Members of Ghana's Women's Shea Co-Op pounding raw shea into shea butter. It's shipped directly to us, and we in turn transform it into a creamy, fragrant, whipped wonder for skin!
Approximately every 10 days our 60 qt mixer is busy whipping up luscious batches of our fragrant, creamy shea butter for you! This labor-intensive process includes one of our devoted crew monitoring the subtle changes the shea butter moves through and watching as all the oils transform into the exceptionally soft, soothing and therapeutic whipped goodness in each hand-filled jar. It takes about 4-6 hours of constant whipping and close monitoring to create our two Shea Butter products: Patchouli Vanilla + Olive Leaf infusion. The mixer is constantly watched as the shea butter begins to soften. At just the right time, we slowly drizzle in a variety of fruit, flower, seed and nut oils such as local organic olive oil, deep green and aromatic; organic calendula sunflower infusion; St. John's wort oil, Madagascar Vanilla infused into coconut oil; Evening Primrose oil, organic olive leaf + rose petal infusion.....And, at the very end we mindfully add, drop-by-drop, a selection of energetic, enlivening flower essences by Healing Herbs - Bach Flower Remedies (sourced directly from England). The specific remedies chosen for our products were selected and designed by Alexis Smart Flower Essences (alexissmart.com) and Evan. We let it sit quietly overnight, to rest. In the morning it is ready to be put into jars, all the while we chant, sing or listen to music. Good vibrations! Our shea butter is unheated. Many shea butter formulas are heated to blend other ingredients. But I discovered after a few years of working out my formula that organic, raw, unrefined and unbleached shea butter does NOT like to be heated. It gets grainy and rancid, the heat creates moisture, water, that condenses in the jars and rancidity ensues, necessitating the need for a preservative system. I created this formula a few years ago over a long summer, blending and mixing and experimenting with different shea butters and flower, seed, nut oils. I wanted to create a Butter so satiny soft, yet also dense and stable. I didn't want it to be light and airy like a soufflé that would collapse the moment you touched your warm fingertip to it. I needed to figure out a way to soften shea's natural hardness, something that would create a sense of 'loft', but that would also maintain some structural integrity. So, necessity being the mother of invention (and the fact that I was standing in my kitchen and not in a lab) I hauled out my cake mixer. As I was whipping, I noticed that the shea butter began to transform and soften...it was becoming something...else. Huzzah! From then on I spent weeks literally up to my eyeballs in the emollient, fragrant, skin-healing goodness of organic shea butter... and the rest, as they say, is history. Enjoy this wonderful, artisan made, hand-whipped, organic, skin-loving butter!
Pomegranate and Himalayan Sea Buckthorn are two exceptional oils known for their ability to soften, soothe and support the skin’s hydrolipid balance...
Pomegranate Repair Serum, with certified organic Sea Buckthorn seed and berry Oil, is an impressive combination of fruit, seed and berry oils with an affinity for soothing the skin. It is unscented (other than the natural aroma of essential fatty acids), and daily use offers a nutrient-dense treatment for skin. Pomegranate Repair Serum visibly transforms the skin. Impressive cell-regenerating benefits are due to the high antioxidant content of polyphenol and conjugated fatty acids. Their combined effect results in strong anti-inflammatory properties, offering an effective solution for quelling the redness and heat of rosacea, psoriasis and eczema... or any sensitive, reacitve skin condition. Daily use increases vitality, elasticity, and suppleness while providing an elegant and silky feeling. Pomegranate Repair Serum has exceptional moisturizing and nourishing properties. Its visible healing effect on mature and aging skin, hyperpigmented skin, dry and cracked skin, irritated, sun-damaged and sunburned skin is truly remarkable. This Serum can also be used to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, scars and wounds. Pomegranate Repair Serum with Sea Buckthorn Oil: Boosts restoration and repair of the skin Evens skin tone Scavenges free radicals Contributes to collagen production Helps reverse the damage of sun exposure Assists the skin in healing both new and old scars The addition of sea buckthorn oil adds a nourishing, revitalizing and restorative action. Studies of sea buckthorn oil have suggested that the restorative properties present in the fruit and berry extract may be due in part to its high content of essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols and phytosterols, elements which are all important in the maintenance of a healthy functioning skin. Which one is right for you? Choose Pomegranate Repair Serum instead of Rosehip Serum for more targeted repair on damaged or devitalized skin that requires additional nourishment and protection. Wear Pomegranate Repair Serum, and all our products, in radiant good health! - Evan
Our Facial Tonic Hydrosols make effective cleansers for sensitive skin..
As an aesthetician, I have found that thoroughly cleansing sensitive skin (acne-allergic-roasacea-psoriasis-eczema, etc) can be challenging even if you are using a gentle skin cleanser.
The solution is simple. Don't use a cleanser, use a Hydrosol! The results will be sparkling clean pores and balanced skin that also leaves the skin hydrated, toned, refreshed and cool. Here's what I do when my own skin is feeling sensitive: In the morning, I hold a steamy wash cloth to my face to awaken my senses and my skin. Then, I began to mist my face all over, very generously, literally drenching my skin with a succession of Hydrosols: I start this morning with Heart of Summer Facial Tonic HydroSoul, and I press the liquid droplets thoroughly into my skin and feeling expansive this morning, I follow that with ...Lavender, Sandalwood, Rose Geranium and then Sacred Tulsi Facial Tonic HydroSoul. It's important to point out you will achieve the same softening, cleansing, calming results if you are using any ONE of our Hydrosols, too. In fact, one of my favorites is Heart of Summer. It's a perfect choice because it's three hydrosols all rolled into one, it's a co-distillation of three beautiful summer-time hydrosols: lavender, rose gernaium and lemon verbena. Heart of Summer RESULTS: After saturating my skin with all these gloriously fresh, dynamic, energetically complex, aromatic, PRANA-filled Hydrosols...and following with 3 pumps of Argan Intensive Serum -- the wow factor was achieved. This is the ultimate in holistic skin care: it's a treatment that is both radically simple and very effective. It's a treatment that leaves your skin calm, awakened and refreshed with absolutely no toxic chemicals or no weird synthetic fragrances polluting your gorgeous, peaceful face! Evan