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.

  • Thursday yoga goals! One day I hope this will be me  but for today just a little time on the mat is a major achievement!!! ⠀
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Sorry for the lack of posts recently, some exciting times ahead for A&F but such a lot to do, and social media posts have been a casualty (and apologies to all who I haven't yet replied to on social or email)⠀
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I know many of you are also leading ridiculously busy lives, juggling many balls - it got me thinking...I often feel a bit of a failure if I don't keep all the balls up in the air, all of the time....we battle on often at the expense of our health & wellbeing (or is that just me??) such is our desire to do a good job, achieve our goals, care for our family, but you know,  sometimes I think we have to let a few balls drop, and actually be ok with it, to take a moment, breath, re-set, re-balance and know that even though we might want to be wonder-woman (or wonder - man) we are enough and its ok to drop a ball (or two!). ⠀
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#droppingtheball #justkeepgoing #weareenough #womeninbusiness #indiebeauty #albusandflora #yogagoals #yogaposes
  • Love fireworks and of course a sparkler on an autumn night!! I often think alpine plants look like natural fireworks, with their lovely rosette formations and spiky projections!⠀
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Packed full of anti-oxidants and phyto-actives they also pack a punch, supporting & protecting the skin!⠀
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#fireworks #alpineplants #naturalforms #naturalbeauty #albusandflora
  • "The mountains are calling and I must go" ...one of the most well known quotes of John Muir, and so true.⠀
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I couldn't help but share this wonderful shot of my winter home (and where Albus & Flora was born)  from @courchevel_official .  Snow fall in the last few days has turned green to white and created the most magical of views...⠀😍❄️😍
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Counting the days till we move the @albusandflora office to France !

#nofilterneeded #winterwonderland #mountainsarecalling #mountainsarecallingandimustgo #inlove #naturalskincareproducts #albusandflora
  • I was going through some old photos and I found this lovely shot from @alb.atros 😊 I never tire of hearing about our lovely customers adventures and how @albusandflora balms are part of every day life, from walking to work to wonderful weekend walks! Thank you for all your support, it means a lot to a tiny brand & me ❤️✨
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  • Summer maybe long gone in the Alps but the power of alpine plants, growing high in the mountains, remains central here @albusandflora.  Alpine rose grows at altitudes of 2000m, can live for more than 100 years, we include it in all our balms and love it!!!😍✨
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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 & photo-damage.  It reinforces cell membranes, improves microcirculation and reduces inflammation. Alpine rose also has a strong anti-viral action with clinical studies demonstrating its ability to significantly reduce the occurrence of cold sores. WIN-WIN all round!⠀
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Do let us know if you have any questions regarding our botanical ingredients, we will be sharing more over the next few weeks.⠀
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#albusandflora #alpinerose #botanicalingredients #naturalskincareproducts #plantpowered #naturehastheanswers ⠀
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  • We love autumn, rustling of leaves on a weekend walk, 🍂🍁🍂 cosy knits🧣, fire on, darker evenings...but the colder, windy weather, alongside central heating can play havoc with our skin and delicate lips. ⠀
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The skin of the lips is only 5 cells thick compared to face skin (approx 15 cell layers), it doesn't have any oil glands, the ability to protect itself from UVA (levels are the same through all seasons), and it has a rather poor /incomplete barrier layer which dehydrates very easily due to increased trans-epidermal water loss.  The Autumn transition exacerbates these anatomical challenges and often a cycle of dry lips, leading to sore cracked lips can start and plague us gals & guys throughout winter! ⠀
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Autumn Lip Care: DO's & DON'T's⠀
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Protect, nourish & hydrate the lips daily...just as you care for your skin. ⠀
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1. DON'T lick/chew lips or pick old skin off - this causes damage & greater dryness - DO gently exfoliate lips a few times a week with a damp flannel,  avoid harsh sugar scrubs as they can cause micro-damage and inflammation⠀
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2. DO keep your hydration levels up 💦- lips are the first to show you when you are dehydrated. A humidifier in the bedroom can be a great addition for skin health of the lips and face⠀
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3. DO use balms with natural oils 🥑🍓🍇that will absorb deeply into the lips and natural waxes & butters to provide an emollient protective layer to reduce water loss. Avoid petrolatum based products which do create an emollient layer, but offer no nourishment or hydration.⠀
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4. DO protect the lips against UVA through all seasons. UVA levels remain constant and damage delicate collagen and elastin, leading to fine line and wrinkles around and on the lip⠀💋
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You can find more information on lip health & botanical ingredients that benefit the lip on our website.  Link in the bio 😊🌲😊
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