Aromatherapy Cosmetics by Karel Hadek
Aromatherapy in the words of Karel Hadek
When i was starting out with aromatherapy at the beginning of the 1980s, i would often hear the question: "What actually is aromatherapy?" Somewhere i had read that aromatherapy was a treatment using aromas. And so i obediently kept spreading this received wisdom in the world for some time. But as the time went on, i noticed that such definition of aromatherapy was completely inadequate.
If only for the fact that we can not only treat health problems with aromatherapy, we can also prevent many of them. And this isn't at all just about aromas. Each essential oil has its own specific biochemical composition. They contain dozens and even hundreds of very heterogeneous biochemicals that subsequently, as a sum of the essential oil, exert an effect on both the mind and the human biochemistry. So aromatherapy is essentially about dealing with cosmetic and health problems in a sensitive and natural way.
It also applies in aromatherapy that it is much easier to prevent the problems than to solve them. One way of preventing illness is through physiological skin care. The skin isn't a replaceable packaging for short-term use. It is one of the organs that form a whole – the human body. This is the precise reason why aromatherapeutic preparations are closely connected with our health through the skin.
When someone asks me today "What is aromatherapy?", i answer that i see it as a way of life. Just look around you. You will see that human technological advancement is much further ahead of our biological development. Pollution and gradual destruction of the environment, to name but a few, testify to the fact. Aromatherapy can therefore be seen also as one of the necessary steps back to nature. So as a way that represents, in my view, the only feasible alternative, for the future.
Why exactly aromatherapy?
The answer is quite simple and straightforward. Humans have been roaming the Earth (the estimates vary) for approximately the past three million years. Aromatic plants, that is plants producing essential oils, have been on Mother Earth for hundreds of millions of years.
From the very first steps they have taken on our planet, humans have been accompanied by aromatherapy and have taken advantage of it in its original form from the very beginning. Whether by taking shelter under the trees – conifers are aromatic plants, or as part of the food chain – garlic, onion, parsley, celery, dill, pepper and many others.
Naturally, practical experience must have then lead to further diversification of its use. Whether as a cure, or as cosmetics.
How does aromatherapy work?
This catalog gives you the chance to get more familiar with aromatherapeutic preparations, which meet the requirements of the skin for physiological treatment and care. They are a union between centuries worth of experience and the latest scientific findings and technology. Despite their high levels of efficacy, i would like to stress that preparations are no medicine. The goal of this cosmetics is to optimize the function of the skin, to regenerate and support its role as a protective layer because only healthy skin can also be beautiful at the same time.
Don't expect preparations to provide immediate short-term effects. Long-lasting effects can only be achieved by a regular and long-term use of these preparations. Cosmetic as well as health problems don't come up out of the blue, so you can't expect them to go away at the wave of a magic (though fragrant) wand.
The high effcicacy of preparations is traditionally due to the development of our own formulas using specific ingredients from herbs, highly valuable vegetable oils with high vitamin content and other biologically active components. We use as active ingredients the fi nest essential oils extracted from aromatic plants. Mineral oils such as Vaseline and paraff in which are commonly used in mainstream cosmetics may be cheap, but of limited value for the skin, and that is why it is our policy not to use them.
For ethical reasons, we don't use animal products either because the death of an animal for the needs of the cosmetics industry is, in our view, incongruous with health and beauty services.
Sometimes we come across the opinion that aromatherapeutic cosmetics is expensive. It is important to take into consideration, however, that, exceptions aside (creams, masks, toners and tonics), cosmetics consists of waterless preparations. The customer doesn't pay for water, but only for active ingredients. For example, regenerative face oils contain 100% of active ingredients, whereas regularly sold creams may contain up to 80% of water. It means that one 30 ml package of a regenerative face oil corresponds to fi ve times the amount of a conventional cream. This applies to shower oils as well. With correct dosing, a single 200 ml package will last for up to 200 showers! So it is important to look not only at the price, what counts is the use value in relation to price, not to mention the product's quality.
What do we understand by natural cosmetics?
If we look around, we will see that the market is saturated with natural, organic, medicinal, hypoallergenic and many other cosmetic lines. Everything is produced, of course, strictly in line with latest scientifi c fi ndings. So it might seem almost impossible that people should suff er from skin problems at all. Unfortunately, it is, for the most part, a marketing call, sometimes quite astutely supported by statements such as: "dermatologically or clinically tested", "organic product" and so on. The buyer, though, will never see the results of the testing. The legislation doesn't defi ne the use of such statements in the same way as the term natural cosmetics isn't legally defi ned. So that is probably why everything is natural cosmetics from many producers' perspective, since i don't know of anything that wouldn't have nature as its origin! It is no wonder then that many "cosmetic" products oft en even damage the skin in the long run instead of keeping it healthy. Cosmeticians and dermatologists aren't a part of the group of critically endangered, or dying-out, occupations. It is regrettable that with all this "perfect cosmetics" it isn't the other way round. You can be sure that you won't see any of these statements on preparations.
Ingredients in preparations
I personally guarantee that all preparations are made uniquely with certifi ed ingredients that meet the most stringent quality requirements imposed by ourselves. That applies both to vegetable oils, which resemble by their chemical composition the skin's own oils, and to essential oils or other substances which are used in the production. This is the only way of ensuring the fi nest quality, which is achieved by coupling excellent eff icacy and unique tolerability even for very sensitive skin.
The fact that preparations are made using ingredients derived from plants can bring about minor diff erences in color and aroma between individual batches. Where cold-pressed oils are used, the product may acquire a subtle opaque layer. These phenomena are perfectly natural and don't impair the quality of the preparation in any way, quite the contrary, they can be seen as an indirect confi rmation of natural origin and quality.
Some preparations contain essential oils with stimulating eff ects. These include rosemary, thyme, pepper, cinnamon etc. Their ability to irritate the skin provides stimulation and increases blood circulation. This "herbal irritation" isn't just desirable but also very pleasant. Only individuals with oversensitive skin or allergies may experience discomfort during this irritation. That's why we advise testing your own tolerance before application. Do so by applying a small amount of the preparation in the elbow pit and leave to work for about 20 minutes. Without chemical preservation! The most important information for a user is the fact that preparations are made without chemical preservation through a technological process i succeeded in implementing based on rich past experience and long-term development. The use of chemical preservation represents a one-sided advantage for producers, who don't consider the possible negative eff ects these "facilitators" can have on the skin. The role of the "guardian" against microorganisms in preparations has been assumed by a very eff ective complex of essential oils.
What's more, there are no chemical preservatives against rancidifi cation (such as the most notorious BHT and BHA) in preparations. This is why their expiration period is relatively short. Although presenting a slight disadvantage for the producer (the products can't be made to store), it is a win-win situation for the customer. You can be sure that with each preparation you are getting a fresh product usually made only aft er placing your order. This new practice of production and distribution in particular, which i have been advocating and implementing since the early days of the Cosmetic Karl Hadek company in Taufkirchen near Munich, Germany in the middle of the 1980s, generates new demands on a fl exible distribution system, but also on the users themselves.
Extending shelf life and maintaining natural properties of each preparation can actually be achieved in a much simpler and easier way than by means of chemistry. Everyone who understands the context at least a little bit will surely prefer appropriate storage, e.g. in a fridge (we can call this physical preservation) to chemical preservation. My long personal experience confi rms that the expiry date found on the packaging can be extended considerably by keeping the product in a cold and dark place (ideally in a fridge at 6–10°C).
Results of testing
The results have shown that with appropriate storage and following principles of hygiene, shelf life can be much longer than is the warranty period of each product.
Creams 8–12 months
Vitamins 9–12 months
Citrus essential oils 24–36 months
Other essential oils, essential oil blends Sauna-oils, Lippea SPF, Herpilan, Mykosan N, China Balm at least 3 years Jojoba oil
Thymicon 5 years.
Normal warranty period for each preparation can be found on the packaging.