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What makes GJ products different and why should I buy them?

We do not out-source our production nor do we use any pre-made bases of any kind. We realise that for millennia, nature has provided ingenious solutions to many problems and we have utilised these highly effective ingredients which have been perfected by nature. GeorgiaJane products are created by hand from the highest quality natural Botanical Oils full of vitamins and vital fatty acids, Antioxidants, Hypo-Allergenic Emulsifiers derived from olive oil which create a ‘liquid crystalline’ structure which have greater hydration properties and seem from all the research carried out, to be highly effective delivery systems for active ingredients. We use innovative natural origin peptides with proven clinical efficacy at levels which are EFFECTIVE while still being safe. We incorporate complex blends of Amino Acids and our Essential Oils blends not only smell devine but they are chosen also for the therapeutic properties they bring to each formula. The most important point of GeorgiaJane formulas is that each product is a very carefully thought out blend and every single ingredient we use has a purpose and delivers benefits, in essence our whole formula becomes an ‘active’ in its entirety which gives you the ultimate multi-tasking and effective beauty product.

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Have your products received a Cosmetic Product Safety Report?

The safety of our cosmetic products is of paramount importance so that you, the consumer, get an effective but safe product. Every GeorgiaJane skincare product has been safety assessed and has received a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) in line with the new strict European Cosmetic Directive in relation to the safety of cosmetic products which came into force in July 2013.

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Do your products contain preservatives and what are they?

Preservatives are a necessary evil for cosmetic products, but they are there to protect the purity of the formula and therefore the user of the product, and when they are chosen with care, the preservation system can do its job effectively without any adverse reactions from the consumer.

Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexlglycerin is an innovative, more natural ‘soft’ preservative. The addition of Ethylhexlglycerin affects the interfacial tension at the cell membranes of micro-organisms, improving the preservative activity of the Phenoxyethanol. This blend a has a broad-spectrum effect on bacteria, yeasts, and mould fungi.

Gluconodeltalactone and Sodium Benzoate is accepted by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics. A natural preservative that is a combination of a naturally occurring food additive, Glucono Delta Lactone, derived from corn, and a food grade preservative Sodium Benzoate, the sodium salt of Benzoic acid.

Disodium EDTA is a molecule which complexes metal ions in aqueous environments and works synergistically with your preservative to improve preservative efficacy.

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What sort of packaging do you use for your creams and serums?

We use airless packaging technology for our moisturizers and serums which protects the integrity of our active, antioxidant-rich and sensitive ingredients, which are more at risk from oxidation, and this ensures that no air or contamination gets into the product during its lifetime. This also allows the customer to use up every drop with no waste and be confident that the first  pump is as fresh and potent as the very last.

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Why do you use aluminium bottles for your treatment oil blends instead of glass?

Our Anti -Ageing Facial Oil Treatment Blends are packaged in  *EP lined aluminium bottles which are totally impervious to light and provide the necessary protection for the precious oils  from temporary temperature fluctuations (such as in transit) whilst providing excellent damage/breakage protection. If you drop this bottle on your tiled bathroom floor, it’s not going to smash to smithereens! The aluminium containers are lined with a special resin (Epoxy Phenolic*) which keeps the contents from direct contact with the aluminium ensuring a compatibility with a wide range of substance and are totally reusable and recyclable.

*EP: Epoxy phenolic internal coat is approved by the FDA in the US

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What are CO2 Extracts?

The CO2 extracts  are extremely pure, natural, very highly concentrated and ecologically produced. Thanks to its exceptional power distribution, the super-critical CO2 extraction will seek the active principles of plants in the depths of their plant cells, and this allows us to extract many useful substances which are not soluble in water or alcohol . The super-critical CO2 extraction allows us to get the benefits of  the entire plant: flowers, roots, seeds, kernels, it is a clean method and ecological which uses little energy. The benefits of super-critical CO2 extraction are multiple: In the super-critical state (an intermediate state between the gas and the liquid obtained under high pressure), CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) will play the role of extraction solvent, but it has no toxicity and is completely removed as the end of the extraction gas, simply by returning to atmospheric pressure. The temperature is sufficiently low around 35 °, it prevents degradation of thermolabile compounds (temperature sensitive) of plants treated with this method. The CO2 extraction process, or super-critical extraction process, will produce a superior oil in that it has not been altered by the high heat associated with steam distillation and CO2 extracts typically contain more constituents found in the plant than just the essential oil portion. In this way they more closely resemble the original plants chemical make up, and could be considered to contain a fuller spectrum of constituents from the plant than essential oils do.

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What is an ORAC Assay?

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, it is a study designed to measure the antioxidant properties of a substance.

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What are GLA’S?

Gamma Linolenic Acid is a fatty substance found in various plant seed oils such as borage oil and evening primrose oil. People use it as medicine. Gamma Linolenic Acid  is used for conditions that affect the skin including systemic sclerosis, and eczema. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis, polyps in the mouth, high cholesterol, heart disease, metabolic syndrome (Syndrome-X), diabetic nerve pain, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, including depression after childbirth, chronic fatigue syndrome and hay fever. Some people use it to help prevent cancer and to help breast cancer patients respond faster to treatment with the drug Tamoxifen.

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How do GLA’S work?

Gamma linolenic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, which the body can convert to substances that reduce inflammation and cell growth.

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Do you use pre-made bases for your products?

Absolutely not! Every single one of our products has been developed from scratch by Michele and developed and refined from the very first idea on paper through to the finished product you have today. This is not a quick process, on average it takes a year to 1 1/2 years to refine, perfect, test compatibility, stability and the preservation system before the product is released to our lovely human testers! When they are happy then the product is released to the public.

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Why is your cream a lighter/darker colour than the last time I bought it?

Because we use natural ingredients and no artificial colours, the actual colour of a key ingredient may vary from one time to the next, for instance the colour of  natural botanical oils can vary from crop to crop depending on time of year it was harvested, climate, soil conditions and treatments. Aqueous botanical extracts can vary too for the same reasons. Also we do not use any harsh chemical stabilisers but you can be assured that this colour change if it occurs does not affect the quality, purity or safety of the product.

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What are the best products for blemish acne prone and ageing combination skin?

Balance and refine treatment oil is excellent for the very oily, oily to combination skin type as it helps to balance oil production without drying the skin. Radiant & renewed treatment serum is also excellent for all skin types including acne or blemish prone skin. It contains stabilised Vit C and a synergistic blend of Niacinimide and Glucosamine which has been clinically proven to help with Acne and Rosacea prone skin.

The Balance and Refine moisturiser is excellent for the very oily to oily/combi skin type. It provides pore refining, mattifying properties with Meadowsweet extractFerlulic AcidWillow Leaf and Epilobium Fleischeri which also have proven anti-acne properties.

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What product would you recommend for treating old acne scars or hyper-pigmentation?

Depending on your skin – type all GJ products contain ingredients and actives to address these problems including lack of clarity, uneven skin tone etc. For a single product the Radiant & Renewed is an outstanding product to deal with these issues (and many more!) and is suitable for all skin types.

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Do you use ingredients that have been tested on animals?

GJ Skincare has not and will never use any ingredient that has been tested on animals! We also use ethical suppliers that only supply non-animal tested ingredients. The European Commision has implemented a marketing ban on any cosmetic products that contain ingredients that have been tested on animals and this came into effect in March 2013. Any newly formulated products that GJ produces undergo thorough testing for stability, compatibility and challenges on the preservative system. This is then followed by trial testing by (very willing!) human testers.

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Do you use any animal derived products?

The only animal derived ingredient is Cera Bellina (Polyglyceryl-3-Beeswax) which is on our Simple & Sublime Cleansing Balm. Cera Bellina is a hydrophilic derivative of natural beeswax in which the free fatty acids have been converted to polyglycerols esters and it is suitable for sensitive skin.

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Do you use fragrance oils?

No, we do not use fragrance oils in any shape way or form. Fragrance oils are one of the biggest causes of allergic and sensitive skin reactions in most cosmetic products. The aroma present in our products comes from 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils which are chosen not just for their fragrance but for the skin benefits they bring to each formula.

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Do your products contain SPF?

Not at the present time but we have an SPF moisturizer in the pipeline! A lot of the botanical oils we use actually have an SPF factor of their own but we have not tested our products for SPF protection and would always recommend the use of additional sun protection if you plan to be outside for long periods.

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I’ve never heard of vegetable oils or EO oils that contain natural SPF, which ones?

Vegetable oils are not only safe and beneficial for the health of the skin,  but there are also vegetable oils which have shown in studies to provide SPF protection when applied to skin: raspberry seed oil SPF 28-40, carrot seed oil SPF 30-40, wheatgerm SPF 20, olive oil SPF 15, soybean oil SPF 10, macadamia oil SPF 6, jojoba SPF 4, almond oil SPF 4, and sesame seed oil has an SPF of mild to moderate levels depending on the oil extraction methods used. Essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful oils extracted from flowers and plants using special distillation processes, and are often used in cosmetics as a natural source of perfume. But essential oils are not just about sweet smells — many essential oils are antioxidant, antibacterial, tissue healing and provide SPF protection. Obviously these oils are too harsh to be applied directly to the skin, and must be properly formulated  but here are the  SPF ratings of some common essential oils: peppermint oil SPF 7, tulsi oil SPF 7, lavender oil SPF 6, eucalyptus oil SPF 3 and tea tree oil SPF 2.

Another interesting fact is that  Vitamin C and Vitamin E creams potentially offer  you sun protection, Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E are nature’s own SPF, designed to protect living organisms like plants from disease, oxidation and extreme high temperatures. The high presence of these vitamins may explain the SPF factor of many vegetable oils, such as wheatgerm and raspberry seed oil. In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003, researchers found that a combination of Vitamin C and E applied topically to the skin was effective in reducing damage to cells from ultraviolet light, reducing skin pigment mutations and protecting against skin cancer.

Other forms of plant-based antioxidants besides these vitamins are plant pigments — chemicals that give plants and flowers their colours. Many of the beautiful pigments we see in plant life are designed to protect plants from sun damage, chlorophyll (from green leaves), the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, found in foods such as kale and spinach,  Lutein (from yellow flowers) zeathanthin (red and orange fruits and vegetables) and astaxanthin (from some red algae) Laminara Ocholeuca  all offer some degree of UVA and UVB protection.

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What are all those funny chemical sounding names at the end of your ingredients list that contain essential oils?

A *Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronello, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Citral, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate are all components of Essential Oils which have allergens that could potentially cause irritation. The beauty of Essential Oils is that because they are so powerful and potent, they only need to be used in tiny amounts to be effective, they really are in the category of less is more, so realistically speaking any EO’s where present in GJ  products, are used at 0.5% max for safety therefore these potential allergens are in at infinitesimally low percentages but by law they must be stated.

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I have oily skin, surely a moisturiser is the last thing I need?

All skin, however oily, needs hydration and nurturing with vitamins and essential fatty acids twice a day, morning and night  for a number of reasons not least to ensure  that it’s in the best possible condition. Oily skinned people make the mistake of skipping moisturiser thinking it will help to ‘dry’ out their skin.  This is a mistake. Proper nutritive hydration is essential for the oily skin as this prevents rebound oiliness when the skin thinking it is dry pumps out more sebum to compensate. This is why treatment oils such as Balance and Refine work so well, they actually give the skin proper hydration without blocking pores so that the skin stays balanced and produces less sebum. The EO blend helps to purify, decongest and provides anti bacterial protection to prevent future outbreaks. Balance and Refine moisturiser works just as effectively used in the AM to keep the skin matte looking, yet working to keep blemishes and acne at bay while also helping to fade old acne marks and give a more even tone to the skin.

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Are GJ products suitable for people with nut allergies?

The GJ Skincare range contains a wide range of botanical and other natural ingredients including oils cold pressed from nut producing trees such as Hazelnut oil, Argan oil and Apricot kernel oil and Tamanu. If you have nut allergies we would advise that you contact your Doctor for further advice depending on the severity of your allergy. As with all new products, we would advise the very sensitive individual to patch test our products because as safe and gentle as they are there may always be someone who develops an irritation when using any new product for the first time.

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