Welcome to my blog where I will communicate specialized information to the cosmetic crafters, with recipes and tips, to encourage networking and connecting to skin-care artists to each other.My mission is to offer healthier alternatives to the cosmetic industries exchanging simple, cheap, efficient and easy to make beauty skin treats.

My Nana Rose could tell you, nature has a wonderful way of offering simple solutions to seemingly complex problems. Designer beauty-industry ads try to convince us that only patented, scientifically formulated products and unpronounceable ingredients offer salvation for troubled skin, while effective and inexpensive alternative wait in your very own kitchen cupboard.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cosmetic Grade vs Food Grade for your Skin Care Making

Ever wondered what the difference is between the pharmaceutical, the cosmetic and the food grade for making skin care products?

  I used to think that the food grade oils are usually refined - an extra step in the production process that strips them of the nutrients that make them attractive cosmetically.

Now I will buy edible oils and not one with the label "cosmetic quality". The reason is that edible oils are subject to clear legal regulations

Pharmaceutical grade skin care products are FDA regulated. The FDA requires that pharmaceutical grade products be 99.9% pure ingredients. Products must contain 0.1%, or less, of bacteria. Only 5% of the skin care industry is under the regulation established by the FDA and considered pharmaceutical grade skin care products

Cosmetic Grade; The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows cosmetic grade products to contain up to 30% bacteria. This means that ingredients may only be 70% pure. It is a large breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to contact dermatitis, an itchy red rash.
And 95% of the skincare industry is cosmetic quality and unregulated by the FDA.Cosmetic companies are not required to register their products with the FDA, while cosmetic products are subjective and do not reflect or require scientific testing.
Cosmetic oils are often from seeds that are of poor quality and need to be refined, to be able to re-market them. Other qualities are blended with foreign oil, which is unfortunately not always declared.
Organic cosmetic grade does not mean much either because you still are the second grade.

Re-sellers make a mint on selling cosmetic grade ingredients because they're so cheap... so they drive up the price for the DIY'ers.

"Food grade" is the classification given to products that can literally be eaten safely. Most cosmetics are "cosmetic grade". Of course, we don't recommend that you eat skin care products, but just an obvious thought: isn't it better to use products on your living, breathing skin that you could eat, rather than products that would harm your digestive system if you ate them? Your skin is alive; it needs natural cleaning, conditioning, repair and maintenance.

But the question is, can I use these food grade oils on my skin?
I know some of you have the same question and I’ll attempt to answer this today.
The difference between food grade and cosmetic grade oil is very subtle and sometimes, the only difference is the production process. A vegetable oil that is intended for food processing will become a cosmetic grade material if used in a non-food processing facility because food processors must comply with food handling permits, as well as inspections by the local health department.

Cosmetic grade cannot be used for cooking
And obviously, while the difference between the two grades of oils maybe subtle, you can never use cosmetic grade oils for cooking. The reason is some cosmetic oils are stabilized with chemicals which could be harmful to consume. Even if they are 100% pure, I would not recommend as they are not produced according to requirements for food safety.

My experience
I have been using the cosmetic grade for many years thinking (of course) I was making better products because they are more expensive than the food grade. I believed naively the marketing of the suppliers, that ingredients less refined were more nourishing for the skin.
Now that makes me think twice and I get mad;  if these ingredients are less refined why are they more expensive?
Why cosmetic grade ingredients are not edible, if they are so good!
From now on, I will look at the food industry to buy my raw ingredients, making sure I offer the best for my clients and... I will save a lot of money!

Is Aldi's Sunflower oil better than the Sunflower oil from the cosmetic ingredient suppliers?
Aldi's is 3 times cheaper than my suppliers, it is edible and went thought all the tests, the cosmetic grade did'nt. I made beautiful soap cakes 3 time cheaper, and I add some left overs to make some massage oils.

Happy Natural Skincare Making!
Marlene Daniels

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  1. Please take good note; I don't publish anonymous comments, if you want to start a discussion you have to name yourself.
    Still you have to wonder why we can not eat cosmetic grade ingredients if they are so good!
    How can they be good for my skin but not good enough for my food :(

  2. I always assume that as well. Sad to hear this food grade stuff is more expensive in Canada because they are making money off people who want to eat well now. It's starting to get really expensive to make my own products!

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