Still collecting your thoughts….

Please keep those thoughts and ideas coming! I’m getting great ideas for research and experimentation from you! I’m reading your comments and already my brain is swirling with ideas and my notebook pages are being filled at an alarming rate! So much awesome! Such inspiration!  If you live in Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley, check … Read moreStill collecting your thoughts….

Weekend Wonderings: Plant extracts vs. oils. Extending the shelf life of an oil.

We have a ton of comments from the last few weeks, so let’s get started! The series on oils generated loads of great comments, so let’s take a look at those… PLANT EXTRACTS VS. OILSIn the post Can oils penetrate our hair? Anastasia asks, Plant extracts vs oils: why would you choose one over another? For … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Plant extracts vs. oils. Extending the shelf life of an oil.

Tuesday Wonderings: Substitutions for comedogenic ingredients? And share your knowledge about Vitamin C esters!

SUBSTITUTION FOR COMEDOGENIC INGREDIENTS? In this post on oil free moisturizers, Elysia asks: Cetyl Alcohol is moderately comedogenic and the key ingredient in Germall – Propylene Glycol – is extremely comedogenic. Do you have suggestions for a acne-safe alternatives to these ingredients?I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin so I have to be really careful with what … Read moreTuesday Wonderings: Substitutions for comedogenic ingredients? And share your knowledge about Vitamin C esters!

Is there a reason to use expensive oils in our products?

I think we’ve established over the last week that some oils can penetrate our skin to offer an improvement to skin’s barrier lipids, that polyphenols can penetrate our skin to behave as anti-oxidants, and that phytosterols probably don’t penetrate our skin, but it’s okay because they help our skin by increasing its barrier properties. So … Read moreIs there a reason to use expensive oils in our products?

Can polyphenols found in oils penetrate our skin?

Polyphenols are found in our oils in three major ways – flavonoids, lignans, and tannins. They are the structural backbone for most anti-oxidants found in plants. Flavonoids behave as anti-oxidants on our skin and in our bodies by scavenging the free radicals produced at our cell membranes. It is thought (meaning there aren’t enough studies or … Read moreCan polyphenols found in oils penetrate our skin?