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Did you know many off-the-shelf deodorants and antiperspirants contain undesirable chemicals that stay on your skin even after you shower? Aluminium, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol and formaldehyde (to name a few) are absorbed into the bloodstream on contact and, although you may not be able to detect them, they can continue to block the fragile ducts for up to 24 hours after you shower. Many of the synthetic ingredients used in mainstream products are known hormone disruptors, increase ones’ bio-toxicity and are now linked to breast cancer in both men and women. As well as breast cancer, exposure to aluminium has been linked to numerous human neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The long-term effects of daily exposure to these chemicals is still being studied, and more and more science is showing how dangerous they really are.
Breast Cancer UK supports a ban on the use of aluminium compounds in cosmetics designed to be left on the skin, and in particular, for use in under-arm products. With everything you are unknowingly exposed to on a daily basis – in the environment, your food and water, the air you breathe – why dose yourself with even more burdensome chemicals? Read 8 Scary Reasons To Ditch Your Toxic Deodorant.
For more information about chemicals to avoid and where they commonly found, read this great article by David Suzuki.
We don’t use any oils that are chemically extracted. The healthiest ways to extract the vital compounds from botanicals is by either cold-pressing or steam-distilling them.
Cold-Pressed: This is where the oil is extracted by first grinding nuts, seeds or plant parts into a paste. Then an oil stone or other mechanical tool is used to press the paste which forces the oil to separate out.
Steam Distillation: Hot steam helps to release aromatic molecules from the plant material by forcing open the pockets in which the oils are kept. The steam, which then contains the essential oil, is condensed as it passes through a cooling system. This forms a liquid from which the essential oil and water is then separated.
Awake Organics is a family-run business and for that reason we have not endeavoured to obtain organic certification for our products at this time. That being said, our products do contain a high percentage of Soil Association Certified Organic ingredients. Where Certified Organic ingredients are not possible to obtain, we source materials that are Fairtrade, Wild-crafted, Unrefined, and/or locally raised, grown and/or produced. Simply put, we buy the best quality ingredients we can get our hands on. Our goal is to obtain Organic Certification in 2018.
Our smoothing anti-aging moisturizers and serums also use non-comedogenic ingredients, as well as essential and cold-pressed oils that are known to balance and detoxify oily skin.
Most of the essential oils we use are considered to be pregnancy-safe, however a woman can be extra sensitive to many substances during pregnancy. For that reason we recommend waiting for the second trimester before use. Carrot Seed essential oil is non-toxic but to err on the side of caution it may be advisable to avoid it during during pregnancy. Please consult your primary healthcare provider.
Our products are an excellent alternative for sensitive skin. We do not use harsh detergents, chemical preservatives or artificial fragrances, which are usually the “flare-up” culprits. The ingredients we use are extremely gentle on the skin, and many of our customers use Awake Organics skin care products to calm Rosacea and Eczema. That being said, skin chemistry varies from person to person. If you have a history of sensitive skin, reactions or any known allergies, please test any skincare product you purchase on a small area inside your wrist for 2-3 days prior to using. If in doubt, please consult your primary healthcare provider.
Read about the Top 8 Essential Oils you need to know about.
We take great care in selecting unadulterated ingredients that are ultra rich in naturally occurring antioxidants and minerals. We base our selections on several criteria: locality, purity and organic certification. As such, our ingredients come from several UK suppliers. Read more about our natural organic ingredients, where they come from and how they benefit your skin here.
HEAVENS NO! We strongly oppose GMO agriculture.
All of our facial serums are completely vegan-friendly.
No. We never have and never will. All our products are tested on friends, not animals.
The term Holistic (a.k.a. wholistic) is the philosophy and practice of healing that has to do with constantly keeping the whole body (meaning the physical body, the mind and the spirit) at the highest level of total wellness. This concept draws from the universal natural laws that state a whole is made up of the sum of all its parts, and that the parts cannot function properly if the whole is not functioning properly. Holistic skincare is more than just what you use on your skin. It starts with what’s inside. Organic, healthy whole foods, plenty of good quality water and frequent exercise are important factors in a good anti-aging skincare regimen. There are also external forces at play. When it comes to the ever-growing burden of unwanted chemicals in our food, water and air, and even sun damage, your skin might need a little help. To help unburden yourself from chemical overload, Awake Organics provides skin care products that use only the purest, healthiest ingredients that are inline with a holistic approach.
The term Paleo refers to a way of sustaining life that mimics how our ancestors would have lived. That means using the same resources today that they would have had access to in their day. Beeswax, raw honey, earthen clays, cold-pressed botanical oils and butters fall into this category.
Yes! Please contact us with your business information and we will be happy to send you our wholesale list.
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