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
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.
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.
Nutrition experts tell us that we should be consuming ½ of our body weight in ounces every day. To do that takes a lot of commitment, but if you do, your body processes work a lot better. Staying hydrated will help to lubricate your joints, cushion your brain, help to detox your body, improve your digestion and the processing of nutrients, increase elasticity in the skin, and delay signs of aging. Water is an essential nutrient!
I have always felt that humans are too adaptable. We adapt so easily that we become indifferent to a multitude of things that may possibly lead to our demise. Humans tend to put so many aspects of their lives into the back of their minds to revisit later, along with a million other things they choose to ignore.
I would like to help you unearth one of those buried items, so that you, as a consumer, can now make a more conscious choice about what you want to do about your consumption of products that use plastic containers.
Plastic is cheap to produce, it is light weight, it is easy to manipulate into an infinite range of colors and shapes, and it is toxic. Because of its toxicity, it is linked with severe health effects such as endocrine disruption (it mimics estrogen), reproductive issues, decreased sex hormones, impaired immunity, cancer, birth defects, insulin resistance, liver damage …
Plastic is not inert, and the process of chemicals moving from a container into your product is called leaching or migration. If your product is in contact with plastic, the chemicals in the plastic are leaching into your product. And, anything you put on your skin absorbs into your body the same as if was ingested. If this wasn’t enough, the plastic that ends up in the landfills, eventually ends up in our water. There is an enormous quantity of plastics produced worldwide. Over 300 million metric tons of plastics are produced annually. Nearly half of this number accounts for the disposable containers that are discarded within a year of purchase.
Pervasive use of phthalates (a common substance used in plastic manufacturing) in the containers used for our personal care products has resulted in widespread exposure. Dermal exposure is a significant route for this toxin to enter delicate physical systems.
A 2011 study conducted by the Environmental Health Perspectives states, “Almost all commercially available plastic products we sampled—independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source—leached chemicals having reliably detectable EA (Chemicals that mimic or antagonize the actions of naturally occurring estrogens are defined as having estrogenic activity or EA), including those advertised as BPA free. In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than did BPA-containing products.” I would assume from reading this study and its findings, all products stored in plastic containers are NOT safe, if you don’t want to consume plastic.
Let’s take a deeper look at the ingredients in most common plastic containers.
Phthalic acid: a common ingredient in most plastic and has been found to be very toxic. It is hazardous when it comes into contact with the skin or inhaled.
Phthalic acid acts as a corrosive to our tissues. This chemical causes inflammation and can cause blistering on the skin.
Phthalic acid has been shown to cause skin destruction or dermatitis. Polyethylene Terephthalate can leach antimony (metal) which is used during its manufacturing. The longer the substance is exposed to the PET container, the higher the levels of antimony were found. Temperature, sunlight exposure, and pH levels also contribute to the leaching effect. Bromine has also been found in PET bottles. Bromine is a known central nervous system depressant.
We surely can’t avoid all plastic these days, but we can as consumers be more mindful of purchasing products that value their ingredients enough to put them in glass bottles and jars. It can take anywhere from 100 to 1000 years for plastic to degrade. Studies have also shown that up to a million sea creatures are being killed every year from plastic and plastic contamination.
This conscious consumption will also keep these toxins out of our landfills, out of our oceans, and out of our bodies. EAA uses a high quality glass that will not leach into the product.
Featured as a key ingredient in our Behave hair pomade, the essential oil of Bay Laurel is both antiseptic and antibiotic. Bay Laurel can protect wounds from infection, and inhibit the growth of bacteria. The astringent properties are able to prevent hair loss by strengthening the bond between the hair’s root and our scalp. While promoting a discharge of toxins from the body and strengthening your immune system, the spicy and herbaceous scent of bay laurel will promote general wellness. The aroma of Bay Laurel will work to address anxiety, stress, and depression, by calming nervous tendencies.
BEHAVE has many uses as do most of our other products. Because we only use food grade organic ingredients, the aim is to nourish the skin. The organic beeswax provides a hydrating and softening barrier to the skin and hair. We use BEHAVE as a skin conditioner, especially in the dry winter months. It is great on chapped hands and we use it liberally on our elbows and feet.