Archive | July, 2010

What is sustainability anyways?

30 Jul

What does sustainability in cosmetics really mean?

  • Think Globalization on a local level
  • Its more than green packaging and an organic certification
  • It’s about Biodiversity and reducing waste

Check out this podcast from Realize Beauty.

Southwest Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s Suppliers Day!

29 Jul

Make  sure to stop by booth # 329 on August 10th in Dallas, TX.  We will be launching our new products Fruit Cocktail ™and Lime Twist™.

To register click here.

About: Supplier’s Day is here again. On behalf of the Southwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, we’d like to personally invite you to attend the seventh SWSCC Suppliers’ Day Exhibit for those involved in the cosmetic and personal care areas.  We will start the day with an Educational Seminar in the morning, followed by the Exhibit Booths in the afternoon.

The Safe Cosmetics Act ~ Friend or Foe?

28 Jul

Since the release of the recent video The Story of Cosmetics, you can watch it here ~ and the recent introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Act (Read it here ~Safe Cosmetics Act).

It is surprising that a seemingly good thing can cause so much debate and opposition between natural cosmetic businesses who more or less all want the same outcome ~ safe and natural cosmetics for consumers.  You can view a crtique video here (HowtheWorldWorks) So lets take a look at some of the main points of interest:

Negative Effect on Small Cosmetic Manufacturers:

For SCA – There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 that it will “kill small businesses.” This couldn’t be further from the truth and is an unfortunate misrepresentation of the facts. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 contains specific provisions to protect and help small businesses, including:

  • Fee exemptions for small businesses with less than $1 million in annual sales.
  • Data sharing and transparency: small businesses will benefit by having access to safety assessments conducted by other cosmetics companies and suppliers that are currently kept private, and it will open up the information flow so all companies have easier access to the information that will help them make the best decisions about product safety.
  • “Producer right-to-know” provisions that will enable cosmetics companies to get full information from suppliers about toxicological data and safety information for cosmetic ingredients, including the chemicals in fragrance and preservatives.

Opposing SCA – There is little to no distinction between small and large businesses on this act.  So, the act would treat Mom & Pop Soap Shop on Main Street the same as Proctor & Gamble.  So now every time Mom & Pop Soap Shop changes an ingredient or supplier they have to notify “The Secretary”, while this may not be a big deal for P&G since it takes years to code and approve new ingredients, Mom & Pop may change their ingredients frequently. Additionally, this begs the question how will “The Secretary” handle all of this information?

The increase in paperwork as a result of this act could result in too much extra work and costs for a 1 or 2 person business to handle.

Detectable trace elements must be listed on the label:

For SCA – I have not been able to find a comment from Safe Cosmetics about this issue of detectability, but I can imagine the goal is to increase consumer awareness.

Oppose SCA – We can detect almost anything these days, labeling will be even more confusing to consumers.  So, something simple like “Water” on a label could look like “Aqua, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Silver, Zinc” (and this list could get three or four times as long as we can trace elements at parts per billion!).

The Bill is Unnecessary or Cosmetics are Already Safe:

For SCA –  According to our [] understanding of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, provisions of the legislation will:

  • Phase out ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;
  • Create a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations;
  • Close labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company web sites, including the constituent ingredients of fragrance and salon products;
  • Give workers access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;
  • Require data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing;
  • Provide adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry; and
  • Level the playing field so small businesses can compete fairly.

And watch the Story of Cosmetics to get an idea of how they really feel!

Oppose SCA – The cosmetics industry is already regulated by the FDA and it is already illegal to not fully label ingredients or contact information on products.

Based on what I have read it is clear to see that:

  • The Story of Cosmetics video is not scientifically based and uses scare tactics
  • The Safe Cosmetics Act needs some editing, especially with small businesses in mind.
  • The Safe Cosmetics Act’s intentions are good and the cosmetic industry (especially large companies) do need to be regulated.

But I would love to hear what your thoughts are.  Even though the act isn’t perfect and needs to be edited, isn’t the cause that it stands for still worthwhile? It’s a fact that there are unsafe products legally out there on the market… is it the governments job to regulate that or the consumers responsibility to be aware?

For those who want to read more about the subject, I suggest these sites:

New Lime Twist ~ A unique, functional butter

27 Jul

Lime Twist™ (Lime Seed Butter)

Desert Whale is proud to annouce our new product Lime Twist™.  To check out our brochure click here ~ Lime Twist Brochure

Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) seed oil, pressed from the seed, is a unique emollient which contains natural waxes and rich fatty acids which provide moisturization to the skin and enhance skin protection through improved barrier function. A proprietary blend of Lime Seed Oil and vegetable wax creates an exclusive butter.  By combining a high percentage of lime seed oil with a small amount of vegetable wax, we achieve all of the benefits of lime seed oil in a more stable and functional butter base. Lime Twist™ is an ivory colored butter that is semi-solid at room temperature.


Property Benefit
High in Palmitic Acid –          Enhances the product’s stability over other fruit seed oils
Light Skin Feel –          Non-greasy

–          Silicone-like feel

Contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids –          Known to support tissue regeneration

–          Conditions the skin

–          Gives emollient and protective properties to skin care products

By-product of Fruit Processing Industry –          Sustainable

–          Reduces Waste

–          An important step in the up-cycling process, (up-cycling is the process of using all of a material which otherwise would be considered waste)

Cocktail Anyone?

26 Jul

We are excited to launch our new natural emollient – Fruit Cocktail™. For our brochure click here –  Fruit Cocktail Brochure.


Fruit Cocktail™ is a proprietary blend of Fragaria Ananas (Strawberry) seed oil, Ribes Nigra (Blackcurrant) seed oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil, and Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) seed oil to make an exclusive fruit based natural emollient.  When mixed, these four oils create a unique and rich fatty acid profile packed with positive skin attributes such as high GLA, antioxidants, and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.  Fruit Cocktail™ is well suited for anti-aging and dry skin creams.  All of the components of Fruit Cocktail™ are sustainable by-products of the fruit industry.


Property Benefit
Fragaria Ananas Strawberry Seed Oil –          Fatty acids improve skin smoothness and elasticity

–          Contains about 80% Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

Ribes Nigra

Blackcurrant Seed Oil

–          Rich in Vitamin C

–          Rich in GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) and SDA (stearidonic acid ) which makes it beneficial for dry skin

Prunus Armeniaca

Apricot Kernel Oil

–          Lower in saturated fat than other vegetable oils which gives superior cold temperature stability

–          Dry, non-greasy feel, it has good slip, smooth consistency and excellent lubricity

Sambucus Nigra Elderberry Seed Oil –          Rich in Vitamin C

–          Contains over 80% essential fatty acids which promote healthy, moisturized skin

–          Contains high levels of natural antioxidants

–          Non-greasy, silky skin feel which increases skin smoothness and elasticity

–          Known to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL)

Rose Hip Oil Benefits

13 Jul

Rose Hip Oil is extracted from the seeds found in the fleshy, bright colored fruit of wild roses.  The fruit, also known as the hips, is harvested by hand from the wild rose shrub (Rosa Canina) that grows in southern Chile.  Rose hips, and extracts thereof, have been taken internally for generations.  The hips contain a large quantity of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

In recent years, the oil obtained from rose hip seeds has been characterized and found to have beneficial effects when topically applied.  The oil is predominantly triglycerides whose chief fatty acid component is linoleic acid.  Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that must be obtained from one’s diet.  Numerous researches have found that when triglycerides containing essential fatty acids are topically applied, reversal of several abnormal skin conditions occur.  Essential fatty acids are key components of the epidermal lipid bilayer.  This bilayer must be intact in healthy skin.  When the epidermal lipid bilayer is deficient in one or more of its components, severely dry skin is the usual result.

Rose Hip Oil not only provides moisturization by preventing trans-epidermal water loss through simple occlusion, but also bolsters the skin’s epidermal lipids with essential fatty acids.

Growing Greener by Going Solar!!!

9 Jul

Us here at Desert Whale were very excited to hear about the $1.45 billion loan Obama granted to Solana.  By 2013, Solana will be the largest solar plant in the world and its only a few miles from our jojoba farms in Hyder Valley, AZ!

This means great things for the state of Arizona (it will power over 70,000 homes) and it also means great things for the local economy in Hyder (it will create jobs and boost the economy)!

Check out a more detailed article by clicking here.

Check out some pictures of our farms!