I was born on Kaua’i, Hawai’i and partly raised on this majestic island on a sugar plantation and then next to Mt. Waialeale. We wore moo moo’s, went barefoot and played and looked for treasures in the forest and swam at Poipu beach. The air was warm and filled with the scent of plumeria, wet moss and ocean sea water. I have the plants, the ancient culture and the ocean instilled deeply in me. Hawai’i is a very special healing place to me. The ancient Hawaiian culture and their knowledge of using plants for medicinal purposes and for the hair and skin is extremely valuable information and needs to be protected and preserved. Hawai’i is filled with healing plants and thanks to all the people that work so hard to preserve these plants and knowledge. Here are some of the plants that have been and are currently used for Hawaiian natural hair and skincare.
I have been using natural preservatives effectively in my cosmetic formulations for over 10 years. Here are some common and important questions and points that every cosmetic formulator and product maker should consider with natural preservatives.
When I refer to cosmetics, I am referring to body, hair and skin care products.
Preservatives in cosmetics are a topic with many differing and controversial opinions. The one common belief in selling products is that they must be properly preserved and safe to use.
Regarding the preservatives presently used in cosmetics, you will find opinions and research that differ and even contradict each other. For example, using alcohol as a preservative, you will find research on why it is good for the skin and research on why it shouldn’t be used in body, hair and skin care products. It is the same with how we eat. Some research says drinking a little alcohol is good for you and other research says it is not good for you.
One thing I know from trying thousands of ingredients on my skin and in formulations is the power of plants and fresh organic skin care. I want to share my experience with plant-based ingredients that produce an immediate result with a natural vibrancy, softness and glow to the skin. You will be amazed at the softening of your skin and the instant glow.
Fresh organic skin care is the purest way to care for the skin and at a fraction of the cost of commercial skin care products. Fresh vegetables, fruits, plant-based milk products, herbs and plant oils are excellent for all skin care types, especially sensitive and reactive skin.
You can find Plant-based Silicone in Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris. Bamboo is a primitive grass and in the grass family. It is a highly renewable resource. The foliage and grass can be extracted sustainably, thus making it an excellent green and eco-friendly choice for your skin and hair care formulations.