Can skincare be made without chemicals?

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The short answer is: of course, skincare can absolutely be made without chemicals. In fact, many our skincare practices come from the natural skincare traditions our ancestors developed using the botanicals they had around them, chemical-free. All ingredients came from the Earth and have been used for centuries with knowledge and reverence.

We at Azuri are trying to return to this tradition, where effective luxury skincare for sensitive skin is made naturally with the plant botanicals our Indian and African ancestors used for centuries before us.

Ayurveda comes from India and is one of the earliest known forms of natural medicine and body care in the world. Ayurveda is rooted in the idea that all illnesses or problems originate from an imbalance in the body. There are three types of health types, or doshas, that Ayurveda talks about: pitta, vata, and kapha. Ayurveda’s philosophy is to treat the cause of common illnesses and problems by the rebalancing of these doshas and elements rather treating the symptoms, which is typical of unnatural Western medicine. In Ayurvedic skincare, this goal is maintained – rebalancing the skin’s qualities naturally so it functions healthily and efficiently.

Traditional African skincare has also been around for centuries. Local African skincare practices were developed based on the available local plant botanicals. Africa is typically split into three biological communities: the subtropical desert, tropical savanna, and tropical forest. Each provides a rich ecological environment full of beautiful and powerful plants that provide incredible benefits to the skin and body. The collection of these botanicals is done through native farming practices or wild harvesting. These practices protect and preserve the earth’s resources while still taking advantage of their powerful benefits.

Every single Azuri product also contains the Azuri Elixir, a proprietary blend that consists of six Ayurvedic herbs. We use water- and lipid-based extractions on our skin care products to get the maximum nutritional benefit from these herbs for your skin, naturally. The Azuri Elixir is made of Ashwagandha, Anantmool, Gudduchi, Calendula, Licorice, and Manjistha. Read more about the Azuri Elixir on our blog post, Azuri Elixir – A Signature Blend of Six Ayurvedic Herbs.

Our focus is always on incorporating the deep roots of natural Ayurveda and African skincare traditions, and directly supporting those communities by purchasing from fair-trade, women-led organizations in those areas. We work to reduce our environmental footprint by utilizing organic, fair trade ingredients for our skin care products with minimal packaging. Azuri Skincare is handmade in California without GMOs, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and formaldehyde. No artificial color or fragrances. It is always vegan and never tested on animals. We want to change modern skincare philosophies by focusing not on what we are missing but rather on what the earth naturally gifts to us to nurture our skin.

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