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Natural Skin Care Trends for 2013

December 2nd, 2012

One fairly odd skin care trend for 2013 is a “Nightingale Poo” treatment which has beneficial enzymes in the bird’s feces. Lovely! This treatment can be used to exfoliate and help rejuvenate the skin, and is just one of the many new concepts surrounding natural skin care products. However, this is probably one we would not recommend. However, there is huge growth in the natural and organic skin care and cosmetic industry, as evidenced below.

Mintel, a market research firm, did a forecast back in 2010 showing that the skin care future would be bright with sales projected to increase from $4.35 billion in 2009 to $4.97 in 2013 after economic recovery in the United States and globally. The firm also said that the biggest year on year growth would take place in 2013 at 4.9 percent.

The latest trends today in cosmetics and skin care involve new projection motion sensor technologies. For example, in the Asia Pacific where space is limited, marketers are using technology to target the consumer and bring them into the buying experience. First they will track to find out if you are a man or a woman, and you may hear and see water, then when you walk away this water turns into a trickle.

New technology in Brazil projects images of real live people in digital form onto a screen featuring products along the side. If you are a customer, you would simply point at the product you wish to try, then use your finger to pretend to apply lipstick, and it will suddenly appear on your lips in the image on the mirror.

When it comes to natural skin care products, in 2013 the trends will continue for pure organic skin creams, and serums that support skin cell regeneration. Detoxification creams will become more and more popular – even those that help target belly fat for weight loss – such as Belly Stripper. One detoxing product is called the Herbalix Cleansing Detox Deodorant, which cleanses and deodorizes while you sleep, removing any buildup of metals like aluminum caused from antiperspirants. This ultimately supports healthy lymphatic flow, and ultimately reduces underarm odors altogether.

Fresh Organic Goat’s Milk Soap is Latest Skin Care Trend

October 2nd, 2012

Lately there is much news about farm fresh – everything is the latest trend, from organic vegetables and fruit grown on the farm to using fresh goat’s milk soap. Goat’s milk has been used for natural skin care because of its remarkable healing properties. The Egyptians used to bathe in goat’s milk soap.

There are benefitial alpha-hydroxy acids in goat’s milk soap that actually penetrate the top layers of your skin to exfoliate or slough off the dead skin. This exfoliation helps stimulate your skin to regenerate healthy cells,helps lessen fine wrinkles by feeding the ski. It is able to penetrate skin cell walls in a way other soap can. The pH of goat’s milk is very close to your skin’s own pH. Basically this enables skin to absorb the emollients.

Herbalix Cream Bar Soaps are based in farm-fresh Nubian Goat’s Milk, the treatment that is conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and simply itchy skin. The company also uses a combination of sustainable plant based botanicals that to clean and protect without drying out the skin. Goat’s milk features almost three times more beta-casein than cow’s milk, which means it is easily absorbed into the skin for hydration. A natural emollient, goat’s milk can moisturize the skin as it contains Vitamins A, B6, B12 and E vitamins.

The milk of a goat contains alpha-hydroxy and caprylic acids – which naturally cleanse and help slough off dead skin cells, then moisturize and leave smooth new cells. This natural moisturizer has lipoproteins that absorb easily into our skin to seal in moisture, preventing dry skin, and premature aging. It is the caproic, caprylic, and capric acids in goat milk soap that helps maintain the ideal pH for human skin. Goat’s milk also helps neutralize the acid that is sitting on top of the outermost layer of skin which is designed to fight off harmful viruses or bacteria that lead to infections.

Herbalix Restoratives’ Fresh Goat’s Milk Cream Bar Soap is designed for total skin care but it is terrific for sensitive skin types too. The benefits of the Herbalix Nubian Goat’s Milk Soap are as follows: It is great for troublesome skin conditions; is based in non-drying Nubian Goat’s Milk; can be used on the face; moisturizes as it cleans, and it rinses clean, and leaves no soap residue.

Check in on all the organic Herbalix skin care products via their website at http://www.herbalix.com. Or call 1.877.387.4222.

The Benefits of Olive Oil in Skin Care Products

June 30th, 2012

Olive oil has been a Mediterranean cosmetic and culinary staple forever. You might have read about it in history books –the ancient Romans used it in their baths to collect dirt and sweat.

Sadly, today we have embraced health and beauty products made from primarily synthetic ingredients. But, olive oil is prized for its lubricating properties for skin and hair because it is brimming with vitamins A and E.  Plus olive oil contains a triterpene called squalene that is highly valuable, which has antioxidant properties and is believed to inhibit UV damage.

Using olive oil based skin care products also help maintain and restore skin’s elasticity, and when used after a bath or shower, can help the skin to retain hydration by inhibiting water loss.  Herbalix Supreme Solution body moisturizers contains high concentrations of not only olive oil, but also skin nourishing emollients including sweet almond oil, avocado oil and rice bran oil (which also contains squalene).

The Herbalix Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizers are quite potent, water-free moisturizers that are formulated for both men and women.  They are free of petroleum products, propylene glycol, parabens and other synthetic ingredients. Herbalix moisturizers deliver a heavy dose of lubrication to parched skin.  They are available in either fragrance-free versions or suffused with fresh and invigorating essential oils including clary sage essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, blood orange essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil, among others.

Supreme Solution moisturizers are very intense, unlike most commercial lotions. In order to receive the full benefit, one must massage the lotion deeply and thoroughly to allow the nourishing oils to penetrate fully.  Once fully absorbed, Herbalix Supreme Solution Body Lotion will provide continuous skin softening properties for hours on end.

It’s important for your skin to look as radiant as possible.  Before heading out to the beach or any sun-intensive summer destination, try treating your skin to a natural, soothing and luxurious Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizer.

For more details about Skin Solution Intensive Body Moisturizer, visit us at www.herbalix.com.

New Info: Medicinal Benefits of Plants

December 16th, 2011

The December 15, 2011 issue of Science Daily published a news story about the fact that soon all the data scientists now have will be made available on the genetic blueprint about how medicinal plant genes encode their beneficial properties.  Scientists have captured the genetic blueprints of medicinal plants for the advancement of drug development following a $6 million initiative for studying how plant genes contribute to making those chemical compounds used in medicine, with a  focus towards  compounds that have anticancer activity. Up until now,  understanding the molecules and genes involved in the formation of beneficial compounds has not been complete.

The  two-year project enabled researchers  to develop a collection of data that might aid in understanding about how plants make chemicals, a process called biosynthesis, so that in the future we can engineer plants to produce larger quantities of medicinally useful medicine compounds.

The John Innes Centre and its research group is working towards the first full genetic sequence of a medicinal plant. The group plans to  experiment with combining beneficial properties from different plants to create the first new-to-nature compounds derived from plants.

The reason for the study is because of late, fewer and fewer new drugs have been making it to the marketplace over the last 10 years, in large part because of a reliance on chemical synthesis for making new chemicals. Yet two-thirds of all currently prescribed drugs can be traced back to natural sources and the development of resources such as those in the MPC to facilitate new drug discoveries.

There are many well-known medicines which come from plants, such as foxglove, which gives us the cardiac muscle stimulant digoxin. Periwinkle plants offer a source for the chemotherapy drugs vinblastine and vincristine. These and many other medicinal plants with a wealth of compounds that are ideal  for medicinal applications.

Researchers studied the genes and chemical profiles of 14 plants that are commonly used for medicinal properties including: periwinkle,  foxglove, and ginseng.  Now researchers will be able to determine how nature’s chemical diversity is created. In the end this should enable them to uncover new drug candidates or increase the efficacy of existing ones.

Source: The MPC project with participants from the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, the University of Mississippi, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the John Innes Centre in Norwich. These researchers represented a broad spectrum of expertise from plant biology and systematics to analytical chemistry, genetics and molecular biology, and drug development from natural products.

To learn more about the plants and herbal resources that Herbalix uses to preserve its skin care formulas, and how these plants and herbs have medicinal properties, go to The proprietary Herbalix™ Sea Blend Preservative System is a complex and potent herbal/botanical tincture with origins in Chinese, East Indian and Native American traditions. This organic preservative consists of a proprietary blend of herbs and plants harvested from the land and also the sea.

Source:  (Science Daily; December 15, 2011 — http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111215095243.htm#.TvDLkHKzmcI.email)

Why Isn’t Non Aluminum Deodorant Mandatory

February 16th, 2011

Did you know that aluminum comes in many forms and is the third most prevalent element on earth?  It is ubiquitous and found in air, food, water, fertilizer, body care products, automobiles, and even medicines. It is listed as a neurotoxin in Pub Med.gov by US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  There are over 2000 references in the National Library of Medicine on adverse effects of aluminum. Even though aluminum is classified as a neurotoxin it has been exempted from testing for safety by the FDA.  In fact it is somehow classified as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).

According to an FDA Database, “It has been estimated that the daily aluminum intake for man from all dietary sources can range from 10 to 100 mg per day and that of this amount, the intake from aluminum compounds added to food may average about 20 mg per day.” Yet this amount has never been tested by the FDA for its safety and aluminum has been found to be toxic at much lower levels than this.

The 67th Report of the Joint WHO/FAO (World Health Organization and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) Expert Committee on Food Additives in 2006, states in their draft, “aluminum compounds have the potential to effect the reproductive system and developing nervous system at doses lower than used in establishing the previous PTWI (Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake) and therefore the PTWI should be revised.” Other sources of aluminum exposure that were considered were air, medicine, cosmetics including aluminum deodorants. The Committee established a standard in PTWI (because of the potential of bio-accumulation), of 1mg/kg which applies to all aluminum compounds in food, including additives.”

The growing evidence that it bio-accumulates in the body, bodes wise for making healthy choices such as non aluminum deodorant and cosmetics and to stay away from foods that contain aluminum.  

Aluminum is in many food additives.  There was a petition introduced in 2001 by Colin G. Meyer, DVM PhD. Colonel US Army, Center of Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory.

The purpose was to rescind GRAS Status for Aluminum Based Food Additives. In his letter to the then FDA Director of Center of Food Additive Safety and Applied Nutrition it said, “The primary contention of my petition was there is compelling epidemiological evidence that dietary aluminum is a causal or contributing factor in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. “If these food agents were introduced today rather than having been grandfathered in GRAS many years ago, it is a virtually certainty that the FDA would not ignore the current body of scientific evidence that incriminates dietary aluminum and declare them to be GRAS. It requires no more than a superficial risk-benefit analysis of current findings to declare that the inclusion of these agents into the food supply is not a reasonably safe practice.”  This petition unfortunately is now dead.

Dr. Christopher Exley, Keele University in England has done extensive studies on aluminum and has expressed growing concerns about the connection of breast cancer and antiperspirants. In September 2007, Chris Exley, PhD.* and his team, found “a statistically higher concentration of aluminum” in breast tissue biopsies from patients,” showing again that  aluminum-free deodorants are the safest route.

So why is it in everything from fertilizer to food, medicine and cosmetics? Aluminum is highly regulated in many other countries but there is a serious lack of regulation in the US at the core of the problem. There are more than 84,000 chemicals registered in the United States. Industry should be proving their safety but they are not.  Government allows for a high level of harm before taking action on a chemical and it is frequently too late when that takes place.  All too often when preliminary findings show toxic implications, funding becomes unavailable to take research to the necessary level for proving health hazards.

Kelp and Natural Organic Deodorant

February 9th, 2011

Do you know if you are you getting enough kelp these days?  Most people in America don’t even know how important it is for their health. Historically, kelp has been used for centuries both internally and externally for its many health benefits.

Kelp is gelatinous in quality and it can protect and add shine to your hair.  It is also very soothing both for the skin, and believe it or not, it is good for your digestion too.

Sea herbs like kelp are used in facial masks because they heal, hydrate, detoxify, and re-mineralize the skin.  They can also be used in a natural organic deodorant, helping to alkalize underarm pH, cleanse bacteria and stifle odor.

Herbalix has formulated its Cleansing Detox Deodorant® with kelp to attract, absorb and cleanse bacterium and metal ions from the underarms. An aluminum-free deodorant, with absolutely no form of aluminum. Pure, organic detoxifying ingredients work at night and provide six to eight hours of safe and efficient absorption of accumulated debris underneath your arms.

Herbalix Restoratives Corporate Video: Natural Organic Products

January 6th, 2011
0 Herbalix Restoratives Corporate Video: Natural Organic Products

Do you know what’s under your arms? Many antiperspirants and deodorants with aluminum or alum can be harmful to our health. Herbalix makes a non-aluminum deodorant and many other organic skin care products, but they also make a nighttime detox deodorant that can detox our bodies from the aluminum build up. 

For more information go to www.herbalix.com

Do You Know if Natural Deodorants are Really Natural?

November 22nd, 2010

You have probably heard the descriptions; organic, natural, naturally fresh, natural crystal and aluminum-free deodorant.  It is important not to take these descriptions for granted.    It turns out that you have to look rather closely to get the real story. Why? Because most  antiperspirants and many deodorants contain ingredients such as aluminum compounds, synthetic fragrances, parabens and propylene glycol.   So the best advice is not to buy an antiperspirant at all.

In reality, the basis of how antiperspirants work is not natural.  Their action is to block or clog the pores under your arms that release sweat which is why they are considered a drug. Using aluminum compounds as active ingredients, they also block the body’s ability to release toxins. What’s more, scientists are not yet sure of where many of these toxins and heavy metals go, after they enter your body.  Science has now shown that the aluminum salts that enter under the arms may accumulate in and around the breast. And, shaved armpits have been seen to absorb an even higher rate of aluminum.

A 2006 study found that aluminum salts can mimic the hormone called estrogen, and chemicals that imitate that hormone are known to increase breast cancer risk. Dr. Christopher Exley, one of the foremost authorities on aluminum and its impact on the human body, led a team that measured the amount of aluminum content in breast cancer patients.

According to the report from a study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, “We have confirmed the presence of aluminum in breast tissue and its possible regional distribution within the breast. Higher content of aluminum in the outer breast might be explained by this region’s closer proximity to the underarm where the highest density of application of antiperspirant could be assumed. There is evidence that skin is permeable to aluminum when applied as antiperspirant.”

What many people do not understand is that deodorants work differently than antiperspirants — they don’t actually prevent sweat.  Effective deodorants works by neutralizing the smell of sweat via eradicating the bacteria.  Even deodorants that tout themselves as organic, natural or aluminum-free deodorants may have ingredients that include propylene glycol, alcohol, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and synthetic fragrances, which can irritate the sensitive skin of the underarm.  Even worse, commercial deodorants may contain triclosan known to have toxic physiological effects.  What’s worse, they are also one of the top ten persistent contaminants in our waterways.

Many people are also confused about whether the natural crystal or crystal rock deodorants are truly natural.  The truth is that they may come from either natural sources or from a laboratory. For instance, Potassium alum and Ammonium alum (the common active ingredients) are natural – but so is arsenic, which is a poison.

The confusion continues when you read that Potassium alum or Ammonium alum are somehow not aluminum. They are both salts of Aluminium sulphate – basic chemistry. It is also said that the molecule is too big to penetrate the skin.  Sweat does break the compound down and it dissociates. The aluminum then frees from the potassium and acts with the same characteristics as aluminum and the potassium acts as normal potassium. Dr. Exley confirms,  “Like all Al salts, they dissolve to give Al3+, they may be less soluble than some other Al salts, such as Aluminum chloride, and this is why they are less effective deodorants.” Dr. Exley.

When these alums dissolve they form their constituent parts as was indicated above. The Al3+(aq) could reprecipitate, for example in sweat ducts, as Aluminium hydroxide. The form in which the Al is absorbed and enters the bloodstream is not known.”

There is an aluminum-free deodorant  solution to help detoxify the aluminum and other metal ions from under your armpit and keep your underarms free from odor without sacrificing a natural deodorant approach.  Herbalix Restoratives™ Detox Deodorant will do both. You apply it at night and it cleans and deodorizes while you sleep!  The company manufactures Detox Deodorant, in their eco-sustainable manufacturing plant on the beautiful Puget Sound in Port Ludlow, WA. This first of its kind underarm cleanser is complimented by Daytime Deodorants that are aluminum-free with ingredients such as beeswax, coconut oil and essential oils.

According to Herbalix Founder Mike Fessler, “Detox Deodorant™ is aluminum-free and formulated to attract, absorb and cleanse bacterium and metal ions from the underarms. It contains a special formulation of organic ingredients that includes, kelp, coriander and olive leaf along with our Herbalix Restoratives Botanical and Sea Vegetable Blend.  This proprietary blend works as a very effective organic preservative and produces an amazing synergy with the other components of the formula.”  It comes in a regular deodorant stick and you apply it at night so it cleans and deodorizes while you sleep!

The company privately funded a clinical study which indicated that aluminum was storing in the axilla commonly called the underarm.  Test results showed the ability of Cleansing Detox Deodorant’s key anti-oxidant and botanical ingredients to attract, remove and counterbalance the accumulation of aluminum in the underarm.

Aluminium salts have long been associated with cancer, as well as other human diseases. There are over 2000 references in the National Library of Medicine on adverse effects of aluminum.

We now know that aluminum bio-accumulates and the body has no positive use for alums, yet it is ubiquitous and we often don’t have a choice. Whether speaking of aluminum or other questionable ingredients in deodorants, when we can make that choice it is best to just say no and choose an aluminum-free deodorant instead.