Blog post by Vatea Australia.

We work hard to keep our ingredients clean.. At Vatéa, we’re passionate about safe ingredients. We’ve consulted the top cosmetics scientists to ensure Vatéa ingredients are safe for your skin with formulations that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria including moulds and fungi. With safe formulations based on science and nature, we can ensure that your skin not remains soft, it also remains free of irritations.

Our love of moringa, tamanu and coconut oil is well known, although other keyingredients in our range are aloe vera, calendula, plus our pure essential oil blends. We’re also coming clean on how we keep our formulations safe from the growth of bacteria. This is a huge concern to many and we understand this, therefore we’ve highlighted the safety concerns that surround these ingredients and the approximate levels these ingredients are included in our products for your peace of mind.

ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera has many remarkable healing qualities and has been used for over 5000 years. Beginning with the Egyptians, it was then prized by the Greeks and treasured by the Mayans and Aztecs. It’s extremely rich in vitamins and minerals and benefits the body both internally and externally.

This amazing substance is commonly used to treat burns, chicken pox, ulcers, and insect bites. In scientific experiments published in 1996, it was found that aloe vera was more effective in would healing and improving scar strength to that of a topical antibiotic.

Aloe vera is 99% water, although the gel extracted from the leaves contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. “Glycoproteins speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. These substances may also stimulate the immune system.”

In the cosmetics industry, Aloe vera is used to hydrate the skin for both normal and dry skin conditions. Research and experiments conducted prove that it’s the polysaccharide rich composition of aloe extracts that impart the moisturising qualities which therefore allow aloe to be used as a treatment for dry skin.

Vatea, Our Small World uses Aloe Vera in our baby products. Aloe Vera is found in our Baby Moisturiser, Baby Balm and Baby Wash, to aid in healing caused by nappy rash, and for other sensitive, dry skin conditions. Available at www.innerorigin.com

About Vatea

OUR NATURAL ORIGINS

As a mother, I now realise how fortunate I was to grow up in a family where skin concerns were a priority. My father co-founded the skincare company, Dermaveen and often brought home new products and ingredients for us to test. This instilled in me the value of key ingredients in formulating skincare products, although it wasn’t until a friend gave me Certified Organic Baby products for my first child, that I became convinced of the value of using natural and organic products for the family. It’s this experience that I want to share.

It’s concerning that almost one in three children is affected by some form of dry skin condition and that the ingredients in some of the most popular and affordable skin care products are often responsible for dry skin.

I only use products free of parabens, sulphates and preferably certified organic as I find these are far gentler on the skin, less irritating and less likely to cause negative long-term impact on my skin and the environment.​

Back in 2013, following an amazing six years living in the Middle East with my husband, Mark and our two young daughters, Ellen and Ava, we returned to Australia excited and with a renewed impression of just how fortunate we were to have easy access to fresh food grown in good soil and clean air.

OUR SOURCES

Many discussions about the benefits of coconut oil with family and friends led me to explore the South Pacific, specifically Fiji, as a source of ingredients for a skincare range. My father had been interested in coconut oil as a moisturiser for the skin long before it became popular in Australia. I researched launching a range of skincare with coconut oil as a base rather than the common mineral oil.​

During my travels to the South Pacific, I came across many other oils that were also intriguing, for example moringa and tamanu oil. Since the ancient Egyptians, moringa oil has been recognised for its unique stability, soothing and smoothing properties. Tamanu is also impressive historically for its role in sacred rituals in the South Pacific Islands and as a form of skin nourishment and wound healing properties.

ARTFULLY MADE

My previous experience in the Arts, curating and selling contemporary and modern art exhibitions and auctions in Australia and the Middle East, inspired the design of the Vatea and Our Small World baby range. I commissioned designers and artists to create illustrations that captured the fluidity and ephemeral essence of the ocean and plant life of the South Pacific to visually represent the source of Vatea.​

​It is with this experience, along with curiosity and creativity, that Vatea has been developed. I am immensely proud and excited to have developed products that are beautifully presented, scientifically considered and considerate of our environment.