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DayBreak Lavender Farm

Daybreak Lavender Farm's

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HERBAL & BOTANICAL DICTIONARY



At DayBreak Lavender Farm, we think there is something magical about nature. We capture that magic in each of our luxurious handmade, natural bath and body products. We source our ingredients from around the world and believe that excellence is a practice not an accident. That is why our motto is: "Exquisite ingredients lavishly used."

This Natural Ingredients Dictionary is a good reference for definitions and descriptions of the benefits of our natural ingredients. It is important to remember, when using natural bath and body products, that some people may have allergies to even natural ingredients. Oils derived from nuts, for example, are found in many natural skincare products, and people with nut allergies should use caution.

We strongly recommend you purchase a more extensive herbal reference. Amazon offer many used editions. We recommend especially ...
  • The Complete Guide To Herbal Medicines by Charles W. Detrow, Juan R. Avila, Pocket Books
  • A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieve, (Volume 1, A-H) and (Volume 2, I-Z), Dover, 1930. She has stood the test of time and gives great histories and traditional uses.
If you have any questions regarding any of the natural ingredients in our handmade bath and body products and organic soap, please contact us.

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Almond Oil, Sweet (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) - Sweet Almond Oil is obtained form the dried kernels of the Almond Tree, which is native to Asia and the Mediterranean. With no scent, almond oil is a great emollient, softening and conditioning skin, while balancing its loss and absorption of moisture. has been known to relieve itchy, dry and inflamed skin.

Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe Barbadensis) - Commonly called the 'first aid' plant, aloe gel comes from the inner part of aloe vera leaves. Aloe gel is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties to the skin.

Alpha-hydroxy Acid - Promotes smoother skin by increasing the rate of cell turnover. Also enhances the penetration of moisturizing emollients and water into upper skin layers.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate - A mild and gentle foaming agent derived from coconut oil.

Angelica Extract (Angelica Archangelica) - Referred to in medieval texts as the 'angelic herb', angelica was believed to cure one of all ills. Extracts from the root and leaves of angelica have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in skin healing.

Angelica Oil (Angelica Archangelica) - An essential oil extracted from the roots and seeds of angelica. It has a fresh green and slightly spicy character that imparts a velvety tone to the fragrance. Angelica oil beats fatigue and stress-related tension while clarifying and soothing the skin.

Anise Oil (Pimpinella Anisum) - Native to Egypt and the Mediterranean region, this herb and its seeds have been valued since ancient times for its fragrance, flavor and medicinal properties. Anise is prized for its stimulating properties that improve digestion and benefit circulation. Its essential oil has warm, spicy, and sweet characteristics.

Antioxidant - Ingredients which inhibit reactions with oxygen and some free radical species. Oxygen and free radical reactions have been shown to cause premature aging of the skin and cellular decay.

Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca) - Apricot Kernel Oil has moisturizing, nourishing, and revitalizing properties. With its high Vitamin A content, Apricot Kernel Oil is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature, and sensitive skin. This light but rich oil spreads easily and is therefore prized for use in massage therapy.

Arnica (Arnica Montana) - The large orange flowers of this mountain botanical contain henalin, a strong anti-inflammatory agent that also increases blood circulation to help build healthy skin tissue.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) - Helps to reverse the visible signs of aging by stimulating collagen synthesis in skin. Also an essential vitamin critical to health and well-being, and a vital antioxidant. When applied to skin, Vitamin C is believed to aid skin cells in repairing and reproducing themselves. It is also thought to help stimulate production of collagen, enhancing skin smoothness and elasticity. This vitamin is excellent for skin showing signs of aging. DayBreak uses Vitamin C powder (Ascorbic Acid) in several of our handmade bath and body care treatments.

Avocado (Persea americana) - Avocado oil is highly therapeutic oil rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Skin problems, especially eczema, are reputed to respond well to it high vitamin content.

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Babassu (Orbignya barbosiana) - Babassu oil has been used for centuries to soothe dry skin, and comes from the fruit kernels of the Babassu palm native to the southeastern Amazon region of Brazil. Babassu oil is a superior emollient beneficial for both dry and oily complexions, gently moisturizing the skin without contributing to an oily sheen. It's especially suitable for eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin. It contains glycosides, vitamins and minerals and makes a great massage oil. Use it in lotion bars, lotions, balms and of course, soap. It saponifies easily and yields a mild soap with good lather. It can be used as a large percentage of the fats or as an oil added at trace

Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea) - This medium-sized evergreen generally reaches 40-60 feet tall. The dried needles are added to our bath teas for their balancing, refreshing, and elevating properties.

Basil Oil (Ocimum basilicum) - This essential oil is has a stimulating effect on the skin and is used to refresh tired, congested skin. In aromatherapy, it's used to relieve intellectual fatigue and treat nervous disorders and depression. Its aroma is uplifting, clarifying, and strengthening.

Beeswax - With the sweet smell of honey, Beeswax adds many wonderful properties to various body care products. Harvested with no harm to our little bee friends, beeswax is an essential ingredient in many DayBreak products. We are particularly partial to"old comb beeswax" which has been in the hive over 12 months and is rich in"bee goo" such as propolis and other bee miracles.

Biopein® - Biopein® is a natural preservative with potent organism inhibiting properties. It is a proprietary blend of natural plant extracts that effectively protects water-based products from bacteria and fungi. It is a much more expensive preservative system but DayBreak is proud to make this investment in your health. For more information please visit www.Bio-Botanica.com, creators of Biopein®.

Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis) - Borage leaves and flowering tops contain a high amount of mucilage, a soothing emollient for the skin. It is also used to remove impurities from clogged pores. The seeds of borage are rich in rejuvenating gamma-linolenic acid, a heavyweight emollient that helps prevent trans-epidermal moisture loss.

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Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) - An essential vitamin for healthy metabolism, and well known for its conditioning benefits for skin and hair.

Calendula - Also known as Pot Marigold, this cheerful yellow blossom is revered for its reputed ability to ease skin ailments. DayBreak uses Calendula petals as part of our famous 3 C Tea – Calendula, Chamomile and Comfrey. We also use the dried petals in several of our natural bath and body products.

Calendula Extract (Calendula Officinalis) - Extracts from calendula flowers have been prized for centuries for their antiinflammatory, soothing, and healing properties to the skin.

Cardamom Oil (Elettaria Cardamomum) - Extracted from the seeds of the cardamom plant, this essential oil is uplifting, refreshing and stimulating and is traditionally used to stimulate digestion.

Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus) - Also known as Irish moss, this red seaweed offers soothing benefits to the skin and is also a natural thickener and stabilizer in cosmetic and food products.

Carrot Extract (Daucus Carota Sativa) - An extract from the carrot root containing vitamins A, E and beta-carotene that works to protect tissues from damage caused by free radicals, moisturize and condition the skin.

Cassis Oil (Ribes Nigrum) - Vitamin-rich, fragrant oil that delivers antioxidants to skin.

Castor Oil (Ricinus communis) - Derived from the castor bean and obtained by cold pressure, Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids that are very moisturizing to the skin. This oil acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to skin. In the Canary Islands, nursing mothers use this oil to prevent nipple soreness.

Cedar Oil (Juniperus Virginiana) - This oil is a gentle astringent and provides stimulatory effects to skin while reducing stress and tension. The giant evergreen Cedar trees can grow to be 120 to150 feet tall. DayBreak uses pure Cedarwood Essential Oil for its stress-relieving, meditative, and harmonizing qualities.

Cetyl Alcohol - A natural emulsifier derived from plants.

Chamomile Extract (Anthemis Nobilis) - A widely used botanical renowned for its medicinal benefits. This extract from the flower heads is prized for its anti-inflammatory, soothing, and healing properties to the skin. An excellent skin care remedy. The small Chamomile plant has yellow and white flowers that resemble mini-daisies. These blossoms are dried and included in our toiletries and culinary tea blends for their soothing and revitalizing properties.

Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis) - This essential oil is extracted from the flowers of Roman chamomile and contains azulene and alpha-bisabolol, effective anti-inflammatory and healing compounds. Chamomile oil has calming and relaxing effects on the mind and body as well as soothing, restorative, and healing benefits to the skin.

Cinnamon Oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) - Provides stimulating, antiseptic and invigorating properties to the body; also a circulatory stimulant.

Citric Acid - This natural powder is derived from citrus fruit. Often Citric Acid is used to adjust pH balance in body care products. Citric Acid also has astringent qualities making it useful for natural bath and body preparations and skin fresheners.

Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea) - Extracted from the flowering tops, this essential oil is used in treating oily or inflamed skin with its gentle antiseptic, vitalizing and soothing activity. Its scent is euphoric and relaxing, discouraging nervous tension.

Clove Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus) - Extracted from clove buds, this oil offers clarity to the mind and antiseptic, and pain-relieving benefits to the skin.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine - A naturally derived mild foaming agent that stabilizes viscosity and acts as a conditioner.

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) – Originating from the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and Africa, in its natural state, the Cocoa Tree can grow to 35 to 40 feet in height and bears flowers and fruits all year long. Inside these fruits are the raw seeds called cocoa beans. Cocoa Butter is obtained using pressure to extract the moisturizing substance from cocoa beans. Cocoa Butter is a rich emollient with excellent skin softening and conditioning properties.

Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) - Coconut Oil is obtained from the"copra," or dried meat of coconut. The copra is separated from the hull of the coconut. It is dried, crushed and then expressed to remove the oil. Coconut Oil is a vital ingredient in our natural soap formulas, lending hardness and lather to the soap.

Comfrey Extract (Symphytum Officinale) - An extract from comfrey leaves that has anti-inflammatory activity and contains allantoin, a powerful healing agent that stimulates cell proliferation. One of the 3 botanicals used in DayBreak's famous 3 C Tea, an infusion of Comfrey, Chamomile and Calendula.

Coriander Oil (Coriandrum Sativum) - This oil from crushed coriander seeds offers stimulating and revitalizing properties that clear toxins and increase circulation and digestion.

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Decyl Glucoside - A corn-derived mild surfactant for gentle cleansing of the skin.

Dimethicone - An excellent emollient that imparts a dry, smooth feel.

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate - A very mild surfactant that is gentle on skin.

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Echinacea Extract (Echinacea Angustifolia) - Also know as Coneflower, this native American prairie plant is well known among herbalists for its wide-spectrum benefits, which include boosting the immune system, antiseptic properties, and healing and restoring the skin.

Elder Flower Extract (Sambucus Nigra) - Often called the 'cosmetic tree' by herbalists, extracts from the elder tree flowers will aid in complexion beauty by reducing swelling and softening the skin.

Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) - Mineral compound that brings the metabolic benefits of magnesium to the skin. In the bath, Epsom Salts have a soothing effect because they rebalance pressure across the body, which helps to improve circulation. When absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath salt soak, Epsom Salt is believed to draw toxins from the body, reduce swelling, and relax muscles.

Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalptus Globulus) - This oil obtained from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree is known for its strong antiseptic and healing effect. Its fresh aromatic fragrance is stimulating and cleansing for the senses. The Eucalyptus tree grows to average heights approaching 100 feet. The silvery-green leaves are dried and included in our natural, handmade bath tub tea blends. Eucalyptus is often used as an antiseptic and decongestant and is believed to relieve cold and flu symptoms. In skincare, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is employed for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis) - This oil, rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), is an excellent moisturizer to help maintain a soft, pliable and youthful appearance of skin. This plant has been used for many years by North American Indian shamans to make infusions for the healing of wounds. Evening Primrose Oil has superb moisturizing properties and is believed to be effective in helping with eczema and psoriasis. DayBreak uses this therapeutic oil in all our Only products such as Only Face Feed, Only Pore Seal & Protect.

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Galbanum Oil (Ferula Galbaniflua) - This aromatic resin prized since biblical times is most commonly used in incense, but it is also well known for use in healing wounds and inflammations, toning the skin and deterring wrinkles.

Geranium Oil (Geranium Maculatum) - Well known for its skin care benefits, the essential oil from geranium leaves is antiseptic, toning, anti-inflammatory, cleansing, stimulating and recommended for most skin types. In aromatherapy, it is used to help relieve nervous tension and prevent insomnia.

Ginger Extract (Zingiber Officinale) - A stimulating and energizing herb that both strengthens and enlivens the body with its tonic properties. Our organic ginger extract stimulates circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties that work to restore the skin's natural radiance.

Ginseng Extract (Panax Ginseng) - A revitalizing botanical extract from ginseng root. Panax ginseng is an ancient Taoist tonic herb that imparts tone and elasticity to the skin.

Glycerin - An odorless, colorless, syrupy derivative of olive oil, Glycerin is sweet tasting, warming to the skin, and edible. A humectant derived from vegetable fatty acids that draws vital moisture to the skin to make it more flexible and pliable.

Goat's Milk has long been known as a rej uvenator and a moisturizer of human skin. Goat's milk is the only milk containing capric-capryllic triglyceride which helps moisturize the skin, contributing to its softness. Our goat's milk soap and creams are extra gentle and nourishing, bringing this ancient legacy to life.

Grapefruit Oil, Pink & Regular (Citrus Paradisi) - Grapefruit is the fruit of a tree that can grow to over 20 feet in height. Grapefruit Essential Oil is pressure extracted from the rinds and used in aromatherapy for its invigorating, uplifting, and stimulating properties. Grapefruit is also often used in cellulite treatments.

Grapefruit Extract (Citrus Paradisi) - An extract from the fruit of Citrus paradisi, it is known for its tonic, cleansing and exfoliating benefits to skin.

Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera) - This oil is an ecologically sound product, making good use of the seeds of grapes after the wine is pressed. Grapeseed Oil is high in Vitamin E and Omega 6 fatty acids. This oil is very rich in vitamins and minerals, including natural chlorophyll and valuable antioxidants. Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well, and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Wonderful for those with skin sensitivities, because of its natural non-allergenic properties.

Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis) - Rich in antioxidants, including vitamins C, E, and polyphenols, this extract helps to neutralize tissue-damaging free radicals and soothes irritated skin.

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Hazelnut Oil (Corylus Avellana) - Hazelnut oil is known for its astringent qualities and because of this, it is best used for those who have oily skin but do want to abstain from using oils. We should also highlight that this makes a lovely carrier oil for those of us who want to add its benefits to our essential oil experience.

Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa) Exceptionally rich oil high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins. This oil has a pleasant nutty smell, deep green color, and absorbs well into the skin. It makes a marvelous cosmetic grade oil and because of its nutritional value, we recommend its use as a base ingredient for skin care recipes which require healing and regenerative ingredients.

Hibiscus Extract (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) - A botanical extract from the bright red hibiscus flower, rich in anthocyanins, vitamin C and other alpha-hydroxy acids. This extract acts as a refreshing exfoliant and soothes skin.

Honey - Don't let the stickiness scare you away. Enriched with minerals, vitamins and amino acids, Honey is believed to be moisturizing, softening, and healing for the skin. Honey is also used in natural remedies for its antibacterial properties. Rich in many essential nutrients including vitamins C, D and E, honey is also a natural humectant that draws moisture to the skin.

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Jojoba Oil (Buxus Chinensis) - Jojoba Pronounced,"Ho-ho-ba." Jojoba Oil is an excellent moisturizer and is ideal for all skin types. Jojoba contains myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory qualities. In reality, Jojoba Oil is not oil at all, but rather a liquid wax. Since it is comprised of wax esters, it is an extremely stable substance, naturally resisting rancidity. In most cases, Jojoba Oil can be used on acne skin without any problems and may even help control the acne. Jojoba Oil is also a good choice for use on mature, aging skin and wrinkles. With so many good benefits, Jojoba is an all-time favorite and is included in DayBreak's natural bath and body products wherever possible. It is bright and golden in color and is regarded as the most favored in the carrier oil family because of its advanced molecular stability. Also makes a great scalp cleanser for the hair, and is equally wonderful for the skin because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skins own sebum.

Juniper (Juniperis Communis) - The Juniper is a thorny bush with long dark needles and produces a brownish-black berry. DayBreak uses Juniper berry Essential Oil as well as dried Juniper berries for their purifying and astringent qualities.

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Kukui Nut oil (Aleurites moluccans) - The Kukui nut tree is the official tree of Hawaii and has been used by natives of this island for hundreds of years. They recognized the oil's high penetrability and soothing properties and currently they put it to use in helping sooth sunburns and chapped skin. A fabulous ingredient for your cosmetics, or as a stand-alone application Kukui nut oil contains very high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic. This oil is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs and is particularly good for dry skin, psoriasis, acne and eczema.

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Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia) - An essential oil extracted from the fragrant lavender flowers and buds. Regarded as the most versatile essence in aromatherapy, it is well known for its calming and relaxing action. It is also believed to have healing and disinfecting qualities. DayBreak uses dried buds and the essential oil from Lavender in many of our bath preparations.

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) - Also called sweet balm, the oil from this plant has a fragrant lemon scent with a hint of mint, and has properties that soothe and tone the skin.

Lemon Oil (Citrus Limonum) - This oil expressed from fresh lemon peel has astringent, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties that clean, tone and rejuvenate the skin. Its fragrance is uplifting and refreshing. - The Lemon Tree is relatively small, growing only to average heights of 10 to 16 feet. It has fragrant blossoms with white exteriors and purple interiors. The fruit, which first appears green, ripens to a golden yellow. DayBreak uses dried Lemon Rind and Lemon Essential Oil for their stimulating, refreshing, and purifying properties and high Vitamin C content.

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia Triphylla) - The small Verbena tree is traditionally cultivated in Provence and harvested between May and July. The bright lemony fragrance comes from the leaves, which DayBreak adds to several of its unique soaps and balms. Verbena will energize and refresh as well as banish tiredness and worry. One of nature's richest treasures, Verbena is considered a symbol of good fortune.

Lemongrass Extract (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) - An extract from the leaves of a tall aromatic perennial grass, it has analgesic properties and improves muscle and skin tone. This leafy plant grows rapidly and has large striped leaves with a jagged edge. It produces small blue flowers, but the toning and antiseptic properties of Lemongrass Essential oil are extracted from the plants leaves. Lemongrass is also believed to be a natural mosquito repellant.

Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) - This oil refreshes and tones the skin and is valuable for all skin types. Its antimicrobial and analgesic properties are useful in treating minor infections. In aromatherapy, its fresh grassy-citrus scent is used for its invigorating and uplifting properties.

Lime Extract (Citrus Aurantifolia) - A rich source of vitamin C (See Grapefruit Extract).

Linden (Tilia Cordata) - Known as Tilleul in France, the tonic made from the leaves of this graceful tree are well regarded in Europe as a support for overall health. It is also a mild astringent and emollient.

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Macadamia Nut oil (Macadamia Integrifolia) - This fine oil comes from the pressed nuts of the Macadamia tree. It is a priceless delight for the skin and has proven itself to be one of the best regenerative oils available. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, and closely resembles sebum (the oil naturally produced by ones skin to help protect it). Macadamia oil is a fabulous, protective oil with a high absorption rate and has been successfully used as a healing oil for scars, sunburns, minor wounds and other irritations.

Magnesium Sulfate - Also known as Epsom salts, this naturally occurring mineral salt helps to reduce swelling, ease sore muscles and soften rough, dry skin.

Mallow Extract (Malva Sylvestris) - Extracts from the flowers and leaves are excellent for soothing and softening the skin. It is a perfect emollient for sensitive skin. It relieves itching, reduces blotchiness and is protective.

Mandarin Oil (Citrus Reticulata) - Mandarin essential oil is cold pressed from mandarin peels, and is used to relieve skin conditions and is an excellent toner. It has also been used to relieve nervous tension, insomnia and restlessness. Mandarin Red Essential Oil is rich in Vitamin C.

Mango Butter (Mangifera indica Origin) - Mango Butter is extracted from the seed kernels of the fruit of the tropical Mango Tree, native to India and the Tropics. Mango Butter is known for its emollient, hydrating, and healing properties. It softens and protects dry skin, and is especially useful for renewing skin suffering from the effects of sun or wind.

Marjoram Extract (Origanum Majorana) - An aromatic herb used traditionally in cosmetics and medicines prized for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, fortifying and warming effects.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba) - A unique emollient that supports healthy moisture balance in the skin and provides superior conditioning.

Meadowsweet Extract (Spiraea Ulmaria) - The shoots, leaves and flowers of this meadow perennial are rich in vitamin C which can stimulate skin collagen synthesis and is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, which promotes cellular renewal of the skin.

Mica - Natural minerals that are found in crystallized thin elastic sheets that can be easily separated. Colors may vary from light green to brown to colorless. Ground mica is used in color cosmetics to give a shimmery iridescent effect.

Milk - This natural ingredient is a luxurious and gentle skin cleanser and softener. DayBreak incorporates powdered milk in a variety of our skincare formulations.

Mint (Mentha Piperita) - The distinctive aromas of Peppermint and Spearmint are believed to improve concentration, relieve headaches, and reduce mental fatigue. DayBreak uses dried Peppermint and Spearmint leaves as well as their respective essential oils in our formulations designed to refresh and revitalize.

Moroccan Rose Oil (Rosa Centifolia) - This fragrant oil from fresh Moroccan rose petals has soothing and calming properties especially beneficial for dry, sensitive, and mature skin. In aromatherapy, it is used to relieve stress to promote a feeling of well-being.

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Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium) - Extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, this essential oil benefits all skin types. It acts on a cellular level, stimulating the elimination of old cells and the regeneration of new ones.

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Oat Flour (Avena Sativa) - A soothing skin softener. See Oatmeal.

Oatmeal (Avena Sativa) - These edible grains of a widely grown cereal grass are reputed for soothing, anti-inflammatory properties when used in skincare. Many may remember from childhood, when covered with chicken pox, Mom put you into an oatmeal bath to relieve the itching. In addition to relieving skin irritations, these highly absorptive, hypoallergenic grains are also believed to help soften skin. DayBreak's famous Prairie Oat Mint line is designed for soothing irritated, acne skin.

Olive Leaf Extract (Olea Europaea ) - Contains oleuropein, a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental free radical damage. This protection can prevent skin from premature aging and cellular decay thereby working to improve skin appearance. Olive leaf also has anti-microbial activity that benefits a cosmetic formula by acting as a safe and natural preservative.

Olive Oil (Olea Europaea) - Obtained by pressing the ripe olive fruit, this is one of the most important and ancient oils. The derived oil, known for its moisturizing, softening, and regenerating properties, contains skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals including calcium, Vitamins A, B1, B2, and PP. Olive oil continues to be a superior ingredient for skin and hair care. Its essential fatty acids and vitamin E make it an excellent emollient, skin conditioner, and moisturizer with superior penetrating power. Olive oil is by far the most universal oils used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking. It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and is golden brown in color. Has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature.

Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium) - An expression from fresh orange peel, this essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties that clean and rejuvenate the skin. Its fragrance has uplifting yet calming aromatherapeutic properties. Orange - DayBreak uses several varieties of Orange Essential Oils. These oils are known for their uplifting and invigorating qualities.

Organic Fennel Extract - Topically used, this herb purifies, tones, and refreshes the skin by smoothing out wrinkles and closing pores. Its aromatherapeutic value is in its ability to energize and renew the spirit.

Organic Grapefruit Extract - Grapefruits are an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source of Vitamin A. This extract can be used as a natural toner to refresh and soothe the skin. The refreshing aroma of grapefruit can calm nervous exhaustion and energize the tired mind.

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Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) - Panthenol acts as a deep-penetrating moisturizer and aids in tissue repair.

Parsley Extract (Carum Petroselinum) - Its high chlorophyll content makes it an excellent natural deodorizer and is soothing and cleansing to the skin. Parsley is also rich in vitamins A and C, several B vitamins, calcium and iron.

Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin) - This essential oil has anti-inflammatory and toning properties and is recommended for use in caring for mature or chapped skin.

Peppermint (Menths Piperta) - The distinctive aroma of Peppermint is believed to improve concentration, relieve headaches, and reduce mental fatigue. DayBreak uses dried Peppermint leaf as well pure Peppermint essential oil in our formulations designed to refresh and revitalize.

Pistachio Nut Oil (Pistacia Vera) - Mineral-rich oil that helps maintain hydration and minimizes signs of aging.

Pomegranate Extract (Punica Granatum) - The pomegranate is traditionally considered to be a symbol of beauty and fertility. This extract from the ripe scarlet pomegranate fruit contains iron and high amounts of vitamin C which promote skin cell renewal and protection.

Poppy Seeds - Have you ever marveled at the perfectly round shape of a tiny Poppy Seed? These little blue wonders provide extra gently exfoliation in our natural body polishes and handmade spa soaps.

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Red Clover Extract (Trifolium Pratense) - Highly valued by herbalists for treatment of skin disorders, red clover has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties that calm and condition the skin.

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) - Vitamin A penetrates the skin to help increase skin elasticity and to normalize dry, parched skin. Also a critical vitamin and antioxidant.

Rhassoul - Please visit The World of Rhassoul for more information on this amazing and wonderful clay.

Rose Hips Extract (Rosa Canina) - An extract from the small red fruits and seeds of Rosa Canina. It is one of the best natural and freely available sources of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from premature aging and also promotes cell renewal.

Rose Oil (Rosa Damascena) - Extracted from the queen of flowers, the rose, this fragrant oil has soothing and calming properties, which makes it especially good for dry or sensitive skin.

Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - With the Latin name meaning"Sea Dew," this small plant has bright blue flowers and was originally grown near the Mediterranean Sea. This fragrant herb is believed to awaken the mind and was historically used in love potions. Rosemary Essential Oil banishes tiredness with its refreshing, uplifting, and purifying qualities.

Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - This stimulating and warming extract has astringent and antiseptic properties and stimulates tissue circulation and skin rejuvenation.

Rosewood Oil (Aniba Rosaeodora) - This gentle oil has a calming and steadying effect on nerves. Due to its mildness, it may be used in treatments for all skin types.

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Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius) - A highly moisturizing oil with an exceptionally high amount of Oleic acids. Deeply soothing and one of the first choices for skin care recipes requiring moisturizing benefits.Widely cultivated for its oil, the safflower has bright orange/red flowers and resembles a thistle. This light and odorless oil contains protein, minerals and vitamins and is good for all skin types. It is absorbed rapidly into the skin delivering emollience and nourishment. This oil has great moisturizing qualities and is thought to be beneficial in applications for bruises, sprains, and painful arthritis. Safflower Oil is often recommended for use as a baby oil. It is a wonderful, natural alternative to mineral oil for use on babies.

Sage Oil (Salvia Officialis) - This essential oil derived from the leaves of the herb is antiseptic, antimicrobial, stimulating, and will have a tautening effect on the skin. This low-growing bush has long, fuzzy leaves with a distinctive bluish-green hue. DayBreak uses the dried leaves and Sage Essential Oil for its soothing and tension-relieving properties.

Sandalwood Oil (Santalum Album) - In the East, for four thousand years, sandalwood -- a cousin of mistletoe -- has been used for its perfume. And the finest heartwood Sandalwood -- the heartwood used in your soap -- comes from Mysore, a charming, old-fashioned town dominated by the spectacular Maharaja's Palace. There the Indian government protects the sandalwood forests much as the French regulate their vineyards. Sandalwood is also valued for its aphrodisiac properties and is believed to increase sexual enjoyment.

Sandalwood powder is burned as incense and is a component in the embalming process. Its ceremonial and religious uses include weddings, funerals and festivals. Sandalwood induces a state of relaxation that is conducive to sounder, easier sleep. Dry, cracked and tender skin benefits from the use of sandalwood oil as an emollient and anti-inflammatory. It cleanses and softens and is pleasant to apply to the face for shaving. It is also mildly astringent. Its fragrance has universal appeal. It restores the body, calms the troubled heart and makes glad the spirit.

Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides) - A useful, highly prized, and specific oil typically used to treat damaged skin, ulcerations, scar tissue, wrinkles, eczema, burns, etc. Can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care preparations that are designed specifically to treat problematic skin conditions. (Some mild staining of skin may occur; this is temporary and washes off easily) This oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols.

Sea Salt - Obtained from the evaporation of sea water, sea salt contains minerals that soothe tired muscles and leave skin soft, smooth and nourished.

Seaweed - The Sea contains, in solution, every element necessary to maintain healthy life. Therefore, Seaweed is naturally rich in a myriad of vitamins and minerals. For many centuries, Asian cultures have believed in the miraculous properties of Seaweed as a beauty and health aide. Seaweed treatments are reputed to nourish the skin, fortifying the body's natural detoxification powers. Such treatments are thought to be particularly beneficial for those experiencing water retention and cellulite problems.

Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum) - This nutrient-rich oil, derived from sesame seeds, nourishes, protects and soothes the skin while helping to preserve skin's moisture balance. Sesame oil is naturally active in vitamins A and E and essential proteins. Because of its relatively stable shelf life it is superb in body care products and natural cosmetics. Possible serious allergic reactions with this oil.

Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) - This lush butter is extracted from the pit of a fruit, resembling a plum, which grows on the Karite Tree, also called the Shea Nut Tree. The moisturizing power of Shea Butter was once a revered secret of the natives in Western Africa, where the Karite Tree grows wild. Traditionally Shea Butter has been used in Africa as a healing balm for rheumatism, muscle aches, burns, and light wounds. Shea Butter softens and nourishes skin and is believed to have antioxidant and regenerative properties. This emollient is especially useful for renewing skin suffering from the effects of sun or wind. Our Shea is a unique unrefined butter that is purchased through a partnership with a village in Ghana and is derived totally from renewable natural resources. A rich emollient derived from seeds of the karite tree, shea butter helps prevent trans-epidermal moisture loss and helps to soften, soothe and protect skin.

Shea Nut oil (Butyrospermum parkii) - A beautiful oil with a deep golden color from cold pressing the nut seed of the Shea (Karite) Tree. Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter production where the pressing of the seeds produces a fractionated oil. This oil leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and offers benefits for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, cutaneous dryness and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.

Silk Protein - This natural protein increases the skin's ability to retain moisture, thereby reducing roughness and helping minimize wrinkles.

Sodium Bicarbonate - A natural water softener, known commonly as baking soda.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate - A mild skin and hair cleanser derived from natural sources.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate - An excellent mild foaming surfactant.

Sodium PCA - Part of the skin's natural moisturizing factor, it works as a humectant binding moisture to the skin.

Soy Protein (Soja Hispida) - Soy protein is one of the highest quality and most complete protein sources. It supplies the body with all essential amino acids and contains iron and phosphorus. Externally, soy protein contributes moisture and conditioning to the skin.

Soybean Oil (Glycine Soya) - High in natural source lecitihin, sterolins, and vitamin E, this oil makes a great base for your products which are being created for outer epidermal healing. Soybean oil is easily absorbed and leaves a smooth finish on the skin. A light-weight oil that delivers superior moisture by penetrating deep into the skin, restoring its moisture and condition.

Spearmint (Mentha Cardiaca) - The distinctive aroma of Spearmint is believed to invigorate, improve concentration, relieve headaches, and reduce mental fatigue. DayBreak uses Spearmint leaf in soaps and toiletries designed to refresh and revitalize. Squalene oil (Olea Europeae Isolates) from Olive trees - A light emollient oil derived from olives that offers soothing, smoothing and softening benefits to skin. Naturally derived from Olive Oil isolates, this Squalene is magnificent in skin regeneration recipes and related products because of its close resemblance to human sebum, thus acting as a natural protectant and regenerative for the skins surface. Usually found from shark cartilage and liver, DayBreak's Squalene is a compassionate alternative to this prized ingredient and is from sustainable, renewable olive trees not Nemo!! Non animal origins.

Stearic Acid - This naturally occurring acid is vegetable based, which can be derived from either palm or coconut. This rich fatty acid is an essential ingredient to many lotions and creams.

Stearyl Alcohol - A wax, a naturally derived emulsifier that contributes to product aesthetics.

Sugar - Drawing from the wisdom of historically used folk remedies, DayBreak includes brown sugar and raw can sugar in many of our skin treatments for its reputed antibacterial properties and ability to speed the skin's healing process. These sweet granules also offer excellent exfoliation.

Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus) - High Oleic - An oil high in Oleic acids with significant amounts of Vitamins A, C, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Giving skin an elegant feel while preventing trans-epidermal moisture loss. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and it is highly recommended for recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin. Our line of organic Sunflower oil has a pleasant scent and is easily absorbed and applied. The high Vitamin E content makes this oil especially helpful for delicate and dry skin. Sunflower Oil has a protective effect on the skin and is believed to have healing properties when applied to bruises and skin diseases.

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) - A natural emollient that is easily absorbed into the skin, making it a prized moisturizing ingredient. Sweet Almond Oil is obtained form the dried kernels of the Almond Tree, which is native to Asia and the Mediterranean. With no scent, almond oil is a great emollient, softening and conditioning skin, while balancing its loss and absorption of moisture. has been known to relieve itchy, dry and inflamed skin.

Sweet Pea Oil (Lathyrus Latifolius) - An essential oil extracted from the flowers of the sweet pea vine. This delicate fragrance has a suave lightness - a sweet, subdued floral surrounded by mild greenness.

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Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Tacamahaca) - The Oil of Tamanu is extracted by a cold pressed method from the whole nut of the Polynesian Tamanu tree. Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched, and the conclusive evidence on its ability to heal damaged skin is overwhelming. Its benefits are notable for the treatment for scarring, stretch marks, minor cuts and abrasions, rashes, sores and much more. Can be used directly on the skin or mixed within formulations.

Tangerine Oil (Citrus Tangerina) - Derived from the skin of tangerines, this essential oil refreshes dull or oily skin. Also known among aromatherapists for its ability to ward off seasonal mood imbalances and uplift the spirits.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) - Extracted from leaves of the tea tree, this oil has strong disinfectant, fungicidal and anti-microbial properties. It has a cleansing and clearing effect on the skin. It is thought to be useful in treating acne and cold sores. It is often used as a natural disinfectant and deodorizer.

Thyme Oil (Thymus Vularis) - Generally used for its antibacterial properties, in aromatherapy it is credited with having positive effects on stress-related complaints.

Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate - In its most important role as an antioxidant, tocopheryl acetate protects body cells and tissues from damage caused by free radicals. It helps to moisturize the skin from within, enhance skin smoothness, and promote tissue repair. Our Mixed Tocopherols from GMO free Wheat, Corn, Soy or Canola sources. A natural Vitamin E oil obtained by vacuum distillation of vegetable fats. Great for preventing rancidity and as an anti-oxidant in creams, lotions, baby products, cosmetics and more. Recent studies have suggested that Vitamin E oil assists in healthy heart and blood vessels and retards aging. Food grade oil.

Vitamin E is commonly referred to as nature's own healing agent. Vitamin E has been cited as having positive effects on the wound healing process and possesses the ability to retard the conversion of soluble collagen to insoluble collagen (which is responsible for scare tissue formation). Vitamin E is believed to penetrate below the skin's surface to rejuvenate damaged skin cells and promote healthy regeneration of scarred skin. Vitamin E is also believed to help the skin overcome the harmful effects of the sun. Vitamin E helps to preserve the health and integrity of the skin and prevent premature signs of aging. DayBreak also uses a specially formulated Vitamin E as a natural preservation system to prevent oxidation in our oil-based products.

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Valerian Oil (Valeriana Officinalis) - It is generally used for its antiseptic properties. In aromatherapy, it is often used for its positive effects on stress-related complaints, insomnia and restlessness.

Vanilla - The Vanilla plant is a rapidly growing vine, indigenous to Central and South America that bears long, brown, waxy pods, which contain tiny Vanilla seeds. The fragrance of Vanilla is soothing, sensual, and warm.

Vetiver - The wondrous and multiuse grass known as khus or vetiver has been a boon to humankind for many centuries and is proving equally useful today as it was in the past. There are several organizations devoted to promoting, propagating and planting this precious gift of nature in many parts of the world, first and foremost as an excellent means of erosion control but for many other reasons as well. Did you know it was Napoleon's favorite scent?

Vetiver has been known in India from the ancient times. It has been considered an aristocratic perfume. Copper plate inscriptions listing the perfume as one of the articles used by royalty have been discovered. In Ayurvedic literature it is called Suganti-mulaka (means Sweet swelling) and Sita-mulaka (having cool roots). All over India, the roots are made into scented mats, fans, ornamental baskets and many other small articles. Khus Vetiveris is also burnt as a fumigatory.

About vetiver, my good friend and EO Savant, Christopher, writes me: "I had the good fortune to travel in the company of Dr. Mohan Mashewari, one of the foremost researchers in the aromatic components, several years ago in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As we traveled along a small country road, he instructed the driver to pull off to the side where wild vetiver was growing in great abundance near a railroad track. There he proceeded to pull out of the ground a small clump of wild vetiver grass with roots intact as it grows in North India. It was my first introduction with the living plant.

"Looking at this humble denizen of the plant world one could hardly conceive that in its roots was to be found an aromatic elixir that is the very essence of mystery and depth. Hundreds of tiny fibrous rootlets radiate off the main stalk and thread their way through the soil in which it lives. These tiny rootlets somehow absorb from the soil in which they dwell components which they then convert into the molecules producing the volatile oil which is dearly loved by people in India and many other parts of the world. Because of the intimate contact between the earth and these fibrous rootlets, one will find that at every place this plant grows oils distilled from them will be unique and special. The plants take on the fragrance of the earth in which they grow. It is such a complex material that those who have devoted their lives to quality control analysis are sometimes baffled as to what to say about it. The list of components that have been identified exceed 200 and there are many trace ones that have yet to be discovered.

"And of greatest importance is the emotional and psychological effect the essence has upon the heart and mind. It is so complex in its profile that one cannot properly explore it in a session of 1 hour. The attention needs to be brought into the sphere of its redolent radiation again and again for the full effect to penetrate into ones being.

"This oil contains within itself the mysteries of the earth and while drawing ones attention to that zone, also has a unique exhilarating effect that points one towards the stars."

Violet Leaf Oil (Viola Odorata) - An oil that imparts conditioning and healing properties to the skin and capillaries. Its slight analgesic action comforts the body.

Vitamin A - See Retinyl Palmitate.

Vitamin C - See Ascorbic Acid.

Vitamin E Acetate - See Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate.

Vitamins C and E - These well-known antioxidants help neutralize tissue-damaging free radicals, helping to minimize the effects of aging.

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Walnut Shell Powder (Juglans Regia) - The ground shell of English walnuts used as a mechanical exfoliant to remove the upper superficial cells of the skin.

Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) - Botanical extract from flowers and leaves prized by herbalists for its complexion clearing and refining characteristics. Also a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

Wheat Germ oil (Triticum Vulgare) - This ultra rich, unrefined Wheat Germ oil is a great ingredient high in natural source Vitamin E, A, D, proteins, Lecithin, and Squalene. Wheat germ has been applied externally for numerous irritations including roughness of the skin, cracking, chaffing and many crafters of cosmetics use it successfully to help reverse the effects of wrinkling. The first ingredient in quality skin care products.

White Ginger Extract (Hedychium Coronarium) - Extracts from the root of Hawaiian white ginger are known to stimulate peripheral circulation as well as soothe muscle cramps.

White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba) - With its valued moisturizing properties, and known as Witch Hazel, it helps to hydrate skin and promote a smooth appearance. It contains salicylic acid (aspirin), a natural pain reliever that also reduces inflammation.

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Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) - This precious oil from the blossoms of this tree has a balancing and toning effect suitable for all skin types. Its heavy, sweet, aphrodisiac fragrance soothes frustration. The Ylang Ylang tree is native to the Philippines and has fragrant greenish-yellow flowers with unusually long and straight petals that almost look like leaves. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is extracted from the blossoms and is known for its uplifting, balancing, and stimulating properties.

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Zinc Oxide - Sunscreen ingredient that can protect skin from UV-A and UV-B rays.

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