Beauty is celebrated all over the world. Beauty secrets and especially ingredients that people swear by, come from all over the world and can be found in numerous cosmetic products. Take a tour around the globe with our selection of these fine ingredients and their origins – bon voyage!
Africa, for example, is the home of the shea butter. It is obtained from the fruits of the shea tree (Vitellaria), which can be found mainly in the Sudan zone. The harvest of fruits is traditionally in the hands of women. After the fruits have been harvested, they are peeled and the shea nut is extracted. However, before the shea nuts can be processed further, they must first dry in the sun. They are then heated and ground to a greasy mass and mixed with water, or shea oil can be produced.
Because it contains valuable substances such as saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene, it has a healing and nourishing effect and is therefore often used in cosmetics. Shea butter can also help with scars, atopic dermatitis, sunburn or dry scalp.
In northern Africa, another beauty plant can be seen – the aloe vera. This is grown in many parts of the world, but mainly in subtropical and tropical climates. The history of aloe vera can be traced back thousands of years. According to records, aloe vera has been valued for over 6,000 years for its cosmetic and therapeutic properties. The oldest records are from Egypt and date back to the 4th millennium BC. dated. According to tradition, the queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti have already used the aloe gel for daily skin and beauty care.
Due to the many ingredients such as enzymes, minerals, vitamins and countless amino acids, it has a broad spectrum of action: anti-irritant, cooling, hydrating, reducing UV damage to promoting wound healing.
On the American continent, more specifically in the rainforests of Mexico and Central America, the avocado has its origins. Today it is cultivated worldwide in tropical areas as well as in South Africa, California or Australia.
Since avocados contain abundant biotin, which is also known as a beauty vitamin for healthy and shiny hair, it is often used in shampoos, conditioners or hair conditioners. A best kept secret – make a DIY avocado hair mask for ultimate hair softness!
Several beauty miracles come from Asia. One of them is coconut. But why? Coconut is known for its intensive, moisturizing effect. Coconut oil is therefore often found in the form of body butter or hand creams, hair care. It moisturizes dry and brittle hair, and massaging it intensively into the ends after washing helps to prevent split ends. It can also be used as a styling product.
In Europe there are large almond growing regions. Around 100,000 tons are harvested annually in Spain and Italy. But the biggest exporter of almond oil is California, US. Almond originates neither in Europe nor in Asia, but, like many other ingredients, in Asia.
To be processed into cosmetics, almonds are cold pressed several times and filtered, creating the clear almond oil. This gentle process preserves all valuable ingredients. Oleic acid, for example, is one of the unsaturated fatty acids and can penetrate deep into the skin. This allows the skin to build up effective protection. The included linoleic acid increases UV protection and helps with skin irritation. Vitamins help with cell renewal and have an antioxidant effect. No wonder that almond oil is often used in face creams and body lotions.
Skincare products have massively and rapidly evolved to offer a huge variety of exotic ingredients and minerals, along with the ones mentioned above, are caviar, charcoal, konjac, sea kelp, pearls, macadamia nut, lavender and all kinds of citruses.