Mar 312015
 

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Melaleuca alternifolia Tree Tree Oil is is steam distilled from leaves of the Australian native plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. Its color is pale yellow. The scent is camphor-like, strong, fresh and manly.

Tea Tree leaves have been used for traditional medicinal purposes for thousands of years; indigenous people have been using the plant for treatment of cold, cough and wounds.

Tea Tree Oil contains, among others, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha TerpineolGamma Terpinene, Terpinolene, Terpinenol and Alpha Terpineol. Terpinen-4-ol is the main and major component of the Tea Tree Oil which gives it potent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Why use Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is an inexpensive and widely used essential oil. It has an incredibly potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-viral properties. It can be used as a natural preservative in cosmetic formulations. It’s excellent for oily and acne prone skin, various fungal infections and dandruff among many others.

Tea Tree Oil

21st Century Health Care Tea Tree Oil  //  Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil  //  Tisserand Tea Tree Oil  //  Now Solutions Tea Tree Oil  //  Jason Tea Tree Oil  // Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil  // Out of Africa Tea Tree Oil  //  Primavera Tea Tree Oil  // Tea Tree Therapy Tea Tree Oil  // Nature’s Alchemy Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is one of rare essential oils which can be used alone, undiluted, but! – in a very small amount and not too often on the same spot. As with most other essential oils, it’s still best if you dilute Tea Tree Oil with carrier oils (works great with Olive oil).

Other essential oils, which can be mixed with Tea Tree Oil are, for example, cypress, thyme, rosemary, orange, lavender, mandarin and eucalyptus.

Tea Tree Oil in Beauty Products for Face

1. Aura Cacia soothing oil serum 2. Alva rhassoul active cream 3. Balm Balm tea tree organic face balm 4. Living Nature foundation 5. Balm Balm tea tree organic lip balm 6. Odylique spot on serum 7. Lavera anti-blemish stick 8. Living Nature manuka honey gel 9. Living Nature tinted moisturizer 10. Suki transformative masque 11. Antipodes saviour skin balm 12. MyChelle clear skin serum 13. Odylique purifying facial wash 14. Dr Mercola organic spot treatment 15. Dr Hauschka pure care cover stick 16. Dessert Essence natural tea tree oil facial cleansing pads 17. Suki concentrated clarifying toner 18. MyChelle clear skin clarifying pads 19. Burt’s Bees herbal blemish stick

Uses of Tea Tree Oil?

  • in facial oils, serums and creams, especially blemish treatment and anti-acne ones
  • body lotions
  • deodorants
  • lip balms
  • toners
  • shaving products
  • hair treatments (shampoo, conditioner, mask)
  • body washes and soap
  • nail and cuticle oils
  • oral hygiene (toothpaste and mouth wash)
  • natural anti-repellent

Tea Tree Oil in Beatuy Products for Body

1. Weleda sage deodorant 2. Jason toothpaste 3. Barefoot Botanicals soothing face and body wash 4. Bentley Organic hand wash 5. Nubian Heritage hand cream 6. Dessert Essence toothpaste 7. Dr Bronner’s hand wash 8. Balm Balm organic foot balm 9. Badger Balm mini foot balm 10. Dessert Essence natural refreshing tea tree mouthwash

Tea Tree Oil is recommended for:

  • oily and acne prone skin
  • sunburns, skin rashes, skin infections, cuts, sores
  • psoriasis, eczema
  • itchy scalp, dandruff, lice
  • Athlete’s foot, warts, toenail fungus, ringworm,
  • after shaving skin rashes
  • body massage (muscular pain and sprains due to its anti-inflammatory properties which stimulate blood flow)
  • ear infection and toothache
  • vaginal infection
  • insect bites
  • as an all-purpose house cleaner (mold, disinfection, air fresher, laundry fresher)
  • breathing conditions (asthma, congested sinuses) and cough

 

Tea Tree Oil in Beauty products for Hair

1. Avalon Organics scalp treatment conditioner 2. Faith in Nature tea tree shampoo 3. Weleda balancing shampoo 4. Giovanni tea tree triple treat conditioner 5. Giovanni triple treat invigorating shampoo 6. Green People Organic Homme itch away shampoo 7. Odylique tea tree & herb shampoo 8. Avalon Organics scalp treatment shampoo

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Tea Tree Oil is one of those ingredients I always keep at home. I’ve been using Tea Tree Oil for various purposes for well over a decade now. Whether it’s to treat earache, as an antibacterial ingredient for acne (use Q-tip and apply a small amount of Tea Tree Oil on acne) or as an added ingredient to vinegar and eco home made plum schnaps for house cleaning and disinfection; alternatively, you can also use it mixed with water. Another great way to use Tea Tree Oil is to mix with with green clay and Tea Tree hydrolate for facial mask. The uses of Tea Tree Oil are numerous and I can not recommend it enough!

Please note that essential oils are very toxic to animals.

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What are your favorite uses of Tea Tree Oil and which products containing Tea Tree Oil are your favorite?

 

Photo: Melaleuca alternifolia by Maria Serena via Wikipedia

Mar 272015
 

Hello greenies! The spring is finally here! What have you been up to this week? Have any plans for the weekend? Soaking in the spring sun? Getting some natural beauty shopping done? If so, check the latest offers, discounts and free organic beauty gifts bellow!

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #12

Green People has:

Green People DD Cream Exclusive Discount

– £5 off Age Defy+ SPF15 Tinted Moisturizer (code: NATURE). Valid only through 31.3.2015!
FREE Organic Mandarin Body Wash when you spend £20 (code: MANDARIN)
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– FREE 10-piece sample pack when you spend £40 (code: SCIENCE)
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Happy Weekend!

Mar 242015
 

What is Apricot Kernel Oil?

Apricot Kernel Oil Apricot Kernel Oil is pressed from the kernels of apricot. It can be produced by being cold pressed or by solvent extraction (this alters the chemical compounds of the oil).

Apricot Kernel Oil is known as a finely textured and light oil, with a pale yellow to golden yellow color. Even though it is heavier than, for example, Sweet Almond Oil, it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling and is easily absorbed.
It is rich in fatty acids, especially in linoleic and oleic fatty acids, as well as in Vitamins A, B1, B6, B17 and Vitamin E.

Its shelf life is around 1 year.

Why use Apricot Kernel Oil?

Apricot Kernel Oil is spread and absorbed easily. It is a great emollient and it soothes inflammatory skin. A nourishing oil, it hydrates and softens the skin and it’s great for sensitive and dry skin. Vitamin A promotes skin’s elasticity. It can be used as a hair conditioner and for dry and itchy scalp.
It should not be used by those who have acne prone skin, as it can be comedogenic.

It has anti-inflammatory, ant-aging, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

It can be used for facial skin care or as a massage body oil, alone or with other carrier oils and/or essential oils and butters.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Aura Cacia Apricot Kernel Oil // Life Flo Apricot Kernel Oil // Now Solutions Apricot Kernel Oil  // Nature’s Alchemy Apricot Kernel Oil  // Primavera Apricot Kernel Oil

Uses of Apricot Kernel Oil:

  • as facial oil
  • body massage
  • salt scrubs
  • head massage, hair conditioner

Apricot Kernel Oil in Beauty Products

1. Acure night cream 2. Dr Scheller anti-age day cream 3. Isvara Organics rejuvenating serum and eye treatment 4. Badger Balm beauty balm 5. Santaverde age protect moisturizer 6. John Masters Organics rose & apricot hair milk 7. Ila body lotion 8. Deep Steep dry oil body spritzer 9. Dr Hauschka eye balm 10. Odacite apricot palmarosa serum concentrate 11. Badger Balm antioxidant hair oil 12. John Masters Organics rose & apricot antioxidant day creme 13. Santaverde age protect facial oil 14. Suki nourishing facial oil 15. Fair Squared apricot & olive facial cream 16. Weleda body scrub

Apricot Kernel Oil is recommended for:

  • mature and sensitive skin
  • inflammatory skin
  • for delicate skin around eye area
  • dehydrated skin
  • reducing open wounds and cuts infection

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Do you use Apricot Kernel Oil? Do you use it alone or mix it with other ingredients? Which products containing Apricot Kernel Oil are your favorite?

Mar 202015
 

Hello greenies! Happy Spring! Yay! How are you on this beautiful first day of spring? Have any plans for the weekend? Enjoying the sun? Maybe doing some green beauty shopping? If so, check out the latest offers and discounts we have found for you.

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #11

 

 

♦ Love Lula has:

– 40% off on Madara products
– FREE Sante Lemon Fresh Shower Gel with any order over £40 (code: FRESH)
– FREE Studio 78 Paris mascara when you spend £45 or more on Studio 78 Paris products (code: STUDIO78)
– FREE Trilogy Cream Cleanser with any Trilogy moisturizer (code: LAYER)
– FREE 10-piece sample pack when you spend £40 (code: SCIENCE)
– FREE Inika lip balm with any Inika foundation (code: INIKA)
– FREE Acorelle Youth Protector and Cleansing Oil (worth £38) when you spend £50 or more (code: YOUTH)

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Green People has:

Green People DD Cream Exclusive Discount

– £5 off on Age Defy+ SPF15 Tinted Moisturiser (code: NATURE)
– 20% off on shower gels
– big discount on Pencil Concealer (was £14, now £5) or get it for FREE when you buy Volumising Mascara (our review of mascara)

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FeelUnique has:

– – 5% off of your purchase (code: 11X03X15)
– 10% off when you buy any 2 products (code: XYOLOX)
FREE REN Travel duo when you spend £40 or more on REN products
– and a big, up to 50% off clearance sale (Brands include: A’kin, Absolute Aromas, Antipodes, Aromatherapy Associates, Balm Balm, Barefoot Botanicals, Burt’s Bees, Caudalie, Cowshed, Deep Steep, Dr Hauschka, Elemental Herbology, Essential Care, Green People, Inika, Jane Iredale, John Masters Organics, Jurlique, Lavera, lily Lolo, Living Nature, Madara, Melvita, MyChelle, Nourish, Pacifica, REN, Sukin, The Organic Pharmacy, this works, Trilogy, Weleda)

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Onlynaturals has:

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FREE Inika Kabuki Brush (worth £26) when you spend £35 or more on Inika (code: KABUKI)
FREE Alva Sanddorn Skin Oil when you spend £25 or more on Alva products (code: SKINOIL)
FREE Green People Trial Size products when you spend £20 on Green People
FREE Living Nature Lip Balm when you spend £25 or more on Living Nature products (code: LIVINGLIP)
FREE Madara True Miracle Serum Mini (7ml) when you spend £25 or more on Madara products (code: MASERUM)
FREE Nourish Hand Cream when you buy any two Nourish products (code: NOURISHHAND)
FREE Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser when you buy any two Suki products (code: SUKICLEANSE)
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Happy Weekend!

Mar 182015
 

What is Avocado Oil?

Avocado Avocado oil is one of the few oils which is not derived from the seeds, but rather by pressing dehydrated flesh of the avocado pear. Avocado Oil, while classified as a vegetable oil, is technically a fruit oil.
It is rich in fatty acids such as  linolenic, linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acid as well as omega-3 fatty acids. This very rich oil also contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, C and D and Vitamin E — a great antioxidant. Lycopene and beta-carotene compounds in Avocado Oil reduce the signs of aging and tone the skin.

Avocado oil is one of the most easily absorbed oils and it penetrates deep into the skin tissue. A great emollient, it hydrates skin.

Avocado Oil

Aura Cacia Avocado Oil // Nature’s Alchemy Avocado Oil  // Now Solutions Avocado Oil  // Primavera Avocado Oil

Why use Avocado oil?

Avocado oil contains high levels of sterolins, and for this, it is used in cosmetics to help sun damaged skin and to minimize scars. Sterolins also help reducing age spots and soften the skin.
Along with being able to penetrate deep into the skin tissue, it nourishes and hydrates the skin. It reduces itching and is a great oil to help restore, rejuvenate and regenerate the skin. By increasing collagen in skin it keeps it elasticated and youthful looking.

It can be used for facial skin care or as a massage body oil, alone or with other carrier oils and/or essential oils and butters.

Avocado Oil in Body and Hair Products

1. A’Kin Avocado and Calendula Conditioner 2. Trilogy Aromatic Body Treatment Oil 3. Lavera Color & Shine Intense Treatment 4. Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Shampoo 5. John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner 6. Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream 7. The GrapeSeed Company Vino Lux Hair Oil

Uses of Avocado Oil

  • skin serum
  • body massage
  • bath
  • makeup remover (alone or mixed with olive oil)
  • head massage, deep conditioning, especially for dry hair

Avocado Oil In Face Products

1. Madara Soothing Hydration Superseed Organic Facial Oil 2. Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream 3. Lavera Wild Rose Intensive Care Liposome Cream 4. Green People Neutral Scent Free 24 Cream 5. Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream 6. LadyBug Jane Lip Balm 7. Studio 78 Paris Foundation 8. Suti Nourish Organic Face Oil For Night 9. Essential Care Organic Avocado Replenishing Cream 10. Pai Skincare Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream 11. The GrapeSeed Company Vino Lux Hair Oil 12. Trilogy Eye Contour Cream 13. Hurraw! Lip Balm 14. Jane Iredale Active Light Under Eye Concealer 15. Santaverde Medium Aloe Vera Cream

Avocado Oil is recommended for:

  • mature and aging skin
  • dry skin
  • sensitive skin
  • sun damaged skin
  • itchy and irritated skin
  • skin scars, skin burns, skin wounds
  • eczema, psoriasis
  • scalp massage and hair growth
  • diaper rash

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Do you incorporate carrier oils in your beauty rituals? Do you use Avocado oil? Which are your favorite products containing Avocado oil?