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Glossary L - Z

For Ingredients Starting with A - K, Go Back To: Glossary A - K

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil):

  • Calming to the skin and soul
  • Moisturizes dry skin
  • Improves concentration
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic and antifungal properties help treat acne & eczema
  • Helps reduce wrinkles
  • May help skin recover quickly from damage
  • Promotes health, love, peace, and creativity
  • Triggers consciousness and sense of well-being

In Morning Toner UpperClear Complexion TonerGlow Face Elixir, Skin Soothing Tonic, Under-Eye Sleep SalveMotherlode Face Serum, and Face Forward Mask


Lemon Balm/Melissa Essential Oil (Melissa Officinalis Essential Oil):

  • Reduces tension and fatigue
  • Invigorates the mind and sharpens memory and concentration
  • Antibacterial
  • Renews dull skin
  • Treats pimples with its antiseptic properties
  • Reduces skin’s excessive oil
  • Soothes skin
  • Reduces fine lines

In Morning Toner Upper and Under-Eye Sleep Salve

Lemon Essential Oil* (Citrus Limon Essential Oil):
*avoid direct sunlight up to 12 hours after use - Potion doesn’t use in face formulas

  • Antiseptic/antifungal
  • Cleanses skin
  • Stimulating
  • Calming
  • Detoxifying
  • Astringent
  • Stress reducing
  • Deodorizer
  • Neutralizes body odor

In Pit Potion

Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Flexuosus Essential Oil):

  • Great skin tonic and cleanser for oily or acne-prone skin
  • Strengthens skin tissues and tones up pores while sterilizing them
  • Known for revitalizing and refreshing effects on the body when inhaled
  • Has a cooling effect that is good for the body on a hot day

In Botanical Cleansing Oil

Lime Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia Essential Oil)
*avoid direct sunlight up to 12 hours after use - Potion doesn’t use in face formulas

  • Antiseptic, antiviral, and astringent properties
  • Kills bacteria; disinfectant
  • May help overcome feelings of exhaustion, depression, and listlessness
  • Refreshing and stimulating fragrance
  • Deodorizing/deodorant
  • Neutralizes body odor

In Pit Potion

Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter):

  • Zero comedogenic rating-won’t clog pores
  • Full of fatty acids that soothe and smooth the skin
  • Intense moisturization like in shea butter, but with a lighter feel
  • Healing antiseptic
  • High antioxidant content helps prevent aging
  • Leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated
  • Rich in vitamins C and A, Mango Butter boosts collagen production and stimulates cell turnover
  • Hydrating properties soothe dryness and go down deep to give your skin long lasting moisture

In Gentle Face Scrub

Manuka Honey:

  • Potent anti-inflammatory
  • Vitamins B, C and live enzymes
  • Antimicrobial
  • Promotes skin regeneration
  • Repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring
  • High in amino acids - building blocks of collagen - which protect collagen-healthy collagen means firm, youthful-looking skin
  • Amino acids also clear away dead skins cells and keep pores clean
  • Draws moisture into the skin and keeps it hydrated
  • 100 times more antibacterial methylglyoxal (MG) than regular honey, making it a great skin-clearer
  • MG has been shown to increase collagen cross-linking, promoting structural growth of collagen in skin cells
  • Balances skin’s pH levels
  • Strength of manuka honey varies and is indicated by a number (KFactor) between 5 and 25, the manuka honey we use has a 16 KFactor, indicating strong antibacterial effects
  • Indefinite shelf life

In Under-Eye Sleep Salve

Myrrh* Essential Oil (Commiphora Myrrha Essential Oil):
*consult doctor if pregnant

  • Astringent: contracts the skin
  • Helps soothe skin conditions like eczema and itches
  • Emotionally-balancing
  • Powerful cleansing properties
  • Promotes smooth, youthful complexion

In Gentle Face Scrub

Neem Oil (Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil):

  • Contains lots of antioxidants that protect skin
  • Has many fatty acids and vitamin E that work to heal dry/damaged skin
  • Absorbs easily into the skin without making it greasy
  • Antimicrobial-removes bacteria from the skin to prevent breakouts
  • Stimulates collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • May help alleviate symptoms from eczema

In Gentle Face Scrub and Clear Complexion Toner

Neroli Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantium Amara Essential Oil):

  • Steam distilled from small, white, waxy flowers of bitter orange tree
  • Known to be soothing to the soul
  • Excellent skin emollient: creates smooth glowing skin, free from infections
  • Keeps skin balanced - not too dry, not too oily
  • Can relieve feelings of grief and despair
  • Shown to be an effective and therapeutic choice for the management of pain and inflammation
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Can be effective at reducing stress and improving endocrine system
  • Found to reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Regenerates skin cells and improves the elasticity of skin - reduces appearance of fine veins, capillaries, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks
  • Helps maintain the right oil balance in the skin

In Glow Face Elixir

Nutmeg Powder (Myristica Fragrans Powder):

  • Antiseptic
  • Useful for dull, oily, or wrinkled skin
  • Relieves mental exhaustion and stress while also stimulating the brain
  • Known in Ayurvedic medicine for antiviral and antibacterial elements that decrease likelihood of infections, clogged pores, and oil control
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Natural astringent properties
  • Moisturizing
  • Exfoliating
  • Helps eczema

In Gentle Face Scrub and Face Forward Mask

Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Oil):

  • Vitamin rich carrier oil with many great benefits for skin
  • Plumps and moisturizes skin with its vitamin E and A content
  • Helps you look younger by fighting free radicals
  • Relieves dry, itchy, inflamed skin
  • Cleanses skin while moisturizing without clogging pores

In Skin Soothing TonicMorning Toner Upper, and Face Forward Mask

Orange* Essential Oil (Citrus Sinensis Essential Oil):
*avoid direct sunlight up to 12 hours after use - Potion doesn’t use in face formulas

  • Inspires happy, uplifting, relaxed feelings

Oregon Grape Root Powder (Mahonia Aquifolium Powder):

  • Antimicrobial: helps dry out acne and prevent infection
  • Combats skin irritations and inflammation
  • Astringent properties make it a great toner

In Face Forward Mask

Organic Oat Flour (Avena Sativa Flour):

  • Mild cleanser due to saponin content - removes dirt from skin
  • Calming solution for acne and eczema
  • Humectant and emollient properties of lipids and proteins = excellent moisturizer
  • May help reverse damage done by UV rays, pollution and harsh chemicals on your skin
  • Anti-inflammatory properties in the grains make it suitable for sensitive skin
  • Gently exfoliating - removes dead skin cells and blackheads
  • Helps skin stay young and smooth
  • Balances oil content in skin
  • Helps create a radiant glow
  • Absorbs oils on surface of skin, which helps counteract acne
  • Contains antioxidants, avenanthramides, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds, which help soothe irritated, dry, or itchy skin

In Face Forward Mask and Gentle Face Scrub

    Palmarosa Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Martinii Essential Oil):

    • Antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties
    • Scent is considered soothing and uplifting to the soul
    • Helps repair cells with damage from aging
    • Hydrating-helps skin stay soft and retain moisture
    • Useful E.O. for skin care because it is antiseptic and bactericidal, making it an effective treatment for acne and minor skin infections
    • Balances production of sebum (skin’s natural oil) and so helps to prevent breakouts
    • Hydrating and toning-useful for dry, dehydrated or undernourished skin
    • Can stimulate cellular regeneration and be used to treat scars or wrinkles
    • Encourages adaptability and brings feelings of security; soothes feelings of nervousness

    In Gentle Face Scrub

      Pine Needle Essential Oil (Pinus Sylvestris Essential Oil):

      • Treats various skin problems like itching, eczema, and pimples
      • Creates balanced, smooth, shiny skin
      • Acts as an antioxidant for free radicals
      • Gives you an energized feeling; melts stress and fatigue away
      • Sweet woody aroma

      In Skin Soothing Tonic

      Red Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus Idaeus Oil):

      • Softens and gently soothes & moisturizes the skin
      • Reduces inflammation
      • Contains high amounts of alpha and gamma tocopherols (vitamin E), polyphenols and vitamin C, vitamin A (stimulates cell repair)
      • Contains up to 83% omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
      • Vitamin E content (antioxidants that protect skin from reactive forms of oxygen that occur when skin is exposed to sunlight) reduces skin damage; rids skin of free radicals that contribute to aging
      • Ellagic acid reduces collagen destruction & UV damage
      • Phytosterols stimulate collagen production
      • It has been reported that topically-applied red raspberry seed oil offers relief to people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, rosacea and rashes

      In Motherlode Face Serum and Skin Soothing Tonic

      Rice Bran Powder (Oryza Sativa Powder):

      • Gentle exfoliator
      • Promotes smooth, soft skin
      • Cleanses dirt and oil from pores; balances the natural oils in the skin and moisturizes
      • Contains powerful antioxidants with anti-aging properties
      • May help reduce the sight of blemishes

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Rose Essential Oil (Rosa Damascena Essential Oil):

      • Helps balance moisture levels in the skin
      • Reduces appearance of skin imperfections
      • Promotes even skin tone and healthy complexion
      • Emotionally uplifting and relaxing
      • Said to summon feelings of hope, joy, and positivity
      • Astringent property tones and lifts skin
      • Antioxidant activity fades scars and marks on the skin from acne or pregnancy

      In Clear Complexion Toner

       Rose Hip Powder (Rosa spp. Powder):

      • Mildly exfoliates to reveal soft and glowing skin
      • Speeds up shedding of top layers of dead dull skin
      • Will not irritate skin like a traditional exfoliant can
      • Rich in Vitamin A which is known to increase collagen production, a protein that keeps skin from sagging and wrinkling

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rosa Spp. Hip Seed Oil):

      • Derived from hips (fruit that forms after flower dies) through cold-press extraction
      • Used by ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans because of healing properties
      • Protects skin, increases cell turnover, and fights skin-damaging free radicals because of following antioxidants: vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A
      • Antioxidants provide anti-aging benefits including collagen production, increased moisture, and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
      • Rich in essential fatty acids, which are are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration
      • Hydrates dry, itchy skin
      • May help diminish appearance of scars by repairing skin tissue
      • Can reduce effects of eczema
      • Dry oil: light and non-greasy - absorbs quickly into the skin
      • Highly hydrating - perfect for dry climates
      • Promotes skin elasticity

      In Motherlode Face SerumClear Complexion Toner, and Glow Face Elixir

      Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Essential Oil):

      • Herbaceous, woody scent
      • Antimicrobial and antiseptic properties aid with eliminating acne and oily skin as it tones the skin
      • Removes dryness & provides balance
      • Gives skin a healthy radiance when applied regularly
      • Aroma awakens memory & opens the cognizant mind
      • Anti-inflammatory
      • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue

      In Morning Toner Upper

      Rosemary Extract (Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract):

      • Powerful antioxidants to slow effects of aging
      • Treats acne and improves skin complexion
      • Prevents infection and heals troubled skin

      Rosemary Leaf Powder (Rosmarinus Officinalis Powder):

      • Restores oil balance
      • Anti-bacterial
      • Antimicrobial
      • Invigorates dull skin
      • Reduces excess oil
      • Diminish sight of blemishes
      • Reduces sign of lines and wrinkles by stimulate cell regrowth

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Rose Petal Powder (Rosa ssp. Powder):

      • Effective and gentle exfoliant
      • Works well for all skin types
      • Tones, hydrates, and softens the skin
      • Antibacterial properties in rose petals make them excellent for fighting acne and breakouts
      • Can also soothe irritated skin and reduce its redness
      • Natural oils present in rose petals help maintain moisture in the skin making your skin soft and glowing
      • Sugar present in the petals of the flower is especially beneficial to those with sensitive skin
      • Excellent skin toner for all skin types
      • Helps control excess oil, unclog pores and also keep your skin looking taut and glowing
      • Rich source of vitamin C, which is one of the best antioxidants for protecting skin against free radical damage that can lead to signs of aging, can even out skin tone, shield it from visible impacts of pollution, improve hydration, keep it looking younger longer, helps address inflammation, can help regenerate vitamin E - another potent antioxidant - even after free radical oxidation process has occurred, is vital to the formation of healthy collagen proteins since it supports the various processes these proteins need to form (healthy collagen and elastin means firmer skin with a more even texture as well as fewer fine lines and wrinkles and an overall plumper, more youthful look)
      • Cooling properties that can soothe skin and protect the outer layer from sun damage
      • Lightens dark circles under eyes

      In Face Forward Mask

      Rose Water (Rosa Damascena Water):  

      • Elixir for the skin: cleanses, hydrates, revitalizes, moisturizes (smooths fine lines and wrinkles), heals, strengthens, tightens pores, tones, and refreshes
      • Balances skin pH to slow skin’s aging process
      • Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, mild astringent
      • Said to reduce nervous tension
      • Soothing to skin abrasions
      • Toner for dry or sensitive skin
      • Gentle aroma promotes tranquility
      • Sebum-balancing properties

      In Glow Face Elixir, Skin Soothing TonicMorning Toner Upper, and Clear Complexion Toner

      Rosewood Essential Oil (Aniba Rosaeodora Essential Oil):

      • Skin rejuvenator and toner - supports revitalization of skin tissue - keeps it looking healthy and young
      • Antiseptic properties help clear infections
      • Woody floral scent
      • May help to drive away feelings of sadness
      • Improves blood circulation

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Oil):

      • Ideal for improving the quality and texture of skin due to abundance of linoleic acid
      • Combines with sebum in skin to unclog pores and reduce rashes and acne
      • Facilitates regeneration of new skin cells, leaving you looking younger and gorgeous
      • Removes oil and impurities from the skin, leaving it smooth and glowing

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Sandalwood (Hawaiian) Essential Oil (Santalum Paniculatum Essential Oil):

      • From renewable source in Hawaii
      • Produces a calming effect, promotes emotional well-being by dissipating tense feelings
      • Quiets the mind
      • Antioxidant-rich, which helps with reducing irritation/inflammation that ages skin
      • Soothes and smoothes skin
      • Reduces appearance of skin imperfections while providing an overall youthful-looking complexion
      • Relaxes tension in skin to give you more of a refreshed look
      • Grounding and uplifting properties
      • Promotes healthy, smooth skin
      • Helps to eliminate acne
      • Moisturizes dry skin, leaving skin supple and radiant

      In Glow Face Elixir and Motherlode Face Serum

      Sea Buckthorn Fruit Supercritical CO2 Total Extracted Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Supercritical CO2 Total Extracted Oil):

      • Promotes skin hydration and regeneration
      • Phytosterol, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, Antioxidants, and Carotenoid repair skin
      • Vitamins C and E prevent wrinkles
      • Anti-inflammatory omega fatty acids help with acne and rosacea

      In Skin Soothing TonicMotherlode Face SerumBotanical Cleansing OilMorning Toner Upper

      Shea Butter - West African (Butyrospermum parkii):

      • Skin superfood from seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite - Butyrospermum parkii) tree.
      • Naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F.
      • Provides skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients necessary for collagen production.
      • Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.
      • Moisturizing: concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin-used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils
      • Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory: ( One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations-makes it beneficial for some people with acne
      • Aids in skin’s natural collagen production with oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish skin to prevent drying
      • Long term use can provide skin softening and strengthening and wrinkle reduction.

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Shea Butter - East African (Vitellaria Nilotica):

      • Derived from a subspecies of the shea-butter tree (Vitellaria paradoxa ssp. nilotica, a slow-growing hardwood fruit tree indigenous to northern Uganda and Southern Sudan)
      • Boasts high levels of olein - which contain most of the therapeutic substances found in shea-butter
      • Softer and less fragrant than West African shea-butters
      • The Nilotica shea butter Potion uses gives Ugandan women farmers over five times the amount received by their West African counterparts
      • Much softer and smoother in consistency than conventional shea-butters, nilotica shea-butter is a unique and precious botanical substance, a blend of natural compounds with unparalleled healing and moisturizing effects on the skin
      • All-natural vitamin A & E cream
      • Rich in essential fatty acids
      • Absorbs quickly
      • Contains same moisturizers produced naturally by sebaceous glands

      In Under-Eye Sleep Salve

      Spearmint Essential Oil (Mentha Spicata Essential Oil):

      • Releases emotional blocks to help bring a sense of balance & well being
      • Relieves mental fatigue and depressive thoughts
      • Lifts spirits, allowing concentration
      • Helps with acne
      • Cool, refreshing, minty scent

       Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil):

      • Natural antiseptic; great for treating acne
      • Cleansing properties clean out pores & dry up whiteheads/blackheads
      • Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory

      In Clear Complexion TonerGentle Face Scruband Face Forward Mask

      Turmeric Extract (Curcuma Longa Extract):

      • Active ingredient curcumin is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral
      • Reduces amount of acne-causing oils
      • Prevents adverse effects of sun exposure
      • Minimizes appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
      • Can calm symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea

      In Morning Toner Upper and Face Forward Mask

      Vanilla Oil (Vanilla Planifolia CO2 Extract in Simmondsia Chinensis Oil):

      • Calming effect
      • Lifts spirits
      • Anti-inflammatory; soothes irritated skin
      • Antioxidants protect against free radicals  

       Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiveria Zizanioides Essential Oil):

      • Pleasant and calming earthy smell
      • Cools the body and mind
      • Anti-inflammatory
      • Helps fade scars/discoloration
      • Helps with dry skin

       Vitamin E Oil (Tocopheryl Acetate Oil):

      • Moisturizes and revives dehydrated skin
      • Reverses premature aging by boosting collagen production
      • Antioxidants reduce appearance of dark spots caused by free radicals
      • Cleanses skin of dirt and grime
      • Helps to extend shelf life of other oils due to antioxidant properties

      In Motherlode Face SerumBotanical Cleansing OilGentle Face Scrub, and Face Forward Mask

      White Willow Bark Powder (Salix Alba Powder):

      • Exfoliates and smoothes the skin for an even complexion
      • Contains natural salicylic acid, which promotes cell renewal
      • Anti-microbial
      • Gentle and effective skin cleanser-removes dead skin and dirt

      In Gentle Face Scrub and Face Forward Mask

      Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba Extract):

      • Used for centuries as anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties
      • Promotes shedding of dead skin cells from skin surface, which helps banish acne
      • Soothes irritation
      • Cleanses
      • Moisturizes

      In Gentle Face ScrubClear Complexion Tonerand Botanical Cleansing Oil

      Witch Hazel (Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vegetable Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract):

      • Clear, natural astringent is distilled from the twigs and bark of Hamamelis Virginiana plant, which contain therapeutic and aromatic constituents
      • Used for centuries as natural skin care, originally by the indigenous peoples of America
      • Antioxidant and astringent properties make it a popular solution to oily skin and acne
      • Preserves skin elasticity
      • Tightens pores
      • Removes excess oil and sebum
      • Cleanses and conditions skin
      • Reduces dryness and puffiness
      • Excellent anti-aging ingredient
      • Gentle on sensitive skin
      • Reduces blemishes
      • Refreshes and cools skin; soothes irritations, including overexposure to the sun (can help lessen itching, burning, and swelling of inflamed tissues)
      • Hypoallergenic

      In Morning Toner UpperClear Complexion Tonerand Face Forward Mask

      Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis Virginiana Bark Extract or Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Extract)

      • More potent version of witch hazel with all the same benefits
      • Can be made with or without alcohol added - Potion’s does not have alcohol

      In Botanical Cleansing OilGentle Face Scruband Skin Soothing Tonic

      Witch Hazel Leaf Powder (Hamamelis Virginiana Powder):

      • Natural acne treatment
      • All the benefits of liquid witch hazel, with gentle exfoliation
      • Kills bacteria in pores
      • Reduces inflammation and swelling
      • Removes excess oil
      • Soothes damaged skin

      In Gentle Face Scrub

      Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odorata Essential Oil):

      • Uplifting scent said to promote tranquility
      • Provides antioxidant support
      • Aphrodisiac
      • May help alleviate anger
      • Promotes healthy skin
      For Ingredients Starting with A - K, Go Back To: Glossary A - K