Short answer: No.
Long answer: No, mainly because we use synthetic fragrances. But the rest of our ingredients are as natural as possible, provided it makes functional sense.
It’s worth remembering the fact that flora in the natural world is, by and large, designed to deter, harm or even kill predators in order to ensure its own survival. Thus, 100% natural products may create their own risks to the user. After all, how many of you get a rash after lying on grass, or suffer watering eyes and sneezing when the pollen count is high? It’s also worth recognising that human chemistry, the scientific application of natural and synthetic elements, is not all bad. So, for us, it’s about finding the right balance.
You will find the leave-on products (creams and lotions) in our hand and body collections at 96-98% of natural origin, our candles and diffuser bases are all of natural origin. In both cases, the only dominant synthetic ingredient is the fragrance.
It is only with our hand washes (approx. 80% natural origin) where we use a significant quantity of other synthetic products, and the reason lies in how to make soap that cleans skin effectively. Put simply, if you want to clean your skin, you need the surface oils of your skin to interact with the rinsing water. Oil and water do not naturally combine, so to enable this process we use the ever-reliable family of sulfates in our soaps. Oil and thereby dirt, bacteria and other nasties are then successfully removed from the skin. In comparison, if you only wash your skin with water then you will only remove water-soluble grime.
Another question to consider is whether it is good to be ‘100% natural’ if your ingredients are neither organically-farmed nor sustainably-sourced? Ours aren’t always, neither is almost every other ‘natural’ on the market.
Thus, we believe that combining a majority of natural ingredients in all our products with responsible sourcing, human chemistry, and the expert use of synthetic ingredients are essential to ensure all skin types are safely protected from the risk of nature’s harm, that you have products that work effectively, and that will last longer than a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table.