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Mango Butter + Hemp Intensive Moisture Cream
Every one of my intensive moisturizing creams contain Organic Aloe Vera as the main liquid -- no water!
Aloe Vera is known to soothe irritated skin and promote healing. It is nutrient-rich and believed to fight aging, treat acne, scars, and sunburns, not to mention moisturize dry skin!
Goat's Milk comes next! Last week's post tells you all the wonderful reasons to include Goat's Milk in your skin and beauty routine!
Up next comes rich and fragrant Coconut Oil. Famous the world over for moisturizing dry skin and hair. Coconut oil is very rich in saturated fats, helping the skin retain moisture. Also rich in Vitamin E and Protein!
Grape Seed oil is the next main ingredient. I infuse my Grape Seed oil with real Tahitian Vanilla Beans - you will see tiny flecks of Vanilla Bean here or there in your cream. I infuse my oil with Vanilla simply for the lovely natural aroma it lends. Grape Seed oil is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids and Omega-9 fatty acids, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. Thought to be good for acne-prone skin.
Mango Butter is a very effective emollient said to prevent drying of the skin which in turn fights the formation of wrinkles. It may also help restore elasticity to aging or damaged skin.
Pure HONEY is naturally anti-inflammatory and beneficial in the treatment and healing of wounds and burns - bacteria simply refuses to grow in it! It also helps speed up new skin cell growth.
No cream or lotion is complete without an emulsifier - it is a MUST! Otherwise you are dealing with an unpleasant mess of separating oils and liquid - not the after-bath experience I'd like to have with my moisturizer! ;)
I choose a vegetable-based emulsifier which unfortunately cannot be made or labeled as "natural". The up-side to this fact though is that unlike commercial products where this ingredient is one of the main ingredients, I use only the smallest amount necessary to emulsify the oils and liquids - it is NOT used as cheap filler!
Arrowroot Powder lends a silky, powdery feel to this cream as well as naturally thickening it up a bit more.
Next comes my special blend of natural preservatives! Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin E, Potassium Sorbate (food-grade), and Citric Acid. All of these ingredients are SAFE for everyone! You can expect a shelf-life of 3 months and greater - but I easily use my cream up before that time - it's just wonderful stuff!
I hope this post has been helpful and informative!