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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Dessert du Jour...Inferior Ingredients, What Are They?

If you have ever picked up a bottle of mass-produced Body Lotion and read the ingredient list, chances are you felt like you needed a degree in chemistry to decipher some of the words. More than likely, there were words ending in 'araben' and 'glycol' but let's talk about 3 words that you, no doubt, have seen many times before and a little bit about where they come from:

1) Mineral Oil
2) Lanolin
3) Petroleum

When customers ask what the difference is between our products and those sold in the retail stores, my response is always the same:

"Our products are made-to-order to insure the highest in quality for our customers and have not been sitting on a shelf for weeks or months before they're purchased. In addition, our product formulations do not contain Mineral Oil, Lanolin, or Petroleum which are cheap fillers used to keep the cost of manufacturing low & the profits high."

But what exactly are those 3 inferior ingredients and where do they come from? Here is the answer:

Mineral Oil or Liquid Petrolatum is a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is a substance of relatively low value, and it is produced in very large quantities. The cost of Mineral Oil? About $3.50/Gallon..about $.02 per ounce..that's cheap!

Lanolin is a fatty, yellowish substance that comes from the wool of sheep. It is excreted by the sebaceous glands on their skin, and acts as waterproofing so they don't get cold. You might also hear it called wool fat, wool wax, or wool grease. I prefer to call it lanolin - it just sounds classier.

Thankfully, the extraction of Lanolin causes no harm to the sheep! They extract the greasy Vaseline-like Lanolin from the sheared wool before they wash it.

Now I don't know about you, but those bi-products are not something that I felt like putting on my skin after I found out exactly where they came from! Yuck!

So, as an educated consumer and customer, it pays to take the time to know exactly what you're putting on your skin. A little proof-reading of the product labels can save you time and money and give you peace of mind!

Today's Dessert du Jour:
Whipped Butter ~ 98% Natural Formula
Try it in our Limited-Edition New Year's Scents

Stay Sweet & Thanks for Reading!

Lia Schmoldt
Owner/Ingredient Afficionado

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