Creams & Lotions
Natural Home Essentials’ creams and lotions are full of good stuff and free of junk! We have different formulas for a variety of skin care needs:
- Hemp Hydration – a thick, luscious cream for seriously dry skin. It sinks into the skin and leaves a long-lasting, non-greasy layer of shea butter protection. Available in fragrance-free, lavender and lemon-ginger.
- Coconut Cream – a medium-weight cream that glides well and absorbs quickly. No fragrance is added to this cream; its light scent is from the unrefined coconut oil that makes up the largest portion of its oils.
- Sun Silk Lotion – a lightweight lotion suitable for all-around hand and body use. It’s named for the silky feeling that sunflower oil gives to the skin, but it doesn’t actually contain silk!
Natural Home Essentials’ lotions and creams made with carefully chosen, vegan ingredients:
- Aloe leaf (Aloe barbadensis) juice – from the plant used to sooth burns and other skin irritations.
- Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil – a medium-weight oil that contains fats that penetrate the skin and hair shaft to smooth and soften. Unrefined coconut oil contains essential fatty acids and a wealth of antioxidants such as ferulic acid and catechins.
- Hempseed (Cannabis saliva) oil – a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly and provides a non-greasy feel to the skin. Hempseed oil is produced from industrial hemp, so the amount of THC is so small that it is barely measurable and certainly not psychoactive. Our hempseed oil is unrefined, so in addition to a variety of essential fatty acids, it contains anti-inflammatory phytosterols and gamma linoleic acid (GLA).
- Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) nut butter – a rich, unrefined butter that has been used for generations in Africa to protect the skin from the elements. In addition to providing a strong occlusive barrier to seal moisture in, unrefined shea butter contains a wide variety of anti-inflammatory and healing-supportive constituents such as phytosterols, catechins, allantoin, and cinnamic acid.
- Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seed oil – this garden-variety flower produces an oil with great skin benefits. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly, providing smooth, non-greasy protection that does not clog pores.
Certain plant-derived chemicals are used as emulsifiers to mix the oils and butters with the water of the aloe leaf juice, to stabilize the emulsion, and to hold moisture in the skin. These include cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, glyceryl stearate, and sodium stearoyl lactylate.
Antioxidants such as vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) and rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) oleoresin help to keep the lotion or cream from going rancid.
The only synthetic chemicals in our creams and lotions are the preservatives used to prevent microbial growth. Polyaminopropyl biguanide is a non-paraben, non-formaldehyde-releasing preservative that is gentle enough to be used in contact lens solutions and baby wipes. I have searched a major medical literature database (PubMed, Feb. 2014), and I found no studies indicating any carcinogenic, allergenic, or endocrine-disrupting effects of this preservative. The Environmental Working Group gives it a hazard score of 2 (low hazard). Polyaminopropyl biguanide is used at a concentration of only 0.3%. Potassium sorbate is a food preservative that was originally isolated from the mountain ash berry (but commercially available potassium sorbate is a nature-identical synthetic); it is used at a concentration of 0.3% to prevent mold. After performing many experiments with more natural preservatives under a variety of real-life conditions, I decided that it’s better to use a low-toxicity synthetic preservative that is stable under a wide range of conditions than to risk contamination by using a natural alternative that can be destroyed if you accidentally left your lotion in a hot car or in freezing temperatures.
If you prefer a product with no synthetic ingredients, a good alternative would be our Shea Body Butter, which contains only natural butters, oils, and plant-derived antioxidants.