anokha ingredients

the ingredients in anokha were selected from a large number of natural actives and botanicals which have been used throughout the world 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, sustainable resources are always 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. they have maintained their ethnic, religious, and cultural significance throughout history. almond oil is used to soothe and condition the skin by replenishing natural skin oils lost during cleansing. our almond oil is certified organic.

products: jasmine serum, kapha facial oil, vata facial oil, pitta facial oil

   

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 a good source of vitamin A. our beeswax is certified organic.

product: lip butter

 

BERGAMOT (Citrus bergamia)*

origin: Italy

bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit which is the size of an orange, but which has a green color similar to that of a lime. our bergamot essential oil is certified organic, and is cold-pressed from the peels of the fruit. bergamot has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-oxidant properties. the scent is a top note which in aromatherapy has been shown to decrease anxiety and enhance the mood.

product: kapha facial oil

 

BLUE CLAY (kaolin)

origin: Russia

Cambrian blue clay helps to purify the skin, assists in the reduction of pores, gently exfoliates, and stimulates the circulation. for more about this remarkable clay, visit our journal entry ingredient focus: Cambrian blue clay

product: blue clay clarifying masque  

 

BLUE YARROW (Achillea millefolium)*

origin: Bulgaria

blue yarrow essential oil has anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties, with a scent that has both sweet and grounding top and middle notes. when distilled, one of its constituents decomposes into chamazulene, which lends its entrancing, deep blue color. our blue yarrow essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and tops of the plant, and is certified organic.

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. burdock root also contains multiple types of potent anti-oxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids.

product: lotus flower & rosewater toner

  

CAMELLIA (Camellia oleifera)* 

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. our camellia oil is certified organic.

product: 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 , pitta facial oil

 

CASTOR SEED (Ricinus communis)*

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. our castor seed oil is certified organic.

products: lip butter, rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

CLARY SAGE (Salvia sclera)*

origin: France

clary sage has been used for its exfoliating and hydrating properties, but also lends a euphoric scent that is believed to promote calm and relaxation. our clary sage essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant and is certified organic. it provides an herbal middle note.

product: kapha facial oil

   

GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens)*

origin: South Africa

geranium has been used for its toning and acne fighting abilities. our geranium essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and tops of the plant, and is certified organic. it has green and rosy middle and top notes. according to aromatherapist Gabriel Mojay, geranium can also "pacify the will and ease frustration". perfect for your morning commute. 

product: 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 , lotus & lychee facial crème (winter, 2020)

 

GRAPEFRUIT (Citrus paradisi)

origin: USA

our grapefruit essential oil is cold-pressed from the peels of the fruit. it has a wonderfully citrus top note. it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and helps to limit cravings and hunger.

product: rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

HIBISCUS FLOWER (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.

product: hibiscus brightening serum...coming in 2021

 

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 grandiflorum)*

origin: India

the jasmine flower is one of the most beloved and fragrant flowers throughout Asia. according to aromatherapist Patricia Davis, jasmine brings together the fiery dynamism associated with the masculine aspect (yang) and the soft earthiness of the feminine (yin). our jasmine extract is derived from a benign solvent extraction without hexane, and is certified organic. it provides a voluptuous and rich base to middle note.

products: jasmine serum, pitta facial oil

  

KUKUI NUT (Aleurites moluccan)

origin: Denmark

kukui nut 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)

origin: France

lavender is a highly fragrant flower which has been used to reduce scars, decrease pigmentation, and fight acne, inflammation, and infection. we use a high-elevation lavender essential oil which provides a distinctly different top and middle note when compared to most other varieties of this flower. our lavender is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant.

product: kapha facial oil

 

LEMON (Citrus limon)* 

origin: Italy

the humble lemon has a tremendous number of excellent qualities: anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, mood enhancer, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and skin penetration enhancer - to name a few. our lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the peels of the fruit and is certified organic.

product: vata facial oil

 

LEMONGRASS (Cymbopogon flexuosus)*

origin: India and Sri Lanka

lemongrass has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-oxidant abilities in addition to its refreshing and calming middle to top note. our lemongrass essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant. it is certified organic.

product: blue clay clarifying masque

 

LIME (Citrus aurantifolia)*

origin: Sri Lanka

we use a steam distilled essential oil derived from the peels of the lime fruit. our lime essential oil is certified organic, and provides a top note in aromatherapy. lime peel and leaf extracts have been shown to have anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and properties.

product: blue clay clarifying masque

  

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 contains vitamins such as vitamin C, which protects the skin from free radicals, and minerals including potassium to assist with hydration. lotus flower also contains fatty acids, flavonoids and proteins, which help to strengthen connective tissue. lotus flower's anti-inflammatory properties assist in calming redness and swelling, while its help to restores the skin's natural pigmentation. 

product: lotus flower & rosewater toner , lotus & lychee facial crème (winter, 2020)

 

MANDARIN (Citrus reticulata blanco)

origin: Italy

red mandarin essential oil, originating from South China, is cold-pressed from the peel of fully ripened fruits. it shows anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. the aroma is both uplifting and deeply relaxing. maybe drop a little in the cubicle of that grumpy co-worker.

products: rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil , hibiscus brightening serum (2021)

 

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 in Asia as a gentle facial cleanser.

product: oatmeal cleansing milk

  

NEROLI (Citrus aurantium)*

origin: Morocco

neroli exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties when used in skin care. when used in aromatherapy, it has a floral top which has been shown to lower blood pressure, act as a sedative, decrease anxiety, increase sexual desire, and provide relief from premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. our neroli essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant, and is certified organic.

product: vata facial oil

 

OATMEAL (Avena sativa)

origin: 

oatmeal is a supremely gentle cleanser which is excellent for all skin types. it absorbs excess sebum while restoring the barrier function of skin, retains water to hydrate, and acts as a gentle exfoliant. it also relives areas of inflammation, and is thought to improve the elasticity of the skin. 

product: oatmeal cleansing milk

 

ORANGE (Citrus sinensis)

orange peel provides additional exfoliation to the skin with a high concentration of vitamin C to help 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 moisture while improving barrier function.

product: jasmine serum

 

PAPAYA SEED (Carica papaya)

origin: Turkey

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

product: blue lotus body oil

 

PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)*

origin: India

peppermint contains vitamins A and C, and soothes with its refreshing top note. our peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled from the partially dried leaves of the plant and is certified organic.

product: lip butter

 

POMEGRANANATE (Punica granatum)

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

 

PROPANEDIOL

propanediol is plant-based and derived from corn sugar fermentation. it acts as a humectant, preservative booster, solvent, stabilizer, and emollient. it is an excellent alternative to propylene gycol.

product: lotus flower & rosewater toner

 

RICE (Oryza sativa)

rice, a universal food staple, has been used in beauty treatments around the world. the oil derived from rice bran is a moisturizer which helps to brighten the skin and contains anti-oxidants. 

product: rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil

 

ROSE (Roseacea rosa)

origin: Bulgaria

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, pitta facial oil

 

SAFFLOWER (Carthamus tinctorius)*

origin: Mexico

safflower oil contains a high concentration of linoleic acid, which combines with sebum to clear pores, reducing blackheads and acne. linoleic acid also stimulates cell regeneration, renewing the surface of the skin to help decrease the appearance of blemishes and scars. our safflower oil is certified organic.

product: kapha facial oil

 

SANDALWOOD (Santalum album)

origin: Australia

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 from a premium grower is now used in our products, as Indian sandalwood is in dangerously low supply secondary to over-harvesting.

products: jasmine serum, 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. our sesame oil is certified organic.

product: vata facial oil 

 

SQUALANE

squalane is a potent carrier oil which has incredible emollient properties and helps to reduce trans-epidermal water loss. we use only plant-based squalane derived from olive oil. 

products: 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. our sunflower oil is certified organic.

product: lip butter

 

TOCOPHEROL

origin: China

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.

products: pitta facial oil, kapha facial oil, vata facial oil, blue lotus body oil, rice bran & pomegranate facial cleansing oil, lip butter

  

YLANG YLANG (Canaga odorata)*

origin: Madagascar

although ylang ylang is best known for its rich floral fragrance, it has demonstrated 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, it is believed to act as an aphrodisiac. our ylang ylang essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant and is certified organic.

products: pitta facial oil , lotus & lychee facial crème (winter, 2020)

 

YUZU (Citrus junos)

origin: Japan

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. it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties, and eases tension, anger, and hostility. (perfect for the year we call "2020".) our yuzu essential oil is steam distilled from the peels of the fruit. we treasure it for its bright and uplifting top note.

products: blue lotus body oil, blue clay clarifying masque

 

*certified organic 

 

references:

Dosoky N, Setzer WN. Biological activities and safety of Citrus spp. essential oils. Int J Mol Sci 2018; 19: 1966

Davis P. Subtle Aromatherapy, The C.W. Daniel Company, Ltd., 1991.

 

note: 

the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not evaluated the statements on this website. no claims are made as to the medicinal value of any products from anokha. the information presented here is for educating our customers and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. if you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.