what is natural skin care

Small-Batch vs. Mass-Produced Skin Care

February 13, 2019

In our last post about natural skin care, we talked about how the epidermis is the bodies’ largest organ and can absorb what you put on it. With that in mind, we reviewed some of the concerns that arise when using synthetic or man-made chemical components (like parabens and phthalates) rather than natural ingredients. Today, we’re going beyond “What is natural skin care?” and taking an even deeper dive into the differences between small-batch and mass-produced natural products and what qualifies as natural.


When you’re thinking about preservatives in your skin care, it can be helpful to draw a comparison with your food choices. Would you rather have a sandwich on pre-sliced store-bought bread or a fresh out-of-the-oven roll? Most will choose the freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or skill to bake their own bread. Think of small-batch skin care as your favorite local bakery. Meanwhile, mass-produced natural products are more like sandwich bread from the grocery store. Both contain preservatives, but small batch is undeniably fresher, more delicious, and made more mindfully.  

Rather than using one unnecessarily harsh broad-spectrum preservative, we use a carefully created blend of natural preservatives to address bacteria, mold and yeast, leaving you with a product that’s gentle and safe. Some common natural preservatives include grapefruit seed extract, rosemary oil extract and Vitamin E.  

Sourcing of Ingredients


With small-batch products, we’re able to hand-select our ingredients and create each formula with the utmost care. Rather than buying extracts from unknown origins, we steam distill organic botanicals on-site to ensure purity and potency.


When looking at “natural” products that are mass-produced by large companies, it’s important to remember that natural doesn’t always mean gentle. Some of these mass-produced products contain benzyl alcohol and geraniol, which are listed as medium and high hazards respectively by the Environmental Working Group.


Another way to extend a product’s life is to package it smartly. At Theoderma, we minimize the need for preservatives by using pump bottles that reduce the product’s exposure to air and possible contaminants.  

See the Small-Batch Difference for Yourself

Now that we’ve covered questions like, “What is natural skin care?” and “What’s the small-batch difference?”, see for yourself! Theoderma has a full line of products specially formulated for every skin type. Use our Meet Your Match tool to find the perfect products for you And, if you’d like to try a product before you commit, we have samples available for as little as $2!

Savy Guthrie has been a PA working in dermatology for 17 years and has worked in medicine for 20 years overall.  She has treated tens of thousands of patients, helping them achieve healthy, beautiful skin. 

Savy Guthrie is a dermatology PA with 17 years of patient care experience and is the founder of Theoderma Skin Care.

Savy with her dog

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