Grape-seed: A hate-love story

As a child, I used to hate eating grapes because of the grape-seeds. It was too much work for a child to take the seed out before eating because you know - Children just wanna have fun. During the process of me eating grapes with a very annoyed facial expression, my father kept telling me "grape-seeds is the best part for your health, just swallow them". Of course, I didn't eat them. I avoided eating grapes at all cost but when there wasn't another option available at the dinner table, I kept on my stubborn moment of just taking them out before eating them.  

Later on, when I was thinking about the subject of my master degree's thesis I thought of wine marketing. My grandfather used to make wine, Portugal is a country with such an incredible winemaking culture and I'm a wine lover as well. Henceforth, I began to study the properties of wine, grapes and, guess what, grape-seed. And it was love.

First, not only grape-seed oil is one of the most sustainable oils in the industry during its production: the grape-seeds are recovered from the winemaking process and then one of the many uses is for the cosmetic industry as it has a high content of vitamin E, antioxidants, and natural chlorophyll. Rich in vitamins, minerals and flavanol proanthocyanidin, the oil helps strengthen collagen and maintain elastin - the proteins that make up the connective tissue in the skin. Also, the fact that it is super high in Omega 6 (linoleic acid - around 76%), makes it a light oil that penetrates skin layers easily and tolerable for most skin behaviors.

Of course, I had to search for the best grape-seed oil and/or extract and provide it in all formulas. The goal was to create a line with some consistency and never overfeed the skin with too many ingredients that work in opposite directions. And to be honest, "you only need a real one, once" - right? 

"Beauty is a cultural concept. Skincare is humanist."

Diana V. Carriço, Founder