Sep 152015
 

What is Cocoa Butter? Cocoa butter (Theobroma Cacao) is produced by fermentation of whole cocoa beans, which are then roasted and separated from their hulls. Cocoa butter has a pleasant chocolade-ish aroma, and has yellowish to brownish color. Make sure you buy unrefined cocoa butter, as only an unrefined one still contains all the beneficial compounds. Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants, which, along with great benefits for the skin, make this butter a very stable one, preventing the butter to go rancid. It is also very rich in fatty acids. It contains stearic acid (up to 64%), capric acid (up to 35%), oleic acid (up to 38%) and palmitoleic acid (up to 40%). It also contains myristic, linoleic and […]

Cocoa Butter
Feb 202014
 

What are fatty acids? Fatty acids are important components of lipids (fat-soluble components of living cells) in plants, animals, and microorganisms. Fatty acids used to be designated as vitamin F, however later research showed they are better classified as fats rather than vitamins. There are saturated fatty acids (caprylic acid, capric acid, lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid) and unsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid, linolenic acid/alpha-Linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitoleic acid). Both saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids are found in many carrier oils/vegetable oils and body butters. How are fatty acids obtained? Fatty acids are usually derived from triglycerides (esters, derived from glycerol and three fatty acid) or phospholipids (a class of lipids that are a […]

Feb 102014
 

What are body butters? Body butters are solid or semi-solid in their consistency ingredients. They are produced via extraction of various parts of the plants: seeds, trees and roots. Body butters have been used for centuries, all over the world, due to their nourishing properties. They are widely used in cosmetic products, as well as in culinary. Extraction of body butters Body butters are extracted from various parts of the plants, usually by crushing and boiling the parts in water. The extracted body butters then rise to the surface, where they are scooped and left to cool off. No chemicals may be added to the body butters (in order to remain natural). They are best when they remain raw, unrefined. […]

Body Butters
Feb 062014
 

What are carrier oils/vegetable oils? Carrier oils/vegetable are lipids (naturally occurring molecules such as fats, waxes and Vitamins A, D, E and K) derived from plants. They are chemically composed of triglycerides (an ester, derived from three fatty acids and glycerol). Carrier oils/vegetable oils are derived from various parts of plants; mainly and mostly from seeds, but also from nuts, kernels and flesh. They are lipids (naturally occurring molecules such as fats, waxes and Vitamins A, D, E and K) derived from plants. They are chemically composed of triglycerides (an ester, derived from three fatty acids and glycerol). Carrier oils/vegetable oils are derived from various parts of plants; mainly and mostly from seeds, but also from nuts, kernels and flesh. […]

Carrier Oils /Vegetable oils
Feb 042014
 

What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is a practice of using natural oils, extracted from various parts of plants: bark, flowers, leaves, roots, stems. These natural oils, whether essential oils, carrier oils, absolutes, hydrolates, are then, alone or in various combinations with each other, used as enhancers of both psychological and physical well being. Natural oils are used in skin care products, body care products (massage), fragrance and products used in our homes (diffusers, air-sprays, …). Essential Oils in Aromatherapy By far, the most used natural oils in aromatherapy are essential oils. Extracted, usually via steam distillation, from various parts of plants, they have been in use for thousands of years. Essential oils are used in skin care products due to their […]

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