Organic Formula Rejuvenating Facial Oil (Discontinued)

by Green People  Organic Body Spa
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$30.29 - 30 ml
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Category:
Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Face/Body Oils
Last Updated:
3/19/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No
The main plant oils in this facial moisturizer are great for improving dry to very dry skin. Of course, skin needs more than plant oils, but the core ingredients in this product would serve as a helpful adjunct to a state-of-the-art moisturizer. The reason for the Poor rating is because this product contains several fragrant plant oils that no one’s skin needs. If you want to use a non-fragrant plant oil to help dry skin, use olive oil or evening primrose oil, which would be better for your skin than this product.
An opulent facial oil with the rich, glamorous scent of Ylang Ylang, Neroli and Jasmine. This wonderfully natural skin care product is bursting with Pomegranate and Rosehip oil, which is shown to reduce wrinkles, premature ageing and improve skin elasticity. Quickly absorbed without leaving an oily film. This natural skin care product is made without Parabens, Lanolin, ethyl alcohol, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants to bring you the purest moisturiser that nature can offer.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp Seed Oil), Rosa Moschata (Rosehip Oil), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Oil), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang Oil), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli Oil), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh Oil), Jasminum Officinalis (Jasmine Extract), Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, D-Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol

We're trying to get past the name for this brand. We know the "green" is supposed to refer to plants and the movement to go green and be more environmentally conscious. Still, every time we see or say it we think of Martians, you know, the little green people from outer space, and fail to see the connection between space invaders and sensible skin care.

As it turns out, United Kingdom–based Green People missed the connection to good skin care, too. Instead of focusing on what research (rather than folklore) has shown that skin needs to best maintain its healthy state and to resist signs of aging, Green People hopped on the natural bandwagon, cracked the whip, and went full speed ahead. Had they stopped to look back, or ahead for that matter, more carefully, they might have picked up on the fact that although there are many natural ingredients that are great for skin, there also are many that are a problem. Some of the good ones show up in their products, but they're of little use because they're joined by other natural ingredients whose only purpose is to add fragrance and cause irritation.

So how did this line come to be, you ask? It was started by a mother frustrated that she couldn't find anything to alleviate her daughter's eczema-prone skin and the intense itching she suffered. Apparently, this resourceful mom has a nursing background along with some experience in herbal medicine and the in pharmaceutical industry, so she made the leap into skin-care entrepreneur.

We wish this concerned parent and her team put more thought into this line because in some ways it's as close to natural as you can get while still maintaining an effective preservative system (the preservatives are synthetic) and creating somewhat elegant textures. That's great for fans of natural products, but not so great when you consider that almost all of these products contain problematic natural ingredients that would not be good for her daughter's skin, or for anyone else's for that matter. Why not leave the problematic ingredients out and instead focus on the natural ingredients that are proven to be helpful for skin? We suspect we know the answer in this case—fragrance. Green People loads the fragrance on, and how that is supposed to help skin, whether it's itchy and eczema-prone or oily, is something the people behind this brand don't bother to explain.

These products contain organic ingredients, but they are neither 100% natural nor chemical-free. The whole notion of using skin-care products "free from chemicals" is ludicrous and, in truth, impossible. Think about how long a head of lettuce lasts in your refrigerator. For example, one of the ingredients in Green People products is levulinic acid, an ingredient that is produced by heating a sugar with concentrated hydrochloric acid.

There are both good and bad synthetic and natural ingredients, and whether or not a cosmetic is all natural tells you nothing about the benefits or the negative impacts of the formula on your skin. In the end, Green People is just another crop of natural-themed products that mix some of the good and enough of the bad to make them not worth strong consideration if your goal is smooth, healthy skin that is fortified with what it needs to look beautiful.

For more information about Green People, call 44-0-1403-740350 or visit www.greenpeople.co.uk.

Note: All prices are in United States currency.

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