This week we are focusing on the little-known, yet mighty powerful Evening Primrose Oil. This pretty little flower grows all over North America, but the oil comes from the seeds of the plant. We utilize this in several products, but it is the star of the show in our Naked Cream Cleanser...and for good reason!
We choose to use evening primrose oil for a few reasons:
1. It is considered one of the best soothers of eczema (and many other skin-related irritations!)
2. It has a high fatty acid content, which is essential for skin health.
3, It is very gentle and can be used directly as a moisturizer anywhere on the body.
4. It boosts blood circulation, so is especially helpful for tired skin and eyes.
It's the #1 ingredient in our cream cleanser for all of these reasons...because our cleanser also doubles as moisturizer and a make-up remover. So using a super-safe, gentle, light oil is pretty important.
You can nab our Naked Cream Cleanser from our online store or in our brick and mortar location in beautiful Downtown Fort Wayne, IN.
Coconut Oil. Yes, we've blogged about it before, but we simply can't get enough of it. It is SO good for your skin. Plus, the coconut oil we use, Dignity, is good for your soul.
First, let's talk about Dignity Coconut Oil. First of all, it is the highest quality coconut oil we have ever tried (and, trust us, we've tried a LOT). It is raw. It is organic. And, best of all, they help employ women who have been saved from sex trafficking. This company is amazing. You can find out more about them here: http://www.dignitycoconuts.com
And, just in case you don't believe us, here is an excerpt directly from their website:
"Our business was born out of a conviction to help communities overcome cycles of poverty and slavery. Not with a handout, but with a sustainable business that will bring lasting hope and change to communities."
"We make the most pure and delicious virgin coconut oil a jar can hold. We don't heat it. We don't refine it. Our unique raw method gives you every bit of healthy goodness."
SO...let's talk about that "healthy goodness." Why IS coconut oil so good for your skin?
1. Anti-aging properties
2. Combats yeast infections
3. Reduces inflammation
4. Boosts immune system
5. Naturally Cleansing
6. Super moisturizing
We use coconut oil in a lot of our products because it is so healthy and pure. It is mild enough for even the most sensitive skin, while still being moisturizing enough for the toughest of skin. It's amazing. And we love it.
You can find it in all of these products (plus more that you'll find in our store)!
Lips. We love them. We especially love to keep them healthy. That's why we paired our moisturizing lip balm with healing herb blends for an ultimate lip experience. Let's outline the differences:
Heaven: This lip balm is made with a scarlet rooibos tea. Rooibos teas are naturally full of calcium and manganese, both really excellent for teeth (and lets face it, your lips are really close to your teeth). It also contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc, both of which are excellent for your skin. We named it "Heaven" because it glides on so smoothly, has a faint berry essence and makes lips silky soft.
Peppermint Rose: First of all, let me point out that we raise our own mint AND roses. We dry them and then infuse them into our lip balm. Why this combo? Well peppermint is naturally cooling, which makes this an excellent choice if you have chronic chapped lips (especially in the winter). Rose draws blood to the surface of the skin, which creates faster healing. This is the perfect cold-weather lip balm (and doubling as a cuticle balm makes this a favorite!)
Chai: Well, lets be honest, chai is delicious. Beyond that, chai is naturally anti-inflammatory and is full of anti-oxidants. This is a perfect choice to keep your lips healthy and soft, and even better if you're post sunburn or a super chapped episode.
Zen Shuay (not pictured): Made with green tea, this lip balm is full of caffeine. Caffeine increases circulation, which promotes healing and prevents dry skin. It also helps to clear acne (it helps prevent the production of sebum), so it's also a good choice if you have breakouts (because a zit on the edge of the lip is super-ouchy).
These aren't just your typical lip balms. They are super balms. All of them double as a cuticle balm, and I even use it on my elbows or knuckles in really dry weather. It's amazing. We sell it in two sizes: A tube for $5 or a tin for $8.
And if you're not convinced you need to keep those lips moisturized, check out this article from She Knows with some excellent reasons why: http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1013495/benefits-of-hydrated-lips