Tuesday, May 23, 2017


A recent article by Teeneke Barresi shows the benefits that accrue by using vitamin E in beauty formulations.  Herbally Radiant uses it in the anti-aging formulations to enhance their effect.
The raw material for vitamin E is derived from soybean oil distillate. It is water-soluble and enhances the effect of other ingredients in the formulation. It also serves as ethanol-free hypoallergenic, non-irritating emulsifier.
Its benefits are: protection of  skin from environmental pollution, powerful anti-inflammatory action which basically prevents the signs of premature aging because the inflammatory conditions in the skin are the leading cause of skin aging, amazing healing properties.
In addition, vitamin E helps with the penetration of other compounds into the skin and is itself well absorbed by human skin.
Vitamin E has a natural affinity to the skin but the amount of Vitamin E is reduced in the skin when exposed to sunlight.  Environmental pollutants, as well as oxidative material in the body, cause the formation of “free radicals” which are unpaired oxygen molecules, which wreak havoc on the cells, and cause extensive damage, that can result in premature ageing. Vitamin E is a very effective antioxidant, chemically mediated by the phenolic OH group of the chromane ring, and helps to remove the formed “free radicals” and thereby ensures that oxidative damage is lessened and decreased, by disrupting the chain reaction caused by the free radicals. 
In its top of the range beauty formulations (Radiant and Rejuvenating), Herbally Radiant uses vitamin E derived from soybeans. However, the process to produce vitamin E requires a lot of soy. It takes about 20 acres of soybeans to produce only 2.2 pounds of vitamin E. While soybeans themselves aren’t in any short supply, the process of distilling and deodorizing the oil to produce vitamin E has created a shortage of vitamin E. This has often led to adulteration of vitamin E with cheaper, more readily available ingredients such as rosemary extracts.
In order to maintain the highest standard of safety and efficacy, Herbally Radiant uses only non-GMO vitamin E derived from sunflower. The sunflowers are sustainably grown in Argentina and are in massive supply, so little concern of shortage or fluctuating prices. Also, the sunflowers are non-GMO, which is hard to find with soy products.
It would be advisable if the consumers read the ingredient vitamin E on the label of the product they intend to purchase.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


A recent report in the BBB bulletin again highlights the dangers of deceptive marketing campaigns. Not long ago, 4 companies that market skin care products, shampoos, and sunscreens online agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely claimed their products were “all natural” or “100% natural,” despite the fact that they contained synthetic ingredients. These were: Trans-India Products, Inc., Erickson Marketing Group, ABS CONSUMER Products, Beyond Coastal and California Naturel, Inc.
According to the FTC rules, ‘all natural’ or ‘100 percent natural’ means just that – no artificial ingredients or chemicals.
In another case, Julep Beauty which sells its products primarily through its website, agreed to pay $ 3 million to settle dispute of “deceptive” marketing practices to get consumers to sign up for subscription boxes of makeup.
Last year, KAS Direct LLC was sued in NY Federal Court for false marketing practices, including the name “Babyganic” implying their products being organic whereas their “mineral-based” sunscreen actually contained synthetic ingredients.
The weight loss industry is not far behind in such areas. According to the latest BBB report, ‘NutriMost’ was made to settle FTC ruling that its weight-loss program, charging customers $ 1895,  advertised as  “breakthrough technology” and “personalized supplements” to help consumers permanently lose “20 to 40+ pounds in 40 days” without significantly cutting calories, was a deceptive claim not supported by scientific evidence.
Online marketing campaigns claiming ‘all natural’ cosmetic products do not always follow the FDA or FTC guidelines. Herbally Radiant has been adhering to the strict procedures of GMP and manufacturing its products with USDA certified organic ingredients.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The recent market surveys point to steady growth of Essential Oils market (EOs) - 200% growth since 2012 in US. It is expected to grow further as the younger population is also turning to natural products because the EOs used in them are better replacement of the harmful synthetic scents, and create calming effect.

The global EOs market is expected to reach $ 13.94 billion by 2024 according to Grand View Research because of increasing awareness as well as willingness to buy organic and natural products.  The increasing demand for flavors & fragrances from various applications including personal care, home care, food & beverages, aromatherapy, etc. has prompted the essential oils demand. Because EOs have a great soothing and calming effect on the nervous system, and are also beneficial in blood circulation stimulation, their demand from spa and relaxation application segments is expected to record continuing growth.

The EOs market in US has grown by nearly 200% since 2012, and the present size of $ 1.6 billion market is likely to go up as 57% of the 13-34 age group have begun to follow the trend toward natural health care, of which well-being and wellness are essential components. This segment of consumers is reporting that they feel more stressed out, and need to clear their minds.  Most of the EOs have calming effect, besides many more medicinal properties. 

The benefits from the use of EOs can be optimized with the advice of experts. Just going by DIY formulae that are being put out on the internet might not be the ideal way.  There are no standards regulating the quality and purity of the EOs, and there are frequent reports of adulteration, or impurity of EOs especially from the online vendors. The consumers also need to study which are Essential Oils and which are courier oils.

Herbally Radiant has been using only the USDA certified natural ingredients and fine blends of Essential Oils. Most of these formulations are mood balancing, and accelerate epidermal regeneration to create more evenly toned skin. 

The anti-aging formulations launched by Herbally Radiant (RADIANT and REJUVENATING) seven years ago continue to enjoy the trust of its customers as these effectively improve visible signs of aging by improving skin hydration and elasticity, reducing the appearance of over-pigmentation and skin inflammation. The fine blend of Essential Oils used in these formulations play most vital part in revitalizing any skin.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Recent reports reveal that the traces of toxic substance 1,4-Dioxane were found in the water supply system of Long Island, New York, and that this issue is being sidelined by the interest groups.
Citing Dr. Anne Marie Fine, of IMFINE Skin enterprise, a report in Cosmetics design elaborates: there are two main reasons why the substance (1,4-Dioxane) is a potential threat to the consumers.  Firstly, this substance is a contaminant and byproduct of a chemical process called ethoxylation which is not listed in the label of the product, and the consumers are not aware of the potential health risk involved. Secondly, as a likely human carcinogen (the State of California has confirmed it), its presence constitutes disregard for the personal health and safety of the consumers.
Among the products which contain this toxic substance are shampoos, shower gels, liquid soaps, facial formulations, including moisturizers, and even bubble baths to which babies are exposed to.
Promoting the cause of public health and safety, HerballyRadiant has been raising the awareness among consumers about the potential health risks from harsh chemical ingredients in cosmetics, and has been advocating exclusion of such substances.  For the same reason, the companies should be obligated to clearly state them on the labels the contents so that consumers can make informed choice.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


 Every new study that is being carried out confirms that extra sugar intake is quite damaging both to the body and to the skin. Unfortunately, the sugar consumption is going up in American diet. In the daily diet, experts recommend not more than 26 gm (6 teaspoons) sugar for women and 38 gm (9 teaspoons) for men, but according to the CDC, average daily average sugar consumption for men and women has gone up to 82 gms (19 teaspoons).
For those interested in caring for their health and skin, we might recommend the book “10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat) by Dr. Frank Lipman, which explains the toxic effect of sugar on the body. According to Dr. Frederic Brandt, giving up sugar could make you look younger by at least ten years.
Dermatologists explain in layman’s term how sugar affects the skin: it breaks down collagen, the springy substance that makes your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted. Also, Sugar can weaken the immune system, and a suppressed immune system is bad at fighting off bacteria. Bacteria clogged in pores creates pimples.
Going deeper into it, when you ingest sugar or high-glycemic foods that rapidly convert to sugar — whether it’s in the form of an apple or a piece of cake — your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels. Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to what Dr. Perricone describes as “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.”
Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Plus, the more sugar you eat, the more likely it is you’ll develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excess hair growth (hirsutism) and dark patches on the neck and in body creases.
The simple carbohydrates have damaging effect on skin. Therefore, opt for complex carbohydrates, like brown rice and vegetables, which are broken down into glucose at a slower rate (and therefore don’t cause that pesky insulin spike).
Both for the overall health, and for maintaining bright rejuvenated skin, Herbally Radiant advises its customers to avoid foods that are pro-inflammatory, high-glycemic or high in saturated fats like: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, sugar (white and brown), packaged snacks and sodas.