First impressions can often be summed up just by looking at a person's hands. Do your best to avoid that work worn look by keeping your hands moisturized.
Lotions are the result of the combination of the emollient benefits of oil with the hydrating effects of water. Sunflower oil is the chosen oil for this lotion because it is light and won't leave your skin feeling greasy. Extracted from sunflower seeds, this type of oil is rich in essential fatty acids such as linoleic, palmitic and stearic acids. The use of harsh cleansers along with the effects of aging cause a decline in these important fatty acids needed for healthy skin.
Glycerin is added as a humectant which is useful for maintaining moisture in dry skin.
Aloe vera is not only soothing but has many skin reparative benefits.
Then we have cocoa butter which helps to seal in all that added goodness.
Peaceful lavender is known to help interpret events with calm rationality. Beneficial for all skin types it is helpful on burns, dermatitis, stretch marks and inflammatory conditions.
The addition of vanilla adds a very warm quality that blends well with lavender. Vanilla's warm, sweet scent is rarely disliked and very popular in perfumes. Whole vanilla beans are infused in the sunflower oil resulting in a lovely base oil for the lotion. The oil smells wonderful by itself, so if you would prefer just the vanilla and leaving out the added lavender essential oil, let me know.
Vanilla is rich in both antibacterial properties as well as antioxidants. Therefore it only makes sense that an infused 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.
Emulsifying wax comes from naturally occurring esters and fatty acids from the Palm Kernel plant and is processed into a pastille flake form. Palm Kernel oil (Elaeis guineensis) is derived from the fruit's seed. I use emulsifying wax for the body lotions rather than beeswax (which is used for the facial creams) because due to the higher water content in the lotions, the emulsifying wax seems to work better to prevent the oil/water content from separating.
Useful as a hand or a full body lotion you won't find yourself needing to reapply it as often as you may be doing now. Being a richer, higher oil:water ratio than you may be used to, you don't need a lot at a time. Using too much at a time results in it taking longer to absorb and you may interpret that as it being greasy.
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 natural preservatives are used.
Natural preservatives normally used in the creams 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 only 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, and out of exposure to heat and sunlight. Refrigeration will extend the shelf life of perishable items.
The body lotions contain a higher water content than our facial creams, therefore being a higher risk for mold and bacteria growth outside of refrigeration I do use a synthetic preservative in the body lotions. I use a broad-sprectrum product called Optiphen, a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative. Optiphen is a globally approved preservative system created by ISP consisting of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol.
Please let me know if you prefer it not be used upon ordering.
Body lotions come in an 8 oz plastic bottle or if you don't want it in a bottle you can choose it come in a plastic jar. You choose the type of top at check-out, either a pump or a pop-up cap. If you have a preference of the bottle please let me know. Pictured above are the white or natural #2 HDPE or clear #1 PET plastic, all easily recyclable.
The clear PET plastic bottle is the boston style bottle so even though it looks smaller than the taller #2 HDPE bottles, both types hold 8 oz.
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