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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 13, the wisdom of India
How many creams rich in ingredients we apply on our skin every day, often without reading the INCI, the label that, by law, must contain the substances that make up a cosmetic product. However, it is possible to resort to ancient traditions and realize that, often, in just a few steps and with a few simple ingredients we can create very powerful cosmetics. Today we let us be inspired by the wisdom of Indian women who have always taken care of their beauty with what the earth offers them, herbs, ...
The peppermint, scientific name Mentha piperita of the Lamiaceae family, is an aromatic herb widely used in cooking to give more flavor to salads and vegetables but also to prepare digestive and scented herbal teas. In addition to this, through steam distillation of the mint, a hydrolat, or floral water, is produced with very interesting properties for the well-being of the body and the beauty of the skin and hair. Indeed, mint hydrolat could be considered a real "must" to take with you on vacat...
Witch hazel water
Witch hazel water is obtained from the steam distillation of the aerial parts of the witch hazel, scientific name hamamelis virginiana of the Hamamelidaceae family, a plant native to America and Canada but widely cultivated also in Europe. Witch hazel water, properties - This floral water is an excellent tonic for the face, it is astringent, antiseptic, calming, refreshing, decongestant and anti-inflammatory thanks to the tannins, which are antioxidant substances, and to the essential oils con...
Hazelnut oil, amazing beauty oil
From cold pressing of hazelnuts, the fruits of hazel tree, scientific name Corylus avellana, an oil is extracted with interesting healthy properties and suitable both for cooking, as a dressing, and for cosmetic use. In this post we’ll speak about the use of hazelnut oil as a beauty oil. This oil has a composition similar to that of extra virgin olive oil, contains indeed high quantities of oleic acid, about 75%, linoleic acid, 9%, and smaller quantities of palmitic acid and stearic acid. In com...
Naturally beautiful Part 6, green, white and black tea, the liquid cosmetics
A small leaf fell in a cup of boiling water of the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung that, delighted by the incredible aroma, decided that the new drink was heaven-sent. In this way, according to the legend, green tea was born. Nowadays green tea is one of the most studied and drunk drinks all over the world. Obtained from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, it is rich in polyphenols, that are powerful antioxidants that make it so healthy. The leaves, from which green tea is obtained, aren’t oxidized durin...
Burdock, scientific name Arctium lappa, is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family whose root is used as a powerful natural remedy. The use of burdock as a medicinal plant has a great tradition, in fact already in ancient China this plant was used to treat colds while it even appears in the herbology volume The Compendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen in 1578 during the Ming dynasty. Properties - Science has become very interested in burdock and, as often happens, research has con...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 10, camellia oil
It is said that the women of the Japanese island Ooshima have always a fresh and young skin and wonderful hair. Their secret of beauty? The camellia oil, obtained though cold pressing of the seeds of the plant camellia japonica, called also common camellia, of the Theaceae family. Camellia is very appreciated for its ornamental role thanks to its flowers that bloom between January and March, characterized by an intense color from red to purple and rose. Camellia oil is an amazing product for ski...
Naturally beautiful Part 3, the beauty masks of December
Nourishing and hydrating the skin, protecting and healing it with only natural ingredients, powerful sources of beauty, antioxidants and anti-aging substances that make the skin luminous and toned, this is what we hope to help you do with these posts dedicated to natural cosmetics. The articles about INCI of cosmetics allow us to understand that often the so called beauty products in fact may cause irritations, rashes, acne or wrinkles, and this effect isn’t related to the price of the cosmetic....
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 4, rice water
The skin is our interface with the outside world, it helps us feel consistency and temperature of what is surrounding us and it also protects us. And we must protect it, too. In the posts dedicated to the INCI of cosmetics we are learning that, unfortunately, creams, serums and lotions often contain too many ingredients and not all beneficial. Indeed, some of them are harmful, irritating and sometimes even carcinogenic as the famous formaldehyde, we dedicated a post about the topic last week. Th...
INCI of cosmetics, you know what you are applying on skin Part 2, the silicones
INCI is the list of all the ingredients of a cosmetic products and, by law in several countries in the world, should be reported on the label of the pack of creams, shampoos, serum, lip gloss and conditioners. It is not easy to read the INCI because the names are reported in Latin or English and often are not very clear for non-expert people. But it is really important to learn the substances in a cosmetic, that may be irritating, comedogenic, dangerous or beneficial. In the previous post we hav...
INCI of cosmetics, you know what you are applying on skin Part 1, mineral oils
In order to know what you are applying on skin and hair you have a really powerful tool, INCI, that means International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, and is the detailed list of the ingredients of creams, lotions, shampoos or conditioners that, by law, should be reported on the packs of beauty cosmetics in countries such as UE, United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. INCI is also your best friend in order to be conscious about the substances you are applying on your skin....
Slow Cosmetique, How to treat skin imperfections Part 1, acne and blackheads
Slow Cosmetique is a movement, born in Belgium some years ago, with the aim to focus the attention on the skin, its real needs and the ingredients that we apply on it. In general, the slow cosmetique tries to avoid a lot of useless products and, on the contrary, prefers a few ingredients but really efficient. In previous posts we have seen how to clean the face, to nourish it, how to make the hair silky and glossy and how to tone the muscles of face. Today we will see what to do in case of imper...
Slow Cosmetique, How to hydrate your face skin Part 1, the plant based oils
This is another chapter dedicated to Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium that focuses the attention on the wellbeing of the skin and the ingredients of the cosmetics going beyond the brands of creams, serum and soap that often are very expensive but not really beneficial. On the contrary, some cosmetics may cause irritations, pimples and eczema because they use comedogenic ingredients that aren’t tolerated by skin. Today we will see how to hydrate facial skin, in a safe, cheap and effi...
Slow Cosmetique, How to clean your face Part 2, the clay
As we have already seen in a previous post, the Slow Cosmetique is a movement that focuses the attention on the conscious choice of the products that we apply on the body and that considers very important also the time that we dedicate ourselves. The cleansing of the face is a very important moment that should take place in the morning and in the evening without using aggressive products, however, most of the soaps that can be found on the market are aggressive because they affect the hydrolipid...
Slow Cosmetique, How to clean your face Part 1, Oil cleansing
Slow Cosmetique is a movement born in Belgium thanks to Juliet Kaibeck but its fame is growing very fast with the aim to make people more conscious about the cosmetics that they are using on their body. Knowing the ingredients used in the products in order to avoid those considered dangerous or irritating such as silicones or mineral oils and to prefer those that respect hair and skin, but also appreciating all the body without trying to change it with invasive actions, this is slow cosmetique t...
The hydrolat, or aromatic water, is produced simultaneously with the essential oil. In fact, during the steam distillation process, two products are obtained, one is the essential oil which is fat-soluble, namely it melts in fats and this is why in all indications it is reported to add a few drops of essential oil to the cream or a carrier oil, and the other is the hydrolat, which is instead water-soluble. The essential oil is concentrated and intense and, with some exceptions, cannot be used pu...
Cane sugar, cosmetic use
Do you know that a wonderful and unexpected ally for our beauty comes from sugarcane, or Saccharum officinarum? Yes, because cane sugar can become an ingredient for homemade scrub and now we’ll see the reason. The cane sugar, beyond its sweetener role that will be deepened in a coming post, for external use is antiseptic and exfoliating thanks to the presence of glycolic acid, that goes deeper into skin, helps remove the dead cells that accumulate in the most external layers of skin, stimulates...
Aleppo soap is a plant based soap obtained from the olive oil and a variable amount from 4 to 50% of laurel oil, that is extracted from the berries of the female plant of laurel tree. The more laurel oil the finest the soap. Aleppo soap has an ancient origin, the first archeological references of it date back indeed to 2500 B.C., made for the first time in the city of Aleppo, Syria, nowadays it can be easily found in specialized shops or perfumeries, both in the solid or liquid form. The soap ha...
Jojoba, scientific name Simmondsia chinensis, is a bush native to the desert areas of California and Mexico. From the squeezing of its seeds a wax, that is liquid at room temperature, can be extracted, this is the so called jojoba oil with emollient, antifungal and anti-wrinkle properties. This type of vegetable oil is not used in cooking or as a food, since it is not digestible, but it is instead used in cosmetics, in fact, because of its beneficial properties, it can be applied externally to t...
Sulfur is a chemical element with important beneficial properties. This mineral was already known in ancient times as a method to purify the environments. It is the sulfur that Ulysses, in the Odyssey of Homer, uses to purify the house before he meets Penelope after the massacre of the suitors. Today we know that sulfur has an energetic action since it has a role in converting carbohydrates into energy, but it has also a detoxifying action by promoting the elimination of toxins that accumulate i...
The Gallic Rose, also known as rose of Provins or French rose, is admired for its beauty and color but has also important healing properties. You can collect the petals of the rose, let them dry in a cool place and then store them in a paper bag. In this way you will be able to prepare herbal teas with astringent and tonic properties, helpful in case of diarrhea, dysentery, but also inflammation of the digestive tract, poor digestion, sore throat, cold, cough and bronchitis. For external use the...
Magnesium sulfate heptahydrate is commonly known as Epsom salts, from the English city where these salts were discovered for the first time, Epsom, in the Great Britain. It is a natural mineral that is used to purify the body, eliminate toxins, relieve constipation but also, for external use, to reduce bruising and swelling. You can find the Epsom salts in chemist’s shops, health food stores or online stores. Let's see how to use them. Bath - To reduce edema and water retention but also to rel...
Like the raspberry, also in case of strawberry it is possible to use leaves, roots and fruits thanks to the healthy properties of this plant. Some people are allergic to strawberries with symptoms such as hives, itching, rash, but these effects are often due to the powerful detox property of strawberry. Fruit – Strawberry is rich in vitamin C, A, B1, B2 but also phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium. In addition to this, the fruit (the real fruits are the seeds!) contains also antiox...
The tomato plant belongs to the nightshades family, Solanaceae. The fruit of the plant is very low in calories, rich in water and with mineral salts, such as potassium, that helps the body in case of weakness and cramps, then iron, zinc and phosphorus. Tomato has also vitamins, especially vitamin C and vitamin E, and a very powerful antioxidant: lycopene that, according to many studies, is a protection against cancers and age-related issues. The studies say also that the best way to take lycope...
As herbal tea – Add one teaspoon of rosemary leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink. The obtained herbal tea has a liver detoxifying effect. Steam Facial – Boil water, when water is boiling add a couple of rosemary sprigs. Wait for some seconds then remove from heat. Expose your clean face to steam for about ten minutes. Then, use a wipe with skin tonic. In case of acne and oily and blemish-prone skin . Essential oil - if you breathe the aroma this is...
Peel ½ cucumber and blend it. Add the juice of half a lemon and apply the mix on your face. Use it in case of acne and oily skin....
Ventilated green clay
green clay wrap – three tablespoons of green clay and water until you obtain a dense compound, put it on the part of your body that needs: in case of acne put the compound on your face, wait 15 minutes then wash the face, in case of joint pain put the compound on the joint, cover with a cotton cloth and leave on for a couple of hours, then rinse- NOT for internal use. Drink nr 1 – a teaspoon of ventilated green clay dissolved in a glass water and allow it to stand for a whole night, the nex...
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