Monday, November 26, 2007
Prototype Vitamin Bar
I have finished creating my prototype vitamin bar. Several people had asked about testing it, so I decided to take my original recipe and add some more ingredients to boost it up.
Originally I had been making a pure vitamin bar--plain facial bar with vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex, and niacin added. I noticed it was making my skin smooth and clarified, even after the first use!
After some requests though, I decided to add more ingredients specifically for clearing up acne and balancing troubled skin.
The finished bar contains:
Lemongrass Essential Oil--antiseptic properties will clear infections, tones skin by tightening and closing pores, and helps to control excessive oil secretions. It also has a pleasingly sweet aroma(reminscent of lemon) which can have a calming effect to help relieve nervous tension and stress.
Geranium Essential Oil--used medicinally, particularly in aromatherapy, used for hormonal imbalance, for this reason geranium is often considered to be "female" oil. This ingredient was added because it is known that skin problems can be caused primarily by hormonal imbalances--puberty, PMS, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause particularly, as well as daily stress, are contributed to hormonal imbalance.
Neem Oil--is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of Neem (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian sub-continent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most important of the commercially available products of Neem. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal uses.
Aloe Vera Oil--Aloe vera has been used externally to treat various skin conditions such as cuts, burns and eczema. It is alleged that sap from Aloe vera eases pain and reduces inflammation. It is proven to be an excellent moisturizer in cosmetics.
Vitamin A--is often called the “skin normalizer” or “rejuvenating agent”. The primary benefit of vitamin A is its ability to normalize keratinization(horny layers) by regulating skin cell growth and differentiation. This results in
decreased roughness and decreased facial wrinkling.
Vitamin C--reduces redness, especially for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and also excessive sun exposure. In addition, vitamin C has been
found to stimulate collagen synthesis and to reduce dark pigmentation of the skin (i.e. age spots). Therefore, vitamin C is also considered an anti-aging ingredient.
Vitamin D--Vitamin D is produced photochemically in the skin, and helps develop the presence and concentration of melanin, and important light filter in the skin.
Vitmain E--Because of its ability to quench free radicals the term “protector” has been used to describe the actions of vitamin E. Studies have shown that vitamin E reduces UV-induced erythema, edema, sunburn cell formation, and lipid peroxidation.
Clinical improvement in the visible signs of skin aging has been documented with
significant decrease in both skin wrinkling. This may be also be due to the excellent moisturizing effect of vitamin E.
B Complex(B1, B2, B3)--has been used for years in hair care products because it functions as a humectant that increases the water content of hair and improves its elasticity. B Complex can also attract water into the upper layer of the skin and is thus effective as a moisturizer and softener. It also enhances the regeneration of skin.
Niacin--a form of vitamin B3, has been shown to have antiinflammatory properties that result in improvement of acne.
Other all natural inactive ingredients: Coconut Oil and Vegetable Oil(saponified), Glycerin(kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sorbitol (from berries, moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soybean protein (conditioner), Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque soaps).
Overall, in theory, this bar should help maintain healthy skin, promote balance and clarity, as well as control acne and breakouts. This product is intended for those with mild to moderate skin problems. For moderate to severe problems, I can offer other products.
I made this soap in a one pound batch using my sample size tray mold. It yielded 15 bars, 1.5 ounces each. I already promised one person two bars, plus I am using one for myself. I have 12 bars left. Generally one bar will last a good two weeks or so, depending on how much and how often you use it.
I am offering my testers 50% off of the retail price, plus a 10% discount if you wish to purchase a full sized finished product. This cost will cover supplies and labor.
Retail price for these samples would be $1.50 apiece, but as a tester you will be offered it at .75 cents plus $1.25 for postage(.25 cents more per extra bar added).
I reccomend doing a trial of 30 days to get the full effects of using a new product. Results can be seen in weekly increments, but full effects will not be known until after a period of 30 days. Please let me know how long you can commit to this trial.
I will be setting up a survey to be taken during the course of the trial, I would appreciate it if all testers can commit to the survey to better help me in creating future products.
You may leave comments here, PM me on HC forums, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any details.
Thank you for your participation!