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Dragon’s Blood Beauty Balm by Plant-Based Formulator Joan Morais

Dragon's Blood Beauty Balm developed by Cosmetic Formulator Joan Morais

Dragon’s Blood Beauty Balm ~ Awaken The Female Dragon by Plant-Based Formulator Joan Morais

I developed this “Dragon’s Blood Beauty Balm ~ Awaken The Female Dragon”, first from the inspiration from the magical Dragon Blood Tree and second because of the traditional medicinal and skin care uses. I immediately fell under the spell of this mystic tree when I discovered the dragon’s blood tree on an island of the Azores Islands. I saw the dragon tree for the first time on the Island of Pico. I was instantly mesmerized and captivated by the dragon’s blood tree.

Plant-Based Cosmetic Formulator Joan Morais and the Dragon’s Blood Tree – Become a Plant-Based Cosmetic Formulator

Dragon’s Blood Tree
The dragon’s blood tree is also called the dragon tree and drago, Dracaena draco. The tree’s resin looks like blood because it is transparent and vibrant red. The name Dracaena comes from the Greek word ‘dracaena’ and means Female Dragon. The resin has been used as a dye and for medicinal purposes and in medicinal products for centuries. This subtropical tree is native to the Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde and western Morocco and brought to the Azores. The dragon tree is known to live a very long time. The oldest tree is possibly be 400 – 1000 years old. It is hard to determine the age since dracaenas are monocotyledons and don’t have rings to count the years.

Dragon’s Blood Tree Medicinal Uses
According to Dragon’s blood: Botany, chemistry and therapeutic uses  dragon’s blood resin has been traditionally used as a “haemostatic, antidiarrhetic, antiulcer, antimicrobial, antiviral, wound healing, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant………and for skin disorders such as eczema.”

Become A Plant-Based Cosmetic Formulator
As a plant-based cosmetic formulator I thrive in nature. Nature inspires and enlightens me with its wisdom, healing powers, vibrancy, radiance and rainbow of plant colors into my plant-based formulations. This Dragon’s Blood Beauty Balm ~ Awaken The Female Dragon is unique to me and brands me as a plant-based formulator. In my Natural Professional Skin Care and Hair Care Product Making Courses, I share so many formulations that can easily be customized and a new creation like my Dragon’s Blood Beauty Balm can be developed into a one-of-a-kind whole beauty product by you. You can become a Plant-Based Cosmetic Formulator! Being a plant-based cosmetic formulator and instructor brings me such fulfillment and joy. My biggest passion is to share this with my students and assist my students to be successful and to soar.

Dragon’s Blood Tree on the Island of Pico, Azores – Joan Morais

The Mystic and Magical Dragon Tree ~ Female Dragon

Learn the power and the energy
The language of the craters the signs
Of the dragon tree and its magic alchemy
Or the writing of stone and metals
-Manuel Alegre (Portuguese Poet)

Dragon’s Blood Tree on the Island of Pico, Azores – Joan Morais

Aprender os poderes e a energia
A língua das crateras os sinais
Do dragoeiro e sua magíca
alquimia
Ou a escrita da pedra e dos metais
-Manuel Alegre

Vegan Cosmetics – Plant-Based Cosmetics

 Vegan Cosmetics - Plant-Based Cosmetics

Vegan Cosmetics also known as Plant-Based Cosmetics
I think cosmetics should include on the label a symbol stating they contain animal products. Consumers should know what is in their cosmetics. Many cosmetics contain pig oil, cow skin, hoofs, etc. For a list of common animal-based products read this post. The consumer should know if an ingredient is made from the by product of the slaughter of an animal and if that product contains ingredients from an animal. Three labels/logos I would like to see stamped on cosmetics with an industry standard logo are vegan, vegetarian and animal.

Vegan/Plant-Based
Vegan products contain no ingredient from any animal or processed with animal products. This includes honey, beeswax and white sugar produced through animal bone char. Many ingredients from animal flesh are contained in vegan products because of lack of education.

Vegetarian
Vegetarian products may include milk, whey, casein, eggs, honey, beeswax, secretions from the civet cat, lanolin from sheep wool and musk oil from musk deer. Many animal by-product ingredients from the slaughter of animals are contained in vegetarian products because of lack of education.

Animal
Animal-based products are from animals that are killed in order to use the ingredient or used as a by-product. These include tallow (oil from the fat of the cow and pig), emu oil, gelatin, stearic acid (animal derived) and fish scales. Many cosmetics contain animal products especially pig oil and it is not disclosed on the ingredient list. Other ingredients are colorants in make-up from crushed female beetles, gelatin from cow’s skin, tendons, ligaments and bones, keratin and collagen from animals’ horns, hooves, feathers and hair and animal derived hyaluronic acid from the rooster’s comb.

At Joan Morais Naturals we are in the process to clearly state if a formulation is vegan/plant-based or vegetarian. We are transitioning the formulas to vegan containing no animal products, only plant-based.

What are your thoughts? Is it important to you for cosmetic products to be labeled vegan, vegetarian or animal-based?

joan moraisJoan 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.