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Updated: Mar 22



Because wellness is to be valued rather than privileged, Fortitude has taken the liberty of providing as much knowledge as possible in order to limit the possibility of hinderances getting between you and your overall well being. In other words, Fortitude chooses to offer up the knowledge and resources needed to better understand what you're consuming both internally and topically. Because we understand and believe the lack of knowledge to be one of the primary reasons people across the world suffer from a wide array of debilitating issues, Fortitude is committed to providing our community with the knowledge and insight necessary for growth, change, and gradual development.


Below is a list of benefits of the products we offer and share. Our hope is that as our community acquires a better understanding of the importance of valuing their selves wholly and completely, we're able to move past the unnatural compliances we've learned and made while living beneath the line of abundance.



BLACK SOAP


Black Soap has a reputation for improving uneven skin tone, targeting acne, and clearing up oily skin. The ingredients used to make the soap differ across the globe. Fortitude chooses to implement all natural ingredients with the intended purpose of targeting, restoring, and soothing the body as gently as possible. Below is a list of benefits coming specifically from the soaps we make. Our ingredients. Our research. Our soaps.


  • Antibacterial: strong antibacterial properties make it an effective natural alternative to chemical cleansers. though non-medicated, it's properties still remain effective in the reduction and removal of many bacterias (a few listed below)

  • Bacillus spp.

  • Corynebacterium spp.

  • Escherichia coli

  • Staphylococcus aureus

  • Staphylococcus epidermidis

  • Escherichia coli

  • Treats Acne: contains powerful antimicrobial properties that destroy the microorganisms causing acne

  • Improves Skin Tone and Texture: naturally exfoliating due to it's rough texture; can help with dead skin removal overtime by softening and separating out the rough (cornified) layer of skin formed by dead cell remnants

  • Iron, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Fatty Acids: high amounts of Iron and Vitamins E and A. Vitamin E helps promote healing and aids in moisturizing skin which improves tone and texture; Vitamin A supports collagen production; supports the growth of new tissue; help to strengthen and repair damages skin; help reinforce skin’s lipid barrier and secure moisture; has cleansing and antibacterial properties helpful for the removal of dirt and makeup


SACHA INCHI SEEDS


Sancha Inchi Seeds have numerous health benefits ranging from being a highly nutritious source of plant protein and omega-3 fatty acids to their high and easily digestible fiber content. Native to Peru, these seeds are rich in iron, tryptophan, antioxidants, and contain all 8 essential amino acids!


  • Omega Fatty Acids: critical to brain health and overall function; help reduce inflammation; help control blood glucose levels; improves bone density; helps body absorb calcium; lowers triglyceride levels; aids in reversing the hardening of blood vessels; helps lower high blood pressure; improves circulation and cholesterol; researchers also believe high &/or increased levels of Omega-3s to reduce insulin resistance in those with elevated sugar levels

  • Protein: contain every amino acid necessary for our bodies to function properly; supports overall muscular development; complete proteins help to form antibodies necessary for the prevention of illnesses and diseases,

  • Skin and Hair: high levels of Omega-3s support hydration; help regulate oil production; are vital to healthy hair and skin; vitamin E content prevents free radical damage that can harm skin

  • Weight Loss: helps with balance cortisol levels and reducing food cravings and mood swings; high levels of tryptophan (used to produce melatonin and serotonin and only acquired through diet), help. regulate appetite, sleep-wake cycle, and pain;

  • Fibre: helps increase satiety; supports digestive health; supports bodily removal of waste and toxins by regulating bowls



SHEA BUTTER





Shea Butter offers us a variety of different health benefits. Not only is it known to soothe and maintain skin elasticity, but it also supports the production of collagen in the skin!


  • Protects From Extreme Temperatures: fatty acid content helps to restore the barrier between the skin and outside environment which then holds in moisture and reduces dryness

  • Moisturizing: contains essential fatty acids (linoleum, oleic, stearic, and palmitic) that restore lips and generate moisture in skin; hydrates and calms skin

  • Anti-Inflammatory: helps slow down cytokine production production (cytokines are a group of proteins, peptides, or glycoproteins that play a role in our bodies' inflammatory response); this process helps to minimize environmental irritations and skin conditions (like eczema)

  • Hair Care: acts as a sealing agent to hold moisture in hair and increases softness; prevents breakage (high fatty acid content makes it easy to penetrate hair in oil form which in turn prevents breakage); increases shine and reduces frizz; when applied onto hair and absorbed, Shea Butter coats hair with a shaft providing protection from heat

  • Anti-Fungal: fights skin infections caused by fungi

  • Aids Collagen Production: collagen is one of the major structural proteins that make our skin tough and plump. that the chemical compounds (triterpenes) found in Shea Butter work to regenerate cells, support anti-aging, and boost collagen production.






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