LOCALLY SOURCED HONEY: Honey’s natural humectant properties make it an effective moisturizer. The enzyme activity in honey enables it to penetrate deeply into the skin and bring hydration to the underlying layers. This results in plumper, softer skin with a natural radiant glow. Honey draws moisture from the air and binds it to the skin. This added hydration gives the skin a fresh, youthful glow and suppleness, making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Honey also contains natural antioxidants that fight free radicals, one of the leading causes of premature aging. Honey is naturally antibacterial and exfoliating. These properties make it an effective natural pore cleanser for removing deep-down dirt and debris that may clog the pores and contribute to skin issues. Honey contains a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide. This gives it mild lightening properties, which help to reduce acne scars and hyperpigmentation over time. These same properties also make honey an effective choice for brightening a dull complexion. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of honey play an important role in reducing acne and breakouts. These properties reduce the bacteria that causes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. They also help to treat the redness and inflammation associated with breakouts. Honey is commonly used in medical settings for the treatment of burns due to its ability to promote the healing of damaged tissues and reduce inflammation. These same benefits can be helpful for relieving and healing sunburn at home.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal is simply charcoal that has been exposed to high temperatures, making it purer in structure. It becomes porous and can absorb toxins, making it a wonderful addition to many skincare products. You will also see activated charcoal added to toothpaste as a whitening agent, as this was commonly used to clean the teeth before modern toothpaste existed. Activated charcoal is also used to draw impurities out of the skin, such as a splinter. It is perfect for a facial soap as it helps bring toxins and impurities, such as excess oil or acne, to the surface and absorbs them to be washed away.
COFFEE: Coffee has been known to help reduce inflammation in the skin due to conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and others. It is antimicrobial, making it perfect for fighting infections in the skin. This recipe has coarse coffee grounds added as a gentle exfoliator.
ROSE OIL: Roses are filled with antioxidants, making them a wonderful addition to a facial soap. This can help to prevent cell damage and aid in regenerating skin tissue. Rose is often used in skincare for its anti-aging properties and is perfect for dry skin in particular, but it is safe to use on all skin types.
SAGE OIL: Because sage is astringent, it can help to improve acne and blemishes, heal chapped skin, and relieve the symptoms of eczema. Sage increases collagen and is rich in Vitamin A.
JOJOBA OIL: Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is the liquid that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) plant, which is a shrub native to Southern Arizona, Southern California, and Northwestern Mexico. Although called an oil, it’s actually a liquid plant wax and has been used in folk medicine for a number of ailments. For instance, Native Americans use jojoba oil for treating sores and bruises. What is organic jojoba oil best for? Today, it’s commonly used to treat acne, sunburn, psoriasis, and chapped skin. It’s also used by people who are balding since it encourages hair regrowth. Because it’s an emollient, it soothes the surface area and unclogs hair follicles.
CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL: Cedarwood essential oil is a substance derived from the needles, leaves, bark, and berries of cedar trees. Cedarwood oil and its components have been analyzed in animal and human studies for potential health and beauty benefits. The components found in cedarwood oil include citrine, cedrol, and thujone. These may have the following properties:
CALENDULA FLOWER: Calendula has antiseptic properties, which are helpful for treating wounds and preventing acne. As a skin conditioner, Calendula Extract stimulates collagen production and it also reduces the occurrence of dry skin.
LAVENDER: With the aid of anti-inflammatory properties, lavender will help to calm skin and reduce the swelling that can accompany acne and other irritations. Lavender is reported to be good for minimizing the appearance of scars, thus being useful for healing skin after a breakout.
OTHER INGREDIENTS: Coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), honey (100% pure natural grade A honey), purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, propylene glycol (of vegetable origin), sorbitan oleate, oat protein.