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Natural Products Expo West 2015 Part Five

April 16, 2015 Written by JP    [Font too small?]

This marks my fifth and final column about Natural Products Expo West 2015. Today, the products highlighted don’t fall into the expected categories of foods, ingredients or supplements. The way we cook and what we apply to our skin are often neglected aspects of a comprehensive wellness program. These under appreciated factors have a very really impact on our well being whether we consider them or not. Fortunately, some manufacturers recognize the importance of providing simple, yet effective culinary and skin care products that won’t endanger your health. Below, you’ll find some of the best examples of this welcomed trend.

Skin Care Find #1: CocoKind (link)

CocoKind is my kind of skin care line. Each product clearly states what it’s for and what it contains. For instance, their Organic Facial Cleansing Oil is made with organic virgin coconut oil, organic virgin avocado oil, organic tea tree oil and organic lavender oil. After gently cleansing your face, you might want to moisturize with their Organic Facial Repair Serum. The ingredients are organic virgin coconut oil, organic avocado oil and organic rose hip oil. Coconut oil has been used traditionally as a moisturizing agent. Modern studies reveal that it’s gentle enough for use in newborns and soothing enough to apply in sensitive skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis. Experimental trials reveal that avocado oil decreases dermal inflammation and stimulates collagen production.

Skin Care Find #2: Lavilin (link)

Lavilin is bar none the most effective deodorant I’ve ever used. It really, really works! There are a number of important details that set this product apart from others. First, it doesn’t contain many of the questionable ingredients that most conventional deodorants rely on such as alcohol, aluminum or parabens. You may be familiar with the cream form of Lavilin which has been available for many years. A study conducted on Lavilin’s deodorant cream discovered that it provided underarm protection for an average of six days and change. Having said that, my favorite Lavilin product is their “newish” 72 Hour Deodorant roll on. As you probably noted, it doesn’t last as long as the cream. Still, I much prefer using a roll on or stick. In my experience, this form of application is less messy for those who have underarm hair, while my wife swears by the cream.

Skin Care Find #3: Aura Cacia Body Nourish Oils (link)

Aura Cacia is very well known for their extensive line of essential oils. Their products are widely used in aromatherapy blends and massage lotions. At this year’s show, Aura Cacia introduced a unique line of “carrier oils” that combine a common ingredient (sweet almond oil) with several new kids on the block – blueberry seed oil, cherry seed oil and raspberry seed oil. Berry seeds and cherry kernels are natural sources of omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Also, they contain a variety of potent antioxidants such as gallic acid, lutein and mixed tocopherols aka Vitamin E. Applying oils rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids can help manage unwanted skin symptoms including pruritus (itching) and xerosis (dry skin) from the outside in.

Wellness Find: Xlear Sinus Care Spray (link)

While walking the expo floor, a representative from Xlear (“The Xylitol Experts”) invited Team Healthy Fellow to hang out at their exhibit to discuss the many virtues of xylitol. I politely declined the invitation from the gentleman who turned out to be the president of the company. I figured I already knew most of the relevant research about xylitol. That’s why I chew gum and suck on mints that feature this birch tree derived sweetener. Long after the convention had ended, I decided to revisit this issue to be absolutely sure that I understood all I needed to know about xylitol. I’m glad that I did. I uncovered a few trials that have nothing whatsoever to do with xylitol’s potential as a dental aid or sugar substitute. Instead, the studies in question reported on the benefits of using xylitol-based nasal irrigation and sprays to minimize allergic symptoms and nasal congestion. This is a great find because these conditions are quite prevalent these days and are often chronic in nature. Therefore, finding natural and safer alternatives is essential.

Culinary Find: Smarter Starter Fluid (link)

Summer, also known as “barbecue season”, is quickly approaching. This year, you can grill in a healthier way than ever before. Conventional lighter fluids typically contain hazardous, petrochemical ingredients. Smoke that’s enriched with these conditionally toxic compounds can damage and irritate eyes and lungs. And, the fact is, residual amounts of hydrocarbons, including diethylcyclopentane, methylclyclohexane and undecane, end up on foods cooked using fire started with conventional lighter fluids. The good news is that there is now an all-natural, “ultra-low toxicity” alternative made primarily from vegetable oil. Also of note, if you grill meats and vegetables using Smarter Starter Fluid, you’ll avoid the petrochemical taste associated with kerosene-based products. Simply put, what you’ll get is better taste that’s better for you.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated or paid for my endorsements of any of the products listed above. My sole intent in writing about them is to draw attention to products which can promote a healthier lifestyle, but that you may not know about. I hope you try them out and find excellent results in the process.

Note: Please check out the “Comments & Updates” section of this blog – at the bottom of the page. You can find the latest research about this topic there!

To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:

Study 1 – Effect of Emollient Therapy on Clinical Outcomes in Preterm Neonates (link)

Study 2 – Effect of Topical Virgin Coconut Oil on SCORAD Index, Transepidermal (link)

Study 3 – If Exposure to Aluminum in Antiperspirants Presents Health Risks(link)

Study 4 – Fatty Acid Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Cold-Pressed (link)

Study 5 – Evaluation of Systemic & Dermal Toxicity & Dermal Photoprotection … (link)

Study 6 – Effectiveness of Topical Chia Seed Oil on Pruritus of End-Stage Renal (link)

Study 7 – Xylitol Nasal Irrigation in the Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis (link)

Study 8 – Comparison of Nasal Hyperosmolar Xylitol & Xylometazoline Solutions (link)

Study 9 – Increased Risk of Respiratory Illness Associated with Kerosene Fuel Use (link)

Study 10 – Biomass Stoves and Lens Opacity and Cataract in Nepalese Women (link)

Topical Avocado Oil Increases Collagen Density

Source: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:472382. (link)

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3 Comments & Updates to “Natural Products Expo West 2015 Part Five”

  1. JP Says:

    Update 04/16/15 – Lauric acid may be responsible for some of the noted benefits of topical coconut oil …


    Niger Med J. 2015 Mar-Apr;56(2):143-7.

    Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – A preliminary report.

    BACKGROUND: Oil pulling or oil swishing therapy is a traditional procedure in which the practitioners rinse or swish oil in their mouth. It is supposed to cure oral and systemic diseases but the evidence is minimal. Oil pulling with sesame oil and sunflower oil was found to reduce plaque related gingivitis. Coconut oil is an easily available edible oil. It is unique because it contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids of which 45-50 percent is lauric acid. Lauric acid has proven anti inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. No studies have been done on the benefits of oil pulling using coconut oil to date. So a pilot study was planned to assess the effect of coconut oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of coconut oil pulling/oil swishing on plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis. A prospective interventional study was carried out. 60 age matched adolescent boys and girls in the age-group of 16-18 years with plaque induced gingivitis were included in the study and oil pulling was included in their oral hygiene routine. The study period was 30 days. Plaque and gingival indices of the subjects were assessed at baseline days 1,7,15 and 30. The data was analyzed using paired t test.

    RESULTS: A statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival indices was noticed from day 7 and the scores continued to decrease during the period of study.

    CONCLUSION: Oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis.

    Be well!


  2. JD Says:

    Just started reading the pages you put out on this expo..thanks for work and links!

  3. JP Says:

    I’m happy you found our site, JD. Welcome!

    Be well!


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