All my products are vegan, plant-based and as in-season as possible. When I can’t grow something in my own garden, I purchase from a responsible grower who practices sustainable foraging. While I continue to study and earn credentials in aromatherapy and herbalism, I’ve incorporated much of what I have learned in the products I make for myself and my product line available on Etsy.
These are some of my notes:
Candellila Wax – Used instead of beeswax, at about half the rate, gives firmer texture, adds slip and shine to lip balms and salves. From Wikipedia: “Candelilla wax is a wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera and Euphorbia antisyphilitica, from the family Euphorbiaceae. It is yellowish-brown, hard, brittle, aromatic, and opaque to translucent.”
Olive Oil – Where I previously used the pomace version, I now exclusively use Extra Virgin Olive Oil direct from a local manufacturer’s warehouse, without any chemical extraction. This product is certified as organoleptic (organic) in the country of its origin.
Canola Oil – A very inexpensive ingredient with similar saponification value to olive oil that adds smoothness to the bar of soap. Particularly useful in my slab-mold style cuts and swirling effects.
Castor Oil – Balances the humectant and lathering properties of other oils, adds gloss to lip balms
Hemp Oil – for moisturizing and restoring elasticity to the skin, great as a carrier oil
Sweet Almond Oil – long shelf life carrier oil, adds slip and shine, quick to absorb surface level of skin, breathable
Tamanu Oil – extremely humectant quality for very dry skin, has a nutty, curry-like aroma
Evening Primrose Oil – great for reducing fine lines, restoring elasticity and giving a youthful glow. Somewhat viscous.
Shea Butter – I use a raw, unrefined, organic shea butter for smooth, silky, emollient skin products, especially useful during the winter months.
Coconut Oil – I use an organic 76 degree and 92 degree melting point (summer) in my cold-process soap formulation to add firmness and increase the small bubble factor in soap.
Jojoba Wax – a liquid wax with long shelf life, closest to the skin’s natural sebum, balancing moisture and elasticity, more penetrating than almond oil. I prefer this organic product for sensitive skin products.
Cocoa Butter – a very firm, chocolately-smelling butter that is really more flakey like a wax, melts upon contact with skin, very moisturizing but not quite as emollient as shea. Sometimes, I use Cupuacu butter as
Mango Butter – very firm, somewhat crumbly butter that needs to be tempered with other waxes and butters for smoothness, but has a breathable, sealing quality to it.
Cupuacu and Illipe Butters – I’m still learning about these, but I really like them so far in deodorants and lip balms.
The amazing herbs which I am constantly humbled by:
Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower – for calming the skin and reducing topical inflammation, very gentle.
Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf – for supporting irritated skin, especially around the mouth, systemic skin issues
Impatiens Capensis (Garden Balsam or Jewelweed) Leaf – for helping to prevent poison ivy/oak exposure, calming the skin from bites and existing rash
Urtica Dioica (Stinging Nettle) Leaf – for giving shine and elasticity to hair
Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Flower and Leaf – for penetrating muscle tissue, giving new energy and focus in stagnation/inertia.
Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower – for reducing inflammation and bruising to muscles, immediately after injury.
Symphytum x Uplandica or Officinalis (Comfrey) Leaf and Root – for penetrating to ligament and bone, support cellular growth and recovery for acute injury.
Prunella Vulgaris (All Heal or Self Heal) Flower and Leaf – for systemic skin issues
Bixa Orelana (Annato) Seed – for yellow, orange or red colors
Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Leaf – for anchoring essential oils in terpene family, aiding in muscular penetration.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower – for adding depth to essential oil blends, calming the skin
Sassafras Albidum (Sassafras) Root – for anchoreing sweet aroma, soothing irritated skin
Unula Helenium (Elecampane) Leaf – for sinus-clearing tea
Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf – for earaches, for lung-clearing tea, cowboy toilet paper
Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower – for skin calming, relaxing, apple-like aroma
Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Berry – for immune support, raises body temperature to help fight infections
Chlorella Vulgaris (Chlorella) Leaf – for bright green color in soap products
Indigofera Tinctoria (Indigo) Leaf – for denim blue color in soap and bath salts
Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Powder – for blue-green color in soap products
Capsacum Frutescens (Cayenne) Powder – for warmth in winter salves, orange color
Beta Vulgaris (Red Beet) Powder – for tinting lip balms with rosy, cool red tones
Kaolinite (Rose) Clay – for detoxifying, pore-tightening and pink color in soap
Montmorillonite (Bentonite) Clay – for toning the skin, removing impurities, detoxifying lymph nodes
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