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water in skin care


Water is wonderful, essential for life, really.

So you might be wondering why we don't add such an amazing ingredient in our products?

GREAT QUESTION!

Grab a bottle, any from your cabinet, and see if the first ingredient is water.  Ingredients are listed in descending order of quantity, first being the largest.

Did you know that water breeds mold and bacteria when it is introduced to another ingredient in the same way a grapefruit will mold on the counter but if you dehydrate it, it will last indefinitely? So, if water is listed, know that a strong PRESERVATIVE is in there somewhere.

You see, the FDA requires a preservative for products containing water because of the mold and bacteria (see below). Because we don't add water, we don't need preservatives! We love that.

By adding water, another ingredient is needed. We all remember learning in science class that oil and water don’t mix, right? Well, they do in the skin care industry, that is, if you add an EMULSIFYING WAX. These waxes do a fancy job of suspending oil molecules in water molecules so you have a thick creamy consistency. Most emulsifying waxes are made using a cocktail of toxic ingredients as seen here:

EMULSIFYING WAX
Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, PEG-150 Stearate, and Steareth-20. (here's a hint: if an ingredient has a number in it, it wasn't grown in nature. There are no orange-10s grown on trees in Florida.) Many of these ingredients are by-products of the petroleum industry, and have been tested to be toxic to the human body, and are absorbed into your skin, then enter your bloodstream.  Yikes.
The above explanation is of a simple cream or lotion formula involving just 4 ingredients for the purpose of showing what is required with an aqueous (containing water) formula. 
1. water
2. preservative
3. plant (hopefully) oil
4. emulsifying wax

If you like the science behind things, this one's for you!

Water activity is a fancy way of stating how much water a formula contains. Most aqueous (formulas containing water) formulas state water as the first ingredient which means it contains mostly water.

When diluting something don't you add water? Does that mean adding water to a product would be diluting it? Hmmmm.

Below you will find the results of an extensive study on water in cosmetics from the Senior Manager of Research and Development Microbiology with Avon Products, Inc.

We don't just want you to take our word for it.

Here is more science-y proof that water does breed mold and bacteria when added to a product which is why we never use it in our formulas.