Allergenics emollient cream

allergenics emollient creamPreviously discussed on here:

This stuff is bloody brilliant. Here’s what it can be used for:

  1. hand cream
  2. body moisturiser
  3. face cream
  4. eye cream
  5. neck and décolleté (and, yep, boob) cream
  6. facial cream cleanser / cleansing cream, and make-up remover
  7. shaving balm
  8. hair conditioner
  9. leave-in conditioner: I first used Allergenics cream this way for swimming
  10. styling cream, when hair’s being dry; helps to tame frizz.
  11. emergency soothing cream, inc. on some kinds of hurt skin
  12. shoe polish: I’ve used this (a while back) on leather shoes and bags (I don’t wear leather these days), and also on non-leather footwear, as a waterproofing layer. Other things are cheaper, but if you’re travelling and have opted to pack light, it is another handy use. Can also be used at a pinch on waxed cloth, though as with shoes, a waxy balm is better (and when packing light, I’ll have one of them with me anyway).

Recent and current uses:

  • hand cream
  • localised treatment for dry patches:
    • these come and go with changes in temperature if I go into a very heated dry room; the usual one is my forehead
  • hair cream, assisting in The Fight Against Frizz:
    • Wash and condition and rinse hair in the usual way.
    • Towel dry.
    • Leave to air-dry a little. This is the tricky point and will require experimenting, to figure out the ideal moment at which to…
    • … squeeze a small blob of this out, rub between finger-tips to distribute, and tease through frizz-prone areas of hair. Too litle = no effect, too much = greaseball.
    • In my experience, that moment is when the rebellious strands start to become feisty and exercise their right to self-determination. When they start to poke out and wave around in a direction contrary to the rest of my hair, and gravity itself. This may mean looking in a mirror from time to time to check. Pulling hair back tightly doesn’t help, nor does being more gentle with it and wrapping it up. At some point, the rebels will revolt. The moment they do, tackle them with soothing creaminess, subduing them in the nicest possible way into submission. But hair should still be damp, and definitely not dry.
    • A warning: this cream is a careful balance of humectants (aloe vera, glycerin, hyaluronic acid) and moisturisers/emollients (fatty alcohols, wax, oils, butters). But that includes a fair whack of aloe vera. Which, as with all hair things containing aloe, is a factor in the weird and wonderful equation that is how hair behaves depending on its dampness and that of the surrounding air.
      Some extremes:
      —Apply this to dry hair + then go outside in the rain = frizzy hair.
      —Apply to damp hair + let air-dry naturally slowly, indoors in moderate temperature and comfortable humidity, air neither too moist not too dry, as detected by skin happiness + then go outside = soft waves.
      —Apply + leave hair even just ever so slightly damp + go outside into cold dry air = dry brittle frizzy hair.
    • NB: this will not flatten out hair or make it all nicely uniformly straight. Only flat-ironing or a wig will do that.
    • NB (2): in my case, when this stuff works, the wiggly bits will insist on persisting in being wiggy and poke out in amusing directions. But they won’t be frizzy, I won’t look like I’ve had a close encounter of an electrifying kind, and the hair will feel supple and smooth, not dry and brittle.
    • NB (3): hair may well still revert to type and go frizzy if the weather changes for the rainy partway through the day. *Sigh*. Using a teeny amount of the right texture oil (meadowfoam on me: light but potent) seems to be another good way around this problem. Work in progress…

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cera Alba (beeswax), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Moschata (Rose) Oil, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterol, Zinc Oxide, Capryloyl Glycine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

COST: £5.00 – 7.00 for a 50 ml tube, and worth every penny. Alas, the old 100 ml tube seems to have been discontinued.

Fairly readily available in the UK from high street chemists (many branches of Boots have it), Holland & Barrett, and other granolemporia. And online. Shipping rates vary, depending on where one happens to be located. I find that to get the stuff from the UK to Canada I usually count on doubling the price, a bit less when buying more at a time, but on the other hand not buying tonnes of the stuff otherwise those nice chaps from Customs will get too interested. Mind you, if my supplies were to get confiscated and used in other areas of Canada, and if those using the cream were to blog about it, this could give us some invaluable information on its uses, benefits, and other applications in other parts of Canada. Especially those parts where it gets very very very cold.

Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker demonstrate the scientific phenomenon that is ginger frizz.

Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker demonstrate the scientific phenomenon that is ginger frizz.
Image c/o the marvellous and ever-enlightening Yoga Leaks blog

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