Do you have all your lotions and potions lined up on a lovely dressing table? Have you ever wondered what happens to your products when the sun makes its way into your room and hits your products? Why does it say on most labels keep out of direct sunlight? It turns out it’s not just the sun who’s out to shorten the life of your most loved products but so are our lightbulbs.
Here at Kyushi I wanted to find the best container to give your products longevity and the best chance of staying as fresh as the day they leave us. Everyone else may not find this as exciting as I do but the Miron glass we ended up choosing is amazing! It looks black but it’s actually violet. The glass itself blocks the complete spectrum of visible light with the exception of the violet part. At the same time it allows a certain part to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UV-A, and infra red light. This unique combination offers optimal protection against the ageing processes that are released by visible light from that pesky sun and lightbulbs, thus lengthening durability and potency of products. (FYI infra red is also great for your skin & cell renewal but more on that other day) The thing that really sold me on this glass was the chive test. See photo below. As an experiment, several herbs and spices were stored for 3 months in several types of glass (white, brown, violet), and were either exposed to the sun for several hours a day or kept inside.
After 2 months, the visible quality change was recorded with photographs, and the difference in smell determined in a blind test with volunteers. The illustration shows clearly that the chive samples that were exposed to the sun have bleached in brown and white glass. As photographed in this illustration, the sample stored in Miron violet glass shows no colour change. The smell of the chives stored in Miron violet glass was also clearly stronger and fresher. (Dr. Niggli and Dr. Max Bracher)
Imagine the difference in the quality of your face products if I had decided to pop them in a brown or white glass container. We don’t want to eat food that doesn’t look, smell or taste fresh so why should we use skincare that isn’t either.
So how does it actually work?
Miron violet glass works like a natural filter that only lets sunlight, and more importantly artificial light that protects and improves the quality of premium and sensitive substances.
Sunlight enables all plants to grow. If they continue to be exposed to the sun after reaching maturity, the effect of the light changes and accelerates the molecular decaying process. I wanted to protect your plant based products as much as possible, especially as chemical preservatives just weren’t an option for me here at Kyushi.
Not only does Miron protect you Kyushi Face oils from damaging forms of light, it also protects them from damaging Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Radiation. Our world is littered with EMF and radiation that wreaks havoc with our bodies cells and also gets absorbed into our foods and products. Anything we can do to minimise this is helpful. Sources of these are phones, laptops, tablets, microwaves and artificial lights.
Miron are a great company based in the Netherlands and various tests have been carried out on their very unique glass. They have tested almond oil, spirulina algae, rose water, drinking water, olive oil, cereals, honey, fruits and other substances to see what protective quality Miron violet glass offers. A few examples are listed below:
Since 2008, Miron violet glass together with several beekeepers from Germany have been undertaking different tests to analyze the quality of honey which has been preserved in Miron violet glass. The main focus of attention was the analysis of the active ingredient that inhibits the growth of seeds, and the aroma in honey. A definite conclusion is that the honey stored in miron violet glass doesn’t break down its ingredients, but actually conserves the taste, smell, colour, structure and enzymes considerably better than in any other receptacles known or used until now.
If you’re still not sold let’s have a look at the tomato test:
In order to more easily prove the quality protection given to food stored in MIRON violet glass, a microbiological experiment was carried out with cherry tomatoes. During this test, a cherry tomato was stored for 7 months in a white glass and in a MIRON violet glass, and then kept at room temperature where sunlight could reach it. The result was photographed after 7 months. The microbiological changes of the tomato stored in white glass can be clearly seen. The tomato stored in MIRON violet glass however shows no loss of color and no signs of drying out. See photo below:
Another fun piece of information on Miron glass are the water crystal photographs:
The father of water crystal photography is Masaru Emoto, born on July 22, 1943 in Yokohama, Japan. When he realized that there were not two identical snow crystals, he had the idea of proving the quality of water with frozen drops of water and their photography. He commissioned a young researcher with the help of a high-resolution microscope to confirm this thesis. In the meantime, his crystal paintings have gone around the world.
According to his experience, water has a memory and responds to treatments. Spring water forms beautiful harmonious and filigree hexagons, while the water from the lower reaches of rivers hardly produce crystals. In his work, he points out that the visual language of the water is diverse. The images, forms and phenomena that emerge from the investigation are not reproducible, just as nature does not repeat itself. Conclusions on chemical, biological and physical qualities can not be drawn with this method. But he also believes that the water crystal photos can say something about information and energetic content.
For our experiments, water was bottled in three different types in pharmacist bottles with the white, brown and violet glass types. A short-term storage of 7 days and a mean time storage of 74 days were carried out. We point out again that the imagery of the water is multidimensional and no scientific conclusions can be drawn. See photo below: from left to right – violet glass, brown glass, white glass.
Of course another reason we’re so pleased with our lovely bottles is the glass can be recycled which we really urge you to do. Someday soon we hope to have a recycling system inbuilt within Kyushi so watch this space. Until then enjoy your fresh, natural, preservative free skincare in beautiful, recyclable, packaging.