Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Featured Ingredient: Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) has a myriad of healthcare benefits including hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels and weight loss, help maintain proper digestion and metabolism, increase immunity, relief from kidney problem, heart desease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, dental care and bone strength, and there is even a research going on about using VCO to treat Alzheimers! 

Properties of VCO include antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-viral, anti fungal, antibacterial and anti-aging. These features can treat various skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Virgin Coconut Oil is my favourite skin and haircare ingredient and I think it should be in every skin care products. It is a truly miraculous oil for your skin; it is a wonderful natural skin emollient, that gives deep and real moisture and nourishment. It is easily absorbed into your skin, increases the level of skin surface lipids, which softens and soothes your skin from all the dryness and itchiness making it smooth and soft. It also helps to heal wounds and scars.

Coconut oil also has the ability to cure acne. When applied to acne and pimples, it increases the skin's natural self-healing chemicals which helps it heal quicker and restores its health. It has antimicrobial properties which kill the bacteria that causes acne and removes the the cause of acne.

Coconut oil is also effective as an anti wrinkle product because it is an antioxidant, which removes free-radicals that destroys our elastic and connective tissue in our skin. Coconut oil improves the quality and appearance of skin because it eliminates and sloughs away dead skin cells and impurities. It is great when used topically as a stretch mark prevention during pregnancy and also to eliminate or reduce the appearance of old stretch mark scars.

Virgin coconut oil is a very safe and mild oil that is excellent for use on pregnant women, children and babies. The coconut oil that we use in our products are guaranteed organic, cold-pressed, unrefined, virgin coconut oil so you can be certain you get only the best coconut oil for your body.

Why choose Handmade products?

Have you noticed that if you walk into a store and pick up and item, chances are, it is made from China? Mass-produced products are so easily available and cheap, so why choose handmade? 

Quality of handmade goods

Mass-produced products from large factories tend to focus on cost and thus compromise on quality. Small handmade businesses focus on quality and products are often made with care in small batches. Many hand-crafters are creative people who are passionate about what they do and make products that they love and use on themselves and their families. Quality is the main priority in handmade goods.

Support local artisan

When you buy a handmade item, you are not giving your money to a bunch of big box stores. You are helping a home-schooled kid go to archery class, helping a stay-at-home mom buy cloth diapers or afford books on a regular basis. You are showing a sense of community, support and love for another person.

Originality and authenticity

Handmade goods are unique and one of a kind. They are made with considerable attention to details and creativity of the artisan. When you give a handmade gift, you are giving a truly unique gift, made and presented with love.

Avoid nasty chemicals and toxins

Many machine produced products can be mass produced and sold cheaply because they use artificial and synthetic chemical substances. You probably need a science degree just to understand the chemicals written on the label. Natural handmade products are often made consciously and mindfully with the regards to the ecosystem and environment. 

Why choose natural bodycare products?

There is a surprising amount of toxins contained in the common skincare products in the market. Many of us are unaware of this. Modern beauty products contain synthetic chemical ingredients including phthalates, parabens and propylene glycol; chemicals that have been linked to cancer, brain, kidney and liver abnormalities and can cause problems with the central nervous system. Toxic overload can cause hormonal imbalance, fatigue, headaches, digestive upsets, flu-like symptoms and aching joints. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and whatever you apply to it on a daily basis gets absorbed into your system. Yes, your regular bar of soap, shampoo, lotions, sunscreen and lip balms could be making make you sick.

Why expose your body to these chemicals when nature provides all you need to restore your health and beauty? Our products are specifically and lovingly hand-crafted using simple natural ingredients (that you can pronounce!) to help you maintain healthy skin and body. They are not only good for you, but for the environment as well.