Recently there have been several discussions on nail tech boards, groups and forums with regards to which Nail Conditioning Oil (aka “cuticle oil”) is better, and what is the primary difference between the two?
Nail technicians (myself included) reviewed the MSDS (Material Safety & Data Sheets) for both products and we found that Dadi’Oil contained Tocopherol, while Solar Oil contained Tocopheryl Acetate.
Jim Nordstrom is the creator of BOTH oils. When I asked him on the subject, this was his reply.
“Tocopherol is NATURAL Vitamin E. It is a potent anti-oxidant. The Acetate is SYNTHETIC and it is not a potent anti-oxidant. I have been told that is has about 1/100th the anti-oxidant activity that the natural version has. ”
So, as I’ve said many times on the forums; if YOU were going to do something a second time and recreate it, wouldn’t you IMPROVE upon the original? Jim Nordstrom did in fact IMPROVE upon the original. He brought you Dadi’Oil.
Dadi’Oil contains 3 Certified Organic Oils, and 21 Essential Oils. It also contains Natural Vit E (Tocopherol) and NOT the synthetic version (Tocopheryl Acetate).
So for those of you with a great appreciation and preference for Natural and/or Certified Organic Products for Skin Care, you will likely prefer Tocopherol, the Natural form of Vitamin E.
There is a GREAT deal of difference between the two, in my humble opinion. Further research into the differences provides the following information that was common amongst several resources.
Tocopheryl acetate is derived from Tocopherol, by a process that uses Petroleum. Tocopheryl acetate is the ester form of Tocopherol, meaning it has an alcohol in the structure.
Short Detour: Please be reminded that Petroleum is derived from Crude oil. It sits on the skin’s surface and potentially blocks pores. It can not be absorbed, the molecules are too large. It will trap dirt and bacteria.
The natural Tocopherol is better retained by the body compared to the synthetic form Tocopheryl Acetate. “The bioavailability (available for use by the body) is 2:1 for natural-source Vitamin E over synthetic Vitamin E.” (In other words, you need twice as much Synthetic Vit E to equal Natural Vit E.)
Borochoff, M.D. of Houston, Texas points out, “When present in nature, vitamin E is found only in the alcoholic form. It oxidizes readily. But when it is extracted in esterified form as an acetate, the vitamin E cannot be oxidized. To act as an anti-oxidant the vitamin supplement has to oxidize itself to prevent the oxidation of something else surrounding it. If it cannot oxidize, the vitamin E form is worthless as an anti-oxidant. In contrast, the primary benefit looked for in vitamin E is its anti-oxidant qualities.” Thus, the tocopheryls (synthetic form) do not serve as anti-oxidants.”
Keeping in mind that when we use Vitamin E in skin care products, the purpose is the ‘anti-oxidant’ properties!
Not only did Jim improve upon the original, but he is also providing a product that provides Nail Technicians and Clients with better value for their money! It’s well known that when using Natural and Organic ingredients, that a little goes a long way. Less is MORE.
Despite providing you with a higher end product that uses more costly ingredients, Dadi’Oil is still priced competitively. How do I know they are more costly? From my own forays into making natural skin care products such as body balms and such, and purchasing the necessary ingredients to make them. I can tell you that I found Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol) to be more expensive than it’s synthetic counterpart Tocopheryl Acetate.
So ask me again why I think Dadi’Oil is better?
Click to read the MSDS.