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Our mission

Our mission is to educate our customers on benefits of seaweeds and algae through production and marketing of the finest, natural, seaweed-based products without using harmful chemicals.  

 

Why we are in this business?

Regular soaps contain chemicals that are can be harsh and damaging to your skin. We use glycerin-based soaps that are natural, hypoallergenic and contain no harmful chemicals.  Our soaps are made with seaweed and algae providing additional benefits – that is why we call them “soaps with benefits”.

 

Benefits of our products

Seaweed and algae produce numerous compounds such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and moisturizing agents, that are beneficial for human skin. In addition, many of these compounds can be absorbed through the skin, therefore targeting some other organs and making a positive effect on your body. Seaweeds have been used as food and medicines for centuries. However, their use was less common within modern Western civilizations. Because seaweed come from the pristine ocean environments, they are ideal source of nutraceuticals, cosmetic products and food supplements.

 

What sets us apart

We make unique “clean beauty” products without harmful chemicals, formulations of which are based on scientific findings. 


 About Seaweed
Moisturizing agent - Ascophylumnodosum
Acidic polysaccharides found in most seaweed when applied on the skin, prevent moisture loss. Ascophylumnodosum is a brown alga that contains large amounts of fuciodan, a polysaccharide that retains moisture. Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) is a red alga rich in polysaccharides known as carrageenan, which also contains minerals such as iodine and sulfur. This alga is used for its jelling properties. 
 
Immunostimulatory activity - Ulva rigida
It has been shown that acidic polysaccharides from the alga Ulva rigida, stimulate the activity of macrophages1. Macrophages are the white blood cells responsible for ingestion and elimination of pathogenic microorganisms and therefore they play a significant role in our immune response.

Detoxifying activity
Polysaccharides are produced by many different seaweeds. These are sugar-based compounds absorb and retain various toxins, and therefore can be used as efficient detoxifying agents. 

Whitening agent - Palmaria palmata

The red alga Palmaria palmata is said to have skin whitening properties. The active compound from this alga is responsible for the lightening of brown spots on the skin caused by sunlight. The extract from this seaweed was shown to be effective antioxidant7. Brown seaweed Sargassum sp. has been also shown to have inhibitory effect on melanin production8.  

 
Antioxidative activity
Antioxidants are routinely used in cosmetic products since they are known to reduce the damage and aging of the skin. Seaweeds such as Gelidium amansii, Gloiosiphonia capillaris, Polysiphonia urceolata, Sargassum kjellmanianum, Desmarestia viridis, and Rhodomela teres are shown to have antioxidative activity3 and their use in cosmetic applications is becoming more and more popular.
 
Antibacterial agent - Sargassum sp.
Antibacterial activity4 was demonstrated in a number of seaweeds. Specifically, brown algaSargassum sp. is effective against  Propionobacterium acnes5, which is the causative agent of acne. Together with its anti-inflammatory properties, this alga has a beneficial effect against acne and dandruff.
   

Refernces

1. Leiro, J.M., Castro, R., Arranz, J.A., Lamas, J. 2007. Immunomodulating activities of acidic sulphated polysaccharides obtained from the seaweed Ulva rigida C. Agardh. International Immunopharmacology, 7: 879-888.  


3. Xiaojun Yan, X., Nagata, T., Xiao Fan, X. 1998. Antioxidative activities in some common seaweeds. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 52: 253-262.

4.Vallinayagam, K., Arumugam, R., Kannan, R.R., ThirumaranG., AnantharamanPAntibacterial Activity of Some Selected Seaweeds from Pudumadam Coastal Regions.Global Journal of Pharmacology 3: 50-52.   

5.  Kubo   I., Himejima M., Tsujimoto K., Muroi H.,  Ichikawa N. 1992. Antibacterial activity of crinitol and its potentiation. Journal of natural products, 55780-785.  

6. Rozas, E. and  Freitas, J. C. 2007. Anti-inflammatory activity of the apolar extract from the seaweed  galaxauramarginata (Rhodophyta, Nemaliales). J. Venom. Anim. Toxins incl. Trop. Dis. V.13, n.2, p.544-548.

7. Yuan, Y.V., Carrington, M.F., Walsh, N.A. 2005. Extracts from dulse  (Palmaria palmata) are effective antioxidants and inhibitors of cell proliferation in vitro. Food Chem Toxicol. 43:1073-81.

8. Chan YY, Kim KH, Cheah SH. 2011. Inhibitory effects of Sargassum polycystum on tyrosinase activity and melanin formation in B16F10 murine melanoma cells. J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Oct 11;137(3):1183-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.07.050.