Ingredient Breakdown 101: Our Natural Hand Sanitiser
Hi elxr community!
To celebrate the launch of our brand and this blog we thought it only suitable to write a few posts introducing who we are, what we do and how we do it. As we are in our launch week it is only fitting to start with a breakdown of our natural hand sanitiser superhero and why we love it.
Back in March, when Isabella and I came together (over zoom) to discuss product ideas, we both knew skincare was the industry we wanted to work in. Having both suffered from acne (and still experiencing skin problems) we are always on the lookout for new superstar products using the best ingredients (click here to learn more about our journey).
At the time we were experiencing lockdown and, like much of the nation, were panicked into buying loads of sanitisers and antibacterial wipes. Both of us use sanitiser quite frequently when travelling but this was a whole other ballgame. The constant use had a detrimental effect on our skin whereby we ended up with dry, sticky or smelly hands from a lack of beneficial ingredients.
There are MANY brands and options to choose from when on the lookout for an acne product but when it came to skin hygiene and hand care there just wasn’t the same level of quality. We wanted a natural formula which protected our hands from bacteria but also paid attention to skin health i.e. moisturised and nourished the hands as well. VOILA. The dream was visualised and we set out to create it.
Our Natural Hand Sanitiser is the outcome of months of formula tweaking and research. It is made of seven high quality, locally sourced ingredients (no extra nasties, chemicals or unnecessary additives) to protect, revitalise, moisturise and scent your hands. These superstars are:
Grain Alcohol (Ethanol): Making up 70% of our product. When searching for the ideal alcohol to use it had to be 1. Effective, 2. UK sourced and 3. Of natural origin. Grain Alcohol was the answer to all three. It really surprised us how SO many hand sanitisers claim to be natural but don’t state where their alcohol is sourced or use lab made alcohol instead! It is so important to us that the main ingredient be naturally derived so we can be as transparent as possible.
Organic Aloe Vera: Known for soothing hands- aloe vera is what gives our formula the unique gel-like ‘moisturiser’ texture alongside the cooling effect when you first apply it. Aloe Vera has the ability to hydrate and strengthen the skin after application- this is due to the anti-inflammatory compound aloin as well as the protein metallothionein. Less commonly known- Aloe Vera has also been shown to fade dark spots, acne and pigmentation issues (Source: Medical News Today).
Organic Borage Oil: Not only is Borage Oil locally grown, it is also a fantastic skin hydrator. Known for its moisturising properties, Borage Oil is widely used to help psoriasis and eczema. It is also both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is beneficial for people with atopic dermatitis, acne and rosacea (Source: Organic Facts). We love that this oil will help anyone who has skin conditions and who is on the lookout for a more natural and nourishing alternative to chemical sanitisers.
Organic Neroli Essential Oil: Smelling like a sweet citrus field, this amazing essential oil helps to reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels and increase serotonin (Source: Holland & Barrett). Sanitising is usually thought to be a bit dull, a bit uncomfortable and not the most pleasant, sensory experience. We bring you Neroli to help you actually enjoy your sanitising sessions. :)
Organic Bergamot Essential Oil: In addition to smelling great (think citrusy summer holiday on the Italian coast vibes)- Bergamot essential oil has antibacterial and astringent properties, which means it can be used to fight bacteria, unclog pores and balance sebum levels (Source: Organic Facts). Another level of protection to keep those hands strong and fighting all through the day.
Vegetable Glycerine: Glycerine is a clear liquid typically made from soybean or coconut oils and is widely used in skincare for its ability to retain moisture. In one study, a cream made from glycerine was more effective than those made from silicone oil or hyaluronic acid at hydrating skin (Source: 18c) ! Glycerine has also been shown to improve skin health by reducing irritation, protecting the skin against microbes and as a safeguard against environmental stressors such as harsh wind and cold weather. We are entering the UK autumn and winter months...glycerine has got you covered.
Plant Cellulose: Cellulose is an organic compound derived from plant cell walls. Similar to its structural support function in plants, cellulose is used in skincare as a versatile emulsifier to help stabilise solutions with different solubility (Source: L'Oreal Paris). In layman terms: the lab team recommended we add cellulose to boost moisture and hold the whole formula together ;) Why do we love it? Cellulose is known to possess strong humectant properties, which helps to increase the amount of moisture in the skin. For this reason, cellulose is often implemented into moisturising products such as lotions, creams, and masks...and our hand sanitiser lotion!
I hope we’ve convinced you to take a lil look at our sanitiser. If so click here to see it up close and personal ;)