Ingredient Intel

Villain Ingredient Concern: Neurotoxins

A neurotoxin is a substance that causes damage to your brain. These dangerous toxins can harm the central nervous system, interfering with normal brain development and neurotransmitters, among other detrimental effects. There is alarming evidence in several studies that found more than 200 neurotoxins in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, demonstrating not only how common they are but also the extent to which they’re being passed down to children. The neurotoxins studied are most commonly found in seafood polluted by mercury, flame-retardants, pesticides, many wood preservatives and varnishes, and skincare more

Argan Kernel Oil

Argan oil is nutrient rich golden oil that is pressed out of the hard nut that is encased in protective fruit-like pulp. Argan Oil is not only rich in Omega fatty acids; it is particularly rich in the harder to come by Omegas 6 and 9. Paired with antioxidants and an ultra-rich concentration of Vitamin-E this combination of superpowers makes it a supreme treatment for scars or skin in need of repair. read more


Cancer-related Villain Ingredients can be found in thousands of cosmetic products – from high-end to low. Be on the lookout for these hazardous health-disruptors in make-up removing wipes, self-tanners, body lotions, face and body washes, mascara, cosmetics, nail products, shampoos and conditioners, hair styling products, sunscreens and even products made for our more

5 Facts about Serums

Serums have taken over the skincare world, and for good reason. Often oil-based infusions packed with natural active anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydration boosting ingredients, serums are grand departure from the oil stripping AHA’s and oil-free products of the 80’s and 90’s.Here are 5 facts to boost your serum savvy. read more


Reishi mushrooms contain a high content of polysaccharides, responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water, and which are also imperative for skin repair and renewal. The extract also helps reduce skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while promoting cell regeneration. read more

Liquid Gold

In honor of National Honey Month (September), we invited Spa Superhero Julie Tao to fill us in on the singular benefits of raw honey – inside and out. To think of summer is to think of bees humming away from flower to flower, collecting pollen and nectar to take back to the hive. Months later, beekeepers harvest their keeps and pull out panels thick with golden honey in its purest, raw state. read more

Innovations in Beauty

In a few weeks I’m speaking on a panel for an industry event. The topic is Innovations in Beauty, which got me thinking a lot about beauty. There’s a lot to consider about this vast topic; technology, products, trends and the very definition of beauty. I came to the conclusion that what I think is innovative is the conversation about beauty, and how we source, recognize and choose to expose or convey our beauty. read more

What is a Hero Product?

A product that boasts a loyal group of followers who completely believe in the product is a Hero Product. It delivers on a mission. It defines the brand and stands out as the shining example of how well a brand performs. It is the top seller, highly effective and the one that you keep coming back time and again. It’s the product that you believe you can’t live more

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