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38 Degrees- The perfect gift for that special man

38 Degrees- The perfect gift for that special man

Our new moisturising face serum for men has been lovingly handcrafted using some of the most beneficial oils for our masculine friends. Not only is the formula lightweight and with a woody smell that won’t scare off the boys, but the ingredients also offer a myriad of positive effects.
Here is a run-down on some of our favourite things about out chosen ingredients:

Aloe Vera
Protects against pollutants
Aloe vera gel absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin.
Great to use after shaving and toning as it gives for quick relief from pain and burning due to shaving.

Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black pepper contains a high amount of antioxidants, that prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Furthermore, it has Vitamin C, which increases collagen production, thereby giving you a sagging-free tighten skin. Black pepper has anti-oxidants that inhibit the free radicals responsible for acne.
Black pepper essential oil (Piper Nigrum), is one of the most common and favourite scents for men. It is excellent for use as a cologne or aftershave ingredient. Emotionally, black pepper can promote courage and stamina.

Bergamot
It is used to minimize scars and other scars on skin; stimulates skin by supplying melanin. These wounds can be a result of acne or skin infections or irritations. The Bergamot essential oil brings an uplifting balance to the scent and lends a little sweetness while still being masculine.

Cedarwood
Cedarwood is a scent that works well for men, emotionally it promotes a night of restful sleep, it calms the nerves and relieves built-up tension.

d-Pathenol
d-Panthenol (Vitamin B5) helps nourish and add vital moisture to skin, first by sealing in hydration by boosting the skin barrier, but also by helping to rejuvenate and revitalize skin cells, helping to defy the aging process.
It also soothes little cuts or sores like bug bites or shaving irritation.

Helichrysum Extract
Also referred to as “Immortelle” or “Everlasting,” helichrysum is frequently used in facial care products for mature and aging skin, as well as for blemished skin or skin with tissue damage. Not only is it extremely versatile–being useful for several different skin types–it’s also gentle and effective.
Helichrysum is well-known for its acne-fighting properties. Not only does it contain anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it’s also considered beneficial for scars as well.

Hibiscus Extract
Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants, called anthocyanocides. Antioxidants are proven to help fight skin damaging free radicals which spawn when pollutants such as ultraviolet radiation and traffic pollution make contact with the skin, and can result in premature skin ageing.

Nutmeg-
Nutmeg has a large number of benefits when applied topically to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties which means it is fabulous for acne-prone skin and under-eye bags.
It is moisturising and can aid in not only soothing dry skin, but in conditions such as psoriasis.

Nutmeg is also considered as one of the best essential oils for erectile dysfunction since it is able to improve blood circulation. A 2003 study on male mice found that clove and nutmeg extracts increase sexual activity. Clove and nutmeg have a positive impact on sexual behavior and are nervous stimulants.

Sandalwood
It makes the skin soft and provides a cooling effect to the skin. It helps to cure acne, pimples and blackheads. It helps to relieve itchy skin. It helps to prevent premature ageing. It brightens the skin. It helps to resolve pigmentation issues.

Vetiver
Vetiver assists in skin healing by promoting skin cell regeneration, so it’s a good oil for scars. It also aids in treating dark spots, acne, and dry skin. It’s also a natural antiseptic.
The earthy scent is a very appealing masculine fragrance. Vetiver oil grounds and calms. Vetiver is one of the best oils to use for relaxation and reducing mental distractions.

Our 38 Degrees Men’s Moisturising Facial Serum also contains the fantastic Jojoba Oil, which we will spotlight in our next blog.

Why Cinnamon Essential Oil, Bark and Leaf Oils

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, and for that matter Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil contain high levels of cinnamaldehyde; which irritates the skin, so this oil is another one that should never be used neat on the skin, pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid it. Safely used on the skin: 1 drop to 100ml of carrier oil.

But just as the cinnamaldehyde can irritate it also bears many gifts, it’s an antimicrobial fighting bacterial growth. Cinnamaldehyde has been found to be of use inhibiting the spread of cancer cells and growth of tumours, specifically prostate, lung and breast cancer*

Bark over Leaf:

Cinnamon Leaf is high in eugenol, this makes it, when diluted with a carrier oil, a great pain reliever, analgesic.

Cinnamon Bark is substantially more expensive than cinnamon leaf and has been considered to be the more potent but recent research has shown that the active ingredient, cinnamaldehyde is present to the same extent in both the Bark and Leaf oils. They both have antioxidant qualities.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil has been shown to ease depression and reduce stress and relax the body enough so as to increase the libido, a few drops can relieve cystitis if used in a sitz bath, it is a great deterrent to mosquitoes and diluted with carrier oil, it can be used in a massage oil to relieve cramps.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is, because of its anti-inflammatory properties a fine topical pain killer, it is powerful and can be utilized as an antifungal and anti-viral agent.

When it comes to scent and strength, the Bark essential oil is surprise surprise more earthy and woody, the leaf essential oil; lighter in fragrance. The Bark Oil needs to be handled with a little more care as it is more of an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.

Both oils blend well with Benzoin, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.

Oh and FYI its botanical name is Cinnamomum zeylanicum

*The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils handbook for everyday wellness (pg47). Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele 2014

We have used Cinnamon Bark in our  Purifiier Anti-Viral Essential Oil Blend, and Anti-Viral Hand Soap.

Cinnamon Leaf makes an appearance in our Cinnamon Bliss Soap, Let’s Get It On Essential Oil Blend, Cleopatra Moisturizing Goat’s Milk Bath Soak, Detox Bath Soak, and Menstrual Pain Relief Massage Oil.