Terranova – Celebrating Earth Day Everyday!

Earth-Everyday-2As we wrap up Earth Month and Earth Day celebrations, we think it is important that we celebrate all this beautiful planet has to offer and find ways to help our planet and preserve our natural resources for generations to come daily!

For Terranova, the “green movement” has never been a “fad,” but a way of life.  Since our inception 45 years ago by visionary Jane Saunders, Terranova® (meaning ‘new earth’) was one of the first to put into practice many of the initiatives that have become popular in the natural beauty industry:

  • For instance, back in the 70’s,  the concept of refilling and reusing plastic bottles for skin care wasn’t even heard of and was a concept that Jane developed!
  • Another “first” was the concept of using natural specialty oils, like Jojoba in formulations.  Back when Jane began using Jojoba, it was so uncommon that she actually had to purchase it from a Native American tribe where it was grown and harvested!
  • At her original retail outlets, Jane was also one of the first to utilize Muslin bags to reduce waste from plastic and paper shopping bags.
  • Terranova bath, body, & fragrance was also the first to incorporate botanical oils, essential oils, and vegetable based glycerins in formulations… which have now become a standard in the natural beauty industry.

Today, TerranTN Logo_Facebook_180x180_Revisedova’s mission and commitment to “truth & beauty” continues through the creation of products with fresh, clean fragrances and natural ingredients that celebrate our planet earth!  Come celebrate with us today! :)

Green Your Beauty Routine – The Truth of Phthalates in Beauty

Phthalates work as softeners in personal care products such as cosmetics and personal care products.  Phthalates have a long and safe history of use and, as consumers, we are exposed to phthalates in air, water, food, plastics, medical devices, and drugs on a daily basis.[i]

The Phthalate that is most frequently used in cosmetics and personal care products is Diethyl Phthalate [DEP) and it wasn’t until theshutterstock_106588088 late 90’s that the use of phthalates (specifically DEP)  in personal care came under scrutiny due to a series of studies that indicated that the use of products containing phthalates caused reproductive & developmental toxicity.[ii]

Since then, The FDA has conducted its own studies to determine whether exposure to DEP contained in cosmetics products presents a human health risk.  To this day, the FDA has concluded that the currently available evidence does not support a concern about DEP’s use in cosmetics and fragrances. Because of its long-term use and safety record, DEP continues to be internationally accepted by global regulatory authorities for these purposes. The FDA says that at the present time, it does not have compelling evidence that phthalates, as used in cosmetics, pose a safety risk.[iii]

Once again, we leave it up to you, the consumer, to determineStoreterranovabody header_300x120-A your “truth & beauty” and invite you to learn more about our phthalate free line of Terranova Bath & Body Care products!

[i] “Phthalates” – Cosmetics Info – http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/phthalates-0

[ii] “Phthalates” – Cosmetics Info – http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/phthalates-0

[iii] “Phthalates” – Cosmetics Info – http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/phthalates-0

Green Your Beauty Routine – The Truth About Synthetic Colors & Dyes

imagesAs humans, we are drawn to color and beauty manufacturers know it!  Color can be found in makeup, lipstick, hair dyes, and some skin care.  The most common synthetic colors used in cosmetics and hair dyes are called FD&C colors and they are derived from coal-tar, which in turn is a by-product of petroleum, and has been scrutinized due to its link to cancer. [i]

In 1938, Congress gave the FDA the authority to regulate color additives in cosmetics right down to where they can be used on the body.  As a result, only 7 dyes are safe for use in personal care products.  In the USA, the following artificial colorings are permitted by the FDA (make sure that your beauty products don’t contain colors not on this list!): [ii]

FD&C Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue FCF, E133), Approved for external use in soaps and lotions and Blue No.4. FD&C Black No.2 and No.3. FD&downloadC Brown No.1. FD&C Green No. 3 (Fast Green FCF, E143 not to be used for eyes, lips, mucous membranes, and Green 5 ,6 and 8). FD&C Orange No. 4, 5, 10 and 11. FD&C Red 4, 6, 7, 17, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, FD&C Red No. 40 (Allura Red AC, E129). FD&C Violet No.2. FD&C Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine, E102). FD&C Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow FCF, E110) and F&G Yellow No: 7, 8, 10, 11.[iii]

In addition to coal-tar, cosmetic colors can also be made from chromium oxide and aluminum powder, which has also been linked to cancer. Chromium oxide is commonly called “chrome green.”[iv]

Some safe colors are made from mica flakes and iron oxides. Iron oxides are graded safe for cosmetic use as they are produced synthetically in order to avoid the inclusion of ferrous or ferric oxides, and impurities normally found in naturally occurring iron oxides.[v]

Once again, Terranova remains committed to delivering “Truth and Beauty.”  We hope this article helps you discover your truth in making informed beauty product purchase decisions.

[i] “Cosmetic Colors & Dyes – which ones are safe?”  Truth & Aging.com https://www.truthinaging.com/review/cosmetic-colors-and-dyes-which-ones-are-safe

[ii] “Living in Color:  The Potential Dangers of Artificial Dyes.”  Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/08/27/living-in-color-the-potential-dangers-of-artificial-dyes/

[iii] Cosmetic Colors & Dyes – which ones are safe?”  Truth & Aging.com https://www.truthinaging.com/review/cosmetic-colors-and-dyes-which-ones-are-safe

[iv] Cosmetic Colors & Dyes – which ones are safe?”  Truth & Aging.com https://www.truthinaging.com/review/cosmetic-colors-and-dyes-which-ones-are-safe

[v] Cosmetic Colors & Dyes – which ones are safe?”  Truth & Aging.com https://www.truthinaging.com/review/cosmetic-colors-and-dyes-which-ones-are-safe

Green Your Beauty Routine – The Truth on Parabens in Beauty

Parabens are preservatives that are often found in skin care, body, and countless other beauty products to prevent fungal and bacterial contamination.  Used since the 1920s, parabens, in the last 10 years, have come under scrutiny due to reports indicating possible health risks.[i]  As part of Terranova’s mission in “Truth & Beauty,”  we feel it’s important for consumers to know why these concerns were first raised, and understand the concluding thoughts of the U.S. and global science communities.

Parabens have had a long history of safe use, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that the use of parabens came under scrutiny.  In the 1990’s, a study was conducted that showed that parabens actually contained an ability to mimic estrogen in the body, and estrogen disruption had been linked to breast cancer. Then, in a 2004, a research study conducted by Dr. Phillippa Darbe concluded that the various forms of parabens were  linked to breast cancer.[ii]

labelOn the other hand, there’s considerable global research that indicates parabens are actually broken down and excreted harmlessly by the body, and the paraben levels in most products were 10,000 times weaker than naturally occurring parabens found in commonly consumed vegetables and fruits like blueberries, carrots and cucumbers.[iii]

As of now, The FDA, National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society stipulate that research findings that indicate a possible connection between paraben and cancer are inconclusive, and that more research needs to be conducted.[iv]

So, we leave it up to you, the consumer, to determine your “truth” based on the facts.  As the stat about the vegetables shows, natural and organic does not necessarily mean paraben-free or non toxic.

[i] “What is Paraben-Free?” – Dermstorehttp://www.dermstore.com/articles/article_1839.htm

[ii] “What is Paraben-Free?”- Dermstorehttp://www.dermstore.com/articles/article_1839.htm

[iii] “What is Paraben-Free?”- Dermstorehttp://www.dermstore.com/articles/article_1839.htm

[iv] “What Facial Skin Care Products Do Not Contain Parabens”- Livestrong.com-http://www.livestrong.com/article/160857-what-facial-skin-products-do-not-contain-parabens/



1402004During the entire month of April, Terranova® will donate a $1 from the sale of each of our  eco-friendly bath, body, fragrance, and Mother’s Day gifts to Arbor Day Foundation programs in observance of Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22nd).

Simply shop www.storeterranovabody.com between April 1st, 2015 and April 30th, 2015 and you will have the opportunity to have a $1 from each product  purchase be donated to The Arbor Day Foundation.  Proceeds will be used in a variety of Arbor Day Foundation programs including replanting our nation’s forests, helping communities affected by natural disasters, and preserving endangered tropical rain forests around the globe.July08ADFlogoTRANSPARENT

Since its inception 45 years ago by visionary Jane Saunders, Terranova® (meaning ‘new earth’) has remained committed to their mission of “Truth and Beauty” by creating products with fresh, clean fragrances and natural ingredients that celebrate our planet.   Mother Earth has provided us with so many wonderful resources to create products that have helped our customers look and feel their best for over 45 years, it seems only natural that we do our part to give back to organizations, like Arbor Day Foundation, that are as equally committed to preserving and nurturing our planet for generations to come!

Shop Terranova and Celebrate Mother Earth today!

Green Your Beauty Routine – Multitaskers

This week kicks off Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22nd).  In celebration, Terranova will be dedicating our posts to ways you can green your beauty routine through product and ingredient knowledge.  Through the years there have been a lot of claims about the dangers of certain ingredients in our beauty products and as part of our mission of “Truth and Beauty” we hope to cut through the clutter and present both sides of these claims so that you, the consumer, can make your own educated decisions.

This week we focus on multitaskers.  What if you could save time and money on your beauty regimen while saving the environment?  Sounds like a great idea right?  Well all that is possible with multitaskers.  Products that perform double or triple duty is one of the first ways you can make your beauty routine more “green.”

When greening your beauty routine, the 3 R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse, recycle) should come to mind.  According to Jenny Rushmore, global sustainability leader for Procter & Gamble’s beauty and grooming division, “What this means is that recycling is what you do after you’ve already reduced and reused.  It’s better not to buy bottled water than to recycle the water bottle, and that same idea applies to beauty products. Reducing the number of products you buy is the best place to start a more eco-friendly beauty regimen.”[i]

Don’t know where to start?  Check out one of our favorite and most popular multitaskers Rain Remedy Cream or Shea Blossom Remedy Cream.  These amazing moisture creams put the “multi” in “multitask” and can be used on everything from your tresses to your toes!

[i] “The Top 7 Multitasking Beauty Products That Help You While Saving the Environment” – Celebrate Women Today http://celebratewomantoday.com/2014/07/09/top-7-multitasking-beauty-products-help-saving-environment/

The Great Spring Break Escape – India & Himalayas

The final destination on our Great Spring Break Escape is Nepal & The Himalayas where our Island Collections Fragrance, White Ginger & Pikake, originates.

buttr gingWhite Ginger, or Hedychium Coronarium, blooms in midsummer to late autumn and each “butterfly-like” flower only lasts one day![i]  A cousin of culinary ginger, the flower and buds are edible and can be used in flavoring but their potent smell makes them more suitable for leis and garlands.[ii]

Almost every part of The White Ginger plant is useful.  The essential oil from the flowers are used in high quality perfumes, soaps, and lotions; the rhizomes and roots are used in medicine, the seeds are used to help with stomach ailments; and the stems are useful in making paper. [iii]

PO-277-62-A-2TPikake, or Jasminum Sambac, produces sweet, fragrant flowers that are used for perfumes and making tea. The flowers open at night and close in the morning, a span of 12 to 20 hours.[iv]  Typically, the flowers are harvested as buds during early morning. The buds have to be white, as green ones don’t emit the characteristic fragrance they are known for.[v] Open flowers are generally not harvested as a larger amount of them is needed to extract oils and they lose their fragrance sooner.

In Hawaii, the flower is known as ‘pikake,’ and is used in weddings and to make fragrant leis.  The name ‘pikake’ is derived from the Hawaiian word for “peacock”, because the Hawaiian Princess Kaʻiulani was fond of both the flowers and the bird.[vi]

To experience the beautiful, floral fragrance of White Ginger and Pikake, check out Terra Nova’s White Ginger or Pikake Fragrance Collections today!

[i] Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers “Hedychium Coronarium – White Ginger” http://wildlifeofhawaii.com/flowers/409/hedychium-coronarium-white-ginger/

[ii] Herbs – Treat & Taste “White Butterfly Ginger” http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2012/07/white-butterfly-ginger-not-culinary.html

[iii] Herbs – Treat & Taste “White Butterfly Ginger” http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2012/07/white-butterfly-ginger-not-culinary.html

[iv] – [vi]Wikipedia “Jasminum Sambac” http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jasminum_sambac&redirect=no