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Glossary

Glossary

This glossary is an informative list of ingredients and the processes that are used to obtain these ingredients that some people may not be familiar with.

Arnica Infused Olive Oil: Made from organic arnica flowers (Arnica montana). We utilize the flowers that are infused in organic olive oil for about a period of 2-3 weeks. This process allows the healing properties of the plant to be extracted into the olive oil for topical use.

Beeswax: Used as a thickener. Natural beeswax from southeastern Wisconsin apiary. Contains no petroleum or other additives.

Cocoa Butter: Organic, unrefined, expeller pressed and partially deodorized using natural clay leaching method. Solid vegetable fat from roasted seeds of the African Theobroma cacao tree. A thick and cream consistency that is a heavier moisturizer in comparison to Shea Butter. An excellent emollient that is used to sooth and add flexibility to the skin. Fair Trade item.

Comfrey Infused Olive Oil: We grow our own organic comfrey (Symphytum officinale). We utilize the leaves that are infused in organic olive oil for about a period of 2-3 weeks. This process allows the healing properties of the plant to be extracted into the olive oil for topical use.

Essential Oil: Obtained by steam distillation or cold expression of the plant’s volatile oils. The oils I use are 100% natural with no added water, alcohol, or other dilutents.

Ethically Wildcrafted: Herbs that are collected in an ethical and respectable manner, only taking what one needs. Plants are not overharvested, threatened and endangered species are left alone.

Expeller Pressed: Mechanical extraction. A method where oils are obtained by mechanically pressing and crushing the desired fruit, nut, or vegetable. Cold pressing and vacuum extraction are also considered to be expeller pressed methods.

Fair Trade Item: Items that are produced by farmers, artisians, etc. that receive a fair price for their goods and services. Fair trade provides fair labor conditions, direct trade, community development, and environmental stability for people who are often from poverty-stricken nations.

Jewelweed Infused Olive Oil: Our jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is ethically wildcrafted. We utilize the stems that are infused in organic olive oil for about a period of 2-3 weeks. This process allows the healing properties of the plant to be extracted into the olive oil for topical use.

Refined Butter & Oils: A processed butter and/or oil. This normally includes deodorization and removal of natural odor and color by filtration through bleaching clays. More aggressive methods use chemicals and solvents to remove odor and color. All butter and oils used in BCB products are unrefined.

Floral Waters: Flower waters are produced from the steam distillation of plant material. Usually floral waters are the byproduct of essential oil distillation.

St. John’s Wort Infused Olive Oil: We grow our own organic St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). We utilize the flowering tops that are infused in organic olive oil for about a period of 2-3 weeks. This process allows the healing properties of the plant to be extracted into the olive oil for topical use.

Shea Butter: Expeller pressed or hand processed vegetable fat from the Karite tree (Butyrospermum parkii). At BCB, we use raw and unprocessed shea butter that has been produced by the Alheri Women Shea Butter Cooperative Processors using traditional African methods. We have been using this shea butter produced by women cooperatives in northern Nigeria for about 6 years now and we absolutely love it. Used as a light moisturizer, it forms a breathable and protective barrier that helps defend the skin against harsh elements. Very healing and improves skin superior to other oils and butters. It’s vitamin A and cinnamic acid content makes shea butter an effective treatment for wrinkles, eczema, rashes, burns, stretch marks, dandruff, cracked and dry skin. Graininess may sometimes occur. This is due to the melting and resettling of the butter. This is completely normal. Fair trade item.

Sunflower Oil: An oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and it is highly recommended for treating dry, weathered, aged and damaged skin.

This glossary is an informative list of ingredients and the processes that are used to obtain these ingredients that some people may not be familiar with. They are all used to create BCB products.

 

Our ingredients are obtained from companies that have strict quality control standards. These companies do regular inspections on their goods such as: moisture counts, bacteria/mold sampling, and pesticide residue testing. In addition to the above, they also examine environmental impact reviews, fair market trade, and human rights issues.