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3 Ways Hormones Can Affect Your Skin

Jessica Burman

3 Ways Hormones Can Affect Your Skin

Hormones are one of your lifelines. Without your hormones, there would be no you. A few of the responsibilities performed by hormones in your body include regulating your moods, temperature, sexual functions, and appetite. It is normal to experience hormonal fluctuation, especially as you grow older. During puberty, your hormonal levels reach a peak and become stable during early adulthood. Hormones, although vital, can become your enemy if there is a slight imbalance. What is Hormonal Imbalance? When your hormonal levels become too high or low, it might trigger a couple of unwanted responses. If you notice you are adding weight...


When Skin Burns - What Happens When You Get Too Many UV Rays

Jessica Burman

Tags aftersun care, burns, Sun care

When Skin Burns - What Happens When You Get Too Many UV Rays

Skin has a complex structure with many functions. Melanin are pigment molecules that protect the skin from ultraviolet rays (same use as carotenes in plants). The more melanin you have, the more protection you get from the sun. When skin is exposed to UV rays, melanin goes on the defense and redistributes to create a darkening of skin. If skin doesn’t have enough melanin to protect it, a burn occurs. A burn is DNA damage to the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) that creates numerous effects in order to heal.  Skin turns red because the blood vessels in the...


The Fatty Acids in Our Skin Care

Jessica Burman

The Fatty Acids in Our Skin Care

When skin ages, natural oil levels go down. Cocoon moisturizing is about tweaking this process by replenishing the skin with the same kind of oils that our body produces. We work with bio-compatible plant lipids because they have the same fatty acids, squalene, and waxes that can be found in our skin and sebum.  Every oil that we work with has a unique fatty acid composition that we consider carefully when adding to a formula. Almond Oil70% Oleic21% Linoleic5% Palmitic3% Stearic Argan Nut Oil46% Oleic33% Linoleic13% Palmitic6% Stearic  Avocado Oil58% Oleic 18% Palmitic11% Linoleic6% Palmitoleic Camellia Oil79% Oleic9% Linoleic9% Palmitic1% Stearic Castor Oil80%...


Why Natural - I Wrote a Manifesto

Jessica Burman

Why Natural - I Wrote a Manifesto

It seems like such an obvious choice to choose plants over synthetics for your skin that I’ve had to look at opposing views to understand what I am defending. I’ve had to dig deep. First let’s talk about the word ‘natural’. This is a word that gets bashed often for having a vague meaning but we are all thinking the same thing when we hear the word. Something from plants or animals AKA nature. We don’t question the context when we go for ‘nature walks’ or go to the museum of ‘natural history’ so I’m not sure why it’s such...


2019: A Year in Review

Jessica Burman

2019: A Year in Review

Here are the highlights from 2019. We had a great year of learning, developing, and launching. We launched our first perfume under a sub brand called Priestess Perfumes (a nod to femme power). The process began in June 2018 when I took a perfume course in the lavender fields of Provence. I started formulating a season-inspired eau de parfum in January 2019. Persephone, launched in May 2019, is a journey through spring that begins with April rain, bursts into May blossoms, and mellows into soft, sweet June. Deepening my knowledge of the ingredients we use and the plant world in...