About the Sun Wukong Lotion:

More details about the ingredients used in this lotion, short of the actual recipe. This lotion has a mild creamy scent like coconut oil with a hint of banana, orange, and ginseing. It hydrates, protects, and nourishes skin. Here are more details about the ingredients used in this lotion, because my labels are not always on center and easy to read. All ingredients are vegetable sourced, except for the small amount of royal jelly, which we stole from the queen. It's a simple vegetable based lotion, with a few powerful ingredients. A bit of gold glitter, just for the warrior monkey king of it all.
Disclaimer:There is a possibility of allergy to anything you put on your skin. The main ingredients in this lotion are not generally considered allergenic. [There is now no colorant because The banana flavor oil was changed to natural. The proportion of Orange Flower water and glycerine were also increased in the liquid "phase".] Even most people who are allergic to bees can tolerate royal jelly, which Web MD describes as, “is a milky secretion produced by worker honey bees. It typically contains about 60% to 70% water, 12% to 15% proteins, 10% to 16% sugar, 3% to 6% fats, and 2% to 3% vitamins, salts, and amino acids.”. However if you have a severe bee and honey allergy, it is possible to be allergic to a substance that contains related proteins.

Sun Wukong Lotion Ingredients
(In order of amount by gram weight):

Distilled water, Orange Flower water, Coconut Oil, Hempseed Oil, E-wax, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Optiphen (Non-Paraben preservative), Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E Oil, Renshenfenwangjiang (Ginseng&Royal Jelly), Banana Flavor, Cosmetic grade (gold) glitter.

Explanation of Active Ingredients in more Detail:

Distilled water- Pure water to hydrate the skin. Less in a cream than is a lotion.
Orange Flower water- Used traditionally in Middle Eastern cooking and confections as well as skin care. Flower waters (rose and lavender also), refresh and strengthen skin for literal petal softness. Flower petals maintain beauty while they endure temperature changes, wind, and sun. Nature baybee.
Coconut Oil- Contains medium chain fatty acids that soften skin, increase tensile strength of skin by improving elasticity, also offers mild protection from UV rays. Solid at room temperature, melts at body temperature. Puts creaminess in cream.
Hempseed Oil- High Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) content, which helps with skin oil balance and cellular repair (supports skin’s ability to heal). This is a dark green liquid oil at room temperature with a slightly nutty/earthy scent. It is completely non-comodegenic, (it does not clog pores), and the GLA content reduces dermatitis or skin inflammation over time.
E-wax or Emulsifying Wax- This is the hydrophilic substance that attaches a water molecule to a fatty acid molecule. It joins oil and water, which is what lotion is, an emulsion. This emulsion delivers hydration and nourishment to your skin. It also forms a layer of protection against potentially harmful elements in the environment such as sun, wind, and extreme temperatures. It is created by a process that exposes a substance such as soy lecithin to a detergent, which refines and increases the properties that emulsify.
Vegetable Stearic Acid- Basically this is a wax like fatty acid composed of 17 carbons in a linear chain plus a carboxylic acid group. It is bonded to as many hydrogen atoms as possible, so it makes the oil feel much more friendly toward water; less greasy. It is also used to harden soaps and candles. When it is whipped into lotion it keeps the fluff factor intact. It helps decrease lotion separation because if there are lots of temperature changes over time there are no plastic chemicals in this recipe to keep that from happening.
Optiphen (Non-Paraben preservative)- A biodegradable preservative for skin care products. I will just refer you to the MSDS. At full strength it can irritate the eyes, and it has been tested on bunnies, but probably not lately. It does not contain stuff that breaks down into formaldehyde. Also it prevents molding and bacterial growth in cosmetic preparations (stored properly in a cool place). It would be irresponsible to sell vegetable based cream without a preservative. I also vaccinate my children. So yeah. You're wellcome. (Do I sound slightly defensive organic off-grid vegan friends?)
Vegetable Glycerin- Has many dietary, medicinal, and industrial uses. In lotion it is a humectant (attracts moisture to the skin), which leaves your skin hydrated. In cosmetic products that deliver an active ingredient, glycerin increases the solubility of the active ingredient, making it more easily absorbed by the skin.
Vitamin E Oil- Antioxident that prevents damage from free radicals and ROS (reactive oxygen species). Sort of like rust prevention for your cellular membranes. It also boosts collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic, and also decreases wrinkle formation. As a nutrient it supports new skin cell growth and speeds up cell regeneration.
Renshenfenwangjiang (Ginseng&Royal Jelly)- This is the red ginseng and royal jelly tincture that promotes energy and boosts the immune system. It is said to increase sexual stamina and longevity. Is this true? I don’t know, but people have been saying it for hundreds of years. All hail the Monkey King.
Banana Flavor- This is a natural banana flavor, without colorant.
Cosmetic grade glitter- Gold sparkle, just a tad, because it was fun and I’m not sorry.

As always the logline here is: Nature. Nurture. Imagination.
Be Well.

-Alice

P.S. [A story.]

Sun WuKong is a favorite character from Chinese folktales. He is a rascal and troublemaker, but eventually achieves enlightenment. In feudal Asia he was Especially beloved because of his disregard for authority figures. He challenged the heavenly bureaucracy for the fruit of immortality. He finally outsmarted the Jade Emperor, who then appealed to Buddha for help. Buddha scooped up Monkey with his hand. Buddha said to the Monkey King that he and his followers had to stop making trouble in Heaven. Monkey King had a magic bow staff, and no warrior or demon could beat him in a fair fight. Sun Wukong refused to recognize even the Buddha’s authority in the matter. Buddha said something like, "if you can jump out of my hand I will leave you be". Monkey had the power fly fast and far on magic clouds, so he thought this would be easy. He distracted the Buddha by pissing in his hand and then swiftly sped away on a cloud. He could not stop laughing as he flew and flew, but gradually he realized that no one was following so he slowed down. He saw giant pillars up ahead and decided to hide there to see if there was anyone behind him. He yelled out, "I did it, I am more powerful than anyone, even Buddha himself!” Buddha smiled down at him and said, "But Monkey, you never left my hand." It was true. Monkey who was now immortal but totally out of control, was given the punishment of having a mountain on top of him for 500 years. This is how Buddha gave Monkey King "time out" to calm down.

A mere 500 years later, Buddha gave Monkey the task of protecting a Scholar-Monk from demons on his holy journey from China to India. The brave and hilarious exploits of Monkey and his friends are told in a classic of Chinese literature, "Journey to the West", written in the 16th century.

Wikipedia describes it thusly: "Enduringly popular, the tale is at once a comic adventure story, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeys towards enlightenment by the power and virtue of cooperation."

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