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Cod liver oil (topical)

Repairing Cod Liver Oil Cream

Cod liver oil is the world’s best-kept beauty secret. Not only will massaging it on to your face help soften and even erase lines, its rich content of vitamins A, D and omega 3 fatty acids should keep skin looking hydrated and youthful for longer.
Better yet, the advocates insist, these same nutrients can help plump skin from the inside.

Cod liver oils contain over 13,000 IU of vitamin A( the natural form of retinol) in a tablespoon.

Some anti-ageing products use derivatives of vitamin A as an ingredient because of the way it promotes cell turnover in skin (acting a bit like a chemical peel), thereby helping to ‘erase’ lines. But stronger, prescription-strength formulations of Vitamin A sometimes cause redness and dryness for the first few weeks.

It also contains a high percentage of omega 3 fatty acids2007.

Test studies show increased healing from applying topical cod liver oil compared to the control. but there is no need to put smelly cod liver oil on your face with Aqueahs Cod liver oil repair cream

The researchers used a topical application consisting of 25 percent cod liver oil and determined that it could be as effective as topical vitamin A. Vitamin A and its derivatives have been shown to improve the elasticity of the skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles, according to a study performed by University of Michigan researchers in


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a normal skin constituent that is found at high levels in both the dermis and epidermis. The vitamin C content of the epidermis is higher than the dermis, although the vitamin C concentrations in both layers are approximately equal to that of other water-soluble antioxidants, including uric acid and glutathione. Aging, however, causes a decline in vitamin C content in both the epidermis and dermis. Excessive exposures to UV light or pollutants (e.g., cigarette smoke and ozone) may also lower vitamin C content, primarily in the epidermis.

Revitalize Aging Skin with Topical Vitamin C
Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and environmental pollutants can accelerate skin aging by degrading collagen and triggering oxidative stress in the skin. Fortunately, the anti-aging benefits of a time-honored remedy used by ancient civilizations to heal their skin can help overcome these undesirable effects.

Vitamin C is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin.

While vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin when orally ingested. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

What makes topical vitamin C preparations so important? Humans and a few other species lack the ability to produce the vitamin C that is so vital for beautiful, healthy skin. To make things even more challenging, vitamin C is water-soluble. Consequently, a great deal of the vitamin C we ingest gets excreted rapidly.

While oral supplementation with vitamin C is important for maintaining one’s overall health, it is not very effective at increasing skin concentrations of vitamin C because its absorption is limited by active transport mechanisms in the gut. The most effective method for replenishing vitamin C in the skin is therefore to go straight to the source, and apply it directly to the skin.

Topical antioxidants produce much higher concentrations in the skin than nutritional supplements. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin is 20 times more effective than oral ingestion. Simply applying vitamin C daily for three days can achieve optimal levels in the skin. It is also known that once a topical antioxidant is absorbed into the skin, it cannot be washed or rubbed off. So, even after stopping application, significant amounts of vitamin C will remain in the skin for up to three days.

Rejuvenating the skin by constantly replenishing vitamin C stores can therefore help maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, especially as we get older.

When incorporated into your daily skincare lineup, well-formulated products containing vitamin C can provide a range of benefits that keep your skin younger-looking, longer! See what C can do:

Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage
Helps boost healthy collagen production (hello, firmer skin!)
Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage
Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response
Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure

Micellar water


Micellar water has been around for over a hundred years, first gaining momentum in France, where it was designed to help Parisians deal with the region’s infamously harsh water supply.

What is micellar water

The formula is made of micelles, which are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. Micelles are attracted to dirt, grime, and oil, and they draw out impurities without drying out your skin.

When applied to the skin, these molecules latch onto the dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them in an effective and gentle matter. They feel – and look – like a toner, but excel at cleansing the skin, while also leaving it feeling soft and hydrated.
How does it work
Rather than containing a foamy solution that strips your skin and leaves behind harsh chemicals, micelles cling on to the dirt and makeup so they are able to draw out and dissolve impurities without drying out the skin, leaving behind a glowing, hydrated finish.
Why use micellar water

The fact that it requires absolutely no rinsing and is suited for all skin types—especially super dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. And unlike many toners, micellar water does not contain alcohol and never stingsnor dries the skin out.

There’s no need to rinse after using micellar water, making it a skin-loving version of the traditional face wipe. And as You don’t need water, so at night they save you time in the cleansing ritual, very convenient and good for travel.

Hyaluronic acid in skin scare

Hyaluronic serum


What is hyaluronic acid ?
Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body. Hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan) is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of molecule composed partly of sugars.

Present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

It is of the chief components of the extra-cellular matrix (the tissue that provides structural support to cells). In short, hyaluronic acid supports many important areas of the body, with notable benefit to joints and skin.

How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid).

Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate.

Unlike collagen, Hyaluronic Acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. This is thanks to its small molecular size.

Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection.

What makes it a great ingredient in skincare?
First off, don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite—a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. When you apply it topically it penetrates the dead cell layer (stratum corneum) and permeates the skin It increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage

As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and pliability. hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate can reduce the appearance of fine lines, promote younger-looking skin, and help create a healthier barrier.

While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous results that a hyaluronic acid filler can, you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Caring for oily skin

You probably know it if you have oily skin but just in case here are some of the main characteristics :

  • Visible shine
  • Thick appearance
  • Coarse appearance due to enlarged pores
  • Blackheads/Acne/Breakouts


As you already know there is literally tons of conflicting advice available to us in this day and age most of it useless as it reflects an outdated understanding of skin science and much of it is inherited from decades of marketing campaigns designed to sell product.  The old idea that has been instilled into us is that we had to continually and frenetically eliminate the oil from the face almost as soon as it appeared , needlessly compounding the problem of already hyperactive over stressed sebaceous glands( the glands that produce the oil that is on your face).

Another issue faced by those with oily skin is the mistaken idea that because it feels and appears thick it can tolerate unnecessary chemical attacks with strong astringents both chemical and natural, this is especially true during a breakout when the skin is irritated and all one wants is to soothe it.  It is importand to discard this old way of thinking and and start being more gentle towrds oily skin to bring it to its best possible health.

below is a simple to follow guide developed specifically for the care of oily skin and should help bring it to its best condition.

  • Wash no more than 3 times a day with a soap free formulation – Soap can have a ph as high as 8 compared to the skins ph which can be 3 or 4, and can overstimulate already hyperactive oil glands- in tepid water. It is best to avoid hot water on oily skin as it can also stimulate the oil glands that are already stressed  overworked.


  • Exfoliate sparingly. Whilst it is important to exfoliate regularly it is recommended that those with oily skin exfoliate no more than once a week with a high quality scrub or microdermabrasion system. this ensures that the sebaceous glands are not overstimulated or stressed. This in turn prevents breakouts. And prevents bacteria infecting microscopic wounds created by coarser exfoliation practices.


  • An alternative to washing is the OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) whereby counterintuitively the skin is cleansed by using oil and water rather than a surfactant, or the tried and tested cream cleanser which has the benefits of both the oil and water method without the oily residue , each method is a matter of results and personal choice. So I recommend you try them all and choose the one that works for you !!


  • Moisture means water not oil. Oily skin can be dehydrated which can cause irritation and subsequent breakouts so it is important to moisturise day and night and after each wash. Also use an spf to avoid sun damage which can exacerbate the already hyperactive sebaceous glands. For oily skin it is best to use a light moisturiser or gel moisturiser that utilises non-comedogenic oils to keep the hydration within the skin.


  • It is important to gently control oil between washes with powder paper or with an oil control translucent powder, this greatly helps prevent breakouts and improves the appearance of the skin without clogging pores or stressing the skin out.


  • Detoxify with a clay mask up to three times a week


  • If blackheads are a problem use a monthly or bimonthly face peel 



  • Retinoids can help shrink oil glands through cellular communication.


  • Most importantly look after your diet and pay attention to see if certain foods are linked to your breakouts. Research has shown that while the odd pizza or chocolate are in no way linked to acne or blackheads there is some evidence to suggest that milk is a contributing factor due to the hormones present during lactation. And of course you are what you eat .

Your skin can absorb 60% of what it touches and other myths used in natural beauty marketing.

Well as promised I have decided to address something that is a pet peeve of mine ….. The deceptions used by the natural beauty and health people in order to sell you natural stuff…. mainly their natural stuff. This is not to say that corporate beauty companies don’t, they do , they obviously do however it becomes almost heinous when it is  coming from among the ranks of those who supposedly have the best interests  health/wellness at “heart”. It is a pet peeve of mine when the mung bean munching gurus descend upon people and in effect use passive aggression to victim blame people for their ailments. I have actually seen this happen to a friend of mine who has cancer, It disturbs me greatly. Actually it enfuriates me because the science seems to be swept aside. Blaming people and their diets for genetic predispositions. Now don’t get me wrong a good diet and healthy clean living are essential to a great and healthy body but no matter how many internet testimonials you read about the latest all curing snake oil lets remember genetics play a huge role in how our bodies react to various things. Just ask anyone who is allergic to water, granted that particular malady is rare but it exists. It exists because of genetic predispositions bad gene mixing who knows . I often scoff at my mother because of the family genetic history on both sides kind of renegs  survival of the fittest  I tell her it is like I am the families junk DNA collector. (my journey into making cosmetics was born from my own need to find products that actually did something) Another pet peeve of mine is walking past any fast food outlet and seeing people gorging on recalcitrant nutrients with perfectly glowing skin and zero health issues, whilst thanks to my genetic markers am wont to break out if the weather changes too suddenly or I introduce a new food too suddenly ….but that is another issue I just wanted to highlight the pointof genetics and the role they play. There are so many fallacies out there; we have never had so many resources at our fingertips nor as many charlatans whispering in our ear. So I do understand how many well intentioned people can fall into these old/new wives tales and inadvertently perpetuate them to all and sundry. The passive aggressive nature of the guru followers and the gurus is entirely another thing , last night I was reading an article about how the cosmetics industry is tricking everyone into using moisturisers because oil is superior as an humectant (hilarious). Now those of us who have been at this for some time can laugh but people believe this stuff. before anyone beheads me with a jar of Jojoba and Argan oil let me just state OIL IS GREAT but it’s even better with a good delivery system ….. to those of you in the know I am writing this in laymans terms so that we can undo some of the hyperbole I want to explain this very simply. Back to the article in question …I always go to the comments section mainly because I am a masochist … and there you had a million people calling out the names of the oils they used and shouting down anyone who said but oils don’t work for me .. I am sure the marketing team at wholefoods and all their global counterparts just live for these poorly written and researched articles which are usually one persons testimonial. that disregard the Science and as far as emulsions go the science is quite old. For anyone interested I may go into the historic side of things in another blog. a moisturiser/moisturizer is something that can do many things dependending on the ingredients in it, what it’s designed for the persons personal biochem etc …. the main function however is to HYDRATE now to hydrate we use water because that’s what hydrate means that’s what it always means you cannot hydrate with oil …oil can do a lot of things but it can’t hydrate ….. generally it’s there to keep the moisture in and the feed certain things into the dermis as a carrier and an emollient …..  which brings me  to my next pet peeve the lying about the skins capacity to absorb what is put on it . I was reading another sellers product description the other day and came across the line THE SKIN ABSORBS 60% of what is put on it …I had to chuckle …. well that would certainly make bath time more interesting. I am certain people do not do this maliciously, I believe it was born as most modern myths do, as a way to market a new product. Sadly the natural/organic brigade jump on it with very little research or a natural disdain for science ( which concerns me as part of the natural brigade) . and where is logic in all this I ask? or do infants reabsorb the urine from their nappies , well at least 60% of it. I have questions dammit!!……. Without getting too complex it simply isn’t possible if it were there would be many more transdermal medicines around I assure you as it is there are scant few and I imagine a nicotine patch would kill you …. Why would you buy a product from someone who doesn’t understand the skin, guys? The skin is designed to keep things out and as part of your excretory system to expel things. Your skin also doesn’t “breathe so to speak it has no lungs. It perspires . That said there are always a few discrepancies and as science allows us we can incorporate things into products Magnesium for example vitamin C and pro vitamin B5 …. Transdermal magnesium has been found to be very Beneficial and is a great way to prove that we aren’t absorbing 60% of what goes on our skin because as anyone remotely health conscious knows taking oral magnesium can have you running to the toilet with liquefied faeces, whereas transdermally it doesn’t have that effect. No matter how much you supersaturate the mix or bath with magnesium chloride . Vitamins and minerals are of course wonderful to take to supplement and complement our health but with the body using these for millions of interactions they don’t necessarily always make it to the skin (because the skins role is not to look good it’s to keep things out and expel toxins). So research has found that a few ingredients can interact with the skin when topically applied. it all depends on a few things  the molecular structure of the ingredient the cell size, the properties of the chemical the quanitity of said chemical in the mixture (keep in mind that preservatives and fragrnce only make up 1% of the entire batch), your skins response to certain things, the PH of the mixture, there’s a lot of variables …. I assure you that your skin is not absorbing 60% of what hits it. So in closing : I understand it is a highly competitive market where small producers and companies have to elbow their way in to find a spot amid the big bad corporate beauty companies that can flog a million jars of high end chemical emulsions a day. I get that, I am in the same game trying to sell my carefully made carefully chosen ingredients with the minimum footprint possible all locally sourced and lovingly scented and packaged all the thought that has gone into it all the nights in bed thinking of how to improve your formula without compromising the ingredients with a shitstorm of synthetics …running out of the shower and slipping mid flight in order to jot down your next  amazing product which will see your family neglected for three consecutive days of formulation and your clients glowing like Felini models. I know,I truly understand the drive but if we start making false claims if we lie to sell our wares we are just as bad as those we wish to usurp.  Instead I feel it is our responsibility to try and educate our clients as best we can. There is no need to scare them into a purchase. well that’s me for the day . Next blog will be something along the lines of Why I chose not to be an organic label and how the Aztecs would all have been anorexic had their rations consisted of a tablespoon or two of chia seeds a day” . and if you have any ideas  pop em in the comments As usual open to all criticism and respectful dialogue goodnight world there is dinner to be made and I want burritos 🙂 I believe that I shall have a bath of them and allow them to absorb I imagine i will at least get 60% of dinner this way. I can either have two burrito baths or possibly even apply the meat cheese and sauce to my skin withlettuce over my eyes for that extra healthy glow I shall keep you all posted. And remember Logic before internet claims sadly chocolate cravings can not be stopped transdermally

And heres a link to some scientists discussing just this topic stop allowing them to scare you into madness the skin is a barrier 

Hello world!

Well in case I wasn’t busy enough launching my new business, writing a book , translating another and having discovered my personal version of hell (costing spreadsheets) amidst the endless formulating and product development . Hosting a fundraiser for a school in Uganda Parenting a small child, running a home and being otherwise fabulous  …Of course it’s time to start a blog in any free time I may possibly have. Firstly my fundraiser for a school in Uganda check it out and give generously they are doing good work !!

Now that that is done Hello world , as you can see I am a super busy person living on the beautiful Mid North Coast NSW Australia This Blog will be primarily to cover my interests in the field of perfumery and cosmetics a place to showcase my wares so that my dear clients and the rest of you can get to know the person behind the operation. To remove some of the anonymity otherwise required by online sales. And to answer any questions that may come my way.

I have been super happy to launch my stall on etsy( these past two weeks and whilst still dealing with the headache of the printer getting my order WRONG I am happy to say that I have found a great new relationship with the local printer here so more lovely labels comming soon …

Tomorrow I think I may talk a bit about how this all came to be from a dream into  a reality in the meantime check out my store !!

well I won’t bore you with my first post It’s almost my bedtime and …Yawn .. I believe I am spent for this day I look forward to engaging with all of you soon !!!

PS: fairly sure every mosquito in Australia is currently stalking me, my to do list tomorrow shall be to concoct a delicious lotion that will nourish and repel the bastard things (can I even say that? #isaidit )