Deionized Water. Water, a solvent and moisturizer, is the most common cosmetic ingredient. The deionizing process removes metallic irons, kills microorganisms through exposure to ultraviolet light, and uses a sub-micron filter to further remove impurities.
Borage Oil. Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Calming and anti-inflammatory, borage oil is regenerative, slows the aging process, and is good for all skin types.
Hazelnut Oil. Contains vitamins, minerals, and protein, and is very easily absorbed, leaving no oily residue. An excellent carrier for essential oils, hazelnut oil is slightly astringent and toning, and helps to maintain skin elasticity; has a soft, natural, nutty fragrance.
Jojoba Oil. Made from the bean of an evergreen bush native to the Southwest. Closely resembles skin’s natural oils; contains protein and minerals, and is good for all skin types, to soothe, soften, nourish and protect. Jojoba oil is light and easily absorbed; helps prevent stretch marks.
Olive Oil. Rich in vitamins and minerals; contains some protein. Olive oil is stable, resists rancidity and has excellent lubricating qualities. Nourishing and calming to the skin, it is believed to have cell-regenerative capabilities.
Rose Hip Seed Oil. Extracted from the seed of a South American wild rose, the oil has been used for centuries for healing and skin care. Contains linolenic acid and a form of vitamin A which helps slow skin’s aging. Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles; has been used to treat skin pigmentation disorders, scars and sunburn.
Safflower Oil. A nutritive oil high in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Soothes bruises and irritations, and is easily absorbed into the skin.
Sesame Oil. Pressed from the sesame seed; rich in vitamins and minerals. Contains some proteins and lecithin, and may help protect the skin from sun.
Sunflower Seed Oil. Rich in linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid); vitamins A, B, D, and E; minerals; and lecithin. Sunflower seed oil has a light texture and fragrance, is easily absorbed, and soothes, softens and protects all skin types.
PURE ESSENTIAL OILS
Lavender (Lavendula vera). Invaluable for all types of skin. Soothing, anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and reduces scarring. Lavender is uplifting and relaxing.
Lemon (Citrus limonun). Cooling, refreshing, and uplifting; lemon promotes mental clarity and improves concentration. Has antibacterial properties, fights infection, and softens, tones, and soothes the skin.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata). Cooling, calming, and purifying; mandarin is uplifting, relieves emotional tension and stress, and promotes mental clarity.
Neroli (Citrus bigaradia). Known for its rejuvenating properties and its ability to stimulate new cell growth and soften the skin; calming.
Orange (Citrus aurantium). Has a balancing effect on the skin and supports collagen production. Calming, softening, and moisturizing; promotes happiness.
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium). Has a fresh, floral-citrus scent. Petitgrain is uplifting, calming, promotes mental clarity, and relieves anxiety and tension; soothing to the skin.
Rose (Rosa damascena). Especially good for dry, sensitive, or mature skins. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, with a deep, sweet floral fragrance that has been treasured throughout time.
Sandalwood (Santalum album). Has a calming, balancing effect and is good for all skin types, with moisturizing, soothing and softening qualities; relieves itching and irritation. Comforting and relaxing.
Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata). Suitable for all skin types, ylang-ylang balances, moisturizes, softens, smoothes and rejuvenates. Soothing, uplifting.
HERBAL AND PLANT EXTRACTS
Algae Extract. Rich in vitamins and minerals; conditions and hydrates the skin while it nourishes, rejuvenates, detoxifies, and replenishes minerals.
Calendula Extract (Calendula officinalis). Soothes, reduces inflammation, helps prevent scarring, and promotes healing. One of the most gentle and effective herbs for healing skin irritations.
Cucumber Extract (Cucumis sativus). Soothing and cooling, with slight astringent properties. Rich in beneficial minerals and amino acids, cucumber moisturizes, smoothes, and softens the skin, and has anti-itching and anti-inflammatory properties.
Green Tea Extract (Thea sinensis). Anti-inflammatory, anti-irritation, and antioxidant properties.
Mallow Extract (Althea officinalis). Used throughout time in the treatment of wounds and abrasions, mallow is emollient and soothing, and is useful for any sore or inflamed skin conditions.
Oat Extract (Avina sativa). Rich in vitamins and minerals, with the best balance of amino acids of all cereal proteins. Oats soothe sensitive skin, moisturize, and relieve itching, irritation and inflammation.
Rosebud Extract (Rosa damascena). Soothing and harmonizing to the skin; good for all skin types.
Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana). An herbal extract with a long history of use for its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Softening, soothing, and anti-itching.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Used for its antioxidant properties, which protect skin cells from free radical damage.
Ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin C). Also a form of Vitamin C with antioxidant properties.
Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B-5). Used to moisturize the skin; soothing, nourishing, aids in tissue repair and cellular regeneration.
Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A). Helps tissue generation, repair, and maintenance; deters dryness and has antioxidant properties. Supports collagen production and increases the skin’s elasticity.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E). Antioxidant and moisturizing qualities. Vitamin E slows the degeneration of skin cells, and promotes cellular renewal, skin elasticity, and healing.
Allantoin. Derived from the comfrey plant, allantoin is especially helpful for sensitive skin; it protects, softens, and soothes, with healing and anti-irritation properties.
Aloe Vera Gel. Transparent gel from the leaves of the tropical Aloe vera plant; promotes healing and cellular renewal. Soothing, moisturizing, toning for all skin types, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
Beeswax. A natural substance obtained from bees’ honeycombs. As a thickener and emulsifier commonly found in salves and lotions, beeswax reduces inflammation, softens skin, and has antioxidant properties.
Rose Water. Through the distillation process, roses produce both essential oil of rose and rose hydrosol, or rose water. Gentle, soothing, balancing, and harmonizing for the skin; especially good for sensitive skin.
Shea Butter. Also known as karite, shea butter is extracted from the fruit of a tree found in Africa. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, shea butter heals, soothes, and protects the skin from environmental damage. Safe for even sensitive, fragile skin, it is a superb, easily absorbed emollient.
Sodium Bicarbonate. A salt used as a buffering agent; soothes, softens and smooths skin.
Sodium Chloride. A mineral salt, commonly known as table salt, with natural astringent and antiseptic properties. Refreshes the skin.
Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. A preservative (necessary for water-based cosmetics) derived from the amino acid glycine.
Sodium Sulfate. A naturally occurring mineral salt.
Squalane. Derived from olives, squalane is especially good for dry and sensitive skin; helps accelerate new cell growth and leaves skin soft and smooth as it helps to retain moisture.
Vegetable Glycerin. A natural humectant, or product which attracts and holds moisture; used in cosmetics to relieve dryness.
Xanthan Gum. A natural thickener and skin soother derived from the fermentation of a carbohydrate with Xanthomonas campestris.
True aromatherapy is an ancient healing tradition that uses concentrated plant essences, known as essential oils, in carefully blended combinations and proportions. These gifts of nature add the purest forms of fragrance to beauty products, but also lend subtle yet powerful benefits to the body and the spirit. Some essential oils have a calming effect, others uplifting; some soothe, heal, or contribute to soft, healthy skin. The essential oils in Bella Mama skin care products have been chosen for these benefits, as well as for safety and effectiveness in pregnancy.
Bella Mama products contain high quality pure essential oils. These exquisite, professional-quality pure essential oils are made from organically grown or wildcrafted plants, with no chemical additives or thinners. Bella Mama blends oils in bases of vibrant, cosmetic-quality natural plant oils, such as borage, rose hip seed, jojoba, hazelnut and sunflower, which nourish and soften the skin. Finally, we add botanical herbs to calm the skin, promote healing, reduce inflammation, and prevent scarring.
A few words about Preservatives. Bella Mama is committed to natural ingredients as well as to the long-term safety and effectiveness of our products. Water-based personal care products, such as Bella Mama Face & Body Spritzer and Healing Sitz Bath, require some preservative action to maintain freshness and quality at room temperature and to prevent microbial growth. We use an extremely gentle and safe preservative, derived from natural amino acids, to keep Bella Mama’s water-based products completely usable and enjoyable over time.