Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Making Safe Products & Why My Sugar Scrubs Don't Cost $6.00



Some portions of this were plagiarized from my earlier Facebook post.



Every once in a while I stalk business on Facebook that make bath and body products or post recipes for them... I don't know why I am surprised at some of the stuff I see in a sugar scrub, or worse, what I don't. I realized that sugar scrub post are used to promote all kinds of pages. Real Estate agents, Coconut manufactures, Spice companies..., The Sugar Scrub is used to promote their pages and keep it relevant in their followers feed. Because after all, it's harmless right?
Three ingredients; Sugar, Baby Oil /Coconut Oil and 10 drops of X oil and a mason jar will get you several thousand shares. Add fresh rose petals/pineapple/ apples or ginger to it and you have a real AMAZEBALLS / "girls wine night" activity winner! Even an apple grower posted a sugar scrub recipe! DIY recipes using food items are a recipe for disaster and not safe beyond a one time use unless you really know what you are doing and use a preservative.




Why My Scrub is 24.00 a Jar




I can not sell my jar of scrub for $3.00-$6.00. I don't put my product in a mason jar with a bow or twine and a flower or in a cellophane bag. Just my PET (Cosmetic Grade) jars cost over a dollar each and the label without my obsessing over it for hours is about .50 cents each not including the ink. 
I don't use just coconut oil as most do, frankly its not all that great in the world of oils and solid butters, and you wont find it in my products. 

I spend hours on my feet creating but even before that starts, hours, days and weeks go into researching and learning about ingredients that I use in my products.  My feet swell from sitting too long, by back aches from standing too long and I put off taking a potty break or even eating.  Before you know it, its nearly dark. Crap, I forgot to take out anything for dinner, and my poor doggie never even got breakfast.  

To top it off,  (As I hear from so many crafters of Bath & Body Products),  The customer takes a look at the jar and says,  "Oh I can make that at home...."  Yeah,  You get right to it princess... But in reality  she will buy Junk from some Bath and Body Store in the mall, or Pay 65.00 for a scrub made with mineral oil and Fragrance. I found one from Sephora for 50.00 and the number one ingredient? Propylene Glycol.  It had poor reviews and many commented on the "Chemical Smell"  But people buy it for that kind of money and never bat a false eyelash.

I am happy with my ingredient deck, and the infusions I create myself to make my products even better.  I am not a Kardashian that can throw money at a Cosmetic Manufacture and say, "Make me something that smells good, that will make me money. 

If I gave you my recipe and you went out and purchased all the ingredients, in the smallest available quantities you would spend no less than 100.00 bucks and I guarantee it would be nothing like mine. We each add our own little bit of love, science and technique into our work that can not be duplicated.

Can you sometime get my scrubs on sale? Sure you can. I sell them 50% off twice a year.  For 1 day only.  But You gotta Be paying Attention!

Just a few of my Ingredients & Cost Include:
Mango Butter 42.00 per pound
Shea Butter 15.00 per Pound
Kukui Nut Oil 88.00 per gallon
Hemp Seed Oil 108.00 per gallon
Pet Jar with Lid, Interior and exterior seal, Label and Ink Approx 1.50 ea.
Essential Oil: 8.50 - 25.00+ per ounce
I spend a lot of time sourcing ingredients,  First Quality, then price. 
Most of my scrubs contain about a dozen ingredients or more. And let us not forget about shipping, because this stuff isn't from Walmart.



Do Ingredients Matter in a Scrub?

Yes ingredients matter!  Each oil or solid butter used provides a specific benefit to the skin. Not all oils are the same, they are very different. I can create a scrub specific for a customers skin type, age or condition. I spend a good deal of time studying ingredients, how they work and benefit each specific skin type, such as acne prone, aging, dry, oily and so on.



Afraid of Preservatives, but what about Staphylococcus aureus? 

Do I preserve my scrubs?  You bet I do! I use some wonderful ingredients like botanical powders, Aloe Vera and water.  These must have a preservative in them! Making sure these ingredients are properly preserved takes some skill and caution. Working out a formula that is effective and luxurious takes a lot of time, trial and error. My scrubs that contain these types of ingredients contain a broad spectrum preservative that protects against mold and bacteria from growing in the beautiful scrub that you just paid me 24.00 for. Not using a preservative in this type of product could cause dermatitis at the least, or in worse case scenarios, blood born infections that could be deadly. Read More Here The amount of preservative required for my products is  0.1 to 0.5% of the total formulation of the liquid phase of my product. 

There are lots of ways to kick out preservatives and unnecessary harmful or synthetic ingredients from your life, but don't compromise your health by skipping out on them in your bath and body products.

If you make a DIY scrub from recipes coming from Pinterest or Crunchy Mommy Blogs I would use caution.  Using food or Botanicals, including Green Tea or Aloe Vera requires a preservative, a Real One.  You can read more on that here.  Using this type of scrub should be a one time use only, then toss it.  It WILL NOT KEEP!  Would you eat a salad that sat in your refrigerator for weeks?  No?  Then why would you rub it all over your body?

The Mommy Blog Trend VS Science




We live in a world where the Crunchy Mommy Blogger has a lot of power and her followers believe that what ever she puts into words is the gospel truth and must be safe because its on the Internet and she has a half a million viewers a day. Now there are some excellent Mommy Blogs so don't get me wrong! But these mommy blog topics move like wild fire and get regurgitated my millions of viewers a day, regardless if they are factual, science based or tested and they frequently use old, outdated science if they provide any at all, or worse quote the EWG.   Make Sure to Click the links in this section about Mommy Blogs!
As the purveyors of these products, the ones that spend the time formulating, reading, learning and experimenting we don't have the time to write blogs that would oppose them. And on the occasion a good article does arise, they do not get widely shared among our peers or customer base.

Your Friends, family and co workers will share a recipe, meme about last weekend,  the latest gossip and what they had for dinner.  They will share the latest "BAD CHEMICAL" just off a headline with out ever doing their own research.  Those will get shared over and over. In our small world of cottage industry purveyors of beautiful things, I guess we will just keep plugging along just because we love it and will cater to the small percentage of the communities that we service out of a passion for the craft.
Bottom Line. Until we make time to educate the public on the benefits of good ingredients, the science behind those "big scary words" and the importance of preservatives, and safe products, we may lose this battle.

In the end,  I hope you chose your products wisely or lift up small business that use safe and ethical business practices to bring you products that we pour our souls into.

Stay Beautiful~


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Big Words on Your Bath Products Are Not Always Scary


You want to go all "natural" and avoid "chemicals".  But what does that really mean?

To you, the consumer it means that you want to be able to pronounce the word.  You want to look it up on EWG and decide if it is ok for you to use or not.  But when you say natural, to those of us in the industry of making bath and body products  that is kind of an empty word.  

The FDA does not have a set standard for "Natural"  Therefore,  I if I chose, I can pick a standard or none at all and slap "ALL NATURAL" on my label.  Or if I chose,  I can align my self with organizations that do have set standards and follow them, or I can even create a set of my own.

The problem with the EWG is, in a nutshell, they really are scaremongers.  And very often, their ratings come without solid science, or they use outdated science.  You can read more about them Here

There is one thing I like my customers to know right off the bat.  Natural is not always safe.  And the safest products are not always natural.  In making my products, I have to find a balance that works for me and you, my customer.  I won't make anything for you, that I will not use myself.

The reason I began making my own bath and body products was due to my own allergies to synthetic fragrance.  And now, here I am.  I have learned more about chemistry,and all of those big words on the back of every bottle than I ever thought I was capable of.  It took me over a year  to finally make a lotion,  Why? Because making lotion is scary, it is a commitment to learning everything you can about that stuff you take for granted and slather on every night after a shower.  And with it comes a very big responsibility to you and ensuring it is safe.

When one decides to make lotion or any product containing water, the first fantasy they have to get over is making an "all natural"  or "preservative free" lotion.  It stings a little bit when you first hit those boards on making cosmetics and the veterans hand you your cute little fantasy sliced and diced right back to you and why it is not possible.

There are many ingredients that are naturally derived from plant or animal material.  The problem is that many times they do not perform well.  They may not be silky feeling or go on smoothly, They may not rinse off well, or foam, or separate. Lip balms may melt, be too soft or not last long.  And more importantly the products that have water will not have a proper broad spectrum preservative in them, will have a very short shelf life and must be refrigerated.

So here is where we are going to talk about some of those big words. And you can find more info on ALL the big words Here

Cetearyl Alcohol and Ethoxylated Sorbitan Ester.

Both of these ingredients when combined are a single product called emulsifying wax.  A.vegetable based Emulsifying wax is sourced from naturally occurring fats and esters,  Without an emulsifier, most lotions would separate.  This is the ingredient that blends water and oils together and keeps them that way. In addition it provides consistency and texture. 

Propylene Glycol , Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

These ingredients combined are a broad spectrum  preservative.   With out this, in a few hours the product would begin growing many different types of yeast and mold.  For a while you may think that your product is just fine because it looks ok.  But in reality,  nasty little microbes and bacteria are there and you would be putting it on your skin, or your baby, until one day you notice, it doesn't smell right or there is a little yellowish or green spot,  maybe it's a black spot before you realize, your lotion has gone bad.  In the mean time, you had an unexplained rash. In a worse case scenario,  an un- properly preserved lotion or cream (or anything containing water) could cause a blood infection that could make you very sick or even cause death.




The amount of a good preservative is 0.01% - 0.05% of the total recipe.  For the batch sizes I make, are merely milligrams.  

Regardless of where you buy your products you should always ask if there is a broad spectrum preservative.  Things that are not preservatives are.  Any Essential Oil,  Grapefruit Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Alcohol, Coconut Oil,  Lemon Juice, Citric Acid..., this list could go on and on.  But keep this in mind.  If there were solid all natural based preservatives available, the large commercial brands would be taking advantage of that.  But there isn't, and those big national brands can not afford for you to sue them.

The problem with national brands is they are over preserved.  Not so much to protect you, but them selves.  Their products are shipped all over the world sit on boats and trains, trucks and in hot warehouses for months before they make it to you,  Under those conditions, the product has to last. Then when it comes to you, it has to last through your purse, the diaper bag, in your car or desk drawer, wet and or dirty hands and your humid bathroom.  How many times have you taken off a lid and stuck your finger in to try to get the last bit out... every day for a week?  Same with your makeup foundation, which really, is nothing more than a lotion.
Cottage industry products are typically made in small batches or to order and not often in more than 8 ounce bottles. So we are able to use the right amount of preservative giving you a safe reliable product. I cringe each time I see a mommy blog or pintrest pin that makes a product that uses a food item or water.  It just is not worth it.  I charge you good money for the products I make and I use great ingredients.  I want you to be happy, but most of all I want the product to be safe for you and your family.

What is not in your cottage brand body product is far more dangerous most often, than what is.
It is time to start saying YES to properly preserved products.

Stay Beautiful!



Monday, May 18, 2015

Essential Oil Salesman Josh Axe Posing as Dr.of Functional Medicine?


So today I decided to spend a little time in school.  Today that meant watching a very long presentation from the annual National Association for Holistic Therapy on Essential oils.  It was fascinating and well worth my time.  When it was over,  another video popped up for my viewing pleasure.  It was how to make an anti aging serum. So naturally this interested me. It was a well branded video, very professional By Dr.Josh  Axe.

So I watched... sigh... I watched as he laid out the ingredients.  The first was Jojoba Oil.  I can not explain to you how he shredded the pronunciation of this word.  Which was the first red flag. He went on through the rest of the ingredients.  Vitamin E oil,  Pomegranate Oil,  Frankincense and Lavender Essential Oil. By the time he reached the last ingredient I had already googled his name and found his "pedigree" which you can read Here  He is a chiropractor and he has a certificate in nutrition. But he claims to be a Dr.of  Functional Medicine, However, I have not been able to find where he has studied Functional Medicine and it is not on his resume.

 I have come to understand this form of medicine over the past month as I have been doing a lot of reading and then came across a youtube channel and website by Dr. Justin at Just In Health.  The difference is,  Dr. Justin States clearly that he is a Chiropractic Dr, His list of accomplishments are quiet long.  It is very clear in watching him that he is very well versed in functional endocrinology, auto immune disease and how to find the root cause of these issues. He studied under Dr Datis Kharrazian  DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS  who is considered one of the leading experts in non-pharmaceutical applications to chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, and complex neurological disorders. - You can Read More about him Here and Here And find Dr. Justin Marchegiani's resume Here

Dr Axe also sells DoTerra Essential Oils. It appears that he is using his popularity to pitch oils but he does it undercover.  I have discovered lately this is the newest MO of both Young Living Oils and the DoTerra Brands. Recently many of the oil reps for these two companies go to great lengths to hide the branding. As Dr Axe does on his pages. I have come across videos about upcoming seminars on essential oils and holistic living.  But I know the players now, so when I see who is giving what talk I can tell who the real company is.

You can see Dr. Axe's resume here.  While it is a bit more flashy, and he did come up as one of Nashville's ten most sexiest men, that really does not help those suffering from serious medical conditions. So I have to wonder what this guy knows when he is basically doing a DIY video straight off the Mommy Blogs and Pinterest. He does not give the amounts of each ingredient to use in his anti aging serum, and refers people to his blog sight,  From there, anyone requesting information on where to obtain the essential oils or what brand he is using, he request them to email him or his "oil team."  But in each of his videos he is clearly using the DoTerra brand.

So I poke around some more,  The next video was on the use of peppermint oil.  Peppermint oil is the one oil that even in the products I make, I have to use with caution.  It is easily overused and comes with a host of safety precautions.  Which include: Not to be used on children under 30 months old, neat, or orally for the most part.  You can read precautions in their entirety here. Just scroll to Peppermint Oil.

In short, I kinda flipped a lid.  As I have said many times before in other blogs and videos.  Essential Oils must be used with the same caution that you would use with any medication.  And here we have a chiropractor / nutritionist posing as a Physician, What people would consider equal to their family practitioner and recommending the use of oils to people that do not know better, They don't know because they are taking the "Dr" for granted, they are in the midst of a serious health concern and looking for relief from what ever ails them.

He is recommending the use of Peppermint orally and neat and never once saying that this could interact with medications, age restrictions, the issues of peppermint oil being a dermal irritant, the possibility of esophageal burns, or those with gallbladder and liver issues should not use it.  Nope Nothing!  100% irresponsible with no consideration of those who are NOT like me and research everything to death, These people just run out and start using it with out even knowing the very basics of essential oil safety.  It just made my blood boil. And this is the reason that the FDA has come down so hard on both DT and Young Living oils sending out warning letters to cease these kinds of claims and promoting these products to heal Aids, Cancer, MRSA even Ebola. (True Story)

In another video Dr. Axe recommends the use of frankincense to re-balance hormones and to heal a thyroid gone awry..  Really?  He does not say to have your thyroid and hormones checked.  This is a very serious health issue and he just says to slap on some essential oils.  Seriously!  This is how people get really sick and this is simply just irresponsible.

Over all I found that in most of his videos he is promoting oils, diets and supplements without ever telling the viewer that what is critical is to see your Dr and to have lab work done.  How in the heck are you going to treat a thyroid or hormone problem if you don't know where you are deficient?  Here is his 6 minute video on Thyroid and Hashimoto's





Here is a Video from Dr. Justin on the same subject,




I know that there are many wonderful uses for essential oils and I am sure they can aid in re-balancing a lot of things in the body. Cure ailments, ease pain and inflammation.  But you first have to know WHAT to treat. You have to start at the beginning of your health issue and uncover the real source of what is ailing you.

I get private messages almost daily about essential oils. Sometimes it is something simple. What kind where to buy them, what to look for.  Other times I have to tell them do see their Dr and do lots of research and provide them links to national and global organizations that will teach them how and when to use an essential oil.

It is up to each one of us to take our health in our own hands and not just accept another prescription to stop a symptom and never address the root cause of that problem.  After watching Dr Justins video (above) again, I realized that I can never have gluten ... not once a week or even special occasions. NEVER...

So Dr. Axe?  I just see a big fake that got lucky with making all the right moves and had a great marketing plan. Kinda like Thomas Kinkaid.  He was a mediocre artist at best but he was a brilliant marketer and his art, for a time was, in one form or another, in every home in America.  I know I sold it.

Josh Axe really does not have any substance. He too is mediocre. He fails to show research even when he quotes it from a document and leaves some important stuff out.  He takes tiny bits of information and skews it knowing that most people will not check the sources.  He can't teach me anything about autoimmune disease or leaky gut or because he doesn't know and that is clear when you compare the two videos above.  He is simply regurgitating the mommy blogs, others work and succeeding because he has a better marketing strategy than those with better education and over all knowledge. Sadly people will waste precious time, money and energy on him and his nonsense.

The 'DR' in front of his name is meaningless. Not because he is a Chiropractor.  But because he has not respected that term and understood how the word "doctor" impacts people lives,  They trust that when a person says he or she is a Dr. that they have your best interest at heart, and that they "Will do no harm." The Dr in front of his name is fraud  because he leads people to believe that he is a "Physician". without knowledge and experience and he is playing with the lives and well being of others for the sake of self interest.

I hope you will always give deep thought to what is best for you in your journey to good health, and dig just a little deeper.

Wishing you Good Health

Stay Beautiful!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Downfall of Grape Seed Oil



The Downfall of Grape Seed Oil:
When I first began making scrubs, like most, I started out using coconut oil.  It has a long shelf life and it was all the rage. However, I wanted to expand my oils, so I made up a batch of sugar scrub using a combination of Grape Seed and Coconut oils. I sold two of the jars before having the opportunity to use it. ( Defiantly My Bad)  I was so unhappy with it when I did use it, I recalled it. I did some deeper research on and decided that Grape Seed Oil was not all that it has been cracked up to be.  All though I could greatly reduce my cost by using it, if I don't like it, then I am not going to put it out there for someone else to use.  I felt the oil was too dry and didn't leave the skin feeling soft or impart the beautiful glow that I am used to.
Grape Seeds are promoted as having a high level of a Polyphenol called proanthocyanidin which has a high level of anti oxidant properties. The drawback however is that this polyphenol is a water-soluble, so unfortunately this means that there is very little to none in the actual oil due the process of the oil being chemically extracted from the seeds.
The other downfall of this oil is that is has been found in some instances to contain PAH's or Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons which are known carcinogens in animals when digested. (But we are not consuming it.) The bigger downfall, the shelf life is extremely short, only two to three months.  The use of this oil in my products would also require me to use an enormous amount of antioxidants to keep it from going rancid.
The Grape Seed oil is a very dry oil due to the tannins and catechins in the seed,  so it does not leave the skin with the very cushiony, soft feel like that other oils do.  While there may be a good use for this oil in the skin care world, the chemical extraction process of this oil  and the quality of my final product knocks it out of the options for use in my products.
I have spent over a year making scrubs and other bath and body products. You will only find coconut oil in a few of my products, and then it is purely for the fragrance, not for the properties of the oil itself. And never will you find grape seed oil.
 I have spent hundreds of hours researching oils, butters and other additives to come up with a formula. I have settled on a few that my customers love, for a scrub that is just amazing! The world of making cosmetics is utterly fascinating, complex and challenging.  But I love it none the less.  
Stay Beautiful!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Beautiful Botanicals Facial Scrub for Sensitive Skin




Beautiful Botanicals has created a gentle scrub for women with the most sensitive skin.

The sugar is ultra fine, but not a powder, for a gentle exfoliation.

I blended this sugar with emollient avocado oil, High in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols, known for it's healing, anti-bacterial and anti-wrinkle properties, Shea  from the seed of the Karite tree, Feels elegant to the skin, anti-inflammatory, used for dry skin and eczema, and vegetable glycerin.  A humectant that draws water into the top layers of the skin and prevents dryness, itchiness and flaky skin.

Finally I added essential oils.  The Rosewood blend is designed to help with dry, dull, sensitive skin and scaring.

My Lavender & Peppermint blend is good for oily skin, The peppermint adds a nice cooling effect in this scrub.

This Beautiful Scrub comes in a 4.50 ounce jar.

To use:  Use a small spoon or scoop to remove approximately one half a teaspoon from the jar, Apply to dampened face using small circular motions.  Don't forget the lips!  Do not over scrub, rinse with warm water. apply sunscreen if going out doors.

As with all Beautiful Botanical Sugar Scrubs.  Keep the jar tightly closed when not in use.  Do not keep your scrub in the shower,  do not put your wet hands into the jar.  Always use a clean dry scoop or spoon to remove the product.

You will find that after your scrub, your makeup will apply flawlessly and look better.

Discontinue use if the skin becomes tight, flaky or irritated

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Get Your Special Code Here



Beautiful Botanicals Sugar Scrub



February is a busy month here at Beautiful Botanicals, I have hardly had a moment to take a breath! Now is is time to get back to work getting ready for Spring, and in doing so, I am giving you a special offer for one day!

Starting Monday February 23rd at 9:00 am,  place an order with the following code: Feb25%1day and get 25% off your sugar scrub, Buy one or more, stock up, give them to friends! But remember this is for 24 hours only!

This pricing brings my 10 ounce scrubs to $18.00!  A price you will not see again for some time.

For a list of available scents go here.  Message me on Facebook.

This offer is for 24 hours only and ends February 24th at 9:00 am.  It may not be combined with any other offers or coupons.  This offer is valid only on the purchase of 10 ounce Sugar Scrubs and subject to availability.  This discount does not include shipping.

Stay Beautiful!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BB Ingredients

Here in the Beautiful Botanical's kitchen I strive to source and use the best natural ingredients for all of my products. The following ingredients are for the entire line of Beautiful Botanical Bath and Body Products. This list may not be complete as I add ingredients seasonally,or when I find an excellent source and a great price.  If you have questions about the ingredients, I will answer them. Leave a comment or send me a private message via my Facebook page



Distilled Water

Pure Cane Sugar, Non GMO

Turbindo Sugar, Non GMO






Carrier Oils


Comedogenic values rage from 0-5

0 - Will Not Clog Pores
1 - Low
2 - Moderately Low
3 - Moderate
4 - Fairly High
5 - High



Unrefined Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:

Shelf Life of 2 - 4 years
Botanical Name: Cocos nucifera
Origin: Phillipines
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Centrifuged / Organic / Virgin
Color: Thick white, not oil consistency, but creamy - except in warm weather it will go completely clear.
Obtained From: Fresh coconut flesh
Uses: Smells so beautiful! Conditioning, protective, and helps to keep other carrier oils from going rancid. *This is a dry oil with a comedogenic value of 4.  Not recommended for acne prone skin or aging skin. **It is used only minimally in our products.


Avocado Oil:

Shelf Life of 18 months +
Botanical Name: Persea gratissima
Origin:  Mexico
Extraction Method: Expeller
Color: Clear gold green (very pale)
Obtained From: Fruit
Contains: High in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols
Uses: Known for it's healing, anti-bacterial and anti-wrinkle properties Comedogenic value 2

Kukui Nut Oil:

Shelf Life of 1 year
Botanical Name: Aleurites moluccana
Origin: USA
Extraction Method: Cold pressed
Color: Clear to light brown
Obtained From: The kukui nut
Contains: High percentages of linoleic and oleic acids
Uses: Excellent penetration qualities! Without leaving a greasy feeling it protects delicate tissue from drying out. This is one of the lightest oils for the facial area.

Rice Bran Oil CP:

Shelf Life of 1 year
Botanical Name: Oryzo sativa
Origin: Europe
Extraction Method: Cold pressed
Color: Clear to Light Yellow
Contains: High in fatty acids, rich in phytic/ferulic acids
Uses: Used for its conditioning and softening properties Comedogenic Value 3

Rose Hip Seed Oil:

Shelf Life of 6 months (Needs to be refrigerated, as this oil is quick to go rancid)
Botanical Name: Rosa Rubiginosa aka Rosa Mosqueta
Origin: Chile
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined / Organic
Color: Varies from Yellow/Orange to Reddish Orange
Obtained From: The seed
Contains: High in fatty acids. Linoleic (48%); linolenic (35%); Oleic (16%); palmitic (8%)
Uses: Remarkable for damaged, agitated, dry, mature skin. Comedogenic Value 1

Jojoba Oil:

5 years Shelf Life
Botanical Name: Simmondsia chinensis
Origin: USA
Extraction Method: Expeller pressed / refined
Color: Clear
Obtained From: The jojoba bean
Contains: Protein, minerals, a waxy substance that mimics collagen
Uses: Jojoba oil can act as a second skin,  providing protection and emolliency while still allowing the skin to breathe. Can help control acne and oily skin or scalp since excess sebum actually dissolves in jojoba. Anti oxidant. Comedogenic Value 2

Vitamin E-Oil:
Antioxident


Organic Aloe Vera:

  • Made with 99.5% certified-organically grown aloe vera

  • Aloe content purity certified by IASC

  • Certified Kosher

  • No water added

  • Bottled in BPA-free Plastic Containers

Castor Oil:

Botanical Name: Ricinus communis
Origin: USA
Extraction Method: Cold pressed
Color: Clear
Obtained From: The castor bean
Uses: Excellent lubricating properties as well as leaving a glossy look. Comedogenic Value 1
Butters /Solids:

Shea Butter *Unrefined and Refined:
Comedogenic Value 0
Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals. Shea butter is an intense moisturizer for dry skin, and is a wonderful product for revitalizing dry, aging and damaged skin. In addition, Shea butter offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6). Because of its soothing nature and rejuvenating effects, is is one of the stars of most of the Beautiful Botanical Line.

Unrefined Shea butter has a strong, thick, nutty odor that is disliked by some.  Lotions and creams can be made with either, the desired scent of the end product is the deciding factor of which is used. Scrubs and lip balms are made with unrefined material.  

Mango Butter Refined:
Comedogenic Value 0
Mango butter has a composition resembling Shea and Cocoa. The fatty acid content is slightly different. Mango butter smells slightly sweet and fatty in its natural form; the refined butter smells very mild in comparison to the Shea and shows up in many of our products. 

Cocoa Butter UnRefined & Refined:
Comedogenic Value 4
We use both refined and unrefined material depending on the product.  Unrefined coco butter smells like chocolate. If the scent is not desired for the end product, refined is used and the final product scented into one of many of Beautiful Botanicals own blended fragrances. Cocoa butter contains natural antioxidants. It is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to sooth, hydrate, and balance the skin. YOu will find it in many of our products including Lip Balms.

Kokum Butter:
Comedogenic Value 0
Kokum butter is derived from the Garcinia tree and is expeller pressed and refined. This naturally white butter helps regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. Kokum butter is composed of beneficial compounds that help regenerate skin cells, and found in many of the Beautiful Botanicals products.

Lanolin: 
Comedogenic Value 1
WIKIPEDIA
(from Latin lāna, ‘wool’, and oleum, ‘oil’), also called wool wax or wool grease, is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. Lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep breeds that are raised specifically for their wool. Historically, many pharmacopoeias have referred to lanolin as wool fat (adeps lanae); however, as lanolin lacks glycerides (glycerol esters), it is not a true fat.[1][2] Lanolin primarily consists of sterol esters instead.[3] Lanolin's waterproofing property aids sheep in shedding water from their coats. Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin. There is an inverse correlation between fiber diameter and wool wax content.

Lanolin’s role in nature is to protect wool and skin against the ravages of climate and the environment; it also seems to play a role in skin (integumental) hygiene.[1] Lanolin and its many derivatives are used extensively in products designed for the protection, treatment and beautification of human skin.At Beautiful Botanical our lip Balm would not be the same with out the healing and protective properties of lanolin.  It has been biker tested and biker approved!  Super long lasting, no need to continuously reapply and water proof. Prevents wind burn and chapping and it wont melt!


Essential Oils:

Jasmine, Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Lemongrass, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Neroli, Peppermint, Lime, Rose, Rosewood, Clove, Cinnamon Leaf

Other Additives

Mica (For products that Contain Shimmer)

Arrowroot Powder

Bees Wax

Hydrolyzed Oats

Coffee

Witch Hazel

Certified Dead Sea Salts

Pharmaceutical Grade Epsom Salt

Mediterranean Sea Salt

Himalayan Pink Salt

French Green Clay

Bentonite Clay

Emulsifying Wax

Stearic Acid

Vegetable Glycerin




Herbs and Extracts

Green Tea:

Green Tea is great for your body inside and out. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than blocking UV rays. Therefore green tea may synergistically enhance sun protection when used with a sun block. Topical green tea polyphenols are likely to slow down the development of some signs of aging. Look for Green Tea in Beautiful Botanical Creams and Lotions.

Lavender:

Beautiful Botanicals loves the beautiful floral note of lavender and it somehow finds its way into everything,  including beard oil in infused oils or dried lavender buds in a salt soak. Lavender is credited with being anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, balancing, energizing, soothing, healing, toning and stimulating (Michalun & Michalun, 2010). There doesn’t seem to be much that lavender cannot do for you  It is one of the only essential oils that aromatherapists recommend you can use neat on your skin to treat minor burns and wounds. Read more about Lavender Here


Chamomile:

Chamomile is a gentle herb known throughout most of the world which has been used continually for many centuries. It is often ingested as a tea to calm the nervous system and the digestive tract, and is mild enough to be administered to babies with colic. Chamomile is soothing to irritated skin and membranes,  Other studies show this plant's potential to assist in healing wounds and soothing gastrointestinal conditions. Beautiful Botanicals blends Chamomile Flowers into Salt Soaks and Bath Teas.  Our soaks are perfect to relax after a long day and to prepare your body to sleep.

Star Anise:

WIKIPEDIA
Star anise has been used in tea as a traditional remedy for rheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is considered a warm and moving herb, and used to assist in relieving cold-stagnation in the middle jiao.


Star anise is the major source of the chemical compound shikimic acid, a primary precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of anti-influenza drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Shikimic acid is produced by most autotrophic organisms, and whilst it can be obtained in commercial quantities elsewhere, star anise remains the usual industrial source. In 2005, a temporary shortage of star anise was caused by its use in the production of Tamiflu. Later that year, a method for the production of shikimic acid using bacteria was discovered.[3][4][5] Roche now derives some of the raw material it needs from the fermentation of E. coli bacteria. The 2009 swine flu out break led to another series of shortages as stocks of Tamiflu were built up around the world, sending prices soaring.

Star anise is grown in four provinces in China and harvested between March and May. It is also found in the south of New South Wales. The shikimic acid is extracted from the seeds in a 10-stage manufacturing process which takes a year. It is an Anti oxidant and known for it's ability to soften the appearance on wrinkles, in addition to it many uses in medicine and culinary. Of course it had to be blended into the many products coming in the Fall. Find Anise in bath teas and salt soaks.

Clove:

You can't move into the holidays with out the aroma of CloveClove has been utilized as a culinary spice for thousands of years. It is believed that spice found in a ceramic pot in Syria dating to around 1,700 BCE may have been clove.11 Also, trade between the Molucca Islands, where the clove grows natively, and China goes back at least to some 2500 years ago.3 During the Han dynasty, it was customary for court officials to hold cloves in their mouths to freshen their breath while addressing the emperor.3 Clove was initially brought to Europe in the 4th century by Arab spice traders3,8 and by the 16th and 17th centuries, the Portuguese were attempting to hold onto the monopoly that they had on the clove spice trade.11 However, the Dutch East India Company (referred to in Dutch as the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or 'VOC') gained control in the early 17th century. You will find clove in our line up of Fall and Winter fragrances including scrubs, bath teas, body oils,  salt soaks and more. Clove is beautifully sensual and warm, a perfect pairing to a winter night.

Comfrey:

Beautiful Botanicals sources wild crafted comfrey for herbal salves and creams from herbalist throughout the country.
Medicinal qualities: Comfrey has many healing properties to it. Briefly the roots and leaves contain allantoin. Allantoin is a protein with hormonal like qualities to it that stimulate cell proliferation. It is the allantoin that gives comfrey its' reputation for healing wounds, broken bones, burns, sprains, sore joints, dry skin and for reducing the swelling associated with fractures. Fresh, clean comfrey leaves can be used in a poultice to treat these injuries. Comfrey salves are readily available from health food stores. It is not recommended to take comfrey internally as liver damage has been known to occur from extended ingestion. Topical use is safe as the alkaloids will not penetrate the skin.

Plantain:

We source only wild crafted and organic material for creams, lotions, salves and lip balms that contain this little miracle worker of a plant. Not to be confused with the banana-like fruit of the same name, the Plantago major is a green, weedy plant native to North America, Europe and Asia. Cultures around the world have used the plantain leaf (Plantago major) to help relieve health ailments for millennia. The plant is one of nine sacred herbs mentioned in the ancient Lacnunga (‘Remedies’), a collection of Anglo-Saxon medical texts. During the 1500s and 1600s, it was used by Europeans for everything from dog bites and boils to fevers and the flu. The major components of plantain are iridoid glycosides (particularly aucubin), mucilage,and tannins. Together, they are believed to reduce irritation, quell harmful organisms, and exhibit expectorant actions.

Wild Violet:

Medicinally, violet is a gentle but potent remedy. It is classified as an alternative (or "blood purifier"), which means it helps the body restore optimal functioning by aiding metabolic processes, especially the elimination of waste products. Violet stimulates the lymphatic glands, helping the body get rid of bacteria and other toxins. It is especially useful for swollen glands. Over time, violet can help clear stubborn problems like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Taking Violet after a long winter is a wonderful way to get our bodies ready for a healthy and energetic spring. From Sunweed.com

Cinnamon:

What would the Beautiful Botanicals  Autumn line up be without the beautiful fragrance and warmth of cinnamon? The added benefit is it tightens loose skin.

Nutmeg:

The nutmeg tree is a native of the Banda Islands, a cluster of small volcanic islands historically known as the Spice Islands and now part of the province of Molucca in Indonesia. Nutmeg isn't really a nut, but the kernel of an apricot-like fruit. The closely related is an arillus, a thin leathery tissue between the stone and the pulp. Beautiful Botanicals uses this divine spice in fall fragrances Including Autumn Spice Sugar Scrub.

Pumpkin:

Beautiful Botanicals can not wait for Autumn and the release of our Autumn Spice Scrub.  Not only will you want to eat it,  but pumpkin boast numerous benefits to the skin. Pumpkin is packing a heaping punch of fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids which promote cell turn over. Find me here on Facebook and don't miss out on getting Autumn Spice Scrub,  it is only here for a little while!

Vanilla:

Pure Vanilla Powder is used in Beautiful Botanicals Happy Place Sugar Scrub. The bulk of the world's supply of vanilla is provided by only a handful of countries (primarily Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti). It is the world's costliest spice after saffron, as the growth process is long and painstaking. Vanilla orchids bloom for only a day, during which time they must be pollinated by hand. Even after the plants have produced their pods, they must be checked daily so that each pod is harvested at just the right time. After harvest, the pods go through an elaborate process of being killed, sweated, dried, and conditioned in order to maximize the flavor and fragrance.

Allspice:

This spice is too beautiful to leave out of  a tea bath. Allspice is a celebrated component of Caribbean cuisine, famous for its sweet, spicy fragrance and piquant flavor. It is a classic ingredient for marinades and jerk rubs, and is often included in hot mulled cider during the frosty winter months. Oil derived from allspice is used in the cosmetic industry, lending its scent to perfumes. Allspice is shown to have significant antioxidant properties. It is traditionally used as a digestive tonic.

Ginger Root:

Ginger has long been the subject of fable and literature. For centuries, Europeans obtained ginger form Arab spice traders, who protected their sources by inventing stories of ginger fields located in lands stalked by a fierce people called troglodytes. And Shakespeare wrote in Love's Labour Lost, "had I but one penny in the world thou shouldst have it to buy ginger-bread."

Ginger is used either fresh or dried in nearly two thirds of all traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal formulas. Fresh ginger is used to relieve dryness and heat, while dried ginger is used to relieve dampness and chill.

Marshmallow Root:

References to marshmallow root as a healing herb are found in Homer's Iliad, written over 2,800 years ago. Its genus name Althaea comes from the Greek altho, to cure, and its order name, Malvaceae, is derived from the Greek malake, soft Marshmallow root was widely used in traditional Greek medicine. The use of the herb spread from Greece to Arabia and India, where it became an important herb in the Ayurvedic and Unani healing traditions.

Calendulla:

Used through out the world for centuries.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), calendula (called Jin Zhan Ju) is considered energetically neutral and drying and is used to support healthy skin. Calendula is employed to move stagnant blood therefore increasing circulation to the skin.

Traditionally, in Native American cultures, it has been employed to assuage ailments including occasional upset stomach. Traditional use mirrors many of our contemporary applications of this medicinal plant. Modern studies confirm its efficacy According to herbalist Paul Bergner, calendula is an herb used for minor wounds that helps by bringing circulation to the area in distress.

Dandelion:

You will find Dandelion infused oil in Beautiful Botanical Skin Salves used to help sooth skin.  Dandelion is a sunny, subtle, yet incredibly healing plant used for thousands of years in China and mentioned in traditional Arabian medicine in the tenth century C.E. It has been used for centuries, in traditional medicine practices all over the world. Dandelion flowers are suitable for a range of conditions from large pores, age spots, sunburn and chapped skin. Who knew?



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