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*Please keep checking back as I update this page with each item's alleged qualities and risks. Feel free to message me with any you know of and/or about ingredients you would like me to use. Thank you.*

 

*All ingredients are used for their cosmetic purposes. However, you are welcome to custom order according to your understanding regarding reported therapeutic properties. Please do all necessary research in advance and proceed with caution. Even though I market the use of essential oils for their aromas, they do have "drug" properties because they are derived from herbs, flowers, etc. and it would be irresponsible and dangerous for me to pretend otherwise. Before pharmaceuticals came into being, humans used herbs, oils, and various other foods. Many still do. For these reasons, and in accordance with the FDA regulation stated here, I am including as many relevant properties as possible, so that you can make the best decision possible on which oils to use, mix, etc.*

 

Avocado Oil --used in my products for its moisturizing properties; available as an alternative to coconut or olive oil.

As food: Lowers and/or maintains blood pressure when used instead of saturated fats/trans fats; boosts the absorption of carotenoids (antioxidants) in food. Can help lower blood sugar 3 Metabolic syndrome, a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, is 50 percent lower in people who eat avocados on a regular basis. 4 Rich source of Vitamin E 5 More than twice as much potassium as a banana 6

Topically: triggers the production of collagen; excellent moisturizing; can stimulate hair growth, when used on a regular basis May thicken and strengthen hair and nourish hair/scalp 5 Rich source of Vitamin E; tightens skin and reduces wrinkles. 5

Risks: Possible problem for people allergic to latex; may decrease the effectiveness of Warfarin and other blood thinners. 1

Sources
1. https://draxe.com/avocado-oil/
2. http://avocadooilbenefits.net/avocado-oil-benefits-for-skin/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1676360 (on collagen only)
3. http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/avocado_tip_sheet-american-diabetes-association.pdf
4. http://www.healthline.com/health/10-health-facts-about-avocado#Nutrients3
5. https://wellnessmama.com/123677/avocado-oil-benefits/
6. General research/observation

delimiters-35877 long horizontalBaking Soda: Used in my deodorants, alongside cornstarch, for its odor-absorbing and sweat-absorbing properties. Used by request only.

Safe for general use in small amounts.

Risks: Used internally by hospitals to treat various diseases by raising the PH level in your blood. Ailments like appendicitis, intestinal bleeding, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, toxemia, and edema can be made worse by ingesting baking soda. Some medications like tetracyclines, methanamine, and Nizoral can be reduced in their effectiveness.

Sources:

http://drsircus.com/sodium-bicarbonate-baking-soda/healing-power-baking-soda/ 
https://draxe.com/baking-soda-uses/ 
http://www.livestrong.com/article/268006-baking-soda-for-acne-scars-wrinkles/ 

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Beeswax: When pricing permits, this is used in my products as an emulsifier and for its sweet smell

Anti-inflammatory, attracts/holds in moisture, doesn’t clog pores, antibacterial, Vitamin A, anti-allergenic

Risks: Pollen oils are used to turn white wax into a yellow or brown color 1 Due to its antibacterial properties, it may interfere with probiotics. Anti-inflammatory properties are very helpful in healing from injuries, relieving pain, reducing swelling, etc.; however, inflammation is also an inherent part of the healing process, showing up in the immune system's initial response to cuts, bruises, etc. As with most things, anti-inflammatory ingredients should be used in moderation.2

Sources

1. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-305-beeswax.aspx?activeingredientid=305
2. http://www.livescience.com/52344-inflammation.html

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Cocoa powder/extract: 

As food: Contains up to 3x as many antioxidants as green tea; great source of magnesium; increases blood flow to the brain; high in polyphenols, which can reduce blood pressure and improve heart health; anti-inflammatory; helps prevent clogging in the arteries; can give a boost of energy comparable to coffee; contains healthy fats; can improve the effectiveness of insulin. 1
In skincare: used in the form of cocoa butter, extract, and powder. The butter is very moisturizing and high in antioxidants. Cocoa solids contain high levels of caffeine and theobromine. 2
High in flavonoids, which are beneficial for creating thicker, denser, better hydrated, and more UV-resistent skin. (Heinrich et al., 2006) 2

Risks: Anti-inflammatory properties are very helpful in healing from injuries, relieving pain, reducing swelling, etc.; however, inflammation is also an inherent part of the healing process, showing up in the immune system's initial response to cuts, bruises, etc. As with most things, anti-inflammatory ingredients should be used in moderation.3

Sources
1. http://www.beautyandtips.com/healthy-eating/10-fabulous-health-benefits-of-cocoa-powder/
2. http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/cocoa-in-natural-skincare/ 
3. http://www.livescience.com/52344-inflammation.html

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Coconut oil: 

For topical use: Moisturizing, Antiaging and Antiviral Properties; Rich in Vitamin E; Strengthens skin tissue; rich in proteins; Soothes eczema, sunburn, and psoriasis. Contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid, each of which kills candida 1
As food: Contains medium chain triglycerides, which can be beneficial for several brain disorders. A dietary staple--more than 60% of calories--in some parts of the world. Can help burn fat, when eaten in place of other oils, butter, margarine, etc. Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid, which breaks down into monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, including Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida. 2

Sources
1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/176393-skin-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
2. https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

Additional sources:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/coconut-oil-for-skin.html

Disclaimer: All properties to do with bacteria, viruses, and fungi are understood to be possible in raw coconut oil, when used by itself. I can make no claims about their effectiveness in my products in any other capacity except the moisturizing benefits, the consistency/texture it gives my products, and the speed at which it absorbs into the skin in comparison with other oils, nor am I currently aware of how much would have to be used/ingested to achieve these benefits.

 

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Cornstarch: 

Topical: Anti-inflammatory properties1, absorbs oil, mild abrasive (good for facial exfoliating)3

As a food: Used to help manage low blood sugar 2

Risks: Use with caution if you have high blood sugar or are on a low-carb diet for medical reasons. Some sites have cited cornstarch with clogging pores and/or breeding bacteria when combined with sweat/oil; however, these claims seem flimsy to me and have been well contested by others who have used cornstarch for years (on their faces and/or their babies' butts) with no issues.

Sources
1. https://www.rosacea-ltd.com/cornstarch-rosacea-relief/
2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/479831-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-cornstarch/

3. General research/observation

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Germall Plus: Broad-spectrum commercial preservative, paraben-free, non- carginogenic, safe for skin, not safe for ingesting

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Green tea: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, improves skin elasticity, anti-aging

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Ground coffee: reduces puffiness, natural exfoliant, brightens skin, skin-firming, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, can reduce redness/ease rosacea

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Honey: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, moisturizing, soothing, opens pores

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Oatmeal: absorbs excess oil, exfoliates, moisturizes, eases dry skin symptoms, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, reduces pore size, skin brightening

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Olive oil: antioxidant, antibacterial, very hydrating, skin softening, strengthens nails, soothes itchy/dry skin, anti-aging, can help clear pores, skin-brightening, firming

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Powdered milk: removes oil-based impurities, exfoliant, skin brightener, moisturizes, anti-aging, gentle on sensitive skin

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Soy wax: moisturizing, rich in Vitamin E

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Shea butter: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, skin strengthening, UV protection, skin regeneration, collagen production, heals minor burns and cuts, eases muscle aches, high in Vitamins A, E, and F Read More

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Vegetable glycerin: moisturizer, toner, cleanser

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Witch hazel extract: toner, soothes skin, anti-inflammatory, moisturizes, astringent

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Scenting Options

 

Chamomile essential oil: Natural, mild nerve/muscle relaxant

Risks: Possible side-effects for people allergic to asters, chrysanthemums, ragweed, and other members of the Asteraceae daisy family. Use caution in combining with other nerve/muscle relaxants, blood thinners, etc. Known examples include warfarin and cyclosporine. 1
Consult doctor before using during pregnancy. "For the same reason aspirin should be avoided in pregnancy, chamomile has such powerful anti-inflammatory properties that regular consumption may result in a serious fetal heart problem—premature constriction of the fetal ductus arteriosus, which allows the fetus to "breathe" in the womb." 2
Possible side-effects for people allergic to nuts--Because it's derived from a flower, rather than a leaf or root, chamomile essential oil may be diluted in sweet almond oil with tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E). 3

Sources
1. https://www.drugs.com/npc/chamomile.html 
2. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/chamomile-tea-may-not-be-safe-during-pregnancy/ 
3. Personal observation; general research

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Cocoa powder/extract: 

As food: Contains up to 3x as many antioxidants as green tea; great source of magnesium; increases blood flow to the brain; high in polyphenols, which can reduce blood pressure and improve heart health; anti-inflammatory; helps prevent clogging in the arteries; can give a boost of energy comparable to coffee; contains healthy fats 1 

In skincare: used in the form of cocoa butter, extract, and powder. The butter is very moisturizing and high in antioxidants. Cocoa solids contain high levels of caffeine and theobromine. High in flavonoids, which are beneficial for creating thicker, denser, better hydrated, skin. (Heinrich et al., 2006) 2

Risks: can improve the effectiveness of insulin

Sources

1. http://www.beautyandtips.com/healthy-eating/10-fabulous-health-benefits-of-cocoa-powder/


2. http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/cocoa-in-natural-skincare/

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Eucalyptus oil: antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, improves breathing, can help lower blood pressure

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Ground coffee: reduces puffiness, natural exfoliant, brightens skin, skin-firming, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, can reduce redness/ease rosacea

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Lavender essential oil: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, reduces stress, can improve skin conditions

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Lemongrass essential oil: analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, reduces fever, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, fungicidal

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Orange essential oil: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, relaxes muscles and nerves, nourishes skin, softens skin, effective against e.coli and salmonella, circulation booster

 

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Rosemary essental oil: antiseptic, disinfectant, antiviral, analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, improves blood flow, stimulates the mind, calming/stress-relief

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Tea tree oil: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, inhibits e.coli, inhibits H1N1, inhibits salmonella, fungicide, balsamic, aids in wound healing, anti-inflammatory

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