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Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

Written on March 26, 2018 at 7:56 am

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Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter?  Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products.

Nourishing & Anti-Aging

Cupuacu butter is high in antoxidants, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols, a compound found in plants, that has been found to have anti-aging properties and is highly nourishing. Cupuacu butter can be used to treat dry and damaged skin as it encourages new collagen production.…

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All About Flower Essences | Make Your Own Flower Essences

Written on March 22, 2018 at 8:00 am

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All About Flower Essences | Make Your Own Flower Essences

Happy Spring! The arrival of spring brings us increasingly warmer and brighter days and a promise of summer. Spring is a perfect time to plant new seeds (both figuratively and literally), start new projects, and take action! Spring also brings with it a beautiful natural landscape of flowers. In this blog post we will be exploring flower essences- what are they, how to connect with and utilize the power of flowers in your body, hair, and skin care products, and additional resources for making and purchasing flower essences.

Flower Essences

“Food nourishes the body, but flowers heal the soul.

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Comparing Shea Butter: East African and West African Shea Butter

Written on February 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

Comparing Shea Butter: East African and West African Shea Butter

I previously wrote about the benefits and processing of shea butter here and fair trade shea butter here and here.

I use both types of these shea butters in the formulations in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.

 

East African Shea Butter

East African shea butter comes from the eastern side of the African continent, from Northern Uganda and Sudan.

Shea Nilotica shea butter comes from the fruit of the Karite tree, Vitellaria nilotica. It is easily available in organic and unrefined. Shea Nilotica is very soft and creamy.…

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Bamboo in Skin Care and Hair Care Products

Written on February 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Bamboo in Skin Care and Hair Care Products

Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris, is a primitive grass and in the grass family. It is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. The foliage and grass is extracted and used in several types of extracts available for the use in cosmetics.

Bamboo is an incredible and versatile ingredient in skin and hair care formulations. Bamboo is rich in silica. Silica helps to improve the elasticity of the skin. I use bamboo extracts, isoflavones and bamboo bioferments in skin and hair care formulations in the Professional Natural Hair Care and Skin Care Product Making Course.…

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Plant Stem Cells in Skin Care Products

Written on February 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

Plant Stem Cells in Skin Care Products

Human and animal stem cells are the building blocks for cellular repair and regeneration in the person’s or animal’s body. Plant stem cells are also building blocks for repair and regeneration in the plant. Plants are some of the oldest organisms on earth. Plant stem cells used in skin care products help to stimulate collagen and improve skin elasticity.

Plant stem cells are found in the tissue of plants in the undifferentiated cells where growth occurs. These cells assist to keep the plant growing. These cells are able to continually divide. They are self-renewing, regenerative and are the place where the plant’s vitality begins.…

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