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We debated between EWG and Certclean for certification.
In the end CertClean won.
About Lux 7
Every product in our Lux 7 age-defying line contains our secret weapon; Lux 7 Rejuvenating Facial Oil, our proprietary blend of seven organic unrefined, cold-pressed oils that penetrate the dermal layer to reinvigorate and nourish cells.
The synergistic, all-botanical formulation revealed itself during meditation to a shaman (a native american healer), whose smooth, radiant, age-defying complexion beautifully complements her generous nature; she partnered with Good Karma Skincare’s founder to share it with the world.
After rigorous laboratory refinement and intensive testing (on very willing human volunteers), the formulation proved its power to speed the rapid absorption of therapeutic nutrients and boost skin resilience and renewal. Lux 7 delivers what only nature’s wisdom, in precise proportions and specific combinations, can: deeply nourished skin. The result is: Smoother, softer, ultra-hydrated skin that instantly glows with health. Our amazing oil blend is featured as Lux 7 Rejuvenating Facial Oil. It is also an ingredient in every Lux 7 product.
KarmAloe™ is our proprietary aloe vera, which has up to 12 times the potency over traditional aloe vera. KarmAloe is grown in volcanic soil, allowing absorption of micronutrients and containing the highest percentage of acemannan of any aloe vera on the market. No aloe vera in the world can compare to the rejuvenating power of KarmAloe, featured in most Good Karma Skincare products.
BioFresh™: is our signature process which aids in preserving the integrity of the nutrients and helps to create synergy between the ingredients in order to create beautiful complexions. Our founder helped to pioneer this process – a form of advanced homeopathy – which is used in all Good Karma products.
Non- GMO: We source Non-GMO Ingredients.
It is mandatory at Good Karma to have clean, quality ingredients. We ‘source smart’ knowing where our ingredients come from. If we only chose ingredients that were ‘certified’ our prices would quadruple. Also, if we chose to have our products certified, our prices would be another step higher.
We chose the road of doing what is right without having the expensive certifications in order to offer our customers a fabulous price point. You can have a competitive product that is certified to the hilt, yet ours will out preform any product- even those costing hundreds of dollars.
Ingredients we Avoid:
There are thousands of chemicals and ingredients we would never use.
Too many to list here, we will stick to the most common offenders:
Collagen that is human or animal sourced: (hidden ingredient) The sources of collagen used in beauty products do not need be disclosed by the manufacturer. Animal sources (cow, sheep, et al.) are common as with the disturbing trend of human collagen. Human collagen can come from a fetus or a corpse, we feel either of these choices is an unacceptable and disgusting ‘advancement’ in beauty. If the source of collagen is not listed by the manufacturer, you can assume it is one of these.
Formaldehyde forming ingredients
Nano Particles: (hidden ingredient) According to Dr Samuel Epstein, Chairmen of The Cancer Prevention Coalition, Nano Particles are dubbed as “universal asbestos”. Science has now been able to take everyday ingredients and re-create them to be micro-particle in size vs it’s ‘normal’ particle size. These nano particles are used for better absorption, moisturizing and wrinkle reducing effects- all at a price. Dr Epstein explains; “Nanoparticles, because of their ultramicroscopic size, readily penetrate the skin, can invade underlying blood vessels, get into the general blood stream, and produce distant toxic effects. We already have evidence of this, including toxic effects in the brain, degenerative disorders in the brain, and nerve damage. So we’re dealing here with one of the most dangerous types of products in the whole cosmetic industry.
Parabens: (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, et al.) A powerful preservative, banned in several countries but still used in the USA. Parabens have been recognized as endocrine disrupters (EDs). They are believed by many researchers to contribute to the increasing incidences of breast cancer, low sperm count and other estrogen-influenced medical problems in humans, as well as to alter the sexual characteristics of fish, frogs and other species by contaminating fresh water supplies4. A recent study in England examined tissue samples from 40 women undergoing mastectomies5. They found 99% of the tissue samples contained at least one paraben and 60% of the samples had five. In a separate study, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly every human urine sample tested contained parabens.6 In the holistic world, these tests show us that our bodies are working as they should, trying to eliminate a toxic substance (the urine study).
Petroleum (mineral oil, petrolatum, and all petroleum based ingredients)
Retinyl Palmitate: (Retinol, Retinyl, Vitamin A Palmitate, et al.) The registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances has published over 25 studies confirming retinyl palmitates hazardous effects. In addition, report issued in 2000 by the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) cites FDA research which found that vitamin A derivatives are both phototoxic and photocarcinogenic: When mixed with sunlight, retinyl increases the development of skin tumors and lesions. Sunlight can also cause retinyl to form free radicals that damage DNA.
Silicone:(dimethicone, cyclomethicone, methicone, polysilicone, et al.) Science has taken sand (silica) and transformed it into plastic used in every day household items. Sealants, adhesives, kitchen utensils and cosmetics, all contain silicone. This plastic is used to give lotions and creams a luscious, smooth texture. Like all plastic, silicone is non-permeable, blocking your pores and cutting off oxygen.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
The cosmetic industry has borrowed a page from the playbook of the tobacco industry by putting profits above public health. Senator Edward Kennedy
FACT: Safety studies on ingredients aren’t required by law. Thousands of cosmetics ingredients have not been assessed for safety- even by the industry’s own safety panel
FACT: according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average woman uses over 100 chemicals on her body every day.
FACT: What goes ‘ON’ your skin goes ‘IN’ your body. The ingredients in your everyday products end up in your blood stream, pumping through the organs in your body.
FACT: no one assesses the safety of your cumulative exposure to skin care chemicals. One chemical may have low or no toxicity level, yet when mixed with other chemicals from other products, the toxicity level may change. In addition, there is no way of knowing how much of each ingredient gets into your body. A little from one product may be safe, but what if the same ingredient is in four products used, what effect does that have?
Good Karma Skincare was founded by a holistic practitioner who was tired of seeing “the junk” in skincare products, especially those labeled “Natural”. Since the word “Natural” has no legal meaning in skincare, it is used by many companies who combine their natural ingredients with synthetic chemicals and everyday ingredients that carry toxicity warnings.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Toxic Beauty, Dr Samuel Epstein