Vedani Botanicals: Pure, 100% Natural, Organic Skincare
More and more people are turning to natural skincare products, realising that what you put on your body is as important as what you put inside it. In the same way we feed ourselves with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from wholefoods, it's important we give our skin the same love and attention.
As a health and beauty brand, we take our skincare seriously - which is why we were excited to discover the 100% natural and organic range from Vedani Botanicals.
Born from a passion for skincare, aromatherapy and nutrition, Vedani blends high quality organic essential oils, botanical extracts and cold pressed, unrefined plant oils to create a range of beautiful skincare products. Packaged in elegant floral bottles, made in small batches in the UK, and with baobab oil as one of the hero ingredients, it's easy to see why we fell for them!
We caught up with the founder and formulator, Sadie Harris, to get her thoughts on natural beauty, and why baobab made it into her ingredient list:
Why is it so important to use skincare that has natural ingredients?
Due to toxic effects of synthetic oils and other ingredients, there is a growing trend to use natural oils in skincare. There is increasing consumer demand for high-quality cosmetic products of natural origin, which industry is responding to.
Seed oils are ideally suited to satisfy this need due to their high fatty acid content. Fatty acids have been shown to have beneficial effects when applied topically to the skin and the oils can be used as a carrier for other active ingredients. The presence of certain fatty acids has also proved to enhance skin permeation of co-applied substances - what a bonus!
I also strongly believe the ingredients have to be grown organically - without any harsh synthetic chemicals. I don’t see how an ingredient can be classed as natural if it is grown with artificial pesticides and fertilisers as these will then be present in the plant and, consequently, in the cosmetic ingredients extracted from it.
The process of extraction also matters greatly - it needs to ensure that the skin-beneficial nutrients are kept intact and no artificial chemicals are added. For example, plant oils extracted by cold-pressing will contain fragile vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega 3. In contrast, solvent extraction and refining - which involves all sorts of processes such as bleaching, chemical filtration, etc. - can reduce or remove not only the scent and colour, but also a loss of vital nutrients. Goodness knows what residues are left behind in the oil! Solvent extracted oils will most likely have some amounts of solvents left in the oil, which in turn can cause skin reactions.
Our bodies 'recognise' natural substances and can process them - the nutrients in natural ingredients are bio-available to us. Our bodies are designed to absorb nutrients from food, but we also absorb a high percentage of what we inhale and what we put on our skin, so I would rather be absorbing natural compounds rich in nutrients, not artificial chemicals which could be building up harmful toxic levels in the body.
Do you think what you eat plays a role in glowing skin?
Yes it really is true that we are what we eat - there is a growing body of research showing that diet really does affect our skin. We need nutrients to function at optimum level, when we lack nutrients we start to suffer, this can of course show through the skin.
I believe it is important to eat organically, not only because it reduces our intake of artificial chemicals but because I believe organic soil can be richer in minerals. The soil is where we get minerals from, so mineral rich soil is vital.
Our nutritional intake needs to be looked at carefully to care holistically for our skin, and our overall health and wellbeing. I believe Baobab Powder is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, due to it being naturally very rich in Vitamin C.
What made you choose baobab oil to use in your skin care range?
My skincare formulation consultant and aromatherapy tutor, Margaret Karlinski, of Balance in Life, is a scientist who specialises in plant oil chemistry. Her knowledge is vast, well researched and up to date. Margaret brought baobab to my attention and taught me about its benefits.
Baobab oil is a wonderful oil, thought to be regenerating, helping to support the skin’s collagen and elastin. It is highly-penetrating, deeply nourishing and softens dry skin. It is said to be non-irritating as well as non-sensitising. It has skin loving, repairing, protecting components - fatty acids and plant sterols, including β-sitosterol, a known antioxidant able to reduce DNA damage and the level of free radicals. It is known to restore and re-moisturise the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
Baobab's constituents include various fatty acids (palmitic, stearic, oleic), linoleic and alpha-linolenic fatty acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids known as vitamin 'F') as well as vitamins A, D3 and E. Vitamins A and ‘F' are directly implicated in the rejuvenation and renewal of cell membranes, while vitamin E is a superior antioxidant, with an anti-ageing effect. This makes baobab oil an ideal choice when trying to help treat dry and damaged skin - it is used for intensive hair care and its soothing properties are helpful for eczema and psoriasis treatments.
The oil is said to alleviate pain from burns and regenerates the epithelial tissues in a short time, thereby improving skin tone and elasticity. It has a great shelf life too. How could I give it a miss?!
Vedani Botanicals have a 'Green Skin Event' this weekend, a holistic lifestyle course that includes advice on skin nutrition, tips on what to eat for healthy skin and plenty of relaxing yoga. If you would like to find out more about the event or Vedani Botanicals, head over to their website at www.vedanibotanicals.com.
We are giving away two 'daily rituals face care trial sets' from the Vedani Botanicals range, the lucky winners will receive the skincare that is appropriate to their skin. Check out the Aduna Twitter page for competition details.