Q: So are all your products organic?
A: I put the word "organic" in my company name so people would understand where I'm coming from. I do have some completely organic products but I won't call them that, any that contain water require a preservative and so are not technically organic.
Q: Does shea butter clog pores and result in acne?
A: Absolutely not, shea butter is non-comedogenic; it does not cause clogged pores or acne. Shea butter is a beautiful, healing butter that promotes the elasticity and suppleness of the skin.
Q: How are soaps made?
A: Soaps are made through the process of saponification. This is where an alkaline substance (sodium hydroxide in hard soaps and potassium hydroxide in liquid soaps) combined with distilled water is reacted with oil and it goes through a complete chemical reaction to form soap. It is a complete reaction: there is no oil and no alkali left. You cannot create real soap without the process of saponification and you cannot have saponification without an oil and an alkali. The hydroxide (lye) is a catalyst, and is neutralized during the soap making process as it reacts with the oils to form a completely different substance - soap. It does not remain as hydroxide, which is why soap does not burn skin as the hydroxide would do in its normal form.
oil + hydroxide (lye solution) = (saponification chemical reaction) = soap
Q: How do you know which herbs are really effective?
A: I draw my knowledge of herbal use from numerous sources:
• Traditional teachings (the wisdom handed down from the past)
• Scientific reports from around the world
• My personal experience
• Reports from other professional herbalists and their patients
Of these, the traditional teachings of the past and the clinical results experienced by real people have the greatest influence on my herbal choices. However, scientific findings often bring fascinating new insights into sharp focus, and I rely on them as well.
Q: Why should I use organic skincare?
A: Organic skincare is largely made of organically grown plant ingredients. These plants are grown using no pesticides or synthetic chemicals. Many synthetic chemicals and preservatives are linked to some potentially harmful side effects, even cancers. What you put on your skin actually penetrates the layers of skin - in many ways it is a more direct route to your system than eating. If you put good stuff on, then good stuff goes in. If you put toxic lotion/creme/whatever on, then toxins go in. In addition, it does not contain petroleum products or other ingredients that are harmful to the environment. And Buyer Beware: there are many products being sold as organic that are not, you just have to learn how to read the labels.
Q: Even though most skincare products contain petroleum, I've heard they are not good for your skin. Is that true?
A: That is true. Not only are they not beneficial for your skin, they are also a major environmental polluter. Petroleum can be listed in the ingredients list as petroleum, petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin, and I'm sure there are other names that I don't know as yet. The use of petroleum products can actually cause skin to become even drier over time. It is a completely non-biodegradable ‘shield' that has no deep penetrative or healing properties at all, in fact it acts like a plastic sheet would and prevents skin from breathing which means you would keep all the toxins in that are normally released through your skin.
Q: The spray bottle that I got your deodorant in is no longer spraying, is it broken?
A: No, the nozzle has just become clogged. Run the tube and nozzle under some warm water, then spray warm water through, and it will unclog.
Q: Sometimes when I put on your facial creme my skin feels tight after. What's with that?
A: Due to the astringent nature of the calendula in the creme, sometimes skin does feel a bit tight after application. If you gently rub your hands over your face and neck that's enough to break the surface tension and the tight feeling will go away.
Q: I just bought a 30ml facial creme and when I opened it I saw that it's only about 3/4 full. Please explain.
A: The jars that I use for the 30ml cremes are larger than 30ml, and most if not all of my products are packaged by weight.