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Beeswax in Cosmetics - is it Ethical?

To use or not to use… Whether in food or cosmetic products, the use of bee products such as beeswax, honey, or bee propolis, can spark quite a heated debate among the vegan and cruelty free community regarding its ethicality.  What is Beeswax? Beeswax is the purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee. It is widely used in the cosmetics and skincare industry due to its powerful healing and moisturizing abilities as well as its non-toxic antibacterial properties.  Can Beeswax be Vegan or Cruelty Free? Vegans do not consume (to the extent that is possible and practical) any products made by or from animals. Since a bee is an animal, beeswax and honey would not be considered “vegan” by...

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The Benefits of Camellia Oil for Skin

What is Camellia Oil? Grown in the mountains of Southeast Asia, Camellia Oleifera is the plant from which all varieties of green and black teas are made. The cold-pressed oil extracted from this winter-blooming flower has been a treasured beauty secret of the geisha for centuries due to its highly restorative and rejuvenating effects on the skin. This time-tested oil has an amber green color and mild sweet aroma. Camellia Oil is also commonly referred to as “Tea Seed Oil”, as it literally comes from the seeds of the tea plant. How Does it Affect Your Skin? Camellia has more naturally-occurring antioxidants than almost any other botanically based oil in the world, which helps to fight free radicals and protect...

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Benefits of Bee Propolis in Skincare

So what is Bee Propolis? What’s all the “buzz” about the benefits of Bee Propolis for you skin and where does this ingredient come from to begin with? Apart from making honey, Bee’s also make a sticky substance known as Bee Propolis. Collected from the flowers, tree leaves, and leaf buds of particular plants and used to coat the interior of their hives for self defense, its acts as a natural disinfectant and antioxidant for the bees, and it just so happens that Bee Propolis offers similar benefits for our skin. How Does It Affect Your Skin? Packed with antioxidants. Rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Known to help prevent acne and aging. Can help decongest pores and stimulate cell...

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Amla for Skin - A Natural Dark Spot Corrector

Our Hydra-Glow Multi-Benefit Serum is unique in that it contains Indian Gooseberry - a natural super-antioxidant ingredient that has been proven to help with skin discoloration and correcting dark spots. A study on people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds conducted by Dr. Zoe Draelos, a clinical & research dermatologist, found this plant to contain powerful skin lightening properties better than those achieved by conventional non-organic skin-lighteners - like hydroquinone. The extract from this plant contains antioxidants, has anti-microbial properties, and is rich with Vitamin C. It protects the skin from sun damage and helps reduce hyper-pigmentation. :)

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