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What’s the difference between a cream, salve, and a lotion?

10 Apr

I get this question a lot at craft shows and I have sometimes had a hard time explaining in a simple way the differences. Thanks to the awesome blog called The Little Herbal for such a clear and succinct explanation. I’m a big fan of her blog.Image

What is the difference between a Lotion vs. Cream vs. Salve?

Salve- A salve is simply a combination of oil and beeswax.  Beeswax is melted with the oil and then when it cools it will harden into your desired consistency.  It can also have other things added to it (essential oils, butters, vitamin E, etc.)  but it does not contain water.  This gives it a long, stable shelf life.

Lotion: A lotion is created when you take oil & water and blend it together using an emulsifying agent, typically emulsifying wax or beeswax.  Lotion usually has a higher concentration of water to oil (70% water, 20% oil, 10% emulsifying agent).  Depending on whether or not you use preservatives, lotions will have a shorter shelf life due to the high concentration of water.

Cream: A cream is also created when you take oil & water and blend it together using an emulsifying agent, typically emulsifying wax or beeswax.  Creams have a higher concentration of oil in them than lotions (45% water, 45% oil, 5-10% emulsifying agent), making them thicker, heavier and more moisturizing.

Body Butter: A body butter is created by blending natural butters like shea butter, cocoa, butter and/or mango butter.  My body butter recipes usually tend to be a blend of butters and liquid carrier oils making them more malleable and easy to apply and absorb into the skin.

From: The Little Herbal

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I currently make both salves and creams for Ameya Studio and will have several of them @ Make It Edmonton this coming weekend. (April 11-13) Stop by to try them and banish that dry skin away. They are luxurious, made with rich moisturizing beeswax and fair trade shea butter, plus have healing essential oils in them for both scent and therapeutic properties. Whether you are looking for something for your face, your hands, or a little babe you know, I’ve got you covered! 

Happy thursday!

Mercer Collective – Oct. 26th, Mercer Building, 10am-4pm

25 Oct

This Saturday, the Mercer Collective – A Maker’s Market will be running from 10am-4pm. It’s a great chance to shop local and start getting some ideas for christmas presents.

I’ll be there and and will have a couple new things:

  • Sweet cheeks bum butter (new!)  It’s great for babes to keep their bums soft and rashes at bay. Compatible with cloth diapers.
  • Rooibos Tea Beeswax Facial Cream (back in stock!). This cream is one of my best sellers and it’s now back in stock!
  • Sweet orange lip butter (new!). It’s made with sweet orange essential oil, my own herbal infused olive oils, organic shea butter, and local honey and beeswax. Delicious and soothing! I’ll be adding a few of these to the Mercer grab bags. So drop on by!
Helps keep your baby's bum soft and diaper rash at bay. Compatible with cloth diapers!

Helps keep your baby’s bum soft and diaper rash at bay. Compatible with cloth diapers!

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Rooibos Tea Facial Cream – rich, moisturizing, and one of my best sellers.

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The power of beeswax!

30 Mar

Have you ever tried a hand cream with beeswax? If you have, you and your skin will immediately know the difference from between that cream and a cream made with synthetic wax.

What’s so special about beeswax?

Beeswax – one of nature’s great moisturizers and healers. It can be used for more than just candles!  It has the amazing ability to protect the skin while still allowing your skin to breathe unlike synthetic chemicals which just coat your skin with a layer of plastic, letting nothing in or out. Under a microscope beeswax has a mesh-like structure, so that when it meets your skin, which is also mesh-like, it works with your skin to fill in the gaps, cracks, etc. Neat eh?!

Why don’t more skin care companies use it if it’s so great? Generally because it’s more expensive than a petroleum based ingredient like synthetic wax.  Beeswax is flammable too, so you have to know what you are doing and take precautions when using it. i.e. eyes on the stove at all times!

I love the smell of beeswax. The scent immediately brings back memories of harvesting honey on our farm as a child. I’m always in awe at all the unique things my parents taught me and exposed me to at such a young age. I appreciate them more and more every day. Beeswax when used in a hand cream leaves a beautiful scent, and makes for a slightly heavier feeling cream, giving it an almost buttery consistency. A couple of years ago, my mom was kind enough to give me her treasured beeswax hand cream recipe. She always made us kids cream growing up, and being someone who has to take special care of my skin to prevent infections, it was a blessing to have such a high quality cream freely available! Of course, I didn’t truly appreciate this knowledge until years later, but I’m grateful for it now!

I have taken my mom’s recipe and added my own little elements to it, such as using a herb-infused olive and grape seed oils, which helps add extra healing and therapeutic properties. For example, in my face cream I use a wild rose hip infused oil that I have made. Rose hips are a natural source of vitamin C and grow prolifically here in Edmonton’s river valleys. I have also used flowers such as calendula petals in my herb oils, which help reduce inflammation and redness. Great for people with eczema and/or irritated red skin.

Being a small business, I like to also support other small business and keep my money local when I can. For these reasons, I buy my honey from a local beekeeper and honey maker: Lola Canola Honey.

Products I make that contain beeswax:

  • Beeswax lip butters
  • Beeswax hand creams, foot creams, and face creams
  • Men’s moustache wax

What other eco-products have beeswax?

A new favourite of mine are a food storage company  called Abeego. I love these! They are so handy to use, actually form over bowls so you can use them instead of siren-wrap. wahoo! and…they are reusable, washable, and smell like beeswax! For more information on the story of this great Canadian company, click here.

Beeswax Hand Creams!

19 Oct

Beeswax – one of nature’s great moisturizers and healers!

A couple of years ago, my mom was kind enough to give me her treasured beeswax handcream recipe. She always made us kids cream growing up, and being someone who has to take special care of my skin to prevent infections, it was a blessing to have such a high quality cream freely available!

Of course, I didn’t truly appreciate this knowledge until years later, but I’m grateful for it now!

Beeswax makes a heavier cream, and as you can see here in my photo, it is almost buttery in consistency.  The benefit of beeswax in a cream is that it has the amazing ability to protect the skin while still allowing your skin to breathe unlike synthetic chemicals which just coat your skin with a layer of plastic, letting nothing in or out. Under a microscope beeswax has a mesh-like structure, so that when it meets your skin, which is also mesh-like, it works with your skin to fill in the gaps, cracks, etc. Neat eh?!

I have taken my mom’s recipe and added my own little elements to it, such as using a herb-infused grapeseed oil, which helps add extra healing and therapeutic properties, and essential oils for both scent and healing properties. For example, I have used wild rosehips which are a natural source of vitamin C and grow prolifically here in Edmonton’s river valleys. I have also used calendula petals which help reduce inflammation and redness.

Wild Orange Beeswax Cream is one of the newest creams I have created. It’s got a blend of sweet orange, marjoram, and palmarosa essential oils. It has a sweet, light scent of summer days gone by.

With any of my creams, you can use them all over your body, such as shoulders, elbows, feet, knees, etc.

Some other beeswax creams I make are:

  • Lost in the woods man cream – cedar, pine, lemongrass, clary sage
  • Spiced Orange hand cream – cinnamon, clove, ginger, and oranges!
  • High Tea hand cream – Earl Grey inspired
  • Lavender night face cream – lavender and sage calm and refresh your skin
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