The Apothecary for Skincare

THE APOTHECARY

  • AVOCADO OIL (Persea gratissima) – A nutrient-packed fruit is loaded with good fatty acids, proteins, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins A, D, and E. Especially helpful for mature skin. Organic.
  • BEESWAX (Cera Alba) – Protectant, helps keep moisture in the skin, high Vitamin A content. Raw, Organic.
  • ALOE (Aloe barbadensis) – Plumps and soothes skin, Vitamin & mineral rich. Organic.
  • AHA’S (Alpha hydroxy acids) – Exfoliator, increases blood flow to skin, balances and evens skin tone.
  • BLACKBERRY (Rubus fruticosus) – Blackberry is a rich source of Vitamin C which can help in collagen production and in reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It has an impressive amount of naturally occurring Vitamin E as well as essential fatty acids to deeply support the skin. It’s beautiful darker color is attributed to naturally occurring polyphenols.
  • BLUEBERRY (Vaccinium corymbosum) – Antioxidant. Helps promote the health of capillaries located just beneath the epidermis. Can help minimize redness.
  • CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis) – High Vitamin C content, collagen building. Organic.
  • CHAMOMILE (Matricaria chamomilla) – Anti-inflammatory, soothes skin, Organic.
  • COMFREY (Symphytum officinale) – anti-inflammatory, soothes skin, Organic.
  • CRANBERRY (Vaccinum macrocarpon) – Contain resveratrol, high Vitamin C for collagen-building, antiseptic properties. Organic.
  • COCONUT (Cocos nucifera) – Soothes, reduces water loss in the skin, packed with nutrients.
  • COCOA BUTTER (Theobroma seed butter) – High in fatty acids, hydrates the skin deeply. Raw, Organic.
  • DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) – membrane stabilizer, improves skin tone. Vegan.
  • GERANIUM (Pelargonium asperum) – Helps improve skintone. Organic.
  • HONEY (Mel) – Moisturizing, antibacterial, raw and unprocessed from the Bodyceuticals Apiary. Non-treated hives. Certified pollinator is friendly.
  • HYALURONIC ACID (Sodium hyaluronate) – Helps to keep tissues hydrated and plump.
  • JOJOBA (Simmondsia Chinensis) – Soothing, gentle and deeply moisturizing for most all skin types. Organic.
  • KUKUI (Aleurites moluccana) – High in essential fatty acids,  readily absorbed, very moisturizing.
  • LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia) – Helps tissues to heal, lessens scarring. Organic
  • OLIVE (Olea europaea) – Highly effective transdermal carrier.   Organic, Kosher.
  • FRUIT STEM CELLS (Apple) – Help to rejuvenate aging skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Clinical trials show that with use, the skin has a more youthful and radiant appearance. Organic.
  • MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) – Helps to build collagen, assists with cell hydration.
  • NEEM (Azadirachta indica) – Often used for itchy, irritated skin, has antifungal properties and can provide improvement with scars and hyperpigmentation.
  • OAT STRAW (Avena sativa) – Rich in minerals. Organic.
  • PINK GRAPEFRUIT (Citrus paradisi) – High in Vitamin C, builds collagen. Fresh cold-pressed.
  • POMEGRANATE (Punica granatum) – contain sun protective compounds, helps reduce breakouts, show to improve hyperpigmentation.
  • ROSE (Rosa damascena) – Middle note, “flower of love”, farm-grown. Organic.
  • ROOIBOS (Aspalathus linearis) – Antioxidant, Anti-fungal.
  • RASPBERRY (Rubus Idaeus – Contain a high amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and rich in antioxidants. Can help tone skin. Organic.
  • ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis) – Contains vitamin & minerals such as calcium, has cell regenerative properties, helps tighten sagging skin.
  • SEA BUCKTHORN (Hippophae rhamnoides) – High Vitamin C content and carotenoids, amino acids, minerals, vitamin E, polyphenols and omegas. Can help with redness and swelling. Organic.
  • SEAWEED (Laminaria digitata) – Rich in minerals and trace elements, high vitamin content, helps build elastin in the skin.  High quality from France.
  • SPEARMINT (Mentha spicata) – Pure, refreshing, restorative properties. Organic.
  • TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Antibacterial, Antifungal. Organic.
  • VANILLA BEAN (Vanilla planifolia) – A source of B Vitamins, antibacterial, helpful in hair care, smells amazing.
  • STRAWBERRY (Fragaria Vesca) – Contains the antioxidant ellagic acid, which prevents collagen destruction—one of the major causes of wrinkle formation. Has a photoprotective effect. Organic
  • VITAMIN C – Naturally found in Calendula, protects and builds collagen.
  • VITAMIN E – Natural preservative, soothes sensitive skin. Non-GMO.

WHY CHOOSE CALENDULA?

Flower of the Sun

Calendula officinalis has been used for centuries on multiple continents and is one of the most versatile herbs in the plant kingdom. This healing phenom is known as the “flower of the sun.”  Calendula has an amazing history of documented healing. Its most outstanding distinction is its ability to heal the skin. It has no known drug interactions, no toxic effects and no adverse effects for long term use.

Five major steps occur in our skin’s healing process. According to the International Herb Association’s book, “Calendula – 2008 Herb of the Year”, calendula with its potent and complex array of phytonutrients helps facilitate the skin’s restorative cycle:

  • The first thing that must be done with injured tissue is to prevent infection. Calendula inhibits bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms.
  • Calendula reduces inflammation of the tissue by inhibiting lipoxygenase, an enzyme that damages cell wall structure. It contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect the body against free radical cell damage. It’s amazingly effective on sunburn.
  • A wound needs to be cleared of its dead cells. Calendula stimulates the appetite of lymphocytes which helps rid the wound from this debris.
  • Calendula goes to work to increase the collagen level in a wound, prevents the formation of scar tissue and assists the healing tissue in remaining supple.
  • Calendula stimulates angiogenic activity –the growth of new blood vessels and nerve cells in the tissue. The sooner high potency calendula is used following skin trauma, the less scarring will occur or even be prevented.

The chemical compounds in calendula’s resin include: many fatty acid esters, carotenoids including Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, lutein (it’s golden color) and lycopene, flavonoids (antioxidants that protect cells against damage), quercetin (anti-inflammatory), rutin (antioxidant), ubiquinone (CoQ10), iodine and manganese.

Calendula oil is a popular choice for many of today’s skin conditions.

Spikenard and Sustainability – Tisserand Institute

Spikenard is at least as endangered as Rosewood, which is a slow-growing rainforest tree and is not easy to cultivate. It is important to source ethically.

Source: Spikenard and Sustainability – Tisserand Institute

MARKET REPORT APRIL 2019

The following report contains updates on the current trends in production and availability of the most in-demand Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Raw Materials sourced from around the globe.

Cardamom Oil

In India, Cardamom is harvested from October to February. The flooding in south India last year led to unfavorable growing conditions as well as damage to huge crops of Cardamom, resulting in a lower harvest yield. The decline in Cardamom Oil production throughout India has led to a steep demand for the oil. Market conditions are favorable for this product, and this year’s continuous increase in the prices of Cardamom fruits has placed pressure on the Indian market for the supply of the same. This year, prices are expected to further increase.

In Sri Lanka, Organic Cardamom is harvested from July to October. A drought has negatively affected this year’s crop, resulting in a low harvest yield, which is only ¼ from last year. Furthermore, prices are extremely high and are expected to remain the same for a few years. The current, significantly high demand cannot be met, due to the severe shortage of raw materials. Given this extremely limited supply, buyers are advised to cover their requirements for the next 6-8 months as early as possible.

Coriander Oil

In India, Coriander is harvested from February to March. While regular production was an estimated 4-500,000 MT, this year it is expected to decline. In India, most Coriander seeds are converted into powder with a lesser quantity being used for oil extraction. The major buyers of Coriander seeds are spice powder-making industries. The demand from spice-processing industries was expected to increase beginning in April, and it is expected to continue until June. Coriander prices rose previously, and there has been an upward trend in the prices due to a decline in production in 2018-19 (Oct-Sep) in key growing areas. From 2018-19, Coriander acreage across the country declined by 27%.

Camphor Oil

In China, the wood of the Camphor tree is harvested throughout the year in all four seasons. The current growing conditions are favorable; however, it is too soon to predict the harvest yield. There is a strong demand for this oil.

Sage Dalmatian Oil

In Albania, Sage is harvested between June and December. It is typically cultivated near mountains, where the soil and the climate are similar to wild grown Sage, and there are no current issues with cultivation. The harvest yield is projected to be the same as that of last year. The demand and market conditions depend on customer requests.

Pine Scotch Oil

In Hungary, Scotch Pine can be harvested throughout the year, thus there is no dedicated harvest month or period. This year’s harvest yield is projected to be lower than that of the previous year; however, demands are still high for this oil.

Raspberry Seed Oil

In Chile, Raspberries are harvested from December to February or March. The current growing conditions are favorable and the harvest yield is projected to be similar to or higher than that of the previous year. There is good demand for the product, and the market conditions are good with high-quality supply and competitive prices.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

In China, Sea Buckthorn berries are harvested from October to January. The current growing conditions are the same as before, and the harvest yield is projected to be slightly higher than that of last year. The demand is increasing in China and Southeast Asia.

D-Limonene

In Brazil, Citrus fruits are harvested from June to February. The current growing conditions are favorable; however, this year’s harvest yield is projected to be slightly lower than that of last year. The demand and market conditions are weak. Buyers are advised to cover only what is required at the moment.

MARKET REPORT MARCH 2019

The following report contains updates on the current trends in production and availability of the most in-demand Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Raw Materials sourced from around the globe.

Rose Geranium Organic Oil

In South Africa, Rose Geranium is generally available throughout the year. Although the current growing conditions are favorable, this year’s harvest yield is projected to be lower and limited. Given the high demand for Rose Geranium and the very limited amount of oil available, the pricing has doubled this year…

Geranium Oil

In China, Geranium is harvested between July and September every year. This year’s estimated output is approximately 40 tons. Warm and humid, the current growing conditions are unfavorable for the development of this botanical. The international market demand for Geranium is increasing every year.

In Egypt, Organic Geranium is harvested in the months of June and July. The current crop is normal and the growing conditions are favorable. Last year’s production yielded 180-200 tons of oil with a carryover of 30-40 tons of oil. This year, the plantations are slightly less; however, if the weather conditions are favorable and the cultivation is not affected by diseases, the season could produce a harvest with an estimated yield of 220 tons of oil. There is high demand and an active market for Organic Geranium.

Basil Oil

In India, Basil is harvested from August to September. At present, Basil is not being cultivated; however, last year’s climate was favorable and the crop was decent with a yield similar to that of 2017. The demand is as usual, without highs or lows, and the market is stable.

Organic Basil is sown in July and harvested from October to November. This year’s growing conditions are favorable. It is too soon to predict the harvest yield; however, the production is generally expected to be the same as last year, as the prices for this crop seemed to be stable all year long. The demand for Organic Basil is neutral. The market conditions for this crop seem to be favorable because of good demand for Natural Linalool, an isolate that is extracted from Basil.

Tamanu Oil – Virgin

In Madagascar, Tamanu is harvested from September to November; however, this may vary due to climate change. The current growing Conditions have been favorable until recently, except for the challenging cyclonic period. Compared to last year, when there was a lack of raw materials, this year’s harvest yield is better, making it possible to double the production. The demand is stable. Although the production of this oil is prevalent, the competition is not hard.

In Vietnam, Tamanu is harvested from February to May. The current growing conditions are favorable. Due to the stable weather, this year’s harvest yield is projected to be the same as that of last year. Compared to last year, there has not been much change in demand. This year’s lower supply capacity means that this year’s prices will be higher.

Orange Oil – Bitter

In Sicily, bitter oranges are harvested from December to April. This hardy tree is the most resistant, thus growing conditions are virtually always favorable for it. The harvest yield and the demand for this crop have been quite steady for many years now. The Essential oil is a minute factor in market demands, as the main market is for purees for marmalade as well as for the peel, which is used in candied fruit.

Litsea Cubeba & Litsea Cubeba Organic Oils

In China, Litsea Cubeba is harvested from the end of July to September. At present, it is too early to predict this year’s harvest yield. The demand is stable but the market conditions are unclear.

Eucalyptus Globulus 80/85% & Eucalyptus Globulus Organic Oils

In China, Eucalyptus is harvested from December to February of the following year. This year’s harvest yield is estimated to produce approximately 15,000 tons. The international market demand for this crop is increasing every year.

Coconut Virgin Organic & Coconut Refined Organic Oils

In the Philippines, coconuts are available all year and are harvested in 45-60-day intervals. Since September of 2018, several provinces in the Philippines have been experiencing the El Nino weather pattern, which is characterized by a decrease in the amount of rainfall, resulting in drought conditions. There is a possibility of the harvest yield being in short supply during the second half of 2019, and this is expected to cause an increase in prices.

Coconut RBD Oil

In Malaysia, Coconuts are grown in tropical areas and bear fruits throughout the year. While the production has been rather stable in the last few years, pest infestation as well as natural disasters, such as typhoons and tsunamis, could potentially destroy the crop. As there have not been any major disasters in the last two years or so far this year, the 2019 yield is expected to be similar to or slightly higher than the yield of 2018. The lack of a perfect substitute for Coconut Oil means that there is always a demand for Coconut Oil, from oleochemical, food, and non-food industries. The current prices are more attractive compared to previous years’ prices.

Vitamin C

In the northern hemisphere, Soy is harvested from September to October. In the southern hemisphere, Soy is harvested from March April. Since the previous year, there have not been any major differences in the growing conditions or the harvest yield. The demand has increased and the prices are rising.

Citronella Java Oil

In Indonesia, the initial harvest of Citronella typically occurs 6 months after it is planted. Once it matures, this continuously-planted grass can be harvested every 3 months. Most of Indonesia is suitable for cultivating Citronella, given the existing weather patterns of rain and semi-wetness, which is required for optimal growing conditions. Compared to previous years, the number of Citronella plantations has increased in Indonesia, and this is largely due to the increasing prices, which have encouraged more farmers to gravitate toward cultivating this crop and planting in scale. The yield per acreage is stable at 0.5-0.75% of dry herbage that results in Essential Oil. Indonesia has a large and constant local demand for Citronella Oil, plus it is a net exporter. Global demand for Citronella is also growing. At present, market prices are rising steadily; however, Indonesia is currently less expensive than China, and it is predicted to remain as such for the foreseeable future, due to the declining crop in China.

Sesame Organic RBDW & Sesame Extra Virgin Organic Oils

In Mexico, Sesame is generally harvested between November and December, although occasionally it is harvested in January; the harvest period depends on the timing of the rainy season, which impacts the planting time. The growing conditions in 2018 were better than the conditions of the previous two years. 2018 also saw a better harvest yield than the previous year.

In India, the sesame seed and Sesame Oil market conditions are expected to be relatively complicated during the first half of the year. The prices have remained the same since October and the harvest during June and July are expected to be better.