As a biologist I have experienced a fascinating period on the evolution of life sciences. Thanks to epigenetics [i] we know now that not everything is pre determined by our genes. Our epigenome [ii] is dynamic -biologically speaking-, and changes from one stage of life to another, responding in many cases to environmental signals.
We are complex and unique as human beings, so each of us must take a path in order to discover the elements that make us feel really vital and fulfilled. We are responsible for our health and beauty and therefore for seeking those internal and external elements that allow us to enjoy a healthy life.
As mentioned on the welcome text of our site, Calamansa as a concept is deeply influenced by healthy nutrition and life habits. Dr. Colin Campbell [iii] -one of our mentors – leads a new and different science approach that expressly criticizes the reductionist understanding of a human body as an assembly of interacting systems and believes that our body is much more than the simple sum of its parts.
We know now that all our skin reflects more than “expression lines”, irritation or tiredness. That is why we work in a resourceful way to select our raw materials from tree leaves and plants, essential oils from fine flowers and organic hydrolats, as active ingredients that mother nature offers us instead of chemicals for creating our formulations.
We particularly remark that we have formulated our creations by acknowledging their richness in polyphenols, saponins, flavonoids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory effects, synthesis and degradation of dermal proteins regulators. All of them involved in cellular communication processes that demonstrably slow the causes of aging.
We strongly believe that our creations also contribute to stimulate the central nervous system. We have taken into account the contribution of textures, scents, colors and beneficial aromatherapy effects of each combined ingredient, in order to obtain the best natural synergies.
Our almost 100% natural products are based on a particular mix of delicate ecologic essential oils for aromatherapeutic purposes. Ecologic essential oils (Damask Rose, Immortalle, Frankincense, Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Ylang-Ylang ….), only extracted by steam distillation of flowers, tree leaves, stems, fruits and roots, where complex natural mixtures of aldehydes, esters, ethers, ketones, phenols and terpenes are obtained as in ancient times.
One of the most distinctive features of our premium essential oils are their powerful and concentrated fragance. That is why we strongly recommend to use our oils with vapor diffusers as well as external application to provide a sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Several scientific studies have proven the actual benefits at a cellular and nervous level (via the olfactory nerve), cardiovascular and endocrine systems.
Additionally each Calamansa line (Sana-Heal, Savia-Spice, Calma-Calm and Amar-Love) presents the following selected ecologic components:
- Plant extracts, traditionally used because of their astringent, soothing, demulcent properties. They have been selected by taking into account their active ingredients to enhance the functionality of each of our lines.
- Organic vegetable oils (Grape seed, Macadamia, Jojoba) Extracted only by cold pressing seeds, tree leaves and oleaginous fruits from ecologic agriculture. These type of carrier oils contribute decisively on skin penetration, high hydration, elasticity, softness and nutrition.
- Hydrolats that condense the power of water with water-soluble ingredients of plants from which they come and offer specific properties for different skin types.
Calamansa wants to walk with you on that path through the principles of the aromatic medicine and phytocosmetics, based on scientific evidence and traditional knowledge, in order to help you find inner and outer balance from a wholistic conception through your skin cells.
[i] Epigenetics is the study of biological mechanisms that are able to switch genes on and off. Some remarks:
- Certain circumstances in life can cause genes to be silenced or expressed over time. In other words, they can be “turned off” (becoming dormant) or “turned on” (becoming active).
- Nutrition, the environment, how you relate to others, your thoughts and beliefs, when and how you sleep, how you exercise, your purpose in life, meditation, even aging, all of these can eventually cause chemical modifications around the genes that will turn those genes on or off over time.
- Although we are all human, the different combinations of genes that are turned on or off are what make each one of us unique. Furthermore, these epigenetic changes can be inherited.
- With 20,000+ genes, what will be the result of the different combinations of genes being turned on or off? If we could map every single cause and effect of the different combinations, and if we could reverse the gene’s state to keep the good while eliminating the bad… then we could theoretically cure cancer and disease, slow aging, stop obesity, and so much more.
[ii] The epigenome comprises all of the chemical compounds that have been added to the entirety of one’s DNA (genome) as a way to regulate the activity (expression) of all the genes within the genome. The chemical compounds of the epigenome are not part of the DNA sequence, but are on or attached to DNA (“epi-“ means above in Greek). Epigenomic modifications remain as cells divide and in some cases can be inherited through the generations. Environmental influences, such as a person’s diet and exposure to pollutants, can also impact the epigenome.
[iii] Colin Campbell, PhD, a pioneer of nutritional research.
A Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University in the United States, Dr. Campbell has spent over 40 years researching, teaching and developing diets to optimize nutrition and health. Dr. Campbell received his master’s degree and PhD from Cornell, and served as a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).He has served on several grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, lectured extensively, and has authored more than 300 research papers.
His original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies has brought him recognition as recipients of several awards, both in research and philanthropy. Dr. Campbell is also the Project Director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project, which eventually became known as The China Study, considered the most comprehensive study on the role of diet, disease and health to have ever been conducted.
In 2004, he and his son Tom co-authored the book, “The China Study,” which summarized his career’s worth of research on nutrition, which concludes that a pure, vegan diet is the most optimal for health. Dr. Campbell continues to actively participate in the development of national and international nutrition policy.