What’s in your product?

At Bella Luci Salon every product we carry is evaluated first on the ingredients, and then on performance, benefits, and features. I have cared about what is in the products I carry since the day I opened. Through education and awareness, I have committed to a more environmentally conscious, sustainable beauty, beauty for your health philosophy. Why? Because I really care about my team and I want their long-term exposure to products to be a safe and healthy experience for them; I also really care about our clients and their health and the integrity of their beauty and body and I care about this earth and how we live on it.

My team and I speak to clients every day about our products and why they are so amazing so let me first start with a little summary of our haircare (all of our products are beauty conscious decisions – even our polish is vegan and free from over 10 chemicals found in store-bought polishes but for the sake of this blog I will keep it to haircare).

Our haircare line is Davines. Davines is a small mom and pop company in Parma, Italy. Their core principals are a sustainable beauty. They adhere to LifeGate’s Zero Impact Project which means their carbon dioxide emissions generated by the production of the packaging is offset by the environmental impact using renewable electric energy from sun, wind, water, and soil as well as by the purchase of carbon credits generated by operations of forest’s creation and protection.

The products range from 88% to 95% naturally derived ingredients – which is defined by ingredients which100% of the molecule comes from a plant, non-petroleum mineral, water, or some other natural source obtained through clean chemical reaction. The ingredients are also 98% biodegradable as calculated by the sum of the percentage of all raw materials rapidly biodegrade according to the measurement that in 28 days at least 70% degraded whereas Davines is 98%.

The Davines products that we carry in our salon can be used by those who adhere to veganism because they do not contain ingredients of animal origin.

Davines started a collaboration with non-profit Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity by joining the Presidia Project. This non-profit safeguards the Earth’s biodiversity. The ingredients for Davines are sustainably resourced from local farms all over the world and used in their products with credits to the farmer and farm on each bottle. Where possible the ingredients are organic but all ingredients are harvested with the foundations and principals of the core culture and mission of the Davines Company. I like to say we are changing the word one haircut at a time!

Okay back to the details – I am going to compare Pantene Colour Protect Shampoo’s first three ingredients with our Davines Minu Illuminating Color Protective Shampoo.

The first ingredient in both – water – harmless J With Pantene 50-80% of the shampoo is water which means you need more shampoo per wash to cleanse your hair. Davines has deionized water (which is water free from minerals) the products are so concentrated that there are 88 doses of shampoo in one 8.45oz shampoo or average of 3 months of use.

The second ingredient is where the big difference comes in.

Pantene Colour Protect Shampoo

Pantene second ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate followed by Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a concern as in some circumstances it can become contaminated with Dioxane. This largely depends on the manufacturing process. Dioxane is a suspected carcinogen and lasts much longer in our bodies, primarily because the liver cannot metabolize it effectively. In addition to skin irritation, there are studies that point to residual levels of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in the brain, lungs, liver, and heart. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that is found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. The biggest difference between the two chemicals is that sodium lauryl sulfate is more chemically modified and contains smaller molecules that can penetrate and irritate the skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is considered more hazardous to the skin. Learn more by visiting http://slsfree.net/

While it is further down on the list it is worth noting Dimethiconol followed by Dimethicone: they are silicones that coat your hair and buildup easily as it is not water soluble. Over time it will leave your roots looking greasy which leads to more unnecessary shampooing. It creates a coating that will leave hair limp and flat. The only way to remove it is a clarifying shampoo which is often not recommended for color treated hair.

Minu Illuminating Color Protect Shampoo

Davines Minu second ingredient is Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate: It’s not an organic substance, but it’s also not like other chemicals either. Is it bad for you? Researchers say no. It is not a carcinogen. The molecules are larger and cannot penetrate the skin in the way other surfactants do. It’s considered very gentle on the skin and is even suitable for more sensitive skin types. It’s highly water soluble and can be added to any formula with no reconstruction of the compounds. Since it’s not sulfated in production, it will be free of sulfates (the salt of sulfuric acid which is potentially harmful to the skin). Learn more by visiting http://slsfree.net/disodium-laureth-sulfosuccinate/

Davines Minu third ingredient is Glycerin: Glycerin in Davines is derived from vegetables, not an animal. Glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, meaning it is a substance found naturally in skin, helping to establish normal balance and hydration. It’s one of the many substances in skin that helps maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness and working to maintain skin’s moisture level. Essentially, glycerin is a master at hydration and works best when combined with other replenishing and emollient ingredients. Learn more by visiting http://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/skin-replenishing/glycerin.html 


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