On Ointments, Balms, Salves, Butters, Emulsions, Infused Oils and so on - Deepstash
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Ointments

Ointments

- are the softest in texture.

- viscous preparation of oils and/or fats, a type of lotion used specifically for medicinal purposes. Think of them as topical emollients that directly address only one skin concern.

- are typically used for purposes that are antiseptic or geared towards heightened skin conditions, such as excessively dry skin and other medical concerns such as eczema, itchy skin, irritation or rashes.

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Balms

Balms

= BUTTERS + VEGETABLE OILS/HERBAL OILS + BEESWAX OR OTHER WAX + ANTIOXIDANT

- anhydrous formulation

- can be formulated to target specific areas of the body, like the lips or a handful of concerns

- has the same ingredients as a salve, but has a higher beeswax content

a. giving them a harder, thicker consistency that is able to keep its shape and not be absorbed completely by the skin

b. more protective, forming more of a barrier on the skin, and suitable for deodorant and lip products

c. needs to be rubbed in making them ideal for sore muscles

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A Salve

A Salve

= HERBAL OIL/S + BEESWAX* + SOMETIMES OTHER VEGETABLE OILS, E.G. TAMANU OIL

- anhydrous

(antioxidant, uncommon but if needed feel free to add)

- a subset of the ointment category.

- are typically softer than balms yet harder than traditional ointments. has lower ratio of beeswax (think more of a 1:4 ratio of wax to oil) or sometimes no beeswax at all

- absorb deeply into the skin making them great choices for wound healing.

- are frequently infused with herbs or essential oils to treat wounds and sores.

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Body butter

Body butter

= BUTTERS + VEGETABLE OILS/HERBAL OILS/SPECIALTY SEED OILS +/- ANTIOXIDANT

If you put butters into a salve this becomes a body balm or butter, depending on amount of beeswax.

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Whipped Butter

Whipped Butter

= BUTTERS +/- VEGETABLE OILS/HERBAL OILS +/- ANTIOXIDANT

- are basically body butters that have been whipped with a beater/mixer. Whipped body butters do not contain beeswax

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Emulsion

Emulsion

= BUTTERS + VEGETABLE OILS/HERBAL OILS + BEESWAX OR OTHER WAX + ANTIOXIDANT

- combination of oils and water to create a hydrating topical treatment.

- If one adds water and/or hydrosols and/or aloe vera gel into a butter formulation, the end product would technically be called an emulsion (water + oil), also known as a cream or lotion, depending on water content.

- Creams and lotion are emulsions, meaning a combination of oil and water along with an emulsifier, such as emulsifying wax NF or olivem 1000.

- can vary from thicker to more light in texture

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Herb Infused oils

Herb Infused oils

- are made by steeping herbs in a carrier oil like olive or almond to extract the medicinal plant constituents that will help soothe your skin.

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Jack of all people-related trades, master of none. Majored in Psychology, Customer Service Assoc for a few Years, HR Officer for 4, Manager and ESL Teacher for over 11 yrs now, an artist since birth.

CURATOR'S NOTE

Why buy expensive treatments when you can make your own minus the dangerous chemicals

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