Clean Green Skin Care Part II – Interview with Kosmatology CEO

HELLO FRIENDS! I’m back with Part 2 of Clean Green Skin Care. It’s been a busy and short summer as you all can relate especially those who live in the north east. I personally live for summer. Soaking it all up! As promised here is my interview with founder of Kosmatology Dr. Janis Covey. She was so kind of sit down and talk clean and green! Also, she is dishing all the deets on clean skin care!

The Interview

Francesca: How did you first come up with the idea for Kosmatology?

Janis: So I never ever set out to start a skincare line and actually went to school to become a pharmacist. I have my doctorate in pharmacy and it wasn’t until my daughter was born, my youngest daughter who is now 8 years old. She had really bad eczema at 3 months old, so I’m taking her to the pediatrician and they are giving her steroid creams, I am not happy with that as a choice for her, she was so tiny to begin with.  So I felt that covering her with steroid cream wasn’t the best choice for her.

Francesca: Yeah mother’s instinct.

Janis: So I started to do research, I started changing my diet to affect her, changed laundry detergent, bought a chemical free line of detergent, then a really clean brand, nothing was working. I’m thinking it has to be something else. When I went back to researching I noticed that a lot of the organic lotions I was buying had alcohol in them and I’m thinking maybe this is irritating her skin or maybe instead of helping alcohol is drying the skin and making it worse and not better. That’s when I started playing around with ingredients and came up with what is now our Grapefruit Lotion Bar.

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Francesca: Which by the way is my favorite! I had developed chicken skin on the back of my arms and when we met you said try the Grapefruit Lotion Bar and I was skeptical but those bumps were gone. Like magic. I was amazed.

Janis: Grapefruit essential oil is great for soothing and so calming to the skin, really helps with all the irritations like eczema, chicken skin and prickly heat in the summer. It’s a great essential oil. It also has some antimicrobial properties to it. So for example with eczema when the skin opens up and can get infected it will help try to prevent that.

Francesca: Wow! All of the ingredients you use in your products, you can’t beat them. How do you determine them and where do you source them from?

Janis: So I like the formulas to be as simple as possible. I want minimal ingredients but high quality so I only have 3 companies that I work with and source my bulk ingredients from. They are highly reputable, you ask for any paperwork on any product it comes right over, all of my certificates of analysis, where it came from etc. I’d rather spend more on reputable ingredients from reputable sources.

Francesca: You get what you pay for! People may say well it’s expensive and I can go to the brand super store and get a soap for so much less. But look at what’s in your conventional soaps!

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Janis: Exactly! I’m sure most of these conventional brands can make their hand soap for 4 cents a bottle. Many companies say that you should spend more on the packaging than the ingredients. I am the opposite, more goes into the ingredients than my packaging.

Francesca: I love that your packaging is simple and it is what it is! Why do you feel that your products are healthier or better alternatives to what is on the conventional market?

Janis: They are healthier in more than one way. Lets take for example shea butter, it has vitamins and nutrients that help your skin like vitamin A, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, all that helps with nourishing your skin, collagen production. Mineral oil and petroleum oil does not give nourishing benefits to the skin. It may give you a nice slip but that’s it. That’s the difference between clean skin care products that use olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, all of these great plant based oils that have the vitamins and fatty acids versus the conventional that are filled with mineral and petroleum based ingredients.

Francesca: Now in your professional opinion as a pharmacist, a scientist, what should we be avoiding on the largest organ of our body and why?

Janis: Antimicrobials, like triclosan, which is highly potent. The U.S. government is getting better about these ingredients. But the truth of the matter is they are not good for us at all. We are having a huge problem here in the USA with superbugs and antibiotics are starting to fail us. The fact is we need germs in our lives. There is research that says the cleaner you are and your environment is, the more likely to have seasonal, animal, and food allergies. We tend to be germaphobic and overly clean.

Francesca: Totally agree!

Janis: Also, there is a great study out there that says that when we let our kids eat without washing up after playing outside in the dirt is so good for them and builds a healthy immune system. Children that live on farms around lots of different animals and people who live in apartment buildings with a lot of other people, like a human petrie dish, they have great immune systems because their immune systems know what to react to and what not to because it was built properly.

Francesca: I was raised in NYC, maybe that’s why we never got sick as kids. LOL!IMG_1741.jpg

Janis: Yes. I have really bad seasonal allergies. I tease my mom because she was constantly cleaning, vacuuming and then I had my kids and we had a dog, hair everywhere, kids outside playing in the dirt. I didn’t have a fit if they didn’t wash up. But out of the 2 girls, only 1 of them have minor allergies. So it makes a difference.

Francesca: Is there anything specific that you know now that you wish you knew before you started this whole journey?

Janis: There is so much. But you have to move forward. Your body heals itself. You can start from today to make small changes. So you can’t be the crazy mom at a party where there are Goldfish and you cringe when your kids dive for the bowl.

Francesca: LOL! I love that. I agree with that. Make small changes everyday. As a mom and boss, what do you do for self-care time?

Janis: Oh I should take more time! So the girls are at a point where they don’t want me to read to them anymore. But I will curl up with them at the end of the day and we all have a book to read for at least 20 minutes. Loving that time.

Francesca: I love that you are local to us here in Connecticut. We are a little behind the green beauty trend here on the East Coast. Where do you see this green beauty industry going?

Janis: I think we are going to see more and more cleaner products on the market. Even mainstream companies are starting to reformulate their products. So companies will come and go but the ones who do it right will stick around!

Francesca: I read that you have preferred to grow your business slow. Where do you see Kosmatology in 3-5 years?

Janis: My ultimate goal is to open a store front. I would love to move out of our facility now, have manufacturing in the back and a store in the front, have a physical address where people can come see us. We would carry other green beauty items and clean household items. I want to continue with our website and get into some other green retailers.

Francesca: Sounds amazing Janis! I can’t wait. My last question…what is your favorite product that you make that you can’t live without?

Janis: I have 2…the lotion bar for one! It has been a lifesaver. And the travel size hand soap has been amazing. After 2 days of using public bathroom soap my youngest daughter’s eczema flares up. No more with our travel hand soap!

Francesca: That travel hand soap was brilliant! So thank you! Thank you for all you do to make this community better.

Where to Buy | Clean Green Skin Care

Well that wraps up my interview with Kosmatology maven Janis Covey. Take it from me she’s the sweetest and so are her products! I have personally been using the Grapefruit Lotion Bar, Mint your Feet, Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer and I can honestly say they are amazing products. No drying out or nasty chemicals ever used! Summer is winding down so go check out all the clean skin care products at www.kosmatology.com. An added bonus for my readers, a discount code GREENGLAMGIRL.

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Clean Green Skin Care Part I – The Big Reveal

[dropcap]So[dropcap] let’s get real people this topic of clean green skincare has been pretty hot lately, which is great. Rewind a few years ago and people would think you were crazy. What’s that?? 10 years ago when I gave birth to my son Lucas I was like every other new mom, wanted to give my baby the very best.

I figured the very popular, been around for 125+ years old company would be the “best”.
To my shock it wasn’t.

The Scary Stuff

But where were the clean skin care products? We had already known of the “dangerous deodorant/antiperspirant’ scare of the 2000’s. Tom’s of Maine probably never saw such a surge in sales at that time. But that is for another time! Anyway, my point is no one was really talking about the products that we put on the biggest organ of our body…skin! Honestly it wasn’t until Jessica Alba. 😉 For me she got the conversation going.

Read more about my story here.

Why didn’t my mom know or I know that a lot of what we put on our skin gets absorbed in our blood stream in a short amount of time. Think about it, why do they have birth control patches that go on your skin if nothing gets absorbed through the skin? Let’s talk about some of these ingredients for a minute or two. Remember I mentioned the popular baby products most of our moms and maybe we used. Well in one of their popular products ingredients like “methylparaben, proplyparaben, yellow 10, and Red 40” were used. Now to be fair it looks like they have removed these ingredients in the last 10 years since I’ve purchased it. Not sure when they did that as I haven’t bought in some years. But it still contains different alcohols and perfume.

Parabens – Clean Skin Care?

Let’s talk about parabens briefly. Well and Good put out a really good article about this subject. It referenced Dr. Darbre’s research study of parabens found in breast cancer tissue. The study was originally done in 2004 and then again in 2012 on a larger scale. There were 160 samples tested. Parabens were detected in 99% of the tissue samples. Specifically methylparaben was found in 95% samples. Wow! Dr. Darbre concluded, “The take-home message was that we validated the earlier study with a much more substantial study. Parabens are getting into the breast, and they’re getting in in significant amounts,” . Food for thought!

The Good Stuff

Enough of the scary stuff. One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou is “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” You get the point. So the question is, “Where do I find clean skin care products that are non toxic?” Well fortunate for you, you’ve come to the right place! I wanted to create somewhere I could share what I’ve learned these past few years and also share what I love. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr. Janis Covey of Kosmatology last year at The W.E.L.L Summit. Yes you read right, she is a Compound Pharmacist turn clean beauty maven when she saw a great need. I had seen her products on the green beauty blogs and only tried one product, which I loved. But then at The W.E.L.L Summit I tried more and needless to say I was hooked. Janis was incredibly kind enough to let me interview her for Green Glam Girl’s first series of beauty blog posts! Stay tuned for part 2…my interview! You are going to love it! Thanks for stopping by ~ xoxo

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