Can natural products replace chemical cosmetics?
WASH / DEGREASE?
The primary purpose of a dog or cat shampoo is to wash and degrease the animal. The oldest known degreaser and cleaner in history is soap. There is nothing you cannot do with good soap. To make a soap there are several so-called "saponification" methods: cold saponification and hot saponification. The first is obtained by reaction, the other by cooking. Hot saponification is considered to be less qualitative than cold saponification because cooking causes the ingredients used to lose part of their properties. Saponification is therefore the most effective but it requires patience.
HOW IS SOAP MADE?
Only three ingredients are used in making a basic soap. The first ingredient, the one that is found in the greatest quantity, is the oil base. A small amount of caustic soda is added to a certain amount of water. Then the water / soda mixture is added to the oil. The two must be at or near the same temperature to get the "trace" that indicates the start of the saponification process. A "battle" then begins between the soda and the oil, creating the soap until the soda has completely disappeared from the mixture. All that remains is the soap, the part of the oil that did not participate in the fight and all the so-called "unsaponifiable" elements. This last term means that in each oil or butter there are elements which do not participate in saponification and therefore always remain intact in the mixture. These elements can then express all their benefits on the skin or the hair.
To achieve the mixture, it is important to respect the precise proportions of saponification. Too much soda makes the soap caustic (since soda wins), too much oil makes the soap too soft because there is too much oil left in the oil / soap mixture preventing it from solidifying properly.
In the butters and oils that you will use for your soaps, there are so-called unsaponifiable ingredients. These elements do not participate in the saponification process and are therefore kept intact in the soap. The unsaponifiable ingredients let you know exactly what properties your soap will retain.
Conditioning the hair means coating a protective layer capable of retaining the skin's hydration and replenishing a sufficient superficial lipid layer while the skin regains its natural balance. The conditioner usually takes the form of an emulsified cream. It is therefore water to which the ingredients necessary for conditioning are added. The conditioner only needs two things: a moisturizer and a nourishing. Most oils and butters do both at the same time to a greater or lesser extent. We must therefore choose those that will allow us the desired result. The conditioner can also be diluted for oily skin.
While most conditioners on the market have an acidic pH, a water + oil conditioner will be neutral to slightly basic depending on the water and oil used. Conditioning is therefore ideal for rebalancing the skin of medium and large dogs. Remember that cool water helps close the cuticles. For small breeds and cats, a final rinse with cool water with a more acidic pH will be necessary.
Perfume is purely psychological, however, when it comes to natural ingredients, we can fully benefit from a perfume which will also have benefits sometimes for the skin, sometimes for the behavior. It is therefore preferable to use natural fragrances rather than chemical fragrances.
What does DAATA level 4 contain?
This level 4 is much richer and more complex than the previous levels and will allow you to become a DAATA Master Groomer.
We will learn together how to integrate a large number of products into the DAATA grooming method (this will be the main part of this level). Hydrolatherapy, aromatherapy, soap making, etc., we are going to go through a very large number of subjects in detail and we will learn how to use the ingredients and create specific recipes for each case that will come your way.
A huge directory of ingredients is available so that you can refer to it and know the properties of all the ingredients that we will constantly add!
It is important that you check the ingredients for contraindications when they exist. The ingredients are marked with a "level" to let you know if they are safe ingredients for beginners or ingredients reserved for experts. As you progress in your DAATA mastery, you will be able to use more and more complicated ingredients.
We advise you to start with hydrosols which are among the easiest ingredients to use. When it comes to essential oils, there is a course that covers those that are considered ideal for beginners, however, learn the course about the precautions to be taken regarding the use of essential oils before any use, even those for beginners.
A second part, less voluminous but just as important, will be devoted to deepening the knowledge of level 2 with a more developed study of working temperatures or the study of racial predispositions and the adaptation of DAATA grooming to these different predispositions.
Level 4 is intended to be constantly enriched, your final exam will therefore be based on the knowledge printed in the manual that you received at the time of your registration.
However, to carry out your practical cases, you can use all the resources made available to you in this educational space.