Every consumer has the right to know what the ingredients are in his or her cosmetic and personal care products. Even more, if a consumer takes a personal interest in the individual ingredients or if an allergic disorder makes this information a necessary requirement for him or her, it should be readily available.
The most important step toward comprehensive and exact composition information is a complete declaration of the ingredients, as labeled on the products themselves or on their packaging. SongCroft Naturals has voluntarily fulfilled this requirement ever since it was founded.
Although it is not required in the US, we list our ingredients using the European International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) standard. INCI is a directory that lists all registered and tested ingredients in Europe. To be in compliance with this standard, the information given on product ingredients would be in a local language as well as Latin, at times even describing the same ingredient in multiple terms. SongCroft Naturals uses ingredients registered with INCI and lists them in English and Latin. By taking the time to include the Latin name, we are making sure that there is no confusion over the name of the plant–as common names can often be used to identify several different plants.
To achieve greater transparency and comprehensibility for consumers handling products, the INCI standard is now obligatory in all European countries for body-care products.
Sourcing of ingredients is a factor of paramount importance in product safety. Not all ingredients equally safe, even under the same name. This is the reason that we at SongCroft Naturals grow many of our ingredients on our own farm. We start our plants from organic seed, grow them using organic methods, harvest them at the correct time, and preserve them ourselves. We then make our products in small controlled batches to maintain quality and effectiveness. Ingredients that we wild-craft are from pristine areas away from the dangers of urban pollutants and are wild-harvested using sustainable practices. When we do purchase ingredients from outside sources, we look for ingredients that are produced organically, harvested sustainably, and traded fairly.
Here follows a list of ingredients most commonly found in our personal hygiene products, along with explanations of what they actually are. Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, but is merely intended to name some of the most frequently-used ingredients
Organic apple cider vinegar derived
A fatty alcohol, unlike ethyl alcohol, it is not drying.
The ester or cetearyl alcohol and the fatty acids from Olive oil.
From fruit sugars
Citrus aurantium bergamia
Coconut, sustainably harvested
Glycerin esterfied with vegetable fatty acids. Vegetable derived.
Naturally occurring in honey. Used as a a food additive. Ours is derived from gmo-free corn. There is no grain present in our products as the corn is used as the agent to feed the ferment used that creates gluconolactone. Vegetable derived.
St. John’s Wort
Derived from organic soybeans
Leuconostoc/radish ferment filtrate
Preservative, Derived from radish ferment
Star of Bethlehem
Potassium sorbate is a potassium salt of sorbic acid
Sweet Almond Oil
Rosa Damascena Flower Distillate
Rosa rubiginosa oil
Sodium Strearoyl Lactylate
Not a dairy product. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate is a natural, food grade, emulsifiers derived from the sodium salt of lactic acid.
Made from sorbitol and olive oil. Vegetable derived