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High quality, eco-friendly, kind and safe ingredients are of the utmost importance to Grounded Sage! We don’t sell anything that we don’t use ourselves because we like to be pampered and want you to be too! Below is a list of some of the ingredients we use in our products. Check the product pages for a full ingredient list for each product.

Quick Facts About Our Ingredients

  • Certified Cruelty-Free by PETA, Leaping Bunny, Humane Society International, My Beauty Bunny, and CrueltyFreeCanada.ca
  • Ethically sourced
  • 100% vegetarian, 95% vegan (local honey & beeswax are the only non-vegan ingredients we use)
  • GMO-free
  • Handcrafted in small batches
  • Free of the recognized “Dirty Dozen" of cosmetic ingredients
  • Packed with antioxidants + Mother Nature’s healing power
  • Formulated with sensitive skin in mind
  • No nanoparticles
  • Complete ingredient list available for each product in the online shop

How We Scent Our Products

We use 4 different types of oils to scent our products. They include Essential Oils, Natural Fragrance Oils, Aromatic Hydrosols, and Phthalate-Free Fragrance Oils.

  • Essential Oils
    • Essential Oils are extracted from plants, flowers, leaves, roots, barks, resins and rinds of some fruits. The Essential Oils used in Grounded Sage products are therapeutic grade, 100% vegan, and are free of any synthetic compounds.
  • Natural Fragrance Oils
    • Natural Fragrance Oils are blended from essential oils, but because they are not guaranteed to be 100% essential oil they are called natural fragrance oils. These oils contain no synthetic compounds, alcohols or animal byproducts.
  • Phthalate-Free Fragrance Oils
    • These fragrances are synthetic and are specifically designed for cosmetic use. Like the essential oils and natural fragrance oils, these oils are free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, petrochemicals, glycols, formaldehyde donors, PEG’s or PPG’s, DEA/TEA, 1,4 dioxanes and other contaminants
  • Aromatic Hydrosols
    • Aromatic Hydrosols are also known as floral waters, hydrolats, herbal distillates, or aromatic waters. Floral waters are the condensate water co-produced during the steam distillation of plants. During the steam distillation of a plant, two complementary products are produced: essential oils and aromatic hydrosols. Aromatic hydrosols contain a lower concentration of aromatic molecules than to essential oils and they are very mild for the skin.

How We Flavour Our Products

  • Organic Flavour Oils
    • All our flavours are made from plant materials and are certified organic, kosher, vegan, gluten-free! They contain zero alcohol, allergens, or sugar and are set in an organic gum Acacia base.

Ingredients: Why They Are Awesome

  • Active Charcoal

    • This mineral has been used for centuries in the medical field for its absorption abilities. Today, the cosmetic industry has recognized it for the same abilities and is used in many products as a detoxification ingredient. Used in green beauty skincare products, Active Charcoal can draw dirt, oils, toxins, and impurities to the skin’s surface. It absorbs these nasties at the surface making them easier to rid of with the proper cleansing.
  • Alkyl Acrylate
    • An ingredient commonly used as a non-toxic, thickening agent in cosmetics. Alkyl Acrylate helps bind oils and waters, helping to create smooth applications in liquids. It has a Skin Deep Database rating of 1.
  • Aloe Vera
    • A super hydrator known for its abilities to balance and regenerate skin. It also contains shaman-like healing properties that aid in the calming and healing of acne and irritated/sensitive skin.
  • Amla Fruit Powder
    • As known as Indian Gooseberry, Amla Fruit Powder is rich in Vitamin C making it a key ingredient in the fight against signs of aging. This powder can help reduce the look of dark spots and aids in the reduction of free radical damage to the skin.
  • Argan Oil
    • This glorious moisturizing oil is one your skin will sing praises of! It won’t leave your skin feeling greasy and contains tons of Vitamin E.
  • Beeswax

    • Similar to other waxes, Organic Beeswax is used as a binding agent in natural cosmetic and is produced from the honeycomb of hives. Grounded Sage only uses beeswax sourced from local, ethical beekeepers. This wax allows for the product to maintain a creamy consistency when used in lesser amounts, and a balm consistency when used in larger quantities.
  • Black Iron Oxide

    • Black Iron Oxide is used as a colourant to provide that charcoal black colour. It has a Skin deep Database rating of 1.
  • Caprylyl Glycol
    • Plant-based Caprylyl Glycol contains two main benefits. Well known for its ability to help deliver moisture to the skin, Caprylyl Glycol is often used in moisturizers and lotions. It also has antimicrobial properties making it an effective component in products used to fight certain skin conditions caused by bacteria. On a lesser note, Caprylyl Glycol also provides a preservative presence in products.
  • Carnauba Wax
    • Similar to the Shellac Wax, Carnauba Wax is a renewable, non-toxic thickening agent that helps bind oil with water in cream products. It also provides much-needed moisture to dry skin while allowing for a smooth buttery application. Carnauba Wax is gathered from the leaves of the Brazilian Palm Tree.
  • Cetyl Alcohol
    • This plant-derived alcohol is known for its thickening properties when added to skin care products. With no relation to the ethyl based alcohols (which can be drying to the skin), Cetyl Alcohol actually leaves the skin feeling conditioned and moisturized. It’s also known as a carrier ingredient which helps other beneficial ingredients reach deep into the skin’s layers. Lastly, Cetyl Alcohol helps to boost a product’s lathering abilities making it easier to spread.
  • Chamomile Hydrosol

    • This floral water is used in skin care products to help ease irritation from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry/flaky skin. Similar, yet less concentrated than an essential oil, hydrosols are easily absorbed by the skin to deliver ingredients deep into the skin where it’s needed most.
  • Cinnamon Essential Oil & Ground Cinnamon
    • This spicy essential oil has great value in aromatherapy and it fights exhaustion and a feeling of depression and weakness. Cinnamon essential oil has a warm, spicy musky smell.
  • Coconut Oil

    • Our coconut oil is extracted using the cold pressed method of production. This means the highest amount of fatty acid content is retained, making it one of your skin’s best friends. It moisturizes and serves as a protective layer and helps your skin retain moisture. Coconut Oil also happens to be a mild oil that helps soothe inflamed, irritated skin and is kind to sensitive skin. We use only organic Coconut Oil in all our products.
    • In a very small percentage of people, Coconut Oil may clog pores and lead to acne. For a full explanation check out this blog: Can Coconut Oil Clog My Pores?
  • Dead Sea Mud

    • This mineral-rich mud contains salts known to help draw toxins and oils to the skin surface, making it an effective detoxifier for the skin. The minerals found in Dead Sea Mud also replenished much-needed nutrients in the skin like magnesium and iron. When used as part of a regular skin care routine, Dead Sea Mud can also help to improve blood circulation, adrenalize cellular activities and improve overall skin health.
  • Dead Sea Salt

    • Used since ancient times, Dead Sea Salt has been proven to be an effective anti-aging ingredient in skin care products. Known for its ability to help the skin retain water, Dead Sea Salt will help slow down the aging process by improving circulation and balancing moisture levels by replenishing much-needed nutrients for proper skin health.
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline
    • This plant-derived amino acid is known to help leave the skin feeling firmer and younger. It also provides needed moisture and protects against free radicals.
  • Golden Seal Root Extract
    • Also known as Yellowroot, Golden Seal Root is known for its ability to help reduce inflammation and ease irritation caused by skin conditions like eczema, acne, blisters, and itchy, dry skin when applied topically.
  • Glycerol (Vegetable Based)
    • A by-product of plant oils, this liquid is known for its ability to improve the skin’s moisture by drawing moisture to the skin’s surface. Most commonly found in Soy, Coconut Oil and Palm Oil, it’s also used to boost the delivery of other beneficial ingredients found in skin care products.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract

    • Jam-packed with antioxidants, the extract that is collect from Grapefruit Seeds is known for eliminating free radicals and prevent future damage to the skin. As a natural antiseptic, Grapefruit Seed Extract is also a powerful cleanser known to help prevent acne and breakouts.
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Known as the Kingpin of hydrators, this ingredient’s superpower (especially when boosted with glycerin, which of course we did) comes from its unique ability to keep moisture IN your skin. This is an extra special component for those with dry skin and/or oily skin as oily skin often occurs when the skin is craving water.
  • Illipe Butter
    • The Malaysian Illipe tree has been used in skin care for centuries. The butter (which is collected from the tree’s nuts) is known for its ability to provide long-lasting moisture to the skin. It has also been known to help prevent and control skin conditions like eczema and acne.
  • Jojoba Oil
    • This moisturizer is like a second skin, literally. Jojoba oil is our natural sebum’s identical twin, and helps replenish the essential fatty acids in our skin.
  • Jojoba Wax Beads
    • These little beads (or esters) come from the Jojoba shrub native to the Southern desert areas of North America. Jojoba Beads have a waxy consistency are a super gentle exfoliator for people with super-sensitive skin. As an added bonus, they deliver an extra dose of moisture to the skin.
    • Just so we’re crystal clear: jojoba wax beads are NOT microbeads! Jojoba wax beads are biodegradable, plant-based wax in the shape of beads.
  • Kaolin Clay
    • Kaolin Clay is the mildest of all clays and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing. It does not strip oils from the skin, so it can also be used by all skin types, even dry and sensitive skin. Kaolin Clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium, which are beneficial for oily, blemished skin.
  • Kokum Butter

    • Kokum Butter is a non-pore-clogging (non-comedogenic) fruit butter from the Kokam tree that soothes irritated skin. When this butter meets the warmth of your skin, it literally melts, making it easy to spread and for your skin to absorb! You actually want your skin to absorb kokum butter because it’s rich in essential fatty acids that aid in cell oxygenation that makes nutrients more readily available to be used by your skin! Kokum butter also helps regenerate tired and worn-out skin by supporting its elasticity and flexibility.
  • Lavender Extract & Essential Oil
    • The lavender plant is known for its antibacterial properties making it beneficial in acne-fighting skin care products. It helps rid the skin of bacteria, preventing breakouts and is a member of the mint family. Lavender extract is not as potent as the essential oil of the Lavender plant and is used more so for its aromatic ability to reduce stress, while Lavender Essential Oil will contain more acne-fighting benefits.
  • Lemon Peel Extract

    • When used in skin care products, the extract from lemon peels can help fight acne. It's also known to help improve skin's glow and texture. The citric acid found in this extract aids in the cleansing process of skin while leaving your skin looking brighter.
  • Licorice Extract
    • This extracted syrup from the root of a licorice plant is well known for its abilities to aid in the evening of skin tone and improve skin’s elasticity. Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants, it has also been proven to help in the healing process and inflammation of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. For those suffering from oily skin, Licorice Root can help to regulate the skin’s oil production.
  • Mica

    • This naturally occurring sheet of silicate found in minerals has been used since the prehistoric times. Brittle in texture, they help give off a shimmery tone and highly pigmented colour when added to mineral makeup. Micas provide a silky texture to the skin make blending effortless and optimizes adhesion. Our special blends of shimmering micas help create light coverage and a natural glow. All Micas used in our products are NOT of the nanoparticle range, and will not penetrate the skin.
  • Olive Oil

    • Olive Oil has been known for generations, not only for its internal healing qualities but also as a deep penetrating moisturizer. It regenerates skin cells and softens the tissue. Olive oil nurtures your skin by maintaining a moisture balance that both soothes dry skin and absorbs easily to nourish deep beneath the surface. This therapeutic quality is especially important to those who suffer from skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and allergies.
  • Oregano Leaf Extract
    • Known for its ability to fight skin conditions like acne, Oregano Leaf Extract contains Vitamin A and carotene. For topical application, it’s used in conjunction with a carrier oil like organic Coconut Oil to prevent irritation.
  • Orange Essential Oil
    • Orange Essential Oil is used in aromatherapy to create a feeling of happiness and warmth. Orange Essential Oil has a sweet, fresh and tangy smell.
  • Palm Oil: Sustainable

    • I’ve partnered with an organic, eco-friendly company to supply Grounded Sage with palm oil. The family company has become a pioneer in sustainable agriculture and the leading grower of organic ingredients. Palm oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, and E. Palm Oil is an ideal ingredient because of its high concentrations of vitamin E to protect skin cells and improve overall health.
  • Patchouli Essential Oil

    • This essential oil is produced by collecting the distilled steam of Patchouli leaves. Known for its healing abilities, Patchouli Essential Oil helps to speed the healing process of breakouts and other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, while preventing future infection.
  • Pro-Vitamin B5

    • This vitamin is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to boost your skin’s healing process. It also helps deliver a natural dose of moisture by collecting water in the air and delivering it to the skin.
  • Rice Powder

    • Produced by milling organic rice, this powder provides a “set & stay” behavior when added to natural cosmetics. When used in mineral makeup products, it allows for a smooth application, while absorbing the skin's oils, preventing them from causing your makeup to smudge and budge. We use organic Rice Powder in our mascara to provide an easy and silky distribution of product while helping it to stay in place all day long.
  • Shea Butter
    • Shea butter is a super butter! It’s regenerating, nourishing, and skin softening. It’s also a protective butter that helps in the healing process and provides anti-inflammatory properties. It helps prevent stretch marks and scars, reduces your skin’s exposure to the elements (such as wind), and nourishes dry/irritated/damaged/chapped skin. It’s especially beneficial for eczema, psoriasis, and minor burns and wounds.
  • Shellac Wax

    • A renewable, non-toxic binding agent that helps with adhesion when used in cosmetics. Waxes help turn oils into butters and lotions. They also provide great conditioning to the skin. It has a Skin Deep Database rating of 1.
  • Soybean Lecithin
    • A plant-based oil produced by the soy plant that's used an emulsifier in cosmetics. Soybean Lecithin used in our products are GMO-free and certified organic.
  • Stearic Acid (Vegetable Based)
    • This fatty acid is produced by certain vegetables and is extracted for the use in cosmetics. When added to cosmetics, it can help to bind and harden ingredients together to produce solid products like soap bars. Coconut Oil and Shea Butter contain large amounts of Stearic Acid. It also helps cleansers bind to toxins like dirt and oil on the skin, making it an effective ingredient in the cleansing process.
  • Sunflower Oil

    • Sunflower oil’s calming and emollient (moisturizing) properties have been known for years. Sunflower oil has a delicate, nutty scent, is high vitamin E content, and may be helpful if you are suffering from acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil

    • This essential oil is native to Australia and is best known for the disinfecting properties in skin care products. Stopping acne-causing bacteria in its tracks, Tea Tree Essential Oil is an effective antibacterial ingredient. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties helping to soothe breakouts and other skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis, all while encouraging a speedy healing process for small wounds and breakouts.
  • Thyme Extract

    • Most commonly used as a culinary ingredients, Thyme is known as a flowering herb. When used as an extract, thyme has also been proven as a powerful acne fighting ingredient. It can be used as a natural sanitizer that kills numerous types of bacteria and fungi.
  • Titanium Dioxide

    • This mineral is derived from the oxide of titanium. Titanium Dioxide absorbs, reflects and scatters light (including ultraviolet radiation in light) making it perfect for camouflaging imperfections! It sits on top of the skin (it won’t penetrate the skin, as we don’t use it in the nanoparticle range), making its coverage last long after the other ingredients have been absorbed.
    • Many manufacturers use titanium dioxide that is coated with silicone, which may clog your pores. It may also be coated with aluminum hydroxide. Rest assured that the titanium dioxide used in our products is NOT coated with silicones or aluminum hydroxide. The titanium dioxide we use is free of toxic coatings and is safe for acne prone skin.
  • Vitamin C

    • This vitamin contains impressive amounts of antioxidants and is known to aid in the brightening of skin (i.e. helping reduce the signs of aging) and protecting it from free radicals. Vitamin C is also an alternative to drugstore toners, by helping reduce dark spots and other sun damage. When used as part of an acne skincare routine, it can also help reduce inflammation and dims post acne redness. Not to mention, the skin will feel firmer thanks to its ability to increase collagen production.
  • Vitamin E

    • A powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from damaging toxins and free radicals from pollution, drugs, or UV light (the sun). Vitamin E also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also plays a huge role in many of my products because it helps keep ingredients from being oxidized and turning rancid. Our Vitamin E is gluten-free.
  • Wild Cherry Bark
    • The extract from wild cherry bark has many internal benefits, but externally it’s best known for its ability to help with the removal radicals from the skin’s surface thanks to antioxidants. This process helps to prevent future damage that free radicals can cause.
  • Willow Flower

    • This small, perennial flower packs a punch of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which help in the healing process of certain skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It also contains salicylic acid (without chemicals, damage and the irritation that results from the synthetic version of salicylic acid found in commercial acne products) which gently helps refine pores, reduce sebum (oil) production, and improves skin texture – all while nurturing and soothing your skin.
  • More coming soon

    • In the meantime, check out our product pages in the online shop for more information about the benefits of our ingredients.

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