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The Great Soap Hunt, Part 1: Vegetable Glycerin Soaps

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: April 10, 2014

 

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Customers often ask us which kind of soap they should buy: which is the most moisturizing, which will last the longest, which is the most gentle. Choosing from among different bar soaps can be overwhelming. And depending on an individual’s concerns, as well as their body chemistry, the answer to this question varies.

Over the next few posts we’ll unpack this question a bit, and we’ll go in-depth to discuss how different soaps are made. First, we’ll talk about simple cold process soaps, such as vegetable glycerin soaps.

The Chemistry

Bar soaps are a mixture of an acid (any combination of fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, etc.), a base (typically lye), and water. When these ingredients combine, a chemical reaction called saponification occurs: triglycerides from the oil combine with lye to release glycerol, and the acid combines with the base to form a salt. Glycerol becomes glycerin, and the salt eventually cools down to become the soap bar.

But the choice of fats, the amount of heat added, and the mixing process are all factors that determine what kind of soap you end up with.

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Tea Tree Oil’s “It” Factor

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: April 3, 2014

Tea tree oil is one of the most utilized essential oils on the market today. Curious why? You checked out what we had to say on lavender essential oil, now let’s see what our resident esthetician has to say about tea tree oil.

Tea Tree Plantation

Known for its strong, green aroma, tea tree oil is a unique botanical extract that has been used around the world as medicine for generations. It is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the evergreen shrub Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia that thrives in warm, wet climates.

Tea tree oil’s popularity grew during World War II, when it was sent to many Australian soldiers in their first aid kits and they discovered its wide variety of applications. Here are some if its best talents:

 

Fighting Germs

Tea tree oil is a strong antiseptic, therapeutic, and cosmetic essential oil. It is gentle enough to be applied directly on your skin, yet strong enough to wipe out bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This makes it a great addition to treatments that fight things like athlete’s foot and dandruff. A tea tree oil room spray is wonderful to have on hand during cold and flu season, since it will help purify the air and keep your surfaces clean and germ-free.

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Top 5 Products Our Retail Sales Manager Cannot Live Without

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: March 20, 2014

Wondering which products might be a good grab on your next run to Body Time? We asked Laurel to pin down her five favorites:

Gotu Kola Eye and Face Gel - BodyTime 1. Gotu Kola Eye and Face Gel

L says: I love this multi-purpose, light-weight gel formula for so many reasons!  As a moisturizer, it reduces irritation and redness, and is also a feathery-light, rapidly absorbing moisturizer.

This product is my go-to for combating puffy, swollen eyes and dark circles, because Gotu Kola contains caffeine to help reduce puffiness and shrink broken capillaries that cause raccoon eyes.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties that, when refrigerated, multiply in their effectiveness.

Bonus tip: For those with acne or skin irritations, it helps to repair the skin, speed up healing, and prevent hyper-pigmentation and scarring.

 

Body Time Skin Refining Cream 2. Radiant Glow Skin Refining Cream

L says: Radiant Glow might be my absolute favorite product.  It is a lightweight, rejuvenating facial cream that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids which naturally slough off dead skin cells and leave my feeling brand new. It has truly made a tremendous difference in the texture of my skin.

Bonus tip: During dryer months, layer Radiant Glow under a richer cream like Firming Renewal for a complete moisture seal.

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Love Your Lavender 101

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: March 3, 2014

lavender plantLavender is a classic and widely sought after aroma, and in addition to its role as a stress reducer and relaxation aid, this plant and its extracts have more uses than you might think.

Lavender can help kill odor causing bacteria, which makes it a welcome addition to deodorants, room freshening sprays, and linen fresheners. As a replacement for dryer sheets, you can add one or two drops of Lavender essential oil to your laundry’s cycle .

Lavender is also strongly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, in both essential oil and hydrosol form. It is gentle enough that you can apply it undiluted to the skin (although anyone with skin sensitivities should perform an allergy test*). Lavender essential oil is a wonderful remedy for those prone to acne breakouts. And while Tea Tree essential oil has long been a popular spot treatment, Lavender has proven equally effective in soothing inflammation and stopping the spread of acne-causing bacteria. Read More…

Essential Oils for Hair Growth

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: February 19, 2014

3345143565_5b5484d148Slow hair growth can have many causes: genetics, health, diet, and lifestyle, to name a few. One great way to support hair growth is to use a blend of essential oils (and men, this is true for growing that thick, healthy beard as well). Some concentrated plant extracts are packed with properties that will help your hair grow and shine. You can include essential oils as part of your everyday routine by adding them to your shampoo, or you can create your own oil-based treatment for occasional use.

Whether added to hair (or beard) oil, or as ingredients in your shampoo, the following essential oils will support hair growth:

Grapefruit Essential Oil: Supports healthy hair follicles and fights dandruff by helping to remove excess oil from the scalp. (Bonus: Grapefruit is safe for oily hair.)

German Chamomile Essential Oil: Much like Grapefruit Essential Oil, chamomile promotes healthy hair by supporting a healthy, fertile, dandruff-free scalp. (Bonus: Its lightening properties will help keep blonde hair shining bright, so brunettes, beware!) Read More…

Love, Attraction & Aroma

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: February 13, 2014

Aroma attracts love As another Valentine’s Day is upon us, flowers, chocolates and anything heart-shaped is traditionally the gift of choice. But what if you could surprise your sweetheart with something more unique this year?  I highly suggest you get him/her a gift that is memorable, long-lasting and intimate, such as a personalized or couples scent.  Share an intimate experience and use a custom-scented massage oil,  bubble bath, room spray or perfume/cologne to add some spice to your celebration of love. Read More…

Keeping “Normal” Skin Happy

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: January 27, 2014

If your skin is not oily or prone to breakouts, and also not dry or prone to flaky patches, you have what we call “normal” skin. Lucky you! But creating a regimen for normal skin can be complicated: you don’t want to over-wash or over-scrub, but you also don’t want to neglect your skin. Maintain your healthy glow by following these simple suggestions. Read More…

Refresh, Repair, Replenish Your Dry Skin

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: January 21, 2014

Does your face feel flaky, tight, itchy or “pulled?” If so then you, like so many others, have dry skin. At the root of dry skin is the loss of balance in the skins production of natural oils and water, which together form a barrier to protect your skin and retain moisture. The severity of dry skin is often increased by a variety of variables such as cold weather, poor nutrition & hydration, and age–just to name a few. With the right treatment, a little diligence and our simple method of refresh, repair, replenish, your dry
skin issues can finally be resolved! Read More…

Caring For Combination Skin

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: January 13, 2014

Combination skin can be tricky to tame, as it can include many unique skincare concerns. What is commonly seen is overproduction of oil in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) with dry patches on the cheeks and outer areas. Enlarged pores and a tendency towards acne breakouts is also common. Many people with this skin type also experience sensitivities and tend to scar easily, so using a tender and protective regimen is important. If you have combination skin, here are some important things to consider: Read More…

What is The Difference Between a Serum and a Moisturizer

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: December 30, 2013

MoisturizerWith all of the beauty products on the market these days, it can be difficult to pick out what your skin actually needs. One major source of confusion in recent years has been the benefits of using a serum versus a moisturizer, and why this is not always an either/or situation. So what exactly is the difference between a serum and a moisturizer? Mainly, the distinction lies in what each product’s ingredients will specifically do for your skin. Read More…