in through consumption or environmental circumstances.
Aluminium-based deodorants block pores from sweating, which can lead to acne and several other dermatological problems. This is exactly what antiperspirant products are designed to do: clog pores.

Avoid Underarm Irritation

Metals like aluminium in deodorant can trigger allergic reactions. With several popular deodorants using aluminium as a primary ingredient to stop sweat, this irritation is unavoidable in aluminium-based antiperspirants. Fragrance-free deodorant is not an indication that a product is aluminium-free, and irritation from some deodorants, unfortunately, doesn’t stop here.
Manufacturers often dissolve aluminium compounds and other active antiperspirant ingredients in alcohol because it helps to dry quickly while feeling cool when applied to the skin. This production method can dry out the skin causing antiperspirant irritation and potentially leading to dermatitis and other skin conditions.

Naturally Conquer Odour

Today, we can find effective, aluminium-free deodorant products that depend on natural essential oil solutions and other natural ingredients that help to minimize odour and fight bacteria. Deodorants without aluminium can combat odour to help users smell great without harmful chemical compositions.
Many chemically-conscious companies, like Arianrhod Aromatics, use naturally-sourced ingredients directly from the earth to create products that remain entirely free of any synthetic ingredients. One of our favourite ingredients is hemp seed oil that can help to soothe skin irritation (like what traditional deodorants cause in some individuals) while helping them to eliminate underarm odour.


Ethical Deodorant Products from Natural Resources

Arianrhod Aromatics takes pride in resourcing and scrutinizing ingredients for the highest possible quality, synthetic-free, natural solutions for our catalogue of natural skincare products. Our aluminium-free deodorant is no exception.

Many people experience significant difficulty finding the right solution to help them prevent underarm odour. However, selecting a deodorant without aluminium is a must if you are conscious of avoiding the potential risks associated with preventing perspiration and absorbing aluminium into the body.

We believe in honesty and transparency. Arianrhod Aromatics provides our customers (and potential new ones) with a list of all the ingredients we use in our products. With a wide range of hemp seed oil products, in addition to both fragranced and fragrance-freealuminium-free underarm deodorant options, our customers have a plethora of options at their disposal.

Show your underarms some gratitude and choose Arianrhod Aromatics for your next deodorant purchase.

What to change when your acne won’t go away?

We want our acne to go away as soon as possible. But sometimes, even though we want to, we don’t have complete control over our hormones and genetics. Patience and good lifestyle habits can be needed to overcome troublesome acne. When short-term solutions won’t work, it may be time to check what other things are contributing to why your acne won’t go away. In this article, we will explore ways to help your acne go away gradually and focus on long-term benefits.

Avoid or Relieve Stress

study of medical students published in Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology has found that increased stress is strongly correlated with greater acne severity. Shadi Zar, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia said: “For people with acne, psychological stress could delay wound healing, which could affect the repair of acne lesions.”

Stress may be one of the top causes of why your acne is not healing quickly. High-stress environments, be it work, home, or something else may contribute to worse acne outbreaks that take longer to heal. It is worth taking the time to reflect on your lifestyle and see if there is anywhere you can reduce or remove stress.

One way to avoid or de-stress is to have a calming soothing bath or even a shower. A bath or shower can turn into a daily moment of reset for the body and soul. A few drops of essential oil blends on the base of the shower or bath can help you find a harmonizing, calming, and balancing feeling both on your face and body. Sprinkle oils over potpourri, add to a porous ceramic container, or of course, use in a diffuser to help bring stress-relieving aromas into your routine.


You may like to use our 100% Pure Essential Oil Blend – After Hours after a long, hard day as this particular blend has a sensually spicy scent, designed to be welcoming, soothing, and uplifting – perfect for relieving stress. This relaxing essential oil blend was created to help you unwind at the end of the day and the natural ingredients help to eliminate airborne bugs that may have followed you home.


Lack of Sleep/Rest

According to “If you haven’t gotten enough rest the night before, the telltale sign of sleeplessness could sit on top of your nose. Acne can flare up when you aren’t getting enough sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation is considered one of the three main acne triggers, along with stress and sweating. Studies have borne this out. It’s possible that by disrupting your hormones, sleeplessness also unsettles the chemical balance in your skin that wards off pimples.”

Lack of sleep may also be related to stress. It’s hard to fall asleep when you’re stressed. It can make you uncomfortably awake at night. Following our suggested steps to avoid or relieve stress can calm your mind and body. Adults need to have 7 or more hours of sleep at night. Taking proper rest can have a good effect on your body and acne is less likely to flare or show up when you are well-rested.

Avoid using gadgets before sleep. Our many electronic toys provide entertainment that stimulates your brain and thus makes you feel more awake. If you have tired eyes after your daily work, Sativa Refine Eye Serum can help you feel more refreshed. Apply it to your delicate eye area. Carefully blended with cooling serum, cucumber oil, aloe vera, and the miracles of hemp seed oil, it can work miracles for you. Add to your list soft music to get you ready for a good night’s sleep.

Click here for more tips on how to get better sleep using natural methods and lifestyle changes.

Before, During and After Exercise

Excessive sweating during a workout can cause a buildup of oil, dirt, and bacteria on your skin. This buildup can cause acne or prevent healing of existing acne. Though you definitely need to continue to exercise as it also helps your body, a few reminders can help you avoid acne.
Here’s what to do according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Before your workout

  • Remove your makeup.
  • Put on clean workout clothes (washed since you last wore them).
  • Apply oil-free sunscreen before you head outside. If you’re going to exercise outdoors during the day, you can help prevent breakouts and other skin issues by protecting your skin from the sun.

To remove your makeup, we suggest using our all-natural Mari-J-Majik Facial Cleanser. This vegan-friendly cleanser will clean your face, removing make-up, sweat and the many other pollutants that land on our faces throughout the day.

There are natural ingredients like shea butter and silk amino acids that have some natural sun-blocking properties for those that don’t want to use a sunscreen. Our Sativa Lush Whipped Butter has ultra-rich, moisturising properties and anti-ageing protection for all skin types. It isn’t a replacement for sunscreen but if you are looking for a butter to use in these scenarios, this is the one we suggest.

During your workout

  • Use a clean towel to wipe off sweat.
  • Avoid sharing protective equipment like helmets or protective pads whenever possible and clean yours regularly. These can be full of acne-causing bacteria and oil, which may cause you to break out.
  • Wipe off shared equipment before you use it. Shared equipment can also be covered with acne-causing bacteria and oil that you are transferring to your own skin.

After your workout

  • Consider showering immediately after your workout.

We have carefully formulated our 100% pure and natural hemp soap range with the nourishing, enriching, moisturising oils of cold-pressed Australian Hemp Seed Oil, Olive and Coconut Oils; and Shea Butter. The silky, soothing texture and the gentle lathering action of Arianrhod’s soaps on your skin will immediately make you feel like your precious body is in safe hands. For a liquid body wash, try our Hemp Body Wash for Sensitive Skin


Foods To Avoid And Foods To Look For

Lastly, you may want to look out for what foods you eat frequently that might be a contributor to your acne. Some foods may make it worse, while others help your skin stay healthy.

Some foods like pasta, white rice, white bread, and sugar are considered “high-glycemic” carbohydrates. Excess blood sugar can cause your oil glands to produce more sebum which increases the risks of acne and inflammation.

Eating low-glycemic foods made of complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of developing acne. We recommend eating a balanced diet rich in Vitamin A, E, and Zinc.

According to “Several recent studies suggest that following a low-glycemic diet, or one that is low in simple sugars, can prevent and improve acne. Researchers in a 2012 study of Korean patients found that following a low-glycemic diet for 10 weeks can lead to significant improvements in acne.”

In summary, when your acne won’t go away, it’s worth taking the time to reflect on your lifestyle to see if there are things that can be changed that could make a difference for you. The continuous habits of a good lifestyle, be it stress, sleep, exercise or diet, can help your acne to heal faster and potentially prevent future outbreaks.