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Proudly made in Australia and independently owned, iNature Skincare products harness the special qualities of calendula extract to help soothe dry, sensitive skin. Our gentle yet effective formulations are designed for both face and body, and they’re safe for the whole family—babies included!

In fact, that’s how our line got started: Founder Julia Chan had been searching extensively for a product to help her infant son’s severe eczema, a condition requiring constant monitoring and care. But some formulations on the market were too harsh; others simply didn’t work. So she set out to develop her own.

A former skincare executive, she understood the importance of quality ingredients and uncompromising scientific research. After many months of trial and error, she sent her first test samples to the dermatology department at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, a center renown for helping children with chronic skin ailments. The results on even the littlest patients were encouraging and further clinical trials followed. Her son’s condition improved and so did that of the dozens of other children in her studies. In 2008, iNature Skincare was born.

WHAT IS CALENDULA?

Calendula refers to a genus of flowers more commonly known as marigolds, those cheerful yellow-orange blooms perking up home gardens all across the world. They are as hearty as they are lovely; blooming throughout most of the year, their name is derived from the Latin word kalendae, meaning “the first day of the month.”

We source the species of calendula known as Calendula officinalis. Officinalis is Latin for 'belonging in a place where medicine is kept', and denotes a plant that is thought to possess healing qualities.

The healing qualities of calendula—a flower originally from the Mediterranean—lie in its petals. A diverse range of compounds (including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agents like flavonoids and tripertene) is thought to explain the petals’ historic use as a skin healer. 

Herbalists would make extracts to isolate these active ingredients from the petals and then use them in skincare products.

How are extracts made? It depends. Petals would typically be submerged in a solvent, so that their desirable components would infuse into the liquid. Traditionally, that solvent would simply be oil—for instance, olive oil. After the infusion process, the petals would be removed, and the resulting solution would be mixed into topical formulations. 

Technology has advanced over the years. At iNature, we use a very high quality extract in which liquid carbon dioxide is the solvent.  Carried out at extremely cold temperatures, this specialised process preserves the integrity of the petals’ active ingredients—which means you can be confident of their purity and quality on your skin.

Ingredients

Just look for one, two, or three drops on the packaging to know the relative potency of calendula in each product. Our uncompromising quality control in the manufacturing of our products means that the amount of calendula extract contained in each product is very precisely formulated to optimise its benefits for your skin. 

We offer three products in our line with increasing concentrations of calendula extract. They are:

         • Calendula Hydrate

         • Calendula Nourish

         • Calendula Repair

All three formulations are suitable for sensitive skin.  There is no added fragrance in iNature products; the scent comes from the natural aromas of sandalwood.

Calendula HydrateAqua, Glycerin , Sorbitol, Colloidal oatmeal, Cetearyl alcohol, Calendula extract*, Jojoba seed oil*, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E, Triethanolamine, Sandalwood oil *, Disodium EDTA.

Calendula NourishAqua, Chamomile flower water*, Calendula extract*, Jojoba seed oil*, Safflower seed oil*, Ceteraryl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Sunflower seed oil*, Glycerin*, Olive leaf extract, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetyl stearyl alchohol, Sandalwood oil*

Calendula RepairJojoba seed oil*, Safflower seed oil*, Olive fruit oil*, Calendula extract*, Beeswax*, Rosemary leaf oil*, Lavender flower oil*, Sandalwood oil*

*Certified Organic

 

How to care for dry skin

We all want our skin to look and feel great—fortunately, that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. In most cases, all you need is a twice-a-day two-step regimen that works seamlessly into your daily routine. The key? Consistency. Here’s what works best, based on our clinical studies.

For larger areas of dry skin on the body (arms, legs, back): After bathing, apply Calendula Hydrate to slightly damp skin; the formulation will absorb into the surface within minutes. Repeat at bedtime on clean skin.

For fragile or sensitive areas of dry skin (face, neck, hands): After bathing, apply Calendula Nourish to slightly damp skin. This rich cream contains a bit more than twice as much calendula extract as Calendula Hydrate. Full of additional botanical skin soothers, such as chamomile, jojoba oil, and safflower-seed oil.

Calendula Nourish is specially designed to support the more fragile skin of the face and neck as well as other regions extensively exposed to the environment. Repeat at bedtime on clean skin.

For rough spots (lips, elbows, knees): After bathing, apply a dab of Calendula Repair on trouble spots. This product has the highest concentration of calendula extract and a small amount is all you need to relieve the symptoms of dry, damaged skin. Repeat at bedtime on clean skin.

For extra-rough spots: After bathing, apply a layer of Calendula Repair onto problem areas. Allow a few minutes for the ointment to absorb, then follow up with a layer of Calendula Hydrate (if on body) or Calendula Nourish (if on face). This extra step hydrates the skin surface while boosting the amount of Calendula extract being delivered to the skin. Repeat at bedtime.

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