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Integrating Science and Nature

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 14, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Stella McCartney created the Stella Body and Bath Line, which takes an organic approach to well-being. The aim was to prioritize natural ingredients, to capitalize on organically grown plant extracts, and to replace a maximum of ingredients of mineral or synthetic origin with substances in keeping with the Organic Charter. The charter stipulates maximum use of natural and organic ingredients, no animal-derived ingredients, no animal testing, and the harvesting of raw materials by adults and from plant species that are known to be non-endangered. Both the Stella Bath Line and the Body Care range incorporate the benefits of two key organic ingredients, butterfly lavender aromatic water and French rose essential oil, which stimulate the skin to produce B-endorphins and offer protective/antioxidant properties respectively.

Organic and natural ingredients are beneficial options for the spa. Pangea Organics, recently re-launched its organic skin care products with new packaging and new additions that contain no petrochemicals or parabens. The products are used in spas across the country. White sage, a primary ingredient, is antiseptic; geranium relieves stress; and yarrow is anti-inflammatory. Additionally, the product is purported to cleanse and balance the skin without sulfates, synthetic preservatives or detergents. Pangea offers an assortment of cold-processed natural soaps that includes fennel (an antiseptic and toner), grapefruit and sweet orange.

Sexy and Specific

New additions to Victoria’s Secret Spa Collection feature high-performance, pampering products. A Firming Bust Cream, Daily Firming Lotion, plus a Renewing Hand smoother are the latest indulgences from this lifestyle brand. The gel-cream formula of the Firming Bust Cream contains marine and botanical ingredients found in the product’s Bio Bust Firming Complex, which the company says will prevent loss of elasticity. In addition to moisturizing and nourishing with vitamins A, C and E, the product contains grape seed oil, white tea complex and caffeine.

Also from Victoria’s Secret, Beauty is Bare Fruit™ is the culmination of a partnership between Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Murad Research Laboratories that combines the natural properties of fruit botanicals and scientific technologies. Hilarie Murad, president of Murad Research Laboratories (an affiliate of Murad, Inc.), said, “With the legacy behind the development of Bare Fruit™, we co-developed a high-quality skin care line that takes its inspiration, literally and figuratively, from ancient fruit remedies. Fruit extracts appeal to a woman’s sensual, feminine side and, at the same time, deliver real skin care results.”

The skin care regimen includes cleansers, moisturizers and special treatment items—available in three collections that target different skin types. Pomegranate utilizes antioxidants to revitalize and balance, fig is for oily skin, and olive offers moisturizing and hydrating properties.