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Terpenes

Terpenes

Terpenes are plant chemicals that are extracted through distillation (essential oils), solvent extraction, and cold pressing. Terpenoids is term for terpenes with a functional group. In essential oils, there are monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which have various actions on skin - antinflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial. Triterpenes are too heavy to make it to essential oil but they can be extracted in lipids. This is why we infuse calendula in oil and why it is so good at repairing dry skin. Squalene, found in olive and argan, is another good example of a triterpene.

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Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love

Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love

photo by: Fern and Oak Creative    With Valentine's on the way love is all around, channel some of that love to yourself and your skin!  Here are some ways to show your skin some tender loving care. ❤️  Give Yourself a Soothing Facial Massage  Massaging your face improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and the result is a smoother, firmer complexion. Before you start a facial massage make sure to wash your face and apply a moisturizer or facial serum such as our Rosey Cheeks Facial Oil Serum.  You can massage with either your hands or a tool for similar...

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Rose and the Divine Feminine

Rose and the Divine Feminine

  It is common for me to hear people say that the scent of rose reminds them of their grandmother. I think it should remind you of your grandmother and your great grandmother and your great, great, grandmother. It is the scent of the divine feminine. It adorned flower garlands that were offered to Isis, then to Venus, and then to Mary. The rose garland has changed over the years to become the rosary, still made with powdered rose and scented with its soft, powdery fragrance. When we think of roses, we often equate them with romantic love but there...

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Winter Product Recommendations + Skin Care Tips

Winter Product Recommendations + Skin Care Tips

Winter is hard on our delicate skin barrier. As the temperature dips, so does humidity, and the air becomes dry. If you ignore your skin, it can become irritated, rough, and dehydrated or dry in no time. Skin in winter requires a little extra love and care.  Here are some tips and recommendations that will keep your skin healthy, happy, and radiant throughout the colder months. 1.Protect Your Barrier If you want supple and soft skin during winter, you need to build a strong bond with your facial cream. Facial creams are an emulsion of water with wax and oil that...

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Is your skin dry, dehydrated or both?

Is your skin dry, dehydrated or both?

Dry skin is caused by a lack of skin’s natural lipids in the form of triglycerides, wax esters, free fatty acids, and squalene. These levels also decrease as we age. Your skin will feel rough and fine lines will form. The skin care solution is to apply oils with similar chemistry, which only comes from natural sources such as nut, seed, and fruit oils. Silicones and mineral oils do not have this advantage and feel like a thin sheet of plastic on the face. Sure they act as occlusives retaining moisture but they often feel like they are suffocating the...

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