The Price of Beauty

The Price of Beauty: is your product worth the price tag?

The real beauty in this world costs nothing. Love, a smile, a hug, a compliment, our time –they don’t cost, and yet their value is priceless. But what about the beauty you pay for? Is the price justifiable and what exactly are you getting?

I am going to reveal some industry secrets so you can understand what is in your product and whether it’s worth the price you pay!

To comply with cosmetic standards, ingredients must be listed in descending order, starting with the largest percentage down to the smallest, in a universal language known as INCI (international nomenclature of cosmetic ingredients). Any ingredient below 1% can be listed in any order. Active ingredients are usually at the end of the list, as smaller percentages are needed, followed by essential oils and their allergens. Watch out as some preservatives can actually be listed simply as ‘perfume’ or ‘fragrance’- hiding a multitude of chemicals!

The majority of your product will be the first half of the ingredients, with the bulk being the first 3 (depending on how long that list is!) and often only the first one, with others appearing purely for a label claim.

Although beautiful, some oils are more abundant than others and therefore cheaper (think safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, orange, lemon), whilst other ingredients are less abundant and more costly to produce (think rosehip, argan, prickly pear, jojoba, rose, frankincense, neroli, jasmine).

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If your ingredients start with the more expensive botanicals and end with some of the more expensive essential oils, listing also some extracts, antioxidants or vitamins, then it’s worth paying a premium, however if your ingredients are mostly the more abundant botanicals and cheaper essential oils, then the price should also reflect this. 

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Is YOUR Face Oil Fresh?

HOW TO tell if your face oil is fresh

Oxidized face oils are definitely not something you want to apply on your skin, as they are full of free radicals that damage the skin causing premature ageing!

Face oils are generally more expensive than face creams because they do not contain any water and with a higher percentage of plant ingredients, they achieve more rapid results. However, formulating face oils that are both highly effective and remain stable requires a level of science.

The best way to ensure your face oil is fresh is to use your senses…

  • Aroma
    Fresh oils have a smooth and earthy scent on the nose. If your face oil smells pungent, it’s probably bad!
  • Color
    Oxidized oils lack color. Fresh organic oils have a depth of color resembling the plant they stem from, for example avocado is a lovely green color, argan is sunshine yellow and rosehip a deep orange If your oil is colorless, it’s probably rancid.

 

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HOW WE keep our face oils fresh

After buying our oils we add natural vitamin E from sunflower oil and high percentages of potent antioxidants to prolong the shelf life, keeping them fresher for longer.

We add only CO2 botanical extracts because they are pure and gentle without the use of oxygen, heat or solvents in their extraction.

We store our oils in dark glass to protect against sunlight, preventing oxidation and further prolong the shelf life.

Is your Face Oil Fresh | Shirley Conlon Organics | Organics Skin Care DubaiHOW YOU can keep your face oil fresh

 Use your oil within 6 months of opening. Store your face oil in the fridge or in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight. Do not allow water to enter. Replace the lid after each use and always use clean hands. Never shake your face oil.