Category Archives: Ingredient Spotlights

Why So Blue (Tansy)?

There’s something magical about Blue Tansy, starting with the name, which sounds whimsical and mysterious on its own, and continuing on to its properties— Blue Tansy is known to be anti-inflammatory, among other attributes— and ending with its remarkable scent. It’s not surprising that Blue Tansy has been a very popular, buzzy ingredient in green […]

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Thanksgiving ingredients, from outside in!

Thanksgiving is probably my most favorite holiday — the family gatherings, seeing old friends, watching kids jump in the leaves. You’ll notice that the food part of Thanksgiving didn’t rank on my list, and it’s because, until recently, I wasn’t really into Thanksgiving food. I mean, I’ll eat turkey, that’s fine. And if there’s a […]

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The Magic of Lavender

When I was a little kid, for no reason other than wanting some extra attention one day, I decided—and proclaimed— that I was allergic to lavender. I have no idea where I got this concept or the inspiration to choose lavender, specifically. I only know that, at the time, it seemed like a great idea. […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Palo Santo

Since I tend to gravitate towards more floral scents, I never gave Palo Santo much thought. Also, if I’m being totally honest, I think I lumped it in my mind with another “P” ingredient used in a lot of natural products, Patchouli, which I do not particularly like. So I kind of ignored Palo Santo […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Dimethicone

Have you ever wondered what gives some cosmetics and hair care products that silky-smooth texture that glides across the skin and almost seems too good to be true? If it isn’t a natural product, chances are its dimethicone. This ingredient is a type of synthetic silicone-based polymer, and its known for creating a subtle luster that […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

Could there be one, perfect botanical oil for all your skin and hair care needs? Jojoba oil certainly comes close, if you ask me. Through the height of the coconut oil and argan oil craze—(remember when your Pinterest feed was brimming with these two?)—I often found myself reaching for jojoba oil instead. This golden beauty […]

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Why Phenoxyethanol Doesn’t Belong In Your Products

The personal care and cosmetics industry is pretty savvy when it comes to the bottom line. In response to consumer safety concerns, many products that line the shelves of beauty stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies are touted as free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, and more in an effort to capture the market share of people […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Babassu Oil

There’s been talk recently in the green beauty world that babassu oil is the new coconut oil. While they share many characteristics, babassu has a few attributes that, in my humble opinion, make it more appealing for skin and hair care. Babassu oil is extracted from the nuts of the babassu palm tree, which grows […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

Have you ever noticed squalane on an ingredient list and wondered what it is? If your skin is dry and depleted, you should definitely add this ingredient to your routine, but even people with other skin types benefit greatly from squalane. Before we get started, let’s talk about the difference between squalane and squalene, because […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Evening Primrose Oil

  There are certain botanical oils that seem to have the magic touch for a range of common issues, particularly issues rooted in hormone imbalance. Evening primrose oil is one such ingredient. It’s amazing how often hormonal imbalance is responsible for whatever problem we’re suffering from—particularly when it comes to skin concerns—and evening primrose oil […]

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