Traditional Vapor Rub Ingredients Linked to Cancer
January 23, 2010

Petrolatum, or Petroleum Jelly, has been used as a moisturizer for years but cannot actually effectively moisturize the skin.

Some of the leading vapor rubs on the market claim to contain a number of natural ingredients that do a great job of clearing sinuses and relieving coughs.  But if you read the fine print, you’ll find that many of them contain something called Petrolatum.  Petrolatum is petroleum jelly.  It’s used as a moisturizer, as it has been for decades.

However,petroleum jelly doesn’t actually work to moisturize your skin because it is very difficult for your skin to absorb it.  This is why the jelly leaves your skin feeling greasy and oily.  Not only that, Petrolatum has been linked to breast cancer as a potential carcinogen.  What’s the point in trying to cure a cold with a vapor rub if you’re poisoning your body with harmful chemicals?  Petrolatum is also a product of crude oil, a non-renewable resource.

Aloe Vera works as an alterative to Petroleum Jelly to moisturize and soothe the skin.

It turns out that vapor rub is actually very easy to make without Petrolatum or Vaseline.  If the purpose of using Petrolatum in vapor rubs and cosmetics is to moisturize the skin, we suggest using aloe vera, instead.

Aunt Odie’s Therapeutic Rub does just that.  Check it out.


Head to Toe Body Creme’s Most Active Ingredients
December 8, 2009

We boast about how our Head to Toe Body Creme will help all skin types feel softer and look smoother.  But we know the list of ingredients can be somewhat daunting.  So, we’ve pulled out some of the most important ones and outlined what, exactly, they do for your skin.

The gel of the Aloe plant has been used to heal the skin for centuries.

The Aloe Vera plant has been used for centuries as a remedy for a number of skin conditions.  This plant holds within its skin a thin gel that, when applied topically, can help heal wounds and strengthen cells by bringing oxygen to the skin.  In our Head to Toe Body Creme, the Aloe Vera helps keep the skin moist and healthy.

Amino Acids are peptides.  There are four main acids that, when combined, form an effective skincare treatment.  These four are Proline, Glycine, Leucine and Lysine.  Aunt Odie’s Head to Toe Body Creme contains all four of these acids. Together, they will work to build collagen, which is what makes the skin firm.  We lose collagen as we get older, which is why wrinkles appear.  This formula exfoliates, moisturizes and releases toxins, all the while strengthening the skin, and improving the look of wrinkles and age spots.

A Jojoba seed pod. The beans secrete oil, useful for helping with irritated skin conditions.

Jojoba Oil comes from the beans of the jojoba plant.  The beans secrete an oil very similar to the oils produced by the human skin.  Therefore, it is easily absorbed into the skin.  It is known for helping reduce the signs of aging in skin by promoting the growth of new cells.  It’s especially good for people with eczema and other skin conditions, as it will soften and moisturize the skin.  There is also an antibacterial component to the oil, so it’s often used to treat acne.

Lignin is a complex chemical compound found in the walls of plants.  It’s what gives vegetables their crunchiness.  In our Head to Toe Body Creme, lignin helps the skin better absorb ingredients.