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.

  • ❤️ Sharing the LOVE on Valentine’s Day ❤️. ⠀
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We are truly grateful to partner with some beautiful brands and independent stores. We wouldn’t be able to produce our balms and grow the @albusandflora brand without you! ⠀
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It’s a joy to see @albusandflora alongside other fabulous brands and to see design at its best.  I want to thank every partner, stockist and customer for their continued support and loyalty, it means ever such a lot❤️❤️❤️. ⠀
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Thank you to our fabulous partner @tayloryates.co for including us in their valentine post today! I would highly recommend taking a look at their fabulous leather bags, beautifully designed and made with love in lovely soft tones x⠀
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#sharingthelove #independentbrands #valentinesday #togetherweare #grateful #naturalbeauty #sustainablebrands
  • I love this photo of @emiskicross, Olympian & GB no.1 Ski Cross athlete, wearing a sheer wash of @albusandflora SPF30 lip balm...how stunning does she look??!!⁠ 😍⠀
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Whether you are seasoned pro or hitting the slopes for the first time, don't forget your daily beauty essentials...and if you only use one product for your face and one for your lips, make sure it has broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection.⁠ ❄️☀️❄️☀️❄️☀️⠀
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Use SPF30 on your face, your lips and any other exposed areas, before you go out on the hill, and make sure you take it with you so you can top up through the day...⁠⠀
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We often forget about our lips, only giving them some love & attention when they are already dry & dehydrated, or worse still, sunburnt! Prevention of damage is key, and regular, liberal use of lip balm is advised at altitude.⁠⠀
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UV load to the skin increases by 10% every 1000m you climb and the lips are so vulnerable to burning & premature ageing. Lip skin is very thin & delicate and has no means to protect itself from the UV rays.⁠⠀
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Exposure to UV rays also increases your risk of developing a cold sore, as they lower the local immune response, triggering the virus to erupt, and NOBODY said "I am fine with getting a cold sore on holiday" EVER!!⁠⠀
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It's also really important to choose a lip balm with lots of botanical oils, to nourish & hydrate, provide plenty of anti-oxidants, vitamins & omegas, and some natural plant waxes to help seal in moisture and provide a barrier against wind and the dry air.⁠⠀
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If you would like to know more about our lovely natural ingredients and balms, do head over to the website..We have a great Ski Beauty Offer, with 20% off & free shipping!⁠⠀
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#skibeauty #skibeautyessentials #SPF30 #lipbalmforskiing #cleanbeauty #naturalskincare #loveskiing #lovemountain #loveboarding #albusandflora⁠⠀
  • The only good thing about a rainy / sleety / trying to snow properly / grey sky day in the Alps, is its much easier to sit at the computer with tea!⁠ ☕️❄️☕️❄️☕️⠀
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Come on February, we want lots of snow followed by blue skies please....but only when I have finished my to do list so I can go and play!⁠ ⛷💕⛷⠀
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#snowday #ilovetea #dropinnlepraz #adminday  #womeninbusiness #instabeauty #beautybusiness #indiebeauty #beautypreneur #beautybrand #cleanbeauty #womenentrepreneurs #skilife @albusandflora
  • It's been a few very busy months @albusandflora - just too many balls to juggle ....something had to give and social media was the casualty! So sorry to be away for so long!! #solopreneur challenges!!⁠⠀
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Huge thanks to @sophieelkan and @ox_magazine for featuring @albusandflora in their "Kissable Reds" edit and for reminding me that it's time to get back on the social media horse!! ⁠🐴😊🐴⠀
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thank you for the love this February! ⁠💕⠀
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#lovered #albusandflora #snowberryred #luxebeauty #instabeauty #lipbalm #SPF #naturalskincare #cleanskincare
  • Snow is falling in the Alps...the countdown is on! Big thanks to @bexsurfs_and_skis for this lovely shot of @albusandflora balms last season in Courchevel.⁠⠀
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All our balms have full UVA & UVB SPF30 protection and are suitable for every day and for use at altitude. So if you have any skiing or snowboarding friends and are in need of a little stocking filler inspiration, keep an eye on the website as we will be doing some lovely offer through November and December!⁠⠀
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  • #Autumnskin TIP #3....lets talk about FACIAL OILS....⁠⠀
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....and for those that asked about Vit C, check out next week's post :-)⁠⠀
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The temperatures are dropping further, the wind is chillier, the central heating is on, sucking moisture from the skin.  Our summer glow seems to have faded and often our skin looks dull..and dull skin is, well lets face it, its just dull!!!⁠⠀
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Continuing to support the skins barrier is key and a facial oil can really help increase elasticity, support the barrier and put the glow back...here are a few of @albusandflora tips⁠⠀
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1.  Facial Oils can vary enormously in price, you can buy a single oil, or a blend of oils.  I always have a single oil on hand, and you can't go wrong with Rosehip oil,  its easy to use for all skin types. For a more tailored approach for specific skin types I always go for a formula which blends multiple oils, they often give you more bang for your buck, and can really help specific concerns⁠, which is a win-win.⁠⠀
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2. Choose plant oils that are hydrating but not comedogenic (will block pores and can cause breakouts), sea buckthorn, camellia, safflower, squalene are good examples (there are many more!). Jojoba is a great base if you have oily skin as it helps balance sebum. Coconut oil is very comedogenic so I would avoid this for your face!!!⁠⠀
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3. Do not use mineral oils, they are by-products from the petrochemical industry and can be problematic for skin. Stick to cold pressed plant oils, which have more nutrients, and look for those with Vit A & E.⁠⠀
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4. Beware of formulas which are highly fragranced, and if you have sensitive skin be really careful with blends that have a lot of plant essential oils.  Many have fantastic benefits for the skin but can sometimes be a little too strong and can irritate. ⁠⠀
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4. Use a few drops of oil at night, as the last step, after serums & moisturisers, or just apply the oils on their own.  Press or massage in. ⁠⠀
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photo: Jason Strull