We take pride in sourcing our botanical ingredients for their unparalleled potency and purity. Wherever possible, Céla endeavours to work with suppliers who grow, harvest and produce our extracts, oils and butters within Canada.
Designed to calm, protect and soothe the skin from the Northern climate, the Céla Complex is a blend of six Canadian botanical extracts - Blueberry, Elderberry, Evening Primrose, Juniper Berry, Rosemary and Lavender. Combined, these potent extracts reveal skin’s natural radiance while protecting it from the ravages of environmental factors and supporting its health at the cellular level.
Elderberries have a detoxifying, radiance-boosting effect on the skin thanks to their potent concentration of Vitamin C. A hero of folk medicine for their cold- and influenza-fighting abilities, they are also an excellent source of anthocyanins, which are antioxidant plant pigments proven to reduce inflammation and promote microcirculation.
The needle-like leaves of the evergreen rosemary shrub are distilled to produce a soothingly aromatic, mineral-rich extract awash in skin-boosting flavonoids, phenolic acids, essential oils and vitamins. Rosemary’s purifying and skin-calming benefits combine with the woody, relaxing fragrance it imparts to promote the well-being of body and mind alike.
The oil from the slow-ripening berries of the coniferous juniper shrub has a refreshingly astringent, herbal aroma – it’s what gives gin its distinctive flavour, most famously. As a skincare ingredient, it has remarkable antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well aiding in regulating sebum production. Céla’s juniper extract helps balance and clarify skin while imparting a clean, calming scent.
The flowers of the perennial lavender plant emit a calming fragrance that induces peace of mind and supports restful sleep, while its antifungal and antibacterial properties work to heal and balance the skin. Readily absorbed, lavender extract has also been shown to have analgesic effects, helping to alleviate discomfort from minor irritations.
Rich in damage-combating antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, polyphenolic tannins with antibacterial and irritation-calming properties, as well as essential fatty acids to aid in moisture regulation, blueberries are a natural-skincare superfood, working to protect and soothe skin.
The common evening-primrose wildflower is one of the only vegetal sources of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an important omega-6 fatty acid. Evening primrose oil, with its high concentration of GLA, is used topically as a soothing emollient with restorative and balancing skincare benefits.
Finely ground coffee beans act as an effective mechanical exfoliator, sloughing away dead cells from the skin’s surface. They contain caffeine, a hardworking alkaloid that penetrates the skin barrier to fight UV radiation and photoaging with its antioxidant properties while reducing cellulite by stimulating the breakdown of fats.
Named after the Ethiopian highlands where the oilseed plant was first discovered, emollient Abyssinian oil is high in erucic acid, a nourishing omega-9 acid. Quickly absorbed, it imparts a comfortingly silky
texture to the skin’s surface, working as a barrier against dehydration. It also restores a healthy sheen to hair.
Use of this stemless succulent can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt, when it was referred to as the “plant of immortality”. The pulp extracted from the aloe plant’s thick leaves is rich in water and polysaccharides, as well as anti-inflammatory sterols. In addition to promoting skin hydration, aloe has been shown to accelerate healing of wounds and burns.
Ripe avocados grown without pesticides are dehydrated, sliced and pressed to obtain an easily absorbed oil that restores skin barrier function. It seals in moisture while delivering the nourishing, skin-conditioning and antioxidant benefits of its high concentration of essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, D and E.
The nutritious inner flesh of the coconut palm fruit is cold pressed to obtain a creamy, richly emollient oil with a true-to-nature, comfortingly nutty aroma owing to the preservation of its antioxidant polyphenols during extraction. In addition to providing intense moisturisation to hair and body, the high fatty acid content gives coconut oil remarkable antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Native to the Amazonian rainforest and belonging to the same family as cocoa, the cupuaçu bean produces a decadent butter with similar skin-softening and protective qualities, plus several unique antioxidants. Prized for its stability and the speed at which it melts into the skin, cupuaçu butter can support 440% of its molecular weight in water, making it a phenomenal hydrator.
Jojoba stands out among plant oils for consisting almost entirely of wax esters, replenishing this essential
component of sebum that decreases in production as we age. It also regulates sebum production in problem skin, making it an exceptionally well-tolerated moisturiser with both emollient (skin-smoothing) and occlusive (water-trapping) properties.
Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter is an edible triglyceride and an excellent emollient with nourishing, skin-softening properties. Mainly composed of oleic acid – a fatty acid closely resembling human sebum – it is readily absorbed, and as gentle as it is an effective moisturiser.
The seeds of the ucuuba tree, native to the Amazonian lowlands and swamplands, are cold pressed for their remarkable butter. Primarily composed of three essential fatty acids, myristic, lauric and palmitic acid, and rich in anti-aging vitamins A and C, ucuuba butter absorbs quickly and moisturises deeply without a greasy after feel.