Yes To started out with carrots as their only hero ingredient. Now this vegetable has to compete with other food groups for attention as the answer to your skin-care concerns. Yes To's rationale for the various plants they utilize is that carrots are for normal to dry skin, cucumbers for sensitive skin, tomatoes for oily or acne prone skin, grapefruit for uneven skin tone, and blueberries for antiaging. How they came up with these divisions is nothing more than marketing acumen because it certainly isn't based on any scientific facts.
One of the prominent aspects of Yes To's product groupings is that they are mostly laden with irritating fragrance extracts masking what would otherwise be decent, though not exciting formulas. Ironically, Yes To does have a range of products that are fragrance-free based on the company's assertion fragrance isn't good for delicate, sensitive skin. Clearly they've missed the abundant research showing that fragrance extracts, both synthetic and natural, are a problem for all skin types, but at least they got it right for one of their categories. Even though Yes to Carrots Super Rich Body Butter doesn't contain much fragrance, it would have been so much better if it was left out altogether.
Moving past the fragrance, this is indeed a rich emollient moisturizer with shea butter and several beneficial plant oils. Regrettably, these great ingredients are light and air-sensitive, which means the jar packaging this body butter comes in won't help keep these antioxidant-rich ingredients stable once opened.
One more point to mention because of the irony: The showcased carrot oil is actually a very tiny part of the formula. Even Yes To Carrots knows enough to not rely on it for the sole source of taking care of dry skin.
The fact that this body butter is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you're introducing bacteria, which cause further breakdown of key ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Our delectable Body Butter indulges your skin with a nourishing, revitalizing and long-lasting moisture treatment that will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated - and you feeling amazing, naturally.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Maris Limus (Sea Silt) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Juice, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Lees Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Niacin, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.
Yes To At-A-Glance
How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. It’s sold in over a dozen countries and we’ve seen it locally in such diverse places as Safeway (a grocery store) and Ulta (a salon/spa/cosmetics boutique). Business is booming in the natural products market, and it appears that the Yes To brand is on its way to being one of the frontrunners! Yes To products were even featured on the popular daytime talk show The View. Clearly, this line has attracted the attention both of consumers and the media.
Why all the fuss? We’ll do our best to explain, but the simple reality is that the success of this brand is due to the fact that lots of consumers want natural products, regardless of whether or not the formula is beneficial for skin. Many women (but not those who read our reviews) are completely unaware that many of the products from the so-called “natural” product lines contain just as many synthetic ingredients as “unnatural” brands. That’s no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!
The Yes To brand is divided into multiple sub-brands. To name a few: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Grapefruit, Yes to Coconut and Yes To Blueberries. The original launch and the largest group is Yes To Carrots. After the carrot-containing products became a hit, the company began to assemble a tossed salad of other products, including their Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes to Blueberries. What next? We’re anticipating Yes To Lettuce and Yes To Blue Cheese Dressing, that way you can make a complete salad!
All kidding aside, Yes To products are worth a look if you prefer mostly natural ingredients, though not every natural ingredient Yes To uses has been proven beneficial for skin, and some are problematic. As with most natural-themed lines, there are a handful of Yes To products to consider. But few of them are state-of-the-art and there are no products to successfully manage acne or blackheads, lighten skin discolorations, or significantly reduce redness
Although it is commendable that Yes To doesn’t make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skin’s daily needs, and this line’s products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isn’t enough to protect skin from the cumulative damage of unprotected sun exposure (the Yes To brand does sell a couple of excellent sunscreens) or to satisfy other skin-care needs. It’s a nice idea to think that tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries are as good for your skin when applied topically as they are for your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet, but that’s simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully you’ll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.
For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, visit www.yestocarrots.com.
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