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Get to Know: Mica Minerals
The ever growing world of mica minerals in natural beauty regimes are popular for good reasons. They are used to add color and luster to our cosmetics, as well as natural body care products like toothpaste.
Mica is a mineral name given to a group of minerals that are physically and chemically similar, often found in layers of rock. In fact, the term mica has become so well known, it is often considered a mineral of its own, when that isn’t quite the case. Mica minerals actually refers to a group of about 30 minerals in the class phyllosilicates. Micas are significant rock forming minerals found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock. Interesting note, the silicate sheets are composed of interconnected six membered rings. These rings are responsible for the micas typical six sided hexagonal symmetry, in which in ring shares three of their oxygens with three others. Actually, the mica minerals are similar to clay minerals, with the difference being clay includes other layers between silicate layers.
In cosmetics, we see why the word mica means “to glitter,” in their lovely and vibrant colors and the minerals ability to reflect light. But not all mica minerals are necessarily safe to use, so do your research. We find mica minerals are sometimes used in animal testing (not ours of course, we looked into it!). IN additional, although mica minerals are all natural, they are often synthetically created to be replicas of their natural occurring counterparts. Sometimes in the manufacturing product, you end up with the addition of heavy metal compound like bismuth oxychloride, which is used to create a white pigment . Although FDA approved, naturalists commonly recommended avoiding this compound as there still seems to be some questioning regarding its safety. It is at least, often found to be an irritant. In addition, just because it is mineral make up, doesn't mean it is all natural. Micas are often the carrier of artificial colors, so watch our for your dyes. Kainat Beauty carefully selects minerals that are safe for eyes and lips, and have no artificial colors added.
Here is a list of cosmetics from Forest for Women that contain bismuth oxychloride. Of course, as always, we recommend you do your own research and know how to read your ingredient labels so you can make your own choice about what is right for your body.
- Glo Minerals
- Bareminerals (Don't fall for the rumor that they removed bismuth from their formula)
- Clinique (including High Impact Mascara)
- Philosophy (found in Airbrushed Canvas)
- Sonia Kashuk
- Estee Lauder
- Sheer Cover
- Bobbi Brown
- L'Oreal (Most toxic)
- Makeup Forever
Holiday shopping seems to come earlier and earlier each year. Although the spirit can be fun it can also be overwhelming. With advertisements aimed at you at every turn, and the newest and hottest items beckoning you patronage, we wanted to give you a few pointers in making responsible holiday purchases.
1. Packaging Adds Up
While many consumer products are released as holiday gift sets, pay attention to the amount of plastic and wrapping used for these items. If you plan to make your own gift baskets or wrap the gifts anyway, the pre-made sets often add unnecessary waste, not to mention are more expensive. Keep an eye out for sustainably packaged products (like cardboard or glass), or find creative ways to wrap items that re-use what would otherwise be waste.
Try using nature to decorate and wrap gifts instead of plastic
2. Buy from Local, Regional, National
The convenience of the box stores can make holiday shopping a breeze. Keep in mind that many of these stores may not offer affordable wages or decent benefits to their employees. Also, items in these shops may be cheaper, but the products they purchase are often made over seas, sometimes in unfair labor conditions. That extra dollar or two you might spend at a small business, local shop, or from and artisan can go a lot further in making holidays bright for your loved ones and your communities. In the spirit of giving, think about how what you are giving affects others. Make a friend’s day of shopping at small businesses instead of the mall, or try ordering from an online shop like Etsy.
3. Buy Natural, Organic or Sustainable
When you can, purchase natural and organic products. These products are beneficial for two reason. One, you can be confident you aren’t giving a gift with potentially harmful side effects. Equally as important, sustainably sourced ingredients tend to be better on the environment than chemicals, when managed properly. As advocated of honey bees, we use as many organic ingredients as we can, to discourage the use of pesticides on crops. There are a number of ways sustainable products and companies benefit the environment and communities alike. If you are concerned about cost, we like to offer the opportunity to purchase our products in bulk at wholesale prices (password is Motivation). This is perfect for small gifts for friends, professionals and family. It won’t break the bank, and you will be supporting a company that uses green packaging and 100% natural ingredients.
Are you concerned about the hidden chemicals in typical drugstore beauty products? Do you have sensitive skin? Prone to breakouts? Passionate about the environment and sustainability? Yes to any or all of these might mean you’re ready to start implementing natural or “green” products into your daily beauty routine.
How To Go Green With Your Beauty Routine
In terms of beauty products, we’d like to consider green products those that utilize organic formulas and are chemical free. Typically with these products, you get what you pay for in the actual product and not in the packaging. And the cleaner manufacturing of these products makes for a cleaner Earth and a healthier you!
3 Easy Steps To A Green Routine
Know Your Products
Going green in your beauty routine may seem like a daunting task. But the truth is, becoming aware of the products you’re buying regularly and the impact they have on the environment and your skin is more than half of it! You don’t have to completely trash the routine you have now, but a great first step is checking out the labels on the products you use most frequently.
There’s tons of sources out there that will tell you which ingredients to stay away from and which ones to live by. But everyone reacts differently to different ingredients. An ingredient that causes an issue for one person might not necessarily cause an issue for you.
However, there are 5 known chemicals, commonly found in some drugstore brands, that are proven to be harmful. These ingredients are: DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Make sure to eliminate products containing any of these ingredients from your beauty routine.
When beginning to implement green products into your routine, start with the products that cover big portions of your body like soaps, body washes, lotions, sunscreens etc. Finding green alternatives to these staples will account for a large part of your routine and reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.
Also, as a rule of thumb—buy less and use less. Today, in our consumer-driven society it’s almost impossible for us to feel content with what we have at this very moment. But, I challenge you see the products you invest in all the way through, use them as directed (dime size amount...cough, cough!!), and only buy when it’s a necessity.
Recycle The Evidence
When you finish that jug of milk in your fridge, what’s the first thing you do? Rinse it out and recycle it! It baffles me that so many people have not developed the same recycling habits with beauty product containers. Whether the products—and the containers they come in—are green or not, the least you can do is rinse them out and throw them in the recycling with all of your takeout containers.
Why Go Natural?
So why is it so important to use natural products? This question is asked a lot. Do you ever take the time to read what's on the back of the ingredients of your favorite products? How about do you understand what Parabens and Sulfates are? A lot of commercial retail manufacturers are only concerned with making money and not the well being of their consumers. Parabens are an estrogen-like hormone that some cosmetic companies and beauty manufactuers put in their products to preserve it. Although it helps kill micro-organisms, these parabens absorb into your skin and can help with the development of different types of cancers. Researchers and Scientist have found that parabens are found in the tumors of many cancer patients. Parabens are found in many foods that we consume on a daily basis. Be mindful of what you eat and what you apply on your body.
Sulfates are found in many shampoos and cleansing products.Sulfates are a group of detergents or surfactants that are used in countless consumer goods today. The most commonly used sulfates are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These corrosive cleaning agents started off as an industrial strength cleaning additive since they easily cut through heavily soiled surfaces.
Sulfates can strip away your natural moisture, leaving your skin and hair very dry. A lack of moisture can cause premature aging. Sulfates themselves are classified as a skin and membrane irritant and therefore, also a possible carcinogen with repeated or prolonged exposure. They also can produce even more hazardous by-products by the other ingredients they are often blended with.
This is the era of time when we as people are getting back to natural and/or organic products. We are building awareness of the hazards of using products that are not natural. This is not a trend, but should be a way of life to save the community from harmful damage.
Kainat Beauty asserts to make products for your body that are always natural and created from ingredients with integrity. We do not use any products that come from GMO’s, nor do we support the use of GMO’s in any product. We strive, whenever possible, to use local and organic ingredients, and we carefully monitor the temperature of our processes to ensure our ingredient maintain their beneficial qualities. In addition, we strongly believe in reducing animal cruelty by using as few animal by products as possible and by never using ingredients that are tested on animals. Kainat Beauty officially stance is to not test on animals.
For more information on GMO's you can visit: http://www.nongmoproject.org/
Changing Business Paradigms
Recent activity regarding the government shut down has undoubtedly raised if not re-opened many people's questions about the role of the government and economy in our lives. Opinions are as diverse as the people who hold them, and what should be done is being debated all over the U.S. While I watch the news and ponder the propositions, and yes, maybe even fantasize about real change, I am reminded of some of Kai-Jo's core beliefs and original intentions.
Part of our story is to promote healthy life styles, values, and products, but we feel companies today can be so much more than merchandise. We feel we have a voice and a place in society, and that our very emergence is due to a need in the community that meets the needs of our company.
So what does this mean? That is exactly the question we pose to you this week. What do you expect from businesses these days? How do you think businesses have changed in the last 20 years, and in what ways would you like to see them change more?
We Believe in Earth Care and People Care
At Kai-Jo we strongly believe in thoughtful company practices. Many companies today, especially in the beauty industry have made efforts to use fewer chemicals in their product. Kai-Jo uses 100% natural ingredients from top to bottom, including high quality essential oils to provide the maximum benefits to your hair and skin.
However, Kai-Jo, unlike many other companies goes one step further. We create our products using energy efficient production methods. We also closely monitor temperatures to ensure we do not over heat the ingredients, reducing their beneficial qualities.
We also use recycled paperboard products to house our creams. This means a reduction in the glass and plastic bottles that end up in landfills. Our paperboard jars and 100% recyclable and compostable, while remaining sturdy and cute (:
In addition, our tubes are made from 100% post consumer recycled material. It feels good to be eco-friendly and good to your body, doesn't it?