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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Red, bold berries, and purples can be unforgiving, especially when you have dry lips. Lips need to be primed and prepped before you apply lip color.
Picture the exterior of a house with paint that has chipped and peeled. If you hired a painter, would he just take out the paint and roll right over the shingles? No. The paint would not go on evenly and it would be bumpy and peel even more. The painter would scrape away the old paint, smooth the wood, make sure it is cleaned properly and prepped for painting. The canvas needs to be smooth for the paint to adhere and look its best. The same goes for your lips. If your lips are chapped or flaky and you apply lipstick, every imperfection show. The color will not properly adhere and your lips will not look good. You need to prepare the lip surface first.
Fragrance free is what you are looking for.
This means that no fragrances (artificial or otherwise) have been added to the product (or should mean that, watch for tougher regulations monitoring that coming). As we know, artificial fragrances are the #1 irritant on skin and one of the most potentially harmful ingredients we can encounter - because they contain phthalates -- see more information below.
They are linked to many health issues, from allergies and asthma to cancer. Simply put, these fragrances are making people sick. In its truest definition, "fragrance free," means you should not have to worry about those nasty synthetics. Nothing should be added to remove the natural scents from the butters, oils, and other natural ingredients in the products. In other words, you may smell some of the product’s ingredients such as the olive oil or shea butter.
Did you know?
Honestly, it can be confusing. Many people assume that unscented and fragrance free are interchangeable terms. This is wrong, however.
Yes, Seed Soft Balm is a luxury skin balm. While there are other luxury body balm products out there. they tend to feature long ingredients lists that include “everything but the kitchen skin” -- a long ingredients list doesn’t equate to a better product. It has a greater chance of causing skin reactions, and that is something we are very mindful of here at Seed.
There is a method to our madness. Have you ever noticed that "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to formulation that I mentioned above? When you look at labels, there are something more than 20 ingredients in a single product! More doesn't equal better. Actually, the truth is that when you throw in many different oils and botanicals, they can counteract each other's effects, reducing the benefits. We don't want that. They also are MUCH more likely to cause an allergic response.