Olive Oil (Olea Europaea)

Olive oil is a fat obtained by grinding whole tree-ripened olives and extracting the oil by mechanical or chemical means.  The advantages of olive oil are not just limited to inside the body.  High in oleic acid and rich in vitamin E, it is a good skin cell regenerator. It naturally conditions and moisturizes the skin without clogging pores and is believed to contribute to skin elasticity.  Olive oil contains Hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant...

April 10, 2017 by Jennifer Katehos

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender, primarily through steam distillation. Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma.  The scent is said to have a calming effect which may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety and stress...

January 04, 2017 by Jennifer Katehos

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil)

The word "jojoba" (pronounced ho-HO-ba) refers both to the desert plant and to the extract obtained from its seed. Mature jojoba plants (simmondsia chinensis) are woody perennial bushes native to the Sonoran (or Gila) Desert of Arizona, northern Mexico and arid California.  The seeds of the jojoba plant are reminiscent...

October 17, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Stearic Acid

Don't be put off by the word "acid"!  Stearic acid is a "fatty acid," which are found in natural materials like cocoa and shea butters.  All animal and vegetable oils are triglycerides, combinations of glyerol and an acid.  A "fatty acid" is part of this fatty mixture...

August 08, 2013 by Jennifer Katehos