Soothing and calming
Used for thousands of years as a cosmetic ingredient, as well as a nutritional grain in foods like porridge and other breakfast cereals, oats are a source of calcium, iron and vitamin B1.
They are high in carbohydrates and contain more protein and lipids (fat) than other grains; they also contain avenanthramides, a type antibiotic produced by the plant, which acts as an antioxidant and may contribute to the soothing effect of the grain when applied topically. We use fine oatmeal or rolled oats steeped in hot water to make our creamy oat milk. Ancient Romans recognised the beneficial properties, both externally and internally, and there are mentions of the nutritional and health benefits of oats in many Roman writings of the time. We simmer the fine oatmeal in water to produce the rich oat milk for some of our hand and body lotions, which is very effective for calming and soothing the skin. We also use oat milk to calm the skin during the process of shaving, helping to soothe and reduce redness. We work with a miller in Cheshire in the UK who have specialised in oats for more than 300 years. They source from UK farms as much as possible and also around Europe as required