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Skin Care Spotlight: Algenist Discovers New & Exclusive, Cutting-Edge Ingredient


Leveraging its rich history in biotechnology, Algenist delivers yet another ingredient innovation from Algae - this time, a brand new form of Vitamin C

LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Algenist – known for 10-day visible results, ingredient-level innovations and high-performance vegan formulas – announces an exclusive, breakthrough skincare ingredient born from the limitless potential of algae: Blue Algae Vitamin C, a never-before-seen 100% pure, renewable form of Vitamin C extracted from Spirulina, a blue-green algae.

"Ingredient-sourcing matters," explains Tammy Yaiser, VP of Product Development. "Starting with a clean, traceable source of Vitamin C ensures a pure compound that provides the dramatic results that we want. We know Vitamin C works as a gold standard ingredient and saw an opportunity to look to algae to give the customer something better from a natural source – it delivered."

While Vitamin C is a well-known ingredient, many of its sources are unknown, synthetic, or not sustainably-produced. Algenist has been able to study and extract Vitamin C from algae to provide dark spot reducing, radiance-boosting and antioxidant benefits. Algenist's Blue Algae Vitamin C is a naturally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredient-level innovation from Spirulina – 100% pure, safe, vegan and effective. It delivers results that outperform L-Ascorbic Acids from other origins.

On its own, Spirulina acts as a vital source of nutrients with a naturally-rich concentration of Vitamin C in its most active form – L-Ascorbic Acid. Algenist set out to unlock Blue Algae Vitamin C from Spirulina for maximum purity and performance, managing the ingredient throughout the entire supply chain to deliver visible skin tone evening and brightening results.

This exclusive high-purity L-Ascorbic Acid from Spirulina demonstrates powerful results in scientific testing compared to other synthetic or natural forms of Vitamin C as well as well-known discoloration-targeting ingredients. Naturally-sourced Blue Algae Vitamin C also goes beyond the limits of Vitamin C – the source is completely renewable, and is produced by Algenist leveraging the widely-known regenerative powers of algae.

Even more, Blue Algae Vitamin C's efficacy is significantly boosted when paired with Algenist's patented Alguronic Acid from algae, which recently received an 8th patent with claims for advanced brightening properties. The combination of the two ingredients help provide powerful spot diminishing and skin-brightening benefits, boosting hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and fighting environmental assaults that accelerate skin aging.

Extracting 100% Pure Vitamin C From Spirulina, a Genus of Blue-Green Algae

Algenist pushes skincare boundaries by turning to naturally-sourced algae to sustainably produce alternatives to well-known ingredients, without compromising efficacy or taking from the environment. They continue to focus on the untapped, limitless potential of algae, this time with Blue Algae Vitamin C, L-Ascorbic Acid in its most pure and potent form from blue-green algae.

Rooted in biotechnology, Algenist is able to extract their Vitamin C compound directly from Spirulina using a multi-step proprietary isolation and extraction process:

  • The process starts in the cell culture lab from a sample of cultured Spirulina from a premium source
  • Spirulina cells are sustainably grown under optimum conditions in the cell culture lab
  • Spirulina is mechanically ground and milled
  • L-Ascorbic Acid fractions are isolated and extracted from the cells utilizing a proprietary filtration method
  • The filtrate is collected and spray dried creating a highly pure anhydrous L-Ascorbic Acid powder

Tammy Yaiser also explains: "Our Vitamin C is pure, water-soluble L-Ascorbic Acid in its most active form. The ingredient immediately goes to work on the skin, without having to go through several reactions to metabolize into an active form. Other Vitamin C derivatives in the market are known to not be as effective as L-Ascorbic Acid due to their synthetic nature."

Algenist's BLUE ALGAE VITAMIN C kicks off a new, blue ingredient-centric collection targeting the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, and uneven tone and texture. This pure, naturally-occurring L-Ascorbic Acid compound directly from Spirulina will deliver products that show powerful results through scientific testing with Algenist's guaranteed visible results in 10 days, always.

Algenist releases their first formula leveraging proprietary Blue C Technology on Algenist.com June 3 and Sephora.com June 9.

SOURCE Algenist


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Skin Care Spotlight: Schmidt’s HERE + NOW DEODORANT STICK




New sensitive skin formula with activated charcoal, in collaboration with Justin Bieber.

  • New sensitive skin formula with activated charcoal.
  • An unforgettable scent with a mix of spicy citrus and warm florals, anchored by deep and sophisticated woodsy base notes.
  • Never formulated with aluminum or artificial fragrance.
  • Baking soda free.
  • Certified vegan and cruelty-free.



Magnesium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Natural Fragrance, Charcoal Powder, Tocopherol (Vitamin E, Sunflower Derived)



About Schmidt's

We believe it’s possible to make small, yet effective changes to your lifestyle that benefit overall health. In an industry that’s left us wanting more, we’re committed to raising the bar and setting new standards for natural products. To us, the future of naturals is in quality, groundbreaking plant-powered formulas — without compromising on ingredients or user experience. We’re here to make natural products fun, accessible, and rewarding for everyone. Read More



Company: Schmidt's
Brand: Schmidt's
Origin: USA
Packaging: 3.25oz (92g)
Claims: Certified vegan and cruelty-free.
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $10.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: schmidts.com





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Skin Care Spotlight: Manuka Moisturising Face Cream



ManukaRx Moisturising Face Cream

Does the idea of moisturising your acne-prone skin scare you?

It's no wonder since many moisturising creams are heavy and tend to clog your pores. It seems like these lotions work well only for people who have extremely dry skin.

Thankfully, ManukaRx Moisturising Face Cream is also an acne prevention cream  that will leave your skin looking and feeling luminous and soft. And it does that without causing more breakouts.

An Acne Prevention Cream and a Moisturiser? Get The Best of Both Worlds with ManukaRx Moisturising Face Cream

How is it possible to get lusciously soft skin without risking breakouts? ManukaRx always focuses on preventing acne causes in a way that’s gentle, never harsh.

One of the leading acne causes is bacteria. The manuka oil in this moisturising acne prevention cream is antibacterial. While keeping bacteria at bay, it also reduces the appearance of acne scars and quenching your skin’s need for moisture with all-natural moisturisers that won’t clog your pores.



  • Water
  • Manuka oil
  • Shea butter
  • Cetearyl olivate (derived from olive oil)
  • Macadamia seed oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Rosehips
  • Black cumin seed oil
  • Orange extract


How to Use

After cleansing your skin with a ManukaRx acne facial cleanser, gently massage this moisturiser into your skin. Use on the face and neck for best results.

Don’t Punish Your Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin – Nourish It Instead

Too many acne prevention products on the market punish acne-prone skin by drying it out excessively. This leads to extremely sensitive, even painful, skin.

Then again, too many moisturising creams can clog your pores and lead to more breakouts.

With ManukaRx Moisturising Face Cream, you’ll get soft, glowing skin, along with fewer acne scars and breakouts. This cream truly is the best of both worlds.



About ManukaRx

The long history of manuka as a multi-tasking herbal remedy inspired us to develop ManukaRx® to harnesses the potent properties of New Zealand Manuka oil. Working with leading chemists and biomedical scientists we developed our first ManukaRx® product late in 2016 and since then we have continued a product development pipeline aiming to help with many bacterial, viral and fungal skin conditions which Manuka seems to have been designed for.

Our New Zealand owned business is good for the planet first and foremost, good for our customers, good for our suppliers, good for our partners and good for our people. Some companies have the USP, we have our OSP. Read More



Company: ManukaRx
Brand: ManukaRx
Origin: New Zealand
Category: Face Cream
Packaging: 50 ml / 2 oz
Claims: Organic Ingredients
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: $39.95
Where to BuyBuy Online, Store Locator



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Skin Care Spotlight: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG



Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.


1. Hollowness in the eye contour as a result of structure of sub-dermal tissues like fat and bone can result in visible shadows under the eyes. This shadow, which is not to be mistaken for dark circles, cannot be addressed with topical skincare including this formula.

2. Fat deposits under the eye contour can create permanent puffiness in this area. This type of deposit cannot be improved with topical skincare, including this formula.

3. Supplied in UV-protective packaging as EGCG is sensitive to light.


Massage a small amount onto the eye contour AM and PM. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Refer to our in-depth guide to patch testing. Keep out of reach of children.


Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Propanediol, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Melanin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.



About The Ordinary

The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is "Clinical formulations with integrity". Read More



Company: The Ordinary
Brand: The Ordinary
Origin: USA
Category: Skin Care
Packaging: 1 fl oz (30 ml)
Claims: gluten-free, water-free, cruelty-free
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: 10.70 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online






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Skin Care Spotlight: Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub




The body scrub to end all body scrubs, if I do say so myself. I’m 100% natural, vegan and ready to tackle breakouts, scars and marks. My blend of coffee and oils keep your skin looking perky, even and soft as a kitten with a blowout.


Coffee stimulates blood flow & promotes collagen production: this leaves your skin not only looking perky & even, but feeling softer than ever.

An antioxidant packed oil that leaves your skin hydrated even after rinsing the scrub off.

A bodyguard to protect your skin from free radicals, promoting healing and fading scars.

Added exfoliation to tackle dry, flaky skin without irritation. Anti-bacterial to fight breakouts.


All Ingredients

Coffea Robusta Seed Powder (Coffee), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Sucrose (Brown Sugar), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol (Cinnamon Derived). Total Naturally Derived: 100%




About Frank Body

Five years ago in a coffee shop, five friends had a drink and an idea: a humble coffee scrub.

Their mission was to remove the hyperbole that saturates the skincare industry and make natural skincare fun.

So they called me frank and I've been getting babes dirty ever since.

That simple, that good. Learn More



Company: Frank Body
Brand: Frank Body
Origin: USA
Category: Skin Care
Packaging: 200g = ℮7.05 oz.
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: $16.95 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator









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Skin Care Spotlight: Thankyou Botanical Earl Grey & Clary Sage Hand Wash



Your fave hand wash just became a little fancier.

Meet ‘Dusk’, the second limited edition label by Thankyou and Melbourne-based artist Sarah Kelk. It’s here to make your bathroom, kitchen (and you) look good while doing good (and fill your home with a botanical fragrance that smells good).

Think summer nights, clove spice, freshly brewed earthy, citrusy, earl grey tea and notes of basil, wild mint and bergamot and you’ll get a sense of our Botanical Earl Grey & Clary Sage fragrance. It’s naturally-derived and made with eight essential oils to gently cleanse, moisturise and restore skin, too.

The best part? It helps get water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to people in need. Win-win!

Learn more: http://thankyou.co/sarahkelk




INGREDIENTS: Water, cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut-derived), sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate (coconut-derived), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), aloe vera leaf juice (organic), black tea extract, chamomile extract, glycerin (non palm plant-derived), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, clary sage oil, bergamot oil, sodium gluconate, fragrance (natural), citric acid.



About Thankyou

It started with an impossible idea: a bottle of water that exists to help end the World Water Crisis. That idea has now grown to over 55 products, from personal care products to nappies and baby care.

We are Thankyou, a social enterprise that commits 100% of our profit to end global poverty. Today, you can find us in over 5,500 outlets in Australia, including all major supermarkets. The Thankyou consumer movement has raised millions of dollars to get safe water, toilets and child and maternal health programs to hundreds and thousands of people in need. Learn More




Company: Thankyou
Brand: Thankyou
Origin: Australia
Category: Hand Wash
Packaging: 500mL
Claims: No Harsh detergents. No artificial colour. Vegan friendly
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: $8.50
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: thankyou.co




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Skin Care Spotlight: Matakana Botanicals Bath & Shower Gel



The lush Matakana region is the inspiration for this moisturing Bath & Shower Gel enriched by two of our local hero ingredients - Extra Virgin Olive oil (rich in vitamins A & E) and Manuka honey. The aroma of freshly picked limes will combine to invigorate your skin whilst the vitamins and minerals from our 'heroes' gently cleanse and preserve natural moisture balance. Your skin will feel soft and refreshed.



Water (Aqua)
Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate
Cocamide DEA
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Coco-Glucoside (and) Glycol Distearate (and) Glycerin
Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium Mel) Honey
Sodium Chloride
Magnesium Chloride
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf extract
Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone
Hexyl Cinnamal*
Butylphenyl Methylpropional*
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde*

*Component of the Fragrance



About Matakana Botanicals

Matakana Botanicals (formerly Les Floralies), one of New Zealand’s leading bath and body manufacturers continues to grow and inspire the world with their quintessential New Zealand brand.

Now available internationally, with plans to continue to expand globally, Matakana Botanicals' ranges can be found in upmarket stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. The company also proudly supplies Emirates Airlines in First Class with their unique ‘Sleep’ & 'Focus' sniff boxes which has drawn the attention of world class hotels.

The company is also winner of several business awards for exporting, marketing and design. It’s enjoyed steady growth and has become a highly respected brand in the bath and body market. Read More



Company: Matakana Botanicals
Brand: Matakana Botanicals
Origin: New Zealand
Category: Bath & Shower Gel
Packaging: 360ml (12.1 fl oz)
Claims:gently cleanse and preserve natural moisture balance
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $19.00 NZD
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Stockists







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Skin Care Spotlight: Coffee Bar Vanilla Latte



Vanilla Latte



01. Wet the Coffee Bar first to prepare for use on damp skin.
02. Take the bar and scrub in circular motions on your skin, concentrating on problem areas.
03. Let your skin absorb the oils for up to 5 minutes, then rinse off. Repeat twice a week or when necessary. Patch test before use.


Ingredients Sucrose, Coffea Robusta (Coffee) Seed Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Leaf Powder, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Parfum.



About the company

One of the most well-known stories of the discovery of coffee dates back to the late 6th century. Legend suggests a goat herder named Kaldi in Ethiopian noticed a strange restlessness in his flock after they had eaten the berries and leaves of an unknown plant.

Word spread to Monks from a nearby monastery and after various trials discovered that by roasting, grinding and steeping in water the seeds of this plant created a unique drink with incredible benefits. This beverage helped to keep them focused and awake during their many hours of prayer. Word of this special drink spread far and wide – it was soon drunk in coffee houses as far as the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and soon spread throughout the Arab world. Read More



Company: DPP Pharmaceuticals
Brand: Coffee Bar
Origin: Australia
Category: Coffee scrub
Packaging: 60g
Claims: all year round solution to visibly beautiful skin
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $4.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: coffeebar.com.au




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Skin Care Spotlight: Living Nature Charcoal Clay Mask



Living Nature’s certified natural Charcoal Clay Mask is formulated with natural anti-pollutant, skin detoxifying ingredients to restore skin balance and leave you with a healthy, refreshed, glowing complexion.

Air pollution is one of the main contributing environmental pollution risks to our health and especially our skin. Present in both cities and rural areas, pollutants suffocate your skin by accumulating on the surface; harmful chemicals and toxins can attach themselves to these particulates and penetrate pores. These harmful substances can diffuse into deeper layers and induce skin irritations, skin sensitivity and premature ageing, as well as a dull, dry complexion.

To combat skin pollution, Charcoal Clay Mask has been formulated to detox, purify and strengthen your skin’s protective layer with active Bincho Tan Charcoal and ‘super berry’ Schisandra Chinensis. Halloysite Clay absorbs excess oils and aids in drawing out impurities, and skin superfoods Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil work to feed, nourish and soften skin. Organic Manuka Honey and Shea Butter add moisture while reducing inflammation and anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E helps to fight free radical damage.

Suitable for all skin types
10 x 5ml sachets.



About Living Nature

Living Nature is New Zealand's original, certified natural skincare company. The company was founded in 1987 by Suzanne Hall, who was inspired by the healing properties of New Zealand native plants to remedy her own skin conditions.

All our certified natural skincare and most of our cosmetics are made at our purpose-built Kerikeri facility in the pristine Bay of Islands. From this base, we control every step of product development, formulation, testing, and filling. We are passionate about the benefits of nature, and are committed to our philosophy of 'nature works' as the basis for developing skincare and cosmetics that work in harmony with our skin.

Geographically isolated for more than 80 million years, New Zealand has developed a natural landscape unlike anywhere else on earth. More than 80% of New Zealand's native plants are indigenous and many have remarkable bioactive properties. Sourced from forests, lands and seas, Living Nature's active ingredients come from the most potent of these unique plants. Read More



Company: Living Nature
Brand: Living Nature
Slogan: Certified Natural
Origin: New Zealand
Category: Skin Care
Packaging: 10 x 5ml sachets.
Claims: Natural. detox, purify and strengthen skin
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $49.00 NZD
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Stockists






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Skin Care Spotlight: Thankyou Baby Bath Milk



If your baby has extra sensitive skin, then you need this milk! After taking a lukewarm dip in this creamy bath milk, made with plant-based oils and enriching goat’s milk, your bub will feel deeply moisturised and oh-so-soft.The best part? This bottle helps fund safe births or health care to empower mums and bubs in need.



Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine (non-palm derived), Decyl Glucoside, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Cocamide MEA, Glycerol Monostearate (non-palm derived), Goat’s Milk, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E) Natural, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract, Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile) Extract, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Lavandula hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) oil, Ormenis multicaulis (Chamomile) oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Linalool (naturally occuring in essential oils).



About Thankyou

It started with an impossible idea: a bottle of water that exists to help end the World Water Crisis. That idea has now grown to over 55 products, from personal care products to nappies and baby care.

We are Thankyou, a social enterprise that commits 100% of our profit to end global poverty. Today, you can find us in over 5,500 outlets in Australia, including all major supermarkets. The Thankyou consumer movement has raised millions of dollars to get safe water, toilets and child and maternal health programs to hundreds and thousands of people in need. Learn More



Company: Thankyou
Brand: Thankyou
Origin: Australia
Category: Baby Bath Milk
Packaging: 300mL
Claims: No SLS, SLES, EDTA, Parabens
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: $9.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: thankyou.co







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