The Crucible: the blog of Joshua Scott Onysko

Frankincense

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(Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean and Cranberry Facial Scrub) Boswellia carterii is native to East Africa, Arabia and tropical regions of Asia. There are four species of Boswellia that make the prized resin Frankincense. It is currently being cultivated in Somalia, Southern Arabia and Ethiopia. Medicinally Boswellia resin is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to relive pain. It is also a common topical and internal medicine used for breaking up stagnant blood, such as hematomas (huge hard bruises) as well as benefit female reproductive disorders such…read more

Bergamot

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(Australian Wild Plum and Willow Facial Cleanser, Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser) Citrus aurantium bergamia is native South Asia but has been naturalized in coastal areas of Southern Italy and the Ionian Sea. It is cultivated in the Cote d’Ivoire in Africa, Morocco and Turkey. Bergamot Orange peel is most commonly known for its use as a flavoring agent in Earl Grey Tea and in marmalades. Medicinally it is used for lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) while helping to raise the good cholesterol (HDL), by blocking the production of…read more

Jojoba

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(Australian Wild Plum and Willow Facial Cleanser, Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser, Moroccan Argan with Willow and Rosemary Facial Cream, Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Gogi Berry Facial Mask, Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil, Egyptian Fennel, Grapefruit and Sweet Orange Lip Balm, Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Lip Balm, Canadian Pine and White Sage Body Wash, Italian White Sage, Geranium and Yarrow Body Wash, Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom Body Wash) Simmondsia chinensis is native to Southwestern North America (Sonoran, Colorado and Baja Californian Deserts), and can…read more

Lemon Balm

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(Australian Wild Plum and Willow Facial Cleanser, Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser, Argentinean Tangerine and Thyme Facial Toner, Italian Green Mandarin with Sweet Lime Facial Toner, Nigerian Ginger Lavender and Thyme Facial Cream) Melissa officinalis is native to South-Central Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Iran and Central Asia. It has been naturalized around temperate regions of the world. xLemon Balm as a tea (using the dried or fresh leaves) is a powerful nervine and anti-viral! It is used to ease nerve pain, help with insomnia (not a sedative)…read more

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Aloe Vera

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(Australian Wild Plum and Willow Facial Cleanser, Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser, Pyrenees Lavender and Cardamom Lip Balm, Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Lip Balm, Chilean Reship with Tamanu and Red Clover Hand Cream) Aloe vera is native to the arid regions of Southern Africa and Madagascar, though it has long been naturalized around the world. It is now commonly cultivated in arid parts of China, North Africa, Arabian Peninsula, India, Australia, Southern United States, Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. It is also a very common household…read more

Black Elderberry

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(Australian Wild Plum and Willow Facial Cleanser, Egyptian Blood Orange and Calendula Facial Cleanser, Argentinean Tangerine and Thyme Toner, Nigerian Ginger, Lavender and Thyme Facial Cream) Sambucus nigra, is native to Europe though it has been naturalized in North America for centuries. Many native sand cultivars of sambucus spp. can be found from Canada through out Central America as well as parts of Asia, and are well loved for their attraction of pollinating birds and insects. The most popular medicinal species is Sambucus nigra and canadensis, with its abundant fruit,…read more

White Sage

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(Canadian Pine and White Sage Bar Soap, Body Wash and Hand Soap, Italian White Sage, Geranium and Yarrow Bar Soap, Body Wash and Hand Soap, Italian White Sage and Geranium Body Oil) White Sage, Salvia officinalis also known as Common Sage is native to the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. There is abundant ethnobotanical usage through out human history, with the first written account found in the Ebers Papyrus c1500 BCE. Salvia apiana, also known as White Sage or Sacred Sage, has been celebrated as a plant for the “every day.”…read more

Marshmallow

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(French Rosemary with Sweet Orange Facial Toner, Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Facial Cream, Moroccan Argan with Willow and Rosemary Facial Cream, Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom Body Wash, Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom Hand Soap, Chilean Reship with Tamanu and Red Clover Hand Cream) Althea officinalis or Marshmallow is native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa and has been naturalized in the Eastern United States. There are many species of mallow found globally, many who have common traditional uses. Some you may be most familiar with are Hibiscus, Cotton and…read more

Our Bottles Are Brown Because We Care.

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As you know, we pride ourselves on using high quality, organic, nutrient dense foods as the main components in our products. We spend months and sometimes years discovering the best ways to extract, preserve, and combine the world’s finest ingredients to create the best skincare products on Earth. Why spend all that time and energy from the soil to the finished product only to package it in something that does not protect all of the vitality in the product? Our process is simple. We spend as much time researching and…read more

The Truth About Soap.

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For almost 5000 years, soap has helped the human race thrive by cleansing our bodies and belongings of harmful bacteria. Research of ancient Babylon revealed evidence that Babylonians were making soap around 2800 B.C. Babylonians were the first civilization to master the art of soap making. Then came the perfect storm of toxins, fear, and good marketing…and antibacterial and anti-microbial products were born. With marketing that puts the fear of “harmful bacteria” into the minds of the consumer, why wouldn’t you buy something that costs $2.99 to protect your family from…read more

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