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Body & Massage Oils FAQ

  • What can I use for sore muscles after working out?

    Our most popular product for sore muscles is the Weleda Arnica Massage Oil. The time-tested formula blended with Arnica and Birch leaf extracts is the preferred choice of massage therapist worldwide. It helps restore tired, aching muscles before and after physical activity. As an alternative you can also use Dr.Hauschka Birch Arnica Body Oil.

    Our most popular product for sore muscles is the Weleda Arnica Massage Oil. The time-tested formula blended with Arnica and Birch leaf extracts is the preferred choice of massage therapist worldwide. It helps restore tired, aching muscles before and after physical activity. As an alternative you can also use Dr.Hauschka Birch Arnica Body Oil.

  • Is body oil better than lotion for treating extremely dry skin?

    Yes. Although using a lotion is better than doing nothing, a body oil (unlike a lotion) is water-free so all of the nurturing and moisturizing ingredients get absorbed into your skin to help transform dry skin into soft and healthy skin. Also try mixing a few drops of body oil into your lotion to give it additional hydrating properties. In Europe body oils are more commonly used, but in North America lotions tend to be more popular.

  • What’s the difference between all of the different body moisture formulas?

    When it comes to body hydrators, there are many different types to choose from. The main difference is the thickness of a product, which is determined by the concentration of plant oils versus the amount of water or other base ingredient such as Aloe Vera. Secondly, key ingredients are different and thus the therapeutic benefit changes from product to product. And finally, scent plays a key role in the decision.

    Body milks and lotions are usually the lightest option as they have a higher water content and less oil. So these products tend to evaporate faster from the body.

    Body creams (or crèmes) contain a much higher concentration of oils than milks or lotions to moisture more deeply.

    Body butters typically contain high amounts of plant oils that solidify at room temperature but melt when they are heated on your body. Shea, Mango and Cocoa butters for example moisturize as intensely as a liquid oil but with the convenience of a solid product.

    Body Oils are made up of a variety of base oils. These precious oils, extracted from fruit, nuts and seeds, have a composition similar to the natural properties of the sebaceous matter of your skin. So they effectively strengthen skin’s natural defenses. They are rich in essential fatty acids, lecithin, vitamins and vital substances. Containing no water, they absorb into the skin (instead of evaporating) and deeply moisturize for an extended length of time.

  • When is the best time to use a body oil or lotion?

    Ideally you should use a body lotion or oil after a shower or bath when the skin is still damp. This allows your skin to better draw in the moisturizing properties of the product. However these products are great for hydrating whenever you need it. And body oils in particular are perfect for soothing massages.

  • Can I make my own massage oil?

    Of course. Begin with a base oil such as Jojoba, Almond, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Macadamia Nut or Apricot and blend in 10-25 drops of essential oil(s) per 100mL of base oil.

    Here are a few recipes:

    Calming - Get rid of nervous strain. (25mL of Almond and/or Jojoba Oil blended with 2 drops of Jasmine, 5 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Neroli, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang, and 3 drops of Bergamot.

    Exotic - An oriental blend of tantalizing ingredients. (50mL of a base oil blended with 2 drops of Rose, 2 drops of Patchouli, and 2 drops Sandalwood)

    Energizing - A recipe for physical and mental fatigue. (50mL of base oil blended with 2-3 drops of Rose, 2 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops Juniper, and 3 drops Lemon

Deodorants FAQ

  • Where do I find the antiperspirants?

    Unlike conventional antiperspirant/deodorants, the deodorants on Saffron Rouge contain no aluminum, phalates or chemicals and won’t clog pores. Classified as a drug by the FDA, antiperspirants prevent the body from excreting liquid with aluminum, considered a neurotoxin by many that can potentially cause DNA damage. Our selection of natural deodorants contains plant ingredients that neutralize odor-causing bacteria without harming the body.

  • Are these deodorants fragranced specifically for men or women?

    It’s really a personal choice. Generally women lean more towards the floral and citrus scents, while men gear more towards to herbal and citrus scents.

Body Exfoliators & Scrubs FAQ

  • How do I get rid of cellulite?

    In addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise and drinking plenty of water you can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by dry brushing skin in a circular motion to stimulate circulation. Combine this with products containing specific plant ingredients that help remove water at the cellular level, increase skin’s elasticity and reduce swelling. Look for scrubs, gels, body oils and lotions blended with Birch, Green Tea, Rosemary, Seaweed and Juniper. Refer to our Cellulite Solutions section for more information and specific product recommendations.

  • Is there such a thing as too much scrubbing?

    Yes. Although exfoliating your body buffs away dead cells to soften your body and allow your moisturizer to penetrate better, scrubbing too often or too harshly can aggravate and irritate skin. This is especially important for softer areas of the body including the chest, stomach, etc. or if you have delicate or sensitive skin. Our products are all extremely gentle and some can even be used daily. However don’t press the formulas too hard into your skin and instead let the natural scrubbing properties do the work. This applies when exfoliating your face as well.

Hands & Feet FAQ

  • How can I heal dry, cracked feet?

    Begin by soaking feet in a warm footbath with a few drops of a nurturing product (we like Dr.Hauschka Lavender Bath). Then smooth feet with a file or pumice stone and/or vigorously massage them with a body scrub to exfoliate the dead skin. Next generously apply foot balm and cover your feet in protective cotton socks to help the balm absorb. Apply foot balm morning and night. And repeat the footbath with scrub throughout the week until heals become softened.

  • How do I treat extremely dry, chapped hands?

    Choose a rich hand cream and re-apply often throughout the day and especially after washing hands. At night use a hand cream very generously before going to bed. To help seal the moisture, cover your hands with spa or cotton gloves once or twice a week.

  • Why don’t I see nail polish on Saffron Rouge?

    Conventional nail polishes contain phthalates, formaldehyde-releasing ingredients, toluene or acetates. And although healthier alternatives exist, they’re still not as clean as we’d like them to be and our strict standards prevent us from carrying them. However, we are always on the lookout for new ones.

  • How can I prevent brittle nails?

    Brittle nails are often caused by chemicals found in nail polish removers and cleansing agents as well as frequent hand washing and dry weather conditions. To keep nails strong and healthy try to avoid harsh ingredients found in the products mentioned above and use a nourishing hand cream or nail oil daily, especially after washing. Refer to our Nail Solutions section for more information and specific product recommendations.

  • What can I do for nail fungus?

    Nail fungus is usually caused by exposure to moist environments such as shower floors and swimming pools. To prevent and treat, look for oils and balms with the key words "anti-inflammatory" and "anti-microbial". Neem is a great ingredient, as it has both of these properties and is also an anti-fungal. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to consult your doctor about treating nail fungus. Refer to our Nail Solutions section for more information and specific product recommendations.

  • How can I treat damaged cuticles?

    Look for nail and hand products specifically formulated to deeply nourish while protecting the skin with anti-inflammatory ingredients. And to prevent cuticle damage, keep hands well hydrated and stay away from trimming cuticles, which can lead to irritation and infections. Refer to our Nail Solutions section for more information and specific product recommendations.

Body Moisturizers FAQ

  • Is body oil better than lotion for treating extremely dry skin?

    Yes. Although using a lotion is better than doing nothing, a body oil (unlike a lotion) is water-free so all of the nurturing and moisturizing ingredients get absorbed into your skin to help transform dry skin into soft and healthy skin. Also try mixing a few drops of body oil into your lotion to give it additional hydrating properties.

  • When is the best time to use a body oil or lotion?

    Ideally you should use a body lotion or oil after a shower or bath when the skin is still damp. This allows your skin to better draw in the moisturizing properties of the product. However these products are great for hydrating whenever you need it. And body oils in particular are perfect for soothing massages.

  • What’s the difference between all of the different body moisture formulas?

    When it comes to body hydrators, there are many different types to choose from. The main difference is the thickness of a product, which is determined by the concentration of plant oils versus the amount of water or other base ingredient such as Aloe Vera. Secondly, key ingredients are different and thus the therapeutic benefit changes from product to product.

    Finally, scent plays a key role in the decision.

    Body milks and lotions are usually the lightest option as they have a higher water content and less oil. So these products tend to evaporate faster from the body.

    Body creams (or crèmes) contain a much higher concentration of oils than milks or lotions to moisture more deeply.

    Body butters typically contain high amounts of plant oils that solidify at room temperature but melt when they are heated on your body. Shea, Mango and Cocoa butters for example moisturize as intensely as a liquid oil but with the convenience of a solid product.

    Body Oils are made up of a variety of base oils. These precious oils, extracted from fruit, nuts and seeds, have a composition similar to the natural properties of the sebaceous matter of your skin. So they effectively strengthen skin’s natural defenses. They are rich in essential fatty acids, lecithin, vitamins and vital substances. Containing no water, they absorb into the skin (instead of evaporating) and deeply moisturize for an extended length of time.

Bath Oils, Milks & Salts FAQ

Oral Care FAQ

  • Why is fluoride controversial in toothpastes?

    Excessive quantities of fluoride consumption have been known to cause health risks. Sufficient amounts of fluoride can usually be obtained through mineral water and other natural sources. Therefore the toothpastes available on Saffron Rouge are fluoride free.

Body Shaving & Waxing FAQ

  • How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

    Usually caused by irritation created from close shaving and friction from clothing you can help prevent hair follicles from being trapped in the skin with regular exfoliation that buffs away dead skin cells. After shaving or waxing, apply a product formulated to calm skin and prevent ingrown hairs. Refer to our Ingrown Hair Solutions section for more information and specific product recommendations.

Body Washes & Shower Gels FAQ