“Exceptional formulas start with nature’s exceptional ingredients.” – Dr. Aïcha Sebaa, Founder & Formulator
Each robust ingredient is thoughtfully layered into a signature formula to create the most harmonious and powerful remedy for your skin.
As you read through the beautiful properties of each ingredient, remember that their synergy is exponentially more powerful.
Learn more about what dances within our bottles to delight your skin. We’ll keep adding to this as our family of formulas grow.
Inside the butter-yellow marula fruit, which by the way is a South African elephant’s most prized sweet treat, you’ll find 2-3 large stone seeds that are rich in nourishing oils. A squeeze of the fist will bring forth its healing nectar. Archaeological evidence found in Zimbabwean caves confirms that marula oil has been used since the stone age to nourish and protect the skin. Swaziland women especially enjoy this topical treat to reduce stretch marks in new mothers and to revitalize the skin through harsh environmental conditions. Marula oil has a uniquely high amount of Omega-9 fatty acids as well as naturally occurring antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. In addition to this, the unique composition of phytosterols strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier and effectively reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. This African treasure is a superior treat not only for the skin but also for the environment and fair-trade collaborations that support economic growth in Southwest Africa. We are especially careful about sourcing with each and every single one of our ingredients, including Marula oil. We support local procurement methods performed primarily by women of the region through South African Government Fair Trade programs. Like variations in the quality of olive oil and the like, our ultra-light and skillfully extracted marula oil via traditional methods is truly the best of the best all-around.
Camellia Japonica oil (not to be confused with Camellia Oleifera or Sinensis) is said to be a treasured ancient beauty secret of the Geishas. But it’s no secret why that is. Native to southern Japan’s “Rose of Winter”, Tsubaki oil is pressed from the shiny polyphenol-rich seeds of its beautiful blossom. Camellia japonica has been found to support skin barrier function and particularly induces the synthesis of human type I procollagen. It’s been said that Japanese ocean divers who would be exposed to the cold salty water for hours would slather their skin and hair with this oil to protect them from the elements. The women found that despite the constant exposure to potentially skin damaging circumstances, their skin and hair remained healthier than ever. This oil blends perfectly with the rest of the family of powerhouse ingredients in this formula.
You can spot calendula a mile away from its vibrant rich sunset hues. Since the 1600’s calendula’s use for repairing wounded skin has been a well known attribute of this first aid dermaceutical. Calendula helps bring blood flow and oxygen to the outer layers of the skin, helping the tissues to heal and renew. Rich in sterols and quercetin as well as other heavily studied constituents, calendula helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier function and quell chronic inflammatory conditions heightened by pollutants and environmental stressors.
Black cumin seed is known as the “Seed of Blessing” for good reason. There is ongoing impressive research on the numerous benefits of nigella sativa for the body inside-out. The CO2 supercritical extraction method of nigella seed used in this formula is unique in that the potency of thymoquinone is almost tripled. Thymoquinone possesses anti-acneic potential by way of decreasing inflammation and targeting acne-causing microbial overgrowth. Nigella extract also contains skin clearing, renewing, and firming vitamin A. This is an all-around skin-strengthening herb that will upgrade your skin regimen.
Organic Tunisian hibiscus seed oil is deeply emollient and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth without the need for occlusive silicones. In fact, it’s known in the natural cosmetic formulations world as a “plant silicone” because it feels so smooth. This highly nutritive and luxurious African oil supports your skin’s natural elasticity and encouraged that bounce-back supple tone.
As a tea, hibiscus is rich in vitamin C and contains cooling properties to help quell inflammation.
You might not see these beautiful flowers the same ever again.
This light and rapid absorbing Amazonian oil leaves your skin feeling nourished and protected. Passionfruit seed oil is naturally rich in skin brightening vitamin C and restorative essential fatty acids, particularly omega-6 linoleic acid, that protect and feed your skin when it needs it most.
There is a good reason why you see vitamin C serums everywhere. This multi-functional antioxidant works wonders on the skin. The problem is that most forms on the market are not stable and may oxidize before your skin can truly reap the benefits. The vitamin C used in this formula is a highly stable vitamin C ester is lipophilic and can effectively penetrate the skin’s fatty membranes more easily, which results in increased cell protection against UV rays. The skin cell viability is increased by up to 30% more compared to the more common and less stable l-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C improves the appearance of aged and fragile skin while brightening and correcting hyperpigmentation and age spots.
Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most powerful free radical scavenging antioxidants in the human body. It’s present in every cell as a vital component of energy production. It depletes with age and exposure to UV radiation so adding CoQ10 to internal and external formulas is crucial. When applied topically, it penetrates the skin layers and protects the skin against oxidative damage. It has been clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles caused by photodamage while increasing epithelial cell turnover rate. This is a must-have guardian when going out into the elements.
Phytonutrient rich elderberries have a wide array of benefits internally and externally. The immune modulating and anti-microbial properties help to restore the skin’s natural defences against inflammatory microbial overgrowth. The natural astringent quality of elderberries acts as a visible skin tightener and conditioner.
This French patented date kernel extract in ELIXIR is clinically proven to decrease the depth and size of wrinkles while increasing type I collagen synthesis topically. It contains a unique complex of 7 natural compounds that work synergistically to delay the visible signs of aging. Rich in anti-aging isoflavones and skin regenerating ursolic acid, and barrier repairing phytosterols, this ECOCERT extract is preventative medicine for your skin.
Rosehip seed oil is a natural source of trans-retinoic acid (vitamin A), which effectively fades skin pigmentation, burns, and fine lines. The fruiting bodies of roses enlarge with power packed seeds that are rich in beneficial carotenoids, tocopherols, and repairing essential fatty acids. This extract slows down the aging process of maturing skin and soften stubborn scars.
Pearl has been used topically in East Asian beauty culture for milenia given its notorious firming and brightening functions. Through a proprietary high-tech biomechanical process, this pearl powder is absorbed by the skin 4x better than ordinary pearl powder. It contains essential building block amino acids that improve the appearance of aged skin. ELIXIR’s formula could not be without it.
Bisabolol functions as a natural soothing and anti-irritant agent that brings suppleness and protection to the skin against daily environmental stressors. What’s wonderful about bisabolol is that it acts as a skin-penetration enhancer for the other active ingredients in the formula while simultaneously nourishing and soothing the skin.
Frankincense is a beautiful resin that comes out of “tears” from the Boswellia trees of the Arabian peninsula and parts of Africa. It has numerous uses including calming the mind, supporting women’s hormonal health, and in beauty, it helps to nourish the tissues and increase healthy skin turnover rate to reduce the appearance of scarring. The scent quells anxiety and the extract nourishes the skin topically. It’s no wonder why this elite healing resin has been revered for over 5,000 years.
We use 100% carefully chosen top grade skin safe aromatherapy because your outer beauty transformation is just as important as your inner well-being and state of ease. Notes of uplifitng Italian bergamot (without FCF, of course), sensual Indian jasmine, soothing Moroccan rose, and hints of the woods subtly dance in each bottle ready to be ritualized.
A rose’s soft petals, the velvet texture of a calendula stem, the buttery residue of marula’s grip, the layers of luminous pearls’ mineral treasures, the unfolding aroma of passiflora, and the ever-increasing discoveries of nigella sativa ~ these are just a few examples of the things that keep us coming back to learn more about what grows on Earth’s terrain.
By the same token, modern science continues to press the boundaries of what’s possible. Potent extracts and curations concentrate the effects of tried-and-true ingredients discovered over time. Call this reductionist and it may very well be but the dance of holism with the dips-and-peaks of discovery make way for beautiful things. This too is synergy. Blend these worlds together—ancient wisdom and modern science—and you’re orchestrating a true skin symphony.
Dr. Sebaa brings her background in both formula design from classical herbalism and modern bioscience along with a lifelong passion in the healing potential within nature to the construction of each unique product. These are truly one of a kind formulas constructed from the ground up in our lab. Every step of the process is observed and diligently cared for, from start to finish. These aren’t private label products with profit as the primary driver. We operate on another level. We believe beauty should step up, and offer true healing. We do things differently here, and we can’t wait for you to experience true beauty that heals.
~ We’re committed to honoring nature’s beauty ~
Suppliers: Each ingredient supplier is vetted to assure quality, purity, and sustainability.
Quality: We source the highest grade ingredients available in the market and hand extract select herbal actives.
Community: We maintain good relationships with other like-minded raw material providers and farmers who care as deeply about the planet as we do.
Nature’s Signature: We celebrate nature’s seasonal variations in our truly artisanal fresh batch beauty products. Subtle fluctuations in color and scent are celebrated as nature’s signature for you to unravel.
Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Our formulas are designed to assist in the healing process of your skin by preventing harm from environmental pollutants to providing hearty nourishment for your skin’s tissues.
Taking care of yourself inside-out and outside-in always shows. All the ingredients serve to benefit your skin.
Nature herself is beautiful; she cannot help but beautify. Immerse yourself in her goodness. Your body, mind, and skin will thank you.
Dr. Sebaa’s ELIXIR is released twice a year in seasonally edited formulas, bringing the freshest and most robust skincare to you.
“The future of skincare stems from the past.” – Dr. Aïcha Sebaa, Founder & Formulator
As a classically trained herbalist, Dr. Sebaa’s formulas are developed with a systematic approach that considers both the individual benefits of an herb and how it works (or doesn’t) with other herbs.
Dr. Sebaa brings this depth of herbal materia medica knowledge into every formulation. Each ingredient plays a unique role. Some are “Chiefs”, delivering the primary benefits. Others are “Deputies” or “Assistants” which aid the main functions, bring secondary functions, and/or soften more potent Chief herbs. “Guiding” ingredients serve to ensure that the ingredients are directed to where they need to go while “Harmonizing” ingredients loop the formula into one inseparable entity, which work together to bring the best to your ever-healing skin.
This may seem like a foreign concept in a time when ingredients are simply studded into a formula for singular benefits in a buzzword-ridden industry. But the truth is that this is indeed the ancient and time-proven way of constructing reliable sub-groups of the whole.
"My skin CRAVES Dr. Sebaa's Elixir. I've never had this experience with any other product. I actually look forward to my skincare routine now because massaging all this in feels like the most decadent dessert for my skin. I hope she never stops making this because it's made such a difference on my skin. I use way less products now and have even better results. I can't wait to try everything else Dr. Sebaa makes!"
- Natasha L. - Long Beach, CA
"I'm one of the lucky ones who got to try this serum early on and I've been hooked since. It was my best kept secret and my skin soaks this stuff in like it's nobody's business. I've been through so many face oils and serums since they've been hot for a while but nothing compares to Dr. Sebaa's Elixir. It leaves a silky finish and my complexion glows the whole day. This is a must-have in my skincare routine. I'm so excited that she's bringing it online so I can share it with everyone who's asked me about my skin. The secret is out, ha!"
- Camila J. - Spring Valley, CA
"Literally, 1-2 drops in my foundation and my skin radiate its own sun rays. It's that good. I wear way less makeup because this stuff makes my skin better than I ever thought it could look. I travel a lot and this is what I use before getting on the plane to protect my skin. This is hand down my favorite skincare product."
- Jessica M. - Banker's Hill, CA
"My skincare routine slimmed down so so much since using Dr. Sebaa's botanical facial oil. I don't even use all the creams and lotions and expensive serums I used to layer on before. A pump or two massaged in does the trick. My skin is way less sensitive than it used to be and I feel hydrated all day. This really should be called a Skin Treatment because that's exactly what it does. I'm excited that it'll finally be online so I don't have to keep bugging my friend who's her patient for more!!!"
- Asma A. - Encinitas, CA
"It's been 8 weeks now and I can't believe my eyes. I don't wear any concealer anymore and I just love my skin as it is. My smile lines have smoothed out and the crepiness I used to see before is completely gone!! I used to dread my lengthy morning routine from skincare to makeup but now that my skin looks this good, I barely wear any makeup. If you caught me a few months ago, you would never dare to see me without my full coverage face. Now, my skin breathes."
- Sherlynn D. - Chula Vista, CA
"I only use this at night because I prefer to leave face oils for the evening. During the day, I'll dab a little on my highlight points (Pro-tip from Wayne Goss!). In just a few weeks my skin looks the healthiest it's ever been. I eat really healthy and work out regularly but I still deal with pigmentation issues, dryness, and just a sallow complexion. This stuff just wakes up my skin. I couldn't be happier with this product."
- Valeria P. - Solana Beach, CA
"My facial oiliness issue actually got better and more balanced after using it regularly. I used to use all those oil-free products left me with acne WITH dry skin.. the worst!! But now, I'm acne-free besides the zit here and there and my scars are slowly fading. I wish I could give Sebaa a big hug right now because this is the only thing that's made this much of a difference on my skin. I recommend this to anyone with adult acne prone skin."
- Mylie F. - Del Mar, CA
"What I really like about this is that it's not just a bunch of oils slapped together that I could get from anywhere. I can really tell that a lot of thought went into making this. It has vitamin C, enzymes, and all this good stuff with the plant extracts. It's really an art that I feel I'm massaging into my skin. Since using this a few months ago, I've gotten so many compliments about my skin and I know exactly why that is ;)"
- Dr. Michelle R., Carlsbad, CA
"I just love ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Dr. Sebaa makes! She's been my acupuncturist and herbalist for years and I trust her to the end. I know that she thoroughly researches everything and treats everyone like they're family. When I first tried this, even though my expectations were pretty high, I was blown away! First of all, it smells AMAZING..secondly, it really is an anti-aging miracle. I'm in my mid forties and my skin has changed so much."
- Luciana C. - Linda Vista, CA
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