About

Why KYI?
We formed KYI because we realize that people want “minimally processed” “whole food” skin products.  Read the ingredient labels on many products currently on the shelves.  Almost all contain unnecessary and unnatural chemicals and additives.  The skin is a living organ that absorbs what is applied on top of it into the body.  So if you eat wholesome, natural foods that nourish the body, wouldn’t you also want to use products ON your body that are wholesome, unprocessed and healthy?
 
KYI, or Know Your Ingredients, was created to provide "whole food" skin care products, in their raw, or almost raw, state:  shea butter, argan oil, sweet almond oil.  Products that work just as well, and most often much better, than the products with those unnecessary and unnatural chemicals.
 
KYI prides itself on offering all of its products either unscented or in irresistible scents made from more good stuff from nature: essential oils of litsea cubea, chamomile, lavender, orange, mandarin, ginger grass and grapefruit.
 
At KYI, our goal is to create natural, simple products that have little or no processing using the highest quality ingredients available to produce extremely effective results.
 
We think the products speak for themselves.  Try them.  We think you’ll agree.
 
What’s in YOUR lotion?  KYI your current products by going to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database website to find out what’s in YOUR lotion: www.ewg.org
 
Website Credits

This site was custom developed and designed with love and care by Rachel Bain and Garrett Godsey.

Additionally, we’d like to thank Manfred Klein, Pablo Impallari, and James T. Edmondson for their beautiful and free typefaces.
 
Last, but most definitely not least, a special thanks to Four Square Studio for the wonderful photography.
Some things we’d like you to know:
Shea Butter 
KYI’s Whipped Shea Butter Mask is recommended as a night face mask for those with older, drier and aging skin.  However, it is multi-functional and can be used anywhere on the body and is excellent to treat dry, red and irritated skin on children.

KYI's Whipped Shea Butter Mask comes in 3 fantastic scents and is available unscented.​
  • It combats aging by reducing lines, wrinkles and increasing skin elasticity,
  • It relieves red, sore skin including eczema and psoriasis, it minimizes stretch marks and scars, including those left from acne,
  • It conditions and softens hair. ​

Shea butter can be used on any part of the body, including lips, face, hair, elbows, and feet.


Argan Oil
KYI’s Argan Oil Serum with Vitamin C is recommended as a day moisturizer to be worn alone or under makeup for women who wish to combat the signs of aging.  However, it is multi-functional and can be used anywhere on the body especially on inflamed skin.

KYI's Argan Oil Serum with Vitamin C comes in a refreshing ​orange-grapefruit scent and is available unscented.
Argan Oil has numerous skin, hair, nail and therapeutic benefits:
  • It is quickly absorbed into the skin and is particularly effective against the effects of aging, including cell degeneration
  • It also combats dryness, and reduces inflammation, acne and scars
  • It can also be used in hair to smooth frizzies and split ends and add shine.
Argan oil can be used on any part of the body, including lips, face, hair, elbows and feet.


Sweet Almond Oil
KYI’s Sweet Almond Softening Oil is recommended as an after shower moisturizer, either wet or dry.  However, it can be used on skin anytime it needs some softening up.

KYI's Sweet Almond Softening Oil comes three fantastic scents:  relaxing chamomile lavender, uplifting litsea cubeba and refreshingly spicy orange mandarin.  It is also available  unscented.
Sweet Almond Oil is a very emollient moisturizer and lubricant and has many benefits:
  • It prevents skin from becoming dry, itchy and flaky
  • It is easily absorbed and helps aging skin because it eliminates impurities and removes dead skin cells while refining the skin's structure and stimulating cell renewal
  • It is a very good anti-inflammatory as it helps ease the itching and irritation caused by psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and sunburn.


Visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database website to find out what’s in YOUR lotion.  www.ewg.org

Hopefully not this stuff…

Glyceryl Monstearate - It is a  surfactant and emulsifying agent.  Glyceryl stearate is composed of naturally occuring lipid ingredients glycerol and stearic acid.

Cetearyl Alcohol -  It is an emulstifer, stabilizer, surfactant, foam booster, opacifying agent, and it increases viscosity.   Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that can come from vegetable or synthetic sources.

Caprylic Triglyceride -  It is a liquid fatty acid that can be derived from mil or palm, coconut or other plant oils.

Sucrose Stearate -  It is a emollient, surfactant and emuslfying agent and is a mono esther of stearic acid and sucrose (or sugar).

Xanthan Gum -  It is a binder, emulsifier, surfactant, and increases viscosity.  Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, a sugar-based polymer produced by bacteria; it is used as a viscosity agent in personal care products and foods.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate - A form of Vitamin C.

Potassium Sorbate -  A preservative that is a potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occurring anti-microbial compound.

Benzyl Alcohol -  It is an external analgesic, preservative,  and solvent.  Benzyl alcohol is a naturally ocurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.  The EWG rates it as a “fair” for level of concern.

Sodium Benzoate -  Is an anti-corrosive and masking preservative commonly used in cosmetics and foods.

Phenoxyethanol -  A preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products which is rated “Fair” by the EWG.

Butylphenyl methylproprional -  A synthetic scent ingredient that has been associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.  The EWG rates is a “Moderate Concern” for system toxicity.