Before I could embark on a mission to make soap and rinse for my daughter’s dog that suffers from allergies and severe skin conditions, I had to do the research to see what was good to help skin conditions. Here are the things that I have found will help with skin condition and are able to be used on our furry friends. Before I delve in to it, I will note that I did NOT put ANY essential oils on this list. There are some that are veterinarian approved, and I will put those in another post. However, my daughter has tried them and her dog has had an allergic reaction to those.
Aloe Extract: Aloe is renowned for it’s ability to heal, moisturize, and sooth irritated, inflamed, or sunburned skin. Regular aloe will work, as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV: I recommend finding it “with the mother” as the best part of the apple is still present and it is not as strong of a vinegar scent that dissipates once it is dry. (I promise.) The “mother” is a cloudy part of the ACV, and it contains healthy enzymes and minerals. ACV has antibacterial properties that are beneficial to dogs’ skin. It can sting when applied to broken skin or sores. Don’t use on broken skin.
Argan Oil: easily absorbed into the skin, making it a fantastic oil to include formulations. Argan oil allows the skin to breathe, and is an essential fatty acid that is great to moisturize the skin.
Avocado Oil: increases epidermal elasticity, while thoroughly moisturizing and softening stubborn, dry or cracked skin. It has natural vitamins B1, B2 and A, which increases epidermal elasticity, while thoroughly moisturizing and softening stubborn, dry or cracked skin.
Babassu Oil: has a high content of saturated fatty acid. Rich in lauric acid, it is especially suitable for eczema, itchy, dry, and inflamed skin. It has a high content of lauric & myristic acids which have a melting point relatively close to the human body temperature, which makes it readily able to be absorbed by the skin.
Buckthorn Extract, or Sea Buckthorn Oil: High in natural Vitamin C and E, this extract is used for it’s nourishing effects in soothing sensitive and easily irritated skin. The Buckthorn extract is clear and diluted with fractionated coconut oil. Sea Buckthorn Oil is red in color, and may cause temporarily coloring on light colored dogs. In addition, the Sea Buckthorn Oil is more cost effective. The (sea buckthorn) fruit also is rich in carotenoids, amino acids, dietary minerals and polyphenols. Sea buckthorn oil is considered to have high antioxidant as well as antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help promote whole body health
Calendula: has been used to sooth sensitive or irritated skin. Externally, infusions of Calendula are also antiseptic, rumored to disinfect minor wounds and treat infections. Calendula is used in lotions, ointments, and creams to help inflammed, burned, rashed, or bruised skin. Varicose veins have been known to shrink after using calendula-infused lotion for a few weeks, so feel free to use it on yourself, too!
Coconut milk is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, potassium, and folate to help nourish and hydrate skin and hair.
Cupuacu butter is pressed from the seeds of trees that are native to the Amazon forest. The butter is known to local tribes as a beneficial remedy for dry and damaged skin and hair. High water absorption capacity of Cupuacu makes this butter a great moisturizer promoting deep, long lasting hydration of the skin and hair. Recommended for dry and cracked skin and also for hair care.
Emu Oil has unsurpassed nourishing benefits: provides radiant youthful and plumper skin. It reduces dryness, redness, itching, marks, and soothes sunburn & promotes hair health and growth. Perfect for aching joints, sore muscles, sprains, burns, wounds and scars, stretch marks, so use some on yourself, too!
Evening Primrose Extract: Long known as a natural anti-inflammatory, Evening Primrose extract has traditionally been used in mature skin preparations, but also wonderful to soothe skin dryness, itchiness, and redness.
Goat milk is particularly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin because of capric-caprylic triglyceride. Capric-caprylic triglyceride is an effective skin moisturizer that helps to contribute to skin softness by forming a barrier on the skin to help inhibit the loss of moisture. It is the only milk that contains naturally occurring capric-caprylic triglycerides. The protein strands of goat milk are shorter than other types of milk and are more readily absorbed by skin. Goat milk also has naturally occurring lactic acid that helps keep skin smooth by encouraging skin turnover (it acts similar to a gentle peel). It also contains many vitamins, specifically A, D and B6, as well as the anti-oxidant Selenium.
Green Tea: has natural antioxidants (called catechins) that help fight damage caused by free radicals. Recent studies have shown that is protection from skin cancer and also have demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Very preliminary studies show that green tea topically may inhibit enzymes whose excessive activity contributes to age-related degradation of the skin matrix. It is high in skin benefiting vitamins A and B. It is reputed to have antioxidant properties that can fight disease and signs of aging, as well as to help prevent and reduce wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars. It has such great skin benefits, and is very soothing.
Hempseed Oil is an excellent vehicle for providing essential fatty acids to your skin. These fatty acids are high in antioxidant protection as well as help to protect your skin from moisture loss. It is high in vitamins A and E. Hempseed oil has been reported to reduce inflammation, eczema, & psoriasis as well. (Also helps with acne, for those with acne problems.)
Illipe Butter is one of the greatest natural moisturizers Keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. It prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It has long-lasting moisturizing properties. It is most renowned for its skin softening quality.
Karanja Oil: Keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. Prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Kokum Butter is known to prevent drying out of the skin and development of wrinkles and reduces degeneration of skin cells. It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It is known to heal dry skin, itchy scalp, and itchy skin.
Mallow Extract: Mallow was cherished by the Ancient Romans for it’s soothing and protecting properties to dry and sensitive skin. It is commonly used in skincare preparations to reduce inflammation. In hair care, Mallow Extract is said to hydrate and support moisture balance within the shaft of the hair.
Meadowfoam Oil: has excellent moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and helps to repair dry, damaged skin.
Monoi de Tahiti is an extraordinary oil for skin and hair care. It has been shown to penetrate and hydrate the skin rapidly and reduce trans-epidermal water loss. Monoi de Tahiti Oil helps to heal dry, chapped and cracked skin, balances the moisture in skin, and it conditions hair well. It helps damaged skin like burns, cuts, scars. It helps heal dry and cracked skin. It helps to balance the moisture in the skin. It helps to remove toxic build-up in the skin, improving the skin’s complexion.
Neem oil. is anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema, rashes, burns and acne .It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Oatmeal: In lotion it can create a barrier over the skin making it a great additive for those with extra dry skin. In soap it is often used to alleviate itchiness. I use oat milk as a base for soaps, so that I can gain the added benefits of the oats, as well as adding Collodial Oatmeal, which is just a finely ground oatmeal making it perfect for soaps.
Rooibos tea: is bursting with health boosting antioxidants and minerals. Used as a rinse or spray in conditioner, it is very soothing to the skin.
Tamanu Oil is an incredible oil! Reputed uses by the people of Tahiti are wide and varied – from burns, to insect bites, to stretch marks. This oil is truly multi faceted. As with any nut based oil, people with allergies to nuts of any kind should not use Tamanu Oil. It is a pure nut oil that soothes and softens your skin and help you keep your skin clear and smooth.★acne reduction and acne scar removal ★eczema ★psoriasis ★toenail fungus ★insect bites and sun burns. New research has shown that Tamanu nut oil has significant antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal qualities. No wonder why this essential oil has been used as the preferred skin treatment for people from many places in the Pacific Islands.
So, there you have it. Too many choices, if you ask me!!! I started out by making her dog a rinse with ACV (apple cider vinegar WITH THE MOTHER), steeped Rooibos (Red) Tea, and Green Tea, with Sea Buckthorn Oil. She is out of the country, so I am waiting until she gets back to try it out. I also made her a soap bar with Oat Milk, Monoi, karanja, rosehip seed oil, buckthorn extract, lllipe and Kokum butters, and some Emu oil. It is still curing, but will be ready shortly (3 weeks) since I used hot process. I will let you know how that works. I hope this helps. This has been several weeks or googling researching, and condensing!