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Natural plant botanical oils are the perfect way to hydrate and moisturise skin, leaving it perfectly supple and delicately scented.  Body oils can be 100% oil which negates the need for any kind of preservative (bugs cannot grow in oil), thereby making it the perfect solution for sensitive or touchy skins.  But body oils are  not all created equal, the labels and pretty bottles look natural, but when you scour the ingredients list you will find many (even some baby oils) contain mineral oil, or  'paraffinum liquidum' on the label.  This is a by-product of the petroleum industry, a by-product of distilling crude oil.

 

Natural oils by contrast are exactly that, and have been used for many centuries as moisturisers and revered for their anti-ageing properties.

The original is olive oil which has its roots based in Greek mythology, the olive tree being the gift of the goddess, Athena, with  wood that could be built with and burned,  medicinal leaves, the olive fruit which is so popular today, and the oil which is one of the world's first beauty treatments, having been used for thousands of years.

Olive oil is a great source of vitamin E and is super soothing, useful for removing the heat from sun burned skin and is still being used as an after sun treatment today.  It can be used with other lighter oils to make a blend to suit any skin type.

It is also perfect to use on dry, damaged hair, and in common with may plant oils can be used as a strengthening anti-frizz treatment.  (Just take a couple of drops, scented with your favourite flower essential oil if desired and smooth though the ends of your hair).  Organic olive oil also happens to be the first ingredient (in other words the largest ingredient by weight) in our cleansing bars so you benefit from its pure hydrating qualities.

And there is so much more!  Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Coconut, Starflower which are just the tip of the iceberg.  More on these in a later post.  What is your favourite way of incorporating oils into your beauty routine?

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Mrs. P

Mrs. P said:

I always find these posts really interesting. I’ve been using the Apricot & Palmarosa body oil for the last couple of weeks – it really is light and non-greasy. I have certainly noticed a difference in both feel and appearance of my skin!

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