I have very dry skin and am constantly looking for the next lotion or miracle to make the itch go away. I have found some very good products, but my skin loves them for a while then suddenly it seems they do not work as well. I still use witch hazel (with aloe vera). I discovered that one of my cheap spray nozzles fit the top of my bottle of witch hazel so that I can mist my body after my shower. It is then that I need to use something to help the itch of back, shins and arms. Lately, I have little itchy spots and had a very small persistent spot on the top side of my wrist. I was walking through our natural food store the other day just looking for a simple, natural lotion. My eyes see a little bottle of marula oil (brand Acure) on display. Since they had a tester, I tried it. It was a very light oil and I thought hmmm, but did notice that the white crusty skin was gone. I think that I originally had a small burn there that I could not get to go away. I was impressed with the way the spot looked. Five days, two showers, many hand washes and dishes later the white crust has NOT come back and the spot continues to fade. I am super impressed!!
“Marula oil is extracted from the kernels (nuts) of the Marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea), from the Anacardiaceae family. Marula oil is traditionally used in cosmetics, in food as a cooking oil and as a meat preservative and to treat leather. The Tsonga people of South Africa and Mozambique have used the oil as a moisturizing body lotion for women and also as a massage oil for babies. In the past, women used Marula oil rather than water to clean themselves. ” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marula_oil
This was the brand I tried in the health food store. Amazon said it so well, I thought I would just copy and paste their product description. The great thing about this oil is it is sustainable, organic and helps the South African women who craft it. I am eagerly awaiting my order of this oil to apply to the other small itchy places I could not put it on using the tester.
“Acure Organics Marula Oil Treatment for All Skin Types 1 oz. (30 ml) Acure Organics Marula Oil Treatment for All Skin Types is 100% pure, wild crafted without pesticides, cold pressed and unrefined. The Marula project provides economic empowerment to the South African women who harvest and process the oil. Marula Oil works wonders on dry, chapped skin, scars and fine lines. Marula Oil reduces skin redness and helps maintain skin’s natural acid mantle, and works great as a massage oil. Acure Organic Marula Oil is Paraben-free, Vegan, synthetic fragrance-free, silicone, phthalate-free and gluten-free. Acure Organics is a family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Their products are created with great care and are a reflection of their values. Each of their products is free from animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors. They travel the globe to find the most potent certified organic ingredients that meet their high standards of efficacy and purity. They thank you for sharing in their mission to have a positive impact on the world we live in. They like to believe that they create the purest, natural and organic plant-based skincare products. Simplicity is the key to their formulas. In keeping each ingredient as close to its natural state as possible, they feel that their products deliver visible, more potent results. Each decision they make is based upon their three guiding principles. Acure for Your Skin High quality skin care made from the purest, fair trade, natural and certified organic ingredients. Acure for Your Planet They have a sustainable company culture that impacts every decision they make. Green packaging Green products Social Consciousness Triple Bottom Line Acure for a Cure Each facial care product provides a donation to help fight breast cancer.”