Read the Labels

Much of what we read on the front panel of our cosmetics is marketing. When making a decision about what products to buy, it’s not unlike reading food labels – is this product sweetened with organic cane sugar or conventional, even GMO, corn syrup?  The actual calorie count may be the same for both but which one do you want to feed your family? Use the same logic when choosing cosmetics.  Read the Labels. The reality is you can’t sell a shelf stable product that contains water (and that includes the naturally occurring water in ingredients like aloe vera juice or hydrosols) unless the product contains ingredients which work as antimicrobial preservatives. You can’t sell a shelf stable lotion without ingredients which serve as emulsifiers.

Buzz words to watch out for are “nontoxic” or “chemical free” – because every ingredient in the wrong dose can be toxic and every ingredient is 100% chemicals.

So…lets review the ingredients in the NYR Organic Invigorating Seaweed Conditioner Hair Conditioner that I sell.

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Aqua (Water), Cetearyl alcohol, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil*, Cetrimonium chloride, Lanolin, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil*, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil*, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

*Organically produced ingredient.

Citric acid, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool are natural constituents of essential oils listed, they are listed in the ingredient panel in italics, as required by the EU Cosmetics directive. They are not chemicals added to the product. They are disclosed as occuring naturally in the essential oils. Companies which label according to FDA cosmetics regulations, are not required to disclose these chemicals.

This product is Certified Organic by the Soil Association, and the product is made with 91% organic ingredients.

So what is “Cetrimonium chloride”. We answer that question on our Ingredients Glossary page.

“Cetrimonium chloride, made from plant-derived fatty acids, is used in our conditioners. It is a cationic (positively charged) surfactant that carries nourishing ingredients into the negatively charged broken hair shafts. In order to be effective a conditioner needs to remain on the hair shaft. What helps it stay put is magnetic attraction that works in the same way the positive side of one magnet sticks to the negative side of another. The positively charged ion in conditioners like cetrimonim chloride ‘stick’ to the hair shaft, which is naturally negatively charged, to keep nourishing ingredients on the hair and help repair the hair proteins. Cetrimonium chloride also has preservative properties.”

What about “Lanolin”? From the same Ingredients Glossary page:

“Lanolin is extracted from wool after a sheep has been shorn. This wax-like substance yields a nourishing oil that is high in sterols and is a very good emulsifier, moisturizer and humectant. We use it to thicken our hair conditioners and some creams to help skin and hair retain moisture. Although it is an animal by-product, obtaining it does not harm the animal. Health concerns about Lanolin are based on the presence of contaminants such as pesticides, which the sheep may have been exposed to. Our high quality lanolin meets the high standards of USP grade.”

NOTE 3 “We use standards developed by leading animal protection campaign groups and our continued commitment to animal welfare has been recognized by campaigners from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), who awarded us a ‘golden rabbit.’ The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) also commended our stance on the issue. We support the animal welfare charity FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) dedicated to the scientific development, acceptance and use of methods that can be used instead of animal experiments.”

If you have questions about this or any other product sold by Independent Consultants for NYR Organic, email me! I am happy to get an answer from you.

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My Favorite Wild Rose Hand Cream!

THIS is SUCH a great give-away – the Wild Rose Hand Cream is the product that “launched” my small business as an independent consultant – I loved it; I shared it; suddenly I had recruited people and had new customers!

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https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/SueApito/

NYR Organic independent consultants receive a 25% discount on our complete product line, there are no monthly minimum orders, and no pressure to sell on my Team! You can join for the discount alone, in order to earn some extra money, or to launch a small aromatherapy business – the choice is yours! FREE this month…https://us.nyrorganic.com/…/area/become-a-consultant/

And check out the New Consultant KIT offers this month…

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Happy Earth Day 2015

Happy EARTH DAY!

Did you know our Bee Lovely product line is 20% off this month AND that Since our campaign launched in 2011, purchases of Bee Lovely products have helped to raise over $65,000, which we’ve shared among our Bee Lovely Charities.

To Learn More – https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/SueApito/area/bee-lovely/

To Order – https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/SueApito/area/shop-online/category/20-off-bee-lovely/

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Aromatherapy…every day!

I do not diffuse essential oils on a daily basis, and I never ingest them. So how do I incorporate aromatherapy into my healthy, green, organic lifestyle every day? I use these NYR Organic roll-ons. I used to dislike lavender essential oil because the first time I used essential oils, it was making natural bathroom cleaners. So for many years, I mentally associated the aroma of lavender with cleaning toilets! Luckily, my brain has adjusted and I no longer make that association…now, lavender helps me relax so I can let go of the stress of the day, quiet my mind, and fall fast asleep!

Remedies to Roll

TO ORDER: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/SueApito/area/shop-online/category/remedies-to-roll/

Frankincense

The truth about Frankincense – an example of how the herbal/botanical as medicine may be very different from the essential oil as medicine.

“Frankincense is a well-known anti-inflammatory. Of the more than 300 known active ingredients in frankincense essential oil, boswellic acids are the most well-studied. Examining the curative effect of frankincense, Professor Werz and his colleagues were able to show where exactly how boswellic acids – which are responsible for the impact of the ingredients of the Boswellia resin – interfere in the process of inflammation.”

nyrnaturalnews.com/article/a-gift-from-the-desert-the-healing-powers-of-frankincense/

Now if I were a salesperson who knew nothing about essential oil chemistry, I might reference this article and say “use Frankincense EO to treat inflammatory disease”.

Except, this article is not about the essential oil – there is no boswellic acid in steam or hydrodistilled Frankincense essential oil. The “active substances (which) can be very beneficial in therapies against diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or atopic dermatitis” this article refers to, are extracted using an alcohol extraction method, not steam distillation. So they are not essential oils.


[Disclaimer – I am an Independent Consultant with NYR Organic and sell both frankincense essential oil and aromatherapy skincare products which contain it, as well as a nutritional supplement which contains Boswellia Serrata Extract @ 65% Boswellic Acid; the supplement does not contain the EO.]


 

More Frankincense Research

“The smell of frankincense resin and powder, as well as burned frankincense, has been linked to a series of health effects since ancient times. Additionally, frankincense and its fumes are used as a means to induce positive psychophysical effects and well-being, not only in an ecclesiastical setting but also in traditional medical applications. This review aims to provide an overview of current knowledge of the volatile constituents of frankincense, with explicit consideration concerning the diverse Boswellia varieties. Altogether, more than 300 volatiles in frankincense have been reported in the literature. In particular, a broad diversity has been found in the qualitative and quantitative composition of the volatiles with respect to different varieties of Boswellia. A detailed discussion of the various analytical approaches applied to isolating and analysing the volatile fractions of frankincense is also presented.”
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Learn more: The volatile constituents of frankincense – a review – onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ffj.1942/abstract

There is another article which readers can access [hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/140509/], however it has been retracted

“This article has been retracted as it was found to contain a substantial amount of material from the manuscript titled “The volatile constituents of frankincense – a review” by Michaela Mertens, Andrea Buettnera, and Eva Kirchhoffa which was published in Flavour and Fragrance Journal, Volume 24, Issue 6, pages 279–300, November/December 2009, without proper citation.”

But you can still *read between the lines*!

“The essential oils of Boswellia plants showed different activities which is summarized in Table 3.”

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January 17, 2016 – Updated to add link to this new article by #RobertTisserand
http://tisserandinstitute.org/frankincense-oil-and-cancer-in-perspective/

 

Save the Bees

“A new Harvard study fingers neonics as
the key driver of colony collapse disorder.” 

motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/05/smoking-gun-bee-collapse

Many people do not realize that these pesticides are not just being used by industrial farmers, they are common in yard and landscaping products.

What can we do?

First learn more about why bees are disappearing and learn more about the problem with pesticides:

The problem with pesticides US Why are bees disappearing US

These flyers are provided by Neal’s Yard Remedies as part of the Save the Bees Campaign.

NYR Organics “no petrochemicals” claim

Originaly published October 10, 2013:

About a year and a half ago, I read an article about how cocamidopropyl betaine actually is partly of petrochemical origin:

http://personalcaretruth.com/2012/02/free-from-free-from-part-2/

Neal’s Yard Remedies/NYR Organic deserves to be applauded for allowing the Facebook discussion to play out to a natural end rather than deleting my comments, and especially for following up with the following letter:

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