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We are two sisters developing handmade skincare products in our eco-friendly lab in Falmouth, Cornwall – we even generate our own power using solar panels on the roof!
We have always been interested in natural oils and the efficacy of herbs, and felt frustrated that so much of the natural skincare on offer was packaged in single use plastic containers and applicators. We knew we were not alone in feeling this conflict and felt strongly that the way forward was to develop new ways of packaging the brand without compromising the environment.
After making balms for family and friends that needed help with eczema and sensitive skin, we were particularly interested in addressing specific needs as well as developing a really effective deodorant that didn’t use questionable ingredients like aluminium.
The result is Scence skincare – beautiful, nourishing, natural and vegan ingredients, all poured into our paper-based, compostable & recyclable packaging.
Our natural, eco-friendly packaging is more than recyclable, it’s 100% domestically compostable so we ensure we aren’t adding to the single-use plastic problem in the world.
We have spent several years working with our UK packaging supplier to develop our paper packaging with a unique push-up applicator design to keep your product fresh and easy to use.
Our ingredients are all natural, nourishing and vegan. We have been working to balance and perfect our formulas.
Wherever possible we use organic ingredients, with every element carefully selected for the beautiful healing and soothing benefits they bring to the skin.
All our suppliers also support sustainable harvesting.
(Mangifera indica) has skin softening, soothing & moisturising properties. It helps to combat dry skin, eczema and dermatitis. It is helpful in protecting the skin from the weather and UV radiation and is said to be effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin.
Cold pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products. Mango is one of the most important and widely cultivated fruits. Each fruit has a large flat seed. Mango butter is the soft fat extracted from the seed. It is free from pesticides and synthetic anti-oxidants. Unlike other butters, such as shea butter and cocoa butter, mango butter has a wound healing quality. Hence it is used as an application for fissures of the lips, hands and chapped skin.
(Shorea stenoptera) Illipe butter is naturally harvested from the nut of the illipe tree grown in the forests of Borneo. It flowers from October through January and the nuts are collected once they fall to the ground. Illipe butter is renowned for it’s incredible moisturising properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin.
(Simmondsia cheninsis) offers hydrating and sebum-balancing properties. It is has a light texture and is compatible with all skin types and has natural antibacterial properties to help keep skin clear and healthy. Certified organic by the Soil Association.
(Rosa canina) is rich in linoleic (omega 6) and linolenic (omega 3) acids, alongside vitamin A, this oil helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles and premature ageing caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation. It is great in regenerative skincare products as it quenches dry skin and boosts the skin’s overall health. It is a super antioxidant with superior moisturising properties.
(Borago officinalis) is a golden yellow coloured oil extracted from the borage wildflower, often referred to as the starflower.
This hydrating oil has been used for hundreds of years both internally and topically to treat inflammation.
Borage Oil has high levels of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) which is an essential fatty acid that the body can’t make on it’s own. It replenishes the lipid barrier in the skin, fights dryness and restores elasticity. Certified organic by the Organic Soil Association.
(Carthamus tinctorius) contains lubricant properties that prompt the skin to retain water and moisture.
The oil consists primarily of linoleic acid, an omega-6 that is packed with essential vitamins. Safflower oil prevents dryness and roughness and removes dirt and oil.
Its hydrating properties lend skin a healthy glow, promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Certified by the Organic Soil Association.
(Calendula officinalis) is extracted from the marigold and has great anti-inflammatory and vulnerary action, making it helpful with stubborn wounds, acne, eczema and related conditions.
It helps soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin conditions.
Calendula oil also assists in soothing, and softening skin and we use it in our hand balms to add comfort and healing properties.
Our calendula extract is infused in sunflower oil.
(Tocopherol) Helps protect skin and hair against pollutants and harmful UV radiation.
Tightens skin for a firmer look.
Moisturises and conditions and is used for its natural antioxidant properties in our formulations. Non GMO.
(Cocus nucifera) is a wonderful moisturiser and has anti-bacterial properties so we use this in our deodorants and body balms to soften the skin and add a silky glide on application.
(Myrica cerifera fruit wax) is a fragrant natural wax from the bayberry, grown in Peru – it is a peel wax and covers the small sustainably harvested greyish berries to protect them against loss of moisture – it is quite unique in that it is a natural plant wax and is great for us to use in our vegan products.
We use this to stabilise our balms and it reduces the ‘greasy effect’ in oil based products and gives our lip balms lasting seal and protect properties.
(Cedarus atlantica) – warming, balsamic and aromatic, cedarwood has astringent and antiseptic qualities.
It’s aroma is fortifying and strengthening, clearing and tonifying.
We use this oil combined with frankincense and elemi to make a fresh, woody aroma and a soothing, healing combination.
Pelargonium graveolens) has a lovely musky rose aroma and all the benefits of moisturising, antiseptic and healing properties.
It has calming and stress-relieving qualities and we use it in our rose products as a stand alone essential oil due to it having excellent all round skin loving qualities and a full and comforting aroma profile.
(Boswelia carterii) is the skincare king of essential oils and has been used for centuries as a healing and hydrating oil.
It has a fresh aroma with a subtle green-lemon note.
We use frankincense in our face balms to boost and hydrate and calm.
It is recommended to help reduce fine lines and balance dry skin.
(Canarium commune) has a fresh, clean aroma and its rejuvenating properties help reduce wrinkles and fine lines and improve skin tone.
It is especially useful for skin that has been sun-damaged or for ageing skin.
We use elemi in our face balms along with frankincense – both valuable and historical skin care oils.
(Citrus aurantium) has antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties which are particularly useful for dull, oily, congested and acne prone skin.
It has a soothing, uplifting effect on the emotions and a mild sedative action.
We love this oil and use it in our lip balms for its irresistible fresh citrus aroma and flavour.
Citrus aurantium dulcis) is the sweet sister to bitter orange with a sweeter, lighter aroma and as with all citrus fruits contains high levels of vitamin C that helps protect and heal skin.
Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it is also beneficial for fighting signs of ageing, like wrinkles and dark spots, since it promotes the production of collagen.
(Citrus bergamia) is an uplifting character with a sweet, rich and fruity top note.
It has antiseptic and healing qualities and we use a small amount combined with bitter orange and sweet orange in our refreshing citrus formulas.
(Pogostemon cablin) is best known in skincare and for topical applications because of its regenerating, deodorant, moistening and cooling qualities.
It has a sweet, aromatic and woody balsamic aroma and has harmonising, soothing, calming and grounding effects.
(Juniperus communis) is steam-distilled from the crushed berries and has a fresh, warm, woody-sweet aroma with a hint of pine needle.
As with most essential oils it has antiseptic qualities along with astringent, detoxicant properties.
It is wonderful for keeping skin healthy and free of toxins and is beneficial for cellulite and rheumatic conditions.
(Piper nigrum) has a lovely deep, rich chocolate aroma which added to its warming and antibacterial properties make it an unusual but wonderful ingredient to our Black Peppery lip balm.
(Lavandula angustifolia) is an all round good guy!
It has antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which help ease the pain of a burn, prevent infection and promote rapid healing.
This is one of the lovely oils we use alongside peppermint in our after sun balms.
(Salvia sclarea) has a sweet, fruity, floral and herbaceous odour and has an uplifting and calming quality.
It is great for balancing sebum production is anti-inflammatory and offers a tonifying effect.
(Mentha piperita) has a cleansing, clearing, decongesting and cooling character with a sweet grassy, minty aroma.
It is a refreshing skin tonic and we use it in our lip balms and soothing after sun balms.
n is anti-inflammatory and offers a tonifying effect.