Thursday, March 31, 2016

Signature Oil for April: Medusa's Snake Oil

If you remember, last year I talked about how Medusa is one of my favorite mythological characters and Medusa's Snake Oil was an April 1st joke that came with a discount code for Triple Moon Oil.

This year, well, it still won't turn your hair into snakes, but the oil is real!

Based on herbs and oils used in the cleansing baths of Greece and Rome, this blend has purifying notes of cypress, bergamot, lemongrass, and lime wrapped in the warmer, more relaxing scents of ginger and lavender. The base oils are all vibrant snake-green, too, but don't worry it won't color your hair!

To purchase the 4 ounce version, use this listing:

Base Oil: Hemp Oil, Avocado Oil
Secondary Oils: Pumpkin Seed Oil
Essential Oils: Cypress Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil

Aroma: Cold flowers and crisp frost.

Application: 1-2 drops of oil in the hands and massage into damp hair.

Detailed Ingredients:

• Hemp seed Oil- Hemp seed oil is made up of 80% essential fatty acid, the highest amount of any other plant. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level; it does just not merely "coat" the skin or hair as do other oils. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between. Not only does Hemp seed oil contribute greatly to the barrier function and appearance it also has other skin benefits such as offering relief to acne, minor abrasions, psoriasis and eczema. Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption, especially useful to vegans. Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin.

• Avocado Oil- This deep golden oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the Persea americana (avocado). It is used for lubrication and in cosmetics where it is valued for its regenerative and moisturizing properties. Rich in nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this nutritional oil is excellent for enhancing hair health. It supplies vitamins A, B, D, and E to nourish both hair follicles and the scalp. Vitamin E also acts as a protective antioxidant. It has natural humectant properties, adding and locking in moisture. The monounsaturated fatty acids will give hair a glossy shine and silky texture. The amino acids will promote the growth of new hair cells.

• Pumpkin Seed Oil- Pumpkin seeds contain fatty oils with linoleic acid and oleic acid, both known to prevent cancer-causing cell production. They are also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C. In addition, the seeds contain beneficial nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. Perhaps most important to those suffering from hair loss, the seeds contain cucurbitin, a unique amino that may be responsible for pumpkin seeds' effects on hair growth. There is conjecture that when consumed internally pumpkin seed oil it is a DHT blocker and can aid in treating baldness or hair loss, though no clinical study has been done.

• Cypress Essential Oil- A fresh, green, evergreen aroma, balsamic undertones, cypress was planted outside Greek and Roman temples and used in purifying baths. A stimulating essential oil, it encourages increased circulation to the scalp and reduces oil production.

• Bergamot Essential Oil- Certain components of the essential oil of Bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit the growth of germs, virus and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin. It has a refreshing and natural scent and is also a tonic, meaning it tones up skin and muscles

• Lavender Essential Oil– Enhances hair growth by stimulating the scalp. The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash” and was known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins). Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

• Lime Peel Essential Oil– A bright scent, lime is antiviral, astringent, and bactericidal. It is at once a cleansing and moisturizing oil, helping with dandruff and scalp buildup.

• Ginger Essential Oil– A spicy, warm, woody, with a deep earthy undertone, ginger is a clarifying and stimulating essential oil.

• Lemongrass Essential Oil- A heavy, lemony, green scent, this oil is widely used as an addition to bug repellents, and for its lemony aroma. Citral is known for its antimicrobial effects, and can help kill or suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi. It's said that lemongrass oil's quality is generally determined by its citral content. For those that suffer from hair loss, oily hair, and other scalp conditions, lemongrass oil may be beneficial, as it can help strengthen hair follicles.


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