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About Our Vegan Ingredients

March 01, 2017

High quality 100% botanical ingredients are what we use at Stark Skincare… not as “feature” ingredients, but as the CORE ingredients  in ALL our natural skincare products. Some ingredients are even approved by goats (hey, that says something!).

When available, we use 100% organic ingredients.

***Note to the reader: this is not an exhaustive list! There is SO much that all the ingredients are good for, we’d have to write an entire thesis about each one. Instead, we’ve synthesized their goodness into a few bullet points, just for you!

The following is ALL we use in our products:



why we it

Aloe Leaf Juice
  • Calms/anti-inflammatory: helps dry, red, itchy skin
  • Hydrates
  • Nourishes
  • Soothes and restores: stimulates skin cell growth and speeds epidermal healing; i.e. après sun-Toasting your bod
  • Anti-Bacterial and anti-fungal: aids in healing wounds, treating psoriasis and acne
Apple Extract
  • Anti-Aging: firms skin, brings elasticity, reduces wrinkles
  • Reduces acne: treats and prevents breakouts and blemishes
  • Vitamin C: evens out skin tone, reduces dark spots
  • Gently exfoliates
  • Reduces redness, aids in ‘brightening’ skin
Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Balances, nourishes
  • Moisturizes (especially great for oily skin types)
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Vitamin A and E: soothes, and slows signs of aging
  • Anti-inflammatory: calms conditions such as eczema
Argan Oil
  • Antioxidants galore
  • Approved by goats!
  • Vitamin E: anti-Aging, reduces scarring, rejuvenates
  • Linoleic acid: reduces acne
  • Promotes moisture retention
  • Anti-inflammatory: said to help arthritis. Cools. Soothes skin conditions such as psoriasis, chicken pox, acne, eczema, etc.
  • Disinfectant
  • UV protection
  • Feels so good ‘cause it so is: all Stark argan oil is ethically harvested! (And although once “harvested” by goat, cosmetic Argan oil is harvested by Moroccan women who are paid fair wages, in UNESCO protected forests…a truly beautiful thing!)
  • Read more about it here.
Arrowroot Powder
  • Used to dry up blemishes, rashes, sores
  • Helps moisture to penetrate skin, while absorbing excess moisture
  • Delicious in cookie form
Bergamot Oil
  • Soothes skin irritations
  • Anti-septic: reduces acne, excess oil
  • Balancing, especially for oily skin
  • Calms
  • Stark’s bergamot oil is bergaptene-free, meaning it doesn’t make skin more sensitive to sunlight. Now isn’t that considerate!
Camellia Seed Oil
  • Absorbs easily (as fast as water!)
  • Light, soothing and healing
  • Anti-Aging properties: reduces wrinkles and age spots, rejuvenates
  • Antioxidant loaded
  • Protects skin: UV and environmental
  • Nourishes and Moisturizes
  • Read more about it here
Candelilla Wax
  • Anti-inflammatory properties, soothes
  • Astringent and toner
  • Fortifies and strengthens skin, thereby reducing signs of age
  • Good alternative to beeswax for vegan purposes
Clary Sage Oil
  • Balances sebum production; especially beneficial for oily complexions
  • Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent
  • Calms
  • Aids skin cell regeneration: goodbye wrinkles
Clay (Rhassoul, French Green)
  • Cleanses by gently sopping up toxins and impurities, excess oil and dirt
  • Super mineral -rich (facial multi vitamin!)
  • Unclogs pores
  • Rejuvenates skin elasticity
  • Tones: aids blood circulation, aiding skin’s clarity
Cocoa Seed Butter
  • Moisturizes major, softens skin
  • Retains moisture, creates barrier for skin against environment
  • Good for sensitive skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis
  • Repairs skin, i.e. scarring, stretch marks
  • Natural SPF
  • Stark’s cocoa seed butter is raw and organic (and chocolatey!)
Coconut Oil
  • Anti-Bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal: aids in healing wounds, treating psoriasis and acne
  • Fatty acid rich
  • All purpose moisturizer and make up remover
  • Molecular structure that allows for easy absorption
  • AntiAging: replaces lost moisture
  • Protects skin from the elements
  • Stark’s coconut oil is virgin, organic, and starts off some pretty tasty stir-frys.
Cucumber Extract
  • Anti-inflammatory: cools, calms, helps redness, eczema
  • Antioxidant, mineral, vitamin, and enzyme rich
  • Revitalizes skin elasticity
  • Refreshing
Cypress Oil
  • Purifies
  • Astringent
  • Anti-septic
  • Regulates sebum: clears greasy, congested skin, prevention of breakouts
  • Conditions skin, making it silky soft
  • Calms skin
  • Skin cell renewal properties
  • Read more about it here.
Essential Oils (Pure)
  • Unlike ‘fragrances’, essential oils are naturally sourced. Not only do they smell great but have the advantage of having therapeutic benefits as well!
  • Benefits of essential oils depend largely on the specifics of the oil itself, for example, Grapefruit is a great astringent, Bergamot is great for psoriasis. The uses of essential oils in skin care include and are not limited to: acne, chapped skin, cleansing, eczema, inflammation, hydration, aged skin/wrinkles, puffiness, regeneration, scars…the list goes on!
  • Aromatherapy: therapy for the self and others through the nose. Smells like helping! Again, these benefits are specific to the oil itself, for example, Cypress calms emotional distress.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Anti-septic, astringent, anti-bacterial: fights acne, eczema
  • AntiAging: promotes skin elasticity
  • Cleanses
Green Tea Extract
  • Antioxidant superhero
  • Stimulates skin circulation: tones
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic
  • Restores elasticity, repairs environmentally damaged skin
  • Cleanses
  • Detoxes
  • Read more about it here.
Lavender Oil
  • Calms: reduces tension, stress
  • Relaxes: can induce sleep
  • Improves circulation
  • Anti-septic, anti-fungal: helps with acne, psoriasis
  • Smells amazing!
Lime Fruit Extract
  • Purifies, rejuvenates
  • Astringent properties: tightens pores
  • Especially benefits oily or combo skin
  • Prevents scurvy
Litsea Cubeba Oil
  • Tones
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent: good for oily skin
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aroma-Therapeutic
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
  • Moisturizes and rejuvenates skin
  • UV protection
  • Anti-Aging properties/reduces wrinkles
  • Absorbs easily and quickly
  • Heals various skin conditions/ailments
  • Appropriate for all skin ages and types
  • Exceptionally sustainable crop (doesn’t require pesticides to thrive, can be used in fallowing fields, etc.)
  • Read more about it here.
Orange Peel Wax
  • Protects skin, while keeping moisture in (just like what the peel of the orange does for the orange! Noy!)
  • Anti-inflammatory
Rice Bran Oil
  • Moisturizes deeply
  • UV protection, natural SPF
  • Vitamin and antioxidant super-Rich
  • Reduces signs of aging: helps elasticity, reduces fine lines, improves circulation
  • Helps skin regenerate, restore
Shea Butter
  • Deep moisture, softens skin
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-Aging: repairs wrinkles and fine lines
  • Protects against weather, pollution and UV – natural SPF
  • Great for sensitive skin/baby skin
  • Stark’s shea butter is unprocessed
Soybean Butter
  • Absorbs easily
  • Moisturizes; softens damaged, chaffed, alligator skin
  • Aids skin in retaining its own moisture
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-Aging: isoflavones stimulate collagen production
  • Antioxidant
  • Stark uses only non-GMO soybean butter goodness
Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Moisturizes
  • Anti-inflammatory: calms acne, eczema, redness, irritation
  • Anti-Aging: super high vitamin E allows for reduction of wrinkles, scars
  • UV protection
  • Gentle barrier between skin and environment
Sweet Almond Oil
  • Nourishes: antioxidant and vitamin rich
  • Moisturizes, and helps retain moisture
  • Light, soothing and healing
  • Make up remover
  • Anti-inflammatory properties, calms
  • Barrier to the elements, repairs
  • Great for any skin type
Sweet Orange Oil
  • Soothes dry and irritated skin
  • Anti-Aging: promotes production of collagen
  • Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
  • Detoxes
Vegetable Glycerin
  • Retains moisture
  • Hypo-Allergenic, anti-Bacterial, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
  • Moisturizes
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-Aging: reduces scarring, wrinkles
  • Repairs skin
  • Protects against environment and UV rays
  • Plant Derived, Non-GMO, gluten-free
Watermelon Fruit Extract
  • Vitamin C: gently exfoliates
  • Promotes skin regeneration, and protects skin
  • Reduces effects of UV
White Grapefruit Peel Oil
  • Detoxes
  • Astringent: great for acne, greasy skin and hair
  • Vitamin C rich: tones, brightens dull skin
  • Read more about it here.
White Willow Bark Extract
  • Anti-Aging: exfoliates/removes dead/old skin cells preventing dullness, minimizes discoloration, age spots and wrinkles
  • Anti-Bacterial, astringent, anti-Microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory: good for sensitive blemishes, acne, rosacea, ‘problem’ skin
  • Helps to control sebum
  • Read more about it here.
Witch Hazel Water
  • Astringent: helps with acne
  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-Microbial
  • Soothes skin inflammation
  • Keeps moisture in
  • Keeps UV damage out