Monthly Roundup: What's Trending in Industry News?
Today on the Seed blog: it's the Monthly Roundup. Our Roundup comes near the beginning of each month when I examine the most recently trending stories of interest on the subjects of beauty, skin care, health and wellness, aromatherapy, and more.
So what's trending right now?
- The FDA has concerns over ingredients in hand sanitizers, prompting an investigation. The FDA is taking a deeper look at three key ingredients found in hand sanitizers and hand cleansing wipes because of concerns that they may be harmful to pregnant woman and children. The ingredients in question are ethanol (or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. The last time the FDA reviewed these antiseptic ingredients was in the 1970s, so a closer look is warranted as we are now able to take a closer look at how ingredients may have a health impact. At Seed, rest assured we use NONE of these ingredients. We are very transparent about the healthy ingredient we use and fully disclose them on our website. Additionally, our ingredients (and their scores) can be found in the Skin Deep Database.
Interest in natural skin care and anti-aging products continues to grow. Mintel, a global leader in the market research arena, reports that there is a growing interest in natural ingredients in facial care because lifestyle trends tend to carry over into personal care. In other words, when people are more interested about healthy eating, mindfulness, stress reduction and self care, they are more inclined to let that interest in "clean" and healthy living be what they are seeking in terms of ingredients. Says Shannon Romanowski at Mintel, "Consumers are embracing healthy, holistic living, and our research shows that these lifestyle changes are driving the facial skincare and anti-aging market."
Consumers want to have personalized product recommendations and customized products, say researchers at Kline. At Seed, we understand and we agree! If you haven't shopped with us in recent months, you are missing out! Did you know that we have Custom Blend products? Yes, we do! Choose your product and then choose your own blend of 100% pure essential oils. Need help? No problem. We have our own expert Mixologist on staff who will help you find the PERFECT blend of essential oils based on your scent preferences and skin care needs. Just email her at mixologist [at] seedbodycare.com and she'll be happy to assist.
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Also in Lately I've been paying more attention
Do you still use shaving cream from the drugstore?
Take a look at the back of the canister when you use it next time. Chances are, Triethanolamine and Propane are near the top of the ingredients listing.
- Triethanolamine is an emulsifier and pH adjuster; can be especially hazardous when combined with Diazolidinyl Urea. Studies have shown that a large number of cosmetics with TEA (short for Triethanolamine) are contaminated with Nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. (source)
- Propane, a hydrocarbon, is a propellant. It helps give the product its mousse-like fluffy foam. It is extremely sensitizing to the lungs in moderate doses. It can be highly irritating to the skin, nasal passages and mucus membranes. More than 6,500 studies have been conducted on propane. It is a skin, lung, and eye irritant. (source)
We have shared many "hacks" using our products over the years. Before we had lip products, Rebecca would apply our body cream to her chapped lips. Before we came out with facial care, I used our fragrance free hand cream on dry patches. I use fragrance free body oil on my eye lashes to keep them shiny and as a cuticle oil, too.
Can Seed products be used on the hair? Yes, absolutely!
Our friend, Tori, uses our Soft Balm on her hair and Susan, one of our valued customers, shares this about our Body Oil:
"You should really include in your summary that this wonderful product is also amazingly healing for dry, brittle and frizzy hair! It has made a remarkable difference where no other product has. Thank you for commitment for excellence!"
Let's take a look at why people keep sharing their love of Seed for helping improve the look and condition of their hair.
Let's call this one Face Washing for Beginners - or maybe Face Washing 101. Sound silly? On the surface, it likely sounds ridiculous, but the fact is that most people are not washing their face the right way.
The way that you wash your face has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. We're here to share 5 tips for better face washing.