Paraben-free, aluminium-free, synthetic fragrance-free… In the midst of a revolution, all kinds of “free” are becoming popular in the world of cosmetics, with an emphasis on the “natural” aspect. Yet, the use of the word does not necessarily make it beneficial for health and ecology. For these reasons, our charter of values is excluding one more ingredient in the composition of Yemanja cosmetics: essencial oils.

More than a trend, we highlight the choice to ban it from our formulas, which are however composed of a highly concentrated active base in ingredients and decode the nuances that must be considered between certain compositions.

Essential oils versus Hydrosols

The majority of essential oils is resulting from steam distillation of a freshly picked plant or aromatic sap and the outcome is a product with powerful bioactive molecules with multiple and varied properties. However, they can be harmful when incorrectly dosed or used and many contraindications remain:

Dermocaustic : causing strong irritation of the skin or mucous membranes, or even burns ;

Photosensitizing : causing a reaction to sun exposure, irreversibly staining the skin, or strong allergic reactions ;

Not suitable for everyone : pregnant or breastfeeding women, babies and children, sensitive persons or asthmatics.

In addition to the effects mentioned above, the production of essential oils demands the use of a lot of resources. In fact, to extract a single bottle requires the distillation of an astronomical quantity of plants and the use of a large volume of water for the process.

Unlike essential oils, the use of hydrosols has no contraindications, without any kind toxicity. Although they result from the same distillation process as for the production of essential oils, these aqueous residues are abundant and loaded with aromatic compounds. They will have the same virtues as the corresponding oils, with a lighter concentration. Softer and better tolerated by the epidermis, hydrosols are particularly popular nowadays in what is known as slow beauty.

Our balance solution is exclusively made up of hydrosols for a refreshing, purifying treatment that is suitable for everyone.

A 200ml bottle of Yemanja Balance Solution, with glass miron and a white label with a turtle on it.

Vegetal oils

Vegetal oils are the result of a separate method – from the cold expression of oleaginous fruits. We favor first cold pressed vegetal oils for a higher quality. As the raw material is not overheated, a vegetal oil retains all its naturalness without being altered, thus preserving its antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It can be used without any contraindications thanks to its biocompatibility with the ecosystem of all types of epidermis, of all ages and sensitivities.

The vegetal oils contained in our range of cosmetics are provided from abundant, organic and high quality resources, with short transport distances.

Our repairing balm is the epitome of what is mentioned above, due to its rich and highly active composition thanks to a thorough selection of its ingredients.

A pure composition with an active base formulation

Water gives an instant burst of freshness when used in the composition of a skin product. Although it is a natural element, it actually has no long-term virtues since water has no active properties for the epidermis. A range of cosmetics with very little or completely waterless composition is certainly more complicated to formulate, however the advantages are undeniable. The less water, the more concentrated and active the product will be with in-depth benefits by preserving all its properties. Yemanja cosmetics are formulated in a refined and undiluted manner. There is no water added in the care products, while very little is contained in the products that should be rinsed off, such as masks, scrubs or cleansing milks where water has a humectant and emulsifying role that is essential for the very function of these products.

Yemanja versus Industry