We support the responsible harvesting and production of all raw materials from the world’s most reputable suppliers, working with projects that regenerate the environment and local communities.
PhytoTrade Community Project
At Elemental Herbology, we are committed to helping local community projects and ensuring that the raw ingredients we use are fair trade. By sourcing through PhytoTrade Africa at a fair price we help suppor tthe community farming projects in Southern Africa that have been established to offer the community a better means of living. PhytoTrade Africa produces the Baobab Oil and Ximenia Oil used in our Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse.
Baobab Oil is harvested from the Baobab tree which dominates the Southern African landscape with a mystical presence. These producers harvest the seeds from the coconut-like green fruit grown on the trees to produce Baobab Oil, rich in nourishing health-promoting properties.
"The integral antioxidant capacity of baobab fruit pulp was more than ten times higher than that of orange pulp."
Sidibe et al. More on Baobab's Homegrown Vitamin C. Agroforestry Today. (1998) 10 (4): 7-9.
"The flesh of baobab constitutes an excellent source of Vitamin C and is also a good source of calcium and thiamin."
Many of these producers and their families exist on $100 or less per year and cannot buy the tools, seeds and supplies they need to earn more from their agricultural projects. By harvesting baobab to produce the oil, which is abundant in Southern Africa, these communities can substantially increase their income at no cost to themselves to help them pay for healthcare and their children's education. The money we raise will go towards their agricultural practices to increase the sustainability of their livelihood and environment. We maintain this sustainability by ensuring our Supply chain only purchases Baobab Oil and Ximenia Oil at a fair price via PhytoTrade Africa0.
Products from our range containing Phytotrade ingredients are: Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse, Neroli & Rose Body Wash, Grapefruit & Mandarin Body Wash and Watermelon & Cucumber Body Moisturiser.
Sacha Inchi is a plant of the Peruvian Amazon used since the time of the Incas. Sacha Inchi oil contains the biggest amount of unsaturated fatty acids (94 %) and Omega 3, 6, 9 which are essential to the formation of the skin’s lipid barrier. The oil quickly penetrates to deliver hydration, and nourishment essential for skin age-support, regeneration, healing, anti-stretch mark and after-sun care. The culture of the Sacha Inchi has been at the heart of the Program Omega development project in Peru which is associated with the re-forestation of the Amazon, the protection of local biodiversity, and which works within the framework of fair trade to guarantee a fair income to farmers and producers and to improve their working and living environments, by ensuring both the respect of environment and the farmers’ quality of life.
We import Organic Argan Oil from Morocco from a women-run cooperative in Morocco. The co-op only employs local Berber women who are paid at above market wages and who have the centuries-old knowledge of extracting. The partner cooperative selects only the finest nuts, and they use only the white kernels of the nut, where the purest Argan oil is produced.
Buriti Oil is cold pressed from the fruit of the Buriti tree from Amazonia region of PARÁ, close to Lake Curuai. Exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids and beta-carotene, Buriti Oil shows remarkable qualities of nourishing, moisturising and repairing the epidermis and improving the elasticity of maturing skin. Our Buriti oil is sourced by the Amazonian Project from local communities and collected from the wild by local people who have knowledge of the traditional techniques of collecting and extracting the oils. Our sourcing is organised within FITOVIDA - a local NGO which seeks to establish a general principal of fair trade to ensure both the buyer and sellers interests are met. This ensures long term, fair prices are established and environmental concerns are observed. Fitovida also works to establish general education in the communities,them about the correct processing and handling procedures to help establish products that can be both used locally and sold on.