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- Define Natural
- There is no formal definition set by the FDA but natural, by most is defined as something that exists in nature freely and does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.
- Define Organic
- Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows: Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations
What’s the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen
- Chemical sunscreen is formulated with ingredients like Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, and Avobenzone. They absorb the UV rays and need to be applied 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure so that they can absorb into the skin.
- Mineral/ Physical sunscreen is formulated with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. They create a physical barrier on the skin to reflect and scatter the sun’s harmful UV rays. The consistency of these formulations tend to be thicker and more white in color. They start working the minute they are applied to the skin.
What is the active ingredient in NG sunless tanner and glow lotions?
- DHA- a natural tanning ingredient derived from Rapa Seed, a yellow flowering member of the cabbage and mustard seed family.
What type of preservative system do you use?
We use paraben and formaldehyde donor free preservatives such as:
- Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate: A naturalpreservative derived from radish
- Citric Acid: Long used in food, personal care and beverages for its preserving properties
- Phenoxyethanol: An aromatic ether alcohol widely used as a perservative in natural cosmetics as an alternative to parabens
- Glyceryl Undecylenate: An emollient and preservative enhancer derived from Caster Bean Oil and Vegetable Glycerin
- Benzyl Alcohol: An aromatic alcohol with antimicrobial properties
What type of surfactants do you use?
- Sulfate free surfactants derived from coconut oil and coconut fatty acids that gently cleanse without over drying or irritating
What makes your cherry gel toothpaste kid friendly?
- Lower RDA level (abrasivity level), free of potentially toxic and hazardous ingredient such as fluoride, parabens, sulfates etc, and available in a yummy flavor kids love
We define the negative 9
- GMO (genetically modified organism) – the NON GMO project defines GMOs as plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
- Sulfates – High foaming cleansing agents, known to be overly stripping to the hair and skin. Can fade color and irritate and over dry skin. Considered irritants that can aggravate skin.
- Mineral Oil – A petroleum derivative. Often used as a base for heavy crèmes and skin softeners known to block pores; preventing skin from breathing. Could contain damaging impurities.
- Petrolatum (petroleum jelly) – Derived from crude oil, is not a renewable resource and considered a carcinogen There is risk of contamination from cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products.
- Phthalates – plasticizers, known to the state to cause reproductive or developmental toxicity and require label warnings when these substances are present at higher than designated amounts. In 1988, DEHP was listed as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer.
- Parabens – a common preservative (including butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben) used in the personal care industry that have been linked to skin sensitivity and toxicity.
- Oxybenzone – Defined by the Environmental Working Group, Oxybenzone is a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Fluoride – Too much fluoride can possibly be harmful to your teeth. If ingested, can also be toxic.
- Carrageenan – A derivative from red seaweeds widely used in the food industry for its thickening/stabilizing properties; however the backlash associated with this ingredient is that it predictably causes inflammation leading to digestive issues and other health implications.