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Explore exotic ingredients

Explore exotic ingredients

It's likely when you read the back of a perfume, face cream or even shower gel that you won't be familiar with most of the ingredients. But among the pentylene glycols and propylene carbonates are some even odder words; arctic cloud berry anyone? We delve into some of beauty's most exotic ingredients.

Arctic cloud berry

The arctic cloud berry has found a home for itself in Ole Henriksen's new Empower range, designed to give your skin an antioxidant boost along with a feather-light moisture hit. Hailing from Finland, the cloud berry is high in vitamin C and resilient, as it has to withstand the cold weather. It's packed full of vitamin A and E too. White willow bar, a gentle exfoliator, and Nordic cotton, an excellent detoxifier, can also be found in the range.

"What I sort of envisioned was being in the wild fields up in Northern Denmark, where I come from," Ole told Cover Media. "I would say for me, being a nature lover, walking on the beach, thinking of the aroma of the ocean. And also the greenery, because I grew up in the countryside. I love to take flowers and plants and inhale them."


Skincare range Oskia fuses beauty and science with its offerings, meaning products that really work. Its Super 16 Pro-Collagen Serum is quickly amassing a cult following, which could be something to do with the inclusion of "nature's retinol" bakuchiol. Derived from Indian Babchi seeds, the ingredient has been used for centuries to help heal, soothe and calm skin conditions.

"There’s no doubt that Retinol is one of the most effective anti-ageing actives on the market, so when I came across an all-natural equivalent it’s safe to say I got very excited! The Bakuchiol we use in our Super 16 formulation has been clinically compared in trials to Retinol, with outstanding results. It shares similar benefits, but without the usual Retinol-associated side effects such as sensitivity," Oskia founder Georgie Cleeve explained.

Red sap from the Croton lechleri tree

This mythical sounding ingredient takes pride of place in Rodial's Dragon's Blood range and is also behind the collection's name. The sap comforts and restores through skin hydration, and works well with the Red Snow Algae, which improves skin's oxidative stress resistance (meaning a youthful complexion). Hero ingredient Hyaluronic Acid can also be found.

Kakadu Plum

Kakadu Plum the richest fruit source of Vitamin C, which Elemental Herbology knew it needed for its Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream. It also promotes radiance and has been hailed beauty's newest must-have ingredient. Sometimes known as murunga, the Australian fruit may also be helpful for UV-damaged skin. The full goodness of the Kakadu Plum is still being looked into, but get ready for it to make a regular appearance.

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