THE TRUTH IS IN OUR INGREDIENTS
At MOS we are proud to disclose our ingredients and we are extremely happy to provide our customers with as much information about our wonderful, safe, effective ingredients as possible. It is important that we let you know why choosing MOS is a better choice for your health, your skin and our environment.
Aloe Vera Gel* (Aloe vera barbadensis) The gel is obtained from the plants succulent leaves. It is an effective healing agent for burns, inflamed skin and acne. Aloe is also suitable for use with oily, normal, and normal to dry skin types. The gel is mildly astringent, soothing, hydrating and stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues. It relieves the irritation from rashes and insect bites and helps restore the skin’s natural pH. MOS products that contain Aloe Vera Gel are: Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Gel and we have also added an Aloe Vera Gel just as is.
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice* (Aloe barbadensis leaf / leaf juice) is considered one of nature’s most effective remedies for sunburn and skin irritations, and a superb hydrator for dry hair and skin. See Aloe vera gel for more details. MOS products that contain Aloe Vera Leaf Juice are: Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Gel and our Aloe Vera Gel.
African Orange Essential Oil* (Citrus sinensis) or Sweet Orange Oil conveys a sense of warmth and joy. It is excellent for treating insomnia, especially when combined with lavender oil or neroli oil. This oil can be used in massage oil to aid the body’s lymphatic system and may be sued to relieve fluid retention caused by accumulation of toxins. The sweet, fruity oil is used in creams and lotions for oily-to-normal and combination skin and in anticellulite formulas. It is warming, harmonising and energising. It nourishes the soul and feeds it with feelings of joy and happiness. It can be useful in the treatment of dull and oily skin complexions. MOS perfume and aftershave contains African Orange Essential Oil.
Apricot Kernel Oil* (Prunus armeniaca kernel oil) is the essential oil from apricot pits, also known as persic oil. This oil is nourishing to the skin and hair, improving the elasticity of the skin. It is very light textured oil that has softening effect on the skin and ideal for massage or the delicate skin around the eye and on the throat. It also makes a good base for the treatment of dry, sensitive, chapped and mature skin due to its skin tightening ability and slight astringent quality. MOS products that contain Apricot Kernel Oil are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Low Oil Moisturiser and our Apricot & Coconut Body Butter.
Argan Oil* (Argania Spinosa) This oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, used in Anti-aging products, for soothing acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, also beneficial for after-sun care products. Argan oil is an emollient for dry, damaged and fragile hair, a soothing ingredient for lip balms, lipsticks and other lip care products also a conditioning oil for brittle nails. It has many sparkling health usages out of which hair treatment, skin protection and body restoration are just a few. Due to Argan oil’s benefits for healthy hair, it is often called liquid gold by beauty experts. It gives new life to dry, tangled and flyaway hair. Argan oil hydrates the hair in a natural way. Argan oil penetrates into the hair pores or shafts and enhances the elasticity of hair. It also proves to be very nourishing for the growth of hair and is very good for uncontrollable and unmanageable hair. It restores the smoothness of hair and makes them manageable again. The natural antioxidants present in Argan oil strengthen the hair by repairing the damaged cellular membrane of hair. The presence of Vitamin E in this oil makes it a tremendous agent for hair treatment. Many external and internal agents like heat, over styling and oxidization damage the hair. The vitamin E present in Argan oil is very useful in restoring the natural hair and renewing and repairing the damage caused by destructive agents. Rich contents of unsaturated fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 9 in Argan oil are a direct source of essential nutritional components for hair pores and roots. These unsaturated fatty acids strengthen the protein bonding structures in hair thereby improving strength of hair and healing the split ends of hair. MOS Rapunzels Rescue Remedy contains Argan oil.
Avocado Oil* (Persea gratissima) A good source of vitamins A, D and E, amino acids and sterols. Herbalists traditionally have used avocado oil in hair and scalp preparations and in the treatment of chronic dry skin conditions, eczema, sunburn and may be used for babies with nappy rash. Easily absorbed by the skin and scalp, it is very soothing and nourishing. Dry skins benefit most from this oil and it also acts as a sun filter. Avocado oil leaves a protective barrier on the skin to help prevent moisture evaporation. MOS products that contain avocado oil are: Avocado & Geranium Cleansing Oil, 10 Serum and I Serum.
Beeswax* (Cera alba) Please note this ingredient is currently being phased out of all products A natural humectant, also used in cosmetics as an emulsifier and thickening agent. It also regulates a formulation’s consistency, acts as a base and stiffener in creams, balms, ointments and lipsticks. When applied to the skin it forms a network rather than a totally occlusive film. MOS products that contain beeswax are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser and Low Oil Moisturiser.
Bergamot Essential Oil* (Citrus bergamia) this essential oil is obtained from the peel of a citrus fruit called Citrus bergamia, the Bergamot orange, an analgesic and tonic, sometimes used as a fragrance and is the main ingredient in Earl Grey tea. It has antiseptic and wound healing properties. It is used to treat seborrhoea of the scalp including acne, oily hair and skin. It is also used in formulae for eczema and psoriasis. This oil’s uplifting aroma helps to dispel nervous tension, irritability, anxiety, and frustration. MOS products that contain bergamot essential oil are: Beach Curls Styling Spritz, Rapunzels Rescue Remedy and our Summer Spritzer.
Black Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum L) Used regularly, sesame oil is wonderful for reducing stress and tension, nourishing the nervous system and preventing nervous disorders, relieving fatigue and insomnia, and promoting strength and vitality. The oil is rich in vitamin E, minerals and calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Its rejuvenating properties certainly do revitalize those feeling tired and run down; while it’s warming effects enhance the circulation. Its relaxing properties can ease pain and muscle spasm, such as backache and joint pain. The antioxidants explain its reputation for slowing the ageing process and increasing longevity, and certainly regular oiling of the skin restores moisture to the skin, keeping it soft, flexible and young looking. Sesame is not a traditional sunscreen, yet it works to neutralize the free radicals that cause sunburn and sun damage and is roughly equivalent to an SPF 4. The same antioxidant properties also help protect the skin from the chemicals in chlorinated swimming pools, and the oil can be used to soothe skin and reduce inflammation following sun, wind and chemical exposure. Sesame oil can be used on babies to prevent and reduce the inflammation associated with diaper rash and can also be used on stiff joints. Sesame oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be useful for treating fungal infections. MOS 10 Serum contains Black Sesame Oil.
Blue Clay (Bentonite) Washed Australian Blue Clay is the most drawing of the organic clays. Natural clays are used in masks and other skincare products for their cleansing, detoxifying, exfoliating, healing and soothing properties. Can be useful for treating problematic skin, regulates sebum, cleanses hair follicles and helps dissolves impurities on the skin. Washed Blue Clay is derived from weathered volcanic ash. It is rich in mineral nutrients. With great detoxifying properties, this clay is perfect for oily skin; drawing out impurities resulting in clearer, cleaner pores. Masks not only revitalise the skin, they also revive the soul, giving you time to relax and pamper yourself. Each clay has different properties depending on how deep into the earth it has been extracted from. MOS will be using blue clay in our new Clay Face Mask coming soon!
Cardamom Essential Oil* (Elettaria cardamomum) is derived from the Cardamom pod. This oil has antioxidant and antiseptic properties. It is a cephalic and gentle tonic of the nervous system, when used in a vaporiser it is useful for alleviating nervous exhaustion and depression. One of the oldest essential oils known, its use dates back to ancient Egypt. MOS products that contain cardamom essential oil are: African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume and our Citrus & Cedar Aftershave.
Carrageenan Extract^ (Chondrus crispus) A natural stabilizer, binding agent and emulsifier, high in sulfur and very nourishing to skin and scalp. Obtained from Irish moss and other red algae, it has been used for food and medicines in India for hundreds of years. MOS products that contain Carrageenan Extract are: LILY Cleansing Gel, WOOD Cleansing Gel and our Aloe Vera Gel.
Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota) improves the circulation in the skin and has skin healing properties. It is used to improve skin tone in mature and damaged skins, couperose (fine surface capillaries), wounds eczema and psoriasis. It is also well known for its detoxifying property. MOS products that contain Carrot seed oil are: 10 Serum and our I Serum.
Castor Oil* (Ricinus communis) is processed from the seeds of an annual shrub. It is a natural humectant, emollient and skin soother, often added to lipsticks, glosses and other cosmetic products to improve their texture. It’s particularly good for softening rough, dry heels, knees, and elbows and patches of eczema and psoriasis. When applied to hair and nails, it imparts a protective shield against exposure to drying detergents, hot water, and winter-dry air. MOS Rapunzels Rescue Remedy contains castor oil.
Chamomile Flowers made into a tea are famous as a mild sedative to promote calm sleep, soothed frayed nerves, disturbed digestion and premenstrual symptoms. Tired or restless children also benefit from a mild chamomile tea which is also suitable for sufferers of colds and fevers. It relaxes smooth muscle the body. An infusion of the flowers, strained and poured into a hot bath, will reduce muscular weariness and fatigue. In the digestive tract it relieves tension and spasm, colic, abdoiminal pain, wind and distension. It is famous for soothing all kinds of digestive upsets, particulary when related to stress and tension. The bitter stimulate the flow of bile enhancing the appetite and improving a sluggish digestion. It is highly antiseptic, active against bacteria, including thrush (Candida albicans). It is a softening agent for rough, dry skin, used since ancient times for its calming and conditioning effects. The flowers can be made into an infusion and used as a compress to soothe the skin and eyes, reducing inflammation and irritation. Its soothing and hydrating properties also work well on the hair and scalp. In hair care formulations, it brings out highlights in blond or light brown hair. MOS To A Tea contains chamomile flowers.
Cetearyl Olivate^ is a plant derived wax from the fatty acids derived from olive oil. It is used as an emulsifier which holds together all moisture ingredients. Normally water and oil will not mix with water, but emulsifiers turn water and oil into a smooth mixture. MOS products that contain cetearyl olivate are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser and our Low Oil Moisturiser.
Cocoa Butter* (Theobroma cacao seed butter) the solid fat extracted from the seeds of the cacao plant. A rich emollient used in lipsticks, creams, soaps and sun care products for its moisturizing and soothing properties. It lends a thick consistency to lotions, creams, body butters, balms and salves. This butter smells like chocolate and is actually used to make chocolate. It makes a wonderful lubricant, softening and protecting dry skins. MOS products that contain cocoa butter are: Hair Wax, Coconut & Vanilla Body Butter, Apricot & Coconut Body Butter, Baby Balm and Shea Lip Stuff.
Coconut Oil* (Cocos nucifera) a rich emollient extracted from copra, the white flesh of the coconut and has wonderful healing qualities that benefit the skin. This oil is a highly emollient based oil and excellent for all over use, the ultimate skin softener, hair conditioner, and after sun treatment. Beware of cosmetics that bill themselves as natural and use a synthetically processed derivative, sodium lauryl sulfate, claiming it comes from coconut oil. Accept nothing but the real thing in its natural form. MOS products that contain coconut oil are: Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Hair Wax, Coconut & Vanilla Body Butter, Apricot & Coconut Body Butter, Baby Balm and Shea Lip Stuff.
Dead Sea Mineral Salts (Sodium Chloride) like a soak in the sea, sea salt is rich in a wide range of colloidal minerals that are quickly absorbed into the skin and inner body. Here they nourish the tissues and assist with elimination of waste and toxins. MOS Dead Sea Mineral Salt Bath Soak contains dead sea mineral salts.
Egyptian Geranium Essential Oil* (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential oil with astringent, antiseptic tonic and skin healing properties, an excellent normalizer for oily and combination skin as it helps regulate sebum production. Although it is beneficial for all skin types and encourages wound healing. It is also used to improve broken capillaries, spider veins and varicose veins. Sometimes used as a fragrance for its wonderful herbaceous aroma, with a subtle rosy note. It may be used for alleviating stress, anxiety and depression. The oil is recommended for correcting hormonal imbalances and mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome and for reducing symptoms associated with menopause. MOS products that contain Egyptian Geranium essential oil are: 10 Serum, Beach Curls Styling Spritz and our Sensual Massage Blend.
Evening Primrose Oil* (Oenothera biennis) extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose flower is a superb emollient and skin nutrient, high in essential fatty acids. It is a source of rare gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and one of the most concentrated sources of (GLA). It is also extremely beneficial in the treatment of PMS, eczema and other dry skin and scalp conditions. Evening primrose oil has been used to treat dry, scaly, and itchy skin conditions, such as rosacea, acne and atopic dermatitis. It also reportedly, has some modest benefits for eczema. And may also help clear skin allergies, rashes and even prevent pores from becoming clogged. MOS Rapunzels Rescue Remedy contains evening primrose oil.
Flaxseed Oil (Linum usitatissimum seed oil) this is an emollient and anti-inflammatory, high in B vitamins, protein and minerals. It is very moisturising to dry hair and skin due to the incredibly rich essential fatty acids known as Omega-3, (alpha linolenic acid), and Omega-6 (linoleic acid). Flaxseed oil helps nourish the skin membranes by supplying our skin with natural Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids in Flaxseed oil in also essential for the production of prostaglandins in the skin to help reduce inflammation and promote healing of the skin. This oil, when used topically, can be immensely soothing to a variety of conditions including sunburn and can also help seal moisture into the skin, making it a great ingredient to have in lotions. MOS Rapunzels Rescue Remedy contains flaxseed oil.
Glycerine* see vegetable glycerine for details.
Guar Gum* (Cyampopsis tetragonoloba) Extract from the guar bean, it is a natural complex carbohydrate. It acts as a natural thickener, stabiliser and gelling agent. MOS products that contain guar gum are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser and Low Oil Moisturiser.
Grapefruit Seed Extract^ (Vitis vinifera extract) is one of the most powerful antioxidants around, high in proanthocyanidins, a group of bioflavonoids superior to most because they are water-soluble and much more easily assimilated by the body. A hard-working free radical scavenger, it prevents skin cell damage caused by sun exposure and pollution. It is also a very effective and natural preservative used in low concentrations and is derived from the seed of grapefruit. MOS products that contain grapefruit see extract are: Turkish Rose Toner, 10 Serum, I Serum, Lavender Toner, Hair Wax, Beach Curls Styling Spritz, Summer Spritzer, African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume, and our Mandarin & Oakmoss Aftershave.
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera oil) is antioxidant-rich oil cold-pressed from grape seeds. Light texture that penetrates easily into the skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature aging, also effective in fighting acne and helps to protect the skin from sun damage. It contains 73% of linoleic acid which may be beneficial in the treatment of dermatitis, allergic reactions, atopic eczema and dry and itchy skinMOS products that contain Grapeseed oil are: Sensual Massage Blend and our After Sports Massage Blend.
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) provides the richest of health benefits of all teas. It is the most potent, retaining more vitamins and minerals than other teas. Polyphenols, vitamin E, vitamin C, quercetin, tannins, and volatiles oils work together as strong antioxidants to help the body watd off carcinogenic mutations. Green tea is cooling and cleansing, with low amounts of caffine, and is rich in vitamins A, B2, C, D, and E, and flavonoids. Green tea helps to reduce cholesterol by lowering blood lipids. It reduces free radical damage and DNA mutation of cells in the body. Drinking 3-4 cups a day of this liquid is well worth it. The benefits of green tea to the skin have been widely documented. This powerful antioxidant (20 times stronger than vitamin E) inhibits the formation of cancer-causing free radicals and helps prevent skin cell damage caused by sun exposure and pollution. It is an important ingredient in sun care products, as well as in creams, lotions, shampoos and conditioners. An anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, it is high in xanthines, very soothing and moisturizing to both hair and skin. MOS To A Tea contains green loose leaf tea.
Hazelnut Oil (Corylus Americana) a highly penetrative base oil derived from the hazelnut and is very similar in quality, colour and properties to apricot kernel oil. Hazelnut oil acts as an excellent emollient and moisturizer because it has a number of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, which help to rehydrate the skin. The antibacterial and astringent properties prevent the excessive secretion of oil on the skin that results in acne helping to maintain soft skin. This oil is suitable for all skin types and nourishes all types of skin. It is particularly good for sensitive skin. Also, the astringent properties in the oil tightens the pores and limiting the oil secretions and helping to maintain clean and clear skin. This oil gets easily absorbed by the skin and doesn't leave behind any greasiness like most other carrier oils, hazelnut oil is also a rich source of vitamin E which helps to minimise damage caused by free radicals. MOS products that contain hazelnut oil are: 10 Serum and our I Serum.
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Jasmine Essential Oil* (Jasminum officinale) this essential oil is extracted from the aromatic jasmine flower, widely used in aromatherapy for its calming effect and as a natural fragrance in cosmetics and perfumes. This is a popular herbal medicine in China, very soothing to the skin and scalp. Jasmine has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and skin healing properties. This oil is very beneficial for the effect it has on the mind and emotions, considered one of the most effective oils for nervous anxiety, restlessness and depression. It is used to improve the condition of mature skin. MOS African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume contains Jasmine Essential oil.
Jojoba Oil* (Simmondsia chinensis seed oil) is extracted from the jojoba bean, which helps the jojoba desert plant retain water during the long summer drought. Technically a liquid wax ester and similar to our own moisturising sebum, jojoba penetrates well, leaving no oily residue. When used in cosmetic preparations, it not only acts as a humectant, but actually creates a protective film over the skin and hair shaft that helps seal in moisture. The oil is highly stable and very effective on dry skin, damaged hair and split ends. It is ideal for those with sensitive complexion, or oily and acne skin conditions that require delicate treatment. MOS products that contain jojoba oil are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Low Oil Moisturiser, Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Gel, 10 Serum, Lime & Sugar Scrub, Hair Wax, Rapunzels Rescue Remedy, Coconut & Vanilla Body Butter, Baby Balm, MOS Lip Stuff and MOS Perfume & Aftershave.
Jojoba Wax Beads (Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil) also known as jojoba esters. They are tiny spherically shaped beads consisting of Jojoba oil (wax) which are very mild with natural softening properties. The beads are used as an exfoliating agent in facial scrubs, skin conditioners, and soaps. Jojoba Wax Beads gently remove dirt from the pours without breaking capillaries, tearing or scratching the skin. They gently clean the skin whilst depositing Jojoba esters onto the skin. MOS Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads contains jojoba wax beads.
Kukui Nut Oil (Aleurites moluccana) the oil of the kukui nut is rich in essential fatty acids and natural moisturizer and skin protector. Kukui nut oil is a wonderful oil for all skin types, especially mature skin. This oil deeply penetrates the skin, and is perfect for many skin conditions such as; eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, damaged skin, acne, sensitive and babies skin. It comes from Hawaii, and also goes by the name of Candlenut. The women have been using it for many, many years to protect their skin, from the sun, windburn and salt water. Being a natural oil, it works with the body’s natural healing process. Using this oil on its own, it will work deep into the skin helping your pores breathe. Kukui oil contains vitamin A, E, and is very high in oleic acid (omega 9), linoleic acid (omega 6) and alpha linolenic acid (omega 3). All the antioxidants needed to keep your skin looking younger. This oil can give your skin a protective shield without blocking pores, and does not leave a greasy film. The skin readily absorbs the oil, and is very protective in helping the skin retain moisture. When used regularly, this oil can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used on babies with cradle cap and is very popular for helping to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, and will help lighten stretch marks for those already suffering with them. It also keeps the hair conditioned and strong. Rapunzels Rescue Remedy contains Kukui Nut oil.
Lavender Essential Oil* (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential oil obtained from lavender flowers. It can be added to skin and hair care preparations for its soothing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties and pleasant fragrance. It is especially successful in the treatment of burns whether they are from hot objects, liquids or the sun. Lavender is particularly soothing for inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis and is used to encourage wound healing. Acne conditions benefit from lavender’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and skin healing properties. It is also used to relieve itching and can be used as an effective insect repellent. The oil calms the nerves and relaxes tension. It is used to relieve feelings of faintness, dizziness, headaches, nervous palpitation and insomnia. It can also be used to relieve insect bites, cuts, headaches, muscular aches, painful sinuses, colds, flu, menstrual cramps and inducing sleep for insomniac sufferers. MOS products that contain lavender essential oil are: Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Gel, Lavender Toner, After Sports Massage Blend, Summer Spritzer, Dead Sea Mineral Salt Bath Soak and the Mandarin & Oakmoss Aftershave.
Lavender Flowers (Lavandula Angustifolia) are a delightful fragrant reviver for anyone feeling jangled or stressed. Lavender has been one of the most loved scented herbs for thousands of years. An infusion of the flowers can be used and makes a useful sedative tea, for anxiety, nervousness and physical symptoms caused by stress such as headache and insomnia. Lavender also has a stimulating edge to it, acting as a tonic to the nervous system, restoring vitality. When taken as a tea, lavender causes sweating and reduces fevers. It helps to detoxify the body by increasing elimination of toxins via the skin and a mild diuretic. It’s relaxing effect can be felt in the digestive tract, where it soothes spasm and colic related to tension and anxiety. As tea, oil inhalation, or vapour rub it can also provide relief for colds and coughs. Lavender counters giddiness and faintness, nervous palpitations, flatulence, indigestion and discomfort of rheumatic joints. Lavender is a useful external disinfectant for cuts and wounds, sores and ulcers. It stimulates tissue repair and minimises scar formation. MOS products that contain lavender flowers are: To A Tea and our new Clay Face Mask coming soon contains ground lavender flowers.
Lime Essential Oil* (Citrus aurantifolia) Essential oil extracted from the peel of the lime fruit. It is a natural antiseptic and tonic, often used as a scent. Lime oil is a lymphatic stimulant and may be used for the treatment of fluid retention and cellulite. Refreshing and uplifting, it is ideal for fatigue and a tired mind, especially when there is apathy, anxiety and depression. It has antimicrobial properties and can used to treat throat infections and influenza. MOS Lime & Sugar Scrub contains lime essential oil.
Macadamia Oil* (Macadamia ternifolia) is an excellent moisturizer and protector for hair and skin. High in palmitoleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid not commonly found in many other vegetable oils, its natural affinity to human sebum makes it an excellent skin care ingredient. This oil is often recommended for older skin which starts to dry as sebum production diminishes. It is highly nourishing and emollient oil and is recommended for dry and mature skin. MOS products that contain macadamia oil are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Low Oil Moisturiser and our 10 Serum.
Marula Oil* (Sclerocarya birrea) comes from the fruit kernels of the marula tree. This pure oil has long been used as a nourishing skin moisturiser by women in southern Africa, thanks to its unique composition of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. This oil is light, non-greasy, virtually odourless and absorbs quickly. Its easy absorption is due to its high content of oleic acid (70-78%) and linoleic acid (4-7%). This, along with its other nutritional components, makes the oil ideal for use as a hydrating and smoothing facial oil. Marula oil also contains a high concentration of palmitic acid, which forms a protective coating on the skin's surface, keeping skin hydrated for a long time. It contains high levels of powerful antioxidants that help to protect against these harmful free radicals. The oil has been shown to have free radical scavenging properties higher than most seed oils on the market. These reduce the action of free radicals thus preventing cell damage in the first place. It has excellent properties as a tissue oil and African women have traditionally used it during pregnancy to help reduce or avoid stretch marks. The oil maintains the suppleness and elasticity of skin and can help heal wounds and calm itchiness. Marula oil works effectively in decreasing redness and helps keep skin smoother by blocking enzymes that cause fatty concentrations in the skin. MOS Rapunzels Rescue Remedy contains Marula oil.
Natural Preservative see grapefruit seed extract, potassium sorbate and parfum.
Oakmoss Essential Oil* (Evernia prunastri) is the extract from a lichen that grows on oak trees, used as a fixative in cosmetic products and widely in perfumery, adding interest and earthiness. Oakmoss has antiseptic, demulcent and expectorant properties and can be soothing to any type of inflammation or irritation. It is soothing to the skin and keeps it smooth and soft by maintaining the moisture and oil balance of the skin. Similarly, it has soothing effects on the digestive system. It may help diminish the effects of damages done by ageing and other daily wear & tear taking place in the body by speeding up healing and restoring them back to their health. So it restores complete health as well as the immune system. It is used in soaps, skin care products, sprays mainly due to its antiseptic and demulcent properties. MOS products that contain oakmoss essential oil are: MOS Perfume and Aftershave contains Oakmoss essential oil.
Parfum is a natural fragrance made from a mix of essential oil and also acts as a natural preservative. MOS products that contain parfum are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Low Oil Moisturiser and 10 Serum.
Patchouli Essential Oil* (Pogostemon cablin) is an aromatic essential oil used as a fragrance or deodorant for its rich, herbaceous scent, and as a fixative in perfumes and soaps. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, regenerative and skin healing properties. It stimulates the growth of skin cells and assists in the formation of scar tissue. It assists in the healing of rough, cracked skin, sores and wounds. It is used in the treatment of acne, eczema, mature skin, fungal infections and scalp disorders. Our African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume contains Patchouli.
Peppermint Essential Oil* (Mentha piperita) an excellent antiseptic frequently used in shampoos and rinses for its toning effect on the scalp, and in bath oils for its warming/cooling properties on sore muscles. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, very soothing to the skin and scalp. Peppermint also has analgesic and astringent properties. It may be used as an inhalant to help clear stuffiness and headaches associated with colds. When used in a vaporiser it is great to promote focus and assist in study as the fresh, vibrant scent of peppermint stimulates the brain and is said to promote clear thinking. Best known as a remedy for digestive upsets. It is valuable for colic, diarrhoea, indigestion, vomiting and stomach pain because of its antispasmodic action. MOS After Sports Massage Blend contains peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint Leaf (Mentha piperita) is both cooling and warming. When taken internally it can induce heat and improve circulation and by dispersing blood to the surface of the body it causes sweating. This can be put to good use for chills and fevers, colds and flu. Its astringent and decongestant action helps relieve stuffiness and catarrh. Peppermint is a good general tonic, to recharge vital energy and dispel lethargy. In the digestive tract it relaxes muscles and reduces inflammation, relieving pain and spasm in stomach aches, colic, flatulence, heartburn, indigestion and nausea. The tannins help protect the gut lining from irritation and infection. The bitters stimulate and cleanse the liver and gallbladder, helping to prevent gallstones. An infusion made from peppermint leaves relieves skin irritation, inflammation and itching. It is also used in hair care preparations to relieve dandruff. MOS To A Tea contains peppermint leaf.
Pink Clay (Kaolinite) suits all skin types, for thousands of years clay has been used as a cosmetic and medicine. Pink clay is a mix of white and red clay. Pink clay is very nourishing because of the higher levels of iron and silica which softens, refines, strengthens and tones all skin types. MOS Clay & Rose Petal Bar contains pink clay.
Potassium Sorbate (Potassium Sorbate) is a natural preservative and is approved by the ACO for use in organic products to inhibit mould, fungus and some bacteria. It is also an alternative to parabens because it is a mild preservative that is non-toxic and non-sensitising unlike most parabens. MOS products that contain potassium sorbate are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturise and our Low Oil Moisturiser.
Purified Montville Spring Water (Aqua) Our is purified spring water is supplied by ‘Montville Mist Springwater ‘ and is Fluoride Free, Chemical Free and Preservative Free, just simply pure water. MOS products that contain Purified Montville Spring Water are: Turkish Rose Toner, Lavender Toner, Beach Curls Styling Spritz and our Summer Spritzer.
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Raw Sugar* we use raw sugar as an exfoliator and an alternative to sea salt because it doesn’t dry or sting the skin like sea salt can. Sugar works really well at getting your skin clean by removing all the dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. We also use raw sugar as a natural and effective hair setter. MOS products that contain raw sugar are: Lime & Sugar Scrub and our Beach Curls Styling Spritz.
Rose Buds/Petals (Rosa damascene)The leaves and petals have a cooling effect and can be used in a tea to bring down fevers and clear toxins and heat from the body whens they produce rashes and inflammatory problems. An infusion of rose petals can relieve cold and flu symptoms, sore throat, runny nose, and blocked bronchial tubes. Rose also helps fight infection in the digestive tract and help re-establish the normal bacterial population of the intestines. Rose petals and seeds have a diuretic action, relieving fluid retention and hastening elimination of wastes via the kidneys. Rose petals have a decongestant action in the female reproductive system. Rose infusions are actually very effective for all sorts of eye and eyelid complaints - general inflammation, swollen eyes, eyes which are irritated. Simply applying fresh cool rose petals can help tired eyes. Infusions made from Rose Petals are used in skin care products for tender, dry, sensitive skin as they have a cleansing, astringent, toning, moisture retaining, stimulating, antibacterial, healing and soothing effect. MOS products that contain rose petals and or buds are: Clay & Rose Petal Bar, To A Tea and our new Clay Face Mask product coming soon contains ground rose buds.
Rose Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens roseum) Essential oil used in skin care for its soothing and aromatic properties, this oil has very similar properties to geranium oil only with a slight rosy aroma. See Egyptian Geranium for details. MOS Clay & Rose Petal Bar contains rose geranium oil.
Rose Otto Essential Oil* (Rosa Damascena) The classic Rose Oil - from the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria, this oil has antiseptic, astringent, regenerative and skin healing properties. It may be used on all skin types but especially mature skins. Its astringent properties make it useful for strengthening surface capillaries in conditions such as couperose. Its healing properties also encourage wound healing. The ultimate woman's oil, Rose Otto (Rose Oil) is calming, and supportive, and nothing strengthens a woman's spirit as well as rose oil. Rose Oil is believed by many to help balance female hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle, and ease the discomforts of PMS and menopause. With its relaxing and aromatic qualities, rose oil is known to reduce stress and anxiety. It helps resolve insomnia issues, lifts depression and soothes skin complaints. Drops of rose oil added to hot bathing water and on clothing can be rejuvenating. Strained eyes can be treated by placing cotton pads dipped in diluted oil on the eyelids. The oil should never be applied to the eyes directly, never be ingested and is not recommended for pregnant women. MOS products that contain rose otto oil are: Turkish Rose Toner and our African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume.
Rose Water* (Rosa damascena flower distillate) is a floral water also known as aromatic hydrosols and they are bi-products of the essential oil distillation. Once the distilled essential has been removed from the water we are left with traces of water soluble essential oil constituents in the remaining water. These constituents generally have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This makes rose floral water suitable for use in soothing, healing compresses for inflamed skin and also makes an excellent skin toner and fresher. It can be used on all skin types especially dry and sensitive skin. Rose water has a very subtle fragrance reminiscent of the rose essential oil. This is not suitable for pregnant women. MOS products that contain rose water are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser and our Low Oil Moisturiser.
Rosehip Oil* (Rosa rubiginosa) an oil obtained from the rose hips of a rare rose that grows in Chile’s Andes mountains. High in vitamin C, and linoleic and linolenic acids, essential fatty acids necessary for skin cell regeneration, it has been used by South American Indians for hundreds of years for its healing and moisturizing properties. Clinical tests have shown that rose hip oil, applied regularly, helps fade scarring and skin discolorations and encourage skin cell growth. There’s no better moisturizer for dry or mature skin and brittle, damaged hair. MOS 10 Serum contains rosehip oil.
Sandalwood Essential Oil* (Santalum album) One of the oldest fragrance components, this aromatic essential oil has been in use for over 4000 years for its deep, woody, long-lasting scent. Sandalwood has antiseptic and hydrating properties. It encourages to retention of moisture within the skin layers and this makes it useful in the treatment of dehydrated skin. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties also make it useful for the treatment of acne, oily skin and wounds. MOS products that contain sandalwood essential oil are: Clay & Rose Petal Bar, African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume and our Mandarin & Oakmoss Aftershave.
(Saponify means to turn a fatty acid, such as castor, coconut, olive or palm oil, into a soap with the use of an alkali)
Saponified Castor Oil (Sodium Castorate or Sodium Ricinoleate) Castor oil is naturally converted into a soap through a saponification reaction with an alkaline salt. It is a lathering agent in soaps while gently cleaning the skin. MOS Clay & Rose Petal Bar contains Sapoinified Castor Oil.
Saponified Coconut Oil (Sodium cocoate) Coconut oil is naturally converted into a soap through a saponification reaction with an alkaline salt. It is a lathering agent in soaps while gently cleaning the skin. MOS products that contain saponified Coconut oil are: MOS Clay & Rose Petal Bar.
Saponified Olive Oil (Sodium Olivate) Olive oil is naturally converted into a soap through a saponification reaction with an alkaline salt. It is a lathering agent in soaps while gently cleaning the skin. MOS Clay & Rose Petal Bar contains saponified olive oil.
Saponified Palm Oil** (Sodium Palmate) We stress that our Palm Oil is sustainably harvested and is not sourced from areas inhabited by Orangutans. Palm oil is naturally converted into a soap through a saponification reaction with an alkaline salt. It is a lathering agent in soaps while gently cleaning the skin. MOS products that contain saponified Palm oil are: MOS Clay & Rose Petal Bar.
Shea Butter* (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter obtained from the nuts of the mangifolia tree in Central Africa, also known as karite nut butter or African butter. A superb emollient, high in fatty acids and other nutrients, it is an ideal ingredient for skin moisturizers, sun care products and hair conditioners. It protects the skin, improves its suppleness and elasticity and promotes skin healing. It is especially good for dry, damaged and irritated skins. MOS products that contain Shea butter are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Low Oil Moisturiser, Coconut & Vanilla Body Butter, Apricot & Coconut Body Butter, Shea Lip Balm and our Clay & Rose Petal Bar.
Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus) the extract from sunflower seeds, it is a rich emollient high in linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids, antioxidant vitamins A, D, and E and lecithin. Deeply nourishing and moisturising for all skin types except oily. This oil is a very good base for massage oils and lotions as it’s similar to human sebum. MOS 10 Serum contains sunflower oil.
Turkish Rose Essential Oil* (Rosa damascene)has the same healing properties as rose otto oil. See Rose Otto for details. The only difference between turkish rose oil and rose otto oil is the country of origin, Turkish rose oil coming from Turkey and rose otto oil coming from Bulgaria. They are both cultivated on special rose farms, the ones from Bulgaria, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, France, India and China being in the forefront of this business, as the climate in these areas is more conducive to rose plant growth. Rose oil extraction has had a long history in these regions and attar of roses has been successfully used in beauty regimens over the ages. This product is not suitable for pregnant women. MOS products that contain Turkish rose oil are: Turkish Rose Toner, Summer Spritzer and our African Orange & Oakmoss Perfume.
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Vanilla Oil (Vanilla planifolia) natural vanilla is a sweet rich familiar fragrance derived from the vanilla bean. It balances mood and reduces stress, is a calming aphrodisiac, and softens all fragrance blends. This oil can be used in relaxing massage oil blends, fragrant creams, lip balm and even personal lubricants. MOS products that contain vanilla oil are: MOS Shea Lip Stuff and our Coconut & Vanilla Body Butter.
Vegetable Glycerine^ (Glycerin) is a mild natural preservative, rich emollient and lubricant naturally extracted from vegetable oils and has been used in cosmetics for thousands of years. It kills microbes (bacteria and fungi) and reduces inflammation. It is also a humectant used in moisturisers due to its water-binding capabilities that allow it to draw and absorb water from the air. This helps to keep the skin’s surface soft and flexible. We do not use synthetic glycerine derived from propylene alcohol which is highly irritating to the skin and scalp and should be avoided. MOS products that contain guar gum are: Apricot & Macadamia Cleanser, Turkish Rose Toner, Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba Beads, Shea & Coconut Moisturiser, Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Gel, Low Oil Moisturiser, Lavender Toner, 10 Serum, I Serum, Hair Wax, Beach Curls Styling Spritz, Summer Spritzer, and our Perfume & Aftershave.
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Ylang-ylang Essential Oil* (Cananga odorata) this essential oil encompasses strong sensual and euphoric qualities and is heralded as an aphrodisiac. Also used for its skin-soothing properties and exquisite spicy floral scent. It has antiseptic properties and has a balancing effect on sebum production. This makes it suitable for both oily and dry skin. It has been used in hair dressing preparations to help promote healthy hair growth and improve scalp conditions. MOS Sensual Massage Blend contains ylang-ylang essential oil.
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Our ingredients are listed alphabetically, using their common names. The INCI names of most ingredients are also included. INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients.
*Denotes certified organic ingredient
** Denotes sustainable product
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^Denotes naturally derived product
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GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION: Caution should be taken when using Essential Oils. Do not use any oils without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. All Essential Oils should be kept out of the reach of children.
DISCLAIMER: This information is provided purely for informational purposes only, and does not in any way purport to be medical or prescriptive suggestions. Any reference to medicinal or health benefits is not meant to treat or diagnose any problem and is not meant to replace professional medical advice and should not take the place of any prescribed medication that has been prescribed by a physician.
These ingredients are subject to change.