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The Cocoon Apothecary Blog

The Fatty Acids in Our Skin Care

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

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

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...


Gift Guide 2019

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Gift Guide 2019
Our picks for the best gifts of 2019

My Summer of Distillation

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My Summer of Distillation

Using plants for health and beauty is my lifelong passion and life’s work as one of the formulators at Cocoon Apothecary. Every year I delve deeper into the intricate relationship between humans and the botanical world. I read books, take courses, and visit the growers to truly get to know the plant ingredients that we work with. July 2018 took me to the lavender fields in France to study natural perfumery with the Grasse Institute of Perfumery. In January 2019, I toured the jungles of Panama and Costa Rica, and took courses in plant medicine and tree to bar chocolate...