One of life's little mysteries is how Yes To Carrots maintains such a high quality range of products with gourmet ingredients that are good enough to eat at keen as mustard prices. It struck me this morning that I might have solved it. Yes basically uses the same - well, very similar - roster of ingredients in all its products. Presumably, this allows them to buy in bulk and keep costs down. Fair play, I say. As demonstrated by Body Butter ($12.99 for a generous 8oz tub), the recipe serves them and us well.
Everyone knows that carrots are good for you, but what else should we be saying yes to? Take sweet potato - rarely found in cosmetics yet used with impunity by Yes (even in shampoo). This turns out to be a powerful antioxidant. According to one study
on purple sweet potato, the anthocyanins (antioxidant flavonoids) showed stronger radical-scavenging activity than those from red cabbage, grape skin, elderberry, or purple corn, and eight major components of the anthocyanins showed higher levels of activity than ascorbic acid. Personally, I can't abide the taste of sweet potato, which is a shame since researchers
have shown that baked white-skinned varieties prevent cancer and diabetes.
Harry Potter fans will be delighted by the inclusion of pumpkin juice. Packed with protein, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and essential fatty acids, pumpkins are often used in the treatment of many illnesses. Your skin can feast on the benefits of pumpkin as well, since its extract is an active cosmetic ingredient which contains amino acids, phytosterols, minerals, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, K, and E. It has been shown to stimulate collagen growth and to block its breakdown. Every part of this vegetable is full of goodness, as demonstrated by one study
on the antioxidant effects of pumpkin flowers.
I like the fact that Yes doesn't just list algae extracts, but specifies which ones. Spirulina, according to the University of Maryland
, is full of B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Dunaliella is also full b-carotene, which serves to protect these seaweeds from the intense light of the salt beds where they tend to thrive.
I find Yes's Body Butter very pleasant to use. There is a faint (carroty? certainly sweetish) fragrance and the texture of the cream is surprisingly light. It sinks into the skin quickly and there is no tacky residue left behind.
Yes boasts that is paraben-free and its alternative preservative of choice is imidazolidinyl urea
, a formaldehyde releaser and although the mere word sends most of us running for cover, the evidence appears to be that this preservative is safe, barring the fact that it can be a skin irritant.
Five Best body lotions
Spring Water and (Dead) Sea Water, Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Algae Extracts (Spirulina, Dunaliella, Rhodella), Carrot Juice, Carrot Seed Oil, Pumpkin Juice, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Melon Juice, Sweet Potato Extract, Orange Juice, Fragrance, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Niacin, Green Tea Extract, Ginkgo Biloba, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Pomegranate Peel extract.