With nutrition regularly stripped out of our food through industrial processing, we long for ingredients that resemble their natural state as closely as possible. It makes sense we want our skincare ingredients to do the same thing; to be the rawest, the least refined, to represent the whole plant.
Though this is fine for many, people with allergies have specific needs. An unrefined plant oil or a water based plant extract is more likely to contain the pollen and protein residues responsible for triggering allergic reactions.
More worrying is a current theory that suggests food allergies in children and babies initially develop through skin contact. According to Allergy UK, research shows that a breakdown of the skin barrier can lead to exposure of allergens via the skin, and this may result in sensitisation and development of allergy.
So, even if something sounds good enough to eat, it doesn’t necessarily mean it belongs on your skin!
This is why in our formulas we select oils from plants with the lowest history of allergy. We also reduce the exposure to plant pollen and proteins by using cold pressed oils that have been filtered for impurities. As Chamomile is part of the ragweed family, we instead choose Bisabolol - the pure beneficial component, distilled from Chamomile. This means we‘re able to reap the real anti-inflammatory benefits while avoiding the allergenic potential of using the whole plant.
The jojoba oil in our cleansing balm gets special consideration though, as it’s a rather an exceptional plant with little chance of triggering an allergy. For this reason it's allowed to stay in its beautiful, golden, unrefined state.