Teadora | Botanical Skincare For Natural Skin
What is botanical skincare?
Botanical skincare is a type of skincare that uses natural, organic, cruelty-free, vegan ingredients and therapeutic-grade, 100 percent pure essential oils and other botanical ingredients. Botanical beauty products are made using ingredients that have been grown and tended in harmony with nature's fresh air, clean water, and rich soil. These herbal skincare products are then lovingly prepared in small batches to ensure maximum effectiveness. Using botanical, luminous skincare can provide numerous benefits, such as improved skin health and increased vitality. In addition, botanical skin care with natural products can also help reduce stress levels while promoting mindfulness through its aromatherapy benefits.
Are botanical extracts good for the skin?
Yes, botanical extracts can be good for the skin. Sellers of botanical, cruelty-free skincare products often use plant-derived ingredients, such as oils or extracts, to deliver results free of the harmful toxins that are supposedly present in synthetic products. These botanicals and non-toxic skincare can effectively treat various skin issues like acne and eczema. Sustainable skincare also has environmental benefits since they do not contain harsh chemicals that may harm the environment.
What do botanical effects on skin care do?
The hype around botanical skincare is fundamental, as green skincare can provide effective results without synthetic chemicals. However, it's essential to ensure that the brand you choose is certified by an organization such as MADE SAFE, which ensures they adhere to strict safety standards. Additionally, it's essential to research these luxurious skincare brands before purchasing their products to ensure they are truly natural and effective for your skin type.
"My passion for wild plants began under the lush canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. When I was young, my mom and I harvested, dried, and blended its botanicals to craft nourishing natural remedies. Today, I pass along these ancestral beauty secrets in a raw and organic skin and hair care line that revitalizes you, your skin, and the rainforest."
In Portuguese, “Teadora” means adores you. At Teadora, they show love for the world with natural, organic, professional beauty products made with the most potent, unique, and sustainable rainforest ingredients. Teadora's products let you experience the bounty and magic of Amazon – all while helping to save this precious resource for generations to come.
I was born and raised in Brazil, adopted at only one day old by a mother who was a massive believer in naturopathic health and beauty and an avid rainforest conservationist. Growing up in Brazil, my mother believed strongly in using natural remedies and instilled in me early on that, as Brazilians, we are responsible for protecting the “heartbeat of the world.”
"Tom and I are former tech industry veterans, and that’s where we met and fell in love… but Tom also had a secondary passion as a practicing massage therapist who wanted to open his spa. One day walking through our rainforests in the Pacific Northwest, an idea was born - what if we could create a spa experience for a home that introduced these great ingredients, their benefits, and their story to the public? We wanted to create a line of affordable, effective, safe, and unique personal care products that reflect the incredible diversity and power of the Amazon Rainforest. We also believe strongly that there is no path to halting climate change that does not include the preservation of the Amazon, which is disappearing at an alarming rate. Every day, plant and animal species disappear forever in the Amazon. We are only beginning to understand how this destruction negatively impacts habitat, new medicines, fresh water in the US, weather patterns, etc. We are on a mission to replant 1 million trees and preserve 75k acres in the Amazon rainforest – and every aspect of our business supports that work. We are here to change the face of the beauty industry. We have fully adopted the B Corp mantra using business as a force for good. Although it was a long path from creating our first scrub to a full line of products, customers now love that they can have high-performance products that are not just toxin-free, vegan, and cruelty-free but positive for the environment and community. We have three grown children: Giulia, Sydney, and Aidan, who are as excited about the business as we are. We live in Portland, Oregon, with our cat Puffy and Pit-Mix Fiona."
Love, Tom & Val
TEADORA PROMISES CLEAN BEAUTY AS A HERBAL SKINCARE BRAND
Teadora's organic and vegan skincare products come from a long line of indigenous Brazilian ingredients. Staying true to mother nature and the founder’s mother’s teachings, they remain 100% vegan, toxin-free, cruelty-free, sustainably harvested, gluten-free, and synthetic fragrance-free.
Clean and wildly potent, 100 percent pure love from Teadora.
Teadora's mission is to create clean beauty products using naturopathic healthy, and beautiful teachings from our founder’s mother & locals we encountered in our journeys through the Amazon rainforest. We’ve developed highly effective combinations of the most wildly potent, naturally derived active ingredients from the rainforest and beyond to deliver practical, luxurious, multi-functional, and affordable clean skincare products.
Teadora Clean Beauty standards are highly subjective and sometimes personal; we take a 4 step approach in evaluating the ingredients that go into our products.
For the first pass, we run the entire ingredient list through EWG’s SkinDeep for a close look at pure numbers. We try to avoid anything that rates above a 3 (most of our formulas have ingredients that are almost entirely 1s).
Second, we look at some of the best ingredient standards created in the industry, such as the Wholefoods Premium Standards, as another guide for ingredients that we stay away from.
Third, we then apply our standards and lenses after putting the ingredients through the first two as there might be ingredients that are okay in the first two but not OK for us due to sourcing methods, environmental impact, etc. Given our B-Corp Certification, we must abide by stringent ingredient selection and sourcing standards. As a result, our B-Corp certification ratings are high, which has allowed us to be part of their “Best for the World” group.
Lastly, we review the lists and ratings on an ongoing basis and make adjustments along the way to ensure we incorporate any new information or changes in how ingredients are rated, new findings, etc. We have changed a couple of formulas to replace ingredients from 1-3 in ratings. For instance, we replaced Retinyl Palmitate in the Multi-Tasking Oil formulation with Sweet Potato extract a while back. The safety of some ingredients is also highly dependent on the type of products they are used in.
What Teadora Currently Says No To & Why
Information about the safety of ingredients often changes as new evidence is found. The safety of some ingredients often can also be related to your own needs and limitations, so staying informed is critical. Don’t trust either brands or retailers to do the homework for you. Many retailers claim to have “Clean” assortments that often still utilize PEGs as preservatives and often even worse. There are great independent sources for ingredient info; a couple of our favorites are EWG’s SkinDeep. We also love the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. But once again, seek to understand and, based on the info they provide, come up with your safety net given your own needs and what makes the most sense to you. This is a crucial component to selecting safe ingredients that people often dismiss. Knowing will help you Clean Up your beauty routine and make safer choices. After all, your skin is your largest organ. It’s also essential to make choices that are good for you and safe for the environment. What may be clean for someone may not consider your values and limitations. Click here to learn more.
Ethoxylated Ingredients: Synthetically produced using Ethylene Oxide, a known carcinogen, avoid ethoxylated ingredients including Ceteareth-20, emulsifying wax, PEGs, polysorbate-20 and -40, stealth-20, sodium laureate sulfate, and ammonium laureate sulfate.
Formaldehyde: Ingredient labels don’t typically list formaldehyde, although its ‘releasers’ are and often have formaldehyde in them: Benzylhemiformal, diazolidinyl urea, MDM hydantoin, glyoxal, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, tosylamide/formaldehyde resin, quaternion-15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, and 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3 dioxane.
Hydroquinone: This compound may cause discoloration or skin irritation since it inhibits melanin synthesis. It’s also a metabolite of benzene, a known carcinogen.
Lanolin & Keratin: BothLanolinrom sheep; Lanolin is oil in sheep’s glands, and keratin comes from sheep’s wool - although obtaining these materials doesn’t harm sheep in any way, farmers often use insecticides which can be toxic. Cupuaçu Butter is an excellent and 100% saLanolinrnative to Lanolin and twice more moisturizing.
Methyl Cellosolve (2-Methoxyethanol): Already banned in the EU, this solvent can cause skin irritation, but even worse, it may affect the central nervous system and the health of the kidneys, liver, blood, and even bone marrow.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone: Also banned in the EU, these preservatives can be toxic to the nervous system and cause skin irritation and allergies.
Nanoparticles are synthetically engineered tiny particles that may impact your health and the environment. Be skeptical of beauty products claiming to contain “non-nano” zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as this is often misleading.
Parabens: Anyone who’s mildly versed in clean beauty practices knows to avoid parabens in skin and hair care products. This is because they have been linked to hormone disruption.
Petrolatum & Paraffin: These ingredients make the ‘dirty’ list mainly because their sourcing practices are unsustainable and result in a cancer-causing risk of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon contamination.
Phthalates: Most phthalates ‘hide’ under the label of ‘fragrance’ and have been linked to hormone disruption.
Resorcinol: Many hair dyes use resorcinol, which has been linked to many issues, from irritation and allergies to hormone disruption.
Retinyl Palmitate: Although it’s OK for use in night creams, retinal palmitate may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun when worn outdoors.
Silicones: Although silicones can provide some plumping benefits to the skin, they negatively impact the environment and may cause blemishes for acne-prone skin since they can clog the pores.
Toluene: This solvent is found in nail polish, is toxic to the immune system, and may cause congenital disabilities.
Triclosan & Triclocarban: Used in some personal care products as antibacterials, these ingredients may cause hormone disruption and cause environmental issues.
Synthetic Fragrances: Scents are added to many skincare products, and plenty of natural fragrances are clean-beauty-approved. Avoid synthetic fragrances and phthalates.
Some other things to keep in mind, which are not necessarily harmful but need to be used in moderation, and you should be aware of your limitations.
BHA: Butylated Hydroxyanisole is a preservative that is sometimes used in cosmetics and has been linked to skin irritation, disruption of hormone balances, and even cancer.
BHT: Butylated Hydroxytoluene is another preservative linked to skin irritation and is toluene-based.
Animal By-Products: Animal oils, musks, and fats. We have chosen to be 100% Vegan, so we never include animal by-products in our formulation, but it is essential to understand if you are looking for Vegan products that many animal by-products can be hidden in ingredient names and also that many traditional plant sources can now substitute animal-sourced ingredients, so be aware of the source and ask.
Beeswax & Bee Products: Although honey, pollen, beeswax, and propolis are all safe and effective cosmetics ingredients, assurances should be made that ingredient suppliers are treating the bees humanely since bee populations are struggling.
Carmine: Derived from scale insects, carmine is a red pigment often used in color cosmetics. Also known as cochineal, crimson lake, and Natural Red 4, carmine is generally allowed but should be noted on ingredient labels.
Chemical Sunscreens: Some chemical sunscreens have been understudied or linked to hormone disruption. Instead, look for natural mineral sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc.
Cyclical Silicones: Studies have shown that some of the chemicals in cyclical silicones may develop toxicity or disrupt reproductive and endocrine functions.
EDTA: The different variants of EDTA do not break down naturally in the environment and may pose a harmful risk to aquatic life.
Ethanolamines: Cancer has been linked to chemicals like nitrosamines, which sometimes contaminate cosmetics ingredients such as ETA/DEA/MEA/TEA.
“Glycols”: Some glycols, such as butylene, di propylene glycol, polypropylene, and propylene, are okay and don’t pose safety risks for most people, but propylene glycol may irritate the skin, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) is not a clean ingredient.
Heavy Metals: Many cosmetics contain trace amounts of heavy metals in synthetic colorants and even natural mineral pigments. Although there is little immediate health risk, these metals can build up over time and cause problems. Ensure your cosmetics companies work with their ingredient suppliers to obtain consistent batch testing on their colorants to minimize exposure.
Microbeads and Glitter: make sure to look for microbead-free exfoliants that use natural exfoliating agents (seeds, pulps, coffee). Stay away from synthetic Glitter, and make sure that any glittery materials are derived from Mica (a mineral).
When using products that come in plastic containers, make sure they are in PET 1 packaging vs. HDPE Plastic. PET is post-consumer recyclable and the least harmful, so choose glass whenever possible (non-shower and smaller weights). Large glass containers, anything above eight oz. It can have a huge carbon footprint impact on the environment that could be worse than recyclable plastic.
Teadora Community Engagement – You have a Say
Teadora created a community called The Botanist Workshop. Through that community to engage with our customers to source product development needs and ideas. Our customers should be involved in the process, and their needs should be heard and met. They also help us evaluate lab samples early to test product acceptance and effectiveness. It’s a win, win.
TEADORA - PURIFYING BOTANICALS INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR SKIN FROM A GLOWING SKINCARE COMPANY
We curate and combine the best, most powerful, and most effective botanical activities on earth. Hand-picked to deliver the absolute best natural, eco-friendly beauty products and results.
Heirloom Brazilian Botanicals – What are they?
The rainforest has been handed down to us, and we want to hand it to future generations. Heirloom Brazilian Botanicals are those rich ingredients handed down through generations of indigenous peoples and used in healthcare, wellness, hair care, skin care, and sustenance.
Teadora Special Sauce
We call it TerraVital™, which means Vital Land, our vital land is the Amazon rainforest. Vital to our well-being by providing us with these fantastic botanicals critical to the well-being of our planet.
Teadora offers two TerraVital™ Collections:
TerraVital™ Wild Superfood Collection, we combine anywhere from 3-14 different superfoods into proprietary formulations. These superfoods have various vitamins, oleic and fatty acids, and antioxidants. By combining them, we can harness each of their benefits into a single formulation, like a multi-vitamin approach to skin and hair care. TerraVital™ Raw Minimalist Collection, we curate the best single or dual ingredients from the best of the Brazilian biome. To be used individually as your favorite oils, toners, masks, scrubs, or combined to make a customized mask that fits your unique wellness needs. 100% Fragrance-Free.
At Teadora, we are activists. We are actively focused on fighting climate change through the preservation and restoration of the Amazon.
Teadora's Strategy to fight Climate Change consists of 4 pillars:
Ensure the Forest is Worth more Standing vs. Cut. Create an efficient supply chain with sustainability at its core, reducing transportation impact, keeping more money in local communities, and ensuring the forest is worth more than cut. We work closely with small harvesting communities to ensure fair and consistent practices that help these communities with long-lasting and sustainable relationships with the forest.
Restore and protect. In our first project, we partnered with the University of Purdue to create a solar-powered film studio for the Kayapo People, helping to strengthen these communities. Our second project was to help make a Women’s Wellness Center for victims of human trafficking. Currently, we are working with the Rainforest Foundation US to preserve 350,000 acres of habitat for multiple endangered species and plant more than 1 million trees in an area sacred to the Wapichan People.
Continuous Improvement. We are committed to reducing the impact of our products by eliminating ingredients that are harmful to people, animals, or the environment. All of our products are vegan and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. In addition, we constantly adjust formulas, packaging, preparation, and transport to improve continually, such as using treeless sources of paper, etc.
Activate our Community of Enthusiasts. We are in the fight to reduce Climate Change together. Find other ways you can get involved – helping women-run harvesting cooperatives in the Amazon, donating to one of our conservation projects, or even simply planting a tree by purchasing a product.
If you are planning an event for a conservation-focused non-profit, – we’re always willing to partner with and support great organizations that are making a difference!
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What Are the Best Botanical Skincare Products at Teodora?
Enjoy Teadora eco-friendly, botanical skincare products at Clear Givings Market:
This proprietary superfood cocktail of antioxidant, vitamin-rich, natural, organic, and active essential oils from exotic Amazon rainforest superfruits creates radiant, healthier, smoother, younger-looking skin
crafted with exotic and sustainably harvested superfoods from the Brazilian amazon rainforest and formulated with ancient Brazilian beauty recipes into high-performance elixirs that will transform your skin and haircare routine. Plus, for every product you buy, a tree is planted in the amazon rainforest.
known in brazil as the nectar of "god," this pro-vitamin a and omegas 3,6, 9-rich oil from the equip fruit is a powerful hydrating oil that is perfect for curly hair. It nourishes and conditions dry, damaged hair for frizz-free, lustrous curls.
Teadora's Pracaxi oil is rich in all the right fatty acids. Wild harvested from the rainforest naturally regenerates damaged skin. Its healing properties help reduce stretch marks, treat dark spots, and heal fine lines & scarring for purely radiant skin.
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