Glossary

It’s truly important to the team at Saarinen Organics that we’re completely transparent when it comes to our organic skincare ingredients. It’s the little details that matter, and purchasing pre-made cream bases or adding synthetic preservatives does not uphold the kind of product integrity that we wish to be known for. Please read our glossary of terms if you want to know what goes into your organic skincare.

CREAM BASE

All of our creams are in a base I make myself. Many companies buy bases that are loaded with ingredients I cannot even pronounce. I have perfected my cream base with these ingredients: Emulsifying wax (coconut derived), Tincture of Benzoin (from tree bark), Parfum (veggie based) and certified organic Glycerin (veggie based) – please see further down for a more in-depth explanation of each ingredient.

TO PRESERVE OR NOT TO PRESERVE, THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Over the years that I have been making creams, I have come to the conclusion that a natural preservative, in an organic anti-bacterial form, must be added. Once organic base materials turn, they can actually become just as harmful as a toxic chemical. What is happening is a chemical reaction forming high acidic readings – fascinating! I have found many of the following anti-bacterial ingredients help the longevity of my products.

TINCTURE OF BENZOIN
Made from Styrax benzoin tree bark from Indonesia. It is distilled in alcohol making it a fantastic chemical-free antiseptic, astrigent and antibacterial.

PARFUM
The word parfum is actually unfortunately a very broad term used in the industry to hide a group of aromatic chemical ingredients. There are also chemical-free groupings of aromatic ingredients that help to fight off bacterial infections in creams. I purchase a parfum that is a mixture of antibacterial gums of vanilla bean and almond. It is very exciting. I have heard Australian organic standards are looking at it to pass it as an organic preserver. Yay – at last!

EMULSIFYING WAX
Coconut oil that has been processed to become an emulsifier.

GLYCERIN
I use a certified organic vegetable extracted glycerin that is not palm oil based. It helps with the longevity of creams through antibacterial qualities.

INFUSION
Herbs steeped in hot water to create an extract from woody herbs, flowers, stems and fruit.

TINCTURE
A herbal extraction made with apple cider vinegar and Glycerin that I make myself, and apple cider vinegar that is not only is very beneficial, it’s also an antibacterial. Most commercial tinctures are made from universal solvents or alcohol. I don’t agree with putting them on our skin when dry skin is a problem as they dehydrate.

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