REJUVENATE YOURSELF WITH ROSEMARY OIL

Rosemary Essential Oil is reputed to strengthen the body, eliminate harmful bacteria, improve concentration, soothe digestive issues, and relieve aching muscles. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. This article highlights what can be achieved with natural homemade recipes that use the advantages of Rosemary Essential Oil.

USING ROSEMARY OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY (SINUS RELIEF, FOCUS, AND ENERGY)

Used in aromatherapy, Rosemary Essential Oil improves alertness, eliminates negative moods, and increases the retention of information by enhancing concentration. The scent of Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the appetite and is also known to reduce the level of harmful stress hormones that are released during tense experiences. Inhaling Rosemary Oil boosts the immune system by stimulating internal anti-oxidant activity, which in turn fights ailments caused by free radicals.

 

  1. ROSEMARY FACIAL STEAM BLEND FOR EASY BREATHING

Use this blend to clear the respiratory tract and relieve throat and nasal congestion.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Pine Essential Oil 5 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil 1 tsp (15 ml)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all essential oils together in a 15 ml amber glass vial/bottle that has an orifice reducer.
  2. Thoroughly cleanse the face.
  3. Boil 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
  4. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  5. Add 1 drop of the essential oil blend to the steaming water.
  6. Place the bowl somewhere stable and comfortable where you can sit for 10 minutes.
  7. Drape a large bath towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowl.
  8. Lean over the bowl with your face 10-12 inches away from the water.
  9. Ensure that your eyes are closed during the entire steam, as the oils may irritate open eyes.
  10. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Enjoy the relief from congestion, mucus, inflammation, itching, and other cold and allergy symptoms.

 

  1. ROSEMARY ROOM SPRAY TO ENHANCE MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION

Use this blend to stay alert and focused, especially when studying.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 6 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 3 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 3 drops
Witch Hazel 1 Tbsp
Distilled Water ½ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 120 ml (4 oz.) amber glass spray bottle, pour in the Witch Hazel.
  2. Add all the essential oils.
  3. Gently swirl the bottle to thoroughly blend together all ingredients.
  4. Add the distilled water.
  5. Replace the spray bottle cap and shake vigorously.
  6. To use, spritz the room spray into the air to enhance memory and concentration.

 

  1. ROSEMARY DIFFUSER BLEND TO ENERGIZE

Use this blend to stimulate physical activity and prevent the sluggish feeling of fatigue.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 4 Drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 4 Drops
Lime Essential Oil 4 Drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all oils to a 2 ml glass bottle.
  2. Roll bottle between hands to thoroughly blend oils.
  3. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.

 


 

USING ROSEMARY OIL IN A MASSAGE (REDUCE PAIN, CELLULITE, STRETCH MARKS, AND VARICOSE VEINS)

Used in a massage, Rosemary Essential Oil’s detoxifying properties can facilitate healthy digestion, relieve flatulence, bloating, cramps, and constipation. Through massage, this oil stimulates circulation, which allows the body to better absorb nutrients from food.

 

  1. ROSEMARY MASSAGE BLEND TO RELIEVE ACHES AND PAINS

Use this blend to soothe muscular aches and joint pains.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Nutmeg Essential Oil 5drops
Lavender Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a dark bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  3. Massage 1 tsp of the blend into the affected area for at least 30 minutes to ensure complete absorption into the skin.

 

  1. ROSEMARY MASSAGE BLEND TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE

Use this blend to stimulate circulation and smooth the appearance of unsightly dimpled skin.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Benzoin Resinoid 5 drops
Fennel Essential Oil 5 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 5 drops
Carrier Oil 4 tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients inside a 20 ml (0.70 fl. oz.) amber glass bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly blend all oils.
  3. To use, dispense up to 1 Tbsp of the blend into the palm of your hand and massage into affected areas.

 

  1. ROSEMARY-COCONUT OIL BLEND FOR STRETCH MARKS

Use this blend to reduce the appearance of blemishes and unwanted marks.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 10 drops
Coconut Carrier Oil 1 cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 1-cup (236 mL / 8 fl. oz.) glass jar, mix together both oils.
  2. Pour the required amount of the blend onto the palms of hands and massage it directly onto the stretch marks.
  3. Continue massaging the skin gently with the oil for 30 minutes to ensure complete absorption into the skin.

 

  1. ROSEMARY & SHEA BODY BUTTER BLEND TO REDUCE VARICOSE VEINS

Use this blend to boost circulation and reduce the appearance of enlarged, bumpy veins.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 10 drops
Basil Essential Oil 10 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil 5 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 5 drops
Shea Butter ½ cup
Coconut Carrier Oil 1/4 cup
Jojoba Carrier Oil 1/4 cup
Vitamin E Liquid 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, melt together the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add in all the remaining oils (Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E-Liquid, and essential oils).
  4. For 1-2 hours, refrigerate the blend until it appears to be an off-white semi-solid.
  5. With a hand mixer, whip this blend until it is a soft and fluffy body butter (approximately 10 minutes).
  6. To use, massage the whipped body butter upward in the direction of the heart to boost circulation. (For example, if starting at the feet, massage up toward the knee. If starting at the wrist, massage up toward the shoulder).
  7. Store the finished product in a glass jar at room temperature. Avoid leaving it in heat or humidity to prevent melting. If exposing the butter to heat is inevitable, store it in the refrigerator.
  8. This body butter should remain fresh for 6 months.

 

TIP: It is recommended that the use of this body butter be avoided just before going to sleep, as the stimulating essential oils may lead to interrupted sleep.

 


 

USING ROSEMARY OIL IN A BATH (UPLIFT MOODS AND RELIEVE MUSCLE PAIN)

Diluted with a carrier oil and used in a bath, Rosemary Essential Oil’s detoxifying and anesthetic properties can boost immunity by recharging the body’s detoxification system. It stimulates the body to rapidly eliminate waste and soothes digestive ailments. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal essential oil for relieving muscle aches and pains.

 

  1. ROSEMARY AROMATHERAPY BATH OIL BLEND TO UPLIFT THE MOOD

Use this blend to beat the blues and encourage feelings of contentment and serenity.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 4 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 3 drops
Rosewood Essential Oil 3 drops
Carrier Oil 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the oils in a 15 ml (0.50 fl. oz.) dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Shake the closed bottle to thoroughly blend all oils.
  3. Pour the blend into warm bath water.
  4. Store the unused blend in a cool, dark place outside of the humid bathroom.

 

  1. ROSEMARY BATH BLEND TO RELIEVE ACHES AND PAINS

Use this blend to soothe muscular aches and joint pains.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 2 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
Marjoram Essential Oil 2 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a 10 ml (0.33 fl. oz.) dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake vigorously to thoroughly blend together all oils.
  3. Pour into a warm bath.
  4. Stir ingredients thoroughly into bath water.
  5. Soak in the bath and enjoy relieve from aches and pains.
  6. Store remaining oil in a cool, dark place outside of the bathroom, which can become humid.

 


 

USING ROSEMARY OIL IN COSMETICS (REDUCE BLEMISHES AND ENHANCE HAIR GROWTH

In cosmetic products for hair care, Rosemary Essential Oil’s tonic properties stimulate hair follicles to lengthen and strengthen hair while slowing the graying of hair, preventing hair loss, and moisturizing dry scalp to relieve dandruff. The anti-microbial, antiseptic, astringent, anti-oxidant, and tonic properties of this oil make it a beneficial additive in skin care products that are meant to soothe or even treat dry or oily skin, eczema, inflammation, and acne. Effective for all skin types, this rejuvenating oil can be added to soaps, face washes, face masks, toners, and creams to achieve firm yet hydrated skin that appears to have a healthy glow that is free of unwanted marks.

 

  1. ROSEMARY AND ALOE BLEND TO DIMINISH ACNE

Use this blend to soothe dry, irritated, inflamed skin.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 6 drops
Aloe Vera Gel 1 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, add the Aloe Vera Gel.
  2. Using a spoon, mix in the Rosemary Essential Oil.
  3. To use, gently apply this gel by spreading a thin layer of it over the face with clean fingers.
  4. Leave this gel blend on the face for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
  5. For best results, use this mix daily.

 

  1. ROSEMARY AND GRAPESEED OIL BLEND FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Use this blend to reduce the look and feel of an uneven and irritated complexion.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 2 drops
Grapeseed Carrier Oil 1 Tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Inside a 5 ml glass bottle, mix together the Grapeseed Oil and the Rosemary Essential Oil.
  2. Using either fingers or a suitable brush, spread the oil over affected areas of skin.
  3. This blend is gentle enough to be used daily.

 

  1. ROSEMARY AND CASTOR OIL BLEND FOR HAIR TREATMENT

Use this blend to condition hair and to boost its strength and resilience.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 4 -5 drops
Coconut Carrier Oil 2 tsp
Castor Oil 2 tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small pan on low heat, melt together the Coconut Oil and the Castor Oil for 1-2 minutes until it is warm enough that it can still be touched with bare hands. (Ensure that the oils are neither overheated nor brought to a boil.)
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and, using a spoon, mix in the Rosemary Essential Oil.
  3. Using the fingertips, massage the oil blend into the scalp.
  4. Leave the oil in the hair for 15 mins before washing it off.
  5. This hair treatment can be applied once a week or once every 3 days.

 

  1. COCONUT AND ROSEMARY BODY OIL FOR STRETCH MARKS

Use this blend to reduce the appearance of blemishes and unwanted marks.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Oil 3-4 drops
Coconut Carrier Oil 4 Tbsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 60 ml (2 fl. oz.) dark glass or PET plastic bottle, mix both oils together.
  2. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly blend all ingredients.
  3. To use, apply the blend to affected areas of skin.
  4. This blend is gentle enough to be used twice or thrice daily.

 

  1. ROSEMARY SERUM FOR HAIR GROWTH

Use this blend to naturally stimulate healthy hair growth.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 8 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 6 drops
Clary Sage Essential Oil 3 drops
Sweet Almond Oil 50 ml (1.7 fl. oz.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 50 ml (1.7 fl. oz.) dark glass or PET plastic bottle, mix together all the oils.
  2. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to mix the ingredients.
  3. To use, apply this serum to the hair and scalp. For even distribution, brush or comb the oil through the hair.
  4. This serum can be used daily or every two days after showering to promote hair growth.

 

  1. ROSEMARY HAIR MASK BLEND FOR ENHANCED HAIR GROWTH

Use this blend to achieve lustrous, hydrated hair.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 6 drops
Coconut Carrier Oil 1 Tsp
Honey 1 Tsp
Egg 1

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  3. To use, apply this blend to the hair and leave on for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Rinse the mask off with warm water and allow hair to air dry. Alternatively, blow dry hair using a cool setting.
  5. This mask can be made and used once a week to enhance the growth and quality of hair.

 

  1. SHAMPOO FOR STIMULATING HAIR GROWTH

Use this blend to stimulate the growth of shiny, healthy hair with restored natural color.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 10 drops
Coconut Carrier Oil 1 Tsp
Turmeric Powder 1 Tsp
Nettle Leaves 2-3 bunches
Apple Cider Vinegar 1 cup
Baking Soda 1 Tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl of boiling water, steep the Nettle bunches.
  2. Allow the water to cool down before straining the Nettle water / removing the bunches.
  3. To this Nettle “tea” add the remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
  4. To use, apply this shampoo blend to wet hair and lather.
  5. Leave it in the hair for 2-5 minutes to ensure absorption.
  6. Thoroughly rinse the hair.

 

  1. ROSEMARY MOISTURIZING SERUM FOR ENHANCED EYEBROW GROWTH

Use this blend for the growth of thicker eyebrows for a healthy, sophisticated, youthful appearance.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 1 drop
Lavender Essential Oil 1 drop
Cedarwood Essential Oil 1 drop

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To a mascara tube of personal preference, add each oil.
  2. To thoroughly blend them into the mascara, swish the mascara wand around inside the tube. (Avoid pumping the wand, as this introduces air into the tube and dries out the product.)
  3. To use, apply mascara to brows by sweeping upward from the base of the hairs in light strokes.
  4. These oils will give the mascara a pleasant scent and extend the shelf life of the mascara (now “eyebrow serum”) by reducing the number of bacteria that accumulates inside the tube.

 

TIP

  • It is highly recommended that organic oils be used in this recipe, as the finished product will be applied near a sensitive area.
  • It is critical that essential oils of any kind NEVER be used directly IN the eyes, ears, or nose.

 

  1. ROSEMARY MOISTURIZING OIL BLEND FOR HEALTHY BEARD GROWTH

Use this blend to promote the growth of healthier, denser facial hair without irritating skin.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 6 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 6 drops
Jojoba Carrier Oil ½ oz
Coconut Carrier Oil ½ oz

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 30 ml dark glass or PET plastic bottle, mix in the carrier oils.
  2. Add in the essential oils.
  3. Cap the bottle and gently swirl it to thoroughly mix the blend.
  4. To use, pour small amounts of the oil onto the palms of hands. Rub palms together to evenly distribute oil over hands. Smooth oil onto beard.
  5. This growth formula can be applied daily.

 

  1. ROSEMARY HAIR RINSE BLEND TO DARKEN GREY HAIR

Use this blend to restore the color to naturally dark hair.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 7-10 drops
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Glycerin 1 Tsp

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a squeeze bottle, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Shampoo and condition hair before applying the hair rinse.
  3. Squeeze the rinse into hair and leave it in for 1 minute.
  4. Thoroughly rinse hair out with cold water.

 

CAUTION

Avoid using this recipe on blonde or light-colored hair, as it may darken hair.

 

  1. ROSEMARY FACIAL MASK BLEND TO STIMULATE CIRCULATION

Use this blend to enhance circulation in the face for a glowing, rejuvenated complexion.

Ingredient Amount
Rosemary Essential Oil 10-15 drops
Rose Absolute 10-15 drops
Honey ½ cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a dark, airtight glass container, mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Cap the container and store it in a warm, dark place for 2-3 weeks.
  3. In a double boiler on low heat, warm up the container.
  4. To use: First, wash the face and hands then apply the blend to the face, avoiding the eye area.
  5. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. The stickiness of the honey will stimulate circulation.
  6. Rinse the mask off thoroughly and apply a moisturizer of personal preference.

 


 

A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

Frankincense Essential Oil: This calming oil helps relieve stress, nausea, and tension. Its anti-inflammatory property effectively facilitates the speedy healing of wounds and works as an astringent and antiseptic on the skin. Frankincense Essential Oil is beneficial for aiding in digestion, relieving congestion, and eliminating bodily toxins.

 

Pine Essential Oil: This oil is known to boost immunity by clearing mucus and phlegm from nasal passages and protecting the body and the environment from harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. When used topically, Pine Essential Oil reduces redness and inflammation while soothing skin that is prone to eczema and psoriasis. Its antioxidant properties balance skin, rejuvenating the complexion to leave it looking and feeling healthy.

 

Grapefruit Essential Oil:  This oil is reputed to stimulate both physically and mentally, thus boosting immunity, energy levels, and concentration. Its antioxidant properties make Grapefruit Essential Oil beneficial for protecting the body against toxins and against the physical symptoms of aging.

 

Carrier Oil:  Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as the potency of essential oils can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

 

Lemon Essential Oil:  This stimulating oil is known to detoxify, disinfect, and induce sleep. Its ability to relieve stress contributes to its ability to boost immunity, which prevents fevers and infections. Lemon Essential Oil is an anti-fungal oil that is known to rejuvenate skin by soothing irritations, increasing skin luster, and reducing excessive oil.

 

Lavender Essential Oil: This calming oil is a popular choice for those looking to relieve both emotional and physical stress ranging from sadness to headaches. Its soothing scent diminishes feelings of restlessness and exhaustion. Lavender Essential Oil improves sleep by reducing feelings of anxiety and emotional distress as well as by promoting a sense of inner peace by diminishing irritability.

 

Witch Hazel: Although it is best known for its skin cleansing and toning abilities, the uplifting scent of this liquid is also known to boost moods.

 

Lime Essential Oil: This invigorating and refreshing oil is known to boost immunity by relieving stress, fatigue, and anxiety. Lime Essential Oil effectively relieves and soothes colds, sore throat and chest congestion.

 

Nutmeg Essential Oil: This sedative and anti-inflammatory oil are reputed to relieve pain, stress, and discomfort associated with coughs, joint pain, and indigestion. Nutmeg Essential Oil can also be used to boost circulation.

 

Benzoin Resinoid: This uplifting and stimulating oil is known to enhance circulation and has a positive effect on negative moods. It is beneficial for relieving stress, tension, anxiety, and inflammation. Benzoin Resinoid protects wounds from becoming infected and simultaneously tones skin and muscles.

 

Fennel Essential Oil:  This relaxing oil is known to speed up the healing of wounds and to tone the skin. Fennel Essential Oil is reputed to reduce the appearance of aging by moisturizing skin to prevent the early onset of wrinkles.

 

Coconut Carrier Oil: This moisturizing and conditioning oil helps regrow and repair dry, damaged hair and skin, thus promoting the health of the scalp and the skin. While relieving the discomforts associated with lice and dandruff, Coconut Oil strengthens and softens hair and skin to make them silky and lustrous. By preventing breakage, it slows the loss of hair and protects both skin and hair from environmental stressors.

 

Basil Essential Oil: This antibacterial and anti-fungal oil is known to enhance the look and feel of hair and skin by eliminating excess oil and buildup while adding shine. It soothes itching, boosts circulation, and disinfects.

 

Geranium Essential Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to the body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.

 

Shea Butter:  This nourishing butter is full of vitamins and fatty acids, making it an excellent moisturizer for skin. While moisturizing and repairing skin, it protects natural oils and boosts collagen.

 

Jojoba Carrier Oil:  This carrier oil is actually a liquid wax that resembles sebum, which is produced by human skin glands and which acts as a conditioning agent for skin. It is best known for preventing skin irritations and for its ability to balance skin’s oil production by removing excess oil. It locks in skin’s moisture and protects it from harsh environmental elements.

 

Vitamin E Liquid:  This powerful antioxidant reduces inflammation, repairs hair damage, and promotes better circulation to boost healthier growth.

 

Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, enhanced relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.

 

Rosewood Essential Oil: The mild, sweet, spicy and floral scent of this uplifting oil is known to reduce not only negative moods and stress but also nausea, coughing, and acne. Rosewood Oil exhibits mild pain-relieving properties and stimulates various body systems, enhancing circulation and digestion to name a few functions. Its rejuvenating abilities leave skin looking clear, smooth, youthful and vibrant.

 

Marjoram Essential Oil: This anti-viral oil effectively eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses associated with colds, flu, and other viral illnesses, thus treating infections. The expectorant properties of Marjoram Oil make it effective in clearing congestion.

 

Aloe Vera Gel: This natural protective gel helps to restore the skin’s moisture, thus soothing eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, acne, and wounds. Its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make Aloe Vera gel effective in quickly healing burns and minor skin infections. By stimulating the growth of new skin, it improves skin’s firmness and hydration, helping to minimize the appearance of scarring and stretch marks.

 

Clary Sage Essential Oil: The scent of this sedative oil is known to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and stress. Its anti-bacterial properties help inhibit the spread of infection and prevent new infections from forming. The stimulating properties of Clary Sage Essential Oil make it effective for boosting libido. Toning the skin and strengthening muscles and hair, it prevents hair loss, thereby preserving a youthful appearance.

 

Sweet Almond Carrier Oil:  Almond carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.

 

Honey:  Full of enzymes and nutrients, Honey adds shine to dull hair without leaving it feeling heavy. As a humectant, it draws in and allows hair to retain moisture, while also strengthening it and promoting healthier growth.

 

Egg: Applying eggs to hair can result in stronger, softer, silkier, more volumized strands. By preventing breakage, eggs promote healthier hair growth and restore hair’s natural shine. By adding moisture, it hydrates and conditions hair to reduce frizz, thereby making hair more manageable.

 

Turmeric Powder: This powdered spice is known for its ability to heal wounds and prevent bacterial infections. With its exfoliating property, it stimulates the growth of new skin while enhancing skin’s natural elasticity and lightening blemishes. Used in hair, Turmeric Powder soothes the scalp and eliminates dandruff, thereby preventing hair loss caused by dryness and fungus.

 

Nettle Leaves: These anti-inflammatory leaves are known to soothe burns and to reduce the appearance of scarring. It reduces dandruff and promotes the growth of shiny, healthy hair while simultaneously restoring hair’s natural color.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: This strengthening tonic has traditionally been used for hair conditioning benefits. With a pH level that is close to that of human hair, it helps balance the natural pH of sebum. This protects the scalp against bacteria and fungus, which are main causes of dandruff. By clearing the scalp of product build-up, it refreshes and detangles hair, reduces frizz, and stimulates healthier and stronger hair growth to reduce the chance of breakage.

 

Baking Soda: This finely powdered salt is known to help detoxify the body and to soften skin to make it smooth. Baking Soda eliminates the bacteria that contribute to body odor and reduces the pH level to offset the acids present in perspiration. Used in hair, Baking Soda helps reduce oiliness and, by balancing the scalp’s pH level, it maintains the cleanliness and health of the scalp.

 

Vegetable Glycerin: This soothing, moisturizing liquid is a stabilizer and preservative that makes it easier for oils to bind together to create a smooth cream, lotion, or gel. Vegetable Glycerin keeps skin hydrated, balanced, and toned. Its cooling effect helps soothe itching. Due to its non-toxicity, it is safe to use on sensitive skin and children’s skin.

 

Rose Absolute: The calming and uplifting scent of this absolute offers relief from stress and anxiety. With a cooling effect, it soothes dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. The anti-inflammatory property of Rose Absolute helps prevent scarring and reduces the appearance of broken capillaries.

 

Castor Oil: This nourishing oil stimulates circulation to promote the growth of stronger, thicker hair. By moisturizing, smoothing, and softening, it prevents hair from becoming dry and brittle.

 

Grapeseed Oil: This is a light, fast-absorbing oil that boosts blood circulation, promotes the speedy healing of wounds, and minimizes the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain fabrics.

 

Cedarwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to enhance concentration and to promote the retention of information. It tightens and tones the skin, promotes hair growth, and prevents wounds from developing infections. Its anti-inflammatory property soothes skin irritations and relieves muscle and joint pain.

Natural, Rejuvenating, Fruit Extracts for Skin and Hair

Throughout history and since ancient times, extracts from botanicals and fruits have been popular ingredients in natural cosmetics used by various cultures. Extracts, which take several forms including absolutes, tinctures, and powders, can be made by using water or ethanol to “extract” a part of a raw material, but Powder Fruit Extracts are obtained from fruit juices and purees using modern spray drying technology. This method ensures a high-quality product with uniform consistency and improved storage stability. The most common extracts are derived from aromatic flowers, herbs, fruits, nuts, and spices, such as Rose, Vanilla, Peppermint, Spearmint, Orange, Lemon, Almond, Pistachio, Cinnamon, and Ginger.

Although fruit extracts may not necessarily retain the aromas of their originating fruits or exude any obvious scent at all, they are known to retain all of the fruits’ nutrients and healthful qualities; thus, when added to natural, water-based cosmetic formulations, they still contribute nourishing benefits even if they do not add any natural fragrance. Due to the concentrated nature of extracts, they need only be added to formulas in small amounts, as their potency yields considerable results. Furthermore, their addition also enhances the viscosity, texture, and nutrient richness of natural products.

BENEFITS OF POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS

Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, natural sugars, proteins, polyphenols, carotenoids, and various other natural elements and compounds that are beneficial to general health, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to promote the skin’s renewal for a rejuvenated complexion. They are reputed to have exfoliating properties, which not only remove dead, dull, and flaky skin cells but that also promote the growth of newer and healthier skin, resulting in skin that looks and feels smoother, firmer, softer, brighter, and more evenly-toned. Their emollience helps to hydrate and alleviate the discomforts of dry skin while protecting it against the harsh effects of UV radiation.

Powder Fruit Extracts can support the growth, strength, health, and function of collagen, thereby enhancing elasticity and helping to reduce the appearance of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes. The anti-inflammatory quality of many powder fruit extracts helps to reduce the appearance of redness and irritation. They gently moisturize, soothe the symptoms of skin ailments, such as eczema and psoriasis, balance the skin tone to even out suntans, hyperpigmentation, and other types of discoloration, including dark under-eye circles. They regulate oil production, remove blackheads, cleanse and clarify, and help prevent acne breakouts. They are reputed to soften even dehydrated areas of skin that are parched to the point of cracking or peeling and when used on the nails, they are believed to simultaneously strengthen and soften.

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Used in hair, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to cleanse, condition, nourish, fortify, soften, contribute shine, prevent dandruff, and stimulate circulation to encourage healthy new growth. They are reputed to prevent hair loss, oiliness, dryness, dullness, and the buildup of dirt. As a result, fruit extract-enriched haircare products are known to leave hair looking thicker, voluminous, and more lustrous.

Used medicinally, Powder Fruit Extracts are commonly used to enhance immunity, facilitate wound healing, support digestive function and the body’s detoxification, soothe and prevent inflammation, address conditions such as ringworm, promote the renewal and strengthening of muscle tissue, reduce menstrual discomforts, support healthy weight loss, decrease stress and tension, and regulate blood pressure.

Fruit extracts with astringent, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties are reputed to help facilitate the healing of open wounds by promoting their contraction, purifying the affected area of skin, and preventing harmful bacteria and environmental pollutants from entering the body through the abrasion.

Powder Fruit Extracts are reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights their many benefits and the kinds of activity they are believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Astringent, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Balancing, Brightening, Collagen-Enhancing, Cleansing, Clarifying, Conditioning, Exfoliating, Firming, Hydrating, Rejuvenating, Reparative, Soothing, Strengthening, Smoothing, Softening, Stimulating
  • MEDICINAL: Astringent, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Balancing, Reparative, Soothing, Strengthening, Stimulating, Wound-Healing

USES OF POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS

When incorporating powdered fruit extracts into natural product formulations, it is recommended that the amount of extract not exceed 0.5% of the total product. If they are being used to make tinctures, the amount of fruit extract should not exceed 5%.

For a facial toner that helps support the skin’s suppleness and natural radiance, combine the following ingredients in a 100 ml spray bottle: 100 ml (3.50 oz.) Floral Water, 2 drops Essential Oil, 2 drops Solubilizer (Polysorbate 20) Raw Material, and ¼ tsp. Powder Fruit Extract. Cap the bottle and shake it well before spritzing the resultant spray lightly onto the face and allowing it to air dry.

For a face mask that has protective qualities and is known to hydrate the skin while repairing damage caused by environmental stressors, such as the elements, begin by thoroughly combining the following ingredients in a bowl: 1 ½ tsp. Green French Clay, 1 tsp. Powder Fruit Extract, ½ tsp. Kaolin Facial Scrub Superfine, 1 ½ Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, and 1 Tbsp. Floral Water of personal preference. To use this mask, simply spread a thin layer over the face with the fingers and allow the mask to dry for no longer than 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. This mask is known to soothe irritation and redness and to energize tired skin.

To make a strengthening, conditioning, and reparative shampoo that is reputed to help balance oil production while soothing itchiness and irritation, combine the following ingredients in a 100 ml (3.50 oz.) shampoo dispenser bottle: 100 ml Shampoo Base, 0.1 g Powder Fruit Extract, and 2 ml (0.06 oz.) essential oil of personal preference. Cap the bottle, shake it well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients, then apply it to the scalp and hair as usual in the shower. This natural shampoo blend is known to address dandruff, strengthen dull and brittle strands, and hydrate frizz for smoother and softer curls.

To create a bath bomb, begin by combining the following ingredients in a large bowl: 2 cups Baking Soda, 1 cup Citric Acid, and 1 Tbsp. Buttermilk Powder. Thoroughly mix all the powders together until any clumps have returned to their loose powder forms. In a separate bowl, dilute 12 drops of an essential oil of personal preference in 1 Tbsp. of any carrier oil. Next, pour this mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix everything together thoroughly. The addition of oils will likely lead to the formation of clumps in the powder mixture, and these clumps should be gently broken to ensure even distribution of the oil blend. Stir in ¼ tsp. Powder Fruit Extract, then spray the entire mixture with Witch Hazel or any other Floral Water, quickly mixing it into the powder with each spritz to prevent the mixture from fizzing. Spray only enough to allow the powder to hold its shape, at which point it can be transferred and packed lightly into a mold of personal preference. Once the mixture takes the shape of the mold, remove the compacted shapes and allow them to dry for 12-24 hours in an area with low humidity. To use these bath bombs, simply drop one into a bathtub filled with enough warm water for an adult-sized bath. Enter the tub once the entire bomb has dissolved. These bath bombs should be used within the month. Some suggestions for fruit powder and essential oil combinations include Mango Fruit Powder with Orange Essential Oil, Pineapple Fruit Powder with Lavender Essential Oil, and Strawberry Fruit Powder with Lime Essential Oil.

A GUIDE TO POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS & THEIR BENEFITS

PAPAYA POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Carica papaya

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a free-flowing powder that ranges in color from cream to a pale yellowish-orange
  • Be excellent for balancing the oiliness of the skin and for exfoliating dry areas
  • Promote the appearance of a rejuvenated complexion, when used in skin care products
  • Contain Vitamin A, which helps to reveal the next layer of the skin to promote the complexion’s natural radiance
  • Contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant with smoothing and softening qualities

 

BANANA POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Musa spp.

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a fine powder of a pale, creamy shade of yellow
  • Exude the aroma of pureed bananas
  • Be rich in Potassium and Vitamin A
  • Be ideal for use on dry or sensitive skin, such as in the form of a dry facial mask or scrub

 

MANGO POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Mangifera indica

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be made from spray-dried mangoes and to have the scent of dehydrated mangoes
  • Be a fine, creamy-yellow powder
  • Be high in Vitamin A, C, beta-Carotene, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Calcium
  • Prevent the appearance of fine lines, the drying and deterioration of skin, and to maintain elasticity
  • Be ideal for adding to recipes for soaps, dry products, facial masks, and body wraps
  • Be refreshing and gentle enough for use on any skin type, especially dry or sensitive skin

 

STRAWBERRY POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Fragaria spp.

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a fine powder that ranges in color from reddish-pink to purple
  • Have the scent of fresh strawberries
  • Be rich in Polyphenols, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, Calcium and Vitamins A and C
  • Provide protection for the skin and to have soothing properties
  • Make a wonderful toner that helps to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Suit any skin type and to be ideal for addition to formulations for facial masks, body wraps, and scrubs

 

PINEAPPLE POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Ananas comosus

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a free-flowing powder that ranges in color from bright yellow to yellow
  • Contain the fruit enzyme Bromelain, which is known to reduce inflammation
  • Be an effective exfoliant that sloughs off dead cells on the surface of the skin
  • Exhibit astringent properties, making it ideal for use in facial toners

 

GUAVA FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Psidium guajava

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a fine powder that is pale yellow in appearance
  • Be revered for both its vitamin content and its ability to slow the signs of aging
  • Help prevent the deterioration of the skin
  • Be ideal for addition to hair care products due to its natural fiber content

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS

Powder Fruit Extracts are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using these products for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Powder Fruit Extracts without the medical advice of a physician, as they may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These products should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, skin disorders, bleeding disorders, hormone-related ailments, and conditions of the heart, liver, or kidney. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using Powder Fruit Extracts, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 tsp. of the preferred Powder Fruit Extract in 1 tsp. distilled water and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Due to their water-solubility, Powder Fruit Extracts will not dissolve in oil.

Powder Fruit Extracts must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Powder Fruit Extracts include skin irritation or discoloration, rash, hives, swelling or tenderness on the mouth, lips, or cheeks, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nerve damage, fever, chills, nasal congestion, wheezing, breathing difficulties, chest pain, throat irritation, increased thirst, nausea, heightened or lowered blood sugar levels, bloody nose, irregular heartbeat, vomiting, gas, indigestion, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, excess menstrual flow, and frequent urination.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat these products as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of these products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

 

IN ESSENCE…

    • Powder Fruit Extracts are obtained from fruit juices and purees using modern spray drying technology.
    • Powder Fruit Extracts are known to retain all of the originating fruits’ nutrients and healthful qualities.
    • Adding Powder Fruit Extracts to natural products enhances their viscosity, texture, and nutrient content.
    • Used on the skin, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to promote the growth of newer and healthier cells, hydrate and alleviate the discomforts of dryness, protect against the harsh effects of UV radiation, enhance elasticity, reduce the appearance of redness, irritation, hyperpigmentation, and the signs of aging. They balance the skin tone, regulate oil production, cleanse, clarify, and help prevent acne breakouts.
    • Used in hair, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to cleanse, condition, nourish, contribute shine and softness, fortify, soothe, prevent dandruff, and stimulate circulation. They are reputed to prevent hair loss, oiliness, dryness, dullness, as well as the buildup of dirt, resulting in strands that look thicker, voluminous, and more lustrous.
  • Used medicinally, Powder Fruit Extracts are believed to enhance immunity, facilitate wound healing, support digestive function and the body’s detoxification, soothe and prevent inflammation, promote the strengthening of muscle tissue, reduce menstrual discomforts, support healthy weight loss, decrease tension, and regulate blood pressure.

HOW TO USE FRUIT EXTRACTS
*The suggested usage rate is 0.1- 0.5% by weight of the product.
HOW TO INCORPORATE EXTRACTS IN FORMULATIONS
*Most extracts should be added to the cool down phase of the formulation.
• For shampoos, creams, and other thick products: Mix 5-10 ml of hot water (45˚C – 50˚C;
the temperature of the cooldown phase) into the powdered extract until it dissolves.
Combine this mixture thoroughly into the product.
• For mists, toners, and other products that are almost entirely water: There is no need to
dissolve the extract before adding it to the product.

Rejuvenate Your Skin, Body, Hair With French Clay

HISTORY OF FRENCH CLAYS

Formed as a result of worn and weather-beaten volcanic ash, rocks, soil, or sediment, Clays are naturally-occurring, earthy, mineral-rich elements derived from these various sources. Due to their fine grains and fine particles, Clays are soft in texture and are pliable when moist. Depending on its source, chemical configuration, and therapeutic properties, each clay has a unique combination of minerals – such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and Silica – that gives it an inimitable composition. The valuable individual characteristics make each clay advantageous for particular uses. This also makes it a challenge to discover two clays that are exactly alike.

Clays are often differentiated by their ability to absorb, adsorb, or do both. A clay’s absorption refers to its ability to attract elements into itself. A clay’s adsorption refers to its ability to attract elements onto its surface. To illustrate, an absorptive clay applied to the skin will draw oils, impurities, and toxins out from the skin and into itself, whereas an adsorptive clay applied to the skin will draw impurities out from the skin and keep them suspended on its surface. Furthermore, a clay that has only adsorptive properties will not draw oils out from the skin.

Due to their sorptive properties, Clays absorb minerals and organic substances; however, they themselves are natural sources of minerals, which are integral to the survival of all life forms on the planet. Minerals are responsible for and are thus essential for body processes, such as the contraction of muscles, the integration of proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats, and the production of hormones. Additionally, they are able to absorb large amounts of water, which allows the minuscule particles in clays to expand when they come into contact with it. Their ability to capture bacteria and eliminate them by preventing their access to oxygen and nourishment lends an anti-bacterial property to clays.

Animals are known to consume and clean themselves with clays, which have purifying and remedial properties that address their illnesses and soothe wounds and sores. Animals are also known to use clays instinctively to relieve discomforts associated with harsh environmental elements and having parasites. It is believed that, after observing these animal behaviors, Homo erectus and Homo neanderthalensis began to apply mixtures of ochres, muds, and water to wounds and irritations to soothe and cleanse the skin in order to facilitate healing.

According to historical accounts, the medicinal use of clays was recorded as early as 2500 B.C on Mesopotamian tablets that were also made of clay. In Ancient Egypt, clays were used in beauty treatments, medicinal treatments, and funeral rites to maintain the appearance and texture of the complexion, to address inflammation and infection, and to preserve and mummify the deceased, respectively. In an Ancient Egyptian medical text known as “The Ebers Papyrus,” use of the natural earthy substance referred to as Ochre is described as being beneficial for ailments ranging from those associated with the eyes to those associated with the intestines. Despite the availability of progressive technologies and remedies, it was a common practice for notable doctors of the ancient civilizations to use clays to address ailments such as eczema and psoriasis as well as genito-urinary, circulatory, and musculoskeletal disorders.

There are 3 clay types that are commonly used in cosmetics: Montmorillonite, Illite, and Kaolinite. All the varieties of French Clays fall into all 3 of these categories. These categories of Clays are known to largely contribute soothing, astringent, drying, and mattifying properties.

MONTMORILLONITE CLAYS ARE:

  • The result of volcanic ash that was previously naturally deposited in sea water
  • “Swelling” types of clay
  • Known to address skin rashes, acne, and dandruff
  • Known to stimulate the growth of new hair and new skin
  • Known to reduce joint and muscle pain that travels to different places around the body
  • Known to promote a clearer complexion
  • Known to enhance the body’s ability to repair tissue
  • Known to soften skin and reduce the appearance of age spots
  • Known to hydrate skin while tightening it for a rejuvenated appearance
  • Known to eliminate fungus and redness
ILLITE CLAYS ARE:

  • Generally found in marine shales and other related sedimentary rock formations
  • Non-swelling or non-expanding types of clay
  • Known to have a crystalline structure
  • Extremely porous
  • Exceptionally absorbent
  • Known to exhibit strong drying effects
  • Detoxifying and decongesting
  • Ideal for removing impurities
  • Ideal for use on normal and oily skin types
KAOLINITE CLAYS ARE:

  • Mined from a hill in China, from where this group gets its name
  • Also known by the names White Clay, French Green Clay and China Clay
  • Usually white in color, but may also be green, pink, red, yellow, or orange depending on the presence of other minerals such as Iron Oxide
  • Soft and odorless powders
  • Fine and light in texture
  • Naturally absorbent and thus able to neutralize unpleasant odors while drawing out bodily toxins
  • Known to have detoxifying effects that purge the skin and pores of impurities, including excess oils, old sebum, dirt, grime, germs, and pollution, thereby reducing the chances of breakouts
  • Known to soothe skin afflicted with irritation associated with rashes and insect bites
  • Reputed to be a group of clays that are considered to be the mildest and thus best suited to sensitive skin types
  • Known to be ideal for soothing acne-prone skin, especially skin afflicted with inflammation and painful breakouts
  • Known to have slightly abrasive textures that make them ideal for use as exfoliants that remove dead and flaky skin cells for a complexion with a softer and smoother look and feel
  • Stimulating
  • Known to tone and tighten the skin

The ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Egypt used French Clay – specifically green French Clay – to address disorders of the skin and digestive system. French Clay is so called, because its deposits were harvested almost exclusively from rock quarries located in southern France until similar clay deposits were eventually discovered in Montana, Wyoming, some regions of Europe, and China. There are several varieties of French Clay that vary in their properties and their colors, depending on the layer or type of earth from which they are derived. French Clays can be Green, Pink, Red, Yellow, andWhite. When mixed with water, the common physical properties shared among all these varieties include their elasticity and their softness.

Their adaptability to various uses, ranging from therapeutic and medicinal to cosmetic, has allowed Clays to remain relevant since the time of the ancient civilizations. The cleansing, hydrating, nourishing, and toning benefits of clays continue to be used in various areas of the body at various temperatures in poultices, baths, and masks, depending on the treatment required. This article will highlight the various topical and therapeutic benefits and uses of French Clays in particular.

*Note: The veracity of the general statements made in this article will vary depending on the specific type of Clay used in a given application method and on the individual’s skin type and health condition.

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FRENCH CLAY BENEFITS

The main chemical constituents of French Clays are Minerals (Kaolinite, Illite, Montmorillonite, and Calcite) and Oxide Minerals (Silicon Oxide, Aluminium Oxide, Iron Oxide, Calcium Oxide, Magnesium Oxide, Sodium Oxide, Potassium Oxide, and Titanium Oxide).

Used cosmetically or topically in general, French Clays attach themselves to oil, bacteria, and impurities from the skin to eliminate them and leave skin feeling cleansed, clarified, and balanced. By restoring essential minerals to the skin, Clays nourish and replenish the skin’s moisture, enhance its function, promote the regeneration of cells, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, repair damage, revitalize skin that appears to be dull, dry, and tired, and reduce the chance of congestion that leads to breakouts.

The drying action of Clays leaves pores looking tighter, clearer, and refined. Clays are known to soothe irritation and inflammation associated with skin allergies, skin disorders, rashes, and sunburns; enhance skin elasticity; brighten the complexion; and leave skin looking and feeling softer, smoother and suppler. Clays are often used to absorb bodily moisture and to neutralize unpleasant body odors.

Adding Clays to moisturizers such as body butter and lotions may contribute mattifying and deodorizing properties to the resultant product as well as a consistency that feels silky to the touch. When added to make up recipes, Clays can make for ideal loose or compact mineral face powders. By mixing several colors of French Clays, it may be possible to achieve an end product that matches the preferred skin tone.

Used in hair, French Clays remove product build-up from the scalp and strands, while eliminating dead cells and flakiness associated with dandruff. They gently remove excess oil without stripping the natural and necessary oils. All of these activities are known to stimulate the growth of healthier hair.

Used medicinally, French Clays are known to reduce inflammation by boosting circulation, which facilitates the body’s reparation of tissues and cells. This makes them ideal for facilitating the healing of ulcers and sores. Their ability to attract and bind to contaminants promotes the elimination of toxins that are believed to cause headaches, fatigue, digestive problems, food allergies, and lethargy. Clays are also able to draw certain toxic metals, such as Mercury, out of the body by preventing them from being reabsorbed into the body, thereby preventing potential poisoning.

French Clays are reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Cleansing, Toning, Reparative, Calming, Soothing, Revitalizing, Rejuvenating Nourishing, Refining, Astringent
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-Septic, Analgesic, Regenerative, Astringent, Sedative, Relaxant, Anti-Inflammatory, Reparative, Detoxifying, Circulatory, Strengthening

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY FRENCH CLAY

French Clays are largely extracted from quarries in France. Many of the regions from which they are mined are known to experience more than the average amount of sunny days per year. This high number is significant due to the fact that the clay is activated by the sun; accordingly, a greater amount of sun means the clay will be more active.

HOW IS FRENCH CLAY EXTRACTED?

Once the clays have been mined, they are spread out and dried under the sun. This drying method removes excess water while allowing the Clays to retain all of their natural trace elements. This ensures that they will retain their valuable effectiveness. Next, the Clays are subjected to large hydraulic crushers until they are finely ground. The final stage involves drying the Clays under the sun once more to remove any remaining of water.

USES OF FRENCH CLAY

The uses of French Clays are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include facial masks, mineral cleansers, body powders, body scrubs, body wraps, soaps, lotions, creams, cream-based cleansers, makeup, and bath salts.

Used in cosmetic or topical applications, Clay can be applied directly to the preferred area of skin by simply mixing a small amount (1 tsp.) of the preferred Clay with an equal amount of water in a glass bowl until the combination achieves a thin, paste-like consistency. The clay may be mixed using a face brush if so desired. On the face, spread this mask in a thin, even layer using the fingers or the face brush. Leave this mask on until it begins to dry, during which time it will become sticky to the touch. After approximately 10 minutes, the mask should be dry enough to be rinsed off with lukewarm water. This treatment can be followed by a natural moisturizer such as Coconut Oil or Argan Oil. Alternatively, the Clay may be mixed with floral water, Aloe Vera Gel Juice, or Green Tea to make the paste. Adding a few drops of a Carrier Oil to the paste will contribute moisture if using a Clay known to have drying effects. Other additives that may be mixed into the paste include Essential Oils, CO2 Extracts, Grain Products, Dried Herbs, and Powdered Herbal Extracts. For a facial mask that addresses excessive oiliness on the face, combine 1 Tbsp. of Clay with 5 drops of Jojoba Carrier Oil before adding water into the mix.

For an invigorating mask that includes more beneficial ingredients, mix 30 g (1 oz.) French Yellow Clay, 3 Tbsp. water (Floral Water or Aloe Vera Gel Juice may be used instead), 1 tsp. of Jojoba Oil, 2 drops Orange Essential Oil, and 2 drops Tangerine Essential Oil until they form a paste. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. For a face mask that is soothing, 30 g (1 oz.) of French Pink Clay can be combined with 3 Tbsp. water (Floral Water or Aloe Vera Gel Juice may be used instead), 1 tsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil, and 2 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil. This mask can be left on the skin and rinsed off as per the typical mask application and removal procedure.

For a mineral bath, add ½ cup of French Green Clay or French Red Clay to a bathtub filled with warm water. This will soothe muscle aches as well as irritation, inflammation, or soreness. For a foot soak that eliminates unpleasant foot odors, mix ½ cup of French Green Clay or French Yellow Clay with ½ cup of water and 2–3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Apply the blend to the feet and keep them loosely swathed in cling wrap for 15 minutes. After rinsing the feet with cool water, apply a moisturizer.

For a natural mask that is reputed to address blemishes, mix 1 tsp. of French Green Clay with Lemon juice to make a paste. Apply this as a mask to the face or affected area, and leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water, then apply a moisturizer.

For a body wrap that addresses the issue of cellulite, first boil 6 cups of water mixed with 1 cup of dried Dandelion, Chamomile, or Parsley. Set this herbal infusion aside for 10 minutes. In the meantime, combine 2 cups of French Red Clay with 1 ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel, or Aloe Vera Gel Juice. To this, add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. Next, pour in the herbal infusion and combine the two mixtures until they make a paste. Apply the paste to affected areas and keep them wrapped in a warm towel for 1 hour, after which time the cellulite mask can be washed off in the shower.

For a Clay mask that addresses the symptoms of acne, combine 2 tsp. French Red Clay,3 tsp. Plain Yogurt (Chamomile Tea or Peppermint Tea may be used instead), 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 1 drop of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Apply this mask in a thin, even layer on the affected areas and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

For a Clay mask that also functions as an aromatherapy application, combine ¾ Tsp. French Green Clay and ½ tsp. Rose Hydrosol or Rose Water. For a thinner mask, the amount of liquid can be increased to ¾ tsp. These amounts are sufficient for a single application. Next, add 1 drop of an essential oil of personal preference. Some suggestions include Tea Tree Essential Oil or Geranium Essential oil to address acne, Rose Oil to address mature skin, German or Roman Chamomile Essential Oil to address inflammation, or irritation, and Lavender to promote rest and relaxation. This mask can be left on the skin and rinsed off as per the typical mask application and removal procedure.

Used in hair, French Green Clay is reputed to effectively eliminate dirt, product build-up, dandruff, and toxins, while balancing oil production to cleanse excessive oils without stripping the natural oils. Simply create a Clay hair lotion by combining 1 tsp. of French Green Clay, 230 ml (8 oz.) Milk, and 3 drops of an essential oil. Suggested essential oils include Basil, Rosemary, or Eucalyptus. Apply this lotion to the hair, starting at the scalp and smoothing it down the strands. Leave this hair mask in for 15-20 minutes. In the shower, rinse it out with lukewarm water and shampoo the hair as usual.

Used in medicinal applications, French Clays are known to address the symptoms of arthritis such as sore muscles and joints. For its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, they may be applied to cuts, insect bites or stings, minor burns, and bruises. Alternatively, they may also be used to reduce stress. To create a soothing poultice, in a glass bowl mix the desired amount of a Clay with equal parts water and 6 drops of one of the following essential oils: Ginger, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Rosemary. Allow this mixture to sit for 2 hours. Next, on the amount of gauze needed to wrap around the injured area of the skin/body, spread the paste in a layer that is ¼ inch thick, then apply the gauze to the affected area. It is now a “poultice” that can be held in place with the aid of adhesive tape and kept on the area for a maximum of 2 hours. The clay should remain wet. After a single use, the poultice should be discarded.

A GUIDE TO FRENCH CLAY VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

FRENCH CLAY GREEN

INCI Name: Illite

Country of Origin: France

Known to:

  • Be called Sea Clay or Marine Clay, as its quarries are often located in ancient sea/marine beds
  • Be composed of Aluminum, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Silica, Sodium, and Titanium
  • Be light green in color
  • Absorb and eliminate impurities and oils from the skin
  • Exfoliate dull skin to reveal a new layer of skin with a refreshed and healthy glow
  • Be ideal for addressing acne, congested skin, cuts, cellulite, sprains, excessive sweating and infections
  • Minimize the appearance of pores and tighten the skin for a refined, toned, and firmed look
  • Calm and soothe the body to promote a general sense of well-being
  • Be suitable for use on all skin types
  • Get its color from Iron Oxide and decomposed plant material, such as kelp and algae
  • Attract blood to the skin’s surface, thereby enhancing circulation
  • Be ideal for use on skin that is oily and acne-prone
  • Be anti-inflammatory and thus beneficial for soothing and facilitating the healing of wounds, allergies, and sunburns
  • Have the highest purity
  • Be non-swelling

 


 

FRENCH CLAY PINK

INCI Name: Illite/Kaolin

Country of Origin: France

Known to:

  • Be the result of combining Red Illite and White Kaolin clays rather than being mined in a pink state (White Clay gently cleanses dirt, build-up, and excess oil while mildly exfoliating the skin and refining the complexion for a softer, clearer, smoother look)
  • Be the mildest purifier of all the clays
  • Be best suited to sensitive, mature, irritated, and normal skin types
  • Be composed of Kaolinite, Illite, Montmorillonite, Iron, Calcite, Iron Oxide, and Silica
  • Be rosy pink in color
  • Remove excess oil and impurities from the skin
  • Exhibiting lifting action on the skin, when used regularly
  • Remove dead skin cells and promote a glowing complexion
  • Known to leave skin with a refreshed appearance
  • Known to be ideal for use on skin that is acne-prone, oily, or afflicted with other ailments
  • Be commonly used in the manufacturing of cosmetics
  • Be ideal for enhancing circulation and for calming sun-damaged skin
  • Have exfoliating properties and refining properties that minimize puffiness and the appearance of pores
  • Even the skin tone, moisturize and soften the skin, and smooth the appearance of wrinkles
  • Enhance the skin’s elasticity and ability to regenerate cells for supple skin that appears more youthful
  • Minimize blackheads and reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and dark undereye circles
  • Enhance skin elasticity and regenerate connective tissues

 


 

FRENCH CLAY RED

INCI Name: Illite

Country of Origin: France

Known to:

  • Be found in the Atlantic basin and the North of France
  • Be composed of Illite, Kaolinite, Montmorillonite, and Calcite
  • Be derived from Hematite Iron rock
  • Be red in color and velvety in texture
  • Be best suited for normal, oily, flaky, and acne-prone skin types as well as for skin with broken capillaries (also known as spider veins)
  • Be red in color due to the high concentration of Iron Oxide and Copper Oxide present in Hematite Iron
  • Cleanse skin while removing dead cells and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores, leaving skin looking refreshed and smooth
  • Be commonly used in the manufacturing of cosmetics
  • Be extremely absorbent and purifying
  • Be a non-swelling clay
  • Make an ideal color additive in natural products such as facial powders, masks, and soaps
  • Have toning and humidifying properties that hydrate the skin and smooth the look of wrinkles
  • Revitalize and exfoliate skin that appears to be dull, aging, and congested, giving it a brighter appearance
  • Enhance circulation, thus leaving skin looking radiant
  • Regenerate, strengthen, and firm the skin and tissue
  • Repair skin damage caused by the sun and reduce the appearance of bruises, stretch marks, burns, broken capillaries, and varicose veins

 


 

FRENCH CLAY YELLOW

INCI Name: Illite

Country of Origin: France

Known to:

  • Be composed of Iron Oxide, Magnesium, and Silica
  • Be a mild yet powerful cleansing clay that is best suited to dry, sensitive, or combination skin
  • Be yellow in color and velvety in texture
  • Have a high amount of Iron Oxide, though less than that of Red Illite
  • Exfoliate and remove dead cells from the skin’s surface to leave it feeling smooth
  • Tighten and tone the skin and connective tissue
  • Stimulate circulation to leave skin looking fresh and radiant
  • Remineralize the skin
  • Be ideal for addressing acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and ulcers

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR FRENCH CLAY

French Clays are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using French Clays for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use French Clays without the medical advice of a physician. The clays should always be stored in areas that are inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Clays should be kept dry in order to retain their efficacy; thus, it is important to prevent moisture from entering their containers. Clays must also never be stored in metal containers or stirred with metal spoons, as metal causes them to lose some of their main beneficial properties. Accordingly, the only materials that are recommended to be used in the preparation and storage of clays are wood, glass, and ceramic.

Prior to using French Clays, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a small mixture of the clay and water to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. French Clays must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. French Green Clay is known to have the following potential side effects: areas of dry, flaky skin or skin rashes. Those with anemia are advised against using French Clays, as they may affect the absorption of iron and cause the condition to worsen.

In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use. Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this group of natural clays as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions.

When applying the clays as a face or body masks, they should not be allowed to dry completely, as they continue to draw moisture out of the skin the longer they are kept on. This may lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Clays should not be used more than once a week, due to their drying effect. For those with dry or sensitive skin, it is not recommended to use French Green Clay as an ingredient when producing natural cosmetics and soaps, as it may further irritate the skin.

While many individuals may notice immediate results after their use of the clays, it may take longer for others to see any improvements in health and appearance, thus patience and consistent application are required in tandem with a healthy skin care regimen.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Clays are naturally-occurring, earthy, mineral-rich elements derived from various sources including volcanic ash, rocks, soil, or sediment.
    • Each clay has a unique combination of minerals, such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and Silica, that gives it an inimitable composition.
    • Used cosmetically or topically in general, French Clays attach themselves to oil, bacteria, and impurities from the skin to eliminate them and leave skin feeling cleansed, clarified, and balanced.
    • Used in hair, French Clays remove product build-up from the scalp and strands, while eliminating dead cells, flakiness, and excess oil, thereby stimulating the growth of healthier hair.
  • Used medicinally, French Clays are known to boost circulation, reduce inflammation, facilitate the body’s reparation of tissues and cells, and promote the elimination of toxins believed to cause headaches, fatigue, digestive problems, food allergies, and lethargy.

Rejuvenate with Mango Butter

Considered to be India’s “King of Fruits,” the Mangifera indica botanical – better known as the Mango Tree – yields a fruit containing the source of the emollient known as Mango Butter. Other names by which it is called include Mango Kernel Fat and Mango Oil. “Manna,” the Malayalam word for the fruit, was adopted as “Manga” by the Portuguese, who traveled to Kerala in 1498 for the spice trade. “Mango,” the English and Spanish name for the fruit, is most likely derived from this.

In Asia and South-East Asia, the Mango fruit has been used in traditional medicine for its healing, moisturizing, and rejuvenating properties. In the medicinal system of Ayurveda, the Mangifera indica herb has been used for over 4000 years with the belief that it had the ability to strengthen the heart, improve brain activity, and increase the body’s immunity. The natural fat derived from the fruit’s seeds is what is referred to as the butter, which shares the same reputation as its fruit source.

The national fruit of India, Mangoes are deeply intertwined with the country’s folklore and religious ceremonies. According to historical sources, Akbar the Great, the most well-known Mughal Emperor, planted around 100,000 mango trees in India’s Eastern parts. According to the Buddhist view, it is believed that a high-class courtesan donated her Mango grove to the Buddha and his companions so that they might have a place to rest. In this orchard, the Buddha continued to teach his monks lessons on the topics of concentration, morality, and wisdom.

Mango trees have been cultivated and harvested in India for thousands of years and were introduced to the Western Hemisphere around 1700, after initially being planted in Brazil. Around 1740, they were introduced to the West Indies, and eventually, they made their way to the Americas. In the 1930s, Mango Butter was one of the fats that were considered for use as an alternative to Cocoa Butter in the context of creating confectionary products; however, further studies showed that its significant amounts of tocopherol, phytosterols, and triterpenes also contributed to its potential as an effective ingredient for natural cosmetic formulations.

BENEFITS OF USING MANGO BUTTER

The main chemical constituents of Mango Butter are Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

OLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA 9) are known to:

  • Maintain the softness, suppleness, and radiance of skin and hair
  • Stimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair
  • Reduce the appearance of aging, such as premature wrinkles and fine lines
  • Eliminate dandruff and thereby support hair growth
  • Boost immunity
  • Exhibit anti-oxidant properties
  • Prevent joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain
  • Impact the hardness or softness of the butter

STEARIC ACID is known to:

  • Have cleansing properties that purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin
  • Be an ideal emulsifying agent that binds water and oil
  • Help products remain potent when stored for long periods of time
  • Condition and protect hair from damage without diminishing luster or making it feel heavy
  • Have exceptional cleansing properties
  • Soften skin
  • Provides the butter with a solid consistency

PALMITIC ACID is known to:

  • Have emollient properties
  • Soften hair without leaving a greasy or sticky residue
  • Be the most common saturated fatty acid

LINOLEIC ACID (OMEGA 6/Vitamin F) is known to:

  • Moisturize hair and promote its growth
  • Facilitate wound healing
  • Be an effective emulsifier in the formulation of soaps and quick-drying oils
  • Exhibit anti-inflammatory properties
  • Soothe acne and reduce chances of future outbreaks
  • Promote moisture retention in skin and hair
  • Make oils feel thinner in consistency when used in an oil blend, thus being beneficial for use on acne-prone skin
  • Soothe and promote the healing of skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis
  • Slow the look of premature aging

ARACHIDIC ACID is known to:

  • Enhance and promote muscle gain/mass by boosting the body’s inflammatory responses
  • Boost immunity
  • Ease symptoms of depression
  • Soothe pain and discomfort associated with arthritis
  • Reduce weight

VITAMIN A is known to:

  • Protect skin against damage caused by UV radiation
  • Slow the appearance of aging by smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
  • Stimulate production of collagen
  • Stimulate cells regeneration to keep skin healthy, strong, and firm
  • Facilitate faster healing of wounds
  • Protect skin against toxins and bacteria and promotes cell production, thus boosting immunity
  • Lighten unwanted blemishes and dark spots, thus balancing skin tone to create an even glow
  • Slow the production of oil in the skin and clears pores, thereby preventing acne breakouts

VITAMIN C is known to:

  • Exhibit anti-oxidant properties
  • Promote collagen synthesis that gives skin a smoother appearance
  • Help reduce and soothe damage caused by ultraviolet radiation
  • Brighten and even out skin tone
  • Shield skin from the noticeable effects of pollution
  • Significantly improve skin’s moisture content, thus sustaining a youthful look for a longer period of time

VITAMIN E is known to:

  • Have antioxidant properties that slow the look of aging and boost circulation
  • Repair scarred and blemished skin
  • Prevent moisture loss from skin and hair
  • Offer soothing relief to skin that has been burned
  • Deeply cleanse pores and balance oil production

Used topically, Mango Butter’s creamy, long-lasting emollience nourishes skin and boosts its elasticity as well as its suppleness, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and tightening skin for a firmer appearance. Its high vitamin content protects skin against harsh environmental stressors and damage caused by overexposure to harmful UV radiation. Its ability to easily melt on skin contact and penetrate into the skin without leaving a greasy residue makes Mango Butter an ideal ingredient in sun care products, balms, and hair care products such as those intended to control frizz. Its gentle quality makes it an ideal ingredient in baby moisturizers and products for sensitive skin.

Mango Butter is known to boost skin’s luster and natural radiance while reducing the appearance of dark spots. Along with softening and soothing properties, it cleanses the skin’s surface of impurities and unblocks pores. The anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties of Mango Butter make it an effective soothing agent for skin afflicted by dryness, eczema, and dermatitis. By restoring and maintaining moisture levels and by boosting cell regeneration, Mango Butter leaves skin looking plump, thereby promoting a rejuvenated, revitalized appearance.

Used in hair, Mango Butter works as an effective scalp conditioner that seals in moisture and reduces breakage and hair loss by strengthening hair follicles. It protects hair from drying, thereby controlling frizz and boosting volume to keep it looking and feeling soft, lush, and lustrous. By sustaining moisture and promoting cell regeneration, Mango Butter encourages the growth of stronger, healthier hair. When applied to hair before sun exposure, Mango Butter is known to exhibit sun protectant properties to help guard the strands against the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Used medicinally, Mango Butter works as an agent that facilitates the process of eliminating toxins, dirt, pollution, and other impurities from the skin. Its soothing quality makes it ideal for use on skin afflicted by itching, stinging, burning, and stretch marks. When used in a therapeutic massage, Mango Butter penetrates gently yet deeply into the skin and applies its soothing power to tense and aching muscles. Due to its non-comedogenic property, Mango Butter can benefit acne-prone and oily skin, when used as a facial moisturizer.

 Mango Butter is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Regenerative, Protective, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging, Softening, Soothing, Moisturizing.
  • MEDICINAL: Regenerative, Protective, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Microbial, Analgesic.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY MANGO BUTTER

Native to India and has been around for the same approximate length as Ayurvedic medicine, Mango trees belong to the Anacardiaceae family along with cashews and pistachios. Mango trees grow in approximately 1000 varieties and have become a multi-national botanical that can be found throughout various sub-tropical and tropical lowlands around the world, including the Americas, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa, Indonesia, and China.

Mango trees are typically propagated by chip budding, approach grafting, and veneer grafting found to be thriving in sandy loam soil types with adequate drainage. They may also be cultivated in landscapes ranging from coastal regions to midlands. They will not grow particularly well in heavy, wet soils. For optimal growth, they require a pH between 5.2 and 7.5.

Saplings of this evergreen tree produce leaves that are reddish brown. Once they mature, the leaves turn dark green and the trees can grow to a height of 130 feet. The inflorescence of approximately 3000 small, fragrant flowers – usually white-red or yellow-green in color – begins to grow in bunches at different times of the year, depending on the individual tree’s region of growth and its required climatic conditions. One tree produces both male and female flowers, which produce the succulent Mango fruit.

The matured fruit – considered to be a drupe – comes in a variety of color combinations, including the following: yellow, green, yellow and green, red and green, red and yellow, and orange. The shape of the fruit also varies and can include round, heart, oval, or kidney shapes. Pre- and post-harvest conditions such as grafting, fertilization, pruning, and pest control affect the final quality of Mangoes in terms of their size, taste, essential nutrients, vitamins, and mineral content. Factors that negatively impact Mango quality include pests, disease, inopportune harvesting time, ripening conditions, and a lack of appropriate storage facilities.

Depending on the variety of tree and the weather conditions, Mango fruits can begin to ripen 3-5 months after flowering. The fruit is made up of a thick outer Skin, known as the Epicarp or Exocarp. This protects the thick, yellow, fleshy Mesocarp or the Pulp layer inside. The single hard, flat inner Endocarp is commonly referred to as the Stone or the Pit. This contains a single inner Endosperm commonly referred to as the Seed, which is oblong or ovoid in shape and covered in a Seed Coat.

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Generally, Mangoes are harvested while in a firm yet mature stage of greenness, often ripening further after being harvested and during the transport and storage phases of production. Some varieties of Mango fruits are considered mature when the fruit’s skin has a slight blush to its color and its pulp has changed in color from white to yellow. It is legitimately mature when the “nose” or the Beak – the pointy tip at the opposite end of the stem – has rounded out.

The ideal harvest practice that achieves optimal fruit quality is the method of removing fruits from the trees by hand-picking them rather than beating them with sticks to make them drop to the ground. If the fruits are harvested incorrectly, their stems may release a milky sap called Latex, which is produced by the tree and which begins to congeal when exposed to air. If latex is left on the fruit’s skin, the skin will turn black. In order to reduce the amount of latex, the fruits should be detached from their trees with small amounts of the stems remaining attached to the fruits. As an alternative to handpicking the fruits, harvesting machinery may also be used. One commonly used machine is made up of a pouch that has a divider and scissors or a knife at the front of the pouch. The pouch is placed directly below the fruit in order to catch it the moment its stem is placed between the divider and the scissors/knife cut through the stalk. The collected fruits travel through a nylon chute and into collection containers. To prevent the fruits from bruising from impact, they are stored in boxes or crates rather than sacks.

HOW IS MANGO BUTTER EXTRACTED?

Mango Butter is typically extracted by Expeller- or Cold-Pressing de-shelled Mango fruit seeds. The oil-bearing Mango seeds are placed inside a hydraulic press machine. They undergo high pressure and friction in order to release their oils, which seep through small openings at the bottom of the pressing barrel. These openings are small enough to prevent Mango fibers from leaving the barrel. The resultant butter is light in color with a faint scent that retains its nutritive value.

Mango Butter may also be obtained through Solvent Extraction: First, the seeds are collected and washed immediately with water. Next, they are dried under the sun to reduce their moisture content. After being roasted inside a drum roaster, they have their hulls removed mechanically. Alternatively, they are manually beaten with wooden clubs. The seed pieces are sent to a hammer mill where they are placed into a pellet-making machine and turned into pellets. These are placed inside a cooler, then they are transported to the plant for solvent extraction.

After the Mango Butter has been extracted from the fruit seeds, it is heated and boiled to a rich and creamy consistency. The final product is solid at room temperature with a consistency that resembles slightly firmer Jojoba esters. Melting easily with body heat, Mango Butter’s light yet protective moisturizing layer is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling satiny rather than greasy. The subtle, slightly sweet and fatty scent of Mango Butter is not like the fruit, as it is derived from the seed rather than the fruit’s flesh. Mango Butter that undergoes Bleaching and Deodorizing is known as Refined Mango Butter. Its color ranges from whitish or creamy to slightly yellowish.

USES OF MANGO BUTTER

The uses of Mango Butter are abundant, ranging from medicinal to cosmetic. Its many forms include massage oils, massage creams, and massage balms, lotions, creams, gels, ointments or salves, soaps, lip balms, lipsticks, sun care, foot care, shampoos, conditioners, hot-oil treatments, and other hair care products.

Used topically, Mango Butter protects skin against the harsh effects of environmental elements, effectively reduces the formation and appearance of wrinkles, and helps repair dry, damaged skin. Mango Butter can be applied directly to matured, cracking, peeling, chapping, irritated, itchy, rough, or tough skin. Applied as is, it is ideal for skin conditions requiring deep hydration and conditioning to heal faster. It can be applied to skin that will be or has been exposed or overexposed to the sun. It can also be applied directly to insect bites, rashes, and eczema to soothe itching and to facilitate the healing of minor cuts or cracks caused by dryness. The light texture of Mango Butter and its non-comedogenic property makes it an ideal moisturizer for the face and neck.

Mango Butter can be used directly as a mild lotion or cream, even on sensitive skin. Furthermore, to enhance its ability to boost skin’s sebum secretion, which in turn promotes younger and softer skin, Mango Butter can be blended with a natural carrier oil such as Jojoba. For a moisturizing alternative to soap, skin can be washed with Mango Butter in the shower, or it can be used as an alternative to shaving cream. To prevent stretch marks with Mango Butter, combine it with equal parts of Coconut Carrier Oil and massage it onto the affected areas.

To reduce the appearance of blemishes and dark spots with Mango Butter, it can be added to a regular moisturizer. Alternatively, it can be made into a spot treatment balm: Combine 2 Tbsp. of Mango Butter, ½ tsp. of Rosehip Essential Oil, and ¼ tsp. Vitamin E liquid inside a 4 oz. jar, then mix the ingredients with a popsicle stick. To this mixture, add 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 3 drops of Helichrysum Essential Oil to enhance the balm’s effectiveness in healing blemishes. Apply this balm to the affected areas of skin.

Used in hair, Mango Butter locks in moisture nourishes the scalp and prevents hair loss. To create a conditioning Mango Butter blend that controls dandruff, dryness, and itchiness, mix 1 Tbsp. of Mango Butter with 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil. Gently massage the blend into the scalp, then wrap the hair with a warm towel for 1 hour to allow it to penetrate into the scalp. Rinse the hair with a mild shampoo. For a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that is especially beneficial for thick or curly hair, melt ¼ cup of Mango Butter in a double boiler. Next, stir in 1 tsp. Avocado Carrier Oil, 2 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel and 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Pour this mixture into a blender and, before turning it on, place the blending jar into the refrigerator for 15 minutes until the mixture has hardened. Next, blend the mixture until it reaches a creamy texture. This blend can be stored in a mason jar and applied to only the ends of damp hair, rather than the scalp.

Used medicinally, Mango Butter eases tension, fatigue, and muscle aches, especially when used in a massage. Applied directly to the skin, Mango Butter’s emollience helps promotes cell regeneration, which maintains the appearance of youthful skin. Mango Butter can be applied directly to the skin to soothe the symptoms of eczema, rashes, minor wounds, frostbite, and insect bites. To calm sunburned skin with Mango Butter, melt 2 Tbsp. Mango Butter in a double boiler, then thoroughly mix in 2 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel. Next, add 3 drops Sea Buckthorn Carrier Oil and 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. Refrigerate this blend for 15 minutes before whipping it with a hand mixer until it reaches a creamy texture. Gently massage this mix onto the sunburned or otherwise damaged skin. To properly store this balm, keep it in a cool, dark, dry place.

To reduce the appearance of scars with the aid of Mango Butter, a scar balm can be made by first thoroughly melting together 2 Tbsp. Mango Butter, 2 Tbsp. Shea Butter, and 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Butter in a double boiler. Next, stir in 7 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 7 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil, and 4 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil. Gently massage this mix onto areas of skin affected by scars. To properly store this balm, keep it in a lidded glass jar in a cool, dark, dry place.

To facilitate the healing of wounds with the aid of Mango Butter, it can be made into a soothing salve. First, melt 2 Tbsp. of Mango Butter with equal amounts of Beeswax and Coconut Carrier Oil, then add 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Pour this blend into a lidded glass jar and allow it to cool and harden before gently applying it to minor wounds. To properly store this balm, keep it in a cool, dark, dry place.

A GUIDE TO MANGO BUTTER VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

MANGO BUTTER (POYA BRAND) 
Is known to…

  • Be ultra-refined and deodorized
  • Be customizable to personal scent preferences
  • Be intensely hydrating without leaving a greasy residue
  • Soothe and soften rough, dry skin
  • Promote skin elasticity
  • Promote a healthy-looking scalp
  • Be ideal for use as a lip balm or in lotions and creams
MANGO BUTTER – ULTRA REFINED 
Is known to…

  • Be expeller-pressed from the Mango Seed
  • Be refined to remove any color or scent
  • Be soft but solid at room temperature and slightly grainy in texture
  • Melts on contact with the skin
  • Be rich in anti-oxidants and emollients as well as Vitamins A and E
  • Soften and moisturize rough and dry skin
  • Naturally, reducing the appearance of fine lines
  • Be ideal in formulations for lotions, body butters, balms, soaps, shaving creams, hair care products, and lip balms

Cosmetic butters are for external use only. Mango Butter should not be ingested and should not be stored within the reach of children, in case of accidental ingestion. As with all butters, a patch test should be conducted on the inner arm or another generally insensitive area of skin, using a dime size amount of Mango Butter to check for sensitivities. An absence of an allergic response within 48 hours indicates that the butter is safe to use.

Potential side effects of Mango Butter include nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness, and rapid heartbeats. Mango Butter may potentially cause side effects that have not been listed here. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent these side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

  • Mango Butter is a rich natural fat derived from the seeds contained inside the pits of the Mango fruit.
  • Traditionally, Mango Butter was believed to have the ability to strengthen the heart, improve brain activity, and increase the body’s immunity.
  • Used topically, Mango Butter’s long-lasting emollience nourishes skin and boosts its elasticity as well as its suppleness, thereby making skin look smoother and firmer.
  • Used in hair, Mango Butter seals in moisture and reduces breakage and hair loss by strengthening hair follicles, thereby encouraging the growth of stronger, healthier hair.
  • Used medicinally, Mango Butter facilitates the process of eliminating toxins, dirt, pollution, and other impurities from the skin. Its soothing quality makes it ideal for use on skin afflicted by itching, stinging, burning, and stretch marks.