Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Olive oil in skin care products

What benefits will olive oil offer a body butter? It's moisturizing and regenerating for our skin, so it's perfect for any application but especially after sun care. It's absorbed by our skin well, so it's going to offer quick moisturizing effects, and it's going to offer occlusive properties to reduce the transepidermal water loss. The anti-inflammatory properties are great for people with reddened skin (like me!) And because it mimics our natural sebum, the squalene is going to offer great moisturizing and absorption. The Vitamin E is going to soften skin and retard the rancidity of the oils and butters. Oh, I did mention it's a humectant, right? So you're drawing water from the atmosphere to your skin! Bonus!

As a note, this should have a shelf life of one year if we add the extra Vitamin E (if you're using pomace; if you're using extra virgin olive oil, you could leave out it out.)

BODY BUTTER WITH OLIVE OIL (Originally found in this post...)

39% water
10% aloe vera liquid
10% lavender or rose hydrosol
2% sodium lactate
0.1% EDTA

10% olive oil
15% butter (mango or shea both contain more than 45% oleic acid)
6% BTMS, Polawax OR Emulsifying wax NF
3% cetyl alcohol
2% IPM
1% Vitamin E

0.5 to 1% preservative
1% fragrance or essential oil blend
2% cyclomethicone
2% dimethicone

1. Weigh out your water phase in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler.

2. Weigh out your oil phase in a heat proof container and put into your double boiler.

3. When both containers have reached 70C, weigh out your water again (and add more hot water to compensate for any evaporation), then add it to your oil container.

4. Blend with a hand mixer or stick blender for at least 3 minutes. Repeat this process as often as you would like until the temperature reaches 45C.

5. Let cool to 45C, then add your cool down phase ingredients. Mix well with your hand mixer or stick blender, then let cool.

6. When the mixture has cooled to room temperature (a few hours), spoon into a jar and let set before using.

Join me tomorrow for fun using olive oil in our hair care products.

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