What Does SPF Mean? –  let’s talk about sun protection!

There are two reasons why I chose this topic for my article; first because it’s the sunbathing season; and on the other hand, because it’s the debut of our long-awaited PANDHY’S™ sunscreen products.

Every person’s skin has a certain tolerance for sun, and SPF (Sun Protection Factor) multiplies that tolerance.

If you can spend 15 minutes in the sun without getting burned, applying the appropriate amount of an SPF 15 product would allow you to spend 15 times 15 minutes in the sun.

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

But before you grab your calculator and head for the beach, you should know that this equation is not always accurate.

First of all, people usually use far less sunscreen than the amount used in the testing phase, in laboratory conditions. In the real world, the average sun worshipper uses half the amount of sunscreen used in the laboratory, which can result in a sunburn in half the time.

Furthermore, despite waterproof or sweatproof labels, all sunscreens decrease in effectiveness when exposed to water or sweat, so regular reapplication is very important to secure ongoing protection.

We can define SPF in another way, describing what percentage of UV rays does the sunscreen absorb based on the SPF. For example, that SPF 15 sunscreen would allow 1/15 of the UV rays through, which means that’s about 6.7% of the rays get through the sunscreen.

Here’s where it’s getting interesting. Using this formula, an SPF of 45 allows your skin to absorb 2.2% of the UV rays. As you can see, SPF increased threefold, but the protection of the skin only increased by 4.5%.

Some use that data to claim that SPF 15 is really all you need since higher SPFs don’t add that much protection at all, so higher factor number is only a marketing gimmick.

Because of the confusion about UVB absorption, in 2011 the FDA proposed a cap on SPF numbers. They suggested using “30 plus” label on each product if the SPF was higher than 30. Besides, they were considering banning factor numbers above 50, but finally, it did not happen, and we can still find these products on the shelves.

Thirty was the decided cap because above that, the percentage of UVB absorbed and overall protection of the skin increases only slightly, but people may misinterpret these higher SPF numbers as a much higher level of protection or even a guarantee of all-day protection.

Here is a comparative chart to illustrate this:

SPF % UV absorbed
2 50
4 70
8 87.5
15 93.3
30 96.7
50 98

 

Often studies show that those who use a higher SPF are more likely to get melanoma (skin cancer), possibly because they’re tricked into thinking they’re safe from the sun and stay out longer.

Tan wisely and enjoy the good weather!

With love,

Gertrud Borbíró

How to sleep well in the heatwave?

Everybody is talking about the hot weather, we can’t stop complaining, but it’s summer and when should it be hot if not now!

The internet and all the other media are full of this topic, giving advice on how we can survive the summer; drink a lot, don’t sunbathe too much, etc.

Originally, I did not plan to get into the line of advisors, but recently I became an earwitness of a conversation about the horrors of heatwave. The group were discussing that they couldn’t sleep at night and were giving advice to each other on how to solve the problem.

Based on what I heard, I thought that it might be interesting and useful to talk a little bit about this topic and decided to share with you the results of an interesting study recently published by a group of Australian dieticians as it happens to be relevant to this topic.

The participants of the conversation mentioned earlier totally agreed that what we eat, and in particular, what we eat for dinner does matter a lot when it comes to a good night’s sleep. And they were absolutely right about this, as well as about their judgement that bean soup with smoked knuckles is not the most ideal dinner, especially during the summer, as the digestion of this, and similarly rich dishes generates heat, which increases the body temperature worsening the chances of sleeping well in a hot night.

However, what the participants of the conversation were wrong about was that it is a good idea to close the day with ice cream, as it cools our sufferings from the inside of our body. The cooling effect does really happen when the ice cream gets into our mouth and our stomach; but this is a very short sensation, after which the situation changes fast, because the body starts to digest the ice cream which is also not an easy task for it due to the high carbohydrate and fat content, so the bad news is that the ice cream also triggers the internal heating of the body.

And now comes the most interesting addition to the topic: the Australian researchers mentioned above found a perfect dinner for hot weather, and this miracle food is nothing else than the egg, also well-known from the breakfast tables.

So, the advice is that if we want to sleep well, we should eat egg; firstly, because it is easy to digest, and also because it contains natural sedatives that help produce the „sleepiness-causing” melatonin.

Egg is a rich source of the essential amino acid called tryptophan, from which the body creates, among others, vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid) and serotonin, and from the serotonin it creates melatonin, which is the precursor of neurotransmitters necessary for natural sleep, and these „messenger molecules” switch our brain into night mode, ensuring a deeper, more relaxing and longer sleep, even during the hot weather.

So, let’s have eggs for dinner, sleep well, and enjoy the hot weather as long as we can.

Have a very pleasant summer,

Gertrud Borbíró

„What is the frequency, Kenneth?”

„What is the frequency, Kenneth?”

or; talking about VIO (High frequency) again

I hope that some of my readers might know what I am referring to and remember the album “Monster” of R.E.M in 1994! I am sorry, but I just couldn’t resist this very free association 😊

I will be more serious now. Recently we added a multifunctional electro cosmetic tool our PANDHY’S™ product range. Because of this, I had to immerse myself in this world that had been completely unknown to me before. I had to learn the way operating systems function, and the opportunities for treatment with them.

Of course, I approach these machines, i.e. ultrasound, galvanic and high-frequency tools from the point of view of product development. And of course, I study the treatments that can traditionally or potentially performed by them.

In relation to this, wrote my earlier post on hair and scalp care with high frequency. And I would still stay a little bit with this infinitely simple, but incredibly versatile and useful device. I do it, because, on one hand, I became an obsessed advocate of it, and on the other hand, because I think we are very far from using the most of what this tool can offer. I do not know if this is because the cosmetic treatments with it have been forgotten, or because we may not have the necessary knowledge.

Now, I would recommend an indirect use to our audience of professionals, namely a special massage. Using a pun, and apparently a little humor, I named it E-STATIC MASSAGE, although the profession knows it as Viennese massage.

The treatment – as well as its (more) wide-spread direct application – enhances cellular metabolism and as a consequence, healthy cellular function helps the natural self-cleansing and antibacterial processes of the skin. But what is even more important when treating clients with inflamed acne skin problems, is that with this skin condition, even classic, manual massage is hardly tolerable, or not tolerable at all, while Viennese massage is.

This massage can work wonders in case of dry, heavily dehydrated, fragile, aging skin as well.

What happens during the e-static massage? With the help of electric current, we generate heat and vibration on the surface of the skin and in the deeper layers of the tissue, thereby stimulating the nerve endings.

Dilatation removes the toxins, and as a result, the nutrient supply and hydration of the cells increases. Enhanced circulation accelerates cell renewal, collagen and elastin synthesis, as a result, wrinkles smooth out, the size of pores decreases, and significant improvements occur in the colour and texture of the skin, not to mention significantly improved transdermal absorption of active ingredients.

Finally, let’s see how the treatment is being performed!

We apply the active ingredients and lubricants – that can be oil, or/and water-based preparations – suitable for the purpose of the treatment and the indication onto properly prepared skin.

Attach the electrode to the high-frequency device handle, and then give the device to the client’s hand. The guest holds the handle in one palm and the electrode in the other palm.

Place one of your hands on the client’s forehead and turn on the device with your other hand. Increase the intensity to the point where the vibrating feeling generated by electricity is pleasant for the client. Then start the massage, according to the choreography chosen by you, very gently, only with the fingertips, applying only minimal pressure. It should be more of a caressing than a real massage.

Make sure that the skin contact with the guest is continuous, as the circuit will only close this way. It can be observed, that the smaller the contact surface (so for example if the massage is performed by us with on fingertip only) the greater the generated current; while if the contacted surface is greater (e.g. the entire palm), the intensity is weaker.

The e-static massage shouldn’t be longer than 10-15 minutes. Do not stop the skin contact with the client before you switch off the device.

Well, I hope I managed to grab your attention and raise your interest. Feel free to turn to us if you have any questions or if you need help, but I look forward to hearing about your experiences and ideas for further treatments!

I close my post and the circuit,

With regards,

Gertrud Borbíró

 

Kaolin

KAOLIN

White Kaolin clay, is a very fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties. White Cosmetic clay is found in virtually all powdered and dry cosmetics and most wet cosmetics, including soaps, scrubs, poultices, deodorants, facial powders, and masks. It is the mildest of all clays and is also suitable for people with sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils or waters from the skin, so it can be used on dry skin types, too.

The high absorbent quality is not to be confused with drying/dehydration properties! The kaolin we use is quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits and is water washed. Due to its unrefined nature, the dried clay is an off-white colour, and turns slightly brownish when mixed with water.

Krameria

A low shrub with large red flowers, growing on dry, sandy places on mountain-slopes, 3,000 to 8,000 feet above sea-level in several provinces of Peru, especially near the city of Huanuco. The root, as found in commerce, consists of long, cylindrical pieces, varying in thickness from 1/4 to 1/2 inch or more (long Rhatany), or a short, thick portion, knotted, and as large as a man’s fist (short, or stumpy Rhatany). The difference is caused by the diggers, the former being removed by them with care, and the latter torn up with force. The bark of the root is thin, readily separable, rough and scaly; of a dark, reddish-brown colour outside, and bright brownish-red within. It breaks with a somewhat fibrous fracture, is tough and difficult to powder, and has a strong, purely astringent taste, tingeing the saliva red when chewed. The central woody portion is very hard and almost tasteless. Neither bark nor wood has any marked odour. As the virtues of Rhatany reside in the bark, the smaller pieces are preferable.

A strong tincture of these roots in brandy is used in Portugal to impart roughness to port wines.

The genus Krameria was named after Kramer, a Hungarian physician and botanist. The name Rhatany is said to describe the creeping character of the plant, in the language used by the Peruvian Indians, while its Spanish name is derived from its dental properties.

The dried roots of two species besides the Peruvian are official: Krameria Ixené, or Savanilla Rhatany, and Krameria Argentea, known in commerce as Para or Brazilian Rhatany.

Krameria was dropped from the United States Pharmacopceia but retained in the British Pharmacopceia and National Formulary.

 

Lotion information

Dear All,

as the new formulas of the lotion and crème products came out, I would like to give you a piece of short information on those, that might be also useful for you in the communication with your clients.

In general:

  • All the reformulated preparations are conserved with colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is widely used in medicine and also in cosmetics, for ages now. Nowadays it became a bit controversial in the common supposition, because of the claims of  “cure-all” qualities. Anyway, you might have to face with oppositions, so I suppose to get know the element.

Why we use colloidal silver? Because it is antiseptic and disinfectant, it kills all bacteria, algae, and fungi in vitro, even effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

It can be also generally stated, that in all cases we significantly increased the concentration of the active ingredients for more effectiveness.

  • In the frame of the safe cosmetics philosophy, we are using a new emulsifying agent in all formulas, this is the Glyceryl Monostearate SE. This is accepted by even the greenest and the most organic minded people!
  • Tapioca starch is added as viscosity increasing agent and aqueous, and mainly because of the velvet effect that it leaves back on the skin

Product by product:

Rathany

  • rathany/krameria triandra extract contain is tripled → more intensive anti-inflammation and healing effect.
  • menthol is added for its local soothing, healing effect

ACV Cure

  • apple cedar vinegar contain is too good and has so many essential effects that we can benefit from, so we doubled the contain. Due to this high concentration, it is a miraculous tool – among others – to cure psoriasis, eczema, acne. It is very good in treating any type of skin allergy that is causing itchiness. …and of course, it is a perfect after-epil/depilation care-product, also as aftershave.

Please do not judge the smell of it by simple smelling it in the bottle! Judge the smell by applying some of it on your living skin and let the vinegar smell to evaporate, a nice, fresh citrus type of smell stays behind! Do not forget – and also remind your clients, that if we want to operate with the beneficial effects of the vinegar, then it has to be there!

Because of the high concentration (7%) of the vinegar, the ACV is really a milk type of lotion. Which is OK in the pump bottle (500 ml) but requires a little attention and special care in case of the tube version. Please teach your clients to use the tube accordingly!

SweetCare

  • first of all, we found the source of the almost-clear (not amber color as earlier) of grape seed extract, so the brownish color is not anymore there. Instead, we add blue chamomile, which is a beautiful material with its extreme calming and anti-inflammation and cooling, harmonizing effects, but because if its intensive, deep blue color, it is causing the little grayish color of the crème, and also effects the smell.

Lyli

  • new Lyli operates with the complex softening effect of the olive, avocado and coconut oil, and of course with anis and sweet fennel.

Glycerin Issue

Hi there!

I have to play my ghost-buster role again, this is why herewith I am spreading my passion driven words, this time about the poor glycerine, which was recent, by some giant mind and spirit, accused to dehydrate the skin!!!!!!!!!!!! And therefore of course also my glycerine containing beautiful formulas were declared to be dehydrating products as well.

The following is a short summary of what there is to know about glycerin (glycerol, glycerine – because as we all know; they are the same compound, but different names!);

Glycerol is a 3-valent sugar alcohol, meaning it contains three hydrophilic hydroxyl (aka alcohol) groups. As a result, it is strongly hygroscopic, formed from the enzymatic decomposition of natural fats and oils (triglycerides). It is a subunit of the skin’s natural moisture-retaining factor.

It is included in cosmetic products -among others- for its moisturizing properties, where its proportion doesn’t exceed 8-10%, as is taught even in the most basic cosmetic training, so we’re taking this to come as self-evidence to any professionally trained cosmetician.

Glycerol is manufactured either by saponification of natural oils, (here I’d like to refer to my publication explaining the manufacture of TD™ soaps in detail) or by industrial organic synthesis. We use the former method to obtain the glycerol from palm (let us not get into the issue of the destruction of rainforests for oil palm plantations here, please!) or coconut oil.

I must note that any attempt to differentiate the two products chemically is completely unprofessional and, as such, pointless. The only legitimate consideration is the purity of the substance, be it of a plant, animal (for example pig’s fat, such as in the case of 19th-century candle manufacturing, when most candles were made from this material), or indeed synthetic origin.

Glycerol is a molecule occurring naturally in human cells (it is a metabolic product). One of its major purposes is to transport water between cells, thanks to its hygroscopic nature.

As a result of its hygroscopic properties, it follows that in large amounts it absorbs water, hydrophilic alcohols all do, they need water. This property, however, isn’t an issue in crèmes/lotions, since logically this doesn’t happen at the expense of the skin’s water content, as anyone will know -from their cosmetic studies, if nowhere else- that these oil in water (O/W) type emulsions must contain 75% water on average, at which ratio the glycerol-containing preparation will by no means absorb water, but on the contrary, be strongly moisturising from the viewpoint of the skin. It will however absorb water strongly from the emulsion, and this is exactly where the point of the issue lies, not to mention its ability of bind water and its effect on the barrier function, meaning it has a beneficial effect on evaporation as well.

We also don’t have to worry about which place of the INCI list it occupies -especially in a base preparation, where there aren’t other active ingredients to take over. As mentioned above, the emulsions are generally formulated as 75% water plus the oil-based phase and the indispensable emulsifier, so even with its proportion of 8-10%, it can still be at the front of the list, as such this approach also skews the picture greatly, not to mention its very limited scientific background.

One further addition: certain drinks aimed at sportspeople contain glycerol, as it is a proven fact, substantiated by extensive literature in sports science and related fields, that athletes who have consumed glycerol containing drinks will suffer a smaller degree of fluid loss during extreme exercise. This is no insignificant factor with regards to performance, which furthermore causes, as a logical consequence of reduced fluid loss, a smaller increase in body temperature and heart rate.

Thank you for your attention, I hope you will find the above useful.

 

Gertrud Borbiro

Georgikon Wellness & Healing Mud

The peloids are the results of geological and biological formations, which are more than ten thousand years old. Their organic matter and mineral salt contents are high. They have a significant expanding (water fixing) and heat-preserving capacities, therefore, their exothermic capacity is slow.

Due to these properties, they have been used in therapy for more than a hundred years. The combination of the natural physical,  chemical and biological effects have a very good result on the regeneration of the skin and connective tissues, on reducing the inflamed processes and tumefactions and on depleting the histictoxic substances.

The heating effect enlarges the capillaries of the skin,  its oxygen and nutrient supplies, this way it makes it resistant and it reduces the visible signs of aging due to environmental effects.  At the same time it helps the absorption of the mud components through the large surface of the skin, therefore if we use it on the whole body the natural peat medicinal mud will assure increased and lasting good general condition. With its regular usage, the natural preventive capacity of the immune system will increase.

The Georgikon mud is natural peat-bog mud. It is worthily world-famous, so not only in therapy but also in cosmetics it has a significant role.  Our world today constantly attacks every cell of the human body with artificial effects, chemicals internally and externally too. This is the reason why our organism is put to increased danger, it often loses its natural regenerative capacity its general stamina fails, while at work and in everyday life it has to face larger and larger challenges.  Therefore one of our most important duties is to supply our body with  “living materials”, respectively with their derivatives. These materials not only infiltrate perfectly but also their natural emptying happens without side-effects.

If you use the Georgikon mud once a week for beauty purpose and twice or three times a week for medical aim your body will get such building blocks, which can be utilized in 100%  natural  way,  it will  get such  mineral materials,  macro  and  microelements,  which  are  absorbed  directly  on the treated territory, so they can infiltrate perfectly into the tissues.

Its durable physical effect is assured by the following factors: its large thermal capacity, which warms the body (0.917  cal/cm3  K),  its heat-preserving capacity (660  s) and its small heat-conductivity.

The chemical effect can be seen in the following facts:  the Sulphur is absorbed in the articular cartilage tissue,  the humic acid has an antiseptic and complex-forming character and the estrogen has an influence on the potassium-metabolism and on the calcitonin production. The complex effect of the mud is characterized by the improvement of thousands of rheumatic people.

The  main substances  of  the  mud  are:  humic  acid  above  6%,  24  000-27  000  mg/kg sulfur, 500-3000 mg/kg Ca, which can be dissolved in hot water, 1100-9800 mg/kg SO4 and different microelements

The medicinal mud does not contain any materials, which would cause allergy.

In the following cases is the medicinal mud suggested to use: in the resting period of inflamed joint and spine diseases,  for the after-treatment of fractions,  in the case of dermatological diseases having increased hornification (psoriasis), in the case of gynecological diseases (chronic inflammations, period disorders) and for cosmetic packs.

Every disease or state,  which forbids bathing cure and warm treatment is contra-indicated. Especially infecting diseases,  fever,  acute joint inflammation, gout attack,  pregnancy, lung diseases, tuberculate diseases, heart and circulatory disorders (varicosis, arteriosclerosis) and in case of high blood pressure.

Components: fresh peat, extr. bitumen, pectin, hemicellulose, cellulose, humic acid, lignin-humic, macro and  micro  elements:Cl-,SO4-,HCO3-,Ca,  Mg,  K,Na,  Al,Mn,  Cd,  Co,  Cr,  Cu,  Fe,  Hg,  Mo,  Ni,  P, Pb,S,Ti,V,Zn, mineral salts. It can be used for medical purpose just according to the suggestion and instruction of the medical specialist.

Body Mask

Apply the mud either warm or cold on the treated body part with rush. Cover it with folia and than a towel or blanket to keep the client warm Leave the packing on for 20 minutes, the majority of the mud can be removed together with the foil, the rest should be washed off. Finally, apply any of the PANDHY’S™ Lotions mixed with flower water. You can repeat the pack every third day. The pack can cause a slight rubefaction on the skin. It can be used exclusively on a sound skin!

Facial Mask

Clean carefully the skin of the face, neck, and décolletage. Mix mud and ACV Cure lotion 2:1 for oily, acne or problematic skin, also add 3 drops of MIRACULUM oil. For aging, dry, dehydrated skin; mix the mud with heated Massage Sugar, Rathany Lotion or  Sugar Lotion 2:1:1, and add a tablespoon of Rose water. Spread the mixture either warm or cold with masque brush on the face, neck, and décolletage. Be careful not to get it into the eyes. Leave the masque on the treated part for fifteen minutes then rinse it with clean and lukewarm water and wipe it with lavender water in case of problematic, and rose water in case of aging, dry skin. Finish the treatment with a light and neutral conditioning cream. You can repeat the pack every third day. The pack can cause a slight rubefaction on the skin. It can be used exclusively on a sound skin! The above masques can be applied to the whole body, as well.

Sparkling mud bath

Pour about 2.5  dl mud into a 36°C  sparkling bath. Sink into it for twenty minutes then without rinsing cover yourself with a dry blanket and have a rest for twenty minutes. After this take a shower and apply any of the PANDHY’S™ Lotions mixed with flower water. The bath is suggested once a week. It can be used exclusively on a sound skin!

Sauna mud

After having a shower cover your whole body or just a body part with the mud. Sit on asuitable-sized paper-towel in the sauna in a highly vapory air (70  C,  30-40%  vapor)  and have a rest for fifteen-twenty minutes. Take a shower with clean and cold water (go from the direction of the limbs towards the heart with the water,) then have a rest in a dry blanket for twenty minutes. You can have a sauna like that according to your normal sauna customs. It can be used exclusively on a sound skin.

Everything You Need to Know About Menthol

Menthol is an organic compound with a characteristically minty smell. It can be derived from natural sources, such as peppermint and eucalyptus plants, or produced synthetically. It has a range of invigorating and soothing properties that make it a versatile ingredient in health and beauty products.

How does menthol work?

When applied topically to the skin, ingested, or inhaled, menthol produces a cooling sensation. Menthol does not lower the temperature of the body or skin. Instead, it produces a cooling effect by blocking the calcium current along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature. The message that the individual receives via the nerve endings is that the skin or body is cooling.

How can menthol be used on the body?

Menthol’s ability to produce a cooling sensation on the skin makes it an extremely useful ingredient in after sun creams and lotions, which are designed to be applied to the skin after exposure to the sun. Menthol alleviates the hot, painful sensation that overexposure to the sun can trigger and can also found in products that can be applied topically to the forehead to ease the pain associated with headaches, such as cooling patches. Many people find menthol’s cooling sensation to be uplifting and invigorating. As a result, it is used as an ingredient in toiletries and skin care products that are designed to refresh, revitalize, and enliven the skin.

Does menthol reduce pain?

Menthol also has pain-relieving properties when applied topically. It is particularly beneficial in alleviating the pain associated with minor musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, sprains, or muscle cramps. Menthol can be combined with ibuprofen in pain relieving gels and creams that are designed to be applied topically.

Can menthol improve blood flow?

Menthol increases the effectiveness of certain topically applied medicines by enlarging the blood vessels in a process known as vasodilation. This allows the medicines to penetrate deep into the affected area.

When applied to the thin skin on the lips, menthol also improves the flow of blood to the area, causing a temporary plumping effect. As a result, menthol is often included as an ingredient in lip products that aim to produce fuller lips without surgical intervention. These include balms and lip glosses that colour the lips while producing a well-defined pout.

Can menthol be consumed?

Yes, but only in measured amounts and usually in over the counter products. When taken orally, menthol can improve digestion, leading to the prevention or treatment of intestinal gas and bloating. Menthol helps to relax the muscles in the intestine, preventing spasms and lessening the likelihood of cramping. As a result, menthol can be useful for individuals experiencing irritable bowel syndrome.

Manufacturers of cough drops, cough syrup, and throat sprays include menthol in their products because it has anesthetics and cough suppressant qualities. It can help soothe the throat irritation that can lead to persistent, painful coughing. Small traces of menthol are also found in chewing gum to improve freshness and flavour.

How can I use menthol at home?

Menthol has an expectorant action, which enables it to thin and loosen the mucus that builds up in the respiratory tract. Accordingly, inhalations of menthol can improve congestion in the nose and throat linked to colds. By placing hot water in a bowl at home you can recreate the effects of a steam room using the vapor from the water to do inhalations of the menthol or apply a few drops into your bath instead, Menthol cannot be applied directly to the skin without being diluted as it can sensitize the skin. Alternatively, menthol rubs can be applied to the chest and back.

Products containing menthol should be used in accordance with the manufacturers’ guidance. The low levels of menthol found in over-the-counter products are generally well tolerated by most people.

 

What are natural ingredients?

There is no official regulated definition for the term natural pertaining to the natural products industry. The FDA, for example, refers to natural ingredients as “ingredients extracted directly from plants or animal products as opposed to being produced synthetically.”

The key word there is, “extracted directly”. In the case of some ingredients, it’s easy to see that they fit easily into this definition.

In case of raw materials that need to undergo some processing or chemical reaction in order to extract the ingredient from the natural raw material that is the source:

Even distilling aromatic plants to produce essential oils sometimes results in the creation of chemicals that didn’t exist in the raw material, but which are created by the actual distillation process alone!

The “Encyclopaedia of Common Natural Ingredients” says a natural product is defined as:

“a product that is derived from plant, animal or microbial sources, primarily through physical processing, sometimes facilitated by simple chemical reactions such as acidification, basification, ion exchange, hydrolysis, and salt formation as well as microbial fermentation. These chemical reactions do not drastically alter the chemical structure of the natural product to be isolated.”

In the early ’80s the FTC came up with a great definition for Natural – never adopted. They said that an ingredient may be called “natural” only if it contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients and has had no more processing than something which could be made in a household kitchen.

There is currently no standard definition for the term except for meat and poultry products. Unless otherwise specified, there is no organization independently certifying this claim. The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest.”

NATURAL INGREDIENT CRITERIA (according to me)

Natural Ingredients include

  • plant, animal, mineral or microbial ingredients…
  • present in or produced by nature.
  • produced using minimal physical processing.
  • directly extracted using simple methods, simple chemical reactions or resulting from naturally occurring biological processes. 

Natural ingredients are…

  • grown, harvested, raised and processed in an ecological
  • not produced synthetically.
  • free of all petrochemicals.
  • not extracted or processed using petrochemicals.
  • not extracted or processed using anything other than natural ingredients as solvents.
  • not exposed to irradiation.
  • not genetically engineered & do not contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Natural ingredients do…

  • not contain synthetic ingredients.
  • not contain artificial ingredients including colours or flavouring.
  • not contain synthetic chemical preservatives