Friday, November 30, 2012

{Week 4} Tree of Life :: What's In It? Series | Smell Good Spa™

A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream.  What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good and smell good, wholesomely.

{Week 4} Shea Oil (INCI: Butyrospermum parkii)

The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily substance, called sebum, to lubricate (and waterproof) the skin.  According to the American Shea Butter Institute, the moisturizers in shea butter mirrors the sebaceous glands.  Shea Oil is fractionated Shea Butter, and is semi-liquid at room temperature. 

Why We Use It:
  • Wrinkle-Free: Consistently applying Shea Oil to the skin, can actually slow down skin's aging process -  the healing, therapeutic properties present in Shea Oil can remove the appearance of wrinkles.  Additional anti-aging power comes from vitamin E, which protects the skin from harmful effects from the sun.    
  • Dry Skin Eliminator:  Shea Oil allows the skin to absorb moisture, and as a result, skin receives around-the-clock softness and it remains hydrated.  Dry skin and dry scalp can both be eliminated by this beneficial emollient. 
For optimal results, when preparing our recipes, Shea Oil is paired with other effective oils.  Those oils penetrate deeply into the skin, allowing the healing properties of Shea Oil to easily pass through the skin. 

In addition, because of the healing properties, the Shea Tree received its name, karite, meaning the tree of life.

Shea Oil can be found in our after-bath oil  Marinade

Be Whole,