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Best Eye Cream Ingredients

Best Eye Cream Ingredients

When looking for an eye cream or formulating an eye cream there are ingredients that help with dark circles, reduce puffiness, reduce the appearance of fine lines, firm the skin and add a hydrated effect to the skin around the eye.

The skin by the eye is thin and delicate. An eye cream is developed to be light and smooth in texture and not to tug on the skin when applying the eye cream. A facial cream may work as an eye cream depending on the lightness and the ingredients in the eye cream.

Ingredients to look for in eye creams or to add to your eye cream formulas are ingredients that firm, hydrate, soothe and reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Firming
Caffeine helps to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Look for coffee bean, green coffee and green tea. Pomegranate is astringent, antioxidant and nutrient rich and helps to tighten the skin. Eyebright helps to tighten and soothe. These ingredients will also assist with reducing puffiness and dark circles.

Hydrating
Hydration is key to soft and supple skin by the eyes, look for hyaluronic acid, aloe vera gel and ceramides.

Soothing
Hydrosols soothe the skin and add a beautiful light and non-irritating scent to an eye cream. Try lavender hydrosol, chamomile hydrosol or rose hydrosol.

In my formulation, Revitalizing Eye Cream, some of the key ingredients are caffeine, green tea and pomegranate.

 

joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.

MSM

MSM

MSM also known by MethylSulfonylMethane or DimethylSulfone. MSM is an organic sulfur compound and found in plants, beverages, and food and in the atmosphere in marine areas. MSM is used many applications; one is in skin and body care products.

MSM is well known for use in products for muscle pain and arthritis. MSM gel is a popular product. In skin care products, MSM is used to support collagen, enhance elasticity and tone the skin. MSM is a great addition to a facial moisturizer or cream. MSM are water-soluble crystals and are added to the water phase in cosmetic making.

 

The below Regenerating and Firm Skin Cream with MSM formulation is available in the Professional Natural Skin Care Course.

 

joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet Orange Essential Oil Citrus sinensis
My oranges on my orange tree are turning a deeper orange color and almost ripe. I think it is fascinating how nature gives us everything we need for the season. For over 30 years I’ve watched our oranges grow from an orange blossom into oranges that provide lots of vitamin C to us every fall and winter. This is the time to boost up our immunity to protect us from all the flu bugs and illnesses going around. Eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C are a great way to boost immunity.

Sweet orange essential oil is cold-pressed from the orange peel from the fruit from the Citrus sinensis orange tree.

Family
Rutaceae

Main Components
Monoterpene: limonene
Alcohol: linalool
Esters: geranyl acetate, linalyl acetate

Origin
Italy, Spain, United States

Skin Care
Acne
Cellulite
Mature skin
Oily Skin
Cleansing
Balances Sebum
Regenerative

Hair Care
Most Hair Types
Oily Hair

Aromatherapy Uses
Uplifting
Refreshing
Reviving
Relaxing
Calming
Soothing

Use in Formulations
Essential Oil Blends for most Skin and Hair Care Products
Facial Cleansers
Room Sprays
Children’s Products
Soap

Blending
Top note, light citrus scent
Sweet orange essential oil blends with black pepper bergamot, cedarwood, clary, cinnamon, clove, sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rose, rose otto, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang-ylang

Tips
Sweet orange essential oil oxidizes quickly, purchase in small quantities and use it within six months to one year.

Sweet orange essential oil is yellowish orange to dark orange in color and it will color the formulation depending on the amount used and the formulation.

High amounts sweet orange essential oil in cold process soap can make the soap trace quickly.
Sweet orange essential oil is especially good for children; try it in room sprays.

Sweet orange essential oil is great in room sprays and can be used to purify the air, uplift and calm a mood, bring joy and cheer.

To learn more about aromatherapy take the online class Aromatherapy, Essences and Scent Development is a module in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.

Important
Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care and diluted into plant oil, lotion, cream, balm, salve or body oil before application to the body. Usage rate varies for children, elders and adults and the essential oil.

 

joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.

My Top 3 Favorite Fall Plant Oils

My 3 Favorite Fall Plant Oils - Joan Morais Naturals

Plant Oils

Plants store oils (triglycerides) as their energy source for seeds to germinate. Oils have been used since ancient times. Different cultures have used oils for skin care to promote vibrant healthy skin. Oils are emollients; they soften the skin and hair. Oils provide rich nourishment, regeneration and skin health. Oils add shine, conditioning and form a film on the skin for protection.

Plant Oils also called carrier oils and vegetable oils provide rich nourishment, protection and lubrication to skin. They help to keep skin soft and supple. The most nutritious oils are the least processed; organic, cold pressed and unrefined. These oils have a vibrant color, a stronger odor and many nutrients.

Some oils are not available in cold pressed or unrefined. The shelf life is shorter for unrefined oils. Some oils are deodorized as they have strong odors and ruin the formulation with the strong odor. There are more natural processes now to remove some of the scent and color. The shelf life listed below is for oils with the least processing. Oils that have gone through processing and refinement have a longer shelf life. Ask the supplier where the oil is from, the type of processing and the shelf life of the oil.

 

My Top 3 Favorite Fall Plant Oils

Avocado Oil Persea americana shelf life 1 year
Avocado oil comes from the fruit of the avocado tree. The lightly refined avocado oil is thick, dark green with a light herbal scent. The refined oil is pale yellow with no scent. This rich penetrating and emollient oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E, lecithin and essential fatty acids. It is nourishing, hydrating, soothing, moisturizing, softening and restorative. Emollient
Tips: The lightly refined oil will color your lotion or cream a pale green with a mild green scent. The highly refined oil is pale yellow with no scent.
Usage: Use for most skin types especially sensitive, dry, dehydrated, mature, psoriasis and eczema. Age-defying

Sunflower Oil Helianthus annus shelf life 2-3 years
Sunflower oil is pressed from the seeds of the plant. This oil is wealthy in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, and E and is deeply nourishing and conditioning.
Tips: Sunflower oil is another of my favorites since it is readily available in organic, not overly expensive and the properties are similar to olive oil but it is not as heavy and easily absorbed by the skin.
Usage: Use for most skin types, especially dry, mature and damaged.

Sesame Oil Sesamum indicum shelf life 2 years
Sesame oil is pressed from the seeds of the plant. This beautiful oil has been used since ancient times especially in the practice of Ayurveda. It is high in essential fatty acids and contains vitamins B, E, minerals and proteins. It is nourishing, moisturizing and soothing with natural sun protection. It is surprising how easily the skin absorbs this rich oil. Emollient
Tips: Use in facial products for natural sun protection.
Usage: Use for most skin types especially dry, normal, damaged, eczema and psoriasis. Age-defying

 

joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.

 

 

Alcohol is a Natural Preservative in Cosmetics

Alcohol is a Natural Preservative in Cosmetics

Alcohol is a Natural Preservative in Cosmetics

Alcohol is a Natural Preservative in Cosmetics

Alcohol has been used for a long time as a natural preservative. High proof food-grade alcohol is used in natural cosmetics in the preservative system to preserve cosmetics from creams, lotions, serums, shampoos and hair conditioners.

 

Is Alcohol Drying to the Skin?

Clients, students and customers are always asking me, isn’t alcohol drying to the skin? Pure food-grade alcohol applied directly to the skin is drying on the skin but not when it is combined with nutrient rich ingredients. Synthetic alcohol is confused with food-grade alcohol and performs differently on the skin. Synthetic alcohol also known as isopropyl alcohol is drying to the skin. I have used organic food-grade alcohol for over 10 years to effectively preserve natural cosmetic formulations. In my test groups, they always favored facial creams and moisturizers preserved with alcohol over the facial creams and moisturizers using a different preservative system. The comments were similar stating the product went into their skin quickly with no oil residue and the skin immediately felt soft, moisturized and hydrated.

 

Alcohol is Beneficial to the Skin

Pure food-grade alcohol combined with nutrient rich plant oils, herbs and plant emulsifiers acts as a carrier and delivers these skin beautifying nutrients immediately into the skin. It works as a wonderful delivery system for the natural cosmetic product.

Attention and care is imperative to preserve natural cosmetic formulations with high proof food-grade alcohol. A high proof alcohol must be used. I’ve used organic grain, sugar and grape alcohol. During the manufacturing process it is imperative to prevent evaporation of the alcohol and the container must be one that is minimally exposed to air.

I formulated the Organic Facial Cream and demonstrated how to preserve using alcohol in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.

 

 

 
joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.