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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.

Does Fear Affect Your Skin?

For many years the medical industry thought that acne was caused by hormone imbalance and excessive oil produced by the skin. Now, the medical industry, made an interesting discovery: ‘acne is fear, anxiety and stress related to peer pressure (fear of man and fear of rejection)’.  Anxiety is one of the fastest growing disorders in America, which about 20 million people suffer from, is social anxiety. The root of social anxiety is the fear of man and what people think of you.

A meta study that was done in 2004 which involved 300 000 people showed that social support is the strongest predictor of survival.

Did you know that essential oils can assist with acne & fear related emotions?

I had a discussion with Jaco, our graphic designer, the other day and he mentioned how the beard oils he uses affects his mood. The one oil gives him a sense of confidence and the other is invigorating. Essential oils triggers an emotional response in your brain.

This is how it works:

Your limbic system has the job of storing emotional problems in specific parts of your body i.e. pancreas, kidneys etc. This system can be referred to as a library of unresolved problems. As you smell essential oils it can bring unresolved emotions to the surface so you can deal with them. It has been found that most diseases have an emotional root and there are various books (i.e. Switch on your brain by Dr Caroline Leaf and Changes that heal by Dr Henry Cloud) and  studies out there that points out the link between emotions and your health.

Relaxing Chamomile

Clear Thinking Sandalwood

Calming Lavender

How do essential oils assist?

According to a 2013 study it was found that Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Neroli reduced anxiety in ICU patients (1). Another, human, study found that the inhalation of Roman Chamomile leads to more calmness. This means it assists your body to enter into a more restful state (2).

The extensive therapeutic effects of Sandalwood can assist you with more clarity and calmness. Cedarwood has a soothing and calming effect on the body and helps to ease tight muscles.

When inhaled into the lungs the natural compounds in essential oils has a therapeutic effect on your body.

Two Ways of Inhaling Essential Oils

Direct Inhalation:

Open the essential oil bottle (or our Tranquility Nectar/Exuberance Skin & Beard Oil) and breathe in the aroma.

Place a drop of your favourite Fontis Skinfood Nectar or Oil on the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, breathe in the aroma and then apply your skincare product to your face.

Diffuse essential oils in a room:

This can be relaxing and calming to the mind. Always keep in mind best practise when diffusing essential oils.

Are there more options?

Natural herbs like the adaptogenic herb Ashwangandha can soothe away anxiety symptoms by reducing the effects of stress on the body.

Also do not underestimate your body’s need for Magnesium as it reduces tension and helps to calm the nervous system.

What about my skin?

Support skin on the outside:

A very common reaction is to steer away from seed/skin oils when you suffer from problem skin. It is however the treatment with oils that will assist your skin in returning to normal! Do not dry out your skin, but give it the fatty acid food that it needs!

At Fontis Skinfood we keep in mind the effect of the various essential oils on your emotions in order to assist you with an improved lifestyle. Many of the oils above are found in our formulations. For us your skincare routine is more that just skinfood!

Support skin from the inside:

Also remember when there isn’t enough good bacteria in your body bad bacteria takes over so support your immune system. Some suggested supplements can include:

Probiotics: Supports skin health by fighting acne. Take 25 to 50 billion colony forming units (4).

Alternatively get your pro biotics from food!

Zinc: Supports skin health by balancing hormones.

Fontis Skinfood Vitality Skin Supplement: Anti-oxidant superfood supports skin by fighting oxidative stress.


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


  1. Mossa, M., Howartha, R., Wilkinsona, L., Wesnesa, K. (2006, July 21). Expectancy and the aroma of Roman Chamomile influence mood and cognition in healthy volunteers. International Journal of Aromatherapy. retrieved from  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962456206000245
  2. Cho, M.Y., Min, E.S., Hur, M.H., Lee, M.S. (2013). Effects of Aromatherapy on the anxiety, vital signs and sleep quality of percutaneous coronary intervention patients in ICU. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine:eCam, 2013, 381381. Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.1155/2013/381381
  3. Healing begins with the sanctification of the heart, DR MK Strydom (2013). Dr. MK Strydom has some interesting views on skin disorders. According to her book, Healing begins with a sanctified heart, she points out that one of the causes of skin disorders are linked to fear of man.
  4. The Essential Oil Institute

Fragrances: Can They Be Bad For You?

Sense of Smell

I spoke to Isabel,  the other day about the smell of Fontis Tranquility Nectar. She uses it every night and absolutely loves the smell. She says her pillow even smells like that and she buries her face in it! Our discussion sparked this mini article about the Power of Smell!

We have always been told that humans do not really have a great sense of smell, but it seems that it is better than we think. When it comes to smell perception humans perform the same or better than primates as well as better than other mammals.(3) What comes through our noses are very important and we need to know how it affects our health.


Perfumers knows that fragrances have an effect on your emotions and a concerted effort is made to evoke certain emotional responses from you when you smell a specific fragrance.

And it is wonderful as a fragrance can invigorate you, calm you down or inspire confidence and more. For example when you breathe in Roman Chamomile (the main essential oil in our Tranquility Collection) you experience it’s known abilities that helps your body to fight stress and promote relaxation.

Who doesn’t need that in the hustle and bustle of our lives? It has also been shown as a natural remedy for fighting anxiety.

Inhaling the aroma of Cedarwood (an ingredient in our Exuberance Mens Collection) can help one achieve focus, calmness and wisdom due to the extensive therapeutic benefits of the essential oil.


Be aware as there is an increasing concern that (synthetic) fragrances has an affect on our health and can trigger asthma, migraines and allergies. They may even be hormone disrupters. Not only does synthetic fragrances affect your health, it can be bad for the environment as well.(1)

Synthetic fragrances may also trigger contact dermatitis and sensitise your skin.(2)


A study conducted on hormone disrupting and asthma associated chemicals found the highest concentrations in fragranced products (eg. perfumes, air fresheners). (4)

Do not underestimate the power of your nose when it comes to your emotions and your health. A healthy body and emotions equals a healthy skin!

Life giving beauty is more than just skinfood! It’s a sensory experience affecting your emotions in a positive way too!

"Your products smell amazing"

Wandisiwe Nondlazi


(1) Fragrance: emerging health and environmental concerns. Article by Betty Bridges first published 16 April 2012.

(2) Fragrances: Beneficial and Adverse Side Effects. Editors: Frosch, Peter J., Johansen; Jeanne D.; White, Ian R. (Eds)

(3) The Human Sense of Smell: Are we better than we think? Gordon M. Sheperd

(4) Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Jul;120(7):935-43. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1104052. Epub 2012 Mar 8.
Endocrine disruptors and asthma-associated chemicals in consumer products. Dodson RE1, Nishioka M, Standley LJ, Perovich LJ, Brody JG, Rudel RA.

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