When you think of your skincare, do you also think of food? Probably not. Private label skincare is for your face and food is for eating, right? Yes and no. While you can’t necessarily eat all of your private label skincare, there are some culinary herbs that are used in the skincare world because of their benefits. Though the applications are not the same, the actual plants are. And far from being exotic, you may be surprised to learn that these same herbs are ones you use all the time in your cooking.
Rosematy is one example of a culinary herb that is also used in private label skin and hair care. It is used as an astringent and for its antioxidants in private label formulas such as toners and hydrosols, and in hair care formulas for the same astringent properties. Rosemary is also used to make an essential oil that can be used in your skin and hair care, as well as other DIY creations like pillow and room sprays, home cleaning fluids and even pet shampoo. It has a nice, gentle herbaceous scent that stands beautifully alone and goes just as well when blended with other herbs and oils such as Lavender and Peppermint. Though you probably use this culinary herb in your tea more than your food, Peppermint is another private label ingredient that you can most likely find in your kitchen. When used in skincare it is typically used in its essential oil form and when used for the face is usually diluted since a little can go a very long way. It is also a great menthol replacement since it naturally contains menthol. When used in hair care it provides a cool, tingly sensation on the scalp. It is a great ingredient to use in skin and body care for happy joints and muscles as well.
Chamomile, another tea and culinary herb that often finds its way into sweet creations like shortbread cookies, is a wonderful culinary herb to use in private label skincare creations like herbal hydrosols and face creams that want gentle, nourishing skin support. This bright and tiny yellow flower smells amazing and is gentle and effective. Sometimes the best things are the most simple. This is definitely the case with skincare ingredients that double as culinary herbs. Next time you walk into your kitchen and see your little rosemary plant in the windowsill or are relaxing on the couch with a cup of herbal tea you can remember that those same plants help your skin too.