A Rose is a Rose....Or is it?

We're always on the look out for a botanical or fruit extract that will provide a truly organic, natural scent to our products. As with any ingredient we choose, it must provide a benefit to the skin and not be sensitizing. We haven't found it yet. (No, not essential oils..while wonderful for many things, skin is not one of them. They are simply too strong and "solvent like" for the skin--- damage...

Peptides...Hype or Happy dance?

What is a Peptide and what does it do for our skin?Peptides are amino acids and in turn, they are the building blocks of protein in the skin. What's exciting about Peptides? In short, Peptides penetrate deeply into the skin and stimulate collagen production. No easy task. When they are formed in specific formations, they create specific proteins. That's good news for our skin. They are i...

What is a Cosmeceutical and why should you care?

What exactly is a Cosmeceutical and why should you care? It's the buzzword these days for ingredients that do more than simply moisture your skin. In theory, they offer benefits to the skin through a variety of delivery systems. A Serum, for instance, is a delivery system. So is a facial mask (typically with bio-active ingredients added to enhance it). So what kind of ingredients are co...