What makes these creams beneficial for you and your skin is not only what beautiful and clean ingredients they have but also what ingredients they don't have. Unlike many commercial cosmetic creams, they have no parabens, no mineral oil (from petroleum), no animal products, and no chemicals. What you use on your face and your body, I believe, should be the purest you can find. Otherwise, you are loading the largest organ of your body and your first line of protection (your skin) with chemicals on a daily basis. I don't use fragrance oils because they are made in a lab and do not have the power of Nature inherent in true essential oils, which work on body, mind, spirit. Many commercial creams feel good on the skin because of the chemicals that have been added to make them smooth, slick, or fluffy. My handmade creams vary in texture and color due to the real plant ingredients and my being human. Some days I whip them at a different temperature or am interrupted in the middle of a batch and create a variation.
Why did I choose plum kernel, pomegrante, rosehip, tamanu, evening primrose, and sea buckthorn oils? Primarily because they are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and skin aging and have a positive effect on the immune system. For example, plum kernel is beneficial to dry and mature skin because it is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and antioxidants and renews the complexion.
Pomegranate seed oil is commonly used in cosmetic products to revitalize dull or mature skin, assist with wrinkles, and to soothe minor skin irritations. Without moisture, wrinkles become more abundant and pronounced, and the skin looks tight and lacks luster. Not only does pomegranate seed oil contain high levels of antioxidants that fight free radicals and skin aging, but the oil is also a potent source of punicic and ellagic acids. Because of these properties, pomegranate seed oil is used to renew, protect, and moisturize dry, cracked, mature, and irritated skin, and bring elasticity back to the skin.
Rosehip seed oil, which has only recently become recognized by the general public, is believed to be the best oil available for antiaging and skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies have also taken place, which have yielded evidence supporting the use of this oil. Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a native rose plant which grows wild in Chile. The oil has been used by native people in Chile for centuries, and has only been validated by scientists fairly recently. The first major confirmation of its capabilities came in 1983, when the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals. These tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Since this time, other universities and labs have also completed studies, also yielding positive results.