5 Benefits of Essential Oils for Summer

3 Jul
Essential Oils for Summer

Essential Oils for Summer

Summertime brings swimsuit season, festivals, and of course the heat, which many of us love.  However, for some the thought of summer brings anxiety, stress and distractions, not to mention the number that the sun can do on skin and hair.  However, the use of essential oils is an inexpensive natural way to aid you in keeping your cool, and looking fabulous as you do so.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are volatile plant based oils that have been used for centuries in beauty and medicinal preparations. You can find essential oils readily available at your local pharmacy or health foods store ranging in price from $3USD upward of $15USD.  Essential oils can be placed in a diffuser, on a cotton ball or napkin for inhalation or directly on the skin if it has been blended with a plant based oils such as sweet almond oil.

Lavender Flowers Essential Oils

Lavender Flowers Essential Oils

1.      Beauty Sleep: A good night’s sleep is essential for feeling your best, and looking vibrant. Lavender Essential Oil: Relieves stress, assists in relaxing and getting to sleep.

2.      Depression: If summer puts you in the doldrums, you may not feel inclined to do anything. Bergamot Essential Oil: Assists in relieving stress and depression accompanied by anxiety.

3.      Acne and Oily Skin: There’s nothing worse than fussing with blemishes and oily skin during the summer. Lemongrass Essential Oil: As a natural astringent, lemongrass has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, which help to cut oil and clear skin without over-drying.

4.      Dandruff: Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is not due to a dry scalp, but instead is a result of cellular turnover.  Cedar Wood Essential Oil: Is a triple threat having properties as an astringent, fungicidal, and antiseptic, making it ideal for treating dandruff, and excessively oily scalp which can contribute to a condition known as seborrheic eczema.

5.      Hair: The sun can wreak havoc on even the best of manes, causing the hair shaft to become dry and brittle. Tea Tree Essential Oil: As a natural astringent this oil will unclog hair follicles and work to keep the scalp hydrated.

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Ingredient Indulge: Lavender

12 Jun

Lavender is just one of the essential oils we use in our body care products.

It is one of the most popular, versatile and widely used essential oil. It comes from a perennial, bushy shrub and purple, violet, blue spiky flowers. Oils from the flowers are extracted by steam-distillation from the countries of France, Bulgaria and Tasmania.

Lavender is considered to be analgesic, antidepressant, decongestant, deodorant, sedative and tonic. It can have soothing, calming, balancing effects. Lavender can help with mood swings and PMS and can also be used to facilitate meditation. It is also one of the best oils to use for cleaning. Try this recipe below for fresh linens:

Lavender Linen Spray

  1. ½ cup distilled water
  2. 1 teaspoon of vodka or witch hazel.
  3. 5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oils.
  4. Spray bottle

Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle or glass container with a tight fitting lid.

To use: Spray on sheets and table linens before using or while when pressing with a hot iron.

Shop all Bath Savvy’s lavender scented products here.

What is Shea Butter, Anyway?

2 May
Bath Savvy Body Care

Refined African Shea Butter

At Bath Savvy, we love shea butter. It’s one of our favorite ingredients, and we include it in many of our natural body products. But sometimes we hear the question: what exactly is shea butter, and why is it so amazing?

Shea butter comes from the nut of the African shea tree, which grows throughout Africa (most notably in the northern, Sahara region). It’s often harvested by women in rural African villages and makes up their primary source of income, leading to its nickname “women’s gold.” In the west, it’s primarily used in natural and handmade body products, but in Africa the locals use it as cooking oil and include it in many recipes. It’s also used medicinally to prevent sinusitis, reduce inflammation, and ease painful joints. Its benefits are so varied that the French name for the tree, “karite,” means “life.”

Shea butter itself is comprised of omega essential fatty acids, including linoleic, oleic, palmitic, stearic and arachidic acids. It’s a rich source of vitamins A, E and F. When shea butter is used in natural body products, the nutrients penetrate deeply into cells, revitalizing them and protecting them from damage. It also strengthens the connections between tissues, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Shea butter in handmade body products can:

  • Heal dry, cracked skin and replenish vital nutrients.
  • Protect skin from sun damage, thanks to its high vitamin E and F content.
  • Soothe chronically irritated skin, including those suffering from eczema or psoriasis.
  • Reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
  • Heal minor abrasions and soothe bites and stings.

Another great quality to shea butter is that it doesn’t expire. Bath Savvy natural body products don’t require preservatives, because so many of our ingredients have such a long shelf life, and are naturally antimicrobial. But shea butter does melt at body temperature, so it should be stored in a cool place.

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Sugar Scrub or Salt Scrub?

29 Apr
Bath Savvy Body Care

Handmade body scrubs can include fresh or dried herbs for aromatherapy.

What’s the difference between a sugar body scrub, and a salt scrub?

Both salt and sugar body scrubs are designed to exfoliate. This means they massage away layers of dirt and dead skin cells to reveal healthy, new skin underneath. Your skin sheds at a rapid rate. You basically have brand new skin every 30 days, and body scrubs help to keep the old stuff from getting in the way of the new growth.

The difference between salt and sugar scrubs is mainly in the granules themselves. Sugar granules are smaller, and dissolve more easily, so it is better suited for more sensitive skin. It’s gentler, and can be used on problem skin or by people who have problems like eczema. Salt is more abrasive. While this is great for calluses, it can sometimes cause irritation or slight stinging in troubled skin. For this reason, some of the best facial exfoliators are sugar scrubs. You can actually use a sugar scrub all over your body.

Sugar body scrubs don’t have the minerals that salt scrubs offer, though. Dead Sea salt scrubs, for instance, infuse minerals into skin like magnesium, potassium and calcium. All these minerals are great for restoring cellular strength, and can reduce signs of aging. (Of course, exfoliation itself reduces signs of aging.) If you choose to use a sugar body scrub, you can still get the benefits of mineral salts by soaking in a salt bath.

Depending on which natural oils are included in the body scrub, it can also moisturize skin as it exfoliates. Whichever scrub is right for you, it’s important to choose something that’s all natural, without chemicals or preservatives. Your skin is vulnerable during and after exfoliation, and can absorb these chemicals. Natural body scrubs ensure the new, healthy cells only absorb nutrients that protect them.

Skin Care: Caring for Acne and Troubled Skin

25 Apr

With the weather changing, our skin changes as well. If your skin tends to break out and you develop acne here’s a few simple tips to keep in mind and try for a healthy, glowing complexion.

 

1. Fight acne from the inside out. Eat a balance diet full of fiber and fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Drink plenty of fluids to flush out impurities from the system. – atleast 8 – 10 glasses of water or water based beverages each day like herbal tea or diluted fruit juices.

3. Chocolate is fine but try to avoid or limit the amount of seafood and salty snacks you eat. They are both sources of iodine which can aggravate acne in some people.

4. Take  well balanced vitamins and or mineral supplements. Vitamins A and B6 and Zinc helps to clear up acne.

5. Keep your fingers ( and everyone elses!) out of your cosmetic products. This prevents germs and bacteria from entering into your products so use scoops and spatulas or pour creams, lotions etc into smaller containers with a pour lid.

6. Keep your hand and hair out of your face! Your hands and hair will only irritate blemishes plus it exposes the skin to harmful bacteria.

7.  Get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep can cause stress and stress leads to unexpected breakouts. Remember a clear head equates to clear skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow these tips and you’ll be summer skin ready in no time!

 

Tips from Natural Beauty at home by Janice Cox

Happy Earth Day from Bath Savvy!

21 Apr
Bath Savvy: Natural Handmade Body Care

Choosing to go with natural body products is one more way to support Mother Earth. Image from Earth911.

Happy Earth Day!

There’s something magical about this mighty blue marble we call home. The earth is a living thing, full of life supporting life in a never ending cycle. Here at Bath Savvy, we’re committed to respecting our planet. For us, this means being committed to handmade body products.

Simply choosing to use handmade body products goes a long way toward showing your support for mother earth. Too many commercial products include ingredients that don’t break down, or break down into harmful components. For instance, did you know parabens, which are often used as preservatives, break down into formaldehyde?

Yuck.

That’s just one example of how natural, handmade body products honor the planet. After all, the earth gives us amazing nutrients that are cleansing and nourishing without chemicals.

Take shea butter, for instance. Shea butter is produced by a tree, and is easy enough to harvest that rural women in Africa do it for their livelihoods. It’s made of vitamins E, A and F, and a variety of rich essential fatty acids.

Another example is olive oil. You’ve probably used it in cooking, but it’s been used since ancient times as a skin care agent. It promotes smooth, even complexions, fights free radicals and reduces signs of aging. Perfect for handmade body products.

And what about fragrances? Anyone who has smelled a flower or taken a walk through a forest knows that mother nature serves up some of the sweetest scents on earth (forgive our pun!) All natural handmade body products are made with pure essential oils, concentrated essences of the plants themselves. Not only do they smell sweet—they have therapeutic benefits too!

Using what the earth freely gives makes handmade body products a healthy choice for you and for the world.