As you know, all beautiful creams from organically grown Pai are only made from the purest plant extracts and absolutely without chemical contaminants or irritants.
But that's not the only reason why we're so proud of them.
Pai is also one of the few skin care companies, whether mainstream or organic, that do not use esterified oils.
Instead, we work with natural vegetable oils with real skin benefits, and here's why.
What are vegetable oils and why are they used?
Vegetable oils are naturally occurring oils that consist of triglycerides as well as skin-loving vitamins and regenerative sterols.
These triglycerides have the same structure as the lipids in skin cell membranes, and therefore vegetable oils have an incredible affinity for the skin.
This affinity enables the skin to easily absorb the skin-care, conditioning and protective components of the oil.
It could be helpful to think of vegetable oils as whole milk and esterified oils as skimmed milk. Vegetable oils are rich, unprocessed and retain their natural quality until the end product.
What are esterified oils and why are they used?
In contrast to natural vegetable oils, esterified oils are produced from two successive chemical processes:
1. Saponification – use of an alkaline component on a vegetable oil to separate the fatty acids from glycerol.
2. Esterification – Use of an acidic environment and the previously obtained fatty acids to produce a synthetic triglyceride or ester.
While esterified oils can be obtained from a combination of natural raw materials, they are always a result of these chemical reactions.
After processing, these esterified oils have completely different properties than natural vegetable oils.
They are colorless, odorless and cheaper than vegetable oils, which makes them an attractive option for the majority of manufacturers.
There are also relatively “dry” oils that feel lighter on the skin and absorb quickly.
Though they are practical, esterified oils have very few skin benefits.
The new synthetic triglyceride structure is stripped of its natural antioxidative, nourishing and regenerative properties, making esterified oils comparatively inert.
How can I tell the difference between vegetable and esterified oils on a list of ingredients?
The name structure for vegetable oils is:
"Name of the plant in Latin + oil", z. "Helianthus Annuus Oil" is sunflower oil.
It is not surprising that esterified oils have more synthetic, "chemical" sounding names and are generally listed as:
"- yl -ate", e.g. "Octyl Palmitate".
Browse these lists and maximize your skincare by choosing products that contain only natural vegetable oils.