My intention when I decided to create Anything Mama Company, was to create a special and unique brand of bath and body products that you could use daily. I knew that I wanted products for myself that made me feel good about what I was putting on my body. I also wanted it to be safe enough for me to put it on anyone else's skin, including my children's.
In this blog post I wanted to talk a little about the oils that are used in the products available.
Most of the products that I have created, chosen, or played with the ingredients contain Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. These products are in the lotions, body scrubs, lip balm, and bath bombs. We also use Emu Oil. This is like the best found secret when it comes to skin nourishment. There is a long list of botanical oils that are used, eight to be exact, in the sugar scrubs and lotions. The Emu oil is used in the Shea Butter and Emu Oil Scrub. This is seriously the best body scrub ever! It nourishes, moisturizes, and you can use it to shave! Just lightly rinse the sugar off and then shave! It's seriously life changing!
So let's get to the good stuff! Let's talk about Shea Butter first:
Benefits of Shea Butter:
First, what is Shea Butter? It is extracted from the shea nut tree that is indigenous to Africa. The Karite tree bears the fruits, and the nuts inside the fruits are of prime importance. These nuts are crushed, boiled, and manipulated to extract a light-colored fat, which is commonly referred to as shea butter.
Shea Butter is one of those products that is perfect to use from head to toe! You can use Shea Butter for your hair and skin. It helps:
- Moisturizes dry skin
- Can help calm acne and blemishes(to a degree)
- Reduces inflammation
- Provides Relief To Itchy And Peeling Skin
- Anti-Aging And Anti-Free Radical Agents
- Rich in vitamin A, E, and F
- Restores elasticity of the skin
- Reduces razor irritation and bumps
- And my favorite- reduces stretch marks!
- Can ease irritations and conditions associated with eczema and psoriasis
The main components of shea butter include oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, etc. It gets absorbed quickly into the skin as it melts at body temperature. Its moisturizing and healing properties prove beneficial for many skin issues. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (to a certain extent) that can be utilized to treat many ailments. How can you go wrong with this stuff! It's like one of the 7 wonders of the world for your skin!
Benefits of Emu Oil:
Next is all about Emu Oil. This is like another one of those 7 wonders of the world, but for skin!
So what is Emu oil? Good question!
Emu Oil has been used by the Indigenous Aborigines in Australia for hundreds of years. They used it to heal wounds and treat skin disorders. It is rich in antioxidants like vitamin A which helps your skin stay firm and healthy and poly unsaturated fats that help produce the skin's natural oil barrier, which is critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking! They even used Emu Oil as a natural sunscreen. Emu Oil also helps soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.
Here's a short list of its benefits:
- Moisturizes your face, body, and skin- this stuff can go anywhere!
- Anti-aging properties!
- Decreases inflammation- again for our eczema and psoriasis folks!
- Improve wounds, scars, and sun damage
- Reduces nipple sensitivity- hey there nursing mamas!
- Helps repel bugs!
- Helps with hair and nail growth!
- Lose weight and lower cholesterol- this research is still being investigated, but is showing that it may be a significant benefit in a healthy diet.
Emu Oil has many of the same or similar properties as Shea Butter, and these two work together synergistically when it comes to nourishing your skin!
- Moisturizing: Jojoba oil is humectant, which means it seals your skin and creates a barrier of protection to keep you from losing moisture.
- Antibacterial: Found in lab tests completed by the NIH (National Institute of Health) doesn’t kill all bacterial or fungal species, but it does kill certain bacteria and fungi that can cause salmonella, an E. coli infection, and candida
- Antioxidant: It fights the daily stresses of everyday exposure to the elements
- Non-comedogenic: Although jojoba oil is a botanical substance, its makeup is so similar to the oil (sebum) your body naturally produces that your skin can’t tell the difference. This makes it less likely to build up on your skin and clog your pores, leading to fewer breakouts and less severe acne.
- Hypoallergenic: Molecularly, jojoba oil is a wax, but it is able to be absorbed into your skin and creating that barrier of protection on the surface that is soothing. It is typically non-irritating and allergic reaction is rare.
- Anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties: These properties can provide relief for people who have psoriasis and eczema skin conditions. These properties can also lend a helping hand to acne and healing acne scarring.
This list of benefits from just these three oils alone show how beneficial these natural wonders are and why I chose them for this line of products.
- More on the oils inside!
- Self-care tips- the hows, whys, and helpful hints on how to make sure you are squeezing in time to care for yourself!
To see our collection of lotions, stop by here!
To see our collection of scrubs, with the same goodness, stop by here!