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Blue Lotus and Purple Carrot Whipped Cleansing Balm

Blue Lotus and Purple Carrot Whipped Cleansing Balm

This cleansing balm is inspired by an ancient Egyptian translated papyrus, which spoke of the use of various seeds in the Apiaceae (carrot) family including anise, celery coriander, and purple carrot, being used in ancient Egyptian skincare. The seeds were pressed and extracted to obtain their essential and lipid oils. They were favored for their highly anti-inflammatory properties, and in my opinion, also their lovely, earthy scent!  

It's no secret the ancient Egyptians held Blue Lotus Flower sacred. It was used extensively in their perfumes, and skincare, and most definitely a precious ingredient, and several methods of extraction are described in the papyrus. 

The collection of papyrus also describe various ungeunts for various purposes, from cleansing the skin to perfume. Ancient Egyptians were known to create and wear beautiful, elaborate make up. In order to remove the make up, they needed an oil based material, just like most modern make up. It can be summarized by analysis of ancient Egyptian records, that they would use a variety of animal fats (ox and goose) and vegetable fats/oils, with beeswax. The base of fats and oils would would be infused with plant materials that benefited the skin, and also imparted a scent, and a stiff animal fat or beeswax added to create the appropriate texture.  

I wanted to create a product with an effective, modern formulation, but with elements of the make up removing and cleansing ungeunts of the ancient Egyptians. 

I decided to combine my own handcrafted purple carrot seed extract and glycerite, with a decadent, sourced Blue Lotus Concrete and Wax. The carrot seeds used to create the extract are born from the beautiful, large umbels of flowers produced from our organically grown purple carrots. Unfortunately in my climate, I cannot grow blue lotus flowers. Instead, I sourced a stunning and very rare blue lotus concrete and wax. The concrete is the material obtained after extraction, and is usually further extracted and refined into the absolute, however, this concrete is the whole extraction before the absolute and wax is seperated. The scent is out of this world! It conjures visions of me lying on a humongous Iily pad, with my head lying in the center of the blue lotus flower, breathing in it's glorious perfume! In my opinion it smells much more like the real flower than the further refined absolute. I also sourced a blue lotus wax, refined for skincare and cosmetic use. It does not possess a beautiful fragrance like the concrete, because the wax is what is left, after the absolute is seperated from the concrete. It is however incredibly silky and smooth. One of the smoothest vegetable waxes I've experienced.

These elements are combined with our artisan distilled Hydrosol from Elderflower, a plant commonly used in ancient Egypt for it's flowers and berries, and almond butter, kukui nut oil, and macadamia oil, are emulsified with an olive derived, eco certified emulsifier. For perfect rinse off and cleansing, I've included a gentle Coconut derived surfacant (soap) for beautiful rinse off and lather. The formulation is properly preserved with an ecocertified cosmetic preservative.

This whipped cleansing balm feels like clouds of silk on your skin. It's gentle, hydrating, and removes every stitch of make up, dirt, debris, pore gunk, and facial oil without stripping your skin. No tugging at my eyes with cotton rounds and remover, and it's such a creamy, dreamy experience too! 

The fragrance is floral and earthy, and absolutely addicting! If you love the naturally sweet and musky floral scent of blue lotus, and the herbal, earthy scent of flowers from the carrot family, you will totally fall in love! And even if those fragrances aren't your favorite, the combination of the two is incredibly pleasing; revitalizing and refreshing! The scent is solely from the botanical extractions contained within the formulation and is not overpowering, but gentle and lovely!

2 oz in a reusable blue and gold glass jar. Each jar is accompanied with a gold satin bag and tiny gold cosmetic spoon. Best used within 6 months of purchase to enjoy the botanical benefits to their fullest!

Elderflower Hydrosol
Purple Carrot Seed Glycerite
Kukui Nut Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Almond Butter
Coconut Derived Soap
Olive Derived Emulsifier
Blue Lotus Flower Wax
Blue Lotus Flower Concrete Extract
Purple Carrot Seed Extract 
Natural Preservative

INCI Ingredients:
Sambucus Nigra Flower Distillate Water
Daucus Carota Sativa /Vegetable Glycerin
Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Soap)
Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate
Nymphaea Caerulea Flower Wax
Nymphaea Caerulea Flower Extract
Daucus Carota Sativa Extract
Geogard Natural Preservative
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