Our All Organic, Truly Natural Sunscreen & Summer ‘Intensive’ Therapy Formulas are Free w/Your Order!

Formulated and tested by the skin-care pros at Ananda, these can be free with your next order. Please see our Sales & Specials page for the details!

Our very best pre- and post-sun skin care blends can be free with your next order!

With any order over $79, receive our Sun Radiance pre-sun forumla, and with orders over $129, receive both our pre-sun formula and our post-sun ‘Intensive’. Simply enter ‘Sun Radiance’ or ‘Sun Radiance Combination’ in the comments box of the checkout page, and we’ll include your choice with your order!

Yes, we get it. It’s the last month of Summer. Why ‘Sun Radiance’ now?

We haven’t used over-the-counter sunscreen in years, as these two formulas work so very well! We use Sun Radiance before heading out, and Sun Radiance Intensive after you’re back in the door. Yet These blends are so amazing for skin protection & repair, we use them all year long…Both  directly address the ‘cornerstones’ of skin aging: oxidation and inflammation with a complex synergy of amazing ingredients.

As for Sun exposure, we’ve used our Sun Radiance before heading out to the beach, and only in the spot we didn’t apply it (that little triangle below your neck!) got a little red from the sun. Everywhere else? No burn at all. In fact, friends keep saying how incredible our skin looks.

What’s In Sun Radiance and Sun Radiance Intensive?
How do These Ingredients Work Together for Your Skin’s Health?

Roships from which rosehip seed oil is pressed

Rosehip CO2 is a concentrated form of Rosehip Seed oil, thoroughly researched in the 1980's for its ability to reverse appearance of sun damage.

Sun Radiance includes:

  • Organic Sea Buckthorn CO2, Carrot Root CO2 and Rosehip CO2. These Supercritical CO2 extracts are all rich in deep-red phyto-nutrients your skin loves. Each of these oils has its own unique nutrient profile, supporting skin protection and repair.*

    Every one of the’s CO2′s alone has been shown to reduce appearance of fine lines and improve skin texture.* Together, they’re an absolute powerhouse. The value of the CO2-extracted oils in these blends cannot be overstated, as the extraction method draws nutrients from the plants at cool temperatures.

    This distillation method results in a wider-range of the plant’s phyto-nutrients in the oils, making these deeply-colored oils so effective.

  • Organic German Chamomile CO2 is a potent anti-inflammatory extract.* Damage caused by oxidative radicals results in inflammation. Quelling this inflammation is key to an exceptional complexion!
  • Organic Rosemary Antioxidant CO2 is one of the most dynamic anti-oxidants known, capturing each of the 7 classes of oxidative radicals.
  • Wildcrafted Sandalwood essential oil which is positively researched for it’s anti-skin-cancer potential.*
  • These CO2′s and essential oils are based in tropical Tamanu Nut oil (known to stimulate development of new skin cells) and our organic Super Skin Care carrier oils of Evening Primrose (for inflammation), Rosehip Seed, Argan (for hydration), Pomegranate seed and virgin Coconut (Rosehip & Pomegranate also increase skin cell proliferation).*
Helichrysum Flowers

Helichrysum has been long used for its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties.

Our ‘Intensive’ adds Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils which are thought to enhance skin cell regeneration and lessen inflammation – which is really the BIG thing with sun exposure…inflammation, inflammation, inflammation. Plus, we’ve added Calendula CO2 extract, which has been used, well, FOREVER, for its skin-healing potential. We thing you’re going to love it!

About UV Sun Damage, Skin Aging & Anti-Oxidants

Ready for a little ‘technical’ info? Do you know WHY UV rays aren’t so good for skin cells? Here’s what happens: A UV light photon ‘knocks’ an electron from its orbit within your skin…this creates an ‘oxidative radical’, which then wants to rob other cells to ‘quench’ this loss of its electron. But we sure don’t want that!!! And oxidative damage doesn’t happen just from the Sun…it happens naturally over time, from foods we eat, and from exposure from other environmental pollutants as well.

Rosemary CO2 is SPECIFICALLY extracted for its unique anti-oxidant action: it is the only known compound to quench EVERY one of the seven classes of oxidative radicals (we’ll skip the chemistry…we’ll just let you know that we actually put this in capsules to take it as as supplement for this purpose…note it is NOT an essential oil, but a CO2 extract meant only to derive the strong anti-oxidant properties from the plant).

The value of the CO2-distilled oils in these blends cannot be overstated. This distillation method results in a wider-range of the plant’s phyto-nutrients in the oils, making these deeply-colored oils so effective.

Calendula Flowers

Pure Calendula extract, an extremely useful therapeutic oil for the skin, is available only through CO2 distillation.

It’s these colored components of the oils which imparts their diverse anti-oxidant and regenerative properties to the skin. These compounds can help stop, or at least slow, the aging process that excessive sun exposure can cause. Sea Buckthorn oil was even studied by the Soviet space agency for use by cosmonauts to protect their skin from UV rays in space! – while Rosehip Seed oil was thoroughly studied in the 1980′s for its ability to actually reverse the signs of sun damage to the skin with continued use.

The CO2 has a MUCH higher concentration of regenerative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients than Rosehip Seed carrier oil itself.

Sea Buckthorn oil has a long history of use in skin care, and perhaps even more ancient in beauty-blends is Calendula. In addition to Carrot Root, ALL these oils are known for their regenerative properties in skin-healing (as well as their strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well).

Another reason CO2-distilled oils work so well in skin-care is that they are very gentle — your skin won’t mind higher concentrations than it may with traditional steam-distilled oils. Using the CO2′s, it is absolutely OK to make skin blends with concentrations of ‘essential oils’ higher than 3%. We actually put these on ‘neat’ sometimes, though our skin get’s a little crazy-colored for a while :)

Sea Buckthorn Essential Oil

Sea buckthorn berries are rich in antioxidants, and have a long-history of use in skin-care.

The powerful antioxidants in these CO2 oils, as we’ve noted, stop the damaging oxidation process by donating an electron to the oxidative radical.  There are several “classes” of oxidative radicals, and that’s one reason a blend of antioxidant oils can be useful. Depending on where this electron gets ‘bumped’ from, a different ‘class’ of oxidative radical is produced.

Rosemary essential oil

CO2-distilled Rosemary oil has little aroma, but amazing antioxidant properties!

Inflammation is the other aspect of sun-damage we’d like to prevent. German chamomile CO2, and carrier oils such as Virgin Coconut are also known for their anti-inflammatory activity (as are, actually, all the oils included in these blends, yet the Chamomile may be the strongest).

Apply Sun Radiance before, and the ‘Intensive’ after sun exposure, and perhaps again later in the day for best results. You may find your skin turns a little red while the antioxidants absorb, but it won’t take too long!

As always, all first time orders and any order over $99 ships for free. See our Sales and Specials page for all the details. Thank you!!!

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Frankincense is One of Our Favorite Oils! Boswellia Sacra, Carteri and Seratta: The Science and Scents.

But before we get into the details of each Frankincense species and distillations, we have a special going on…Our Free ‘Frankincense Sampler’:

Frankincense Essential Oil Sampler

Receive 2ml of each of these amazing Frankincense oils for free with any order over $108 this week! You'll qualify for free shipping, too!

Would you like to experience these incredible Frankincense essential oils yourself? This week only, with any order over $108, you’ll receive FREE 2ml each of Boswellia carteri CO2 from Ethiopia, Boswellia seratta CO2 from India, and Boswellia sacra (Sacred Frankincense, hydro-distilled) from Oman. These are our owner’s three favorite Frankincense varieties of all time. Yes, they’re that good. Just mention “frankincense-sampler” in the comments section of the checkout page and we’ll include them with your order today. See more on our Sales and Specials page.


…And on to the Science and the Scents of Frankincense!

With Frankincense from three Boswellia tree species, and two distillation methods, which one do you choose? Boswellia Sacra, Boswellia Carteri or Boswellia Seratta? Hydro, or Supercritical CO2 distilled? What are the differences and similarities?  Well, here’s the scoop!

Frankincense Tree

A Boswellia tree, source of Frankincense resin which is distilled into the essential oil.

‘Frankincense’ itself is the dried resin or ‘sap’ from one of several species of Boswellia trees: Boswellia Sacra, Boswellia Carteri and Seratta (there are others, though these make up the vast majority of the world’s trade of Frankincense). When the resin is dried, it forms drops called ‘tears’.

The essential oil, no matter the method used, is distilled from these tears. One can imagine a giant vat of Frankincense, which is ‘washed’ in a ‘solvent’.

How is Frankincense Distilled?

  • Steam distillation: Steam is passed through the tears from below, captured and cooled back to (liquid) water. The essential oil floats on top of this water (this water is actually a ‘hydrosol’)…the oil and water are separated by draining the water from below.

    This is the highest-temperature method of distilling Frankincense oil, producing the ‘highest-noted’ aroma. The molecular ‘spectrum’ contains the smallest aromatic molecules of the distillation methods. One of our Boswellia carteri varieties is steam distilled, and is represented in our steam distilled Frankincense.

  • Hydro-distillation: This is similar to the most common method of essential oil production, steam distillation, in that water is used as the ‘solvent’ to extract the essential oil – however, because the Frankincense is ‘boiled’ rather than ‘steamed’, the distillation happens at no higher than 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

    This lower-temperature process creates an essential oil with a broad spectrum of molecular constituents, and more middle notes than high, than steam distillation for this particular plant material. This process is used for our Sacred Frankincense.

  • CO2 distillation: Rather than using steam or water as the ‘solvent’, pressurized carbon dioxide is made liquid and passed through the Frankincense resin. When the pressure is released, the CO2 turns to gas and is released. This is a totally ‘clean’ process, which is certified organic.

    The CO2 oils contain the highest amount of middle and lower notes, and hence the greatest amount of larger molecules that are found in Frankincense resin itself. Our Frankincense Cateri and Seratta oils are available using this distillation process.

Frankincense Resin

Dried Frankincense Resin - Source of the Amazing Essential Oils

Depending on the source of the Frankincense resin, which is all wild grown and ethically-harvested (leaving the trees unharmed), the aroma of the final oil is different. The Carteri has a lovely citrus-woody aroma. The Seratta has deep, smokey notes not found in other Frankincense varieties. The Sacra has incredible brilliance, with a rich aroma of sweet high notes and complex middle tones.

The Science of Frankincense

Each of these oils has been successfully scientifically investigated for its anti-cancer properties. To see this research, go to pubmed.gov and search ‘Frankincense and Cancer’ You will find pages of research publications noting the anti-caner actions in each and every cell line for which it has been tested: Blood, brain, breast, bladder, prostate and more.

In many of this research, Frankincense oils and extracts have shown to induce natural cell death in cancer cells, at concentrations which have left healthy cells unaffected.

So, the research notes it does not matter which Frankincense one uses for this purpose, as they all show the same anti-cancer action.

Which Frankincense is Best for You?

We believe it best to choose the Frankincense oil which has an aroma which you most appreciate. Frankincense is considered THE immune-system modulator, assisting the immune system in whatever way it needs. Further, Frankincense is used for its anti-anxiety properties, and in topical formulas for inflammation reduction.

So really, ANY of the Frankincense oils at Ananda will do what you’d like it to – experience the one you enjoy most!

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A Long Time Customer Tells Us How CBD Works For Him…



Looking for real user feedback? One recent, repeat customer had this to say about the DeFlame he uses daily:
I wanted to send you this note regarding the fantastic results which I have had using your CBD Deflame and CBD Plus formulas. I have been a competitive athlete for most of my 52 years, and a very active person for my entire life.
Because of years of high level athletic training, I have some rather used up joints. In fact in the same orthopedic appointment I was told to consider fake knee and elbow joint replacement surgeries. There is substantial to severe osteoarthritis in my left knee (in fact I wear a brace the better part of every day) and both elbows.
I start taking four to five drops of the CBD Deflame a couple of weeks ago, morning and night, and within 4 or 5 days I was noticing substantially less pain and weakness. I also noticed a lowered amount of general pain and soreness in the rest of my body and a more stable mood.
I have stopped taking Ibuprofen and just feel so much better in general.  Thank you so much for making these formulas that are helping me so much to live a more comfortable life again. — Doug W., Boulder, Colorado.

We thank Doug for his wonderful feedback, and are really glad he’s having such a positive experience with CDB ‘DeFlame’.

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