To craft our products we use natural and naturally derived ingredients where ever distinctly possible. View and discover all the ingredients we use, conveniently ordered in an A-Z.
What is natural defence?
The Natural Defence logo represents that only the best of Naturally Derived ingredients are used in our products. We have specifically crafted our products to ensure protection from the extremities - be that the Suns Rays or the effects of pollution so that the next epic crusade that you end up on you can ensure that your skin is prepared for whatever you have to throw at it. Our own natural body defence includes both the skin and the hair so it only makes sense to provide them with the best of care.
Abies Sibirica Oil - Essential Oils are extracted from the Siberian Fir tree native to Siberia and used in aromatherapy and perfumes. Fragrance ingredient.
Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract - Yarrow used in the Deodorant Stick – skin conditioning. Added to a product to enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
Acrylates - Acrylates /C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer. A non-toxic thickening agent that enhances the pleasing skin-feel of the product.
Aloe Vera - (Aloe barbadensis) Aloe Vera helps to cool, soothe and soften the skin. Aloe Vera has been used for more than 6000 years to treat a variety of skin ailments, including sunburn, blisters and burns due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Alpha-Isomethyl Iionone - Fragrance ingredient. Ionones are a group of naturally occurring and synthetically produced scent chemicals.
Anise (Aniseed) - Native to the eastern Mediterranean Region and Southwest Asia. Commonly used in Liquor, Herbal Medicine and for Culinary Purposes. This essential oil also has antiseptic properties.
Aqua/Water - Acts as a carrier for active ingredients.
Argan Oil - (Argania spinosa kernel oil) Regenerative and restructuring activity, Improves skin's flexibility to improve skin softness while also offering anti-oxidant protection.
Artemesia Hherba-Alba Oil - (White WormWood) is used as an antiseptic and antispasmodic in herbal medicine.
Behentrimonium Chloride - Conditions, detangles, fights static, softens, and helps strengthen hair. It penetrates the hair shaft for potent conditioning effects.
Benzoic Acid - Preservative, Fragrance ingredient. A naturally occuring and synthetically produced substance.
Bergamot Oil (Citrus Bergamia) - Bergamot is an Essential oil made by hand or cold-pressed rind of a nearly ripe fruit of the bergamot tree. Commonly added due to its subtly spicy aroma.
Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum) – Essential Oil. Black Pepper is a strong and sharp spicy smelling oil and is faintly reminiscent of clove oil, yet more refined. It can range in colour from light amber to yellow-green and has a watery viscosity. The French, Portuguese and Dutch often went to war in the middle ages to fight for this lucrative trade from the far east.
Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis) - Borage oil is one of the richest sources of the essential fatty acid GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which helps to lock moisture onto the skin. Borage oil has a soothing effect on the skin and can be useful in treating acneic or problem skin. Borage is also known as the starflower for it’s flowery appearance.
Bulnesia Ssarmientoi Wood Oil - Bulnesia sarmientoi is a tree that inhabits a part of the Gran Chaco area in South America and is commonly used in products due to its fragrance. This oil also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Caffeine - Caffeine has strong anti-inflammatory and skin stimulation properties which will help reduce puffiness and redness to the skin. Further suggested claims are of regeneration (anti dullness & fatigue) to the skin. Whilst moisturising/doing wonders for the skin, caffeine can also perform miracles in Hair Care, acting as a stimulant for hair growth and the strengthening of roots.
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold Flower) - Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. Not only promoting skin healing but could also reduce inflammations.
Canadian Commune Gum Oil - Used to create the scent of the beard care products. This ingredient is notable for its spicy and woody notes.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - A specific fraction of coconut oil used for its emollient properties.
Caramel - Used as a natural colourant.
Carbomer - Used as a thickening agent.
Cardomum Seed Oil - Antiseptic and Antimicrobial and is highly effective in curing muscular and respiratory spasms, thereby giving relief from muscle pulls and cramps, asthma, and whooping cough.
Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica) – Essential Oil. Cedar Wood essential oil is a clean smelling, balsamic oil that not only has a calming and balanced effect but also helps to clear the respiratory system. Cedarwood wood chips and sawdust are subjected to steam distillation in order to extract the oil.
Cetearyl Glucoside - A corn and coconut derived emulsifier, produced using ecologically-friendly principles.
Cetyl Alcohol - A long chain alcohol that is of plant origin and is used as an emulsifier.
Cetyl Esters - Derived from vegetable sources, Cetyl Esters act as an emollient that gives body and a smooth feel to our product.
Citral - Present in the oils of several plants. Fragrance ingredient
Citric Acid - A weak organic acid that is used as a ph buffer and which was first discovered in the 8th century by Persian alchemist Jābir ibn Hayyān (Geber).
Citronellyl Methylcrotonate - Citronellyl Methylcrotonate is derived from natural citronella, used to neutralize odour.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine - Is a compound derived from coconut oil that works as a surfactant (lather/foaming, foam booster and thickener).
Coco-Glucoside - Naturally derived PEG free solubiliser. A non-ionic surfactant that is derived from renewable materials such as coconut oil and fruit sugars, and is biodegradable.
Copper Chlorophyllin - Water soluble salt that acts as a natural colourant, present in green leafy vegetables.
Copper PCA (Cuivridone) - Skin conditioning agent composed of the copper salt of PCA, a component of the skin’s own moisturising factor. Also possesses anti-microbial and sebum-regulating properties. Gives product it's blue colour.
Corn Starch - Natural mattifier and oil absorber.
Coumarin - a chemical compound, occurring naturally in some essential oils and absolutes, such as tonka bean and lavender. Fragrance Ingredient
Creatine (Tego Cosmo C 100) - Amino acid derivative naturally occurring in the
body, Revitalization of cell energy metabolism, Supports skin protection, Moisturiser.
Cucumber (Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil) - Natural emollient oil with light spreading properties.
Decyl Glucoside - Ideal for all foaming and cleansing products; Decyl Glucoside is obtained from renewable raw materials (coconut & cornstarch).
Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil - (Cardamon) has to warm and energising properties. It is useful for the nerves and can help aid concentration.
Ethanol - Derived from sugar beet. The addition of ethanol helps the product to dry quicker on the skin and gives a refreshing feel.
Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Eusolex OS) - An organic compound used as an ingredient in sunscreens and cosmetics to absorb UVB (ultraviolet) rays from the sun. The salicylate portion of the molecule absorbs ultraviolet light, protecting skin from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight. The ethylhexanol portion is a fatty alcohol, adding emollient and oil-like properties
Ethylhexyl Stearate(Cetiol 868) - Emollient, Stearate esters act primarily as lubricants on the skin's surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance
Eucalyptus - Native to Australia, Eucalyptus oil is taken from a the shoot of the tree. The cooling essential oil produced from the leaves and twigs has decongestant properties and is used by aroma therapists to ease muscular aches and pains. Eucalyptus oil can also help speed up the healing of slow healing wounds and ulcers, calm skin eruptions and clear congested skin. The Australian Aborigines calls it 'kino' and they use the leaves to cover serious wounds. The first oil exported to England was called 'Sydney peppermint'.
Eugenol - Fragrance ingredient. Eugenol is a naturally occurring scent chemical found in clove oil; also manufactured synthetically. It is also used as a local antiseptic and anaesthetic.
Euterpe Oleracea fruit Oil Also - Known as Acai, used for its skin conditioning properties.
Frankincense Oil (Olibanum) - Used in to aid the fragrance of the Beard products it has a woody, earthy, spicy, and slightly fruity aroma, which is calming and relaxing. The oil also promotes healthy cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy.
Fucus Vesiculosus Extract - The scientific name for a species of brown seaweed called bladderwrack. Used topically to help improve skin tone, increase skin elasticity and reduce cellulite.
Geraniol - The primary part of rose oil, palmarosa oil, and citronella oil. It also occurs in small quantities in geranium, lemon, and many other essential oils.
Ginger Root Oil - Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, particularly in ancient Chinese, Indian, and Greek civilizations. Aroma therapists also value ginger oil's soothing and warming qualities.
Glycerin (Glycerol) - Humectant, absorbs moisture from the atmosphere to help hydrate the skin.
Glyceryl Oleate - Naturally derived PEG free solubiliser.
Glyceryl Stearate - Glyceryl Stearate acts as a lubricant on the skin's surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin's surface. Help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified.
Grape Seed Oil (Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil) - Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, regulates and maintains healthy skin, moisturiser, protects collagen, evens out skin tone.
Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinsenis) - Predominantly the health benefits of green tea are attributed to its antioxidant activity for the skin. Though the general benefits of Green Tea for your skin range from anti-ageing potentials, soothing & anti-swelling properties, sensitive skin conditioning and finally the protection of damage to the skin by free radicals. Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis and originates from China.
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride - A compound that is a derivative of guar gum (prev Guar Bean) and works as a hair conditioner.
Hemp oil (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil) - Nourishing, moisturising, anti-oxidant. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3 and insoluble fibre. They are a good source of tocopherols or Vitamin E antioxidants.
Hexyl cinnamal - Hexyl cinnamal is a naturally occurring and synthetic scent ingredient
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract) - Anti-inflammatory, astringent
Hydrated Silica - Hydrated silica is a form of silicon dioxide (sand). Its uses are numerous; Abrasive; Absorbent; Anticaking Agent; Bulking Agent; Opacifying Agent; Oral Care Agent;Skin-Conditioning Agent - Miscellaneous; Viscosity Increasing Agent
Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract (Saint Johns Wort) - Used to enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
Juniper (Juniperus communis) Essential Oil – An evergreen shrub that can grow up to 10 meters (30 feet) in the wild, it has green needle-like leaves and the female tree produces a blue/black fruit (berry). Juniper has been traditionally used to treat inflammatory skin ailments such as acne and blocked pores due to its antiseptic qualities.
Jojoba Oil (Simmodsia Chinensis Seed Oil) - Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Moisturising - jojoba oil is the only oil that closely resembles human sebum – an oily substance naturally produced by the oil glands below the skin surface, so its uses and benefits to the skin and hair are high.
L-Arginine - Arginine, is a semi essential amino acid naturally present in the human metabolism. Being a pH regulator, L-arginine has substantial moisturising/restoring properties and excellent compatibility with both skin and hair. L-arginine was first isolated in 1886, reportedly from the extract of a lupine (Lupinus spp.) seedling. Lupinus is a genus in the legume (Fabaceae) plant family.
Lauryl Glucoside - An extremely mild surfactant derived from natural renewable sources.
Lavandin (Lavandula Hybrida) Essential Oil - Known to be healing for the skin, Lavandin is a hybrid consisting of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia), the oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops by steam distillation. We use Lavandin oil for its fragrance which is similar to lavender but with more of a rounded note.
Lemon - The Lemon has been used for centuries due to its health benefits and nourishing elements. Lemon juice has natural antibacterial and exfoliant properties, with other benefits of its use on the skin include brightening and moisturising.
Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Essential Oil - This clear smelling citrus oil can lighten your mood when feeling blue and it is helpful to clear oily congested skin. Lime oil has a sharp; citrus peel smell and is pale yellow to light olive in colour. In India, the lime is used in Tantra for removing evil spirits.
Limonene - Fragrance ingredient. Limonene is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally ocurring in the rind of citrus fruit
Linalool - Fragrance ingredient. A naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants with many commercial applications, the majority of which are based on its pleasant scent (floral, with a touch of spiciness).
Marjoram (Origanum Marjorana) Essential Oil - This tender bushy perennial herb, has a hairy stem, dark green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers. We use marjoram predominately for its fragrance. Marjoram is indigenous to the Mediterranean area, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness.
Mallow - A natural skin and hair softener.
Mandarin Orange - Vitamin C present in Mandarin is very good for skin both when consumed internally and applied topically on the skin. The antioxidants present in Mandarin protect the skin from harsh UVA rays and help the skin to resist the damage caused by the sun and free radicals.
Matricariaused - In the Deodorant Stick, known as Chamomilla Recutita Flower, which has skin conditioning properties. Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil) - Natural emollient oil with non-greasy after feel.
Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil (Wild Mint) - Used to soothe and cool skin. Menthyl PCA ensures the gradual release of menthol to give sustained and gentle cooling sensation, soothing skin.
Octocrylene (Eusolex OCR) - An organic compound used as an ingredient in sunscreens and cosmetics. The extended conjugation of the acrylate portion of the molecule absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA (ultraviolet) rays with wavelengths from 280 to 320 nm, protecting the skin from direct DNA damage. The ethylhexanol portion is a fatty alcohol, adding emollient and oil-like properties.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Seed Powder - (Blanova Olive Stone 24/60 IRR) Natural exfoliant
Olive oil (Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil) - Mixed triglyceride esters of oleic acid and palmitic acid and of other fatty acids, along with traces of squalene, polyphenols and sterols, Vitamins A, D and K, as well as vitamin E. Deep penetration moisturizer. Regenerates skin cells and softens the tissue.
Optunia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract (Barbary Fig) - Anti-oxidant properties whilst moisturising and soothing the skin.
Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) - Attracts moisture from the atmosphere and binds it helping to hydrate the skin/hair. D-Panthenol in shampoo not only improves the shine, the feel and the flexibility of the hair, it also helps to protect the hair against mechanical damage and in general makes the hair more resistant to environmental stresses.
Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin) - Patchouli oil has long been used in traditional Asian medicine, especially in Malaysia, China, and Japan. It is used to treat skin and hair problems, such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, dandruff, and oily scalp.
Peppermint - Natural and moisturising, anti-inflammatory.
Phenoxyethanol - Preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.
Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate - Plant-based emulsifier considered a glyceryl ester, an ingredient composed of natural fats and oils.
Polysorbate 60 - Thickening agent and oily liquid used in cosmetics and skin care formulas to dissolve in a solvent in which they would not normally dissolve. They also help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified.
Preservative Blend - (Benzyl alcohol, Caprtlyl Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.) Preservatives extend the longevity of the products and help keep them free from bacteria, yeast and fungi.
Propanediol - Naturally derived from corn syrup, this material is used as a solvent as well as providing emoliency (softens/soothes)
Propylene Glycol - A small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. Also Humectant; Skin-Conditioning Agent - Humectant; Skin-Conditioning
Agent PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone) - Used to help style hair, and is used as a binder and coating agent.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - Essential Oil. Rosemary essential oil has a fresh pungent aroma and is very invigorating/stimulating. The extract has beneficial antioxidant properties. This crisp and clean smelling essential oil is great for stimulating the brain, improving memory and mental clarity.
Schinus Molle Oil (Californian Pepper Tree) - Antioxidant & Antimicrobial properties.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) - Shea butter is particularly useful in counteracting dryness as it helps to seal moisture onto the skin. This natural moisturiser comes from the fruit of the African Karite tree and is reputed to have remarkable nourishing and smoothing properties. Shea butter is a solid fatty oil made from the nuts of Karite Nut trees, also known as Mangifolia.
Sodium Chloride (Salt) - Used to control the viscosity of the products.
Sodium Cocoamphoacetate - A biodegradable mild surfactant made from coconut oil. Acting as a secondary surfactant, foam booster and a viscosity builder.
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate - Naturally derived surfactant that is made from coconut oil and glucose from corn.
Sodium Hydroxide - Also known as lye, it is an alkaline ingredient used to modulate the pH of a product.
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate - Naturally derived (coconut oil) mild surfactant with good lathering/foaming properties.
Sodium Lauroyl - Salt of lauroyl sarcosine and helps to enhance the appearance and feel of hair.
Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate - Naturally derived surfactant from corn & coconut.
Sodium Polyacrylate - Responsible for aiding product stability and gives light texture.
Sodium Sarcosinate - This is a cleanser and foam booster.
Spinach Extract (Spinacia Oleracea) - Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamins and nutrients for the skin. With suggestive anti-aging qualities it also serves as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Stearic Acid - Emulsifier
Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer - Opacifier. A synthetic polymer used as a film former in cosmetics and personal care products that has opaque properties and is seen in a variety of formulas, including those for sunscreens and other lotions. Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer has large molecules that do not penetrate the skin.
Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) - Essential Oil. This vibrant plants Latin name comes from the Greek ‘helios’ meaning sun and ‘anthos’ meaning flower. The Sunflower plant is an annual plant native to the Americas and it possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head).
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil) - Skin nourishing and lubricating oil and is slowly absorbed, Rich in nutrients, unsaturated fatty acids, protein, Contains vitamins A,B, D and E
Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Dry Flo TS Pure) - Helps give a soft, velvety after feel.
Tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Essential Oil - Tea Tree oil comes from the leaves and the twigs of the Australian tea tree. Originally used in Aboriginal medicine it is now used widely by aroma therapists and herbalists utilising its antibacterial properties for a variety of skin conditions. It has a light spicy, rather pungent smell and is very pale in colour with a watery viscosity.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) - Essential Oil. Thyme Oil is great for purely it’s scent. The name is derived from the Greek word 'thymos' that means 'perfume' and was used as an incense in Greek temples. Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil and it is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. Though the plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands.
Tilia Platyphyllos Flower Extract - Natural and moisturising, anti-inflammatory.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)(Bioxan E 1300 IU) - Anti-oxidant. A powerful antioxidant vitamin E moisturises skin, enhances skin smoothness, helps protects skin from environmental stress and free radical damage. Vitamin E (Acetate) is not oxidised meaning it can penetrate through the skin to the living cells, where it is converted to free tocopherol and provides its beneficial antioxidant effects.
Tocopheryl Acetate - Protects the skin from environmental pollution, Excellent moisturiser, Contains powerful anti-inflammatory action – and this can prevent the signs of premature ageing, as inflammatory conditions in the skin is a leading cause of skin ageing, Excellent wound healing properties
Tribehenin (Syncrowax HR-C) - Conditioner, thickener, emulsifier
Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate - A naturally-derived chelating agent.
UV Absorbers - Octocrylene is a very stable ingredient that does not degrade in sunlight, it both protects and augments other UV absorbers while improving their uniform skin coating. Octocrylene is absorbed into the skin and has been shown in some studies to promote the generation of potentially harmful free radicals. Ethylhexyl Salicylate is an organic compound used to absorb UVB (ultraviolet) rays from the sun. The salicylate portion of the molecule absorbs ultraviolet light, helping to protect the skin from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight. The ethylhexanol portion is a fatty alcohol, adding emollient and oil-like properties.
Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetiver) - Essential oil that helps strengthen the skin and has a pleasing aroma.
Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba) - Willow bark extract has several benefits in skin care but will mainly help to stimulate the skin and cell growth and also has excellent astringent qualities. Willow bark extract also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties.
Lanolin Cera (Wax) - Gives product firmness, emolliency, improved consistency and stability. Adds tact to hair products
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) - A Natural Astringent with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.
Xanthan Gum - A natural gum derived as an excretion product from bacteriae (Xanthomas campestris), composed of pure natural polysaccharides (sugars) constituted of glucose, mannose & glucuronic acid. Used for thickening a formulation.
Zinc PCA - A skin conditioning agent with astringent and antimicrobial properties.