Friday, June 29, 2012

In the Limelight

Finding a perfect soap formultion is a difficult task. There are so many great ingredients, and each brings it's unique qualities to the mix. Base oils, essential oils, botanicals, colourants, the list it long. My list of favorites is finally starting to take shape and I'd like to hilight some of them right here. So begins the first of what will (hopefully) become a regular feature: In the Limelight.

First up - SHEA BUTTER
Ivory to light yellow in colour, shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree used primarily in cosmetic formulations. It's healing and moisturizing properties are due in part to the presence of several fatty acids that are unsaponifiable, meaning that they are not altered in the soap making process. Shea butter melts at body temperature and absorbs quickly into the skin. The presence of cinnamic acid seems to aid in the absorption of some ultraviolet rays, making it a desireable addition to sun block products. Vitamins A and E, know anti-oxidants and 'wrinkle fighters', are also found in shea butter.

It's no wonder shea butter is a popular ingredient with soap makers. I love it, and use it in just about all of my formulations. What's your favorite butter to use?

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