Over the last 12 months my interest in botanicals has grown 100 fold. That is from none at all to very very interested. As I explore what ingredients are in my skincare products, the natural versus synthetic argument and my growing knowledge of skincare product formulation, I’m finding it harder to ignore my desire for high performance botanicals. Some of you may be wondering what I mean, when I say botanicals. The dictionary definition is “a substance obtained from a plant and used typically in medicinal or cosmetic products.” And the definition by Cosmeticinfo.org doesn’t differ “A Botanical Ingredient is a component of a cosmetic or personal care product that originates from plants (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, leaves or seeds).” I am not a die-hard team natural person but I am certainly intrigued by the notion that we can get all our body and skin needs from nature. If indeed this is possible, I would lean towards that over synthetic alternatives. However, let me caveat that by saying I am not in any way against synthetic, chemically formulated ingredients. In some cases, rather than obtaining something from nature, it is easier to manufacture it in a lab for formulation purposes. Let me also add that my view of natural is quite broad; I subscribe to the nature identical school of thought. Ok so I’m going off on a tangent but guys I love learning about botanical ingredients. Here are a few of my favourites (in no particular order) as they are multifunctional and best of all super effective.
Rosehip seed oil
Almost all of the citrus fruit family
Hemp seed oil
Aloe vera extract
I could go on, but I’ll stop here. What are some of your favourite botanical ingredients? What is your view on the natural to synthetic spectrum? Talk to me x