New Product: Indulge Lotion

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Wonderland Organics Indulge Lotion

Happy 2015 everyone! We hope that you all had an amazing holiday season, full of happiness and family gatherings. Here at Wonderland Organics, we’ve been busy in R&D, creating and testing out our new products that are effective, natural, and safe to use.

We’re excited to unveil our newest product, a lotion that we’ve named the Indulge Lotion. Now that temperatures have dropped drastically, there is no better way to moisturize your skin. We’ve included organic rosehip seed oil, which has antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene. Also present is organic rooibos extract, which is rich in ascorbic acid, also has plenty of antioxidants. The Indulge Lotion is scented with rose absolute, organic lavender, organic geranium, and vanilla bourbon, which intertwines in a sweet and combination. We’ve packaged our lotion in a gorgeous opaque glass bottle, so sunlight will not oxidize our product as quickly as traditional amber glass bottles.

Directions: Indulge in our richly scented lotion that is handpicked from the flowers in wonderland. Use on clean skin: apply all over body, focusing on areas that are in need of moisture. Great for face and heels as well. Keep out of direct sunlight and hot places like bathrooms. Discontinue use if allergic reaction.

Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, *Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Organic Extracts of *Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) (and) *Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Rosa Mosqueta (Organic Rosehip Seed) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), *Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa damascena (Rose Absolute), *Lavandula angustifolia (Organic Lavender Oil), *Pelargonium Graveolens (Organic Geranium Oil), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla Bourbon CO2 Oil), *Azadirachta Indica (Organic Neem) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum

*certified organic or wildcrafted

Size: 3.38 oz (100 ml)

You can find our Indulge Lotion here on the website, which retails for $29.99. For a limited time, use coupon code “indulge20” for 20% off! We’re excited for you to try our lotion, as many of you have been asking about one for the colder months.

 

 

 

Carrier Oils for Aging Skin

Carrier Oils for Aging Skin

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Let us just start off by stating how much we love carrier oils. What are they, you ask? They’re plant or vegetable oils that are commonly used to carry the benefits of essential oils and other ingredients into the layers of skin. When we were first immersed in the wonders of natural skincare, we felt amazed at the fact that certain skin types are better suited for different carrier oils.

We’ve discussed argan oil, kukui and jojoba, and we’re happy to introduce new ones for aging skin! (Note: that would be all of us, as we have not managed to create an actual Fountain of Youth)

Rosehip Seed

Rosehip seed oil is a potent oil for mature skin as it works to fight the signs of aging in a number of ways. It is a natural source of both vitamin C and retinols, so it has powerful antioxidant properties, helping to protect against free radicals. It has been proven to increase cell turnover, which helps  to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and scars. Rosehip seed oil absorbs easily and penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and moisturize. As you may expect, this beautiful oil takes on the color of a rose-like hue, and can be used directly as a moisturizer. For fall and winter months, the chief formulator at Wonderland Organics plans to incorporate this oil into our facial serums!

Coconut

Coconut oil has a large amount of lauric acid, which turns into monolaurin in the body. This (healthy) high-saturated fat oil is even safe to take internally: you’ve probably seen a lot of people cooking with it, or taking coconut oil in its capsule form. What makes coconut oil even better is that it’s great as a moisturizer, and we love using it as makeup remover as well. Perhaps one of the best parts of this carrier oil is that it doesn’t go rancid very quickly- it’s good for over a year. We’re currently using fractionated coconut oil in our facial serums, as it adds to its shelf life, and doesn’t constantly melt and remelt. For those of you fascinated by science, coconut oil’s melting point is at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it keeps melting and re-melting during the hot summer months! carrieroils

Avocado

Avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil because it is easily absorbed by and penetrates deep into the skin. It has been shown to significantly increase the amount of collagen, which provides the skin’s structural foundation. Avocado oil contains a high amount of sterolins which are known to reduce sun/age spots and help to heal scar tissue. We love avocado oil, but this is one best suited for wintertime! This is mainly because it’s extremely heavy, so we adore using it when the weather makes our skin dry. It smells amazing, and is highly moisturizing.

Borage

Borage oil is a perfect choice for dry, mature skin. It is rich in the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, which helps to maintain and replenish moisture in the skin. Additional essential fatty acids help keep cell membranes flexible and slow water loss from skin cells. It also contains tannins, which provide a skin tightening and toning effect. Borage oil also promotes the production of prostaglandin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps calm irritated skin.

Evening Primrose

Evening primrose oil is extremely high in linoleic acid, which is scientifically proven to be a very effective antioxidant. This means evening primrose helps to destroy free radicals, and protects skin against free radicals’ damaging effects. Evening primrose oil helps stimulate the production of collagen and boosts new cell formation. It is a good moisturizer, and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Have you tried any of these oils? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Need a Superman Makeup Fix? Summer Skincare Tips To The Rescue

Need a Superman Makeup Fix? Summer Skincare Tips To The Rescue

makeupandskincaresummerThe heat wave has been gaining steadily across the country as we hit summer, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on looking our best in this sweltering heat. We’ve garnered plenty of requests for great skin and makeup tips, and we’ve answered your call. (Just call us Lois Lane). We’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips and brands that we use all summer long.

  • Eye shadow: We adore cream shadows for summer, as they blend nicely, and won’t smear as much with the (dark) pressed shadows. (We’re a big fan of the shimmer types) Cream eye shadows can also be used to highlight the face and brows. Currently, we’re using Lauren Brooke Cosmetique’s Pearl shadow: it’s a beautiful, shimmery color that’s subtle, and is reminiscent of vanilla.
  • Facial Oil/Moisturizer: We love the Wonderland Organics Balance Serum _MG_0653(available soon on Etsy) to help balance oily and combination skin. The kukui and jojoba oils help moisturize, and the apricot kernel oil has a slight tightening property to balance the skin’s sebum. Best of all, it has a light citrusy scent that smells spa-like.
  • Blush: What we find incredibly useful are those multi-purpose products. The Vapour Organic Beauty blush stain can be used on the lips, eyes and cheeks. We were actually lucky enough to win this beaut a few years ago in a contest, and fell in love ever since. Since red is such a hot color, this particular stain looks fantastic on your cheekbones (gently rubbed in), and as a pop of color on your lips.
  • Toner: We’ve mentioned it before, but hydrosols are a must to keep cool in the heat. They’re best to spritz before using facial oils/moisturizers, and after to set your look. Hydrosols are also great for aromatherapy purposes: spray, then breathe deeply for a second or two to absorb the lovely scent (rose is fantastic).
  • Deodorant: We all need deodorant to keep us fresh during these hot summer bandb-cream-deodorantdays. You might even say it’s one of the most important skincare needs we have during this season! We’ve been using Bubble and Bee’s cream deodorants for the past few years, and they’ve been life-saving. You simply apply with clean fingers, and it keeps for hours. Our favorite scent is the lime and geranium, though they offer plenty of choices. Pro tip: keep this in the fridge, especially during the summer! Don’t you adore this packaging?
  • Lip balm: What’s not to love about lip balm? It fits perfectly in our purses (or pants for you gentlemen out there). We usually use this for chapped and dry lips– but did you know lip balm can also be used as a nail cuticle balm, or for dry skin spots in a pinch? (We advise using clean hands only).
  • Mascara: Living in Asia meant finding mascara that wouldn’t smear, stat. While we loved using natural brands, we realized that many of these brands still left us looking like a panda after a 104 F degree day. Thus, we made the difficult decision to stick to more mainstream brands– they have less than awesome ingredients, but they hold up better in the heat. For instance, Shiseido’s waterproof mascara and Benefit’s They’re Real mascara have performed admirably.

Is there anything you’d like us to add to the list? Do let us know in the comments below!

Why Are Preservatives Necessary?

Why Are Preservatives Necessary?

the-truth-about-preservativesConfused about paraben-free? Sulfate-free? What do these mean? There’s been a lot of controversy regarding preservatives and overall ingredients in the beauty industry: I know that many consumers have been lost in terms of which ingredients are good, and which are bad.

There’s plenty of information floating around, but many experts can’t agree on what’s best for the industry. As a consumer, I was outraged at the amount of preservatives and ingredients that companies would put into their products. However, now that I’m on the other side (so to speak), ready to sell, I understand why they would need these ingredients in the first place.

In water-based formulas, bacteria thrives easily– companies HAVE to add some kind of preservative, usually under 1%, in order to keep the products fresh. If this isn’t done properly, end-users have reported breakouts, mold, problems with vision (badly preserved eye creams), and more. Although in small amounts, preservatives like Optiphen and Liquid Germall Plus are safe, they are still not good for the environment once they’ve been washed down the drain.

There has been more research featuring more “natural” preservatives, such as derivatives of lavender, thyme, rosemary essential oils, and more. Potassium sorbate is one that has been been used widely in food, so we have been consuming it for years.

With the onslaught of hysteria on parabens, I went to find out more information as to why. Back in 2004, studies found parabens in the breast tissue of breast cancer patients.Since many people have been disconcerted with parabens, companies have been quick to jump on the wagon, proclaiming “Paraben-free” on their marketing materials. However, parabens have been around for over 80 years. In fact, they’re even found in naturally-grown foods such as blueberries and carrots. Experts such as dermatologist Dr. Richard Thomas have advised to be sure that the alternative chemicals will be just as safe.

In oil-based formulas, there’s no need for preservatives, since bacteria won’t thrive well. Instead, I use anti-oxidants like ROE (rosemary oleoresin extract) and a sunflower-derived Vitamin E (no soy here!) to keep our products as fresh as possible. It’s my hope that Wonderland Organics will continue to make oil-based products only, in order for the products be as safe as possible. This is why I highly encourage my awesome readers to buy more oil-based products! At the least, you won’t be contributing to as many terrible ingredients going down the drain and toward our wildlife in the sea.

Readers, what do you think? I hope this has helped to clear up some confusion about preservatives, and why they are needed.

Stay tuned for more posts on ingredients!

References:

PAPAGEORGIOU, S., A. VARVARESOU, E. TSIRIVAS, and C. DEMETZOS. “New Alternatives to Cosmetics Preservation.” Journal of Cosmetic Science 61.2 (2010): 107-23. Journal of Cosmetic Science. Mar.-Apr. 2010. Web. 2 June 2014. <http://journal.scconline.org//pdf/cc2010/cc061n02/p00107-p00123.pdf>.

Molly. “Parabens, Blueberries & Skincare: 8 Facts That May Surprise You « The DermApproved Blog « DermApproved.” The DermApproved Blog. DermApproved, 18 July 2013. Web. 02 June 2014. <http://dermapproved.com/blog/parabens-blueberries-skincare-8-facts-that-may-surprise-you>.

 

 

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Jojoba Oil

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Jojoba Oil

jojoba-oilOne product that I love using in my skincare creations is jojoba oil. So what is it, you may ask?

According to Livestrong, jojoba plants thrive well and are grown in southwestern United States, and Northern Mexico.

Although jojoba oil is called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax ester. This oil’s shelf life is considered extremely long, which is a great reason to incorporate it into facial oils. Other oils such as almond oil and grapeseed oil have a much shorter shelf life, which means they may go bad in less than three months. This liquid wax ester is incredibly similar to the skin’s sebum, similar to macademia and sunflower oil.

Jojoba oil is not oily for the skin, which is another benefit for those who are as oil-prone as I am. When I first started researching oils, I was skeptic that any kinds of oil could possibly help out my skin. Oil wipes from Sephora were my best friend, a lifeline I would cling to rid of any residue from my face. After testing jojoba oil and a mix of others (coming soon on the blog!) on my face, I realized that the right combination could moisturize my skin effectively, without leaving a greasy film behind.

The type that Wonderland Organics uses is certified organic, and is a lovely golden color. According to the Journal of Cosmetic Science, pure jojoba is only filtered and pasteurized, which will maintain its golden tint. There is also a clear version, but this is filtered, refined, bleached, and deodorized. Which one would you prefer?

For more information about oils, check out the post on kukui oil and argan oil here!

Has anyone tried out jojoba oil? Let us know in the comments below.

References:

Hennessy, Regan. “Skin Benefits of Jojoba Oil.” LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 16 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 May 2014.

Arquette, D.J., E.M. Bailyn, and J. Palenske. “Non-comedogenic and Hypoallergenic Properties of Jojoba Oil and Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil.” Journal of Cosmetic Science 49 (1998): 377-83. Journal of Cosmetic Science. Nov.-Dec. 1998. Web. 29 May 2014. <http://journal.scconline.org//pdf/cc1998/cc049n06/p00377-p00383.pdf>.

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: All About Hydrosols

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: All About Hydrosols

tend-your-skin-thursdays-hydrosolsWhat’s better than finding the perfect product for your skin? (Does it even exist?) One question I get asked a lot is what I use for my face. I’ve tried water-based serums, facial oils, creams, toners, even yogurt and milk (for soothing sunburns). But one of my favorite discoveries is a hydrosol.

So what is a hydrosol?

The word was coined by aromatherapy expert Jeanne Rose, which was a combination of “water” and “solution” from the distillation of essential oils. She states that “hydrosols are like a very concentrated extract.” I would compare them similarly to toners, though they’re much lighter than ones that you would see on the market.

I first discovered hydrosols in Asia, where the sun burns terribly through the summer. I encountered the John Masters Organics lavender hydrosol, which I found incredibly refreshing. What I like about them is that they’re cooling in the summer, and help with dryness in the wintertime. As you can see in the photos on the right, hydrosols come in all shapes and sizes. While it’s best to store them in glass bottles, you can use 1 oz. plastic bottles to store in your bag on the go.

These amazing water-like spritzers (but with a small amount of essential oil in them!) are good up to six months: this is primarily for their optimal freshness. I’ve used a few over this time frame, but have found that my face begins to break out. Jeanne Rose states that hydrosols are mostly acidic, which is beneficial for our skin. Though some people have concerns about contamination, it’s more difficult for bacteria to live in an acidic environment (think about vinegar salad dressing).

hydrosolSo where can you buy these beauties? I prefer going straight to the source: that is, to people who distill hydrosols themselves in copper or steel stills.  One organization is the Aromatic Plant Project (located in SF), where you can support local hydrosol distillers. You may, of course, choose to buy them from larger organizations, but I find it fun to support our local mom-and-pop businesses. Also, when Wonderland Organics launches in June, I will be reselling these amazing and fragrant hydrosols!

Tips for Maintaining your Hydrosols:

  • Keep them away from direct sunlight
  • Put them in the fridge for optimal conditions (they feel amazing cold on a summer day)
  • Do not put hydrosols in your bathroom
  • Keep them in glass bottles- they’re recyclable
  • To reuse bottles, swish around isopropyl alcohol and let dry before usage

Has anyone tried hydrosols?

References:

Rose, Jeanne. “The Aromatic Plant Project ~ Hydrosols.” The Aromatic Plant Project ~ Hydrosols. N.p., 1998. Web. 22 May 2014.