November 09 2021 - Skin Care 101
High value lavender in the best natural skin care07 April 2016
The very best quality Lavender extract in natural skin care products will:
- balance oil production
- encourage elasticity and reduce surface scarring
- Calm irritated skin
- inhibit bacteria
- soothe acne and pimples.
But did you know that the Lavender extract that's used in most natural skin care products won't give any of the above results?
In fact, the sort of Lavender that's usually used may even cause skin sensitivities because the extract is often adulterated.
For Lavender to give the best natural skin care results it must be medicinal grade.
Medicinal grade plants are strong and vital
'Medicinal grade' means the high activity, high quality plant extracts that are used in medicines and herbal remedies.
Medicinal grade plants must struggle to grow in their natural, often harsh environment. This is how a plant becomes strong and vital. Sometimes it’s growing at high altitudes that makes a plant struggle to exist. Or it might be that it grows in poor soil or in a very hot or cold climate.
By contrast, just because a plant is 'organic' doesn't mean it is strong and vital. Organic plants have usually been over-watered in a bid to increase crop yield.
Over-watered plants grow quickly, which is good for yield but bad for quality.
It's why 'organic skin care' has had a reputation of being weak and not giving good results for skin. It's because it is lower quality than what we need to use in Simplicité products.
Getting high with French and Italian Lavender
At Simplicité we don’t use Australian Lavender in our natural skin care products. We'd like to, but it just doesn't grow at a high enough altitude in Australia.
Medicinal grade Lavender must grow at above 1000 metres so we source our Lavender from the French and Italian Alps where it grows naturally at those altitudes.
Australian Lavender is suitable for many uses – just not in our high quality natural skin care..
We try as much as possible to source our plants and herbs from within Australia but unfortunately we can’t use Australian Lavender.
Low quality Lavender can cause skin sensitivity
Also, much of the Lavender grown in Australia and other lower altitudes than that of the French and Australian Alps tends to be camphorous. Camphorous Lavender in skin products often causes skin sensitivities.
Sometimes customers have said to us they were at first apprehensive about trying Simplicité products because they could see Lavender in many of the product ingredient lists (Lavender is used in 19 of 45 Simplicité products.)
They said in the past they'd had skin reactions when using natural skin care products containing Lavender.
However when we explained the difference between the medicinal grade Lavender we use and the type that's grown at lower altitudes they understood. Also, some essential oils, including Lavender, are contaminated to the extent that there is actually very little Lavender in these oils.
We’ve never ever heard of any skin reactions to our Lavender.
Results rely on quality
Sometimes a plant called 'Lavandin' is used instead of Lavender in natural skin care and organic skin care.
Lavandin is a hybrid of Lavender, a lowland plant which is often used in place of true Lavender. Lavandin oil is also used in fragrance candles and soaps and other scented products.
Most Lavender used in the skin care industry is grown commercially at low and mid level altitudes. It simply can't possess the activity and power of the wild-grown variety. And the lower the quality the less suitable it is to use in skin care products - in ours, anyway.
High grown Lavender's high quality benefits
In our highest quality natural skin care products Lavender balances oil in the skin, encourages elasticity, reduces surface scarring, calming, inhibits bacteria and soothes acne and pimples.
Uniquely, Simplicité products are made from freshly freshly produced plant extracts, using the highest quality plants and herbs available.
Best quality Lavender is not a brown powder
When skin care brands don't make their own plant extracts (as Simplicité does), they source these from a commercial supplier.
Very often the plant extracts are grown in China then processed in Chinese factories. The end result is vastly different to our freshly made, medicinal grade plant extracts.
Here's an example of a bulk supplier plant extract website page - not fresh by a long way...
Give your skin a high with the very best Lavender
For the very best skin results start with these Simplicité products containing our medicinal grade Lavender.
Sundew Cleansing Milk - a sublime feeling, gently effective cleanser.
Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner - a naturally extracted Vitamin C ‘rub off’ exfoliator/mask that stimulates collagen production.
An excellent way to use all six of our Basic Products together is with the one-month-use Trial Pack.
Our products improve skin dramatically because we care where our plant extracts come from - for example, our Lavender, sourced from high altitudes. That attitude is what give the highest activity and quality natural skin care - Simplicité Skin Care.
High = high altitude = medicinal grade = the best skin results.