DIY Sea Buckthorn Oil Skincare

The sea buckthorn plant has gained a serious reputation as a superfood and is touted for a rich profile of nutrients including all 4 omega fatty acids. Yes, it’s true! The Omega 3, 6, and 9’s have a long lost relative we seldom hear about. Omega 7 is the very rare unsaturated fatty acid that offers a laundry list of benefits and is difficult to find in the natural world. Sea buckthorn just happens to be the highest source of Omega 7, which has contributed to its super food status. Check out this amazing article by Cara Lucas that offers a deeper look at the Sea buckthorn plant and its benefits. I wanted to reap the benefits of the sea buckthorn plant and made big plans to incorporate the oil into my skincare regime. We all know that beauty comes from within. Quite literally. We are told that the best way to maintain a bright complexion is to eat healthy foods to ensure a diet of vitamins and nutrients. We are also told to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and exercise. Don’t smoke, don’t drink too much and stay out of the sun. For those of us with sensitive skin, sometimes the stars also have to be aligned a certain way to NOT have a breakout that ruins the rest of your “healthy” glow. At times, trying to find that balance of lifestyle, diet, hormones and other factors can be complicated and exhausting. One thing to consider, if your skin is looking amazing, it can be due to what you were doing two weeks ago and not the day before. Apparently, good or bad results take a while to show up on your face. This is not necessarily a fact, but a guideline to consider.   With such a broad range of considerations, it is of no surprise that we can become obsessive and experimental with skincare regimes. From expensive treatments to “do it yourself” blends, we all seem to have certain products and habits for skincare. My mother in law swears by cold cream and has been smearing it on since 1968. I, myself have been on the serum kick for about a year and cleanse my skin with oil. This is why  the idea of incorporating  sea buckthorn oil exciting; it fits into my current routine and has an impressive list of benefits! There are two types of sea buckthorn on the market, the seed oil and the berry oil. The berry oil has the Omega 7, contains carotene and is a vibrant orange colour. The seed oil is a softer gold tone, rich in Vitamin E and contains Omega 3,6 and 9. Needless to say, I purchased the berry oil for the Omega 7. Sea buckthorn berry oil has a unique smell. It’s sweet with very tart undertones which don’t last when applied directly to the skin or added to another product. Oh, and as far as adding it directly to the skin, it’s not…

Sea Buckthorn: A Power Plant

Ancient medicine for your current ailments. Sea buckthorn is a plant with many legends attached to it and although it seems like a mystical berry, its healing properties are grounded in the scientific world. Sea Buckthorn’s genus name, Hippophae, means “shining horse,” adding credit to some far-fetched fables that accompany the plant’s history. Legend has it that the ancient Greeks used sea buckthorn leaf in a diet for their racehorses; it allowed the horses to recover quickly while giving them brilliantly shiny coats. It was also rumored to be the preferred diet of the great flying horse, Pegasus, that gave him the power to soar. No matter if it’s an accurate account or a tall tale, we can be sure that this plant has made an impact on history. It is currently held in prominent regard around Europe and Asia for its healing properties, with the United States recently discovering the endless possibilities that sea buckthorn can bring to the natural healthcare market. So, what exactly is this mysterious plant? First of all, it is a multi-use deciduous shrub that grows in colder climates (and shady areas) around Eurasia; the bright orange fruit thrives in high-altitude areas as well as along the seacoasts—just as its name suggests. Sea buckthorn offers many positive health benefits and has recently garnered “superfood” status, joining the ranks of goji, mangosteen, and açai. And, not one single part of the plant is lacking—the branches, leaves, berry skin, pulp, and seeds all have healing properties when used correctly. Today, the plant reduces to several different forms, but this doesn’t take away from its potency in the least. Berry oil, seed oil, pills, juice, food additives—whatever way you decide to use it, it can benefit your health and allow your beauty to shine through. Skincare Let’s talk a little about sea buckthorn in regards to skincare. Given that lipids are essential to skin health, it is obvious why sea buckthorn flourishes in nourishing your body’s largest organ. Its specialized fatty-acid composition (it is a powerful source of omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, as well as a rich source of the elusive omega-7 essential fatty acid, which is vital to collagen production), along with the high presence of antioxidants, replenishes essential oils and nutrients that promote skin regeneration and speed up wound healing. The sea buckthorn berry has proven beneficial to the skin when applied topically with creams and, in the last couple of years, has garnered attention for its efficacy when orally consumed in supplement form. A recent study investigated the anti-aging effects of both oral supplementation and topical skin application of sea buckthorn seed oil, measuring skin hydration status, elasticity, luminosity, surface roughness, and cutaneous thickness as markers for visible improvement. During the aforementioned study, 60 female subjects ages 50 to 70 were divided into two groups—one group who took sea buckthorn capsules orally (four capsules per day for three months) and the other group applied sea buckthorn seed oil night cream topically twice per…

An Organic Approach to Business Growth

Article on Andrew Wingrove & Bee By The Sea from Arlene Dickinson’s YouInc. Website from April 2014 Money doesn’t grow on trees. But raw materials that can be converted into saleable goods do. The trick is being astute enough to connect the dots from branch, to production line, to storefront, and being entrepreneurial enough to make the whole thing fly. Andrew Wingrove is precisely that guy. The 52-year-old former energy consultant first learned about sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides to keeners) through his business travels in Asia. The plant’s edible berries – which boast heaps of naturally occurring vitamin C, E, antioxidants and other goodies – are healing, moisturizing marvels when used on skin. Wingrove began growing the stuff at his Sundridge, Ontario farm, and adding it to honey-based creams. By 2008, Wingrove – burned out by his consulting gig and possessing an original new product – launched Bee by the Sea skin care line from his Barrie, Ontario home. Today, Wingrove’s soaps and creams are sold in 500 North American locations; revenue has doubled in the past two years (it’s expected to reach $700,000 by May’s fiscal year-end) and he’s scouting relocation properties. The beauty biz may be as cutthroat as the energy biz, but Wingrove allows that working in the latter armed him perfectly for his role as Canada’s pioneering sea buckthorn maven. Starting the Business “The beginning was kind of scary. I had a job that paid me six figures and I was travelling all over the place but I just didn’t like it anymore. I have three kids. Starting a business had always been a burning thing with me – and I was fascinated with sea buckthorn – so it kind of made sense for me to try and do something with it. ” The Toughest Thing “The toughest thing about launching was making a viable business from scratch without any credibility. The first store that carried my products was Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket. I remember walking in there with one jar of body cream – which is all I had – and I said, ‘Would you guys be interested in carrying my product?’ I knew nothing about wholesale or sales or anything. The Walmarts and Loblaws wouldn’t even look at me coming in the door with one product. You have to build your brand and build it slowly. That’s the hardest lesson, and that’s a lot of work to do.” Choosing your Market “Today, we are carried exclusively through small independent retailers. They would drop us like a rock if we popped up in big box stores. Those independents are looking for specialized products that consumers can’t find everywhere. So at some point you have to make your choice – small independent or big box. I don’t think you can have both. When the product is in an independently owned store you have people genuinely interested in selling it. At Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s going to just sit on a shelf. Of course, I didn’t know any…