Ancient’s Best Skincare Range

Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Herbs, Products.

A few years back we developed a unique and beautiful range of skincare with a difference. It was formulated based on classical Ayurveda. Each product was based on a complex formulation of herbs formulated to be Dosha Pacifying whilst still achieving its role as a beauty product.

Even though we are now out of stock of that first product run, if resources permit we may produce this product again. Those who used it loved it!

Read on to hear more about this story if you are interested in natural beauty products suited to you as an individual.

Unique Selling Points about Ancient’s Best Dosha Pacifying Skincare Range:

  • A fresh and original approach to skincare and beauty
  • An ancient tradition in a ready to use and modern package that is accessible to all
  • Classical formulations of herbal compounds and natural oils suited to each individual
  • Made in New Zealand employing modern manufacturing practices and ingredients suited to high quality natural/organic products
  • Five years in the making! Extensive research, trials, and experimentation completed prior to release

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 Skincare Packaging

Our Ayurvedic Skincare Range includes a Dosha Pacifying Cleanser, Toner, and Moisturiser for each Dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). They are designed to work together as a set and come attractively packaged in a special box (3 x 100 ml bottles – Cleanser + Toner + Moisturiser).

We are very proud of the beautiful design of our skincare boxes (the box was created, manufactured and printed by Pakworld in Christchurch, and graphic design is by Eyecatcher Designs in Blenheim). The box itself is designed to hold each skincare set with a window showing the label of one bottle and the inserts from each side of this window protecting each bottle from the others within the box. The box also serves to protect the skincare from light.

Each Dosha box has its own vibrant colour which is chosen to represent a colour which will help to pacify the excess of that Dosha. For example the Pitta box is a cooling, calming blue, the Kapha box an energising, heating red, and the Vata box a gentle, grounding green. The mango leaf design that wraps around the top of the box is also printed on the inside of the box in a softer shade highlighting the time, thought, and care that has gone into the design of the products and the packaging.

A brochure has been printed to accompany the skincare range – for the pdf copy please click here to see it.

Don’t know which product to use? Click here to go to our Dosha Quiz to find out your current imbalanced state (Vikriti) and then choose the appropriate Dosha Pacifying products. Please note that this quiz is not for diagnostic purposes as this can only be determined through Naadi Parikshai (Pulse Reading).

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Philosophy behind these unique natural products:

Beauty is a timeless quality that we all possess. Outer beauty may be seen in our skin, hair, and eyes, in our movements and posture, and in our freshness and vitality. This outer appearance is intimately linked to our inner beauty which relates to our power of digestion and elimination, and to living our life in a supportive and positive way that brings out our strengths. Enhancing our beauty comes from self knowledge which comes about by understanding our nature (our individual and unique constitution). True and lasting beauty manifests as wisdom and skill in the way we live our lives.

Just as each and every one of us is unique so must all we do be tailored to our individual needs. In Ayurveda it is understood that outer beauty comes first from inner beauty, understanding and accepting our self, and developing a life-style that is correct and compatible for us as unique individuals. This includes what we put on our skin as this too becomes food for the body and must suit us.

In Ayurvedic skincare the herbs and oils are chosen to suit the individual constitution and to pacify the Dosha that is most aggravated. This is the root cause of any inner and outer disturbances. Once the root cause is addressed many of the symptoms that are being experienced may drop away. Many modern skin care products are “cosmetic” in the way they work – meaning to ‘cover up’. They are mostly created to work on symptoms such as dry skin, oily skin, acne, etc without consideration to what the root cause of these problems is.

How are Ancient’s Best products different from other herbal products?

It is not a matter of one herb being better than another but which herb is more correct and compatible for each person. Ancient’s Best has selected traditional herbs and oils to support and pacify each specific Dosha in addition to having the qualities needed to carry out the function of that product (such as cleansing, toning, moisturising etc).

Other products tend to select herbs based purely on the properties of the individual herb or herbs without taking into account what in fact suits the individual using that product. There is always a risk when using such products that the herbs are not compatible to the person and over time this can cause disturbance.

Ancient’s Best products are not single herb products but contain a number of herbs chosen for their suitability to pacify a particular Dosha, as well as their synergistic qualities working in combination with other herbs. It is understood in Ayurveda that using several herbs with similar qualities gives a more powerful effect and greater benefits than using a single herb.

A Modern Approach to Traditional Products

Although all Ancient’s Best products are made using traditional knowledge the method of manufacture is modern so the products are accessible and easy to use as one would any conventional cleanser, toner, or moisturiser. Packaging is clear so the product can be seen and bottles are light and easy to carry when travelling. Lotion pumps easily lock shut without loss of the product and release small amounts of lotion so as to reduce waste.

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‘Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food’:

Just as we have to be very particular with what we eat and when we eat and how much we eat etc.; it is equally important to understand the nature and qualities of your Skin Care products as they are but ‘food’ too.  This is what we have aspired to achieve with our Skin Care products, not only food for your skin but food for the whole being…

Life-style Management:

The traditional application of Ayurveda is focussed primarily on a Life-style management approach and this is the most important factor in terms of stability. Life-style is everything and anything that affects you and because you are unique it must be correct and compatible for you.

Our Ancient’s Best Skin Care products are formulated and prepared as we would any Ayurvedic remedy prepared for the individual for treating imbalances of the Dosha that has caused some symptoms of dis-ease to appear. That much study and care has gone into selecting the right and suitable herbs to do the right work and function.

What are the benefits for me?

The benefits of using our Skin Care products will be good for all but if you abide by the principles of Ayurvedic Lifestyle management, then the skin care products can offer miraculous changes and improvements. This is because our Skin Care products act as a corrector of Dosha imbalances and not just to do some surface or cosmetic work as most skin care products do. These products work at the root level and not superficially. Thus though it takes a little longer for effective results, the results once obtained will remain as part of you and your life.

So you can expect long term and long lasting benefits and not just improvement of your skin quality. The approach is holistic; where you are recognised, respected, and cared for as a unique individual.

Dosha Pacifying Herbs

Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Ayurveda (General), Herbs.

Our Ayurvedic Formulas are compounded from many different finely powdered and ground herbs to not only provide those tastes that are deficient in the individual but also very importantly to assist in the detoxification process, and provide concentrated nutrition.

Such herbal formulas work to correct and remove excess Dosha and toxins. Usually one to two months initial supply will be compounded but the duration of consumption will depend on how quickly the excess Dosha move away from your systems.

Subsequent formulations, if required, may be compounded differently as the Dosha will move. All such compounds are made especially to suit each individual. All herbs are whole (not extracts), pure, and processed in powder form, and are a very pure source of nutrition as well as detoxifying agents. They contain no additives or preservatives and so must be kept airtight, refrigerated and dry.

More than 100 different traditional herbs are sourced, and formulations are complex, based on traditional knowledge of Ayurvedic pharmacology. Today many Ayurvedic herbal formulations tend to consist of single herbs or simple herbal combinations, and are primarily used for symptomatic treatments.

A classical formulation such as ours contains herbs that not only pacify the aggravated Dosha but that work synergistically to help with the digestion and assimilation of the herbs, as well as having carminative functions and assisting in the breakdown and elimination of toxins. Instead of one herb having one function there will be a number with similar functions and this is understood to give greater potency and effectiveness to the formulation. The qualities of a single herb no longer acts singly when in a synergy with many other herbs as in a formula.

The cost of the formulations reflects the time, effort and knowledge that goes into sourcing the ingredients, and preparing the formulations so we can support our clients/students. Herbs are purchased in small quantities to ensure freshness and kept refrigerated and vacuum sealed to protect their freshness and prevent contamination.

Below is a short video that shows the mixing of a Dosha Pacifying formula ready to consume. Although the herbs don’t taste very nice it is very important to taste them as this a key aspect in the digestive process.