It’s been a while since coffee soap was made around here – and I know there are several of you who have been patiently waiting on me to get it together and get this done. I’m sorry it took so long. If it’s any consolation, this is another one that is BETTER now.
Made with freshly brewed organic fair trade coffee, freshly ground organic fair trade coffee beans, raw organic fair trade cocoa butter and raw organic fair trade cocoa powder, this one is almost edible.
It has zero added scent, so the natural fragrances of the coffee and chocolate mingle through lightly. It has a bit of coconut oil added so that it cleanses. It’s also enriched with beef and buffalo tallows, castor oil and hemp oil. This is balanced out with the skin-loving and conditioning properties of goat milk, buttermilk, aloe, kaolin clay, rhassoul clay, whey, honey, gluten free beer and silk.
Topped off with a fresh grate of dark coffee beans, this is truly a beautiful soap.
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This is truly one of the nicest shampoo bars ever. Made with olive oil that has been infused with blood orange, vitamin-rich avocado oil that has been infused with Annatto, conditioning castor oil, silk protein, jojoba oil, meadowfoam, rice bran oil, organic shea butter, kind organic red palm oil, beef and buffalo tallows, with just enough coconut oil to suds up well without excessive drying.
The scent is super luxurious 5x concentrated Sweet Orange Essential Oil. The orange color is naturally occurring from the annatto, red palm oil and essential oil; the deep red orange is created with minerals.
While I love rose scented things, there is nothing more tedious to me than a rose scented item that is so obviously fake that the smell just never goes away. Years after you get rid of some of those super fakey things, you can still smell them and the super chemical fakey base used to make them.
But Rose Essential oil is SSSOOOOO expensive! What to do? I found a really nice fragrance blend that smells like real roses! AND it’s not a super toxic, kill-you-dead one, either!
This soap is just a beautiful, super hard, tallow soap enriched with Rhassoul Clay, French Green Clay, Kaolin Clay, Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Olive Oil then colored with Herbs and Minerals. Awesome.
Uh Oh… is that a good thing or a bad thing?
That is what I always thought when I saw that one of my favorite products had the “new and improved” sign on them. ESPECIALLY on a cleaning product – when I used to buy them – they were often not improved at all, just repackaged to hopefully generate new customers. Sometimes, the quality had taken a step backward and the new ingredient wasn’t very good at all.
But that is NOT what is happening here! If you have read about the TLCream, the oils are infused with calendula and helichrysum. Well, the Rose Balm was SO nice with the oils infused with Roses, I thought why not use the calendula and helichrysum in this as well?
Roses likely originated in northern Persia, then spread across Mesopotamia to Palestine and across Asia Minor to Greece. And thus it was that Greek colonists brought it to Southern Italy. It is beyond doubt that Roses used in ancient days were cultivated varieties. Horace and Pliny both wrote extensively about Roses. The Romans made lavish use of Rose blossoms. Roses have long been used as a remedy for soothing irritated skin.
Calendula has long been used by herbalists in cooking, medicine and as a garden flower . Dodoens-Lyte (A Niewe Herball, 1578) wrote: ‘It hath pleasant, bright and shining yellow flowers, to which do close at the setting downe of the sunne, and do spread and open againe at the sunne rising.’
Long used externally for pain, swelling, sprains and wounds, calendula also promotes cell repair and growth.
Helichrysum (also known in previous times as “Immortelle” or “Eternal Flower”) extract relieves skin irritations and promotes tissue regeneration. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, has a roll in cell signaling and enzymatic activity.
Without a doubt, this beautiful balm just got a little more lovely. It is a wonderful lip balm. It can also be used on extremely dry spots, to groom eye brows – my daughter even uses it on her hair to control little strays – pretty much open to your imagination!
Made with organic avocado and olive oils infused with organic roses, organic calendula and organic helichrysum, organic sunflower seed oil, organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic honeycomb, raw organic honey, raw organic cocoa butter, raw organic shea butter, lanolin, alkanna tinctoria, vitamin e, geranium essential oil and rose essential oil.
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Where to start? This one is particularly good for oily or acneic skin, but anyone who likes to scrub or exfoliate will probably LOVE this one. This started off with my cousin asking me to make a version similar to another company’s product. They have SLS in theirs and it’s just not a great idea to put that on your skin.
As I made my way through this idea on paper, I got more and more excited (I had quite a list of ‘What If’s!). At first, I thought I’d use some of the liquid soap I make in this. Then I realized what would be even more perfect: CREAM SOAP!
Originally formulated to be a shaving soap with a low, close lather, Cream Soap has taken on new life in recent years. The longer cream soap rests (also called the ‘Rot’), the better it gets. The cream soap used in this is 2 years old. Cream soap is one of the more complicated soaps I’ve made. It utilizes both Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH), quite a lot of added glycerin and either added stearic acid or oils and fats naturally high in stearic acid. Because stearic acid contributes to the Creamy consistency of Cream Soap, I use both high stearic fats (stearic acid is naturally found in tallow and palm oil) and added stearic acid. I won’t wear you down with further details about Cream Soap (because I’m a bit of a Soap Nerd, I think, and not everyone is always super happy to hear details that I find exciting), save it to say that this is a VERY nice scrub and I think much of that is due to the Cream Soap!
Enriched with Rhassoul Clay (also known as Moroccan Red Clay – long known for it’s efficacy in treating acneic skin), French Green Clay – known to be a complexion improver, Activated Charcoal – removes impurities.
To Use: Moisten Face, scoop out a finger full of scrub and apply to face. Use gentle pressure during the scrub, avoid getting too close to eyes. Rinse.
Hand Crafted with: Rhassoul Clay, Activated Charcoal, Green Clay, Cream Soap (Tallow, Spring Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Emu Oil, Jojoba Oil, Mango Butter, Raw Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, KOH, NaOH, Stearic Acid (from Tallow or sustainable Palm), Glycerin, Castor Oil, Bentonite Clay, Eco Cert preservative), Apricot Kernel Meal, Sugar, Avocado Oil, Apricot Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Glycerin, Peppermint Essential Oil.
Available in 5.25 ounce packed into a jelly jar (pictured, left) and 9.4 ounce jar (right) here
Like many of our other soaps, this is a traditional recipe that’s been re-formulated for optimal performance.
This most recent formula got reworked while I was bedridden during the winter. My body needed the rest desperately, but my brain kept wiggling, so I found things to do that did not require movement. Grabbed a bunch of my soap files and wrote notes that often started with “What if….” Once I was able to actually work on the numbers, I fleshed out many of my ‘What if’s! This re-worked Baby Soap is one of them.
While we still have a little lard in this one to stay close to tradition, we’ve also added skin-loving beef and buffalo tallows as well as organic hemp, avocado and jojoba oils, then organic lavender essential oil for a gentle, calming scent.
Formulated to a 6% super fat, this soap is a favorite among many, many grown folks as well! Offered here.
1. ONE CANNOT MAKE SOAP WITHOUT LYE. If someone is ‘making’ soap but they never deal with lye, they’re using melt and pour soap. Basically, with melt and pour, one buys soft bar soap someone else made, melts it, adds ingredients, then molds it.
2. There is no such thing as ORGANIC soap. Most who claim to make ‘organic’ soap are the above mentioned melters and pourers. LOL Lye can be made food grade, but not ‘organic’ in the current definition of the word. So even though every other ingredient in the soap may be organic, I do not call my soap ‘Organic’ because I use lye that cannot be called ‘organic’.
3. Each formulation here is different. I sit down and formulate EVERY single product here. I don’t buy pre-made bases and add stuff to them then call them mine. Everything is made from scratch with formulations that come out of my head. I do the math, test the products – if they don’t kill me (LOL), then I ask family members and friends to try the products.
4. My prices are as low as they can go. I am not gouging. In fact, comparable products utilizing comparable ingredients are much more expensive – two to three times more expensive. I use the very best ingredients I can get my hands on and these ingredients are not cheap. I try to keep things as affordable as possible because I know, especially in certain instances, there are people who need certain products and have a hard time affording them.
5. I’m not working as fast as I used to/would like to. Things go from the idea to the product about as fast as I can make it happen right now. Which, unfortunately, is not just a couple days. As I heal, I hope this improves. Until then, it’s just kind of slow.
6. Shipping is now 1-2 times per week instead of daily. Monday and Thursday.
7. I LOVE that you LOVE this stuff! And it lights my fire to hear your stories about how well something has worked for you! Never hesitate to share. :)
Nearly everyone who used it mentioned that the poppy seeds should have been MORE than just decorative.
I wish I could say this to everyone all the time (but I’d get worn out completely because my time, energy and resources are limited – some days they seem nonexistent)-
“As you have wished it, so it shall be”
(insert nose twitch or pony tail flip or exaggerated eye blink here)
I combined that lovely formula with an idea that’s been brewing for a while.
Enter Scrubby Stix©. Lemon Carrot Poppy Seed soap is a beautiful, low-coconut formula made with silk, goat milk, homemade organic buttermilk, organic honey, organic red palm oil, puréed organic carrots and the zest & juice of an entire organic lemon from a local tree!
The carrots offer their vitamins and minerals to the beauty of this soap – they also contribute to the beautiful, sunny color. The lemon lends it’s share of vitamins and minerals as well as it’s heavenly SCENT! An abundance of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and probiotics from the Goat Milk, honey and Buttermilk. The organic red palm oil gives vitamins E and A as well as contributing to the color. Vitamin-rich Avocado oil infused with Annatto seeds was the final contribution to the color of this soap. With beautiful food grade poppy seeds, fine pumice and organic ground walnut shells all through the bar, this is a VERY scrubby experience!
Super fat of about 6% – this is a beautiful, beautiful soap. There are two sizes right now – Large (6 oz and over) and Small (4-5+oz). They’ll be available for sale here.
Crafted with Beef and Buffalo Tallows, sustainable organic red palm oil, organic coconut oil, olive oil, raw organic cocoa butter, raw organic shea butter, castor oil, organic carrot purée, organic homemade buttermilk, organic Avocado oil infused with annatto seeds, goat milk, almond oil, glycerine, poppy seeds, organic ground walnut shells, fine pumice powder, essential oils.
This is a light weight cream, but it’s got a LOT of punch. My husband used it and his lines appeared greatly reduced THE VERY NEXT DAY. Not kidding.
Roses have long been used in beauty preparations. Rose can benefit all skin types, it can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add beautiful glow to the normal skin. Rose is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins and can help prevent the signs of ageing as well as nourish the skin. Rose has shown to decrease enlarged capillaries below the skin’s surface that cause a red appearance. Rose is used to relax in aromatherapy. There are 3 ways Roses are used in TLCream – Rose infused oil, rose essential oil and rosewater.
Honey has anti-bacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties. It is jam packed with nutrition.
Royal jelly is incredibly nutritious, improves red blood cell production, glucose tolerance and mental health in humans.
Vitamin A has skin regenerating properties (promotes epithelialization & keratinization). Can improve appearance of aged and acneic skin.
Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 are the only oil-soluble antioxidants naturally present in the epidermis but readily depleted by UV-radiation. Both actives protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV light. Topically applied, CoQ10 can penetrate the cell layers of the skin and may attenuate the depth of wrinkles due to photo aging, as well as epithelial cell turnover. CoQ10 is also a very powerful antioxidant or free radical scavenger.
Lanolin seals in moisture, is soothing and bacteriostatic
Apricot oil is high in vitamin A, an easily absorbed emollient and high in Essential Fatty Acids.
NaPCA – Sodium PCA is the sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid (also known as PCA). PCA is a naturally occurring component of human skin and a part of the “natural moisturizing factors” (NMF) that maintain a healthy epidermis. Sodium PCA is very hygroscopic, attracting moisture from the air. It imparts a moist feeling to hair and skin. It is non-comedogenic, nonirritating to the eye and skin and does not contribute to phototoxicity or sensitization.
Algae Extract nourishes the skin with vitamins and minerals and protects the skin from anti-oxidant stress. It also has wrinkle prevention properties and hydrates the skin.
Aloe Vera – has been used topically since ancient times for its skin soothing properties.
Emu oil is a superior skin moisturizer, is absorbed into the skin quickly, has anti-inflammatory properties and is non-comedogenic.
Crafted with Apricot kernel oil infused with organic roses, lavender buds, chamomile, calendula and elder flowers, aloe Vera, olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, Lanolin, Emu oil, lanosterol esters, cholesterol esters, squalane from olive oil, water infused with organic roses, NaPCA, Algae Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, CoQ10, Honey, Royal Jelly, rose essential oil, geranium essential oil, frankincense essential oil, and helichrysum essential oil, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate (an EcoCert preservative).
This is an extremely nice cream and I love it. I believe you will like it very much!
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I won’t bore you with my extensive thoughts on how deficiencies are probably more at play in the current rash of talc-related disease states. We will just leave the facts as they currently stand in place. Talc has become a health threat to some people and since there are safer alternatives, those should be employed. Especially on babies.
The beauty of this powder is that it can be used as a poultice on wounds as well! On a wound, apply the powder directly and bandage. On a severe case of diaper rash, mix a little powder with a very small amount of water until a paste is formed. Apply as a poultice, then diaper.
This powder can be used by anyone!
Meticulously formulated with Kaolin Clay, Organic Arrowroot, Organic Comfrey Root, Organic Slippery Elm, Organic Myrrh, Organic Goldenseal (responsibly grown and harvested), Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
Also available unscented.
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A spa treatment for your skin with every use! This soap is LOADED with goodies for your skin, the Dead Sea Mud is just the icing on the cake – giving you a good dose of minerals every time you use it.
Hand Crafted with Raw Organic Cocoa Butter, Raw Organic Shea Butter, Organic Hemp Oil, Castor oil, Olive Oil and of course, tallow. But this time, we’ve included grass fed BUFFALO tallow, too!
Enriched with Organic coconut milk, Organic Goat Milk, Colloidal Oatmeal, Honey, Dead Sea Mud, Activated Charcoal, Raw Wildcrafted silk and Essential Oils. The scent is spicy orange and the bars are no less than 4oz each
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What’s this? UNSCENTED? Yes! Now, you would think it would be super simple to just make the lotion WITHOUT the essential oils and it would be fine. Well, yes… and no.
There are qualities in the essential oils that I didn’t feel should be skimped on. I steeped the oils in calendula, lavender and helichrysum to ensure the same healing and tissue regeneration properties as the original. It took a month to get the oil to my specifications. Here we are.
Lotions are now available in plastic bottles as well as glass jars. The plastic is a choice – you may have the glass jar or plastic bottle. This is strictly up to you.
Getting unscented lotion will enable you to add your own essential oils or simply not have a scent!
4 oz $4.99 (either plastic or glass)
8 oz $9.99 (either plastic or glass)
16 oz $19.95 (available in glass only!)
16 oz with pump $24.95 (glass only)
32 oz $39.89 (glass only)
32 oz with pump $44.89 (glass only)
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Infusing oils with herbs in a crock pot (instead of a canning jar in the kitchen window) actually makes the process a little quicker – in my opinion, it also makes the infusion stronger. At least it does the way I do it. :)
Healing Salve, also known as Baby Balm is one of those must-have items whether you’re going to use it for the occasional burn from working in the kitchen, the baby’s rare diaper rash, or just to have in your first aid kit.
So far, this stuff has been used with great success for burns, diaper rash, scrapes, extra dry flakey skin on radiation and chemo patients, calluses, wounds, sore noses, and even the dog and cats.
I gashed my shin with the car door and was so amazed at how quickly it healed with the regular application of the Healing Salve, I really wished I’d thought to take pics… although the gash was pretty ugly – you probably wouldn’t want to see pics of that!
Olive oil meticulously infused with Calendula, Comfrey root, Comfrey leaf, St. Johns Wort, arnica, echinacea, Raw, Organic Cocoa Butter, Raw Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Lanolin, Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
I love this salve – it smells like heaven to me, especially before I add the essential oil. It’s an earthy, green smell that makes me happy. This is my go to for many, many things. My husband and children all use the heck out of this one, too.
This one is available in 3 sizes as well as a sample size.
.8 oz in an Amber glass jar $5.45
1.6 oz in an Amber glass jar $9.45
3.5 oz in small jelly jar $17.95
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I do understand the desire to to try a product before investing your hard-earned money. While I do my best to keep the prices as affordable as possible, my refusal to compromise on quality means that prices on some items will just never be low. The prices are as low as I can make them without losing money on each purchase. Right now, samples are available in the cart. You’ll have to add a product to your shopping cart, then the samples will be available.
I’m considering creating a Sample grab bag as well, just working on how best to
The shopping cart here at Intrinsic Alchemist has now been updated with expanded checkout options. It’s pretty spiffy too! If you’d rather not use pay pal, you can check out with your card and it will be processed via Square Register. Alternatively, you may pay via Money Order – upon completion of your order, you’ll receive an email with information on where to send the Money Order.
Another change to the shopping cart/checkout process here at Intrinsic Alchemist is a flat rate shipping charge. Because I prefer to use USPS Priority Mail with tracking and insurance, this just makes sense – especially since no one really buys one single bar of soap. So, orders will be charged a flat 5.35 shipping fee up to $34.99. $35.00 and up is free shipping.
If you’re interested in buying one bar of soap only, please contact me and I will create an invoice with actual shipping charges for you.
The prices on Laundry Soap have gone DOWN! Because I was able to get supplies in greater quantities, I paid less per pound and am able to pass these savings on to you. The cart will now accurately reflect the amount being purchased as well.
Hi everyone! What I have for you today is another personal favorite. Herbal Antibacterial soap. Colored with minerals and Activated Charcoal, the red and black color is striking. But so is the scent. For some reason, I can’t get a really good pic of this one. Have tried two days in a row. It is Black and Red.
– Quite Cleansing
– Can be used as a solid shampoo – the beer will be good to the skin and hair.
– Enriched with complexion correcting Rhassoul Clay (red), activated charcoal (black) and witch hazel, it is good for oily and acne-prone skin.
– While the predominant scent in this one is cedar wood, the proprietary blend of essential oils includes several oils that are antibacterial in nature – tea tree and oregano especially.
– Lauric acid in the form of coconut oil added as a super fat at the last possible moment contributes to the microbe-managing properties of this beautiful soap.
– Raw, Organic Honey has been added to this formulation to help in the anti-bacterial properties.
– New to this batch: a good amount of grass fed Buffalo tallow – will nourish the skin as it cleanses.
All in all, this is a very beautiful soap and does what it’s intended to do – at least that’s what I hear from my customers!
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Today, I am introducing Glucosamine/MSM Pain Cream. I know that when I have been in terrible pain, everything (everything!) got on my last nerve. I hope this is of some small help to others. I’m not going to make any claims about this cream – going to let people give their testimonials.
Crafted with Emu Oil, Frankincense and Myrrh, this one has a beautiful scent.
It’s available unscented, too! Since I’m not making any claims about this product, I can only tell you that most of the people who have used the unscented seemed as pleased as those who used the regular one. There have only been a couple of dissenters and their pains are pretty great.
Regular: Water, Australian Emu Oil, Olive oil infused with Frankincense and Myrrh, Lanolin, Beeswax, Aloe Vera, Glucosamine, MSM, vitamin E, Frankincense Essential Oil, Myrrh Essential Oil, Pregnenolone, sodium borate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (an EcoCert preservative).
Unscented: Water, Australian Emu Oil, Olive oil, Lanolin, Beeswax, Aloe Vera, Glucosamine, MSM, vitamin E, Pregnenolone, sodium borate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (an EcoCert preservative).
Price: for a small jelly jar, scented or unscented, $19.95 Buy here
Muscle Rub is one of the best selling products here at Intrinsic Alchemist. It is also one of my favorite creations – I use it too! I love that people who use it get such benefit. It sells as fast as I can make it.
The tins we used to use were very attractive, but there were quite a number of complaints from folks – especially those with arthritis in their hands – having trouble getting the lids off the tins. Despite the fact that some had trouble getting the lid off the tin, once the muscle rub was melted, that tin lid might as well have been full of holes for all the leakage that occurred.
Because of the essential oil content of the muscle rub, it has a fairly low melting point. If it gets hot enough to melt, it is able to escape the tin. While one may be able to scrape enough back together again to use, the essential oils will likely have escaped into vapor forever, leaving an inferior product.
Enter these beautiful little amber glass jars. They have a lined lid and don’t allow leakage.
They hold the same amount – 1.6 ounce. They have now made it through successful testing in the Arizona heat this summer!
And for those of you who use a LOT, I have available the Muscle Rub in jelly jars (contains more than double the amount of the little jar). With an easy to remove white lid. You’ll still have to deal with the seal and ring on your initial use, however.
1.6 oz jar $11.95
Jelly jar $19.95 – easy off white lid included, but not on jar during shipping.
Mmmmmmmm…. I love this bar…
Not the same kind of bar that the song is about, but I DO love this bar. It’s far and away one of my most favorite creations. After cutting this soap, I like to let it cure in the living room – the whole entire room takes on the beautiful woody scent.
This was originally intended to be dog soap and many will still call it that, which is why it’s still got ‘dog’ in it’s name.
But it’s so beloved by so many as a shampoo bar, shower soap, kitchen soap, etc., it is not exclusively a Dog Shampoo Soap anymore.
Crafted with a nice blend of grass fed beef and buffalo tallows, olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter; enhanced with silk, nettles, meadowfoam seed oil, hemp seed oil, rice bran oil, jojoba oil and fresh rosemary from my garden. The scent is a blend of cedar wood, cedar leaf, sage, rosemary, eucalyptus, pine and spruce essential oils. Just Beautiful.
This one doesn’t stay in stock long, so get it while you can.
I love this stuff. I love the way it feels, the way it smells and quite honestly, I am so impressed with what it does to my nails!
Enriched with vitamin D- rich Lanolin, this seals in moisture, is soothing and bacteriostatic. Mustard oil contains Omega 3, polyunsaturated fats as well as other nutrients, is anti-bacterial, is said to stimulate growth of hair and nails as well as nourish, removes dark spots and is anti-inflammatory. Biotin is a B vitamin that is said to help strengthen nails as well as hair and skin. Olive oil infused with lemon lends vitamins E and K, conditioning and moisturizing properties as well as the vitamins and scent from the lemon. Apricot oil is high in vitamin A, an easily absorbed emollient and high in Essential Fatty Acids.
I’ve posted my before and after pics below – the meta data is included to prove that these pics were taken about 1 week apart.
After 1 week:
Usage: It would probably work miracles if one were able to use it twice a day.
I am lucky if I get to use this on my nails at least once a day. Before bed, I put the cream all around my cuticles and nails as well as a little smear underneath each nail. If I could remember to use it in the mornings as well, my nails would probably grow like weeds. As it is, they’re growing much faster than they have in many, many years and they’re getting stronger. I’ve had a couple of nails that split for no reason at all – that seems to be improving slowly with this cream.
I have had to do some unusual chores – like fixing the water line on the refrigerator, changing a light fixture, digging a hole to bury a pet. The nails came through all that without any damage – which is pretty surprising considering I usually lose ALL my nails after just one of those types of chores.
Crafted with: Lanolin, Beeswax, Apricot oil, mustard oil, olive oil infused with lemon, water, aloe vera, Sodium borate, biotin (the B vitamin), Vitamin E, Lemon Essential oil, Rosemary extract, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate (an EcoCert preservative).
Packaged in a 1 ounce double wall plastic jar with a liner (KEEP the liner!).