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DRY OIL Body Sprays

 

So, what is a dry oil spray?  It's an easily absorbed oil, mixed with cyclomethicone and fragrance. The cyclomethicone makes the oil feel drier and very silky on your skin because it evaporates quickly.  Cyclomethicone is often used in both body and hair products for that silky feel.

 

Cyclomethicone is a clear substance, alcohol-free and odorless.  It was created by Dow-Corning in the early '80s as an alternative emulsifier for personal care products.  Its chemicall structure allows it to be easily spread across the skin without entering the pores or sticking to skin cells, thus leaving the product on the surface of the skin, creating a softer and smoother skin texture.  Because cyclomethicone molecules tend to leave significant amounts of space in between each other they don't prevent active ingredients from entering the skin.

 

Cyclomethicone is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't clog pores or cling to skin.  It is currently being tested for the affect it may have on psoriasis.  It is also thought to have moisturizing properties.  As with any new product, though, always test to make sure there is no sign of irritation before using all over.

 

We use fractionated coconut oil to mix with the cyclomethicone and fragrance because it has a very long, stable shelf life, along with a small amount of organic pomegranate oil which has lots of skin-loving properties.

 

There are numerous fragrances available, including vanilla, green tea, black raspberry vanilla, coconut lime, pineapple, plumeria, jasmine, and many others.  They come in two and four ounce bottles, priced from $10 to $15.

 

Here's what we don't use in our soap!

So, do you really want SLS in your soap?  It will make a great foam, but foam doesn't necessarily mean you're getting clean.  We don't use SLS, not only because of it's harshness to skin, but we really don't think it is needed.

 

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is one of the most irritating cleansing agents used in skin-care products. In fact, it’s considered a standard comparison substance for measuring skin irritancy of other ingredients. Thus in scientific studies, when they want to establish whether or not an ingredient is problematic for skin, they compare its effect to the results of SLS. In amounts of 2% to 5% it can cause allergic or sensitizing reactions in lots of people (Sources: European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2001, pages 416–419; American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, March 2001, pages 28–32).

 

But fear not!  You'll still be clean after bathing with our soap, and your skin will thank you. Regardless of any additives, soap is only meant to clean, and maybe smell good.  It doesn't treat or cure any skin condition despite what many big companies may claim.  It might make your skin feel drier or more moisturized, depending on the oils and butters used, but legally, soap makers can only claim that soap is cleansing and may have some cosmetic properties. Keep this in mind if you come across someone claiming any kind of medical remedies.

 

Here's what we do use!

We hope you'll like our luxurious bath items.  We use organic ingredients and buy locally whenever possible.

 

Our soaps are made from one or more oils, butter, tallow, or lard, lye, water and/or yogurt, coconut milk, or goat milk, with beautiful fragrances.  Some soaps also have additional exfoliating agents such as oatmeal, activated charcoal, or sea salt.  You just can't make soap without lye (which when mixed with water and added to the oils goes through a process known as saponification.)  After saponification no lye remains in the soap.

 

Our bath salts contain sea salt, sodium bicarbonate, glycerin and essential oils. Some bath salts contain magnesium sulfate (and will be labeled accordingly) and are not recommended for those with diabetes or high blood pressure.  

 

We no longer offer bath bombs because we have what we think is a better option.  Foaming bath milk contains many of the same ingredients as a bath bomb or fizzy, plus so many other skin-loving ingredients...shea or cocoa butter, powdered milk, powdered goat milk, powdered buttermilk, calendula petals or other botanicals and wonderful fragrances.  You can use as much or as little as you like, without having to use an entire bath bomb for one bath. 

 

Salt scrubs are made with sea salt, sodium bicarbonate, oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or avocado oil) and essential oils.  

 

Sugar scrubs may be made with white, brown, or raw sugar, oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or avocado oil and essential oils or fragrance oils.  An emulsifier helps the oil bond with the water, making your skin feel super moisturized.  Our sugar scrubs contain only minimal preservatives.  You'll still want to be carefull about keeping water out of the container.  Use a spoon or dry fingers to scoop out the scrub.

 

The body butters are made with organic shea butter or mango butter, virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil, arrowroot, and fragrance or essential oil.  Some of our body butters are also made with tallow from 100% grass-fed cows, making a sinfully luxurious body butter.

 

Our lip balm contains organic virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil infused with calendula, beeswax, and just a drop of fragrance.  Fragrance, such as Buttercreme, will make you think it tastes yummy, but you won't actually taste anything - your brain is tricked into thinking it tastes, when actually it smells a food fragrance.  How effective would a lip balm be if it caused you to constantly be licking your lips?

  

You won't find liquid lotions on here because lotions require using water, which means they must have a preservative to prevent mold and fungus growth.  Natural preservatives may or may not be effective, and we'd rather not use preservatives unless absolutely necessary in our products. While vitamin E will prolong the life of some products, it is not a true preservative.  Most of the oils we use have a long shelf life and will soak into your skin without creating a barrier - which is what happens with petroleum based products.

 

If you have questions about using any of our products, please contact us using the form on the Contact Us page, or email us.

 

 

Salt or Sugar?

 

Both salt and sugar scrubs are effective in removing dead skin cells, but consider the circumstances when using them. Salt is very effective on your feet and gives a lovely glow to your skin when used all over, but it does sting if applied to just-shaved legs. Sugar scrubs won't sting and are generally more gentle.  You can also use sugar scrubs more frequently for this very reason, but you probably shouldn't use any scrub more than two or three times a week.  

 

On the other hand, use body butter when you need extra moisturizing.  In fact, use it daily, if you like!

 

Using Scrubs, Salts, and Bath Milk

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If you've never used a salt or sugar scrub before you are in for a real treat. And if you have, then you know how wonderful your skin feels after using them.  Simply apply a scoop to clean, damp skin and gently massage in a circular motion.  Pay special attention to ankles, knees and toes, hands and elbows.  Massage as gently or vigorously as is comfortable for you. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

 

Our scrubs and salts smell wonderful because of the essential oils and fragrance oils we use.  In fact, they smell downright yummy, but please refrain from eating them!  Also, do not use them on your face since facial skin is so delicate.

 

Our emulsified sugar scrubs do have a small amount of preservative because of the likelihood that water will be  introduced in to them. 

 

Bath milks and bath salts add a wonderful silky feel to your bath.  Simply add them to a tub of warm water just before you step in.

 

Relax and enjoy!

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