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INGREDIENTS

Guided by the knowing hands of our ancestors, Potion is dedicated to honoring the body by listening to the Earth.
We are incredibly passionate about sourcing each ingredient. We look for pure, potent, cruelty free, eco-conscious ingredients and find small certified organic farms and businesses to work with. 
This is the full list of ingredients we have in our apothecary cabinet. We do not utilize synthetic preservatives, fragrances, dyes, pesticides, phthalates, parabens, fillers or anything that could negatively effect our overall wellness. Each bottle of Potion is made with intention, every ingredient has a purpose, and nothing is added for the sake of being trendy or just to make a bottle more full. We work with old-world, slow, folk methods that are tried and true. 

 

 ESSENTIAL OILS

All of the essential oils and oleoresins we use are pesticide-free, non-GMO and deliberately picked for their therapeutic results. Where we can, we source wild-crafted essential oils that have been consciously gathered. For the safety of skin, we only use steam-distilled citruses as opposed to the more common cold-pressed. Most of our facial care products do not contain essential oils for those who may have very sensitive/compromised skin. Products that do contain essential oils carry a proper concentration as to not sensitize skin.

 

HERBS

Plantain: For decades, Plantain has been considered by herbalists to be a useful remedy for wounds, inflamed skin, and dermatitis. The bioactive compounds in plantain possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antineoplastic, and hepatoprotective qualities. Plantain can relieve itchy, irritated skin caused by razor burn, insect bites or inflammatory skin conditions.

Featured in:Flora Soothing Body Oil

Alfalfa: Highly antioxidant, free radical-scavenging alfalfa restricts oxidative damage to skin cells by neutralizing free radicals.

Featured in: Aster Replenishing Oil Cleanser

Hibiscus: Hibiscus thrives in tropical climates and is commonly brewed into a popular tart beverage. High in antioxidants, this beautiful flower reduces oxidative stress on the skin.

Featured in: Herbal Bath Tea

Yarrow: Yarrow has been cultivated for centuries for its healing benefits. Yarrow received its Latin name Achillea from the legendary Greek hero Achilles. According to the common legend, Achilles's mother dipped him into the river Styx by the ankle in an effort to make him invulnerable. Fighting many battles as a seemingly invincible warrior, Achilles used yarrow to treat the wounds of his fellow soldiers. Yarrow has antimicrobial and pain relieving traits and is wonderful for soothing skin that is prone to irritations.

Featured in:Flora Soothing Body Oil

Calendula: Calendula, commonly known as marigold, is one of the oldest herbs used in remedies. It has been used for thousands of years to soothe irritated skin, calm inflammation and heal dermatitis. Our Calendula is grown in the US and harvested in the summer, in the heat of the day when the resins are high and the dew has evaporated. 

Featured in: Nox Hydrating Face Oil

Rose: Cultivation of roses dates back over 5,000 years ago. A favorite of Cleopatra’s, the scent of a rose invokes sensuality and beauty. Roses contain skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals, and protective antioxidants. In the warmer months we harvest roses from our own rose bush.

Featured in: Herbal Bath Tea

Lavender: The use of lavender goes back thousands of years. The first recorded uses were by the Egyptians during the mummification process. Both the Greeks and the Romans had many uses for this herb, the most popular being for bathing, cooking, and as an ingredient in perfume. Lavender was used as an after-bath perfume by the Romans, who gave the herb it’s name from the Latin lavare, to wash. It is the most common herb used for calming and soothing. The scent of lavender is said to ease anxiety and stress.

Featured in: Herbal Bath Tea

Chamomile: For thousands of years people have sipped chamomile tea and bathed in it to soothe internally and externally. A member of the Asteraceae family, these aromatic herbaceous plants have white daisy-like flowers and a scent reminiscent of apples or pineapple. It’s calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.

Featured in: Herbal Bath Tea


OILS

Argan Oil: Argan oil is most known for its ability to thoroughly hydrate and soften hair. Essential fatty acids and vitamins lock in moisture and return shine to dull hair and skin.

Featured in: Beard Oil 

Jojoba Oil: This golden oil mimics sebum, a natural oily substance our skin contains. The beautiful thing about that is sebum is what hydrates our skin. Loss of sebum is common in mature skin,dry skin, or in people who might have a compromised immune system. Jojoba helps skin by filling in the areas that are lacking sebum and carries nutrients deep into the inner layers of skin. It contains essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9 as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E. Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory, making this a great oil for acne prone skin. 

Featured in: Nox Hydrating Face Oil, Sol Protective Face Oil, Beard Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil: We love this oil, not only for its abundant skin benefits but also because it actually smells like pomegranate fruit (a good sign of the quality of an oil).  In many cultures pomegranate symbolizes eternal life. It’s numerous antioxidants neutralize damaging free radicals that cause oxidative stress on the skin. High in carotenoids, this oil assists in protecting against UV damage. It’s high vitamin C content encourages collagen formation, keeping skin healthy and slowing down the appearance of aging skin.

Featured in: Sol Protective Face Oil, Aster Replenishing Oil Cleanser

Sunflower Oil: Rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, this oil thins out sebum allowing it to flow and break up skin congestion. 

Featured in: Aster Replenishing Oil Cleanser, Nox Hydrating Face Oil, Sol Protective Face Oil

Safflower Oil: This light oil sinks into skin quickly to hydrate without leaving a greasy feeling. Rich in omega 6 and 9, Safflower is wonderful for hydrating dry but also acne-prone skin by thinning out sebum and breaking up skin congestion.

Featured in: Aster Replenishing Oil Cleanser

Cranberry Seed Oil: This naturally fragrant oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega 3, 6 and 9 and is able to  penetrate deeply into skin. The natural vitamin A in cranberry seed oil assists in cell turnover which keeps skin looking youthful and bright. 

Featured in: Sol Protective Face Oil

Carrot Seed Oil: High in carotenoids, this oil is known to protect skin from UV and elemental damage. This oil has a rejuvenating effect on the skin by stimulating cell renewal. It improves skin tone and helps eliminate toxin build-up.

Featured in: Sol Protective Face Oil

Olive Oil: Research has shown that topical use of olive oil can reduce signs of aging and sun damage. Our olive oil is produced without the use of heat, guaranteeing the highest concentration of beneficial compounds. 

Featured in: Nox Hydrating Face Oil, Flora Soothing Body Oil

Rosehip Seed Oil: Highly emollient and rich in vitamin A, this oil is wonderful for mature, dry skin. It also contains phenols that have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties making it useful for blemish-prone skin.

Featured in: Nox Hydrating Face Oil, Flora Soothing Body Oil

Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Meadowfoam’s emollient properties help to keep skin from losing moisture. It absorbs quickly, moisturizing the deepest layers of the skin. Packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, meadowfoam can help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Featured in: Sol Protective Face Oil, Flora Soothing Body Oil, Botanical Body Scrub, Nitro Body Scrub

Coconut Oil: Unrefined, organic coconut oil contains an array of vitamins and nutrients. It’s naturally moisturizing and antibacterial properties make it useful for many different applications. Coconut oil contains high levels of linoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid, which can be used as an emollient and skin soother.

Featured in: Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm, Mint Rose Lip Balm, Botanical Body Scrub, Nitro Body Scrub

Fractionated Coconut Oil: Fractionated coconut oil is virgin coconut oil that has been distilled, allowing long-chain fatty acids to separate and solidify for removal. What remains is an ultralight, odorless coconut oil that stays liquid in form at cooler temps. Fractionated coconut oil is more easily absorbed by the skin, and less likely to clog pores than virgin coconut oil. 

Featured in: Flora Soothing Body Oil

ADDITIONAL ACTIVES

Aspen Bark: Natural salicin content conditions, mildly exfoliates and soothes leaving skin smooth and soft to the touch. 

Featured in: Rose Water Toner

Vitamin E: Our Vitamin E oil is obtained by vacuum distillation of vegetable fats derived from non-GMO soy sources. Unfortunately it is difficult to find non-gmo soy in this country but we are happy to say that ours is. We utilize vitamin E as a natural antioxidant in our formulas to keep our beautiful plant-based products from going rancid. Because of its high antioxidant property, it is also wonderful for keeping skin safe from free radical damage. 

Raw Cane Sugar: Our most gentle body exfoliant ingredient is our raw cane sugar, chosen not only for its raw properties but also for the size of its granules. Effective enough to slough off dead skin but gentle enough as to not cause micro-tears in the skin. Sugar works as a natural cleanser and exfoliant by dissolving dead skin cells. 

Featured in: Botanical Body Scrub, Nitro Body Scrub

Nitro Cart Coffee Grounds: We partnered with our friends over at The Nitro Cart/Bar in providence, RI to utilize their sweet-smelling, potent coffee grounds. Caffeine is anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictive, which can decrease redness or puffiness in skin. 

Featured in: Nitro Body Scrub

Beeswax: Our beeswax comes from beekeepers in the US who use modern frame hives in this ancient art. Only the cap of the honeycomb is removed from the hive, the frame is put into a centrifuge to remove honey and then the frame with most of the honeycomb intact is returned to the hive. The bees are not harmed and much of their hard work is kept untouched to keep them from becoming stressed. Beeswax naturally protects and soothes skin more than any other wax available. 

Featured in: Mint Rose Lip Balm, Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm

Shea Butter: Shea butter might be one of the oldest and most loved skin care ingredients out there. Archeological evidence points to a medieval shea butter production facility in the village of Saouga dating back to 1300 CE in what is now Burkina Faso, West Africa. Over a thousand years earlier, caravans were documented carrying clay jars of shea butter to the Egyptian kingdom during the time of Cleopatra's rule. This tried and true ingredient stands strong still to this day, loved for its hydrating and protective qualities. Our Shea butter is organic and fair trade certified.

Featured in: Mint Rose Lip Balm, Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm, Nitro Body Scrub

Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is known as a natural astringent that mops up excess skin oils without completely stripping the skin. The natural tannins in witch hazel alleviate skin and scalp inflammation, these tannins also impede bad bacteria growth.

Featured in: Rose Water Toner, Sea Salt Spray

Glycerin: Our glycerin is made completely of organic plants. Glycerin is a humectant, which means it attracts water to the outermost layer of the skin. Glycerin stimulates moisture production in the dermis while encouraging the growth of new cells in the epidermis. 

Featured in: Rose Water Toner, Aster Replenishing Oil Cleanser , Botanical Body Scrub

Polyglucose: Mild, non-ionic surfactant derived from coconut and sugar. Polyglucose is capable of deep cleansing without stripping the skin of its natural oils or negatively affecting the skin’s barrier. 

Featured in: Aster Replenishing Oil Cleanser 

Rosemary CO2: Highly concentrated rosmarinic acid naturally prolongs the shelf life of our products and keeps oils from becoming rancid.

Chamomile Hydrosol: We use this hydrosol for its emotionally calming benefits as well as its anti-inflammatory compounds which alleviate itchy, dry scalp. Its calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep. Our Chamomile hydrosol is crafted in the Pacific Northwest via water-steam distillation of the fresh flowers.

Featured in: Sea Salt Spray

Rose Hydrosol: Cultivation of roses dates back over 5,000 years ago. A favorite of Cleopatra’s, the scent of rose invokes sensuality and beauty. Roses contain skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals, and protective antioxidants. Thanks to its countless beneficial properties as an antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, and cicatrizant, it has an incredibly healing and calming effect on various skin dilemmas. Our rose hydrosol is expertly crafted from handpicked petals of Rosa damascena using water-steam distillation. 

Featured in: Rose Water Toner

Himalayan Sea Salt: Found near the Himalayan foothills in a region of Pakistan, pink Himalayan salt is minimally processed and its rosy hue stems from a wide range of trace minerals, including magnesium and potassium. 

Featured in: Sea Salt Spray, Osa Bath Soak

Red Alaea Salt:  Contains up to 80 naturally occurring minerals, and has a rich red color due to its conception in iron-filled volcanic clay. Naturally detoxifying, bathing in Red Alaea Salt draws out impurities from the skin.

Featured in: Osa Bath Soak

Dead Sea Salt: Rich in magnesium and potassium, bathing in Dead Sea Salt can soothe sore muscles, relieve menstrual cramps and draw out toxins within the body. Bathing in sea salt breaks up biofilms effectively riding the skin of pathogenic bacteria.

Featured in: Bear Bath Soak

Black Lava Salt: Harvested in salt ponds on the island of Kauai, Black Lava Salt is naturally infused with activated charcoal which assists the body in removing harmful impurities and helps eliminate body odor.

Featured in: Bear Bath Soak

Epsom Salt: Soaking in epsom salt baths is a ritual that’s been used for hundreds of years. When mixed into warm water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate which helps ease sore muscles, reduce inflammation, and draw out toxins from the body.

Featured in: Herbal Bath Tea

French Green Clay: Our French green clay is quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits in France and is untreated, with a beautiful light green color and soft texture.French Clays attach themselves to oil, bacteria, and impurities from the skin to eliminate them and leave skin feeling cleansed, clarified, and balanced.

Featured in: Bear Bath Soak

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