- Source from organic environmentally
- Be ecologically considerate about what is
being washed down the drains, and in all
aspects of production.
- Formulate quality products free of
unnecessary chemicals and preservatives.
- Make products that are good for you and
- Purchase in bulk and provide value for
- Use recyclable packaging where possible.
Saponified oils are naturally preserving.
If they are not exposed to water or light
they take a long time to go bad.
It is impossible to eliminate all microbial
life where products contain or are
exposed to water, but evidence shows
that where the pH is above 9.5 (1),
the conditions are unfavourable for
bacteria, yeasts and moulds to grow.
If you use a bottle that minimises light
and exposure to water, this will help
to keep your products fresh. Any of
our products that are likely to harbour
microbial life within 6 months of
purchase, contain organic ECOCERT
approved preservative (NeoDefend).
This is except for the Papaya &
Vitamin C Face Toner, which contains
paraben free Germall Plus. This is
because ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
can sometimes react with NeoDefend
and produce other chemicals that
you dont want to put on your skin.
All preservatives are used in the
smallest amounts possible, and
only when there is no other
Using containers that minimise
light exposure and have squirt
or pump lids, really helps to
reduce the need to preserve.
Always remove the lids before recycling
plastic and glass.
All our plastic bottles can be recycled in
Moreton Bay Council, and other councils
are similar. Currently we have type 1,
2 and 4 plastics. It is optional for
manufacturers to print the type of
plastic on the bottle itself. Some
use the recyclable triangle with the
number in it, some use just the number
and some have nothing at all stamped
into the bottle. We only order bottles
that are plastic types 1, 2 or 3-7, as
these are the groups that are separated,
and can be recycled in Moreton Bay council.
Most glass bottles can be recycled.
STORAGE & SHELF LIFE
Products are dispensed in plastic bottles to
keep the prices down. If you email us, you can
purchase 250 ml dark glass pump bottles for
liquid soaps, shampoos and conditioners, at $5
each (If larger quantities are ordered they can
be sold cheaper). If you have these bottles,
your products will keep better, and you can
refill them as required. You only need to buy
them once, or find a container that is dark glass
with a pump or squirt out dispenser.
Dark glass bottles with lids that limit water
exposure, will minimise the growth of bacteria,
yeasts and moulds.
Our bentonite clay is sourced locally in
Booroobin. We are lucky enough to have
this rich volcanic clay on our property and
in the surrounding area where it is abundant.
The area has large expanses of rainforest
and eucalyptus forest. It is processed the
old fashioned way, by mixing it with water,
letting the sediments fall out of the fine clay
particles,then leaving it out in the sun for a
few days to get all the water out of clay, and
UV sterilise it. This clay powder has many great
properties when used in shampoos and liquid
soaps. The charge of a clay particle attaches to
toxins in water, so adding it to shampoos and
body washes is a great way to drag chemicals
away from your skin and hair. Only a small
amount of the clay is used, so that it can do
its job, without irritating the skin. It can be
left on your skin or hair with a towel wrap, for
a few minutes, to help draw more toxins and
impurities away. Bentonite clay has been used
over the years for the treatment of sore
muscles, fungal and bacterial infections acne
and increasing circulation.
Organic Soaps & Lotions are made
by Kelli Benjamin, member of
Cedarton Foresters Cooperative
Vitamin A is used in moisturisers because of its
benefits for dry skin, oily skin, acne, psoriasis,
thickened skin and wrinkles. It has been said to
normalise blood flow and reduce the symptoms
of rosacea, increase wound healing, improve
the cellular structure of skin, reduce skin
pigmentation, improve hydration around the
cell and normalise sebum production.
Booroobin Boar moisturiser uses vitamin A
to take advantage of these properties.
Vitamin C is used in skin and hair products for
its ability to build collagen which is important
for hair growth and healthy skin. It inhibits
free radicals, acting as an anti oxidant. It is
used for its ability to help maintain healthy
connective tissues in skin and hair. Studies
have shown that vitamin C reduces skin
pigmentation and protects the skin from UV
damage. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is used in
two Booroobin Boar products, Papaya &
Vitamin C Skin Toner and Natural Hair
Conditioner. There is a lot of evidence to show
the benefits of using ascorbic acid on skin and
hair. Unfortunately it breaks down very
quickly at a pH above 3.5,and is not readily
absorbed unless it is in this acid state.
VITAMIN C PRODUCTS
The Papaya Vitamin C toner is quite acidic (pH
3.4), and this is necessary to prevent the
ascorbic acid from oxidising and to allow it to
be absorbed effectively by the skin. The
Pauling Institute recommends ascorbic acid
levels of between 0.3 - 10 %, with 20% being
optimal. Booroobin Boar toner has 5% ascorbic
acid, as more can feel very harsh on the skin.
Boroobin Boar Face Toner can be used on the
face after washing and before moisturising,
and also on the hair before conditioning if
you want to.
Vitamin E has many great properties including
as a natural antioxidant. It can also help to
reverse sun damage from the skin. It has been
used to encourages cell rejuvenation,reduces
sunspots and wrinkles,and accelerate the
healing of scars and stretch marks. It is a
great ingredient to use in shampoos to
improve the circulation of the scalp. Bourbon
Boar products contains, natural Vitamin E, as
we don't like synthetic products as they are not
the real thing, and are less bioavailable
to the body.
HIMALAYAN SALT WATER
Human skin is slightly salty, so mildly salty
water is actually gentler on the skin than plain
water. Booroobin Boar products use a distilled
water and himalayan salt solution instead of
using just water. This offers the bonus of
added minerals that are beneficial to the skin,
it preserves better and it is milder on the skin
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SOAP
Saponified oil soaps are biodegradable.
They are a great choice of soap, as they
break down easily, and do not contain
phosphates or chemicals that are harmful
to the environment.
Oils are saponified with potassium
hydroxide or sodium hydroxide
(alkaline salts) to form soap and glycerin.
Originally soap makers used potash from
fires for this process. It is very difficult to
measure the strength of the alkali, and
make a gentle soap, but there are several
great techniques for getting it very close,
and by super fatting the soap slightly,
it is easier to ensure that the soap is
not too harsh. Soap is an exact science.
Glycerine is great for your skin, and
many soap makers take it out and use
it in more expensive products. Our
soaps retain the glycerin.
(1) Kabara, JJ 1997, Preservative- free and self
preserving cosmetics and drugs: principles and
practice. Vol 16, CRC Press, New York.
(2) Barclay-Nichols, S & profile, V my complete
2008, Point of Interest!, viewed 31 January 2016
(3)Bronner, L. Liquid vs Bar in Dr Bronners Castille
Soap, website viewed 15 February 2016