Archive for January 2013

Valentine’s Day Chocolate

Are you looking for a new twist on Valentine’s Day? Our Chocolate Soap is now ready – smells great and no calories – assuming you are not eating it! Handcrafted from organic coconut oil, organic & sustainable palm oil, cocoa butter, organic olive oil, organic cocoa powder, cherry juice (from our farm), and cocoa absolute. Wonderfully conditioning on the skin as well as being a good, hard bar to last awhile. Try pairing our Chocolate Soap with a bar of Rose Geranium Soap for the traditional Chocolate & Roses for Valentine’s! I’ll wrap it with a raffia tie for you.

Soaps

Other suggestions for Valentine’s Day are

Body Oil

Lavender Lover’s Gift Set

or what better present than washing your Valentine’s hair?

Shampoo

Farm to Skin

Cindy Jones standing in the lavender field in front of the elder bush.

The farm to table movement has gotten alot of attention recently, but what about cosmetics? Many people are familiar with the benefits of farm to table; fresher food that travels less and retains its nutrients, increased sustainability, and support of our small farms over industrialized farming. In the farm to table movement customers often get to know their farmer and develop a trust. I’d like to ask you if you know who makes your cosmetics and if so, how important is that to you? Colorado Aromatics is at the forefront of the farm to skin movement also called farm to treatment table in the spa industry.

We grow herbs on our farm to use in our products. We distill these herbs to make water based distillates that are great to use directly on the skin for toning and hydration. We also extract herbs in various ways  to use in products. Why do we use herbs? Skin ages because of oxidation, inflammation and decreased cell turnover. Herbs can combat all of these by providing antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and increasing cell turnover. Herbs not only decrease the signs of aging but also help repair skin damaged from weather and environment. Our farm is Certified Naturally Grown. This is a grass roots alternative to the government organic certification but requires the same stringent standards.

As a scientist, we are not afraid to learn about the latest skin care ingredients and integrate those made by green chemistry into products, providing they are effective. We think this combination delivers the best skin care products with the least environmental imprint. We hope you do to.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients

One key factor in skin antiaging is to protect collagen, the support system of the skin. As we age collagen fibers deteriorate which leads to wrinkle formation. Here are some ingredients that boost and protect collagen fibers.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea contains a variety of polyphenol antioxidants that we hear a lot about for heart health, but they also have very beneficial properties for skin. Green tea polyphenols can boost sun protection, act as antioxidants, decrease the risk of skin cancer, and reduce inflammation. Some Preliminary studies indicate green tea may protect collagen and elastin in the skin matrix slowing the signs of aging.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Lipoic acid is an antioxidant, contributes to energy production in the cells, inhibits cross-linking of collagen, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It can decrease wrinkles and fine lines to improve the appearance of skin. Its effects can be compared to tretinoin (RetinA) without the side effects.

Lipoic acid has been championed by dermatologist Nicholas Perricone as a skin rejuvenator.

Vitamin C Ester

Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen proteins in the skin. Vitamin C, however, is unstable. Vitamin C ester is a fat soluble, stable form of vitamin C that is used in skin care to act as an antioxidant and to boost collagen production.

Fennel Extract

Fennel has a history of use as a diuretic and to increase circulation. For the skin, fennel can soften skin and increase skin moisture and texture.

Tripeptide -5 (previously Tripeptide-3)

Peptides are new cosmetics products produced by green chemistry. Tripeptide – 5 both stimulates collagen production in the skin and inhibits its break down. Together this increases the amount of collagen in the dermis and reduces wrinkles. Some have called it an alternative to collagen injections.

Colorado Aromatics uses all of these ingredients in their Springtide Gold Antiaging Face Cream.