Natural Skin Care More Than Just A Trend

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Natural Skin Care More Than Just A Trend

Whether you are new to Solo Noir or have been a customer since day one you know that our mission is to provide natural products to our customers. To some this may seem like another passing phase in the health care craze that has been sweeping the nation for the past few years. But for us at Solo Noir, creating products with natural ingredients is about educating the customer about what is best for their health and providing options that may not otherwise be available.


Many people assume that when they see a product on the shelve of their favorite skin care retailer then someone has regulated what ingredients are put in those products. That is not entirely true; cosmetics do not need preapproval from the FDA before they hit the shelves. “Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients.” Take for instance the skin care products that are currently in your medicine cabinet, take a look at the back of the label and see if you can identify any ingredients. If you can’t, it might be time to reassess your current lineup of skin care products.


Consider the fact that unregulated and unapproved chemicals in your products and are being absorbed into your body every day. Take some time to learn what chemical could potentially be hazardous to your health. We have put together a list of 5 chemicals that you should watch out for when purchasing your next skin care products:



Fragrance is listed on the back of many products, but what exactly is “fragrance”? Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent. Companies can use the term fragrance to mean any combination of ingredients that they classify as a trade secret. So, the ingredients used in Product A to make up fragrance are most likely not the same as the ingredients use to make up the fragrance in Product B. The International Fragrance Association lists 3,000 materials that are used in fragrance compounds in products, some of which are associated with causing allergies, respiratory distress and dermatitis.



Parabens are used in a large variety of skin care products and can be absorbed through the skin, blood and even the digestive system. Parabens go by a wide variety of names (Ethylaparaben & isopropylparaben, etc.) if the ingredient ends in paraben, you know what family that ingredient belongs to. Some forms of parabens are banned in other counties but the US has no such ban on these chemicals. Parabens have properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer (Yes, men are susceptible to breast cancer as well) and developmental and reproductive toxicity.



Triclosan is an ingredient commonly found in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, shaving products, creams and color cosmetics. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found triclosan in the urine of 75% of people tested. One of the problems with triclosan is that it contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. It is also believed to disrupt thyroid function.


Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

SLS and SLE are found in more than 90% of skin care products and cleaning products usually those that foam when you use them. SLS/SLEs have been known to interact and combine with other products which can lead to kidney and respiratory damage. On their own they have been known to cause skin and eye irritation.



Formaldehyde, banned from use in Japan and Sweden, is found in hair gel, hair smoothing products, body soap, body wash, and many other personal care products. Formaldehyde is a gas that has been used in building materials, walls, cabinets, and furniture. Does that sound like an ingredient that you would like to have absorbed into your skin? Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, it has been known to initiate and promote tumor formation. It can also cause allergic reactions and rashes in some people.


It will be near impossible to protect yourself 100% against harmful chemicals. If you aren’t mixing ingredients in your kitchen that you’ve purchased/grown yourself you can’t always be sure what you are putting on your body. But with a little bit of research you can at least lessen your changes of causing harm to your body. Always check the label and if you aren’t sure what a product is there is no harm in looking up the ingredients to find out what you are putting on your body.screenshot_2016-09-28-10-49-32-1


Andrea Polk

About the Author:

Andrea Polk has dedicated her life to finding the perfect grooming formula that exemplifies perfection in ethnic skin. While working at an industrial supply company, she began to realize she wanted more out of life. She always had a deep interest in natural health care and realized she wanted to educate people about the great benefits of using natural products. The market was already saturated in the beauty sector, with many companies boasting their new organic and natural product lines. However, Andrea noticed there was a lack of concern in the men’s grooming market, especially pertaining to ethnic skincare. The light bulb went off and Andrea immediately knew her true calling was to create a product line that filled this void and Solo Noir was born. Solo Noir features 100% organic 2-in-1 grooming products that offer cutting edge skin care technologies to achieve skin perfection in men. This line has eight uniquely formulated products to help address ingrown hairs, skin imperfections, restore skin elasticity, moisturize and protect, and promote smooth and healthy skin, while also utilizing an easy application process. Andrea Polk holds a Master of Business Administration degree in E-Commerce & Logistics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Tennessee State University. Her experience in consumer sales has proven to be successful in the grooming industry as well as in her professional career. As a certified Licensed Aesthetician, she’s made it a priority to dig deep, learning the foundations of skin care and the benefits of using natural products. Her efforts have awarded success in fulfilling her life goal of providing the over-looked male with the solution to achieving skin perfection. To empower her consumers and enforce the brand slogan “Definition of a Man”, she cleverly crafted each product with descriptions that embody the best kept attributes of a man: Brave, Smooth, Sleek, Dapper, Refined. Her goal is to educate consumers on the importance of being well groomed and using natural organic products to achieve the best results without being overly complicated. The demand and response for these products were received so well, she decided to add two new products to the line, Bold and Muse, which cater to beard grooming maintenance. Her efforts of meeting the markets demands as an entrepreneur has garnered much attention and landed her notable recognition as an Ariel Investment Game Changer 40 under 40 and was listed as Best Consumer Product of 2015 Chicago.

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