Monthly Archives : July 2013

Moroccan and Argan Oil benefits

 

ArganWikipedia starts to unravel the myth that is Argan oil; it is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree (Argania spinosa L.), endemic to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. It is also known in cosmetic use as moroccan oil.  The term ‘Moroccan oil’ usually means Argan oil and that is a lovely 100% natural oil that is produced mainly in Morocco.

 


What makes Argan Oil special is that it is extremely rare and is found in a small region of Morocco. Native Moroccans have used Argan oil for hundreds of years. Moroccans call Argan oil “Liquid Gold” and believe that it can help with many skin conditions.  As well as its cosmetic benefits, Argan Oil plays a major role as part of a healthy diet. Argan oil has two times more Vitamin E in than Olive oil; therefore Argan Oil can be included in dishes in the same way olive oil is used. Argan Oil is used to help the skin, hair and internal health of humans.

It is hard to believe that on top of the good news story of Argan Oil, there is an even better one, as told by Care2,  the finest Argan oil is made inside the women’s cooperatives in south west Morocco. The women harvest the nuts from the trees (not from the ground) and use a combination of traditional hand and machine cold-press extraction methods to produce extra-virgin Argan Oil according to strict guidelines by the Moroccan Department of Agriculture. Additionally, the cooperatives provide the women with income, education and invest in a reforestation program to protect the dwindling reserve of Argan trees.

It is Berber women who are solely responsible for harvesting the nuts and producing the oil, and they are doing so in fair trade working cooperatives. Outside groups, like the government of Monaco, are also financially backing a system whereby women can work half days (so they can still tend to their families) in exchange for fair wages and good working conditions. This has allowed an income for women and families where before there was little.

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If that isn’t a reason to buy EverEscents Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, I don’t know what is!

 

 

 

 

Source:  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-argan-oil-miraculous.html#ixzz2RNHld4Pb & http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-argan-oil-miraculous.html?page=2

 

 

Silicones in hair care – there is a natural alternative!

Most of the highly commercialised lines of hair products (Pantene, Garnier Fructis, Aussie, Tressame, Sunsilk, etc.) contain silicones. These are ingredients that generally end in -cone, – conol, or -xane. If at all possible avoid silicones in your hair products. In the short term, silicones will make hair look sleeker and less frizzy, but in the long run they will coat the hair shaft and seal out moisture, causing the hair to become straw like, less defined, and frizzy. Hence, silicones make quick fixes for frizz, but over time, they are truly damaging your hair. Sulfates get rid of silicones, but at the expense of completely stripping your hair of all of its natural oils! The solution to these problems is to eliminate both sulfates (in your shampoos) and silicones (in your conditioners and styling products).

Silicones that are not soluble in water and build up on the hair: Cetearyl methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Amodimethicone (and) Trideceth-12 (and) Cetrimonium Chloride, and Trimethylsilylamodimethicone. Note: Trideceth-12 and Cetrimonium Chloride are only considered a silicone when both are combined with Amodimethicone.

Silicones that are slightly soluble in water and will build up on most types of curly hair: Amodimethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, and Stearoxy Dimethicone.

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EverEscents Organic Hair Care does not use Silicones in any of our products. One of our flagship products is our Organic Moroccan Oil (of which most competitor products contain up to 80% silicone!).  We do however use an amazing natural alternative in our Organic Moroccan Argan Oil called Lexfeel Natural.  Lexfeel is a castor oil emollient which has a similar feel to silicone and is used to assist with smoothing hair and leaving it truly healthy.

 

 

 

Source: www.wikihow.com at http://www.wikihow.com/Follow-the-Curly-Girl-Method-for-Curly-Hair http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/to-poo-or-not-to-poo-that-is-the-question ↑ http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/2008/12/style-definitions-table.html http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=14702 http://livecurlylivefree.com/curl%20care.htm http://www.naturallycurly.com/tips/to-plop-or-not-to-plop http://youtube.com/watch?v=cyyOypbTHI0 http://healthycurls.awardspace.com/drying.html  http://youtube.com/watch?v=cyyOypbTHI0 http://curlgirljourney.blogspot.com/  http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-q-a/whats-the-scoop-on-silicones http://www.naturallycurly.com/curl-products/ingredients-commonly-found-in-hair-care-products http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/79245/what_causes_hair_loss.htmlhttp://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/tc/hair-loss-topic-overview

Bergamot Benefits

bergamotThe EverEscents Organic Hair Care range includes the Bergamot shampoo and conditioner, designed for normal to fine hair types possibly with an oily scalp and dry ends. The shampoo is deep cleansing and the conditioner is nourishing without leaving the hair limp or oily. As with all EverEscents Organic Hair Care products the ingredients are of the highest quality and do NOT contain any harsh chemicals. The certified Organic Bergamot essential oil is obtained via cold pressing which is regarded as the cleanest extraction method and allows for the highest concentration of natural elements in the oil.

Skin & Hair – Bergamot’s antiseptic properties make it ideal for treating oily skin and hair conditions. Oily scalp & hair is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, often as a result of a hormonal change.

Mind & Spirit – Bergamot has a fresh and lively but gentle scent, similar to lemon & orange with a slight floral overtone. It’s sedative and yet uplifting characteristics make it an ideal oil to use in hair care preparations. Its keen scent helps instill confidence, hence emotional control.

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Bergamot oil has a very interesting story attached to it.  Herb 2000 tells us that it is extracted from the peel or rind of the bergamot fruit, which is a brilliantly stimulating and rejuvenating oil. The bergamot (Citrus bergamia) belongs to the orange family and got its name from the place it was initially cultivated – Bergomont in northern Italy.  The aroma of this essential oil has an aroma that is fresh, sweetish-tart and citrus-like.

Bergamot oil essentially works on the nervous system and has the ability to calm as well as stimulate the nerves. Due to the Bergamot’s capabilities it is recommended for use when a person is depressed or restless. When an individual is suffering from nervous anxiety or strain, simply smelling the oil can perform wonders by boosting confidence. Imaging using the EverEscents Bergamot Shampoo and Conditioner in the morning, everyone will wonder why you’re in such a good mood.

Bergamot oil is also very useful for women as it helps in regulating the menstrual cycle as well as alleviates premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Plus it is also known to assist in alleviating the symptoms of menopause.

While recuperating from any illness, use of this essential oil assists to relieve the digestive and respiratory systems, thereby promoting appetite and quick return to normal health.

Another benefit of the bergamot essential oil is that it is extremely useful in treating travel sickness. The enriching properties of this oil are exceptional for treating skin disorders, particularly acne and cold sores.

As a bonus, this oil is also a useful disinfectant and, hence, it is an excellent option to freshen up any room.   To find out more about the EverEscents Bergamot Range, CLICK HERE

Source: http://www.herbs2000.com/aromatherapy/a_bergamot.htm

 

What are PEG’s (1,4 Dioxane)

PEGSPolyethylene glycols (PEGs) also known as 1,4-dioxane (Dioxane) is a clear, colorless, volatile liquid that readily mixes with or dissolves in water as explained by Cosmetics Info.  Well known environmentalist David Suzuki wrote a blog on this very topic, here are some of the best parts for you:

PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases.  Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.   1,4-dioxane is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.

1,4-dioxane can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but there is no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing PEGs have undergone this process.

In a study of personal care products marketed as “natural” or “organic” (uncertified), U.S. researchers found 1,4-dioxane as a contaminant in 46 of 100 products analyzed. It is important to note that EverEscents Organic Hair Care does not use ANY PEG’s (1,4-dioxane) in any of the hair care products we produce.

While carcinogenic contaminants are the primary concern, PEG compounds themselves show some evidence of genotoxicity and if used on broken skin can cause irritation and systemic toxicity. The industry panel that reviews the safety of cosmetics ingredients concluded that some PEG compounds are not safe for use on damaged skin (although the assessment generally approved of the use of these chemicals in cosmetics). Also, PEG functions as a “penetration enhancer,” increasing the permeability of the skin to allow greater absorption of the product — including harmful ingredients.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on 1,4-DIOXANE.  1,4-DIOXANE or PEGS highlights that they may exert its effects through inhalation, skin absorption, and ingestion.

warning-sign_17-11300716311,4-Dioxane is listed as a CARCINOGEN. The effects of overexposure of 1,4-DIOXANE are:

  • eye and mucous membrane irritant,
  • primary skin irritant,
  • central nervous system depressant,
  • nephrotoxin  and hepatotoxin.

 

 

Acute exposure causes:

  • irritation,
  • headache,
  • dizziness and
  • narcosis.

Chronic inhalation exposure can produce:

  • damage to the liver and kidneys
  • blood disorders.

After reading this I am sure you can now appreciate why EverEscents Organic Hair Care puts so much time and effort into our research to bring you and your family the safest hair care range possible.

Source: http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—peg-compounds-and-their-contaminants/ & http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/32/