Who doesn’t love a juicy piece of ripe fresh watermelon? Everyone in my family loves watermelon (well accept the fussy 3-year-old) and when I came across this fabulous natural oil,Watermelon Seed Oil,via the process of cold pressing the seeds, about 3 years ago, in the midst of trying to create a serum for my then 15 month old whose knees and feet began to feel like ‘alligator skin’ and nothing was working for his young skin. I needed something that was going to help revert that skin back to the baby soft smooth and moisturized skin he had from birth.
Watermelon seed oil is used in baby formulations, creams, lotions, soaps, and eye creams. This oil is good for balancing oil production, while being restorative & nourishing in action. The neutrality of watermelon oil makes it a perfect oil to blend for body or facial oils being effective on greasy skin types. The light texture, moisturizer capabilities and stable shelf life of watermelon seed oil lends it to be a highly suitable addition to natural baby oil formulations. Unlike mineral oil that is a common ingredient in commercial baby oils, watermelon seed oil does not clog pores and eventually helps the body to naturally eliminate toxins through the skin.
Watermelon Seed Oil is highly nourishing yet it is light oil with good absorption properties. It is a good choice for use with oily skin but can be effective with all skin types. Hence Water Melon seed oil is added to skin care formulations for all skin types, including dry, oily, acne-prone or maturing skin as it is rich in essential fatty acids which help to restore elasticity to the skin.
The high content of omega acids & Linoleic acid within the oil assist in the removal of excess sebum within the skin ensuring the skin is cleansed. The oil from the watermelon seeds can be used to dissolve the oil build up in the pores. So it is best for oily skin.
I use this oil in my facial products but next I will be creating baby skin care products using this fabulous oil…STAY TUNED!
I know Shea has been given a wonderful review of how much it benefits the skin and Mango butter is coming a close second but is still not as notable. Mango butter is extracted from the shelled fruit kernel of the mango tree, which is a tropical evergreen. Vitamin C enriched and high in anti-oxidants, this butter is highly emollient, softening and soothing to the skin.
Mango butter unlike Shea has protective effects against UV radiation. Like Shea it helps treat skin rash, eczema, insect bites, and poison ivy. Mango butter has properties that protect and heal skin from the damage caused by sunburn and frostbite. Mango butter full of natural antioxidants absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind and forms a protective layer that protects the skin’s cells from aging too quickly. I love substituting when I try new formulas to see which feels better or gives a better result and mango butter is one that I use as a staple in my formulas because of its UV protective properties.
Now in my trials of ordering mango butter from various distributors, I have found that just like any other natural butter, Mango butter is not processed the same. Some come to you very hard-mango is a solid butter but some I found its texture gave my formulas a different constancy one I wasn’t too pleased with. This business is all about trial and era and that does add to the excitement of the creations. Although my pocketbook doesnt appreciate the loss but that is why I only buy in small quantities from a new company so I am not out too much. The reason you try different companies is because you want to have a backup company in case your main supplier is out of product or has closed down. You never want your customers to have to wait longer than necessary if it can be helped.
Check out this bowl of hand whipped butters! Doesnt that look yummy enough to eat?
I want to talk to you about some of the observations I have made within some of the natural and not so natural communities. Seems to be a consensus in my opinion that there is little information passed on outside of Shea Butter, Olive and Jojoba Oil and some of the other common oils we have come to know. It got me to thinking why not be that one to introduce you to some of the more ‘exotic’ butters and oils that get little play or rotation in the these different circles.
Don’t get me wrong I love the properties that Shea and some of the more common oils give our skin but as one person I spoke with about her frustration for finding the right combinations for combating her skin afflictions, she is tired of these ‘Shea-heads’ making claims that that is the miracle butter and it is all you need to satisfy what ails your skin so Shea Butter is the only butter they will promote. I could hear in her voice the anger of the misguidedness she felt because that is all she has been told, Shea Butter, Avocado oil and Jojoba oil are great recipe ingredients for making a very moisturizing butter for her dermatitis issue. I felt really bad for her and wanted to say I had something to help her but truth was I hadn’t come across anyone who had this affliction. So I researched.
As I listened to her further concerns I was convinced that she was right there are a lot of ‘Shea-Heads’, we tend to put Shea in everything, and think if we add an oil that is all we need; even those with normal skin conditions- dry or itchy. What we tend to forget just like our inner bodies need the right balance of vitamins and minerals so does the outside of our bodies. We cant just think we can get away with a few vitamins and then neglect adding others to our diet.
When I first began creating skin care products and researching the many butters and oils that were out there –believe me there are so many- I wanted to create a formula that included moisture, element protection(sun and wind) and cell regeneration. Those three components are what propelled me to. formulating the best moisturizing products I could. But I was naïve to think that most thought like I did. Shea for all is wonderful qualities is not enough and you need to find the right balance of butters and oils to create a body butter that will not only moisturize but revitalize your skin and retain moisture.
I think I will devote the next several article discussing some of these butters and oils that you may not have heard of or have heard of but didn’t really know what wonderful properties they possess.
I found in meeting new people and introducing them to my products some have mentioned they have an allergic reaction to Shea, because it is from the nut family and many times does more harm than good to their skin. I mean dont get me wrong I love promoting great skincare habits but the way the mass commercial companies promote Shea as if it IS the only natural butter around so they just add it or Say that it is added to a product that will make it better. What about those who cannot use shea butter on their skin, how about an alternative? Let’s not leave them out because their DNA causes them to reject an ingredient based solely on the fact of an allergic reaction.
I like using Shea Butter in most of my butter and scrub formulas because it gives the finished product a more fluid consistency. Even though I use other butters like Mango, and Capuacu I find that incorporating Shea not only gives a combination of vitamins and minerals needed it gives my butters a lighter feel that tends to melt very easily into the skin.
I dont know the ratio of nut allergies to non nut allergies but if we as natural ‘mixologist’ who are creating these products shouldnt we be open to creating products that are nut free? No we cannot please everyone all the time and sometimes we dont have the funds to expand our product lines to benefit those with ‘special’ needs, and this is why I do encourage those who make products to have some that are nut free.
I am working on incorporating a few products in the future that have no not butters or oils as I expand but in the meantime if I have a customer with a special request I do try to accommodate.