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Author's Note added 9/30/14: Andalou Naturals products do contain synthetic preservatives such as **sodium benzoate, Sodium Methyl Taurate (considered a nitrosating agent) and Ethylhexylglycerin, a carrier for the preservative phenoxyethanol. It should be noted that phenoxyethanol was a part of their ingredient list in most of their products. As of today, I no longer see phenoxyethanol listed. It is possible the ethylhexylglycerin is acting as a carrier agent of phenoxyethanol. I've not confirmed this with the company. You can get a free Toxic Resource Test List right here on TheOliveParent to learn more additives and preservatives found in cosmetic products. Please note that the ingredient list may have changed since my review so please do your research. The beautiful thing about blogging, is the experiences. I'm forever growing as I experience and learn. I stand by my experiences shared in this post, however, a month after this review, I discovered (and currently use) Miessence, skin & body care certified organic to international FOOD-GRADE standards...in other words, pure enough to eat. Miessence is the world's first manufacturer of certified organic skin & body care. I am now an independent representative and own TheOliveParent Organics.
Sometimes I think I’m too much of a purist. I like my products and food as pure as it can possibly be. That is not bad thing at all, as a matter fact it’s good to have high standards and expectations. However, it’s quite telling of our modern age, if not out right sad, that an expectation of real food and pure products are “high standards” A hundred years ago, real food, and by that I mean not genetically modified, was not the exception to the rule. In saying this, I realized something… I've associated modern science “break-through” with a bit of negativity…something that can be a harmful to a natural, traditional lifestyle.
This is true of Fruit Stem Cell Science. I've heard about about this mysterious new science for a while now, but considered it “Franken-Science” and never gave it another thought until now. Since my introduction to Andalou I've learned a bit about Fruit Stem Cell and have been pleasantly surprised.
Get comfortable. I’m going to share.
What ARE stem cells? In human and animals there are two kinds of Stem cells. Embryonic and Adult. Embryonic Stem cells are different than other cells in the body because they can RENEW (make copies of themselves) and DIFFERENTIATE (make copies of other types of cell, i.e. bone, brain etc.)
Self renewal is required because the body would run out of stem cells. A pool of stem cells maintains the body and differentiation is needed because specialized cells cannot divide or renew themselves.
Adult stem cells are generally more limited because they can only evolve into the specific type of cells of the tissue where they’re located.
Fruit Stem Cells
Recently researchers have been able to extract fruit stem cells and compare their effect on human cells. They discovered that one breed of apple in particular, Uttwiler Spätlauber Apples, could stimulate human cell proliferation by 80%. The Uttwiler Spätlauber was bred in the 18th century in Switzerland for the purposes of longevity. This apple, it is said can last up to four months after picking. Some sites have referred to the apple as “genetically modified”, however considering the day and age then, I assume that the Uttwiler Spätlauber was naturally cross bred, a far cry from the dicing and splicing of genes we’re seeing in modern GMO terms.
The stem cell extract from the Uttwiler Spätlauber, called PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica is said to
Reduce the depth of wrinkles
The cells we produce for healthy reduce as we age, thus making fruit cell science, specifically, PhytoCellTec™ a very compelling alternative.
Andalou Naturals incorporates PhytoCellTec™ in their product line as well as other types of fruit cell science.
Argan Fruit Stem Cells from the Berber tree in Morocco – penetrate follicular (hair) pathways, delay depletion of vital stem cells, stimulate dormant root bulb cells and accelerate natural repair process.
Andalou also includes their own BioActive 8 Berry Complex which is comprised of:
Açai Berry to Nourish and Revitalize
Aronia Berry to Firm and Refine
Bearberry to Boost Immunity
Bilberry to Heal and Rejuvenate
Black Elderberry to Repair and Fortify
Goji Berry to Speed Recovery
Rosehips Berry to Reverse and Restore
Sea Buckthorn Berry to Support Cells
Andalou’s green initiatives are pretty impressive. They support certified organic, natural origin, BioActive, Fair-Trade certified and more. Their packaging is widely recyclable and 100% BPA free. They work to ensure their shipping practices and facilities are environmentally responsible. You can find a lot more details here. They also state that the products are safe to use while pregnant and nursing, something that, I as a nursing mom, am very excited to hear. Andalou’s philanthropy includes socially responsible projects and a campaign they’ve dubbed “A Force of Nature”. One of their contributing causes is Women’s Initiative For Self-Employment, “to build the entrepreneurial capacity of high potential, low-income women in the United States who dream of business ownership”. As a woman who is self-employed, I highly applaud their choice of support! Other projects are: The Breast Cancer Fund and The V Foundation of Cancer Research. And finally, Andalou is the first beauty brand with ALL products NON – GMO Project Verified!
I had the pleasure of trying out some goodies! The Lavender Shea, Force of Nature Hand Cream was my first experience right out of the box. I was simply amazed at how quickly absorbent the cream was and hydrating my hands were at the first application. I’m not one to obsess about my hands. I have fairly young looking hands, but I when I did see a notable change in my skin’s texture, I was constantly looking for an excuse to re-apply the cream! Right after dishes, washing my hands (which is a LOT). The scent is a good balance of Lavender. Not too much, not too little.
What’s more, 100% of the proceeds of the product go to socially responsible projects such as Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment! Making this my favorite of the group.
I’ve been using the Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum morning and night for approximately a month. The serum contains BioActive 8 Complex, Fruit Stem Cell, Resveratrol, CoQ10 among a host of natural ingredients. My first experience with this serum was very impressive. My skin was oily with blemishes when I put it on, the next morning the blemishes were diminished to very little. It was a dramatic overnight improvement. Using this consistently, I’ve found that the serum regenerates new skin quickly leaving a layer of old skin that flakes. I’ve had to exfoliate pretty often to remove this. Additionally, the serum was very good at supporting the condition of my skin during different times of the month. While I absolutely have seen positive results with the Revitalize Serum, I think a better choice for my skin type would be the Willow Bark Pure Pore Serum. I choose Revitalize simply because I wanted to experience “Fruit Stem Cells”. All in all, I would very much recommend the serum. With internal support of fish oil or flaxseed and general over all healthy diet, the serum would be a very good way to support your skin externally.
I received the Argan + Mint Lip Remedy. LOVED this. It also has the BioActive 8 Complex along with good stuff like Fruit Stem Cell and CoQ10. I want to call it lip gloss, but it certainly is not. It provides a sheer layer that is not too thick and heavy but just enough to treat your lips. I wore it every night as directed. Every time I could, actually. Prior to using it, my lips were slightly dark and had a bit of skin just inside the lip. I would chew on out of habit. I’ve been looking for a gentle way to exfoliate my lips to smooth this out, but the lip treatment did just that the first night I used it. I haven’t had the “excess” skin since!
The Beauty Balm Oil Control is new in the clarifying skin care line. It’s an un-tinted mattifying formula that contains SPF 30. You can wear it alone or under make-up. I’ve never been interested in foundations and have never wore them so I wasn’t too sure about this product. I liked that it left my face soft and hydrated throughout the day and presented a “smooth” appearance to my skin. With the Argan + Mint lip treatment and the Beauty Balm I enjoyed the natural look and plan to continue with this combination, with some light eye make up for kicks.
I received two different types of lotions as well! Clementine Ginger Body Lotion and Kukui Cocoa Body Butter. Yes, they smell as heavenly as they sound! Both are quick absorbing and hydrating. I used the Clementine after my morning shower and the body butter at night. My skin is smooth, silky and hydrated. I found the Kukui Cocoa more hydrating than the Clementine, but they both were just as good. It’s difficult to say which is better….they both can serve different purposes.**While I enjoyed the products overall, I would encourage Andalou Naturals to find more natural methods of preservation. Some of the products contain synthetic preservatives such as sodium benzoate, an additive some consider "naturally" derived. It is my personal opinion that Sodium Benzoate is not naturally derived, but a result of a chemical process that contains benzoic acid, naturally found in fruit. The products reviewed here, did not contain sodium benzoate.
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