On part four of our blog series we will be discussing the interesting ongoing research and traditional usages for Kalahari Melon Seed oil. As a disclaimer, the information included in this post is classified as suggestive connections and is not meant to be interpreted as scientifically proven results of applications.
This beneficial oil dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians and has a long history of providing nutrients and healing properties to the skin. In many countries this oil was traditionally used as a skin treatment for sores and leg ulcers. Kalahari Melon Seed is rich in protein, Vitamins C, B2, E and G (better known as riboflavin), and is able to moisturize, restructure and provide regenerative properties for the skin. Here are a few additional traditional uses or research claims made about this oil:
Promote hair growth – Since this oil has been used for centuries, many cultures have many varied uses for it. One particularly intriguing use for this oil comes from South Africa where Phytotrade reported it being used traditionally to stimulate hair development by providing ample nutrients and protein to the hair follicles, thus increasing the growth cycle of the hair.
Anti-inflammatory agent & dermatitis treatment – Due to the extremely high levels of linoleic acid in this oil, many researchers connect Kalahari Melon Seed Oil as being an effective anti-inflammatory product useful against dermatitis and various inflammatory skin diseases.
Acne treatment – Again, because of the high linoleic values of Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, scientists suggest that this oil may be a powerful treatment of acne as well as assist in the prevention and healing of Propionibacterium acnes. There exists documentation of Kalahari Melon Seed oil being traditionally used to combat acne stretching from Central America to Southeast Asia.
Today we introduce part three of our blog series which informs readers about the traditional uses and interesting correlations with medical benefits our oils have when applied to skin. As a disclaimer, the information included in these posts are classified as suggestive connections and are not meant to be interpreted as scientifically proven results of applications. With that, these claims are compelling, and hopefully with further research on these oils, humans can soon find absolute clarity on the medical benefits of these oils.
Baobab oil is not necessarily a newcomer to the cosmetic industry, however scientists continue to discover more intriguing correlations
between the application of this nutritious oil and positive health benefits. This highly stable oil has many recommended uses which speaks to its versatility. Here are a list of claims that have been made regarding the use of Baobab oil:
Reduce DNA damage in cells – There exists a high content of the phytosterol, “Beta-Sitosterol,” which various sources have claimed to be an exceptionally strong antioxidant that reduces the levels of harmful free radicals and cellular DNA damage.
Psoriasis Treatment – Due to the penetrating moisturizing effects of this oil, scientists from South Africa have shown a correlation between the application of Baobab oil and reduction of rashes from psoriasis. This is likely attributed to the oils high levels of linoleic and oleic acid (Omegas 6 & 9).
Alleviate pain from burns – Since Baobab oil is extremely rich in vitamins A, D3, E and F, researchers have shown a correlation between the reduction of pain from burns and the application of this oil. They claim that Baobab oil helps to regenerate the epithelial tissues at a faster rate than normal, making it useful for scar reduction as well.
Today is part two of our blog series where we are discussing interesting historical uses of the oils we carry as well as inform you on some exciting correlations researchers have discovered. As a disclaimer/emphasis, the information included in these posts are classified as suggestive connections and are not meant to be interpreted as scientifically proven results of applications. With that, these claims are compelling, and hopefully with further research on these oils, humans can soon find absolute clarity on the medical benefits of these oils.
This vibrant oil, also known as “Manketti Oil,” is up and coming in the cosmetic and personal care industries. It’s high oxidative stability and its rich nutrient content make this oil perfect for lotions and moisturizers, or applied alone as a massage oil. Here is a list of medical claims that have been made regarding Mongongo oil:
UV protection – Strong scientific evidence has led researchers to claim that Mongongo Oil can be used as a natural protective layer against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Research from Anthony O’Lenick and Phytotrade both make this claim, stating that the natural barrier is created by the polymerization from the reaction between UV light and the eleostearic acid in Mongongo oil.
Scar reduction and prevention of keloids – Research done by scientists in South Africa revealed a relationship between the use of Mongongo Oil with scar reduction and the prevention of keloids, which is the occurrence of a raised scar after an injury heals. This relationship is likely due to the oil’s high levels of tocopherols and linoleic acid.
Treatment for eczema and atopic disorders – Due to the oil’s rich content of Vitamin E, linoleic and eleostearic acids, scientists that contributed to the South African Journal of Botany, suggest that Mongongo oil contains anti-inflammatory, restorative and regenerative properties that rebuild and heal damaged cells in the epidermis.
It’s no secret that natural botanical oils from Southern Africa have a noticeable effect on the skin, however many of their potential benefits often go overlooked due to the lack of funding for research on these types of oils. The past decade has resulted in various studies on natural oils and has explored the claims of traditional medical uses as well as discovered connections between the oils and various medical benefits.
The next few weeks, we will be sharing some claims, traditional uses or indicative research that shows a correlation between our oils and alleviated symptoms of various skin conditions. As a disclaimer/emphasis on the above, the information included in these posts are classified as suggestive connections and are not meant to be interpreted as scientifically proven results of applications. With that, these claims are compelling, and hopefully with further research on these oils, humans can soon find absolute clarity on the medical benefits of these oils.
This nutritious oil, that is being referred to as the “miracle oil,” has been the center of various studies with researchers hard at work, exploring the many potential benefits of this oil. Here is a list of medical claims that have been made in regards to Marula oil:
Transepidermal water loss remedy – Occurs when water from respiration passes through the layers of skin into the surrounding environment at higher rates than normal, thus leaving the skin dry and unhealthy. A study done by four scientists in South Africa found that due to the occlusive effect of Marula oil on the skin, moisture content is shown to remain in the skin for longer periods of time than normal after Marula oil has been applied.
Treatment for staphylococcus, pseudomonas and salmonella skin rashes – Due to the oil’s high phenolic content, scientists from Southern Botanica claim that the oil displays mild anti-bacterial action which works against the growth of Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas and Salmonella.
Reduction of swelling, redness and irritation of the skin – Research done by Phytotrade and Southern Botanica both indicate that Marula oil contains restorative properties that reduce inflammation of the skin as well as help return irritated skin to a natural tone. Furthermore, Phytotrade documented that Marula oil was traditionally used on pregnant women in Swaziland to reduce stretch marks.
WE came across this article by Natasha Hinde from last year (17 April 2015 of HuffPost Lifestyle
Two beauty editors, Jenna Rosenstein and Cat O’Neill from Allure, offer a nice video on Marula oil. We are delighted to see some of our customers’ products being exhibited!
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We found a great article in www.cosmeticdesign-europe.com: Evolution of sensation – why sensory matters so much now By Belinda Carli, Institute of Personal Care Science, 14-Jul-2016
“Touch has such a big impact on human emotions. Have you ever noticed how the feel of your personal care products can have a similar effect? In this guest article from an industry expert, Belinda Carli takes a look at the evolution of sensation in beauty.”
Every time we receive a new sample or batch of oil, our staff here at DLG Naturals have to try it. They look at it then pour a few drops into a hand. They rub their fingers in it. They place the oil on their skin, smell it, and see how if feels, if it absorbs, how greasy it is. Does it feel good? Does it have a pleasant odor?
Carli notes, “Consumers have come to expect certain products to feel a certain way on application and indeed measure this as a mark of quality….” In fact, those products offer an emotional appeal, as well. We feel better about a product that feels good.
And so our staff have to try them all. After all, we are customers, too. We like feeling good about the products we use on our skin and hair.
A study released in June of 2016 by Grand View Research, indicates that the global skin care industry will reach $196.67 billion by the year 2024, putting the industry $67 billion ahead of where it was in 2015. This growth hints at good things to come for the organic personal care industry, as the article attributes much of the predicted growth to environmentally friendly options and increased demand for organic ingredients. Additional reasons for industry growth include the ongoing improvements of the cosmetic e-commerce platform and a hike in income levels for the Middle Class in countries such as China, Japan and India.
Additionally, the report acknowledges the shift of demand away from synthetic ingredients and towards organic ones. Furthermore, insights indicate that manufacturers are stepping up spending on R&D activities specifically for natural and organic products. This can be interpreted that the consumer’s demands for authentic, natural personal care products have been heard and that it will become easier and more affordable for consumers to apply safe and healthy products to their skin.
Within the vast industry of skin care, face creams are projected to experience the most significant growth mostly due to the increasing demand for anti-aging creams. Grand View Research is calling this a “Revolution in the market place,” as innovative anti-aging and skin-brightening solutions are being created by the strategic collaborations between organic product manufacturers and raw material suppliers.
Overall, this report should be seen as encouraging for those who carefully watch what they apply to their skin, as it means consumers will have an increasing variety of safe, organic and natural cosmetic supplies to choose from in the years to come.