Every now and again we like to stop and examine one of our products and share why we decided to formulate the product in the first place, and what ingredients make it special. Today we examine the Tranquility Dry Body Oil, one of our body products that is wonderfully moisturizing for dry skin. Read on to learn how this product was imagined, and what is a “dry body oil”, and how it can help you with your dry skin this winter.
First of all, what is a “dry body oil”? When we choose which of the many wonderful organic oils we are going to create a new skin care product with, we need to ask ourselves what criteria each oil has. Some oils have a greasy or “wet” feel to them, like olive oil, for example. Olive oil has many moisturizing qualities, but it does not absorb quickly and has a heavier and greasier feel. There are many times when we want such oil as this, for example, a hot olive oil hair treatment is a great way to enjoy the benefits of olive oil. When you have applied the oil and wrapped a towel around it, you let it sit for a while and then shampoo it out of your hair. You would never dream of applying olive oil to your hair and then going out to dinner. The result would be very greasy, and you might look like you hadn’t washed your hair in a week! A “dry oil” is directly the opposite: A dry oil is lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin; the oil is perfect for your post-shower skincare routine.
The idea of adding a dry body oil to our line came from a trip to a lovely spa in Mexico that I enjoy. After a relaxing day at the spa, I looked over the products that were available for purchase in the spa store. They had a few beautiful body oils there, which I almost bought: until I looked at the ingredients! The body oils were full of fragrance oils, which I am allergic to, as well as canola oil! Canola oil is perhaps the cheapest and most over-processed oils on the market. It is almost empty of any benefits to the skin and has a process in it involving bleach, which can be harmful to the skin.
I loved the idea of body oil for skincare, because I could imagine how it might be light and absorbed into the skin after a bath or shower, but I was disgusted by the quality of ingredients, the synthetic fragrances, and cheap oils, plus it was over $100 for the bottle!! My mind had already begun to think of how I could create something similar with essential oils and organic carrier oils that would contain the natural, unbleached fatty acids and other benefits. Which oils would I choose? The oils would have to be carefully chosen to be “dry” and quickly absorbed so that I could get dressed quickly and not have to wait. I was currently using a coconut oil based body butter that took almost 15 minutes to absorb, so I was excited about the oil idea.
The first oil that came to mind was organic macadamia nut oil. I have written about the benefits of using macadamia nut oil before. Macadamia nuts are almost a miracle nut, because they contain the highest levels of the very best fatty acids, including palmitoleic acid, my favorite for helping delay premature skin aging. Macadamia nut oil contains almost 23% of this in its fatty acid profile.
As our skin ages and is depleted of its moisture and elasticity, our skin tightens and can become prone to sagging and the formation of wrinkles. Palmitoleic acid actually reverses the appearance of this in the skin and is also perfect for most skin types, even those that are very sensitive. It also contains Oleic acid which is anti-inflammatory, as well as linoleic acid which is helpful in restoring the skin’s barrier to the environment. The mixture of all of these fatty acids moisturizes skin deeply, protect the skin from the environment, and keep skin supple and smooth. I was beginning to develop crepey skin with wrinkles on my neck and chest, and I thought this would be the perfect carrier oil to begin the formulation of our oil blend.
What is a Carrier Oil?
Essential oils alone are volatile and begin to dissipate as soon as they are applied, and most essential oils are very concentrated and are not safe to be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. Carrier oils also help slow the rate of evaporation of the oils.
The second and third oils which came up in my mind were organic apricot oil and evening primrose oil. Both of these are also perfect oils for aging skin. They are light, quickly absorbed, and may also work in delaying the appearance and formation of wrinkles.
Evening primrose is one of my favorite anti-aging oils. Even though it sounds like a rose, primrose actually comes from a small, yellow wildflower found in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia. It has been used globally for centuries because it is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Primrose has a high Omega-6 fatty acid profile and has been used historically for skin with eczema or psoriasis. Although we are a cosmetic company and are not using it for its historical use in treating illness, we are very excited about the dry after feel, yet rich soothing qualities to the skin.
Another oil that we chose to use may be a little confusing to some people: sesame oil. When most people imagine sesame oil, they imagine quite a strong smelling oil used in Asian cooking. I use it quite often in the kitchen and was very excited a few years ago when I learned about the other uses for this rich oil. Not only is sesame oil antibacterial, anti-fungal and rich in antioxidants, but that same linoleic acid is also very gentle on the skin. Rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, and copper, it feeds the skin and promotes softness.
Coming up with just the right amounts of these organic oils for skincare was the tricky part. In the end, we used a small amount of olive squalane, which is a lovely, balanced olive oil which gives elasticity and helps perfect the blend’s overall texture. We added soy-free tocopherol, or vitamin E, which is not only an antioxidant helping with free radicals from the environment, but it also gives suppleness to the skin. Studies have shown the benefit of vitamin E in helping reduce the appearance of scars, and it softens the skin, too — naturally, we had to include vitamin E!
Once we had the feel of the oil just about right, we completed it with our Tranquility essential oil blend, which is the perfect balance of neroli, one of the most expensive and sought-after essential oils in the world. Neroli restores a feeling of well-being and balance to our senses. When we combined its very light citrus scent with sandalwood and lavender, we knew we had a winner. The overall effect is an aromatherapy treatment which relaxes our minds and gives a sense of peace and calm.
I personally love when a good idea comes together!. My goal was to come up with a higher quality oil base using organic dry body oils, add the very highest quality essential oils, and bring a much more reasonable price point to this high-quality spa body oil. I feel that we succeeded, and I hope that you have the opportunity to treat your mind and body to the relaxation of this body oil after your next bath or shower. Remember, a little goes a long way!!
Enjoy, and bye for now!
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