Essential Oils We use dozens of herbs from all around the world. Most of them in the form of Essential Oils (so called EO - which are made by distillation of literally tons of plant material, see picture below) and some in Extracts form which are more diluted than Essential Oils, yet very potent. All used Essential Oils and Extracts are in pure 100% forms and are pharmaceutical or cosmetic grade and purity. We also use cold pressed pure oils from a few well-known plants, i.e. coconut, flax, olive, sesame and castor oils.


Horvital - How essential oils are madeDepending on required properties of particular cosmetic we use between 0.5% and 15% dilution in final product, i.e.: when we use 5% dilution, there is c.a. 5ml (0.16 fl. oz.) of active ingredient in each 100ml (c.a. 3.4 fl. oz.) of product. Please bear in mind that Essential Oils are most potent plant extracts and they always have to be diluted for safe use in final products. However most Essential Oils have to be at least 0.5% dilution to be efficient. From the other hand many of the mass produced cosmetics have only trace amounts of extracts and many of them are synthetically derived substitutes.


Here is a list of all the herbs we use with brief properties descriptions:

Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) Extract
Aloe is also an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as burns and eczema. It is often reported that burns can be healed remarkably quickly and the pain reduced very quickly with topical application of Aloe Vera to the burn area. As well as applying topically, Aloe can also be taken internally so it is just as useful for internal epithelial tissue as it is for the skin. For example, mouth and stomach ulcers, nasal and sinuses, bowels, lungs and genital tracts. Aloe works on membranes and surfaces.
Arnica (Arnica montana) Extract
Arnica extracts are found to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful for treating or relieving: muscle aches, spasms, pulled muscles, or rheumatic pain, sprains, bruises, and swelling due to fractures, insect bites.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Essential Oil
Basil essential oil is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil is often used in the treatment of arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, sprains, and headaches.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis) Extract
Marigold essential oil is exceptional for skin issues, inflammations and diaper irritations. It has been used to treat jaundice, varicose veins, bee stings, sprains, fever, smallpox, measles, coughs, mucous, ulcers and diluted with distilled water for sore eyes. Marigold is anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial is used for parasites (roundworms) and as a stomach tonic.
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) Essential Oil 
Grows in Japan and Southeast Asia. Exerts a local anesthetic and local warming by improving circulation. It facilitates the removal of harmful metabolites, improves oxygenation and nutrition of diseased tissue.
Castor Plant (Ricinus communis) Oil
Castor Plant
Castor oil is rich in fatty acids and is soothing and lubricating. It is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin. It is commonly used in hair oils, balms and other thick emulsions for the skin and hair. In combination with other oils and as a superfatting agent.
Chamomilla (Matricaria recutita) Extract
Chamomile extract is a powerful antioxidant, antiturmoral, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, anesthetic, promotes digestion, liver and gallbladder health. Useful for hepatitis/fatty liver, arteriosclerosis, insomnia, nervous tension, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, skin issues such as acne, eczema and scar tissue.
Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus - Indonesia) Essential Oil
Citronella is a powerful antioxidant. It is antibacterial, antifungal, an effective insect repellent, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiparasitic (worms) and a relaxant. It has been found useful for respiratory infections, muscle and nerve pain, digestive and intestinal issues, anxiety, skin disorders such as acne, eczema and excessively oily skin. Citronella is also reputed to be as active as penicillin against certain gram-positive bacteria.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil
Clove oil is highly antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, hemostatic (blood thinning), anti-inflammatory. Infectious diseases, intestinal parasites, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, pain, toothache, scabies, and wounds (infected). Compounds from Clove may inhibit growth of pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Actinomyces visocosus, Potphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia.
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil
Coconut Oil
The antioxidant properties of Coconut oil come from its saturated fats like Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Caproic Acid, and Myristic Acid. They counter adverse effects of ageing, macular degeneration, whitening of hair, and sagging of the skin. The acids convert themselves into great antimicrobial and anti-fungal agents like monocaprin and monolaurin when acted upon by certain enzymes. These derivatives protect our body, both internally and externally, from conditions like Athlete’s Foot, rashes, itches, ringworm, and dermatitis.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypres oil may improve circulation and supports the nerves and intestines. Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and strengthens blood capillaries. Acts as an insect repellent.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus globulus is an expectorant, mycolytic, is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-aging.
Flax (Linum usitatissimum) Oil
Flax Oil
Health benefits of flaxseed have made it a part of food in traditional cuisine of Asia, America and Africa. Its high nutritional and health benefits can outnumber those offered by any cereal. It is a rich source of alpha linolenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. These components collectively fight many ailments and diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, arthritis, allergies, asthma and diabetes.
Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium is useful for skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and vitiligo. It has been known to help issues such as fungal infections such as ringworm and viral infections such as herpes and shingles. Geranium may be helpful to balance hormones, for circulatory disorders and improves blood flow. Geranium is very uplifting and balancing to emotions.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Essential Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit is antiseptic, disinfecting, detoxifying and diuretic. Grapefruit has fat-dissolving characteristics and is exceptional for cleansing oily skin. Grapefruit is rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth.
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract
Green Tea Extract
Green tea is rich in naturally occurring plant compounds called polyphenols, which can account for up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight of green tea, and acts as a strong antioxidants.  Green tea also contains theanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier and has psychoactive properties. Theanine increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and alpha wave activity, and may reduce mental and physical stress and produce feelings of relaxation.
Hazelwitch (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract
Hazelwitch Extract
The properties of Hazel Witch are astringent, tonic, sedative, valuable in checking internal and external haemorrhage, most efficacious in the treatment of piles, a good pain-killer for the same, useful for bruises and inflammatory swellings, also for diarrhoea, dysentery and mucous discharges.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) Extract
Hyssop Extract
Hyssop has strong antiseptic properties and is noted for opening the respiratory system. It is a mucolytic and decongestant, is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial, antiparasitic and regulates lipid metabolism.
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is antiseptic, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, sedative, anti-inflammatory.  Lavender is beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds and is ideal for skin care, since it prevents the build up of excess sebum, a skin oil that bacteria feed on. Lavender has also been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects.
Lemon (Citrus limonum)  Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil may be beneficial for anxiety, blood pressure, digestive problems, respiratory infections, and sore throats. It helps promote leukocyte formation, improves memory, strengthens nails, cleans the skin, and promotes a sense of well-being. Lemon has shown to have antidepressant effects. It may also help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. It serves as an effective insect repellent and works well in removing gum, wood stain, oil and grease spots.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus - India) Essential Oil
Lemongrass is noted to be highly anti-fungal and is used for purification and digestion issues. It is anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, regenerates connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, improves circulation and promotes blood flow. Lemongrass is useful for alleviating osteoarthritic pain.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Extract
Marshmallow Extract
Marshmallow is most commonly used to ease sore throats and dry coughs. The Marshmallow plant, especially the leaves and roots, contains polysaccharides that have antitussive, mucilaginous, and antibacterial properties. Because of this, marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat when ingested orally, specifically a sore throat. The antitussive properties help reduce dry coughing and prevent further irritation.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinlis) Extract
Lemon Balm
Melissa essential oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, a relaxant and helps to balance blood pressure. It is primarily used for viral infections (herpes and so on), depression, anxiety and insomnia. Grown around the world. Exerts toning and soothing skin irritations, and also regulates sebum production.
Mint (Mentha arvensis) Essential Oil
Mint Essential Oil
Anti-carcinogenic, supports digestion, expels worms, decongestant, anti-infectious, antibacterial, anti-fungal, mucolytic, stimulant, hypertensive, cardiotonic, stimulates gallbladder, pain-relieving, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory for the intestinal and urinary tract. It can heighten or restore the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve.
Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Oil
Neem tree
Neem is also actively used in cosmetics and skin care products. It is known to help manage acne and to soothe dry and itchy skin. Neem tree is considered to be a pharmacy in itself in India. It is useful as a natural remedy for head lice, scabies and as a mosquito and biting fly repellent. Neem works as an effective insecticide against wool moths, ants, termites, fleas and sand fleas, as well as flying mosquitoes and their larvae.
Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Extract
Nettle Extract
A solution of the Nettle extract may be applied to the skin to relieve joint pain and muscle aches. Astringent properties of nettle aerial parts may also help to lessen the swelling and stop bleeding from minor skin injuries such as razor nicks. An astringent shrinks and tightens the top layers of skin or mucous membranes, thereby reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. It may also be used topically for dandruff and overly oily hair and scalp.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Essential Oil
Pine Essential Oil
Pine essential oil's use for joint aches and pain (is cortisone-like), asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, catarrh, as a circulatory agent, for colds, coughs, cuts, cystitis, as a decongestant, lymphatic stimulant and deordorant. It has also been used for eczema, laryngitis, lice, lung issues, muscular aches, neuralgia, psoriasis, rheumatism, ringworm, scrapes, skin parasites, sinusitis, throat infections, urinary tract infections. It is a very versatile oil.
Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Traditionally used for colds, flu, upper respiratory infections, mucus and muscle aches and pains. It has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, is antispasmodic and supports the body to decrease inflammation. Some literature notes that it increases cerebral blood flow.
Sesame (Sesamum) Oil
Sesame Oil
Sesame Seed Oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. It is naturally antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus as well as common skin fungi. It is naturally antiviral. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is commonly used as a carrier oil in cosmetics.
Star Anise (Illicum verum) Essential Oil
Star Anise Essential Oil
The oil of star anise is useful in providing relief from rheumatism and lower back pain. Star anise can also be used as a natural breath freshener. Linalool, a compound present in star anise contains anti-oxidants properties. Animals are drawn to the aroma, and it can be used to enhance feed digestion.
Tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)  Essential Oil
Tea Tree
Grows in Australia. Analgesic and generally regenerative properties. Anti-infectious, antibacterial (large spectrum action of gram positive and gram negative bacteria), antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, cardiotonic, decongestant of the veins, reduces phlebitis, neurotonic, analgesic, and protects against radiation.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil
Cultivated in the Mediterranean countries and Central Europe (including Poland). Inhibits and destroys the growth of pathogenic fungi and bacteria. Accelerates wound healing and prevents purulent infections. Thyme essential oil is anti-oxidant, highly anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. It is commonly used for infectious diseases, cardiovascular issues, Alzheimer's and hepatitis. Thymol (the most active ingredient) is used in over-the-counter products such as mouthwash and vapor rubs.
Ylang (Cananga odorata) Extract
Ylang Extract
Ylang Ylang essential oil has been shown to be anti-spasmodic, vasodilating, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and regulates heart beat. Commonly used for hypertension, intestinal issues. It is beneficial in softening and balancing moisture in the skin (both dry and oily) and is recommended for hair care.

Decyl Glucoside

Sometimes called a biosurfactant, decyl glucoside is completely biodegradable and is often included in products found in natural and organic skin and hair care collections due to its environmentally-friendly properties. Unlike most surfactants, decyl glucoside is derived from natural sources. The ingredient is made by combining the glucose sugar found in cornstarch with the fatty acid decanol found in coconut.

Cocoamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamide betaine is a mild surfactant that appears as in ingredient in a variety of skin and hair care products that are designed to be combined with water. Cocamide betaine is a compound produced by combining cocamide and glycine betaine. Cocamide is derived from the fatty acids found in coconut oil. Betaine is found in wheat bran, wheat germ, spinach, beets, and some seafood. Cocamide betaine may be found on ingredients lists under a number of different names, including cocamidopropyl betaine, coco betaine, CAB, and CAPB.

Sodium Cocoamphoacetate

Sodium cocoamphoacetate is a mild surfactant, foam booster, stabilizer and a hair conditioning ingredient. It is used in our shower gels, cleansers and hair products to improve the quality and stability of foam, making it last longer in the presence of oil and dirt. It also supports the action of the primary surfactant, which helps the removal of oil based dirt and debris. Sodium cocoamphoacetate is an organic compound derived from coconut oil.

Capryl/Caprylyl Glucoside

Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is sugar-based plant derived surfactant used to “solubilize” oils into water and other ingredients which typically are not capable of mixing. It is obtained from renewable raw materials of vegetable origin. Capryly and Capryl are names to describe fatty acid molecules of different length. 8 carbons long for Caprylyl and 10 for Capryl. The glucoside part of its name means that a glucose molecule is attached to these fatty acids. It is organic and ecocert-certified. Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is the product obtained by the condensation of a mixture of caprylic and decyl alcohols with glucose. The fatty alcohols (Coconut and Palm Oil) and glucose are from vegetable origin.

Active substances


Allantoin is a compound found in the urine of most mammals with the exception of human and primates. Mammals other than humans and primates convert uric acid, a chemical produced when purines are broken down, to allantoin, which is then excreted through the urine. Allantoin has anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to ease skin irritation. It also acts as an emollient, helping to soften skin and smooth dry, irritated skin. It also appears to speed up wound healing by stimulating new skin cell growth. 


Keratin is an extremely important aspect of much of the planet's animal life. This protein derives from special cells located just under an animal's skin and is an essential component of the skin, hair and other protective barriers that determine the external structures of humans, other mammals, birds and reptiles. Hydrolysed keratin has become a common cosmetic ingredient. Studies have shown topical application of hydrolysed keratin gives significant increases in skin elasticity and hydration. Due to its moisturising properties, hydrolysed keratin has also been incorporated into shampoo and conditioner.

Silk Proteins

Silk protein will add luster, body and manageability to hair, in skin care it is known for its highly moisture binding capacities & provides a protective barrier.


Panthenol is a provitamin of pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5. As a provitamin, it’s converted to vitamin B5 once it enters the body. Panthenol is an effective skin moisturizer that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits that could make it useful for treating acne and minor skin wounds and irritation. It’s also an effective hair conditioning agent that coats the hair and makes it look and feel softer, shinier and thicker. In addition, it appears to be safe and non-irritating to skin with a low probability of causing allergic reactions. It’s common to find it as an ingredient in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products formulated to improve the appearance of skin and hair.

Sodium lactate

Sodium lactate is prized by skin care manufacturers for its hydrating properties. Clinical studies have demonstrated that sodium lactate has the ability to increase the moisture content of the skin by up to 90%, making it one of the most powerful humectants on the market. Well-hydrated skin is flexible and pliable. This prevents sagging and stretching, which can age the skin by contributing to the formation of wrinkles. Sodium lactate increases the moisture content of skin and hair even when it is then rinsed off. This makes sodium lactate a useful ingredient in skin washes and toners, which are designed to be used as intermediate steps in a beauty routine. Sodium lactate is also effective as a hydrating ingredient in shampoos.

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil used as an emollient, thickening agent, or lubricant in beauty products. Composed of of Isopropyl Alcohol (a propane derivative) and Myristic Acid (a naturally-occurring coconut fatty acid), Isopropyl Myristate is a popular cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredient. It is most often used an an additive in aftershaves, shampoos, bath oils, antiperspirants, deodorants, oral hygiene products, and various creams and lotions. A unique characteristic of Isopropyl Myristate is its ability to reduce the greasy feel caused by the high oil content of other ingredients in a product. This synthetic oil is often added to beauty products to give them a slicker, sheer feel rather than an oily one. Isopropyl Myristate is easily absorbed by the skin, ensuring quick penetration of a formula's ingredients.

Vitamin E

The full biological role of this vitamin is not fully known yet. It is assumed that vitamin E may participate in the protection of cell membrane lipids from oxidation. It acts as the most powerful natural antioxidant of fat, and it plays role in the metabolism of selenium.

Trimethyloglicyne (Betaine)

It is natural ingredient commonly occuring in plants. Primarily functions as a humectant and anti-irritant in cosmetic products. The small polar molecules of this ingredient are prone to hydrogen bonding (AKA interacting with water), which in turn gives it the ability to retain moisture. Its specific molecular structure is also responsible for giving it unique solvent powers and  sensory properties, such as a silky and smooth feel. Its "silk effect", in turn, is the reason for why it's used in so many hair shampoos and conditioners.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide inhibits bacterial growth and accelerates wound healing. Zinc oxide make excellent sunscreens help to prevent the redness and irritation known as sunburn that happens as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun. In addition to its use in sunscreens, zinc oxide has other applications in skin care products. The powder is often used as a thickening agent to make creams and lotions more luxurious in texture.

Magnesium and Copper sulfates

Acts as antifungal and antibacterial agents.


Soy Lecithin

Lecithin is a natural emulsifying agent and one of the most important components of cells. It is a naturally occuring mixture of the diglycerides of stearic, palmitic and oleic acids, linked to the choline ester of phosphoric acid and plays an important role in a cell's metabolism, especially regarding membrane penetration and has been used as a surfactant in cosmetics.

Polyglycerol 4-Caprate

PEG-free refatting agent especially for the use in body washes, liquid soaps, bath oils and wet wipes. This emulsifer has excellent solubilizing properties and is nonirritant on skin. It is nitrogen-free and therefore does not contribute to nitrosamine formation.

Sodium Alginate

The Alginates are derived from brown algae (Phaeophycota). Sodium Alginate is a natural, water-soluble polysaccharide that produces a gel consistency when hydrated. Sodium Alginate has been used in the medical field, in the food industry, and more recently in cosmetics as a skin care ingredient. Sodium Alginate has a medium high mannuronic acid content and produces a soft gel with excellent skin feel. Sodium Alginate will help to soften, hydrate, and soothe skin and leave it feeling silky and soft.

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is used as a binder, emulsion stabilizer, emulsifying surfactant, as well as an aqueous viscosity increasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products because of its capability to hold water, enhance freeze-thaw stability, and improve shelf life and help with the stabilization of a product. A polysaccharide derived from glucose or sucrose (sugars), Xanthan Gum is able to increase the viscosity of liquids even when used at less than 1% concentration. It is also thought to have skin-conditioning properties.


Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin is a liquid cosmetic preservative based on phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin. The addition of ethylhexylglycerin affects the interfacial tension at the cellmembrane of microorganisms, improving the preservativeactivity of phenoxyethanol. The preservative has a broad, balanced spectrum of effect against bacteria, yeasts and mould fungi. It is approved by ECOCERT for organic cosmetics use.

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