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The Natural Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil

The Natural Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil

Why Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Raw pumpkin seeds and (cold pressed) oil are superfoods in your diet, but did you know that pumpkin seed oil is also super beneficial for your skin?

Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) has a nickname “green gold” and it’s no wonder, because it is one of the most nutritious oils available. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc and other trace minerals and vitamins.

As with all natural ingredients, the quality varies depending on how it is produced and sourced. Our PSO is carefully selected and is certified organic, cold pressed and unrefined. Used in this form, it contains the highest nutritional profile.

We are always on the lookout for highly nutritious ingredients for the skin and when we learned of the powerful properties of PSO, we knew it would be a star ingredient in multiple formulas.

What does Pumpkin Seed Oil do for skin?

Topically, PSO has a wealth of benefits for the skin. Pumpkin seed oil fights free radical damage, retains moisture, can improve the tone and appearance of skin, promote skin cell renewal, and because of the high amount of vitamin E, it can help wounds heal more rapidly and improve the appearance of scar tissue.

Where does Zoe Organics Use Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Belly Oil: Pumpkin seed oil first debuted in our Belly Oil. From its powerful blend of nutrient-rich oil, the belly oil becomes a decadent serum than simply a moisturizer. In fact, women have been using it on their faces with glowing results, in part, because of the pumpkin seed oil in the formula. This product is perfect to support your skin as it stretches during pregnancy or postpartum to reduce inflamed skin.

Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm: The second product containing this star ingredient is Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm. Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm belongs in every home and first aid kit due to its multi-functional superpower. This magical skin balm can soothe cuts, scrapes, stings, burns and a multitude of other uses!



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51 Uses for Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm

51 Uses for Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm
Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm is one of our favorite, most-loved products. It could be because the story behind this product is so special, or maybe because it is so versatile. Continue reading

Cream, Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm and Everything Balm: Which One Do I Choose?

Cream, Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm and Everything Balm: Which One Do I Choose?

It's no secret - we looove our waterless creams and balms. In fact, we have quite a lineup of them. We literally have a balm for every body part. Why so many options? Because each product was formulated for a specific purpose! Each ingredient was carefully selected and the packaging and method of application well thought out. These power-packed products each attend to a variety of conditions, challenges and body parts!

For example, our Everything Balm comes in a super handy stick that can be applied with our mess-free applicator. It is a favorite among the kiddos who, of course, want to do it themselves.

Our shea butter Cream is a waterless lotion that conditions, soothes and plumps skin on delicate areas like eyes and any other part of your body that needs some TLC. It is especially effective on dry, chapped skin.

Need a heavy-duty balm that works overtime to soothe, hydrate and renew compromised skin? Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm is made with lot's of organic beeswax, which helps to add moisture to skin and creates a protective barrier.  

We wanted to make it easier for you to differentiate between these products, so we've created a handy chart that breaks it all down. So, if you are asking which product is best for eczema, if you can use Cream on your face or if the products have a scent, take a look below! As always, please reach out to us with any additional questions.

 

Product Cream Dr. Shannon’s Organic Skin Balm Everything Balm

Container

Glass Jar

Aluminum Tin

Plastic Stick Tube

Organic

100% organic ingredients

100% organic ingredients

100% organic ingredients

Contains water?

Waterless

Waterless

Waterless

Base ingredients

Shea Butter

Plant oil + beeswax

Plant oil, shea butter + beeswax

Scent

Unscented, no essential oils

Light notes of cocoa butter + citrus essential oil

Light notes of coconut oil + lavender essential oil

Texture

Very thick and creamy

Soft, creamy balm

Firm balm stick

Type of barrier

Medium

Heavy

Medium 

What it does

Penetrates skin, softens, soothes and plumps and seals in moisture

Soothes, creates barrier that seals in moisture and protects from the elements

Soothes, softens, creates protective layer from the elements

Application

All over body

All over body

Spot treatment

Areas of body

Face and body

Face, lips, body

Face, lips, body

Uses

Dry skin, eczema, night cream, eye cream, hand cream, heavy “lotion”

Dry skin, chapped skin, eczema, aging skin, scars, rashes, cuts and scrapes

Cuts, scrapes, bug bites, chapped lips and cheeks, eczema, dry skin, protective barrier against wind and moisture

Age of users

Safe for all ages

Safe for all ages

Safe for all ages

Frequency of use

Apply as often as needed

Apply as often as needed

Apply as often as needed

Vegan?

Vegan

Contains beeswax

Contains beeswax

Gluten?

Gluten free

Gluten free

Gluten free

Tested on animals?

Cruelty free

Cruelty free

Cruelty free

Genetically modified ingredients?

Non-GMO

Non-GMO

Non-GMO

Container

Reusable glass jar

Reusable aluminum jar

Big stick that is easy to use and kids love to apply

Want to hear how our customers use our Cream, Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm and Everything Balm? We've pulled some of our favorites product reviews, and shared them here:

Cream: "This oil is perfect for my combination skin, and has improved my skin texture, and acne! It also keeps my eczema flare-ups away! It feels good knowing I'm massaging natural ingredients into my skin, and makes it feel so plump! I'm on my third jar already and I don't plan on replacing this." - Lily X. 

Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm: "This is what I bought once I discovered the brand. My son has pretty severe eczema (he’s 5) we have been to numerous Dr’s I’ve the years and tried everything. I mean everything. Even RX creams that are $700+ Nothing seemed to really work (especially in the spring when he suffers the most due to allergies) I have been using this for 3 days and am already seeing and feeling a huge difference in his skin. This morning he said he didn’t itch everywhere and felt better. He usually scratches all night in his sleep and hasn’t don’t that since Thursday! I can’t say enough about this!" - Victoria R.

Everything Balm: "If there is any one product, of any brand, of any kind that I can't live without it's the Everything Balm. I use this constantly and it's so moisturizing. I make sure to never run out of this because it is my savior--lips, burns, dry hands, bumps on the arms/eczema...it soothes all. Highly recommended. I hope they continue to make this forever!" - Heidi

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Back to School with Zoe Organics!

Back to School with Zoe Organics!

School is back in session for our kids and it has been fun to see them reunited with friends and eager for the new adventures this school year will bring. 

On the first day of school we brought all of the usual school supplies: paper, pencils/pens, tissue boxes and sanitizing wipes, but we also packed our own arsenal of body care staples in their backpacks. Read on to hear how we are taking Zoe Organics back to school! 

 

 

Zoe Organics Everything Balm 

Lips and cheeks need a lot of TLC when you are a kid and Zoe Organics Everything Balm is about as handy a balm stick as you will find. With simple, but super effective natural ingredients, it will take on those school day skin issues with ease. And true to its name, it does a little of everything, so keep it close for bug bites to scrapes too. 

 

 

Zoe Organics Breathe Balm

I'll be honest. The mom in me always braces for the viruses that spread like wildfire in a classroom. We boost vitamin D and elderberry syrup, but chances are, you will go through several rounds of coughs and sniffles during the school year. Just like our hero Everything Balm in the handy stick, we combined the power of the Everything Balm base with a soothing essential oil blend that supports easier breathing and rest. It's easy and mess-free to apply, which makes it a favorite for the kiddos. 

 

 

Zoe Organics Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm

Playground scrapes and bruises are inevitable. Face-plants off the monkey bars, tripping and scraping hands and knees on the blacktop, and other such mishaps are just a part of an active childhood. We know it hurts and we teamed up with our favorite pediatrician to create just the right blend of active botanicals and creamy, soothing goodness to combat playground wounds. 

 

 

Zoe Organics Bath Wash

Do you ever feel like a broken record? Wash your hands. Wash your hands! Did you wash your hands? One of the best ways to prevent those back to school germs from spreading is frequent hand washing. But harsh, antibacterial soaps can be really rough on skin (and contain nasty ingredients!), leaving it dry, chapped and even stinging. Zoe Organics Bath Wash comes in a handy little travel size that fits into backpacks and purses, so you can avoid the harsh chemical washes when away from home. The creamy, rich lather is made from organic oils and contains no harsh surfactants. 

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Are you ready to take Zoe Organics back to school with you too? You're in luck! Because tomorrow we are having a Back to School FLASH Sale! Save 20% site wide (excluding gift sets) from 6 am PST to midnight PST. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the sale is live and to get the code!

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Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials: Terri Hall from Integrity Botanicals

Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials: Terri Hall from Integrity Botanicals

We are so excited to have a guest blogger this week! We've known this special mama for a very long time. Her green beauty shop, Integrity Botanicals, was one of our very first retailers. Terri is just a couple days away from her due date with her second (so exciting!) and because Integrity Botanicals only carries the best natural and organic skincare products, we reached out to her to share her pregnancy skincare essentials and she did not disappoint. Read about her favorites below.

 


 

I was completely flattered when Zoe Organics asked if I would do a guest post talking about my pregnancy essentials. We have one son, Jackson, who is now 5 1/2 years old and I’m now in the final days of my second pregnancy. I used Zoe products in my pregnancy with Jackson and excited to share that Zoe products are a staple in my current pregnancy.

 

Here are my Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials:

 

  1. Zoe Organics Belly Oil: I’d highly recommend this for early on in pregnancy, from the first day that you find out you are pregnant. I used this with my first pregnancy and it definitely helped with my skin’s elasticity. I didn’t notice any stretch marks later in my first pregnancy as my belly quickly started to expand. In my second pregnancy, I failed to use this early on with being a busy working mom and then started to notice stretch marks develop in my 2nd trimester - lesson learned! I love how fast this belly oil absorbs without any greasy after-feel and will use this post pregnancy to get my belly back into shape.

 

  1. Zoe Organics Belly Butter: I used this in my 2nd and now in my 3rd trimester (both pregnancies). This belly butter is great for dryness and itchiness associated with stretching skin. I love how it spreads and absorbs into skin, making your belly feel moisturized and comfortable. A little goes a long way too so it will last a long time.

 

  1. Zoe Organics Everything Balm: If I had to choose one all over body care essential from Zoe (including a growing belly), especially for travel, this would be my go-to. It’s great because it comes in a convenient stick, spreads easily over skin without tugging and is super moisturizing without that greasy after feel. It has a light vanilla-coconut scent that’s really comforting. This balm also comes in handy if you are traveling with other kids - my 5 1/2 year old loves to use this balm and all by himself. :)

 

  1. de Mamiel Pregnancy Facial Oil: Love how this facial oil makes my skin glow! The aromatherapy blend of this oil is very soothing, calming and harmonious, it has a silky texture and it makes my skin feel so smooth. I love that this oil is also specifically formulated for pregnancy related concerns – hormonal and reactive skin, and especially safety. Pregnancy and beauty products, and what we put on our skin can become a very confusing topic, especially with the use of essential oils.

 

  1. La Bella Figura Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum: My absolute favorite eye serum for reducing dark circles and puffiness (not only during pregnancy!) This has been especially helpful in my 3rd trimester with many sleepless nights and struggling to be comfortable, not to mention my mind racing about all the things I need to do to prepare for our sweet baby’s arrival. This will also be a staple for me post pregnancy with the countless sleepless nights ahead. While this product is not specifically formulated for pregnancy, I personally feel comfortable using this product while pregnant. I always recommend checking with your doctor first before applying skincare products while pregnant.






Dr. Michael ShannonFormer Parson’s alum and former women’s contemporary fashion designer Terri Hall, the seeds for Integrity Botanicals and her passion for Green Beauty were sown when Terri was a teenager struggling with problematic skin that lasted throughout college. Terri spent countless hours researching and experimenting with myriad natural homemade remedies – from egg white masks to face cleansers to hair masks and anti-aging treatments — to sooth problematic skin, psoriasis and more.

Terri launched Integrity Botanicals with her husband Marc and after the birth of her son devoted herself to the Green Beauty industry and helping to educate customers on beauty products that were healthy, luxurious and full of integrity.

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Winter, and Why We Love Waterless Products

Winter, and Why We Love Waterless Products

Winter is here, and that means dry skin. Read Heather's own list of favorites skin care items, how she uses them and why they are so effective.

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What You Might Not Know About Our New Gift Sets

What You Might Not Know About Our New Gift Sets
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new Gift Sets! We've gathered three of our favorite products in both the Baby and Pregnancy categories, and packaged them together in beautiful new gift boxes. Continue reading

Real Natural Beauty

Real Natural Beauty

A few weeks ago, Organic Authority published an article, What Real Natural Beauty Brands Want You to Know About Big Beauty. It was a very well-written piece by Liz Thompson, with quotes from some of my dear friends and brand founders in natural beauty. As I read through the article, it caused me to reflect on what Natural Beauty really is, and why we started in the first place. I wanted to spend a few minutes adding my thoughts because I think this is an important conversation to have as the natural beauty industry continues to grow and evolve.

 

Organic Authority quote: Heather Hamilton

 

Zoe Organics products became available in May of 2010. I was making products and running the business from my kitchen. I was a young mom with a toddler, preschooler and was pregnant with my third. I believed that natural and organic products could be so much more than what was currently on the market. During the first few years in business, I connected with some of the brand founders that today have thriving businesses. They also started in their kitchens or studios, researching and sourcing the best natural and organic ingredients they could find, making them with utmost care in small batches.

We had a common goal, to educate consumers on the benefits of natural and organic ingredients and provide something different than the conventional products that dominated the market. When we began, green beauty was still very young and good products were hard to find. You could take our products at face value, and when you called the number on the website, you could speak with the brand founder, who was also the formulator (and likely every other role within the company)!

In 2013, our friends La Bella Figura started A Night For Green Beauty, which would, for the subsequent three years, be the leading, highly anticipated green beauty event, bringing together the best premium natural indie brands into an intimate setting. It wasn’t a “show”, but a premiere social gathering, complete with flower crowns, champagne and tables covered with the most beautiful natural and organic products.

 

A Night for Green Beauty_1

A Night for Green Beauty_2

 

We, collectively, evangelized and promoted each other’s brands. We recognized that together we were a force that could bring about change. And indeed it did. Our efforts began to pay off and gain momentum as consumers eagerly made the switch to natural – now that products that were safe, beautiful and performed well were available. And sales picked up.

 

 

A Night for Green Beauty_3

 

Fast forward seven years, and the opportunities have multiplied. The challenges have as well. We all agree that without the growth and consumer demand for natural products, we wouldn’t have the opportunities we do today. But we also feel the pressure from brands who have jumped on the bandwagon when it became trendy to do so. Brands that have big budgets and celebrity followings, and are far more motivated by the bottom line than their environmental or social impact.

But despite all the noise that has entered this evolving industry, I believe what set us apart then is what continues to set us apart today: our steadfastness to what we believe in, and the reasons why we started in the first place. As I read all of the quotes from the brand founders in this article, I was encouraged and re-energized. As long as there are brands fierce with purpose and commitment to quality and authenticity, there will be Real Natural Beauty.



Real Natural Beauty

 


Header photo: Olly Joy on Unsplash

Illustrations: The Chalkboard

Product photo: La Bella Figura
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