sans [ceuticals] Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil

 

FORMULATIONS RESEARCH

sans [ceuticals]
Activator 7
— Body + Hair + Face Oil

Price:  $55.77

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A cult favourite – the Activator 7 Oil from sans [ceuticals] is a multifunctional reparative, potent vitamin oil that boosts the skin’s hydration levels, stimulates cell repair, increases collagen production and improves skin tone. Recommended to treat scars, stretch marks, dry skin, sun damaged and acne-prone skin, this bathroom staple is a necessary staple product in the bathroom for daily use.

Through Vitamin A and E, the Activator 7 oil penetrates skin on a cellular level, neutralising cell function to promote optimum collagen and elastin levels, stimulating the repair of damaged skin. The pharmaceutical grade botanical oils included in this ingredient listing are a potent combination of the most anti-fungal, antibacterial and skin-compatible oils that are highly anti-inflammatory combating dry and inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. The product can be used as a body oil, makeup remover, hair serum, facial serum, and/or a dermatitis and eczema treatment.

 
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Who are sans [ceuticals]?

Sans [ceuticals] intends to structure and maintain a brand without unnecessary or harmful ingredients. They are incredibly transperant regarding their formulations, identifying clearly the additives they actively avoid: sulfates, parabens, silicones, PEG, petrochemicals, mineral oils and many more. Even the ingredients we see in some “natural” brands like Phenoxyethanol, they seem to very successfully avoid.  

Made in small batches, each Sans [ceuticals] product is developed with care – and follows guidelines in line with the brand’s ethos. Their transparency relating to their preservative system is one to be commended, detailing the reasons why each of their preservatives are included in their formulations, rather than simply labelling them and hoping it goes unnoticed. Their products are free from animal testing and vegan.

 
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First impressions

Fragrance: 
A subtle yet sophisticated scent, the Baobab oil is the dominant aroma from the list of ingredients. It has a light nutty scent; however, the Squalene oil neutralises this. Sans [ceuticals] generally has acquired aroma within each of their products, however the natural compositions of the formulations welcome you with their grounding and nourishing aromas.

Texture: 
This texture is rich with its competing oils, however lightweight to the touch. A small amount is needed to go a long way – as the oils go on quite greasy but penetrate the skin quickly to leave a soft and silky complexion.

Efficacy:
This product has become a cult-favourite for a very good reason. No matter what condition the skin is in, there have been success stories from conditioned skin suffering from eczema, to dry, sun-damaged skin needed ultimate hydration penetration. Applying the oil whilst damp ensures the ingredients have an extra helping hand to penetrating deep into the dermal layers for ultimate hydration and nourishment.

 
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Ingredient watch

read our full Formulation Analysis

The Good

Squalene (Olive) Fruit Oil, one of the finest molecular compositions of an oil ensuring immediate absorption into the dermal layers.

Jojoba Oil, extracted from seeds of the desert shrub, Simmondsia chinensis, is a wax ester that has a similar structure to that of our human skin sebum. Sebum is what helps you stay moisturised and looking youthful, filling out wrinkles and fine lines.

Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, providing nourishment to the scalp and hair regeneration.

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), a cult ingredient for collagen and elastin production.

The Questionable

Fragrance (Parfum), is an ambiguous ingredient in any listing, even if it’s been labelled “from natural sources”, or “natural fragrance”.*

 
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Packaging review

Sans [ceuticals] prioritises their natural, potent, and chemical-free ingredients to not only deliver effective results, but also ensuring each of these ingredients are 100% biodegradable, and 70% locally sourced. Their packaging has been carefully researched and developed between founder Lucy Vincent and a professor of environmental management at Auckland University. After deliberating between glass or plastic, the best option for the brand was PETG – the most recyclable and highest grade of cosmetic plastic.

The printing on each bottle uses vegetable-based ink, and their office is powered by renewable energy and the brand also supports the New Zealand Wetlands Trust.

 

Formulation full analysis

The Good

Squalene (Olive) Fruit Oil is one of the finest molecular compositions in an oil. So fine, that It is immediately absorbed into the deep dermal layers of the skin without any oily residue. It has a similar molecular structure to our skin, which helps penetrate the surface of the skin to target skin concerns at a cellular level. Balancing oil production and providing adequate moisture to the surface of the skin, it’s acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory to treat conditions like acne and eczema. It also stimulates the production of collagen for a firmer, plumper skin surface.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil - there’s no other oil that has such synergy with our skin like this one does. This liquid wax is produced from the seed of the Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) plant, and its chemical structure is very similar to the sebum produced by human skin. Due to its antioxidant properties, Jojoba oil acts as a powerful ally in the fight against oxidative stress - an imbalance between the production of free radicals on the skin and the ability of the body to detoxify.  It’s also high in B Complex vitamins. The powerhouse of the B vitamins also act as antioxidants, and help fight off free radicals on the skin which are otherwise typically reactive, destroying healthy cells and tissues. The B vitamins help with keeping your skin free from injection and bacteria while it repairs itself.  

Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil is highly rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid used to treat everything from female reproductive tissues, blood channels, respiratory and nervous system concerns, and more recently it has made its way to beauty products. It may help with the relief of symptoms from painful skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema due to the omega-6 fatty acid content. The GLA content acts as a powerful antioxidant to help smooth over wrinkles as it neutralises free radicals.

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) has ability to spur collagen and elastin production in the skin. It stimulates cell repair and renewal, and is known to be an effective acne treatment. Retinyl Palmitate is a gentle retinoid composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicates that when this ingredient is applied to skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumours and lesions as the retinoic acid enhanced the photocarcinogenic activity of UVB rays. It’s important to note to avoid Vitamin A and Retinol products when exposed to sun, and if using them in the evening, to use SPF during the day.

The Questionable

Fragrance (Parfum) is an ambiguous ingredient in any listing, even if it’s been labelled “from natural sources”, or “natural fragrance”. According to the EWG, the average “fragrant” can be any of 3,163 chemicals that aren’t normally listed on labels. Many of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions as they fall usually under phthalates, oxtoxynols and nonoxynols.*

* Sans [ceuticals] states the addition of this ingredient is necessary by EU regulation, however is 100% ECOCERT and is developed by botanical extracts undergoing CO2 supercritical extraction – one of the cleanest and purest methods of obtaining extracts for aroma. 

 

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