Product knowledge; Outdoor Body Mousse

Outdoor body mousse composite

Introducing my latest concoction; Outdoor Body Mousse, a skin conditioning & soothing mousse-creme that provides natural, chemical-free sunblocking while additionally repelling bugs. It is sweat resistant, non-greasy with a subtle mineral-tinted glow that ends with a silky, dry finish. Along with zinc oxide, plant extract Eucalyptus Citriodoro creates an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin while providing an uplifting citrus/eucalyptus scent.  And FYI, the National Center for Disease Control lists Eucalyptus Citriodoro as a suitable replacement for DEET.

If you’ve read about my personal skin history you’ll know I get a rash in a flash.  I love my gardens and I love my walks but in New England the bugs love me even more.  And because I am highly allergic to DEET and sunspot so easily I have worked at creating something that allows me freedom to be outside.  This new version of an earlier product is a slam-dunk due to some new ingredient technology developed through olive oil chemistry allowing for the non-sticky formula.  Sitting in the yard side by side with David, black flies are all over him while not a one is touching me when wearing this. The smell reminds me of summer!

Water, argan oil, zinc oxide, essential oil Eucalyptus Citriodoro, Olivem (natural thickener produced from olive oil), citric acid, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, mica.

NOTES: Please note that the tint is fairly invisible so rather than creating a suntanned effect it simply masks the white of the zinc oxide.  The mica makes the skin look “moisturized” rather that matte from the oxides.  Please apply liberally for maximum insect repellent and for an SPF of around 25. You can use this alone or over another body lotion.

Introductory size 50ml/1 2/3oz $40.00 Jane’s clients discounted price – $24.00

To purchase or sample – 603-491-7305  jbalshaw@comcast

 

 

Natural bug repellents that cause sunburning

sun sensitivity plant oils For those of us in New England who love the outdoors, the biting insects that show up at this time of year can be annoying! And if we have concerns about using chemical bug repellents on our bodies, using plant fragrance oils give us natural protection and peace of mind. But beware; many of the common oils used in natural bug repellents can increase your risk of sunburn and allergic reaction!

natural-vs-chemical-ingredientsPlant fragrance oils (called essential oils) are the volatile essences of various plant materials. Extracted from the plant in a concentrated form, these oils contain the assorted organic components of the plant.  As a visual, think of the viles in a chemistry lab; like these, essential oils are intensely active and flammable combinations of chemicals.

The chemical constituent coumarin occurs in many common plants and is responsible for lending a particular sweet smell.  However, when coumarin is applied directly to the skin it absorbs UV light then releases it into the dermis creating photosensitivity (reactivity to UV light).  Wearing any of the following plant oils that contain coumarin while in the sun greatly increases your risk of sun burning, sun spotting or developing an allergic rash.

WHILE IN THE SUN, AVOID WEARING BUG REPELLENTS (or body lotions & perfumes) THAT CONTAIN:

  • lavender
  • common orange
  • mandarin orange
  • bergamot
  • lemon
  • cassia “cinnamon”
  • Calendula
  • angelica

And if you happen to be experimenting with rare and unusual essential oils or bathing in herbs ( 🙂 ), parsley, tarragon and celery also contain coumarins!

It is further interesting to note that coumarins have been synthesized in the laboratory for use in making perfumes adding that particular sweet smell.  This could explain why many/most synthetic fragrances create photosensitivity!  The ramifications are endless; fragranced soaps, shampoos, sunscreens, body lotions… this is one of the reason why I am an advocate for avoiding synthetic fragrance.

The most effective essential oil I have found to repel bugs is Eucalyptus Citriodoro.  The Nation Center for Disease Control has classified this as a suitable replacement for DEET.  You may have noticed the postings at some of the trail heads in New Hampshire mentioning this.  My client Stacia, who is a farrier, uses this on her horses to repeal flies.

You might enjoy my latest concoction, Outdoor Body Mousse, a skin conditioning & soothing mousse-creme that provides natural, chemical-free sunblocking while additionally repelling bugs. Sweat resistant, non-greasy, mineral-tinted glow with a silky dry finish. Along with zinc oxide, plant extract Eucalyptus Citriodoro creates an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin while providing an uplifting citrus/eucalyptus scent. SPF around 25; apply liberally for best protection. Sitting in the yard side by side with David, black flies are all over him while not a one is touching me when wearing this. The smell reminds me of summer!

I also sell the oil alone by the 1/2 oz.

603-491-7305   jbalshaw@comcast.net