Category: Skin Care Ingredients

Silicone Safety

Silicone Safety in Cosmetics – Should You Be Concerned?

You may have read negative reviews about silicone safety when it comes to your cosmetics. Synthetic ingredients that are a combination of silicon (a hard, brittle solid), oxygen and other elements including carbon and hydrogen, silicones are widely used in the skin care world for the many benefits they bring to formulations. In this blog… Read more on Apothekari »

Natural Skincare

The Problem with Natural Skincare Products

*Disclaimer – This post is not meant to bash natural skincare products; rather clarify, from a pharmacist’s perspective, what one can expect when seeking out cosmetics marketed as being natural… Although we describe Apothekari as “Scientific Skin Care”, we could easily justify calling it a natural skincare line. Our products are formulated with safety and… Read more on Apothekari »

Are Parabens Bad

Are Parabens Bad in Cosmetics?

When it comes to cosmetics are parabens bad? Widely used as preservatives since the 1950s, parabens are available in a range of forms including butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben. They are added to health, beauty and personal care products to keep them free from fungus, mold, bacteria and other dangerous microbes. They are also… Read more on Apothekari »

Skin Care Formula - Preservatives in Skin Care

Preservatives in Skin Care – 5 Things To Know

The use of preservatives in skin care can be a confusing topic. On the one hand, you’ll hear about how preservatives are associated with side effects. Yet, other companies and scientifically minded individuals (like me) express concern over the safety of cosmetics promoted as being ‘preservative free’. It’s getting confusing out there! In this post,… Read more on Apothekari »

Centella Asiatica

You may not be immediately familiar with Centella Asiatica (or its pseudonyms Asiatic pennywort and Gotu Kola) but be prepared to get to know it better. More commonly known as centella, this herbaceous perennial plant has been used in traditional wound-healing and anti-inflammatory preparations for centuries in its native Asia. With edible leaves, centella has… Read more »

Alpha bisabolol

Alpha Bisabolol and Skin

You’ve likely heard of ingredients including Vitamin C, retinoids and peptides, ingredients essential to great skin, but have you heard of alpha bisabolol? Alpha bisabolol, often shortened to bisabolol, is also known as levomenol, a naturally occurring compound that is the primary constituent of the essential oil from German chamomile. Bisabolol may also be manufactured… Read more on Apothekari »