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
May 282015
 

What is Grape Seed Oil? Grape Seed Oil is a by-product of wine making, obtained by pressing grape seeds. It can be obtained by cold pressing method or by using a solvent called hexane. Given how problematic hexane is, cold pressing method is therefore the safest one. Another problem, when using such solvents, is that the oil loses its precious and skin-beneficial properties by being stripped of vitamins and minerals. Grape Seed Oil is a non-comedogenic, light and finely textured oil, with light green color and pleasant sweet aroma. It quickly absorbs into the skin, thus not leaving a greasy feeling. It is rich with fatty acids such as stearic, palmitic, oleic and a specially – up to 70% of […]

Grape Seed Oil
Apr 162015
 

What is Orange Essential Oil? Orange Essential Oil is cold-press extracted from the peel of an orange fruit Citrus sinensis, a native plant of China. It also grows in warm Mediterranean climates, such as France, Italy, Spain, California, Florida and Brazil. Orange Essential Oil is of a thin, almost watery consistency, has yellow and orange color, and a bit of a greenish one as well. The scent is that of a citrus, fruity, sweet, uplifting and fresh. Its shelf life is approximately 6 months. Compounds in Orange Essential Oil are Alpha Pinene, Citronellal, Geranial, Sabinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Neral. The main compound is a terpene called Limonene (around 90%).  Limonene gives the orange fruit its recognizable orange citrus scent. […]

Orange Essential Oil
Mar 312015
 

What is Tea Tree Oil? 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 […]

Tea Tree Oil
Mar 242015
 

What is 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 […]

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