I learned about Heather’s mission and history of how she came to make natural handmade skincare products when I met her in person at the Downtown Ocala Farmer’s Market on Saturday May 25th, 2013. She had samples and was happy for me to sample many of the sprays and mineral powders she had for sale. I enjoyed meeting the skincare maker face to face – especially since she’s making “something good for me” too!
So, one of the first questions I asked Heather was, “what do you use as your base ingredient?”and the answer, depends on the product.
For her facial cleanser she uses organic castile soap, witch hazel, and other real ingredients. But for her skin mists, in variety of scents, she uses water, essential oils, and polysorbate 80.
In discussing how Heather makes her skincare products she told me that while she doesn’t use coconut oil she agrees it’s good. Since Heather uses essential oils and I love essential oils I bought the skin/hair mist and facial cleanser to try as well as, a couple of mineral eye shadows – which are beautiful colors. I wanted to use the products and investigate the polysorbate 80 at home when I had a bit more time.
I bought the skin/hair mist because of it’s delightful tropical scent, really awesome! I just sprayed it on my arms again while writing this and yes, it smells yummy. I could skip dessert with this stuff, just spray and sniff and be happy! Haha! This tropical scented mist is a lovely luscious blend of coconut and pineapple essential oils which, reminds me of a suntan lotion I used to use years ago. This is light and not oily feeling and helps to keep your skin moist and hair soft and smooth.
You have probably learned from reading my other posts that while many manufacturers through around the term “natural” that I and many others know that does not necessarily mean you don’t have to pay attention to the label. No, you and I still must take the time and do our due diligence if we’re really to know and understand what we’re putting on our bodies. What I put on my skin is serious business. Before I can give a product a five star rating I research anything that disturbs me about it. I get a bit concerned when I can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient or it sounds in any way like a chemical name. The investigation begins.
Heather explained to me that she uses polysorbate 80 as a solubiliser. I asked what it was because when I shook the bottle I thought to myself, it’s the emulsifier – because there was nothing else in the mist except water and essential oils. When I shook the bottle the oils did not separate at all. But I didn’t know what polysorbate was and Heather’s answer wasn’t enough for me, so I looked it up.
You can read about it on the wiki page here. And since I found several sites discussing the use of polysorbate 80 in “natural” homemade skin and hair products I’ll post some more below.
What a raw foodist says about polysorbate 80
The author of Good Human has this to say about it
From a top pharmaceutical drug website regarding medications polysorbate 80 is in
Bottom line for me, polysorbate 80 is not what I consider to be a natural substance however, it is used in foods and medicines and supposedly is not carcinogenic and some well respected skincare folks believe it just fine to use externally (especially since it’s in foods and medicines).
But my readers know I always reside on the “if it doesn’t grow out of the ground or come from an animal it’s not natural” side of the argument. Will it hurt you? Probably not, but only time and test trials can really answer that question in definite terms. So, I will use my lovely tropical coconut scented mist sparingly and occasionally. Darn. I was really hopeful that I could fully 100% promote all of Heather’s Secret Garden products. I fully recommend Heather’s mineral eye shadows and fully sudsy foaming facial cleanser – they are a great bargain to boot!
If like me, you believe every purchase you make equates to voting with your dollars, then you know the best way to nurture companies you believe in is to keep buying their products. I am sure that Heather will do fine selling her mineral makeup and cleansers, by all accounts they are 100% natural.
Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.
Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.
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