How to Judge Skin Care by its Cover


Let’s talk drinks.  When was the last time you drank really fantastic beer or red wine from a clear bottle?  Have you ever?  I know I haven’t.  Those obsessively particular artisan brewers use tinted bottles to protect their delicate flavors from sun and light damage.  Surprisingly, it seems as though the bottle color is more important for preventing oxidation than storage temperature (  That means that even more important than a cool wine cellar is the darkness of a wine’s bottle.  In other words, beer and wine go funkier faster if they’re in clear bottles and brown/amber bottles are ideal for protecting color and flavor.

The same bottling pickiness should be as common when it comes to essential oils and, accordingly, to the botanical skin care world.  Essential oils and raw vegetable oils are fragile and can oxidize and deteriorate from light exposure, just like those tasty beverages.  If a formulator gives a rip about maintaining the nutrients and therapeutic qualities of their final product, they need to store their original essential oils in amber or cobalt bottles and bottle their products in a similarly protective way. No more of those clear glass or cheap plastic containers.  If you can easily see through the bottle, so can damaging light rays, so be sure to avoid buying anything containing essential or vegetable oils in a clear container. For an example of how botanical skin care products should be contained, take a look at any of the OHA products*.  Martha has a lot in common with those obsessively particular brewers; her formulations are filled with precious ingredients full of life and nutrients, so they’re packed in amber.

Check our that sweet amber bottle!

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Until Next Time,


*The only non-glass bottle in the OHA line up is the Cleansing Milk bottle. While still protected against light rays by its amber tint, it’s made of PET plastic, a hard, type 2 plastic that’s less reactive with essential oils than the vast majority of other skin care lines’ entire bottling systems. Being type 2, it’s also easier to recycle. Rest assured that once we find an amber glass bottle that fits into our Cleansing Milk box, we’ll happily make the switch.

Happy New Year, OHA Customers!


I want to introduce myself. My name is Martha and I am the formulator and owner of OHA BioActive Skin Care.  I am thrilled that so many of you share my passion for luminous skin and unsurpassed, organic ingredient quality, teeming with life. It is important that you know OHA is formulated first and foremost with love and the intention of healing and balancing skin. Our inclusive and unique concept utilizes the pure essences of Nature through our wondrous unrefined botanical oils and extracts, nutrients, minerals, essential oils and flower essences.  Our ingredients and the people who produce them are the “BEST OF THE BEST”.

Your dedication to using OHA, organic skin care that is formulated within a co-creative partnership with Nature, is revolutionary and will have a major impact on our realization of overall health and true beauty. Know that you are now considered part of the OHA movement. This movement will evolve the importance of our skin and the many roles it plays in our daily life experience. Skin matters. And nothing matters more to skin than a daily dose of Nature.

I look forward to getting to know each of you this year. I send out a New Year’s resolution that we will all love ourselves more, trust more and honor our unique beauty. Remembering our soul expresses itself most dramatically through our skin. May 2010 nourish and support the one and only you and your well being.

Thank you for loving OHA and providing me the opportunity to express my passion. Deepest gratitude.

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