Rich and nourishing
Bananas are incredibly nutritious; they are rich in vitamins and minerals, and have a high potassium content. They consist of 12% starch and lots of fibre, giving them the texture that we love. They are both moisturising and gently exfoliating on the skin, which makes them a fantastic ingredient mixed with fine oatmeal.
The banana plant (Musa paradisiaca) is a huge, perennial herb. Its trunk consists of tightly wrapped leaf sheaths. Its true stem pushes up from the centre and grows flower spikes or buds. Blossoms grow into upturned ‘fingers’ and there can be as many as twenty in each bunch. Some plants have been in production for over a hundred years. Fully ripened bananas have antifungal and antibiotic principles in both the peel and the pulp. They are emollient and highly moisturising; when applied topically they soften the skin, making it flexible and pliable. We use fresh, Fair Trade bananas (usually organic too) in hair treatments to give the product a thicker texture, while also softening and conditioning the hair for greater sleekness and better control. Used on the skin, bananas act as an emollient and moisturiser, helping to soften, protect and nourish the skin.