Top CARRIER + SEED OILS for Well-Aging Skin + Hair Care Products | Part 2/4

In celebration of September is Healthy Aging® Month, and over this month we are highlighting the beauty of growing older and featuring a list of well-aging ingredients that support skin as we age. See part I for Essential Oil recommendations and stay tuned for more!

Sept 1 Well-Aging Essential Oils 
Sept 8 Well-Aging Carrier + Seed Oils
Sept 15 Well-Aging Butters
Sept 22 Well-Aging Cellular Extracts 


Numerous external and intrinsic factors influence the chronological and photo-aging of skin: including genes, stress, sunlight, diet, hormonal changes, etc. In younger years, our skin does a great job of regenerating itself – approximately every 27 days to be exact,5 but our repair efficiency degrades with age.6

We’ve borrowed the term “Regenerative” from an agricultural concept that ourselves and many of our producers practice, because like the Earth’s surface,7 our skin (and scalp!) also need restoration with the wear and tear of life. It needs proper moisturization, a balanced yet biodiverse microbiome, a healthy environment, quality, living nutrients, and much more.


Unlike many ‘pseudoscientific’ beauty8 references that are heavy on claims and light on the chemistry, these ingredients’ constituents are backed by third-party research to show the potential they have in skin and hair care. 
Although there are invasive procedures and treatments to speed up cell turnover rate or reduce signs of aging, one study supports daily skin care routines, claiming they “may increase skin regeneration, elasticity, smoothness, and thus temporarily change the skin condition. However, it is necessary to stop the degradation of the skin primary structural constituents, such as collagen, elastin, to prevent the formation of wrinkles … Another integral approach preventing wrinkle formation is the reduction of inflammation by topical or systemic antioxidants which should be used in combination with sunscreens and retinoids to enhance their protective effects.”9

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Sweet Almond
Prunus dulcis Oil

Filled with vitamin A, D, E, K, antioxidants and fatty acids, sweet almond oil is great for skin, hair and eye area due to Vitamin K that strengthens capillaries and reduces fluid retention under the eyes.

Prunus armeniaca Oil

Rich in vitamin A, it keeps the skin hydrated, also able to soften and calm irritation

Argania spinosa Oil
It’s rich in omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids, which work to lightly moisturize your skin, soften dry patches and help with rosacea.
Persea gratissima Oil

It contains vitamins A, D and E, which help boost collagen production, promoting elasticity to lessen wrinkles. While soothing and for eczema or irritated skin, it’s not suitable for acne-prone skin.

Borago officinalis Seed Oil

Borage oil is renowned for its rich source GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid), a fatty acid for replenishing and maintaining and elasticity.

Vitis Vinifera Oil

Its linoleic acid is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and the oil also improves moisture levels and keeps skin hydrated and plump due to its fatty acids.

Simmondsia chinensis Oil
Jojoba oil has vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties and is much like the oils naturally on our skin. Its antioxidants block free radicals and aid in slowing signs of aging.
Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa Seed Oil
“Rosehip oil has vitamins A, C and E and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. It’s also known for its ability to penetrate deep into the skin, therefore boosting moisture and collagen levels.”
Sandalwood Santalum Spicatum Seed Oil An excellent emollient, its natural blend of ximenynic acid (35±2%) and oleic acid (52±2%) make it great for skin and hair products.It may prevent degradation of hyaluronic acid and collagen and leads to an overall strengthening of the extracellular matrix, which in turn leads to an improvement in skin elasticity and tighter looking skin. It may also increase micro-circulation in skin, micro-vascular constriction to reduce varicose veins and cellulitis, and reduce hair loss

Sacha Inchi Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil

One of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acid, it also contains Omega 6, 9, proteins and antioxidants. It is also abundant in iodine and vitamin A and E. It is great for retaining moisture, lessens UV-induced photodamage, and therefore the signs of aging.

Evening Primrose Oil It is a popular ingredient in a variety of anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products as it supplies the skin with vitamins and other nutrients. It may be helpful in reducing signs of sun damage and will prevent the skin from drying out.

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Additional Sources: 
13.   Neurocosmetics in Skincare—The Fascinating World of Skin–Brain Connection: A Review to Explore Ingredients, Commercial Products for Skin Aging, and Cosmetic Regulation

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REGENERATING INGREDIENTS FOR GEN 'S' (part 1/4 - Essential Oils)

REGENERATING INGREDIENTS FOR GEN 'S' (part 1/4 - Essential Oils)

Well-Aging is the new Anti-Aging. This is the 1st of a 4 part series featuring the best cosmetic ingredients for age-supporting skin + hair care products.

Although the one proverbial constant in life may be change; the one thing that has gone unchanged for generations in skincare is the desire for smooth, healthy, young-looking skin.1  For centuries, personal care products’ primary purpose has served to promote a youthful appearance, making ‘Anti-Aging’ more than a category in the cosmetics industry, but the main objective.
As conscious consumers become wise to the lies of some alleged time-reversing miracles and/or lost trust in toxic treatments, the concept of skin care is evolving, along with the definition of “beauty,” shifting from age-defying to aging-well (wrinkles and all). With “plant-derived extracts … among the main constituents of the cosmetic formulations containing natural ingredients,”2 our ‘pro-aging’ products (essential oils, carrier oils, butters and Cellular Extracts by NATIVE EXTRACTS) contain key compounds and characteristics to help us mature with grace.

September is Healthy Aging® Month, and over this month we are highlighting the positive aspects of growing older and featuring a list of well-aging ingredients from the following categories. Now in its second decade, the founder of this declaration, Carol Worthington, says this month “provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well-being.” Follow us along social media channels for more well-aging skincare tips (links in footer)!

Sept 1 Well-Aging Essential Oils
Sept 8 Well-Aging Carrier + Seed Oils
Sept 15 Well-Aging Butters
Sept 22 Well-Aging Cellular Extracts



The cohort embracing health span over life span is largely led by the over-50’s, the so-called “Gen S” (S as in ‘silver’, ‘sexy’, and more importantly ‘spenders,’ with baby Boomers holding 70% of disposable income in the U.S.)3, who are ever-more important with inclusion, diversity and equality rising in company values. A 2018 study showed that the majority of this audience feels ignored by brand messaging – more precisely, 78% feel under-represented or misrepresented by advertising; however, 69% would be more receptive to brands if they represented over-50s more accurately.4
So, we’ve specifically selected the following species to complement the skin and hair concerns of Gen S, from sun-damage, skin thinning and fine lines to hair loss or graying, so that you can narrow your formulations for unique lifestyles rather than generic “aging.” After all, each buyer contributing to the chart-topping global sales (Table 1) of anti-aging products has a unique set of needs – and luckily there is a species for just about each of those.

Table 1: Retail Value Sales of Cosmetic Categories

Table 1: Retail Value Sales of Cosmetic Categories

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Carrot Oil
Daucus carota

Providing a combination of vitamin A, C and E, this oil helps smooth fine lines and repair any damage caused by sun (i.e. melasma). A large portion of this oil is made up of carotenoids, which is a stellar antioxidant easily absorbed by the epidermis

Clary Sage Oil
Salvia sclarea

Research has shown that its antioxidant content may help prevent DNA and protein damage that affects skin cells. The oil also has antimicrobial properties.

Pop, A., Tofană, M., Socaci, S., Pop, C., Rotar, A., Nagy, M., & Salanță, L. (2016). Determination of Antioxidant Capacity and Antimicrobial Activity of Selected Salvia Species. Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. Food Science and Technology, 73(1), 14-18. doi: 10.15835/buasvmcn-fst:11965

Frankincense Oil
Boswellia carterii
(and frereana & serrata varieties)
Showing cytophylactic properties, these three species of Franinsense helps body to product new cells, maintain elasticity Frankincense essential oil is used in a variety of cosmetic products, but there’s no evidence to suggest that it’s an effective remedy for wrinkles. Some studies, however, have indicated that it may effectively help with stretch marks and scars.

Mikhaeil, B., Maatooq, G., Badria, F., et al. (2014). Chemistry and Immunomodulatory Activity of Frankincense Oil. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, 58(3-4), pp. 230-238. Retrieved 20 Mar. 2020, from doi: 10.1515/znc-2003-3-416 
Geranium Oil
Pelargonium graveolens
As a known anti-inflammatory, Geranium is of potential use in products for “Inflammaging,” chronic low-grade inflammation that accelerate the process of biological aging.

Helichrysum Oil
Helichrysum italicum

Shown to inhibit both collagenase and elastase activities – dermis enzymes involved in the visible signs of aging (wrinkles/sagging).

Ascrizzi, Roberta & Flamini, Guido. (2017). The antiaging properties of Helichrysum italicum (Roth) G.Don essential oil: collagenase and elastase inhibition activities.

Lavender Oil
Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender may work on preventing signs of aging on emotional and physical levels, by reducing stress levels that lead to aging. As an oil, evidence has shown that “Sub-acute inhalational exposure significantly augments the level of immune system antioxidant enzymes”.

Ayaz M, Sadiq A, Junaid M, Ullah F, Subhan F, Ahmed J. Neuroprotective and Anti-Aging Potentials of Essential Oils from Aromatic and Medicinal Plants. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017;9:168. Published 2017 May 30. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2017.00168

Lemon Oil
Citrus limonum
Its high concentration of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), “has shown to treat and prevent changes associated with photoaging”.

Ichi, I., & Kojo, S. (2010). Antioxidants as Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress. Biomarkers for Antioxidant Defense and Oxidative Damage: Principles and Practical Applications, 35–49. doi: 10.1002/9780813814438.ch3
Telang P. S. (2013). Vitamin C in dermatology. Indian dermatology online journal, 4(2), 143–146. doi: 10.4103/2229-5178.110593
Myrrh Oil
Commiphora myrrha
Egyptians used myrrh oil as a rejuvenating facial treatment. Known to be full of antioxidants, it is commonly used in skincare products.
Neroli Oil
Citrus aurantium amara
Neroli may increase skin elasticity and reduce the depth of wrinkles, potentially improving the appearance of scars on the surface of the dermis.

Palmarosa Oil 
Cymbopogon martini

This oil is antimicrobial aiding in reducing bacteria. It has shown to be conditioning, keeping skin supple, and acting as a tonic to bring the skin’s sebum level into balance.

Patchouli Oil
Pogostemon cablin
A known anti-inflammatory, it is also firming for skin and may help fight photo-aging

Lin RF, Feng XX, Li CW, Zhang XJ, Yu XT, Zhou JY, Zhang X, Xie YL, Su ZR, Zhan JY. Prevention of UV radiation-induced cutaneous photoaging in mice by topical administration of patchouli oil. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Jun 11;154(2):408-18. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.04.020. Epub 2014 Apr 18. PMID: 24747030.
Rose Oil
Rosa damascena
High in antioxidant properties that may show anti-aging effects

Boskabady MH, Shafei MN, Saberi Z, Amini S. Pharmacological effects of rosa damascena. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2011;14(4):295-307.
Sandalwood Oil
Santalum spicatum
The fatty acids and molecular composition of Sandalwood Seed Oil, makes it a very attractive ingredient for use in both skin and hair products. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and the presence of active Ximenynic acid has been shown to prevent degradation of hyaluronic acid and collagen and leads to an overall strengthening of the extracellular matrix, which in turn leads to an improvement in skin elasticity and tighter looking skin.
Ylang Ylang Oil 
Cananga odorata
It has very good nourishing properties and is anti-inflammatory – making it useful in reducing skin inflammation and used in skin products aimed at eczema. Ylang Ylang has a balancing effect on sebum production making it great for both oily and dry skin.

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Have a specific well-aging project in mind or already know what you are looking for? 

CONTACT our ingredient experts for data sheets, samples or recommendations on how to achieve your objectives naturally!

Essentials oils can be 50-100x more concentrated than natural levels in the plant. Take caution and always mind best practices when using oils. If applying topically, they should be diluted into a carrier oil and ONLY IF they are recommended for ingestion or inhalation, be sure to follow recommended dosage.
Essential oil: Several drops rubbed into the skin. (This may be diluted at 30 ml essential oil to 500 ml of a suitable carrier such as vegetable oil.)
Ointment: Semi-solid preparation containing 5-20% essential oil (in carrier oils, creams, or lotions) for local application. (Salve)
Tincture: Aqueous-alcoholic preparation containing 5-10% essential oil for local application.
Inhalant: Add a few (2-5) drops of essential oil to hot water or to a vaporizer; deeply inhale the steam vapor.

Cited Sources across Series:
Additional Sources:
13.   Neurocosmetics in Skincare—The Fascinating World of Skin–Brain Connection: A Review to Explore Ingredients, Commercial Products for Skin Aging, and Cosmetic Regulation

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Cosmetic + Food Grade Powders ... Over 100 different species of organic and conventional powders now available!

Our NEW Powders (cosmetic + food grade) are live! Explore a small selection or download the catalogue for our complete collection.

Our selection of natural ingredients is ever-growing to meet the trends and demands of the Clean Beauty Industry and Eco-Conscious Consumers.

For water-less formulations, nutraceuticals, supplements, and other applications for health, wellness and beauty - explore our range of cosmetic and food grade powders - featuring Australian Native Species, exotics and traditional botanicals, with a wide selection of organic options as well!

Questions? Contact us for more information ...


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An Inside Look at the Multifaceted Australian Essential Oil 

Most notably and historically, Kunzea ambigua is considered a weed to farmers, but like most tenacious plant species, its essential oil is packed with phyto-compounds to sustain its survival, which are translatable into health, wellness and beauty formulations.

A WONDERFUL WEED | An Australian Native with Potent Adaptations

Also known as White Cloud, Poverty Bush, Tasmanian Spring Flower and Tick Bush, Kunzea is part of the Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family) and native to Eastern Australia. It has been commercialized in the harsh and windy climate of Northeast Tasmania, where there is now a strong industry on Flinders Island - the traceable source of our Kunzea oil. Although the species’ compounds may repel some pests like ticks, it is reliant on beetles, butterflies, bees and other pollinators to regenerate. Sourcing native essential oils from their natural ecologies typically requires fewer synthetic inputs, supports biodiverse ecosytems, in addition to local economies most often in rural areas where work may be hard to come by.


A Gentler Tea Tree Alternative

But let’s look a bit deeper into this plant and what it has to offer for our bodies and lifestyle. Traditionally, it has been used topically by Indigenous to relieve skin irritation and muscle pains. Today, we access the plant’s therapeutic properties (TGA approved) by steam distilling the plant’s biomass, releasing a range of phyto-compounds, including five sesquiterpenes (C15) – it is the ONLY essential oil known to contain this many! This species’ unique range of phyto-compounds below (in addition to alpha-terpineol, globulol, spathulenol, ledol and bicyclogermacrene) encompass antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits that can be formulated into numerous products.

  • Viridiflorol – An anti-inflammatory that has even shown “moderate antibacterial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, in an in vitro assay.”1

  • Alpha-pinene – “Alpha-pinene can counteract unwanted effects of THC, such as anxiety and short-term memory. It works by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain, which helps you retain memories more efficiently.”2

  • 1,8 cineole – Also known as Eucalyptol and found in many of our Eucalyptus species, this compound has shown to relieve respiratory issues, act as an anti-inflammatory, inhibit candida growth and show bactericidal and bacteriostatic activity. It’s used in insect repellants, bio-pesticides, and pharmaceutical preparations, such as flu, cold, cough treatments, ointments, inhalants, etc.



Topical Applications for Skin:
o   Comparable to Tea Tree, but having a softer aroma and less harsh effect on the skin, it can be used for blemishes
o   Helps heal cuts, bites and bruises
o   Great in baths or saunas for antiseptic properties
o   May help reduce flare ups of Eczema, Psoriasis, and Skin Inflammatory Conditions
o   Studies have shown it to be effective against bacterial and fungal infections like Staphylococcus aureus, including the MRSA variety (and other antibiotic resistants).
Topical Applications for Hair + Scalp:
o   Shows “great potential” for hair lice based on research3
o   Like Tea Tree, it can be used for itchy, flaky scalps
o   As inflammation may be a contributor to hair loss, its anti-inflammatory content may be of benefit
...see more essential oils for hair here!
Topical Applications for Internal Issues:
o   May soothe minor aches, pains, sore or fatigued muscles or even arthritic-related pain through massage oils or creams – potentially even arthritic-related pain
o   Inhale, rub on chest, use in vaporizers, diffusers or baths, to help relieve chest congestion
o   May relieve stress, anxiety or emotional pain4
o   It is reported to have a cooling and refreshing effect, which can be uplifting and rejuvenating
For Diffusing:
o   For aromatherapy or perfumery, its calming scent herbaceous scent offers something unique
o   Refresh your space with its anti-bacterial properties and woodsy scent to neutralize unwanted odours
o   Hence the nickname “Tick Bush”, it’s great for repelling pesky insects. Use outdoors to repel bugs and mosquitos5

Interested to see what Kunzea can do for your formulation?
Contact our ingredient experts to learn more!

4. Robbi Zeck, ND, The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation (Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours, 2008), 88.

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Unique Uses + Benefits of 9 Eucalyptus Species for medicinal, cosmetic or therapeutic formulations, and what's the difference between them?

Unlike this species’ ancient Greek meaning, “beautifully concealed,” Eucalypts are no secret. With over 700 different species in the Eucalyptus genus, they are the most widely planted type of tree in plantations around the world1, and they are one of the most commonly valued essential oils across aromatherapy, skin and hair care.


We at Naturally Australian Products (NAP) source 9 unique species of Eucalyptus Essential Oils, which all have varying compound constituents that offer something unique. To help you choose the right one, we’ve started by organizing them into two groups –

1. Eucalypts that HAVE 1,8-cineol (aka Eucalyptol, cineole, 470-82-6 or 1,8-Cineole)
Eucalyptol is a potent compound, shown to relieve respiratory issues, act as an anti-inflammatory, inhibit candida growth and show bactericidal and bacteriostatic activity.2 Most medicinal applications seek over 70% cineole, thus requiring species with high eucalyptol content. Insect repellants, bio-pesticides, and pharmaceutical preparations (such as flu, cold, cough treatments, ointments, inhalants, etc.) all require this unique compound as well. 

2. Eucalypts that DON'T HAVE 1,8-cineol  
The other species without cineole have many other compounds (ie. piperitone, citral, methyl cinnamate, etc.), which are used for a range of purposes – as an antimicrobial, antiseptic, aromatic natural perfume and more. To put it all in perspective, about 2/3 of global Eucalyptus Oil production is for medicinal purposes, while the remaining 1/3 is for aromatics.

But before we go any further, there’s one thing we have to ask…


Although Australia is known for producing high-grade Eucalyptus oils, the majority of commercial eucalyptus oil is produced by China - taking about 3/4 of the market. However, most of this oil is “derived from the cineole fractions of camphor laurel rather than being true eucalyptus oil.”3

Whether your oil’s origin is traceable and true source, or not, there’s typically some dead giveaways if it has been standardized with another extract. If the supplier doesn’t specify the unique species name, the extraction process or any details about the origin, you can almost be sure it’s not purely a Eucalyptus Oil. While synthetic imitations of oils may not be harmful, they can be deceiving. Each species’ unique origin, combination and balance of compounds is what makes each oil so unique. Request a data sheet or sample if you’d like to compare the purity of your Eucalyptus oil to our documented ingredients.


Aboriginals have used all Eucalyptus species as various bush medicines for thousands of years. Infusions made of E. citriodora leaves were taken internally to reduce fevers and ease gastric conditions, and applied externally as a wash for analgesic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Some species were used in a poultice to ease joint pain and speed up the healing of cuts, skin conditions, wounds and infections. Respiratory infections, colds and sinus congestion were treated by inhaling the vapours of steamed leaves, and to treat rheumatism the leaves were made into beds or used in steam pits heated by fire.
The oil’s therapeutic qualities were eventually introduced and integrated into many traditional medicine systems. In fact, the eucalyptus oil industry was commercialised in 1852 by a Melbourne pharmacist, Joseph Bosisto, who’s original brand still exists today. Today, most cosmetic formulations use Eucalyptus Oil in the following ways…


    • Stimulate Hair Growth - promotes blood circulation to stimulate hair growth, reduce stress to prevent hair loss4 (see more ingredients to consider for hair and scalp here - link!)
    • Calm Scalp Irritation - methanol content has a cooling effect that may relieve itchiness and antiseptic properties may even combat dandruff.4


    • Soothe Sunburn - calming anti-inflammatory constituents reduce the effects of sunburn.
    • Moisturize dry skin - increases the skin’s ceramide content, which is the fatty acid that helps to withhold moisture. 
    • Reduce Acne - cleansing, antifungal and anti-inflammatory compounds help prevent and calm acne breakouts.5,6


    • Lower blood pressure and anxiety. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system and increase relaxation, clearing the mind.7,8
    • Supports a healthy respiratory system and may Relieve cold symptoms like cough, congestion, headache, and mucus buildup. 9


    • Soothe muscles after exercise.
    • Natural Oral care – mouthwash, toothpaste, balm and ointment and soap.

Below is a brief introduction to the species we procure in various formats. Click through to learn more about each, or CONTACT US to request an NPD Innovation Map for unique oils & extracts tailored to your formulation!


Eucalyptus smithii
Gully Gum
The species is widely grown in southern Africa and has a high cineole content, but NAP sources this from its endemic area in Australia.
Eucalyptus globulus
Blue Gum
The primary source of Eucalyptus oil around the world. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties can be helpful in upper and lower airways diseases, such as asthma.10 It also contains tannins and phenolic compounds, ingredients used extensively in disinfectants.
Eucalyptus polybractea
Blue Mallee
Blue Mallee contains one of the highest percentages of eucalyptol.  It is energizing, balancing, and purifying.
Eucalyptus radiata
Narrow-Leaved Peppermint
It has the gentlest aroma of the Eucalypts but is still as potent as other oils, thus most recommended for children due to its lower cineole content.
Eucalyptus kochii
Oil Mallee
This oil has the highest content of cineole (83-94%)


Eucalyptus dives
Peppermint Gum

The Peppermint Gum is a significant source of menthol and thymol, with piperitone ranging 39-55%

Eucalyptus olida 
Strawberry Gum

Also used as a dried spice product in bushfood cooking, especially with fruit; and in herbal teas. It has high anti-oxidant activity.

Eucalyptus staigeriana
Lemon-Scented Ironbark

Has a sweet, fresh, fruity-lemony aroma with a pleasant rosemary-like edge. Lemon scented iron bark oil has traditionally been used for perfumery because of its delicate citrus scent. Has excellent antimicrobial properties and makes an excellent air antiseptic when vaporised.

Eucalyptus citriodora
Lemon Eucalyptus

This species stands alone with a unique lemon-scent, mainly consisting of citronellal (80%)


Eucalyptus globulus
Blue Gum

This aromatic water that is produced during the distilling process. It has similar therapeutic properties to the essential oils, but is far less concentrated. 


Eucalyptus globulus
Tasmanian Blue Gum

Contains powerful phyto-compounds that are known for supporting hair conditioning, skin care, anti-glycation, collagen and elastin support and acne care possibilities, such as amino acids, amines, gallic acid derivatives, phenolic acid : chlorogenic acid, flavone glycoside and more.

Eucalyptus olida
Strawberry Gum

Packed with potential for premature aging, antioxidant, skin, and hair conditioning products, among many others. High in antioxidants and has a range of natural phyto-compounds: gallic acid, protocatechuic acid, ellagic acid, flavonoid glycosides, phenolics, cinnamic acid and methyl-cinnamate.

Want to dive deeper into eucalyptus oils and extracts?

CONTACT US for individual data sheets, samples, or recommendations for the best ingredients to achieve your objectives!


Essentials oils can be 50-100x more concentrated than natural levels in the plant. Take caution and always follow best practices when using oils. If applying topically, they should be diluted into a carrier oil and ONLY IF they are recommended for ingestion or inhalation, be sure to follow recommended dosage.
External Recommendations2

Essential oil: Several drops rubbed into the skin. (This may be diluted at 30 ml essential oil to 500 ml of a suitable carrier such as vegetable oil.)
Ointment: Semi-solid preparation containing 5-20% essential oil (in carrier oils, creams, or lotions) for local application. (Salve)
Tincture: Aqueous-alcoholic preparation containing 5-10% essential oil for local application.
Inhalant: Add a few (2-5) drops of essential oil to hot water or to a vaporizer; deeply inhale the steam vapor.

Cited Sources:
3.     Ashurst, P. R (31 July 1999). Food Flavorings. ISBN 9780834216211
6.     Nasri H, Bahmani M, Shahinfard N, Moradi Nafchi A, Saberianpour S, Rafieian Kopaei M. Medicinal Plants for the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris: A Review of Recent Evidences. Jundishapur J Microbiol. 2015;8(11):e25580. Published 2015 Nov 21. doi:10.5812/jjm.25580
8.     Kim KY, Seo HJ, Min SS, Park M, Seol GH. The effect of 1,8-cineole inhalation on preoperative anxiety: a randomized clinical trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:820126. doi: 10.1155/2014/820126. Epub 2014 Jun 16. PMID: 25028591; PMCID: PMC4083598.
9.     Fischer J, Dethlefsen U. Efficacy of cineole in patients suffering from acute bronchitis: a placebo-controlled double-blind trial. Cough. 2013 Nov 21;9(1):25. doi: 10.1186/1745-9974-9-25. PMID: 24261680; PMCID:PMC3842692.
10.   Vigo E, Cepeda A, Gualillo O, Perez-Fernandez R. In-vitro anti-inflammatory effect of Eucalyptus globulus and Thymus vulgaris: nitric oxide inhibition in J774A.1 murine macrophages. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2004 Feb;56(2):257-63. doi:10.1211/0022357022665. PMID: 15005885.
Additional References:
14.   Sharma, A.D.; kaur, I. Eucalyptol (1,8 cineole) from Eucalyptus Essential Oil a Potential Inhibitor of COVID 19 Corona Virus Infection by Molecular Docking Studies . Preprints 2020, 2020030455 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0455.v1)

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Standout species . . . Essential Oils, Carrier Oils & Extracts for synthetic-free, strand-supporting solutions.

Vegan.   Plant-Based.   Eco-conscious.   Organic.   Clean Beauty. . . Numerous natural trends abound, but they all share one thing - a shift away from harmful synthetic ingredients. Across cosmetic categories, hair and scalp care comprise the second largest space, taking 25% of the cosmetics market1. With natural hair care solutions just gaining momentum, this guide will get you started choosing botanical ingredients that speak to the growing number of ingredient-savvy consumers.

While synthetic ingredients have had a perceived potency; now, innovative research on species’ unique compound combinations and synergies prove the power of nature's design. The truths behind sulfates, parabens, alcohol and silicones are out, revealing how chemical-based products can coat hair, causing resistance to moisturization – the very thing they are supposed to achieve. Alternatively, science-backed botanical ingredients have proven results, and are not only safe for people and planet, but carry beautiful backstories that connect your product to vibrant imagery.


Research on natural ingredients for skin care has largely contributed to advances for the scalp – the starting place for healthy strands. Although some think the scalp should be treated separately from hair due to its unique microbiome2, they have a very interdependent relationship, so we’ve offered suggestions for both!
Whether it comes to scalp or skin applications, an NPD report showed that 50% of American women prefer natural products3, and for men, this is only just the beginning of the beard care revolution.


Given the explosion in new formats, our considerations for Essential Oils, Carrier Oils and Cellular Extracts can be used across water- and oil-soluble formulations - from purifying scrubs with detoxifying foams, to leave-in treatment serums. With the average shampoo bottle containing 80 percent water4, the water-less beauty trend has waves to make in hair care. Thus, all these ingredients can be considered for concentrated, dissolvable formats or “splash formulas” that don’t require rinsing5.
So, without further ado, here are our go-to ingredients for hair and scalp care! While it’s not an exhaustive list, it’s a great place to start if you are working on NPD or refreshing your range with naturals. If you’d like more specific recommendations to meet your objectives, we’d love to personalize our suggestions for you … CONTACT US to request an NPD Innovation Map for unique ingredients tailored to your formulation!


Tea Tree
A powerful cleanser, to regulate scalp’s sebaceous glands, keeping strands free from dandruff and head lice.
Increases circulation to stimulate growth and soothe the scalp.
Ylang Ylang
Ideal for dry scalps, as it can stimulate sebum production and its antiseptic properties may get rid of lice.
In addition to strengthening hair follicles, its natural sedative properties can soothe stress, which may contribute to hair loss.
Stimulates and cools the scalp through high levels of menthol, which increases blood flow to the scalp, bringing oxygen, nutrients and a relaxing sensation.
Eucalyptus (see essential oils page for 8 different varieties)
Stimulates hair follicles, promotes growth, relieves itchy scalp and lice.
Helps boost hair’s shine and softness
Cedarwood (information available upon request)
Balances the scalp’s oil-producing glands to reduce hair loss, increase circulation to the scalp potentially treat conditions that cause dandruff due to its antifungal properties.
Clary Sage
Helps with stress-related hair loss by regulating cortisol levels (a hormone produced in excess during physical and emotional stress).
Lemongrass (information available upon request)
Soothes irritated scalp and has shown to reduce dandruff.
Consider for shampoos, conditioners, and scalp treatments.


Argan Oil
Anti frizz, detangles, rich in oleic and linoleic acid, adds sleek and shine.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Helps soften frizzy, dry hair, dandruff or scalp psoriasis, encouraging hair growth by stimulating hair follicles. 

Apricot Kernel Oil
This fatty acid-rich oil can strengthen weak hair strands and follicles and ease inflammatory conditions of the scalp like dandruff. Perfect for use as a mask or hot oil treatment, massaged into scalp.6
Jojoba Oil
Due to its Vitamin E content, it may help thicken hair and encourage hair growth. Also protects against dryness (dandruff or dermatitis), breakage and split ends, hydrating the scalp and hair shafts, preventing hair loss.
Grapeseed Oil
Improves scalp health, resulting in strong shiny hair.

Avocado Oil
Can help stimulate hair growth and protect hair follicles from loss of moisture.
Flax Seed Oil
Deeply penetrates and is absorbed in the hair, preventing breakage and frizz.
Hemp Seed Oil
Nourishes and conditions the hair.
Macadamia Oil
Strengthens hair follicles, conditions curly dry hair, making it more manageable
Moringa Oil
It has zinc which helps with keratin production to strengthen hair. Restores moisture levels, protecting against hair color depletion.
Olive Oil
Helps soften and strengthen hair, minimize frizz and reduce breakage by penetrating deep into the hair shaft and sealing in moisture.
Safflower Oil
The oleic acid is a potent scalp stimulator, increasing circulation to strengthen the follicles and encourage strong, healthy hair growth.
Sesame Oil
Very nourishing for the scalp and hair if dry. Improves blood circulation, encourages hair growth and fights dandruff by soothing scalp irritation and reducing itching.
Sunflower Oil
Rich in many vitamins including Vitamin E, it can help reduce inflammation, itching and build-up of dry skin caused by dandruff, encouraging hair growth and healthy shiny hair.


Contrasting to the oils above, Cellular Extracts deliver the water-soluble phyto-compound profiles of a species, including the likes of caffeine, which is known to energize the scalp and rejuvenate hair follicles. More hair-supporting compounds found in Cellular Extracts have been identified by NATIVE EXTRACTS, who’s Director, Lisa Carroll, shares that “the Hair Care sector is being driven to perform naturally. Global consumer demand is on the rise for providence back to natural source and accessing molecules that are naturally derived from nature.”7


Contains Glutamyl-Cysteine & derivatives that may counteract greying hair, and Quercetin, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Native Snowflower (tea tree)
Contains Quercetin to promote growth and hair cell viability, and Kaempferol for inducing the anagen phase (hair growth stage) and conditioning scalp.
Saw Palmetto
Contains Kaempferol which also may prevent hair follicle miniaturization, the weakening of hair.
Blue Cypress
Contains Procyanidins that may improve hair density and diameter and hold hair in the growth stage for longer periods before eventually shedding, a promising phyto-compound for male pattern baldness.
Green/Black/White Tea
All contain EGCG (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which has shown to protect hair cells against environmental toxins through improved cell viability and performance, potentially improving length when combined with Quercetin.
Kakadu Plum
Has some of the key Amino Acids (AAs) that are necessary to produce keratin (i.e. Arginine). Boosting these AAs may combat hair loss and stimulate new hair growth.
Ginkgo Biloba
Like Native Snowflower, Emu Apple and Gotu Kola, this leaf extract is multifunctional with Quercetin and Kaempferol, a dynamic duo of compounds for improving hair length.
Yerba Mate
With Caffeine, Kaempferol, Lignans, Quercetin and Rutin, this extract has potential for hair growth, dandruff and hair loss treatments.

Now, hopefully that hasn’t left you more confused than where you started. Whether it has you knowing what ingredients you’d like to try, or has you wanting to delve deeper into the research, we’re here to help!
If you’d like to learn more, please REQUEST more research on “Natural phyto-compounds for Hair & Scalp Care”. 
Or, if you know what species you’d like to use, CONTACT US for individual data sheets on the ingredients you are interested in!


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