THE HERB FARM
We are passionate about using the finest natural ingredients and sharing our knowledge about making natural choices with our customers.
Welcome to our Ingredient Glossary. Here you will find more detailed information on all the powerful ingredients that make up our beautiful 100% natural Skincare, Body Care and Therapeutic ranges.
For easier reading, we’ve alphabetised all the ingredients that we use. The commonly known name for each ingredient is in bold, and the scientific name (that you would see on our product labels) is above in italics. We've also included a quick guide to our 'Hero Herbs' which are herbs that we grow in our own gardens!
We hope this glossary helps you understand the consideration of each natural ingredient we use!
Learn more about our Hero Herbs...
Our Herbs A-Z
Alkanna Tinctoria Root (Alkanet)
Traditionally used to help soothe skin problems like inflammation, Alkanet is generally used for its safe and natural pink tint.
Organic Aloe Leaf Powder 200
Aloe Vera is known for its powerful healing properties, and the high-grade powdered extract we use in our formulas is incredibly effective in healing and rejuvenating the skin.
Apple Seed Oil
Apple seed oil is known for the elasticity and softness it gives to the skin. It helps to support collagen production which keeps skin looking youthful and firm. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" or in this case "an apple a day keeps old age at bay!"
Arnica Extract is used for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to increase blood circulation which helps speed the healing of soft tissue.
Avocado Oil naturally promotes the production of collagen which is responsible for tightening your skin, preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Its nutrient-rich makeup helps tone and nourish the skin while also soothing irritation.
Sodium Bicarbonate is an antibacterial and pH neutraliser. In our deodorants, it is used to neutralise the acid in sweat and eliminate underarm bacteria to help prevent body odour.
Beeswax comes with great healing and antibacterial properties while also creating an effective protective barrier for skin to help seal in moisture.
Blackcurrant Oil is incredibly rich in antioxidants - just like the fruit itself! - promoting elasticity and hydration in the skin and helping to achieve that youthful glow.
Black Pepper Oil
Black Pepper Essential Oil helps to promote circulation while toning the skin and providing a stimulating and uplifting scent.
Black Spruce Essential Oil
Black Spruce Essential Oil is used for its earthy and invigorating and cleansing fragrance.
Black Spruce Extract
The bark of the Black Spruce Tree gives us an extract with several benefits for the skin. Black Spruce Extract is a UV-ray chemical absorber while also helping to maintain the integrity of the skin’s barrier function making it a perfect ingredient in our protective formulas.
Calendula Oil and Extract have amazing healing benefits for the skin. Calendula is great to give softness to ageing skin or to the delicate skin of babies as it's incredibly gentle and soothing.
Calendula Officinalis Extract
Known for its healing properties, Calendula Extract is used in over 20 of our products! It improves hydration and firmness of the skin and is full of antioxidants helping to soothe skin while reducing redness and inflammation.
Candelila Wax is used to create stability in our Deodorant Creams.
Plant derived and gentle on skin, Caprylyl helps to solubilise essential oils helping you to enjoy their full aromatherapeutic benefits.
Carrot Seed Oil
Daucus Carota Sativa
Carrot Seed Oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to rejuvenate the skin and improve skin's health and appearance.
Castor Seed Oil
Castor Seed Oil penetrates the skin's layers ensuring that its beneficial nutrients are delivered deep into the epidermis.
Cayenne Extract works to increase blood flow to your skin speeding up the healing process of soft tissue damage. Cayenne extract works synergistically with Arnica Extract.
Certified Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is great for providing nutrients and moisture to skin and works well to promote skin growth and repair while soothing raw, dry and itchy skin conditions.
Cetearyl alchohol is a gentle emulsifying agent ensuring our creams have a beautiful texture and are soothing to the skin.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil
Chamomile Essential Oil is beneficial for soothing skin irritations and redness while also promoting emotional calm.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil
Full of antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, Cinnamon Oil is perfect for germ defence.
Used to balance the pH level of our formulas, Citric Acid is a skin-restoring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) known to support skin health.
A component of our essential oils with a pleasant citrus odour.
A component of our essential oils.
Citrus Bioflavanoids are particularly beneficial in helping skin absorb Vitamin C and therefore protecting your skin's natural production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil is a great antimicrobial and works well in our synergistic blend to help combat germs.
Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is great for providing nutrients and moisture to skin and works well to promote skin growth and repair while soothing raw, dry and itchy skin conditions.
Colloidal Gold is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can also help the efficacy of other active ingredients. Ours is made in New Zealand with the highest quality gold particles.
Comfrey Leaf Extract
Comfrey is a miracle herb with powerful natural healing properties. The presence of allantoin supports and speeds natural healing. Comfrey grows abundantly at The Herb Farm where we create our own extract at its most beneficial stage of growth.
Component of Natural Essential Oils
Formulated by an expert on aromatherapy and natural perfumes, this fragrant blend is created using only the purest and highest quality essential oils.
Derived from natural sugar, Decyl Glucoside is a gentle cleansing ingredient.
Renowned as a herbal remedy to boost the immune system, Echinacea also has great benefits when applied topically. Containing many beneficial ingredients to help protect skin from oxidative stress while also improving hydration. Harvested from our own garden.
Elderberry Fruit Extract
Elderberry Extract is calming and soothing to the skin while also helping to balance the effects of damaging free radicals.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a great antiseptic and antibacterial as well as having a fresh cleansing aroma.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil has many benefits for the skin including providing nourishment, softening skin texture and improving skin elasticity. Evening Primrose Oil is also known to help with hormonal imbalances.
Flaxseed Oil is one of the richest plant-derived sources of omega-3 fatty acids which makes it a super-star ingredient in our books. Omega-3s are very important for the health of our skin cells as they fight inflammation and soothe the skin while providing a nourishing barrier to trap moisture.
Frangipani Essential Oil
Frangipani Essential Oil gives hydration and nourishment to the skin while also providing a divine fragrance.
Geranium Essential Oils
Geranium Essential Oil is known for it's antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for acne prone skin. It also works to support and balance the hormones throughout many life stages.
Ginkgo Leaf Extracts
Ginkgo Biloba is used for its potent antioxidant protection, skin-soothing and hydrating properties as well as its significant benefits for skin showing signs of ageing. We harvest our leaves from our own stunning Ginkgo tree here at The Herb Farm.
Ginseng Root Extract
A revered ingredient in Korea, Ginseng Root Extract is used to trap moisture, improve skin texture and reduce the formation of wrinkles.
We use Glyceryl Stearate as a part of our emulsifying system which helps create a beautiful smooth texture in our creams.
Gotu Kola Extract
Known for its collagen boosting properties, Gotu Kola Extract deeply penetrates into skin's layers and effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seeds are an incredible storehouse of powerful nutrient-rich ingredients and, pressed into Grape Seed Oil, these nutrients can be absorbed into the skin. Grape Seed Oil greatly benefits our skin and is suitable for all skin types.
High in Vitamin E, Hazelnutt Oil is a light and easily absorbed oil known to increase collagen production and brighten the skin's appearance.
Coming from the deep sea salt deposits in the Himalayas. Himalayan salt is regarded as the purest salt on the planet. We use it for it's deodorising effect.
Horse Chestnut Extract
Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract
Traditionally used to help reduce the appearance of varicose veins, Horse Chestnut Extract is used to help tone skin.
Japanese Menthol Mint Extract
Japanese Menthol Mint is a unique member of the mint family and the source of true menthol. It's cooling, soothing and analgesic properties make it a great addition to our Healing & Therapeutic Range.
Jasmine Absolute Essential Oil
Jasmine is widely known for it's beautiful scent and uplifting effect on the mood. Jasmine Essential Oil is also great for soothing the skin.
Jojoba Seed Oil
Jojoba Seed Oil is incredibly nutrient-rich oil which contains vitamins A, D and E along with fatty acids 6 and 9 and is rich in antioxidants making it very beneficial for the skin.
Achinidia Chinensis (Kiwifruit) Extracts
Known for being a great source of Vitamin C and effective in promoting skin elasticity. Studies show that kiwi fruit extract’s polysaccharides can double collagen synthesis in skin cells and can help improve skin firmness.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is well known for it's comforting fragrance but it also benefits the skin with its antiseptic properties, making it great to help repair damaged skin.
Citrus Medica Limonum
Lemon Peel is used for its beneficial effects on skin as while also providing uplifting and energising aromatherapeutic benefits.
Lime Essential Oils
Lime Essential Oil is a natural antioxidant used for its beautiful, fresh and uplifting fragrance.
Marshmallow Root Extract
Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root) Extract
Marshmallow Root Extract contains high amounts of mucilage which is excellent for soothing and softening skin. Leaves skin feeling velvety soft.
May Chang Essential Oil
May Chang is an excellent oil to nourish and revitalise the skin while its uplifting fragrance supports your mental wellbeing.
Olive Fruit Oil
Olive Oil is a popular ingredient in the cosmetic industry, namely for the extraction of squalene. We prefer to use it in its natural state which, as a complete oil, is high in squalene and helps to hydrate, repair and rejuvenate skin as mother nature intended.
Citrus Aurantium Amara
Extracted from orange peel using a cold pressing method, Bitter Orange Oil has fantastic antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicidal properties. It is also know to detoxify skin and fight inflammation.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis
Orange Peel is known for its beneficial effects on the skin including hydration as well as collagen and elastin support. Low levels are used to ensure there are no problems with photosensitivity which can be a problem with excessive amounts particularly in an oil base.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli Essential Oil is known for its calming and grounding aroma while also being very soothing on the skin.
Peony Root Extract
Peony Extract (which comes from the root of the plant) is known for its rejuvenating properties, helping to make skin feel soft and smooth while reduceing redness and brightening your complexion.
Peppermint Essentual Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil is used in many of our products for its cooling and analgesic properties as well as its beautiful uplifting scent.
Pink & White Clay
This rich clay is used for its luxuriously silky soft feel against the skin and its ability to deeply draw toxins and impurities from the skin.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin Seed oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids. Extracted here in NZ, it benefits the skin by fighting free radicals and improving moisture and texture of the skin.
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil is a rich source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids and is great for soothing, softening and repairing skin.
Rose Absolute Oil
Rose Absolute Oil is very gentle and soothing on skin and has a very comforting and nurturing aroma.
Organic Rosehip Oil
Harvested only from a certain rose, rosehip oil is used for its incredible restorative and healing effects on the skin. Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it's high nutrient content helps support regeneration for more youthful looking skin.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary Oil helps to improve circulation which can help speed the healing of injuries. Rosemary also has strong antiseptic properties and some say it helps to improve memory.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
A grounding oil with beneficial effects on the skin such as the soothing of mild irritations. Has a pleasant woody aroma.
Sclerotium Gum is used as a natural gelling agent to help create a soothing product which is easily absorbed helping to carry beneficial ingredients to the skin.
Seaweed is our Herb from the Sea and is incredibly rich in antioxidants and minerals. Its soothing and detoxifying properties make it a great addition to our Facial Serums and it is very gentle on sensitive skin.
Organic Shea Butter
Known for its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids, Shea Butter works to nourish and protect your skin. Leaves skin feeling silky smooth.
Used during part of the soap-making process, Sodium Hydroxide is the highest quality lye available.
Sodium Anisate is a natural preservative to help your products last longer.
Sodium Levulinate is a part of our natural preservative system to help your products last longer.
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate is part of our natural emulsifying system which gives creams a beautiful texture and helps them to absorb into the skin.
Sorbitan Olivate is part of our natural emulsifying system which gives creams a beautiful texture and helps them to absorb into the skin. It is naturally derived from Olive Oil.
St. John's Wort
Although classified as a weed, St. John's Wort is great in helping soothe pain from nerve damage. We grow our own right here at The Herb Farm.
Used for hundreds of years, Swedish Bitters are an amazing blend of bitter herbs which are well known for their antiseptic and healing properties.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is rich in fatty acids making it very nourishing for rough, flaky or sensitive skin while also helping to support general skin health and radiance.
Tamanu Seed Oil
Tamanu Oil is incredibly rich in fatty acids which penetrate deep into the skin stimulating collagen production and healing. It's unique spicy fragrance gives a beautiful natural scent to products.
Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil helps to provide an uplifting environment through its warm, sunshine-like aroma.
Tapioca Starch is used to create a smooth consistency in our Deodorant Creams for easy application to the underarm area.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree has been used throughout history as a herbal remedy to fight infection. This is due to Tee Tree's incredible antimicrobial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is why it is used in our products today.
Thyme extract has powerful antiseptic properties which make it an amazing addition to formulas for skin issues such as spots, blemishes and excessive oil production.
Totarol Extract comes from recycled Totara wood and is as impressive as the mighty Totara Tree itself. This extract is rich in antioxidants which benefits skin showing signs of ageing while also having strong antimicrobial properties to support healing.
Vanilla is well known for its comforting aroma and has been used to help soothe anxiety. Not only does Vanilla help to calm emotions but it also benefits the skin in a similar way: helping to sooth and calm any skin irritations.
Vegetable Glycerin in known for being a great humectant, which means it helps to trap moisture and keep skin hydrated.
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germ Oil is very high in Vitamin E making it ideal for hydrating and nourishing dry or cracked skin.
White Tea Extract
White Tea Extract is high on the list of super powered skincare ingredients. With high levels of antioxidants, which protect skin from oxidative damage, white tea extract helps protect skin from premature ageing.
Although classified as a weed, Willow Herb is beneficial for soothing and toning the skin.
Witch Hazel Extract
Witch Hazel Extract is an astringent herb which means it can be used to help tone skin's tissue to give a smooth and youthful effect on the skin.
Xanthan Gum is a naturally-derived gelling agent which we use to stabilize our formulas.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is a healing powerhouse for the skin. It helps boost the regenerative process of the epidermis while also providing anti-bacterial properties to the skin. Ylang ylang's beautiful floral aroma helps create an uplifting mood.