Do Your Beauty Products Contain Harsh Chemicals?

Recently there have been many companies that claim to be “100% natural” or “All organic” and often these claims are false. Here at Viñali, we want to make sure you stay educated of what chemicals are commonly found in beauty products in the list below!

 

Different types of chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, and phenols are used in a wide variety of consumer products.

  1. The three phthalates most commonly used in personal care products are:

– diethyl phthalate (DEP), which is found in scented products, including perfumes, deodorants, soaps, and shampoo

– di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP)

– di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), which are used in nail polish and cosmetics

 

Studies have shown those chemicals to have estrogenic and anti-androgenic impact, and also have found these phthalates to be associated with differences in behavior and allergic response in children[1].

 

  1. 2. The parabens commonly used in personal care products include methyl, ethyl, butyl, and propyl paraben, which are used as preservatives and antibacterial agents in cosmetics. Parabens have demonstrated weak estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity in studies although little is known about their health effects in humans.

 

  1. Two phenols are also commonly used in personal care products. Triclosan, an compound used in liquid soaps, acne cream, deodorants, shaving cream, and certain toothpastes, has been associated with alterations in thyroid hormone in studies.

 

BP-3, also known as oxybenzone, is used in sunscreens, lip balm, and other sun protection products and is suspected to act as a weak estrogen based on its association with increased uterine weight in studies and increased proliferation of human breast cancer cells in vitro.

Conclusion: These conclusion’s studies do not pretend to worry you as consumers. An average good consumer is the one that is reasonably well-informed, and reasonably observant and circumspect.

From VIÑALI, we want you to be that type of consumer, which approaches information and advertising with discernment, “reading between the lines”, seeking healthy products. With small habit changes in your life, you can significantly reduce personal exposure to potentially endocrine disruptor’s chemicals, linked with obesity, increased proliferation of human breast cancer and eventual behavior changes.

[1] . K.G. HARLEY et al., “Reducing Phthalate, Paraben, and Phenol Exposure from Personal Care Products in Adolescent Girls : Findings from the HERMOSA Intervention Study”, at University California Berkeley, published at Environmental Intervention Study on March 7, 2016, www.ehponline.org

The Many Benefits of Organic Grape Water

So, what’s the deal with grape water? Like we’ve mentioned before, at VIÑALI, we replace water in our formulas with organic grape water. This active ingredient provides your skin with countless benefits and actively works in your skin’s favor by:

  • Reinforcing your skin’s barrier and preventing dehydration
  • Nourishing your skin deeply without leaving it feeling oily or greasy
  • Increasing and promoting cell renewal
  • Promoting the production of elastin and collagen, which allow your skin to regain its elasticity

In addition, thanks to its antioxidant properties, it also:

  • Prevents and slows down skin aging
  • Neutralizes free radicals, decreasing and even preventing the damage that they cause to skin cells and tissue
  • Helps your skin fight against daily aggressions and loss of elasticity

Organic grape water contains essential oils, minerals and natural nutrients that are present in the grapes themselves, and act as co-active ingredients to enhance the activity of the natural antioxidants found in grapes.

Because this ingredient is so rich, from VIÑALI we’ve made it our mission to ensure that all our formulas include only the purest and safest form of organic grape water, and within it, the highest levels of Resveratrol, our star ingredient. Resveratrol, a grape polyphenol, has very high antioxidant properties that trigger cell regeneration and protect the skin against the external aggressions that cause aging.

With that said, the doctor insists that a glass of wine a day is good for you, always in moderation. We agree, and insist that grapes are great for your skin too, and you can use VIÑALI anywhere, anytime, without moderation!

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Meeting our Marketing & Communications Manager: Carolina Carmenes

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Meet Carolina Carmenes, our marketing and communications manager. After working as a media analyst at CHANEL in Madrid, Spain for over two years, she knew she was ready to expand her horizons, but wasn’t sure how or where to start. As fate has it, she met Marie-Sixtine through a mutual friend, and learned of her desire to launch VIÑALI into the U.S. market. After learning about the brand and its history from Marie-Sixtine, it was clear to her that this was an opportunity she did not want to lose. A couple of months later, she packed her bags and crossed the ocean over to Houston to embark on an exciting new adventure.

Why VIÑALI?

The opportunity arose, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect one! Having met Marie-Sixtine prior to moving to Houston, I was immediately interested in VIÑALI because of its beautiful history and organic philosophy. I instantly saw the endless list of opportunities that a brand like VIÑALI has in the American market. VIÑALI has so much room to grow, and a great set of products to help it do just that. Anyone who tries them, myself included, loves them, because they are comfortable, safe and made from top quality ingredients that pamper you and give you the sense of luxury that we all crave.

What is your favorite VIÑALI product?

That’s a tough question! Honestly, the entire line is great. You can really feel that the products and formulas have been crafted with care; they are all so comfortable to use and feel great on your skin. I love applying the facial oil right before I sleep, it leaves my face feeling relaxed and really helps with blemish marks. The hand cream is also a staple in my purse and bedside table, its non-greasy formula is perfect because I can go straight back to using my phone or computer without making a mess of everything I touch!

What are some upcoming communications projects that we should look forward to from VIÑALI?

We are currently settling our distribution down and we have already started moving towards creating brand recognition within the Houston community and the rest of the country too. We have already participated in several events hosted by the ATHLETA Houston team, and have even been featured in a natural skincare TV segment of the Denver Daybreak presented by Chelsea Vurciaga! We will also be hosting a couple of giveaways with bloggers, so stay tuned!

 

Meeting our founder: Marie-Sixtine de Coral

 

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Marie-Sixtine at our Houston office

To most mothers of five, packing your whole family up and moving halfway across the world to chase a dream is unthinkable. To Marie-Sixtine de Coral, however, chasing her lifelong dream and bringing her family along was always part of the plan. When she founded VIÑALI along with her husband, they knew that they would be willing to do whatever it took to ensure its success, even if it meant leaving the comforts of their home in Madrid and moving to Houston.

What is VIÑALI to you?

VIÑALI to me is a dream and a philosophy at the same time. Having worked for over twelve years in the cosmetics field, I became more and more interested in the natural and organic side of the industry, realizing that women needed products that were reliable, safe, and affordable, but also luxurious, elegant and very pleasant to our senses. VIÑALI is the product of years of research and a never-ending passion to create something beautiful and healthy for women to enjoy all over the world.

Why the United States? Why Houston?

We love the US! We find it is a very proactive and dynamic country, always open to exploring new challenges and seeking new goals. We appreciate its diversity, its people’s attitude and their respect of perspectives. It is a country of hard workers, and both my husband and I 100% agree on how important that is. Besides, the United States has a very large population, and a large percentage of the population is very health conscious. We believe that VIÑALI has great potential within the US, the possibilities here are endless! We are certain that the American consumers will appreciate and enjoy the quality of our products. Houston is a strategic city for us because it is very much related to health, and it allows us to be in the center of the US and at the same time, close enough to South America for when we are ready to launch VIÑALI there too.

What are your long-term and short-term goals for VIÑALI?

Our long-term goal is to keep consolidating a brand that is well recognized within the markets that we operate in and to attain clients worldwide. We believe in learning processes and educational approaches at every stage of life. We would very much like to divulge the importance and benefits of using organic, natural and safe products on your skin. Our labeling and packaging have been conceived to inform our customers about every aspect of the product, so that they may know exactly what they are putting on their skin. Information is key. Our skin drinks whatever we put on it and we have to take care of it! We also hope to introduce our brand to more markets including South America, Asia and the Middle East.

Our main short-term goal includes establishing a good distribution within the American market, focusing on online sales through our own online store and through exclusive key retailers whose philosophies are in sync with our own. We also want to focus on attaining the most American clients while building a team of people to help us make VIÑALI a success in the US too!

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A busy weekend at VIÑALI

We’ve had quite the busy weekend here at Viñali, despite the terrible weather! Last Friday we had the great pleasure of being able to participate in an event whose main purpose was to raise awareness towards a cause that’s dear to our hearts. As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and VIÑALI was able to be a part of an event organized by the lovely ladies at Athleta Houston to raise awareness towards breast cancer and raise funds towards finding a cure. The shopping night event took place at the Athleta Town & Country Village store and was organized in honor of Houston’s Pink Ribbon Society. It was a great opportunity for us to meet some real life warriors- the type of women who inspire us everyday to keep doing what we’re doing and to keep trying to make a difference in today’s world. We will continue to help them in any way we can, because we firmly believe that together we WILL find a cure!

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On Saturday we participated in West University’s annual Boo-Bash. Despite the bad weather, we managed to have a great time introducing Viñali to the community and meeting some lovely people in terrifying costumes! As the holiday season approaches, we are hoping to participate in more of these types of events and hoping to keep you all updated on our advancements towards conquering the American skincare market! 😉

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We hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween weekend!

Happy Columbus Day!

A very long 523 years ago, a man named Christopher Columbus embarked on a journey that everyone, including the King and Queen of Spain funding his adventure, thought would unveil a shorter route to Asia. To their surprise however, his journey led him and his crew to the discovery of the American continent and what happened next, as we all know, is history. The anniversary of his discovery back in 1492 is still celebrated every year by both Spain and the U.S. To VIÑALI, what is know as Spain’s National Day and as Columbus day here in America, is a significant date because it celebrates an important day for both our home country, Spain, and the country that has taken our founder and her family in, the United States of America.

In Spain, October 12th is a national bank holiday and is always accompanied by a military parade by our Armed Forces headed by our King and prime minister. The Armed forces parade takes place every year in Madrid and is attended by people from all over the country. The Spanish Consulate in Houston organizes a National Day/Columbus Day party year and as tradition mandated, the event took place yesterday at Houston’s BBVA Compass headquarters. The event serves as a great way to meet Houston’s Spanish community and celebrate such an important day for both countries. For VIÑALI, the event was a great opportunity to meet new people and introduce them to our brand in hopes that they may share our excitement of being here and embarking on this great adventure of ours. We are proud of our Spanish origins and even prouder to have the opportunity to take our knowledge, values and philosophy and share them with everyone in the U.S.!

Our founder, Marie-Sixtine, and her husband Alfonso!
        Our founder, Marie-Sixtine, and her husband Alfonso!

7 tips to help prepare your skin for the dreaded winter

It’s that time of the year again: our memories of sunshine, clear skies, and sun-kissed skin are slowly becoming more and more distant, as fall has already began knocking on our doors and winter is just around the corner. As we begin to think about packing our summer clothes to make room in our closets for the winter ones, we can’t forget that just as our body will need some extra protection from the weather, so will our skin. Harsh winds, cold temperatures, and dry air tend to sap skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, red, and irritated.

Research, and personal experience, have both shown that during the winter, and especially during the holiday season, our skin suffers stress, not only from the cold weather, but also from other external factors. Changes in routine, and eating more sugar and fat than usual (which can happen around the holidays or in response to a lack of sunlight) can cause more breakouts, tightness, and dullness. Thankfully, at VIÑALI we have 7 tips to help you combat these factors and ensure that your skin stays flawless and hydrated during the upcoming cold months.

  1. Find an appropriate cleanser. An inadequate cleanser can strip your skin of its natural oils, dry it out, and over time, lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. Make sure that you are using a cleanser that is appropriate to your skin type and that does not use any harmful chemicals. Remember, the more organic and natural it is, the better! Our Savon Naturel soap is mild, gentle, and will leave your skin feeling fresh and renewed.

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  1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliating should not only be something we do during the summer to ensure that our skin glows. In the winter, it is important to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface to help your moisturizer penetrate your skin more deeply and ensure maximum hydration. Our Savon Exfoliant is perfect for bringing back your skin’s summer youthful glow that is often lost during the fall and winter months.

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  1. Beware of UV rays. Don’t let your guard down when it comes to UV rays; even if the sun is hidden behind the clouds, harmful UV rays are still out there! Don’t forget to protect your skin with a safe sunscreen, and wear hats and protective clothing (a great reason to bring out our cozy sweaters!)
  1. Shorter showers. We know, waking up and realizing how cold it probably is outside makes you want to enjoy a nice, long, hot shower. However, be aware that hot water saps skin of its natural oils, so a good idea would be to try to shorten your hot showers, or try to replace hot water by lukewarm water. This way, not only are you helping your skin preserve its moisture, but you’re also saving water and helping the planet! That’s a win-win for everyone.
  1. Do your best to eat right. If you aren’t already dreaming about stuffed turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and warm pumpkin pie, there’s something wrong with you. The holidays are a great time to gather family and friends, but they may not be so great for your skin. Often times, these gatherings come with a vast array of “bad” eating decisions. Simple sugars and carbohydrates stimulate reactions in your skin that can lead to acne breakouts. To avoid this from happening, limit the amount of sugars and carbohydrates that you ingest during your daily life so that you may treat yourself during the holidays and eat an extra cupcake, or two, without your skin suffering too much.
  1. Wear gloves! Cold weather = sneezing, coughing, and an overall epidemic of germs that can make you sick. Our hands tend suffer the most during the winter—usually because we’re washing them more often to ensure that we don’t pick up germs on the way. VIÑALI’s Soin Mains hand cream comes in the perfect size- just pop it into your purse and take it along with you to keep your hands moisturized all day long. When you’re outdoors, we recommend wearing gloves to protect the skin on your hands from the harsh winter weather. If your hands are sensitive and tend to get very dry, make sure to mix a couple of drops of Huile des Vignes with Soin Mains to help your skin recover its moisture and heal any small cuts your skin may have due to the cold weather.

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  1. Repair your skin. Take advantage of the winter months to repair any sun damage that you may have developed over the summer. Winter is the time when your skin will need to be more hydrated and nurtured than ever! Make sure it gets what it needs by taking advantage of Huile des Vignes’ powerful restorative powers. Use our dry facial oil on its own or mixed with Soin Visage moisturizer for your night application.

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We hope that these tips help you keep your skin beautiful throughout the winter!