So it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged… my apologies… but it’s also been a long time since I’ve created something new with my soaps, maybe January? A lot of life got in the way of creativity… did I mention I’m a single mother with a four year old? Some days she can be a handful, other days, the outside world is the trouble & we are the only things that make sense & fun out of it…
But alas today’s post is about NEW creations. Today I made a foaming hand soap (for my daughter) ingredients: olive oil, castile soap, h20 a course, cedarwood essential oil, tea tree oil, orange essential oil, & clary sage essential oil.
But what to call it? It smells… earthy, LIGHT, kid-friendly, & clean (so you can smell their little hands to be sure they actually washed them instead of just running the water… my four year old is a tricky one.) So: blog-o-sphere I’m asking, what to call it? And should you think you can’t possibly guess without smelling it- well, order some- if on your order you pick a name & yours gets chosen I will refund your money directly to your account OR you can have a gift certificate to my etsy shop- customer’s choice.
Will post link to etsy & photos later- for now- tell me what you think!
Did you know that chamomile has anti-tumor properties as well as the ability to soothe the redness from irritated skin?
Further benefits include…in aromatherapy applications Chamomile Roman is helpful for issues of nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems, & dermatitis. Useful to counteract anger and to relax us spiritually and physically without causing drowsiness. Mild topical pain-killing benefits. Helpful for irregular periods and the menstruation pains associated. Anti-inflamatory properties help reduce skin redness and soothe irritated skin. It has anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and antiseptic properties as well.
Continue reading at: http://daughterotmoon.com/ingredient-facts/essential-oil-facts/chamomile-roman-oil/
THIS is why Daughter of the Moon answers to our customers. We protect them & disclose all of our ingredients & even why, specifically & scientifically we use them. Hopefully buyers will become more aware, ask more questions, & show theses companies & regulating agencies with your own buying power & voices that we need to b respected & protected as consumers & people.
Here is an excerpt taken from the United States FDA website (that which “governs” so to speak & regulates the cosmetic industry.
1. Hexachlorophene (21 CFR 250.250)
Because of its neurotoxic effect and ability to penetrate human skin, the use of hexachlorophene (HCP) as a cosmetic ingredient is restricted to use as a preservative where an alternative preservative has not been shown to be as effective. The HCP concentration of the cosmetic may not exceed 0.1%, and it may not be used in cosmetics which in normal use may be applied to mucous membranes.
2. Mercury Compounds (21 CFR 700.13)
The use of mercury compounds as cosmetic ingredients is limited to use as preservatives in eye area cosmetics at concentrations not exceeding 65 ppm (0.0065%) of mercury calculated as the metal (about 100 ppm or 0.01% of phenylmercuric acetate or nitrate) and provided no other effective and safe preservative is available for use.
Mercury compounds are readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and have the tendency to accumulate in the body. They may cause allergic reactions, skin irritation or neurotoxic manifestations.
…….So basically this means they know it’s harmful & readily absorbed through the skin, & yet it is still allowed to be sold so long as you tell them it was the only additive or preservative that worked for a recipe. I think that is unacceptable. If something is a neurotoxin, THAT is what makes THEIR recipe not work.
Did you know that the law allows manufacturers to ask the FDA to grant “trade secret” status for any ingredient. If the FDA grants the request the substance does not have to be listed on the label.
So not only now are companies packing their cosmetics with synthetic ingredients, adding one organic substance and labeling it ‘natural’ (because they say so), now they aren’t even liable to tell us exact what is in it.
I believe there is a responsibility of businesses and craftsmen to consumers, to respect their health and integrity by disclosing ALL ingredients. Not just the ones they WANT you to know about.
For instance, the shady practice of labeling items as “Active Ingredients” and then in small print on the bottom are the “Inactive Ingredients,” where most of the chemicals are listed as stabilizers and aids to ascetic appeal like consistency and coloring. This is done with the pretense to trick the eye of the consumer. That is a sad game that some big businesses play, because by misleading their customers into thinking they are getting a natural product and hiding the caustic ingredients, they’re damaging the customer’s trust, loyalty, and overall health & wellness.
Fragrance is an integral piece of our molecules of emotion. We smell not just with our brains but with our entire bodies. Scientists can draw the precise chemical structures of most molecules that are in oils and can track their benefits to us spiritually, mentally, & physically.
When applied to the body directly, essential oils are absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil is composed of beneficial molecules which affect us positively, passing through the body in a similar fashion to hormones & neuropeptides (through a natural path in the body).
Within the body the oils find receptor cells to act as catalysts for change within cell metabolism.
The oils are an outside influence on the vital communication network taking place between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in the mind-body.
One way essential oils affect us is through our sense of smell through Aromatherapy. Our olfactory receptor cell in our nose is the first receptor site for smelling and healing through Aromatherapy.
Another way essential oils benefit us is through their vibration & its effect on our own vibrations. Many people are skeptical about vibrational healing, such as Reiki, or of the idea that people & living things vibrate energy at all. I must say that I was a skeptic at first as well; however, coming to learn about Einstein’s theories on spirituality was the first piece which opened me to learning about our vibrations & energies. I’ll discuss this in a later post, for now let’s stick to essential oils & their vibrations. Scientists now have (gas chromatographic-mass spectrophotometric analytical documentation of various oils) and documentation from experiments on vibrational energy changes within the body & can see the physical vibrational effects of inhaling or applying essential oils to their body.
Scientists document that receptors on all neurons & immune cells in our body form ion channels & regulate electrical set points, which are then acted upon by the essential oils through this channel, resulting in changes in cell shape & function. Essential oils have been proven to be able to selectively modulate ion channels by dissolving in the fatty membranes (much more gently than most pharmaceutical drugs, & so no liver metabolism is required for essential oils & side-effects are much less while benefits are substantial). For instance, scientists have seen profound change in levels of consciousness (from heightened awareness & excitement to reduced awareness and sleep).
Here is a perfect example: By adding rosa damascena oil to a bath, an emotional conflict can be spiritually resolved & the body can feel calm & serene & can then rest, relieving muscle cramps, the holding of body weight, & other physical affects due to the stress. The use of this oil here affects the electrochemical process within the body, giving it a sense of balance and peace by finding the cellular receptor sites that need harmonizing to bring calm.
Essential oils have the ability to harmonize emotions, raise our spirits, & eliminate microbial infections. The key to utilizing the benefits of our world around us is by respecting it. It’s my belief (shared by most) that we live on this Earth to benefit from it, furthermore that it was well-crafted to fit our needs specifically, & so we must look to it when we are in need if we want a viable solution. Additionally, we live on this Earth to benefit it, that is, we were created not to destroy it but to care for it. As the plants & animals feed & care for us, so we care for them by caring for crops & wildlife & by lending our intelligent expertise to further their care. The oils themselves must be well-cared for, responsibly harvested, packaged carefully, & mixed consciously with other oils which relate on a molecular level to one another. This is the great adventure of perfume-making which I enjoy so much.
Within this new line of Aromatherapy Perfumes & Colognes I am pleased to have perfected a few recipes. I continue to try new combinations, as I love listening to the ingredients, being led by them, & having those choices supported by my knowledge of the oils’ chemical compositions & their value in Aromatherapy & Energy & Vibration Healing.
I particularly enjoy crafting fragrances for custom orders because when I create the oil I can see the customer. I see their problems, their desires, their preferences, & so design an oil blend which I know will help that particular person, which will cater to them personally & emphasize their individuality. Because I enjoy it so much I offer custom-designed products for NO extra cost.
You can check out a list of Daughter of the Moon Aromatherapy Perfumes & Colognes on the Products Page, Click HERE & you will be linked there directly. Also, you will find in-depth descriptions of established recipes in blog posts below. You can contact me by the comments or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter, or facebook.
Daughter of the Moon’s ‘Last Kiss’ Aromatherapy blend makes a wonderful Perfume or Cologne. Warm & subtly masculine, this is the perfect cold weather scent that both men & women will enjoy. This is a romantic, full-bodied scent with stand-out notes of Peru Balsam & is filled out by the faint dissonance of Vanilla & Rosemary.
Peru Balsam effects our emotions physically through Energy & Vibration Healing & Aromatherapy reactions. It facilitates love & acceptance of our physical bodies & our sexuality. We experience feelings of warmth, tenderness, & sensitivity towards ourselves & others. Opening ourselves spiritually, we feel safe & present in our world. This recipe is also excellent for skin protection & strengthening as Balsam conditions & soothes rough, cracked skin.
Into this expertly balanced recipe I also blended in Organic Rosemary, concentrating this recipe with antioxidant power. Rosemary is also helpful spiritually & mentally refreshes, useful to clear the mind of mental fatigue & to clarify our memory.