Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – The Gentle Surfactant

Written by: | April 18, 2017 | 2 responses

Surfactants have a bad reputation as being harsh and irritating to the skin, but sodium cocoyl isethionate is a completely different type of surfactant! Derived from coconut, this extremely gentle ingredient is fast replacing traditional surfactants in natural hair and skincare formulations. Biodegradable Naturally derived from coconut, sodium cocoyl isethionate is readily biodegradable. This makes […]

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Quinoa Protein for Gluten-Free Hair Products

Written by: | April 10, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Many people avoid gluten nowadays- whether due to serious allergies or personal preferences. Recently the gluten-free trend has even made its way from food to cosmetic products. Meeting the demand for gluten-free skincare products can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. One solution: switch from using hydrolyzed wheat protein to hydrolyzed quinoa protein. Originally harvested by the Inca, quinoa (pronounced keen-WAH) is a staple ingredient mostly […]

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Non-GMO corn starch: 8 Amazing Facts

Written by: | April 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Corn is ubiquitous in our American lives–it’s present in our food, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products– even textiles.  In fact, more than 20 different cosmetic ingredients are derived from corn,  from oils to extracts to powders, and more. Essential sources non-GMO corn starch and spends considerable time and effort selecting our ingredients to make sure they are safe, effective, and sustainable so you can be […]

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Vitamin C in Skincare

Written by: | March 28, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Vitamin C is known for its beneficial effects on skin, but did you know that it comes is more than one form? Ascorbic acid and ascorbyl palmitate are the most common forms used in skincare. Citric acid is not vitamin C, but is often mistaken as vitamin C. Let’s explore the different forms and how […]

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Skincare, Haircare and pH – What you need to know

Written by: | March 20, 2017 | one response

When making skin and hair care products, it is important to be mindful of pH. It’s easy to forget this important step, as we tend to focus on the more obvious product attributes, like smell and texture.  While it is important for a product to look, smell and feel good it is also very important to […]

Kids & Skincare – What’s Appropriate at What Age?

Written by: | March 14, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and acts as the barrier between our bodies and the environment. Taking good care of our skin not only feels good, but is a matter of good health. If you, as an adult, don’t clean and care for your skin, it will most certainly show signs of distress. When we […]

5 Reasons Ashwagandha is Amazing for Hair and Skin

Written by: | March 13, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Ashwagandha is arguably one of the most valuable tools in Ayurvedic medicine and has been used to treat specific health conditions for about 3,000 years.  Over time, ashwagandha’s health effects have been tested and well-documented, but less has been written about its benefit to your hair & skin. Ashwagandha’s scientific name is Withania Somnifera but the common name […]

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Deionized Water – What is it and why it matters

Written by: | March 6, 2017 | Leave a Comment

What is Deionized Water and why does it matter? Unless you’re a scientist working on isolating ions in a lab, you may not be aware that there are many different types of water and each has different properties. While purity and mineral content are considerations in drinking water, there’s more to consider when using water in […]

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English Poppy Seed Oil – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | February 28, 2017 | 3 responses

Poppy seeds have long been hailed as a health food due to their high content of minerals, tocopherols and essential fatty acids.  References as far back in time as Ancient Egypt report their benefits toward improved health and well-being. The oil extracted from poppy seed also has a long history in food and nutrition as it is rich […]

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Kojic Acid – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | February 21, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Sake may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about skincare, however, this Japanese rice wine is responsible for one of the most popular ingredients in Asian beauty products! Kojic acid is a by-product of fermenting the malting rice used to make sake.  The name, Kojic, is Japanese and comes from […]

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