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10 Surprising Facts That You Didn't Know About Moisturizers


You and many others apply moisturizers every day. Yet, how much do you know about moisturizers? We think we found some interesting information(1-6)…if you just happened to be curious, or if you wanted to find some practical ways to use moisturizer(7-10) 

1. What was the First Moisturizer?

According to Archeologists, moisturizers entered the scene around 10,000 BC. Prior to this in 35,000 BC the wheel was invented, by people with dry hands. Geography determined the type of moisturizer that a culture used.

So really, there was not a “first moisturizer” but cultures suddenly began using what they could, in order to make moisturizers. 

2. The various moisturizer ingredients used centuries ago:

What was used often varied, some cultures used oils, like olive oil, while others used animal or plant based fats.

The Witch Hazel found in our Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes was first utilized by Ponds Cream in 1846. While the Petroleum Jelly used in Vaseline was invented in 1872. It is said that the inventor Robert Chesebrough found oil field workers using a thick jelly on their wounds. Soon afterward, he invented Vaseline. 

Other moisturizer ingredients throughout the centuries include, but are probably not limited to: honey, bread, egg white, vinegar, ginger, vermillion(which has traces of mercury), old wine and lard, milk, castor oil, pig fat, strawberries, and benzopyrene.

3. The first known death possibly caused by over-moisturizing…with benzopyrene:

We will probably need to reserve a separate blog post about the first woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Both for becoming the first female Pharaoh(it has been said that she wore a fake beard), and because it appears that she used enough moisturizer to kill herself.

That moisturizer she used contained a very dangerous chemical called Benzopyrene. She was using it for her eczema. Through overuse,  she only reigned on the throne for a modest 15 years.

Benzopyrene contains high levels of carcinogens, hence why it is so dangerous.

4. Do moisturizers cause Skin Cancer?

In the case of Hatshepsut we see that un-natural moisturizers can have deadly side-effects. Yet can our modern products cause cancer? A well-known study in 2008 had shown that some moisturizers could potentially cause cancer, at least in mice. Mice of course, have a skin much different than human skin, so the results are inconclusive.

Really the best thing you could do prior to purchasing a moisturizer is finding out what is really in it. That is why we provide you with the ingredients for each of our products in our Collection.

Our Science page also reviews the natural ingredients that go into our products.

5. 85% of Moisturizers contain parabens to prevent bacteria growth. Parabens may cause cancer.

If the product you are using contains methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, it has parabens. 

Parabens are known to affect estrogen levels, and according to research, when an influx of estrogen occurs, cell division has been known increase, in conjunction with tumors.

“CSC cites a 2004 British study that detected traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied.” – Scientific American 

If you are looking for paraben free products, you may want to take a look at our recent blog post here.

6. Your skin care products may be making you feel sick.

Your skin is your largest organ. When you topically apply skin care products, the chemicals in that product will reach your blood stream faster than the nutrients in your food. Before starting your diet, take a look at your skin care products. 


If you feel sick, it may not be what you are eating, it may be what you are applying.



7. Waiting until your skin is dry to apply moisturizer, may keep your skin dry.

Moisturizer is meant to help preserve your skin's moisture. If your skin is dry when you apply moisturizer there isn’t very much moisture to envelope. So, apply moisturizer to your skin when it is damp, to help preserve the moisture.

8. Different areas of your body may respond better to different moisturizers.

Your body has varying levels of moisture. One type of moisturizer may not solve all of your problems or one area on your body may get too much moisture while another does not get enough. So keep an eye out for dry spots as that may be a sign that you need a different type of moisturizer.

9. Applying Moisturizer the wrong way can cause you to look older.

Start from the bottom, and move upwards. Skin sags, and if you are applying moisturizer in a downward motion you can tug on the skin, which can lead to sagging skin. 


Also, be sure to apply it gently.


10. Having oily skin does not always mean that you can skip moisturizing.

Your skin may overproduce its own oils to help replenish the moisture it is missing. Instead, you can use an oil free moisturizer like our Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer that doesn’t contain oils to help maintain your skin's moisture.


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Prepare for Dry Skin With a Paraben and Fragrance Free Moisturizer

Autumn is here and winter is coming. As the days are getting inevitably and depending on who you ask, regrettably colder you may be faced with a few associated and possibly recurring problems. We’re talking about dry skin, chapped Lips, frizzy hair, and the list goes on.

If you’re like us you may end up purchasing some moisturizer to help your dry skin, some chapstick for your lips and conditioner for your hair. Because it just makes sense!

But! You face these problems:

  • Not too long after you apply your new moisturizer, you find that it leaves you with a rash.
  • You may have learned that many moisturizers contain parabens, which may cause cancer.
  • Or your moisturizer works fine, but it has a very intense fragrance.

So what are your options? It might make the most sense to switch to a hypoallergenic, paraben free, fragrance free moisturizer. But where could you find one? Well, look no further!

We have a Paraben free and Fragrance free solution!

Our Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer and Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are paraben free and fragrance free products.

Both of these products are compact, so you can conveniently carry them in your purse, or pocket. They are also leak-proof. Especially the Swipes, which enclose the moisturizer so you can simply Swipe it onto your dry skin.

The products themselves reduce the appearance of wrinkles and inhibit collagen breakdown. They also have Vitamin C to prevent melanin synthesis and skin discoloration. If you want to learn more about the natural ingredients we use, click here...

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Get Adventuress By Selecting The Right Motorcycle Gear

For those who are just getting started in the world of motorcycling, it can be challenging to figure out what gear you need. If you are female biker, it can be particularly challenging to find gear that is suited for your body and your needs. While every woman is different, we are here to offer you some tips and advice on how to pick the right gear to keep you looking good and protect you while you're on the open road.

• Safety first. While this may seem obvious, the very first consideration that you should give to your motorcycling gear is that it will protect you while you're on the bike. If you're looking to purchase leather, be aware that motorcycling jackets actually come with armor to pad out the hips and knees of pants, and good leather motorcycle jackets have armor at the elbows, in the shoulders, and across the back. If you're looking for material that is little more slimming, a good idea is to check out the many ultramodern fabrics that have been specially designed for motorcycling. These tend to be lighter than leathers, and are just as protective.

• Plan for comfort. Whatever material you end up purchasing your motorcycle gear in, it is a good idea to leave room for layers. As you will be exposed to the elements while you are motorcycling, being able to layer up for cold days and layer down for hot ones is of the utmost importance when you are spending hours or even minutes in the saddle. Silk is a great layering material; it will keep you cool on hot days and keep you warm on cold days.

Motorcycling is a great sport that more and more women are discovering every day. While you're out there on the road, make sure that you protect your skin as well as your body—you can select the best facial moisturizer for adventure seeking women at Do you have tips or tricks or great websites where you can purchase great gear for adventurous motorcycling women?

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