Frequently asked questions about our products. Click a question to see the response to each.
Daily Exfoliating Cleanser contains honey
Treatment Cleanser contains honey
Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum, Gentle Retinol Night Serum, Treatment Retinol Serum, and Redness Relief Serum all contain ceramide NP, milk lipids
Lightening Serum contains ceramide NP, milk lipids and pearl powder
Treatment Serum contains emu oil
Barrier Restore Serum contains milk lipids and hydrolyzed collagen
Eye Repair Serum contains milk lipids and silicone
Rejuvenating Night Oil Extra Healing contains emu oil and krill oil
Treatment Oil contains emu oil
Barrier Lipid Complex contains cholesterol (from sheep’s wool)
Micronutrient+Hydro Mask contains marine collagen from cold water fish, cholesterol (from sheep’s wool), milk lipids
Finishing Oil contains emu oil and cholesterol
We use organic ingredients as often as possible, as we believe this is best for your skin and the planet. However, some ingredients, such as cosmeceuticals, aren't available organic. We make purchasing organic ingredients our top priority when they are available to us.
We do use some ingredients that are synthesized in the lab, like l-ascorbic acid and encapsulated retinol.
We use horseradish extract, aspen bark, essential oils, vitamin E, Rosemary Oleoresin, and we make products in small batches so they don’t sit on our shelves for longer than necessary. We also use colored bottles, which serve to protect the product from degradation.
We never use synthetic fragrances. We use essential oils known for their therapeutic applications for skin and of those we only use the ones that non-sensitizing. Our Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique line is free of essential oils.
Essential oils can have many benefits for the skin if they are good quality and used in proper concentrations. Often they are improperly formulated and many can induce photosensitization in the skin, creating vulnerability and potentially sensitizing the skin. We formulated the Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique to be essential oil free purely for people who have compromised/sensitive skin or who have an impaired barrier and may not be able to use essential oils.
We work with suppliers that provide high-quality ingredients that don't test on animals. As often as possible we source from companies that are close to us, in an effort to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. Most of our ingredients come from California and Oregon.
We use l-ascorbic acid (4.5 to 5%) and approx 0.5 to 1% vitamin C derivative (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).
Studies show that the amount of ascorbic acid one needs to achieve skin repair results is 10% daily. However, adding a topical that contains 10 to 15% ascorbic acid all at once is much less efficient than adding a topical that delivers 5% ascorbic acid twice a day. It's the same rationale as getting better benefits from vitamin C oral supplements by spacing them out–500mg in morning and 500mg at night is better than 1-2 grams all at once. The latter method means you will excrete most of it before your body can use it. By the same token, 5% applied topically is about all your skin will tolerate at one time—more than that and you minimize rather than maximize results and you may even irritate the skin. So, either use Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum morning and night, or use Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum in the morning and use Gentle Retinol Night Serum at night—as it contains 5% vitamin C as well. That way you get your 10% vitamin C in a way that ensures your skin can utilize the benefits to the maximum. Daily use will give you antioxidant protection while nightly use gives you the vitamin C you need to build collagen.
Our percentage concentration of encapsulated pure retinol is a range from 0.4-0.6%.