About Our Ingredients
Organic ingredients contain no synthetics, chemicals or pesticides. Authentic organic products such as ours must be certified organic by an official third-party agency, ensuring that the producer has grown and handled the ingredients by adhering to strict standards and procedures.
Organic products are typically more expensive than other products because producing them is more labor intensive and intricate in order to ensure that these more stringent regulations are satisfied.
You will see that some of the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners are biodynamically farmed. Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming in which the soil, crops, animals, and even the farmer, perform as one united, self-contained entity. While traditional farming preparations intrinsically harm the soil, biodynamic farming preparations enhance soil structure and replenish it through the use of holistic herbs and minerals.
Biodynamic agriculture originated in the 1920s through the work of Rudolf Steiner, one of the founders of the organic farming movement. Rudolf Steiner introduced a new methodology for spiritual development, providing unique and innovative approaches to the arts, education and healing. The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association’s website provides fabulously comprehensive information on Rudolf Steiner.
What ingredients don't we use?
You may believe that all ingredients in skin care products are safe to use because they are applied externally. The fact is, the skin absorbs ingredients in skin care products directly, even faster than taking them internally because they bypass the digestive process. All of these ingredients end up in the blood stream.
Parabens - Government, industry and academic studies have linked parabens to cancer, developmental, and reproductive problems and to organ system toxicity and neurotoxicity. They are often linked to allergies and rashes, causing irritation to the eyes and skin.
Mineral Oil - Because it inhibits natural oil production it can clog pores, interfering with their skin’s ability to eliminate nasty toxins. It has been linked with immune system and respiratory toxicity. In the presence of ear problems, oil in the middle ear can promote ear infections. Often causes dandruff when used on the hair or fur.
Diazolidinyl Urea - Considered safe in minute quantities such as the quantities typically used in products, it does contain formaldehyde, which is a carcinogenic chemical. For those with contact allergies to the substance, it will cause irritation and dermatitis.
EDTA - While there is no “drastic” danger related to general applications of EDTA, we choose not to use it because is still not considered perfectly safe. It has an enhanced capacity for absorption into the body, and if large enough amounts are present, it is linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, developmental, reproductive and non-reproductive organ toxicity, and endocrine disruption.
TEA, DEA, MEA - TEA is corrosive to the eyes and severely irritating to body tissues. It also causes dryness of hair, fur and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents often result in a major increase in liver and kidney cancer. MEA irritates body tissues and is corrosive to the eyes. TEA, DEA and MEA are banned in Europe because of their carcinogenic effects.
Synthetic Fragrances - Synthetic fragrances are mostly petroleum based and for pets with allergies, the chemicals in synthetic fragrances will cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, wheezing, headaches, skin irritations, and as we’ve learned from the recent oil disasters, are deadly to birds, not excluding pet birds.
Even our packaging is sustainable! We are proud to use two types of labels. Our FSC-certified labels are biodegradable, made with100% wind power using plant-based, non-toxic ink and natural, non-toxic glue, and they are printed on FSC certified, forest-friendly eco-paper. Our Terraskin labels are also degradable, made from stone (> 75% calcium carbonate) with a state-of-the-art production process which does not utilize water or emit toxic air. Terraskin is also free of bleach, strong acid or base. Our containers are made of either recyclable tins or BPA-free plastic.
Eco-Friendly Catalogues, Brochures and other Printed Materials
We print our materials on 100% Recycled, 50% Post-consumer waste paper which is processed chlorine free using vegetable or soy-based ink.
A Word about INCI Nomenclature
The INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) system was established in the early 1970’s by the Personal Care Products Council in order to allow consumers to identify the ingredient content. Although INCI names are mandated on the ingredient statement of every ‘human’ personal care product, they are not required for pet products. We feel that consumers should know the ingredient content in the pet products they buy. While not all ingredients have INCI names, we’ve chosen to share with you the names of those that do. You’ll find these not-so-familiar names in parentheses next to the names we tend to recognize.
Find out more about our ingredients
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis), an all-natural skin tonic, is healing and ultra-gentle on the skin. It is an effective treatment for allergies, abscesses, fungal infections and many types of dermatitis. It will decrease inflammation and help to remove dead skin cells, encouraging the healing of wounds. Aloe Vera is also a wonderful plant source for producing a clean, vibrant coat.
Beeswax is a by-product created by bees in the construction of their hives. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, healing and purifying, and is applied to wounds to fight infection. With a wholesome sweet scent, pure and natural beeswax reduces moisture loss from the skin and has an almost immediate soothing effect on cracks and fissures of the skin. It has a sweet, honey-like fragrance and golden color. We believe in cultivating cruelty-free beeswax that protects bees’ normal, natural production cycles.
Calendula’s (Calendula officinalis) inherent anti-inflammatory, astringent, antifungal, and antiseptic properties make it a wonderful topical agent. It is used to treat boils, rashes, sunburn, chafed skin, insect bites, and other skin irritations.
Canadian Wild Crafted Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is used as a poultice to treat skin conditions. It contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and proteins, including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon, niacin, thiamine, and vitamins A, B-12, C, E and K.
Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) - The native people of South and Central America use Coconut Oil as both a food and a medicine. It has been known to aid in the healing of burns and skin irritations and has a powerful antimicrobial effect.
Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) is an amazing tonic with a high number of beneficial nutrients, chemical compounds, and vitamins and minerals. As a plant with a wide range of medicinal uses for both internal and external ailments, it is emollient, antibacterial, antifungal and antiinflammatory. As if that weren’t enough, it heals wounds and injuries, alleviates pain and increases cell growth.
Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare dulce) is antiseptic and is used for its soothing, cleansing and toning effects on the skin. It is an active antioxidant and is helpful in cleansing the body of toxins. It even improves circulation.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) moisturizes and rejuvenates tired skin weathered by the elements. Like both macadamia oil and safflower oil, it naturally conditions the coat, leaving it soft and silky.
Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is an Australian wild-harvested fruit and is the highest known fruit source of Vitamin C in the world. The highest form of antioxidant found in nature, it is used worldwide to refresh and revive the skin.
Biodynamic Macadamia Oil (Macadamia ternifolia) - Pressed from the famous Australian nut, this is richest botanical source of palmitoleic acid, which nourishes and moisturizes dry skin and coat, leaving them soft and silky.
Oatmeal (Avena sativa) has been used by the Egyptians and Arabians as a skin beauty treatment and by the Romans and Greeks as a bath for skin conditions since as early as 2000 BC. Oatmeal removes dead skin cells, restores natural moisture balance and continues to be used to soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin and numerous skin disorders.
Olive Oil (Olea europaea) is rich with antioxidants and living enzymes which offer superior therapeutic effects. It is readily absorbed by the skin and an ideal emollient, containing rich amounts of vitamins A and E as well as minerals and and antioxidants. Applied to rough, cracked dry spots, it is softening and moisturizing.
Organic Peppermint (Mentha piperita) - With its naturally medicinal properties, peppermint provides a cooling relief from pain, improves blood circulation and nourishes the skin. Peppermint has also been used to get rid of lice.
Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita Pepo) is loaded with vitamins and essential fatty acids, it can help with minor skin irritations, is effective in fighting free radicals, and it helps the skin retain moisture.
Organic Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - This natural disinfectant soothes and reduces inflammation in the ear and treats bacterial, fungal and mite infections. An effective healer and pain reducer, it tones and nourishes the skin, and replaces bad odors with a clean, refreshing scent.
Organic Spearmint (Mentha viridis) - A natural antiseptic and insecticide, spearmint provides a relaxing and cooling effect on the nerves. Its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties make it an effective remedy for both internal and external infections. Like peppermint, spearmint improves blood circulation.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), the “queen” of moisturizers, is a common health and healing balm. This high-fat butter is full of Vitamins A, E and F, which aid in eliminating uncomfortable dry patches, heal wounds and chapped, cracked skin and restore natural body oils.
Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius) provides relief from inflammation and rashes and soothes skin irritations. It is nourishing and moisturizing to skin, and naturally conditions a dog’s coat, leaving it soft and silky.
Organic Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) - This natural wonder-drug is replete with antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, stimulating, anti-inflammatory, healing, pain relieving and disinfecting properties. It is also used worldwide as an overall immunity booster.