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The Myth of Cold-Pressing

Leland Lo Coconut oil mythbuster science

The Myth of Cold-Pressing

Cold-pressing or low temperature processing is often thought of as superior or better than its alternatives. From cold-pressed juice (how else would you press juice?) to various cold-pressed oils, cold-pressed products are marketed as being more natural and therefore, implied to be better or more beneficial. The truth, however, is more complicated. While it is true that cold-pressed products are closer to its natural state, there are many cases where being closer to the natural state is less nutritional or beneficial than the heat-treated version. For example, traditional heat-treated coconut oil is found to contain more antioxidants than virgin coconut...

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Aging and the Skin

Leland Lo Aging Antioxidants

Aging and the Skin

Everyone wants to appear youthful, especially when it comes to the skin. Various methods exist now to give the appearance of youthful and buoyant skin -- from vampire facelifts, to literally injecting the most toxic substance known to man, to the various anti-aging skin care products and supplements that exist in the market today. It seems like people would cease at nothing to achieve youthfulness. Yet does it all work? Cosmetic surgery/procedures aside, how does one maintain youthful, smooth and buoyant skin?  You are not a car In this world, we are exposed to various forces: the sun, weather, bad habits that...

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In Search of Beeswax

Leland Lo Beeswax Ingredient Search

In Search of Beeswax

At Root Remedies, we are constantly in search of locally produced, high quality ingredients. Beeswax is an ingredient commonly used in natural skincare to create things like lotions or lip balms. After giving to call to Mr Leong from the Cameron Tringkap Bee Farm, we decided to pay him a visit up in Cameron Highlands not just to obtain some beeswax, but also to learn a bit about this ingredient and verify its quality and origin. Mr Leong turned out to be a veteran in the bee keeping business as well as a self-admitted bee fanatic. He told us that...

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The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Leland Lo

The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is truly an amazing substance that has been utilised by humans for ages. There is a fair bit of research that has been done on coconut oil for the skin and hair. Here we present some of the scientific evidence behind the benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil moisturises the skin Coconut oil has proven to be an effective moisturiser. It functions well as a daily moisturising oil for general skincare, and has proven to relieve several skin conditions. Coconut oil as a treatment for xerosis has been found to be effective. Xerosis is a medical term for abnormally...

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Hot Lemongrass and Old Tangerine

Leland Lo

Hot Lemongrass and Old Tangerine

A few announcements today! As of today, we're officially switching our Lemongrass soap from a cold process to a hot process method of soap making. Our soaps are all made from heavily infused coconut oil, the compounds in lemongrass, in particular, has caused our soaps to seize. To prevent this from happening, we tried using the hot process method and it turned out to be beautiful!  The lemongrass scent held well throughout the process and we really like how it looks. Interestingly, just for fun we actually tried making our Milk Tea Soap using this method as well, what came...

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