Almond oil, rich in minerals and vitamins has natural softening properties and will protect your skin from drying out, giving it a soft feel. The oil is easily absorbable and serves as a great emollient, by lending a soft glowing beautiful touch to the skin. It makes a great lubricant, thus aids in combating itching and inflammation.
Antioxidants consist of vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidant vitamins can slow cell destruction by neutralizing free radicals that can cause cell damage.
Crushed apricot shells have a clean, refreshing, polishing effect on the skin, making them ideal for use in making facial and body soaps, scrubs, etc. They are well known for their beneficial exfoliating abilities.
Balneology is the term given to describe the practice of using natural mineral spring water for the treatment and cure of disease. It is the science of baths or bathing, especially the study of the therapeutic use of thermal baths.
Brewer's yeast is a rich source of minerals -- particularly chromium, an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels; selenium; protein; and the B-complex vitamins. These vitamins help break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which provide the body with energy. They also support the nervous system; help maintain the muscles used for digestion, and keep skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy.
Cocoa butter has been called the ultimate moisturizer, and has been used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Cocoa butter is often recommended for treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. When applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and also helps retain moisture.
Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer and softener. A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is effective and safe when used as a moisturizer, with absence of adverse reactions.
Emollient literally “something that softens”. Emollients are substances that soften and soothe the skin. They are used to correct dryness and scaling of the skin. The purpose is to seal in the moisture so that it can't escape from the skin. Emollients prevent the skin from becoming dry and help to protect the skin from irritants. This helps to prevent itch and reduces the frequency of eczema flare-ups.
Using an exfoliant is an effective way to stimulate the production of new collagen and to smooth the skin leaving the good stuff in clear site. The process removes dead skin cells from the top layer of skin leaving the new rejuvenated skin polished up and shown off.
Free radicals are disease-causing agents that can build up in the body. Free radicals are created as an essential part of life when food is oxidized to create energy. During the process, free radicals are produced that are highly charged oxygen molecules and are harmful to the skin and the body in general. They are usually neutralized by antioxidants.
Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. Glycerine is a natural by-product of the soap making process and while commercial manufacturers remove the glycerine for use in their lotions and creams, handcrafted soap retains glycerine in each and every bar.
Hops have been used traditionally as a sedative, for relaxation and reduction of anxiety. It is used as an external remedy for treating neuralgic and rheumatic pains, boils, bruises and, inflammation. It contains 2 chemicals, lupulone and humulone, which kill bacteria.
Kaolin is a natural clay-like mineral. This white powder is insoluble and has excellent absorbent qualities. These qualities are used to draw out impurities and toxins and thereby clear the skin of excess oil, dirt, pollutants and other waste materials.
Lavender produces slightly calming, soothing and sedative effects when its' scent is inhaled. The name lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means "to wash." However, this herb has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue.
Mint and eucalyptus
Mint and eucalyptus provide gentle cleansing and leave your skin soft, supple, moisturised and lightly scented. Mint and eucalyptus also clears the senses and provides relief during the cold and flu season.
Panthenol is a derivative of vitamin B5. In shampoos and conditioners panthenol moisturizes over a long period, which makes your hair look and feel better. It may be superior to many other moisturizers because it does a good job of penetrating the hair shaft. Over time, it may improve the condition of hair and its structure due to its repairing effects. Panthenol also helps prevent breakage by making wet hair easier to comb through. Panthenol enhances gloss, elasticity and body. This can make hair easier to style and softer to the touch, and give it an overall healthier look.In skin-care products, panthenol penetrates deep into the layers of the skin and keeps natural moisture there. It can help skin to stay healthy by stabilizing the skin's metabolism. Panthenol can aid in evening your skin tone by stimulating skin pigment formation. Skin creams with panthenol in them lubricate the skin and can help make it look soft and smooth.
Pear and honey
Pear is a natural treatment for blemishes and redness and can help to reduce irritation and discomfort from sun or wind burns whilst honey has long been thought of as a natural anti-aging treatment for skin.
Shea butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory-coloured natural fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. It contains beneficial vegetable fats that promote cell regeneration and circulation, making it a wonderful healer and rejuvenator for troubled or aging skin. It also contains natural sun-protectants.
Sprudel is the term used to describe water naturally or artificially impregnated with mineral salts or gasses. It is often effervescent and often used therapeutically. The mineral springs, to which Carlsbad owes its fame, rise from beneath a very hard kind of rock, known as Sprudelschale or Sprudeldecke, beneath which it is believed that there exists a large common reservoir of the hot mineral water, known as the Sprudelkessel. Several artificial apertures in the rock have been made for the escape of the steam from this subterranean cauldron, which, owing to the incrustations deposited by the water, require to be cleared at regular intervals. Altogether there are seventeen warm springs, with a temperature varying from 164° F. to 107.7° F., and two cold ones. The oldest, best-known, and at the same time the most copious spring is the Sprudel, a hot geyser with a temperature of 164° F., which gushes up in jets of 1 metre thick to a height of about 96 metres, and delivers about 405 gallons of water per minute.
Sprudel salt is the salt obtained by evaporation from the water of the Sprudel. Sprudel salt cleanses the skin, stimulates the blood flow, refreshes, regenerates, and refines the skin.
Trace elements and minerals
A trace element is an element in a sample that has an average concentration of less than 100 micrograms per gram. So even though your body needs trace minerals, it needs just a tiny bit of each one. Examples are iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium.