Our product range is truly natural and certified organic.  This has necessitated sourcing raw material from throughout the world, including New Zealand, to ensure purity, naturalness and quality are of the highest order.  However, ‘natural’ also refers to the production process, which in our case, involves preparing by hand each product in batch lots.

Listed below is a description of the ingredients found in Carol Priest products.


Carol Priest- Formulation Image (Photographed by Daniel Allen)
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract
    Used externally for its soothing, cooling and anti-irritant properties.

    Apple Mint
    An aromatic extract derived from the leaves of apple mint.

    Apricot Kernel Oil
    A light but rich skin-conditioning emollient oil that is rich in vitamin A. It is easily absorbed into the skin making it ideal for mature, sensitive and oily skin.

    Avocado Oil
    A rich, dark green and highly penetrating oil. Contains essential fatty acids and is rich in proteins, minerals, beta carotene and vitamins A, D and E. Has a regenerating effect on the growth of connective skin tissue (collagen).

  • Beeswax
    A natural fatty acid wax (arachidonic acid) produced by the honey bee. Used as a thickener and emulsifier.

    Bitter Orange Flower Oil
    An essential oil prepared from bitter orange flowers. Used for its calming properties. For mature and sensitive skin, scars, stretch marks and thread veins.

    Bitter Orange Oil
    An oil distilled from the leaves of the bitter orange tree, is also known as petitgrain oil. It has a tonic and therapeutic effect and features a fresh and slightly floral fragrance.

    Borage Seed Oil
    An oil from Borage, a plant with the highest gamma linoleic acid (GLA) content (23%). This oil helps to reinforce the protective membrane of the skin. Helps retain skin elasticity and prevents moisture loss and wrinkles. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that is found mostly in plant-based oils. Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids that are necessary for human health.

  • Cabbage Rose Flower Oil
    One of the most antiseptic flower essences available. Good for mature, dry or sensitive skin and to treat any kind of redness or inflammation. Used for its deep sweet rosy floral scent. Traditionally used for its therapeutic qualities.

    Camel Grass Oil
    This oil is cleansing, purifying and helps normalize oil production and reduce breakouts. It features antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties.

    Carrot Root Extract
    Carrot infused into sweet almond oil provides a rich source of beta – carotene and provitamin A. A natural colour pigment and skin nutrient.

    Carrot Seed Oil
    A unique essential oil containing carotol and farnesol (both natural elements of essential oils) which are known for their skin rejuvenating properties. It improves the complexion by removing toxins and water build-up in the skin, making it excellent for problem skins.

    Caster Seed Oil
    A very moisturizing and lubricating oil that is rich in fatty acids. It acts as a humectant attracting moisture from the air to the skin. It is well suited in lip care for its very glossy affect on the skin.

    Chlorophyllin Copper Complex
    A natural, green, edible pigment extracted from green plants, e.g. alfalfa. It is used as a deodorizer but it is also known for its healing effects on scar tissue.

    Citric Acid
    Derived from citrus fruit, citric acid is a natural preservative and is widely used in the cosmetics and food industries.

    Clary Oil
    This essential oil is produced by steam distillation from the leaves of the clary sage herb. Used for its fresh herbaceous slightly pine like aroma. Has antimicrobial properties.

    Cocoa Seed Butter
    This is produced using the fat obtained from the roasted seeds of the cocoa bean, the fruit of the theobroma cacoa tree. The butter contains the following fatty acids: stearic, palmitic and oleic. This butter is widely used as an emollient and conditioning agent.

    Coconut Oil
    Used for its moisturising and emollient properties. Its saturated nature resists rancidity.

    Comfrey Extract (Allantoin)
    An essential extract of the comfrey plant. An unsurpassed natural healing agent for the skin. Has the ability to help heal minor wounds and skin ulcers. Stimulates the growth of healthy skin cells.

    A lightweight finely-milled white certified organic flour, extracted from the starch endosperm of corn. It adds a natural silky slip application and provides oil-absorbing properties when used in loose facial powder. Naturally reduces shine and softens skin.

  • Damask Rose Flower Oil
    Noted for its high vitamin C content and is used for broken capillaries, dry skin eczema and wrinkles. Has a superior perfume: a sweet, floral and slightly spicy scent.

    Dog Rose Fruit Oil
    Highly effective for use on wrinkles, scars and burn marks.

  • Elderflower Extract
    Its astringent properties make elderflower a favourite for greasy or problem skin and scalp.

    Elemi Gum Extract
    A strongly antiseptic resin with a citrusy and spicy aroma. Topically it has shown to have a toning and tightening effect when used in hair products. It balances the secretion of sebum of the scalp.

    Eucalyptus Oil
    This aromatic oil is a highly effective antiseptic.

    Evening Primrose Oil
    An essential oil derived from the evening primrose. The secret of the evening primrose is in the seed, which contains gamma linoleic acid (GLA). This oil is well known for its healing powers in a wide range of ailments. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that is found mostly in plant-based oils. Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids are necessary for human health.

  • Frankincense
    An aromatic resin from the boswellia tree. It is known for its scent and aids in healthy skin.

  • German Chamomile Flower Extract
    An extract of the white and yellow daisy heads of the German chamomile flower. An excellent skin soother and anti-inflammatory agent. Reputed to bring down swelling and pain in the skin and mucous membranes.

    Grape Seed Oil
    An unscented carrier oil. It is quickly and deeply absorbed by the skin. Suitable for delicate or oily skin due to its lightness.

    Grapefruit Peel Extract
    Refreshing and cooling essential oil high in vitamin C and alpha hydroxy fruit acids. Has detoxifying and astringent properties.

    Green Tea Extract
    The tannins in green tea extract have an antioxidant and astringent effect in their interaction with proteins. One of the polyphenols in green tea (epigallocatehcin galate – EGCC) is believed to be many times more effective than vitamin E in the neutralization of free radicals.

    Guar Gum
    A surfactant derived from modified guar gum. Used for its conditioning and detangling properties.

  • Hazel Seed Oil
    Oil expressed from the nuts of the hazelnut tree, corylus aveliana. Contains phospholipids, which provides excellent moisturizing.

    Hybrid Lavender Oil
    A hybrid cross between true lavender and spike lavender. Has a soothing effect on skin tissue. Used for its fresh lavender aroma and its astringent properties.

  • Illite Clay
    A highly effective cosmetic clay used for its sterilizing and purifying qualities. Very absorbent and cleansing to the skin. Detoxifies and exfoliates. Produces a cooling effect on the skin. Constricts follicles and deep-cleanses the epidermis.

    Ivy Extract
    Ivy extract has a toning and tightening effect and acts as a penetrating medium.

  • Jasmine Oil
    ‘King of the Aromatics’. Beneficial for hot, dry and sensitive skin, especially if there is redness or itching. Has carminative (combats flatulence), cicatrizant (promotes tissue healing) and sedative properties.

    Jojoba Seed Oil
    A semi-liquid, oil-like wax obtained from the leaves of the S. Chinensis shrub. It has excellent hydrating properties.

    Juniper Berry Oil
    Juniperus communis (juniper) fruit oil is used in skin preparations to aid oily skin, blocked pores, and acne. Antiseptic, astringent and refreshing. Both stimulating and relaxing. Stimulates the circulation.

  • Kaolin
    A white, powdery clay resulting from the decomposition of feldspar in granite. It is used in clay masks for its absorption properties.


  • Lavender Oil
    This essential oil, derived from the lavender plant, has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. Effective in treating a wide range of skin conditions, e.g. acne and eczema. It has been credit with rejuvenating properties and reputedly prevents the skin from wrinkling.

    Lemon Balm Oil
    An essential oil derived from the lemon balm plant. Used for its skin healing properties. An effective remedy for treating eczema and other skin problems.

    Lime Oil
    A fresh, fruity and sharp citrus derived essential oil.

  • Macadamia Seed Oil
    This is a nourishing oil, which not only moisturizes and provides restructuring properties, but also protects cell lipids from rancidity. It has a high content of palmitoleic acid which is rare in vegetable oils. Palmitoleic acid is vital to delaying skin and cell aging.

    Mandarin Leaf Oil
    Mandarin detoxifies the body and reduces cellulite. The slightly astringent property can help combat oily skin and acne. This oil is suitable for children.

    Manuka Honey
    A humectant which attracts moisture to the skin. Used for centuries as a natural healing salve to calm inflammation and soothe the skin. Renowned for its antioxidant properties.

    Manuka Oil
    An oil obtained by the steam distillation of wild-sown manuka trees. Excellent antibacterial and healing properties.

    Marshmallow Root Extract
    Produces a gel which is soothing and healing. Excellent in reducing inflammation and softening the skin.

    May Chang Oil
    Essential oil derived from the May Chang tree, a small tropical tree native to Asia. Beneficial to maintain youthful skin. Has an uplifting and pleasant scent.

    Myrrh Resin
    The ability of myrrh for healing skin conditions is legendary and this is due to its rare combination of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Nettle Leaf Extract
    Nettle extract is used traditionally in hair care as a tonic, to render it soft and glossy, to strengthen the hair shaft and support hair growth. It is astringent, soothing and calming.


  • Oat Flour
    Colloidal oatmeal is well known for its use in pharmaceutical products for its soothing and healing properties and for its unique ability to hold moisture on the skin.

    Olive Oil
    An emollient oil high in proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

    Orange Flower Oil
    An essential oil prepared from sweet orange flowers. Used for its calming properties. For mature and sensitive skin, scars, stretch marks, and thread veins.

  • Palm Oil
    Excellent moisturizer and antioxidant.

    A naturally occurring form of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) found in human hair that supports the growth and maintenance of bodily tissues. When applied to hair it is quickly absorbed into the hair shaft, where it thickens and moisturizes.

    Pelargonium Flower Oil
    This oil possesses great value in skin care as it can be used on any skin type. Has cleansing, refreshing, astringent and balancing properties. Can be used as a mild diuretic.

    Peppermint Oil
    Due to its high menthol content it has stimulating, refreshing and cooling properties.

  • Roman Chamomile Flower Oil
    Used for all skin types for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, healing and antiseptic properties. Beneficial for dry skin and scalp where there is redness or sensitivity.

    Rosemary Leaf Extract
    A natural antioxidant-grade oleoresin (a naturally occurring mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from plants) that is oil-soluble and is used in oils to delay rancidity.

    Rosemary Leaf Oil
    A stimulating essential oil used for respiratory and circulatory disorders and to help treat muscular and rheumatic pain. Promotes hair growth and helps to maintain a healthy scalp.

  • Saffron Crocus Flower Extract
    A natural and safe yellow colourant extracted from the saffron flower.

    Sea Lettuce Extract
    Seal lettuce is rich in iodine and vitamin A, B and C. Is soothing to the skin.

    Sesame Oil
    A moisturizing oil extracted from sesame seeds.

    Shea Butter
    A smooth creamy-white natural fat extracted from the seed of the African shea tree. It is extremely moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Shea nut butter is also known as karite butter.

    Spearmint Oil
    A natural cooling agent high in menthol. Imparts a cool, fresh and clean feeling to the skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties.

    Styrax Benzoin Gum
    This is obtained as a resin from the styrax plant. Used for its antiseptic, natural preservative and fixative properties. Excellent for healing dry, cracked or chapped skin.

    Sunflower Seed Oil
    Organically grown and very beneficial in skincare. It resembles human sebum and it is a neutral oil as it mirrors the skin’s natural lipids.

    Sunflower Sed Oil and Pot Marigold Extract
    Sunflower seed oil resembles human sebum and marigold flower extract is particularly valued for the healing of acne, sores, bruises, and rashes.

    Sweet Almond Oil
    A light, unscented oil with soothing, nourishing and skin conditioning properties. Expressed from the kernels of the P. Dulcis fruit (sweet almond).

    Sweet Almond Seed Meal
    Prepared from freshly-ground sweet almonds. An excellent exfoliant that is high in protein and used to improve the quality and tone of the skin.

  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil
    An essential oil derived from tea tree leaves. Has excellent anti-fungal and germicidal properties. It has broad spectrum anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory action and is safe for dermal applications. Reduces swelling, redness and pain, and has a low incidence of skin sensitivity. The tea tree is native to eastern Australia.

    Tea Tree Oil
    An essential oil derived from the tea tree. A non-greasy oil with excellent skin and hair conditioning properties. It also has skin restructuring and moisturizing properties. The tea tree is native to eastern Australia. 

    Thyme Oil
    An essential oil derived from the thyme herb. Used for its anti-bacterial properties.

    Tocopherol (vitamin E isomer)
    Used as a powerful natural antioxidant. Penetrates the stratum corneum and maintains moisture levels of the skin for long periods of time (e.g. 16 to 24 hours). Helps prevent free radical damage in the tissues.

    Tumeric Extract
    A natural, yellow and edible colourant extracted from the rhizomes of the tumeric plant. The anti-cancer properties of tumeric and its yellow pigment have been the subject of numerous studies.

  • Wheat Germ Oil
    A heavy and rich oil which is a natural source of vitamin E. Used for its antioxidant effects on free radicals in the skin. Nourishes and heals, and is used to help avoid stretch marks.

    White Birch Leaf Extract
    The extract has anti-microbial properties and is used as a hair strengthener and as a hair tonic. it is also used to combat dandruff and oily hair.

    Willow Bark Extract
    This extract contains salicylic acid derivatives and a high amount of tannins. Both active materials possess astringent and sebostatic (the ability to temporarily slow oil production) properties.