If you don’t know May Lindstrom, she is the queen of all things luxury and green. She has a very limited product line but what she does carry is absolutely divine. Let’s talk about a seriously expensive cult product. At $160 for the full size (photo above is a sample size) Blue Cocoon is a serious investment. This stuff ain’t cheap. Let’s figure out why, shall we?
The claims: “Mystical blue tansy eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishment and relief to delicate, inflamed and irritable skin conditions.”
I have a TON of details with all the ingredients listed below but here’s the nitty gritty. This product is filled with ingredients that are amazing for the skin. Lots of fatty acids, vitamins, antibacterials and antioxidants. Could you make this product less expensive? Probably, but you would have to sacrifice ethics and the organic nature of the product. The ingredients are ethically sourced, sustainably grown and fairly traded. If that is important to you then you get what you pay for. In the best way possible.
If you want to try this I highly suggest you purchase a sample from Integrity Botanicals. It’s the same price per ml as the large size if you don’t want to shell out the $160 (who does…). Just so everyone believes me, here’s the math 50 ml at $160 dollars. That means it’s $3.20 per ml. The sample from Integrity botanicals is 5 ml for $16. So 5 ml x $3.20 per ml = $16. BUY THE SAMPLE.
Guys, I don’t know what else to say. The thought and care that is put into the formulation of this product is just amazing. Nothing is filler, nothing is extraneous. Everything in this is in there for a reason. Take a look at the ingredients. They really do speak for themselves. It’s calming, soothing and helps with redness and dehydration. It does what it says. Is it necessary in your skin care regimen? Probably not. Is it luxury and lovely to use? Absolutely.
Please consult your physician if you are pregnant since this does contain some essential oils that may not be great while pregnant. The amounts may be negligible but it’s better safe than sorry.
Ingredients: Please note I could not find any direct sourcing information from May Lindstrom’s website. I did research on the ingredients and provided as much information as I could.
***Fair Trade, Raw & Unrefined
*Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil: also called “Tea Seed Oil” is obtained from the Camellia sinensis evergreen. It is a skin conditioning agent (Source). Essentially it has a lot of fatty acids, it penetrates the skin easily and has a slight cooling effect (Source).
***Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter: A solid vegetable fat (saturated fat) obtained from the Butyrospermum parkii tree (Source). Shea butter has high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins. There is some evidence that Shea Butter has anti-inflammatory properties. The Butyrospermum parkii tree grows naturally in Africa therefore it is extremely important that this ingredient is Fair Trade. The people collecting the Shea nuts work very hard and should be compensated accordingly. It’s also important that this is unrefined because a lot of the shea butter on the market is extracted using hexanes or other harmful solvents. If it is too refined it loses it’s potency (Source) (Source).
***Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter: Cocoa butter conditions the skin and adds a nice natural fragrance (Source). Predominately a solid vegetable fat this is a good source of fatty acids for the skin. Theobroma cacao is native Central America and northern South America (Source). For the same reasons stated above it is extremely important that this ingredient is Fair Trade.
***Sclerocarya Birrea (Virgin Marula) Oil: A plant native to Africa and again very nourishing, lots of fatty acids, antioxidants and absorbs quickly (Source). Glad to see this ingredient is also obtained by Fair Trade.
Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Oil: Another skin conditioning ingredient (Source). This is sourced from Africa so I’m a bit disappointed to see that this isn’t labeled as Fair Trade.
*Adansonia Digitat-a (Baobab) Oil: Not to sound like a broken record but this is another skin conditioning ingredient, lots of fatty acids, very moisturizing (Source). Not a super common ingredient but I am glad to see that it is organic.
*Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil: Here we go my friends. This is the golden ingredient in this product. Man does it have a lot of claims: antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, antiviral, febrifuge (reduces fever), insecticide, hormone stimulant, sedative, and vermifuge (anti-parasitic) substance. Wow. Let’s see if we can get some information on that shall we…okay it took me a while but I did find an article affirming the claim that Blue Tansy Oil is an antibacterial! The researchers found that the oil was a good antibacterial without being toxic to us making it a great option for natural health products (Source).
While researching Blue Tansy Oil I came across a bunch of information showing that a lot of essential oils are either watered down or complete fakes. Blue Tansy Oil is a very expensive oil so I can understand the price of this product. Just having the peace of mind that I know what I am getting is really nice. You are truly getting what you are paying for. This is the ingredient that accounts for the beautiful color of the product.
**Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil: There is limited information on this. It’s seems to be fine for the skin (rates a 2 on ewg Skin Deep). It is most likely used for fragrance and it’s skin conditioning properties (Source). Native to the Arabian Peninsula and Africa (Source).
*Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil: This adds a lovely fragrance and is skin conditioning (Source).
**Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil: Most likely used for fragrance but there are some articles claiming it has some anti-inflammatory effects (Source).
*Vanilla Planifolia CO2 Total Essential Oil: Used for it’s lovely fragrance.
Schisandra Sphenanthera CO2 Fruit Extract: An antimicrobial and antioxidant, here’s a nice article for you all! (Source)
*Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil: My roommate actually introduced me to this oil after I burned myself making some baked good or another. This. Stuff. Is. AMAZING. It’s extremely expensive and is grown in Italy. If you are a baker or a cook or you work with hot things you need to get some of this pure oil. It’s going to cost you but it’s extremely good at soothing burns and reducing scars.
Ravensara Aromatica Oil: I couldn’t find a ton of information on this oil but it seemed to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral and soothing (Source).