Health Canada has Cosmetic Regulations that state what ingredient information needs to be on a cosmetic label and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act & Regulations describes other mandatory information.
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This potentially incredible oil is generally unheard of here in North America but it's known as the "remedy for everything except death"! It has been used for over 2000 years and goes by many names including blackseed, black caraway, black sesame, fennel flower, black oil, Baraka, fitch, Kalonji, Love in a Mist and many others. Many of its suggested uses have not been proven scientifically or they haven't been tested on humans yet.
There are claims that this oil treats muscular aches and joint pain, tension, allergies, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimers, autism, glaucoma, dementia, apathy, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, obesity, hair loss, liver problems, eczema, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, arthritis, acne, psoriasis and dry skin. It's also said to be antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, immune boosting, anti-viral, pesticidal, anti-ulcer and antispasmodic. Wow, that's one hard working oil!
Even though its so potentially beneficial it should be avoided in people on blood clotting medication and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
I just received my bottle of oil today and am looking forward to seeing how I can incorporate it into my products!
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Zinc oxide is a white fluffy powder that comes from a natural mineral. It is commonly found in sunscreens, calamine lotion, baby powder and diaper rash formulas. Zinc oxide is probably known best for providing a physical barrier to UVA and UVB rays. It's also known for its antibacterial, astringent, anti-itch, water resistant, non-irritating, non-allergenic, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) properties, making it ideal for use on irritated skin, chafing, poison ivy, dermatitis, eczema and abrasions.
How white it will make your skin and the possibility of absorption through the skin depend upon the size of the zinc oxide particles. Nano sized particles will not make your skin look white and may be absorbed through the skin. Non-nano sized particles will appear white on your skin and are less likely to be absorbed. The bigger the particles, the whiter they will appear. Whether absorption of zinc is an issue or not is still debated as our bodies use zinc. The concern seems to lie with high levels of zinc in the body, as in the use of zinc supplements.
(We use a non-nano zinc oxide in our Sunny Day Lotion, as an option in our peppermint lip balm and as an option in our face lotions. The particle size is large enough to not be absorbed but small enough to not appear too white.)
Pronounced bay-o-bab, this oil is extracted from the seeds of the large Baobab fruits produced by trees that grow wild in South Africa. As many of these trees are over 100 years old they are often referred to as the Tree of Life.
The Baobab fruit has been nicknamed the ‘superfruit’ as it naturally contains essential fatty acids, including omega 3 & 6, stearols and antioxidants, vitamins A, E, D, F and high levels of vitamin C.
Baobab oil penetrates quickly, is soothing, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, won't clog pores and promotes skin elasticity and anti-aging benefits. This oil is also believed to be good for cancer patients, wounds, eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Want to try it? We use baobab oil in all of our face lotions and facial oils.
Another new favourite oil! Borage oil restores moisture, softens, smooths dry damaged and aging skin, reduces redness, itching, destruction of collagen and age spots and it thickens the skin. It contains the highest known source of GLA (gamma linolenic acid helps dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, acne and itchy scaly skin) and is high in vitamin E and antioxidants. Look for it in our premium facial oils this fall.
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