Making Scence

Scence Natural Skincare is developed and handmade in Penryn in Cornwall. Our lab is located in Waterside House at the head of Penryn River – a beautiful environment – we are literally a few paces from the water. 

We are a hands on team – we make the balms, package and post them to you as well as sharing the other office duties.

We make Scence Natural Skincare by hand and fresh to your order to ensure the finest quality and freshness.

Our ingredients are all natural and nourishing and we have been working for over four years to balance and perfect our formulas. Wherever possible we use organic ingredients and here are some of our favourites, what their properties are and why we use them...

Mango seed butter (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 contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties, is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin. 

Our mango butter is from Italy. 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.

Illipe seed butter (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.

Jojoba oil (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.

Rosehip seed oil (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. 

Borage oil (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.

Safflower/thistle oil (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 oil (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.

Coconut oil (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. Certified organic by the Organic Soil Association.

Natural Vitamin E (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.

Myrica fruit wax (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.

Cedarwood essential oil (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.

Rose geranium essential oil (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, anti-ageing qualities and a full and comforting aroma profile.

Frankincense essential oil (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.

Elemi essential oil (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.

Bitter orange essential oil (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.

Sweet orange essential oil (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. Certified organic by the Organic Soil Association.

Bergamot essential oil (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.

Patchouli essential oil (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. Certified organic by the Organic Soil Association.

Petitgrain essential oil (Citrus aurantium) has wonderful antiseptic and deodorant properties and has a bright, orange scent with a woody undertone. Taken from the leaves and green twigs of the plant, it is related to bitter orange and neroli but has its own unique composition.  Like most citrus oils, petitgrain is also great in cleansing formulas. Balancing and toning, it leaves you with a fresh, calm feel on the skin.

Juniperberry essential oil (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.

Black pepper essential oil (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. 

Peppermint essential oil (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.

Clary sage essential oil (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.

Lavender essential oil (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.


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