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Is Coconut Oil Causing Dry Skin? What You Need to Know

Posted by on 11/30/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
Is Coconut Oil Causing Dry Skin? What You Need to Know
Coconut oil has gained a big following in natural beauty circles in recent years. This oil does have a significant list of benefits, including the fact that it is readily available at many natural food stores, affordable, shelf stable, natural, and not environmentally problematic. It’s one of the most popular natural oils, to be sure. But is coconut oil causing dry skin or allergic type reaction in certain skin types? Let’s take a closer look at both the pros and cons of using this cult beauty hit.

DIY Whipped Shea Butter Recipe - An easy, natural, 5 ingredient extremely dry skin treatment for hands and body

Posted by on 1/15/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
DIY Whipped Shea Butter Recipe - An easy, natural, 5 ingredient extremely dry skin treatment for hands and body
Dry skin can be a problem no matter what season you're in.  In winter it's cold outside air and heated air inside buildings that sucks the hydration straight out of unprotected skin.  In arid, desert environments or high mountain altitudes even summer can be hard on skin with strong winds, bright sun, and low humidity.  Hand washing and hot showers can strip your natural skin oils, leaving your hands and body virtually unprotected.

Luckily while nature is creating our problems it also supplies solutions.  The people of Western and Central Africa have faced harsh, dry conditions for decades, and shea butter is one of their favorite remedies from the earth.  This rich plant butter soothes and coats skin with lipids and other therapeutic substances to restore elasticity and comfort.

Shea butter themed products have become popular in recent years, but often manufactured products contain only a small percentage of this valuable butter.  If you want the real deal with pure, natural shea you can make your own whipped shea butter at home with just 5 ingredients.  We're putting you in control of your dry skin destiny, so click "read more" to continue to our recipe.

A surprisingly affordable substitute for rose otto essential oil - Palmarosa essential oil benefits, uses, and recipes

Posted by on 1/8/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
A surprisingly affordable substitute for rose otto essential oil - Palmarosa essential oil benefits, uses, and recipes
Palmarosa essential oil is a lovely oil extracted from the tropical Palmarosa or Indian Geranium plant.   It is called Palmarosa due to the similarity between its sweet floral fragrance and rose oil.  The scent may surprise you, though, since the sweet aroma comes simply from blades of the grass rather than from a blossom.

Read our full article to find out more about how this wonderful oil can save you money and let you luxuriate in the aroma of rose more often.

How to use Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil - your new favorite natural citrus scent

Posted by on 8/18/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
How to use Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil - your new favorite natural citrus scent
Meet Litsea Cubeba! The sweeter little sister of the Lemongrass fragrance, Litsea Cubeba is a citrusy-scented plant that is also known as the Mountain Pepper or May Chang.  It is a member of the Lauraceae family, native to regions of Southeast Asia.  Although grown extensively in Japan and Taiwan,  China is the largest producer and exporter.  The tree bears petite white and yellow flowers, which bloom from March to April each growing season.  The fruit, flowers and leaves are processed for essential oil, and the timber can be used for furniture or construction. 

Click through to read more Litsea Cubeba essential oil information plus how to use this essential oil in our full post.

Essential Oil Bug Repellent - a DIY oil blend recipe and dilution rates for natural bug spray

Posted by on 7/26/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Essential Oil Bug Repellent - a DIY oil blend recipe and dilution rates for natural bug spray
If you're tired of the same old Citronella smell for bug repellent we have good news!  Many essential oils uses include properties that creepy crawlies don't like.  While the EPA limits ingredients that manufacturers can use in products labeled as "bug repellents" there's nothing stopping you from experimenting with your essential oil collection from home.

Keep reading for a recipe you can try and dilution rates we recommend.

Sunflowers and their Seeds - the Vitamin E producing blossoms perfect for sensitive skin

Posted by on 7/19/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Sunflowers and their Seeds - the Vitamin E producing blossoms perfect for sensitive skin

The humble Sunflower is an example of a miraculous botanical that could use a little more appreciation, so we're shining a spotlight today.  We consider Sunflower Seed oil to be one of the unsung heroes of natural skincare for some very good reasons.

Sunflower Seed oil is not an expensive or "precious" natural skincare oil largely because sunflowers are super easy to grow. They aren't finicky and they produce a huge head of seeds that are rich with oil. Sometimes the abundance of something can make it easy to overlook the true value, though.

Read on to discover more about this powerhouse plant and what its special seeds can do for sensitive skin.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Posted by on 1/20/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Cannabis’s medicinal benefits have been known to relieve chronic pain, ease anxiety, and offer an insomniac a decent night’s rest. No longer widely stigmatized, cannabis is reaching mainstream markets in the form of chocolates and sprays. One time-honored variety of cannabis is the hemp plant which lacks psychoactive compounds. Hemp seeds produce a valuable oil that is an ideal addition to natural skincare products.

Click through to read more about how hemp seed oil can benefit your skin.

Super Foods in Skincare: Reishi Mushroom Hydrates Dry, Sensitive Skin

Posted by on 10/18/2016 to Ingredient Profiles
Super Foods in Skincare: Reishi Mushroom Hydrates Dry, Sensitive Skin

Reishi Mushrooms

Known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, reishi has been embraced for its potent medicinal qualities for the last 2,000 years. 

Reishi contains a powerful supply of Beta-glucans, which can help  to calm dry, itchy skin. Beta-glucans are special sugars from mushrooms that have the ability to modulate the immune system. They are also capable of penetrating deeply through multiple layers of skin which means healing results in places other ingredients may not reach. 

Provide your dry, stressed and inflamed skin with penetrating hydration; add reishi mushrooms into your skincare routine.  Click to keep reading about the benefits of Reishi mushrooms.

How to Avoid Phthalates in Beauty Products

Posted by on 10/10/2016 to Ingredient Profiles

Are your cosmetics messing with your hormones?

You can find hormone altering chemicals littered throughout your home. The most common endocrine disruptors found in your cosmetics and perfumes are phthalates, which can absorb into the skin and move into the bloodstream. Phthalate exposure has been linked to various health concerns including thyroid issues, hormone changes, obesity, diabetes and lower sperm count. 

With the influx of research regarding endocrine disruptors, the need for conscious consumerism is crucial. By simply reading your cosmetic labels, you can help to limit your exposure to phthalates. 

Protect your health and enhance your skin by investing in clean, phthalate free beauty products. 

Whole pomegranate extract with punicalagins proven best to prevent UVA and UVB damage to skin and collagen synthesis

Posted by Administrator on 8/11/2014 to Ingredient Profiles
Whole pomegranate extract with punicalagins proven best to prevent UVA and UVB damage to skin and collagen synthesis
"Estimates state that 80-99% of what we see on our skin as adults is the result of exposure to daylight, which is referred to as photoaging. Manifestations of photoaging include an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and skin thickness, hyperpigmentation and other skin discoloration, dilated capillaries (telangiectasis) and a reduction in the water-binding properties of the skin."
International Dermal Institute, Dr. Diana Howard


Exposure to UVA and UVB rays prompts a host of results to skin including cell damage and death, increases in inflammatory response, increases in skin's free radical content, and increased activity of collagenases which are enzymes that degrade collagen structures. The typical recommendation from dermatologists is to wear sunscreen, but chemical sunscreens are especially fraught with complications including allergic reactions, hormonal disruption, and the fact that they can actually increase the free radical production in sun exposed skin!

A wholly different approach to prevention of skin aging is to use nutrients like antioxidants to boost the natural damage resistance of the skin.

Read more by clicking through to our complete article on how you can boost your natural sun damage resistance with pomegranate antioxidants.