Kama Sutra Aromatic Massage Oil - Pleasure Garden @ $24.80
My massage complex:
I've chosen the following botanical oils for their various benefits to skin during massage:
Sunflower: a high linoleic acid oil. It provides a great combionation of slip, glide and grip for massage. It can contain up to 700 mg per kg Vitamin E, 500 mg in the form of the alpha tocopherol and 100 mg in the gamma tocopherol. It contains between 3000 to 4500 ppm phytosterols like sitosterol and campesterol, which help reduce inflammation and itching, and can reduce transepidermal water loss.
Coconut: Ferulic acid and catechins offer great anti-oxidizing properties, as well as anti- inflammatory and anti-itching properties. This is considered an anti- bacterial oil. Lauric acid and ferulic acid contribute to those properties. The polyphenols also help with weather and light damaged skin, and offer softening and moisturizing. Coconut oil has been studied extensively on hair and is shown to penetrate hair strands.
Hazelnut: Contains about 200 to 500 ppm squalene. The tannins will make this oil feel drier than something like sunflower oil. The high levels of Vitamin E make this a good moisturizing and softening oil filled with anti-oxidants. The phytosterols offer anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and anti-dry skin properties.l.
Jojoba: Mimics the Human body's natural Sebum. The tannins offer anti-oxidant and astringent properties. Jojoba penetrates skin through the hair follicles and doesn’t block them, and forms a non-occlusive layer on our skin and hair strands. Softens skin by penetrating it. Contains octacosanol (C28), a fatty alcohol that can soothe very dry skin.
Sesame: Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.
This complex contains the following:
Palmitoleic acid: A building block in our skin that prevents burns, wounds, skin scratches. Most active anti-microbial in human sebum. Treats damaged skin and mucous membranes.
Lauric acid: (Coconut) Considered a “healthier” saturated fat because it is a medium-chain triglyceride. As an MCT, lauric acid is more easily absorbed by the body. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.
Linoleic acid: (Sunflower) Helps to improve skin’s barrier function, helps soothe itchy and dry skin, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and moisture retainer.
Tocopherol: (Vitamin E) sinks into our skin and behaves as an anti-oxidant. It softens skin, and adding it to oils can retard rancidity.
Phytosterols: behave like cortisone, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-itching benefits, as well as soothing dry skin (all oils).
Polpyhenols: have many different benefits, but many will help with anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and anti-oxidizing (all oils).
You can avoid hygral fatigue by applying an oil that is high in saturated fatty acids and/or monounsaturated fatty acids (coconut, jojoba).
Polyunsaturated fats (grapeseed) cannot penetrate through the hair cuticle. They coat the hair fiber and protect it from the outside.
My essential oil complex:
I've chosen the following essential oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Lavender: Some of the most important health benefits of lavender include its ability to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, lower skin irritation, prevent infections, and eliminate dandruff.
Orange: Rich in naturally occurring d-limonene. Promotes feelings of peace.
Cardamom: Cardamom essential oil has traditionally been used internally to alleviate mental fatigue and nervous strain.
Jasmine: Jasmine oil is included in many professionally made blends because of its diversity. From alleviating stress to balancing our emotional wellbeing, jasmine supports us unconditionally.
Mandarin: Mandarin Essential Oil inspires a child-like energy, working to uplift the mood and supporting feelings of wellbeing. Also useful to promote restful sleep.
Lemon: The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, carminative, anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, sleep inducing, and antifungal properties. Lemon oil is a good remedy for increasing the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and rejuvenates sagging or tired-looking skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for reducing excessive oil on the skin. Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic. Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shiny hair. Lemon oil is also used to eliminate dandruff.
Ylang Ylang: Antiseptic; soothes insect bites, various skin conditions
Patchouli: Anti-ifectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic astringent. Fights infections, tones skin, facilitates tissue regeneration; helps with acne, cellulitis, itching. Tightens loose skin.
Sandalwood: Soothing, antiseptic astringent. helps skin regeneration, skin infections, acne.
Vetiver: Vetiver Essential Oil is very grounding and the aroma is very earthy and calming; any may support recovering from trauma. One of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children's behavior.
Squalane: A natural moisturizer, antioxidant and repair ingredient; found in human skin lipid barrier
Ethylhexyl palmitate: Derived from coconut or palm oil; a natural substitute for silicones in body care products. Provides slip during massage.
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, this vitamin is lipid-soluble, which means that it helps in cell-membrane stability. The antioxidant content in Vitamin E protect our cells from the negative effects of free radicals.
Sorbic acid: Preservative.
Citric acid: Ph modifier.
Caprylyl glycol: Preservative.