FAQ

Are your products GMO-free?

Yes!

Are your products gluten-free?

Yes!

Are your products vegan and cruelty-free?

Yes!

Are your products anti-aging?

Natural ingredients are inherently anti-aging because they contain antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids which are bioavailable within a natural oil or extract. The conventional skin care industry labels their products 'anti-aging' when a synthetic 'active' is added to an otherwise inert formula. In the natural industry, our entire formulas are active with up to hundreds of therapeutic and nourishing components in every bottle.

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What is the shelf-life of your products?

Products last six months to one year from open date.

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Why is my Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream or Rosehip Oil so yellow/orange? It wasn't that colour last time.

The deeper the orange hue, the higher the level of carotenoids in the product. Our Rosehip Oil is certified organic and virgin, meaning it was cold-pressed and unrefined which results in its deep orange colour. Similarly, our Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream varies from light orange to deep yellow. The colour fades over time, so the strong pigmentation indicates the freshness of the product.

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What is the difference between Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil Facial Serums?

Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil are very similar – they are both dry oils (non-greasy) with moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Our Argan Oil is unscented and golden, while Rosehip Oil has a light odor and is orange in colour, indicative of its high levels of carotenoids.

Argan Oil has high levels of oleic acid (omega 9) which delivers nourishment deep into the layers of the skin, and is ideal for hair and scalp. 

Rosehip Oil contains all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA, a natural retinoid) and carotenes which rejuvenate skin and reverse sun damage, scars (including acne) and fine lines. It also contains high levels of nourishing, anti-inflammatory alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, omega 3) and linoleic acid (omega 6).

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Does the vitamin A in Rosehip Oil have the same side effects as retinyl palmitate/retinol/retinoic acid?

There is quite a bit of information circulating about the ingredient retinyl palmitate, mostly because of reports that it may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when exposed to sunlight. This information can be frightening given that this ingredient is contained in many popular sunscreens and skin care products on the market.

Retinyl palmitate is a synthetic ester produced with retinol (vitamin A) and palmitic acid. It is converted in the skin to retinol and then to retinoic acid. Rosehip Oil contains 0.04% retinoic acid. It acts very differently in nature than when it is synthetically produced. Rosehip Oil has been studied extensively on the skin and is safe to use in the sun and in pregnancy – especially in the safe dose that the vitamin A occurs.

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Are your products safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

The short answer is YES. 

Essential oils

The long answer is that the concerns for pregnant and breastfeeding women are completely valid because components of essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream  through the skin and can easily pass through the placenta to the developing fetus. The question is whether these components can be harmful or disruptive.

Most essential oils are safe to use but there are a few which should be avoided entirely during pregnancy and breastfeeding. According to Robert Tisserand’s book,  Essential Oil Safety, the following essential oils should not be ingested topically or internally during pregnancy or breastfeeding: Anise, birch, carrot seed, cassia, cinnamon bark, cypress, dill seed, fennel, hyssop, myrrh, myrtle, oregano, sage, star anise, tansy, and yarrow. Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there are other essential oils that are not as commercially available which should also be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

All the essential oils contained in Cocoon Apothecary products are considered safe to use during pregnancy.

Rosehip Oil

Another safety concern for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding involves Rosehip Oil because of its vitamin A content. The issues regarding vitamin A are focused on synthetic retinoids which are taken orally (e.g.: Accutane) and have been linked to miscarriages and birth defects. Findings from these studies have been taken one step further by cautioning against the use of topical retinoids, such as Retinol.

It is important to note that there is a considerable difference between transretinoic acid found in Rosehip Oil and the potent, synthetic versions which have inundated the anti-aging skin care market. The comparison is similar to taking Accutane versus eating kale, broccoli and spinach (all contain retinoids). Cocoon Apothecary has absolutely no concerns about pregnant and nursing women using Rosehip Oil on a regular basis and has found many women to experience it as helpful in preventing and reversing stretch marks.

Ingredient advice

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be wary of synthetic musks and phthalates commonly used as fragrances in almost every chemical perfume and skin care product including hand soaps, facial creams, bath products. These toxic substances have been found in the bodies of newborn babies. Cocoon Apothecary products do not contain these ingredients.

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