Beauty Care Chemicals

Spotlight: Personal Care Oils Offered by Bell Chem

Bell Chem offers a wide variety of personal care oils to assure your skin, hair, and body receive the best, most holistic, care possible. From almond oil to sunflower oil and all points in between, the Tampa chemical supplier of personal care oils, Bell Chem, can provide you with high-quality oils. Personal care oils are utilized for several purposes, including anti-aging, skin care, hair and nail care, oral hygiene, and overall health. Below is a list of the oils offered by Bell Chem along with the manner they aid in your well-being.

  • Almond oil contains vitamins and nutrients good for you heart, skin, nails, and hair. It relieves eczema and psoriasis with its hydrating and anti-itching properties, removes debris beneath the skin’s surface, diminishes fine lines with the collagen it contains, and relieves muscle aches and fatigue.
  • Apricot kernel oil deeply penetrates the skin without feeling greasy. The high oleic and linoleic acid contents make it a good source of antioxidants.
  • Coconut oil is a great deep conditioner for hair, a facial moisturizer, deodorant, and shaving cream. Coconut oil prevents dandruff and itchy scalp and hinders infections.
  • Corn oil conditions hair and skin with its large reserve of omega-6 and omega-9 fats, which trap water for stronger hair and act as a barrier against dryness. Corn oil also prevents hair loss.
  • Olive oil increases the viscosity (thickness) of products and acts as a cleanser, conditioner, and moisturizer. It is used in bath products, soaps and detergents, conditioners and shampoos, makeup, and skin care merchandise.
  • Eucalyptus oil dilates blood vessels, making it a useful expectorant that cleanses the body of toxins and microorganisms that cause illness. Wound healing is one of its oldest uses, and it works well against sinusitis and respiratory discomforts and diseases including bronchitis, COPD, asthma, and tuberculosis. Use eucalyptus oil as a moisturizer for the removal of odors and to combat grease and grime.
  • Oat oil soothes and nourishes damaged and sensitive skin with its antioxidant properties. The ability of oat oil to support the elasticity of the skin and hair give both a more youthful appearance.
  • Safflower oil improves hair growth with its natural oleic acid content, which stimulates circulation within the scalp, allowing new hair to grow. Linoleic acid in safflower oil improves skin texture and facilitates in the regeneration of skin cells.
  • Sesame oil is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial, thanks to the linoleic and palmitic acids it contains. These properties give it the ability to repair damaged skin cells, slow the presence of aging, moisturize, and protect against sun exposure.

The influx of personal care oils on the market is both abundant and overwhelming. The high-quality oils stocked by the Tampa chemical supplier, Bell Chem, can be used alone or in conjunction with other products for a myriad personal care uses. Contact Bell Chem today at 407-339-BELL (407-339-2355) for more information about our products.

Tips for Safely Transporting Chemicals

Transporting chemicals can be a risky endeavor unless you follow safety guidelines in place for shipping any type of chemicals, from nutritional and beauty care chemicals to industrial chemicals. Knowing how to transport chemicals will keep your business, the shipping company, and the purchasing party safe. Read below for tips from Bell Chem on the safest method to transport chemicals.

A supplier label is provided or affixed (attached) by the supplier and will appear on all hazardous products received at a workplace in Canada. If the hazardous product is always used in the container with the supplier label, no other label is required.

A workplace label is required when a hazardous product is produced (made) at the workplace and used in that workplace, a hazardous product is decanted (e.g., transferred or poured) into another container, or a supplier label becomes lost or illegible (unreadable).

* Initial supplier identifier – There are two exceptions to this requirement:

  • In a situation where a hazardous product is being sold by a distributor, the distributor may replace the name, address and telephone number of the initial supplier with their own contact information.
  • A supplier label must be affixed to every chemical leaving a manufacturer’s premises. This label needs to contain a product identifier (brand name, chemical name, et cetera), initial supplier information; and any hazard symbols, signal words, simple statements explaining the hazard and supplemental label information for more information concerning product classification.
  • Chemical symbols are necessary for storage as well as shipment. Transporting dangerous chemicals without proper containment may lead to leakage, breakage, or inadvertent changes in the chemical properties. Symbols may include “corrosive,” “toxic,” “flammable,” or “oxidizing,” to name a few.
  • Safety considerations are extremely important for transportation. While some chemicals may require refrigeration throughout the journey, others may need to be packed in Styrofoam or dry ice. Know what specific considerations your chemicals require, such as the type of vehicle or packaging needed to ship, the safety equipment for each chemical’s safe transport, whether the chemical can be stacked safely or if it must be shipped without stacking, and the physical conditions the chemical needs.
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) must accompany each chemical. These important sheets explain critical information pertaining to their chemical, including their properties and how to handle them, and the shipping process.

Knowing the correct procedure for shipping chemicals means the chemical shipped is the chemical received with no physical or chemical breakdown en route. Bell Chem has perfected its shipping practices and will safely transport any of its chemicals to you. Give the sanitation, reagent, and beauty care chemicals company, Bell Chem, a call at 407-339-2355 (BELL), and read our blogs for more information on our chemical inventory and safe practices.

Beauty Care Chemicals at Bell Chem

When consumers think of a chemical supply leader such as Bell Chem, they usually envision heavy-duty industrial chemicals and water-treatment chemicals. Bell Chem has a gentler side, though, as a supplier for beauty care chemicals and nutritional supplements. From adipic acid to zinc oxide, Bell Chem has dozens of chemicals to enhance your cosmetic line. The Food and Drug Administration recognizes three distinct categories of cosmetics – cosmetics, drugs, and soaps. Bell Chem serves all three categories with chemicals, oils, and extracts that can be compounded to create the ultimate product. These raw materials have been refined and tested for efficacy, safety, and shelf life to meet rigorous industry demands and provide you with the ultimate in beauty care chemicals.

Most cosmetics contain four broad categories of ingredients, which combine to create hundreds of thousands of products. Following is a list of these four categories along with examples of each.

  • Active ingredients: Active ingredients are the portion of a beauty care product designed to have a pharmacological effect. They will have the greatest impact on skin and hair, and because active ingredients are considered a drug, they are further regulated by the FDA. Examples of active ingredients include sulfur and benzoyl peroxide in acne medications, zinc oxide in sunscreen, and Vitamin E for skin lightening.

  • Conditioning ingredients: These are ingredients that give skin and hair a richer, silkier, or fuller effect. Examples are silicone and glycerine in shampoo and propylene glycol as a skin conditioner.

  • Functional ingredients: This is the “bulk” of the product that determines if it is a cream, lotion, gel, shampoo, etc. Examples include emulsifiers and polymers, detergents, and pH adjustors.

  • Preservatives: Sometimes, preservatives are classified as functional ingredients simply because they stabilize products over an extended period of time. Their second role – retaining product stability without an influx of bacteria, mold, or yeast – gives them a dimension worth categorizing separately. Preservative examples can be anti-microbials such as parabens, and antioxidants to prevent oxygen damage and degradation.

With a range of uses from cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners, antiperspirants, toothpastes and mouthwashes, to infant and baby care products, beauty care chemicals are used everyday by most of the population. Bell Chem believes a more thorough understanding of the role of beauty care chemicals, as well as their derivatives will ensure customers are better informed when they purchase hygiene-related products. Contact Bell Chem at 407-339-2355 (BELL) to speak with one of our beauty care experts, and browse the product information on our website for details on an array of chemicals for you and your company.


Grape Seed Oil & Beauty

It seems rather odd to be discarding the pulpy part of the grape and using the seeds, but recent clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of grape seed oil on skin and hair. The cold-pressed seeds release an essential oil that is quickly becoming one of the industry’s top beauty care chemicals. With plenty of antioxidants and concentrated amounts of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, grape seed oil surpasses many other oils in its ability to enhance skin all the way down to the cellular level to smooth the skin’s surface, leaving it much more wrinkle-free. For a list of how you can use grape seed oil to enhance your beauty regimen, read below, then contact beauty care chemical supplier, Bell Chem, to order a supply for you, your business, and your customers.

  • Surprisingly, greasy skin is oftentimes the last line of defense if you have too little moisture beneath the skin’s surface. Grape seed oil is extremely light, and can manage to even out skin that may be dry in some patches and oily in others. By regulating your skin’s natural oil production, grape seed oil works beneath the surface to keep both hair and skin looking vibrant.
  • For flat, thin hair, grape seed oil added to the ends will add luster and manageability without leaving hair looking oily.
  • Heat from blow dryers and curling wands is unfriendly to hair, causing it to split. Spritz a bit of grapeseed oil on your hair before applying any heating mechanism to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
  • Acne-prone skin improves with grape seed oil because this superior oil moisturizes the skin, penetrates blocked pores, and eradicates breakouts. Because it contains polyphenols, which is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant, grape seed oil is able to prevent or greatly diminish blackheads.
  • The unsightly spider veins in your legs disappear dramatically with a regimen of grape seed oil. Spray a little on wet skin to strengthen veins, which, in turn, prevents veins from expanding and shattering directly beneath the skin’s surface.
  • Gently rub a tiny amount of grape seed oil under either eye to remove dark circles. This treatment may take about a week, but the results are astonishing!
  • Grape seed oil is rich in beta-carotene as well as vitamins C, D, and E – all natural anti-oxidants.
  • Grape seed oil contains oligomeric proanthocyanidins, flavonoids that restore collagen at the cellular level and remove free radicals.

Contact Bell Chem at (407) 339-2355 (BELL) for a list of all our beauty care chemicals. Our knowledgeable staff can assist your business in discovering the ultimate line of chemicals for your customer base.


Collagen & Beauty Care Products

Beauty care chemical collagen is a structural protein composed of amino acids vitally important for the youthful appearance of skin. Found in bones, muscles, tendons, and skin, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen is a connective tissue that acts as scaffolding to give the skin support and strength and is a fundamental component in what gives the skin its elasticity. With a breakdown of collagen, which occurs as the body ages, wrinkles intensify and the skin sags. This is most commonly noted in crow’s feet, laugh lines, and double chins. The loss of collagen is something everyone experiences as they age. By around age 20, existing collagen begins to break down and new collagen does not form as quickly. While it is difficult to replace collagen, many products boost collagen’s ability to keep the skin looking its best. Read below for a list of beauty care products that will enhance your skin’s natural beauty by positively affecting collagen.

  • Retinoids diminish the amount of collagen damaged by sun exposure by preventing the buildup of the enzyme collagenase. Retinoids also stimulate new collagen production.
  • Vitamin C stimulates fibroblast cells, the cells that fuel collagen production. It also acts as an antioxidant to keep enzymes from detrimentally affecting existing cells. Vitamin C is a well-known defender against free radicals.
  • Genistein, a soybean isoflavone, has two purposes: it blocks and destroys dangerous enzymes and boosts the production of collagen.
  • Green tea extract is an antioxidant, which prevents the breakdown and death of cells. It also promotes healthy collagen and elastin fibers, which both act to promote youthful skin.
  • Vitamin E, like Vitamin C, destroys free radicals and replenish the skin’s collagen levels.
  • Lycopenes prevent free radical invasion and act as collagen protectants.
  • Grape seed oil is abundant in flavonoids, which remove free radicals and restore collagen at a cellular level.

For a full listing of Bell Chem’s beauty care chemicals or any of their other products, please browse our website, or contact one of our beauty care experts at (407) 339-2355 (BELL).

High-Quality Chemicals Start at Bell Chem

Bell Chem has long been recognized as a supplier and distributor of high-quality industrial chemicals. Along with this well-earned title, however, Bell Chem also stocks food, pharmaceutical, and personal care raw materials. The beauty care chemicals offered by Bell Chem are the same superior quality as their other chemicals and give consumers an option in their cosmetic and well-being care. Our Florida home in Longwood is a hub for freight hauling. From air to rail to water, Longwood offers a myriad of delivery options to give our customers prompt shipments in the most convenient, least expensive method possible. Bell Chem proudly ships its products both nationwide and worldwide with strategically-located distributors around the world.

Shipping a small package of pharmaceutical products or large bulk containers of industrial chemicals is not a problem for Bell Chem. Our customer service representatives will happily place your order and track its route to you, giving shipping times at accurately as possible. Our nationwide suppliers coordinate the easiest shipment route and date for you, and we work hand-in-hand with our customers to provide unrivaled service.

Beauty care chemicals have had a niche for decades but recently have been pushed to the forefront with advances in holistic medicine and treatment. New forms of treatment demand top-of-the-line ingredients and oils, and Bell Chem meets those demands by stocking botanical and nutritional ingredients, supplements, oils, and chemicals that meet and exceed industry standards. If your business requires a custom compound, call Bell Chem. We can create the correct measurement in almost any quantity you desire.

Contact Bell Chem at (407) 339-2355 (BELL) for all your chemical needs, from water treatment to skin treatment. You will find their caring staff and excellent products are both first rate. For the latest news and information on industrial, food grade, and beauty care chemicals, read our latest blogs.

Oils & Their Role in Beauty Care Products

Oils have become increasingly popular within the past few years. While they seem to be the newest and greatest trend, essential oils have been used since pre-history to treat disorders or promote beauty. Below is a short list from Bell Chem, experts in beauty care chemicals, of some of the most powerful essential oils relating to beauty care.

  • Argan oil is an anti-aging miracle. With an abundance of vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acid, dry skin is revitalized with argan oil. The ability to remove free radicals from the skin and reduce inflammation gives argan oil the title of the go-to skin enhancer. Add a tiny amount to the skin, nails, or hair to absorb moisture and reduce wrinkles. Unlike many other products, argan oil is stable in sunlight, so it can be applied before your day begins or as it winds down.
  • Jojoba oil has properties that closely match your skin’s natural oils. With antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing benefits, jojoba oil has the ability to trick your body into believing it has sufficient oil on the surface, thereby reducing oil production.
  • Marula oil contains a high concentration of oleic acid, which causes this soothing oil to penetrate the skin rapidly for almost immediate results. High in antioxidants, marula oil defends against ultraviolet damage as it moisturizes.
  • Olive oil, the same product you have in your kitchen cabinet, is one of the best “bang for your buck” skin care oils on the market for dry skin. While it seems contradictory to use olive oil on your face, the effects are noteworthy. Olive oil contains lactic acid to exfoliate your skin and stimulate skin cell regeneration. The antioxidants in olive oil also counter the effects of aging.
  • Rose hip seed oil fades discoloration and scarring. Applied over a two-week period, even decades-old scars fade miraculously. With essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, rose hip seed oil protects skin while increasing cell division to slough off old, scarred epithelial cells.
  • Tea tree oil has the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. According to recent studies, 5% tea tree oil is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide without the harshness of chemical compounds.
  • Chamomile oil may replace calamine lotion in your medicine cabinet. Perfect for sensitive skin, chamomile oil soothes skin much like chamomile tea relieves tension. Redness and irritation disappear in seconds because of its anti-inflammatory properties, and patients experiencing rosacea find relief with chamomile oil.

For more skin care tips read our past blogs, or contact a Bell Chem associate today at (407) 339-2355 (BELL) to hear about these beauty care chemicals or any of our other products.

Seven Benefits of Orange Oil

Orange oil is a natural component of the orange’s peel, or external layer. By pressing orange peels between two heavy stainless steel sheets, the oil is extracted and ready to assist in an array of aromatic uses.  The following is a short list of orange oil’s many benefits.

Orange oil contains linalool known for its soothing and calming effect on the human body.  This places it firmly in the category of a strong aromatherapy agent. It is often used as a massage oil as well and a few drops rubbed onto the temples relieves headaches.

Acne and aging are both assuaged with orange oil. Apply it on cracked or dry skin for a smoother appearance, or you can enhance your skin’s beauty with a few drops rubbed into the face twice a day.

Chances are you have used orange oil to clean many surfaces in your house. You probably bought the product because the orange oil made every surface smell fantastic. Its fragrance is only half the story, however. Orange oil’s antiseptic properties make it ideal as a disinfecting agent.

Digestive issues such as distention and indigestion are eased with a topical application of orange oil on the abdomen. Just a couple of drops and a few minutes later, many symptoms completely disappear.

Add a few drops of orange oil to a natural oil, such as olive or sunflower oil, and it becomes an insect repellent. By mixing different essential oils together, such as orange, cinnamon, and citronella oil, different families of insects will be repelled.

You can also use orange oil in potpourri to give any area a fresh smell and to keep the insects at bay. Dab a small amount on your skin for a light fragrance sure to stimulate your senses. While working with food that may be prone to salmonella, spritz orange oil on the cutting surface. Orange oil inhibits the multiplication of salmonella bacteria, giving you peace of mind and your food a savory flavor.

Be sure to keep orange oil in the pantry, the spice rack, your first-aid kit, and the cosmetics drawer. No matter where you use orange oil, you know its natural formula will enhance the senses also while inhibiting bacterial growth. From our headquarters in Longwood, Florida, we provide prompt delivery of hundreds of stock items on our own fleet of trucks. We also have the ability to ship large volumes of bulk chemicals from our own location, as well as our suppliers’ terminals. Please call 407-339-BELL, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Five Healthy Benefits of Honey

Recently, honey has been touted as a new health miracle with benefits both external as a salve and internal as a cough suppressant or digestive aid. However, the human body’s positive reactions to honey are far from a modern wonder: documents thousands of years old describe honey’s medicinal properties in many different cultures around the world.  Below are only five of the myriad uses for honey.

Many individuals suffering from acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) find relief when they ingest honey. It seems honey’s thick viscosity coats the esophagus and stomach, alleviating hydrochloric acid’s overwhelming presence in the stomach lining. By coating the inside of the stomach, less acid is able to seep past the esophageal sphincter and into the throat, thereby relieving symptoms of reflux.

A long touted remedy for allergies is honey. Because bees gather pollen from plants closely associated with many environmental allergens, a small dose of honey stimulates white blood cells to form antibodies to those specific types of pollen. The body’s defensive mechanisms quell allergic rhinitis because of the antibodies formed with the introduction of honey containing those same respiratory stimulants.

My grandmother often dosed me with a tablespoon of honey when she heard me cough.  Science is backing her home remedy. Honey quells coughs because of its viscosity, and it also has the power to calm inflamed membranes in the respiratory system.

Although infants should not ingest honey, young children experiencing gastroenteritis found their symptoms shortened when they ingested honey. Honey can also be substituted for glucose in an oral electrolyte solution with good results.

The topical application of honey seems rather sticky but has been found to be effective in treating a multitude of skin situations, from cellulitis to skin ulcers. A key antimicrobial peptide in honey, bee defensin-1, destroys harmful bacteria and may even prevent infections from forming. Honey even outranks oral antibiotics in treating specific infections in some cases.

Stock up on honey for your first-aid kit as well as your kitchen cabinet. With its wide range of uses, you and your family will benefit from its applications.  Best of all, honey tastes great so your children will complain far less when you tell them to eat honey for their upset stomach.

At Bell Chem, we are happy to provide our clients the highest quality products with exceptional service. We stock many highly-specialized botanical and nutritional chemicals, as well as hard to find technical grade chemicals and custom compounds. For more information, contact us today.

Beyond the Sunburn: Aloe Vera’s Uses as a Beauty Care Chemical

My grandmother always had at least one aloe vera plant at her house that we primarily utilized as a curative for any minor skin irritation, from burns to punctures and even abrasions. The soothing gel of the aloe did not irritate or dry the skin. As I grew up, aloe vera’s usefulness grew with me. The beauty care chemical became my go-to remedy for sunburn relief and to enhance my skin’s pliability. Aloe does much more than making the skin look healthy, though; aloe significantly improves many facets of skin health.

Aloe vera plants are storehouses of remarkable beauty care chemicals, designed to counteract the effects of time and environment. Long strings of extremely polar proteins called mucopolysaccharides encapsulate water within the skin’s surface to help skin maintain moisture. Aloe vera also stimulates the production of the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, the fibers responsible for skin elasticity. The breakdown of elastin fibers gives the skin a wrinkled appearance; aloe vera prevents this breakdown.

The surface of the skin, the epidermis, is constantly flaking away. These small cellular regions are shed without notice for the most part, but their departure often gives the skin a rougher appearance. Aloe adheres these flaking skin cells together for a softer, more uniform skin appearance. The amino acids within aloe vera work to soften toughened skin areas, such as feet and fingers. As a matter of fact, when gloves are infused with aloe, hands become less erythematous and wrinkles decrease. Another dermatological difficulty aloe corrects is pore size. When the pores on the skin’s surface are large, not only does the skin look rough, but the larger openings increase permeability, inviting bacterial infection of the oil glands. The zinc within aloe vera is proven to tighten pores and relieve many of the symptoms caused by larger pores.

The components of aloe vera also act as an anti-inflammatory, which aids in removing or reducing fluid build-up beneath the skin. Studies are also proving that aloe vera may inhibit tumor growth in animals. In the future, we may see aloe as part of cancer chemoprevention.

Stock up on aloe vera today by contacting Bell Chem. Your skin will thank you for investing in this amazing beauty care chemical for years to come.