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Lab cruelty – Are they tested on animals?
All of the products in The Jennifer Young Collection are 100% natural and have not been tested on animals.
Are the products vegan?
Most of our products are made using plant based and essential oils. However, we do have beeswax in several our products – these include Defiant Beauty Nail Mask, Defiant Beauty Dry Scalp Treatment, Defiant Beauty Scalp Cleanse & Moisturise, Defiant Beauty Lip Balm, Defiant Beauty Cleanse & Moisturise, Defiant Beauty Mild Mint Foot Balm and Defiant Beauty Healing Hand Balm.
Do products contain St John’s Wort?
Some of our products do include St Johns Wort. There are several ways in which St Johns Wort can be used or included in products – they are in supplements, oil and macerate. We use macerate, which is made by soaking St John’s Wort in oil. The oil is then separated from the plant and this oil is the oil that we use (at a very low percentage) in our products. We haven’t had any hospitals urge caution when faced with this information. I hear from a lot of clients & can safely say there is NO consistency regarding the cautions urged by UK hospitals. We worked with a medical team to create these products, whilst there were other natural ingredients that caused concern – St John’s Wort was not one of them.
Why is it that aloe vera or other plant oestrogens are not used by cancer patients, when the Japanese have a low cancer rate and their main diet is the plant oestrogen based?
Eastern cultures consume soy more frequently than we do and have lower cancer rates. They consume it in a different non-processed way. They eat it as it comes – Endame beans etc rather than as processed soy protein. It is thought that the contra intuitive rate of diagnosis against exposure is because the intake is lower despite the greater frequency. They have a lower intake in a ‘healthier’ form than we do. There is no black and white truth as there are lots of plant oestrogens, lots of different types of cancer and many schools of thought. The Jennifer Young Collections are cautious – there is no need for plant oestrogens to be included & we follow the advice of the NHS nurses who helped to inform our products.
What is Jennifer Youngs background in skincare?
Jennifer Young formulate more products than most skin care formulators as we have single unit manufacture. Her background is in science, with a first degree in Biology and Post-Graduate Qualifications in Occupational Health, Law and Nutritional Therapy. The law was useful when trying to create bespoke products and ensure compliance with EU legislation
(those were the days). The Nutritional Therapy has been really useful too – informing the skincare formulations, especially when working with vulnerable groups like cancer patients. Some natural ingredients are best avoided by those affected by cancer. It is the Nutritional Therapy knowledge that helps Jennifer Young to decide which ingredients to exclude (www.BeautyDespiteCancer.co.uk)
What is your skin care philosophy?
Keep it clean and make sure it is exactly what you want – aim high and refuse to pay too much.
Is sleep ritual foot soak ok for people undergoing chemotherapy or an oral chemotherapy at present due to essential oils in product?
Are any nut products in this formulation? Any contraindications?
We are confident that the essential oils in sleep ritual foot soak are safe for people undergoing chemotherapy, but every medical team will have different rules and it’s worth consulting yours to be safe. We are confident that we will comply with these rules but it’s always best to make sure.
There are not nuts in the product.
I am undergoing chemo and find my moisturiser dries my skin because it contains perfume. Can you recommend a moisturiser, foundation, blusher and lipstick?
We do not do moisturiser as such, this is because Jennifer Young do not sell anything that is water based. In short, as soon as water is introduced to a product, preservatives are needed. They are not needed for oil-based products, this includes balms. There are yet more ingredients that are needed in order to create a cream. Increasing the chance that you will be putting something onto your skin that could cause problems as your skin’s sensitivity is increased during treatment.
What we sell instead are oils. We do two kinds of body oil and two kinds of face serums. Our body oils are Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil and Defiant Beauty Smooth Skin Oil. The Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil is perfume free, but the Defiant Beauty Smooth Skin Oil does contain a blend of essential oils, so if you are sensitive to fragrance then go for Itchy Skin Oil.
Our face serums are Defiant Beauty Serum and Defiant Beauty Intensive Serum. We do a makeup range as well. We only use mineral make up as we find it irritates the skin less than liquid make up. We do powder foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, eyeliners, brow powders and wax eyeliners, mascaras, etc.
I have a terrible burning after lymph removal, do you have anything for this?
Our Itchy Skin Oil will be soothing and calming. If you have Lymphedema you should speak to your nurse about applying all and in all circumstances, we recommend a very light touch when applying any body product.
Do you have any idea of how many days a bottle would treat a nail? I am not sure how many bottles to buy in order to minimise delivery costs.
I suggest one drop for both hands (all nails) there are about 240 drops per bottle (we work on 20 drops per ml). If you apply 3 times a day you will have around 80 days’ worth.
Is it ok to use JY products when undergoing Radiotherapy treatment?
We do have some products that can help radiations damaged skin, but we are unable to recommend them without the agreement of the medical team. Residue of products left on the skin can intensify the beam, causing burning. We always advise that products are used after a treatment and that a shower is taken before the next session. However, we are unable to recommend either a product or its use without agreement from the team. We are always happy to speak to medical teams either on an informal basis or by providing education sessions for them. You can read more about this here http://www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk/skincare/radiation-damaged-skin and here http://www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk/skincare/radiation-ii
I am interested in buying some products for my sisters’ friend who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. More specifically the pamper gift set. However, she’s allergic to nuts. I’m just wondering if any of your products contain things like almond oil or if you could point me in the direction of products suitable for someone with a nut allergy.
I’ve created a list for you that shows you products with almond and macadamia oil in. Those are the only two nut oils we use but I know some people with nut allergies can be sensitive to other products (like coconut oil, coconut butter, cocoa butter and shea butter) so I will include those too. Our products that contain either of the two nut oils are Nail Oil, Smooth Skin Balm, Smooth Skin Oil, Serum, Hand Balm, Foot Balm, Cleanse & Moisturise, Lip Balm, Morning Mask, Morning Treatment, Night Mask, Night Treatment, Nail Mask, Dry Scalp Treatment and Scalp Cleanse & Moisturise.
Our safe products are Itchy Skin Oil, Intensive Serum, Calming Bath Oil, Cool & Refresh, Relaxing Pillow Spray, Hydrating Facial Spritz, Sleep Ritual Oil, Sleep Ritual Foot Soak, Frankincense Facial Mist, Crown Chakra Oil, Third Eye Chakra Oil, Throat Chakra Oil, Heart Chakra Oil, Solar Plexus Chakra Oil, Sacral Chakra Oil and Root Chakra Oil. However, some of these products contain seed oils such as, Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Peach Kernel Oil.