Hand crafted hemp soaps --Donkey Milk, Shea Butter, Hemp Flower Extract, Hemp Seed Oil, MCT Oil, Rosehip Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic acid+b5, Limonene & Alpha-Pinene Terpenes, Fresh Citrus Fragrance. 6 oz
Limonene Terpene Profile
Aroma - Citrus, Lemon, Orange
Effects - Anti-depressant, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-spasmodic, Anxiolytic, Gastroprotective, Immunostimulant
Alpha-Pinene Terpene Profile
Aroma - Pine, Wood, Mountain Air
Effects - Anti_inflammatory, Energy booster, Gastroprotective, Bronchodilator, Aids memory, Anti-bacterial
One area where terpenes hold a lot of potential is in skincare. From their low-cost extraction to year-round availability, cannabis botanical terpenes are easily integrated into cosmetic production, at scale.
The odor-producing qualities of terpenes are particularly desirable in skincare production. As an organic fragrance, terpenes can add an attractive scent naturally, eliminating the need for synthetic fragrances.
Terpenes also offer real potential benefits to skin health and appearance. Skin conditions such as eczema may benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of pinene (6) and caryophyllene (7).
Terpenes may even help to fight the signs of aging. A 2015 animal study (8) found that the terpene camphor was an effective treatment against UV-induced wrinkles. While this study involved mice, it found that camphor was able to increase the expression of collagen (IA, IIIA, and IVA) and elastin, key proteins in the maintenance of skin health and youth.
Terpenes potentially offer more than just cosmetic improvements. Terpenes such as myrcene (9), humulene (10), and beta-caryophyllene (11) have demonstrated anti-cancer properties that could reduce the proliferation of skin cancer cells. Although research into the anti-cancer properties of terpenes is ongoing, it demonstrates the exciting future of terpene treatments.
It has a long and fascinating history of use. It's rumored that Cleopatra bathed in donkey's milk for her soft, supple skin. Centuries ago, it was used medicinally in parts of India and Africa. It's been an ingredient used by Greek homeopathic practitioners for years, both topically and internally. It's even been used as a substitute for breast milk, as structurally it most closely resembles human milk. Most recently, it was a K-beauty trendy ingredient formulated into sheet masks and the like. This is all to say: If time and history is any indication, there's something here.
Now, beauty brands are starting to wager the rest of us will join in: In fact this past year, it was the most Googled ingredient, with over 27 million results.
What is donkey milk's benefits for the skin?
The ingredient gets its acclaim from its dense nutrient profile. Called a "natural elixir of youth," it contains several special actives: vitamins A, D, and C; as well as proteins and fatty acids. This blend of nutrients is significant for several reasons.
First up, vitamin A—or what retinol is derived from. Retinol is beloved for its ability to encourage skin cell turnover and help skin cells act younger; however, it is notoriously difficult on skin. But natural alternatives, like vitamin A or bakuchiol, don't have the same issues of irritation. (That being said: They're also not as potent, nor do they all work in the same ways, which is a good thing for many of us with sensitive skin!) Donkey milk contains a surprisingly high amount of the antioxidant, so one of the main functions of the ingredient is skin cell renewal. Expect to see younger, brighter-looking skin with regular use.
Hemp Seed Oil
The many health benefits of hemp seed oil come from its high content of three polyunsaturated fatty acids: linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid. Additionally, its ratio of omega-6 (linoleic acid) to omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) fatty acids is 3:1.
A dermatology study found that hemp seed oil improves symptoms of atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. Researchers attribute these results to the fatty acids found in hemp seed oil.