Pomegranate Seed Oil

History

Pomegranate seed oil began it’s journey literally eons ago. Native to Persia the pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits on the planet. It was known as the nectar of the Gods. Its first journey was to China in 100 B.C. For Christians the pomegranate represents hope of life eternal. Some scholars believe it was the pomegranate and not the apple that was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.

For the Jewish religion, it represents righteousness. In China it represents wealth and is a common wedding present. In Buddhism, it is one of the three blessed fruits along with peaches and citrus.

The varied uses of the tree and fruit include tanning leather, treating leprosy and dyspepsia.

The Fruit

Pomegranates grow on a shrub that can be pruned to look like a tree. They can grow to 20 feet in height. There are some shrubs in Europe that have lived for 200 years. Although there are hundreds of cultivars, only 14 grow in the U.S

Pomegranate Seed Oil

200 pounds of pomegranate seeds are need to make 16 ounces of pomegranate seed oil. There are approximately 800 seeds per fruit. This luxurious oil is made by cold pressing the organic seeds.

The luscious oil produced by the pomegranate seeds contains flavonoids, antioxidants and punicic acid, a fatty acid. This reduces inflammation and hydrates as well as protecting the skin and repairing from sun damage. These components aid in protecting and firming the skin. Research has proven the efficacy of the oil on the skin in its ability to stimulate cell growth of the epidermis. Coupled with its bounty of antioxidants this is a must for glowing and healthy skin.

It easily penetrates the skin without leaving a greasy residue making it perfect for oily and dry skin. The oil is viscous and only a small amount is needed for the skin.

This prized oil is found in our eye serum, nourishing body oil and body balm.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

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Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit essential oil is a great addition to one’s wellness routine. It is full of vitamin C and antioxidants. HollyBeth uses grapefruit essential oil in several of her products, for it greatly benefits the health of the skin.

Origins of The Grapefruit

Grapefruit, Citirus Paradici, is the only citrus fruit whose beginnings are rooted in the West Indies, rather than Southeast Asia. Some believe Captain Shaddock introduced pomelo seeds to Jamaica, therefore engendering an accidental hybrid of sweet orange and pomelo called the forbidden fruit. There is no record to back up this theory, therefore scientists believe the grapefruit is a natural hybrid. In 1750, the Rev. Griffith Hughes writes of the forbidden fruit in his book the Natural History of Barbados, the hybrid’s first documented mention. In the 1800’s, a farmer dubbed the forbidden fruit grapefruit for the way it grows in grape-like clusters. The grapefruit eventually made its way to the US in 1823 thanks to French settlers.

Benefits

The rind of the grapefruit is cold-pressed for essential oil. The oil aids digestion, boosts  immunity, and works as an antiseptic. Its fragrance also helps with fatigue and anxiety. Most of all, grapefruit essential oil nourishes the skin. It cleanses and purifies, calming irritation and balancing the skin, while boosting the skin’s immunity. It is a great aid in clearing acne and oily skin, as well as regulating the production of sebum and skin irritations. Plus, it smells amazing!

Grapefruit Essential Oil Skin Care Solutions

HollyBeth uses grapefruit essential oil in several of her products because of its many benefits. You can find grapefruit essential oil hard at work in her Marigold Foaming Facial Cleanser, a must-have for acne-prone skin. Her Body Mist utilizes the oil for hydration, while her Body Balm packs Vitamin C into the skin. A huge thank you to the grapefruit for its amazing essential oil!

The Benefits of Beeswax for Skin

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The many benefits of beeswax for skin make it a powerful ingredient in several of HollyBeth Organic’s products. What exactly is beeswax?  Beeswax is naturally secreted by honey bees and used to line the inside of the hive to create honeycombs for honey storage. When beekeepers remove the honeycombs from the hive, the wax is cut away in the process of harvesting the honey.

Natural Thickener

HollyBeth uses beeswax to bring the rich, velvety thickness to her cream products, including her Eye Cream, Rose Geranium Moisturizer, Skin Therapy, Citrus Cream, and Body Balm. Beeswax provides a base for these luscious balms to keep their malleable structure.

The Benefits of Beeswax for Skin

Beeswax is a vitamin-rich, natural hydrator. It helps the skin lock in moisture while protecting it from the outside elements. Packed with Vitamin A and fatty acids, beeswax promotes the restoration of skin cells and a healthy, glowing complexion. Prone to dry skin or acne? Beeswax contains anti-inflammatory, skin soothing properties that help clean and soften the skin to promote healing and maintain balance.

Beeswax can do it all. We owe a great big thank you to those hard working honey bees!

*Did you know the honey bee population is declining every year? Click here to read about the importance of honey bees and the conservation efforts being made to improve their habitat.

Daily Defense from Dry Winter Skin

Cold Weather Skincare Tips

Daily Defense from Dry Winter Skin

Ah, winter. A season of warm fires, big cozy blankets and yummy hot drinks, as well as freezing cold temperatures , bone-chilling winds, and constant runny noses. The harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin, stripping it of moisture, leaving it dry and irritated. Guard your body’s largest organ with daily hydration. HollyBeth Organics has a variety of USDA-Certified Organic skincare products for daily defense from dry winter skin.

Face Moisturizer

The first step in your beauty regimen should be a good face moisturizer. Protect against dry skin by starting your day with our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer. Rose, camellia, and sea buckthorn oils combine to empower this beautifully fragrant face cream with skin-smoothing, ultra-hydrating ingredients.

Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream

As you head out into the winter weather to go about your day, don’t forget to bring your Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream. Keep your hands, lips, and other vulnerable areas protected with this moisture-rich shea butter cream packed with the uplifting fragrances of orange and peppermint. You can tame dry hair and frizzy hat-head flyways with a small dab, too!

Lavender Hand Cream

Keep our Lavender Hand Cream handy to sooth your skin with the calming effects of lavender, camellia, jojoba, and sweet almond oil. This antioxidant-rich blend of nourishing oils and Vitamin E is sure to rejuvenate thirsty skin.

Body Balm

Ready to wind down and relax after a long day? Treat your skin with our luxurious Body Balm. A calculated blend of camellia, pomegranate, clove, and grapefruit oils paired with hydrating beeswax creates a strong defense against dry skin. This powerful combination of moisture-boosting ingredients penetrates deep, healing dehydrated skin while stimulating healthy skin cell growth. Your skin will be soft and supple all winter long.

Healthy skin is your first line of defense against all those icky winter germs! Support your well-being with hydrating, protective skincare, lots of warm clothing, good food, and happy spirits.