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Cottonwood Bud Oil: Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

Face & Body Oil
2 oz / 60 ml

Turn on gene expressions associated with youthful skin

Legend

Bees collect the highly antimicrobial resin from cottonwood buds to make propolis, which they use to seal their hives and keep it healthy and free from infection and disease.

The olive branch is an ancient symbol of peace and its fruit and oil have been used to promote health and longevity since time immemorial. The good-humored Greek philosopher Democritus, born over 2400 years ago, who formulated an atomic theory of the universe, conceptualized the Milky Way as a concentration of distant stars, and lived to be 100 years old attributed his health and longevity to bathing his insides in honey and his outsides in olive oil. Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, whose very name has become synonymous with beauty the world over, who famously seduced both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony with her captivating beauty, her irresistible charm, her commanding presence, and her persuasive discourse, was known to lather her body in olive oil to keep her skin youthful and radiant. 

Science

Cottonwood buds are rich in salicin, which increases the expression of genes responsible for youthful skin and decreases the expression of genes responsible for the appearance of aged skin. This is accomplished through various biological processes involving skin structure, skin hydration, pigmentation and cellular differentiation.

Olive oil is deeply hydrating and keeps skin soft and radiant. It is full of squalene, a natural component of the epidermis which helps keep skin hydrated. It also contains oleic & palmitic acid, which hydrate and soothe skin while linoleic acid effectively prevents skin from drying. Its high levels of polyphenols are powerful antioxidants which help reverse oxidative stress such as uv damage. Phytosterols in olive oil activate microcirculation and improve quality and evenness of complexion.

A small amount of cane alcohol added to the plant material before infusing it into oil opens up the plant cell membranes and makes a broader range of the plant's constituents more bioavailable. Unlike essential oils, which are a distilled extract of a narrow range of plant constituents, our whole-plant infusions capture a broad spectrum of healing constituents and as a result are richly-colored, deeply nourishing, and much more dynamic than any other body care you've experienced before.

Ingredients

Cottonwood buds wildcrafted in Colorado winter 2020.

Olive oil grown & pressed in California autumn 2020.

Cane alcohol grown in Thailand and distilled by artisans in Colorado autumn 2020.

That's itttt.

We partner with local farmers, wildcrafters, and artisans who have deep, regenerative relationships with the land to bring you the freshest, most sumptuous ingredients you have ever experienced in body care. Every ingredient we use is organic and comes from the most recent local harvest. Each bottle includes a batch number, which allows every ingredient to be traced to its origin.

How to Use

Massage 1 dropperful onto your face after bathing to promote youthful skin.

Add 4 dropperfuls to a bath to support your skin and leave it feeling luxuriously soft.