Meet Victorious Balm & Serum! For those serious about using natural ingredients, and serious about taking care of their skin. Everything your skin needs, and nothing it doesn’t.
Victorious Balm & Serum are created from 100% natural ingredients. Ingredients carefully selected for very specific benefits. I’ll only touch briefly on the ingredients because their benefits are many and I don’t want to science too much and put you to sleep 😉
Victorious Balm contains ingredients such as Cocoa, Shea & Jojoba butters and more, whipped into a pleasing texture. It has the added benefits of natural Vitamin E (NOT to be confused with the synthetic colorless variety) for it’s anti-oxidant properties that benefit both your skin and to preserve the Balm naturally.
Cocoa Butter is derived from the Cocoa bean, which contains a significant amount of polyphenol and flavanoid antioxidants, and also has the ‘good’ saturated fats that are easily absorbed and beneficial for healing dry & cracked skin. Anti-oxidants benefit your skin by limiting the production of free radicals that cause damage.
Shea Butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F, and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. A 2010 study by the “College of Science and Technology” found that “due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations.” This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
Now let’s talk about Victorious Serum. In the beginning, when I first launched it back in 2008, it was known as ‘Serieuse’ and had a base of Almond oil. It has come a long way since and no longer contains Almond oil (which poses as an allergen for many).
Victorious Serum is a fusion of oils, some of which are Jojoba, Ricebran and more.
Jojojoba oil is derived from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) plant (pronounced Ho-ho-ba). Jojoba oil contains beneficial ingredients, including vitamin E, vitamin B and more and a very high percentage of iodine which gives jojoba oil its power to heal. Due to anti-inflammatory properties, it can calm & reduce redness and soothe the dry and chapped skin. Jojoba closely imitates sebum, produced by our sebaceous glands in our skin. As we age our sebaceous glands produce less sebum, which is why we get dry skin and hair (leading to dandruff or itchy scalp). On the other hand, too much sebum, which happens during puberty or when hormone levels are high, can result in oily skin and acne. However Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores so it keeps your oil levels balanced. Studies have indicated that Jojoba oil can also accelerate the wound-healing process, and reduce skin lesions. This is wonderful for Excema and Psoriasis sufferers.
Ricebran oil is extracted from the germ as well as the husk of rice. Rice bran oil is light and penetrates easily, with deep-moisturizing capability due to its combination of vitamin E and fatty acids, plus vitamin B to help firm and tighten your skin, maintaining hydration, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rice bran oil is considered an anti-aging secret in Japan. It is a good source of tocotrienols, an antioxidant that is more potent than Vitamin E. Rice bran oil also contains “squalane” which is known to help your skin look younger and fresher.
Vitamin E is found in both Victorious Balm & Serum and is easily absorbed by your skin. Vitamin E is not actually a single vitamin, but rather a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects. Vitamin E will neutralize free radicals in the skin and this aids with healing and reducing scars. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it can alleviate & soothe eczema or atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis symptoms. The article “Vitamin E & Skin Health“, brought to us by Oregon State University had this to say part “Vitamin E is an integral part of the skin’s antioxidant defenses, primarily providing protection against UV radiation and other free radicals that may come in contact with the epidermis.” and “Use of unesterified vitamin E, similar to that found in natural sources, has provided the most consistent data concerning its topical efficacy. The vitamin E family consists of eight different tocopherols and tocotrienols,”
Now these aren’t all of the ingredients, I’d surely put you to sleep extolling ALL of the benefits of ALL of the ingredients. But you can find the full list on the packaging.
If you’ve made it this far through all that sciencey’ jargon, I’ll tell you a little bit about the packaging.
Yes. It. Is. Green. Of course it is! That’s my favorite color! However, that’s beside the point. I have always packaged my products, since 2008, in containers that inhibited UV light. Why? To protect your investment!
Natural butters and carrier oils are photosensitive to UV light. It ages them and by doing so, reduces their valuable properties and their effectiveness. When we visit the Salon or Beauty supply and see products on the shelves, ever wonder how long they sat there? Ever wonder for how long they were exposed to UV light? I do, which leads me to question the integrity of the product; how old is it and has it been compromised? For this reason, to insure the full lifespan of the products, they are packaged in containers to inhibit UV light. The Serum bottles have the secondary protection of serum-dispensing caps. By not needing to remove the cap to access product, you reduce the circulation of oxygen in the product. Oxygen can also speed up the aging process of natural ingredients. An added benefit of these particular serum dispensing caps is that they dispense the exactly right amount of product. One squirt for light treatment of 2 hands, or 2 squirts for a more intense treatment. Last but not least, the serum-dispensing caps also prevents contamination of your products. This is ideal for use in a Salon environment, or in a home where you share your products and maybe your cohabitants <cough cough your kids cough cough> don’t share your your hygienic habit of washing their hands.
I hope you’ve found this information to be as interesting as I did when I began my research back in 2008. Both products have been through some changes over the years, in an endeavor to reap the best results.
To hear what someone else has to say, please feel free to read this blog post from 2014 regarding my Balm, Victorious Balm Claims A Real Victory.
Victorious Balm really is a BOMB 😉