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the active ingredients in anokha were selected from the large number of herbal remedies which have been traditionally used throughout South Asia to achieve beautiful, clear skin. Only those ingredients which have also been shown scientifically to be both efficacious and safe were chosen. In order to be responsible to the environment and our earth's limited resources, renewable resources are favored over those which are limited in supply.

carefully selected and clinically studied ingredients that will help you feel and look naturally beautiful.

that’s our oath to you.

 

ALMOND (Prunus dulcis)

the almond is native to the Middle East and South Asia. the almond is believed to have been transported in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe. almonds were a prized ingredient used in breads served to Egyptian pharoahs, and were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.  almonds have maintained their ethnic, religious, and cultural significance throughout history. they have long been considered in Ayurvedic medicine to provide nutrients to the brain and clarity to the skin. almond oil is used to soothe and condition the skin by replenishing natural skin oils lost during cleansing.  

Products: Almond Cleansing Milk, Jasmine Serum, Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil, Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil, Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

AMLA (Phyllanthus emblica)

amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is native to Southeast Asia and is found throughout India. the edible fruit is sour and astringent in taste, with sweet, bitter and pungent secondary tastes. the amla tree is considered to be the sacred dwelling of the god Vishnu. in other Hindu myths, amla is said to have originated from drops of amrit which spilled onto the earth following a battle between gods and demons. in the Sanskrit Buddhist tradition, half of an amla fruit was the final gift to the Buddhist sangha by the Indian emperor Ashoka. all parts of the plant are used in Ayurvedic medicine, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers.  amla balances all three doshas.  pitta is reduced by its cooling energy, while kapha is balanced by its drying action.  both pitta and vata are balanced by its sweetness.  as a rasayana, or rejuvenative, it promotes longevity by enhancing digestion, purifying the blood, strengthening the heart, stimulating hair growth, enlivening the body, and enhancing intellect. amla is also prized by science for its high levels of antioxidants and tannins, which eliminate free-radical induced damage of the skin.  the high levels of vitamin C allow it to be used as a natural skin brightener, while the anti-collagenase effect contributes to its anti-aging activity.  

 

ASHWAGANDHA (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha, also known as "Indian ginseng", is one of the best known of all Ayurvedic plants. Leaves of the plant are applied to treat wounds, abscesses, and inflammation. It is also used by Indian women to reduce dark circles beneath the eyes.

 

BAMBOO (Bambusa arundinacea)


Bamboo contains bambusoideae, which helps to bind moisture to the skin surface. Its extract also contains over 70% natural silica, which helps to exfoliate and smooth the skin's outer layers. In addition, it is a fast-growing plant which helps to balance oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 

 

BEESWAX

Beeswax forms a protective barrier when applied to the skin, which holds in moisture to reduce dryness. As a humectant, beeswax also attracts water molecules to increase hydration. It is also a good source of vitamin A.

Product: Ayurvedic Lip Butter

 

BERGAMOT ORANGE (Citrus bergamia)

Bergamot orange is a fragrant citrus fruit which is the size of an orange, but which has a green color similar to that of a lime. Bergamot has antibacterial and balancing properties which make it excellent for use on oily skin.  Be sure to use a sunscreen after applying products with bergamot oil, as it is a photosensitizer.

Product: Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil

 

BLACK TEA (Camellia sinensis)

Black tea is a fermented variety of tea derived from the same Camellia sinensis plant that produces green tea. Black tea ferment is an antioxidant which helps to defend against free radicals while softening and brightening the skin. 

product: Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser 

 

BLUE YARROW (Achillea millefolium)

blue yarrow essential oil has anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. its scent is sweet and fresh. When distilled, one of its constituents decomposes into chamazulene, which lends its entrancing, deep blue color. 

product: blue lotus body oil

  

BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium lappa)

Burdock root has been shown to have both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used in the treatment of acne. 

Product: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner

 

CAFFEINE

Caffeine has multiple benefits when applied topically, including acting as a vasoconstrictor to reduce redness and inflammation, a diuretic to reduce puffiness, and as an antioxidant to reduce free-radical damage.

 

CAMELLIA (Camellia oleifera) OIL

Camellia oil is an excellent emollient which keeps skin soft and supple. It is rapidly absorbed into the skin and is non-comedogenic. It also helps to repair damage secondary to aging and dehydration.

Product: ayurvedic lip butter

 

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDES

Caprylic/capric triglycerides are formed from a combination of glycerol with medium chain coconut fatty acids. It has a very light texture, and is readily absorbed into skin without leaving a greasy residue.

product: blue lotus body oil

 

CASTOR SEED OIL

castor oil is obtained from cold-pressing the seeds of the castor plant. it contains approximately 90% ricinoleic acid, which provides its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. castor oil is quite viscous and disperses pigment well. it’s often used as a “dirt magnet” to remove makeup and cleanse skin, as a skin conditioning agent, and a stabilizer of cosmetic products. 

Product: ayurvedic lip butter , rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

CLARY SAGE (Salvia sclera)

clary sage has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its exfoliating and hydrating properties.

Product: Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil

 

COCONUT (Cocos nucifera)

Coconut oil is enormously popular in beauty products secondary to its moisturizing properties and its ability to be easily absorbed into the skin. 

Product: Almond Cleansing Milk, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

  

ELDERBERRY (Sambucus nigra)

Elderberries provide a number of different flavonoids, including quercetin, rutoside, hesperidin and anthocyanins. In addition to being anti-oxidants,they have shown antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity. Bioflavonoids can help to prevent wrinkles, reduce pigmentation, and increase collagen production. Elderberry also contains high levels of vitamins A, B6, E, and C.

Product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens)

Geranium has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its toning and acne fighting abilities.

Products: Almond Cleansing Milk, Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

GOTU KOLA (Centella asiatica)

Gotu kola, also known as Indian Pennywort, is believed to contain active ingredients which stimulate the production of human collagen. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of burns, wounds, ulcers, and the prevention of scars, and is an anti-inflammatory agent.

Products: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner 

 

GRAPEFRUIT OIL (Citrus grandis)

Grapefruit oil can reduce excess oiliness while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Grapefruit oil has antimicrobial and antifungal effects against Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Candida.

Product: Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser

 

GRAPESEED OIL

Grapeseed oil moisturizes the skin while providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Product: Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser

 

GREEN TEA (Camellia sinensis)

Green tea, the unfermented form of black tea, is widely cultivated throughout India and Sri Lanka. Although it is often ingested for its anti-oxidants, it can also be used as a soothing anti-inflammatory agent when applied directly to the skin. It is also a natural astringent and is helpful in treating breakouts.

 

HIBISCUS FLOWER EXTRACT (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Hibiscus helps to increase skin elasticity by inhibiting the enzyme elastase. Citric and malic acids found within the plant provide gentle exfoliation of the skin, which helps to even skin tone. It is rich in antioxidants, astringent, and anti-inflammatory. Finally, the high mucilage content provides excellent moisturizing properties.

 

HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid is an incredibly efficient hydrating agent for skin care, capable of holding 1000 times its weight in water. It delivers moisture to plump the skin without clogging pores. 

Product: Jasmine Serum

 

JASMINE (Jasminum officiale)

The jasmine flower is one of the most beloved and fragrant flowers throughout South Asia. Jasmine oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to soothe and moisturize the skin. Its fragrance is both calming and sensual.

Product: Jasmine Serum, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

 

JOJOBA (Simmondsia chinensis)

jojoba oil is chemically similar to human sebum, but is non-comedogenic. it contains high levels of vitamin E and is an antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radicals. finally, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and has been shown to inhibit Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans

product: Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser

 

KUKUI NUT OIL 

kukui nut oil contains linoleic and linolenic fatty acids which are excellent for repairing the skin's barrier mechanisms and decreasing transepidermal water loss. it also contains oleic acid, which moisturizes and softens the skin.

product: blue lotus body oil 

 

LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is a highly fragrant flower which has been used to reduce scars, decrease pigmentation, and fight acne, inflammation, and infection.

Product: Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil

 

LEMON (Citrus limon

The lemon is able to reduce both pigmentation and oil on facial skin, but should never be applied directly without use of a carrier oil.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)


Licorice root is a safe and natural skin lightening agent. It is one of several ingredients available as alternatives to hydroquinone to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin. In addition, it can be used to soothe inflamed skin.

Products: Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser

 

LOTUS (Nelumbo nucifera)

Throughout human history the lotus flower has been treasured as a sacred symbol of purity and vitality. Depictions of this plant adorn the walls of Hindu temples and Egyptian tombs. It is valued for its soothing and astringent properties.

product: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner

 

MANDARIN (Citrus reticulata blanco)

red mandarin essential oil, originating from South China, is cold-pressed from the peel of fully ripened fruits. the aroma is both uplifting and deeply relaxing.

product: rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

MANGO (Mangifera indica)

The mango, also known as "the food of the gods", is an enormously popular fruit throughout South Asia. It contains high levels of vitamin C and anti-oxidants. The butter derived from the fruit softens the skin and prevents moisture loss.

 

MILK 

Milk and milk products, such as yogurt, have been valued since ancient times for their soothing and luxurious properties. Cleopatra is known to have bathed in a concoction of milk and rose petals. It is still used daily by Indian women as a gentle facial cleanser.

Products: Oatmeal Cleansing Milk

 

NEEM (Azadirachta indica)

The neem tree is considered to be a "miracle plant" in India, and its leaves and bark have been used for centuries to cleanse and disinfect the skin. It is traditionally used as an extremely effective acne treatment and to tone the skin.

Product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

NEROLI (Citrus aurantium)

Neroli has been shown to exhibit both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties when used in skin care.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

OATMEAL (Avena sativa)

Oatmeal is a gentle cleanser which is excellent for oily skin types. It absorbs excess sebum while restoring the barrier function of skin. In addition, it acts as a gentle exfoliant. It relives areas of inflammation, and is thought to improve the elasticity of the skin. 

Product: Oatmeal Cleansing Milk

 

ORANGE PEEL EXTRACT

Orange peel provides additional exfoliation to the skin with a high concentration of vitamin C to reduce pigmentation.

Product: Oatmeal Cleansing Milk

 

PANTHENOL 

panthenol is the alcohol analog of vitamin B5. it penetrates deeply into the skin, and provides long-term moisturization while improving barrier function.

Product: Jasmine Serum

 

PAPAYA SEED OIL

papaya seed oil, rich in fatty acids, penetrates and moisturizes the skin effectively. 

product: blue lotus body oil

 

PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)

peppermint contains vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the skin.  

product: Ayurvedic Lip Butter

 

POMEGRANANATE 

pomegranate seed oil is obtained from the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. it has a very high concentration of punicic acid, a powerful anti-inflammatory. pomegranate has also demonstrated potent antioxidant activity, helps with skin elasticity, and is deeply nourishing for skin.

product: rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

RICE (Oryza sativa)

rice, a universal food staple, has been used in beauty treatments around the world. It is an excellent exfoliant and can be used 2-3x/week. the oil derived from rice bran is a moisturizer which also brightens to skin and contains anti-oxidants. it is a valuable nutrient for the skin.

product: rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

ROSE (Roseacea rosa)

The alluring rose is a wonderful source of beauty remedies. Rose oil tones the skin. Rosewater, which is the distilled essence of rose petals, is not only astringent, but also has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. The powder of dried and crushed rose petals also provides an astringent effect.

Products: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner, Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

 

SAFFLOWER 

Safflower oil contains a high concentration of linoleic acid (78%), which combines with sebum to clear pores, reducing blackheads and acne. Linoleic acid also stimulates cell regeneration, renewing the surface of the skin to decrease the appearance of blemishes and scars.

Product: Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil

 

SANDALWOOD (Santalum album)

Sandalwood, believed to bring one closer to the divine, is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. It has long been prized for its anti-septic, soothing, and moisturizing properties. The oil has been used as a perfume for over 4000 years. Australian sandalwood is used in our products, as Indian sandalwood is in dangerously low supply secondary to over-harvesting.

Products: Jasmine Serum, Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

 

SESAME (Sesamum indicum)

Sesame oil is an anti-oxidant and moisturizing agent for the skin. It is easily absorbed, and possesses both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil 

 

SOYBEAN EXTRACT

A form of soy isoflavone has been shown to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Soy encourages the production of collagen which helps to improve the firmness of skin.

 

SQUALANE

squalane is a light and stable version of olive oil squalene. found naturally in the sebum of human skin, squalane helps to lubricate and protect the skin while being rapidly absorbed.   

products: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque, blue lotus body oil

 

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflower seed oil is high in vitamins A, C, E, and D. It is readily absorbed into the skin and is often used a carrier oil for essential oils.

 product: Ayurvedic Lip Butter

 

TOCOPHEROL

tocopherol (vitamin E) is an antioxidant which helps to prevent free radical damage to the skin.  It is also an anti-inflammatory, and moisturizer. It does appear to help reduce scarring in the clinical setting despite a relative lack of scientific data in this area.

Product: Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil, Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil, Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil, blue lotus body oil, rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

TULSI (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is used in India for both purification and medicine. It is known for its antiseptic and soothing qualities, and is frequently used in acne treatments. The scent is light and refreshing.

Product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

TURMERIC (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric, a relative of ginger, is a powder ground from the root of a leafy plant. It contains curcumin, which has repeatedly been shown in scientific studies to possess anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative properties. Turmeric and milk are applied to the skin by South Asian brides and grooms prior to marriage in a beauty ritual. It is a key ingredient in many acne and facial treatments.

product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

YLANG YLANG (Canaga odorata)

Although ylang ylang is best known for its rich floral fragrance, it has been demonstrated to have anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant activity.  A study examining effects on melanogenesis (the formation of pigment of skin) found that several compounds isolated from the flower can inhibit the production of melanin. Inhalation of the scent of ylang ylang significantly decreases blood pressure while promoting relaxation. Finally, ylang ylang is believed to act as an aphrodisiac.  Quite the powerhouse.

product: Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

 

YUZU (Citrus junos)

Cultivated in Japan and Korea, the rare and prized yuzu fruit is traditionally floated in a hot ceremonial bath on the night of the winter solstice with the aim of protecting against colds, stimulating the skin, warming the body, and relaxing the mind. 

product: blue lotus body oil