Shea butter comes from the shea nut, and lavender essential oil comes from lavender flower. Obvious enough, right? But at Luxe Botanics, when we know there’s a more sustainable, natural or high-tech way to source ingredients—without compromising on performance—we get creative.
We formulate our skincare only with botanicals that boast scientific merit (never including something just because it smells or sounds nice). Each and every element must serve a beneficial purpose.
Another important aspect of formulating our transformative skin care is the synergy: making sure our ingredients are balanced in precisely the right proportions to work in harmony with one another. This means we won’t accept ingredients that render another ineffective. Our natural based stabilizing, emollient and emulsifying ingredients in every tincture are designed to be as friendly to skin as the rest of the bottle.
Here are such 11 such groundbreaking ingredients included in Luxe Botanics elixirs which show the power at the intersection of science and nature:
Peptides are protein fragments made up of amino acids. They’re essential for firm, smooth and bouncy skin. We include three kinds in our Kigelia formulas: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, which are created from sustainable coconut and palm kernel oils. These peptides are synthesized in our lab at our urban farm in the US — and are just as effective as other man-made peptides.
Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radical damage, which is the top cause of premature ageing. This ingredient not only boosts the effectiveness of peptides, but it also enhances the stability of vitamins C and E within the same formula. Our ferulic acid is sourced from coffee and formulated with core botanical Camu camu berry.
Don’t be scared of the word “alcohol.” Although there are types of alcohol that aren’t skin-friendly, cetyl alcohol is simply a fatty alcohol used to stabilize and thicken skincare formulas, while making them easier to blend. Ours is sustainably sourced from coconut extract. This ingredient makes your favourite Luxe Botanics product feel amazing on your skin (texture is an essential part of your skincare ritual, after all).
Citric acid is a natural substance found in citrus fruits, which serves to adjust the pH and boost the performance of other ingredients in skincare formulas. Ours is prepared fermentatively from a suitable sugar source and forms part of our Soil Association certified Kigelia africana fruit extract.
Cocamide MIPA helps emulsify the formula while thickening it. The ingredient also helps stabilize the blend. Ours is sustainably sourced from coconut oil.
Glyceryl monostearate and Glyceryl stearate SE
Glyceryl monostearate helps thicken and disperse the formula, while Glyceryl stearate SE acts as an emollient that slows down moisture loss. Both of these are made from sustainably sourced coconut and are EcoCert-certified.
Sounds like something you’d find in your probiotic pill, doesn’t it? Lactobacillus ferment is a natural preservative that also delivers antimicrobial benefits (through its production of bacteriocins, which are proteins produced by bacteria). Ours comes from corn—or more specifically, its sugars.
Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is truly a skincare superstar. It helps suppress melanin production to keep your skin even toned, protects skin from UV damage, helps decongest skin, minimizes fine lines and strengthens and restores compromised skin. Beets and legumes (like lentils and lima beans) are used to create our niacinamide, which can be found in abundance in our Kigelia.
Phospholipids are made of fatty acids and are skin savers in their own right. They’re known to help offer antioxidant action and protect cell membranes, all while acting as an emollient and emulsifier in formulas. On top of that, it’s thought that phospholipids help other ingredients penetrate skin more efficiently. Phospholipids are normally made with virgin egg yolk, olive oil or hazelnut oil. Ours is made with soy beans and sunflower seeds.
You’ve likely heard of hyaluronic acid, the trendy skincare ingredient known to hydrate and plump up skin like no other (and the main ingredient in the cosmetic injection Restalyne used to smooth our wrinkles). Sodium hyaluronate is a derivative, but its smaller molecules enable penetration into the skin. Back in the day, it was sourced from rooster combs or soybeans and corn. Ours is created through a biofermentation process of yeast with glucose and inorganic salts.
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The Luxe Botanics Team