Our Ingredients

Our carefully selected natural raw ingredients are plant-based and of the highest quality available. They are chosen for their superior ability to hydrate, nourish, repair, and protect skin. Considerable thought is placed on using ingredients that are non-irritating, non-toxic, eco-friendly, sustainable, locally sourced, and vegan. We do not use synthetic chemicals or synthetic fragrances in any of our products.

Bamboo charcoal and powder on wooden table

Activated charcoal

Used as a natural colourant in some of our cold-processed soaps, our pure premium steam-activated activated charcoal powder is made from coconut shells.

Aloe vera plant

Aloe vera leaf juice aloe barbadensis

Aloe vera is a species of succulent from the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and vitamins and is well known for its healing, moisturising, and soothing properties.

Fresh apricots

Apricot kernel oil prunus armeniaca

Apricot kernel oil is well known for its excellent moisturising and soothing qualities and is easily absorbed into the skin. The oil is rich in vitamins A, C, and E as well as the essential linoleic and oleic fatty acids which protect the skin from free radical damage due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Argan-oil

Argan oil argania spinosa

Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the Argan tree, found exclusively in Morocco, and is well-known for its excellent moisturising, restorative, and anti-ageing benefits. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and omega 6, it has been used for centuries by the women of Morocco as part of their daily skin and hair care routines.  Argan oil has demonstrated anti-ageing effects on the skin through measurable improvements in skin elasticity when applied daily.

avocado oil

Avocado oil persea gratissima

Avocado oil is widely renowned for its skin regenerating and rejuvenating qualities with studies revealing that this oil can significantly increase the levels of collagen found under the skin helping fight the signs of aging. Avocado oil is extremely rich in vitamins A, D, and E, monounsaturated fatty acids, lecithin, potassium, and sterolins, which are reputed to reduce the presence of age spots, heal sun damage and scarring, as well as moisturising and softening the skin.

bakuchiol

Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia (Babchi) plant found in eastern Asia. Bakuchiol has shown promising results in recent studies, with many calling it the “new natural alternative to retinol”. Bakuchiol is a potent antioxidant, and it has been shown to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin discolourations, from environmental exposure.  As well as being a potent antioxidant, bakuchiol boasts anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a very good option for banishing acne-causing bacteria and reducing swelling in acne-prone and sensitive skin. Offering similar benefits to retinol, but without the negative side effects, bakuchiol is a very popular ingredient in anti-ageing skincare.

brassica

Brassica Alcohols

Brassica alcohols are fatty alcohols naturally derived from waxes found in plants from the Cabbage (Brassica) family.⁠ Fatty alcohols are a necessary ingredient in skincare products helping to improve the stability and texture of a formulation. Examples of common fatty alcohols found in nearly all skincare products are cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, and cetostearyl alcohol. These are all derived from palm oil.  Brassica alcohols are a natural, palm-free alternative which Scenturie uses in all its skincare products.

cacay-seed-oil

Cacay seed oil caryodendron orinocense

Cacay oil has recently been touted as the new ‘miracle’ oil in skin care. It absorbs easily into the skin and is rich in vitamins A, E, and retinol. It is believed to contain three times more retinol than other popular anti-aging oils including rosehip, and 50 percent more vitamin E and linoeic acid than argan oil. Linoleic oil is an omega-6 fatty acid that makes up the protective outer membrane of healthy skin cells. The human body can’t make this fatty acid on its own, so we have to obtain it from food or absorb it topically. Vitamin E is required by the skin for nourishment and healing, and its anti-oxidant effect protects against free radicals.

Calendula. Marigold flower with leaf

Calendula flowers calendula officinali

Calendula, also known as the ‘pot marigold’, is native to the Mediterranean region. It is widely used as a medicinal plant for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and it is well known for its antioxidant, skin soothing, and healing properties.

Castor oil plant

Castor oil ricinus communis

Castor oil has been used for thousands of years for its pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties making it a powerful natural treatment for a variety of health issues. Castor oil contains Vitamin E, various essential proteins, and high levels of omega 6 & 9 that are the key components responsible for healthy skin and hair.

Raw olives and olive oil

Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate

A safe, hypoallergenic emulsifier developed from natural olive derivatives.

cosmetic clay mud powders

Clays

As well as imparting beautiful natural colour to our cold-processed soaps our 100% natural active clay minerals have been shown to have detoxifying, anti-aging, and antioxidant properties, as well as improving skin elasticity and oil sebum control.

close-up of a coconuts with oil.

Coconut oil cocos nucifera

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, and vitamins A and E, which help to hydrate, smooth, and nourish the skin. Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and highly moisturizing, and it is popular in beauty products for its renowned healing properties.

Fresh coconut oil in glassware

Coconut oil (fractionated) capric/caprylic triglyceride

Capric caprylic triglyceride (CCT or MCT) can be derived from palm or coconut oil however only coconut derived product may be referred to as fractionated coconut oil. Caprylic acid is one of the three fatty acids found in coconut oil. It is a medium-chain fatty acid with potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has excellent emollient properties and rapidly penetrates the skin forming a barrier on the skin’s surface and slowing the loss of water.

fresh cucumber slices

Cucumber seed oil cucumis sativus

Cucumber seed oil contains high levels of oleic acid and omega 3 linoleic acid, and is rich in antioxidants, and phytosterols which help to stimulate skin cell regeneration, strengthen the skin lipid barrier, and restore natural moisture balance. This balance is essential is smoothing the skin, and improving skin elasticity.

cosmetic liquid with bubbles

Dehydroacetic acid and benzyl alcohol

Globally approved for the gentle preservation of all personal care products. Permitted by NATRUE as a nature identical preservative in ecological and organic certified cosmetics, ECOCERT & COSMOS compliant, Soil Association approved.

Fresh coconut oil in glassware

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants that capture the plant’s scent or “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. The essential oils used in our products are of exceptional quality and are guaranteed to be 100% pure and authentic.

Oenothera flower isolated.

Evening primrose oil oenothera biennis

Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid found in plant oils, and is reputed to be an excellent oil for dry, irritated, and mature skin.

Fig on tree between the leaves

Fig extract ficus caria

Figs are very high in antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, Potassium, Calcium Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. Research has shown figs to have collagen-stabilising, skin-hydrating and skin-toning effects. 

Glycerine

Glycerine glycerol

Glycerine is a humectant which draws moisture to the skin giving it outstanding hydrating and moisturizing properties. The glycerine used in our products is palm-free and plant-based manufactured from rapeseed oil.

grapeseed-oil

Grapeseed oil vitis vinifera

Grape seed oil is known for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, and contains high amounts of omega fatty acids (especially omega-6) and anti-oxidant rich vitamin E which are crucial to healthy skin function and appearance.

green tea leaf extract

Green tea extract camelia sinensis

Research has established that the topical application of green tea extract is extremely beneficial for the skin. The high level of polyphenols in green tea provide potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show significant promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. ⁠Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a unique plant compound and one of the active constituents of green tea, is thought to be responsible for its many health and appearance benefits, both orally and topically. Research suggests that catechins, like EGCG, may play a role in protecting our cells from damage and preventing disease.⁠ Studies have also shown topical application of green tea to be beneficial for a broad range of applications including aging, oily skin, acne and as a mild exfoliator.

hemp seed oil

Hemp Seed Oil (NZ) cannabis sativa

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is high in omega acids 3, 6, and 9, all of which help repair the skin barrier and form a seal over the skin to retain moisture. Hemp seed oil works as a humectant drawing moisture to the skin and providing deep hydration. Its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties make it beneficial in treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne scarring, and dry skin.

Hyaluronic acid (plant derived) hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in human tissues but it decreases as we age. Its ability to attract and hold 1000 times its weight in water allows it to greatly improve skin hydration, stimulate collagen synthesis, and regenerate skin cells, leading to the reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Glass bottle with jojoba oil and seeds

Jojoba oil simmondsia chinensis

Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and is similar in composition to human sebum making it well-tolerated by most skin types. It is very nourishing and protective and penetrates the skin easily helping to reduce water loss through the skin by forming a protective film. It has proven anti-inflammatory effects.

Kanuka-oil

Kānuka oil kunzea ericoides

Kānuka oil is steam distilled from the leaves and small stems of wild growing Kunzea ericoides (Kānuka) plants native to New Zealand. Kānuka oil was traditionally used by the Maori people of New Zealand for medicinal purposes. It has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

kiwifruit seed oil

Kiwifruit Seed Oil Actinidia chinensis

Kiwifruit seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids with high concentrations of alpha- linoleic acid (ALA / Omega 3), which assists in providing ultra-moisturising and nourishing properties to treat dry, ageing, and damaged skin. Kiwifruit seed oil is high in Vitamins C and E which may help boost the formation of collagen to improve skin elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

neroli

Neroli hydrosol citrus aurantium amara

Neroli hydrosol, also known as ‘orange flower water’, is an end- product of the distillation of neroli essential oil. Neroli is made from the blossoms of bitter orange and along with rose and jasmine is one of the most highly valued essential oils available, Neroli is well known for its calming and relaxing effects on the mind and body.

Green olives with leaves

Olive oil olea europaea

As well as having antibacterial properties, olive oil is extremely rich in antioxidants and is full of fat-soluble vitamins. Most of our soap range contains large quantities of olive oil for its deeply nourishing and moisturising qualities, but also because it is extremely mild and non-irritating to the skin.

Pohutakawa bark extract

Pohutakawa bark extract metrosideros excelsas

The Pohutakawa tree (also known as ‘The New Zealand Christmas Tree’) is a coastal evergreen tree native to New Zealand. Pohutakawa bark was traditionally used by the Maori people of New Zealand for medicinal purposes. The bark extract contains ellagic acid which has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

pomegranate

Pomegranate seed oil punica granatum

Pomegranate seed oil is well known for its high concentration of polyphenols (micronutrients) and for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Powerful antioxidants such as punic acid (omega 5), Vitamin K, C, B6, folate and potassium promote the production of collagen and elastin, and assist in the skins regenerative processes. Pomegranate seed oil has been used to heal blemishes and scars, reverse skin damage, and calm eczema and psoriasis.

Raspberry - fruit-extract

Raspberry fruit extract

Raspberries are rich in ellagic acid, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and anthocyanins all of which are potent antioxidants that help to protect the skin and slow the visible signs of aging.

Research has shown topical application of red raspberry extract helps skin defend itself in the presence of UVB light as well as inhibiting enzymes in skin that can lead to signs of discolorations and loss of firmness. The daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect skin from exposure to UV light is always recommended.

ripe raspberry

Raspberry seed oil rubus idaeus

Raspberry seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids including Omega 3 and 6. It is deeply nourishing to the skin and works well in protective and restoring formulations for dry, damaged and irritated skin.

yellow paddy rice

Rice bran oil oryza sativa

Rice Bran Oil is extracted from the germ and inner husk of brown rice. It is rich in fatty acids and natural vitamin E.

rose hips isolated

Rosehip oil rosa canina

Rosehip oil’s main claim to fame is its high levels of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a key nutrient for maintaining healthy skin, assisting skin cell renewal, and helping to repair and protect the skin from sun damage. Rosehip oil is also a rich source of vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin C.  Rosehip oil has a deeply nourishing and regenerating effect on ageing, inflamed, sun-damaged, and dehydrated skin.

Sea buckthorn. Fresh ripe berry with leaves

Sea buckthorn fruit oil hippophae rhamnoides

Sea buckthorn fruit oil is extracted from the berries of the Sea Buckthorn plant, a small shrub that grows at high altitudes in the northwest Himalayan region. The oil is a dark orange/ red colour due to its extremely high concentration of carotenoids, a nutrient that has been proven in studies to improve skin elasticity with daily topical application. Sea buckthorn fruit oil is also a rich source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K & P, and is one of the only plant foods known to provide all four omega fatty acids 3, 6, 7, & 9. This unique composition of carotenoids, vitamins, fatty acids, and complex lipids deeply nourish, tone, and firm the deep layers of the skin, and stimulate regenerative processes in the epidermis.

Shea-butter

Shea butter butyrospermum parkii

Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the shea (Karite) tree (Butyrospermum parkii) native to West Africa. Shea butter has been used as part of skin care for centuries and contains essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. It has high concentrations of vitamins A, E, and F which promote strong antioxidant activity and help prevent premature aging. Shea also contains linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic fatty acids which are important nutrients that help to balance natural skin oils, promote circulation, and stimulate skin cell regeneration.
Shea butter is extremely moisturising and has a low comedogenic rating meaning that it absorbs easily into skin layers and will not clog pores. It is therefore suitable for most skin types including sensitive skin. Shea has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to minimise skin irritation caused by environmental factors and certain inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.

cosmetic liquid with bubbles

Sodium lactate sodium lactate

Sodium lactate is a liquid salt that is naturally derived from the fermentation of natural sugars. It is used in our cold process soaps to help produce a harder bar that lasts longer in the shower.
Young barley and chlorella spirulina

Spirulina powder

Spirulina is a natural blue-green algae superfood that provides a rich source of beneficial nutrients. It also imparts a lovely natural green colour to our Mitre Peak soap.

olive squalane

Squalane (Olive derived)

Squalane is found naturally in the human skin and blood, but can also be found in olives, rice bran, and wheat germ. With a molecular structure close to the skin’s own, squalane oil penetrates deep into the pores where it targets skin care concerns at a cellular level. It is a highly effective emollient locking moisture into the skin and providing superior hydration. Its natural antioxidant properties fight off skin-damaging free radicals that contribute to the signs of aging. Anti-inflammatory benefits help with skin conditions such as acne and eczema. 

sunflower

Sunflower oil helianthus annuus

Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower and is a light, well-absorbed oil with high quantities of skin loving linoleic and oleic fatty acids, and rich in vitamins A and E. It has excellent emollient and antioxidant properties to help with skin nourishment and protection.

almonds

Sweet almond oil prunus amygdalus dulcis

Sweet almond oil has many excellent qualities for skin care. It is rich in linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids, glucosides, minerals, and vitamins – all of which are essential for skin nourishment. A renowned emollient, almond oil also helps to balance moisture loss.

Top view of baking soda bowl

Titanium dioxide

A naturally occurring mineral that is mined from the earth, processed, and refined. We use it as a natural white colourant in some of our cold-processed soaps.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E oil tocopherols

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin found in many different plant oils and throughout the body where it acts as an antioxidant to prevent the oxidation of lipids. We include Vitamin E oil in our skin care products for the antioxidant benefits and to naturally prolong the life of our products.

water drops on blue water

Water aqua

We use pure New Zealand distilled water in our products.

baking soda

Xanthan gum

Naturally derived from the fermentation of glucose or corn syrup, xanthan gum conditions the skin and is commonly used as an emulsion stabiliser or thickener.

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