Frequently Asked Questions

What is the shelf-life of your products?

6 months after opening up to a year.

Are your products anti-aging?

Natural ingredients are inherently anti-aging because they contain antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids. The conventional skin care industry labels their products 'anti-aging' when they add a synthetic 'active' to an otherwise inert formula. In the natural industry, our entire formulas are active with up to hundreds of therapeutic and nourishing components in each bottle.

I have adult/hormonal/cystic acne. Can I use your products?

Our products have been formulated to not clog pores. They absorb into the skin to nourish and purify.

Our product recommendations:

Petal Purity Exfoliating Cleanser in the morning
Petal Purity Facial Cleanser in the evening 
Rose Dew Facial Toner after cleansing, removed with cotton ball
Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream for dry or normal skin OR Orange Blossom Facial Cream for oily skin
Ancient Mud Facial Mask once per week

Our products should not be combined with petroluem-based cover up and foundation or harsh chemical sunscreens, which can cause acne.

We also recommend that you visit a Naturopathic Doctor to tackle possible internal issues.

What is the difference between Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil Facial Serums?

Argan oil are Rosehip Oil are very similar - they are both dry oils (non-greasy) with moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Our Argan Oil is unscented and golden, while Rose Hip Oil has a light, but pungent odor, and is a deep red colour, indicative of its high levels of carotenoids. They are both moisturizing and anti-aging. Argan Oil has high levels of oleic acid (omega 9) that helps to deliver nourishment deep into the layer of the skin, and is ideal for hair and scalp. Rosehip Oil contains all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA, a natural retinoid) that rejuvenates skin and reverses sun damage, scars, (including acne), and fine lines. It also has high levels of nourishing, anti-inflammatory alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, omega 3), and linoleic acid (omega 6).

Why is my Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream or Rosehip Oil so yellow/orange? It wasn't the last time.

The deeper the red hue, the higher the level of carotenoids. Our Rosehip Oil is certified organic and virgin, meaning it was cold-pressed and unrefined and therefore has a deep orange colour. Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream varies from light orange to deep yellow. The colour fades over time so the higher the pigmentation, the fresher the product.

Does the vitamin A in Rosehip Oil have the same side effects as retinyl palmitate/retinol/retinoic acid?

There is quite a bit of information circulating about the ingredient retinyl palmitate, mostly because of reports that it may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when exposed to sunlight. Frightening information when it is contained in many popular sunscreens and skin care on the market.

Retinyl palmitate is a synthetic ester produced with retinol (vitamin A) and palmitic acid. It is converted in the skin to retinol and then to retinoic acid. Rosehip oil contains .04% retinoic acid. It acts very differently in nature than when it is synthetically produced. Rosehip oil has been studied extensively on the skin and is safe to use in the sun and in pregnancy – especially in the safe dose that the vitamin A occurs.

Are your products safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

The short answer is YES.

The long answer is that your concern is completely valid because components of essential oils get absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and can easily pass through the placenta to the developing fetus. The question is whether these components can be harmful or disruptive. Most essential oils are safe to use, but there are a few that should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. According to Robert Tisserand’s book, Essential Oil Safety, the following should not be ingested topically or internally during this time:

Anise, birch, carrot seed, cassia, cinnamon bark, cypress, dill seed, fennel, hyssop, myrrh, myrtle, oregano, sage, star anise, tansy, and yarrow.

There are others that are not as commercially available so I haven’t included them in this list. All the essential oils used by Cocoon Apothecary are considered safe to use during pregnancy.

Another concern is the safety of using rosehip oil during pregnancy because of the vitamin A content. The issues regarding vitamin A have to do with synthetic retinoids that are taken orally such as Accutane. They have been shown to cause miscarriages and birth defects. People have taken these studies one step further and have cautioned against using topical retinoids, such as Retinol, as well. There is a huge difference between transretinoic acid found in rosehip oil and the potent, synthetic versions that have inundated the anti-aging skin care market. It’s the same difference between taking Accutane and eating kale, broccoli and spinach, (all contain retinoids). I have absolutely no concerns about pregnant and nursing women using rosehip oil on a regular basis and many women have found it helpful in preventing and reversing stretch marks.

If there is anything to be strongly concerned about, it’s the synthetic musks and phthalates commonly found in the fragrances that are in almost every chemical perfume and skin care product from hand soaps to facial creams, (like the ones found in a typical mall bath shop). These toxic substances are found in the bodies of newborn babies! This is what I would like to see the focus on.

Are your products GMO-free?


Are your products gluten-free?


Are your products vegan and cruelty-free?