Ingredients In Amena's Creams
CREAM INGREDIENTS – Some or all of the ingredients below may be used in Amena's Sea Mineral Creams. Many of our ingredients are known, if not proven, to benefit the skin in many ways.
(Look up "Herbs in Sea Minerals " for some other examples.)
Avocado Oil (INCI Persea Gratissima Oil)
Cold pressed Avocado Oil is rich in Vitamin E and high in antioxidants. Avocado oil is capable of penetrating deep into the skin, and is a humectant which protects against loss of moisture.
Olive Oil (INCI Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil)
Cold pressed extra virgin Olive Oil is also high in Vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols. It is rich in antioxidants. Hydroxysyrosol is a rare compound found in Olive Oil and helps prevent free radical damage to the skin.
Macadamia Oil (INCI Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil)
Cold pressed Macadamia Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and Phytosterols (these are protective and are said to work like cortisone helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation). Linoleic fatty acid helps the skin retain moisture.
Jojoba Oil (INCI Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil)
Cold pressed Jojoba Oil is really a natural wax. Our skin recognises it as similar to our own natural wax ester – sebum. Rich in Vitamins A D and E, omega 6 and 9, antioxidant properties and a saturated fatty acid called Docosenol which is said to be antiviral and is used in cold sore treatments. This is a calming and soothing oil which penetrates deeply.
Coconut Oil (INCI Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil)
Coconut oil is high in Vitamin E and Vitamin A and medium chain fatty acids. It penetrates, soothes, and hydrates the skin. Used by peoples in the Pacific and Australasian regions for eons for healthy skin and hair.
Techni Gel (INCI Petrolatum)
Techni gel is another word for unguentum or white parrafin oil. In 1865 Robert Augustus Cheseborough a young British chemist became fascinated, whilst watching the oilmen on the drill. He observed that they would smear their skin with the residue from the drill called 'rod oil' to help heal their cuts and burns. He went on to purify this ‘earth grease’ and went on to be the father of Vaseline. This product is used extensively in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
Techni Gel helps as a barrier to keep the healing elements of herbs and oils next to the skin and also helps to lock moisture in.
Emulsifying Wax is a vegetable based emulsifier. Used to blend oil and water.
Soy Lecithin derived from soy is a natural emulsifier.
Cetyl Stearol Alcohol is a co-emulsifier made from a vegetable source.
Humectant and moisturizer
Palm Free Vegetable Glycerine. Used to soften and soothe the skin and helps to retain moisture.
Preservatives and antioxidants
Sea Minerals are a natural preservative and are antimicrobial.
Rosemary Oil is a natural anti-oxidant and slows rancidity of oils.
Vitamin E Oil – Tocopherol is also anti-oxidant.
If water is present in the cream recipe we are bound by regulation to use a preservative. This may be natural or naturally derived according to the risk, if the recipe doesn’t contain water it is preserved with sea minerals. We choose natural over synthetic if the natural product is proven to be as or more effective.
Sea Minerals – as written elsewhere on this website, sea minerals are made by solar concentrating sea water after most of the sodium chloride is removed. The solution is concentrated to 1% of the original seawater an anti-microbial, anti-bacterial solution.
Distilled Water – De-mineralised water used to make a light moisturizing cream
Disclaimer:The statements made regarding these products and/or ingredients are for education purposes only have not been evaluated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by TGA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.