Era Organics Complete Cream Review & GIVEAWAY!!
Hello & Happy Friday!!
In the midst of winter in the NYC, which btw is never ending.. I feel as if I have to remind myself to drink more and more water (even more so than summer) to prevent my skin from feeling as though its going to fall off and literally have to sleep with a humidifier inches from my face. (truth)
Simply put, my skin NEEDS hydration, … hydration, hydration, and MORE hydration. (Dry skin intertwined with a habit of taking two showers a day only exacerbates the condition.)
So although just skin cream, a good skin cream is at the top of my list over everything else during the winter, well.. (eye cream is my #1), but its 2nd to the top!!
When I was contacted by Era Organics to feature their Complete cream, I was completely ecstatic to experience another cream that could potentially alleviate winter dryness
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We are a family owned and operated company based in sunny California. While we gather the best ingredients from around the world, including New Zealand and Hawaii, our products are made and bottled in the US.
After running into different allergies, skin conditions, lack of energy, etc. we decided to make a change. Together, we wanted to improve our health in a major way. This included eating better, exercising more and eliminating toxins.
After such a dramatic difference in our health and happiness, friends started to notice. Simple tips turned into more and more questions asked, which is why we decided to help bring up awareness on a major scale.
We have done the research and experienced the benefits. We have worked with doctors, nutritionists, scientists and other health specialists to provide unbiased information- all backed by science.
Era Organics Complete
Advanced Healing and Moisturizing Cream For Sensitive, Damaged, Dry or Irritated Skin.
Organic skin care for any skin type and nearly any skin condition. Experience immediate and long-term relief with our potent moisturizing face and body cream.
• Dry/Damaged Skin • Sensitive/Irritated Skin
• Acne • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
• Eczema/Psoriasis • Scars/Stretch Marks
Full Ingredients List
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka Honey) Mel, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea) Butter, Centipeda Cunninghamii (Cehami), Glycerine (vegetable derived), Emulsifying Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Spirucosm (Blue Algae), Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp Seed) Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Methyl Sufonyl Methane (MSM), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Oat Amino Protein, Frangipani Extract, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment Hydrolysate, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment Hydrolysate, Adenosine Triphosphate, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Tapioca Starch, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Carbomer, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Sodium Hyaluronate, Geogard Ultra (Glucoonolactone and Sodium Benzoate), Phenoxyethanol
A few of the items I took the liberty of reviewing to better understand their individual use and found perhaps negative feedback on potential level of toxicity, but especially when Sodium Benzoate is combined with Vitamin C (which is in the ingredients), forming a benzene, and actually increasing the signs of agin. Studies could very well be based on extremely high levels of course, but you can review the company responses to my concerns and gauge for yourself.
We have reviewed the different studies and information out there on the best preservatives to use. There is no perfect preservative but we had to go with the safest possible since the things preservatives kill can be much more harmful to users.
Geogard Ultra is approved by:
– European Union Cosmetics Directive
– Whole Foods Premium Body Care
– Japanese Ministry of Health & Welfare
The concern regarding Geogard Ultra actually comes from the Sodium Benzoate inside. Here’s a simple article on it that includes further links:
“sodium benzoate made headlines when it was found that when used as a preservative in soft drinks along with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), excessive heat exposure could make the two additives form benzene, which is a known carcinogen. Since then, some sites erroneously refer to sodium benzoate as a carcinogen – which is not the case at all. And the situation described above that could occur in soft drinks (or other beverages or foods) is not applicable to its use in skin care products. The formula and chemistry in this case is completely different.”
All of the case studies on the potential toxicity of Geogard Ultra and Vitamin C are referring to research done with soft drinks that include Sodium Benzoate and citric acid in soda and is therefore ingested. They are not referring to external application and is referenced here.
This link covers that the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel approved Sodium Benzoate as safe for cosmetic use.
This one explains how “All research studies that successfully achieved the formation of Benzene through the combination of Benzoic Acid & Vitamin C did so using concentrations ranging between 4500% and 60,000% higher than those present in personal care formulations.”
“Benzene formation has been found to occur primarily in extremely acidic conditions. A pH of 3 or less is considered the pH level optimally needed for the combination of Benzoic Acid & Vitamin C to result in the formation of Benzene.” (Our formula is around PH 5.5, which is also the PH level of the skin)
“It is also important to note that Benzoic Acid and Vitamin C are present together in a large number of fruits – cranberries are an example of this. There is no evidence that the joint presence of these two additives results in the presence of Benzene in these foods.”
“Finally, it is worth stating that there have been no studies conducted on the likelihood that Benzoic Acid and Vitamin C may or may not form Benzene in any formulations other than ingestible beverages. 100% of the research studies given serious consideration by the scientific community focused solely on the soft drink and non-alcoholic beverage industries.”
“Specifically, the European Union Cosmetics Directive includes Geogard Ultra on its “Positive List” and can be used in all countries in both rinse-off and leave-in applications. Considering the extremely stringent standards of the EU Directive, (they banned more than 1,100 chemicals from use in cosmetics while the US has banned only eleven), Europe’s comfort level with the safety data associated with Geogard Ultra is clearly reassuring.”
“The Japanese Ministry of Health & Welfare have also given their approval for the use of Geogard Ultra in both rinse-off and leave-in applications. Considering that Japan abides by the most stringent criteria in the world concerning what ingredients can be present in the personal care products sold there, the acceptance of Geogard Ultra as an approved preservative certainly encourages a level of comfort concerning its safety characteristics.”
“In fact extremely large amounts of Sodium Benzoate would need to be ingested in order to produce even slight toxic consequences for the body. “
Phenoxyethanol is one of the few preservatives that do not turn into formaldehyde. Again, we wish we didn’t have to use any preservative, but at the low amounts we use, it is the safest bet. Quite a few natural products that don’t list a preservative are using pre-processed ingredients that do include a preservative, but they only list the main natural ingredient. Not all do, but some.
Some of the research can be a bit misleading. For instance I saw one article that says it makes eczema worse. But then going back to the original study, 1.4% of subjects in the study saw increased sensitivity and that was at full concentration, not the 1% concentration that is approved for natural cosmetic use.
The other alarming studies that are on the internet are mostly referring to tests done at full strength, high strength or on rats. It’s one of those things where someone can do a study of ingesting 5 pounds of table salt and having stomach problems. But in the normal quantities, is totally fine.
It is approved by:
Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR)
Handbook for Green Chemicals
Whole Foods Premium Body Care
“Phenoxyethanol is approved for worldwide use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration. The safety of phenoxyethanol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel several times. This group evaluated the scientific data plus the newer, relevant data and concluded that phenoxyethanol was safe as a cosmetic ingredient.”(source)
The Honest company has a great article on it that explains it very well here: