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Carotene

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A natural colourant to give a pale yellow to deeper yellow colour to creams and lotions.

Beta-Carotene is the precursor to Vitamin A. However, the amount of this Carotene needed to have a noticeable Vitamin A effect would be excessive and would stain the skin. Therefore, we suggest its use is just as a colourant.

Using just a few drops, your creams and lotions will have an attractive pale yellow colour that many people say makes the cream appear to be richer and more gentle.

Inci:

Brassica Napus Seed Oil, Zea Mays Oil, Beta-carotene, Tocopherol
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Carotene are:

Skin Conditioning

To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
Beta-Carotene is listed as a skin conditioning agent and does help to combat dry and tired skin. However, consider this as a slight benefit rather than using it only for this reason as the effect is very small.

When using herbs to make infusions and decoctions, the resulting cream or lotion can look slightly grey/brown or grubby. Adding some Carotene to the fat stage gives a much more attractive colour that helps to cover the colour the herbs have left.

If you wish to have a noticeable Vitamin A effect, simply use Vitamin A in the Stage 3 (below 40°C).

Hair Care
No direct hair care usage but can be added to shampoos and hair conditioners to improve the colour if you have used herbal infusions or decoctions.

Other
Use less than 0.25%.

Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products.

It is heat stable and only becomes oil soluble when heated to over 45°C to 50°C. When making creams and lotions, it must be added in the heated Stage 1 (fat stage) to ensure the colour is evenly distributed.

Suggested Blends
Use to improve the colour of creams and lotions.

Cautions/Contraindications
None.
Calendula Hand Cream
Stage 1: (above 75°C)

14% Calendula Oil
6% Sweet Almond Oil
5% Vegetal
3 drops of Carotene

Stage 2: (above 75°C)
66% Boiling Spring Water
5% Comfrey Glycerol Extract

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
1% Preservative 12
2% Calendula CO2 Extract
1% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total

Method:

Heat Stage 1 (fat stage) in a stainless steel bowl on a double boiler until the temperature is above 75°C.

Add Stage 2 (water stage) ingredients into a stainless steel bowl in a double boiler until the temperature is above 75°C.

Pour Stage 1 into Stage 2 and use a stick blender (high shear) to emulsify the two stages. This will happen in just a few seconds so keep checking. Ensure the temperature is above 75°C. When you lift the stick blender out of the mixture, the mix running off the blender head should look like a thin cream. If it looks granular or like it is separating, it needs more high shear blending.

When it has emulsified, take it out of the double boiler and use a spatula to stir it whilst it is cooling down. You can use a cold water bath to speed up the cooling. Do not continue to use the stick blender as this will destroy the liquid crystal structure that the emulsification has formed.

When it is under 40°C, add the Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.


Conditioning Herbal Hair Pack
Stage 1: (above 75°C)

5% White Poppy Seed Oil
5% Baobab Seed Oil
10% Shea Butter
10% Emulsifying Wax
3 drops of Carotene

Stage 2: (above 75°C)
63% Boiling Rosemary Decoction
(use 2% Rosemary Herb)
5% Pomegranate Glycerol Extract

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
1.1% Preservative 12
0.9% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total

Method:

Weigh all Stage 1 (fat stage) ingredients into a stainless steel bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water (bain marie). Bring up to a temperature of over 75°C.

Place the herb into more water than is needed in a stainless steel saucepan with a lid. Boil hard for 20 minutes and then strain into a measure for the amount of infusion needed in Stage 2.

When the Stage 1 is over 75°C, add the Stage 2 (water stage) ingredients to a larger stainless steel bowl. Swap the bowls over so the larger bowl is in the double boiler.

Pour the Stage 1 ingredients into the Stage 2 ingredients and stir gently without creating air bubbles. Ensure the mix is still over 75°C and stir continually for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove bowl from the double boiler and put into a pan of cold water to cool it down quickly. Keep stirring all the time.

When the cream or lotion is below 40°C add the remaining stage 3 ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.

For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Carrot Seed Oil has been traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a source of Beta-Carotene.

Historical Information
The name Beta-Carotene comes from the Greek word Beta (the second word of the Greek alphabet) and the Latin word Carota (carrot) and is understood as meaning the secondary action of carrots. In effect, Beta-Carotene is the precursor of Vitamin A and is used by the body to produce Vitamin A which is essential for healthy skin.
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