Life in general takes a toll on our skin which is why it is so important to choose wisely what we put into and onto our bodies. Stress alone inhibits the effectiveness of our lymphatic systems and if we cannot eliminate toxins efficiently they accumulate and we develop a dull lack-luster appearance. The key to a youthful skin is cellular regeneration. Environmental factors such as sun exposure and airborne pollutants, the effects from lack of sleep and diet deficiencies all take their toll.
This cream is another version of a popular moisturizer already in our shop, Wrinkle Wrath.
Customers are the best when it comes to coming up with new ideas. For this recipe we tweeked the original version to include the subtle hint of vanilla and coconut. Together we decided to substitute the usual almond and hazelnut oils for vanilla infused apricot and almond oils, both of which I already have on hand for other products.
To achieve that touch of coconut scent, we used the unrefined coconut oil. Since not everyone likes the smell of coconut, I usually use the refined coconut oil unless by request the unrefined is desired.
So as not to have the essential oils overpower the vanilla/coconut effect, we still included the essential oils but cut back on their amount (they are important to keep in there for their anti-aging benefits).
The most likely explanation as to why vanilla's scent is so captivating lies in the fact that the sweet fragrance (Heliotropin) in vanilla has the ability to soothe emotional tension, anxiety and lift one's spirits, very fitting for a plant called "nectar of the gods".
Vanilla is rich in both antibacterial properties as well as antioxidants. Therefore it only makes sense that an oil made from natural vanilla would be very useful to help the skin in dealing with pimples as well as be an aid to combat skin aging free radical damage.
***Note: If you notice any little specks in your cream it is just from the vanilla beans used in the infused oils.
***Note: Because this cream also includes the essential oils found in the original Wrinkle Wrath cream, the scent of vanilla may get a bit lost in the blend of aromas. If having the vanilla scent stand out is important to you, please let me know and I'll cut back on the other essential oils.
Coconut oil is added for its cool, creamy texture, it's help to stiffen the cream and for all the skin loving properties for which coconut oil is best known. Its unique molecular structure allows it to easily absorb into your skin while not leaving behind a greasy film. The natural antioxidants found in coconut oil fight against free-radicals which damage connective tissue and cause the skin to lose elasticity and wrinkles.
A frequently asked question is whether coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores. This depends on a person’s skin type, pore size, and the quality of the oil itself. Overall, good quality coconut oil can be wonderful in skin care.
Rosehip seed oil can often be seen in products advertised for maintaining a youthful appearance. High in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, this precious oil is very effective for healing and rejuvenating dry or damaged skin. It is a very gentle hydrator which means it quickly penetrates skin.
Hemp seed oil is gaining well-deserved popularity in skin care. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3, prevents moisture loss in the skin, all what we want in the battle against aging and maintaining healthy skin.
Essential oils used are known for their reputation as valuable skin tonics. Frankincense, myrrh, clary sage, rosemary and geranium are wonderful for calming the psyche and lifting the spirits. Geranium, patchouli, rosewood and carrot balance the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands of the skin keeping it supple and restoring elasticity. Hormonal like properties in fennel encourage detoxification of wastes. Promoting the production of new cells, all of these oils rejuvenate and enlivens pale blotchy skin.
A positive mental attitude along with healthy living results in feeling and looking younger. Give your skin the good nutrition it needs by way of a healthy diet along with plenty of exercise for good circulation. Though a tan is beautiful, the UVA rays penetrate deeply and cause wrinkles. Smoking denies your cells much needed oxygen, which eventually ages the skin beyond your years.
Moisturize as needed onto clean skin, ideally while the skin is still moist after cleansing. Use gentle, circular motions with your fingertips, paying special attention to the delicate area around the eyes. If you wear foundation wait a few minutes for the moisturizer to soak in or you could dab any "shine" with a soft cotton square. Due to various skin types, you may need only a tiny bit at a time, or perhaps only the cheeks and around the eyes, or you may just need a moisturizer as a night cream. Keep in mind that this cream has a higher oil:water ratio than you may be used to; very effective for dry skin.
Complaints people often have with moisturizers is that they seem to leave behind an oily residue. Of course a reason could be the quality of the oils used in the lotion, but it could also be because:
1. You are using too much at a time
2. You are applying the moisturizer to old, dead skin cells and it is not penetrating the upper layer of your skin. Exfoliating regularly with gentle scrubs or exfoliating cloths can help with this issue
To minimize the risk of contamination make sure you have clean fingers before dipping into the cream or use the little wooden spatula (included).
Beauty tip: Don't forget to moisturize your neck!
NOTE ON PRESERVATION:
Items are made in small batches as they are needed. The concept behind this shop is for the consumer seeking all natural products with the understanding that the items are not intended to sit around and only natural preservatives are used.
Natural preservatives are antimicrobial grapefruit seed extract, antioxidant Vit. E and the concentration of essential oils. What this means is that while these natural preservatives deter the growth of bacteria and molds, they are not broad spectrum and offer a limited shelf life. Being the risk of contamination and loss of potency over time is present in any perishable product, please try to use the item within 3 to 4 months. Products which contain water such as the creams and lotions are the most at risk for contamination. The salves, containing no water, are very stable as is and are fine for months. Keep any of the products in a cool location, out of exposure to heat and sunlight, and be sure to have clean hands before using. Refrigeration will extend the shelf life of perishable items.
Creams come in a choice of 1/2, 1 or 2 oz. size jar
Natural, environmentally friendly and affordable home remedies and personal body care for the family. Homemade, handmade, organic when possible, all with a touch of the love and wisdom from past generations. Knowledge of what is in your products is the start to taking back control as a consumer.