Miessence Ingredients FAQ
100% of the ingredients in our products are active. This means that every single ingredient is beneficial.
Is the Aloe Vera Leaf Juice in our products the whole leaf or is it the inner gel?
Inner gel only.
Can I use your products if I’m allergic to aloe vera?
Unfortunately, there is not much we can do with that, because our products are based on aloe vera. Products that don’t contain aloe vera are our shimmer crèmes, lip crèmes, blush powders, and mineral foundation powders.
Which antioxidants do you use?
We use rosemary and olive juice and leaf extracts. They protect both your skin and the polyunsaturated oils in our products from free radical damage. They also reduce skin damage caused by pollution and UV radiation, therefore protecting the skin from photo aging. They also improve skin hydration and elasticity.
Do you use any dairy products or derivatives?
No, none of our ingredients are derived from dairy products.
Why do you use ethanol (sugar cane alcohol) in the product?
Organic sugar cane alcohol is used to extract our fresh herbs and flowers, which are central to our products. The percentage of alcohol does not approach a concentration that is considered harmful in any way; nor is it drying to the skin. Alcohol carries the plant extracts into the skin and is a natural emulsifier and stabilize.
Is benzoin used in any of your product?
Benzoin is synthesized from benzaldehyde in the benzoin condensation. Benzoin is not a constituent of benzoin resin obtained from the benzoin tree (Styrax) or tincture of benzoin. The main component in these natural products is benzoic acid. No forms of benzoin or benzoic acid are used in our product.
Where are your suppliers based?
We source our raw materials from organic farmers all over the planet.
Can you tell me about the CO₂ extracts of carrot and calendula?
Super critical fluid extraction (or CO₂ extraction as it is also known) is a highly technical process by which CO₂ is liquefied under pressure. This liquid then acts as the solvent in extracting compounds (e.g. oleoresins, essential oils, flavours) from a product.This method of extraction has numerous advantages:
- No solvent residues.
- Selectivity – solvent power and selectivity is readily adjustable by small changes in process conditions, allowing more than one extract product.
- CO₂ is acceptable as a food grade “solvent”.
- Low temperature processing means sensitive products do not deteriorate.
- Gentle extraction process.
- High quality separation that eliminates the need to remove solvent and other residues by further processing
Why do some of the Miessence products contain alcohol?
Herbs and flowers are the core of Miessence Skin and Personal Care formulations and alcohol is used to extract plant materials. The alcohol used is of the highest food quality standard-primarily derived from fruits, potatoes and occasionally grain. The percentage of alcohol used does not approach a concentration that would be considered harmful in any way; it is not drying to the skin. Alcohol carries active plant extracts into the skin. A natural emulsifier and stabilizer; alcohol acts as a preservative.
Animal Testing Statement
We, as a company, have chosen not to apply for any endorsement from PETA or CCF for the simple reason that we do not feel it is relevant for us. The vast majority of our ingredients are allowed in organic foods…so animal testing isn’t even remotely related to our ingredients. We feel we have surpassed such ‘low’ and inhumane practices into a more advanced realm!
However, we fully see the need for organizations, such as those, to monitor and disseminate animal testing information for companies that continue to use synthetic chemicals that could possibly be subjected to cruel and unnecessary animal testing, in order to be allowed into the cosmetic pharmacopeia. Our ingredients are not subject to those requirements – they have much more stringent standards imposed upon them (organic food requirements), and we feel it is not in our best interest to be associated with companies that use synthetic chemicals – regardless of whether they have tested them on animals.
In no way are we undermining the objectives of those organizations. Naturally, we do not endorse, condone or commit any animal testing of our finished products, formulations or raw materials, nor do we ask our suppliers to! It really just comes down to us not wanting to be associated with the companies that, we believe, use logos such as PETA or CCF to ‘endorse’ their own products that are full of toxic synthetic chemicals.
Would people who are allergic to plants, trees and grass be able to use your product?
It would depend on their specific allergies. Obviously, the fact that our products are comprised of ONLY plants, being allergic to plants may pose a problem! We suggest that you consult a medical professional prior to using any product if you have any allergies.
What is the Duhring Chamber test?
Apparently the coco polyglucose used in your products has the lowest irritation score of all common surfactants tested based on the Duhring Chamber Test. Surface-active-agents (surfactants) are substances capable of dissolving oils and holding dirt in suspension so that they can be rinsed away with water. Coco polyglucose is the surfactant used in our body wash and shampoos because it is so mild. The Duhring Chamber Skin Patch Test determines the relative skin irritation potential of a substance on human subjects. It is not animal testing.
How are your herbs extract?
Our organic herbal extracts are macerated in organic alcohol and water.
What is the emulsifier system that you use?
We use our own proprietary natural emulsification system we have designed. Everything is listed on the label! (Please note: The emulsification system used in Miessence products is a trade secret. For legal and commercial reasons this information is to remain confidential).
What is panthenol and where does it come from?
Panthenol is the alcohol form of pantothenic acid, more familiar as Vitamin B5. In a living cell, panthenol is converted to pantothenic acid, which then becomes an important part of the compound “Coenzyme A”, which is important in cellular metabolism. Because panthenol binds well to hair follicles, and attracts moisture from the air, it is a moisturizing agent used in shampoos and conditioners. It lubricates the hair without feeling greasy. It smoothes roughened hair surfaces, making them shine and easier to comb. Panthenol has Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status and is permitted for use as a food ingredient. Panthenol is manufactured from d-pantolactone, which is a component of honey. It is not manufactured from honey. D-pantolactone is not a synthetic chemical, it is a raw material created by an enzymatic process of micro-organisms on a glucose medium.
What is your opinion of producers using lanolin in creams?
Lanolin is “wool fat” or grease, chemically akin to wax. It is produced by wool-bearing animals such as sheep, and is secreted by theirsebaceous glands which are associated with hair follicles. Lanolin is chiefly a mixture of cholesterol and the esters of several fatty acids. Lanolin is great for the skin, but it can be contaminated with the organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides used for dipping sheep.
Which products contain the proprietary blend of essential oils?
All our products have it except: Mineral Masks, Rejuvenessence Facial Serum, Ambrosia Essence, Jaffa Lip Balm, Lip Crèmes, Concealers, Mineral Foundation Powders, Mineral Blush Powders, Shimmer Crèmes, Translucent Powder, Bronzing Dust, Luxurious Body Powder and the Refillable Liquid Hand Soap.
Is sodium bicarbonate (bicarb soda) the same as sodium carbonate or baking powder?
No, sodium bicarbonate (bicarb soda or baking soda) is completely different to sodium carbonate (soda ash) or baking powder (which contain aluminium compounds). Sodium bicarbonate, as used by us, is completely free of harmful effects.
What do you use to preserve your products if you do not use chemicals?
Miessence products are preserved using a natural and organic preservative system, which includes our proprietary blend of steam-distilled aromatic derivatives of natural herbs, leaves and twigs. The stability of our unique products is supported by long term, real-time stability testing, microbiological challenge testing, analysis of types of packaging in use, assessment of the potential for microbial contamination, reviewing analytical data from suppliers, quality control testing of raw materials and finished products, ensuring our manufacturing facilities minimise exposure to contaminants, understanding consumer habits and practices, and, importantly, our R&D director’s extensive experience with her home-grown, unique formulations. We recommend that you use the products up within 6 months of opening to ensure you get the benefit of the cold-formulation and freshly extracted herbal, floral and fruit extracts.
If I have a nut allergy can I still use your products?
We tend not use nut ingredients, as a rule, except the tamanu nut oil in the Ambrosia Essence. If someone is highly allergic to nuts, we recommend they read our ingredients to ascertain what exactly is in our products. We don’t use nut oils like hazelnut, almond or peanut.