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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

It is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family, (the same family that garlic and onions belong to).

It grows in dry climates such as Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries (but yes I grow this in my own garden).

Of course …What is… Aloe Vera Bob!

I say it every time but what an amazing ingredient! I find that meeting an ingredient in depth is a little like meeting someone new for the first time, you learn their name and some basic stuff and then if you get to know them you understand a bit more about how they operate. So let’s look a bit closer and learn some more about Aloe Vera. I’ve found it’s a plant of many talents.

Different parts of the plant are used for different effects on the body and Aloe Vera has both internal and external applications, our focus will be on the external ones of course. The leaves of the Aloe Vera plant secrete a clear gel substance, which is approximately 99% water, when broken off from the rest of the plant it can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin. It contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids - no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies.

Aloe Vera gel contains two hormones: auxin and gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in Aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. This talent would help with acne problems and help to treat sun burn at the epithelial level of the skin. Used after shaving its healing properties can assist with the healing of small cuts. The natural abundance of anti-oxidants like beta carotene, vitamins C & E contained in Aloe Vera can improve the natural firmness of skin; keeping the skin hydrated, improving skin elasticity and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

An excellent ingredient included in hair care Aloe Vera can assist with itchy scalp or scalp dryness and ease the itching associated with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema of scalp. Natural enzymes soothe and moisturise the scalp which helps to eliminate scalp dryness that causes dandruff.

Aloe Vera is really quite an incredible plant. The list of benefits and effects for this miraculous plant are many. Once again Mother Nature has provided us with a multi-talented ingredient that can be used alone or share its awesomeness when combined with others. I include it in many of my recipes because I believe it contributes in a big way to maintaining happy healthy humans.

Olive & Avocado Oils

Olive & Avocado Oils

I am careful what I use on my skin. What you put on the outside goes in, so as a general rule; if you wouldn’t eat it then you shouldn’t put it on your skin.

Some of my favourite things to eat are also some of my favourite ingredients!

Olive Oil

Olives and all of the products we extract from them are another one Mother Nature’s amazing gifts.

As a skin care ingredient it is emollient and conditioning; protecting the skin while at the same time letting it “breathe” and maintain its natural moisture levels. It is known to help neutralise free radicals and repair cell membranes. It is also rich in squalene - a naturally occurring substance found in plants, animals and humans which is often used in cosmetics as a moisturiser and to help regulate sebum. Olive oil also contains chlorophyll which can help to combat the signs of ageing and promote the healing of skin conditions and wounds.

With all of these talents it’s no wonder it’s such a special ingredient!

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil is obtained from the pulp of the Avocado pear.

One of Nature’s true treasures it contains protein, amino acids, omega 3, 6, & 9 and is relatively high in vitamins A, D & E. It is easily absorbed into the skin, where its valuable properties reach even the deepest layer, making it an excellent choice for dry impoverished or aged skin. The sugars found in avocados boost collagen in the skin, which helps to make the skin firm and wrinkle free. It also helps fade out scars and other skin blemishes and is an excellent ingredient to include in formulations to help address skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

Goat's Milk Soap

Goat's Milk Soap

Everybody knows Cleopatra’s beauty secret was bathing in Goat’s Milk. Goat Milk has been used as a healthy, natural part of skincare for centuries... its benefits over chemical laden products are countless making it a superior, natural, healthy choice for you and your most important organ... your skin.

Goat’s Milk is rich in essential fatty acids and triglycerides. These essential fatty acids have a unique PH similar to humans, so it is less irritating and more easily absorbed by our skin. These fatty acids and triglycerides are super moisturising. It's packed with essential vitamins and nutrients... including vitamins A (with its ability to repair damaged tissue and reduce lines and wrinkles), E, C & B as well as amino and citric acids, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc. And this is just the Goat’s Milk part of the soap!

There are 2 different recipe bases; each has a different combination of cold pressed (chemical and preservative free) oils to address different skin types. Each uses FRESH Goat’s Milk.

Avocado, Rice & Shea Based Soaps include ingredients that offer moisturising and nourishment that can penetrate the skin deeply making it an excellent choice for mature aged or dry skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil Based Soaps are particularly nourishing for dry skin. Combined with Castor Oil which works as a humectant and Olive Oil to seal, protect and maintain a natural balance.

Therapeutic Soaps have infused oils (infused with herbs) known to ease skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Ingredients such as Pumpkin Seed and Hemp Seed Oils are used in these soaps making them luxurious for the skin.

You may find one recipe base more suited to your skin than the other; of course I use them all! So if you love the sound of a soap variety that isn’t available in the recipe base you’ve chosen, don’t be daunted; just try it! All my Goats Milk Soaps are natural, chemical and preservative free, gentle and nourishing for your skin no matter which type.