Ingredients

We often don’t think about it, but our skin is the largest organ on our body. It comprises about 90% of our entire body. It absorbs the good and the bad. While we can’t control everything (toxins in the air), we can control what goes ON our skin. Here are a list of ingredients you may find in our products and why we use them here at Nokomis Naturals:

Coconut Oil (Sodium Cocoate) aka Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil: : Coconut oil is a stable fat that is softening, moisturizing, and easily absorbed by the skin, making it one of the most effective natural body moisturizers. It has a really creamy texture, we find it works as both a thickener and a nourishing treatment for dry skin. Coconut oil is a super cleansing addition that produces big, copious bubbles. Coconut is the only oil that will lather in any type of water, even sea/salt water.

Castor Oil (Sodium Castorate or Sodium Ricinoleate) aka Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil: : This thick and viscous liquid is extracted from the Castor Bean Plant and has a slight but distinctive smell. It is rich in fatty acids and lubricating to the skin, and is a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture to the skin.

Glycerin: : Glycerin is a by-product of the soap-making process. Large soap manufacturers often remove the glycerin and sell it at a premium as a stand-alone product; however, handmade soaps contain all the natural glycerin produced during saponification, making them more moisturizing. Although all soaps are not transparent, as many glycerin soaps are, they are still essentially glycerin soaps. It is a skin friendly humectant prepared by the hydrolysis of fats and oils.

Olive Oil (Sodium Olivate) aka Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil: : Used essentially in soap for its incredibly creamy and mild lather. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, making it nourishing and calming to the skin.

RSPO Palm Oil (Sodium Palmate) aka Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil: : Palm Oil is widely used for its’ hardening properties in soap, and acts as a secondary lathering agent when used in conjunction with Coconut Oil.

Palm Kernel Oil (Sodium Palm Kernelate): : This oil comes in the form of solid flakes that must be melted before use. It contributes to a hard bar of soap and can also add a lustrous sheen.

Rice Bran Oil (Sodium Ricate) aka Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil: : Found in the husk of rice grains, this cold-pressed oil is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. It is a mild oil used for dry, flaky, sensitive, mature and delicate skin types. Rice bran oil is effective at helping keep skin smooth.

Shea Butter (Sodium Shea Butterate) aka Butyrospermum Parkii: Acquired from the seed of the African Shea Tree, this oil is solid at room temperature and known for its’ softening and moisturizing qualities.

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Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is naturally high in acetic acid and has a pH level which is close to that of human hair. Using a multitude of products on our hair – like serums, gels, sprays, and masks – leads to product build-up. All this sticky residue can leave the hair looking flat, dull and lifeless. One of the easiest ways to get rid of this accumulation and restore life to your locks is by using apple cider vinegar.

Argon Oil: Argon oil is often used as a key ingredient in shampoos due to its ability to restore softness, strength and shine to hair. It is an ideal ingredient to search for in a shampoo for anyone suffering from dry, brittle hair or hair damaged by chemicals and coloring.

Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay contains minerals that are good for the hair. It is good for cleansing, moisturizing, clarifying, and conditioning.

Canola Oil (Sodium Canolate): Canola oil is a perfect choice for dealing with issues related to hair. It provides amazing moisturizing properties. Once it penetrates the shaft of the hair, it will start moisturizing from inside. The oil is found to be helpful for split ends. It is rich in vitamin E, which protects hair from further damage.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants. When used on hair, it can improve scalp health and support hair growth, while adding volume and shine without the common harmful chemicals.

Castor Oil: Castor oil has a unique chemical composition. It mostly consists of a triglyceride of fatty acids. It contains vitamin E, omega-6 fatty acids, minerals, and proteins, which are all important for the health of your hair and scalp. Due to its’ unique composition, it may help with hair growth, prevent split ends, moisturize your scalp and hair, and provide shine.

Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary essential oil may help stimulate hair growth, moisturize the scalp and hair, and slow graying.

Shea Butter: Unrefined Shea butter is rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, phytonutrients and healing fats to help with the health of your hair and scalp. If your scalp is dry or flaky, shea butter may provide critical moisture. A healthy scalp is essential to maximize hair growth. Shea butter may reducing dryness and breakage. Reduced breakage will result in longer and healthier hair over time.

Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil contains gamma linolenic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid. Such fatty acids are essential to hair health. It is an emollient, which provides lubrication and creates thickness, while retaining softness. Sunflower oil helps to nourish the hair and prevent breakage.

Sodium Lactate: Using sodium lactate produces harder, longer-lasting bars of soap. Derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets, sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid. It is a natural moisturizer, humectant, and pH regulator.

Argan Oil (Argan Spinosa): Argan oil is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin. It has been known to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera gel is commonly used as a moisturizer because it can help trap and lock in moisture. It helps keep your hair moisturized, which will help prevent damage and keep your hair from drying out.

BTMS-50 (Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) cetyl alcohol (and) butylene glycol): BTMS-50 is an emulsifying wax with some good detangling properties. Behentrimonium methosulfate is derived from rapeseed oil (it’s a cationic quaternary compound). On its’ own cetyl alcohol does not actually bind oils to water, however, once this combination has been made they prevent the fused molecules from separating. The fatty alcohol helps to make combing easier. So if your hair is tangle prone, this is an ingredient you definitely want to see on the bottle. Butylene glycol is a humectant so you especially want BTMS-50 in your conditioners if you have dry hair.

Glycerin: Glycerin is a humectant, designed to bring moisture in and retain it. In hair products, glycerin works to draw moisture onto your hair and provides a barrier to keep the moisture locked in.

Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is rich in vitamins like A, B, C and E and minerals like iron, potassium and calcium. Ample content of essential nutrients, antioxidants and fatty acids in sunflower oil make it highly beneficial for hair health, making it smoother, shinier, healthier and stronger with every application.

Kokum Butter (Garcinia Indica Seed Butter): Kokum butter is non greasy and gets absorbed into the skin once you apply. It is highly resistant to oxidation. Kokum Butter helps prevents drying of the skin, softens the skin and restores skin flexibility, contains antioxidant properties, and is non-pore clogging. It is solid at room temperature, but melts readily on contact with the skin. It is one of the most stable and hardest vegetable butters known.<.br>

Shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii): Raw, unrefined Shea butter is full of all-natural vitamin A, 100 percent pure. It is a great natural ingredient because it acts as a moisturizer and gives a nice glow to the skin. It helps make the skin supple by providing hydration; and therefore, is an amazing skin conditioning agent.

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)): Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Unlike your average moisturizer that contains a lot of water and likely synthetic ingredients, coconut oil helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminate dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin.

Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil): Grapeseed oil easily absorbed, gentle oil that is light on the skin. It is extremely rich in beta-carotene and vitamins D, C, E.

Vitamin E (Tocopheral): Natural Vitamin E, not to be confused with Tocopheral Acetate, which is a synthetic version of Vitamin E made in a laboratory, is both a nutrient and antioxidant, and the oil in its purest form is extremely versatile. It is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which damage cells.

Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch): Tapioca flour helps reduce the greasy feeling most commonly associated with body butters. But it is also good for the skin, providing moisturizing qualities and helping make it smooth and soft.

Almond Milk (Almonds, Water): Almond milk is a wonderful source of Vitamin E, which is the primary vitamin needed for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin; Vitamin E helps prevent premature aging, reducing the amount of free radicals in the body. It contains essential fatty acids. They are important in controlling the amount of oil secreted by the sebaceous glands.

Apricot Kernal Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil): Apricot kernel seed oil is light and gently moisturizes skin. Apricot kernel oil is light enough that it does not leave a greasy coat on your skin after use. Though apricot kernel oil is most useful for oily complexions, it is gentle enough to use on any skin type.

Avocado Oil (Persea Americano): This oil is often included in anti-aging formulas, because it helps to promote cellular regeneration and has a well-known action on dry, fragile and distended skin, that has a tendency to damage easily. It has a high sterol content and contains more Vitamin D than eggs. The oil is bright green due to its Chlorophyll content, but this quickly turns to brown in sunlight.

Shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii): Raw, unrefined Shea butter is full of all-natural vitamin A, 100 percent pure. It is a great natural ingredient because it acts as a moisturizer and gives a nice glow to the skin. It helps make the skin supple by providing hydration; and therefore, is an amazing skin conditioning agent.

Vitamin E (Tocopheral): Natural Vitamin E, not to be confused with Tocopheral Acetate, which is a synthetic version of Vitamin E made in a laboratory, is both a nutrient and antioxidant, and the oil in its purest form is extremely versatile. It is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which damage cells.

Cacoa Powder: Cacao has good amount of vitamin C and magnesium, which helps in protecting the skin and keeping it healthy. High in antioxidants cacao helps block harmful free radicals in the body. It helps in improving the skin’s complexion. It also provides hydration to the skin, which is a must for a younger looking skin.

Coffee (Brewed & Grounds): Coffee is usually associated with waking people up in the morning, but it can also perk up your skin. The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits for your skin, including reducing the appearance of under-eye circles and tightening the skin. Overall, use of skin care products containing caffeine leaves you with a beautiful, even skin tone.

French White Clay: French White clay is very high in silica and nourishes, moisturizes and balances combination skin. It extracts toxins and impurities from the skin while delivering much needed minerals to maintain a smooth and fresh-looking skin. White clay is the top choice for dry skin.

French Green Clay (aka Sea Clay): French Green clay has strong drawing power. It is wonderful for purification and detoxification of the skin. It extracts toxins and impurities from the skin while delivering much needed minerals to maintain a smooth and fresh-looking skin. It is high in magnesium and is perfect for oily skin.

Kaolin Rose Clay: Rose Kaolin is a naturally pink, extremely mild clay. It is an amazing choice for most every skin type, including extra sensitive and dry. It can absorb excess oil, help draw out toxins and impurities from the skin, and help increase moisture retention to leave the skin soft and naturally moisturized.

Rhasshoul Clay: Rhasshoul clay is unique because is great for both skin and hair. It’s negatively charged and most toxins in your skin are positively charged, so this clay is the perfect magnet for removing impurities. It enhances skin clarity and elasticity and removes excess oil and dirt from the skin. The end result is a general smoothing and cleansing of the surface of the skin.

Sodium Lactate: Using sodium lactate produces harder, longer-lasting bars of soap. Derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets, sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid. It is a natural moisturizer, humectant, and pH regulator.

Tumeric: Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and face masks to purify and cleanse their bodies as well as provide a healthy glow by brightening their skin right before their weddings. Turmeric is high in antioxidants. It can help reduce pigmentation that evens out skin tone.

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