ALPINE BOTANICALS 

are the inspiration & the centre of every unique formulation we create

the power of alpine plants

growing high in the mountains, rich in phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants and UV protectants, their ability to cope with extreme fluctuations in climate makes these small alpine plants remarkable.

when used in skincare formulations, their defensive and adaptive strategies protect against dehydration, UV induced damage, free radicals & premature ageing.

they support collagen and hyaluronic acid production – key components in firm youthful skin.

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natural balance and resilence

our botanical ingredients help the skin become more resilient, able to respond to environmental change and stress more positively.

our ingredient philosophy takes its lead from nature – we passionately strive to ensure our ingredients work in natural balance together.

we carefully identify and blend the perfect botanical partners to our alpine ingredients, many of which are sourced from equally challenging extreme environments, from the arctic to the desert.

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alpine rose

alpine rose (Rhododendron ferrugineum) grows high in the Swiss Alps, Jura and Pyreenes at altitudes of 2000m and can live for more than 100 years.

rich in phyto-nutrients, polyphenolics and anti-oxidants it has remarkable ability to protect the skin against UV induced oxidative stress, free radical damage and dehydration, protecting against premature ageing and photo-damage.

it reinforces cell membranes, improves microcirculation and reduces inflammation.

alpine rose has a strong anti-viral action with clinical studies demonstrating its ability to significantly reduce the occurrence of cold sores.

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arctic cranberry seed oil

arctic cranberries (Oxycoccus palustris) grow in the arctic tundra, where the extreme climate stimulates it to produce and accumulate gamma-tocotrienols (a rare form of Vitamin E) in its seeds in concentrations of 40-60x greater than the better known natural alpha-tocopherol.

tocotrienols can move freely in cell membranes and this feature maximises their anti-oxidant and free radical scavenging actions, which in turn supports the skins defences against UV radiation, pollution and ageing.

this light oil is rich in carotenoids, phytosterols, flavonoids and essential fatty acids, omegas 3, 6 and 9 which nourish and support the skin.

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arctic raspberry seed oil

arctic raspberries (Rubus idaeus) grow in the arctic tundra.

possessing high UV absorbing properties, raspberry seed oil helps provide vital broad spectrum defence from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

it contains extremely high levels of alpha and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E), giving it superior free radical scavenger ability and anti-inflammatory benefits, vitamin A, omega 3 and 6.

with approximately 84% content of essential fatty acids, it is deeply nourishing, softening, emollient and skin conditioning.

it is also creates a lipid barrier, providing protection and moisture retention for the skin.

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avocado oil

avocado flesh (Persea gratissima) contains nearly 50% plant oil – highly nutritious, it is a good source of vitamin A, D, E, magnesium, potassium and omega 3 and 6, 9.

it leaves the skin smooth and soft – deeply absorbed, this oil moisturises, stimulates collagen production, skin regeneration and reduces moisture loss.

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beeswax

beeswax (Cera alba) been used for centuries in skin care products – it is an excellent hydrating agent, helping to prevent dehydration and moisture loss from the skin by forming a protective barrier.

blackcurrant seed oil

blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) seed oil is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9, and these essential fatty acids nourish and help maintain skin elasticity and reduce wrinkle formation.

it repairs skin damaged by the sun and helps reduce inflammation keeping skin hydrated and smooth.

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castor seed oil

castor seed oil (Ricinus communis) from Africa and India is rich in fatty acids that penetrate the skin easily and help to hydrate and soften.

it quickly moisturises and helps to promote the production of elastin and collagen, which helps to delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

carnauba wax

carnauba (Copernicia cerifera cera) is a natural plant wax that comes from the leaves of the carnauba tree native to South America.

its leaves are covered by a waxy coating which helps them tolerate drought, the drier the conditions, the more wax is produced – this wax can be used to help provide a protective barrier on the skin.

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ethylhexyl palmitate

ethylhexyl palmitate is a fatty acid ester derived from naturally occurring plant oils which acts as a skin smoothing emollient.

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glycerin

glycerin is naturally derived from vegetable oils and is a humectant (attracts water to the skin).

it holds moisture in the skin protecting against dryness and keeping the skin soft.

grape seed oil

grape seed (Vitis vinifera) oil is a nutrient-rich lightweight oil well known for its antioxidant properties, it protects the skin from damaging free radicals.

it is absorbed quickly to help encourage the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin – rich in vitamins, minerals and omega 3 it nourishes and moisturises the skin.

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jojoba seed oil

jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) seed oil is extracted from an evergreen desert bush that can live for a 100 years.

a natural emollient, with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba is rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are crucial to keep skin supple and healthy – its compatibility with sebum helps unclog pores, prevent dehydration and moisture loss.

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olus oil

olus oil provides a blend of natural vegetable triglycerides which create a light emollient layer on the skin to protect against moisture loss.

olive oil stearyl esters

olive oil stearyl esters are organic phyto-waxes made from olive oil.

they are useful emollients that help to support and restore the lipids found in the skins’ stratum corneum (upper most layer).

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palmitoyl oligopeptide

palmitoyl oligopeptide is a small peptide that helps increase collagen production and increase hyaluronic acid levels in the skin.

it helps the skin replenish its structural matrix, reducing fine lines and wrinkles – oligopeptide also helps shield the skin against UV rays.

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rosemary leaf extract

rosmarinus officinalis has anti-microbial, anti-viral and antioxidant properties – it is a natural preservative and helps prevent bacterial contamination of the product.

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sea-buckthorn berry oil

sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) also known as Seaberry oil has a unique combination of skin nutrients. it is rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, phyto-sterols, amino acids, vitamins A,B, C, E & K, omega 3, 6 and the rare omega 7.

omega 7 is a natural component of skin, and this, together with its powerful anti-oxidant activity, accelerates skins regeneration, promoting healing and slowing down the ageing process.

sorbitan isostearate

a combination of naturally occurring sorbitol and fatty acid esters, used to stabilise formulations.

sucrose tetrastearate triacetate

is a sugar wax, and a useful skin conditioning emollient.

sunflower seed oil

sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seed oil is a light oil absorbed into the skin easily. it is rich in vitamins A, D, exceptionally high in vitamin E, carotenoids and omega 6. it protects skin from UV damage and due to its emollient properties it helps the skin retain moisture.

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tocopherol (vitamin E)

vitamin E is a potent anti-oxidant that quenches free radicals and protects the skin.

it has restorative and wound healing properties, these effects being maximised when combined in a product with vitamin C.

tribehenin

tribehenin is derived from vegetable fats and oils and is used as a skin conditioner.

  • It's a little bit grey and drizzly here today....really hoping this doesn't signal that summer is over! ⠀
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Remember even on cloudy/rainy days UVA is still present, it can damage your skin and increase signs of ageing.  Unprotected lip skin, will age more quickly as collagen and elastin is damaged leading to fine lines on the lip and peri-oral region (commonly referred to as smokers lines, even if you have never smoked!) and reduced lip volume.⠀
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UVA can even penetrate through glass so skin can be affected sitting in the car or at your desk by a window.⠀
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#takecareofyourskin #protectyourpout #uva #naturalbeautyproducts #albusandflora #spf30 ⠀
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  • Hoooraah its Friday, definitely time for a glass of wine! ⠀
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Have a fabulous weekend everybody, happy adventures, big and small!⠀ #happyfriday #weekendwarrior #adventuresawait #andbreathe #thankgoodnessitsfriday #thankgoodnessforwine #albusandflora ⠀
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  • Its been a busy week...A new order of balms means a new order of boxes and labels to plan, and we are excited to finally be taking our make-up bags (following great encouragement from you) into production, so it will be fabric, zips and drawstrings soon! We are hoping to launch our bespoke bags at the end of October so I will keep you posted....I just have to source the elusive "coral zip" which appears to have disappeared from my suppliers range! ⠀
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  • A new week, a new horizon, dreams to chase.⠀
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Sometimes its easy to get bogged down in the day to day madness of running and growing your own business or career, constantly dealing with challenges....I am reminded of this great quote..⠀
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"don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams"  Ralph Waldo Emerson ⠀

Let’s keep chasing those dreams - have a great week everyone! 
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  • Nice to get out for a walk in nature today, how pretty is this tiny fern!?⠀
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Botanicals are at the heart of every formula we create and I can’t wait to get started on some new ones soon! ⠀
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#beautyinsmallthings #getoutside #lipcare #albusandflora #antiageyourlips #protectyourpout #botanicalingredients #andbreathe #weekendwalks
  • ooooo I am loving this shot from @everchanginghorizon...take me to this part of Florida now! For those of you who haven't tried paddle boarding, have a go, its so much fun, really works your core and you can stand or kneel depending on your balance..my first experience I got a little bit ambitious with fast turns and promptly fell into an ice cold mountain lake..not recommended but highly entertaining for all those watching ha ha! 😂
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On a serious note, if you are off on holiday and plan to swim or do any water sports, remember, water reflects the suns rays and intensifies their impact on the skin, so its really important to wear a minimum of SPF30 use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB product with anti-oxidants and to regularly apply to the face, lips and body, particularly after swimming. ☀️🏝🏊🏻‍♀️
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Happy weekend everyone and lets hope the sun returns! ⠀
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