This glossary provides a helpful overview of terms related to Health, Beauty and Wellness in efforts to make you a more informed, knowledgeable, and healthy consumer.
We are confident that after reviewing this information, you will garner a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the ALL NATURAL alternative that KALABASH Signature Collections provides.
HARMFUL AGENTS TYPICALLY USED IN COSMETIC PRODUCTS
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts.
SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate, and is classified by the Environmental Working Group Cosmetics Database as a “denaturant, surfactant cleansing agent, emulsifier and foamer,” rated as a “moderate hazard.”
SLS goes by other names, including:
|Sodium dodecyl sulfate||A13-00356|
|Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt||Akyposal SDS|
|Sodium salt sulfuric acid||Aquarex ME|
|Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid||Aquarex methyl|
Associated health concerns from using products with SLS include:
- Irritation of the skin and eyes
- Organ toxicity
- Developmental/reproductive toxicity
- Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
- Possible mutations and cancer
SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE
Similar to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is sodium laureth sulfate (short for sodium lauryl ether sulfate, or SLES), a yellow detergent with higher foaming ability. SLES is considered to be slightly less irritating than SLS.
AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE
Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) is another surfactant variation commonly put into cosmetics and cleansers to make them foam. ALS is similar to SLS, with similar risks.
*NOTE: KALABASH products are 100% detergent-free and sulfate-free!*
ORGANIC VS. INORGANIC
The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products. Organic farming practices encourage soil and water conservation, and reduce pollution. Farmers growing organic produce do not use conventional methods to fertilize or control weeds and insects.
CONVENTIONAL (INORGANIC) METHODS:
Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.
Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease.
Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease.
Use chemical herbicides to manage weeds.
ALTERNATIVE (ORGANIC) METHODS:
Use preventive methods such as rotational grazing, to help minimize disease.
Use insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.
Give animals organic feed and allow access to the outdoors.
Rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.
Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
**NOTE: ALL of KALABASH’S herbal additives, botanical oils, and essential oils are derived from 100% ORGANIC sources.**
HIGHLY BENEFICIAL BOTANICAL OILS USED IN OUR PRODUCTS
VITAMIN E OIL
Vitamin E Oil contains basic antioxidant properties that everyone needs. It protects the skin against cell mutation from pollution and other environmental stressors. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it calms and hydrates sensitive skin.
Jojoba oil comes from the beans of the shrub like plant, simmondsia chinensis. It is bright and golden in color and is regarded as the most favored in the carrier oil family because of its advanced molecular stability. Also makes a great scalp cleanser for the hair, and is equally wonderful for the skin because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skin’s own sebum.
Olive oil is by far the most universal oils used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking. It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and is golden brown in color. It has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature.
This is a great oil for general moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. It also acts as a mild oil suitable for those with inflamed and irritated skin, and those with skin sensitivities. Coconut oil is without a doubt the number one lather-producing agent used in soaps.
High in natural source lecitihin, sterolins, and vitamin E, this oil makes a great base for your products which are being created for outer epidermal healing. Soybean oil is easily absorbed and leaves a smooth sensation to the skin.
A magnificent oil with numerous benefits for both therapeutic and medicinal use. Among other properties, this certified organic oil is anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Used widely in creams, dental products, hair care products, and in gardens for natural pest control. Can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care preparations that are designed specifically to treat problematic skin conditions. This oil is exceptionally rich, contains a heavy odor, and may be diluted accordingly.
MOISTURIZERS AND EMOLLIENTS
Shea butter comes from the nut of the karite shea tree that is indigenous to Africa. Raw, unrefined shea butter contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids. It has been used for centuries for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and antiaging properties. Shea butter has the ability to soothe, hydrate and balance your skin. It is used as a moisturizer for dry skin and eczema, as a dry scalp treatment, for chapped lips and to help soften cracked dry skin on heels, elbows and knees.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together, removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation.
Vitamins. Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief.
Minerals. Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun.
Honey’s benefits for skin care work in a few different ways. The chemical makeup of honey gives the substance properties that can speed healing, treat wounds, and prevent infection. The smooth, thick texture also keeps moisture close to the skin, which can help your complexion become supple and glowing.
ESSENTIAL OILS - TOPICAL & AROMATHERAPY BENEFITS
Tea Tree Essential Oil
This oil is often used to inhibit bacterial, microbial, and viral infections, while also killing insects, protecting wounds from becoming septic, promoting absorption of nutrients, speeding up the healing rate of scars and after marks. Finally, it can cure coughs and colds, and it stimulates systemic functions and appropriate discharges.
Lavender Essential Oil
This oil is beneficial for treatment of issues with the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, urine flow, respiratory disorders, skin care, hair care, blood circulation, indigestion, and immune system health.
Peppermint Essential Oil
It is commonly used in the treatment of pain relief, as a way to induce numbness, protect against sepsis, reduce milk flow and discharge, relax spasm, strengthen gums, stop hair loss, and lifts skin. Also, it induces firmness in muscles, stops hemorrhaging, removes gas, is good for brain and memory health, and promotes bile discharge, clears congestion and eases breathing. Furthermore, peppermint essential oil relieves obstructed menstruation, expels phlegm & catarrh, reduces fever, is good for the liver, nerves, and stomach, while promoting perspiration and slight contraction of the blood vessels.
Rose Essential Oil
Traditionally, it fights depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation due to fever, protects wounds against developing sepsis, relieves spasms, fights viral infections, enhances libido and cures sexual disorders, while tightening gums and muscles, and stopping hemorrhaging. Furthermore, it inhibits bacterial growth, promotes discharges and secretions, heals scars, purifies the blood, opens up obstructed menses, stops hemorrhaging, boosts liver health, cures constipation and nervous disorders, as well as being good for stomach and uterine health.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Traditionally, lemongrass reduces pain, fights depression, inhibits microbial growth, reduces high fever, protects wounds from being septic, strengthens gums and hair and reduces hemorrhaging. This essential oil kills bacteria, eliminates gas, reduces body odor, promotes urination, reduces fever, stops fungal infections, increases milk, kills insects, strengthens nerves, soothes inflammation and nervous disturbances.
Patchouli Essential Oil
This can be used to fight depression and uplift mood, soothe inflammation resulting from high fevers, does not allow wounds to become septic, increases libido and cures sexual disorders. Furthermore, it helps to tighten gums and muscles, and it stops hemorrhaging, heals scars and after marks, promotes cell growth, eliminates body odor, increases urination and removes toxins. Finally, it is well known for its ability to cure fever, kill fungus and insects, as well as reduce emotional and nervous disorders.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil has long been used in treatments related to dental care, like toothaches and cavities, as well as for infections, skin care, stress, headaches, respiratory problems, earaches, indigestion, nausea, blood circulation issues, blood purification, diabetes, immune system weakness, premature ejaculation, cholera, and sties.
Orange Essential Oil
This oil traditionally is used to soothe inflammation, fight depression and uplift mood, protect against sepsis, enhance libido and as a cure for sexual dysfunction. Also, it gives relief from gas, increases urination and removes toxins, while toning up general health of the immune system, reducing emotional and nervous disturbances, increasing discharge and secretions from glands.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil has been known to cure pain, stop vomiting, protect from wounds becoming septic, and relax spasms. Some practitioners also use it to inhibit bacterial growth, eliminate gas, and improve brain and memory function, while helping to expel phlegm & catarrh. Finally, it is known to break fevers, clear bowels, bring color to the skin, improve stomach health, and promote sweating, which helps removes toxins from the body.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage essential oil fights depression and uplifts mood, stops convulsions by sedating nervous disturbances, relaxes spasms, protects wound from becoming septic, reduces sexual dysfunction and increases libido, causes contractions, kills bacteria and curbs bacterial growth. It also removes excess gas, eliminates body odor, improves digestion, relieves obstructed menstruation, lowers blood pressure, and makes improves the health of the nervous system. Finally, clary sage essential oil sedates various extreme emotions and anxiety, while maintaining good stomach health and fixing any damage sustained by the uterus.
Sage Essential Oil
It has been known to inhibit viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, and thus protects wounds against becoming septic, heals damages done by oxidation, soothes inflammation, clears spasms, increases the production of bile, and promotes digestion. Furthermore, it fights infections, opens up obstructed menstruation, cures coughs and colds, reduces fever, helps clear the bowels, stimulates discharges and generally boosts systemic functions.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
It is very useful in the treatment of respiratory problems, wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, skin care, diabetes, fever, and intestinal germs.
Vetiver Essential Oil
Doctors often prescribe it to soothe inflammation, protect against sepsis, enhance the libido, speed the healing process of scars and spots, cure nervous disorders, and generally boost the body’s ability to heal itself.
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