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Natural Body Butter with Jojoba

27 Aug

This formulation is amazing! It’s Desert Whale’s natural body butter formulation containing only naturally derived and ECOCERT approved raw materials. This creamy moisturizer highlights the sensory benefits of Jojoba Butter, and includes Jojoba Wax Flakes for added structure and Jojoba Oil for elegant emolliency.

Natural Body Butter (Prototype)
Ingredient
WT. %
A  Deionized Water
Xanthan Gum
58.60 %
0.40 %
B  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter (Iso Jojoba™ 35)
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter (Iso Jojoba™ 50)
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax Flakes)
Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside
Beeswax
16.00 %
11.00 %
5.00 %
1.00 %
6.00 %
1.50 %
C  Fragrance
0.50 %
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The Cosmetic Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

21 Jun

Tea Tree Oil and Hair/Scalp

Tea tree oil has beneficial activities in shampoos and conditioners containing between 1-5% tea tree oil and suggested higher strengths for extreme scalp problems.  Tea Tree Oil is known to balances excess oily hair and can be used as an anti-dandruff treatment at 1-5%.  Tea tree also repels and kills mites and eggs.

Tea Tree Oil and Acne

Tea Tree Oil is known for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.  Tea Tree helps inhibit bacteria growth and reduce redness. Because tea tree oil has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro it is commonly used to treat cuts, insect bites, and boils. A study in 2007 found that a six-week course of 5% tea tree oil to be effective in reducing both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions due to the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of tea tree oil.  Tea tree oil has been shown to inhibit or kill many detrimental micro-organisms such as Eschericia coli, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Propionibacterium acnes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus pyogenes, detrimental fungi on the skin, Candida albicans, Pityrosporum ovale, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, detrimental protozoa, and Trichomonas vaginalis.

For more great info on Tea Tree Oil, read this article by Cynthia Olsen.

For a price quote on Desert Whale’s Australian grade tea tree oil, email marketing@desertwhale.com.

Hottest Ingredients in Ethnic Hair Care!

18 Jun

Check out this article written by Titi Brand, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s of Brooklyn, NY and published in the April issue of Happi magazine:

What are the hottest ingredients in ethnic hair care? Titi Brand, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s of Brooklyn, NY,weighed in on the crucial fruits, vegetables and other natural components that consumers are clamoring for right now:
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Avocado:
For hair, avocado is used in hot-oil treatments and for deep, hair conditioning. Avocado pulp can be whipped smooth and applied to face or massaged into the hair for a quick and easy softening, conditioning and moisturizing mask.
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Jojoba:
Jojoba acts as a humectant on the hair and scalp by sealing it to prevent moisture loss. All hair types will benefit from jojoba but hair that is dry and damaged will benefit the most, as jojoba coats and seals the hair cuticle. This maintains moisture balance, essential for healthy hair. Jojoba extract is also said to remove buildup.

Macadamia nut: Macadamia oil reduces dryness. It is a natural moisturizer and emollient (emollients attract and trap moisture from the air). Macadamia oil is light and non-greasy so it is easily absorbed into the hair shaft. Another gift of macadamia nut oil is that it contains proteins, and its vitamin E contributes skin-care benefits and long shelf life. The high count of mono-unsaturated fatty acids makes the oil mimic sebum.

Shea butter:
Shea butter is remarkably high in unsaponifiables—up to 11%, giving natural UV protection. This is one of the reasons it is beloved by Africans whose skin and hair is almost constantly exposed to sunny and sometimes-harsh weather conditions. The UV protection is useful elsewhere as well. Having some UV protection enables our hair to retain its natural vibrancy, color treatments and softness. The softening quality of shea butter makes it useful for hair and body care, as it is easily and quickly absorbed when applied topically. For most types of hair, shea is a good hot oil treatment, wherein it is melted, cooled slightly, and then applied warm to the ends of hair where split ends occur and to the scalp.

If you don’t like the feel of shea butter try jojoba butter or lime seed butter they are less greasy and lighter in feel.

Getting bored with jojoba oil?  Try Jojoba Proteins or Jojoba Wax to liven up your hair care formulation.


Some of our favorite hair care formulations are here:

Hair Wax w/ Jojoba Butter and Jojoba Aqua Sol

Nourishing Shampoo with Jojoba Proteins

Clear Hair Gel for Men with Jojoba Aqua Sol

Looking for an exciting and functional raw material for your cosmetic formulation?

25 May

Look no further than Jojoba Glaze®.   Jojoba Glaze® is an anhydrous jojoba gel composed of almost entirely jojoba oil.  It is available in three different viscocities: low, high, and extreme.

It is excellent for suspending pigments like glitter, penetrating cuticles, and dissolving sunscreen ingredients.  Please check out some of our Jojoba Glaze® formulations: Long-Wearing Lipgloss with Jojoba Glaze® – EV, Foaming Sugar Scrub with Jojoba Glaze® – HV, and Soothing Nail Glaze with Jojoba Glaze® – LV.