Oh hai, friends! We're back with a new knowledge drop 🎤, and you definitely won't want to miss this one.
A bit of background before we get started.
Have you ever wondered what's behind the oatmeal and tea tree combo in our Tea Tree Oatmeal Goat Milk Soaps?
Well... read further to find out!!!
EINNIM's Tea Tree Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap is near and dear to our hearts because it was created with our nephew in mind. Since birth, our little dude has battled with severe eczema, and if watching it was painful, we can only imagine what it felt like... especially as a child.
We wanted to create a soap that wasn't your typical Dial, Dove, or even medicated bar that smells eerily similar to Elmer's Glue 🤔 for all of the kiddos (and adults) out there who deal with the same discomfort. Being the research junkies we are, we spiraled into as much information as we could to find the perfect blend that would not only soothe but smell amazing as well.
If you follow our blog posts, you'll remember reading about the difference between Castile and Bastille soaps, and that EINNIM soaps are a variation of Bastille soaps, which are made with 70% or more olive oil and other oils and butters.
Already on the right track and making a conscious effort to focus our attention on those who are immunocompromised, deal with skin sensitives, and all of the above... we were ready to get to formulating.
Queue tea tree oil (melaleuca).
Disclaimer, different therapies work for different people. We by no means are claiming that tea tree leaves/tea tree oil/melaleuca plant/melaleuca oil are the resolutions because we do not have the credentials to do so. All claims in this post as merely opinion-based and nothing more.
Back to it... what is tea tree oil you ask?
Tea Tree oil (melaleuca oil) is what comes from the melaleuca plant after extracting the oil from crushed tea tree leaves.
For centuries, native Australians have crushed tea tree leaves to extract the oil and use as an ailment for coughs, colds, and as a topical treatment for those dealing with bacterial and fungal skin conditions.
According to PubMed.gov, tea tree oil contains a number of compounds that have been proven to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi. One of these compounds is terpinen-4-ol which appears to increase the activity of white blood cells, which help to fight germs and other foreign invaders.
Naturally, after learning about these amazing natural properties, we decided to dig deeper and found that tea tree oil was the perfect ingredient for our new soap, and because oatmeal is the primary ingredient in many soaps that are formulated for babies and sensitive skin... it was a no brainer!
What else does this super oil do you ask?
Have you ever wondered why you keep seeing tea tree oil in your new key chain accessory--le hand sanitizer?
Studies have shown that E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae are no match for this powerful oil and after further testing, scientists how found that adding tea tree oil to cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli (Source: PubMed.gov).
So, what else is it good for?
Funny you should ask... check it out!
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Now, while this oil is super powerful for topical ailments, it should NOT be ingested and may be toxic if swallowed. As with any formulas applied to the skin, the user should test a small amount on a small area of the skin before using and wait at least 24 hours before using to ensure that there are no negative reactions.
So, there you have it. When you're trying to decide which EINNIM handcrafted soap is right for you, now you know!
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