Portland, Oregon May 7-12, 2012. A soap convention? Really? They have a convention for everything, but how weird is that?
Can I just say...I had THE BEST TIME! What an amazing time learning, networking and filling our minds with so many ideas! This was my first soap convention, but if all else, I was in Portland! The land of water, seafood, and greenery! We had conferences all day and dinners and sponsored events at night. Each day and evening were packed full, be it classes on product or business ideas, or networking with fellow soapers. I am so overwhelmed with all of the thoughts and ideas running through my head and can't wait to share them with you!
Some of the classes I attended included an amazing chemistry lesson on clear soap with Kevin Dunn. I would give anything to take a class from him! Chemistry explained in a humorous and easy-to-understand format! LOVED this! I can't wait to try some clear soaps! The essential-oil blending class with Jade Shutes totally rocked, and I wish I would have been in her in-depth class. So many classes, so little time...
I have reconfirmed that Simply Eden and our goat milk soap and lotion products are heading in the right direction with great ideas for our current products, as well as new ones! My first big idea is for oil infusions of natural products for color! I am so excited to start experimenting with this! Stay tuned on my progress!
We might all agree that “oats” sounds like a pure, healthy, and natural ingredient for our skin. But then you have the word “hydrolyzed”. Sounds chemical. Sounds not-so-natural. But in fact, the word “hydrolyzed” refers to a naturally occurring chemical reaction called “hydrolysis”. The root “hydro” means water, as in “hydration”. The word “-lysis” refers to the splitting of molecules. In the case of “Hydrolyzed Oats”, we are talking about a soluble form of oats which is naturally derived from whole oats by the process of hydrolysis – splitting the oat molecules with water molecules.
Hydrolyzed oats contain protein and oligosaccharides (a fancy way of saying carbohydrates). The primary reason I use hydrolyzed oats in my goat-milk lotions in that it is a proven “humectant”. That means it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and transfers it to the skin, thereby providing deep hydration. This has been clinically proven. When skin is well hydrated, the appearance of lines and wrinkles is diminished. Also, the hydrolyzed oats impart the lotion with increased smoothness. When applied to the skin, the oat solution helps make the skin feel velvety smooth with no residual tackiness or greasy feeling.
Simply Eden lotions containing Hydrolyzed Oats give your skin a deep hydrating treatment without greasiness. I find these oats a great way to add humectant properties to my lotions using pure, natural, sustainable ingredients. Enjoy my lotions in a great variety of fun and interesting scents, using essential oils or phthalates-free fragrances, or unscented for particularly sensitive skin.
Thank you Dorothy!