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This is the best product I have ever used on my skin and I tried a LOT of expansive brands. It helps with redness and overall skin tone. Please do not ever stop making this stuff... ...»
I' m not sure about this: "11% solution gives 1% EGCG content in final product." What is the weight of final product? .. ...»
Vesna Hanich
It is true, this product does leave the skin silky smooth! I can highly recommend using it in your masks... ...»
Mati Fuller
I am 69 and I have used this product for two years almost every day at a high dose, adding it to my antioxidant day cream, with excellent results. For me it has a very high quality and effectiveness: reduction of wrinkles, hydrated skin, unified color without blemishes ... A product of 10, the same score that I give to John for the quality of the products he sells, his excellent description / use and the bibliographic contribution.En .. ...»
María Jesus
Tried this on my week-old rash from flea bites. Got an almost instant relief and rash healed in 2 days. Tried it on my daughter who has eczema for a very long time. The rashes calmed down after a few days and her skin is now healing well. Really great product. Just put in order for another jar.... ...»
This is great stuff. I add it to my liquid face soap and it does an excellent job in preventing acne and gently exfoliating the skin... ...»
Really loving this product. I make the best Centella toner and most concentrated ever. 2 g of centella extract dissolved in 10g of alcohol(you have to stir a lot) plus 88 grams of water and you get a very concentrated toner. Creams, toners, ampoules... all have only 0,1% of triterpenes, this toner i make have 1,4%. I am loving it, will see the results. .. ...»
Just recently ordered this and LOVE! Green Tea EGCG truly is one of the most fantastic skincare actives out there. Very difficult to find good quality product (90%) and even harder to actually solubilize it! Love that it comes in pre-dissolved solution. I enjoy adding it at 1% (so 11% sol) to my serum formulations containing Niacinamide 5% + NAG 3%. Excellent for oily acne prone skin. *Only gripe... because the Pre-Dissolved Solution is SO heavy in propanediol (10 parts Propanediol for 1 part E.. ...»
Wonderful base cream! Only multi-lamellar structured cream I've found on the market. Cream itself is lightweight (no oil) yet very conditioning/hydrating. Easily accepts water-soluble active ingredients as well as oil-soluble ones. I've even pushed the additional ingred % up to 20 (meaning 80% this cream, 20% added) without any separation issues. Ideal base cream for delivering actives. Personal favorite recipe calls for 5% straight Grapeseed Oil with 5% SebumREG oil active + Panthenol 1% + E Ac.. ...»
excellence product, very good and made my skin soft and smooth just like baby's skin. Thank you john.. ...»
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Seed Oil Fatty Acids in Skincare

Oils extracted from plant seeds have been used since ancient times for a variety of purposes, including cosmetic applications [10]. Seed oils are therapeutic because of their high fatty acid content, which accounts for the “oily” or “waxy” nature of the extracts.  

Fatty acids help restore natural oils in the skin [1]. The moisturizing, softening, and anti-inflammatory properties of fatty acids are important for maintaining the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin that protects it from the environment [1]. People with fatty acid deficiencies often have scaly, itchy skin, hair loss, poor wound healing, loss of moisture, and tend to get more skin infections [6, 11].

Fatty acids are divided into two categories: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fatty acids have no double bonds in their chemical structure, while unsaturated have at least one [10]. There are two types of essential fatty acids [EFAs], omega 6 and omega 3, with omega 6 being more prevalent in the body [11]. Essential fatty acids are considered “essential” because our bodies can’t make them on their own—they need to be supplemented [7]. Both types of EFAs are polyunsaturated fatty acids, meaning they have more than one double bond in their structures. The two types of EFAs can have various functions.

One of the most important and widely supplemented EFA is linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid [11]. Linoleic acid is the most abundant fatty acid in the skin [7]. This fatty acid is a structural precursor for cermaides that compose the stratum corneum [7]. Supplementation of this fatty acid moisturizes the skin, heals sunburn, and treats acne [10]. Decreased amounts of linoleic acid are found in the sebum [oil] of people with severe acne [6].

Α-linoleic acid, an omega 3 fatty acid, modulates the immune response of the skin [7]. This fatty acid has effects on acne, psoriasis, eczema, and skin cancer [7]. Another important fatty acid is oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid. Oleic acid is not an essential fatty acid because it can be synthesized by the body, but it is a fatty acid in many seed oils and has therapeutic effects. Oleic acid has been shown to increase the absorption of drugs such as anti-inflammatory NSAIDs by enhancing skin permeability [10]. This fatty acid also has anti-oxidant activity [10]. Another important fatty acid called punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid structurally similar to α-linoleic acid, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects [2, 8].

Fatty acids have a variety of therapeutic effects. High amounts of oleic and linoleic fatty acids have been shown to aid wound healing and reduce scar appearance in a clinical study [1]. They have also been shown to reduce inflammation and increase collagen formation when applied to the skin of rats [4]. In-vitro [outside the body] experiments with both fatty acids show they promote migration of fibroblasts [cells that make collagen], a step important to increasing the elasticity and wound healing capabilities of the skin [4]. Linoleic acid and γ-linoleic acid [a product of linoleic acid breakdown] have been shown to improve eczema in clinical studies [5, 6]. Topical application of high amounts of linoleic fatty acids restored skin barrier function in mice after only one application [3]. Additionally, linoleic acid was shown to have anti-fungal properties when applied to the skin of mice [9].

Fatty acids also have permeation enhancing affects. Of the unsaturated fatty acids, Oleic acid is reported to be an effective percutaneous absorption enhancer, while amongst the saturated fatty acids, palmitic acid had the most potent skin permeation enhancing effect. Skin permeation enhancement effects have also been recorded for linoleic, lauric, myristic and stearic acids. [10]

Key Benefits of Seed Oil Fatty Acids on Skin Care:
  • Moisturizing and hydration [1, 3, 6, 10, 11]
  • Restore barrier function [1, 3, 7]
  • Anti-inflammatory [1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8]
  • Wound healing support [1, 4, 6, 7]
  • Anti-acne [6, 7, 10]
  • Anti-oxidant [2, 4, 8, 10]
  • Increase skin elasticity [3, 4]
  • Stimulate collagen production [4]
  • Sun damage repair [7]
  • Anti-fungal [9]
[1]  D. Banov, F. Banov, A.S. Bassani, “Case Series: The Effectiveness of Fatty Acids from Pracaxi Oil in a Topical Silicone Base for Scar and Wound Therapy,” Dermatol. Ther. [Heidelb], vol. 4, pp. 259-269, 2014.
[2]  T. Boussetta, H. Raad, P. Lettéron, M.A. Gougerot-Pocidalo, J.C. Marie, F. Driss, and J. El-Benna,  “Punicic Acid a Conjugated Linolenic Acid Inhibits TNFα-Induced Neutrophil Hyperactivation and Protects from Experimental Colon Inflammation in Rats,” PLoS One, vol. 4, issue 7, July 2009.
[3] G.L. Darmstadt, M. Mao-Qiang, E. Chi, S.K. Saha, V.A. Ziboh, R.E. Black, M, Santosham, and P.M. Elias, “Impact of topical oils on the skin barrier: possible implications for neonatal health in developing countries,” Acta Paediatr, vol. 91, pp. 546-554, 2002.
[4]  A. Donato-Trancosoa, L. Goncalves, A. Monte-Alto-Costa, F. de Assis da Silvac, and B. Romana-Souza, “Seed oil of Joannesia princeps improves cutaneous wound closure in experimental mice,” Acta Histochemica, vol. 116, pp. 1169-1177, 2014.
[5]  D.F. Horrobin, “Essential fatty acid metabolism and its modification in atopic eczema,” Am J Clin Nutr, vol. 71, pp. 367-372, 2000.
[6]  D.F. Horrobin and B.M. DPhil, “Essential fatty acids in clinical dermatology,” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,” vol. 20, numb. 6, pp. 1045-1053, June 1989.
[7]  M.M. McCusker, J.M. Grant-Kels, “Healing fats of the skin: the structural and immunologic roles of the ω-6 and ω-3 fatty acids,” Clinics in Dermatology, vol. 28, pp. 440-451, 2010.
[8]  I.L.P Melo, E.B.T Carvalho, and J. Mancini-Filho, “Pomegranate Seed Oil [Punica Granatum L.]: A Source of Punicic Acid [Conjugated α-Linolenic Acid],” J Hum Nutr Food Sci, vol. 2, issue 1, pp.1024-1035, 2014.
[9] M.P. Thomson, C.S. Anticevic, B.H. Rodríguez, V.V. Silva, “In vitro antifungal susceptibility, in vivo antifungal activity and security from a natural product obtained from sunrise oil [AMO3] against dermatophytes,” Rev Chilena Infectol, vol. 28, issue 6, pp. 512-519, December 2011.
[10]  I. Vermaak, G.P.P. Kamatou, B. Komane-Mofokeng, A.M. Viljoen, and K. Beckett, “African seed oils of  commercial importance — Cosmetic applications,” South African Journal of Botany, vol. 77, pp.920-933, 2011.
[11]  S. Wright, “Essential fatty acids and the skin,” British Journal of Dermatology, vol. 125, pp. 503-515, 1991.
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Squalane Olive Oil
Squalane is a form of squalene, a natural component of sebum [oil] that acts as a barrier for the skin. It is structurally similar to many natural compounds that benefit the skin, such as β-carotene, and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Squalane’s most noted function is as an anti-oxidant. It depletes the amount of free radicals from UV rays that can cause damage to the skin. Squalane also moisturizes and hydrates, decreasing dryness, itching, and redness. With these characteristics, it restores barrier function to the skin. It can act as a detoxifier and may play a role in acne treatment. Squalane is also used to increase the absorption of preparations into the skin. Note: Our Squalane is made from Olives (not shark) and imported from Spain!

Key benefits of Squalane Olive Oil in skin care:

  • Anti-oxidant [1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 13]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [1, 2, 3, 6, 10]
  • Sun damage protection [6, 7, 10]
  • Increases skin elasticity [3, 6]
  • Anti-bacterial [6]
  • Anti-androgenic alopecia [8]
  • Restore barrier function [3]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [4]
  • Squalane Olive Oil is highly stable against oxidation.

Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocopherols
Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols is an active blend of natural mixed tocopherols containing naturally occurring d-alpha, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols. These are NATURAL tocopherols, they are NOT the synthetic, racemix dl-tocopherol or dl-tocopheryl acetate. 

Tocopherol is the most commonly used form of vitamin E in cosmetic products. α-tocopherol, one of four types of tocopherol, is the most abundant form of vitamin E naturally found in the skin. α and γ forms are excreted in sebum [oil] and act as a barrier for the skin. The amount of tocopherol in the skin decreases over time due to sun exposure. Tocopherols are strong anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help protect against skin aging. Tocopherols use their anti-oxidant ability to protect against sun damage and repair sun damage. They increase collagen production and protect existing collagen by inhibiting matrix metalloproteinase [MMP] that degrades collagen. Mixed tocopherols have anti-inflammatory properties and accelerate wound healing.

Key benefits of Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [1-15]
  • Sun damage protection [2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15]
  • Sun damage repair [12]
  • Anti-inflammatory [2, 5, 10, 14]
  • Wound Healing Support [5]
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase [MMP] inhibitors [11]
  • Stimulate collagen production [5]
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles [3]
Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocotrienols
Tocotrienol, a form of vitamin E, is known to be a natural powerful antioxidant that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It reduces damage involved with skin aging that is caused by harmful free radicals from UV light and ozone. Symptoms of skin aging include wrinkles, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Tocotrienol increases collagen synthesis, which improves skin elasticity. It can also “unclog” skin burdened by excessive cholesterol. Toctrienol has anti-inflammatory properties and is able to reduce symptoms of allergic skin reactions. It can also help reduce the drying side effects of acne regimens such as benzoyl peroxide.

Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocotrienols is an active blend of natural alpha tocopherol and alpha tocotrienol, beta tocotrienol, delta tocotrienol, and gamma tocotrienol.These are NATURAL tocotrienols, they are NOT synthetic.

Key Benefits of Vitamin E mixed Tocotrienols in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [1-10]
  • Sun damage protection [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10]
  • Sun damage repair [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
  • Anti-inflammatory [4, 6, 9]
  • Stimulate collagen production [1, 2, 3]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2, 3]
  • Restore barrier function [8]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [11]
Squalane Sugar Cane

Squalane is an active ingredient belonging to the squalene group. Squalenes naturally occur in sebum – the barrier oil-like substance produced by our skin. Sebum, implicitly due to its squalene content -plays the leading role in the barrier function. Squalane is structurally resembles othe key active principles for skin care such as vitamins A,D,E, K and beta-carotene. Squalane has multiple roles in promoting a healthy skin: anti-oxidant, moisturizing and hydrates. Due to its anti-oxidant properties Squalane sugarcane counteracts oxidative stress, fights free radicals and prevents premature skin structures decay.  Hence it is an important addition to preparation that protects against UV damage. Due to its moisturizing and hydrating properties it’s of great help in maintaining the barrier function and the wellbeing of the epidermis – especially in addressing imbalances linked to dryness, eczema, and acne. Note: Sugar Cane Squalane is the most sustainable source available

Key Benefits of Sugar cane Squalane in skin care

  • Anti-oxidant [1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 13]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [1, 2, 3, 6, 13]
  • Sun damage protection [6, 7, 13]
  • Increases skin elasticity [3, 6]
  • Anti-bacterial [6]
  • Anti-androgenic alopecia [8]
  •  Restore barrier function [3]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [4]
Extraction and processing method: Sugarcane is mixed with yeast, fermented, seperated, and purified
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