Why Ingredients Matter

Are you aware of the controversial ingredients being used in todays skin care products? Did you know that...


♦ Could skin care products containing gluten effect Celiacs or those with gluten sensitivity? 

Yes! Depending on the severity of the gluten allergy and the concentration, skin reactions may show up as a rash. Gluten in lip products can enter the digestive tract and kissing someone wearing gluten containing lip products can too, causing stomach disturbances including bloating, and skin complaints including acne.

All of our products are gluten-free as well as animal product free. Our lip serums are like amped up oval-shaped lip balms with better ingredients and no beeswax or gluten!

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According to the American College of Gastroenterology Celiac Disease affects as many as 2-3 million people in the US and 20 million worldwide. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Approximately 1 out of every 100 people may have celiac disease, though only 1 out of 10 people with celiac disease may be actually diagnosed and are aware that they have the disease. Women are diagnosed two to three times more often than men.

The protein molecule called gluten is too big to be absorbed through the skin, but when found in lip products, mouthwash, nail products, nail strengtheners, toothpaste, or bodywash and lotions that may make their way into the mouth - especially for kids - this is where the damage takes place, to your internal body and your skin! A common ingredient I see is "hydrolyzed wheat protein" in lotions. One may not think that lotion would get into their mouth but moisturizing those hands and then later reaching for those fries or finger foods can easily transfer. Even low dosages and trace amounts can be enough to trigger your body's immune response.


♦ There may be lead in YOUR lipstick? Here are the test results for 400 lipsticks and lip glosses. Is the FDA concerned that levels exceed that which is allowed in candy? Nope! The FDA says that they are not concerned because lipstick/lip glosses are topical but us ladies know that stuff gets ingested whether it's from kissing, eating, or licking your lips, and is the FDA considering how many applications one might apply their lipstick/lip glosses?  Click here for the 400 results.


♦ The results are in!  April 28, 2012 we happily accepted the award of Green Business of the Year from Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley Chamber of Commerce. Thank you once again to our customers and to those who nominated us. It was quite the night as one of the hawks from Pacific Northwest Raptors swooped in with the winning name. Below is a photo of the Black Tie Winners, I'm at the far bottom left. 

Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Award Winners   Press Release


Ingredient: Retinyl Palmitate (which is palmitic acid and retinol combined) labelled as "Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)" on labels, is found in many skin care products and is showing up in test studies that it may be doing a lot of harm. This form of Vitamin A combination, when in the presence of sunlight, is proving to be very unstable and may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. ...thought you should know. Click here for more information.


What is "Greenwashing"?: Greenwashing is a term used when companies deceptively advertise the image or idea that they are natural/organic to promote the perception of that company for its benefit. In skin care products we see this problem a lot. Many skin care products will advertise natural but will only have one or two natural ingredients and the rest is packed full of chemicals. ...thought you should know.

Watch CBC News Video on "Lousy Labels" to learn more.  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/Marketplace/ID/1849091337/   


Think twice before purchasing Anti-bacterial Soaps!  What ever happened to plain old soap and water!? The majority of liquid soaps now listed as "Anti-bacterial" contain the harmful ingredient Triclosan (a registered Pesticide) which hasn't even been proven to be more effective than your regular soap. Triclosan produces the risk of cancer, hormone disfunction (endocrine disruption), it has been labeled very toxic to aquatic organisms, does not readily degrade, and can be absorbed through your skin and found in urine. Triclosan may even contribute to the resistance against antibiotics. ...thought you should know.

You can find Tricolsan in "Anti-bacterial" products as well as many antiperspirants/deodorants, laundry soaps, dish soaps, and hand sanitizers.


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