As mentioned last week, I’m going to talk about some of the ingredients in my Rough Heel and Elbow Cream. I like to keep things simple and easy. LCO creams are based on the basic cream recipe from my teacher, Jan Benham. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, creams and lotions “are simply oil and water with an emulsifying agent that allows the oil and water to bond together.”
For the water portion of the cream, LCO uses distilled water so it is free of any irritants.
For the oil portion, I use a mix of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Shea Butter.
Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is a lovely oil to work with and I use it in a lot of my products. To obtain FCO, Coconut Oil is heated and liquid is removed. And no I don’t know exactly how it is done but I do know that the end product is clear and odorless. It does not leave the same slick feel that some oils tend to do and I also find it absorbs into the skin nicely. It also will partially dissolve in water, which makes it a great bath oil (and yes it is the main ingredient in my bath oils).
Shea Butter comes from the nut of the African butter tree. I get mine from http://www.sheaessence.ca who in turn gets it from Ghana. Shea butter is very moisturizing for the skin.
The other thing to consider with creams (or lotions for that matter) is how do you make it last? It is easy to make a natural cream that you know you are going to use up in a few weeks at home. But when you are looking at making something to put on the shelf and sell to the public you need a preservative.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a natural preservative, with antibacterial and antifungal properties. One of its active ingredients is ascorbic acid, commonly called Vitamin C. This is extracted from the grapefruit seeds and pulp.
Tocopherols (more commonly called Vitamin E) is another ingredient that helps to preserve cosmetics while also adding its healing benefits to the mixture.
I shall leave things here for today. Next week I’ll talk about some essential oils! Have a great week!