Organic Rosehip Seed Oil

A Beautiful Oil From a Beautiful Place. INCI: Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil (aka Mosqueta Oil) As some of you may know, Oh, Oh now represents Sustainable Botanicals Int’l (SBI), an innovative company operating out of Chile. They are focused on identifying and producing unique botanical products that are sustainable and support indigenous communities. The first […]

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Fair Trade Cosmetics

FloCert – Fair Trade USA – Fair Trade Int’l – Fair Trade Federation – UTZ Certified – Fair For Life Above are the fair trade organizations I found in a 5 minute Google search…all private standards and all private non-profits. Each of these organizations has their own standards (rules), their own audit process, and most […]

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Why Organic?”

 In 1991 I decided I only wanted to earn a living in a way that was constructive rather than destructive. Supporting organic production was a clear choice and gave me a measurable way to improve the planet. I was also concerned about “safety”, both as a mom and as a physiologist. Taking care of the […]

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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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Organic Documents for Organic Ingredients – MiniBlog

Do you have the organic certificate for each of the organic ingredients you call out on your ingredients list? Think about it – a label is a promise to a consumer. If you have not verified that you have a duly certified product, you could be in trouble and that would be a problem for […]

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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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