Oat has a long history as a healthy food. Oat has also become an important raw material for cosmetics. I have written earlier a comprehensive article about oat before. You should also read it so that you can see how wonderful substance oat actually is. In this article I will introduce different powders made from oat; oat silk and colloidal oatmeal. Both are perfect for making cosmetics. Colloidal oatmeal and oat silk have many uses in cosmetics. Let’s see what these two powders actually are!
Colloidal oatmeal and oat silk are not exactly the same product
I myself have previously believed that colloidal oatmeal and oat silk are the same thing. In reality, there is a subtle difference between these two products. This difference is obvious when looking at the use.
Colloidal oatmeal is made from dried, dust-like finely ground oat grains. The name colloid refers to the powder’s small particle size. For colloidal oatmeal, the whole grain with the husks is used. The husk part of the oat grain, the bran, is especially rich in skin-soothing ingredients and vitamins. Due to the rich vitamin and antioxidant content, colloidal oatmeal is suitable for care products.
Oat silk is made from the same dried oat grains. This time, the oat grains are peeled before grinding. The husk on the surface of the grain, the bran, is removed from them. This results in a particularly fine, white, silky powder. Oat silk is used in cosmetics as an ingredient in powders and for cleaning the face.
Homemade oat powder is not the same as colloidal oatmeal
Of course, you can grind oat flakes into flour at home, but it doesn’t match colloidal oatmeal. The particle size of colloidal oatmeal is significantly smaller than that of homemade powder. Oat flour from the grocery store is also too coarse for cosmetics use.
Cosmetic oat powder should be very fine. Finely grind oat powder is significantly more effective on the skin. Colloidal oatmeal is processed to improve solubility. Oat that is just ground will clot. It is not soluble and is not easy to use in cosmetics. The fine, dust-like structure of cosmetic oat guarantees absorption of the oat nutrients into the skin.
Cosmetic oats contain a lot of active ingredients
A special oat variety is selected for oat flour used in cosmetics. Oats used as food do not have that many skin-protecting and caring properties. Cosmetic oat is rich in various skin-care phytochemicals.
- beta glucan helps maintain skin moisture
- antioxidants such as vitamin E reduce inflammation, soothe the skin and fight signs of aging
- phenols are strong antioxidants that protect cells from damage (UV radiation)
- saponins have a cleansing effect on the skin, like a gentle cleanser
- oat is a very oily plant. Oat oil is especially good for treating dry and eczema skin because it naturally contains ceramides. Ceramides are lipids that make up about half of the surface layer of the skin. In skin diseases, the production of ceramides is disturbed and therefore ceramides are recommended in connection with eczema and other skin diseases. Dry skin also often suffers from a lack of ceramides.
How colloidal oatmeal is used in cosmetics
Cosmetic oatmeal is a wonderful product because you don’t even have to know how to make cosmetic products. Mix a dash of water into the colloidal oat powder; you get a super good and gentle facial cleanser just like that.
Remember that cosmetic oatmeal cannot withstand temperatures above 75 degrees. When hot, they start to form porridge, and of course that’s not the intention.
Next, I will tell you a few examples of how cosmetic oat can be used in skin care.
In addition to this, colloidal oatmeal has many other uses in cosmetics.
• Oat bath treats the skin and reduces itching. Oat baths have been used successfully in the treatment of itchy eczema. Oats are rich in anti-itch substances. Oat bath is also suitable for small children. Add about a decilitre of colloidal oatmeal to the bathtub. Mix the powder carefully with water and enjoy the bath about 20-30 minutes. After bathing, rinse your skin in the shower. Do not use any detergent in order to save the caring elements of oat on your skin.
• Add colloidal oatmeal to whipped body lotions as starch. Colloidal oatmeal soothes the skin and at the same time give the cream a nice, dry, velvety-like touch.
• Colloidal oatmeal is perfect as a base for exfoliating face masks. Just add a dash of water and/or oil and, if you wish, other active ingredients. A lightly exfoliating mask is made from colloidal oatmeal, honey, water and very finely ground salt. Salt and honey have the ability to soften dead skin cells. Colloidal oatmeal gently wash and remove the detached skin cells away.
• A nourishing oat mask is made from safflower oil, colloidal oatmeal, water and liquid honey. You can add other oils to the mask. I personally prefer blackcurrant seed oil or evening primrose oil in face masks.
Colloidal oatmeal for pet care
Colloidal oatmeal is so mild and completely non-toxic that you can also treat your pet’s skin with it. An oat bath helps with mild and temporary skin problems such as mosquito bites and mild, temporary itching. A dog suffering from a severe rash and prolonged itching should definitely be treated by a veterinarian.
You can add about a decilitre of colloidal oatmeal to your dog’s bath water. Try to make your dog comfortable in the bath for at least 10 minutes. Colloidal oats relieve the itching of the dog’s skin and possible skin irritations. After bathing, rinse your dog’s coat in the shower.
If your dog has a nasty, itchy mosquito bite, you can make a paste of colloidal oatmeal and apply it directly to the itchy spot. This way you don’t have to bathe the whole dog.
Oat silk is purified, finely ground oat flour
Oat silk is whiter in colour than colloidal oat. Oat silk does not contain all the vitamins of colloidal oats. Therefore, it should not be used for the same purposes as colloidal oats. There is no silk protein in oat silk. The word silk refers to the silky texture of oatmeal. The particle size of oat silk is about 50 microns. Oat silk is a very useful for powders, colour cosmetics and facial cleansers.
Oat silk cleanser
Make a face cleanser from oat silk. Add some kaolin to it and maybe also finely ground sea salt if you want more cleaning power. Oat silk alone is gentle for dry skin. Take a teaspoon of powder in your palm. Add a dash of water to the palm of your hand and mix into a smooth paste. The paste resembles cleansing milk. Apply the paste to the face and massage in circular motions. Wipe the paste off the face with a muslin cloth or rinse the face with water. You may not need a moisturizer or face oil at all.
Two-part Skin cleansing with oat silk
Do a two-part Skin Cleansing with Oat Cleanser and Oil. Choose the oil you like, for example safflower oil. Apply about a teaspoon of oil on the face and massage gently for about one minute. Now prepare the oat silk cleaner according to the previous instructions. Apply the cleanser to oily skin and rub lightly so that the oil emulsifies into the oat cleanser. Now you can wash your face with either water or a damp muslin cloth. Oatmeal cleanser leaves your skin clear and glowing. The pores are closed and the skin looks cared for.
Oat silk and Colloidal oatmeal are products worth trying
I recommend trying cosmetic oat powders. Oat powders are anhydrous products that will be preserved for a very long time. Oat powders are safe products that are suitable for the whole family, including small children and pets. Did you know that cosmetic oatmeal in the world is quite often Finnish origin. Large quantities of cosmetic oats are exported from Finland all over the world.
Have you used colloidal oats or oat silk in cosmetics?
Cocoa was originally a rainforest plant that is now widely cultivated. Cocoa is originated in South America but is currently farmed mostly in Africa. Cocoa only thrives in the tropical areas as it needs plenty of warmth and moisture. For sure anyone who has made homemade cosmetics is familiar with cocoa butter. The smell of cocoa butter is wonderful, like chocolate and it has many good skin care properties. I wanted to write my own article about cocoa butter and also raise ethical and ecological concerns related to cocoa.
A brief history of cocoa
Cocoa was probably used originally by the Aztecs. It was especially the delicacy of the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma (1466-1520). Emperor Moctezuma drank as many as 60 golden cups of cocoa daily. From the Aztecs, cocoa ended up in Europe with the Spanish conquerors. During the colonial period, cocoa ended up in European-hosted colonies such as the West Indies archipelago, the Philippines, and Africa. Currently, the largest cocoa plantations in the world are in Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast, together with Ghana, produces more than 70% of the world’s cocoa.
Cocoa trees produce elongated, yellow fruit that contains very fatty seeds. The fat content varies between 37-54%. The seeds are used in the production of both cocoa butter and cocoa powder. The cultivation and processing of cocoa is mainly done by hands. Yellow legumes are cut open with a jungle knife. The seeds, or cocoa beans, are separated from the opened pieces. Cocoa beans are fermented, dried and roasted. In the roasting process, the cocoa fat is separated from the cocoa beans by heat. Roasting takes place usually in buyers location, closer to consumers like in Europe.
What is raw cocoa butter?
Raw cocoa butter is not heated as hot as regular cocoa butter. Therefore, it has more nutrients stored. Raw cocoa butter is also more expensive because at lower temperatures, very little cocoa butter is produced. In Finland, the term raw cocoa is not used, as it may mislead the consumer. Raw cocoa means different things in different countries.
Ethical problems of cocoa
Cocoa is grown where it is warm and moist enough. Ivory Coast is one of the most popular cocoa growing areas. Cocoa plantations and monopoly buying organizations are almost always owned by a large, multinational company. They want to maximize their profits and relocate cocoa production to the world’s poorest countries. Where labour is cheap, it is worth cultivating cocoa. The price of cocoa is very low at the origin because big business wants their profits.
The fact is that cocoa plantations employ a very large number of children. Children are either forced to work at the request of adults or they are sold into slavery. The work is very dangerous. The heat makes the job extremely heavy. Cocoa cultivation also uses very potent pesticides to which children and all other workers are exposed.
Children do not receive education and do not have health care. The situation of children with cocoa plantations is very difficult.
International organizations have paid attention to the ethical problems of cocoa plantations. Cocoa production has started to be certified but the certification bodies have encountered overwhelming problems.
Local authorities have blocked free access to cocoa plantations. The visits of the inspectors of the certification bodies are known in advance and the children are removed away the plantation.
Certification bodies are also lowering standards to get more customers. Not all certificates are reliable.
The cocoa crop is collected from different farms and sold to wholesalers. The certified and non-certified crop is intentionally mixed so that the wholesaler can sell everything at a certified price. This is, of course, a criminal activity but very common.
Certification does not improve the situation of farmers. Cocoa is still too cheap to workers earn a decent wage. Certified farms live in poverty. Even if big cocoa buyers pay compensation to farmers, the money doesn’t end up in their pockets. The money is used in municipal administration, for example, to train farmers.
Cocoa butter protects and moisturizes the skin
Despite the ethical problems of cocoa production, it is a very versatile plant. Cocoa butter has its place as an ingredient in cosmetics. Next, I’ll give some facts about the properties of cocoa in skin care.
Cocoa butter is high in hard fatty acids such as palmitic acid and stearic acid. Therefore, it is quite hard fat. The good side of cocoa butter is that its melting point is almost the same as the skin temperature, 34-35 degrees Celsius. Therefore, even full-bodied cocoa butter products spread well on the skin.
- Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the skin from premature aging.
- Cocoa butter moisturizes the skin. It is rich in oleic acid, which supports the skin’s moisture balance.
- Cocoa butter protects the skin from drying out. It is rich in palmitic acid, which is a protective fatty acid.
- Cocoa butter clearly smells like chocolate. Many consider it a good thing but very often this is not the case. Not everyone wants the smell of a chocolate bar.
- One disadvantage of cocoa butter is its blocking effect on the skin. It will not absorb easily to the skin. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the cocoa butter content low in creams.
For which products is cocoa butter suitable?
Cocoa butter is suitable for normal and dry skin. For oily and easily clogged skin, you should choose another vegetable butter. Cocoa butter is too heavy on the skin of the face. So, use cocoa butter for body products. Especially whipped body butters and other creams applied to the body are easy to make using cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter is much harder than shea butter. It is good to know when making cosmetics.
Cocoa butter is well suited for preventing pigmentation disorders on the skin. As the sun shines in the spring, more and more dark spots begin to form on the skin of the arms and chest. The effective antioxidants in cocoa butter brighten the skin and fade darkening of the skin.
Choose cocoa butter as one of the ingredients in the foot cream. Cocoa butter is also very useful in lip creams and lip balms.
With the help of cocoa butter, many women have avoided pregnancy scars. Cocoa butter can be applied as such to the skin or used as one of the ingredients in the cream. It is best to use cocoa butter on the body regularly throughout pregnancy as well as after pregnancy.
Get organic, ethically produced cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a great product for skin care. It should not be left unused. When you buy cocoa butter, buy organic quality. Toxic pesticides have not been used in organic cocoa butter. However, organic does not necessarily guarantee that the product is ethical.
Check the ethics of the product with the seller. For example, Foodin’s organic raw cocoa butter is ethically produced. Foodini’s cocoa butter producers are SPP (Símbolo de Pequeños Productores) certified. SPP is an international network of small organic producers. The organization operates in South America, Asia and Africa. Foodin’s cocoa butter comes from farms in South America that are part of the SPP network. SPP certified farms are also always organic farms and farms have an organic certificate.
SPP certified producers operate ethically. The use of child labour is closely monitored by the SPP organization. The SPP organization also makes sure that producers and employees receive reasonable compensation for their work. Community children are provided with access to schools and health care.
Do you use sustainably produced cocoa butter in the making of your cosmetics?
There are plenty of dandelions now everywhere. Dandelions are popular wild vegetables that are eagerly picked for salads and other dishes. But have you ever prepared any cosmetic products from them? Dandelion is a very unique herb that is worth trying for skin care. It has unique properties not many plants have. From dandelions you can easily get suitable products for your own skin. The excellent skin-care properties of dandelion could give inspiration to write several articles about it. Continue reading so you know more about the dandelion healing and skin pampering ingredients.
Dandelion (Taraxacum) is a group of plants
There are about 500 species of dandelions in Finland. They are all their own plants that belong to the dandelions. The average person walking in the nature hardly notices any difference between different dandelions. Professionals also have difficulties to separate dandelion species. I have noticed that Dandelions having round-shape leaves are milder. Those dandelions with serrated leaves taste bitter. They contain more bitter substances, the tannins.
There is research data available on the skin-protecting effects of dandelion
Dandelion has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years. It has been found to help with many ailments. In folk medicine, dandelion root is the most valued part of the plant. In skin care, the root is not so relevant.
Dandelion has also been studied scientifically. Dandelions have been found to contain effects that support the well-being of skin. The researchers tested dandelion flower and leaf extracts. Dandelion was found to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. If the dandelion extract is used immediately before and immediately after exposure to the sun, the extract acts to protect the skin.
The researchers also found ingredients in the dandelion extract that protect the skin from aging. Also in this extract, the researchers used leaf and flower extract specifically. Many wild herbs contain antioxidants that protect the skin from aging. However, many wild herbs have not been scientifically studied as thoroughly as dandelions. After reading all the good qualities of dandelion, you will surely wonder why they are called weeds.
Dandelion is a plant with a special mineral content
Many plants contain a lot of acids. The most important acid in dandelion is ascorbic acid, the vitamin C. Vitamin C is a particularly important antioxidant for the skin. I have already written about it here.
The other important caring ingredients in dandelion are minerals. The dandelion is so full of minerals that it is alkaline in nature and not acidic like most plants. Dandelion is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. All of these trace elements are especially valuable in skin care.
Dandelion sap is antimicrobial
You must have sometimes cut off the stem of a dandelion and drained white sap from it. This liquid is a particularly antimicrobial agent. Dandelion sap is very alkaline, it has a high pH value.
The sap has been used in traditional medicine in ancient times to treat wounds and skin lesions. When I was a child, dandelion sap was also used to treat warts.
Dandelion is suitable for the treatment of eczema
High alkaline content helps treat inflammatory skin conditions such as itchy eczema. Dandelion has been used successfully in the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases for hundreds of years. As an eczema patient myself, I know that there are only really few itch-relieving agents available. Dandelion is one of them precisely because of its alkalinity. Eczema patients sometimes add plenty of baking soda to the base cream to make its pH higher. If the pH of the cream is high, the itching will disappear. Dandelion has naturally high pH value. That’s why it’s really well suited for itch-relieving creams.
If you want to make an itch-relieving cream, you should use all the above-ground parts of the dandelion, including the stems. The stems are the most alkaline parts precisely because of the sap.
Dandelion is a cleansing and skin brightening herb
The properties of dandelion include its ability to cleanse the body. Internally, it increases fluid secretion and cleanses the liver. When used externally, dandelion cleanses the skin of toxic substances. Because dandelion is alkaline, it works like other alkaline substances, it pulls substances away from the skin. That is why dandelion should be used for cleansing masks.
Dandelion prevents the signs of aging
Because dandelion is so rich in vitamin C, it is very effective in preventing aging. Vitamin C regenerates skin cells and accelerates the production of collagen and elastane. Collagen and elastane are just the elements under the skin that make our faces look younger. Vitamin C also fades dark spots on the skin and brightens the skin.
You should collect dandelions right now
Right now, is the time when you should start collecting ingredients for all dandelion products you will use in fall and winter. You can order ready-made dried dandelion roots online, but I have never found dried dandelion flowers or stems for sale. They must be collected from nature by ourselves. The best parts of the dandelion for the skin are the flowers and stems.
You can make an oil extract from dandelion flowers. Use either fresh or dried dandelions, Dandelion flowers need to be dried quickly, otherwise they will become fluffy balls. The beautiful yellow colour will only be preserved if you have an efficient dryer and dry a small amount at a time. I myself have prepared dandelion oil using fresh dandelion only, just because of the difficulty of drying.
If you don’t remember how herbal oils were made, take a look here. If you want to make dandelion oil in a slow method, use only dried dandelions.
And now let’s hurry up to collect dandelions and make herbal oil. Next week, I’ll tell you how to make great products for skin care using dandelion oil.
Have you used dandelions in skin care?
The fresh growth of spruces is now, in the beginning of the summer, at its best. They are very rich in vitamins so they are excellent superfood. Did you know that you can make cosmetics using the fresh growth of spruce? The fresh growth is perfect for cosmetic lotions and refreshing toners.
You can separate the fresh growth of spruces from the older part of tree easily. The lighter green part of candles, at the end of branches is the fresh part. They are not long. The darker part is already old, do not prune that.
Before you start using spruce for the first time, I recommend you to get an allergy test. Spruce is not a familiar ingredient in cosmetics products. You may be allergic to it. Do not spread any product containing spruce on large areas of your skin. Try first on small area that is not very visible.
The benefits of spruce for the skin
Spruce is a very old medicinal plant. Especially in Finland, the spruce has been one of the basic medicines. The main ingredient is resin, but needles and fresh growth have also been used for some herbal treatments. Rheumatism is one of the illnesses which have been treated by spruce needles in folk medicine.
The active ingredients of spruce are resins. Spruce needles do also contain the same resins but not as abundant. Spruce needles are very rich in ascorbic acid. In some countries, vitamins are still made from spruce needles.
The fresh growth of spruces contains antiseptic ingredients that soothe the skin and suppress inflammation and a considerable amount of lingan. Lingans are special phenolic compounds with a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. The healthiness of fresh growth of spruce as a diet is largely based on lingans.
Fresh growth is also high in vitamin C, a very important vitamin for the skin. Therefore, fresh growth should be utilized right now when they are at their best.
Spruce has a healing effect on wounds and scar tissue. The Finnish pharmaceutical company Reoplar Pharmaceuticals Ltd has studied the spruce’s regenerating effect on human cells. They have launched a full line of products based on spruce’s resins. The spruce accelerates the regeneration of new skin cells and also protects them. Such an effect is also highly desirable in cosmetic skincare products. Why not try a spruce to rejuvenate your skin. Right now, when fresh growth is available everywhere, it is easy to make homemade products.
The use of fresh growth is, of course, limited because of their very seasonal availability. Before, the preservation methods were not so effective than today.
Extraction of fresh growth
I have made the extracts from fresh growth that I am using in lotions and toners. A soothing and refreshing face mask is also easy to make from fresh growth.
Spruce can be extracted easiest in hot water. Some spruce resins will dissolve also in hot water.
- Put about 2 decilitres of fresh growth into a pot
- Pour 5 decilitres of hot water into the pot
- Let the infusion stand for about 30 minutes and strain
- Use the infusion to make cosmetics
Cosmetics made of spruce tip -oil extract is suitable to treat impure, oily skin. Here is the recipe to make an emulsion cream. You can replace the oil you are using partly or entirely by spruce tip oil. Spruce tip oil is slightly antiseptic and soothes the skin.
- Prune a litre of fresh growth
- Put them in a steel bowl and pour in sunflower oil (cold pressed)
- Put water in the pot
- Place the bowl on top of the pot so that the bottom does not touch the water
- Boil the water first and then reduce the heat so that the water is just bubbling
- Let it bubble for one and a half hours (not unattended)
- Stir the extract from time to time and make sure that the water does not run out of the pot and that the plant parts are not above the oil surface
- When the extract is complete, you can strain it using a gauze
- Put the extract in a clean glass jar, label it with the name and date of the product and what oil has been used and the best before -date of the oil
- Store the oil extract in a dark and cool place
- Oil extraction lasts for about a year depending on the best before -date of the oil.
This oil extract is excellent cosmetics raw material mentioned for dirty and oily skin. The oil is mildly antiseptic and soothes the skin.
Fresh growth extract from glycerol
The best and most effective spruce extract you get from glycerol. Many spruce minerals, resins and vitamins dissolve best in glycerol. Fresh growth glycerite is a very useful product. It can be added to both waterless and water-only products. The glycerite is also ideal for lotions.
How to make a glycerite from fresh growth
- Take 2 decilitres of fresh growth
- Chop the material carefully to small pieces using a knife
- Pour on the glycerol so that all the material is covered
- Put the bowl in a dark and cool place for a couple of weeks. You can cover it to avoid impurities
- After 2 weeks, strain the glycerite using a gauze
- Drain the glycerite into a glass bottle and label as mentioned earlier
- Store in a dark and cool place. No need to keep in the fridge.
- This glycerol will be preserved up to 6 months.
You can use this glycerite for example for toners. A toner can contain glycerite 10-15%. A fresh and soothing toner directly from the nature.
Fresh face mask of fresh growth
You should also try just picked up fresh growth. Then prepare a refreshing and soothing mask. In fact, I have used the basic emulsion lotion I’ve prepared myself for base of a herbal mask. Instructions are here. If you do not have a homemade base cream, you can use a neutral cream of your choice as the base of the mask.
Make a fresh mask like this
- Chop a tablespoon of fresh growth into a very fine dice. In addition, you can grind the dice in a mortar to get a mash.
- Add a tablespoon of the base cream to the mash and mix evenly
- If the paste is too liquid, you can solidify it with very fine oatmeal – add carefully
- Add content of one evening primrose oil capsule to the mixture
- Mix the mask evenly and apply to the skin of the face and neck, carefully avoiding the skin around the eyes.
- Leave the mask on for 15-30 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- You can make such a mask once a week if you have enough fresh growth.
The forest is now full of spruce trees. However, you should ask permission from the landowner to prune spruces. In my experience, however, you should get the permission easily if you just ask politely. In fact, I asked permission to prune a fence made of spruces. Spruce fence should be cut annually and the owners were just happy.
Sea buckthorn oil is a valuable and very useful cosmetic oil. It belongs to the so-called special oils. It means it is added only small quantities to enhance the effect of the product. Before you buy sea buckthorn oil you should read my article on sea buckthorn oils because it really matters how your sea buckthorn oil is made. Sea buckthorn oils prepared in different ways contain completely different fatty acids. Check out my article here.
I have prepared products myself following next three sea buckthorn oil recipes. I know roughly how they work on my own skin. However, I have not tested the cream for winter use in really frosty weather. Frosts are, for one reason or another, quite rare today.
All sea buckthorn oils are very valuable oils. Therefore, they should be used in the simplest possible products. Complex formulas with excipients can interfere with oil absorption. These products are simple to make. They also best bring out the great properties of sea buckthorn oil.
Serum from sea buckthorn oil
Oil serums are easy and quick to prepare by yourself. In the serum, the wonderful properties of sea buckthorn oil are at their best. Sea buckthorn oil should be used specifically for oil serums.
Sea buckthorn oil is rich in omega-7 fatty acids aka palmitoleic acid. Palmitoleic acid is a very rare fatty acid that occurs only very small amounts in some oils. The exception, however, is sea buckthorn oil. Sea buckthorn oil can contain up to 30% palmitoleic acid. Palmitoleic acid protects the skin from moisture loss. It is well absorbed into the surface layers of the skin, giving the skin a very smooth feel. Therefore, sea buckthorn oil is especially suitable for winter use, when the skin suffers from drying.
I have chosen safflower oil as a base oil to this serum. Safflower oil really has a lot of skin-cherishing properties. Due to its high linoleic acid content, safflower oil is quickly absorbed into the skin. It does not leave a greasy feel on skin. Safflower oil is suitable for most skin types. It also does not clog skin pores.
You can also use your own herbal oils for oil serums. Instructions for making herbal oils can be found here. I myself used the dandelion oil I extracted for this oil serum in the summer. Dandelion is a really good herb to protect and moisturize the skin. Marigold oil or plantain oil are also very suitable to mix with sea buckthorn oil.
I like to use jojoba oil in serums. Jojoba oil has very small molecule size. It is able to penetrate very deep into the skin. Jojoba oil has been used in the pharmaceutical industry as a carrier to deliver drugs through the skin.
Sea buckthorn oil
Sea buckthorn oil is an integral part of this oil serum. Please check that your sea buckthorn oil is made from sea buckthorn berries without seeds. This makes the omega-7 fatty acid content high enough. You can read more about sea buckthorn oil here.
Moisturizing, caring oil serum from sea buckthorn oil
You need the following ingredients for sea buckthorn oil serum:
- 10 ml of safflower oil or the herbal oil of your own
- 2 ml of sea buckthorn oil
- 2 ml of jojoba oil
- 1 evening primrose oil capsule
- 2 drops of essential oils (optional)
- 20 ml pipette bottle
Do like this:
- Measure all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Thoroughly mix the oils into a smooth mixture. If you wish, you can add essential oils to the product. The aroma of sea buckthorn oil is very pleasant, fresh and strong enough, so there is usually no need to use a fragrance supplement.
- Then pour the prepared oil serum into a sterilized (alcohol) pipette bottle.
- As safflower oil is very rich in easily oxidizable linoleic acid, always store the oil serum in the refrigerator.
- Sea buckthorn oil serum lasts only 3-4 months. Linoleic acid oils are so easily oxidized. However, the serum lasts longer than the dry winter season when stored in the refrigerator.
How do you use sea buckthorn oil serum?
Apply a couple of drops of sea buckthorn oil serum in the evening to cleansed, still slightly moist skin. Gently pat the serum on the skin. If you did not use essential oils, you can also apply the serum to the skin around the eyes. Alternatively, you can also mix a drop of oil serum with your night cream.
Sea buckthorn oil has a strong orange colour. The skin also turns slightly yellowish for a while. However, the colour fades pretty quickly and the skin turns a bright and clear.
Sun coloured, yellow outdoor cream
Sea buckthorn oil brings a beautiful yellow colour to this fluffy cream. The cream does not contain any fragrances. The fresh, orange-like scent of sea buckthorn is enough.
Sea buckthorn oil is a particularly protective oil. That’s why it’s suitable for outdoor creams. Palmitoleic acid and palmitic acid are absorbed into the outer layers of the skin, providing effective moisture protection. Sea buckthorn oil carotenoids are beneficial when the skin is exposed to UV rays. However, carotenoids are not the actual sunscreen.
This cream is waterless. Anhydrous creams do not freeze on the surface of the skin in the same way as emulsion lotions.
I chose shea butter for this product because it is suitable for most skin types. Shea butter does not clog pores as easily as other face creams. You can read more about shea butter here
Rice bran oil
Rice bran oil is a mild, colourless and odourless oil that is suitable for almost everyone. You can read more about rice bran oil here. You can replace rice bran oil with sunflower oil, avocado oil or safflower oil.
Calendula is a real miracle in skin care. It is a caring herb that also gives a great colour as well as a mild scent to cosmetic products. Calendula oil can be made by yourself. You can find instructions for making oil extracts here.
If you wish, you can add a teaspoon of arrowroot powder to the cream in case the cream feels too greasy. You can replace the arrowroot powder with potato flour, rice starch or corn flour. Please bear in mind that do not add too much flour/starch in the cream. They are not absorbed into the skin. Excess use of them leaves nasty lumps on the skin which drop off after the cream has dried.
Winter cream for outdoor use; ingredients
For winter outdoor cream, you need the following ingredients
- 50 gr of shea butter
- 50 g of ready-made calendula oil or rice bran oil or other highly absorbable oil
- 2.5 to 4 ml of sea buckthorn oil
- 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder (optional)
Do like this:
- Combine all ingredients in a steel bowl.
- Place the steel bowl in the water bath until the shea butter has melted.
- Allow the mixture to stay at 80 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes to ensure shelf life
- Whisk the mixture until it cools down
- Pack the cream in a clean, sterilized glass jar and label (ingredients and date)
- Anhydrous, whisked cream will be preserved at room temperature without any preservatives for about 3-4 months.
Use only a very small amount of sea buckthorn outdoor cream at a time. The cream is very full-bodied and requires some time to absorb properly. However, it does not clog the pores but is absorbed into the skin, forming a protective layer on the skin.
First apply the cream to your palms and then pat it evenly on the face and neck area. Allow the cream to absorb for about 30 minutes before going out.
Vegetable butter easily clogs the drain. When washing the dishes you used to make the cream, wipe them first with paper towel to remove all grease before putting them in the dishwasher.
Did you try the recipes? Please tell me what you think!
Sea buckthorn oil is one of the special oils in cosmetics. You will find genuine, highly appreciated, domestic sea buckthorn oil in the finest natural cosmetic creams and serums. Sea buckthorn oil is a very effective and caring product. That’s why I dedicate this blog post to sea buckthorn oil. While researching sea buckthorn oil, I came across surprising things. If you are planning to get sea buckthorn oil, this article is just for you. You’ll probably want to hear more about sea buckthorn and the oil made from sea buckthorn seeds and berries.
Sea buckthorn do flourish on the coast
The sea buckthorn is a thorny shrub with grey leaves that flourish wild on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is a provincial plant of Satakunta province in Finland. If you think your products should be organic and natural, then the sea buckthorn is very suitable for you.
The sea buckthorn shrub has been protected until 2006. Due to the great popularity of sea buckthorn, it has been cultivated. All sea buckthorn products for sale are made from cultivated sea buckthorn berries.
The sea buckthorn has adapted to the barren and salty environment. Bacteria of the genus Frankia live in the roots of the sea buckthorn. Bacteria fixes nitrogen from the air and thus helps the sea buckthorn to grow in poor soils. Sea buckthorn shrubs do get plenty of sunlight and reflections from the sea. Above all, light is vital for the sea buckthorn’s success. It does not flourish in the shade of forests. With the help of light, the small, Orange berries of the sea buckthorn do ripe, resembling mini-oranges in many ways.
Sea buckthorn can be utilized in many ways
Sea buckthorn is cultivated especially because of its healthy berries. Oil is squeezed from the seeds. Sea buckthorn leaves are also very antioxidant. They are rich in a variety of amino acids (building blocks of proteins) as well as fatty acids, trace elements and minerals. Sea buckthorn leaves are usually utilized as infucion that is ingested internally.
Sea buckthorn berries are a real health bomb
The small, juicy berries of the sea buckthorn are sheltered by long, sharp spikes. Picking sea buckthorn berries from a thorn bush is not an easy task. That is one reason for the high price of sea buckthorn.
Sea buckthorn is rich in vitamin C; up to 360 mg / 100 gr. and vitamins E and K. The orange colour of sea buckthorn berries indicates the carotenoids they contain. In addition, sea buckthorn berries contain a variety of polyphenols, amino acids, sugars, minerals, and plant sterols.
Sea buckthorn is a very sour berry. Its acidity comes from malic acid. Sea buckthorn also contains quinic acid, which has an astringent effect.
The fatty acids in sea buckthorn berry oil have been found to relieve the symptoms of people with dry eyes. Sea buckthorn berry oil must then be consumed internally. The research was conducted at the University of Turku in 2011 (Petra Larmo).
Sea buckthorn juice is a pretty expensive product. However, the most valuable part of the berry is the oil made from the fruit flesh and seeds. This story is specifically about that precious oil.
Sea buckthorn oil is made in two ways
Sea buckthorn oil is made from both fruit flesh and seeds. Sea buckthorn seeds contain 7-11% oil. The oil content of the fruit flesh is 1.5-3%.
- The oil made of the flesh is dark orange in colour. Its composition is thick. The oil becomes liquid at room temperature. In the fridge it thickens clearly and does not want to come out of the bottle.
- The oil made of seeds is light orange and clear in colour. It does not solidify in the refrigerator.
- Many sea buckthorn oils contain, in addition to seed oil, some oil made from fruit flesh.
Sea buckthorn oils contain valuable fatty acids
Sea buckthorn oil is an example of an oil that can be a completely different product depending on what part of the plant it is made from. Fruit flesh oil differs greatly from seed oil in terms of fatty acids.
- The oil in the flesh of the fruit contains a lot of unsaturated fatty acids as well as carotenoids.
- Seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Both oils are rich in tocopherols, tocotrienols and plant sterols.
There is also sea buckthorn oil available that is done by using both fruit flesh and seeds. The fatty acid composition of such an oil is much wider.
Sea buckthorn seed oil is rich in linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid
These fatty acids make sea buckthorn seed oil well absorbed one, so-called dry oil. Sea buckthorn seed oil is really well absorbed into the skin. This oil is well suited for a wide range of uses and most skin types.
Due to the high alpha-linolenic acid content, sea buckthorn seed oil dries the skin when used excessively. High linoleic acid as well as alpha-linolenic acid content also means poor shelf life. Sea buckthorn oil made from seeds should always be stored in the refrigerator. So it is better buy in capsules. You don’t need very many drops of sea buckthorn oil for your product. A couple of capsules is just enough for a dose of cream or serum.
Below is the fatty acid composition of sea buckthorn seed oil. The fatty acid composition is indicative. The composition of fatty acids is greatly influenced by the place of growth, the weather conditions and cultivar.
- Linoleic acid 37-44%
- Alpha-linolenic acid 27-31%
- Oleic acid 18-22%
- Palmitic acid 7%
- Stearic acid 2.5-3%
Benefits of sea buckthorn seed oil for the skin
Thus, the following benefits of sea buckthorn oil for the skin only apply to sea buckthorn seed oil. Some oil may also contain oil from fruit flesh. The oil is pressed from the mash left over from the juice production.
- The linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid contained in sea buckthorn seed oil are oils that are well absorbed into the skin. They do not leave a greasy feeling on the surface of the skin. Therefore, sea buckthorn seed oil is suitable for oily skin and light day creams
- The linoleic acid in sea buckthorn seed oil is very suitable for skin care. Linoleic acid does not clog the pores. The best skin care oils are high in linoleic acid.
- Sea buckthorn seed oil contains a lot of important antioxidants and nutrients for the skin.
- Alpha-linolenic acid has been discovered to reduce the signs of skin aging. With age, our ability to utilize alpha-linolenic acid in food decreases.
How do I use sea buckthorn seed oil?
Use sea buckthorn seed oil for creams under makeup as it is easily absorbed and does not leave a greasy feeling. Sea buckthorn seed oil is also one of my favourites for eye care products. As a thin and easily absorbed oil, it does not cause swelling of the skin around the eyes.
Due to its high antioxidant content and trace elements, sea buckthorn seed oil is a particularly caring product. Therefore, it is well suited for nourishing serums. In addition, add a little sea buckthorn seed oil to anti-ageing products.
Sea buckthorn berry oil is rich in omega-7 fatty acids
I don’t know any other oil that contains as large amounts of omega-7 fatty acids as sea buckthorn berry oil. Omega-7 fatty acids make sea buckthorn berry oil a special caring skin oil.
Sea buckthorn oil squeezed from sea buckthorn berries is used both internally and externally because of the omega-7 fatty acid it contains. This fatty acid is called palmitoleic acid (16: 1). There is palmitoleic acid also in animal products as well as in some plant products such as macadamia nuts. Palmitoleic acid is also moderately abundant in breast milk. Palmitoleic acid is chemically very close to sapienic acid, which is a human fatty acid.
Oil made from sea buckthorn without seeds will be better preserved than seed oil. It contains only a small amount of easily oxidizable fatty acids.
The following fatty acid composition of sea buckthorn berry oil is indicative. The composition of fatty acids is greatly influenced by the place of growth, weather conditions and cultivar.
- Palmitic acid 33-43%
- Palmitoleic acid 32-41%
- Stearic acid 1-2%
- Oleic acid 1-6%
- Eicosanoid acid 5-7%
- Linoleic acid 7-12%
- Alpha-linolenic acid 1-2%
Benefits of sea buckthorn berry oil for the skin
Sea buckthorn berry oil is a skin care product that is very difficult to replace. Omega-7 fatty acid, palmitoleic acid, is a substance that is especially useful for the skin and mucous membranes. Palmitoleic acid is particularly abundant in oil extracted from sea buckthorn berries.
- Sea buckthorn berry oil has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions. It has alleviated burns, for example.
- Sea buckthorn berry oil is suitable for aging skin thanks to its antioxidants
- Sea buckthorn berry oil brings moisture and elasticity to the skin
- The palmitoleic acid contained in sea buckthorn oil is a substance that protects the skin. Palmitoleic acid strengthens the epidermis and protects it from moisture loss.
- Sea buckthorn berry oil is rich in ingredients that work to soothe the skin. Sea buckthorn oil reduces redness and swelling of the skin.
- Sea buckthorn berry oil is recommended when treating rosacea, eczema and acne. There is no medical evidence for the effect of sea buckthorn berry oil. However, many people have found it helpful with skin problems.
How do I use sea buckthorn berry oil?
Sea buckthorn berry oil is especially suitable for protective products such as night creams, outdoor products and lip products. Using sea buckthorn berry oil will significantly increase the palmitic and palmitoleic acid content of the product. While sea buckthorn berry oil is a valuable product, you just need very little of it.
Sea buckthorn berry oil can be added to the oil infusion of the product along with other oils. It can be safely heated up to 80 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes to improve shelf life.
Sea buckthorn oil squeezed from the whole berry
If the oil is made squeezing the whole berry, also using the seeds, the fatty acid composition changes again. You now have significantly more different fatty acids at your disposal. Sea buckthorn is often utilized as juice. Oil is squeezed from a mash containing a little fruit flesh and seeds. The fatty acid composition of such an oil cannot be accurately said. However, it resembles sea buckthorn seed oil more than sea buckthorn berry oil.
Sea buckthorn oil made from whole berries is easily oxidizable, as it is rich in easily oxidizable fatty acids. That’s why it’s better to buy in capsules.
Here is an indicative fatty acid composition of sea buckthorn oil made from the whole berry with seeds.
- Palmitic acid 33%
- Palmitoleic acid 30-37%
- Stearic acid 1-2%
- Oleic acid 2-6%
- Eicosanoid acid 3-6%
- Linoleic acid 18-20%
- Alpha-linolenic acid 1-2%
All three sea buckthorn oils are worth a try
Now that you know a little more about sea buckthorn oils you can choose the product you like. When buying, check with the seller whether the oil is sea buckthorn berry oil or sea buckthorn seed oil. If the seller does not know it is better not to buy it at all and find another supplier. Differences in these oils are big.
When purchasing sea buckthorn oils, it is worth considering the shelf life of the oil. Domestic sea buckthorn oil (from berry and seeds) often contains a lot of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. These are really easily oxidized. So, get your products in the smallest possible lots. Personally, I prefer sea buckthorn oil capsules.
Dark orange and thick sea buckthorn berry oil survive much better. It is full of carotenoids and skin-gentle fatty acids. Sea buckthorn berry oil is the right choice for winter protective products.
The dry and strong spring wind treats the skin badly. Lips suffer especially from the dry spring wind. The outermost skin on the lips is very thin and sensitive. It is very difficult to protect the lips from the harsh outside air properly. Therefore, they need to be cared for with good and properly chosen cosmetics. In this post, we are dealing with lips and products suitable for lips. You will learn the basic principles of choosing a good lip balm and other information about lip care.
Why do my lips get chapped?
You have probably often wondered the cause of your lip problem. even if you add lip balm and try to protect your lips, the situation gets worse day by day. On windy, ugly days, many carry several lip balms with them. The lip balm business is doing well. Has anyone ever calculated how much money people spend on lip balm alone? Still, it feels like none of them helps. Why on earth are your lips then getting chapped?
The skin of the lips is particularly sensitive
The skin on the lips is considerably thinner than the rest of the body. The skin on the lips is as thin as the skin around the eyes. We have learned how to take special care of the skin around the eyes. The same should happen with the lips.
Thin skin dries quickly.
It loses moisture, hardens and cracks. Proper and sufficiently effective lip protection keeps the lips soft even in strong winds. Just adding some grease on your lips is usually not enough if you already suffer from chapped lips. Your lips need moisture and protection. You can’t get them from the same lipstick.
In addition to the wind, many other factors dry the lips
There is usually more than one reason for chapped lips. Wind alone is not the only thing that gets your lips in bad shape.
- Too dry inside air dries lips as effective as harsh weather
- Matte lipsticks are really drying. Most of all lipsticks have the same effect.
- Do not use toothpastes containing SLS if you have problems with dry lips. Most toothpastes contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate).
- Moisturizing and drying of the lips causes a drying reaction. Licking lips is a bad habit.
- Essential oils sometimes dry out the skin. I do not recommend using essential oils to treat chapped lips.
- Never pick at any dried skin from your lips. It hurts your lips and may cause an open wound.
The lips should be moisturized well
If you apply waterless lip balm to already dry lips, the result is not commendable. Grease never moisturizes the skin. To get your skin moisturized, the skin needs fluids as well as moisturizing ingredients. By moisturizing ingredients, I mean products that absorb moisture. One of the most popular and at the same time most effective moisturizing ingredients is sugar. About sugar and its moisturizing effect, I have told here.
Moisturizing lips with sugar
Sugar can be used in lip care products in many different ways. The easiest way is to have a sugar scrub. Exfoliation removes the dried cell from the lips. This allows moisture to get absorbed deep into the skin. In this lip scrub, we use both honey and regular cane sugar.
Regular fine sugar is suitably coarse and acts as a mechanically peeling ingredient. Sugar also contains natural moisturizing ingredients.
Honey is nourishing and especially moisturizing. Honey binds sugar into a paste, so no other ingredients are needed for this recipe.
- 2 teaspoons of Muscovado sugar or regular fine sugar
- 1 teaspoon of running honey
Do like this
- Mix the honey and sugar until paste. Apply the paste to the lips and also a little to the skin around the lips.
- Leave the paste on the lips for about 15 minutes
- Rub the lips for a while very gently in a circular motion
- Wash the paste off the lips with warm water
Apply a protective cream to the lips immediately after exfoliation and moisturizing
Lips need protection not only from wind and cold but also from dry indoor air. Therefore, you should also protect your lips in the evenings before going to bed. Next, I will introduce you to special protective greases
Shea butter is suitable for both night and day lips. The best quality for lips is the traditional shea butter, not nilotica shea butter. Nilotica Shea does not stay on the lips as well as traditional, hard shea butter.
Beeswax is especially good for protecting lips. It is a wax that bees have made to protect their own larvae. Therefore, it is perhaps the best product to protect lips against cold and biting winds. Beeswax is also antimicrobial and contains small amounts of propolis, an antiseptic, antibacterial substance.
Macadamia oil is very rich in palmitic and palmitoleic acid. They are protective fatty acids that prevent lips from drying out.
Sunflower oil is a moisturizing oil that is rich in linoleic acid. Linoleic acid naturally treats and moisturizes the skin.
For lip balm you need
- 20 grams of shea butter or cocoa butter or a mix of them
- 20 grams of beeswax
- 40 grams of sunflower oil
- 5 grams of macadamia oil
Do like this:
- Put all the ingredients in a double boiler
- Heat the mixture until all the ingredients have melted
- Pour the hot mixture into clean, small jars
- Let it cool down and close the lid after the lip balm has cooled down completely
Always use lip balm when needed and especially when outdoors. It is good to add lip balm to the lips also in the evening before going to bed.
Now when the summer is at its best, my thoughts are also in the summer and I’d like to write only about herbs. Heal-all, (Prunella vulgaris), is a tiny little herb that grows on the edges of the lawn. It is such a small plant that many do not even notice it. Heal-all often thrives nearby of conifers. It is a very modest looking plant. The plant is also odourless and almost tasteless. A little bitterness comes from the tannins contained in the plant. However, heal-all is one of the most useful herbs for skin care. That’s why I’d like to tell you about the amazing properties of the heal-all in caring cosmetics.
Heal-all is an old and respected medicinal plant
Heal-all has been used as a healing herb for hundreds of years. Heal-all is a very common curative herb in Central Europe. Its Latin name is Prunella vulgaris. The word Prunella originally comes from the German language and means throat infection. Heal-all was once used in Germany as a medicine for sore throat. The plant has also been used to treat many other ailments around the world.
In England, the name of the Heal-all is Self-heal. The name suggests that Heal-all has been a healing herb in England as well. Other names include Heal-all, heart-of-the-earth, woundwort.
Wong Lo Kat drink
In China, heal-all is added to a popular herbal tea blend called Wong Lo Kat together with liquorice, chrysanthemum and honeysuckle. In China, Wong Lo Kat is also currently one of the most popular soft drinks. This Heal-all drink has also recently been the subject of furious copyright disputes there. The value of the Wong Lo Kat beverage brand is currently about 280 billion euros. This says a lot about how much the Chinese appreciate this little plant.
Heal-all is a completely non-toxic plant
Heal-all does not contain any toxic substances. It is basically completely edible. However, the culinary popularity of Heal-all is not great as the whole plant tastes like wood. However, you can use the flowers of Heal-all, for example, in a salad as a decoration.
The importance of Heal-all on the skin
Heal-all is especially rich in skin-protecting and soothing ingredients. Even if your skin doesn’t have any actual problem that requires a treatment, Heal-all protects and soothes your skin from the stresses caused by the environment.
Heal-all contains a significant selection of nature’s best chemicals
The effectiveness of Heal-all is based on the plant chemicals it contains. The small, modest plant has an enormous amount of wonderful ingredients. These ingredients work together to heal, care for and protect your skin.
- betulinic acid; In 1995, betulinic acid was reported to be a melanoma inhibitor
- D-camphor: relieves itching, reduces inflammation, etc.
- D-fenchone; terpene with antimicrobial effects
- cyanidin; an antioxidant that protects the skin from oxidative stress
- Hyperoside; a chemical found also in St. John’s wort (Hypericum) that has a calming effect
- Manganese; an important trace element for humans
- Lauric acid; fatty acid
- oleanolic acid; a triterpenoid with a skin-protecting, antimicrobial effect
- rosemary acid; antimicrobial properties (preservative in cosmetics)
- Myristic acid; fatty acid
- Rutin; A bioflavonoid that strengthens and protects the skin
- Linoleic acid; fatty acid
- ursolic acid; commonly used in anti-aging creams to stimulate collagen production
- Beta-sitosterol; plant sterol equal to cholesterol present on the skin. Moisturizing and caring effect
- lupeol; an anti-inflammatory agent used extensively in medicine
- Tannins; astringents, have a calming effect on the skin
- Vitamins K and C; Heal-all are rich in vitamin C, which is good for the skin, as well as vitamin K.
Heal-all and sunlight
During hot summer days, the skin is easily exposed to excessive sunlight. Heal-all protect the skin thanks to their numerous plant chemicals.
However, Heal-all do not provide the skin with real UV protection. Plant chemicals in Heal-all do not block sunlight from reaching the skin. However, skin cells exposed to the sun benefit from the effects of these plant chemicals. Therefore, it is worth adding Heal-all to skin care products on hot summer days.
Heal-all soothes the skin
Heal-all has a protective and soothing effect on the skin. Its numerous herbal chemicals have a soothing effect on the skin and eliminate inflammation. Therefore, Heal-all is particularly suitable for treating irritated skin. The tannins in Heal-all shrink pores and brighten the skin.
How should Heal-all be used in home made cosmetics?
The best way to obtain the active ingredients of heal-all is to prepare an oil extract using dried flowers. Only dry the freshly blown flowers of the Heal-all. Heal-all is a wonderful plant that you can take advantage of along the summer until the fall comes. Namely, the Heal-all always makes two new flowers to replace the one you just picked up. So start collecting Heal-all flowers now.
How to dry Heal-all flowers?
You can dry the flowers by using a plant dryer or oven. The flowers are quite dry. You can also pre-dry the flowers in a dark but dry and warm place.
Heal-all flowers can also be dried on a towel protected from light. Depending on the moisture level, they dry relatively quickly. Personally, I prefer this rather effortless way of collecting and drying flowers. You can add new flowers to dry whenever they pop out.
When there are enough dried flowers, you can make an oil extract. Do not use them all. Leave the rest of dried flowers to wait for winter and the moment when you want to make fresh herbal oil.
Instructions for making herbal oil can be found here; Here’s how to make herbal infused oil
Heal-all suits well for many products
I have used Heal-all in products intended to protect my skin from the sun. Heal-all treat sun-sensitized skin.
Oil serums made from Heal-all are convenient to use. Remember that you should not use any other products when applying the actual UV protection. They may affect the effectiveness of UV protection. Therefore, use heal-all oil serum at different times. Heal-all serum is suitable to be applied immediately after the sunbathing, for example, as it also soothes the skin.
Heal-all can be used to make skin soothing emulsion creams. Such creams can be helpful when the skin is particularly stressed. I do not recommend using lotions or creams containing Heal-all on daily basis because it is rich in herbal chemicals. It is suitable for efficient creams designed to control the situation on the skin. For example, a week’s treatment of Heal-all cream can make wonders on irritated skin.
What are your favourite herbal skin care products?
Rose oil is very popular in skin care as such. However, rose oil can be used as an ingredient in home cosmetics. This time I made a cream using rose oil. This cream can be applied to the whole body. It’s neither too oily nor too heavy so it’s perfect for summer.
I’ve often wondered how I could prepare an ointment that does not make my skin feel unpleasantly oily. Of course, we can avoid the problem by choosing the best absorbent skin oil. However, we have to wait some time before the skin has absorbed enough oil. Rose oil-based cream does not have this problem. It is instantly absorbed and leaves the surface of the skin soft and dry, like velvet.
What are the ingredients of the whole-body Rose Oil cream?
The secret of my rose oil-based cream lies in the xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a safe cosmetic ingredient. If you’ve ever read any negative stuff about xanthan gum, it is always related to food. Xanthan gum is used as a food additive in candy, confectionery, salad dressings and in many other foodstuffs.
What is xanthan gum?
Xanthan gum (E415), the INCI name for XANTHAN GUM, is made from sugar by bacteria. The product is dried and ground to a white powder. I don’t know the manufacturing process exactly, but it doesn’t sound a very dangerous ingredient in cosmetics. Xanthan gum gives the cream an extra texture and viscosity. Xanthan gum is used as a thickener along with an emulsifier.
What does xanthan gum do in the product?
Xanthan gum is not only a thickener but also a moisturizer. Because xanthan gum’s molecule size is big, it stays as a protective layer on the skin. Such a protective layer retains moisture in the skin. That’s why xanthan gum is an absolutely essential ingredient in this cream.
Xanthan gum also absorbs moisture itself. This is why the surface of the skin feels wonderfully peachy. Xanthan gum provides a good foundation for makeup. It gives the skin a matte finish on which is easy to apply directly makeup or even powder.
Xanthan gum gives the cream a gel-like structure.
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol such as glycerol. The purpose of Sorbitol in this product is to provide additional moisturizing features. Sorbitol also thickens creams.
Rose oil is a semi-finished product for cosmetics. I have prepared it using how-to make herbal oil instructions. I used rice bran oil and dried rose buds for extraction. The extraction was completed in about 4 weeks. If you don’t have rose oil right now, you can use some other herbal oil you’ve extracted.
You can read more about roses as cosmetic ingredients here.
Prickly pear oil
Opuntia oil is not necessary. Opuntia oil, or prickly pear oil, is pure luxury. I added this special oil to bring more skin caring fatty acids and antioxidants into the product. Opuntia oil is a very moisturizing oil that is said to be even more effective than argan oil on the skin.
I wanted to get a product that I could also use on my face. Opuntia oil gives this cream an extra absorbency and healing features.
Rose water, aka hydrolate is a product produced by steam distillation. Hydrolates are floral waters that are formed as a by-product of the distillation of essential oils. Essential oils are fat soluble parts of the plant and hydrolates are water soluble parts.
Rose hydrolate should be purchased from a reputable retailer. A cheap product sold under the name Rose Water in Ethnic Stores is not genuine rose hydrolate but synthetically produced fake.
Rose hydrolate not only gives the cream a longer shelf life but also adds a lovely rose scent.
I have used plain boiled tap water in this cream. You can choose between distilled or otherwise filtered water.
However, do not use tap water as such. I recommend you boil the water first as this will improve the shelf life of the cream.
I chose the Olivem 100 emulsifier for this product. It is a very stable and easy to use emulsifier. It is also an ECOCERT certified product. So, your cream will be on the same level than natural cosmetics.
I only made this product for a week’s use and I stored it in a sterilized glass jar in the refrigerator. Therefore, I did not need any preservative. In case you want to use a preservative, I recommend Geograd 221 preservative. It is an ECOCERT and COSMOS certified preservative. Recommended dosage is 0.2-1% by volume of the product. If you make 100ml lotion you only need 0.2-1 ml of Geogard 221 preservative. For such a small amount, I recommend you to get a small douche. It has a scale for such a small amount of liquids.
Spruce sprout glycerite
I have made glycerite from spruce sprout. It became quite strong so this time I used only ½ teaspoon. It was the first time ever I made it. It smells wonderfully pitchy and spring forest. I recommend you to try it. I’ve told about Spruce sprout here.
We can make the cream also without glycerite. You can also use glycerol alone. It is also a sugar alcohol and a very moisturizing ingredient.
How to prepare a protective cream based on rose oil
You need these tools
- 1 clean, sterilized glass jar
- Metal bowl for water bath
- Milk frother to mix the emulsifier
- Spatula (silicone)
You need these ingredients
- 50ml boiled water
- 25ml rose hydrolate
- 20ml rose oil
- 5ml opuntia oil
- 5 grams of Olivem 1000 emulsifiers (two teaspoons)
- A bit of sorbitol powder
- ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum
- A bit of beetroot powder to bring a rosy colour, optional
- ½-1 teaspoon of spruce sprout glycerite, optional
- Preservative (Geograd 221), optional
Do like this:
- Mix water, rose hydrolate, rose oil, opuntia oil and Olivem 1000 in a metal bowl.
- Lift the bowl into the water bath and let the water in the pot heat up gently
- Stir the mixture until Olivem is completely melted
- Remove the bowl from the water bath and mix the xanthan gum, sorbitol and beetroot powder (colour)
- Use the frother to mix thoroughly
- Let the cream stay in the water bath at 75-80 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes. Check the temperature on the thermometer. This step destroys potentially harmful bacteria from the cream.
- After 30 minutes of heat treatment, lift the bowl out of the water bath and blend once more until smooth.
- At this point you can add spruce sprout glycerite and beetroot powder if you wish.
- If you want to add a preservative, let the cream cool down to 40 degrees and then add the preservative drops.
- Once finished, place the cream into a sterilized glass jar.
- Store in a refrigerator.
- The preservative-free cream will last for about 2 weeks, with the preservative for about 2-3 months.
I’m really satisfied with this cream. This cream moisturizes effectively the skin dried by summer. It also provides effective skin protection. The skin feels soft and peachy but at the same time moisturized.
I look forward your response, how this cream suits to your skin. I also want to know how did you like the cream’s composition and feel of your skin. Feedback is always welcome and I really look forward to it. So, please add your comments to the comment section. Thank You!
Is there any other other natural cosmetic ingredients like oats (Avena sativa)? Using oats is now very topical, as it fits in a dry spring in Finland, in the winter your skin as a protective and curative ingredient.
Oats are a discovered now also the rest of the world. It is used today, superior health product all over the world, including in Asia.
There are very many uses of oats in organic cosmetics. It is an incredibly versatile raw material. Oats has very many good features. It is a very gentle and suitable for most people including children and older people.
I’ll tell you how yo use oats in cosmetics and how it works in skin care
Why it’s good to treat your skin with oats and how oats affect the skin?
Did you know that oat was first medicinal plant? Old times in Egypt oat was used successfully in treatments of skin problems.
Oats have been used to treat the skin already 2000 years BC. in ancient Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula
It was already 4000 years ago. At the time it was a natural oat. Today oat is hybrid cultivated in fields. Oats were used not only for the skin beauty and protection of the skin from the sun. Oats were also used to treat skin disorders such as skin itching and eczema. Already 4000 years ago were eczema sufferers, for whom oat was an important medicinal plant.
Oats have been used, externally at the beginning of the 20th century as sun protection as well as skin care. Unfortunately, together with the rise of synthetic cosmetics the good features of oats were forgotten.
Oat is grown all over the world
The biggest producer of oat in the world is European Union. Other major oat producers are Russia and North America. In Finland Oats porridge is popular food, that has been entrusted for centuries.
In Central Europe, new hybrids of oats are grown in Germany but in France there is almost no oats as well as in Spain and in Italy.
Plant breeding has been used to develop new varieties of oats. 100 years ago, oats looked like totally different than new hybrids now. In the old days oat grains were dark brown, almost black. Modern oats are golden yellow, or very light in color. The quality of oats may have changed over the years.
Oat is a superior product
Oat contain herbal extracts and phytochemicals. The active ingredients of oat have been studied very much. The use of oat in skin care has been of interest to researchers and for good reason.
Oat is particularly gentle on the skin
Oat contain fat as well as carbohydrates. Fat of oat is very gentle to skin. Carbohydrates of oat treat skin and smooth out the lines.
Oats protein content is unique. Oat gluten contains special protein. Oat proteins are different than proteins in other grains. Most other grains are rich in gluten, known allergen and the source of the hypersensitivity.
Problems are caused by gluten containing protein
People who are sensitive to gluten can also get symptoms externally when using oat products on skin. Oats may include remains of gluten from wheat, barley or rye if it is grounded in the same mill. If you are sensitive to gluten you can use oat if it is grounded in separately from other cereals. Such oats are sold as “gluten-free oats”. In reality, there is no such thing as “gluten-free oats”. Oat has also gluten but it’s different from gluten than other grains. Also, oat does not contain much gluten.
Oats contains valuable phytochemicals
Oats have been studied around the world because of its very strong health effects. Oats have been found to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
During the extensive research scientists have also found other interesting things. They have found oat ingredients that help particularly soothing the skin and itching. Oats are useful for skin. It can be used both externally and internally.
Oats in skin care works very well. It is designed to promote skin well-being.
Why oats are so good for the skin
Oats have been studied recently because it is so good for the skin. North American researchers have been particularly interested. The antioxidant properties of oats have been extensively studied in the University of Minnesota. Several other universities in the United States have also joined and analyzed the health effects of oats.
Oats has also been studied in Finland but mostly because of cardiovascular disease prevention.
Herbal therapists and folk heelers have always been aware of effects of oats. They know that oats soothe the skin and prevent inflammation. Now there is also scientific evidence to support this old information.
Let’s see, why the use of oat in skin care is so overwhelming.
Oats contain plenty of fats. About 10% of the oats is fat. Only corn is fatter than oats. Fats make oats very gentle on the skin.
Oats contain long-chain carbohydrate called a beta-glucan. Beta-glucan has been popular phytochemical for skin care. It has arrived from Korea. It is incredible that the Koreans have used oats for skin care. In Korea beta-glucan is produced from fungi as well.
- The benefits of beta-glucan for skin care are based on its ability to form a thin film on the skin. The film protects the skin from external effects such as UV light, air pollution and mechanical irritation.
- Beta-glucan keeps the skin moisturized. Skin does not dry easily in wind and dry air. Korean people prefer to use beta-glucan as hyaluronic acid. They consider beta-glucan to be a most effective moisturizer.
- Beta-glucan also inhibits bacteria. The antibacterial property is due to the thin film of beta-glucan.
- Beta-glucans are prebiotic on the skin. Beta-glucan nourishes the natural bacterial strain of skin. The bacterial strain of the skin can be well balanced with beta-glucan.
- Beta-glucan is able to penetrate deep into the skin even though the size of the beta-glucan molecule is large. In this way beta-glucan destroys the small lines of the skin.
- Beta-glucan is expected to lower cholesterol if consumed internally
The particularly high protein content of oats gives us more opportunities to use oats for skin and hair care. Oats have more proteins than any other grain.
Oat gluten contains prolamine protein called avenine. Avenine does not irritate the celiac gut in the same way as wheat gliadin. In addition, the oat avenine content is very low. Therefore, oats can also be used by persons who are sensitive to other grain.
Oats contain a lot of proteins such as globulines and also similar protein than in legume family plants are found. Sensitive individuals can sometimes also have symptoms of hypersensitivity in oats. This you should take into account when selecting ingredients for cosmetics.
Oat contain many plant chemicals that have a positive effect on the skin.
Important compounds in oats are plant sterols, tocopherols, phenolic acids and group of aventhramides. Aventhramides . Researchers have found this compound to find out why oats are so good for the skin.
I want to tell you more about aventhramides (acid amide). It’s a group of alkaloids. Aventhramides has been specifically studied in the United States.
1n 2003, the US Food an Drug Administration (FDA) approved colloidal oat (very fine oat dust) for sun protection. The decision was based on extensive research on aventhramides. It was found to protect the skin from the sun. It is incredible that the ancient Egyptians knew this already 4,000 years ago.
Other skin support properties were also found in aventhramides
It was found to significantly reduce skin irritation and soothe the skin. In the same studies aventhramides contained in oats were also found to have a positive effect on food. Aventhramides reduced inflammation and allergies.
Aventhramides contained in oats were found to eliminate itching in the studies
The effect of the of aventhramides on itching was compared to that of steroids. It already tells a lot about how effective a compound is.
However, it should be remembered that these studies were performed with a strong, up to 80% aventhramide solution. Of course, conventional oat powder is not as effective as cortisol in treating eczema.
Aventhramides is extracted from the kernel of oats. The extracts have been used in skin and hair care products and baby skin care products. Aventhramides have proven to be effective in sunscreen products.
Oats contain a lot of important minerals
- Iron 5mg /100gr
- Calcium 54mg / 100gr
- Magnesium 117mg / 100gr
- Zinc 4mg / 100gr
- Phosphorus 523mg / 100gr
- Potassium 429mg / 100gr
- Sodium 2mg / 100gr
- Manganese 4,9mg 7 100gr
The minerals of oat are very welcome addition to natural skin care. When you make a facial mask made of colloidal oat your skin can enjoy all these minerals.
In addition, oats contain a wide variety of vitamin-B.
How to use oats in cosmetics?
Oats can be used in many different forms as a cosmetic ingredient. Follow the tips below to learn how to take advantage of oats and get all the benefits of oats on your skin.
Colloidal oats or oat dust
Colloidal oat is very versatile product. It’s really oat powder. The difference between colloidal oat compared to ordinary (for baking) oatmeal is huge. The colloidal oat powder is grounded to a very fine dust. I tried plain oatmeal as the treatment of skin. The oatmeal used by bakeries is certainly too rough for the face skin but you can use it for body scrub.
You can use colloidal oat
For face cleansing
As an ingredient of creams and body lotions to give texture
- Ingredient of powder and talk
- As an ingredient of face masks
- Mixed in bath or foot soak
- Treating your baby’s skin
- For scalp treatment, especially for scalp itching
- For treating eczema-sensitive skin (itching), rosacea, shooting acne and other inflammations
Colloidal oat is a top-quality product
You can easily find new uses for it. Because it’s such a mild, harmless product, the whole family can use it.
- If you have any skin problem, you should definitely follow your doctor’s instructions for treating the disease. In fact, I have used colloidal oats eczema when are having a break of using cortisol. Colloidal oats facilitate really much itching.
Are you excited about colloidal oat?
You should definitely get oats in a colloidal, finely grounded form. Ordinary oat flour for baking is not the same thing.
Oat extract is made from green oat sprouts with alcohol.
The oat sprout extract contains very different substances than oat powder. In herbal therapy, oat extract is used for relaxation and tension removal. For the same purpose, you can use oat extract in cosmetics. You can drop it with a few drops to your night cream. It soothes the skin if the skin is irritated.
Oat shoots contain a particularly large amount of alkaloid, called gramine. The same alkaloid is also found in many flowers of oil plants. Also, many pharmaceutical factories use gramine in their creams. It tells you how powerful phytochemical gamine is. Gramine is especially good for soothing the skin.
How to use oat extract
Mix gramine-containing oat extract with your face cream. oats extract is at its best in night cream. it soothes and takes care of tried skin.
I can recommend A.Vogel’s oat extract.
Oats can also be fermented. In my book “The Ingredients of Home Made Cosmetic” I explained in detail how to ferment different cosmetic ingredients. Oats are suitable for this purpose. You can use fermented oats to rinse your face. It is also suitable for rinsing the hair and the whole body after shower.
If you would like to try fermented oats, please visit to the Recipes page.
Oats are prebiotics
Oat is one of the best probiotics. prebiotics are nourishment of good skin bacteria. If you want to relive skin with lactic acid bacteria, also use oat-based products. Oat-based products also treat skin bacteria without added probiotics (lactic acid bacteria).
Healthy skin always has healthy bacteria strain. This way the harmful bacteria do not get into the skin. Oat-based products increase and stabilize the skin’s own bacteria strain.
The fats of oat
Oils in oats contain about half of oleic acid and half of linoleic acid. Beautiful yellow color oil smells cozy in oatmeal. Due to the high contain of oleic acid, oat oil may not be suitable for easily clogged skin.
I could recommend oat oil to the following homemade cosmetics products
- For eczema
- For babies
- For kids
- For dry and sensitive skin
- For older people
For teenagers and young adults, this oil is not the best. Oat oil is suitable for both facial and body skin care.
Oat is a cosmetic ingredient that you shouldn’t forget
Oat should be used in homemade cosmetics. The efficiency of oat in skin care has also been scientifically proven. It is a safe ingredient to which only a few are hypersensitive. If you don’t want to make your own cosmetic products you can buy organic cosmetics containing oats
These home-made lotion bars are very popular. They do not need any cans or bottles to protect them. A nice silk-paper wrap is enough. Ingredients are very simple and there is no need to use any preservatives or emulsifying substance. The lotion bars suit best for cold climate to protect skin and lips. You can protect small children as well using this bar, but you cannot use essential oils.
Basic ingredient is shea butter. There are two types of shea butter. Most common is hard shea butter which has plenty of hard fatty acids. These hard-fatty acids offer very effective protection for skin. There is also another type of shea butter, shea niotica, which is softer and contains oil acids. You can use it as it is for leg treatment but for making these blocks it is not suitable. I have used solid, raw shea butter for this recipe. In case you do not like the odor of raw butter you can use purified as well.
- 80 mg raw shea butter
- 15 – 20 ml cold pressed sunflower oil
- 10 gr beeswax
- Approx. 20 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Mica-colors in case you want toned lotion bars
- Silicone or other molds. You can use paper mold as well, but you must support them well.
How to do:
- Measure all ingredients except essential oils to a double pot or double boiler
- Mix until everything is melted
- Let the mixture cool down a short while and add essential oils and/or mica colors in case you want to use them
- Poor the warm, soft mass to molds and let them cool down and solidify
Use the lotion bars outdoors for skin protection. They are easy to carry with. In room temperature the lotion bars will last usable at least 6 months after cooking; most cases you can use them still after a year.