Wild Naturals body wash @ $34.99
My cleansing complex:
I've chosen the following botanical oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Sunflower: The phytosterols offer anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and barrier repair support. The Vitamin E behaves as an anti-oxidant.
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.
Grapeseed: Film barrier. A light, dry oil with a very short shelf life, grapeseed oil contains tannins and catechins, both of which act as anti- oxidants and anti-inflammatories. The phytosterols also offer anti- inflammatory and anti-itching properties to this oil.
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.
Shea Butter: Very moisturizing, and helps skin cells regenerate quickly. Very well absorbed by the skin. Acts as an anti-inflammatory. Improved moisture retention, increase in flexibility of the skin, and skin damage repair.
This complex contains the following:
Palmitic acid : (Cocoa butter) Forms an occlusive layer on our skin, a skin protectant.
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.
Stearic acid : (Cocoa butter) Improves moisture retention, increase in flexibility of the skin/hair, and skin damage repair.
Oleic acid: (Sunflower, shea) Very moisturizing, and helps skin cells regenerate quickly. Very well absorbed by the skin. Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
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, grapeseed) 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:
Rosemary: The active components in rosemary are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic in nature. The anti-aging properties of rosemary are quite well known. Rosemary can also effect the skin internally or topically, and has been shown to improve the youthful quality of the skin, while also healing blemishes and increasing the natural shine and hydrated appearance of your body’s largest organ. Stimulates hair growth.
Basil: Enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair. Improves the tone of your skin.
Cedarwood: The health benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent and fungicidal substance.
Tea tree: The health benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, and fungicide.
Lavender: Some of the most important health benefits of lavender include its ability to relieve stress, improve mood, promote restful sleep, reduce inflammation, lower skin irritation, prevent infections, eliminate dandruff, and soothe stomach bloating.
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.
Aloe: The health benefits of Aloe Vera are numerous, beginning with improving the digestive system all the way to preserving food; it can result in optimal health in the long run. Aloe Vera strengthens the immune system, delays the aging process, cures dermatitis, alleviates menstrual problems, reduces arthritis pain, heals wounds, cures nausea, eliminates ulcers, lowers blood sugar levels, prevents diabetes, reduces oxidative stress, inhibits cancerous growth, heals the side effects of radiotherapy treatments, promotes hair growth, and soothes acid reflux symptoms.
Glycerin: Humectant. derived from glycerides of natural vegetable lipids that are just like the glycerides in our own lipids.
Sodium cocoyl isethionate: Extremely mild surfactant; derived from Coconut oil.
Cocamidopropyl betaine: Very mild secondary surfactant; derived from Coconut oil.
Emulsifying wax NF: Emulsifier.
Caprylyl capryl glucoside: Very mild secondary surfactant and oil/water solubilizer; derived from glucose from corn starch.
Panthenol: Vitamin B5; Humectant. Improves skin hydratrion, reduces redness and inflammation, increases wonud healing by stimulating skin epitheliazation, improves skin barrier mechanism repair, mitigates itching and soothes irritation.
PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate: Viscosity agent and emulsifier.
PEG-6 Capric/Caprylic glycerides: Derived from coconut oil; irritant mitigator, foam stabilizer, and emollient for surfactant systems.
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.
Glycol distearate: Emollient, emulsifier.
Sorbic acid: Preservative.
Citric acid: Ph modifier.
Caprylyl glycol: Preservative.