Archive | September, 2009

Cosmetic and Personal Care Natural and Organic Seals – what do they mean anyways?

24 Sep
Natural Products Association

Natural Products Association

Natural Products Association (NPA)

Finished products must be made of at least 95 percent natural ingredients derived from purposeful, renewable sources.  The only time synthetic ingredients are permitted is when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and when the synthetics are absolutely not suspected to pose a health risks. At least 60% of a brand’s products must adhere to the standards in order for an individual item to carry the seal.

ECOCERT

ECOCERT

ECOCERT

ECOCERT currently carries out inspections and certification services in over 80 countries.  ECOCERT approved processes include bleaching (on an inert support conforming to the standard), deodorization, filtration, micro filtration, esterification, hydrogenation, neutralization, and saponification.  Processes not permitted include bleaching (on a support of animal origin), use of enzymes derived from GMO’s, ethoxylation, ionizing radiation, sulphonation (as a main reaction), among others.

Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture

USDA Organic

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products and is administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  If the entire product is labeled USDA Organic it contains at least 95% organic ingredients.  If the label says “made with organic,” it has at least 70% organic ingredients.

Oasis

Oasis

OASIS

The OASIS seal, tailored specifically for organic personal care products, currently requires that finished products contain 85% organic materials.  This will increase to 90% and 95% in 2010.  Under OASIS, products made with 70% organic ingredients are allowed to be labeled as “made with organic,” with rules further imposed on the remaining 30%

COSMOS

COSMOS

The COSMOS-standard

Recently published standard which is supposed to come into effect in September of 2009.  At least 95% of physically processed agro-ingredients must be organically produced. All products will consist of no more than 5% synthetic ingredients.  Nanoparticles, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), irradiation and animal testing will be prohibited

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Attention Soapmakers: Glycerin Soap with Jojoba Hydrate™

23 Sep

Glycerin Soap!

Glycerin Soap!

Please contact marketing@desertwhale.com for this unique formulation.  We offer a lot of great ingredients for soapmakers and cosmetic formulators:

* Jojoba Oil
* Apricot Kernel Oil
* Avocado Oil
* Borage Seed Oil
* Canola Oil
* Crambe Abyssinica™
* Evening Primrose Oil
* Grape Seed Oil
* Hazel Nut Oil
* Hemp Seed Oil
* Kukui Oil
* Macadamia Nut Oil
* Mango Kernel Butter
* Organic Rose Hip Oil
* Organic Sesame Seed Oil
* Organic Shea Butter
* Organic Sunflower Oil
* Pistachio Nut Oil
* Rose Hip Oil
* Safflower Oil – High Oleic
* Sesame Seed Oil
* Shea Butter
* Sunflower Oil
* Sunflower Oil – High Oleic
* Sweet Almond Oil
* Tea Tree Oil
* Wheat Germ Oil
* Iso Jojoba™ – 35, 50 (Jojoba Butter)
* Jojoba Aqua Sol 120
* Jojoba Illuminate™
* Jojoba Glaze® – EV, HV, LV
* Jojoba Hydrate™
* Jojoba Wax Flakes
* Jojoba Pro – HP®
* Jojoba Esters 15, 70
* Jojoba Butter Beads™
* Jojoba Meal
* Jojoba Scrubeads™
* Jojoba Spheres™
* OFJ™ Spheres

Desert Whale: An eco-friendly supplier

23 Sep

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Desert Whale Jojoba Company was founded as an environmental group by three activists of the Save the Whales campaign.  Over the past 30 years of being in business as a woman owned company, Desert Whale has invested millions of dollars in rural communities, Indian reservations and land cooperatives in Mexico.  Also, in 2005, Desert Whale set aside 80 acres of land for conservation, now being restored and revitalized. By reclaiming this land, the natural habitat is being re-established to help native plants and animals flourish.

Organic Farming:

Jojoba is a sustainable plant and a renewable resource.  On our farms, Desert Whale has implemented environmentally friendly farming practices in order to reflect a natural lifestyle.  No roads are paved and nothing is added to the soil that isn’t native to the environment.  Aside from all of our farms being pesticide-free, we recycle our jojoba cake to reuse on our farms.  By doing this, we reduce solid waste and replenish the soil with natural nutrients.

Although the jojoba plant requires minimal amounts of water, we have taken measures to reduce our water usage by maximizing our stream efficiency.  We have also reduced waste by reusing and recycling our seed bags.

In the Office:

Although Desert Whale has no city recycling pick up service, the DWJ employees have placed recycling bins throughout the office and warehouse work areas for the vast amount of cardboard, bags of shredded paper, and other recyclable material that are collected every week. When they are full, an employee backs a truck up and takes it all to the recycling center.  In addition to our recycling bins, DWJ also reuses packaging material to reduce bubble wrap and box usage when we send out samples.

DWJ also tries to promote being green in creative ways, for example at In-Cosmetics Munich we made our tradeshow booth entirely out of recyclable materials.  The booth consists of cardboard chairs, a cardboard display case, steel tables with grass and stone tops.

100% Recyclable Tradeshow Booth from the carpet to our grass-top table!

100% Recyclable Tradeshow Booth from the carpet to our grass-top table!

Desert Whale – Green to Our Very Roots

22 Sep

At Desert Whale Jojoba Company, sustainability is a seed we planted over 30 years ago.

In the 1970s, as sperm whales were being hunted near to extinction, cosmetics manufacturers discovered the remarkable qualities of Jojoba—a native plant of the Sonora Desert.  Jojoba possessed unique characteristics that made it an ideal substitute for sperm whale oil in personal care products.

Acting on a vision, the founders of Desert Whale developed a plan to market Jojoba on a large scale.  The result would not only reduce pressure on an endangered ocean creature, but would expand the use of a naturally renewable plant resource.

From the beginning, Desert Whale was connected to the soil.  We spent our earliest years harvesting wild Jojoba seed by hand.  Over time we acquired 2,500 acres of land—allowing us to establish a reliable supply chain and implement farming practices consistent with our mission.

Today, our land stewardship includes composting and tilling seed residue back into the earth, thereby reducing solid waste and replenishing nutrients to the soil.  With more than 570 acres certified as organic, we are the largest all-natural producer of Jojoba in the world.

Responsibility and sustainability extend to our employee family as well.  Desert Whale, a woman-owned company, provides housing opportunities for our farm workers and sets high standards for agricultural working conditions.  Our goal is to ensure that all employees feel proud to work in a diverse, empowering environment where ecologically sound practices are followed.

For Desert Whale, being green isn’t about joining trends or jumping on bandwagons—it’s about anticipating the fundamental desires of our customers.  As more consumers demand natural personal care products, Desert Whale provides the pure, functional raw materials that manufacturers seek.  Our Jojoba oils, butters, waxes, gels and exfoliates provide superb stability, versatility and elegant skin feel—and all come from a natural, renewable source.

As caretakers of a fragile desert ecosystem, sustainability is grounded in who we are and all we do.  Desert Whale is committed to the environment, to our workers, to our manufacturing partners, and to consumers who share our passion for pure.

Desert Whale lives up to the expectations of customers who want their cosmetic products to be pure in the bottle and clean in conscious.  Please e-mail marketing@desertwhale.com for a price quote on ecofriendly, natural, ECOCERT, and organic cosmetic ingredients today!

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21 Sep

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Gentle Make-up Remover with Jojoba Aqua Sol

21 Sep

We have created the greatest eye makeup remover ever! Check it out here:  Greatest Make-up Remover Wipe Ever!

Jojoba Aqua Sol is the perfect ingredient. Takes makeup off gently and moisturizes the skin too!

Fighting acne naturally and allergy free: jojoba oil and acne

21 Sep

In this article Proactiv describes Jojoba Oil has “nature’s best moisturizer”.  It is an amazing natural oil that is great for fighting acne.  Acne is often caused by overproduction sebum which our body produces to keep our skin moisturized.  Jojoba Oil mimics sebum so our body does not overproduce it.  In addition jojoba oil has anti-bacterial properties that discourage acne.

For people who have allergies and sensitive skin, jojoba oil will not promote redness or inflammation.

Aside from acne, jojoba oil also promotes anti-aging and skin dryness.  I encourage you to red the article in its entirety here:  Proactiv Blog

Also Check out Burt’s Bees Acne line with jojoba:

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Line

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Line