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Savoy Bath & Home – “Featured Ingredient Series” Activated Charcoal

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Savoy Bath & Home – “Featured Ingredient Series”  Activated Charcoal

Lately, it seems activated charcoal is ubiquitous in the health and beauty industry.  Why?  There are many reasons why activated charcoal is making an appearance in your products. What exactly is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal or activated carbon is a powder produced from carbonaceous type materials such as wood, coconut, husk and bamboo.  The charcoal powder is created by using methods such as steam or chemical activation at elevated temperatures depending on the material used to make the charcoal.  The result is a highly porous powder that will absorb impurities and contaminants.  Because activated charcoal absorbs impurities, it makes it a...

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Savoy Bath & Home – “Featured Ingredient Series” Epsom Salt

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Savoy Bath & Home – “Featured Ingredient Series” Epsom Salt

What exactly is Epsom salt and how does it work? Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is a pure mineral compound that has numerous benefits for your body, which is why its one of our favorite ingredients for our luxury bath salts. Even though Epsom salt sounds like a condiment, it is not. The reason why it is called a salt is the chemical structure. The “Epsom” comes from a location in England where it’s found in a natural spring.  Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years to cure all kinds of aches and pains. It works because when placed...

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Savoy Bath & Home – “Featured Ingredient Series” Cosmetic Clays

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Savoy Bath & Home – “Featured Ingredient Series” Cosmetic Clays

Clays are one of our favorite natural ingredients for their amazing beneficial properties and the beautiful color they give to our products. All little history about clays. The use of clays dates to the prehistoric era. It was used for minor aliments as well as beauty treatments.  Clays are made from all minerals needed by the body. Minerals are essential for all functions in the body such as muscle movements and hormone production.  Today we are still using clays for remedies and good skincare. Where does it come from? Clays are a mineral substance that is derived from volcanic ash....

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Savoy Bath & Home "Featured Ingredient Series" - Organic virgin coconut oil

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Savoy Bath & Home  "Featured Ingredient Series" - Organic virgin coconut oil

Organic virgin coconut oil (botanical name: Cocos Nucifera) is one of the most important ingredients in our products. The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family. The term “coconut” can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed or the fruit. Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature harvested coconuts.  Coconut oil like coconut milk starts out as a white layer inside the coconut called the kernel or meat. When the coconuts are opened the meat is removed, heated and dried, turning that kernel into “copra”. The oil is then pressed out of the copra...

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“Featured Ingredient Series” - Shea Butter

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“Featured Ingredient Series” - Shea Butter

Organic shea butter (botanical name: Butyrospermum Parkii) is one of our favorite ingredients for our luxury soap bars.  Shea butter is a popular ingredient throughout the cosmetic industry due to its emollient properties. What exactly is shea butter and where does it come from? Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. The shea tree is primarily found in East and West tropical Africa. The shea butter is derived from oily kernels within the shea tree seed. When the kernel is removed from the seed it is ground into a powder and placed in...

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