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The Dangers of Rancid Oil In Your Beauty Products

Too Many Products Contain Rancid Oils...

As a maker, I am always curious about other brands' ingredients, their processes and packaging. I love to see, touch, and smell what other people are doing. I know it looks glamourous from the outside, but making products that you can be proud of, on the inside, is a lot of crucial decision making, hard work, and expense. Good skin care products will contain a fair amount of oil in them. Oils are usually about half of the ingredients for face creams and body lotions, while a good serum is almost all, if not all, oil. So, with such a concentrated amount of one ingredient in a product, it is important that you as a consumer be educated about the importance of the quality of that ingredient. 

Not All Oils Are Created Equal

Refined oils are extracted using high heat and chemicals as solvents. This method of extraction greatly affects the nutritional content of the oil. However, highly refined oils are less expensive to produce than the organic, and cold pressed versions. All oils are subject to rancidity and oxidation with sunlight and heat.
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Cold pressed oils retain their nutrient value, including their innate oxidative protective... vitamin E! Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient that has antioxidant properties, which protect cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause damage to living cells and tissue in our body. It is the nutrients in our foods that protect our cells from the damage of free radicals. Studies have also shown that Vitamin E taken internally and applied topically are effective in protecting the skin against the early damage introduced by ultraviolet radiation.

If the oil ingredients in the products you are using are not natural, cold pressed oils, the vitamin E content will be too low to protect the product from easily becoming rancid. Add to this, products that are put in clear glass containers, or plastic, are even more at risk. Heat and sunlight are a big factor in oxidizing oil ingredients.  

Rancid oils pose a big health risk and should be considered toxic. When rancid oils are eaten or applied to the skin, free radical damage to the cells is increased. It is well known in natural medical circles, that rancid oils are considered carcinogenic, pro-inflammatory and very toxic.

Most oils should have very little odor. The nut oils should have a sweet nutty smell. The best description of the smell of rancid oil is to think about the smell of a melting crayon. Rancid oils have a sharp, unpleasant, metallic, or bitter smell. Even when a product has fragrance or essential oils, you can perceive the smell of rancidity in the oils contained in a product. 

At Essential Apothecary Alchemist we use organic, cold pressed, virgin oils in our products. To this we add an extra dose of non GMO mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) - pure form and food grade. We bottle our products in light protecting brown glass to protect our products from harmful and destructive UV light. We recommend storing your EAA products at room temperature and avoid direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat. 







Have you ever wondered why water is usually the first ingredient in your skin care, or body care, product. If water is not the first ingredient, it is almost always in the top 3. When most skin care lines have their products manufactured for them, these products are made in huge batches. When these big batch products are made, they are typically made with inexpensive man made ingredients. To these base creams, companies add lovely things like plant infusions, nutrients, and essential oils, but this doesn’t change the core of the product. To make a cream, you need 3 main parts. The first part is water, the second part is oil, and the third part is wax. The water, the wax, and the oils are heated separately and then blended together. Wax is used as an emulsifier - without it, the water and oil will separate. Most often the oils and waxes that are used are man made petroleum products. These man made chemicals are known endorcrine disrupters, and they tend to build up in our body tissues.

Everything leaves a trace of its existence, and the traces of all beings, all objects, all life, are recorded in the water.

As we discussed in the previous blog, water has a crystalline structure that can hold memory. When water comes from clean sources, when it runs clean and is living, its crystalline structure is beautiful and healthy.  Michael Standther speaks eloquently regarding the power of water, “because water has such great powers of absorption, it is a treasure trove of innumerable secrets. The whole of the history of mankind is recorded in the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world. Everything leaves a trace of its existence, and the traces of all beings, all objects, all life, are recorded in the water. It is a supremely magical medium, which permeates and impregnates the universe. If you listen to a drop of water it will speak to you.” And the Kogi tribes say that water is a living, thinking being. They see streams as a baby, rivers as adults, and the ocean as the great all powerful One.

If you wonder why water is the most abundant ingredient in your product, the simple answer is, its cheap!

I feel it is safe to say that the water used in most products in not clean, living water. I would bet that most of the water used is from the tap, or distilled tap water. If you wonder why water is the most abundant ingredient in your product, the simple answer is, its cheap! Not many companies would take the time and effort to source spring waters, which are the most pure water sources available to us. This is what sets EAA apart from almost every other skin care brand available.


We use hydrosols distilled from fresh spring water in all of our products.

I look forward to sharing more detailed information about the healing powers of hydrosols in my next blog post, so keep reading, and please share my blog post, and Essential Apothecary Alchemist products, with those you love.

How Are You Feeding Your Skin?

I have always had an affinity to natural medicine and clean living. I raised my daughters on home remedies, and vibrational medicine practices. There was, however, a big disconnect when it came to the products I was putting on my skin.

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