BUILD YOUR OWN LOTION
Organically Copy a Lotion or Butter you already use
Come up with Your Own Creation based on What Your Skin Needs!
Use our contact us page to send us your ideas and desires …
We’ll make it happen!!
PLEASE SEE OUR INGREDIENTS TAB FOR A LIST OF INGREDIENTS WE CAN OFFER FOR YOUR
Our ingredients tab is often not comprehensive. Even if you don’t see what you want, please let us know.
All Couxcoux ingredients are organic where certification is available, reliably sourced where organic certification doesn’t exist, sustainably sourced as much as possible & fair trade or local to Grand Cayman.
Organic certification does not exist on Grand Cayman yet. So, our local ingredients are investigated thoroughly for safe farming & manufacturing practices.
ROSE HIP SEED OIL
POPULAR ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS:
ginger, geranium, rosemary, marjoram
eucalyptus, cedarwood, cinnamon, peppermint
clary sage, frankincense, rosemary, peppermint
vetiver, orange, tea tree, peppermint, frankincense, patchouli
lavender, geranium, peppermint
fennel, peppermint, ginger, rosemary, lemon
lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, lemon
sage, fennel, lavender, peppermint
clary sage, ylang ylang, geranium, orange
sage, frankincense, tea tree, lemon, lavender
peppermint, vetiver, black pepper, marjoram
peppermint, black pepper
oregano, tea tree, clove, orange
bergamot, chamomile, ylang ylang, marjoram
grapefruit, lemon, rosemary, peppermint
frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, rosehip
frankincense, tea tree
carrot seed, peppermint, raspberry seed
Frgarance, Perfume, Cologne, Eau de Toilet, Splash, Mist, Parfum, Extrait, Fraiche etc.
are a mixture of NATURAL essential oils or SYNTHETIC aroma compounds, combined with usually synthetic fixatives and solvents (carriers or diluters), used to give the humans, animals, food, objects, and living-spaces an agreeable scent.
Ancient texts and archaeological excavations show the use of these “perfumes” in some of the earliest human civilizations.
The intensity and longevity of a perfume is based on the concentration, intensity, and longevity of the synthetic aromatic compounds &/or organic essential oils used. As the percentage of these ingredients increases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent. As a rule of thumb, women’s fragrances tend to have higher levels than men’s fragrances. Each scent “name” above is intended to express this intensity & longevity with “perfume” often being highest and “eau” being lowest.
Perfume oils are diluted with a solvent.
Perfume Oils and essential oils can not be worn undiluted. They are too strong, causing irritation. The most common solvent for synthetic and organic perfume oil dilution is an alcohol solution. Typically a mixture of very strong ethanol, with water or a rectified spirit. The most common starting material for many perfumes is a derivative of Benzene (like in second hand smoke) called 2-phenylethanol.
Modern perfumery, or unnatural scent, began only about 200 years ago, in the late 1800’s, with the commercial synthesis of aroma compounds that allowed for a composition of smells …. NOT attainable from natural sources.
Many modern perfumes contain synthesized odorants. These synthetics have created scents that do not exist in nature, even though we now think they do because …. they’ve become so common.
For instance, Calone, a compound of synthetic origin, imparts a fresh, slightly metallic scent somewhat similar to ocean or marine scent that is widely used in contemporary perfumes, as a base.
These synthetic odorants are used as an alternate to scents that are not easily bottled.
an aroma that could come ONLY from the FRESH flower, fruit, leaf or combination of these.
This aroma would naturally last ONLY until these organic items started to decompose or as long as it would take for the body to absorb most of their essence (around 2 hours) if these organics were rubbed onto the skin.
Raspberry, strawberry, pineapple, banana and pina colada or coconut,
are examples of some of the fresh aromas that:
can NOT be naturally bottled.
Another example is: linalool and coumarin. These are both naturally occurring aromatic compounds in plants and flowers etc. that can be inexpensively created via synthetic terpenes that are produced through chemical manipulation and blending in a laboratory.
One of the most commonly used classes of synthetic aromatic odorants by far are:
These materials are found in all forms of personal and commercial perfumes as background and are added in huge quantities to cleaning, sanitizing, room deodorizing & laundry products in order to give a highly concentrated, unnaturally strong and long lasting “natural” scent.
Are we better off now? ….
or, is this simply the quiet continuation of the “Poison of Passion and Vanity” regarding all topically applied, highly concentrated substances, especially synthetic substances having little to no history of human experience?
“It’s hard to know,” says Teresa Riordan, author of “Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations That Have Made Us Beautiful.”
The perfume industry is not directly regulated by the FDA.
Due to the agreement for protection of trade secrets, companies are not required to give a listing of ingredients ….
regardless of their KNOWN effects on health.
In Europe, from 11 March 2005, a mandatory labeling law requires a list of a SET of 26 recognized fragrance compounds, considered high-allergens (respiratory, topical and incidental ingestion), to be added and is enforced.
The capacity of the USA FDA is:
an “after-the-fact kind oversight, where the FDA suggests products be taken off the consumer market AFTER their safety is questioned” via the disease, illness, allergic reaction and, sometimes, death of usually quite large numbers of consumers.
Our contemporary culture and current popular opinion is:
opposed to “testing” on humans & animals
except …. that’s exactly how it works now,
It is a test, under current legislation for the most chemicals we “voluntarily” put on our skin, in our food, and use in our homes.
Many modern chronic illness can now be associated with minimal, yet long term exposure, to some of these now quite common chemicals. It is also suspected that these chemicals, in concentration and combination, contribute substantially to disease and illness where “cause” is unknown or difficult to ascertain.
“So how far have we really come?”
Unfortunately, not far ….
We all live now in what’s known as:
Please see our Ingredients & Chemicals to Avoid Sections above for more information.
CUSTOMIZE A LOTION
If fresh tap water is applied to your skin just prior to applying ANY Couxcoux Massage oil, Salve or Serum the effect is:
Identical to any Couxcoux or Conventional LOTION or CREAM
That’s what lotion is: oil & water.
We use fruit juices, containing high amounts of natural citric acid, to formulate our lotions. This methods affords us a natural way to preserve our lotions for a short time (about 6 months depending on storage temperatures and use.)
It’s even better when we use any Couxcoux Cleanse & Tone product that includes lovely herbal extracts in apple cider vinegar along with its nutritious and correcting pH balance instead of plain water to soften, smooth & penetrate skin.
So, STOP buying products that contain harsh, toxic, chemically preserved WATER!
Apply tiny dabs to damp skin. Massage in well for 90 seconds, spreading out oils as they absorb. If too much has been applied, blot or wipe away excess to matte finish.
Make Up Remover & Oil Cleanse:
Apply large dabs liberally to wet or damp skin. Massage in well to dislodge makeup, dirt and grime. Rinse skin if desired. Massage well again. Wipe dirt and makeup away with a dark cloth or disposable cotton pad. Apply tiny dabs to further hydrate skin if needed.
Body Hydration & Cleansing:
Apply tiny dabs to damp skin. Massage in well.
OR apply larger dabs to wet skin. Massage in well for 90 seconds spreading oils out to largest area of skin possible. Pat or wipe dry if needed.
Apply tiny dabs underarms. Massage in well. You should experience an hour, or more, safe from body odor.
Ingredients in conventional toothpaste are water, sugar, alcohol, wax, oil & a synthetic chemical or manual abrasive. Some have fluoride too. It probably makes sense that the sugar & alcohol is useless to probably harmful, the water simply dilutes the main ingredients and necessary abrasion can come from the toothbrush itself. That leaves oil & wax. That’s salve or lotion!!
So, apply tiny dabs to dry toothbrush. Brush as normal. You will experience a fresh, clean smile, similar to oil pulling, with the added abrasion of the toothbrush.
While many foods and skin care products contain essential oils that directly enter the blood stream, without the benefit of the digestive track, in as little as 26 seconds …. it is still not suggested that they be ingested. Therefore, please don’t swallow your emergency toothpaste. Spit it out as with conventional toothpaste.
Apply liberally to wet skin. Shave as normal. Rinse skin and towel dry. Apply tiny dabs to further hydrate especially dry areas. Leave on.
Natural Oils will thicken and solidify in cooler water temperatures. Be sure to rinse your razor in hot tap water to dislodge oil and hair.
Apply liberally as an overnight conditioning pack OR apply tiny dabs to palms and finger through wet or dry strands to style, smooth and soften hair while decreasing frizz. The amount to use can be a little tricky with your particular hair type and styling desires. Feel free to experiment.
Apply liberally to damp or wet skin and experience relief from tight sore muscles while thoroughly hydrating skin.
Add 1/2 tbsp to bath water and experience a relaxing, fragrant, hydrating soak. Please be careful exiting bathtub …. oil can make bath tub floor slippery.
Apply liberally and enjoy the beautiful texture and fragrance of natural oils & essential oils.
Care of Minor Injury:
Apply cool running tap water over injury for a few minutes. Dry area with a clean cloth and apply a spritz of any Couxcoux Cleanse & Tone or Aroma Mist. Now apply a tiny dab of any Couxcoux Salve, Serum or Aroma Massage Oil. Cover with appropriate dressing. Repeat this process at least twice daily until injury is healed.
Aroma Mist base ingredients are quite antiseptic and astringent. Some also include several anti-microbial essential oil blends.
A light spritz of an Aroma Mist on a small cut or open wound can help quite a lot to sanitize the area and calm emotions, before adding a dressing or band-aid.
To further protect the injury from pain, infection, inflammation and scarring, add a tiny dab of Couxcoux Salve, forming an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic barrier similar to polysorpin ointment, then cover with an appropriate dressing.
In a Pinch ….!!!
can be used as as facial cleansers & toners similar to
Although, compared to Couxcoux Cleanse & Tone Sprays,
Aroma Mists are substantially more astringent and antiseptic, recommended mostly for fabric, linens, upholstery, clothing and general room spray ….
therefore, not for daily use …. just ….
In a Pinch!
from toothpaste, to soaps, to moisturizers, to cleansers, to hair spray & gel, to foundation & concealer, to deodorant & shaving foam….
CONTAIN THE SAME BASE INGREDIENTS PLUS THE SAME PRESERVING, EMULSIFYING & STABILIZING CHEMICALS!!!
YEP!!! You wouldn’t eat your moisturizer.
But …. ya kinda are when you brush your teeth.
VERY LITTLE WATER APPLIED TO SKIN OR TISSUES ABSORBS!!
Especially in a lotion …. Most of the water in lotion evaporates before the skin can take it in.
This is why Natural Oils are so important. Especially when combined with a vegan wax. These two ingredients form a natural, breathable, OCCULSIVE barrier to trap water in the skin leaving it plump, healthy and glowing.
IF A CONVENTIONAL PRODUCT CONTAINS WATER …. IT WILL CONTAIN CHEMICALS!
Currently, there is no effective natural preservative to keep water from spoiling or molding. Mostly, this issue comes up after the product is unsealed for use by the consumer, but, if it has water …. it will have to have chemicals.
At Couxcoux, we use acidic fruit juices or vinegar (both technically containing water) as light preservatives. But, you should know, this method is no where near as effective or long lasting as chemical preservative capable of making a product last for years in almost any temperature, humidity or light source.
SEVERAL OTHER CHEMICALS ARE REQUIRED,
regardless of how much, or how little, water is used:
-to keep unlike ingredients (oil & water) from separating.
-to keep ingredients from decaying until the advertised expiry date (often years).
-to prevent changes in viscosity and texture at wide temperature ranges (natural, unrefined oils are liquid when warm and solid, slushy or cloudy when cold) during shipping, storage, display AND consumer use. We are so used to this consistent texture that we often don’t understand that several additives are required to produce this effect.
We use NO emulsifiers or stabilizers.
This means: When there’s temperature fluctuation, there will likely be partial thinning or thickening and/or partial separation.
We say: “So what!! Just stir it back together!!”
But, this is also why we prefer our jars, instead of the more convenient spout or pump bottles …. it’s easier to stir in a jar!!
When we examine the ingredients in conventional hand soap, dish soap, body wash, shaving foam, shampoo, laundry soap and other liquid soaps we find that:
They are all nearly identical – face, hand, body, laundry, dishes
The first ingredient is almost always water, between 75% & 85%, with very little, to:
NO, actual, true soap.
True soap is any natural, unrefined OIL with Potassium or Sodium Hydroxide and nothing else.
True soap does not lather as much and is usually a natural bar or paste unless diluted with water and/or thickened with salt.
True soap can be self-preserving because all soaps are quite alkaline dissuading microbe growth.
CHEMICAL DETERGENT, SURFACTANT, SOLVENT
formed from petrochemicals (sometimes oleochemicals) and sulphur trioxide, sulphuric acid and ethylene oxide.
Many are known hazards, linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
Producing, manufacturing and distributing these chemicals, along with consumers washing them off into the water table and soil, causes severe environmental disruption.
sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sulfuric acid monododecyl ester, sodium dodecyl sulphate, alcoholethoxy sulfate, alkylbenzene sulfonate, alkyl sulfates.
If the foaming agent is derived from coconut oil, for example:
the name would be something like sodium coco sulfate or cocamidopropyl betaine,
and 100’s more.
In any conventional foaming product, including products labeled NATURAL, these ingredient groups are almost impossible to avoid.
We are also starting to learn that soaps, body washes, shampoo’s, foams and other alkaline cleansers:
soapy water =pH~10,
skin = pH~5,
Play a substantial role in the chronic condition of the “skin microbiome equation”.
It’s established that gentle cleansers, for face & body, that do not alkalize, strip or over work our delicate acid mantle (a thin acidic filmy barrier on the surface of skin) allow the body environment to safely heal, sanitize & deodorize itself.
These gentle cleansers, generally do NOT foam, or foam very little.
Within this foaming wash conversation, we have to admit that:
“soap” is simply slippery.
It does not kill microbes or bacteria. Even anti-bacterial soaps & sanitizers have been proven mostly ineffective ….
Soap simply makes the skin surface slippery enough that microbes dislodge & rinse away down the drain. Sounds like any good oil, naturally emulsified onto wet skin, could easily do this job while preserving microbiome balance and assisting skin hydration.
PEG = Dimethicone (PEG with any #) = polyethylene glycol conversion = an alcohol, suffocating silicone based polymer.
parabens, BHT, Tocopherol acetate (refined vitamin E derivative), Disodium and tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl and imidazolydyl urea, Parabens (Methylparaben, polyparaben, butylparaben, etc.), Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Ascorbyl palmitate (a derivative of vitamin C), Benzoic acid, etc ….
There is several hundred different preservatives in use in skin care generally today.
Very few have been laboratory tested for safety in skin care individually, or in combination, or in accidental combination with other commonly applied personal care products.
For example: you’ve accidentally got toothpaste on your freshly moisturized finger that you now washed off with soap and re-moisturized before applying your hair styling product while possibly stirring your coffee with the tail of your toothbrush….
Have you just absorbed or ingested a quadruple (or more) dose of the minimum safe level of one of the above preservatives? …. PROBABLY!!
Propylene and butylene glycols, adipate, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, denatured alcohol or alcohol denat, benzyl alcohol, glycerin, glycerol, etc ….
There’s 1000’s of alcohol compounds derived from multiple different oils and/or sugars, including PETROLEUM OIL (mineral oil, baby oil, vaseline).
Humectants: dehydrating deep tissue layers over time via law of connecting vessels or,
Alcohol compounds: straight up, just damaging & dehydrating.
Natural EXTRACTS: (alcohol or glycerin/glycerol) Sometimes work as cleansers & toners but are NOT for moisturizing ingredients.
All preservatives & alcohols, or similar compounds, are:
strong agents that damage or kill …. ALL CELLS …. not just “bad” cells.
They are NOT at all choosy. If it’s alive …. good human tissue or bad bacteria/virus …. Doesn’t matter!
NATURAL & SYNTHETIC SILICONE
Provides a slippery & water resistant, emollient texture.
Like plastic, silicone can keep water in, but other debris that needs to exit the tissue can also be trapped, causing congestion, inflammation, rash and acne.
Silicones also don’t allow proper circulation of oxygen; suffocating and dehydrating the tissue.
But, worst, they don’t come off easily and the skin will struggle constantly to shove them off.
polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Methicone,Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyomer, Cyclopentasiloxane …. etc!
All known & rated Hazards.
FRAGRANCE AND PARFUM ARE NEVER NATURAL OR SAFE!
Perfumers that are dedicated (like me) to making safe, natural, wholesome scents will certainly let you know!!
Please feel free to view our Aroma Mists & Fragrant roll-ons within the Skin Repair and Massage & Mist sections of the homepage.
But, ingredients listed as “Fragrance” and “Parfum” or “Perfume” are a secret mixture of possibly 1, or 100, chemical compounds. There is around 3000 chemical compounds in use today to give us the smells we want. It is said that about 75% of these are phthalates, known carcinogens & hormone disruptors.
Most of the fragrances we’re accustomed to smelling today DO NOT exist in nature except for “on the actual branch” so to speak! Many of these smells CAN NOT be “bottled” without synthetic compounds & alcohol ingredients.
Due to current labeling laws these combinations of possibly 100’s of chemicals, named “fragrance”, are considered TRADE SECRETS and do NOT have to be disclosed on the label as individual ingredients.
Acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, Isopropyl myristate, Monopropylene glycol, benzyl alcohol and many, many more.
Synthetic musks are also common, potentially hazardous, ingredients.
More and more people are experiencing severe, sometimes anaphylactic, reactions to fragrance but are unable to avoid the particular chemical they are having trouble with because, they can’t find out what it is, or what other products it might be in, including, food, laundry products, cleaning products, residential & commercial air diffusers, deodorizers & sanitizers etc.
Many of these chemicals are now considered as dangerous as smoking and second hand smoke.
These chemicals are difficult to avoid because “FRAGRANCE or PARFUM” is added to just about everything ….
food, skin care, personal care, body care, hair care, laundry products, baby products, cleaning products …. in the same, to wildly different, concentrations at residential, commercial, industrial & institutional levels.
Including products labeled NATURAL!
IT’S NOT NATURAL!
Almost ALL added color is synthetically produced in our modern world.
Some of them are certified, some are batch certified, some are not certified ….
Some are regulated by the FDA …. Some are not like: Micas.
If it’s natural, and intended for skin care or food, it will have to have a written disclaimer except: when it’s certified or not, and regulated, but on the list, or not regulated. It’s confusing, I know. The point is enforcement is difficult and enforcement is NOT the FDA’s job.
Natural colors often co occur in nature with some dangerous compounds like: arsenic and asbestos. So, to avoid this danger, color additives are manufactured. This means that even natural looking, pale colors will likely have chemicals.
Vibrant, Pale and Dark natural colors can be produced in WATER and/or alcohol …. but, where there’s water …. there’s preserving, emulsifying, thickening & stabilizing chemicals. And, where there’s alcohol there’s cell damage or death.
Oils will not absorb color, or anything for that matter but, color additives can be suspended or emulsified into oil making it appear colored.
BRIGHT WHITE & CLEAR TRANSPARENT “COLOR” does NOT exist in nature!
Even white appearing flowers have specks of light grey, yellow, pink etc. So, if it’s a bright white, clear or transparent (like glycerin and silicone), it’s been extracted, filtered, refined or processed with some compound like bleach.
PETROLEUM OILS & REFINED or HYDROGENTATED OILS
Natural Oils can range from water thin to a cloudy slurry to a firm solid depending on their temperature and their base physical properties.
For example: natural coconut oil is a pale, yellow liquid when warm, a cloudy, grainy, even lumpy, slurry when cooling, and a creamy, firm, solid when cold.
Oils can be chemically extracted from any plant or animal matter, then further chemically refined to make them colorless, odorless, thicker, thinner, and/or always a consistent viscosity & texture regardless of temperature and conditions, with an almost indefinite shelf life or no expiry date.
Chemical refining provides a convenient, stable, base oil for dispersing into any product (including edibles) but removes many base nutritious, hydrating & healing properties of that oil AND can leave hazardous chemical residue in the product.
We have become so accustomed to this unnatural lotion/cream texture we forget the several chemicals required to produce the effect!!
PLEASE IGNORE THE FRONT ADVERTISING LABEL!!
IT’S OFTEN MISLEADING!
Even if a product is advertised as Natural or Organic, please take a look at the very tiny writing on the back label that lists the ACTUAL ingredients.
Under current law, even organic products are allowed a certain percentage of chemicals! Some of these chemicals can be dangerous and others are, just simply, not for skin. They’re for making the product look good, for a very long time.
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NATURAL:
It will be listed in its common name: coconut oil
Or Plant Genus: cocos nucifera
Most companies like to advertise that they advocate natural ingredients by listing both names:
coconut oil (cocos nucifera).
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NOT NATURAL:
It will be listed by its chemical name:
capyrlic/capric triglyceride or glyceryl tricaprylate/tricaprate:
These chemical names comprise a triester of coconut oil and glycerol:
Coconut oil is comprised of triglycerides. The triglycerides are 3 molecules fatty acid with 1 molecule of glycerol, from the alcohol family.
Intense heat and pressure is applied to coconut oil to make these triglycerides split apart (fractionate). The capric & caprylic fatty acids are isolated, leaving the other fatty acids out. Then, usually with a chemical catalyst (methylate or ethylate), they are reattached to the glycerol molecule, therefore changing the chemical composition of the oil.
This new manufactured oil is no longer coconut oil.
It will not solidify when cooling or cold, it will be quite thin, and may be tasteless, odorless & colorless depending on refinement methods and further chemical processes.
The main ingredient of this new oil, Caprylic acid with glycerol, while an effective antimicrobial for infection & fungus, it is drying and can irritate skin. Just like applying rubbing alcohol to skin that’s not infected.