The Ingredients that go into Her Soul Intention Skin Care are what make our skin care line so unique. Rachel dedicates a lot of time to sourcing the highest quality, organic ingredients that are ethically sourced.
The ingredients that you see listed on the labels of each and every product, as well as the ingredients that you see listed on our website, are exactly what you’ll get in each product. Integrity is a top priority of our line, and unlike most skin care lines currently on the market, we do not believe that any ingredient should ever be hidden from the customer.
Waterless, Preservative-Free Formulations
You will notice that almost all of our products, with the exception of our floral water, are formulated without water. Whenever water is added to a product, a preservative is always required in order to prevent mold and bacteria from growing inside of the product. Preservatives, even some of the so-called “natural” preservatives, can often be detrimental to the skin’s delicate microbiome.
Just like the microbiome that resides in our gut, we have a really delicate, highly beneficial microbiome that lives on the surface of the skin. It is vital that we take care of and respect this microbiome in order to support and maintain healthy skin. Natural and synthetic preservatives are developed to kill bacteria within a skin care bottle. Some of these preservatives can also kill the beneficial bacteria on the surface of the skin that is required for healthy, balanced skin.
Every single product created at Her Soul Intention, with the exception of our Floral Water, is anhydrous, meaning that they are waterless. This is to ensure that preservation is not required. This method makes our more supportive than almost any other line on the market, even most of the skin care lines within the holistic skin care industry.
No Added Synthetic Vitamins or Nutrients
All of the vitamins and nutrients in our skin care products come directly from the plants that are in our formulations. We do not believe that adding synthetic, isolated vitamins to skin care products is a beneficial step. In fact, adding synthetic vitamins and nutrients to skin care products can also be detrimental to the long-term health of the skin.
Isolated vitamins are very rarely “natural” like companies claim them to be – these vitamins are highly processed and are created in a lab. Through manufacturing, the vitamins go though a process that strips them of their pure, potent healing benefits and values, altering and changing them from their pure form.
Vitamin C, for example, is often used in skin care as Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbyl Palmitate, a synthetic ester of Ascorbic Acid and Palmitic Acid. However, Ascorbic Acid is actually an organic acid, and is not even true Vitamin C. It is simply marketed as pure Vitamin C, without the true story being told.
Extracting pure Vitamin C from a plant is a highly unstable process, and by the time that the “Vitamin C” is added to a skin care product (or even a supplement), it is very, very rarely Vitamin C in its pure form. If you see Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbyl Palmitate on a label, know that this is not real Vitamin C.
By isolating vitamins, such as Vitamin E and Ascorbic Acid from a plant, you are not benefiting the skin or your body in the way that you are led to believe. The reasoning for this, is not just because of the process that the ingredients have to go through, but also because in order for these vitamins to be truly beneficial and be absorbed by the skin and the body, they need to be combined with other vitamins, nutrients and compounds from the original plant that it’s extracted from, which at this point, are no longer available.
The best way to support the skin with vitamins and nutrients is to use the plant itself (like orange and grapefruit for Vitamin C and avocados, spinach and pumpkin seeds for Vitamin E), so that all of the supportive vitamins and nutrients are still together, undisrupted in the way that nature intended.
Organic, Unrefined Plant Oils
The quality of the oils that go into skin care are so much more important than most people realize. At Her Soul Intention Skin Care, we only use high-quality, organic, unrefined plant oils.
In the photo, you can see two oils in clear glasses. Both of these oils in the photo are avocado oil. The avocado oil on the left is a pale yellow oil, which was purchased from the grocery store. This is avocado oil that is used for cooking. The dark-green oil that you see on the right, is the avocado oil that we use for Her Soul Intention Skin Care.
The Oil on the Left – Refined Oil
Refined oils are a lot less expensive than unrefined oils are. They go through a very high temperature refining process, resulting in a highly processed, chemical-filled oil that has a longer shelf life and can be cooked at a higher temperature, making it more ideal for grocery stores to sell. Refined oils are best for deep-frying because they have a much lower smoking point.
The main problem with refined oils is that the refining process removes almost all of the vitamins, nutrients and natural elements from the oils. It also increases the amount of trans fat in them and causes them to oxidize much quicker. In fact, most of the oils that you purchase from the grocery store are already oxidized when you purchase them, making them pretty useless for the skin. Oxidized oils are definitely not ideal for graceful aging and provide no benefit for the skin at all.
You can see in the photo that the oil on the left has had its vibrant, vitamin-rich colour fully removed from it during the refining process.
The Oil on the Right – Unrefined Oil
Unrefined oils, like the Avocado that you see on the right hand side, which is the Avocado oil that I use in Her Soul Intention Skin Care, is a lot healthier for your skin than refined oils are.
The extraction process for unrefined oils does not use any heat. These oils are mechanically extracted using a cold-press method. This extraction process leaves the oil as close to its natural form as possible, retaining its aromas, rich colours, vitamins, nutrients and natural elements.
This oil is far better for the skin, providing it with vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids. It is also still rich in antioxidants, which is a great for graceful aging and it is also deeply moisturizing for the skin.
You may have already noticed the rich colours of the oils in Her Soul Intention Skin Care. Developing skin care products using only unrefined oils that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients is one of the main reasons for the high efficacy of our skin care products. You cannot get these same effective, healthy results using any of the oils from the grocery store.
Organic Flowers, Herbs and Roots
Each of our products contain organic flowers, herbs and roots, whether that be in their whole form (gently ground up into powders) or infused into our oils. The flowers, herbs and roots that we use are processed as little as possible in order to maintain the freshness and purity of each plant.
The oils that go into Her Soul Intention Skin Care products are infused with these organic flowers and herbs in order to infuse the oil with the plants and herbs vitamins, nutrients and healing qualities. The oils are infused for four full weeks before they are added to each product.
Organic Essential Oils
Just like how not all oils are created equal, neither are essential oils. Many of the essential oils on the market that claim to be “therapeutic” are not as high-quality as they claim to be. Unfortunately, the essential oil industry is not well regulated. Most of these oils are highly refined, and stripped of their beneficial properties and values and also contain pesticides.
The essential oils that go into Her Soul Intention Skin Care are all ethically sourced, organic and are truly therapeutic grade.
Our essential oils only make up 0.5% – 1% of our total product formulations, in order to ensure you get all of the potent healing properties of these oils, but without ever risking any sensitivities or reactions from occurring.