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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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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What We Knew All Along: Sperm Count is the Canary in the Coal Mine

When any population shows a marked decrease in reproductive health, it is serious. Today we are talking about “humans”. In an opinion piece quietly published in the NY Times by Evan Hepler-Smith, he pointed to a study that indicates sperm count for men in the US, the EU, and Australia/New Zealand has dropped since the […]

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Sustainability Rant #2 – July 31, 2017

What does “sustainability” mean? For the past 20 or so years international companies have been talking about their “Sustainability Programs”. We supply a couple of the international cosmetic companies. Recently one of them did a Sustainability Survey and our “sustainability” was evaluated and rated in the 70th percentile. This by a company that uses 4 […]

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FDA Bans 19 Antimicrobial Soap Ingredients

So many things went through my mind after the initial and loud cheer when I first read this announcement. The first thing was my happiness about the act. Then I got scared because…the FDA has resisted this action since the 1970s and this ingredient list effects so many products (almost any soap that makes an […]

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