in addition to using only the highest quality whole plant ingredients we prioritize choosing certified organic and ethically wildcrafted ingredients. ODARA products are carefully formulated to be safe for all skin types and conditions.
essential oils: we exclusively use100% pure, certified organic, and high-quality essential oils from farm to bottle. perfect for the therapeutic aromatherapy components in our skin and body care products.
hydrosols: our organic and wildcrafted hydrosols are 100% pure botanical extracts. delicately scented, these high-quality flower waters impart a wonderful fragrance and phyto-chemical activity to our products.
whole plants: our organic herbs and spices are hand-selected from the finest harvests each year. the herbs we use are trusted for their unmatched quality and freshness.
carrier oils: - we use the best organic vegetable oils derived from non-gmo sources. fresh-pressed, these pure botanical oils are versatile carriers for the active constituents in our formulations.
butters: our pure botanical butters are luscious skin conditioning components for lotions, lip balms and other handmade skin care recipes.these organic, high-quality butters give our formulations a creamy and smooth texture.
clays: our pure wildcrafted clays are the perfect ingredients for many of our skin care products. these exceptional quality clays offer important minerals, drawing abilities, and detoxification properties for skin health.
glycerine - our pure, certified organic vegetable glycerine is included in our skin care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. it is invaluable as a natural source ingredient with emollient like properties which can soften and soothe the skin. the versatility of our vegetable glycerine helps to explain why it is one of the most popular natural cosmetic additives used today. we use its solvency action in extracting botanical properties from plant materials without the use of alcohol. our herbal glycerites are made by hand in house at ODARA using the highest quality certified organic or wildcrafted medicinal herbs and certified organic vegetable glycerine.
aloe vera - our aloe vera gel is pulverized from the inner fillet of certified organically grown aloe vera plants, and further filtered to produce a clear and consistent aloe gel with a well-rounded and fresh odor. our particular gel was created by hand removing the inner fillet of whole aloe vera leaves. this substance is subsequently cold pressed.
oil infusions - many of our products contain non-comedogenic oils like safflower or sunflower oil infused with whole plant ingredients. our oil extracts are made by hand in house at ODARA using the highest quality certified organic and ethically wildcrafted medicinal herbs and carrier oils.
waxes: waxes offer a solidifying medium for salves, an emulsifier for cosmetics, a hardener for balms, and much more! our pure bees wax and olive wax are an essential part of our product line.
beeswax - is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee’s abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. when honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell. the color and scent of beeswax is determined by the type of pollen taken from the flowers that the bees pollinated. our beeswax is sometimes sourced globally, and often comes from less-developed countries in south america and africa. in these locations, villagers still rely on less-modern techniques of processing beeswax. these methods often employ open fire pits which are used to melt and process the honeycomb. because of this, the beeswax pastilles can often take on a smoky note.
beeswax is an exquisite substance that is secreted by worker honeybees. our pure, filtered beeswax comes from beekeepers here in cascadia that we are proud to support. this beautiful wax is the finest quality that we’ve found. It produces a very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes. beeswax works well in skincare products because of the “wax esters” that exist in both beeswax and human skin and it is these compounds which help to bind and emulsify ointments, lipsticks and balms. as a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in the skin, it is commonly found in hand and body creams that help retain natural skin moisture and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin.
olive wax - is a lipid wax obtained from pure olive oil. the manufacturing process capitalizes on the properties and benefits of olive oil fatty acids for delivery into the tissues where it will deliver a multitude of skin benefits. olive wax offers a state of the art and ultra clean approach to conditioning the skin.
due to the olive oil backbone being similar to human sebum it offers significant improvement in both moisture of the skin, through moisture barrier improvement, and through enhanced absorption.
lactobacillus ferment - acts as a natural broad-spectrum antimicrobial in aqueous products and in oil-in-water emulsions by acidifying the environment and producing antimicrobial peptides called bacteriocins. additionally, it lends nutritive skin conditioning benefits to personal care formulations. protecting and balancing to the skin's microbiome.
vitamin e oil (non GMO) - anti-oxidant with skin-moisturizing activity. fee radical scavenging properties. photo protectant. helping to prolong the shelf life of other oil components.
rosemary CO2 extract - High anti-oxidant value, helps to extend the shelf life of oil components.