This week we saw a lot of new activity in the Community. We rolled out a detailed scent questionnaire, started a conversation about how moisturizing your body wash should be, added some new scent-related forum topics, and It looks like most of you have discovered the new Beauty Talk forum, where you can post discussion topics outside of Community Cosmetics threads. It’s great to see most of you getting
comfortable with the platform and engaging with each other.
The Body Wash Scent Questionnaire still has 2 more days before it closes, it will be interesting to see how much this poll and the questionnaire agree.
Near the end of this week, our lab will be begin formulating the creamy body wash, based on your preferences! It’s looking like a moisturizing fresh scent, but we’ll crunch the data and when it’s all in we’ll share with you the findings and the direction we’re going, for next week’s blog update. In order to keep our product development schedule on track, we’ll also begin the module for our Daily Light Moisturizer! I’ll keep you in suspense for now, but you’ll vote on three different options to choose from, so be sure to look out for that opportunity.
Comedogenicity & Natural Products
There was some surprise in the forums around Mineral Oil & Petrolatum being revealed as non pore clogging, while Coconut & Olive Oil clogs pores, see below:
I wanted to address this in my weekly blog post, as things have a tendency to get buried in the forums. Here’s my straight-talking answer, and it might be an unpopular one: Mineral Oil and Petrolatum are some of the oldest, most extensively tested, effective, and safe cosmetic ingredients on the market. The data proves this. So why is there so much bad press around these products? My opinion: Business. Marketers are using consumers’ ignorance (lack of chemistry understanding) against them to sell competitive products, which in many cases, are “natural”. And we consumers eat it up, because we associate “natural” as safe and good. The irony is, many so-called natural products contain ingredients which are either not natural, or if they are, don’t have sufficient data to support that it’s being used in the proper application. I came across an “article” online raving about the benefits of Coconut Oil yesterday on a natural website with a .org suffix (I won’t name the site), proclaiming how unlike Mineral Oil, Coconut Oil is good for your skin and will help your acne. This is patently absurd: the truth is literally the opposite and it’s not difficult to debunk if you research any reputable scientifically-backed sources. I was yelling at my phone as I was reading the “article”, the advice they were giving was not just wrong, but reckless!
So why am I bashing natural Coconut Oil and praising Mineral Oil… an ingredient Community Cosmetics isn’t using? First of all, I’m not bashing Coconut Oil, I love it, but it’s got to be the right tool for the right job - I eat it, and I won’t put it on my face. I could put it on my legs I suppose, because I don’t have acne-prone legs, but it’s greasy and I think there are better natural alternatives for this application. Note: Fractionated Coconut Oil is not like the kind you get in the grocery store, won’t clog your pores, and is commonly found in quality cosmetic products.
Second, the data supports Mineral Oil is a safe product. Just because we’re making natural products doesn’t mean we’re going to demonize man-made products to sell more of our own. That’s not who we are, we believe in science. We also believe in celebrating the wisdom of nature and embracing the power of botanicals, and can make great products using other emollient ingredients instead of these. Frankly, they’re old school and quite greasy.
I’ll see you in the forums. Until then…Be authentic. Choose to see the good stuff. Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.