Over the years, we have received countless letters from clients concerned about coconut, so let us clear the air!
(And skin while we are at it…)
All Living Libations Best Skin Ever, except for Sandalwood, contains a small amount of pure, raw, organic, and virgin coconut oil that vastly differs from fractionated oil that is commonly used.
Organic, golden jojoba remains the carrier oil of all BSE.
The coconut is not a carrier, but an integral part of the formula for healthy, clear skin.Jojoba Organic Oil
Is coconut oil comedogenic?
There seems to be only one recent study on coconut oil and comedones. In 1989, a researcher used rabbit ears to test a range of common cosmetic ingredients and rated them for comedones on a scale of 0-5. Coconut oil was a 4 when applied undiluted for two weeks. This report was published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. Bloggers who argue that coconut oil is comedogenic are referring to this one study.
Rabbit ears assay is a standard practice because research ethics frowns on experimenting on humans. Human assays are rare and usually private (though these private tests do not show comedogenic issues with coconut oil). However, our faces are not rabbit ears and the coconut oil in Living Libations is diluted with other botanicals.
Coconut oil is shown to be a potent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal agent, meaning it helps to clear acne-prone skin.
In 2008, the journal Dermatitis published studies on the positive use of virgin coconut oil to treat skin with atopic dermatitis, which is readily infected by Staphylococcus aureus, because it is emollient and anti-bacterial. Other studies demonstrate how coconut oil helps to heal wounds for the same reasons.
The FDA does not maintain a list of non/comedogenic cosmetic ingredients and there are not standardized tests to determine if a product is comedogenic. So, claims that ingredients are or are not comedogenic have limited usefulness.
High quality, organic coconut oil used wisely and well contributes to healthy, smooth skin. The best evidence comes from hundreds of users that have cleared tenacious acne issues and achieved the skin of their dreams!
Nadine Artemis is author of Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radianceand Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets, and her products have received rave reviews in the New York Times, the National Post, and the Hollywood Reporter.
Described by Alanis Morissette as “a true-sense visionary,” Nadine has formulated a stunning collection of rare and special botanical compounds. Her healing creations, along with her concept of Renegade Beauty, encourage effortlessness and inspire people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness.Meet Nadine Artemis