At the heart of all SIA products is an ingredient which epitomises the simple freedom of the Adriatic: Flower of Salt. Hand-harvested from algae-rich sea basins around the Dalmatia region, this invigorating ingredient breathes the relaxation of a sea breeze into all our whole–body skin care, and works wonders for boosting our mood, too.
Sea salt baths have been touted as a cure-all for centuries, and it’s really no wonder: the magnesium content of sea salt reduces inflammation and improves the strength of the skin barrier, which allows the rest of our targeted ingredients to work their magic. Flower of Salt is particularly special, though. It’s painstakingly harvested by hand and left unprocessed, and as such yields only a tiny crop each year. Because of this delicate procedure, Flower of Salt retains its rich crop of essential minerals, which includes magnesium and adds iodine, copper, zinc, iron, and phosphorous into the mix as well. Combined, these have a multitude of benefits for our wellbeing, from combating stress to promoting restful sleep and relaxation. Flower of Salt is also known to prevent premature ageing whilst cleansing skin.
The harvesting technique for Flower of Salt has been passed down through generations, and has remained largely unchanged since the Roman era. It’s a process that’s only performed in a few areas around the world, the Dalmatian coast being one of the finest. The salt forms through the metabolism of algae and marine micro-organisms, and then these wind-powered Adriatic sea salt basins are gently reaped of their treasure. This process limits the creation of the salt, and effectively prohibits mass production, which is excellent news for the environment.
Sadly, the prevalence of saltmarshes has long been threatened, and their importance is often overlooked: reclaimed as farmland, eroded by violent storms and simply forgotten by many, salt flats are disappearing. Unfortunately, that means that the mudflats and marshlands that rely on their existence are also in danger, and with them the delicate organisms and ecosystems that call them home. By using our artisanal Flower of Salt, we support the local communities around the sea basins - and protect the mudflats as well. The mudflats in the Dalmatia region are home to over 280 species of birds, including two endangered species, and we’re delighted to be protecting this vulnerable ecosystem.
Just as we invest in therapeutic ingredients and holistic ecological efforts, we love to invest in rituals that bring an overall sense of self-reflection and calm to our lives. Through exploring and reinventing ancient recipes and balms, we’ve tapped into the apothecary secrets of the Adriatic to open our mind and prime for good thoughts. Flower of Salt brings with it a sense of the sea, and the lives of those who live and work by it who have grown up embracing fjaka - the state in which you are fulfilled by life and the natural world. A good ritual should help us to feel uplifted and at peace, and prep us for a tranquil night’s sleep or a productive and fulfilling day.
We think that you deserve the best of the best. Maybe for you that means a curated capsule wardrobe of eco-friendly clothes that spark joy, Marie Kondo-style, or maybe it means taking some time out of your busy schedule for ten minutes of mindful meditation. For us, it means using quality ingredients, and while you’re busy focussing your mind and de-cluttering your home, our skincare is designed to work hard for your body; and for that, Flower of Salt is an essential ingredient.
Why not follow up an invigorating walk with our gorgeous Energy Cleanse, which helps to harness that vitality and keep you uplifted all day. We also love to indulge in a slow morning ritual reflecting on goals for the day and what it might take to achieve them - even if that means thinking outside the box. Take a moment to gently press our Wake-up Droplets into your skin, breathing in the delicate scent and envisioning the pretty coastal walks that inspire fjaka so easily. Caring for your body is a huge part of caring for your mind, and taking the time to protect and appreciate your body, and everything it is capable of doing, is an essential process that should not be overlooked. We combine Flower of Salt with a range of luxurious ingredients that benefit and boost your skin, so that you can relax in the knowledge that your skincare is doing the hard work for you.
As Pythagoras said, “salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea”. That purity is why we think it deserves a place at the very heart of all our products, bringing a sense of the beauty of nature with it that we think everyone should stop and admire, if only for a few minutes a day.