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Spotlight on Fermentation - Part 3
We talked last week about how amazing, fermented ingredients are and why we design products with these ingredients in them! If you missed this
article - check it out HERE!
This week we want to address the color and smell of fermented products. We saved this one for last, because well...it isn't as pleasant of a subject, even though it is very important to understand.
As a society, we are so used to over the counter products being beautifully scented or having some kind of scent to them. Did you know that synthetic
fragrances are used a lot as the smell doesn’t dissipate therefore a product can sit for years and still smell the same! We do'nt scent most of our own skin care line, except the ones where there is an ingredient included which has a strong odoriferous smell - for example our products which contain Glutathione. We try not to scent products if not necessary (except in the case of Body/Hand Creams, our Super Hydrating Mists .. products that can be scented based on a customer’s preference) although we do have unscented versions of those too!
Keeping our products in their natural state often leads to questions such as...
"Is this a normal smell for this product?"
"Is this the color this product is supposed to be?"
"This product used to smell different, why has it changed?"
"I have used bottles of this before, and this bottle has a different color. Has the formula changed?"
This is just a small example of the kinds of questions that ultimately led to us wanting to write this article to explain why this happens. :)
Natural ingredients do lend their own scent to products, and it isn't always fruity, or floral or herbal in nature. When fruits, herbs, flowers, roots or other natural ingredients are converted into the version that will be utilized in skin care they can often times not smell anything like their original source. This is even more true with fermented ingredients! Fermented ingredients in products [like the ingredients mentioned below] can really cause quite a strong smell in products at times, that can be overpowering to some. Natural Ingredients and Fermented Ingredients can even smell as if they have gone off, but this is normal and natural.
Natural ingredients in skin care can also change the color of the product. Over time the color of a product can morph and continue to change because this is the nature of natural ingredients. A few really great examples.. Green Tea and Green Tea Extracts.. Rooibos and Rooibos extracts (especially Green Rooibos) Herb, Root and Flower Infusions or Extracts.
All of this said, not ALL natural ingredients or fermented ingredients will change the smell or color of a product.
So if you ever have any questions about the smell or color of a product, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! Drop us an email, this is what we're here for :)
What fermented ingredients do we use in our skin care line?
Black Garlic Fermentation
Tamarind Fermentation
Lemon Peel Bioferment
Green Tea (continues to ferment naturally)
Rooibos (Green & Red! continues to ferment naturally)
Sea Kelp Bioferment
Oat Bioferment (also known as Fermented Oat Extract)
Fermented Pomegranate
We also use these two preservatives as mentioned in Part 1 of our Spotlight on Fermentation Series!
Leucidal SF [Lactobacillus]
Coconut AMTicide [Coconut Fruit Extract & Lactobacillus]
These two ingredients are used in many of our products so to find these you can do a search on our website utilizing the SEARCH option :)
Now that we have a better understanding of why fermented ingredients can change color and scent, lets list some of our products with Fermented Ingredients so you can check them out!
Black Garlic Fermentation
Lemon Peel Bioferment
Tamarind Fermentation
Oat Fermentation
Pomegranate Fermentation
Green Tea Extract
Please email us if you have any questions or would like specialized suggestions suited to your skin. :)
Thank you so much for reading!
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