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Peat Water

Austria's best kept
beauty secret

300+ natural botanicals. 30,000 years in the making. It’s literally impossible to recreate this in a lab.

It's time we let you in on a dirty little secret

Dirty Essentials® peat water is a gift from Mother Earth. It’s seriously so good. Exclusive to Austria’s Neydharting Moor, this truly unique peat and peat water is tens of thousands of years in the making. 

Peat is unique depending on where it's found. The mix of flora and fauna alone create a truly unique recipe depending on the continent, country, region and area. Austria’s Neydharting peat comes with a storied history dating back to 800 BCE (more on the history here) and famous physician Paracelsus documenting the discovery of the “ultimate elixir of life” in the 16th century. Fast forward to modern day, and we now have the science to better understand the unique variety of trace minerals, rare earth minerals, and unique flora and fauna found in peat — many of which have been extinct for thousands of years.  

You literally cannot get Dirty Essentials® peat anywhere else. 

Rare Earth Minerals

A “mineral cure” for your skin

7 of the 17 rarest elements on Earth Ce, La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Yb, and Lu

Trace Minerals

Nature’s way of rejuvenating health

Many important trace minerals — including Gold, Copper, and Ba, Be, Cr, Cs, La, Ni, Rb, Sc, Th, V, Y, and Zn

Complex Organic Acids

An ancient form of skin protection

One-of-a-kind fulvic and humic acids that are next to impossible to synthesize in a lab

Phenolic Acids

Natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging

A family of natural mild acids common in many plants and used for natural healing in ancient cultures 

And so much more

Phytochemicals - Polyphenols - Flavonoids - Amino Acids - Vitamins - Phytoalexins -
Components in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TBM)

Dirt is so much more involved than the image that likely comes to mind.

Why? Dirt is made from a whole lot of different elements such as rocks, sand, clay, and organic matter. The organic matter is the unique mix of decomposed flora and fauna, roaming the region at various points in time — over the course of millions of years.  

Peat is a far more rare substance than dirt.

Why? Peat is formed from the accumulation of partially decayed flora and comes from areas more commonly called swamps, marshes and peatlands — which make up less than 3% of our Earth’s land surface.

While these words may conjure up less-than-appealing images in your mind, the natural elements found in peat and peat water are literally the most profound combinations of life-giving properties.  


from Austria’s Neydharting Moor Peat

Complex organic acids are just that: complex. And that’s the result from tens of thousands of years of Mother Earth mixing the basic building blocks of the flora and fauna found in this region of Austrian.

Much like how diamonds form from millions of years of carbon compression and wine connoisseurs can detect notes from various grape strands -- the bare essential elements make them what they are: Truly Unique and One-of-a-Kind    

How do peat organic acids support your skin’s natural acid mantle?

In healthy skin, the skin surface is acidic; this acid mantle is important for skin function and also the maintenance of a health microbiome. As large molecular acids, fulvic and humic acid can help to maintain the proper skin surface pH and support the natural acid mantle.

How do peat organic acids create a natural barrier
from ions that can harm your skin?

The ions present in hard water can cause problems for the skin, including the development of atopic dermatitis (AD). The large organic acids in peat can sequester, or chelate, these divalent counterions and effectively soften hard water, thereby protecting the skin. Fulvic and humic acids are complex natural acids found only in peat. They are difficult, if not impossible to synthesize in a lab, making these the most unique and complex family of molecules known in peat today.

The size of these molecules (large) make them harder to wash away, so they remain on the surface of the skin and provide continuous balance and protection. Fulvic and humic acids can hold onto water even at elevated temperatures. These water-holding and balancing properties mimic the important role that your Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) plays for the skin.

Your skin protects you from the outside world. The living tissue inside your body is shielded from the ever-changing environment outside by a seemingly thin layer of matter (your skin!). Your skin essentially suffers, be it from extreme temperature changes to a myriad of fumes and materials to protect you. NMF helps the skin to balance and reduce these abrupt changes, and peat can help.


Gallic acid (component of peat)

Gallic acid is also found in grape seeds, rose flowers, sumac, oak and witch hazel, and is used to make wine. Gallic acid is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity that’s been shown to suppress melanogenesis (i.e., the production of melanin pigments) and reduce pigmentation. Research shows it also has a protective effect after UV exposure.

Vanillic acid (component of peat)

Vanillic acid is found in the root of Angelica sinensis, an element of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and in Açaí oil as well as in wine. As an anti-oxidant, Vanillic acid can reduce ROS and thereby reduce skin aging. Vanillic acid also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity, and it can decrease melanin synthesis to impart skin lightening properties.

Protocatechuic acid (component of peat)

A mild natural acid found in Hibiscus and mushrooms, Protocatechuic acid is also a natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial, and is produced in the skins of some onions. As an antioxidant, it is an active component in traditional Chinese medicine and found in green tea. Protocatechuic acid also inhibits melanogenesis and thereby acts to lighten the skin. It also counteracts UVB-induced oxidative injuries and photoaging.