Some time ago I signed up to an intensive week’s skin care college course starting on the 14th May! I can’t wait! 5 days of lots of work and research, happy days!
Each day will cover different areas of making cosmetic products and during the week we will be building up our skills and product portfolio.
I have just received an email asking to do some homework beforehand… and we will be given homework each day!!! Here we go… I thought those days are over… But surprisingly the feeling towards homework is so different and satisfactory when associated with the subject you love and wish to know all about it.
So, here are the questions
The products botanical and INCI names
Cinnamonum camphora – commonly known as Camphor tree, Camphorwood or camphor laurel
Properties of the products in terms of skin care benefits (what kind of skin is it suitable for, how does it help skin etc)
It is a soothing agent. The oil is used for acne, dermatitis, general skin care, infections, scars, sensitive skin, wounds, wrinkles.
Its properties are very similar to Camphor.
Mood enhancing properties of this oil
Ho wood essential oil is said to be an aphrodisiac (!)
Ho-wood is anti-depressant and helps facing areas in life that need changing.
Considered both emotionally uplifting and calming to the mind
One interesting fact about this oil or the plant it is extracted from (this need not necessarily be related to the oil’s use in cosmetics)
Hon Sho is a defensive tree – the exudates from its roots (the source of camphor) kills worms and other micro-organisms of the soil, and the leaves that drift into the ocean can kill marine organisms, which is why some consider this oil an environmental hazard. Epileptics should avoid this oil.
Usages for the products and any other beneficial properties
Traditionally used for deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, muscle relaxant, antiseptic.
When well diluted can be used as a chest rub, or to vapourise.
Ho Wood essential oil is great to use in a bath, cream, massage oil, and in shampoos.
Apparently it makes a wonderful massage oil. It blends well with Basil, cajeput, chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang, frankincense, orange and mandarin.
If I missed anything interesting or you have something to add to my research, please feel free to comment, your help is highly appreciated!