We take great care in sourcing the purest ingredients from small farms and factories, whenever possible.

We carefully choose ingredients for our skincare formulations and supplements, including locally grown herbs, tallow, and PUFA-aware seed oils. Our approach is informed by solid research and hands-on experimentation, ensuring that our products are both effective and gentle on the skin, utilizing the natural advantages of top-quality, locally sourced ingredients.

Our founder, Stephanie Pena's passion for natural ingredients and their relationship with the skin and body led to meticulous, decades-long research and experimentation.

The Kossma Notes

  • Allantoin: a powerful constituent found in comfrey leaf 5

    Allantoin is a really powerful constituent found in comfrey leaf, a popular and traditional herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to promote healing. Back in the day, before modern hospitals and antibiotics, it was a go-to for preventing infections in cuts and wounds. Today, people use it more for its ability to renew and rejuvenate skin cells, and we like how it stimulates new cell growth, soothes angry skin like eczema and psoriasis, and also provides a gentle exfoliation that leaves behind a clearer complexion. Allantoin is so effective that the FDA has regulated its use to only 5% in formulations, due to some conspiracy theories among cosmetic chemists that it works too well. 

    The magic of comfrey in folklore, TCM uses, and Nourishing Abilities

    We know the magic of allantoin’s effects on the skin, and comfrey root in folklore has been attributed with magic in some parts of the world because of its ability to protect, heal and bring prosperity, and to mend broken hearts and soothe emotional pain. TCM also has uses for comfrey and it is believed to have a cooling effect to clear heat and toxins from the body. It is also considered to be a nourishing herb and is used to tonify the lungs, kidneys, and liver. 

    Benefits of Allantoin in Kossma Beauty Skincare:

    • Stimulates new cell growth
    • Soothes irritated skin (eczema, psoriasis)
    • Provides gentle exfoliation for a clearer complexion
    • Promotes healing and rejuvenation of skin cells
    • Effective, with FDA regulation because of its potency
    • Stimulates new cell growth

  • Aloe Vera: The Medicinal Succulent Plant for Your Skin

    Aloe vera is a succulent plant and is revered for its medicinal and therapeutic properties. The gel is what is typically used, and is extracted from the inner leaf of the plant. Common uses are to soothe and moisturize the skin because of its anti-inflammatory and humectant properties. It contains loads of antioxidants, making it a great choice for skincare products. 

    The Historical and Therapeutic Uses of Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years in various cultures around the world, including ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is known for its wound healing properties, and soothes inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and is great at treating acne and sunburns. 

    Aloe Vera is Skin's Best Friend

    With all of these wonderful benefits, we also like using aloe vera in our formulations because it can replace water which adds in humectant properties to the formulation, keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized. It's just overall really good for the skin. 

    Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel in Kossma Beauty Skincare:

    • Soothes and hydrates the skin
    • Anti-inflammatory properties
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Promotes wound healing
    • Medicinal treatment for inflammatory skin conditions, acne, eczema and sunburns
  • Amla Fruit: The Potent Medicinal Plant for Nourishing Your Skin

    Amla fruit is an amazing ingredient that's been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and all kinds of beauty treatments. One interesting use is incorporating it into your hair care routine by massaging it into your scalp like a scalp mask to help with hair growth. And for the skin (we use it in powder form) because it's a great overall beauty treatment for skin (and hair) filled with vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are everywhere, and a big contributor is pollution in the air. When applied to the skin, amla fruit powder gives it a big dose of antioxidants to help fight off the effects of free radical activity that can cause your skin to age and look worn down. 

    The Time-Honored and Healing Uses of Amla Fruit

    We’re impressed by its performance as a skin lightener and brightener and can help fix hyperpigmentation. In ayurveda, it is thought to balance all three doshas in the body, making it great for rejuvenation. Amla fruit is considered a sacred fruit in Hindu mythology and is associated with the god Vishnu. It's believed to have the power to purify and protect the body and mind, and is used in various rituals and ceremonies. Amla fruit is truly a remarkable ingredient that holds significant symbolic and religious meaning, and amazing health benefits. 

    Benefits of Amla Fruit Powder in Kossma Beauty Skincare:

    • Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that fight off free radicals
    • Brightens and lightens the skin
    • Balances all three doshas in the body for rejuvenation
    • Helps with hyperpigmentation
    • Has wound healing properties
    • Considered a sacred fruit in Hindu mythology and believed to have purifying and protecting properties.
  • Exploring the Sustainable Exfoliating Powers of Bamboo Stem Powder for Effective Skincare

    Bamboo stem powder is an increasingly popular and versatile ingredient in the cosmetic industry. This fine powder is made from the stem of the bamboo plant, which is a giant grass known for its fast growth and renewability. Bamboo stem powder is a sustainable and biodegradable exfoliant that's gentle on the skin, making it a better alternative to many other exfoliants on the market, such as ground walnut shells or microplastics, which don't degrade after use. We chose bamboo stem powder as an ingredient because of its many benefits, including high silica content that aids collagen production, improves skin elasticity, and helps absorb excess oil on the skin, making it especially helpful for those with acne-prone skin. Bamboo stem powder is a clean and renewable resource that quickly degrades after use. Using bamboo stem powder as a mechanical exfoliant is an excellent choice for those who want effective and eco-conscious skincare solutions.

    Benefits of Bamboo Stem Powder:

    • Sustainable and biodegradable exfoliant
    • Gentle on the skin
    • High silica content aids collagen production and improves skin elasticity
    • Helps absorb excess oil on the skin, making it helpful for those with acne-prone skin
    • Clean and renewable resource
    • Degrades quickly after use
    • Eco-conscious skincare solution
  • Propolis - The Nutrient-Packed Super Substance 

    Propolis is a fascinating substance that honey bees collect from tree buds and sap flows. It's like a supercharged mix of all the best parts of the beehive - pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, honey - and it's used by bees to structurally reinforce their hive against outside threats and feed their queen. We love incorporating it into our skincare formulations because it's like a multivitamin for the skin, packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

    The Protective Barrier Against Harmful Elements

    One of the coolest things about propolis is that, just like how bees use it to defend their hive, it can also help defend your skin from outside stressors like pollution, UV radiation, and smoke. It creates a protective barrier that shields your skin from these harmful elements.

    An Amazing Ingredient, Thanks to Hardworking Bees

    Overall, propolis is an amazing ingredient that we give thanks to the hardworking bees for providing us. It's protective, nutritious, and a lovely part of many of our skincare products.

    Benefits of Bee Propolis in Kossma Beauty Skincare: 

    • Packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
    • Creates a protective barrier against harmful elements like pollution, UV radiation, and smoke
    • Nutritious, like a multivitamin for the skin
  • Multifaceted Skincare Benefits of Boswellic Extract

    Boswellic extract is a unique ingredient for skin care because it’s the magical constituent in frankincense resin - which is typically what people are referring to when they’re extolling the virtues of frankincense in skincare. There is a lot of science that shows it’s effectiveness for treating skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, lipofuscin, and dullness, and offers anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic effects, which can help reduce inflammation, protect against damage, and fight acne-causing bacteria (aka acne). We love it for its ability to maintain skin elasticity, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate skin cells. 

  • Benefits of Cocoa Powder for Brighter, Plumper Skin

    With a range of beneficial constituents, cocoa powder is a wonderful ingredient for the skin that helps improve its appearance and health by bringing in brightness and plumpness. One of its main constituents is caffeine, which acts as a vasodilator and stimulates blood flow, effectively “waking up” up the skin and giving it a fresh appearance. Another great constituent in cacao powder is theobromine, a potent antioxidant that can help protect the skin from damage and improve its elasticity.

    Emollient and Chemical Exfoliation Abilities of Cocoa Powder

    And then there are all the fatty acids it contains which offer emollient benefits, helping to moisturize and soften the skin. There is also a little chemical exfoliation ability which can help remove dead skin cells. 

    Moisturizing Power of Cocoa Powder in Our Milky Mask

    Because of these benefits cocoa powder is a top ingredient in our Milky Mask formulation, and the additional oils and fats we pack into the mask helps cocoa powder to penetrate deeply into the skin and provide long-lasting moisturization.

  • The Medicinal and Beautifying Skin Benefits of Calendula Flowers

    Calendula flowers are a beloved ingredient at Kossma because of their medicinal and beautifying benefits to the skin. These beautiful flowers have been used as an ancient herbal remedy for centuries worldwide, and are gentle and soothing on the skin.They have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, making them useful in treating a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. They also help moisturize and soothe the skin and are effective at treating wounded (burns, dry and cracked skin) skin. 

    An Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Ingredient for Your Oral Health

    Fun fact: Calendula is also used in oral care products for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and is formulated as an extract (we use it as a tincture which has a different formulary process). It can be found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes, and mouth sprays to help prevent and treat gingivitis, reduce plaque and overall boosts oral health.   

    Calendula's Medicinal and Beauty Benefits Throughout Time

    In addition to its skin-loving gifts, calendula has a rich history of use in many cultures for medicinal and beauty benefits. From ancient Greek and Roman cultures throughout medieval time and in TCM, calendula has been used therapeutically, and as a natural non-toxic colorant in food and cosmetics and yellow dye for fabric. Calendula was also used as a symbol of love and devotion and was often worn as a crown during weddings in ancient cultures.

    Use for Overall Skin Health and Prevent Acne with the Gentle and Lovely Calendula Flowers

    Calendula flowers are gentle and lovely for the skin, and help maintain overall skin health and integrity, and can even help prevent acne from happening. We think of them like a nourishing meal; both operate in the same way by containing numerous medicinal properties that are complemented by many beautifying benefits.

  • Caprylic Capric Acid: The Super Gentle Ingredient for Oil Cleansing and Skincare

    Caprylic capric acid is a fantastic ingredient in skincare products because it's super gentle and works well for oil cleansing. We love it because it's a natural, non-reactive fatty acid derived from coconut oil that's excellent at dissolving makeup and dirt without making your skin feel tight and dry. It's also really light and silky, almost like water, which feels amazing on your face.

    The Hydrating and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Caprylic Capric Acid in Skincare

    Other things we love about caprylic capric acid is how moisturizing it is. It'll leave your skin feeling soft and smooth without leaving a greasy residue. It's also great at helping other oils in the formula mix together well. And, it has antioxidants that fight against harmful free radicals that can cause skin damage. It also helps to balance your skin's microbiome, which is key to healthy, happy skin.

    Coconut Oil - The Source of Caprylic Capric Acid, A Super Moisturizing and Antioxidant Ingredient for Skincare

    Coconut oil, the source of caprylic capric acid, is also super moisturizing and can help soothe irritated or inflamed skin. It's packed with antioxidants that protect against environmental damage and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help fight off bacteria and fungi.

  • Castor Oil, The Efficient Cleanser And Moisturizer

    We're fans of castor oil because, though it is thicker than other oils, it's an efficient cleanser and astringent that we like to use in combination with other oils to achieve a deep clean and prep our skin for serums and balm. Castor oil has amazing occlusive moisturizing properties, which help prevent water loss and provide a serious hydration boost. Plus, when mixed with other oils, it enhances their benefits and can help brighten and even out skin tone.

    The Medicinal And Cosmetic Properties Of Castor Oil

    Derived from the beans of the castor plant, castor oil has been used for centuries for its various medicinal and cosmetic properties. In addition to its moisturizing and astringent properties, it has antiviral and antimicrobial properties that make it popular for treating skin issues like dermatitis and fungal infections. And, it's even been used for hair growth!

  • A Potent Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant for the Skin

    Chamomile is rich in bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, antioxidants, and aromatics. Along with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, chamomile is also moisturizing, wound-healing, calming, and has anti-aging properties. It leaves the skin feeling soft and silky after use and has a nice soft aroma.

    The Unique Feature of Chamomile's Flavonoid Compounds: Apigenin

    We use chamomile extract because we believe its bioactive compounds (antioxidants, flavonoids, and aromatics) offer an abundance of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for the skin. One of the most unique features of chamomile’s flavonoid compounds is apigenin which has been shown to be particularly beneficial for the skin due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

    Protective and Softening Benefits for the Skin

    Chamomile is also protective in other ways and has been shown to leave the skin feeling soft and silky after use. In our experiments with chamomile, we have consistently observed that it lends a nice soft aroma, which is an added bonus. We like that chamomile extract is a special ingredient in our formulations and makes skin feel protected, healthy, and beautifully soft.

  • Regenerative Colostrum Powder Sourced from Ethical US Farms

    Colostrum powder is a highly concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, and unique proteins derived from the first milking of cows after giving birth. Our colostrum powder is sourced from small US farms that uses regenerative farm practices and ethical standards, ensuring that the cows are pastured and grass-fed and that baby cows are not separated from their mothers. Only a small amount of colostrum is harvested so as not to deprive the babies of their needed supply to grow. 

    Lactoferrin: The Key Protein for Skin Benefits in Colostrum Powder

    One of the standout ingredients in colostrum is lactoferrin, which is a protein that has a similar nutrient profile in cows and humans and is not found in any other sources like meat or eggs. It is in regular milk, but in colostrum it is at a very high concentration. Lactoferrin has a variety of benefits for the skin, including improving skin elasticity and firmness, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening the complexion.

  • A Gentle Alternative to Harsh Cleansers

    A Gentle Alternative to Harsh Cleansers

    Decyl Glucoside is a gentle, non-ionic surfactant that is commonly used in skincare and personal care products such as cleansers, shampoos, and body washes. It is often overlooked in discussions of cleansers because of the drama surrounding Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (“SLS” which has been deemed harmful and many people are searching for gentle alternatives). Decyl Glucoside is that alternative, and it is our super gentle surfactant of choice. We like it because it is the mildest surfactant available, and in our formulations it works well on all skin types and conditions.

    The Unique Features of Decyl Glucoside: A Mild Surfactant for Sensitive Skin

    What makes Decyl Glucoside unique is that it is non-methylated, which means that it does not contain the contaminants dioxin and ethylene oxide that can be introduced during the methylation process. Its mild nature makes it a popular ingredient in personal care products, especially those designed for sensitive skin or baby products.

    A Gentle Yet Effective Cleansing Ingredient

    We love Decyl Glucosides ability to effectively remove dirt while still being gentle on the skin. It is so mild that it is typically used as a secondary surfactant in most products because of its extra gentle nature. It's great for removing makeup, sweat and dirt!

  • Potent Medicine for Your Skin

    Echinacea, also known as coneflower, belongs to the daisy family and possesses powerful medicinal attributes that aid in wound healing, making it highly appreciated for resolving acne and eczema. Its impressive antioxidant profile and strong antibacterial abilities work synergistically to cleanse infections and soothe skin inflammation, which is why we incorporate it into our Acne Serum. The harmonious combination of antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits effectively clears up infections and helps restore inflamed skin back to health.

    Native American Healing Traditions

    In the  Osage and Cherokee cultures living in the Southeastern and Great Plains regions of North America,  echinacea held significant importance. From treating wounds and infections to treating snake bites, it was also believed to ward off evil spirits.  

    Kossma Beauty's Appreciation for Echinacea

    At Kossma Beauty, we like using echinacea for its potent antibacterial action that helps resolve skin infections. We also like its anti-inflammatory effects that bring relief and comfort to those with painful inflammatory skin issues. Echinacea's abundance of antioxidants adds to its grab-bag of goodness by contributing to overall skin health and providing protection against free radical damage. 

  • A Natural Ingredient with Powerful Anti-inflammatory Properties

    Emu oil is an awesome natural ingredient with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Our emu oil is sustainably sourced after harvest  from the back fat pad of an ostrich-like, flightless bird native to Australia. Most farmed emus are fed corn and soy, which results in oil that is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), but we found a domestic farmer who raises emus on pasture, so they live in sunlight and eat what they’re designed to eat, making their oil low PUFA which is in line with nature and Kossma products.

    The Moisturizing Benefits of Emu Oil for Skin, Suitable for All Skin Types

    Along with its anti-inflammatory benefits, emu oil is also a great moisturizer due to its lightness and easy absorption into the skin. It's suitable for all skin types, from acne-prone to sensitive, and even newborn babies. We love emu oil because it's highly absorbent and rich in beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants. It's also an effective carrier agent, which means it can amplify the benefits of other ingredients when mixed together.

    Emu Oil's Medicinal Properties: Pain-relieving Effects and Deep Absorption

    Emu oil has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties, both topically and ingested to counter high cholesterol. It's pale yellow, odorless, and almost tasteless, making it ideal for use in skincare products. Along with its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, emu oil is also known for its pain-relieving effects, making it useful for conditions such as headaches, muscle aches, and joint pain. Its easy absorption allows it to penetrate deeply into the skin and provide multiple benefits.

  • The Super Hydrating and Beautifying Benefits of Frankincense Hydrosol

    Frankincense hydrosol is a potent natural product that is derived from the resin of the frankincense (boswellia) tree. When the resin is distilled, the whole resin is used, resulting in a hydrosol that carries over water-soluble actives from the resin into the hydrosol. This is particularly beneficial because some herbs only have alcohol-soluble or oil-soluble constituents, but with frankincense hydrosol, you get the benefits of water-soluble constituents, even some boswellic acid. 

    Using Frankincense Hydrosol to Regenerate New Cells and Improve Skin Appearance

    It is a super hydrator that also has beautifying, soothing, and anti-inflammatory benefits, and contains powerful antioxidants that act as free radical scavengers, protecting your skin from oxidative stress that would make it look worn down and dull. It is great to regenerate new cells, improve fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring, and soothe irritated, stressed, or wounded skin (like sunburns or cracked and dry skin). Frankincense hydrosol is a way to use boswellic acid via hydration and contains most of the constituents of the resin. It’s so effective, it’s one of our best sellers! 

  • Harnessing the Healing Powers of Ghee for Healthy, Glowing Skin

    Ghee is a type of clarified butter that is rich in saturated fat and free from oxidizing PUFAs. It's made by heating butter to remove the milk solids and water, resulting in a concentrated oil that's full of fat-soluble vitamins. Though heavy and greasy, we like how deeply absorbent it is along with being moisturizing, lubricating, and improving skin tone. And because it does not contain the lactose or milk solids that can cause reactions, it is a good option for those with sensitive skin. Even with all of these benefits the heaviness and greasiness can be a problem unless properly formulated to avoid leaving a heavy residue on the skin.

    Ghee Can Nourishes Your Skin from Within

    In skincare, ghee is not commonly used because of its weight and viscosity, but it contains so many beneficial vitamins that it is a valued nourishing ingredient. Grass-fed ghee is particularly beneficial in the body, as it's full of antioxidants and short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate acid, which have been clinically proven to increase energy, prevent colon cancer, and reduce autoimmune conditions in the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, ghee is considered holy medicine and used to nourish and lubricate tissue on a cellular level. It's highly beneficial during rejuvenation therapy and referred to as Amrita (nectar). Applied topically, ghee helps to restore skin tone and provides long-lasting moisturization. 

  • A Natural and Gentle Preservative 

    We use gluconolactone as one of our preservatives to maintain freshness in our formulations. It is a gentle and natural polyhydroxy acid (PHA) derived from glucose, also making it a very gentle AHA exfoliant, but we don’t use it that way. We  like it as a preservative because it comes from renewable sources and is EcoCert certified as biodegradable, which is important for synthetic ingredients.

    Sodium Benzoate and Gluconolactone: Our Safe and Effective Preservative Combination

    We also use sodium benzoate as another safe and gentle preservative in combination with gluconolactone to keep our skincare products free from harmful bacteria and mold. Together, they help maintain the quality of our products and extend their potency well beyond the purchase date.

    A Sustainable and Biodegradable Process

    Gluconolactone is typically made through a fermentation process using glucose from various sources such as corn starch or rice. The bacteria consume the glucose and produce gluconic acid, which is then further processed to produce gluconolactone. The final product is a white powder that is highly pure and stable, used for various applications such as personal care, food, and pharmaceuticals.

  • Discover the Benefits of Goat's Milk Powder for Your Skin: A Natural Exfoliant with Fat-Soluble Vitamins and Lactic Acid

    Goat's milk powder is a wonderful skincare ingredient that is similar to colostrum, but is a weaker version of it. Even so, it still contains many beneficial components such as fat-soluble vitamins and lactic acid which is a natural exfoliant for the skin. It helps to gently turn over skin cells without being too aggressive like some chemical exfoliants can be. While you can buy exfoliants that contain lactic acid over the counter, goat's milk powder provides a natural, minimal version of this ingredient.

    Why Goat's Milk Powder is a Superfood for Your Skin

    One of the reasons we love goat's milk powder is because milk is a complete food that contains minerals, fats, and carbs. Goat's milk powder provides the skin with these beneficial components, including lactoferrin, a special protein found in mammal milk that is a superfood for the skin. Also, goat's milk powder is more readily available than other forms of milk, making it a convenient and affordable ingredient to incorporate into our products.

    Our Goat’s Milk Powder Offers the Full Benefits of Minerals, Fats, and Carbs

    It's also worth mentioning that goat's milk powder contains fat-soluble vitamins and other fat-soluble constituents that can be beneficial for the skin. We use full-fat goat's milk powder in our products to ensure that we are getting all of the benefits that this ingredient has to offer.

  • Honey Is a Powerful Skincare Ingredient with Antioxidants, Enzymes, Vitamins, and Minerals

    Honey is a powerful skincare ingredient composed of elements from nature such as soil, sun, rain, flowers that produce pollen and nectar, and the bees that bring it all together. It contains a hefty amount of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, making it a popular choice for use in natural remedies and skincare. We value honey’s anti-inflammatory, humectant, and antibacterial benefits in our formulations as well as being a skin bomb of antioxidants and enzymes.

    Protect and Promote Healthy Skin with The Antioxidants, Enzymes, and Antibacterial Properties of Honey

    Honey is rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids, polyphenols, and phenolic acids, which protect the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress caused by environmental pollutants. It also contains enzymes like glucose oxidase and catalase that promote healthy skin by producing and breaking down hydrogen peroxide. Honey has natural antibacterial properties that help to kill harmful bacteria on the skin, making it an effective treatment for acne and other skin infections. As a humectant, honey attracts and retains moisture in the skin, keeping it hydrated and moisturized. Plus, honey has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation and redness in the skin, making it an effective treatment for conditions like eczema.

    The Nourishing and Antimicrobial Benefits of Honey, a True Superfood

    In addition to all of these benefits, honey also contains vitamins and minerals that nourish and protect the skin, making it a true skin superfood. It also has antimicrobial properties to prevent microbes and fungi from infiltrating the compromised barrier of wounded or inflamed skin, and as a gentle yet effective antibiotic that kills bacteria. We locally source raw, unprocessed honey because it contains more of the beneficial enzymes and nutrients.

  • Leaf Lard: An Ancient Skincare Ingredient with Nourishing Benefits

    We love using leaf lard in our skincare products for its unique properties and nourishing benefits. Iberian pigs, the source of our leaf lard, are an ancient, semi-wild breed that cannot be industrialized, and they are raised in natural, forested areas where they can forage on their preferred diet of acorns. This natural lifestyle of foraging on acorns and living in a forested environment, results in a vitamin D-rich, purer and lower PUFA content in the oil, making it a safe and stable choice in Kossma products. Iberian leaf lard is a nutritious and lush oil that can be used to moisturize and nourish the skin.

    Light, Silky, and Easily Absorbed

    Compared to other types of fat, leaf lard is incredibly light and silky on the skin, containing linoleic acid that moisturizes the skin without the risk of oxidation. Additionally, leaf lard has a similar cellular make-up and pH as our skin, making it gentle and easily absorbed. It promotes collagen production, resulting in improved elasticity, evens out skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and firms and tones the skin. The leaf lard's high absorbency and acid content also help to heal cuts, burns, acne scars, bruises, and promote hair and nail growth.

  • A Skin Care Powerhouse with Deep Penetration Abilities

    We love using jojoba oil in our skincare products because it is a skin care powerhouse that can penetrate deeply into the skin and bring with it any constituents that are mixed with it. Jojoba oil is actually a wax, and its chemical composition is very similar to the wax esters found in human skin. This allows it to mimic the natural oils in our skin and regulate the production of sebum, which keeps our skin supple and hydrated. We love jojoba oil for its light carrier oil properties that allow infusions of herbs and resins. On its own, jojoba oil is used for inflammatory and wounded skin conditions like sunburn, psoriasis, and chapped skin.

    Long-Lasting Moisturization and Rich in Antioxidants

    Jojoba oil provides long-lasting moisturization and is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals and environmental stressors. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and calm irritated skin. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog pores or cause breakouts, making it suitable for all skin types. We use both clear and golden jojoba oil in different formulations, with the differences between the two being minimal. Golden jojoba oil is less deodorized than clear jojoba oil and is used when its beautiful golden color enhances a formulation.

    Jojoba Oil's Compatibility with Human Skin and Its Power to Heal

    Jojoba oil contains beneficial ingredients, including vitamin E, vitamin B complex, silicon, chromium, copper, and zinc. It also has a very high percentage of iodine, which gives jojoba oil its power to heal. Jojoba oil is compatible with human skin, which also produces waxes and oils, and can take the place of naturally-produced human sebum which diminishes as we age. It moisturizes the skin on the scalp and body while removing any sticky buildup or excess oil to keep oil levels balanced. Jojoba oil can also be used as a surfactant and removes dirt, oil, and makeup easily.

    Native Americans First Used Jojoba Nuts for Hair and Skin Conditioning

    The Jojoba nut was first used by Native Americans, who heated the seeds to get the waxy substance out for use on hair and skin to condition and heal. Today, the uses are the same and jojoba oil is found in a variety of products ranging from skincare shampoo; lipstick; makeup; cleansing products; and in face, hand, and body lotions.

  • Kpangnan Butter’s Unusual Dry Texture and Anti-Inflammatory Properties Make it a Unique Ingredient in Skincare

    This butter is a natural oil extracted from the nuts of the African karite nut tree, which is closely related to the shea butter tree. While Kpangnan Butter and shea butter share a similar family origin, they have distinct differences. Kpangnan Butter contains stigmasterol, a plant sterol with anti-inflammatory properties that may offer pain relief benefits. We love its unique dry texture that goes on powdery and finishes like a very light oil, its a surprising texture that sets it apart from other oils and butters. 

    Rich Fatty Acids and Antioxidants Profiles

    Kpangnan Butter is rich in fatty acids, including oleic and linoleic acid, which are important to maintaining healthy skin. They help to retain moisture in the skin and improve its overall texture. It also contains vitamins A and E, which have antioxidant properties that protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. These vitamins help to nourish and strengthen the skin, resulting in a more radiant and youthful appearance. Lastly, Kpangnan Butter’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated or inflamed skin, making it particularly useful for people with eczema, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

    Say Goodbye to Breakouts and Hello to Smooth Skin with Kpangnan Butter!

    Kpangnan Butter has a low comedogenic rating, which means it is less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts. This makes it suitable for people with oily or acne-prone skin. Its light, non-greasy texture is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Furthermore, it has been shown to stimulate collagen production in the skin, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains triterpenes, which improve skin elasticity and firmness.

  • Lanolin is a Natural Humectant and Occlusive with Vitamin D

    Lanolin is a waxy substance derived from sheep's wool that has a high water-holding capacity, making it an effective humectant and is a true natural occlusive (it doesn’t have to be blended with anything) that can help hydrate the skin and improve its elasticity. It is also rich in natural vitamin D with potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation caused by environmental stressors ike air pollution and UV radiation.

    How Lanolin Protects and Nourishes Skin with Mechanical, Chemical, and Physical Barriers

    A unique feature of lanolin is that it has a combination of mechanical, chemical, and physical barriers that work together to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin from environmental stressors. The physical barrier is created by the thick waxy texture of lanolin, which sits on top of the skin to keep moisture in and protect the skin from the environment. Lanolin's emollient and occlusive properties create a chemical barrier that helps to seal in moisture and prevent it from evaporating, while the cholesterol content of lanolin repairs and strengthens the skin's natural moisture barrier, creating a mechanical barrier that helps to protect the skin and prevent moisture loss. Lanolin is an amazing protective and beautifying ingredient that provides nourishment to skin while it’s multiple barriers help keep the skin healthy and hydrated.

  • Discover the Versatility of Malva Flower Extract for Beautiful Skin

    We were thrilled to find Malva flower extract from one of our trusted suppliers, who specializes in premium ingredients. They showed us a video of the flower being harvested from the mallow plant in the Swiss Alps to create an extract that has been scientifically proven to improve skin's appearance. We were amazed by its versatility in treating skin irritation and acne. Research has shown that it can even help with eczema flare-ups, psoriasis, and wound healing. Packed with flavonoids and vitamins C and E, Malva extract nourishes and reduces inflammation.

    Heal and Revitalize Your Skin with Malva Flower Extract

    Malva flower extract penetrates deeply into your skin cells, promoting healthy skin from within. Its potent antioxidant properties combat oxidative damage, revealing a youthful and radiant glow. This high-powered antioxidant renews and refreshes your skin.

    Did You Know These Fun Facts About Malva Flower?

    Derived from the word Mallow, the French term "mauve" describes the standard pink-lavender color of the flowers. In ancient times, musk mallow was used by Greeks to decorate friends' graves and as an ingredient in cough syrups and ointments, and even as an aphrodisiac! According to the Victorian "Language of Flowers," Malva represents being consumed by love, persuasion, and weakness. In folklore, Malva is believed to be an ancient and reliable guardian of the house. The good souls of ancestors are said to settle on the flowers and protect the house's inhabitants.

  • Soothe and Hydrate Your Skin with Marshmallow Extract, a Unique Ingredient in Kossma’s LineUp

    Marshmallow extract is a versatile herbal remedy that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine due to its anti-inflammatory and mucogenic properties. It comes from the root and leaves of the marshmallow plant, and this extract contains mucilage, flavonoids, and asparagine, which provide deep hydration and protection to the skin. Its ability to act as both a hydrator and an anti-inflammatory make it a particularly effective remedy for skin hydration. At Kossma Beauty, we value marshmallow extract for its ability to deeply moisturize the skin and provide a protective barrier against environmental stressors.

    The Power of Mucilage

    Mucilage is a unique property of marshmallow and is not found in any of our other ingredients. It is a slimy substance that acts as a natural emollient and moisturizer. Marshmallow produces a mucosal gel that is composed of complex polysaccharides, which absorb water and create a gel-like substance when mixed with a liquid. In skincare, mucilage is known for its hydrating properties and its ability to soothe and protect the skin. When applied topically, it creates a protective barrier on the skin's surface, which helps to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration. It also has a cooling and soothing effect, which can help to calm irritated and inflamed skin. Additionally, mucilage contains antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from free radical damage and premature aging.

  • The Superhero of Seed Oils

    Meadowfoam oil is the superhero of seed oils and is unlike other seed oils because it doesn't oxidize. Most seed oils turn rancid when exposed to air, heat, and light, which triggers the nasty process of lipid peroxidation. But not this oil–it's like a shield against oxidation, and is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that bring health and vitality to your skin.

    Meadowfoam Oil is Low PUFA and We Love It 

    Extracted from the seeds of the white, flowering meadowfoam plant native to Oregon, California, and Western Canada, this oil provides emollient services that are similar to shea butter, avocado oil, and macadamia butter. It keeps the skin soft and supple and contains highly stable long-chain fatty acids that give it a long shelf life. Additionally, it is low in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which is a significant advantage for skincare products.

    An Emollient with Long-Lasting Effects on Your Skin

    Meadowfoam oil also contains 3-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate and 3-methoxyphenyl acetonitrile, which have shown in clinical research (human skin cells grown in a lab) to provide a protective role against UV light. Because of its stability and nutrient profile it is an ingredient of choice in our formulations.

    The Stable Stabilizer, Meadowfoam Oil Keeps Your Skincare Products Fresh

    Fun fact: Did you know that meadowfoam oil is so stable and resistant to oxidation that skincare companies use it as a stabilizer to prevent other oils in their formulations from going bad? That's how potent and effective this oil is in skincare products.

    The Protective Ingredients that We Love and that Loves Your Skin

    At Kossma Beauty, we love meadowfoam oil because it is a natural and effective way to hydrate and nourish the skin. It's packed with high antioxidants and vitamins E and A, making it a nourishing oil that people see a difference in. Its exceptional stability and resistance to oxidation make it a potent stabilizer that can prevent other oils from oxidizing. 

  • Myrrh Resin is a Unique Ingredient with Medicinal Properties

    Myrrh resin has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine and religious rituals, much like its cousin frankincense resin. Although both resins share similar medicinal properties, myrrh resin is particularly unique because of its almost pharmaceutical level of medicinal properties. While we typically shy away from antibacterial properties, myrrh resin's antifungal and antibacterial properties can be quite beneficial in treating fungal skin conditions such as dandruff caused by the Malassezia fungus, and a specific type of acne with the presence of the fungus Malassezia.

    Myrrh Resin's Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties

    In addition to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, myrrh resin is also an anti-inflammatory agent that can help rejuvenate cells and prevent infection. Myrrh resin is harvested from Commiphora myrrh, a low-growing desert tree that exudes a viscous yellow gum that hardens into a reddish-brown resin. This highly medicinal tree resin has been historically used to treat topical skin conditions from infections to fungus and acne. In pharmacology, myrrh is used as an antiseptic in mouthwashes, gargles, and toothpastes. It's also used in some liniments and healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments. Myrrh has been used as an analgesic for toothaches and can be used in liniment for bruises, aches, and sprains.

    Ancient Uses and Healing Powers of Myrrh Resin

    Myrrh gum is commonly claimed to remedy indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung congestion, arthritis pain, and cancer. It is also an effective antiseptic and one of the best cicatrisantes – that is, it stimulates cellular growth – and its healing effects on open wounds, ulcers, and boils were legendary even before Biblical times. Myrrh resin's bitterness may easily be associated with Isis' bitter task of searching for the scattered pieces of Her beloved husband's body, making it sacred to Isis in her role as the goddess of death and mourning in ancient Egypt.

  • The Power of Non-Oxidizing Oil-Soluble Vitamin C for Brighter, More Youthful Skin

    In our opinion, using non-oxidizing oil-soluble vitamin C is great for skincare. Ascorbic acid, the commonly used form of vitamin C in most skincare products, always oxidizes and sensitizes the skin to the sun. While some companies claim to have found ways to prevent oxidation, many chemists say that it's not true. Ascorbic acid can also have negative effects on the skin due to oxidation. That's why we use non-oxidizing oil-soluble vitamin C, which doesn't sensitize the skin to the sun and doesn't require pH adjusters. It's clinically proven to lighten dark spots and increase collagen production. Vitamin C is a great ingredient for skincare, but it's important to use a stable and effective form like non-oxidizing oil-soluble vitamin C. It  penetrates the skin's lipid barrier and promotes collagen synthesis, neutralizes free radicals, and improves skin tone and texture. It's non-irritating and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. We like it as is a great ingredient for skincare, and use it in our formulations to help improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.

    What is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and How is it Made?

    Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a synthetic, stable form of Vitamin C that is considered a penetration enhancer and helps other active ingredients in the same formula to be more effectively absorbed by the skin. It is a lipid-soluble form of Vitamin C, which means it is able to penetrate the lipid barrier of the skin. The "tetrahexyldecyl" part of the name refers to the fatty acid ester that has been added to the ascorbic acid molecule. This modification allows THDA to be more stable and less prone to oxidation than ascorbic acid. When applied topically, THDA is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, specifically the dermis, which is the layer where collagen and elastin are found. It is a derivative of ascorbic acid from corn, and the Kossma Beauty chemist makes it for us.

  • Panthenol: A Fantastic Ingredient for Enhancing Skin Health and Appearance

    Panthenol, also known as Provitamin B5, is an ingredient that we find a lot of benefit using in our formulations. When applied topically to the skin, it can act like a rejuvenator for skin cells, nourishing and conditioning them. This makes it a great addition to any beauty routine as it can help to beautify and revitalize the skin.

    Provitamin B5: A Powerful and Nourishing Ingredient for Skin Care

    Provitamin B5 is the name for pantothenic acid, a member of the powerful B-complex vitamin family, and panthenol is the alcohol form of vitamin B5. B5 is a water-soluble vitamin that is often used in skin care products for its moisturizing and nourishing properties.

    The Properties of Panthenol Provitamin B5

    Hydrating, nourishing, healing, and repairing – these are some of the top properties of panthenol in skin care. It is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and holds onto moisture, helping to keep the skin hydrated and plump. Vitamin B5 is needed for the production of coenzyme A, which helps to regulate the skin's oil production, keeping the skin nourished and healthy.

    The Science behind Panthenol

    A provitamin is a substance that must be converted within the body into a vitamin. When a bottle states that the pill is a “provitamin”, this means that the substance has little to no actual vitamin activity. However, once the pill is ingested it will be converted by the body and within the body into a substance that does have vitamin activity. As such Vitamin B5 is very stable and has a long shelf life until it is activated by being applied to the skin.

  • The Fascinating and Powerful Benefits of Pearl Powder for Beauty and Health

    Pearl powder is an unusual and exciting ingredient that we love and is one of our top ingredients (along with tallow, frankincense, and colostrum powder ). As one of the oldest Traditional Chinese Medicine remedies, it's been used for centuries and offers a ton of benefits. Not only is it a great source of calcium when taken internally, but it's also high in unique and special antioxidants that make it a great ingredient for skin care.

    What is Pearl Powder and How Does it Benefit the Skin?

    When its used topically on the skin, pearl powder provides a light exfoliation that can brighten your skin and leave it with a smoother complexion. It's also effective in treating lipofuscin, the accumulation of cellular damage that causes dark spots, in the same way as vitamin C. And since it's rich in calcium, it's great for those who need to supplement their calcium intake (it can be ingested). Overall, pearl powder is a fascinating and powerful ingredient that you should definitely consider adding to your beauty routine.

    The Medicinal and Beauty Applications of Pearl Powder in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Pearl powder is commonly used in traditional Chinese skincare products like creams, lotions, and powders. In TCM, it is used to nourish the body and improve the complexion, but also used for treatment of various ailments, such as respiratory problems and digestive issues. Nacre, an ingredient in pearl powder, stimulates fibroblasts in the body, which helps collagen regenerate itself, and make wrinkles appear less prominent. However, note that pearl powder may cause an allergic reaction in some people, especially those with a shellfish or a calcium allergy.

  • Peony Root: A Power-Packed Ingredient for Beautiful Skin

    At Kossma Beauty, we believe that peony root is an extraordinary natural ingredient that offers a wide range of skincare benefits. Its traditional uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine for female reproductive issues and general health and well-being are widely known, but it's the benefits it brings to the skin that really gets us excited.

    A Natural Alternative to Synthetic Treatments for Skin Lightening

    One of the reasons we love peony root is its skin-lightening properties. It can reduce the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone without causing any irritation or oxidation, similar to peal powder, another one of our favorite TCM ingredients. 

    Relief for Redness, Irritation, and Inflammation

    Peony root has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation of the skin. We recommend it for anyone with sensitive skin, as it can soothe and calm without causing any adverse reactions.

    A Youthful and Healthy-Looking Appearance by Improving Skin Elasticity

    Peony root's ability to boost collagen production is another reason why we like using it in our formulations. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its elasticity and firmness, so an increase in its production can result in a more youthful and healthy-looking appearance.

    Protecting the Skin from Free Radicals

    Peony root is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants are vital for slowing down the signs of aging, which is why we consider peony root a must-have ingredient in any anti-aging skincare regimen.

    Improving Skin's Texture and Appearance

    Peony root is also an excellent natural moisturizer that can help to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated. As a result, it can improve the skin's overall texture and appearance, making it look and feel healthier.

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    Pine pollen is a versatile natural substance collected from pine trees during the spring that offers numerous potential benefits when used in skincare products. At Kossma Beauty, we are huge fans of this powerful ingredient and appreciate its versatility, potency, and lovely piney scent that reminds us of Christmas trees!

    Why We Love It

    One of the reasons we love pine pollen is that it's a popular TCM remedy with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It's an excellent moisturizer, exfoliates dead skin cells, and improves skin texture, making it an all-around fantastic ingredient for skincare. 

    Science of Pine Pollen

    Pine pollen contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that protect the skin from environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV radiation. Its active compounds like phytosterols, polysaccharides, flavonoids, and amino acids also have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects on the skin, making it a potent skincare ingredient.

    A Fun Fact for Men

    But that's not all! Pine pollen is also a great herb for men when taken internally, by promoting healthy testosterone levels from the plant sterols and phytoandrogens it contains, that are structurally similar to testosterone.

  • An Amazing Skincare Ingredient that Smells Like Christmas Trees!

    Piñon pine resin is an amazing ingredient with a scent reminiscent of your best Christmas, and also has numerous benefits for the skin. This incredible resin, like frankincense and myrrh, comes from the Piñon Pine tree, which is exclusive to the American Southwest and is considered sacred by Native American people who have used it medicinally and in ceremony for centuries.

    A Potent Solution for Acne-Prone Skin

    Piñon Pine resin has astringent and clarifying properties, making it a great choice for treating acne-prone skin. At Kossma Beauty, we're big fans of this magical ingredient, and that's why we use it in our acne serum. Acne is essentially an active infection that causes pus to form. Piñon Pine resin gets into the blemish and does an excellent job of cleaning out the infection. Its antimicrobial properties seem to be specific to the type of bacteria causing the acne, making it a highly effective antiseptic for clearing out that particular acne infection.

    The Science Behind Piñon Pine resin

    The resin is known for its potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, which are crucial for maintaining healthy and clear skin. Piñon Pine resin contains a complex mixture of chemical compounds, including terpenes, terpenoids, and other organic compounds. The primary chemical components of Pinion resin are alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, which are terpenes that have potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it contains other terpenes and terpenoids, such as limonene, myrcene, and terpinolene, which have been found to have potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Other chemical compounds like resin acids, volatile compounds such as turpentine, and flavonoids are also found in the resin.

    The Spiritual and Medicinal Benefits of Piñon Pine Resin

    Aside from its use in skincare, pinion resin has been traditionally used in spiritual practices, such as smudging, to purify spaces and promote positive energy. It's also an excellent choice for wound care, and it's been used by Native American communities for centuries for its medicinal benefits. The Piñon Pine tree exudes resin primarily as a defense mechanism against pests and injuries, making it a great natural ingredient for healing and nourishing the skin. We love it!

  • A Tonic for the Skin

    Reishi mushroom contains beta-glucans, an antioxidant that benefits the skin at a deep level of hydration. At Kossma Beauty, we love the nourishing, hyaluronic acid-like effect that pulls moisture into the skin. It also boasts anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory properties that may improve the health and appearance of the skin. Reishi mushroom's polysaccharides and triterpenoids have anti-aging effects, improving skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting cell renewal. It may also protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and environmental toxins.

    Similar to Hyaluronic Acid but Safer

    Reishi mushroom and hyaluronic acid are two skincare ingredients that work differently to moisturize the skin. While both are effective, we advocate for Reishi mushroom as better for deep moisturization. We believe this because in certain environmental conditions, like very dry or low-humidity climates, hyaluronic acid can pull moisture from the deeper layers of the skin, effectively drying it out!

    Reishi mushroom contains beta-glucans that penetrate into the skin cells, providing intense deep hydration, like hyaluronic acid. But it also forms a protective barrier that prevents water from evaporating on the skin, unlike hyaluronic acid. This makes Reishi mushroom a great option for all skin types and in any environmental condition.

    Harvested with Care

    At Kossma Beauty, we source our Reishi mushrooms from a small, independent mushroom farm in Florida, where we use both the fruiting body and stem because they hold different and complementing constituents. Most companies that use fungi in skincare and supplements predominantly use the stems. The polysaccharides and triterpenoids present in the fruiting body moisturize and have anti-inflammatory properties that can improve skin hydration and soothe irritated skin. These compounds also have antioxidant properties that can protect the skin from damage caused by oxidative stress. The ganoderic acids (a type of triterpenoid compound) found in the fruiting body have anti-aging effects, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The stem of the Reishi mushroom contains proteins, enzymes, and fibers that help support the skin's natural barrier function and promote skin elasticity.

  • Rose Blossoms: A Versatile Skincare Ingredient with a Rich History

    Roses have been used for centuries in medicine and beauty, and they continue to be a popular ingredient in skincare today. Most rose species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers being native to North America and a few to Europe and northwest Africa. Appearing in the fossil record at least 35 million years ago, roses have a long history of use in medicine and beauty since their domestication. Early Native Americans used roses for medicinal purposes, and one species of rose, Rosa chinensis, has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine. Roses were considered so valuable in the 1600s that they were often used as payment and highly prized by royalty.

    Antioxidant Properties of Rose

    Rose blossoms are packed with antioxidants that prevent cell damage and help regenerate skin tissues. They also neutralize free radicals, providing anti-aging benefits to the skin. Rose is excellent for all skin types, but it is especially effective for dry skin because of its moisturizing properties, which soothe itchiness. Rose hips, which come from the seed pods of the rose plant, contain high levels of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and prevents oxidative stress (it is also used as a tea which helps beautify the skin from inside out, and also boosts the immune system, aids in weight loss, and protects against heart disease).

    Healing and Anti-Aging Benefits of Rose

    Rosa damascena, or Damask roses, are especially potent with antimicrobial and anti-aging compounds, making them effective even against highly dangerous bacteria like Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. They are excellent for wound healing and have a long history of use in medicine. It takes tens of thousands of rose petals to produce a single ounce of rose essential oil, making it highly concentrated and effective. Rosa centifolia, or cabbage roses, are high in vitamin C and tannins, offering toning and antioxidant benefits perfect for preventing signs of aging.

  • The Rich History, Lore, and Benefits of Saffron

    Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and beauty remedies. Throughout history, it has been highly valued for its medicinal properties and was used to treat a wide range of ailments, including respiratory issues, digestive problems, and depression. In addition, saffron was also used as a beauty remedy due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. From ancient Persia to Greece and Rome, to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, saffron has played a significant role in many cultures and societies.

    The Powerful Properties of Saffron in Skincare

    Today, saffron is used in skincare for its antioxidant compounds that help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to signs of aging. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation of the skin. We like incorporating saffron into our skincare products because we appreciate its skin-lightening properties that help reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. We love how it evens out the complexion, and that it locks in moisture and keeps the skin hydrated.

    Reputable Sourcing of Saffron from Afghanistan

    We take care in sourcing high-quality, reputable saffron for our products. Our saffron is sourced from Afghanistan's Herat Province, known for its ideal growing conditions for long, deep red saffron threads, and provided by Rumi Spice who received funding from Mark Cuban through Shark Tank in 2017 for their ethical sourcing and quality saffron.

  • Exploring the Powerful Properties of Sea Buckthorn Berry Fruit Oil

    Sea buckthorn berry fruit oil is a natural ingredient that is rich in antioxidants and has high levels of vitamin A. While its seed oil is commonly used, we use oil extracted from the fruit, which we believe is an excellent moisturizer due to its high vitamin A content. The oil's ability to promote cellular turnover makes it both anti-aging and rejuvenating. While it has a mild effect similar to tretinoin, we believe it's more anti-aging than rejuvenating. Our experience shows that using sea buckthorn berry oil can give you a fresh, glowing look, like you've just washed off the dirt after a day of working on the farm.

    What Makes Sea Buckthorn Berry Fruit Oil Special in Skincare?

    Sea buckthorn berry fruit oil is rich in unsaturated fats, antioxidants, phytosterols, carotenoids, and vitamins E and K. All of these components work together to protect and promote the renewal of the skin, giving it a healthy glow. The oil is also a rare plant source of omega-3, -6, -7, and -9 acids, and its seeds and fruits are rich in carotenoids, tocopherols, and tocotrienols. This unique combination of nutrients provides the skin with protection against the sun's UV rays and reduces the symptoms of various skin conditions such as sunburns, acne, eczema, and boils.

    Why We Like Sea Buckthorn Berry Fruit Oil in Our Formulations

    We like it in our skincare because it contains palmitoleic acid, which is also found in the fat of human skin, thus speeding up wound healing and keeping the skin healthy. It also provides all four omega fatty acids, and half the fat in the oil is mono- and polyunsaturated fat, which are healthy fats. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory benefits and a lot of natural vitamin A (beta-carotene) which smooths fine lines and wrinkles. All of these benefits make it a unique and powerful ingredient in our skincare products.

  • Shilajit is an Unusual Ingredient that Packs a Punch!

    Shilajit is a resin or sap that comes from rock and is found in the Himalayan mountain range in India and Nepal, as well as in Russia, Tibet, and Afghanistan. It is believed to have originated from the compression of plants and minerals that grew  in the mountains for millions of years. Shilajit is a black-ish brown substance, and in traditional Ayurvedic medicine is used for a wide range of health benefits and is considered a "rasayana" which is a rejuvenation substance and an "adaptogen" which means it helps to normalize the body by balancing and stabilizing against environmental, physical and chemical stress. And in modern life we have a lot of that to contend with!

    Why is Shilajit Good for Your Skin?

    Shilajit is a fantastic ingredient for skincare because it's loaded with humic and fulvic acids. Humic acid is a natural humectant that attracts and retains moisture, and it also has anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties, making it great for smoother, brighter-looking skin. Meanwhile, fulvic acid helps the skin absorb and utilize nutrients, detoxifies the skin, improves skin elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes wound healing and regeneration. Shilajit has unique and subtle energy that rejuvenates the body and mind, promoting vitality, energy, endurance, and strength, while also helping the body cope with physical and mental stress. Shilajit promotes healthy aging and longevity and is associated with spiritual purification and enlightenment.

    Why We Like Shilajit

    We like Shilajit because it works similarly to vitamin C, but also because of its high mineral content and unique properties. Fulvic and humic acids are often synthetically produced for skincare, but we prefer the natural versions found in Shilajit. Using Shilajit in our formulations provides the skin with an incredible array of benefits, including improved moisture retention, reduced inflammation, exfoliation, and enhanced nutrient absorption. All these benefits make Shilajit a powerful and unique ingredient in our skincare products.

  • Sodium Benzoate is a Mild, Effective, and Eco-Friendly Preservative

    We prefer this particular preservative because it is the least offensive option in the world of preservatives. It is also food-grade, so it is used to preserve food. It is the go-to preservative that chemists use for natural, clean, and organic beauty, particularly in organic baby care. Unlike parabens or other preservatives, it doesn't have any negative effects. We like its mildness and effectiveness, and does not have any negative effects or impact hormones. This makes it an ideal preservative to extend the shelf life of our products without compromising their quality.

    Benzoic Acid is Found in Plants and Certain Fermented Foods

    Sodium benzoate is a synthetic compound commonly used as a preservative in processed foods and beverages. It is made by combining benzoic acid and sodium hydroxide, resulting in an odorless, crystalline powder. Interestingly, benzoic acid, the precursor to sodium benzoate, is found naturally in many plants, including cinnamon, cloves, tomatoes, berries, plums, apples, and cranberries. Certain bacteria also produce benzoic acid when fermenting dairy products like yogurt. This means that while sodium benzoate is not naturally occurring, its precursor can be found in various food sources.

    The Science of Producing Sodium Benzoate

    Sodium benzoate is produced by the neutralization of benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, or sodium sulfite. The reaction is exothermic, releasing heat, and typically takes place in an aqueous solution. Once the reaction is complete, the solution is cooled, and the resulting crystals of sodium benzoate are filtered out and dried to produce a pure, white powder that can be used as a preservative. This process creates a preservative that is effective, safe, and widely used in both the food and beauty industries.

  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate: A Mild and Natural Emulsifier with Moisturizing Benefits

    We use Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate as a natural emulsifier and thickening agent in our products, and we also appreciate its mild humectant properties. Like sodium benzoate, it is another inoffensive synthetic ingredient that we prefer to use. It is derived from renewable resources, specifically lauric acid from coconut oil and lactic acid from milk. Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate is considered a mild ingredient with low irritation potential and is authorized for use by many global cosmetic regulation agencies. It also has moisturizing benefits due to its re-fatting properties.

    Gentle and Effective for Sensitive Skin

    Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate is perfect for cleansing formulations because it moisturizes while providing solubilization and emulsification properties. It gently foams in cleansing solutions, making it ideal for mild formulations, especially for sensitive areas like the face, intimate regions, and children's products. It improves the viscosity and texture of a formulation and has a high foaming capability, creating a creamy lather that doesn't dry out the skin. Plus, its humectant properties add body to the formulation.

  • A Natural Oil Derived from Sugarcane

    In our opinion, squalane oil is a great ingredient for skincare because our skin produces it naturally, and using a bioidentical version, like the one derived from sugar, is even better. It's a clean, natural ingredient that is excellent for moisturizing and making the skin look radiant. Additionally, traditional sources of squalane, like shark liver oil, are not only environmentally unsustainable, but they can also be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins. Squalane from sugar, on the other hand, is a sustainable and safe alternative that provides all the same benefits without the negative environmental impact.

    Skin-Mimicking Lipid for Dry and Mature Skin

    Sugar squalane oil is a lipid oil that effectively rejuvenates skin, bringing it back to a more youthful and healthy state. It mimics the way our skin produces oil, increasing elasticity and boosting cell regeneration. This antioxidant fights free radicals and is antibacterial, making it effective for treating acne or eczema-prone skin. It's anti-inflammatory, hydrating, anti-aging, and boosts collagen production. Squalane is produced by human skin cells, and production declines with age, making the skin drier and rougher. We love that our Sugar Squalane Oil is a lipid that mimics our skin's way of producing oil, effectively increasing elasticity and boosting cell regeneration.

    Kossma Beauty’s Sugar Squalane Oil is A Lipid and not a Fruit Oil

    Kossma's sugar squalane oil is extracted from sugarcane and is highly refined, making it a non-comedogenic lipid compound suitable for many skin concerns. Squalane can also be extracted from olive oil, rice, palm oil, or beets, but we prefer extracting it from sugarcane as an environmentally-friendly and renewable resource from sustainable sugarcane farms in Brazil, and doesn’t have to use pesticides and comes to us at 98% purity.

  • A Nutrient-rich and Effective Moisturizer

    Tallow is an actual true moisturizer and an excellent ingredient because it's packed with nutrients, including all of the fat-soluble vitamins. It has a lipid profile similar to that of human skin, making it an excellent moisturizer. We primarily use it as a nutrient and secondarily as a carrier of other nutrients. We infuse botanicals, resins, fungi, and other constituents into it, but its main purpose is to provide nutrition to the skin. Tallow is an absorbent lipid that carries all the other nutrients we add to it in different formulations as it absorbs into the skin.

    How Tallow is Made and Used

    Tallow is a hard fat that comes from around beef or sheep organs. We also use the soft fat collected around the kidneys and heart, which is lighter than tallow. Suet absorbs into the skin instead of sitting on top of it like tallow. We use the term tallow, although it is actually suet because people understand the term "tallow." Suet has been used for centuries in a variety of ways, including as a cooking ingredient, as candle-making material, and as bird food. 

    Why We Like It

    In our opinion, tallow, or suet, is an effective moisturizer and a suitable nutrient for the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants. It is non-comedogenic and doesn't clog pores, and it works with human sebaceous glands. It supports a strong immune system, is antimicrobial, and can help produce collagen due to its vitamin E content. Tallow/suet  is the best carrier oil because it is similar to what our skin produces naturally, making it highly absorbent and carrying all the other nutrients we add to it in different formulations.

  • Ucuuba Butter, a Unique Ingredient with Fascinating Benefits

    Ucuuba butter is a hard butter extracted from the seeds of the Ucuuba tree from the Amazon. Cold pressed from the seeds, it is unique because it is low in linoleic acid and low in PUFA. Ucuuba butter is an incredible ingredient in our skincare products because of its unique fatty acid profile and dry, powdery hand-feel. Its low-PUFA composition makes it an excellent option to balance out the fatty acid profile in some of our products, such as Reishi Rose. When you rub it into your skin, it moisturizes without leaving an oily effect, and it has a matte finish unlike other oils that can leave your skin looking shiny. 

    The Science Behind Ucuuba Butter

    The Ucuuba tree is native to Central and South America, and the seeds contain up to 70% fat. Ucuuba butter is almost purely saturated, without any monounsaturated or unsaturated fats. Its fatty acid profile is made up of about 75% myristic acid, which provides intense anti-aging effects, promotes skin elasticity, and slows the development of wrinkles. Ucuuba butter also has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it a great ingredient for treating dry (eczema) and inflamed (acne, irritated) skin conditions.

    Ucuuba Butter History and Uses

    Ucuuba butter has a rich history and cultural significance among the Amazonian peoples. The name "Ucuuba" itself is derived from the Tupi language, which is the dialect spoken by indigenous communities in the region. In the past and today, Ucuuba butter extracted from the seeds was used for the treatment of various skin conditions and wounds like surgical incisions, cracked skin, and superficial burns.

  • Untreated Cocoa Butter vs Conventional Cocoa Butter

    At Kossma Beauty, we're dedicated to harnessing the incredible benefits of natural ingredients, and untreated cocoa butter holds a special place in our hearts as a magic potion for achieving a healthy and radiant complexion. Here's why untreated cocoa butter takes the crown over its conventional counterpart.

    Unleashing the Potency and Power of Untreated Cocoa Butter

    Untreated cocoa butter stands out with its exceptional effectiveness, owing to its unique blend of moisturizing saturated fats and potent antioxidants. Unlike conventional cocoa butter, untreated cocoa butter boasts higher levels of theobromine, an antioxidant that not only soothes redness, irritation, and swelling but also improves blood flow, enhances circulation, and boosts hydration. It goes the extra mile by offering superior protection against free radicals, the culprits behind premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles. With an abundance of stearic acid, surpassing that of conventional cocoa butter, it actively repairs the skin's protective barrier and helps keep acne at bay. And let's not forget the delightful and indulgent chocolate scent, which transports us to blissful beach days or cozy winter moments with a steaming cup of cocoa.

    Reconnecting with Ancient Traditions for Radiant Beauty

    Beyond its remarkable effects on the skin, cocoa butter carries a fascinating history that ties back to ancient South American cultures like the Aztecs and Mayans. They revered cocoa butter as a sacred gift from the gods, and it's deep connection to ancient civilizations bring us special joy to include it into our formulations. At Kossma Beauty, we cherish this profound link to ancient wisdom, embracing the power of nature's remedies. Our skincare formulations pay homage to diverse ancestral traditions and cultures, ensuring we harness the purest and most effective ingredients. By doing so, we create products that keep our bodies free from harmful chemicals while embarking on a journey back to the roots of beauty and well-being.

  • An Effective and Gentle Humectant for Skincare 

    Vegetable glycerin in skincare is a highly effective humectant without the potential side effects associated with hyaluronic acids. Its gentle nature makes it more efficient in attracting and retaining water in the skin cells, addressing a common condition known as trans epidermal water loss.

    Understanding Dehydration: The Difference Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin

    Trans-epidermal water loss occurs when the skin lacks proper hydration, leading to dehydration rather than true dryness. While many attribute dryness to insufficient oil production, We recognize that dehydration is often the underlying issue. Glycerin, a tried and true humectant, helps replenish and prevent water loss in the skin, providing much-needed hydration.

    It's important to distinguish between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin refers to a lack of natural oils or lipids, resulting in a dry and uncomfortable feeling. On the other hand, dehydrated skin refers to insufficient water content in the skin, which can be improved with proper hydration. While the symptoms may appear similar, the underlying causes differ.

  • The Remarkable Benefits of White Willow Bark as a Natural Pain Reliever and Acne Treatment

    White willow bark is an amazing herb that has been used for pain relief long before the advent of modern pain pills and pharmaceutical labs. This herb is the source of salicin, a compound that is also found in aspirin. Within salicin, there is salicylic acid, which is widely used in acne treatments due to its effectiveness.

    Most over-the-counter acne products contain a synthetic form of salicylic acid, which can cause skin irritation and dryness despite its acne-fighting properties. But we take a different approach. We utilize the whole white willow bark, including salicin and other constituents like antioxidants.

    A Different Approach for Gentle and Effective Skincare - White Willow Bark

    By using the whole bark, we harness the combined power of these natural components. Salicin has the remarkable ability to penetrate the pores where acne originates, acting like a vacuum cleaner to clear away debris such as excess oil and dead skin cells. Additionally, it helps combat bacterial infections that contribute to acne development.

    Salicin: The Powerhouse Compound in White Willow Bark for Clearing Acne and Preventing Breakouts

    Unlike products that isolate synthetic salicylic acid, our approach with the whole bark minimizes the risk of side effects while providing gentle yet effective acne-clearing and prevention. The synergy of salicin, antioxidants, and other constituents work harmoniously to achieve clearer and healthier skin.

    Our dedication to using the whole bark utilizes the full potential of this natural remedy gives our customers a more balanced and beneficial skincare experience.

  • Xanthan Gum's Role in Stability and Emulsion

    Xanthan gum helps prevent ingredients from separating and can stabilize emulsions without being an emulsifier itself. It also assists in suspending solid particles, giving products like spices a more uniform distribution. In skincare, xanthan gum contributes to creating the desired texture in formulas like lotions and creamy products.

    Achieving a Desirable Texture

    We also utilize xanthan gum in our skincare formulations for texture. While it may not have significant skincare benefits, we like the gel-like texture it lends to the formulations where we use it. Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide derived from the fermentation of glucose and sucrose. It is commonly used as a thickening agent, emulsifier, and stabilizer in various industries, including the food industry.

    Xanthan Gum as a Food-Grade and Non-Toxic Ingredient

    While xanthan gum is primarily used for formulation purposes, it may have some skin conditioning properties due to its polysaccharide nature. It is considered a safe ingredient as it is food-grade and non-toxic. It is derived from sources such as wheat, corn, soy, and dairy, so individuals with severe allergies to these products should exercise caution or determine the specific source of the xanthan gum used.

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