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  •  Oaty Goodness –

    Oats in Skin Care and Hair Care : Part 1

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    Hi Soapy friends, over the next few blog posts we are discussing all things Oats. It’s a big topic so it will be split into three parts: Oats in Skin Care/Hair Care, Oats in Baby Care and Oats in Bath Products and Soap. First up, Oats in Skin and Hair Care!

    Whilst most of us enjoy a warm nourishing bowl of porridge in winter or a refreshing and healthy oat muesli in summer, many of us are unaware just how incredible the role of the humble unassuming oat (Avena Sativa) can be in our skin, hair, bath and body care products. Oats and oat based preparations have been clinically trialled and recommended by dermatologists. They have been heavily documented online and through referenced data on PubMed articles and the like because we all love an ingredient backed by professionals – piece of mind!

    Here at Aussie Soap Supplies we have loads of products containing oat derivatives – 7 to be exact! From oat oils to extracts and everything in between. To the novice soaper it can be quite overwhelming so hopefully by the end of this mini series you will be able to distinguish your Oat Silc from your Collodial Oatmeal and which product goes into which application!

    We currently stock the following oat derived products. You can rest easy as all ingredients are natural, not tested on animals, Ecocert/COSMOS approved and are vegan - ticking all the boxes! Just a reminder, if you are treating a specific medical condition, make sure you consult a qualified medical practitioner. Note: All our oat products are for external use only.

    Collodial Oatmeal USP

    Oat Extract

    Oat Silc

    Oat Oil

    Hydrolyzed Oats

    Oatmeal SFIC Soap Base (Melt & Pout)

    Oatmeal and Shea Soap Base (Melt and Pour)

    Ok here goes, let’s take a trip to Oat Town! First stop: Collodial Oats…..sss



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    collodial oat

    INCI Name: Avena sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour

    Appearance:  Cream to light brown, fine powder

    Lipid Content: 7%
    Protein Content:  12g per 100g

    Usage Range:  1 – 50%. Creams – 1 - 3%, soap up to 5%, milk baths, soaks up to 50%, masks up to 25%, cosmetic

    Shelf Life:12 months - 18 months (stored in an air tight container in a cool, dark place)
    ECOCERT Natural & GMO Free, Fragrance Free, Hypo Allergenic, Free from allergens, Vegan, Not tested on animals, Halal Certified

    Collodial Oatmeal USP is a micro-fine, smooth natural ground oatmeal that is not rough or abrasive. The manufacturing process uses no solvents whereby grains are cleaned to remove foreign material and then dehulled and steam heat treated to reduce the free fatty acid level to very low, which also destroys bacteria and prepares the fine oat flour for final mechanical rolling and finishing of the particle reduction process. Phew! That’s a complex process but absolutely necessary for an optimal final product.

    *What does the US FDA Monograph USP/BP mean?
    Colloidal Oatmeal is classified as a skin protectant by the FDA according to 21 CFR Part 310 and 347 in Skin Protectant Drug Product Over-the-Counter Human Use: Final Monograph.”

    Basically it means that our Collodial Oatmeal USP is an optimised extruded colloidal oatmeal, manufactured under the approved patented process to USP standard and produced from selected high beta-glucan oats using sustainable farming practices. Its 100% oaty goodness!

    Skin Care -

    Clinical studies state that the inclusion of Collodial Oatmeal USP reduces TEWL (trans-epidermal-water-loss) and effectively forms a physical barrier on the skin’s surface -yay! With so many pollutants now more than ever we need to protect our skin best we can to prevent or at least reduce environmental aggressors that can play havoc with our skin. So it is a great additive in lotions and creams for any skin type (including sensitive!), particularly those with extra dry skin. It has been know to demonstrate anti-aging, anti-irritant and moisturising properties as the raw material (oats) have a high beta-glucan content. Pretty amazing huh?!

    Aussie Soap Supplies endeavours to source the best quality products possible and they ask the manufacturer all the nitty gritty questions before deciding to stock a product to make sure it is safe for all you Soapers out there. Below is information straight from the horse’s (or should I say manufacturer’s!) mouth!

    • Commonly used in moisturisers, eye care, hand creams and after sun care
    • Reduces redness and calms irritated skin
    • Deeply effective and long lasting improvement in skin hydration and moisturisation
    • Soothing and moisturising effect on sensitive skin
    • Anti-aging and reparative properties over all skin types
    • Clinical proven and monographed as a skin protectant
    • Sensitive enough to use on the eye area
    • Soothes skin disorders – itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, irritated skin
    • Effective antioxidant activity
    • Forms an excellent barrier against external pollutants

    Hair Care -

    In hair care, Collodial Oatmeal USP is restorative and moisturising, especially on the scalp. It is commonly used in shampoos, conditioners and also dry shampoos. The oatmeal gently cleanses and absorbs dirt whilst soothing and nourishing an irritated scalp. Who knew oats could play such an important role…. what an unsung hero!

    Check out the formulation below that uses Collodial Oatmeal USP as one of the key ingredients!

       Oaty Goat



     oat extract

    INCI Name: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract

    Appearance: Dark amber liquid with characteristic odour

    Odour:  Discernible

    Usage Range: Skin care, conditioners, soaps, massage oils: 0 - 10%, Lip products: 0.5 - 3%, Hair Care Preparations: (treatments, masks etc): use up to 15%.

    Applications: All skin care - lotions, creams, moisturisers, milks, hair care - shampoo, conditioner, and treatments

    Skin types: Suitable for all skin types, and particularly useful for normal and sensitive skin. Oil Soluble

    Our Oat Extract is oil soluble and dispersed in Fractionated Coconut Oil, which is a perfect medium for so many applications. It is suitable for all types of skin and is considered to have effective moisturising properties and even be mildly anti-aging!

    Skin Care/Hair Care -
    Oat Extract is especially suitable for use in cosmetics for sensitive skin, natural cosmetics, soothing and calming body milks, eye gels, conditioning every day shampoos as well as masks. Is there anything this ingredient can't do? Handy Tip: Include our Oat Extract in any of your emulsions, lotions and conditioners in the oil phase, once removed from heat or when you add the preservative and fragrance. One other element that gets us super excited it that it is also lip safe! So you can include this oil soluble ingredient in your lip products for that extra boost of moisture.

    Check out the formulations below that use Oat Extract as one of the key ingredients!

    oat overload   Argan and Oat conditioner



     Oat Silc

    INCI Name: Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract

    Appearance: White to off white, superfine powder

    Odour: Low, natural oat scent

    Usage Range:  Creams, lotions, other skin care and baby care:  1 – 3%; Colour Cosmetics:  5% -  15%

    This amazing silky, powder is 100% natural and is extracted from oats grown on Scandinavian farms, using sustainable farming methods and is free from GMO. It contains skin equivalent lipids and ceramides that assist in maintaining healthy skin and hair. How good does that sound?

    Skin Care -

    Oat Silc gives that coveted highly luxurious, silky feel to creams and lotions that we all love! It contains natural antioxidants, including avenathramides and Vitamin E all helpful for that healthy skin glow. Creams and lotions feel smoother and silkier with the inclusion of Oat Silc, and it’s easy to formulate with! In colour cosmetics, Oat Silc is a highly effectual textural base, whilst providing the product with natural lipid and antioxidant content imparting a silk-smooth finish to your product. Formulations that include Oat Silc have an immediate brightening and mattifying effect on the skin even if you haven’t had your recommended 8hrs of zzzz. Fake it till you make it! It reduces greasiness by absorbing oil and builds body and viscosity in creams and lotions. What can’t this ingredient do?!

    Hair Care -

    Oat Silc’s signature silky feel doesn’t stop at skin care, hair care gets these benefits too! As it contains natural lipids and antioxidants, it is a great thickening agent for fine hair like mine. Music to my ears! If you are anything like me and reach for that dry shampoo bottle in between washes, guess what? Oat Silc is a great ingredient in dry shampoos with its high concentration of starch to absorb all that grease (and sweat) after slogging it out at the gym! You’ll find this multitasking ingredient in hair conditioners and hair masks too.

    Check out the formulation below that uses Oat Silc as one of the key ingredients!

          argan oat facial



    Oat Oil

    INCI Name: Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil

    Appearance: A dry, golden amber liquid

    Odour:  Low, natural oat scent

    Usage Range: 0.1 – 5%:  Skin Care:  1 – 5%; Hair Care: 0.5%

    Fragrance Free, Hypo Allergenic, Free from allergens, Gluten Free, Vegan, Not tested on animals, Halal Certified

    Our Oat Oil is extracted from oats grown on Swedish farms using sustainable farming methods. It offers excellent absorbency and protective properties leaving a non-greasy feel whilst hydrating, soothing and moisturising the skin. Oat oil is definitely multi functional!

    Technically (for those who love chemistry) oat oil has a unique lipid profile containing 10% polar and skin equivalent lipids. “the ceramides and membrane equivalent phospholipids contained within the Oat Lipid support the barrier function to keep skin in a healthy condition, slowing down skin aging and maintaining the stratum corneum”.

    Below is information straight from the horse’s (or should I say manufacturer’s!) mouth!

    • Readily absorbed into the skin; hydrating and moisturising
    • Improves the skin barrier
    • Acts as an occlusive and a humectant due to the high Ceramide content
    • Protects the physiology of the skin – softening soothing, protecting and repair
    • High Linoleic acid content
    • Rich in phospholipids to aid moisturisation
    • Excellent levels of antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
    • Rich in skin equivalent fatty acids
    • Excellent stability
    • Traceable and sustainable
    • Hypo Allergenic and Free from Allergens
    • Gluten Free and GMO Free
    • Not tested on animals

    Skin Care -

    Good news, Oat Oil is suitable to use on any type of skin. Hooray!  It is non-greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin for deep moisturisation. When used regularly, it helps maintain the skin’s barrier and reduces TEWL (trans epidermal water loss). Coz ain’t nobody got time for water loss!

    It can even replenish ceramides lost through sun exposure as it typically contains 1 – 2% ceramides.  Its fatty acid profile is comparable to the skin (pretty impressive right!) and it is rich in powerful antioxidants.  Suitable for serums, moisturisers, facial oils and gentle eye “treatment” products.

    Hair Care -

    Oat Oil has long been used in hair care to leave the hair and scalp conditioned and healthy whilst being non greasy. It is a rich oil with excellent absorbency, exhibits soothing, hydrating and moisturising properties.  As told by the manufacturer, it is helpful for soothing itchy/flaky scalps and treating dry or damaged hair. It can also be useful in deep conditioning treatments, hair oils and serums. Music to my ears!

    Check out the formulation below that uses Oat Oil as one of the key ingredients!

       Argan oat lip treat


    hydro oats

    INCI Name: Hydrolyzed Oats

    Appearance: Dark amber liquid with characteristic odour

    Odour:  Discernible

    Usage Range: 1.5 – 5%

    Now, bear with me as I get a little technical for a second…Hydrolyzed Oats is a naturally derived, soluble form of Hydrolyzed whole oats that contains mainly oligosaccharides (carbohydrates) - 23% and 3% protein.

    Ok soapers, get a load of this! Hydrolyzed Oats has the highest moisture retention of all the proteins and are a great choice to treat dry skin and hair. It can be used to improve the feel and properties of shampoo, conditioners, creams and lotions. Studies have shown that Hydrolyzed Oats retain significantly more moisture no matter what the humidity, and gain up to 50% more moisture at relative low humidity - when extra moisture is needed. Pretty clever huh?!

    Skin Care -

    Applied neat, (undiluted on the skin) Hydrolyzed Oats will feel sticky, however it dries with almost no tack leaving a light, shiny and flexible film on the skin. With the natural touch it provides as an all-vegetable derived moisturiser, imparting a soft, cushiony feel on the skin, giving it a near-velvet smoothness after drying. Don't underestimate this product, it is a wonderful addition to any product for the skin or hair.

    Hair Care -

    Good old-fashioned oats strike again! Ever wondered how those models alway seem to flaunt the thickest fullest hair? Chances are they are using a product containing Hydrolyzed Oat protein. As it diffuses into the hair and strengthens the hair shaft, it feels and looks fuller and healthier. The benefits don’t stop there either; it provides moisture retention, improved hydration, enhanced hair softness, better texture and manageability. It is also an effective natural conditioning agent. Very helpful to combat the frizzies, Hydrolyzed Oats are 50% more effective than Hydrolyzed Collagen in helping the hair to retain moisture. I need this STAT!

    Check out the formulations below that use Hydrolyzed Oats as one of the key ingredients!

      simple hair cond oats hydro oats bar


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