The Quest to Quench Dry, Sensitive Skin

February 11, 2016

I have notoriously dry and sensitive skin. During the winter, my lips are always chapped, my skin itches, and when I finally give-in to scratch, I leave behind a white trail of cracked, peeling skin. When I do use lotion, I’m usually scratching some more from some allergic reaction to it. It’s a battle.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I have spent in my quest for relief. From drugstore brands at $7 a bottle, to high-end brands at $60 a bottle, to prescriptions from my dermatologist, and I have yet to find a product that both relieves my dry skin and has ingredients I can recognize. This is one of the reasons why I chose to morph our business from just candles to bath and body products.

As a teacher by day, I knew if I did my research and testing, I could find a better way. I spent the last six months developing products and testing on myself, my family, and my husband (never on animals – you know how much we’re against that), and I realized that the problem was with the fear of oil!

How often we’re searching for “oil-free” products for fear that we would clog our pores. This is completely incorrect! What you do need to check for is the comedogenic (pore-clogging) properties of the oil, which you can do right here on the Vegan Beauty Review Blog.

I decided to create a body butter based on all of my research (and excuse me for gushing, but I am finally happy in my skin!). Here are the ingredients of the Butter Me Up Body Butter:

Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E Oil), Essential Oil.

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It’s scented (lightly) with only essential oils, to keep it all natural. It’s completely vegan, and of course, cruelty-free.  I love it because it’s light, fluffy, creamy, and fantastic for your skin.  Here’s why:

APRICOT KERNAL OIL – Apricot kernel oil has 30% unsaturated essential fatty acid content. The oil is similar in weight to human sebum. Extremely nourishing to the skin and excellent around the eyes and neck. Apricot kernel oil is an emollient. According to the AMA’s committee on Cutaneous Health, it is said to help make the skin feel softer and smoother.

COCONUT OIL – Our refined Coconut Oil is extracted from the meat of the coconut. Coconut oil is especially great to create a thick, bubbly lather in soaps and smooth, solid texture for skin.

JOJOBA OIL – Jojoba oil may be one of nature’s greatest gifts to skin. Non-comedogenic with a light, silky texture, jojoba oil is perfect for delicate skin around the eyes and face. Jojoba oil is a unique oil known for its long chain monosaturated wax esters, making it ideal for cosmetic wear.

MANGO BUTTER – Mango Butter is expeller-pressed from the kernels of the mango fruit. Mango is rich in unsaponifiables, making it highly emollient, while its especially high content of oleic and stearic acids make it an excellent humectant (moisture sealing property).

SHEA BUTTER – Shea butter is wonderful as skin nourishment and as a moisturizer. The unique fatty acid profile coupled with the butter’s high level of non-saponifiables make it a highly effective emollient.

VITAMIN E OIL – Vitamin E oil is derived from the alpha Tocopherol of plants. It is known to be a skin protector against free radicals and environmental damage.

Now, I’m not making any company claims about healing or the properties of these oils and butters (this is the research I have found and compiled from various sources, such as and the American Academy of Dermatology).  You should always consult a physician to find out what’s best for you and your skin type, but this is what’s working for me right now. I like knowing that there is a better option, with natural ingredients, that helped me, and I hope it can make your skin look and feel fantastic, as well.

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