Riverstone Naturals – Our Natural Ingredients
Kelly and I are passionate about making skin and body care products that are as natural and organic as possible. That means we keep things simple at Riverstone Naturals. Simple ingredients. Natural skin. Raw beauty.
“If you can’t or shouldn’t eat it – you DON’T put it on your body!”
I think it is safe to say that most people strive to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. We choose to eat healthy meals (more often than not) most of the time and look for opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. But do we think the about the health of our skin? Most of what is applied to our skin will be absorbed and enter our bloodstream within 10 minutes of application. That is seriously fast! If our skin is the largest organ in bodies, we should be just as careful about the products we put ON our skin as we are the food we put IN our bodies!
That means NO chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, perfumes or fragrances are used in our natural skin and body care products.
A VERY accepted way of expelling oil from fruits, nuts, seeds, and plants has been to first “loosen” the oils by means of chemical solvents like Hexane (2.5-Dimethyl-2.5di (butyl peroxy) hexane, NO6, 120 Extraction Solvent, ethyl acetate (commonly used to decaffeinate coffee, tea…oh yeah…and to kill insects) and the list keeps getting longer.
At Riverstone Naturals, we choose simple raw, organic, natural ingredients that nourish your skin and body. Living a healthy vibrant life is as easy as eating an apple!
PURE, SIMPLE, BEAUTIFULL YOU!
Arnica Flower (Heterotheca inuloides) – Natural grown pesticide free – Also known as Mexican Arnica promotes healing and has an antibacterial action. Ointments and lotions made from this plant are used to treat bruises, sprains, rheumatism, varicose veins, and diverse skin infections due to bacteria and fungi (molds). The active ingredients in Arnica have mild anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiseptic actions. DO NOT USE on broken skin.
Arrowroot (Maranta arudinacea) – Organic – Used for over 7000 years, the Arrowroot we use comes from the tubers or rhizomes of the tropical plant but it is also common for tapioca starch. Originally used by the Mayan’s as a way to draw out the toxins from poisoned arrows, today is used for baby powder, skin care products, and in cooking as a thickening agent instead of corn or wheat gluten. At Riverstone Naturals, we use Organic Arrowroot powder in our Tooth Polish to assist in gently polishing the teeth.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) Naturally Mined – Sodium bicarbonate has been known to be used in first aid and has mild antiseptic and disinfectant properties and it may be an effective fungicide against some organisms. Baking soda is commonly added to washing machines as a replacement for softener, to remove and absorb odours from clothes. Sodium bicarbonate is used in our Riverstone Studios Deodorants and Laundry Soap. Its particles are rounded and fine in texture, making it both effective and gentle on the skin. At Riverstone Naturals, we choose to use baking soda that has been mined from a natural source in Colorado rather than purchasing baking soda that has been produced in a laboratory using salt, ammonia, and carbon dioxide. The lab ingredients may be safe and mild, but natural collection from a dried lake bed requires less processing.
Beeswax – (cire d’abeille) – Organic – Unbleached – Wax produced by the honeybee is secreted from the undersides of the bees for building the walls of the honeycomb. We use it to thicken our lotions as a thickener and natural emulsifier. We at Riverstone Studios are committed to supporting our local communities whenever possible and are proud to use Canadian beeswax in our products whenever available. Our beeswax is warmed just to the melting point (62 deg. C) to clean out any natural debris that can be found in the wax.
Bentonite Clay – (Bentonite) – Naturally Mined – Bentonite is a naturally occurring light grey/green clay from Volcanic ash sediments with over 70 trace minerals. Bentonite clay swells in the presence of water, absorbing toxins from its environment. We specifically have chosen to use bentonite clay in our Shaving Soap and Tooth Polish because of its natural ability to remove toxins and remineralize.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free – has the fresh, sweet, citrus scent that is familiar to many as the flavouring in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin. Bergamot has been used for agitation, depression, anxiety, intestinal parasites, insomnia, viral infections (Herpes, cold sores). It is antibacterial, antidepressant and is calming. Bergamot can be found in Riverstone Naturals Purple Deodorant for Men & Women.
Borax – (sodium borate) – Naturally Mined – California Lake Bed Sourced – is an alkaline mineral salt. It’s a naturally occurring element and should not be confused with Boric Acid. (Boric Acid contains borax). We’ve researched and sat on both sides of the fence when it comes to concerns about borax and concerns people have. Borax and boric acid have been mixed together in many online discussions as the same product. We use Borax in our Natural Laundry Soap as a natural whitener and brightener. It carries the same health concerns as eating a bar of soap (which you just wouldn’t do).
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – Natural Grown, Pesticide Free – Ancient cultures recognized and used the healing properties of calendula. In some of the earliest medical writings, calendula was recommended for treating ailments of the digestive tract. It was used to detoxify the liver and gallbladder. The flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing. Calendula was also used for various women’s ailments, and to treat a number of skin conditions. During the American Civil War, calendula flowers were used on the battlefields in open wounds as antihemorrhagic and antiseptic, and they were used in dressing wounds to promote healing. Calendula also was used in this way during World War I. Calendula has been historically significant in medicine in many cultures, and it is still important in alternative medicine today. The flowers of this plant have been widely used medicinally for years to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. It can also be applied to the skin for varicose veins and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis).*
Castor Seed Oil – (Ricinus Communis) – Certified Organic Unrefined – Our Certified Organic Castor Seed Oil is a cold pressed oil that acts as a humectant, actively attracting and retaining moisture in the skin and hair. It also provides a protective barrier against moisture loss and environmental damage without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides. We use pure Certified Organic Castor Oil in Riverstone Naturals Honey Soap, Cinnamon & Cloves Soap, Shaving Soap and our luxurious Shampoo Soap to provide a rich moisturizing lather as well in our Shave Oil – Pre/Post/Beard for deep moisturizing the beard and skin.
Cinnamon Bark – (Cinnamomum verum) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free – The warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon has been sought throughout the ages both as a valuable commodity and for its ability to improve wellness. Cinnamon is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function and acts as an antiseptic. Cinnamon bark, both ground, and the essential oil is noted for its ability to help dry acne and relieve itchy scalp. It is beneficial to the skin because it brings blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the skin’s surface to aid in the healing process. Cinnamon Bark essential oil can be found in Riverstone Naturals Tooth Oil as a toothpaste alternative as well as in our Cinnamon & Cloves Soap. and Crystal Perfume.
Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free – has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is stimulating and revitalizing. Clove Bud has wonderful immune-enhancing properties, its principal constituent is eugenol, which is used in the dental industry to numb the gums. Clove essential oil is anti-ageing, antitumoral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic/anaesthetic, antioxidant, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, stomach protectant (ulcers), antiparasitic (worms), and anticonvulsant. It has been used for all types of pain, throat/sinus/lung infections, cataracts, ulcers, lice, toothache, acne, cardiovascular disease, arthritis/rheumatism, and hepatitis.* Clove Bud essential oil is a key ingredient in Riverstone Naturals Tooth Oil, an alternative to Tooth Paste and in our Cinnamon & Cloves Soap and Crystal Perfume.
Cocoa Seed Butter – (Theobroma cacao, chocolate nut tree) – Certified Organic – Unrefined – Cocoa Butter is the fat obtained from the roasted seeds of the cocoa bean. The butter contains stearic, palmitic and oleic acids that lay a protective layer on top of skin which conditions, softens and soothes. Continued research shows that cocoa butter may help relieve stress, boost the immune system and fight disease. Cocoa Butter is known to treat conditions associated with overactive immune systems, such as psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Riverstone Naturals Rejuvenate – Night Moisturizer and our Shampoo Bar both boast the benefits of Cocoa Seed Butter as it soothes, softens and conditions the skin naturally. Food for your skin Baby! Food for your skin!
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera) – Extra Virgin Organic – Unrefined – Riverstone Naturals Certified Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil gives your skin a healthy glow without compromising your skin care with toxic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. Don’t be fooled by labels! Even Certified Organic Coconut oil has been extracted using a toxic chemical called Hexane. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is known to help keep your skin soft and smooth, and its natural anti-oxidant power is known to prevent the premature aging of the skin. You can find this amazing “Food for your skin” in Riverstone Naturals Deodorants, Silk – Facial Moisturizer, Radiance – Day Moisturizer, Rejuvenate – Night Moisturizer, Honey Soap, Cinnamon & Clove Soap, Shaving Soap, Olive Soap, Peppermint Olive Soap, and our luxurious Shampoo Soap.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinate) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free – A country name for Comfrey was knit bone – a reminder of its traditional use in healing bone fractures. This herb contains allantoin, which encourages bone, cartilage, and muscle cells to grow. Comfrey has been used to speed up healing sprains, and arthritic joints, bruises, inflammation and other traumatic injuries. Avoid using on dirty wounds because rapid healing may trap dirt. Comfrey is one of the key healing herbs we use in our Healing Salve.
Cornstarch – (Zea mays indentata) – Organic – Non-GMO Certified – Cornstarch is the starch that is removed from the seed of maize (corn). The process is done by heating the seed in a water solution. The starch separates from the seed and creates a paste in the water. This paste is then dehydrated and the starch is left behind. The size of the particles makes it an excellent natural exfoliant. We, at Riverstone Naturals, ONLY use Organic NON-GMO Certified Cornstarch in our Riverstone Naturals Deodorants knowing that 90-100% of what you put under your arms is absorbed into your bloodstream within minutes! Your health and well-being are important to us. You deserve the best in skin care!
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)- Natural Grown Pesticide Free – Cypress is especially comforting during the winter season with it’s fresh, herbaceous, slightly evergreen aroma that restores feelings of security and stability. Cypress is also known to be beneficial for oily or troubled skin, help heals emotional trauma, calms, soothes anger, and helps life flow better. Cypress can be used to soothe irritating coughs and minor chest discomfort.* Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. You can find Cypress in Riverstone Naturals Carpal Tunnel, and Cold & Flu Blends of essential oils.
Eucalyptus (Globulus) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free has a fresh, penetrating scent. It contains a high percentage of the constituent eucalyptol, a key ingredient in many conventional mouth rinses. It is an expectorant, mucolytic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and is anti-ageing as well. Eucalyptus globulus can be used for respiratory/sinus infections, decongestant, rheumatism/arthritis, and to soothe sore muscles. It is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory properties. * You can find Eucalyptus Globulus in Riverstone Naturals Tooth Oil, an alternative to traditional toothpaste, Inflammation Blend, and Cold & Flu Essential Oil Blend.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) – Organic – has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centring, Frankincense has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. It has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in Riverstone Naturals Blue Deodorant, Rejuvenate – Night Moisturizer, and Crystal Perfume. It is known for its anti-ageing and moisturizing properties. It is antitumoral, immunostimulant, an antidepressant, and a muscle relaxant. Frankincense has been known to be used for depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, and as an immune-stimulant. * Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free has a wonderfully uplifting, calming, and slightly flowery scent. It is known to be excellent for the skin, and its aromatic influence used to help release negative memories. Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in Geraniums ability to revitalize body tissues.* You can find Geranium in Riverstone Naturals Purple Deodorant – for Men & Women.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) – Organic – has a fresh, citrus aroma that is energizing, uplifting and nourishing to the skin. Grapefruit is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, which has been extensively studied in over 50 clinical studies for its ability to combat tumour growth. Originating from South Africa and California, grapefruit is antitumoral, metabolic stimulant, antiseptic, detoxifying, fat-dissolving, cleansing for kidneys, lymphatic and vascular system.* You can find the delicious aroma of Grapefruit essential oil in Riverstone Naturals Shave Oil – Pre/Post/Beard and Sarah Perfume.
Ginger Root – (zingiber officinale – Organic) – The root of the ginger plant, a native to the tropical coastal regions of India, is an excellent circulatory stimulant. You may remember Grandma`s cold and flu remedy of honey, lemon and ginger tea that brought a soothing warmth to your entire body. We use ground ginger root in our Rejuvenate – Night Moisturizer refreshing your skin with a slight warming sensation that stimulates your circulation and eases rheumatism.*
Grapeseed Oil – (Vitis Vinifera common grape vine – Organic) – Grapeseed oil is a light and odourless natural oil. It is nourishing and easily absorbed into the skin. It has some astringent qualities and is good for oily and acne-prone skin. At Riverstone Naturals, we use Grapeseed oil an ideal carrier oil or base our essential oil blends and Tooth Oil – a natural alternative to toothpaste. Grapeseed Oil is light, absorbs nicely without leaving your skin greasy and is ideal for all skin types.
Himalayan Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride / Sea Salt) – Naturally Mined – Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body. A few of these minerals include sodium chloride, sulphate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. As a naturally occurring salt, Himalayan salt contains all these minerals without chemical processing or refinement. You can find Sea Salt in Riverstone Naturals Tooth Polish for its remineralizing and stain absorbing properties.
Honey (Honey – Local Grown or Canadian Organic) – In the great Egyptian civilization which created the Pyramids, honey was buried in tombs as food for the hereafter. Jars of honey have been found in Egyptian tombs 3300 years after they were buried – and the honey was still edible!! The amazing antibiotic agents found in honey give it a very long shelf life and halts bacterial growth. This sweet syrup made from honeybees is an excellent natural humectant, actively attracting and retaining moisture in the skin and hair. Riverstone Studios is passionate about supporting small family operated businesses and are proud to make our Honey Soap with fresh, local Saskatchewan honey.
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is actually an “essence”, not an essential oil. The flowers must be picked at night and with great care to maximize fragrance. One pound of jasmine oil requires about 1,000 pounds of jasmine or 3.6 million fresh, unpacked flowers. The blossoms must be collected before sunrise, or much of the fragrance will have evaporated. The quality of the blossoms may also be compromised if they are crushed. A single pound of jasmine oil may cost between $1,200 and $4,500. In contrast, synthetic jasmine oils can be obtained for $3.50 per pound, but they do not possess the same therapeutic qualities as pure oil. Jasmine oil is beneficial for dry, oily, irritated, or sensitive skin and can also be uplifting and stimulating. It combats depression, nervous exhaustion, and discord.* You can find the delicately sweet, richly exotic and sensual aroma of Jasmine in Riverstone Natural’s Sunshine Perfume.
Jojoba Oil – (Simmondsia chinensis) – Organic Unrefined – is the liquid wax produced in the seed of the jojoba plant, a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico. Jojoba oil is known to provide all-day moisturization as it does not evaporate like water based moisturizers. It is also theorized, but not yet proven, that because jojoba oil is so similar to human skin oil, it can “trick” the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balances oil production. Jojoba oil is also very stable and does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage. You can find Jojoba Oil in Riverstone Naturals Shampoo Bar, and Shave Oil – Pre/Post/Beard for maximum skin and hair hydration as well as in our Aurora, Matty, Sunshine, Crystal and Sarah Perfumes.
Lavender Flowers (Lavandula angustifolia) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free – Lavender is native to southern France and the Canary Islands. It’s a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), with its silvery foliage and tall purple flowers. Its characteristic scent is stored in oil glands embedded among its flowers, leaves, and stems, and the result is a plant that has served people functionally, therapeutically, as well as aesthetically. Lavender is soothing, calming and healing for delicate and sensitive skins. (See our “Essential Oils” for more information on our therapeutic grade lavender essential oil.) You can find Lavender Flowers in Riverstone Naturals Lavender Roll-On Essential Oil, Rejuvenate – Night Moisturizer, Immune Boost Blend, Peppermint Tension Blend, and our PURPLE Deodorant!
Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum – Organic) has a strong citrus scent that is purifying, revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent D-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. In his book, The Practice of Aromatherapy, Valnet wrote that “lemon is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system”. It is also antitumoral, antiseptic, improves microcirculation, and is an immune stimulant (increases white blood cells), improves memory and relaxation. * Lemon is a key ingredient in our Tooth Oil – a natural alternative to toothpaste, Inflammation Blend, Immune Boost, Shave Oil, and Riverstone Naturals PURPLE Deodorant.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus – Natural Grown Pesticide Free) has a light, fresh, citrus aroma with earthy undertones. Refreshing, rejuvenating, stimulating, and balancing, it inspires and improves mental clarity. Lemongrass is antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, regenerates connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, improves circulation and promotes lymph flow. Lemongrass is used for bladder infections, respiratory/sinus infection, digestive problems, parasites, torn ligaments/muscles, fluid retention, varicose veins and Salmonella. Lemongrass also supports the circulatory system.* Lemongrass is a key ingredient in Riverstone Naturals Immune Boost and Inflammation Blend.
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) has an intense, crisp, fresh, citrus peel aroma. Lime has been used historically in skin care and in supporting and strengthening the respiratory and immune systems. Lime is known for it’s rejuvenating, refreshing, cheering, clearing, cooling, inspiring, invigorating, stimulating and uplifting properties. It has ben used for skin conditions such as acne and herpes, insect bites, respiratory problems and to decongest the lymphatic system. You can find Lime essential oil in Riverstone Natural’s Aurora Perfume.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) Originates from Madagascar, Italy and is cold pressed from the rind to produce an appealing, gentle scent that promotes happiness. Mandarin may have properties of light antispasmodic, digestive tonic, antifungal and stimulates the bladder. It is rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied in over 90 clinical studies for its ability to combat tumour growth. Mandarin can be used for digestive problems, fluid retention, insomnia, anxiety, intestinal problems, and skin problems (congested and oily skin, scars, acne).*
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) has a woody, spicy aroma. A calming oil, it has a warming effect on both mind and body and soothes tense muscles after exercise. It is beneficial for occasional simple nervous tension* and may also be used for cooking. ORAC: 1,390,055 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per litre.
Lye – (Sodium Hydroxide) At the turn of the 20th Century water soaked in wood ash from fireplaces was collected in a pot. This “Pot Ash” contained a large enough quantity of potassium carbonate to saponify fats, and was used without further refining by our Canadian ancestors to make ‘soft soap’. Today most bar soaps are made with sodium hydroxide otherwise known as Caustic Soda (Lye), which comes from sodium chloride – common table salt collected from the earth’s oceans. EVERY soap (other than soap nuts and glycerin) is made by saponifying a fat of some kind with either Lye or Potassium Hydroxide. Chemistry does work in our favour on this one, though – oil is not what you would call, “a good cleaning agent” and Caustic Soda is also used as oven cleaner, (yuck!) But when the two are combined together, a chemical reaction takes place which creates the soap you are used to using in your home. This is one of the few times we’ll actually stick up for chemicals.
Melaleuca (alternifolia) – Natural Grown Pesticide Free is highly regarded for its wide range of uses. It supports the immune system and is beneficial for the skin. Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil, Melaleuca has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory action. It can be used for fungal infections, sinus/lung infections, tooth/gum disease, water retention/hypertension, and skin conditions (acne, sores).* Melaleuca, Tea Tree, is a key ingredient in Riverstone Naturals GREEN Deodorant, Immune Boost, and Inflammation Blend.
Melaleuca quinquenervia (Niaouli) originates from Austrailia and is steam distilled from leaves and twigs. Its properties include male hormone-like, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic. This form of Melaleuca can be used for hypertension, urinary tract/bladder infections, respiratory/sinus infections, and allergies.*
Myrrh (Commipihora myrrha) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free has a rich, smoky, balsamic aroma that is purifying, restorative, revitalizing, and uplifting. It is a helpful aid to meditation, having one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes available. Sesquiterpenes are a class of compounds that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala, the seat of our emotions. Myrrh is referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Arabian people believed it helped wrinkled, chapped, and cracked skin. Today, myrrh is widely used in oral hygiene products. It is a powerful antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiparasitic.* You can find Myrrh in Riverstone Naturals Carpal Tunnel Blend and Inflammation Blend.
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) Naturally Grown Pesticide Free has a clear, fresh, herbaceous scent, similar to eucalyptus. Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances and its soothing effects when inhaled. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.* We have included Myrtle in Riverstone Naturals Immune Boost for its amazing support of the immune system.
Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia) Naturally Grown Pesticide Free originates from Austrailia and is steam distilled from leaves and twigs. Niaouli has powerful Anti-infection, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-parasitic properties. Niaouli has been used to treat hypertension, urinary tract/bladder infections, respiratory/sinus infections, and allergies. * At Riverstone Naturals, we use Niaouli in our most popular deodorant, GREEN Deodorant!
Olive Oil – (Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil) – Extra-virgin Organic Olive oil is the highest quality olive oil. It is rich in cell-protecting phytonutrients and antioxidants. The word “virgin” indicates that the olives have been pressed to extract the oil; no heat or chemicals have been used during the extraction process, and the oil is pure and unrefined. Virgin olive oils are the healthiest since they contain the highest levels of polyphenols, antioxidants that have been linked with better health. Olive oil has been known for generations not only for its healing qualities but also as a natural, deep penetration moisturizer, regenerating skin cells and softening the tissue. Olive oil is known to provide amazing healing and moisturizing to dry, troubled skin, that is why we use it in our Healing Salve, Shave Oil, Shaving Soap, Olive Soap, Peppermint Olive Soap, Cinnamon & Clove Soap, and Honey Soap.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind. It is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.* Sweet Orange is one of the key ingredients in Riverstone Natural’s Shave Oil and Matty Perfume.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare, Origanum onites, Origanum minutiflorum, Origanum majorana) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free is one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. It contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system.* Oregano has powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an immune stimulant and anti-ageing as well. It is used for arthritis/rheumatism respiratory infectious diseases, infections/tuberculosis, and digestive problems.* We use Oregano in our Cold & Flu Blend and our Immune Boost Blend.
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) Naturally Grown Pesticide Free essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant. This oil can be stimulating and soothing to the body and mind. A relative of lemongrass, palmarosa has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral properties as well it supports heart and nervous systems, stimulates new skin cell growth, regulates sebum production in skin.* Palmarosa is a key ingredient in Riverstone Naturals PURPLE Deodorant for men & women.
Palm Oil (Elaeis guineensis) Organic Unrefined – Sustainably grown Our Organic Palm Oil makes a beautiful, long-lasting bar soap that cleans well and is a very good skin care oil. Palm Oil contains high amounts of fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and magnesium, offering amazing nutrition to your skin and body. Due to our concerns that the production of Palm Oil by some manufacturers is causing damage to the environment and those that live among it, we at Riverstone Studios are committed to purchase only Palm Oil that is only from a Certified Sustainable source, which must meet strict standards to ensure it is being produced in a way that is healthy for the environment. You can find sustainably sourced palm oil in our handmade soaps as well as in Riverstone Naturals Rejuvenation – Night Moisturizer.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), sometimes called “the scent of the sixties,” has a musky, earthy, exotic aroma. In Eastern cultures, it is commonly used around the house to provide general support for health and to help release negative emotions. It is very beneficial for the skin, helping to reduce a wrinkled or chapped appearance. Patchouli is a general tonic that supports the digestive system and soothes occasional queasiness. It is a natural relaxant and digestive aid that combats nausea, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and relieves itching* ORAC: of 494,271 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per litre.
Peppermint Leaves – (Mentha piperita) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and is widely used in beauty products because of its gentle cleansing and cooling properties. Peppermint contains bioflavonoids and exhibits antioxidant activity, therefore benefiting the entire body. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhoea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. Peppermint is known to kill some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, and may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.* Peppermint never seems to let us down, we love using it in Riverstone Naturals Peppermint Tension Blend, Healing Salve, Tooth Polish, Peppermint Olive Soap. and Crystal Perfume.
Pot Marigold – (Calendula officinalis) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free is widely used in homoeopathic remedies today. Calendula is a natural astringent, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, heals wounds, menstrual regulator, and stimulates bile production. When infused in oil, as we’ve done in Riverstone Naturals Healing Salve, Radiance – Day Moisturizer, and Shave Oil, Calendula is known to assist healing involving inflammation, dry skin, wounds, eczema, sore nipples in breastfeeding, scalds, sunburn, chilblains, hemorrhoids, and broken capillaries.
Prairie Sage (Artemisia frigida) – locally wild grown / wild crafted Prairie Sage’s silvery-grey leaves and tiny yellow blooms emit resins and oils that release a distinct sage aroma when rubbed together. Our hand picked Prairie Sage Smudge Bundles have been thoughtfully harvested, dried and wrapped in an organic cotton string with love and gratitude. Our Prairie Sage is hand cut and sustainably wildcrafted from our chemical free, natural prairie land in Saskatchewan. We are passionate to always harvest with future generations in mind, helping to improve the conditions and plant populations as we harvest.
Rose (Rosa centifolia) has a beautifully sweet, lush, exquisite honey-like aroma that is intoxicating and highly romantic. It helps bring balance and harmony with stimulating and uplifting properties that create a sense of well-being and self-confidence. Used for skin care for thousands of years, it is perfect for dry or ageing skin. Therapeutic-grade Rose oil also reduces scarring and can be used to treat hypertension, anxiety, viral infections, skin conditions and ulcers. You can find the amazingly exquisite aroma of rose in Riverstone Natural’s Sarah Perfume.
Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free has a lovely woody, floral scent that is comforting and soothing. It has a steadying and balancing effect on emotions and may help to uplift feelings of despair. It’s soothing and refreshing qualities make it a sought-after ingredient in skin care products. Rosewood is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal, a stimulant and it improves skin elasticity.* Rosewood is used in Riverstone Naturals BLUE Deodorant and PURPLE Deodorant offering an added antibacterial component second to none!
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) – Naturally Grown Pesticide Free has a fresh, herbaceous, sweet, slightly medicinal aroma. An energizing oil, it may be beneficial for helping to restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue. Rosemary is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal, stimulant, and improves skin elasticity.* Rosemary is a key ingredient in Riverstone Naturals Tooth Oil – a natural alternative to toothpaste, GREEN Deodorant, Peppermint Tension Blend and Immune Boost.
Sandalwood (Santalum album) has an exotic, sweet, warm, soft, earthy aroma. It enhances sleep, may help remove negative programming from the cells. It is high in sesquiterpenes that stimulate the pineal gland and the limbic region of the brain, the centre of emotions. The pineal gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, a powerful immune stimulant, and antitumoral agent. Sandalwood can be grounding and stabilizing. Its uses include cancer, viral infections (herpes simplex, herpes zoster, cold sores, human papillomavirus, etc., skin conditions (acne, wrinkles, scars, etc.) Sandalwood is a key component in our Matty, Sarah, Crystal, Sunshine and Aurora Perfumes.
Sage Leaf (Salvia Officinalis) – Organic Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. In the first century C.E. it was used by herbalists externally to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding. Internally, a tea made from sage leaves has had a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs; often by gargling. It was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother’s milk when nursing was stopped. It was particularly noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900. Sage has been used effectively for throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers. The phenolic acids in Sage are particularly potent against Staphylococcus aureus. In vitro, sage oil has been shown to be effective against both Escherichia coli and Salmonella species, and against filamentous fungi and yeasts such as Candida albicans. At Riverstone Naturals, we value Sage Leaf in our Tooth Polish and in our Prairie Sage Smudge Bundles.
Shea Butter – (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit Unrefined) Organic Unrefined Shea Butter is renowned for its skin moisturizing properties. Shea butter has been used for years to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, and stretch marks. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation. Shea butter also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Shea butter protects the skin from both environmental and free-radical damage, containing vitamins A and E, and has demonstrated both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. We have specifically chosen to use organic, unrefined shea butter in our Rejuvenate, Healing Salve, and Natural Lotion Bar knowing that you care about what is absorbed by your skin.
Spruce (Picea mariana – Natural Grown Pesticide Free) is softer and sweeter in aroma than other evergreen oils. It is refreshing, invigorating, and strengthening. It is supportive of the respiratory and nervous systems. Spruce is antispasmodic, antiparasitic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hormone-like, cortisone-like, immune stimulant. It also has a long history of use in the sauna, steam bath, and as an additive to baths or massage oils.*
Stevia Leaf (Stevia rebaudiana / Rebaudioside A) – During the 1970’s with artificial sweeteners getting a bad report for being carcinogenic, Japan began cultivating Stevia as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. Based on an anonymous complaint, the FDA banned the import and sale of pure unrefined Stevia leaves. As a result, to date, all Stevia sweeteners are processed to extract a specific compound called Rebaudioside A. Rebaudioside A compound is the only allowed product to be sold and used today. Rebaudioside A has the least bitterness of all the steviol glycosides in the Stevia rebaudiana plant. To produce rebaudioside A commercially, stevia plants are dried and subjected to a water extraction process. This crude extract contains about 50% rebaudioside A. The various glycosides are separated and purified via crystallization techniques.
St. John’s Wort Millepertuis – (Hypericum perforatum – Local Grown OR Natural Grown Pesticide Free) It is said that St. John’s Wort takes its name from the knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who used it to treat wounds on Crusade battlefields. Referred to “heal-all”, it is a key component of Riverstone Studio’s Healing Salve. St. John’s Wort cream or salve can be used for localized nerve pains, such as sciatica, sprains, and cramps or to help relieve breast engorgement during lactation. It can also be used as an antiseptic and is capable of stopping the bleeding when applied to scrapes, sores, and ulcers. St. John’s Wort is an astringent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and restorative tonic for the nervous system.
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is a calming essential oil with a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to orange. It helps with occasional nervous irritability. An excellent oil to help uplift the spirit and bring about a sense of security, tangerine is also rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene. The properties of tangerine include antitumoral, relaxant, antispasmodic, digestive aid, and circulatory enhancer. It is used for insomnia, irritability, liver problems, digestive problems, parasites, fluid retention, anxiety, and obesity. * You can find Tangerine in Riverstone Natural’s Matty Perfume and Sarah Perfume.
Turmeric Root (Curcuma Longa), is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butter, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-coloured chemical called curcumin, which is often used to colour foods and cosmetics. Tumeric is known for being anti-inflammatory when both ingested or applied to the skin and has been shown to be beneficial for pain, sprains and swellings, bruising, bites, infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions, skin sores, and infected wounds making it an ideal ingredient to use for daily protection and use in reducing swollen, puffy eyes.*
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides – Natural Grown Pesticide Free) has a heavy, earthy fragrance similar to patchouli with a touch of lemon. Vetiver oil is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing. One of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behaviour. Vetiver may help when coping with stress and to recover from emotional trauma and shock. It is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, relaxant, circulatory stimulant. Vetiver is used for ADHD, anxiety, rheumatism/arthritis, depression (including postpartum), insomnia, and for skin care (oily, ageing, acne, wrinkles).* You can find Vetiver in Riverstone Natual’s Aurora, and Matty Perfumes.
Water – (Aqua – Rain Water) – A majority of our products are made using oils as a base. One of the issues with using water is shelf life. Any liquid product using water as a base will contain some type of preservative. A common way of naturally preserving products with water is to use Witch Hazel. Although this works well, we have found a large number of people with allergic reactions to Witch Hazel – so…If we can’t make a safe product, we simply don’t make it. The ONLY place we use water in our products is for making our bar soaps. For this, we use rain water purified through activated charcoal and ceramic filters to help keep us as close to nature and without chemicals found in municipal drinking water supplies.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens – Natural Grown Pesticide Free) has a sweet, minty scent. The oil is distilled from the small evergreen herb’s leaves. The refreshing, clean taste of wintergreen has made it a favourite in flavouring numerous products. Wintergreen contains the same active ingredient (methyl salicylate) as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing head tension and muscles after exercising. Wintergreen is anticoagulant, antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, analgesic/anaesthetic, reduces blood pressure, all types of pain. It is used for arthritis/rheumatism, muscle/nerve pain, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and hepatitis/fatty liver.* You can find the refreshing aroma of wintergreen in Riverstone Natural’s Carpal Tunnel Blend and Crystal Perfume.
Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata – Natural Grown Pesticide Free) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favourite. In Indonesia, the petals are often strewn across a marriage bed. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. It has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote luxuriant hair. Ylang-ylang is antispasmodic, vaso-dilating, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic and regulates heartbeat. It is used for cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac problems, anxiety, hypertension, depression, hair loss, intestinal problems.* You can find Ylang-ylang in Riverstone Natural’s Shave Oil, Matty Perfume, and Sarah Perfume.
*The information on these pages are an abridgement of the Essential Oils Desk Reference 5th Edition compiled by Life Science Publishing, copyright April 2011 and from Young Living Essential Oils. This information is designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and Riverstone Studios are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and Riverstone Studios shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. Anyone pregnant, suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional. The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.