Our Liquid Gold

Organic Argan Oil INCI: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil Origin : Moroccoo The Story: Our “liquid gold” is sourced from the ancient forests of South West Morocco from the “Trees of Life” , Argania Spinosa. Traditionally, Berber women would gather the fruit and men sell it. Today, we work with over 40 co-ops that sustain local […]

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Cold Pressed Oil?

We frequently get the question: “is your oil “cold pressed” ?”. Well – yes and no. First, some transparency: The references we mainly use for oil quality are: The American Oil Chemist Society (of which we are members). Codex Alimentarius (a document supported by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations – Guidelines […]

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A Note on Quality: Peroxide Value and other Quality Measurements

I am always talking about Peroxide Value (PV) when I talk about oils. This is part of how we assess the quality of an oil. When we receive a new shipment of oil, we check: The Production date, The test date, The Peroxide Value, And the Free Fatty Acids (not to be confused with the […]

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How to Make a Cosmetic Black List … (Hint: Don’t)

I’ve no idea how many “green” brands and retailers there are but all of them seem to have a “black list”. They choose some number of nasty chemicals and promise that they are not in the products they sell. Further – everyone seems to copy everyone else’s Black List – so you see the same […]

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Ingredients & the Sin of Omission

🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃 There are a few ingredients of concern that keep popping up on “clean“ personal care labels that […]

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“Natural” Documents – MiniBlog

Have you defined what NATURAL means to you? If you use the term “natural” to describe your ingredients or your finished products you may want to consider writing a definition of “natural” on your web site. First, let’s make clear that a synthetic, in my world, means a human has made a new molecule. What? […]

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My Product is Certified Natural – Isn’t It “All Natural”?

The problem with “All Natural” or “100% Natural” claims There is some confusion about the claim “All Natural” or “100% Natural” or even just “natural” by companies that are certified to a “Natural” standard. This is how it works: both the natural and the organic cosmetic standards allow the use of synthetics (human made molecules), […]

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Mislabeling: The FDA and the The No-No Words

A lot of cosmetic brands seem to have a “No-No List” of ingredients. I think it is time for a list of “No-No” words – because, you know, FDA and “mislabeling”. The basic thing you need to keep in mind is that unless you are selling a registered, approved DRUG, you may not any use […]

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3 Things to Know about Ingredient Quality

You probably use a number of ingredient suppliers…   1 – When buying organic ingredients, always ask for a Specification from the supplier. This describes the physical and chemical characteristics of what you bought. Like: Color, Aroma, Form (liquid, solid, etc.), pH, and so on.   2 – Okay – you just received the ingredient […]

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Ingredient Transparency and Quality for Your Products?

  Getting Transparent About Your Ingredients   We only sell organic and sustainable ingredients. It seems pretty dumb to do anything else (hello Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and the gang) – agriculture adds about 50% of all un-sequestered carbon to the atmosphere. Organic agriculture helps solve that problem. We want you to have full transparency about […]

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