Sweet Prana was developed with one objective in mind – feeding your face. It’s a unique skin nutrition program that delivers the nutrition your skin needs, while recognizing that your best skin starts with your best health.
Sweet Prana is a small skin care line, consisting of six products. Each of the products is appropriate for use by every skin type. Sweet Prana products work best in synergy with each other, but each can stand alone as an exceptional product in its category.
Sweet Prana was developed in collaboration by Naida Geisler and a food scientist. It is manufactured in a cruelty free lab near Vancouver, British Columbia. The lab extracts and presses several of the extracts and oils used in Sweet Prana products from scratch.
Sweet Prana products contain no fillers and are nutrient potent, which is why they are rich in colour. Every ingredient is in the product for a reason. Prominent ingredients are green tea extract, olive squalene, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), rosehip oil, raspberry seed oil, algae extract, lacto-ceramides, beta glucan, tripeptide 5, and benzoin essential oil.
Butoxyethanol: a solvent used to control viscosity, or a “fragrance” additive. It irritates skin and may cause cancer and reproductive toxicity. Found in: fragrance, hair color.
BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, developmental toxicity, allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. Found in: nail polish, body washes, bubble bath, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, and eye shadows.
Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): Widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, makeup, deodorants. They can also be found in food and pharmaceutical products.
Phthalates: A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances (the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law. Found in: deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: facial cleansers, creams, sunscreen, shampoo.
Polysorbate-20: Polysorbate-20 is used in skin care products as a surfactant, emulsifier, and fragrance ingredient. It is derived from Lauric Acid and is also a chemical mixture of sorbitol ethylene oxide. The problem with any ingredient that is treated with ethylene oxide is that it can become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potentially dangerous by-product. In fact, 1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen that penetrates readily into the skin. Other concerns with polysorbate-20 are that it resulted in developmental and reproductive toxicity in animal studies, but high doses Ire administered before these results Ire observed. Moderate doses are also linked with skin allergies and irritation. Found in: facial cleansers body wash, toner and moisturizers.
Propylene glycol: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as Ill as hives in humans — these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. Found in: moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.
Moving from the Canada’s westcoast to a dry, cold prairie climate was the impetus for Naida’s interest in handmade skin care. In pursuit of formulations that would leave her skin silky and quenched, she mucked about with oils and butters for years before deciding to bring her passion for skin health to the marketplace.
After re-relocating to Vancouver in 2013, Naida was serendipitously introduced to a food scientist who shares her passion for skin nutrition. She identified a gap in the natural skin care marketplace and decided to remedy it by designing a small, but complete line that provides more active ingredients by volume – at an affordable price.
“I firmly believe that great skin begins with overall good health. That’s why a huge part of what we do is share content and encourage discussion on physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.”