As almost everything you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body, it is important to choose care products with healthy ingredients, as you will expose yourself to them every day.
I am a GP working in Yeppoon, Queensland, since 2003, with a special interest in nutritional and environmental medicine. I learned that a lot of the creams, lotions, deodorants and other care products we buy may contain ingredients that are carcinogens (can cause cancer), hormone disrupters (linked to breast cancer, malformation of male foetuses and other worrying health issues), cause allergies and a lot of other health problems. The legislation is not protecting consumers enough, and the promises of the producing companies are often misleading.
Most of my products are created with natural ingredients like oils and butters, and if possible I choose organic sources. They are free of parabens, sulphate, petrochemicals, do not contain known carcinogens or hormone disrupters and are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
I love to create care products that look good, have a pleasant smell (a very personal preference) and are of a consistency that feels good and especially feels good on the skin. Natural oils and butters do not only provide healthy moisturisers, but they are also full of vitamins, essential amino acids and minerals that protect, feed and possibly help repair the skin.
For fragrance I mostly use essential oils. The only exceptions are jasmine (the essential oil is not recommended in pregnancy) and rose. Essential oils have a lot of benefits for the skin (moisturising, promoting healing, antiseptic effects etc.), the body and the mind, and of course they are a natural source of fragrance.
Most of the products are suitable for almost all skin types. Some products were created for special skin types, like oily skin, mature skin, very sensitive skin.
Low allergy products are especially created for very sensitive skin, babies, and pregnant women – to reduce the risk of any unwanted reaction even further. They only contain up to four different ingredients (olive oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter and Olivem, an olive oil derived emulsifier) plus 2 plant derived preservatives from basil and palm, no added colour or fragrance.
The Olive oil soap used in some of the cleansing products is also home made, using organic Olive oil, KOH and water, to create a pure soap. The glycerine that is produced in the chemical reaction of soap making, is not extracted and leaves a silky feeling to the skin after being washed off.
A few products would best be described as cosmeceuticals. They do contain synthetic substances to achieve effects hard to obtain from natural products in a short period of time (like reducing wrinkles in less than 2 weeks or achieving a strong mattifying effect). Again, I tried to choose ingredients that are not known to cause frequent allergic reactions, or are otherwise known to be harmful.
Because I am using mainly natural ingredients the shelf life time of the finished products is not as long as you can expect from products made from chemicals. Oils and butters will go rancid, vitamins and enzymes loose their properties over time. By storing my products in the fridge you can extend their “life span.”
I welcome any feedback, criticism and suggestions. It is my wish to create a range of care products that will satisfy the need for healthy and pleasurable “lotions and potions.”
Warmest regards, and thank you for your support.
– Cornelia Krasser
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