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Be careful what you put on your skin
No parabens
No alcohol
No mineral oil

No parabens, no alcohol, no mineral oil.

Just pure, natural, organic ingredients.

What we don't include in Super Natural Organic Skincare products is just as important as what we do.

  1. No parabens

  2. No alcohol

  3. No mineral oil

Did you know that every ingredient that goes into any cosmetic product must, by law, be listed on the label? You might also know that something like 90% of common cosmetics contain chemicals of one kind or another.

Among the most widely used chemical preservatives are those known as parabens. Wary of the concerns over parabens, some natural skincare companies use alcohol instead. However, this creates its own problems, as alcohol is a drying agent which can easily harm the skin’s delicate tissues. Another common ingredient in skincare products is mineral oil. Although natural insofar as it isn’t man-made, mineral oil has no natural place in the body.

For something be labelled all natural skincare, we believe none of these potential harbingers of irritation and imbalance should be among the product’s ingredients. That’s why Super Natural Organic Facial Oil and every other product we make contains no parabens, no alcohol and no mineral oil.

No parabens

There are four common parabens – methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben. All are used as preservatives and are commonly found in regular cream moisturizers (which are oil-in-water emulsions).

Any product that contains water – often listed in the ingredients as aqua – needs some form of preservative due to water's inherent ability to support bacteria.

Parabens have antibacterial and antifungal properties. They maintain the integrity of the product and increase shelf life. They are also cheap. This makes them extremely popular with cosmetics manufacturers. Their widespread use has led to extensive research into the safety or potentially harmful effects on human tissue of continued exposure to parabens.

Findings have raised several concerns, including:

  1. Parabens can cause irritation and skin conditions

  2. Parabens can mimic the effects of oestrogen

  3. Parabens may worsen wrinkles and cause loss of skin tone

While on the whole, research shows that most people don't react to parabens, some do. Skin irritation, dermatitis and rosacea are among the conditions parabens can cause cause.

Such adverse reactions have led to more detailed studies. Although not conclusive, several studies have linked parabens with oestrogen disruption, leading to speculation about increased risk of breast cancer. Butylparaben was found to lower sperm count in rats.

Researchers at Japan's Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine reported on the effects of sunlight on skin treated with facial cosmetics that contained methylparaben. They found that the methylparaben did not fully metabolise but remained in the outermost layer of the epidermis. This led them to conclude that methylparaben may contribute to wrinkling, dark spots and loss of skin tone.

No alcohol

Some natural skincare companies, committed to taking the no parabens route, use ethyl alcohol instead. Although ethyl alcohol occurs in nature, it has no place in the cells of higher organisms. As a skincare preservative, neither is it produced naturally, but is synthesised in a laboratory.

Although ethyl alcohol is antibacterial and antifungal, in concentrations above 7% – skincare products typically contain 5-15% alcohol – it can damage skin cells. This is why products that use alcohol as a preservative often contain castor oil or lanolin. These help offset the drying and destructive effects of the alcohol.

Super Natural Organic Skincare’s  choice for a natural preservative is Aromantic's Preservative 12. This contains phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin, which are synthetically produced from plants.

We don't use Preservative 12 in Super Natural Organic Facial Oil as the product doesn't contain water, but we do use it in other Super Natural Organic Skincare products. The essential oils and high concentration of vitamin E and vitamin A in Super Natural Organic Facial Oil provide antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal protection and act to keep the product fresh.

No mineral oil

Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum. Opinion is divided on the potential dangers to our health and its effects on our skin. According to reports in Cosmetics & Toiletries (2001) and Cosmetic Dermatology (2000) cosmetics-grade mineral oil is one of the safest, most non-irritating moisturising ingredients around.

Yet other studies have shown that mineral oil may:

  1. contain carcinogenic elements

  2. accelerate visible signs of ageing

  3. cause dryness and allergic reactions

  4. clog pores and block absorption of vitamins and minerals

Who do you believe? Our approach is simple. Super Natural Organic Skincare is all about natural ingredients. True, mineral oil and its close relative, white petrolatum (petroleum jelly) are derived from crude oil, a natural product of the earth, but their presence in the body is not 'natural'.

Mineral oil has no nutritional value. Contrast this with plant-based oils, which are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. These include linoleic acid, linolenic acid and arachidonic acid, collectively known as vitamin F.

As you'll know if you appreciate good quality olive oil, cold-pressed oil is more expensive than oil produced at high temperatures. There’s good reason for this. First, heat can change the oil's molecular structure and may introduce toxins. Second, cold-pressed olive oil is purer and has more flavour. The same is true of other plant-based oils, which is why we only ever use cold-pressed plant oils.

In the EU, strict laws control the use of the term 'cold-pressed'. But the USA has no such controls. So the label may say 'cold-pressed' but the oil may not be of the quality you expect. Because we want to be sure about the quality of our cold-pressed plant oils, we source them all from EU countries.

Natural fragrance

Synthetic fragrances can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Manufacturers use them because they're cheaper than pure natural essential oils. We only use pure natural essential oils. However, even these can cause sensitivity for some people. So it's always a good idea to do a 24-hour skin test before you start using the product daily.

Definitely no animal testing

Naturally, none of the ingredients we use in Super Natural Organic Skincare products has been tested on animals.

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