Natural Chemistry

When it comes to natural personal care products, the focus tends to be on the natural. However, producing quality care products involves thoughtful science and an understanding of ingredients and their function. When developing products, we take great care to ensure the ingredient we use are the very best options for your skin and your health. Sometimes this involves ingredients some with which consumers may have questions or concerns. However, every ingredient we select are chosen because they are the very best to make our products safe and usable. Blogs in this section review these ingredients, the production process and other topics related to the science of natural product development.

Frequent Hand Washing & the Benefits of Bar Soap

The good old-fashioned bar of soap. Bars of soap have been around for a loooong time, especially when compared to their more recent cousin, liquid soap. And while liquid soap is currently experiencing its glory days (and for many good reasons of its own) bar soap has been making a come-back in a big way. But

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The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Skin Care: Part 3

Many benefits of coconut oil - used to make Stearyl Alcohol

Pros, Cons and Some Recipes There are many pros and cons to making your own skin care products, these include: Pros Having full control over the ingredients going onto your body. Saving money by using items that you already have on hand. Using end products that are free of harsh chemicals and preservatives. Cons Making your

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The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Skin Care: Part 2

Part 2, the Don’ts In part 1 of our series on DIY skin care recipes we talked about 4 important steps to take to make sure you have created a safe and effective product. Now, we will look at what not to do in the process. The Don’ts of DIY 1. Use spices. Many DIY

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The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Skin Care: Part 1

Part 1, the Do’s Making your own skin and personal care products can be easy and fun, but it also needs to be safe and effective. A simple internet search of DIY cosmetics and personal care products leads to millions of results. There is no question that there is a demand for them, with more

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The Benefits of Going Natural

  What is the difference between natural and commercial personal care products? While some people may say they do the same thing – technically true, I mean shampoo cleanses the hair, body wash cleans the body, moisturizer moisturizes and so on – there are a number of differences that really add up. But the impact

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What You Need to Know About Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate

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Ingredient labels can be highly confusing; after all, proper botanical and scientific names are often long, awkward and complicated. How in the world are you supposed to know, let alone understand, what is in the product you are purchasing? That’s where these blogs come in. We want consumers to have a thorough understanding of our products, and

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What You Need to Know About Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

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When it comes to natural products, many consumers aren’t fazed by ingredients such as aloe Vera, Rosemary or Witch Hazel, but there are other, more obscure ingredients that may be long-named, difficult to pronounce or simply seem intimidating. However, they are actually quite natural, beneficial and most importantly, safe. Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is one of these. And it

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5 Ingredients to Avoid in Shampoo

Many of us use the same shampoo repeatedly: We fall into the rut of habit and either out of in-expense, out of comfort with a product or both; we stick with the same shampoo. Rarely do we waver from the same product, and we give little thought as to what the shampoo’s ingredients are really

What You Need to Know About Ethylhexylgylcerin

With the shift to natural products, many people have been questioning ingredient names, especially those they can’t pronounce. And while it is good to question the ingredients that are in the products you use, just because you can’t say the name doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad for you. Ethylhexylgylcerin is a prime example of

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Fact vs Fiction: Carrageenan

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The internet is a wonderful thing, offering a seemingly endless world of information at the tip of our fingers. The challenge, however, is deciphering through it all. What is true? What’s half true? And what is simply false? Even well-meaning bloggers and consumer groups can get it wrong when the truth gets buried under too

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