When we set out to make a shave balm here at The Sudsy SoaperyNatural Products,™ we searched through many other shave balms and consistently found that the ingredients in these balms were petroleum based or contained some sort of chemical that was not naturally derived. For instance, Emulsifying Wax is commonly used in balms and lotions to emulsify (combine the water to oil into a solid state) the formula. However, most emulsifying wax is petroleum based and although petroleum has a very low comedogenic rating, it stays on top of the pours creating a barrier that keeps out air, water and anything else that might help the pores to breathe healthily.
Other chemicals in aftershave balms and lotions include:
· Myristyl Myristate
· Diazolidinyl Urea (a formalihyde realaser)
· Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
· Peg-12 Dimethicone
Rather than a list that contained harmful and unnecessary chemicals. We wanted a list that would provide a useful and natural approach to your daily shaving routine. We researched and researched and formulated and re-formulated trying to find naturally derived ingredients that would emulsify and preserve our formula.
We started with the base oils, oils on the face you say? Yes! Oils on the face! It is the best option you have and even the ancients used it. In fact, there is a reference in the Bible, in Psalm 104:15 “And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make hisface to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.” There are oils that, when used properly, slow down the aging process of the face, creating a fountain of youth as it were. With the proper comedogenic rating, oils will moisturize without clogging the pores.
So, we started with Hemp and Mango oil, two of the “less greasy” oils that allow your pore to breathe creating an immense moisturizing and skin protecting wonder! Then we added Organic Witch Hazel directly from one of the leading manufacturers of the products in the world. Witch Hazel is an astringent which shrinks and constricts body tissue. In short, it may aid in the bleeding, cuts and abrasions one might experience during there shave.
To all of this we add Glycerin that helps moisture retention on the skin and Vitamin E and Grapefruit Seed Extract to preserve this aftershave balm naturally.
Our purpose here at The Sudsy Soapery Natural Products™ is to do what others have tried and do it again thinking about the skin from a healthful and sustainable perspective. This is why we are presenting to you our natural philosophy as it pertains to our post shave wonder creamy aftershave balm which comes as a complement to your shaving routine, free of chemicals!