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:
Aromatherapy advocates suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
Lime: Lime Essential Oil has many benefits. It supports a healthy immune system, and may aid in mental clarity and reducing stress. It is very uplifting to the body and mind. Very light and improves concentration, and May aid in mental clarity.
Bergamot: The benefits of bergamot include easing stress due to it's calming and centering scent. It has traditionally been used for oily and troubled skin. Bergamot essential oil is what gives Earl Grey Tea its fantastic and unique flavor! Its sweet and fruity aroma is uplifting and relaxing. Because this oil opens the heart chakra and is uplifting to the mind, which eases stress and tension in mind, body and soul.
Lemon: The Benefits of Lemon includes cleansing. Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene, and may support cleansing of healthy skin. Diffuse to foster a focused purified and uplifting environment. It is very uplifting to the body and mind. Very light and improves focus.
grapefruit: Its fresh and citrus aroma is very uplifting to the body and mind. Grapefruit is cleansing to the aura and mental body which helps release confusion and mental chatter. Once this is cleared we can be more receptive to our inner voice and intuitive powers. So ultimately grapefruit helps us restore our own power and claim our own spiritual purpose.
Pine: First investigated by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, pine is soothing for stressed muscles and joints when used in massage. Soothing and balancing, it is physically grounding and relaxing with a strong scent, balsamic, fresh and woody.
White Fir: White Fir Oil is an essential oil that will support you in speaking your truth in family matters when you are afraid to do so. It provides comfort and inner strength. White Fir oil is also soothing for muscles (or joints) that have been overworked or are tired.
Peppermint:Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the most highly regarded herbs, supporting a healthy lifestyle. It's Aromatic scent is fresh and cool, increasing intuitive awareness and promoting clarity .
Basil: Basil Essential Oil is used traditionally to ease muscle discomfort after exercise. It's herbaceous scent restores mental alertness, and may also sharpen your sense of smell. Benefits include mental alertness, soothing muscles after exercise, occasional sleeplessness, and mental stress. It can be mentally stimulating and can help one be clear in mind. Use it to re-energize yourself about a project especially when there is doubt or distrust involved. In this case, it can be particularly uplifting! It has a strong herbaceous scent.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood Essential Oil has an earthy aroma that is soothing and grounding. Cedarwood oil contains the highest amount of sesquiterpenes (They are a hydrocarbon group that is found in essential oils. They affect the limbic system of the brain which may elevate mood and help us relax (overcome stress)). This explains why Cedarwood is relaxing and may help with focus.
Ylang Ylang: Balancing, restorative to emotions and nourishing. Ylang Ylang supports us by releasing negative emotions such as anger, possessiveness or low self-esteem. And fostering positive emotions such as confidence, self love and spiritual awareness to how we can do life in a different way other than what we were taught.
Jasmine: Jasmine shows an increase in the calming neurotransmitter GABA. 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.
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.