feed the skin

Or: Why eatable raw materials?

When I was working in a hospital, there happened a dramatic and drastic incident. One of the midwives had filled a oil-bath concentrate in a single-baby-bottle- but she forget to leave a notice about the different content. During one of her house visits, she wanted to feed a newborn baby some tea. Unhappily she took the bottle with the oil bath. Since fennel-tea looks and smells similar to the bath, she began to feed the “tea”. The child at first resisted, but she still did not notice her mistake and continued feeding. Shortly after the “meal” the child became worse and worse. The parents immediately hurried to the children’s clinic. There, a poisoning was suspected, but the cause could not be determined – otherwise it would have been possible to save the child. After a few hours, the 7-day-old child ( which was born completely healthy) died.

Once again my experience had been confirmed, that a child doesn’t refuse food without any reason and it’s necessary to take it serious.

On the other hand, I was irritated that a baby skin care product could lead to death, when it’s “accidentally” drunk. The skin absorb substances – why  we don’t use eatable ingredients?

You can find natural raw materials, that are tolerated by babies and toddlers. In the worst case they may cause a slight diarrhea, but their use is not life-threatening. E.g. a very good active ingredient is genuine rose oil. It nurtures sensitive skin very well and even skin irritations such as infantile eczema and diaper-dermatitis react well to it.

Real rose oil is extremely expensive: the price of a single ml is about 20-50 euros- depending on the variety. An amount, which fits in a teaspoon, could be about 100-250 euros. It’s difficult to get pure essence. Because I am very careful about the quality, I have never experienced allergic or overreactions on it. The rose oil shows an effect even if the care product only contains a tiny portion (even more in high-quality pure vegetable oils). But it seems too expensive for large-scale production. So they prefer to use other substances- maybe with a similar smell. Sometime you can find rose oil on ingredients lists – but often it is „just flown by“ – rarely actually used as an active ingredient.

But again there was the problem of durability. When classic preservatives are added, the skin care is no longer ‘optimal‘. Or there are some bad side effects- especially for babies. What to do? After all, you don’t want to use a baby-creme, where bacteria can celebrate their parties. But there was a way out: Rose oil itself acts as an antibiotic (if you use it in an effectual quantity). As an additional security I use small bottles, where the content is applied totally in a single application.

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The effect of rose oil has been known for a long time and it is highly appreciated. The reaction of skin or e.g. digestive tract is very positive- even of the mental condition, too. In a special region of Turkey, where roses are traditionally cultivated, a newborn had been greeted by embedding it on fresh rose petals after birth. The (delicate) smell has a soothing and “native” effect and the clean leaves are velvety soft.

Conclusion: Since the experience I described above, I’ve set a goal for my product developments: I want to use only eatable raw materials. Maybe they do not necessarily taste like a candy or a 5-star-menu – but they should not be toxic- for nobody! : no adult, no child-  and for babies certainly not! Nevertheless, high-quality raw materials include a tremendous potential- if used in the adequate way.