Today I decided to experiment and have a go at creating our new butter that I wanted to create for problem skin, particularly eczema, which is plaguing the backs of my legs at the moment.
I wanted to make something soothing, a bit medicinal, calming, moisturising, and oh so good, involving amazing Mango butter and Hemp seed oil.
Mango butter comes from the seed kernel of the mango tree and is full of essential fatty acids. It has a lovely luxurious feel, and unlike cocoa and shea butter, also has wound healing properties.
Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the cannabis sativa plant (I know what you’re thinking) with a lovely dark green colour. It is also full of EFA’s and proteins and makes an excellent, balancing moisturiser that is easily absorbed by the skin. (Please note, it does not contain any of the psychoactive properties present in the Cannabis plant).
I’ve had eczema all my life, and as most eczema sufferers know, it moves around the body. When I’m stressed and over-tired I get patches on my eyelids (dark glasses!). When I was a teenager, I would get a patch next to my mouth during exam time. When I was in my early twenties, I had a small patch on my stomach, which has never returned. Last year I had a random patch on the middle toe of my left foot, which made wearing shoes rather annoying.
In the winter it always affects the backs of my knees (yes, I’m sitting here now and the backs of my legs are itchy..but let’s pretend they’re not). Sometimes I get patches on my inner arms from getting too hot. I’m currently slathering on Soap Cabin Body Butter, Soothing Skin oil and Soothing Skin balm, depending on the time of day. I’m actually thinking of bringing back the Lavender Butter that we used to make, but perhaps further enriched with other goodies as an eczema butter. I think you want different textures of moisturiser at different times, and Lavender is soooo good for eczema skin.
If you’re suffering in your skin, here’s a good article from the Huffington Post on how to combat eczema during the cold winter months!
In autumn 2014 we launched our Soothing Skin Balm. Made with calendula oil, beeswax, shea butter, Lavender and Sweet Orange Oils, the easily absorbed balm provides a hydrating barrier to repair and calm dry, itchy, flaky skin. Calendula is excellent at healing burns and grazes and calming irritated skin.
All natural, the balm is suitable for eczema and psoriasis.
Here are some of the many ways you can use your tin of balm:
Well, the Christmas rush is finally over for us here at The Soap Cabin, so we can kind of relax now until it all starts again next year! It has been a crazy few weeks getting our stock ready for the Christmas fairs and Rebel Pebble, as well as all the orders that started to trickle through website. We sold out of a few of our popular items, such as Lemongrass & Lime soap, the body butters and our new Soothing Skin Balm, which has been very popular among eczema sufferers.
As we have been able to slow down a bit, we managed to get along to the Rickmansworth Christmas Evening and the fabulous Carols by Batchworth Lock, which were lots of fun, and it’s great when you spot familiar faces around town. The Soap Cabin Christmas Meal took place this year at The Pennsylvanian in Rickmansworth…again. We also managed to get some Wooden Soap Cutting guide blocks made by the skilled Barry Lawrence of Crafty Ideas (a Little Fox regular) so that we can start to cut our soaps straight (!) and more evenly… Time to start booking in next year’s markets.
We hope you have a great Christmas and see you in 2015!
First we attended our regular Little Fox Market at St Mary’s Church Centre in Rickmansworth on Saturday 4th October for fun in the…rain. Although it was bustling early on and we chatted with customers and saw many familiar faces, the rain settled in and soon the afternoon was very quiet. However, it was a fun and friendly day, and we got to debut our skin oil and skin balm.
Our next event was the following Saturday morning at Watersmeet Theatre in ‘Ricky’ for the annual Rickmansworth Society Autumn Market, which has been going for about 30 years.
The event was introduced by a town crier (Hear ye!) and then the Chairman of Three Rivers District Council and finally Miss Rickmansworth and her attendants. When we arrived, we realised we were right over by the stage in a really dark corner, so we had to nip out and grab some emergency LED lights to illuminate our products. It was a busy event, with lots of people wandering through and it was great to speak to so many people at the stall about skin complaints, particularly eczema, which seems to be plaguing a lot of people in this changeable season. From this, about 4 people purchased our new Soothing Skin Balm, which I was really pleased about. Of course there are some who are extremely cautious about trying a new product on irritated skin, and perhaps prefer to rely on prescription creams only, but I did my best to reassure them that the product is completely natural and gentle enough to use on the face (which I had done that morning) if they wanted to try something natural to calm the itch.