Every element of nknaturals is made in house, from making our own distillations to packing and labelling. The formulations, the design, the photos and the words and names are our own work. When I say ‘our’ I am referring to myself and Chris my boyfriend and partner, not often seen because he’s always on the other side of the camera but his vision and support is essential to our personal touch.
Using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible forms the foundation of nknaturals and ingredients that are non GMO and free from pesticides, knowing each supplier is vital for accountability. Each ingredient is precious and reliable from sustainable and ethically sourced suppliers. I use cold pressed oils and high altitude extracts for their integrity.
I use beeswax for the balms from local beekeepers including Ian from BeeHouse Honey Company. This is essential to support the wellbeing of the bee population in England and completely different to mass bee farming. I make each balm with the raw wax and strain before pouring to maximise the healing, antibacterial properties.
Most skincare is commercially heated to 75 degrees in factory conditions and 60 degrees in more natural smaller batch producers.
My products are only heated to 40 degrees which renders them raw. My personal reasons for this are to keep the integrity of each ingredient and hold the nutrients within the precious oils with no breakdown of fatty acid chains maintaining their optimum ratios and properties.
Keeping the amount of the ingredients to a minimum is a key aspect of my formulations. If I want to make a balm for healing a particular issue I will use the best single ingredient I can find. None of my products contain more than eight ingredients in total to maximise each of their qualities and blended to enhance each other. I am not a believer of mixing many oils together that fit into fads an what’s new, in the hope that 20 different oils are better that one especially if that one is of superior quality.
Choosing to make my products at 40 degrees requires patience as the process is easily double that of higher temperature production and batch sizes are smaller due to the limited heat, but it is an extremely enjoyable process bringing the elements together to create something that delivers goodness to the skin on a daily basis and why I also take the time to explain the relevance of each ingredient with the information sheet I provide with each handmade product.