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Multi-functional Ingredients

Founder Nico Murillo remembers a moment during her time in corporate product development, asking a food scientist colleague, “what is the source of this ingredient”? She was surprised that they did not know this information. This particular ingredient made you taste salt before sugar. Yes, this ingredient could actually make you taste salt before sugar! Instantly Nico became obsessed with knowing more about this mind-altering ingredient. She began to open the book of  hidden secrets and food magic found in specialized additives called Multi-functional Ingredients, which today hide in our nutritional food labels. In fact, many times if you use these ingredients under 1%, they don’t even make it on the label, and account for many of the food reactions we see today. This discovery led to the creation of Bocanna Skin and the need to provide the public with honest and clean label products.

The understanding of multi-functional ingredients and why they are bad cannot be explained in one post. It takes some time to really explain what they are, how they affect us, and how they are intentionally hidden on consumer labels. If you believe that food chemicals can alter your health and ultimately you DNA, it totally up to you to decide. At Bocanna Skin we support and value holistic approaches to product development that we would feel safe to use in our own homes, for yours.

According to https://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/multifunctional-food-ingredients-market

Multi-functional Ingredients food ingredients is defined as, ingredients which are used to replace gums, gluten, fats and other expensive ingredients. These ingredients ensure food safety and enhances shelf life, increases product yield, maintains taste, texture and appearance. In meat and poultry industry, multifunctional ingredients are used to provide safety of production during storage, to increase firmness of products, and also provide optimum indicators of rheological and thermodynamic characteristics, it helps to achieve the improved consistence and moisture holding ability of finished goods. 

Consumer foods are regulated by the FDA and right now there is not an agency that oversees the safety of these specialized food additives. In fact, it is left up to the manufacturer of the ingredient to prove the safety and efficacy of the product. The companies do not put the full ingredient on the label and many times it hides under the starch label or “natural flavors”  because it “proprietary” regardless if there are individuals with food sensitivities who need full ingredient transparency.

Now you may ask, what does this have to do with skincare? Skincare is no different and has its own set of multifunctional ingredients and regulations. These ingredients are usually synthetic and are used to change the texture, appearance and function of the product while extending shelf life. These chemicals have no place in your body or on it. We feel that skincare should have the same standards as the food you feed your body.

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Bocanna Skin believes in natural products that are honest and reflective of our values of transparency. This is why we offer our Open Lab where you can see into our manufacturing facility. Here you can see where and how our products are made, meet the farmers growing our line, and the technicians bottling each product with care. This window offers you a glimpse into the Bocanna Skin standards and the community we have built. We are a family here that supports our local farmers, artisans, and earth to support a better world.

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