Thursday, July 4, 2013

Argan Oil from Morocco ~ Liquid Gold for your Skin, Hair and Nails

Can something as exotic sounding as ‘Liquid Gold’ from a faraway place like Morocco be good for your skin? You bet! In fact, it’s worth learning more about this little gem from the desert called Argan Oil, or Moroccan Oil, and why it is such a popular moisturizing product!

Argan Oil comes from the Argan tree (Argania spinosa), which is nearly exclusive to the Essaouira region of Morocco. For centuries, local women from the Berber tribe have known about the health and beauty benefits of the precious fruit produced by this tree. The increased popularity and exporting of Argan Oil has provided a socio-economic benefit to the region as well, according to a recent report by BBC News.  Berber woman now help provide income for their families by working in cooperatives, cracking the hard shell of the fruit with stones to reveal the precious nutrient-rich kernels inside.  The oil is extracted from the kernels; the entire process is very labor-intensive, which explains the higher cost for pure Argan Oil.

Argan Oil is known to give amazing luster and softness to dry, brittle hair.  It has been found to be a superior shine enhancer for the hair based on an independent panel test (Institut Fresenius), according to a fact sheet from DSM Nutritional Products Ltd.

And Argan Oil is three times higher in Vitamin E (Tocopherols) than other plant oils. According to data from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University,  applying Vitamin E directly on the skin can aid in protecting the skin from UV Sun damage, as well as reducing skin 
inflammation. Argan Oil is also rich in antioxidants and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, which can help to lessen the appearance of scars.

Because it is highly emollient Argan Oil absorbs quickly into the skin with no oily residue, and provides intensive moisture to dry, sun-exposed skin, cracked cuticles and dry, brittle hair. Making it a perfect addition to your skincare regimen!

The Soap Opera Company is pleased to carry a complete line of Argan Oil products, including a decadent body butter and luxurious body oil to nourish dry skin; and a unique exfoliating bar soap made with Argan Oil, Shea Butter and ground Argan nut shell.

alt text We are very excited to offer concentrated 100% Pure Argan Oil, which is hard to find and makes a huge difference in the quality of the product and the results you experience.  Other inferior products found in drugstores and the like are often a mix of many chemical ingredients with very little actual Argan Oil in the product. Pure Argan Oil is very light gold or pale yellow in color and is nearly odorless or has a light, delicate almost nutty smell.  We encourage you to add this exotic moisturizing treatment to your beauty routine!

You can shop on-line or stop by one of The Soap Opera Company stores in Peddlers Village or New Hope, PA to experience for yourself the many skincare benefits of Argan Oil!

  Dianne Tricarico
  Social Media Content Writer
  The Soap Opera Company 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guess How Much I Love You Bath Products

The Soap Opera Company is excited to announce that we now carry the absolutely adorable Guess How Much I Love You bath products line based on the best-selling children’s book!   

Guess How Much I Love You, written by Sam McBratney with heart-warming illustrations by Anita Jeram, shares the gentle and fun-loving competition between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare as they try to express just how much each one loves the other. Selling more than 28 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1994 this simple bedtime story continues to be a favorite with parents and little ones across the country. It is the perfect bedtime transition to sweet dreams!

But before you tuck in the little ones… there’s bath time!  No way to avoid it but now it can be more fun and oh-so gentle!  The Guess How Much I Love You line has 99% natural ingredients and includes a Shampoo & BodyWash in a mild, tear-free formula that is perfectly suited to baby’s delicate skin and leaves a light, fresh powder scent.  The Diaper Cream contains chamomile and avocado oil to soothe tender bottoms and the Body Lotion is rich in skin-soothing emollients to leave your little one snuggly soft!

The Facial Moisturizer contains Shea and Aloe to protect those adorably, chubby little angel cheeks.  The Facial Cleanser is a mother’s dream product – the ultra-gentle no-rinse formula allows you to use it throughout the day whenever your little one needs a little extra clean-up, just dab it on with a cotton pad and wipe off!

Our Guess How Much I Love You bath products make great baby shower gifts! Let our friendly staff help you create a custom gift basket which can be shipped anywhere in the United States.  Stop by TheSoap Opera Company in person or online to see our full line of bath luxuries!

~ Dianne Tricarico
Social Media Content Producer

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Goat's Milk Skincare Benefits

Is the idea of soaking in a bath of goat’s milk all washed up?  Hardly!

Legend tells us that Egyptian beauty Cleopatra enjoyed washing herself daily in a bath consisting of goat’s milk.  Cleopatra was known for her luminous, silky-soft skin and irresistible allure among the men of her day. But you don’t have to be a Queen to reap the benefits of a goat’s milk bath.  The Soap Opera Company now carries a full line of goat’s milk skincare products!

So why was bathing in goat’s milk so important to Cleopatra? Well, she may not have commissioned any scientific studies but nowadays more and more people are finding that using goat’s milk skincare products help to soothe and manage itchy uncomfortable skin conditions often within just a few applications! This is because goat’s milk has a pH balance that closely resembles that of healthy human skin. Ideal pH is about 5.5, which is slightly acidic. Our skin needs to be slightly acidic in order to fight off and control the growth of bacteria. If the skin is too acidic it can become dry and irritated, resulting in cracks around the corners of the mouth, hives, weak thin nails and a pale complexion.  If the skin is too alkaline it can’t fight off bacteria very well, which can result in conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Making goat’s milk a great addition to your skincare regimen!

Goat’s milk is also rich in several types of fatty acids - capric, caprylic, and capronic acid. These naturally occurring acids are considered good fats. They allow the goat’s milk skincare product to be more easily absorbed and also promote healthy skin and hair. Additionally, the acids in goat’s milk are known to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. 
The natural lactic acid found in goat’s milk acts as an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid. AHA’s work to exfoliate dead skin cells allowing brighter younger-looking skin to shine through. And goat’s milk is rich in Vitamin A, long known as an antioxidant that helps to fight aging and free radical damage from exposure to environmental pollutants.

The beauty industry has really embraced goat’s milk skincare products in recent years, clearly showing that the benefits of goat’s milk are more than a passing trend.  At The Soap Opera Company our line of goat’s milk skincare products includes a nourishing body wash, a milled bar soap, a rich hand cream, and soothing body lotion in three yummy scents – Vanilla Bean, Love, and Blue Ridge Wildflower. The goat’s milk lip balm comes in vanilla, peppermint and other assorted scents. We also carry an unscented fountain-of-youth awesome facial moisturizer!

Stop by one of our Bucks County locations (Peddler's Village, New Hope) or shop online to experience all the wonderful goat’s milk skincare products we offer!

~ Dianne Tricarico
Social Media Content Producer


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Strawberry Month

May is National Strawberry Month! Did you know strawberries are not just tasty and healthy but that they are great for your skin too!  Strawberries are a super-food rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C which assists in the production of collagen. Collagen helps to improve elasticity, keeping skin young-looking and fresh!  Strawberries also contain natural alpha-hydroxy acids which help slough off dead skin cells leaving your skin clearer and softer!  We have lots of yummy products in the stores (and online) to satisfy your strawberry fix, including a decadent soap, body lotion, and this heavenly facial moisturizer!