Most of our customers are individuals looking for something different or wet shavers looking to enhance that experience with pre and post shave selections. The goal of Em's Place is to offer niche items that are an alternative to the traditional off-the-shelf products and not to compete with the standard selections available in the marketplace.
While this alternative may not be for everyone, we cater to the individual who has sensitive skin, may be looking for natural, 100% botanically derived scents or would like to use products that nourish and feed the skin with a large percentage of natural botanicals - and therefore have a shorter shelf life than mass-market products. Because of these factors there are things that you need to know or take into consideration when using our products.
Shelf life: Under normal household conditions our products have naturally derived or food grade preservatives for nine to twelve months of shelf life. Other products have all-natural preservatives for six months of shelf life. We recommend that the purchaser use these products in the shortest amount of time possible and not leave them sitting on the shelf. The maximum benefit is derived from using natural botanicals in the shortest amount of time possible. Freshness can be affected by the environment, with cooler surrounds maximizing the useful life. Like food that nourishes your insides, high proportion botanicals nourish your outsides and should be viewed in the same perishable way. Let your senses and common sense be your guide.
Let's talk scent - what is essential oil: Essential oils are derived from specific botanicals and are not synthetics. There are several methods of extraction with the steam distilled method being the most prevalent. Essential oils are a commodity and some oils are more expensive than others. This is due to a variety of factors with scarcity and amount of oil derived from the botanical being the main considerations
How come essential oil scents don't last as long, or don't seem to be as strong, as synthetic or perfume type fragrances: Synthetic scents and fragrance oils placed in manufacture grade alcohol can scent or wear differently than pure botanical aromas. Natural scents have different evaporation rates generally referred to as top, middle and base notes. This means that certain essential oils will last longer than others and top notes are the fastest to dissipate - most volatile. Citrus oils are an example of top notes. Middle notes are typically the balance of a blend and contain many of the floral essences. Base notes tend to last the longest and act as a fixative. Frankincense and Sandalwood are examples of base notes. Because we don't use alcohol or scent binders, the natural fragrance will provide a scent true to their natural aroma profile. Essential oil blends are formulated to contain essential oils from the various notes to help make a synergistic and longer lasting combination. We think of pure scents like a walk in the garden - some scents are more powerful and others more fleeting. Some aromas are noticed right away and then move aside making room for the other subtle scents to appear.
Why do you use the term "aromatherapy" so often and why should I care: The choice of essential oils used for an aroma is generally selected for an oils therapeutic and beneficial skin care properties. While Em's Place is more concerned about using oils that are reputed as good for emotional and healthy well being, we understand many consumers are more concerned about the scent. We strive to cater to the aroma side of things while maintaining our core goal about the underlying aromatherapeutic benefits these scents may provide.
An oil is an oil, isn't it?: No! While there are essential oils, carrier/fixed or base oils, fats, waxes and so forth all are different and distinctive. For example, mineral oil is tagged as an oil, however it is from the petroleum side of the spectrum. While a car gets nourished from motor oil, a person my not want to put it on their face or drink it for nourishment. Speaking from the fruit and vegetable group primarily, what is good for your insides may be good for your outsides as long as you don't have a personal sensitivity to a given ingredient. Look for vegetable oils and natural plant waxes or butters beneficial for skin care. Even among these constituents they are not all alike. Some are heavier and more moisturizing, some are richer in vitamins, some are lighter and faster penetrating and so forth.... We carry products that are rich in natural oils and ingredients that feed the skin. For information about specific ingredients visit the references.
Because high proportion botanicals have no binders or extenders a little product goes a long way. For example, a 2 ounce size can last as long as many 4 ounce sizes for other products. Use sparingly, a little goes a long way. For facial lotions and creams, if you apply more than necessary simply wait a few minutes and blot, don't wipe, with a tissue. This will leave your face feeling soft and smooth.
~ Any item that uses the word "splash" or "spray/mist" is a liquid. Our most popular base liquids are witch hazel distillate for its skin freshening and mildly natural astringent properties and/or hydrosols which are the distillate water from the essential oil making process containing their own mild aroma and trace water soluble botanical properties. Splashes can be used for the entire face unless specified otherwise, as well as on the body. They are for toning and replacing lost moisture and are not considered a moisturizer. The small proportion of oils used in a splash are emulsified the old fashion way - by shaking before use. Since splashes are mostly water soluble, the botanical and essential oils are to provide aroma and round off the edges.
~ After Shave Soother and Moisture Balm is a light, fast penetrating lotion. Good for all skin types, especially normal to oily. It is for the person that wants a light moisturizer, however my not be quite enriching enough for dry or very dry facial complexions.
~ Cucumber Lotion is a really nice moisturizing lotion for all skin types especially normal to dry skin. Light and refreshing.
~ Jojoba Lotion is for general purpose facial and body care. It is a little heavier than the soother/balm and good for all skin types.
~ Moisturizing Men's Shaving and All-Purpose Gel (or Aloe Vera Moisture Gel on the facial care page) is a clear, thick gel and good for a variety of uses. It makes a cooling, brushless shaving gel that is especially good for touch-ups when you want to see the whiskers for easy removal. In addition, it soothes irritated skin and tones and tightens. It is more moisturizing than the Facial Toner, however may not be moisturizing enough for dry skin. It can be layered over with additional moisturizers as needed. Can be used as a hair gel too. Provides a protective layer.
~ Exotic Butter Cream is thick and creamy, well- like a butter. With ingredients like shea,
cocoa and mango butter you can't go wrong. Excellent for dry, sensitive and very
~ Massage and Body Oils are nice for massage or skin care. Further, they work well for those that like to do hair oil treatments. In addition, some blends make a nice pre-shave oil. Some oils are more moisturizing, some have better absorption, some are lighter and so forth. Unscented massage and body oils can also be used as a carrier for essential oils by adding between 8 and 12 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier/fixed oil. Jojoba, apricot and sweet almond oils also make a good carrier for essential oils.
All of these products are what
we refer to as "high proportion botanicals". They are not greasy, perform well
and nourish our outsides. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly. In
addition to the above products, you will find additional body care selections
elsewhere on the web site.
NOTE: We have attempted to provide our best critique for these products. Please keep in mind that individual opinions may vary based on personal skin types, uses and preferences. In addition, while these products are good for sensitive skin and people who have had problems with other products in the past, an individual can still have sensitivity to an ingredient, even in high proportion botanical products.