ingredients

At True Organic of Sweden we strive to include the very best in organic and natural ingredients. Each ingredient is carefully selected for inclusion in a product, we’ve shared some information about their benefits below. In addition we’ve provided some background on other ingredient issues that may be of interest to you and links to relevant scientific papers.

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Beeswax

One of the best benefits of using beeswax on the skin is the moisturizing and the softening. Unlike the artificial and often petroleum based chemicals added to many moisturizers and skin care lotions to aid in absorption, beeswax contains Vitamin A and provides long-term moisturizing, actually locking moisture into the skin. Unlike petroleum based parabens, beeswax remains biologically “alive” even after it is processed! Non allergenic, beeswax also sustains sunscreen action with its water repellent properties, combines well with multiple ingredients, contains elasticity and provides greater permanence on skin or lip surface. Beeswax locks in moisture and protects skin from damaging environmental factors.

Besides offering your skin a natural moisture and glow, the anti-allergenic properties of bees wax can actually soothe easily affected skin, making it one of the best skin care ingredients. It is one of the best ways to keep your lips from getting chapped during these cold and windy winter months! Beeswax has many of the same health benefits when applied to the hair as it does when rubbed into your skin. If you want to be healthy and natural, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to rub chemicals into your skin, so why rub artificial ingredients into your hair and your scalp? Beeswax not only moisturizes hair, it also keeps moisture from getting out of the hair.

Castor Oil

From the time of the Ancient Egyptians, Castor oil has been used as a skin and hair cosmetic. Using castor oil for skin problems and for dry skin is becoming increasingly popular because of the oil’s emollient properties. It is very beneficial during wintertime in preventing dry skin. Castor oil aids in purifying the skin and can eliminate acne, blemishes and rashes like from shaving

Makes the skin soft and supple

Hydrates dry skin

Used by eczema sufferers, great for cracked, dry skin

Olive Oil – Liquid gold!

Using olive oil for skin is an ancient beauty secret, discovered thousands of years ago. Once called “liquid gold” by Homer, olive oil was a commonly used skin care product by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Olive oil has vitamin E and oleic acid, which are both beneficial to the skin. Olive oil’s oleic acid helps to soften the skin, and the vitamin E improves the elasticity of the skin.

Because extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants, which are known to help slow aging, it has been widely used for centuries as both a food and a skin care product. The oils obtained from olives is mild and nutritious and is hence suitable for all skin types. Using olive oil for various skin problems has proven to be beneficial in their cure and prevention as well. It can also be used as a natural remedy for skin disorders like skin rash, wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, sunburn.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter comes from the nut of the Shea tree. The cream itself is extracted from the nut without any chemicals or chemical processes to ensure it being organic and all natural. The people of Central and Western Africa as well as other parts of Africa have been aware of the wonderful properties of this natural oil from this unique tree species for thousands of years. The positive psychological and biochemical effects that the butter has on the skin make it ideal.

There are numerous advantages to including Shea butter. One of the most important benefits is that it’s naturally rich in vitamins A, D, E and F. Shaving with it creates a smooth silky shaving experience.

Vitamin E

For skin health and skin care, vitamin E benefits are numerous. In fact, skin care products that contain vitamin E have become an essential part of healthy skin care. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin. Vitamin E prevents free radical damage.

Vitamin E is helpful for scar healing and prevention because it goes beneath the surface of skin to block free radicals. When applied topically to brown spots on the skin, it helps to lighten and smooth the rough skin. Vitamin E is extremely versatile. Vitamin E is an active ingredient in many products available for skin and nails. Vitamin E is an effective treatment for dry, cracked cuticles. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging. Vitamin E provides the skin with necessary moisture as well as antioxidants.

Blueberry Seed Oil

One of Nature’s most potent antioxidants, an excellent choice for skin rejuvenation blends.
Blueberry Seed oil (Vaccinium myrtillus) is naturally rich in Vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols). Tocotrienols are a sub-group of Vitamin E and differ from the better known tocopherols by their unsaturated side-chain. Because of this structural difference, tocotrienols move faster in cell membranes, and results in higher antioxidant and radical scavenging properties & especially important for the skin.

In addition to natural antioxidants, Blueberry Seed Oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and plant sterols, essential nutrients regulating moisture and sensitivity of the skin. This excellent combination of actives makes Blueberry Seed Oil a unique ingredient for nourishing and protecting the skin.

Excellent for treating sensitive and oily skin, skin with large pores as well as helping to treat all kinds of skin problems, such as acne, pimples and boils. Its consistency is dry to very dry and blueberry seed oil is a very good anti-wrinkle oil. It soothes the fine wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth. It gives elasticity to the skin and helps against skin aging.

The oil is light in viscosity, slightly greenish-yellow in hue, penetrates quickly and possesses a very pleasant, fresh, sweet and subtle fruity aroma.

Sunflower Oil

Perhaps the most important aspect of sunflower oil is its extremely high vitamin E content. Sunflower oil is a natural and healthy way of maintaining a great skin due to its calming and emollient (moisturizing) properties. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Sunflower oil helps skin to retain moisture and prevents sun damage to skin.

Due to its light texture and mild flavour, sunflower oil softens the hair and adds a delightful sheen to it. Sunflower seed oil helps to control frizz, tackles dryness and damage and makes you hair manageable.

Undercover Agent

Potassium Alum

Potassium Alum is a natural mineral salt which prevents the growth of odor causing bacteria in a natural way without inhibiting the function of the sweat glands to perspire.

Natural Potassium Alum vs synthetic Aluminum

It’s easy to get confused about Alum and its effect on the body, there’s been lots of press talk about aluminum being bad for us.

Interestingly, Aluminum is the third most abundant element on the planet and we ingest it in large proportions every day in water and food. In fact, in some parts, its presence in water is the only thing that allows it to be drunk without harm. It is not particularly good for living organisms in the body so over eons we have evolved a particularly efficient and effective system for allowing naturally occurring Aluminum and its salt derivatives to pass through the body without effect. (Bodies are smart!)

The problems and questions start arising with specific types of manmade synthetic aluminium – these have had health concerns associated with them. Aluminium Chlorohydrate is a synthetic ingredient used in antiperspirants/deodorants, designed to be absorbed into and to block the pores under the arms, to prevent perspiration. There have been some claims that there may be a connection between Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer and the use of Aluminium Chlorohydrate.

Citric Acid Ester

Helps lower Skin PH value, stops nasty odour forming bacteria from multiplying rapidly

Sodium Bicarbonate

Baking soda is a fabulous odour absorber, our only “unnatural” ingredient

Rosewood Essential Oil

A relaxing oil , very useful for those hectic and stressful days

Cypress Essential Oil

Give a combination of antiseptic and calming properties

 

Clinical Trials

Vitamin E ointment at high dose levels suppresses contact dermatitis in rats by stabilizing keratinocytes. Vitamin E gel reduces time of healing of digital ulcers in systemic sclerosis → Topical vitamins
→ Topical antioxidants protect the skin from chemical-induced irritation in the repetitive washing test: a placebo-controlled, double-blind study → Topical alpha-tocopherol acetate in the bulk phase: eight years of experience in skin treatment → Virgin olive oil as a fundamental nutritional component and skin protector
→ The effect of daily treatment with an olive oil/lanolin emollient on skin integrity in preterm infants: a randomized controlled trial → The use of deep friction massage with olive oil as a means of prevention and treatment of sports injuries in ancient times → The safety and efficacy of a mixture of honey, olive oil, and beeswax for the management of hemorrhoids and anal fissure: a pilot study
→ Clinical and mycological benefits of topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax in diaper dermatitis → Anti-inflammatory effects of shea butter through inhibition of iNOS, COX-2, and cytokines via the Nf-κB pathway in LPS-activated J774 macrophage cells → Preliminary studies on nasal decongestant activity from the seed of the shea butter tree, Butyrospermum parkii
→ Studies on Vaccinium myrtillus anthocyanosides. I. Vasoprotective and antiinflammatory activity → Wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption improves inflammatory status in the obese Zucker rat model of the metabolic syndrome → Composition and antioxidative activities of supercritical CO2-extracted oils from seeds and soft parts of northern berries
Antioxidant action of Vaccinium myrtillus L Coenzyme Q10 protects against oxidative stress-induced cell death and enhances the synthesis of basement membrane components in dermal and epidermal cells  

Antioxidants used in skin care formulations