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Your hair will love it! Number 1 in hair care – BTMS.

 

Short description of BTMS

A plant-derived product, emulsifier, and conditioner, composed of 75% Cetearyl alcohol (a derivative of coconut) and 25% behentrimonium methosulfate (a derivative of rapeseed oil). Solid white flakes with a light odor. An insoluble product which, however, disperses into water and oil. HLB value: 15. Oil-in-water emulsifier. pH: 5 to 7 (in a 2% solution).

INCI : Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetearyl alcohol

read more: https://www.lesamesfleurs.com/products/emulsifier-conditioner-btms?lang=en

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Sodium Coco Sulfate vs. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – what you need to know

Short description of the SCS

Sodium coco-sulfate, derived from natural coconut oil and palm kern oil. In the needle form, the product is free-flowing and disperses easily in water. Heat is required to fully dissolve the product. It provides good lather, thickening, and conditioning properties. This product is also a replacement for betaines and alkanolamides in personal cleansing products. A unique naturally derived anionic surfactant for the formulation of “natural type” personal cleansing products that are preservative-free.

 

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Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, SCI. Ingredient to die for!

Scientific Facts: 

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a fine white powder. It has a mild odor and can be prepared from the fatty acid mixture from coconut oil.

Commonly known as Baby Foam due to its exceptional mildness, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Raw Material is a surfactant comprised of a type of sulphonic acid called Isethionic Acid as well as the fatty acid – or sodium salt ester – obtained from Coconut Oil. It is a traditional substitute for sodium salts that are derived from animals, namely sheep and cattle.

NB: http://Amended Safety Assessment of Isethionate Salts as Used in Cosmetics

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A wonderful mild and nourishing shampoo solid bar

from here: https://greencharmcosmetics.store/products/shampoo-solid-bar-fruits-rouges-for-all-hair-types

 

 

I make my shampoo bars from natural ingredients, that sometimes have strange names: SCI, SLSA, SCS. Wow! Often I am asked about them and in the next posts I’m going to explain, what is what.

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A useful guide to using essential oils in your beauty routine. Part 2.

Are essential oils safe?

Essential oils have been used for medicinal and skincare purposes for thousands of years in many different cultures. Today, essential oils are often used in skin care products to add fragrance or instill aromatherapeutic benefits. Some essential oils have been clinically proven to possess antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and insect-repelling properties. For example, research has shown that tea tree oil, when applied properly, can help treat acne by killing the bacteria that causes it.

 

These natural oils can be rich in antioxidants and contain antibacterial ingredients that protect against skin issues. However, “Most of the components in oils can significantly irritate and damage the skin. Common examples include fragrant ingredients like limonene, citronellol, and eugenol, which are all present in fragrant plant oils. The positives just don’t outweigh the negatives,” says Paula Begoun, the founder of sensitive skincare specialists Paula’s Choice.

 

How essential oils can hurt your skin?

Some components of these oils are indeed beneficial for the skin. For example, many of them are rich sources of potent antioxidants like caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid (among many others). Others contain antibacterial ingredients that protect against visible skin problems related to fungi, yeast, and other topical troublemakers.

Sounds good, right? But in the long run, it’s not good for the skin because most of those compounds can also significantly irritate and damage the skin. Common examples include fragrance ingredients like limonene, citronellol, eugenol, and linalool, all present in many fragrant plant oils. The positives just don’t outweigh the negatives.

Some essential oils for acne-prone skin such as rosemary, lemongrass, thyme, cinnamon, citronella, and tea tree oils do have research showing them to be helpful. But they also cause significant irritation and haven’t proven to be as effective as the gold standard active ingredient for acne, benzoyl peroxide (which research shows can even reduce redness!).

In terms of essential oils for aging skin, none can successfully deal with the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, loss of firmness, or address the need to exfoliate the skin, especially in comparison to the hundreds of beneficial, non-fragrant plant extracts and vitamins that have no risk of causing irritation.

from here: https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/natural-skincare/essential-oils-for-skin.html

It’s important to know which oils are good for the skin and the others that simply aren’t. Ksenia Selivanova and Claudia Felton, founders of Lion/ne skincare consultancy, say: “There are some oils that have been ‘proven’ to take down the inflammation and help blemish-prone skin; a few of these are tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and lemongrass.”

“However, we would not recommend these essential oils as a ‘go-to’ due to their volatility and potential to cause more harm than good to the skin. If you do choose to use tea tree oil, make sure not to apply directly on an open wound or spot that has been picked!”

 

previous part: https://greencharmlifeblog.com/a-useful-guide-to-using-essential-oils-in-your-beauty-routine-part-1/

 

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A useful guide to using essential oils in your beauty routine. Part 1.

What are the ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.

Essential oils are the volatile essences of plants that create unique, wafting fragrances. They can be extracted from any plant’s flowers, bark, stem, leaves, roots, and sometimes its fruits. No matter the source, these oils are complex mixtures, often containing up to 60 different substances—some good for skin, others not so good.

lavender and massage oils
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How are they extracted?

Essential oils are extracted one of two ways: either by steam distillation or expression or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. This breakdown phase’s byproduct is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water, and finally filtered into its pure essential oil.

Some aromatherapy oils are too concentrated to apply directly to the skin. In this case, the oil is combined with a ‘carrier’ oil or lotion to dilute its strength. Applying stringent oils to the skin can cause harmful reactions, such as rashes or burns. Certain essential oils should be avoided if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with a specific illness.

A bit from the history

For thousands of years, people have been using natural oils for beauty. In fact, the first recorded use of essential oils dates back to 18,000 B.C.E! Today, people are returning to the age-old practice of using aromatherapy and essential oils in their daily beauty routines.

for example https://asiaent-life.com/the-benefits-of-using-essential-oils-for-cosmetology/

or the scientists’ opinion: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/5/1/11/htm

 

 

How are essential oils used?

Essential oils can be diffused for inhalation, applied topically, or used for cleaning,” says New York City-based certified acupuncturist Mila Mintsis, who specializes in pain management and anxiety disorders.

 

According to dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology in New York City, Sejal Shah, it may be best to inhale essential oils if your concern is internal or emotional. “Clinical studies have shown that aromatherapy by inhalation can have real benefits for people with, for example, anxiety, [problems with] mental focus, depressive symptoms, and menstrual pain,” says Robert Tisserand, an essential oil educator and aromatherapy expert from California. He adds that using essential oils via bathing, diffusing, and topical applications can also help well-being.

 

 https://greencharmlifeblog.com/cosmetology-and-aromatherapy-part-1/

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/cosmetology-and-aromatherapy-part-2/

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Life is an embarrassing miracle! The quote of the Day by Albert Einstein.

 

https://greencharmlifeblog.com/dreams-fairycute-picture-discusion/

 

And another one Perle from the Great Albert Einstein:

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

https://www.goalcast.com/2017/03/29/top-30-most-inspiring-albert-einstein-quotes/