Friday, July 10, 2009

French Organic Skincare

I recently sat in on an Equavie organic skincare seminar. I've included the most important information for you. Also, new products from Equavie will be here soon!
Equavie products are certified by Ecocert®
Packaging is entirely recyclable or reusable and their boxes are made of paper from certified sustainably managed forests.
The Equavie/Phytomer production site respects the environment with its filtering gardens, a landscaped space that treats wastewater mainly with plants.
They do not test their products on animals.
Currently in the United States, there are no specific regulations on Organic cosmetic products. There are, however, strict regulations governing Organic cosmetics in Europe, specifically in France where Equavie is manufactured and certified.
CLEASING MILK - Effective cleansing and a delicate texture. This Cleansing Milk fully dissolves makeup from the face and eyes. It has a fine, soft texture and efficiently removes impurities without drying skin. Organic macadamia and sweet almond oils soothe and protect even the most delicate skin. Fully cleansed and moisturized, skin can breathe, and its suppleness and softness are restored.

• Ingredients
Macadamia oil - Containing 60 to 80% monounsaturated fatty acids, macadamia oil is the plant oil of which the composition of essential fatty acids is most similar to that of human sebum. This makes it possible to gently cleanse the skin without disturbing its natural balance. Renowned for its moisturizing, nourishing, softening and restructuring properties, it is particularly adapted to fragile and delicate skin.
Sweet almond oil - The ultimate softening oil, sweet almond oil soothes and nourishes dry and irritated skin.
Cornflower herbal distillate - Cornflower water has softening and decongesting properties that make it an ideal ingredient for cleansing care.
Virgin sunflower oil
TONING LOTION - This Cleansing Toner fully removes all traces of makeup from the face and eyes, leaving skin fresh and invigorated. Used as a primary cleansing lotion in the morning, it wakes up and gently tones skin.

Cornflower, witch hazel, and chamomile floral waters drain and purify the epidermis. Skin is soft, soothed, and ready for moisturizer.

• Ingredients
Cornflower herbal distillate - Its softening and decongesting action gently awakens the skin. Redness and irritations on eyelids and the face are soothed. The epidermis is toned and stimulated.
Witch hazel herbal distillate - It soothes delicate, irritated skin, while tightening pores & toning skin.
Roman chamomile herbal distillate - A renowned medicinal plant, chamomile also has cosmetic benefits. As an herbal distillate, it soothes, purifies and replenishes skin.
Gorse water - Gorse water has soothing and calming properties.

Ultra-gentle on the skin, it also promotes relaxation. It has the ability to stimulate the production of beta-endorphins, the “molecules of well-being” that provide soothing relaxation. With gorse water, makeup removal becomes a moment of relaxation, a true preparation for sleep.
EXFOLIATING CREAM - This 2-in-1 exfoliating cream helps soften and brighten all skin types, even sensitive skin. Both enzymatic and mechanical, it gently eliminates dead cells and impurities from the face. Its delicious cream texture, like vanilla ice cream, leaves the skin soft and clean. The complexion is even and luminous.

Equavie’s “ECOCERT-COSMEBIO certified organic” facial exfoliant with both a mechanical and enzymatic action makes it a rarity in true organic products.

• Use
On normal skin, apply a thin layer to cleansed face and neck.
Exfoliate with circular movements, then rinse. For more intense exfoliation, apply a medium layer and leave on for 5 minutes.
Dampen fingers, then exfoliate with circular movements. Rinse. On sensitive skin, apply a medium layer to cleansed face. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse. Avoid the eye area.
Buriti oil - This oil is derived from the fruit of the tropical Buriti palm tree. Rich in carotenoids (betacarotene), it is an excellent antioxidant and revives the radiance of the complexion. Also rich in fatty acids, it leaves the skin soft and supple.
Kaolin - This gentle clay has purifying and detoxifying properties. It is also an excellent cellular renovator due to its micro-exfoliating and remineralizing effect.


Papain - Derived from papaya, the ultimate tropical fruit, papain is an enzyme with proteolytic action, i.e. it digests proteins. It thus gently eliminates dead cells and impurities. The complexion becomes even and radiant.

Silica powder - Hard and transparent mineral particles that provide effective exfoliation.
Jojoba wax microbeads - These entirely natural microbeads are formed from.

LUMINOUS MOISTURE CREAM - A luscious cream with Mediterranean notes, to moisturize and bring radiance to normal and dry skin.

With extracts of olive, rosemary, and lavender this cream has moisturizing and protective properties that are essential for the comfort and suppleness of skin. Its ingredients of natural origin protect skin from pollution and everyday stresses, revealing all its beauty. Soft and radiant, skin soaks up the benefits of the ingredients and the subtle fragrance of Mediterranean gardens.
Olive polyphenols - The star ingredient of the Mediterranean region, the olive is filled with active molecules called polyphenols. By combating free radicals, generated each day by sun exposure, stress and pollution, olive polyphenols act as a protective skin shield. They limit the breakdown of proteins and collagen and help fight against harsh daily factors and premature skin aging.
French Lavender wax - Widespread in the Mediterranean region, French lavender is known as “butterfly” lavender in French and owes this name to the inflorescences at the tops of its spikes, recalling fluttering butterflies. Beyond its beauty, Lavandula Stoechas (its botanical name) has exceptional cosmetic properties. It promotes good cellular cohesion and strengthens the skin’s “protective barrier” function. The skin stays better hydrated and peels less. It regains its softness and a velvety feel.
Rosemary extract - Commonplace in the Mediterranean region, rosemary is a plant with multiple benefits. In cosmetics, due to its natural antioxidant qualities, it protects the skin from the action of free radicals, notably generated by the sun and pollution.
Virgin avocado oil - Obtained from the pulp of the fruit, avocado oil is filled with vitamins and nutritive elements adapted to the skin’s needs.
Containing unsaponifiable elements, it has exceptional replenishing and restructuring properties and is very helpful to rehydrate and soften skin.
Carrot maceration - Obtained via maceration in organic sunflower oil, carrot maceration helps soften the skin and restore its suppleness and radiance.
Virgin sunflower oil

RENEWING CREAM - A flavorful recipe containing extracts of strawberry, apple, and date, this renewing cream gives skin an immediate lifting effect. Its nourishing, restoring formula helps to prevent the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It boosts cellular renewal and provides the fruit polyphenols that are essential for skin protection. Skin is fully moisturized, more supple, smoother, brighter, and younger-looking.

Strawberry seed oil - The ultimate delicious fruit, strawberries are particularly beneficial for their nutritional properties. But their richness mainly lies in their seeds, achenes, the tiny hard seeds sprinkled on the red surface of the fruit. Rich in essential fatty acids – Omega-3 and 6 – and antioxidants, the oil extracted from these strawberry seeds exerts a revitalizing anti-aging action on the skin. It improves the structure of cellular membranes and restores their fluidity and suppleness.
Moreover, it combats the oxidation of lipids contained in the skin. This renewing oil has anti-wrinkle properties and helps to maintain hydrated and youthful skin.
Date oil maceration - Obtained via maceration in sesame oil, this maceration unites the replenishing properties of the oil and fruit. Rich in natural antioxidants, sesame oil also has protective properties. The date, a traditional fruit used in skincare in the Middle East, offers nourishing action. This maceration softens, moisturizes and replenishes the skin tissues.
Cider apple extract - Particularly rich in polyphenols, cider apples have nutritional properties far superior to those of apples used for common consumption. These qualities are enhanced in our apple extract to provide double anti-aging action: both preventive and proactive. It promotes cellular replenishment and helps skin reinforce its anti-free radical protection system, thus protecting against aging factors.
Pure sea buckthorn juice - Sea buckthorn is a small red berry particularly rich in Vitamin C. This exceptional content in an antioxidant vitamin gives it its ability to combat signs of skin aging. Moreover, its silicon content promotes the production of elastin and collagen and helps
maintain youthful skin.
Macadamia oil
Virgin sunflower

PURIFYING CREAM - A light cream that purifies and clears combination-type skin or skin
prone to blemishes.
This smooth, purifying cream moisturizes and rebalances combination-type skin or skin prone to blemishes. It combines the anti-inflammatory action of green tea with the sebo-regulating effect
of samphire, to purify skin. Extract of calendula with restorative properties restores softness and radiance to the epidermis.
Intensively moisturized, skin is enveloped in freshness and purity, giving long-lasting radiance and an even complexion.

Green tea extract - Generally known for its strong antioxidant power, green tea is also very rich in polyphenols, with anti-inflammatory properties.
They reduce the peroxidation of lipids, limiting skin inflammatory reactions. The skin stays cleaner and purer.
Samphire oil - Samphire is a seaside plant that is capable of thriving in hostile environments:
rocky and salty areas. Rich in tocopherols, samphire oil is an excellent regulator of oily skin. Its seboregulating effect has been proven to be highly significant. After 28 days, sebum levels drop by 30% and the number of acne blemishes diminishes.
Calendula oil maceration - This calendula oil is obtained by maceration in sunflower oil. It boasts antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, but also soothing and replenishing benefits. It is ideal for regulating and renewing skin subject to inflammation.
Cornflower herbal distillate
Virgin sunflower oil
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