Embracing Sensory Experience: The Importance of Sensoriality in Natural Product Formulations

Embracing Sensory Experience: The Importance of Sensoriality in Natural Product Formulations

In the evolving world of skincare and personal care, there's a growing appreciation for the sensorial experience that many natural products offer. Beyond their functional benefits, natural ingredients can engage our senses to elevate our everyday routines into moments of both indulgence and self-care. From the aroma of essential oils to the texture of luxurious butters, each element plays a crucial role in creating a sensory journey.

Essential oils are one of the cornerstones of sensory pleasure in natural formulations adding depth and character to your formulations, turning skincare routines into sensory rituals. They not only imbue products with evocative scents but can offer therapeutic benefits:

Butters, such as shea, cocoa, mango and avocado butter, can be another important component in creating a luxurious sensory experience. Rich and creamy, these indulgent ingredients melt into the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple, and deeply nourished. 

Dried botanicals and exfoliants add a tactile element to natural products, enhancing the sensory experience with their unique textures. From the gentle exfoliation of finely ground botanicals like orange (sweet) peel and rosehips to decadent coconut blossom sugar or jojoba bead scrubs, to the invigoration of Atlantic sea salts, ground apricot kernels and Moroccan Red Clay, these ingredients provide a multisensory experience that leaves skin feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Texture modifiers and natural extracts further enhance the sensoriality of formulations, allowing for smooth application and luxurious feel. For a silky-smooth texture, indulge in jojoba oil. For a rich and buttery texture, avocado oilLush skin oils like coffee beancucumberpomegranate, and passion fruit can also contribute to the sensory experience, providing a gorgeous scent and a sleek feel on the skin.

To soothe and calm, release the gentle properties of aloe vera gel or the deep hydrating power of plant-based hyaluronic acid. Employ 1, 3 Propanediol or olive squalane for additional moisurisation and soft, smooth, and velvety skin-feel.

Enhance the sensory experience with therapeutic botanicals like marigold, chamomile flowers, green tea, rose petals and hibiscus flowers. They also offer a wide range of skin-benefiting properties, from soothing inflammation to providing antioxidant protection.

Embrace the "milk and honey" experience with ingredients like buttermilk and honey powder that can add a delightful, comforting scent and texture to natural formulations.

Captivating the senses goes beyond scent and texture; it's a feast for the eyes as well. Mica powders add a pearlescent effect to our formulations. They have the ability to reflect and refract light, create luminosity or warm golden hues, or simply add captivating colour. Whether incorporated into body butters or lip balms, mica powders can help elevate the ordinary with their shimmer.

In a world where self-care is more important than ever, embracing the sensory experience of natural product formulations offers a moment of escape from the stresses of daily life. By engaging our senses with captivating scents, sumptuous textures and indulgent ingredients, natural products elevate our beauty and personal care routines into moments of joy and relaxation.

Revitalising Citrus & Green Tea Exfoliating Scrub

Ingredients:

Sugar (Coconut Blossom): 50g (50%)
Jojoba Beads: 10g (10%)
Sweet Almond Oil: 20g (20%)
Lemon Essential Oil: 8 drops (0.4g, 0.4%)
Grapefruit Essential Oil: 5 drops (0.25g, 0.25%)
Green Tea: 2g (2%)
Aloe Vera Gel: 10g (10%)
Honey Powder: 5g (5%)
Mica Powder (Gold): 1g (1%)
Dried Green Tea Leaves: 1g (1%)

Instructions:

Combine Exfoliants: In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and jojoba beads.
Add Oils and Extracts: Mix in the sweet almond oil, green tea, and aloe vera gel until well combined.
Blend Essential Oils: Add the lemon and grapefruit essential oils, ensuring even distribution.
Incorporate Honey Powder: Mix in the honey powder until fully dissolved.
Add Mica and Green Tea Leaves: Gently fold in the mica powder and dried green tea leaves for added visual and textural interest.
Package: Transfer the exfoliating scrub to a clean, airtight container.

Luxurious Lavender & Rose Handwash

Ingredients:

Distilled Water: 45g (45%)
Rose Floral Water: 20g (20%)
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: 10g (10%) (natural surfactant, mild cleanser)
Decyl Glucoside: 10g (10%) (natural surfactant, gentle foaming agent)
1, 3 Propaendiol: 5g (5%) (humectant, adds moisture)
Honey Powder: 2g (2%) (moisturizing, soothing)
Aloe Vera Gel: 2g (2%) (hydrating, calming)
Jojoba Oil: 3g (3%) (luxurious, nourishing, adds a silky feel)
Lavender Essential Oil: 0.5g (0.5%) (calming aroma)
Rose Essential Oil: 0.25g (0.25%) (romantic, calming scent)
Vitamin E Oil: 1g (1%) (antioxidant, preservative)
Rose Petal Powder: 1.25g (1.25%) (gentle exfoliation, skin benefits)

Instructions:

Prepare the Base: In a mixing bowl, combine the distilled water and rose hydrosol.
Add Surfactants: Slowly mix in the cocamidopropyl betaine and decyl glucoside. Stir gently to avoid creating excessive foam.
Incorporate Humectants: Add 1, 3 propanediol, honey powder, and aloe vera gel to the mixture. Stir until fully dissolved.
Add Oils: Mix in the jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Ensure they are well incorporated.
Essential Oils: Add the lavender and rose essential oils. Stir gently to evenly distribute.
Final Touch: Gently stir in the rose petal powder for its exfoliating properties and skin benefits.
Package: Pour the handwash into a clean, pump-dispensing bottle.
Sensorial Experience:
Scent: The combination of lavender and rose essential oils creates a soothing and romantic aroma.
Texture: The handwash has a silky, luxurious feel thanks to the argan oil and glycerin, with a gentle exfoliating effect from the rose petal powder.
Visual: The rose petal powder provides a natural, artisanal touch.