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Shea Butter: the ultimate moisturizing and “refattening” agent

Shea butter is a natural fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). In it’s raw, unprocessed form, Shea butter has a light yellow color and is a complex fat that contains many hair and skin essential fatty acids, including oleic acid (40-60%), stearic acid (20-50%), linoleic acid (3-11%), palmitic acid (2-9%), linolenic acid (<1%) and arachnidic acid (<1%). Shea butter absorbs rapidly i9nto the skin and acts as a “refattening” agent that has good water-binding properties. Shea butter is mainly used in Volcanics Personal Care products to moisturize the skin and condition dry and brittle hair. Shea butter is a key ingredient in Volcanics Anti-Aging Cream, Volcanics Clay Pomade, Volcanics Wax Pomade and Volcanics Cream...

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Organic Safflower Oil: a gentle and moisturizing all-purpose skin care oil

Organic safflower oil is a gentle, highly moisturizing skin care oil with a similar makeup to sunflower oil. On average, however, safflower oil contains a higher percentage of linoleic acid and a lower percentage of oleic acid than its sunflower counterpart. Linoleic acid is excellent at breaking up blackheads, unclogging pores, and balancing sebum levels of the skin (excess sebum is one of the main causes of acne). This makes safflower oil a great carrier oil for the oil cleansing method–especially for those with acne prone and oily skin. Oily skin types might also enjoy using an organic safflower oil as a body moisturizer because of its light consistency and ability to absorb quickly into the skin. Organic safflower oil...

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Organic Sunflower Oil: a Vitamin E Infusion

Organic sunflower seed oil is a gentle antioxidant rich skin care oil that is perfect for beginners. Made from cold-pressed sunflower seeds, sunflower seed oil is light and is easily absorbed by the skin without clogging pores. The most unique feature of sunflower seed oil is its high Vitamin E content. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and skin regenerator that can actually help reverse and prevent sun damage, environmental damage, and premature aging caused by free radical damage. Additionally, organic sunflower seed oil protects the skin’s precious collagen and elastin supply, resulting in a more toned youthful appearance. Like safflowers, sunflowers are members of the ragweed family and the oil should be avoided by those with ragweed allergies. Teenage...

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Organic Argan Oil: the Holy Grail of Skin Care Oils

As one of the world’s most expensive oils, organic argan oil (also known as liquid gold) is considered by many to be the holy grail of skin care oils. Like hempseed oil, argan oil boasts a high composition of essential fatty acids and plant sterols without clogging pores. The most powerful feature of organic argan oil is its ability to repair skin damage like acne scarring, stretch marks, and dry skin. The Vitamin E in argan oil penetrates deep into the skin to improve elasticity while triterpenoids work to heal tissue scarring. At the same time, argan’s fatty acids are working to reduce redness, eliminate acne-causing bacteria, and rebalance sebum production to prevent future breakouts. Pure organic argan oil is...

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Organic Hemp Seed Oil: the perfect starter to skin care oils

If you’re looking to experiment with skin care oils for the first time, there is almost no better oil to start with than organic hemp seed oil. Organic hemp seed oil is unique in that it has a very similar composition of fats and amino acids as our own natural skin oils, making it one of the most well tolerated carrier oils for all skin types. Hemp seed oil is made specifically from the seeds of the hemp plant and has a different composition than the plant itself. For example, there is no THC in organic hemp seed oil; thus, it is both legal and non-psychoactive unlike other parts of the cannabis plant. What hemp seed oil does include, however,...

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