What's inside the OV Heart & Soul Collection?
We are open & honest about the ingredients in our skincare products & list full ingredients (INCI) along with the common name, both on the label & the website, so if you have a known allergy or aversion to anything you can avoid & likewise, if you love a particular ingredient (rose, anyone?) you can look out for it.
Ingredients are 100% Vegan, the ingredients & final product are never tested on animals & we source sustainably.
We source as many Soil Association Certified organic ingredients as we can, as we believe that these will be both pure & ethical. The certification is a safeguard & supports both the environment and our health. This means that there are between 84% and 99% Soil Association certified organic ingredients in each of our skincare formulas. These are natural ingredients, as close to the natural source as possible.
We source the remaining ingredients from the same suppliers as the certified ingredients as we believe that they are trustworthy and have integrity. The non-organic ingredients are all from natural sources but they are not certified for various reasons. Sometimes certification can’t be given due to the fact that they grow wild (Frankincense), in plantations (Sandalwood), managed forests (Blue Cypress), or are produced using some kind of chemical or solvent during the manufacturing process to extract or create them (Olive Squalane, Vitamin E, Absolutes) – which does not appear in the final product. Sometimes it is the cost of certification that is prohibitive for producers, sometimes there may be issues which do not meet Soil Association standards.
Read on to find out more…
COLD PRESSED, CERTIFIED ORGANIC PLANT OILS
We use a wealth of Soil Association certified organic, unadulterated, cold-pressed plant oils/waxes, which being unrefined are richest in their natural components such as vitamins, phytosterols & fatty acids, all of which are highly beneficial to the skin. Examples are Apricot, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Nigella (Black Cumin), Prickly Pear, Rosehip, Sacha Inchi & Safflower.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC, DEODORISED ARGAN OIL & SAFFLOWER OIL
We also use a Soil Association certified organic, deodorised Argan oil from Morocco & a certified organic, deodorised Safflower oil. Through the deodorisation process (passing the cold-pressed oil through a steam process in a vacuum), the nutritional content isn't altered, but the colour is lighter and the smell is neutralised. If you have ever smelled the natural aroma of organic Argan oil or some batches of Safflower, it can be extremely pungent to the point of being unpleasant. This is why we choose the deodorised version.
The Squalane in our products is an extract from olives, obtained by distillation. It is a natural extract (not organic). Squalane is highly compatible with human skin, antioxidant, protective, emollient & helps improve suppleness & to reduce signs of ageing. It absorbs extremely fast, almost ‘disappearing’ to leave your skin glistening & soft.
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS
We use a wealth of pure, whole, Soil Association certified organic essential oils for their aromas & therapeutic properties. Many essential oils are known to have a beautifying effect as well as reaching the subconscious through the olfactory system (smell). These include precious Neroli, Bulgarian Rose Otto, High Altitude Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose Geranium, Black Spruce & many more.
The certified organic Bergamot essential oil in our products has been “fractionated” (separated), by distillation. This is a common process used to remove the phototoxic component, bergapten. Bergapten can cause the skin to be extremely sensitive to sunlight and is therefore best avoided in topical skincare products. Where you see Bergamot BF, this means Bergapten-free.
NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS
There are a few natural essential oils we use which are not organically certified. It really depends on your ethos whether non-organic ingredients are acceptable to you. We buy our ingredients from independent & responsible suppliers & we only choose ingredients that we feel meet our high standards of purity & sustainability.
Blue Cypress essential oil from Australia is obtained from the branches of trees in managed forests. Trees are not felled for the oil & replanting takes place, ensuring sustainability & environmental preservation.
We choose a Wild Frankincense essential oil with a superior aroma. It is wild-harvested by local tribes in Somalia, who support themselves through this industry. It is obtained by tapping the trees.
The Sandalwood essential oil we use is from New Caledonia & cultivated in managed plantations, to ensure sustainability.
We also use Rose & Jasmine Absolutes. The Jasmine & Rose are grown with no pesticides or synthetic chemical fertilizers. The Jasmine Absolute we use in our products has been approved by the Soil Association to be used in COSMOS natural products.
To produce Absolutes, a solvent is used to extract the aromatic compounds, which is then evaporated to leave the fragrant molecules. In the past, goose fat was used for this process. Nowadays, Absolutes are made using Hexane (a liquid chemical extracted from petroleum). Because the Hexane is removed during the manufacturing process, there should be no trace in the final product when a high-quality Absolute is chosen.
NATURAL VITAMIN E
Our Vitamin E is 100% natural, derived from soya and the highest grade available. It is approved by the Soil Association and COSMOS and certified GMO free. The Vitamin E is extracted by fractional distillation and is a natural D-Mixed tocopherol, a mixture of all the natural Vitamin E isomers. (There is no such thing as an organically certified Vitamin E).
We hope this information is useful. If you have any questions or concerns do contact us using the contact form on the website or email email@example.com If you love what we do, give us a shout-out on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @ovnaturals
Lucy Stevens MFHT BA MA Aromatherapist