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As an oily face girl myself, and an Esthetician I empathize and understand why some get confused with the use of oils in skincare for our skin types. I fought with oiliness and breakouts from my teens until I created Nurture Me Natural in 2012.

Our products for oily skin are balanced, and with consistent use, give you that "normal skin" look and feel. It's pretty nice, and I wish I had created these products in my twenties.

I am going to share with you why many essential oils are very beneficial for oily, acne and combination skin.

Many companies, particularly commercial brands boast of oil-free formulas for oily skincare lines, but, those knowledgeable of the benefits of natural ingredients are well versed in the many properties of key elements and components of organic essential oils such as Clary Sage, Tea Tree, Geranium and Rosemary, just to name a few.

Below is a list of some of my favorites that I include in my proprietary essential oil blends for face

  • Tea Tree oil - great antiseptic and bacteria-fighting properties. Lessens inflammation and effectively reduces breakouts.

  • Neroli - helps to reduce excess sebum.

  • Clary sage - reduces excess oil and breakouts, while having beneficial anti-aging properties.

  • Carrot Seed - lessens hyper-pigmentation, rich in vitamin C.

  • Rose oil - vitamins A and C promote cell production, resulting in brighter, healthier overall appearance for all types of skin.

  • Jojoba - lightweight and very similar to skin's natural oils. Contains beneficial fatty acids that help to repair and protect the lipid layer of skin.

  • Geranium - helps balance oil, and aids in diminishing dark spots from old scars and breakouts.

  • Lavender - soothes irritation and redness.

  • Lemongrass - fights breakouts, antimicrobial.

Unlike oil-free formulas that do not offer all of the benefits of natural essential oils, skincare that has a balance of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and soothing ingredient properties will create healthier looking and feeling skin that is properly hydrated, with improved tone and youthful appearance. It's all about the right ingredients and the correct balance that best benefits the skin.

So, don't be afraid of oils in skincare. Many wonderful oils, such as lemon, Tea Tree and Rosemary actually help reduce excess sebum (oil) and will get you on your way to clearer, brighter and healthier skin.

Have a healthy happy spring and summer!


MJ Sanders

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Updated: Jan 14

Pure, authentic African Black Soap is a staple in many of our hand-crafted cleansers. Why? Because ABS has extraordinary beneficial properties for skin.

What are some of the benefits? We are glad you asked! Below are just a few:

100% natural cleanser

Soothes skin irritation, rashes and itching

Anti-microbial properties

Aids in fading skin discoloration

Beneficial in lessening acne

Lessens and soothes irritation from eczema and psoriasis

Alleviates itching scalp & irritation

Leaves skin rejuvenated and fresh feeling without SLS and chemical cleansers

African Black Soap has been used for centuries for general cleansing, bath, hair & scalp, and baby care.

Nurture Me Natural uses only pure genuine African Black Soap from Ghana for formulation of our face washes, hand soap and foaming body wash because we value the wonderful benefits of this age-old skin care remedy.

Our Natural Foaming Body Wash leaves skin feeling nourished and clean. Hand-crafted with nourishing plant extracts, and skin-loving oils, it never leaves skin feeling sticky, only soft and conditioned.

Nurture Me Natural's Foaming Baby Wash is a well-diluted version of our Natural Foaming Body Wash, blended with moisturizing Aloe Vera and just the right amount of diluted baby friendly essential oils.

Our popular Lavender Rosemary and Tea Tree Foam Face Washes are blended perfectly with pure African Black Soap liquified in pure Aloe, and blended with the appropriate plant extracts, botanicals and organic essential oils.

... and our Foaming Hand Wash is loved by all who use it. It is also fortified with the benefits of African Black Soap's antibacterial/antimicrobial properties, along with the mild antiseptic benefits of Tea Tree, Lavender and Rosemary Oils.

Natural cleansers are the best cleansers

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Personal preference aside, there are key differences to these two cleansers.

Body washes gained popularity in the 80's and 90's, but recently bar soaps have made a come back, particularly natural, hand-crafted soaps.

Large production commercial body washes are primarily composed of water and surfactants, like sodium laureate sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate, and other chemicals. Although these products can appear silky, pearly and creamy looking, surfactants can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated, dry and tight.

In the past, bar soaps got a bad rap for their high PH, however, well-crafted soaps are made with skin-loving saponified oils of olive, sunflower, coconut, etc. These excellent naturally sulfate-free cleansers blended with nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera creates a product that is balanced, moisturizing, and great for most skin types, including Psoriasis and Eczema.

One of my favorite properties about hand made bar soaps is how superior they are at exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. You know the dreaded "soap scum" that annoys us so much? Well, that happens when using bar soaps versus store body washes because the base ingredients used to create hand crafted soaps naturally exfoliate and remove more dead skin cells than watered down commercial body washes. To me, that healthier skin is worth a bit of rinsing of the tub or shower.

Whatever your preference, remember, soap kills germs, bacteria and many viruses. Wash your hands often to keep skin clean, and follow with a healthy, plant-based moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

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