Muchas de las grandes maravillas de nuestra existencia tienen orígenes desconocidos y en lo que respecta al jabón, no iba a ser menos.

Aunque no sabemos el momento exacto en el que llegó a la vida de las personas, sí existen referencias de la fabricación de un modelo de jabón en Mesopotamia desde el III milenio a.c y también se han hallado los restos de su fabricación en Pompeya en el II milenio a.c

 El griego Plinio el Viejo fue quien se ocupó de constatar que el jabón puro era una invención gala - según él- y de  su uso como  tinte capilar en el siglo I

pastilla de jabón con cactus

Continuando con la sabiduría griega, el médico Galeno recalcó en el siglo II la importancia del jabón como tratamiento medicinal, al impedir la aparición de ciertas infecciones y enfermedades cutáneas. Sin embargo, no podemos olvidarnos de los Romanos, pues su Imperio fue uno de los mayores propulsores de la extensión del uso del jabón, puede que por ello algunas leyendas les den el título de creadores.

  La parte más mística en lo que respecta a la historia del jabón nos cuenta que en el monte Sapo, junto al río Tíber, se celebraban una gran cantidad de rituales ceremoniales en los que se quemaban maderas y se sacrificaban animales. Los esclavos de la zona se percataron de que con la lluvia bajaba una mezcla de sustancias (grasa animal y cenizas) con propiedades para mantener sus manos y ropas limpias.

A lo largo de la Edad Antigua el Jabón prosperó principalmente en áreas mediterráneas como España e Italia, ya que eran zonas favorecidas por una alta presencia de olivos y su aceite.

RETROCESO Y AVANCE

 

Con la Edad Media llegaron periodos claros y oscuros para el jabón y es que, si en el siglo VII los maestros jaboneros guardaban sus recetas como si fueran oro puro (razón por la cual solo las clases más pudientes tenían acceso a este producto), después llegó el tiempo en el que la Iglesia limitó y prohibió su uso, dando como resultado una mayor propagación de las  enfermedades y la peste.

En España, sin embargo,la presencia musulmana favoreció el auge del jabón, pues fue también el mundo musulman el que continuó investigando y en lugar de utilizar cenizas introdujeron la cal en el proceso. Así, la primera gran jabonería conocida se creó en Sevilla, dando lugar al jabón que cuatro siglos después comenzaría a ser conocido como el Jabón de Castilla y que, hoy en día, es conocido en todo el mundo.

La falta de higiene hizo que los perfumes cobraran importancia en el “aseo”, ya que tapaban los malos olores. Por fortuna, gracias a los avances químicos como la obtención de la sosa a base de sal común o, las posteriores demostraciones de Luis Pasteur sobre la importancia del auténtico aseo personal, para reducir la expansión de ciertas enfermedades, la conciencia de la gente evolucionó.

Los avances trajeron puntos positivos  y el jabón pasó de ser un objeto de lujo a un producto de uso “cotidiano” en constante desarrollo.

No obstante, su industrialización trajo consigo que, a mediados del siglo XX , se sustituyeran los componentes naturales por detergentes sintéticos y los consecuentes problemas que éstos  generan en el medio ambiente. Por eso es importante también  producir y consumir un jabón que recupere la esencia inicial con componentes naturales que no produzcan desechos contaminantes.

LA QUÍMICA DEL JABÓN

 

Como último punto, queremos explicarte el proceso químico del jabón. Puede que a tu mente vuelva el monte Sapo, pero el término SA-PO-NI- FI-CA-CIÓN no tiene nada que ver con las leyendas.

Saponificación es el nombre que recibe el proceso químico por el cual se fabrica una pastilla de jabón natural, es decir, mediante el cual un cuerpo graso unido a un álcali y agua da como resultado el jabón y la glicerina.

 

Existen dos procesos de saponificación y debes saber que el único que mantiene las propiedades intactas de los aceites vegetales (materia grasa), esenciales y la glicerina, es el denominado “Cold Process”; un método que mantiene controlada la temperatura durante todo el proceso de fabricación. Posteriormente y para eliminar la parte alcalina del jabón, éste debe mantener un periodo de curación que dure por lo menos 4 semanas, equilibrando el Ph del jabón de forma natural.

¡Después de esta breve sumersión en el mundo del jabón , solo queda que  disfrutes nuestras  variantes Per Purr!

 
 

On one summer day, a friend took an industrial brand deodorant spray out of her bag and used it. As I hadn't used this type of deodorant for years, the smell disgusted me. I couldn't ignore it, it was so unpleasant. She then opened a bottle of hair mask and ran it through the ends of her hair. Another strange, sweet, artificial smell invaded the room.
 
I asked her to let me read the label on the mask and was surprised by the amount of harmful ingredients in the product. How was it possible that this friend, who takes such good care of her diet, health and body, could use this type of product?
 
No, it's not nonsense, nor am I being radical. I am a demanding person when it comes to what I use on my skin and in my hair.
I explained that the mask had dyes, silicones and petroleum by-products. She was shocked: "What? That's disgusting! What do I do now? I want to start using natural products.”
 
A new world opened up for her. I sent her articles explaining the damage that many ingredients in everyday products can cause. I explained to her that the exfoliant she so enthusiastically and proudly showed me contained plastic microbeads that can contaminate the oceans and be ingested by fish. I recommended that she use exfoliants made of sugar or salts, such as the Per Purr exfoliant or even exfoliant recipes using coffee.
 

 
I explained to her that it was a gradual change for me, especially because it takes time to find an ideal natural shampoo for your hair, a facial cream that suits your taste and, most importantly, your wallet.
 

How to start?

 
My advice is to start by changing 3 everyday products: soap, deodorant and toothpaste. These products are easy to find in their natural versions, and making those adjustments is already a significant change. After adapting to these products, I recommend trying plant-based oils and/or clays.
 
I'm a big fan of coconut oil, for example, which can be used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, aftershave, and can even be used in a natural deodorant recipe. Clay can be used as a face mask or exfoliant. At Per Purr, we have developed a clay shampoo that is incredible!
 
It’s important not to make a radical change, and instead switch to buying natural products gradually. Try out different products and options. One suggestion is to try the mini samples that many brands offer: at Per Purr, you can buy a sample pack with all the Per Purr products so you can try out each one.
 

 
When we start using natural cosmetics, I think we understand our bodies better. Much of our skin is just a reflection of what we eat and use. When you swap your shampoos, conditioners and masks for natural ones, you’ll discover what your hair really looks like.
 

Patience pays off

 
Keep in mind that when cosmetics are replaced by natural alternatives, the effects may not be immediately clear. Each person’s skin/hair/body reacts differently, and there’s no way to predict this when we don’t know the characteristics of that person. So, be patient!

 

Why are natural cosmetics more expensive?

 
High-quality raw materials and natural active ingredients are more expensive than synthetic ones.
In fact, you end up saving. For me, I tend to see long-lasting results with natural cosmetics, and I see this as an advantage. For example, I wash my hair less often if the shampoo is natural and of superior quality. When I use Per Purr's shower gel, I don't have to use a body moisturizer every day.
 

 

The versatility of natural cosmetics

 
I'm sure many of you don't know this, but the composition of natural cosmetics makes them versatile.
 Per Purr's natural soaps can be used on both the body and face. Our conditioners can also be used as a hair treatment mask or a leave-in conditioner. Per Purr's orange and ginger facial oil has an anti-wrinkle, anti-acne and toning effect. In other words, over time you’ll discover how to enjoy the versatility of each product.
 

It's not a trend, it's a matter of urgency

 
Once we realize how getting back to the natural world positively affects different aspects of our lives – our health, our wallets and the environment – we can see that it’s not a trend, it’s a matter of urgency. When we see the boost we get from this process of transition, we can’t put a price on that.
 

Which cities should you visit In Portugal?

Now that Per Purr is arriving in Portugal, here are a number of cities that you should visit to
get to know a little more about the country of our Iberian brothers and sisters. Grab your
suitcase, your Per Purr travel kit, and let's take a trip together.

Lisboa, the city of the 7 hills

● Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, also known as "the city of 7 hills", due to its hilly
streets. Experience Lisbon’s charm when you take a ride on tram 28 that winds
through the center of the capital, visiting the Castle of São Jorge and the Sé
Cathedral. Don't forget to walk around Belém, visit the Tower, the Padrão de
Descobrimentos and Jerónimos Monastery, and finish the day with a pastéis de nata
(Portuguese egg tart pastry) and an espresso. A walk through the Baixa Chiado is a
must, with its typical shops and cafes. The café "A Brasileira"preserves its old-world
charm, where you can also find the statue of the famous Portuguese writer,
Fernando Pessoa. If you like nightlife, then Barrio Alto is your spot – it has many bars
and terraces that you can check out with your friends at night. The Rua Cor de Rosa
near Cais do Sodré is a street which, ages ago, was lined with bars for the sailors
who used to frequent them looking for prostitutes, but is now filled with nightlife, bars
and trendy restaurants.

 

Caldas da Rainha the healthy city

  • Caldas da Rainha is one of the healthiest cities in Portugal, where the queen used to
    go to soak in the hot springs for some self-care. It was here that the first Thermal
    Hospital in the world was established. The city is famous for the renowned ceramics
    of Bordalo Pinheiro, which are very characteristic of the city. Here, you can find
    plates and trays in the shape of cabbage leaves, fruit and animals. If you want
    something more traditional, buy the famous black swallows to put on the wall in your
    house. You can also find the Foz do Arelho beach near Caldas da Rainha.

 

Sintra, a fairytale village

● Sintra is a small village near Lisbon, which you can get to by car (be careful when
parking) or by train. Sintra is a city straight out of a fairytale, with its Palácio da Pena
at the very top (summer residence of the last monarchs of Portugal), which is worth a
visit just to see its rooms decorated as if people still lived there. A little further down,
you’ll find the Quinta da Regaleira, a magical property where you can get lost in its
gardens and mazes. Visit the village of Sintra and sit outside on a terrace to try a
Periquita pastry and coffee. You can also visit the Mouros Castle.

 

 

Coimbra, the city of Love

● Coimbra is one of the oldest and most important cities in Portugal, as it was the
residence of the first monarchs in the country. It was also the setting of one of the
best known love stories of the Portuguese court: the forbidden love between Prince
Pedro and the lady of the court Inês, who was executed by order of King Afonso IV, who
saw this romance as a threat of subjugation to the Castile kingdom. For a long time, the
city was the capital of the kingdom, but later became a renowned site of universities and
public schools. Here, you can visit the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in the
country and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Monastery of São Miguel,
you can visit the tomb of the first monarch of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, along with the
Monastery of Santa-Clara-a-Velha and the Cathedral of Coimbra. Check out the main
museum in the city, the national museum Machado Castro, and if you want to see the
garden of Inês and Pedro, visit Quinta das Lágrimas. For the little ones, Portugal dos
Pequenitos is a must see, with its replicas of the country's typical houses. End your day
with a boat trip on the Mondego River.

Oporto, the magical city

● Porto is a magical city, with its houses and streets near the Douro River. A visit to the
São Bento Station with its impressive architecture is a must, as is a walk to the
Cathedral and the Torre dos Clerigos. Wander down the infinite stairs and streets in
the center until you reach Ribeira, with its traditional restaurants and shops. If you
dare, take a boat ride on the Douro River and be amazed by the magnitude of the
bridges and the city. You’ll also find the famous Port wine cellars along the river,
some of which are open to tourists. Downtown is the home of one the most famous
cafes in Porto, the "Majestic" café, along with one of the most famous bookstores,
"Lello". Don’t forget to try one of the most typical Porto meals, the famous
"Francesinha".

 

Serra da Estrela, the highest point in Portugal

● Serra da Estrela is one of the highest points of continental Portugal, which you can
enjoy during the cold and snowy winter months. During the spring, you’ll be dazzled
by its mountains and vegetation. Climb to the highest point of the Serra to find the
Tower and go skiing on one of its many slopes. Finish your day by enjoying cheese
from the Sierra on a slice of Seia bread.

Óbidos, the sweet city

● Óbidos, just 70 km from Lisbon, is a small fortified city that looks like something out
of a movie. Within its walls, you’ll find a small castle that was declared a national
monument, along with its typical medieval houses. Lose yourself in its narrow streets
and try the famous "Ginjinha de Óbidos" in a glass of chocolate.

Berlengas, the natural islands

● Berlengas is an archipelago, located 10 km from the city of Peniche. It is formed by 3
islands, but you can only visit the Verguenza Mas Grande. In the port of Peniche, you
can take a boat that brings you closer to the island, just a 45-minute ride away on the
Atlantic. These islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you’ll find nothing but
fauna and flora and small fishing houses. Here, you can visit the Lighthouse of the
Duke of Bragança, which is still functioning, and don’t forget to visit the Fort of São
João Batista on your trip. The island has a limited capacity, and no overnight stays
are allowed.


 

Revered as divinities or repudiated as a symbol of evil. The truth is that the story of our dear cats is almost enigmatic as they are, but why are we telling you this?

In case someone has overlooked, the Per Purr symbol and icon it is a cat. The reason is not only that Tahone Jacobs (co-founder of Per Purr) is a cat lover of, but we believe that they are a great example of self-care.

Another great feature that does not go unnoticed in these curious animals is the general state of calm in which they live, since they spend most of their time enjoying the peaceful protection of home.

There are many theories on the coexistence between cats and man and, although the dates continue to change, it cannot be denied that this species, known for its seven lives, has shared its existence with people for more than 10,000 years. So we want to take this opportunity to demystify that cats are "uncaring", bring bad luck or reject human company. Since these statements seem to be more related to the terrible theories of the Middle Ages, used to justify cat torture.

A very curious fact is that 90% of the cat's brain is similar to ours, since they have the same regions dedicated to emotions as we do. It may be for this reason that they are so insightful when it comes to feeling the emotional state of those who share their environment and for this reason, they are also very helpful in therapy with children and people with emotional and social problems.

Although we are not going to stay only on the emotional side, the truth is that one of the great facets that fostered the relationship between cats and people was the hunting of rodents, that is why the cat is also associated with fortune and good, because thanks to cats the crops came out ahead. However, it was the Egyptians who had the greatest fame when evaluating the independent, noble and (again) sensitive character of small cats. In addition to their outstanding hygiene, with which they stimulate circulation and refresh the skin.

 

"Cats have absolute emotional honesty: Humans, for some reason, can hide their feelings, but a cat cannot." - Ernest Hemingway

 

Associated with the charisma there is something that makes them very unique over the rest of the animals, and it is not the fact that they walk and run moving the 4 legs in the same direction (this is also achieved by giraffes and camels). The purr (purr in English) is, without a doubt, another of the mysterious wonders around cats.

The peculiarities and effects of this action have been discussed and discussed on a large number of occasions. French veterinarian Jean-Yves Gauchet has demonstrated, under the name of purr therapy, that the sound of purring stimulates the neurons that produce serotonin (the well-known hormone of happiness).

Whether or not it is due to the power generated by the vibration of the purr, it is true that this act manages to transmit a great feeling of calm and well-being in people. And it is that the purr is not used by cats only as an expression of well-being, They are used as a calming tool in stressful situations or to accelerate their healing process after suffering fractures or wounds.

For these and many more reasons, at Per Purr we are unconditional cat lovers  and therefore we also recommend that you be a little more “cat”, pamper yourself, relax and, if you want, also purr with pleasure.

 

Since the launch of our Orange & Ginger Facial Oil, we have talked a lot about MUFAs. But what are they, really?

To understand it better, let’s start by talking about the acid mantle of the skin.  The acid mantle is a fine, naturally protective layer of the skin with a pH of 5.5 (slightly acidic), where the conditions are too adverse for the majority of germs, bacteria, fungus and viruses to survive and propagate.

External factors of daily life such as the sun’s rays, soap, poor quality creams, makeup, stress, tension, pollution, water loss from sweating, etc., damage this delicate tissue.

MUFAs are “monounsaturated fatty acids”, and they play a structural role in the skin’s layers. These saturated fats help the skin to produce sebum and are extremely important to keep it hydrated, supple and young-looking. They also help to prevent dry and irritated skin.

Along with ceramides, MUFAs are like the “mortar between the bricks” of a structure, while corneocytes are the bricks. When part of this “mortar” is lost, the skin becomes more susceptible to infections and diseases.  So any modification it undergoes will have consequences and harmful effects, causing changes in its appearance and effectiveness as a protective barrier of the skin.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your skin well-hydrated and make sure it constantly receives “mortar,” or MUFAs.

Where do we find MUFAs?

Our facial oil is full of them! Below is a list of the MUFAs it contains:

-   Lauric acid

-   Myristic acid

-   Palmitic acid

-   Stearic acid

-   Oleic acid

-   Palmitoleic acid

-   Linoleic acid

-   Capric acid

-   Caprylic acid

-   Caproic acid

-   Linolenic acid

-   Arachidic acid

-   Eicosenoic acid

-   Gadoleic acid

-   Erucic acid

-   Nervonic acid

-   Alpha linoleic acid

-   Behenic acid

All these monounsaturated acids exist naturally in vegetable oils and, to make our formula ultra-complete, we have a very special mixture of them. Give it a try!

Questions? Contact us over WhatsApp: +34 645 64 49 90

After reading the article by Catarina Alves on the 'Ellas Hablan' (‘Women Talk’) website, we wanted to share all aspects of the "witch hunt" against ingredients prohibited in modern cosmetics with you. We are fascinated by this topic, and decided to discuss and explain it in a simple and understandable way. If you want to take a look at the original post (in Spanish), click here.

The increase in demand for paraben-free cosmetics indicates that people nowadays have more knowledge and pay more attention to health. However, few people know exactly why they want to avoid these ingredients. The general established idea is that they are bad for us, but why are they bad?

We will tell you all about parabens, their bad reputation and the reasons why many experts warn of the risk of searching for alternatives in brands that attempt to take advantage of this marketing frenzy.

 

What are parabens and why are they used?

Parabens are a compound consisting of acid and alcohol derived from p-hydroxybenzoic acid. There are several types of parabens according to their composition, and the most commonly used forms in the cosmetics industry are methylparaben, propyl parahydroxybenzoate and butylparaben. Despite their complicated scientific names, these compounds are nothing more than preservatives.

They are commonly found in personal care products such as soaps, moisturizers and deodorants, and can also be included in many makeup products.

Due to their composition based on acids and alcohol, parabens prevent the growth and spread of bacteria, microbes and mold in these products – which is very important if we consider the fact that they are usually stored in humid environments (such as the bathroom) and often are exposed to germs through direct contact with the skin of our hands. Their purpose is simply to increase the lifespan of these products and retain their properties and qualities for longer.

 

Are they bad for us?

Despite their widespread use in the cosmetics industry, today, parabens have fallen out of favor as a result of several scientific studies that have raised questions regarding their safety.

In 2004, traces of parabens were discovered in breast cancer patients. Although it was not proven whether these were the cause, the first doubts were raised against their use.

The European Union declared in 2008 that parabens ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate and methylparaben were safe, but also recognized that further studies were required into the possible side effects caused by propyl parahydroxybenzoate and butylparaben use. In 2015, the EU introduced a regulation to reduce the amounts and use of propyl parahydroxybenzoate and butylparaben in cosmetics products, such as moisturizers, intended for children under the age of 3.

The general conclusion of all studies on parabens is that yes, they may have contraindications and further detailed studies are necessary, particularly regarding their possible role in the development of cancer. However, they are also some of the most controlled preservatives in the cosmetics industry and researchers warn of the danger of using their bad reputation as a marketing strategy.

Although researchers are in favor of safer and more natural alternatives, they fear that brands will start using the paraben-free label to attract more consumers, exchanging them for other less-researched types of preservatives with possibly more harmful consequences for the body.

Should I use paraben-free cosmetics?

The use of paraben-free cosmetics is a matter of personal preference.

If you do not mind using cosmetic products with parabens, experts recommend avoiding those with propyl parahydroxybenzoate and butylparaben and to opt for ethyl paraben and methylparaben, since the latter are better-researched in terms of their consequences and are considered as safe parabens.

How to tell if cosmetics contain parabens:

Paraben-free cosmetics usually declare this by either using a logo or with a small phrase on their labels. However, no legislation obliges them to indicate this on their labels.

If the formula contains parabens, they should be listed in the product ingredients list. Search the list for names like:

  •   Propyl parahydroxybenzoate, propylparaben
  •   Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate, methyl para-hydroxybenzoate, methylparaben or methyl paraben
  •   Ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate, ethyl para-hydroxybenzoate or ethylparaben,
  •   Butylparaben

 

In Per Purr, we use another preservative (derived from coconut oil). This choice is NOT because we hate parabens, but because it is a high-quality raw material, which in addition to preserving our products, also provides them with extra soothing properties for skin and hair.

 
 
 

The winter is coming and with it the winds and (very) dry air. Your skin is one of the first parts of the body to feel the changes in the environment. Each season brings its particularity and it is up to us to prepare ourselves to live them in the best way, without our beauty and all our health being affected.
Here we share 5 key tips for you to arrive with a porcelain skin at the spring.
 

  1. Make a deep cleansing program for face & body

With the amount of sunny days left behind, the skin has been battered and dried by the sun and your days at the beach or pool. So, to start winter good skin, the best option is to exfoliate your skin. Get rid of impurities and scaling left by high temperatures and start giving them the necessary care for this new time of year! 
In addition, with renewed skin, any cream or treatment will have a better effect.
 

  1. No, NEVER, ever (!) forget the sunscreen

We mistakenly associate the use of this product with high temperatures, usually during the summer. But in all the 365 days of the year we MUST use sunscreen, because although we cover ourselves more to protect from cold weather, the sun's rays continue there. Above all you must protect your face.
A good way to use it during winter is with moisturizers or makeup bases that have a SPF incorporated. This way you won’t have excuses to skip the application in your daily routine.
 

  1. Watch out for the wind

 It is normal that with the low temperatures and the increase of the wind, your skin begins to dry out and even crack. For this reason, it is important to apply a moisturizer that nourishes and regenerates. Apply it before putting on makeup in the morning and every night.
Winter skincare

  1. Lips, the ones that suffer the most

The lips, like the rest of the skin, are very sensitive to temperature changes, so they usually crack. Always remember to have in your bag a balm to apply as many times as necessary during the day. This way you will keep them protected and hydrated.
 

  1. Take care of your hands

In winter, even with the use of gloves to protect your hands from the cold, they can crack. The ideal is to combine the use of gloves with a moisturizer, which will help to quickly repair the damage that the temperature change can cause. You don't have to have a thousand cream jars , the same body cream you use will usually be great for your hands.
 

The fact that women spend so much money on expensive cosmetics does not mean that they get the most out of them. What many women (and men) do not know is that daily facial care must extend to your neck and chest, two areas that are just as sensitive and thin as your face.
These areas are affected even more than your face by the sun and other external aggressors, in addition to age. But strangely enough, we don’t take care of them with the same dedication as we do our faces.
That is why we see women with a tight face and perfectly smooth skin, but as they weren't careful with their neck and chest, their age shows through with the wrinkles and spots.
Many women between 50-60 years old complain about this detail. They say that for decades they did not devote the same care to these areas, they simply forgot.

Neck alert

Neck alert!


It is not difficult to take care of these areas. Plus, it is always better to be safe than sorry. You have to worry just as much about these areas as your face: clean and protect them from the sun. Of course there are specific products for your neck but it is more practical to apply the same ones we put on our face.
Now we are going to discuss some types of products that we recommend for your everyday life without the need to spend more money on specific products for your neck:
Day: After cleansing and toning, apply a serum rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants and then sunscreen. Apply it to your face and continue until your neckline.
Night: After cleansing and toning, apply alpha-hydroxyl acid (daily and very soft peeling) serum to your face and neck and then a deep moisturizing cream.
Pay attention to your chin, this is another area that we do not think about too much, but wrinkles also appear in these places. It is very simple to keep it hydrated.
Caring for these areas of your face, neck, chest, etc, helps us to delay dermatological procedures such as peeling, fillers or even resorting to the scalpel. Moreover, with the neckline area well hydrated the skin becomes more elastic and helps keeping the breast firm and fight gravity.
Remember, you have to take care of yourself now so you do not complain tomorrow. It may seem an exaggeration, especially for those who are between 20 and 30 years old, but it is not.
For those that are already above 30 and have spent a lot of time exposed to the sun or have not taken care of these areas, you still can do a lot! More and more companies are making specific products to help catch up with hydration for these underserved areas.
The same goes for caring for your hands, lack of hydration and sun protection. It is much harder to remove the stains than to prevent them.
We hope you took some notes, we are sure that in a few years you will thank us later!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Back to my beauty blogging ways today with my first organic beauty post of 2016! Let me introduced a product line I fell in love with in the Fall of 2015. Per Purr products are designed for easy daily use with your skin’s health as the goal.
They take raw materials that are 100% pure and of the highest quality to ensure better skin nutrition. They create products that take advantage of the naturally perfect properties of plants and essential oils, combine them with the cold process used to manufacture soaps while ensuring that all the initial oil properties are preserved.
Here are my top 3 products you need to try!

Salts Selection Exfoliant by Per Purr


Salts Selection Exfoliant: the salts are ground into a fine powder, which guarantees delicate and efficient exfoliation, leaving skin super hydrated from the 3 essential oils. Just like an Epsom salt bath, this product will leave your muscle feeling stress free.
Skinny Oil: This highly concentrated oil hydrates and maintains skins hydrolipidic barrier, which in turn helps to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks. If you are lucky enough to pair it with a massage, it helps lymphatic drainage and activates microcirculation.
Calm Soap: This is a warm blanket in a bar! This soap appeals to delicate skin with a base of almond and virgin olive oil. The mix of chamomile, lavender and clary sage essential oils, provide a sense of coziness and warmth.

Fresh Soap, Salts Selection Exfoliant, Skinny Oil and Calm Soap - the best natural skincare


Remember, you are what your skin eats! So why not try an organic option?

Clays have a wide range of properties and colors that vary according to their mineral composition. What they all have in common is their high capacity for absorbing toxins and waste found on the skin that aren’t removed during daily cleaning.
Using clay for a deep cleaning once or twice a week will give you cleaner and healthier skin.
One good idea is to add plant and essential oils, honey, fresh fruit or yogurt to the clay. Or if you are more traditional, you can add a little mineral water. These additions benefit your skin in ways you can’t imagine.
Clay masks leave your skin clean, velvety smooth and improve blood circulation in the area under the mask. Moreover, this “magic dirt” is one of the most powerful natural antiseptics and anti-inflammatories that exist.
Here are some suggestions we have already tried at Per Purr. Yes, we are working, but we are also taking care of ourselves at the same time.

Clays, The best medicine for your skin!

Clays, The best medicine for your skin!

Green clay

Green clay is the most well known clay, and it is used mainly on oily skin susceptible to acne. It can completely extract the oil from your skin and kill the bacteria responsible for causing pimples. This mask can be used two to three times a week.
Recipe:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of green clay
  • Warm or cold water. Use as much as needed to achieve a uniform cream
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 5 drops of propolis extract

 
Instructions:
Mix all the ingredients well and apply to clean skin. Apply and leave on for 20 minutes. When the mask begins to dry, rinse off with warm water and apply your usual creams.
 

White and yellow clays

White and yellow clays are good for normal and sensitive skin. This clay cleans your pores without removing oil from the skin, maintaining the skin’s natural hydration, which is very important for sensitive skin. It also soothes skin irritations caused by changes in the weather, skin treatments or excessive sun.
Recipe:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of white or yellow clay (or both)
  • Warm water. Use as much as needed to achieve a uniform cream. In this case, you can also use an herbal distillate (plant water), such as chamomile, lavender or rose, instead of water.
  • 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt (NOT fat-free!)

Instructions:
Mix all the ingredients to create a uniform cream and leave the mask on your skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. The effects of the mask are better and more visible if you apply at night before bed. When you sleep, your skin rests, and the next day, it’s radiant.
 

Pink (or red) clay

This is without a doubt the clay most recommended for dry, mature and blotchy skin. It has clarifying properties and can be used frequently.
Recipe:

  • Two heaping tablespoons of pink clay
  • Enough warm water to achieve a uniform cream. (Rose water is perfect for this)
  • 5 drops of jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 3 drops of rose essential oil (Careful! It must be pure)

Instructions:
After mixing the ingredients well, leave the mask on your skin for 20 minutes, then rinse with water. The next day, you will notice your wrinkles have diminished.
 

Ghassoul (pronounced “Rassoul”)

This is a Moroccan clay rich in silica, a mineral that is vital to regeneration of the deepest skin layers. It improves elasticity by stimulating collagen production. It can be used for all skin types. This clay is a bit different than the others because it absorbs more water after a few minutes have passed, resulting in a creamy texture.
Recipe:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of Ghassoul
  • Enough water to create a creamy mixture. Ideally, add a little water, wait 10 minutes and add more. If you need more and think it is still not creamy enough, wait 10 additional minutes and add more water.

The supplements for this mask vary according to skin type. Honey always produces good results with all types.
In the world of clay masks, talking about limits is like putting walls on the sky. Clays are easy to find, affordable and normally found at any health food store. Now you have no excuse not to flaunt your clean and beautiful skin.
 

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