Essential Therapeutics Amiox 10ml
Amiox is our unique Rosemary extract that is a potent natural antioxidant. Antioxidants are helpful because these molecules ‘mop up’ oxygen and free radicals much more readily than the fatty acids in the oil. By adding only two drops (or 0.05%) of Amiox to every 100mL of vegetable oil, the ‘shelf life’ of the oil can be extended for perhaps another 30% to 40% longer. Amiox is far superior to either Wheatgerm oil or Vitamin E. With such a small amount required, it is very economical and does not add any additional fragrance and there are no contraindications to its use.
For our “Essential Fatty Acid” oils, we recommend the addition of four drops of Amiox (or 0.1%) for every 100mL of oil. Simply add the Amiox and shake the bottle until mixed. Amiox can also be added to natural creams and lotions for its beneficial antioxidant or free radical scavenging properties. Up to 1.0% (or 32 drops per 100mL) can be added for excellent “anti-aging” effects. All of our prepared vegetable oil blends have Amiox already added.
Preservatives & Antioxidants
Preservatives are compounds that prevent the growth of bacteria, moulds and yeasts in products – any product that contains water. There are many synthetic preservatives on the market used in cosmetics – and such products can pose some potential problems with toxicity and allergic reactions with long-term use. Essential Therapeutics offers two natural-sourced preservatives that are benign and without problems, for use in making creams, lotions, sprays, etc. Antioxidants are compounds that strongly attract oxygen. Oxidation (also known as rancidity in vegetable oils) of compounds in products, such as vegetable and essential oils, is the major reason for the loss of activity of a product. Antioxidants capture reactive oxygen before they damage other compounds, extending the active life of products significantly. As with preservatives, there any many synthetic antioxidants in common use. We offer a potent natural antioxidant – Amiox – that also has real anti-aging benefits for the skin. Also see both Natural Vitamin E and Ester C under Vitamins for Cosmetics, as these products have good antioxidant properties as well. Please note that people can be confused about “preservatives” – this heading can also include antioxidants. We specifically mean: preservatives stop microbial growth and antioxidants slow down oxidation or rancidity. We have seen more than one hand made cream turn fuzzy and green (mouldy!) because an antioxidant was added as the “preservative”
Brand: Essential Therapeutics
Quality Assurance As with all Essential Therapeutics products, they source the highest quality vegetable oils from local and overseas producers. Then extensively test these oils for authenticity and freshness. They store vegetable oils under nitrogen to prevent oxidation, giving you the freshest possible product. Their Quality Assurance procedures ensure that you receive the highest quality product, suitable for massage therapy, aromatherapy and natural, regenerative skin care.
Storage and Shelf Life All fatty acids in vegetable oils are prone to rancidity (oxidation). Polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as Rose Hip and Evening Primrose, will oxidise the most quickly. All of our Essential Therapeutics vegetable oils have a realistic ‘use by’ date on the label and are bottled in either pharmaceutical amber glass bottles or opaque metal tins. This use by date is based on common usage and storage. You can expect your oils to stay fresh if you store them in a cool, dark place, keeping the containers tightly closed. Oxygen in the air reacts with the oils to create rancidity and this process is sped up by exposure to light and heat. Rancid oils lose their benefits and are not recommended to be used on the skin. You can extend the shelf life of your oils further by keeping them in the coolest, darkest place – the refrigerator. The highly polyunsaturated Essential Fatty Acid vegetable oils will definitely keep best if stored in the refrigerator – and better again if stored in the freezer. Even in the freezer, these EFA oils will remain liquid. Lastly, you can add some of our Amiox antioxidant to any of your vegetable oils. Amiox is our unique Rosemary CO2 extract (see below) that is a potent antioxidant, as strong as the common synthetic antioxidant, BHT. Antioxidants are helpful because these molecules ‘mop up’ oxygen and free radicals much more readily than the fatty acids in the oil.
Uses and Applications: In contrast to using greasy, inert petrochemical-derived mineral oil (or ‘baby oil’), natural vegetable oils offer a host of benefits in regenerative skin care and in helping many common skin conditions. Vegetable oils are very compatible with our own skin – our own ‘skin oil’ (sebum) is primarily composed of the same triglyceride oils. Vegetable oils represent a perfect diluting base (or ‘carrier’) for essential oils, where any amount of essential oil can be added to create a simple and effective formulation for application to the skin. By understanding the different beneficial properties of vegetable oils, you can combine any number of different oils (or use our vegetable oil blends) to suit any number of skin conditions. Pure vegetable oils are the best natural ingredients to use in creating your own creams and lotions for truly regenerative skin care.