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Ingredient spotlight: Calendula

Ingredient spotlight: Calendula

You may come across calendula in the ingredient list of some of our products (52 of them, in fact!) and wonder what it is. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a flowering plant from the daisy family. Though they look similar, do not confuse it with the common ornamental marigold, which is of a different genus. Calendula is native to Asia, Western Europe, Macaronesia and the Mediterranean.  

Calendula has one of the longest histories of use of any flower in skincare and, traditionally had both culinary and medicinal value. What’s more, Romans and Greeks used the flower in ceremonies and, in India, it is considered sacred and has been used to decorate statues of Hindu deities since early times.

Today, the yellow-orange flower is still used in a variety of ways. Medicinally, pharmacological studies have suggested that calendula extracts have antiviral, anti-genotoxix and anti-inflammatory properties. In herbal medicine, calendula has a number of topical uses, including treating acne and reducing inflammation. Much of the healing properties of calendula come from its high levels of carotenoids (vitamin A-like compounds). It also contains oil-soluble sterols that help plump the skin and keep it thick.

How can you benefit from calendula?

Calendula can be found as an ingredient in many skincare products and teas. Obviously, we recommend using organic and natural products where possible, and stock a wide range of products that contain calendula. For the full list of our products, just type ‘calendula’ in the search box located at the top of our site.


1. Miod Baby Oil and Miod Baby Balm 

Lavender scented Miod Baby Oil is perfect for a soothing massage, while the gentle balm is for great for use on nappy rash or dry, irritated skin. The balm is made with a combination of organic Coconut and Calendula oils, and Beeswax to moisturise, with German Chamomile essential oil to soothe.  

2. Surface Skincare Citrus & Calendula Brightening Serum

This serum has been formulated specifically for the delicate areas around the eyes and lips. The natural, nutrient-rich citrus of orange and lemon helps to soothe and heal dry, irritated and acne-prone skin while brightening and improving uneven skin tone. The product’s calendula aids in the natural healing of damaged areas, and its green-tea properties help to eliminate signs of premature skin ageing.

3. Kelapa Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry or Damaged Hair

This shampoo and conditioner are enriched with white tea and calendula extracts. Calendula, when used in hair products, helps to nourish the scalp, repair damage and prevent dandruff. Scalp dryness contributes to hair fall and, by getting to the root of the problem (pun intended), you will enable your hair to grow stronger. Furthermore, calendula’s regenerative properties help hair follicles grown abundantly resulting in a notably thicker mane.

4. Rasasara Skinfood Tridoshic Hand & Nail Lotion 

This quickly absorbed emulsion of healing floral & citrus essential oils is designed for all skin types to calm & heal burns, inflammation and scarring. Tridoshic hand & nail lotion protects hands against dryness, psoriasis and premature ageing.

5. 24k Velvet Face and Lip Balm 

A deliciously softening and plumping lip balm of naturally moisturising Australian Beeswax and exfoliating Papaya seed oil. Blended at low temperatures in a base of Demeter certified biodynamic Australian Olive oil, sun-infused for 4 months with hand-picked, cool temperature air-dried Tasmanian Calendula flowers and sun-cured Vanilla bean, grown on hand-pollinated Orchids in the Australian Daintree forrest.

6. Life of Cha Zzz Heath Inspired Tea 

Chamomile, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Calendula Hops, Lime Blossoms, Organe & Passion Flowers, Rose Petals, Lemongrass.

Naturally caffeine free. A delicious infusion to enjoy before bedtime.

7. Ere Perez-Correcting Calendula Powder Foundation

Perfect for everyday use, this foundation will even your skin tone and correct flaws, while still allowing your skin to breathe. Ideal for sensitive or blemish-prone skin, the anti-inflammatory properties will reduce redness while providing coverage.

8. Jacqueline Evans Jojoba & Camellia Balancing Cream

This cream is great for oily or combination skin. If you are prone to oily skin, easy-to-use products that strip your skin of its natural oils are the worst things you can use! This balancing cream is packed with plant-based ingredients (including calendula), which will help to normalise oil production and repair.