ILA + AVA Skincare
ALMOND OIL (see sweet almond)
Native to morocco, the oil or ‘liquid gold’ is extracted from the kernals of the argan tree. High in essential fatty acids and vitamin e, it is sought after for its skin moisturising and softening qualities. It is also a beautiful addition to hair care products with deep conditioning properties adding shine and manageability. Due to its very specific small growing areas, argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world. it is found in ILA + AVA’s ‘nourish face cream’, ‘glow body oil’, ‘restore night oil’ and 'restore face oil'. * organic used
Technically not a root but rather an underground root system, this nutritionally dense starch is extracted from several rhizomes of the Marantaceae family of plants. Used for thousands of years in primitive cultures for its traditional healing properties, today arrowroot is more commonly used in the kitchen. As a naturally gluten free white powder it is a common replacement for the now genetically modified cornstarch, used as a thickener. ILA + AVA uses an ‘aluminium free’ arrowroot powder sourced from Thailand, in the ‘refresh deo balm’ to help bind the finished product into an easy to use consistency and help draw and absorb moisture. *aluminium free used
This refreshing scented fruit is the bergamot orange. part of the citrus family, it is close to the same size as a regular orange although more yellow and with a slight pear shape. the name comes from ‘bergamum’ a town in Italy where the fruit is widely produced. The oil is extracted from the rind and commonly used in earl grey tea and within the perfume industry. The zesty scent helps to calm and refresh, and when applied to skin has skin purifying qualities. Considered a natural cleanser, bergamot oil helps remove dirt and impurities and helps unclog pores, while balancing oily skin. Sourced from Italy, ILA + AVA uses a ‘bergaptene free’ bergamot essential oil, meaning there is no sun sensitivity (which is common for all citrus essential oils). It is used by ILA + AVA for its refreshing calming scent, found in the ‘salt scrub + soak’, ‘refresh deo balm’ and ‘botanical perfume oil’.
Candelilla wax – the vegan alternative to beeswax, is derived from the small shrub native to Northern Mexico. Its leaves are boiled to obtain the wax, to provide the glossy and lubricating properties. ILA + AVA uses candelilla wax in the ‘enrich lip balm’. Its incredible properties give the lips a subtle dewy gloss, while plumping and keeping them soft and lubricated for longer. Lips don’t become dependent like with other lip balms.
Rich in beta-carotene, this beautiful golden orange flower is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. As a stimulant, softener and freshner this flower is used for soothing and softening all skin types, as well as for inflammations, rashes, eczema, chapping and psoriasis. The use of extracts made from this plant assist the stimulation and formation of new tissue, while giving the skin a natural soothing summer glow. ILA + AVA uses an organic Australian oil extract in organic cold pressed sunflower oil, found in the ‘glow body oil’. * organic calendula infused in organic cold pressed sunflower oil, ** Australian
CHAMOMILE (see roman chamomile)
‘magnolia champaca’ (formerly known as michelia champaca)
This incredible flower produces an amazing fragrant oil offering a sensual rich floral with slightly fruity scent. It is a natural remedy for tension, stress, vertigo and headaches and is considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Champaca promotes relaxation and happiness. Considered to be one of the best natural remedies for depression, this flowers oil is one of the highest priced oils in the world and can be found in the 'botanical perfume oil' and the 'cleanse and smooth radiance body polish'.
Considered a tonic for the mind, body and soul, this essential oil has a multitude of positive properties. A perennial herb with grey velvety heart shaped leaves, with violet pink pale blue flowers, it is native to the Mediterranean region, although is now cultivated in various regions around the world. In skin care the addition of clary sage oil assists in toning the skin due to its mild astringent properties, regulates sebum production and assisting in reducing inflammation linked to acne breakouts, while its natural anti-microbial qualities assist the whole formulations. Its herby fresh scent can balance mind and spirit. ILA + AVA uses a Bulgarian sourced clary sage oil found in the ‘glow body oil’ + ‘botanical perfume oil’.
There are many varying types and colours of clays found in all corners of the world. Each clay colour offers different skin nutrient healing properties, and pertain to different skin types and skin conditions. Below are the clays that are found in the ILA + AVA range, chosen for their benefits not just on their own but when used in conjunction with our formulations.
From Australia, this clay is great for gently exfoliating, cleansing and toning the skin. It strengthens the connective tissues, stimulates blood circulation and draws out toxins, while nourishing, feeding and hydrating skin. It doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or tight. Found in the ILA + AVA ‘radiance face polish’ + 'soften and soothe radiance body polish'.
This Australian sourced clay contains several essential minerals (magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, iron and others). In combination these allow the beige clay to have its amazing detoxifying properties, assisting blood and lymph circulation. Eliminating toxins from the skin, clean, fresh, hydrated and energized skin is noticed. This clay is found in the ILA + AVA ‘radiance face polish’ and the 'soften and soothe radiance body polish'.
This clay is sourced from France. French pink clay has been highly regarded for a long time as an excellent natural product for balancing stressed and sensitive skin. With its mild nature it helps improve overall skin texture with skin firming properties. Although Australian sourced pink clay is currently very popular, unfortunately due to its rapid use ILA + AVA has been informed that the clay mine is alarmingly already empty, highlighting the need for more protection of Australian resources to keep these natural treasures sustainable for futures to come. The pink clay used by ILA + AVA is used in combination with the other clay products in the ‘radiance face polish’ to provide a wider range of skin benefits.
WHITE KAOLIN CLAY
Has many benefits like most clays, however ILA + AVA uses kaolin clay for its absorbant properties and its pure white colour in the ‘refresh deo balm’.
This very spicy, warm and woody essential oil contains powerful antioxidant properties. Commonly used in foods, clove oil is produced from the flower bud and plants stem or leaves via steam distillation. ILA + AVA uses clove oil sourced from Indonesia in the ‘refresh deo balm’ for its potent anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. * organic used
There was the big coconut oil hype which saw us using it for everything and anything not that long ago. After much reviewing, testing and research ILA + AVA decided there are several other plant derived oils which are much more beneficial and therapeutic for skin health. Coconut oil tends to sit on the skin surface and doesn’t penetrate as well as other oils, and as a result can block pores and disrupt the natural oil balance of the skin. As such coconut oil is only used by ILA + AVA for its antibacterial (mainly due to the lauric acid content) and antifungal properties for the ILA + AVA ‘refresh deo balm’, 'salt scrub + soak’, and in the ‘enrich lip balm’ for its high fatty oil properties. * organic used
Derived from the branches of its tall evergreen tree, cypress oil is steam distilled. With an endless list of healing properties, its clean fresh aroma promotes vitality and energy. Topical use not only invigorates the senses but helps the body remove excess water and salt to promote healthier fluid metabolism, while it stimulates circulation by gently invigorating blood flow. It is used topically to treat cellulite, varicose veins, while its energizing and refreshingly clean aroma stimulates the emotions assisting in times of transition. ILA + AVA uses a beautiful cypress oil from France, in the ‘refresh deo balm’ and the ‘salt scrub + soak'.
DEAD SEA SALT
Famous for its unique mineral composition, dead sea salt is harvested from the dead sea (between Jordan, Israel + Palestine). It offers amazing benefits to the body via the skin and assists in stimulating circulation and detoxifying when used in scrubs or soaks. Using dead sea salt assists your body in eliminating toxins, while absorbing the minerals and nutrients transdermally (through the skin) for the body to use directly where they are needed. ILA + AVA is proud to use this amazing product in the ‘salt scrub + soak’ and the 'mineral foot soak'.
Emulsifying wax is a product used to assist the combination of oil and water. Traditionally it is created when a wax material (either vegetable or petroleum based) is treated with a detergent. It is very alarming to research this product and its hidden labeling tactics. ILA + AVA uses OliveM 1000. An ECOCERT certified organic emulsifying wax produced in Italy, made purely from olives. * organic used
With its sweet and earthy anise-like aroma, fennel essential oil is steam distilled from the crushed seeds of the plant. This leafy herb is originally from southern Europe and parts of Asia although now can be found all over the world. Its rich aoma encourages a feeling of groundedness, perfect for calming the senses. ILA + AVA includes in the 'salt scrub + soak' fennel oil for its lymphatic stimulation to help cellulite and improve circulation.
Traditionally used by the Egyptians for its skin beautifying properties, geranium essential oil is now commonly used to reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety, treat acne and balance hormones. Applied topically it promotes healthy glowing skin and hair, while its sweet floral aroma uplifts the mood, promotes emotional wellness and lessens fatigue. ILA + AVA uses an African grown geranium oil, found in the ‘nourish face cream’, ‘glow body oil’ and ‘botanical perfume oil’. * organic used
With its beautiful delicate scent it is great in skincare. It is also perfect for varying skin types, balancing the skin and acting as a humectant to draw moisture to wonderfully hydrate. Extremely uplifting and balancing for the emotional body too. ILA + AVA uses an organic preservative free geranium hydrosol in the ‘hydrate toner mist’. * organic used
GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
Also known as citrus seed extract, this is a liquid extract derived from the seeds, white membranes and pulp of grapefruit. Added as a natural preservative, we use this pure product in our emulsions to make creams in the ILA + AVA product range.
With its high antioxidant content, this leaf extract minimises cellular stress to improve skin complexion. This is due to its strict harvesting times and production processes differing from other teas which involve a withering and oxidation process. Most of the polyphenols found in green tea are known as ‘catechins’. These are natural antioxidants which are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and anticancer agents. Antioxidants are considered our most powerful weapon in the anti-aging battle. These fight signs of premature aging, wrinkles, sun damage and encourage cellular healing. Although traditionally originating from China, its production and manufacture is now throughout Asia and other countries. ILA + AVA uses an organic Australian green tea extract with natural preservatives, found in the ‘hydrate toner mist’, ‘nourish face cream’ and ‘salt scrub + soak’. ** organic + Australian used
Also known as the ‘botox plant’, this flower extract helps with age spots and encourages a fresher, younger and smoother looking complexion. Its naturally occurring acids assist in purifying the skin through breaking down dead skin cells and stimulating cell turnover, which also benefits the control of acne breakouts. ILA + AVA uses an organic hibiscus flower extract, in natural preservative, found in the ‘nourish face cream’. * organic used
This exotic white flower creates a seductive and gentle floral scent. With countless emotional body enhancing properties, is has been used for hundreds of years in parts of Asia to naturally remedy depression and anxiety, and combat emotional stress, low libido (considered an aphrodisiac) and insomnia. Research suggests its positive effects are due to its subtle workings on the nervous system. When penetrating through the skin when used in beauty products, jasmine oil helps moisturise, soothe and nourish skin (and hair), while evening skin tone and reducing the appearance of age spots. ILA + AVA absolutely loves the scent of jasmine, and with its soft, delicate scent has been chosen for the ‘nourish face cream’ and ‘glow body oil’.
Jojoba is the closest oil to the skins sebum production giving it its remarkable moisturizing benefits. It contains many essential fatty acids, vitamins and powerful antioxidants. Naturally gentle and non-irritating qualities make it great for all skin types, soothing sensitive skin, hydrating dry skin, balancing oily skin and assisting the healing of acne and breakouts. This luxurious oil is a liquid wax ester released from the female jojoba shrubs beans. Although native to Southern California, Southern Arizona + North-Western Mexico, the plants beans are distributed and pressed in other locations. With its naturally silky, odourless and non-allergic qualities, jojoba oil promotes healthy skin by maintaining and stabilizing the intercellular structure. ILA + AVA uses an organic jojoba oil in the ‘nourish face cream’, ‘glow body oil’, ‘restore night oil’ and restore face oil' * organic used
This Australian native plant, found in the northern regions, has adapted to the harsh and persistent sun exposure of its area. Kakadu plum contains the highest concentration of nutrient available vitamin C in the world, which acts as a free radical scavenger to protect the skin. Used topically it protects the dermis from degradation while stimulating collagen and hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles, protect against UV damage and improve skin texture. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties which strongly increase collagen synthesis, reduce hyper pigmentation and enhance skin radiance and resilience. ILA + AVA uses an Australian made liquid extract of kakadu plum, preserved with natural ingredients, found in the ‘hydrate toner mist’, ‘nourish face cream’ and ‘salt scrub + soak’. Other names for this plant fruit include: gubinge, billygoat plum, green plum, salty plum, murunga / mador. It is a flowering plant of the combretaceae family, widespread throughout the tropical woodlands, from Eastern Arnhem Land to Northwestern Australia. ** organic + Australian used
This wonderful purple flowering plant is well known. With strong healing properties for various skin disorders including psoriasis, wrinkles, acne and other inflammatory conditions, lavender has antibacterial qualities which penetrate deep to clean out pores and help prevent and heal breakouts. The unique floral scent is deeply calming and relaxing and soothing for a good nights sleep. ILA + AVA uses subtle amount of an organic lavender essential oil for these properties in the ‘glow body oil’, ‘refresh deo balm’, ‘restore night oil’ and 'restore face oil' * organic used
This fresh smelling herb belongs to the poaceae grass family. It has a light fresh lemony scent with earthy undertones, and is has countless healing and culinary uses. As an essential oil, lemongrass has a stimulating, soothing, relaxing and balancing effect. It is also contains anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties with some antioxidant benefits too. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals it’s a great herb to introduce more of into your cooking and skin routine. Its strong detoxifying and muscle relaxing qualities are utilized by ILA + AVA in the ‘salt scrub + soak’, while its incredibly refreshing scent and anti bacterial properties are put to good use in the ‘refresh deo balm’. ILA + AVA uses an Indian grown lemongrass essential oil (from personal travels to India this is the favoured origin for lemongrass).
The ultimate oil for skin care, the macadamia is native to Australia. Unlike other oils, this doesn’t clog pores while still providing rich healing, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Due to its phenolic compounds, macadamia oil also has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. Regarded as a drier oil due to its strong penetrative attributes, it sinks into the skin well without feeling greasy. High in monounsaturated fatty acids, including omega 9, its strong moisturizing, softening and regenerating qualities are matched with its anti-inflammatory benefits. ILA + AVA uses an organic Australian macadamia oil in the ‘restore night oil’, ‘salt scrub + soak’, ‘glow body oil’ and ‘refresh deo balm’. ** organic Australian used
Magnesium chloride (much higher grade than Epsom salts), is a macro-mineral meaning the body needs high amounts of it. Its very important and plays a huge role in many of the bodys’ functions. Transdermal (through the skin) supplementation is much easier absorbed than taken orally with no digestive upset. Found in the 'salt scrub + soak', 'magneium foot soak' and 'magnesium oil'.
Magnesium chloride in the sea water is reacted with lime (calcium oxide) to form the Mg2+ and OH- ions, which precipitate into magnesium hydroxide salt. With many internal uses as an antacid and laxative. Importantly it is used as an odour neutraliser in the ILA + AVA ‘refresh deo balm’. * highest pharmeceutical grade used
Found naturally in fruits such as apples, this pure alpha hydroxy fruit acid powder is used as a natural skin rejuvenator. Used in ILA + AVA ‘'radinace body polish soften and soothe' and the 'radiance body polish cleanse and smooth' .
Considered a natural skin care wonder, marshmallow root is a botanical used in both medicine and skincare. Containing a high percentage of mucilage (viscous or gelatinous solution from plant) it provides intense hydrating, softening and balancing properties. Marshmallow root hydrates the skin while improving its function of retaining moisture. ILA + AVA utilizes these amazing qualities in an organic powder form in the ‘radiance face polish’. * organic used
Steam distilled from the fragrant white flowering blossoms of the orange tree, this oil has an intensely floral, sweet, citrusy and exotic scent. Relaxing and uplifting it is considered effective for scars, stretch marks and mature skin and great for every skin type. It has strong rejuvenating and regenerating benefits, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic which add additional healing properties for oily or blemished skin. ILA + AVA uses an Italian sourced neroli essential oil in the ‘nourish face cream’, ‘refresh deo balm’, ‘restore night oil' and the 'restore face oil'.
Papaya’s enzymes help rejuvenate the skin by removing dead cells while cleansing to clear skin impurities. Its vitamin C content helps protect and hydrate for glowing skin. Considered one of the most powerful plant proteolytic enzymes (helps break down dead cells), it assists with moisturizing and preserving the natural barrier function of the epidermis. As one of the richest sources of antioxidants (20x higher than vit E), papaya contains a myriad of enzymes. ILA + AVA uses freeze dried papaya flesh powder, from Thailand, to obtain the highest nutrients and benefits. This powder is found in the ‘radiance face polish’.
The humble peppermint plant delivers a strong and clean scent. Used in a wide range of applications from food to healing, ILA + AVA use a beautiful organically grown peppermint essential oil in the ‘enrich lip balm’. Its refreshing scent invigorates the mind and creates a sense of clarity and peace while the lips are gently plumped leaving a fresh and clean feeling. * organic used
Renowned to assist with collagen production, pomegranate contains punicic acid, found in the fruits seeds. This acid boasts as a strong free radical scavenger, boosting the repair and restoration of the skin. By extending the life of fibroblasts which are responsible for the production of elastin and collagen, pomegranate extract is used to protect the skin against UVB damage and to assist repairing sun damaged and aged skin. Considered an excellent moisturiser, with protective and nourishing benefits, this extract soothes dry, mature and aging skin while supporting its anti-inflammatory functions. With its plumping properties, the skins elasticity is maintained while minimizing wrinkles. ILA + AVA uses an organic Australian pomegranate extract in natural preservative, found in the ‘hydrate toner mist’ and the ‘salt scrub + soak’. ** organic Australian used
Not just a pretty flower, chamomile boasts numerous health benefits. ILA + AVA uses a high quality essential oil for its calming scent and soothing properties. Used to fight anxiety and depression, reduce insomnia, boost skin health, support digestive health, promote heart health, alleviate PMS symptoms, act as a natural allergy reliever and help relieve arthritic pain, chamomile is a wonderous plant. It is used in numerous of our formulations as a calmative to promote happy and healthy vibes. ILA + AVA uses an Australian sourced roman chamomile oil, which can be found in the ‘glow body oil’, ‘nourish face cream’, ‘restore night oil’, 'resotre face oil' and ‘botanical perfume oil’. ^ Australian used
Another skin wonder, rosehip oil is pressed from the seed of the wild rose bush, found in the southern andes. It can also be extracted from another rose bush which grows in many regions of the world. ILA + AVA uses rosehip oil from the rosa rubiginosa variety grown in Chile. This oil is rich in essential fatty acids and renowned for its antioxidant properties, anti-aging benefits and strong effects on healing scars, wounds, reversing sun damage and pigmentation, wrinkles and brown skin spots. Containing linoleic and linoleic EFA’s (essential fatty acids), it is packed with naturally occurring vitamin A and E. These assist in promoting a youthful complexion and supple, replenished skin. Considered as a more astringent oil it is slightly drier leaving no greasy residue but still providing all the benefits of a botanical oil. ILA + AVA uses high quality organic rose hip oil in the ‘nourish face cream’, ‘glow body oil’, ‘restore night oil’ and 'restore face oil' * organic used
Also known as ‘rose water’ the beautifully scented floral water has been used traditionally in sacred ceremonies and has long been regarded as a skin care essential. Steam distilled from fresh or dried rose petals, rose hydrosol is nourishing and moisturizing for all skin types. It helps restore skin radiance and youthfulness and is rich in vitamin C to boost collagen and prevent premature aging. ILA + AVA uses an organic and preservative free rose hydrosol in the ‘hydrate toner mist’ where in combination with geranium hydrosol and high quality plant extracts its toning qualities are also utilized. *organic used
Prevents the oxidation of essential fatty acids in oils. It is an excellent regenerative oil for mature, dry and wrinkle prone skin. Its lipolytic effects make it useful when treating acne and oily skin. Used extensively since ancient times for numerous purposes with many medicinal health boosting properties, it was also used frequently in ceremonies. Its invigorating smell is a favourite in oil burners mixed with sweet orange and is a powerful oil to assist in transitioning through troubling times or seeking clarity. In skincare it is great for dermatological issues. ILA + AVA uses rosemary oil to help tone and remove dryness, while giving skin a healthy, even glow and for its amazing scent. It is found in the ‘salt scrub + soak’, ‘botanical perfume oil’, ‘restore night oil’ and 'restore face oil'. * organic used
With its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic and astringent properties it is an incredible plant. Also beneficial as a skin toner and purifier due to its astringent nature, tightening and gently drying the tissues to assist with preventing and treating wrinkles. It is non-irritating and non-sensitising, good for acne, dandruff, dermatitis and eczema. With a pleasant, refreshing, light herbaceous woody scent, it emits a strong spicy, clarifying scent, with cleansing properties, to calm and soothe the skin and the senses. ILA + AVA uses sage oil in the 'resfresh deo balm', 'radiance body polish cleanse and smooth' and the 'mineral foot soak'.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
‘prunis amygdalus dulcis’
With its gentle cleansing properties and high amounts of vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fatty acids, sweet almond helps improve skin complexion. Considered a deep skin cleanser, its light texture can easily penetrate the skin, softening and dislodging dirt and debris accumulated on the fine hair follicles and in the skin pores. Also high in vitamin A, using almond oil can prevent blackheads and acne. Originally only native to Mediterranean climates, the almond plant has since been introduced in other parts of the world. ILA + AVA uses an organic sweet almond oil, found in the ‘nourish face cream’, ‘glow body oil’, ‘enrich lip balm’, ‘botanical perfume oil’ and ‘restore night oil’. ^ Australian used
The essential oil from the sweet orange is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory by nature. It is known to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, promote blood flow and collagen production, balance the skins oil production and has skin brightening effects. Its fresh zesty scent is great for mood lifting and refreshing the senses. ILA + AVA uses an Australian made and sourced sweet orange essential oil, found in the ‘mineral foot soak' and ‘botanical perfume oil’. ^ Australian used
This clear, odourless liquid derived from plants is a common product in cosmetics. Used to combine oil and water ingredients, (and to keep foods moist), its usual sources are palm, soy and coconut. * ‘palm free’ and organic used
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and usually refers to a group of compounds. It helps to fight free radicals preventing skin aging and instead promoting youthfulness. It is high in antioxidants and as such supports new cell growth and cell regeneration. ILA + AVA use a GMO free product in the ‘enrich lip balm’ where it is most suitable due to its thicker consistency. Much higher antioxidant powered ingredients with finer consistencies are used in the creams and oils of the ILA + AVA range. This is one type of product that can contain many hidden GMO variations of tocopherol in the one ‘vitamin E’ ingredient.
* GMO version used
The shell of the walnut, when finely ground, makes a great natural skin exfoliator. Gently helping to slough away dead skin cells, this powder can help achieve smoother, softer skin with a brighter and even skin tone. Many cleansers and scrubs contain harsh chemicals which are very detrimental to our skin, our health and our oceans and environment. Please choose your products carefully and always check the ingredients and their hidden names. ILA + AVA uses fine walnut shell powder in the ‘radiance face polish’. Use this polish 1-2 times per week and always only exfoliate by gently rubbing the polish. Greater benefits are achieved by doing your skin routine gently and not overdoing it, which will allow the skin to function as nature intended.
With its soothing and antiseptic properties, witch hazel is natures toner. It stimulates the skin, reduces mild inflammation and skin irritation. Used for its softening qualities it is especially useful on oily blemished skin.
The true witch hazel extract used by ILA + AVA has been distilled containing 86% witch hazel extract and only 14% alcohol. Found in the ‘hydrate toner mist’. * organic used
This essential oil is created by steam distilling the fresh star shaped flowers of the tropical ylang ylang tree. Used extensively in perfumery and aromatherapy, it has been used for centuries in ceremonies. Its sweet, rich and spicy aroma reduces stress and tension and promotes positivity. It is great in skincare due to its nourishing and protective properties to promote the appearance of healthy skin and hair. ILA + AVA uses a high quality ylang ylang oil produced in France, in the ‘botanical perfume oil’.
ZINC OXIDE (non-nano particles)
With the broadest UV protective spectrum, zinc oxide is considered an excellent sunscreen. it cannot be absorbed into the blood unlike petroleum based sunscreen chemicals. Staying on the surface of the skin where it is needed most, it effectively provides a layer of protection against damaging UV rays. Although ILA + AVA uses zinc oxide and other nature derived ingredients which help prevent sun damage, ILA + AVA strongly advises other approved sun protective measures to be taken.
NOT SO NICE. INGREDIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT AND AVOID.
These are a type of preservative first used in the 1950’s. Their function of preventing the growth of mould and bacteria mean they are common in many foods and beauty products. The word ‘paraben’ will rarely be listed. Instead look out for these commonly found parabens: butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. ILA + AVA does not use parabens. Great care has been taken to formulate the products so artificial preservatives are not needed. Once water is in a product bacteria and mould can start growing. Other ways products can spoil is by contamination. ILA + AVA has intentionally ensured water containing products are in pump form, minimising contact from the outside world into their containers, as well as using distilled water, which has no impurities, minimising bacterial growth. Natural botanical ingredients known for their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and natural preservative functions have been added. As a result ILA + AVA products still have a good shelf life, however it may be less than commercial products which are filled with chemicals, not good for you or our environment, and with many forms of chemicals usually tested on animals.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG), comes in many forms followed by many varying numbers in skincare. Some reports suggest it is a carcinogenic petroleum ingredient, with some forms used in spray on oven cleaners and cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. There are varying reports, concerns and views, however it is certain that PEG’s are synthetically produced and not that great for our health and therefore also our environment. PEG’s are not a definitive chemical entity, they are a mixture of compounds that have been bonded together. polyethylene is the most common form of plastic, which forms a thick sticky liquid when combined with glycol. They are used as they can function as emoillents (help soften and lubricate the skin), as emulsifiers (help water and oil combine) and to deliver other ingredients deeper into the skin.
ILA + AVA have researched the ingredients and sources used in all the formulations to avoid the use of these harsh chemicals. Instead nature provides a huge array of plant sourced ingredients that do an even better job and are actually good for us and our planet. ILA + AVA uses OliveM 1000 emulsifying wax, which is vegan and solely made from olives.
What is the concern with palm oil. Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit of the African oil palm tree. Although originally from west Africa, these palms can flourish in the right conditions with heat and abundant rainfall. Today 85% of all global palm oil is produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia, majority of the time not enforcing sustainable measures. The palm oil industry is linked to major environmental and animal welfare issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, animal cruelty, climate change and abuse of indigenous rights. As land must be cleared for the development of these oil palm plantations there is a trail of destruction left. According to the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) an area the size of 300 football fields of pristine rainforest is cleared every hour to prepare for new palm plantations. Obviously this impact has devastating effects not just on our environment but the native animals inhabiting these areas, with many species being pushed to extinction.
Palm oil is secretly hidden in a wide variety of products disguised as (vegetable oil). It is considered approximately 40-50% of household products in developed countries like Australia, contain palm oil!. Products include baked goods, confectionery, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents, toothpaste and shampoo.
Palm oil contains a high proportion of saturated fat, which is unusual as majority of vegetable oils do not. (excluding coconut oil). It is important to know that it is not mandatory to label ‘palm oil’ as an ingredient. There are literally hundreds of names palm oil can be hidden under as other ingredients. To find out more and stay up to date with this important issue please visit https://www.palmoilinvestigations.org/names-for-palm-oil.html.
* ILA + AVA uses organic ‘palm free’ vegetable glycerin and pure olive derived emulsifying wax.