The holiday season is a great time to think about balms. Our balms provide a wonderful medium to deliver restorative and nutrient rich oils and butters to extra dry winter skin. Unlike the more familiar forms of creams or lotions, our balms do not contain any water-based ingredients. They are made only from oils, butters and waxes and are therefore a super concentrated emollient. Formulating non-water-based products is a way to eliminate the need for chemical antimicrobial preservatives. Instead, antioxidants like vitamin E and rosemary oleoresin are used to reduce the rate of oxidation and extend shelf life.
Many of our customers ask me to suggest skincare products for their teen or young adult children who struggle with acne. Usually I recommend the same oil serum that they've been using with great results for their mature and sun-damaged skin. It may seem counter-intuitive, but plant based oils can actually be extremely therapeutic for problems with acne.
When I explain to my customers how we make our hydrating mists, I usually start by asking them if they know what a hydrosol/plant distillate is. I don't recall anyone ever replying "yes" to this question and I've asked it countless times. So here's the scoop …
Like me, you may have switched to drinking more green tea and less coffee over time. Not only is it a delicious and stimulating drink, but in recent years it’s become touted as a health food that may help to prevent a variety of conditions, from heart and gum disease to cancer, weight loss and even skin aging. The medicinal properties of this tea are attributed to flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols found in tea mainly belong to the subtype called catechins (CAT-a-kins) and one of the most notable catechins in green tea known to have benefits for skin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Yes, quite a mouthful to pronounce, let's stick to it’s acronym.
Have you ever wondered why Botanic Organic bottles are amber colored, and why almost all of our products contain closures that are either pumps, sprays or disc caps? Let me start by saying that we understand how it it can be a lovely sensory experience to open a jar of cream, dip your fingers into it and retrieve exactly the amount of product that you wish to use. It can also be very gratifying to scrape out every tiny, last bit of cream from the container.
You might then ask why we use bottles with serum pumps, sprayers and disc caps rather than open screw cap jars. The answer certainly is not because they're easier for us to produce and fill. It also isn't because we can't live without the look of our round, amber bottles - although we certainly don’t mind this look. And it's most definitely not because pumps and sprayers are less expensive to buy, or because they never have any issues with dispensing product.
Most of us when we think of licorice conjure images of that chewy, black candy from childhood days. Licorice root however, has benefits that go far beyond a sweet flavoring for candy. In addition to its many internal health benefits, it has some pretty exciting topical applications for skin. Did you know that licorice root can help to brighten and even skin tones, soothe irritation, reduce inflammation and that it has anti-oxidizing, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties? Let’s look at some of the compounds in licorice root that can help brighten, repair and soothe our skin.