Natural and Organic Skin, Body and Hair Care.
We get so many people saying we want to change to natural products which are organic. The truth is there is a plethora of “green products “ and quite often very confusing. Eventually one arrives at a beauty routine that suits them.
We thought it pertinent to generically provide some information on this topic. Remember marketing words are often used to provide a perception and it is up to you to analyse what is and what is not. The most common words are natural, certified organic, organic, wild harvested, wild crafted to name a few. Then someone comes up with a new catch phrase and that becomes the buzz.
One has to remember that is no regulation by any governing body to state that the word natural is defined, so a brand can use natural as a marketing ploy.
Natural skin care can be products that are sourced from plants (plant based), minerals or animal by products (like Lanolin oil which is a secretion from sheep’s skin. It’s similar to human sebum, an oil secreted by the sebaceous glands that you may notice particularly on your nose. Unlike sebum, lanolin contains no triglyceride) . This means a product that contains a handful of natural skin care ingredients can claim it’s natural, despite the addition of synthetic ingredients.
As a discerning buyer reading the ingredients should become a habit. Usually the list of ingredients is from highest to lowest percentages. Some synthetic ingredients are naturally derived like benzyl alcohol used as preservative and is from plants.
Organic Skin Care vs Certified Organic Skincare.
Organic refers to a plant that is grown without chemical fertilisers, pesticides, antibiotics or growth hormones. There is no single accredited body that governs the regulation , but in Australia brands must comply with the ACO guidelines – Australian Certified Organic. To make that claim a formulae must have 70-95% ingredients that are organic. To use Certified Organic the rules are stricter and a product must have 95-99% organic ingredients. They usually have the BUD logo.
Natural and Organic Skin, Body and Hair Care.
How Does Saffron Help Your Skin?
Saffron has photoprotective and moisturizing effects. It contains flavonoid compounds like kaempherol and quercetin, which could be contributing. Saffron’s photoprotective effects may also be due to its other phenolic compounds, such as tannic, gallic, caffeic, and ferulic acids. A few of these compounds are used as active ingredients in various sunscreens and skin lotions
Saffron helps to lighten and brighten the complexion particularly in conjunction with Turmeric. Our Saffron Oil has both ingredients and has been effectively as both moisturing and brightening. The Gold Toner with its aroma of saffron gives a glow to the skin. The exotic saffron is a beauty aid used by queens and princesses. This spice can be used to get beautiful skin that you’ll feel proud to flaunt.
Saffron or Kesar is used in cooking, and has also earned a reputation as a beauty aid. The potassium in it helps with cell formation and repair. Saffron benefits skin because it contains many vitamins and antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin. It is anti-inflammatory and helps soothe the skin. Its antifungal properties can be used to treat acne. It will help with blood circulation, help lighten, hydrate and soften the skin leaving your skin with a healthy glow.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Recently there has much talk about its pharmacological activity and medicinal properties.
As per the writings of Hippocrates (often regarded as the Father of medicine), saffron is a wonderful treatment for colds and coughs, stomach issues, uterine bleeding, insomnia, flatulence, and even heart trouble.
The cooking tips:
You can do this by grinding the saffron threads with a mortar and pestle. If you find it difficult to grind the threads due to the moisture content, add a pinch of sugar to them and then grind. This will make grinding easier without affecting your recipe.
You can make liquid saffron by adding 3 to 5 teaspoons of warm or boiling water to powdered saffron and allow it to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Store it in a jar for a few weeks and use it when needed. Liquid saffron can also be prepared with milk, vinegar, or wine instead of water. It is usually added to other ingredients towards the end of cooking to draw out the colour and disperse the flavour throughout the dish. There is nothing like the aroma of saffron from food – quite aphrodisiac.
You can also make saffron milk. You need 1 cup of boiled milk, a pinch of saffron, and 2 teaspoons of sugar (if needed). Add the sugar and saffron to boiled milk. This saffron milk tea can be a good addition to your regular routine.