Friday, May 10, 2013

Maceration,Filtering/Screening and Distilled-in this way an essential oil is ready to be used in cosmetics

A typical ancient botanical garden few miles from  Rome countryside.

Parts of the fresh plant are placed in an airtight container and covered with almond oil or other base oils for 30 days

After this period the oil is filtered and transferred into another container and skips to the pressing plant mixed with oil that contains most of the functional substances in the plant itself. Two more days of resting, then a second screening and other purifying processes occur  before the oil, filtered and pure, is ready for distillation.

Essential oils are obtained by steam distillation. The pressurized steam is introduced into the lower part of the distiller and passes through the plant parts or oil to vaporize the volatile oils contained in them.  It is a method that applies to most of the aromatic plants and exploits the physical properties of essences, in particular their volatility.It is to separate the essential oil from the plant origin using a jet of water vapor, which invests plant tissues and "carries" the essence. From the process you get two final products: the distillate and the aromatic water. This is the water that comes from the condensation of the same steam, scented by a small fraction of essence dissolved in it.

From those particular operations for example we are able to create this type of healing herbal blends

-To balance,purify,and protect oily and dandruff hair;

LAVENDER; Soothes irritations, and clarifies the skin, balances, tones, clarifies combination and sensitive skin with blemishes, prevents dehydrations while refreshing and revitalizing the skin

BURDOCK,Popular in Europe as a scalp treatment. Applies to improve hair strength, shine and body, help reverse scalp conditions such as dandruff and combat hair loss It is also very effective in promoting the renewal of healthy skin cells, giving you a luminous glow immediately.

EUCALYPTUS: Natural essential oil for cleansing and deodorizing

THYME,Skin protectant

SESAME OIL,Nutrient, emollient

LINDEN.Enhance appearance of skin; Linden calms irritations and reduces visible puffiness, improving the appearance of dark circles under eyes

BIRCH LEAF,Skin conditioner

BITTER ORANGE; Highly hydrating and toning with anti-oxidant effects. Soothes irritation, refines pores and restores a clear and luminous complexion. Regeneration of skin cell, helps reverse existing skin damage.

From the above  old-centuries formula came out our Rosemary shampoo.
Balancing, Purifying, Protective Normal-to-Oily, Dandruff,
Ideal for those with oily hair and dry scalp, Rosemary shampoo promotes healing of the scalp restoring the natural pH, prevents flaking and regulates the production of excess oil, leaving the hair clean and healthy with renewed vitality. 

Rosemary & Burdock shampoo.

A 16th centuries Italian monastery where herbal blends were originally conceived.

-The following one is another herbal blend  traditionally known in Italy to work beautifully as anti-redness and protective agent for very sensitive skin.

soothing, relaxing, treats damaged

Sweet Almond Oil
;emollient, nutrient

Butcher's Broom;
protects and restores elasticity to capillaries

anti-redness, anti-irritant

astringent, tonic

improves circulation

anti wrinkle, tonic

Key Benefits of the herbal formulation;

·        Light, soothing, anti-redness moisturizer
·        Hydrates and prevents coetaneous aging
·        Reduces diffused redness and skin irritation
·        Helps strengthen and diminish visible capillaries
·        Improves circulation
·        Restores a clear tone and luminous skin
·        Thoroughly absorbs, leaving no shiny residues
·        Ideal for men to soothe razor burn
·        heals irritations, recommended as night treatment for acne skin.

Our Chamomile Ultra-light Moisturizer is based on this old-centuries herbal formula.

A really effective ultra-light anti-inflammatory moisturize.
This light moisturizer is thoroughly absorbed, simply apply after cleansing and toning with a gentle circular massage for smooth, soft and younger looking skin. Looking for something for the man in your life, our Chamomile Moisturizer works beautifully as a soothing after-shave. 
chamomile moisturizer.

Where all this knowledge come from?

Growing up in Italy it was customary to be acquainted with the natural healing methods from the folk medicine, everyone knows that Chamomile soothes and Rosemary stimulates. These plants are our foundations applied in the everyday life, including beauty receipts used for centuries and improved overtime. As a former product developer, for other cosmetic companies, I became more and more disenchanted with this world of ordinary formulations with no functional activity but only for commercial purposes. I felt I had to go back to what I knew best, personalized natural formulations, ready to use receipts for beauty and personal hygiene, based on extremely pure ingredients and without additives or chemicals but no shelf life. They were classic preparations previously available only custom made in local pharmacies. Soon my small artisan activity became a business and started researching for the appropriated additives to incorporate in my formulations, without altering or diminishing the effects of the botanical ingredients but, enhancing their efficacy to convey and maintain the properties of our herbs, roots and flowers.

There are “chemicals” deriving from plants and “transformed” into a preservatives or antibacterial that may complete or enhance the functional activity of the plants. Essential oils, in their pure form and extracted in a safe way, are great preservatives and anti-oxidants, if we extract the active principal of the Lemon, we obtain the “ascorbic acid” used as a preservative and so on. Many plants, once they go under a transformation process may assume a fantasy name, we rigorously select the additives to incorporate in our products. The process of “transformation”, of vegetal origin ingredients, is fundamental to realize our line of products.

 We rely on the work of family owned business for years who are determined to continue and maintain a traditional method of manufacturing passed on from generation to generation. We work very close for over 25 years now. Actually the new generation is more dedicated to quality, they have chosen to improve and grow with particular attention to quality and integrity. From our sources of the plants, their transformation and their employment, we control every aspect of production, including our packaging and designs. My suppliers, my graphic designer, my lab collaborators and I have formed a trustworthy team and by learning from each other, we create these products that are designed to be safe, functional and pleasant to use.

 Everyone knows Chamomile soothes, Rosemary stimulates, Mallow soothes if the gums are irritated, or Calendula cream helps if your skin is flaking dry. In Italy it is our everyday life, we always used natural remedies to cure minor ailments, mixing and blending mixtures of herbs for all kinds of needs. The association of various different herbs in one single product is the key to aim at various skin conditions. These associations and relative ratio of dosages is a precise science and this is what makes all ERBE’sMoisturizers the best appreciated products in our lines. Our skin care products contain a blend of truly precious essential oils and extracts, designed to target a wide range of skin conditions. Our blends contribute in enhancing the skin’s immune system, improve the appearance of dull skin, refresh and rejuvenate, while also delaying signs of aging.

Beautiful landscape close to the St Columbus monastery.

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