Why Back to Basics?
The Roots natural collection was created with an intention to simplify our body care routine by using all natural, earth-given ingredients and stepping away from chemicals that, though easily available and often cheaper, can harm our bodies and don’t bring wholesome nourishment.
Growing up I was very close with my grandmother who, as I see it now, was a kind of a modern shaman or medicine woman. Her herbal solutions to most ailments and use of plants as medicine or nutritional supplements fascinated me even as a child.
When I was a teenager I discovered that saying we “eat through the skin” has its scientific grounds. Our bodies keep absorbing and transforming ingredients that it receives, whether from the environment, food we consume or products we apply on it. I chose then to “feed” it as well as I can on every level. Your skin is the largest organ of elimination in the body and has a remarkable ability to absorb applied substances into the bloodstream.
My journey started with using natural oils instead of shop-bought lotions, rinsing my hair with apple cider vinegar and using kitchen-ingredients made masks and moisturisers.
Slowly over the time I started getting creative and experimenting with different ingredients to create completely natural products for my body care. Many of my products took some trial and error before I developed a perfect combination of ingredients, experimented with their various properties and tested all products exclusively on myself
What are “100% natural ingredients”?
It is a difficult task to define what is “natural”. Technically, everything we humans produce has its origin in nature and is, therefore, to an extent natural. We could argue that what makes it less or mo so is the level of processing or altering the original, in other words performing a series of mechanical or chemical operations in order to change it.
We could then say that the further from its original form the less natural the substance is but I don’t see it entirely true. After all, butter is a processed milk, as is curd and both these by products are all natural and on top of all have their own unique benefits as food or in skin care.
Moreover, there are certain substances that are harmful for humans in their all natural, unaltered state (as poison ivy for instance, fragrant herb that you would not like to apply on your skin even fresh from the garden!).
I am not here to argue what constitutes “natural” though. All I want is to present to you what type of ingredients I use for my “natural” skincare:
- animal ingredients: beeswax, milk, honey, curd, butter (beeswax is the only one of these ingredients you can find in my ready made products. The remaining ones I use in my daily body care routine at home).
- mineral ingredients: mud, clay, natural pigments, sea salt, Himalayan salt, etc.
- vegetable ingredients: plant based/herbal powders, flowers, vegetable/nut butter and oil, buds, essential oils, seeds, nuts, roots etc.
What I Offer
The products I offer are made fresh and never stored long.
I only use natural essential oils for fragrance (as well as their particular effects), therefore the products may loose their aroma after some time but they will not lose their benefits.
All skin care products are:
- Handmade in small batches, as is all the packaging
- Palm oil-free
- Dairy free
- Alcohol free
- SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free
- Artificial fragrance feee
- Cruelty-free/no animal testing
- All natural ingredients
I use only high quality natural ingredients that include essential oils, herbs, clays, local organic beeswax, plant butters and native plant oils to create nourishing and well-balanced formulations that feed and nourish your body.