Category: Ingredient Benefits

Price vs Value

Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) an ingredient chosen for the Tranquility range for the multiple benefits it adds to a formula is a victim of adulteration.

English Lavender has a relative high cost and it is being adulterated with lower cost Lavendula or other undeclared cheaper essential oils or oil fractions. Some even go as far as adding synthetic components to this oil. This relates to a cheaper product being pushed into the market and the public think they get the real thing. No one likes to be fooled like that. When it comes to natural ingredients, in most instances, the higher the price the better the value. When you get a bargain, you need to worry.

Purity of raw materials are the backbone of an effective skin care product, especially natural and organic skincare products. You simply do not get the benefits of the pure unadulterated ingredient, which can leave you thinking this stuff doesn’t work or it can cause unwanted side effects.

Therefore chemotying is an important tool as the chemical constituents for an oil that comes from plants grown in a particular area can be identified. Below is a definition I found to describe chemotyping:

“A chemotype occurs when a plant of a specific genus and species produces a particular chemical in a higher than normal amount because of geographic location — weather, altitude, insect and environmental interactions, and the like. A chemotype is not a different species or genus, nor is it a type of chemical; it is merely a chemical anomaly within the plant that occurs naturally.”

–Suzanne Catty

In simple terms it means that through chemotype testing it can be seen whether a specific essential oil has been adulterated.

This also adds to the price, however at Fontis Organic Skinfood the real and pure ingredient is important so you can get the results you need.

Price is what you pay, value is what you get!

Luxurious and Exotic Oils Used

Exotic and luxurious African Seed Oils are found in various formulations.

Kalahari Melon Seed Oil:

Found in the depths of South African desert, Kalahari Melon seed oil is highly nutritious, light and is great for troubled skin. It helps to dissolve excess sebum in pores plus repairs cell damage. It offers effective hydration for beard hair too plus the end of beard dandruff. Just in case you wanted to know, experts agree that this fruit, first harvested 5000 years ago, can save your life as you can live of the fruit alone for six weeks. 

Marula Seed Oil:

Prized for centuries by Africa women for it’s remarkable skin properties, this oil is dubbed a miracle oil and one of Africa’s treasures. It belongs to the same family as the mango tree. The other name it is known by is the elephant tree as these huge four footed animals loves the fruit.

Great moisturiser as it helps the skin to hold its moisture in the deeper layers whilst nourishing cell walls. This silky oil is high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and E. Being rich in minerals, including iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper can help promote healthy beard hair.

Baobab Oil:

The Baobab tree is indigenous to amongst others Southern and Eastern Africa. This huge tree can live up to 3000 years (and more) and is known as theTree of Life. It can hold up to 4 500 litres of water in it’s trunk. Basically it acts like a giant succulent since the trunk consists of 80% water. When the riverbeds are dry and rain is scarce the San Bushmen used to turn to the Baobab Tree as a valuable source of water.   One hollow tree found in Zimbabwe is so big that 40 people can fit into it’s trunk . 

Baobab Oil enriching oil nourishes and improves skin elasticity and soothes skin. Baobab oil contains moisturising vitamins A, D, E and F, which help to rejuvenate damaged skin cells.

Natural oils are beneficial for beards too. Since it assists with dry skin it means that beard dandruff is a thing of the past. It also strengthens hair and does not weigh the beard down. Leaving your beard healthy looking without being glossy.

Moringa Oleifera Oil:

The Moringa tree is highly valued from time immemorial for its medicinal values. Every part of this pharmacy tree can be used.  

“Moringa Oleifera Oil has been used in the preparation of folk medicines in many civilizations since pre-historic time. The therapeutic perspectives of Moringa Oleifera Oil has been documented in literature and it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, anti-rash characteristics, cures insect bites, burns and cuts, fights black heads, acne, counterfeiting the bad effects of pollution of skin, maintain natural glow of the skin, scalp moisture, improves the strength of hairs, act as antidandruff and prevent split ends, unlike other vegetable oils. It is great source of vitamin C, which prevent scurvy and possesses many other health benefits and it has the capability of lowering hypertension and persuade good sleep, guards bones and calms the nervous system. Moringa Oleifera Oil has been the part of skin ointments, skin moisturizing agent and other skin cosmetics since the Egyptian times.”




Do Seed Oils Offer Sun Protection?

Did you know that trees grown in tropical areas contains compounds that protects the skin from the damaging rays of the sun?

Oils pressed from the fruits ie coconut oil and Shea butter helps protect the skin against the sun. In the process it allows Vitamin D to form in in the lower layers of the skin. In other words your skin is provided with the materials it needs to protect it from the damage caused by the sun, whilst it allows the light the sun provides to enter the skin to form Vitamin D.

Chemicals found in sunscreens or mineral oils can cause the skin harm when solar radiation is present. Your skin is stressed as it has to deal with the effects of the sun and the chemicals lathered on it to protect it from the sun.

We have become a sun phobic society. Sunshine offers huge benefits and it is good for our bodies. As a matter of fact we need sunshine on a regular basis. What we do need to avoid is sunburn as that causes radioactive damage which is toxic (1).

Sun protective foods, natural supplements and skincare routines are important to protect the skin from sun burn whilst at the same time allowing the sun rays through so we can reap the benefits of it. 

And Why is Vitamin D Important to Me?

It helps to mould and shape the immune system. It basically regulates and guides the immune system like a parent guides a child (1).

It activates a tremendous immune army. (2)

According to a 10 year old study, cancer risk is reduced with 75% with sun exposure (not burning until we are in pain). (3) 

It also helps our bodies to absorb calcium and it assists with bone growth.

‘Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is a global health issue that afflicts more than one billion children and adults worldwide. The consequences of vitamin D deficiency cannot be under estimated.

Vitamin D Deficiency & Illness

There has been an association of vitamin D deficiency with a myriad of acute and chronic illnesses including preeclampsia, childhood dental caries, periodontitis, autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, deadly cancers, type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders.’ (4) 

Others Include...

Osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, autoimmune diseases, depression, insomnia, arthritis,  diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, autism, weight gain.


Vitamin D & Your Skin

Sun rays are absorbed by a skin without sunblock. Yes, that is right. Sunblock does just that, it prevents the rays from coming through. Our skin produces the vitamin D needed when exposed to sunlight and natural oils aids in Vitamin D production and absorption, whilst protecting the skin from that oxidative damaged caused by the sun rays.

It seems that blocking out the sun is not the best plan, but protecting your skin is, whilst allowing some rays through.

See What Felicity Experienced!


1. Vital tools to correct immune systems – Dr Peter Osborn

2. Mike Adams –

3. Ty Bollinger from

4. The vitamin D deficiency pandemic: Approaches for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Holick MF., Rev Endocr Metab Disord. 2017 Jun;18(2):153-165. doi: 10.1007/s11154-017-9424-1. Review. PMID:28516265

WebMD: Vitamin D Food

Information supplied is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.

High Performance Botanical Ingredients

Sophisticated ingredients are more effective on your skin and there is nothing more sophisticated than nature!

What you put in or onto your body matters. So when it comes to ingredients that nature produces value is more valuable than price. Why? The better the quality the better will the results be for your skin and body.

Sometimes high value is not very expensive, however price is your criteria.

Natural ingredients must come from the area where they have been known to grow for centuries. Cheap ingredients in products may come from plants that where not mature when they were made and then you sit with an inferior quality ingredient.

Water plays a huge role. Today in the USA, for example, 75% of rainwater has toxins in that is not good for your wellbeing (1). Because of agricultural chemicals that is water soluble there are areas on the planet where you will not be able to get botanical ingredients without them. One of the best places ingredients can be sourced is wild natured and comes from native villages. This can be way better than natural ingredients from commercial farms.

Since 99% of the actives we use are organic (natural plant) materials we want to share the secret of their skin glowing effects on your skin.

The Secrets of Nature

The rainfall, soil conditions, wind and sun affects the final product.  This means that active natural ingredients offer adaptability and resiliency which is great news for your skin. At Fontis Skinfood we believe the secret to lively skin lies in the 100’s of different compounds found in plant based materials. Your skin cannot become bored! Nature provides us with what we need to balance body and skin and it is seasonal by design.


Let us use anti-biotics as an example. They are developed to inhibit specific activity, so a virus simply finds a way around the anti-biotic. That is why you hear about drug resistant viruses.

The way natural active ingredients defend your skin today is the result of the 100’s of different compounds in them. Let us look at Limonene (a compound found in Orange and Frankincense essential oil): it inhibits pathological cell growth, it interacts with the detox process; it is strongly anti-viral as it disrupts the membrane of the virus.

Botanical actives have life in them and it contributes to vitality and glowing skin!



  1. Quoted from an interview with Dr Zach Bush – Triple board certified Physician and Endocrinologist
  2. Quoted Ron Teeguarden who has been involved with Herbology since 1971

Information supplied is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.

Seven Reasons Your Skin Loves Omega 9

Skinfood Science Time


Seed oils contain many chemical compounds that are great for your skin. Did you know that 30% of your skin sebum is made up of Oleic Acid which is an Omega 9 fatty acid?

Below are seven ways Oleic Acid helps your skin.


Fontis Skinfood Tranquility Nectar and Exuberance Nectar are stuffed with Omega 9 goodness! Your skin will love you for adding it to your skincare routine!

Why wait any longer? Your skin needs the nourishment!


Information supplied is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.


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