About the Ingredients


Natural herbal Shampoo made in New Zealand with Kombucha and Kumerahou

Kombucha

Kombucha is an ancient fermented healing beverage originating in Asia. It is the living relationship or symbiosis of a number of beneficial bacteria and special yeast cultures.

This living organism ferments sweetened tea to become the Kombucha beverage. In traditional medicine the application of Kombucha showed such positive results, that names such as 'magic' and 'miracle' became associated with it.

What is little known is that the beverage can also be applied externally to the skin and hair. Some doctors have acknowledged it as a healing aid against psoriasis.

The human body is capable of absorbing healing substances via the skin. Hair packs help develop stronger and more beautiful hair. This is why it has become a major ingredient in our shampoo and conditioner.

 

Vegetable Glycerine

Glycerine, a substance usually derived from fat, is a by-product of bio-fuel production. It is an edible, sweet, clear, water soluble, odorless , colorless viscous liquid which is virtually non-toxic to human health and to the environment.

Glycerine is actually one of natures wonders and is closely linked to the life process itself, being a component of all living cells.
It acts not only as a moisturizer but also as the main preservative in our shampoo.

The glycerine we are using is certified non GMO and made from vegetable oils only.

 

Cationic Guar Gum

Also called Guar hydroxypropyl trimonium chloride, cationic guar gum is a modified, naturally derived,  high-molecular weight sugar polymer (polysaccharide) combining both thickening and conditioning effects.

 It is also an excellent viscosity, volume & foam enhancer.

Often used in organic products, it is film forming, imparts a smooth and silky feel to skin, acts as an anti-irritant and mildness factor and it increases the foam feel and quality.

 

Coco Glucoside

Coco glucoside is ultra mild, and one of the most gentle of the cleansing agents. It is derived from renewable raw materials such as coconut oil and corn and fruit sugars, and is completely biodegradable. Coco glucoside is compatible with all skin types and it is very gentle on the skin and hair because it does not dry the skin. The one we are using is also GMO free.

It produces a very satisfactory level of foam, moreover, the foam obtained is particularly fine and stable.

Coco Glucoside does not contain any impurities.  Its chemical nature and the production process result in a surfactant without ethylene oxide or 1,4-dioxane. It is safe for baby and pet products.

When it comes to shampooing, we all think a good lather is necessary for a clean head of hair. Research has shown that the foaming component of shampoos is what hair care companies call a ‘cosmetic feel’. Though it adds to the experience, a good lather isn’t actually essential for cleaning – it’s more that we miss the suds when they're not there.

Coco Glucoside is relatively high foaming. So although it is not quite as sudsy as the mainstream products, you won’t be left unsatisfied.

 

Castor Oil

Castor oil is a pale oil with a mild odor that is obtained from the seeds of the castor oil plant Ricinus communis. It is a non-toxic, biodegradable, renewable resource. Castor oil is unique among all fats and oils, the unusually high content of ricinoleic acid in castor oil improves blood circulation at the scalp, ensuring better nutrition for the hair follicles.

Castor oil is rich in antioxidants that support the keratin in hair, making it smoother, stronger, and less frizzy. It has strong anti fungal and antibacterial properties which helps to fight itchy scalp and gets rid of dandruff. Castor oil also contains various vitamins and minerals which help to boost scalp health.

There has been some interesting scientific research on the properties of castor oil’s effect on preventing hair loss and encouraging hair regrowth. Castor oil is also a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture in the hair and skin.

We are using certified organic, cold pressed virgin castor oil in our products.

 

Soapnuts

Soapnuts also called, soapberries or washing nuts, are the berries of the Sapindus mukorossi tree. They have been used to make natural hair care products since time immemorial.

This plant is rich in saponin, which makes your hair healthy, shiny, and lustrous when used regularly. Soapnuts are the best for hair growth, that's why they are used in many natural hair tonics and solutions. Soapnuts tame, detangle and condition dry and frizzy hair, and make it more manageable.

The vitamins A, D, E, and K contained in this fruit are known to impart shine to your hair and make it smooth. Since soapnut is antimicrobial in nature, it also helps to cure bacterial and other scalp infections.

 

Kumerahou

Pomaderris kumerahou is native to New Zealand and grows in the top half of the North Island. Its name derives from its creamy yellow flowers appearing in early spring to mark the coming of the kumara planting season.

Rubbing the leaves and flowers of the kumerahou shrub with water creates a natural lather which gently and effectively cleanses without breaking the skin's moisture barrier. Kumerahou was also called 'gum diggers' soap' because the gum diggers would mix the flowers with water to clean the sticky gum off their hands.

The plant's high saponin content provides strong antimicrobial action, and also soothes and locks in moisture. Saponins are known to have beneficial properties on the skin and are active against the fungi associated with dandruff.

 

Citric Acid

We use this natural acid to adjust the PH of our products to the perfect range for skin and hair.

 

Raspberry leaf ( Rubus ideaus)

This ingredient is added to the sweetened green tea simply because the Kombucha culture absolutely loves it! Adding this herb makes the brew so much more vigorous and lively. Obviously it contains something which is vital for the health of the Kombucha culture.

The leaves are rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, as well as zinc and phosphorus. They also contain a plethora of B-vitamins as well as vitamin C.

People commonly use raspberry leaf tea to heal skin irritation. Due to its high levels of vitamin E and C, as well as various antioxidants, it soothes inflammation caused by psoriasis, acne and eczema, among others, and can be used topically or internally for this effect.
 

Green tea (Camellia sinensis)

Green tea aids skin rejuvenation. It can be used to treat skin diseases and wounds, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.

It also works as a natural toner for your skin, helps draw out impurities, and keeps your skin hydrated, which is essential for healthy skin.
Green tea contains a high amount of antioxidants that promote hair growth. It can even promote the growth of new hair and prevent common problems like dry scalp and dandruff.

Along with making your hair strong and healthy, it makes it shiny and full of life. Plus, the high levels of panthenol and vitamins E and C keep your hair conditioned.

Green tea helps strengthen the roots and prepares the hair follicles for regrowth due to the increased blood circulation as it contains a molecule called catechin that stimulates hair growth.

Green tea clears off bacterial and fungal parasites from your scalp which are responsible for weakening hair roots thus causing hair fall.

 

Essential Oils

All our products are scented with an all natural perfume composed of pure therapeutic grade essential oils. We don't use the cheaper cosmetic grade oils, because we believe that the natural whole plant ingredients have much superior health benefits compared to the extracted, fractured and refined components which are sold as cosmetic grade essential oils.

The oils we are using for the natural perfume are:

Neroli, which is orange blossom (Citrus aurantium floris), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Cedar wood (Cedrus deodora), Sandal wood (Amyris balsamifera), Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), May Chang (Litsea cubeba), Ho wood (Cinnamonum camphora) and Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum).