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.
For the love of lavender.
Today we are going to dive into Babassu Oil. It's a lesser-known oil, yet one of our favorites. It comes primarily from Brazil and is a species of palm tree (NOTE: this is NOT palm oil. We do not use palm oil and never will).
The Babassu palm tree fruits are harvested from August to November (so right now!) by the local and native women of Brazil called the “Babassu breakers.” The fruits that have naturally fallen from the tree are gathered and broken open using an axe (hence, the name "Babassu breakers"). They get the meat or flesh of these fruits and cold-press them until they get a clear light yellow vegetable oil from them.
While it isn't as well known here in America, Brazillians have used Babassu oil for generations in cooking and as a cleansing agent. We use it because it's also an amazing aid for dry, itchy skin. It is gentle enough to use on eczema, even for children and babies. Bonus: it doesn't leave a greasy after-feel.
It's even excellent for hair (Keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming hair products!). It's natural super-oiliness conditions and restores hair's natural elasticity and health, so it is wonderful in conditioners and styling creams.
The Babassu oil that we use in our products are certified as both Kosher and Vegan. You can find it featured in our Whipped Body Butters, a product that was specifically designed to be free of water (therefore no added preservatives!). It is excellent for even the most sensitive of skin as it provides moisture without build-up (and the dreaded stinging that comes with having sensitive skin!)
This week we focus on honey! We could very easily go and get honey from any store and use that. But what's the fun there? Using local honey is so much better for so many reasons!
This past spring I had the privilege of picking up FIVE GALLONS of honey to use in our products. Right now we only have a couple that use honey (the baby bath fizzies and a clay mask we make for private label), but it's good to know that we have it on hand for any special orders or future products we may carry.
So why honey? Well, it's amazing for the skin. We use it in the baby bath fizzies because honey has natural antibacterial properties, plus it's super mild. Using local honey introduces the added benefit of building up immunities to local allergens as well. It's a win-win.
We get our honey from Carol and Mike Miller, who are located just outside of Fort Wayne. They have hives all over the countryside and dedicated their time to education about honey bees, conservation and healthy practices. You can read more about their efforts here:
When I went to pick up my bucket of honey, Mike was kind enough to show me some of the new hives that had just arrived. I was there in the spring, so these were new queens brought up from the south to replenish hives that had lost a queen over the winter. It was fascinating to see how they were transported, cared for, and (eventually) taken to their new hive, surrounded by Indiana fields and flowers. (Have I mentioned I love this job?)
I managed to snap a couple of bee pics. Enjoy!
When we have product photography done, it's just as important to us to feature the products as it is to feature the ingredients we use. Having strong ingredients means we have strong products, so it is of the highest priority to choose wisely.
This Wednesday we are taking a look at one of our most used and most favorite ingredients: Shea Butter. For those of you who are label readers, you may find this listed as Butyrospermum Parkii. I know, it sounds crazy, but it's just Shea Butter.
So why is it one of our favorites? For starters, this butter helps to naturally re-balance the pH of your skin. It does this by protected the skin's natural oils, allowing the body to create it's own moisture, naturally. Shea Butter is simply a nice little boost to what the body does best.
In addition, Shea Butter helps to reduce inflammation. This means that if you have a skin condition, or simply oily or dry patches, shea butter will help to even out and even repair some of that damage. It's excellent for soothing eczema and, in some cases, psoriasis. Keep in mind: Shea Butter is NOT a cure and doesn't heal. However, it does aid and soothe skin.
We use Shea Butter in a LOT of our products, including:
Whipped Sugar Scrubs
Whipped Body Butters
Naked Cream Cleanser
Kinda almost everything. That's how much we love it.
So where do we get it? Well, it comes from Ghana. It is certified Vegan and Kosher. In addition, the company is a member of the Global Shea Alliance. This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that works to promote "industry sustainability, quality practices and standars, and demand for shea in food and cosmetics."
I highly encourage you to learn more about the GSA at their website: www.globalshea.com
And, of course, if you have any other questions about Shea Butter, how we use it or what it can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact us!
We say quite frequently that we get as many of our ingredients as locally sourced as possible. So isn't it about time YOU, our super-awesome customers, learn exactly what that means? Yeah, we thought so, too.
Meet Farmer Greg, owner at Tratebas Farm Produce!
Clearly, he doesn't really enjoy having his picture taken. What he does enjoy is farming with his grandkids (he has more than a bushel of those!). He mostly grows produce for his road side stand as well as local farm auctions. For us, though, he raises loofahs. We also get our lard and tallow for our soaps from his farm....all hand-rendered, might I add.
Mostly, he farms by himself, but he also has plenty of little hands to help when the pickin' gets good. Here...enjoy some baby animal pictures!
This is a farm where animals are free-range, kids climb hay bales, and crops are growing all around. The farm is located in Chesterton, IN. You can check out their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Tratebas-Road-Farm-Produce
We couldn't be prouder to support small farms with our small business and it's you, Awesome Customers, who make shopping small have a really big impact.
So, thanks! From us and from Farmer Greg!