It is hard to find good products that work for you, particularly if you have sensitive skin. A lot of thought goes into creating our products, ensuring they are gentle and effective.
we use naturally derived and certified organic ingredients wherever possible
we include nurturing ingredients known to be beneficial for skin
we choose not to include ingredients known to irritate or dry your skin
we have tried to make them affordable for everyday use
Our formulations are created exclusively for our brand and a lot of time is spent researching ingredients and their benefits and more importantly, which ingredients
not to include.
Michelle spends a lot of her time in product development, working with our highly skilled team of professional biochemists and aromatherapists to ensure our products adhere to high quality and safety standards.
Although GAIA Skin Naturals began on the stove top, our products have been manufactured in professional laboratories right from the very beginning, by experts that are passionate, resourceful and knowledgeable in the manufacture of skincare products that include naturally derived and organic ingredients.
We don't test on animals - we use real people to test our 'potions' and continue tweak them until we are satisfied we have created a winner. Our products are all Cruelty Free Accredited, this means that
All products are free from animal ingredients*
All products, excluding the nipple balm, are vegan friendly. The nipple balm contains beeswax.
No animal is harmed to formulate our products and we don't test on animals.
WHAT DO WE USE IN OUR PRODUCTS?
All of our products have been tailored to suit sensitive skin. How we do this is to choose ingredients that are well known for their low irritancy towards skin.
For our cleansers, we use a mixture of ingredients that are derived from coconut, sustainable palm oil and sugarcane, all of which are known for their safety profile low irritancy.
For our moisturisers we use natural and organic vegetable oils, waxes and fats that are well known for their nourishing effects on your skin.
We also use calming and soothing extracts, as most people with skin sensitivities find ingredients like aloe vera or calendula especially beneficial for their type of skin.
The key ingredients used are:
Certified Organic Calendula Extract
A favourite amongst herbalists, Calendula is very well known for its amazing calming abilities and is very soothing and gentle on irritated skin.
Certified Organic Chamomile Extract
The most gentle of all herbs and is particularly soothing to skin whilst making skin soft and supple. Chamomile also helps to maintain the general health of hair and bring out natural highlights and shine.
Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil
Containing high amounts of essential fatty acids that improve the skin's ability to develop normal barrier functions, Evening Primrose Oil is commonly used for dry, flaky skin conditions.
Certified Organic Avocado Oil
A very nourishing and beneficial oil for dry skin. It contains high concentrations of vitamins D and E, oleic and linolenic acids which are essential for developing normal dermal properties of skin.
Certified Organic Shea Butter
Extremely moisturising, assists with suppleness and elasticity. Dry, damaged and irritated skin benefits the most from Shea Butter. Well known to help during pregnancy to help with skin elasticity and stretchmarks.
The Shea Butter used in GAIA products is sourced through a community project in Ghana. This community is supported with a Fair Trade agreement and the region is Certified Organic. The Shea Nut trees grow wild and uncultivated, so no applied chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers are used. Once the fruits ripen they fall to the ground where women gather them on foot. The nuts are sun-dried and then roasted, ground by hand and kneaded, producing the soft shea nut butter. The fuel used to roast the nuts is collected by the women from dead wood and bracken. No trees are cut down to produce the fires used in production. Paper-lined trucks transport the organic handmade butter from the village to the port for shipping to a refinery where the raw material is refined and deodorised to certified organic standards by steam processing, ready for commercial use.
Wheat Germ Oil
Contains very high amounts of Vitamin E and improves suppleness and elasticity making it ideal for stretchmarks and scarred skin.
Certified Organic Lavender Pure Essential Oil
Provides a natural, gentle and soothing aroma. It's well known for calming and soothing and may be helpful for easing itchiness and skin affected by irritations.
Certified Organic Sweet Orange Pure Essential Oil
Naturally antibacterial and antiviral with a very gentle and pleasing aroma and used as a natural cleanser that is non-irritating.
Certified OrganicRoman Chamomile Pure Essential Oil
Distilled from fresh flowers since medieval times - it is used to soothe the skin and for promoting calm and relaxation. You only need a very small amount of Chamomile to benefit from its properties.
AND WHAT IS IN GAIA MADE FOR MEN?
Ingredients known for their gentle and non-irritating nature, while still stimulating, invigorating, soothing, calming, lubricating or moisturising the skin.
Certified Organic Spearmint
A great alternative to Peppermint, which gives off a vapour that can sting your eyes, Spearmint smooths and stimulates the skin's surface and softens hair, helping to maintain a healthy scalp. Awakening, refreshing and re-energising the skin, it will help you maintain a positive attitude and outlook - eager to meet the challenges of the day ahead.
Organic Rosemary Extract
Revitalises the appearance of skin and hair and stimulates the scalp surface leaving it less stressed. Removes excess oils and dandruff flakes from hair. Rosemary is also a natural deterrent to head lice.
Certified Organic Aloe Extract
Known to be non-irritating, aloe soothes and smooths, while moisturising and stimulating the skin surface, brightening its appearance. It also helps to de-sensitise razor-burned skin and is effective in cleansing acne-prone skin.
Certified Organic Avocado Oil
Hydrates and softens the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of sun damage and smoothing lines or wrinkles. It contains high concentrations of vitamins D and E, oleic and linolenic acids essential for normal dermal properties of skin.
Wheat Germ Oil
Contains very high amounts of Vitamin E which not only moisturizes but assists the suppleness and elasticity in both skin and hair, helping maintain a youthful appearance.
Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil
An omega-3 "good oil", it contains high amounts of essential fatty acids which assists elasticity and suppleness to make skin feel younger and more vibrant.
A rich essential fatty acid containing vitamin A, D and E to hydrate and moisturize the skin, to help maintain a youthful appearance.
Certified Organic Roman Chamomile Extract
The most gentle of all herbs, it is particularly soothing to skin whilst making skin soft and supple. Chamomile also helps to maintain the general health of hair and bring out natural highlights and shine. Suitable for skin affected by dermatitis.
Certified Organic Lime Pure Essential Oil
A refreshing and uplifting scent with mild antiseptic and astringent qualities which may help cleanse acne-prone skin. Purifying and invigorating to the senses, it is said lime promotes clarity of thought and a general feeling of wellbeing.
Certified Organic Orange Pure Essential Oil
Refreshing and stimulating this oil is rich in vitamin C to brighten and cleanse dull and oily complexions. Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising, it may help to dispel tension and stress to give you a feeling of an up-lifted mood.
Certified Organic Cedarwood Pure Essential Oil
Provides soothing relief for itchy skin and regulates oiliness. Helps cleanse and remove dandruff flakes. You may feel you have a clearer mind, helping to dissipate anxiety and tension, to achieve a sense of balance and control.
Certified Organic Patchouli Pure Essential Oil
A great stress-reliever, cooling and calming patchouli is well-known for its many beneficial skin properties, particularly assisting in maintaining a youthful appearance. It tightens and tones, reducing the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Suitable for use on skin affected by acne, dandruff or other conditions, it smooths and soothes skin dried by the elements.
Wildcrafted Sandalwood Pure Essential Oil
A relaxing, earthy scent, sandalwood moisturises dry and flaking skin and softens the visible signs of aging. Suitable for all skin types, it also calms razor burn and regulates oiliness. Soothing to body and mind, it is reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities.