Why We Love Wildcrafted Botanicals
We use the term “wildcrafted” frequently when it comes to describing the ingredients in our skincare. Wildcrafted is often used interchangeably with “organic” or “natural”, however, the properties of wildcrafted botanicals are rare and these special plant extracts can ramp up the anti-oxidant profile of your skincare regime in a very unique way.
What are wildcrafted ingredients?
Wildcrafted means that a plant has been grown in nature without any human intervention and in their natural habitat. No commercial farming methods have been used in the cultivation of wildcrafted botanicals. Furthermore, they are harvested in an environmentally friendly manner that doesn't affect their source or environment in which they naturally grow. Only the leaves, stems or flowers are normally extracted with the living plant left intact. This method of harvesting means that often wildcrafted ingredients cannot be classified as organic despite being in essence the most organically grown ingredients one can find.
Wildcrafted ingredients differ to organic ingredients which are derived from plants that are grown with the assistance of humans, where the environment is carefully treated with conditions for optimum growth, but without harming the plant or any other aspect of the growing process. It is also a little known fact that certified organic growers are permitted to use certain chemicals up until three months before harvest, at which time they must cease their use. By that time, any substance used on the plants has been absorbed by the whole plant and at minimum, chemical traces may be found. Even so organic growers are not required to claim use of any chemicals. Only wildcrafted plants grown in pristine environments are truly chemical-free.
Why do we love wildcrafted ingredients?
There are several advantages to using wildcrafted ingredients in skincare.
- Supercharged Antioxidants. One of the key benefits of wildcrafted ingredients is that they are found growing in some of the most remote and untouched parts of the world. In this case of our skincare range, this is Australia. This means they have a very rare antioxidant profile. Their exposure to near-constant and extremely harsh conditions forces them to develop a highly efficient self‐defence mechanism in order to survive. This defence mechanism is created in the form of an abundant and diverse range of antioxidants that protect the plant but provide us with a powerhouse of unique nutrients that nourish the skin. This means we are provided with incredibly powerful anti-ageing ingredients which protect our skin from external and internal damage whilst also repairing and rejuvenating our skin.
- Therapeutic Efficacy. Wildcrafted botanicals are also considered to be superior to commercially grown organic herbs because when nature produces them in their ideal environment and under ideal natural conditions the plants are able to develop their full medicinal potential. Growth in their natural habitat is also thought to enhance the energetic qualities of wildcrafted plants, activating their therapeutic potential.
- Highest Purity. Lastly, they are truly toxin-free. Since they grow in their natural protected environment they are grown organically without the use of pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers.
- Supporting Indigenous Communities. We feel strongly about ensuring that our wildcrafted botanicals are sourced from Australian companies committed to corporate & social responsibility, positive environmental practices, undertaking initiatives to support the development of new primary industry markets & the empowerment of growers & indigenous communities.
Where can you find wildcrafted ingredients
Wildcrafted ingredients can be found in all Edible Beauty skincare products. Our favourite wildcrafted ingredients include Desert Lime, Kakadu Plum, Davidson Plum, Wattleseed and Snowflower Seed. The products which contain the highest level of Wildcrafted Ingredients include our: No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist, No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum, & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil and & Desert Lime Micro-Exfoliant.
Read our post on our favourite wildcrafted ingredients to find out more!