Where do you source your ingredients?
We are very particular about the kind of ingredients going into Renegade products.
We try to keep it simple, and no matter where we're getting materials from, we want to keep it close to home.
Many of the herbs we use are homegrown (chem-free, of course), and many more are in the process of being planted on our 2-acre ranch. We also source from an organic herb company in Oregon called Mountain Rose Herbs. They offer superior quality oils, herbs, and minerals.
We use doTERRA essential oils as well, which are certified pure therapeutic grade--the highest quality oils available on the market.
You can learn more about our process in the About section in the menu above.
Where can I find Renegade Products in stores?
We are always adding new stockists, but you can find our current locations here. You may also click the Shop tab at the top of this webpage to shop online.
Are your products vegan?
About 65% of our products are vegan. The only animal products we use are honey, propolis, + beeswax from sustainable West Coast beekeepers. All ingredients are listed on the packaging and in their online shop listings. For a complete list, please fill out contact form on main page of this website.
Are your products gluten-free?
We do not use any gluten-containing ingredients in our formulas. We are not certified or registered gluten-free, and do not claim to be officially "gluten free".
Why use charcoal & how does it whiten?
Activated charcoal is not the same charcoal you find in your BBQ. It has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. It is made using carbon, which is exposed to very high temperatures. Through this process, called activation, the carbon develops pores (little pockets of space on its surface) that vastly increase the surface area of the nutrients. It is this surface area that makes activated charcoal so popular with consumers, due to its ability to catch chemicals and toxins in your body.
In whitening, the activated charcoal’s pores bind with rough parts on teeth, usually surface stains and plaque, making it easier to remove the yellowing substances. Once the charcoal has been given enough time to stick to your teeth, it can be removed and when it is, the mineral takes the plaque, food particles, and surface stains with it. This is how the activated charcoal succeeds in whitening teeth – by getting rid of surface stains in one fell swoop.
I've tried many natural deodorants- they haven't worked and irritate my skin. What makes yours different?
We are glad you asked. Firstly, the natural ingredients that some people find create redness, rashes and itching are Tea Tree oil and baking soda. These are affective ingredients, but using too much on sensitive skin can create adverse effects. We omit Tea Tree from our deodorant, and only use a very small amount of baking soda in our formula. The result is a smooth, buttery texture-- not that grainy, scratchy feel of other deodorants.
Now- how does our deodorant work? The unique & simple combination of ingredients in our formula has been tested and tweaked for years. We finally figured it out. The key is that we use arrowroot powder- this is a starch that absorbs moisture, which is where the odor-causing bacteria thrive. It keeps you drier without clogging pores with nasty aluminum. Also, our combination of raw shea butter and coconut oil keep skin moisturized and are naturally anti-bacterial. The essential oils in the scented versions are just a bonus scent and extra germ-killing power.
Don't I need fluoride? Why use natural toothpaste?
There are several purposes for brushing your teeth with toothpaste. The type of toothpaste you choose is going to determine the kind of protection you provide for your teeth. The simple act of brushing alone is going to remove the plaque & debris buildup, along with flossing. The purpose of fluoride is for restoring mineral buildups to protect against decay, however there are alternate ways of doing this. Many people believe fluoride is a toxin, and some studies have shown that too much of this heavy metal in the system can cause hormonal and nerve disruptions, among other negative effects. Especially if your water is fluoridated, you should look into fluoride-free toothpaste. Read more about that here:
Mineral toothpaste or tooth powder is a great alternative. It accomplishes the same goal (to build up protecting minerals in the teeth to fight decay). Bentonite clay, diatomaceous earth, and trace mineral-rich azomite dust fortify and absorb into teeth, while baking soda cleans and freshens breath.
Won't my pores get clogged and skin be greasy if I use oil as a moisturizer?
There is a common myth, surviving from the 90's that we need "oil-free" skincare. This fact is that our own skin produces an oil-sebum- that is nature's moisturizer. We have been told it needs to be washed away, because it mixes with dirt and sweat throughout the day. But the oil itself isn't the problem. I created the face oil formulas to help the skin lock in moisture, and discourage overproduction of sebum. Chemical products dry the face out and that's why our skin works overtime to overcompensate, thus feeling greasy. Plant oils like jojoba, grapeseed oils and even animals fats like tallow are wonderful bases for creams and serums to use on the face. Choosing the right oils for your skin will depend on how dry or naturally moisturized your skin is- different oils have different particle sizes, so someone with naturally oily skin would pick a lighter oil like jojoba or argan, while dry or mature skin might benefit from coconut or avocado oils.
What's the difference between essential oils and fragrance?
Essential oils are the oils extracted from plants using a variety of methods, the main one being steam distillation, cold pressing and C02 extraction. They are concentrated, and as long as the individual doesn't have a sensitivity to a particular plant, they are safe to go on the skin and the most natural way to scent products. Futhermore, they have botanical benefits. Sometimes lower quality brands are amended with lab created terpenes to enhance the smell.
Fragrance is a general term for ingredients that create an odor, and it almost always means a chemical formula, created in a lab. These ingredients can be incredibly harmful to people and pets. They may contain endocrine disrupters- harming a critical part of your body's function. These absolutely can be absorbed through your skin into your body.
What is propolis?
Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources.When scientists have looked closer at the exact chemical composition of propolis, they have found that it actually contains over 300 natural compounds, including amino acids, coumarins, phenolic aldehydes, polyphenols, sequiterpene quinines and steroids. It is fantastic at fighting bacteria, parasites and viruses, and can prevent a cold with regular use. It has uses in helping prevent bone disease and tooth decay, can fight seasonal allergies, and boosts women's and men's hormonal function. Some studies claim it even helps fight against cancer cells.