Barnängen’s Nordic-inspired ingredients remind of the Swedish landscape, light, sea and woods, which create a unique oasis for rare and varied plants, herbs and nutritive ingredients that Swedes have used and trusted for centuries.
As a result, Nordic wild fruit, like Cloudberry, as well as icons, like Birch and Elderflower, are infused into Barnängen’s Body Care products, and blended with scientifically researched skin care formulations such as our signature ingredient Cold Cream, an ancestral beauty recipe, known for protecting the skin against dryness and irritation.
Sweden is the land of a thousand berries you might have never heard of. Lapland`s favorite wild fruit, Cloudberry, is one of them. This wild rare berry mainly grows in Arctic environments & Boreal forests in the Northern Hemisphere. Due to its limited accessibility and the limited season of harvest, it is one of the most precious and rare berries in the world. With its moisturizing properties it the ideal ingredient in skincare.
Oats are grown in temperate regions, requiring lower summer heat and having greater tolerance to rain. Sweden’s natural lagom-ness makes it the perfect place to grow the very best Oats. Nowadays, Oat is well-known for maintaining the skin’s natural barrier, protecting the skin from the drying out.
Elder is a tall shrub that blossoms in the early summer with larger clusters of small and creamy-white flowers. With its delicate and captivating scent, Elderflower became the central flower for Sweden’s Midsommar celebrations. It is either used to decorate the table or as a delightful refreshment, in Swedish “Fläderblomssaft”. Rich in polyphenols, Elderflower has been used in cosmetic lotions and skin refreshers for its soothing and softening properties.
Birch is widespread throughout the Northern Hemisphere—so much so that a variant of Silver Birch—Ornäsbjörk in Swedish—is considered the national tree of Sweden. For many years, birch leaves and extracts have been used in Sweden for medical and beauty purposes. Being the symbol of renewal, Birch plants embody toning, softening and purifying properties.
Midsommar is the most loved tradition in Sweden. People celebrate the arrival of summer with family and friends. The most iconic element of Midsommar is the floral crown. A combination of seven typically Swedish flowers. Superstitious advise to pick those seven flowers from seven different gardens and to put them under a pillow. At night, your future love will be revealed to you in your dream.
In winter, the most reckless Swedes go for a “Bada Isvak”, meaning “Bath in an Ice hole”. In the Nordic countries, the tradition says that you first dig a hole in the ice and then dive into the cold and salty water for an instant uplift. The coolness of the water assembled with the re-mineralizing properties of the salt turn it into a healthy Nordic Ritual.
The Northern forests of Sweden are full of wild blueberries, which are more than a delicious summertime snack. If not used for juices, jams and dishes such as the Swedish blueberry pie Blåbärspaj, they are seen as the superfruit of the Arctic, guaranteeing a flawless beauty. Blueberries are full of nutrients, antioxidants and flavonoids, which give them the status of a super-berry.
Being surrounded by the sea, every Swedish beauty is delighted by the therapeutic effects of bathing in mineral-rich waters. Known since time immemorial for its curative powers, Sea Minerals are rich in magnesium and calcium, which improve the skin’s hydration by strengthening its barrier function.
Forests of kelp and meadows of swaying seagrass wait beneath the surface of Kosterhavet – Sweden’s first marine national park. Kelp, Kosterhavet’s rare flower, is the largest and most nutrient rich of all seaweed species. Rich in vitamins and trace minerals, Sea Kelp can be applied on the skin as a firming, healing, exfoliating and strengthening agent.
The large swaths of Red Algae grow in the west of beautiful Koster islands. As an active ingredient for skin health, it is known for the ability to enhance the skin's barrier function and increase its moisture-retention capabilities. On top, it is rich in antioxidants, protecting against free radicals, and a variety of vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B, C and E. A real superhero ingredient!
Cornflowers are gorgeous, delicate wild flowers that bloom between May and July, enlightening Östergotland - one of the traditional provinces of Sweden. As an old favorite for minor healings, they on-top work wonders on the skin. As an astringent, it closes pores, gently dries skin and regulates sebum production. Lastly, being soothing and anti-inflammatory, it calms and reduces red patches on sensitive skin. Today, it’s not only Östergotland’s but favorite of Barnängen!
The Daisy’s golden shimmer always sparkles across Skane’s countryside and since 1909 it has officially became the local flower of the whole province. Being known for its golden glow, it is of no surprise that Daisy is known to even and brighten skin tones, yielding a high concentration of antioxidants and exfoliating acids.
Swedish forests & meadows are abundant of delicious berries. Part of these jewel is the Arctic bramble, Akerbär in Swedish, the provincial plant of the Norrbotton province in Northern Sweden. This pinkish fruit is considered a delicacy and its antioxidant-rich properties, vitamins and minerals, the source of every beauty’s survival during the harsh and long Swedish winter.