Avocado Oil

I am writing my blog on Avocado oil; having met so many eczema sufferers over the years, and in receipt of many testimonials for my Avocado Unscented soap.

So here is why I make an avocado soap, the research behind the design, the properties of the oil, dermatitis conditions and finally what others say, I will leave you to make your own conclusion.

The oil is produced from the fruit of the avocado tree. Pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit, making it one of the few edible oils not derived from seed.

What is Avocado Oil?

It is pressed from the fruit of the Persea americana, avocado tree. Native to the Western Hemisphere growing in Central and South America from Mexico south to the Andean. The fruits have greenish or yellowish flesh with a buttery consistency and a very rich, nutty taste.

The oil is produced from the fruit of the avocado tree. Pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit, making it one of the few edible oils not derived from seed.

Only the Best

Buying the best avocado oil is key to gaining all the properties the first pressing extracted through cold-pressed method (ie without chemical methods) is unrefined and retains the favour, colour as wells as all the vitamins and minerals. Where as avocado oil used for application in many skin care products is usually refined, bleached, and deodorised, resulting in an odourless yellow oil, may not provide all the benefits that unrefined would. The key words when purchasing Avocado oil oil is: Organic, extra virgin, unrefined, cold processed.

Emma only uses first pressing (extra Virgin), Unrefined and Organic oils, the highest grade quality oil, ‘only the best for my soap’

Health benefits to eating Avocados

You may already realise how good Avocados are to eat and the benefits this fruit can give to ones diet, there is so much more with many health studies concerning:

  1. Blood Pressure - The monounsaturated fats found in avocado oil can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Eaten in moderation to replace saturated fat and trans fat in your diet.
  2. The Heart - Avocado oil contains Oleic acid combined with properties that enhances the absorption of carotenoids studies have shown several positive effects including lowering risk of some cancers, preventing flare-ups of certain auto-immune diseases, speeding cell regeneration and wound healing, aiding the body in repelling and eliminating microbial infections, as well as reducing inflammation inside and out. The oleic acid in avocado oil is also known to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), (the body’s “bad” cholesterol) like other omega-9s, it can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  3. Arthritis Symptoms Arthritis, a joint disease that causes swelling and pain in the joints. It can either be classified as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

    In France, ASU is an extract made from a combination of avocado and soybean oil extracts, which has received prescription drug status as a treatment for knee and hip osteoarthritis.

    In Denmark, ASU is marketed as a food supplement for its anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to stimulate cartilage growth and repair.

What are the skin benefits?

This highly therapeutic oil, containing proteins, amino acids, vitamins A,B,D,E and lecithins. It is a skin food!

Very moisturising, with healing properties, it helps regenerate skin cells and softens body tissue

Avocado oil penetrates deep into the skin unlike other oils which accelerates results, softening and hydrating the skin, it is a natural humectant, such properties prevent the skin from drying out.

Vitamin A has a multiple functions particularly items important for growth and development and maintaining the immune system.

Vitamin B - helps reduce redness, scaliness and other skin irritations.

Vitamin B1 - Thiamin - is an antioxidant, helping to increase blood, circulation.

and Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin - helps to keep the skin healthy.

Vitamin D - repairs skin damage, prevents infections and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin E helps prevent the skin from inflammations and itchiness, the antioxidants help sooth skin too.

Lecithins - are natural emulsifier which are also skin-feeding nutrients, easily absorbed through the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) and into the dermis where they provide energy for the growth and health of new skin as well as defending existing cells.

Proteins - are made up of amino acids which helps maintain elasticity and firmness of the skin - including Oleic acid known to speed cell regeneration and wound healing, it is anti-inflammatory and helps ease the discomfort of itching, score inflamed skin helping with skin complaints such as eczema.

Essential Oils and allergens

Whilst essential oils are natural they do contain allergens natural constituents of essential oils. If you suffer from allergies, its important to know which allergens you need to avoid, alternatively opt for unscented, no essential oils, no allergens.

Dermatitis also known as Eczema

Whilst I am not a dermatologist and have no medical training and make no claims, meeting many individuals who suffer from this complaint has lead me to research and again a small understanding about this nasty skin complaint.

Eczema may result from a combination of malfunctions in the bodie's immune system, an inflammation of the skin with common symptoms of dry, itching, swelling, redness, crusting, blisters, cracking of the skin and more. The weather, food allergies, skin allergies, contact with detergents, fragrances, perfume, chlorine and stress can all contribute too or trigger dermatitis.

Conditions include:

  • Atopic dermatitis - the most common type, typically starts in childhood, it is unknown what causes it, however believed to be allergy base, skin sensitive to allergens.
  • discoid eczema – occurs in circular or oval patches on the skin.
  • contact dermatitis irritant and allergic – when the body comes into contact with a particular substance, chemical irritants.
  • varicose eczema or stasis dermatitis – often affects the lower legs and is caused by problems with the flow of blood through the leg veins.
  • seborrhoeic eczema – red, scaly patches develop on the sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears and scalp.
  • dyshidrotic eczema (pompholyx) – tiny blisters to erupt across the palms of the hands.

(Information on types of eczema taken from NHS UK website, sufferers should consult their doctor for further information, diagnosis and treatment)

What others say...

And there is more...

I would like to buy some more of the Avocado unscented, its very good for my eczema, which is a lot better since using your soap. Thank you.

Needenmarket, October 2016

Hi Emma
I bought the avocado unscented from you at the craft fair in Exeter and it has changed the condition of my hands.
September 2016

I bought a bar of the Avocado soap from you at the recent craft fair in Exeter and it does help to ease my eczema.
August 2016

Hi Emma
I have very dry skin and eczema which manifested in my 40's. I was recommend your soap by my parents who had read about you. I have to say we're only a couple of days in but first impressions are great, my skin actually feels more hydrated after washing!
June 2016

Dear Emma
My husband is suffering with an extreme allergic reaction on his arms, legs, groin, and hands. He has been allergic to perfumes for years but this latest reaction is so extreme. He has been given strong antihistamines which help a little and he is using aqueous calamine which also helps. I thought your soap might be the answer. Do you have one with absolutely NO perfume in it and one which may help?
May 2016

Hi Emma
I would like to buy some of the soap to try as myself and my children all suffer with eczema, your unscented Avocado bar has been recommended to me.
May 2016

Hi there
My daughter is 12 and almost overnight has developed acne all across her forehead, which she obviously finds very distressing. She has been given antibiotics & various creams from the Doctor but I was wondering if you had a soap that could possibly help her, just like the eczema soap that is helping do many people?
May 2016

“Look, Look... its gone, my eczema has gone, thanks to your soap”
anonymous shopper from Exeter Christmas market
December 2016

“It really works, my hands are starting to heal. I have come to get more supplies. Thank you”
Another shopper at Exeter Christmas Market
December 2016

Telephone call
“I don’t use anything else, it really works my eczema is clearing up, can I order some more please”
December 2016

"My dermatitis has cleared up since using your soap, let me know when you next has an off-cut sale"
January 2017

"My eczema started after inhailing over a bowl, I only have a little bit above my forehead, its gone since using your soap"
Jan 2017

Avocado Oil contains all the natural essential proteins, vitamins that research and studies have shown to aid healing of eczema related dermatitis skin complaints

That's why I make Avocado soap and suggested the unscented for eczema sufferers.

It's a simple equation...

Avocado oil properties + Dermatitis complaints + What others say = Emma’s Avocado Unscented ‘try it, it may work for you too’

Things to consider

What is touching you skin? Sheets, towels, cloths etc. What are you washing these items in, Emma’s next blog will be on laundry soap!

Commercial Laundry Soap tends to contain, harsh chemicals, surfactants, optical brighteners, bleaches, perfumes, colours and enzymes.

Why should we avoid this?

How is this effecting our Skin?