What we use
We stand by the ingredients we use to craft our products, and we feel its important to be transparent about what it is we add to our mix. We include the scientific names like they are on our packaging, as well as the names you might understand a little better.
Argon oil (Argania Spinose)
Commonly referred to as 'Liquid Gold' and 'Miracle Oil', argon oil is one of the most potent cosmetic oils. With its antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids, argon oil is unrivaled in its ability to moisturise and soften hair. With the therapeutic perks of Vitamin A and E, argon oil rejuvenates hair by increasing cell production and regeneration. Throw some beautiful antioxidants into the mix, and what is left is more nourished hair. And if that doesn't drive its benefits home, in 1999 UNESCO listed the Moroccan argon forest as a world heritage location, and the local argon farms support the forest.
Baobab seed oil
Grown in arid areas like Africa, Australia, and Arabia, baobab oil is derived from the seeds of the adansonia. In case you were wondering, this tree is also known as the tree of life. True to its name, this tree invigorates and breathes life into hair and skin. Being full of the good stuff (say Vitamins A, D, E, and K, Omega 3, 6, and 9), baobab oil is used to restore dry and dull hair, as well as treating scalp irritation and inflammation. The tree flowers at night time, is pollinated by bats, and looks a little like it was created by J.K. Rowling or J.R.R. Tolkien (serious. Google it).
With it being native to the West Indies, as well as growing in Spain, Morocco, and Jamaica, you know bay rum essential oil is going to smell as deliciously spicy as good ol’ Captain Morgan. However, unlike the drink, this oil is actually good for your health, especially circulatory, allowing better blood flow to hair roots, promoting growth.
One of our favourite ingredients from our award winning Tasmanian honey producers, let us tell you why. No artificial chemicals, silicons, or petrochemicals for starters. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties from fatty acids, long chain alcohol, and vitamin E. and to top it off, Ancient Egyptians were using beeswax for their boats and crypts. Using beeswax also enables us to support beekeepers that are expanding the global bee population. All in all, beeswax offers healthier and stronger hair - if you want to read more about where we get our supply, see here.
From Mother Nature’s fiercest competitors, volcanoes versus raging rivers, we have their gentler offspring. Bentonite clay’s fiery roots results in a strong negative electromagnetic charge. Not as scary as it sounds, the bentonite clay detox has been one of the most popular health trends over centuries. The charge turns the clay into a potent magnet that absorbs the bad (metal, toxins, dirt, and oil) and leaves the good. The result leaves hair naturally clean and healthy, so it’s no wonder it features as a key ingredient in our matte pomade (see here for more).
Bergamot is like a band manager, taking control over their group the essential oils (it sounds like a band doesn’t it). Bringing in their own citrus flavours, as well as its ability to relieve stress and anxiety (paramount in band management), this essential oil helps everyone work together. It also allows us to create distinctive aromas like no one else.
They say it’s not the size, it’s how you use it. Well the black pepper tree may be small but that hasn’t stopped it’s leaves and berries from packing a punch. The seeds from this plant are wild and spicy, giving it a peppery aroma, just the right kick to get you going in the morning. Not only does it smell amazing but it is also rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties, perfect for better scalp health.
From Tibet to Italy, Chile to the USA, Borax (or ‘Sodium tetraborate decahydrate’) has popped up more times through history as a cleansing and conditioning agent, than that ad that just won’t leave you alone after you visit a website one time. Unlike those irritating advertisements, Borax is good for something, being both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, keeping the bad stuff (dandruff) away.
The result of a happy accident (like when you find $20 in your pocket) cetyl alcohol was discovered in 1817 by French chemist Michel Chevrel after he mixed together spermaceti and potassium hydroxide (derived from coconut oil). The result? A natural fatty alcohol, and though it may not be as fun as the Tequila Sunrise the boys banter on about, it is fun for your hair. That fun is hydrating your hair, and making the hair shaft smoother and softer to the touch.
Coconut oil (Cocos Nucifera)
You know when they talk about good fats, you don’t really know what they are and the only one you know is Avocado (because all you hear about is smashed avo on toast). Well now you know two of them! Coconut oil is one of these good guys, with its medium chain fatty acids. We could lay down the science law and use a lot of big words (like lauric, myristic, palmitic) but basically its good stuff that allows the oil to penetrate hair and condition its roots.
The healthier side effect (though not as delicious) of roasting, fermenting, and separating cocoa nibs is cocoa butter. It’s loaded with almost every fatty acid under the sun (stearic, palmitic, myristic, arachidic, and lauric) as well as rich antioxidant properties. This makes the butter almost as good enough to eat as it is for your hair, though we highly recommend not spreading our pomade over your toast for breaky.
You know what’s better than a coffee first thing in the morning? The smell of it. There is nothing like emerging from under the doona to the aroma of a latte downstairs. Especially, down here on our little iceberg of an island (it’s not really that bad but maybe bring a jacket). Our coffee oil not only smells good but is great for promoting hair growth. With antioxidants (oleic, linoleic, palmitic) in there strengthening your hair, like the coffee in your hand, strengthening your will to get in there for that 8 am meeting.
Extra virgin olive oil (Olea Europaea)
You know that if it has been used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, it’s one of two things. Either weirdly sexual (don’t Google it), or it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Good enough to eat, olive oil was used by the ancients for hair care, and is still used today with all its beauty (nutrients, minerals, monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants), making it the bees knees for revitalising hair. If you want to know more about this tried and tested favourite you can click here.
Grapefruit seed oil
Rich with vitamins (A and C) as well as minerals and antioxidants, there is almost nothing this fruit can’t do (kind of like Bear Grylls). From promoting hair growth, to deodorising and cleaning it, Grapefruit seed oil is a key player in keeping hair strong and healthy.
Hemp seed oil (Cannabis Sativa)
Before we begin, it’s not what you think. Hemp seed oil for hair is as versatile as it is old. Cultivated for thousands of years, and we’re talking multiple times Betty White, Stan Lee, and David Attenborough’s senior, this little plant has been used for just about everything. Making sails, clothes, and oils, to name a few. Most importantly, this oil is loaded with omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, stimulating hair growth, so you too can have a full head of hair like good ol’ Stan Lee.
Jojoba seed oil (Simmondsia Chinensis)
Pronounced ho ho ba, like it’s Santa and Shaun the Sheep in one, the jojoba plant has transcended time, being used by native Americans to treat both skin and hair. With the jojoba tree’s love of the desert, it is no surprised it calls our sun-kissed Australia, home. Whilst we spend more time scanning Instagram than in the sun, jojoba seed oil is conveniently filled with vitamins A, D, and E, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids to protect and moisturise dry hair.
Kalahari melon seed oil
The Kalahari melon is to the modern watermelon, what your great uncle is to you. You know he’s related, looks kind of like some of the family, but he’s just a bit wild and different. Not only is the Kalahari melon great for your hair with essential fats, including omega 6 and 9, as well as rich in antioxidants, it’ll also make you feel good, being sustainably harvested by Eudafano Women’s Cooperative. You can go to phytotrade.com to find out exactly how they grow and harvest sustainably.
Not just a great edition to a Sunday afternoon Corona at the beach house, lime is also distilled to create an essential oil. Being a natural disinfectant, it’s essential (get it, cause it’s an essential oil) in cleaning hair, without causing it to become too dry. Add on top, a citrus nose, to keep you feeling alive and fresh every morning.
Aqua (Mount Wellington)
Did you know you can buy water for as much as $60,000! There really is something in that water. Unfortunately for you, we’re not mortgaging the house to put in some overpriced aqua, but we have got the next best thing. Using the cleanest water available to any major city, the aqua from Mount Wellington gives us the perfect consistency in our pomades, whilst giving hair a healthy, shiny look.
Like we’ve said before, if the ancients (the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans) used it then it’s got to be good (again, don’t Google it). Peppermint, like olive oil, is another one of these ingredients that have transcended time. Not only does it smell fresh (perking you up in the morning), it also includes antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, looking after your scalp.
Okay so who else thought superfoods were only for eating? (C’mon, you’ll admit you guzzled kale when you heard it was a superfood?) Well, turns out that these superfoods aren’t just for your insides, but for your outsides as well! Shea butter for hair is one of these all-rounders, protecting hair against ultra violet rays, and full of fats and minerals to really put the super, in superfood!
Stearyl alcohol is like the coach of your favourite team. He might be a little bit fatty (in a good way of course) but he makes everyone work together, just like stearyl alcohol does for our ingredients.
Sweet almond oil
Now bear with us but imagine, that our sweet almond oil is the equivalent of Batman to the crimes of environmental pollutants and nutritional deficiencies. Sweet almond oil comes in with its bat mobile (say ‘monounsaturated fats’) and its utility belt (potassium, zinc, and magnesium) leaving Gotham (your hair) free of crime, invigorated, and revitalised.
Imagine, you’re just a kid, it’s a weekend and mums doing some baking. It’s cookies or cupcakes but either way the smell of vanilla fills the kitchen and you’re on cloud nine. Now we can’t take you back but we’ve got the next best thing with vanilla bean essential oil. Smelling good enough to eat, the oil has rich antioxidant properties, great for hair growth, and works as a natural relaxant, being able to lower blood pressure.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
So, we had Batman and now we have Superman with Vitamin E. Unlike Batman, Superman is here to be kind and gentle to your hair, working on saving it, like its Lois Lane. His super strength (naturally preserving our shelf life) and good guy attitude help maintain healthy pH and oil levels, looking after your hair like it’s his number one girl.