I design our products to be extraordinary. That is always my starting point.
We've never been about reserving all the good stuff for your face and padding out the stuff for your body with cheaper fillers. No, you are worth more than that, and that's not we do!
Seriously what you need is oodles of warm water, 20 minutes to yourself and some seriously high powered ingredients. Balancing Organic jojoba? Check. Chickweed Oil to chase away the dry, itchy bits? Yup. Gentle Organic Apricot Oil? Check. And a fabulous synergistic blend of pure essential oils, green and woody cypress oil, with sweet smelling and balancing Geranium Oil and a twist of lavender to help you chill.
Our Limited Edition Soothing Bath Oil with Geranium, Cypress & Lavender is absolutely my dark-night favourite with some fab ingredients!
Organic Jojoba -
The funny sounding one - but this packs a serious punch! An easily absorbed, light oil, very similar to the sebum found in our own skin, and so suitable for all skin types, including problem, oily and combination skins. Usually reserved for high end facial skincare, because it's expensive - but we like to spoil you.
Chickweed Oil (still Organic)
Ok this sounds like a weed, but our super soothing and calming Chickweed Oil is perfect for skin needing a little TLC! This is fab for irritated and itchy skin which seems to creep up on you with the cool, dark weather and all those layers of clothes. Grown in the UK and macerated in high oleic sunflower oil and combined with Rosemary Antioxidant. (Trust us, seriously good!)
Safflower Oil (Organic, OK you get the picture now..)
This is a beautifully light textured oil with nourishing and smoothing properties. It will not block the pores on your skin and so is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Calendula Oil (Organic)
Bright orange but seriously nurturing! Organic calendula flowers are macerated in high oleic sunflower oil to promote suppleness and perfectly smooth skin. High in calendulin, carotene and vitamins A and C.
The result? Seriously pampered skin that doesn’t just feel smooth, but which benefits from the real active botanical ingredients. And don't forget a glass of something nice to go with it!
Freezing temperatures, frost on the ground and your skin is suffering. Soothe your dry, itchy skin with a serious hydrating regime to keep things supple and healthy.
It doesn't have to be complicated or fiddly, here are my top tips for keeping your skin soft, supple and radiant.
The bottom line is that colder air holds less moisture than warm air and factor in the central heating and there's a good chance your skin is going to rebel.
Dry, itchy skin isn't fun but there's lots you can do that will make a difference.
It's all about hydration levels..
To stay hydrated, skin pulls moisture out of the air, which is a problem in colder weather when the humidity reduces.
To make things worse, as our skin ages, its natural oil producing capabilities slow down makes it more difficult for dry skin cells to slough off resulting in flaky skin.
To prevent a rather unattractive skin snow storm effect, invest in a gentle exfoliation treatment, but one which will boost hydration levels with natural oils.
Give our Honey & Rose Exfoliation Treatment a go. (Bonus - it will leave your skin smelling beautiful).
I stress this should be GENTLE! Scrubbing your skin raw is not going to help.
Steaming hot water is not your friend
Cut back on the super hot baths and showers.
Spending too much time wallowing in steaming hot water, though a tempting option when you're freezing, will ultimately further strip the oils from your skin.
If you have to do the toe-dip dance lowering yourself into the bath inch by inch, it's too hot!
Get clever with oil and water
If you can't live without a bath, it being the only time you get 5 minutes to yourself in a locked room (and I do understand) go for a beautiful aromatherapy bath oil which will hydrate and soothe your skin and leave you smelling fabulous at the same time.
Try our Soothing Bath & Shower Oil which contains a generous shot of calendula infused oil which naturally fixes all those sore bits.
DIY Essential Oils
If you fancy a spot of DIY, add a few drops of essential oil and tailor the scent to something you love - lavender for a beautifully relaxing soak, ylang ylang and jasmine for a touch of the exotic, or grapefruit or juniper for a revitalising treatment.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous, throw in a pint of milk or a scoop of dried milk powder and you will come out with skin so soft, the angels will weep.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!
Slather on a serious moisturiser.
I am a big fan of oils, but the trick is finding the right product that works for you. These are some of my favourite oils for dry, sensitive, skin.
Applying Body Oil while your skin is damp after a shower takes 5 seconds but packs a real punch in terms of effectiveness; it seals in moisture, removes the need for a separate body lotion and leaves a subtle scent - win, win!
The Best Ingredients for Dry, Dehydrated Skin
Natural plant butters are naturally repairing and form a protective barrier on the skin to guard against moisture loss and soften skin. Think butters like shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter.
Humectants to Drive Moisture
Ingredients like honey and glycerine are humectants which mean they attract moisture and draw it into the skin. Just watch out for the synthetic stuff like propylene glycol which isn't going to help.
The Right Plant Oils for Dry Skin
This sounds a little odd, surely all oils are good for dry skin? Natural plant oils are not going to damage your skin, but some are better equipped to hydrate when temperatures drop. In particular oils rich in oleic acid will work best, these have a richer feel and will in turn moisturise more deeply. Think avocado oil, argan oil, camellia oil, hazelnut oil. Check out my guide to the best plant oils by skin type.
Layer your Skincare
For your face, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side, go for ingredients that are natural and super gentle.
Think about layering products together, I like to use a base layer with the super nourishing Facial Essence with Rose & Blackcurrant and then either the Radiance Cream over the top or the Intensive Balm with Marshmallow & Frangipani.
Go with what feels good for your skin, pick the texture that works for you. If you want some advice, ping us a note on one of our social media channels!
Here's to your super soft, hydrated skin all season long!
How many of us truly get the time or space to unwind and de-stress? With work, children and a multitude of other commitments all competing for our time; for most of us the answer is not many..
Yet a space to be alone in the luxury of warmth and scent, a place to de-stress, to rest undisturbed and just have five minutes away from all of those must do things we carry around with us in our heads is a forgotten pleasure that can bring untold benefits.
Create your own personal spa in the sanctuary of your bathroom - your own guilt free space where you can have a few minutes of privacy to unwind. And if you are feeling guilty just thinking about it, consider that by clearing your mind, you give yourself the head space to do more later on.
Banish (if only temporarily) the detritus of plastic ducks, discarded clothes, and light a scented candle, stack up a pile of soft fluffy towels and let everything go.
Adding pure flower essential oils to a bath turns a pleasurable experience into a heavenly relaxation treatment. The warm, steamy environment allows the oils to release more aroma molecules, softening the skin and more easily absorbing into the skin to work their magic.
Just add 5-10 drops direct into a running bath, or mixed with a carrier oil if preferred. Our favourites? Try 10 drops of geranium, which is both relaxing and energising. Rose and lavender is perfect after a long day, or for a man friendly scent, try a blend of cedarwood, mint and juniper. Not a fan of DIY? In that case try our organic bath oils ready for you to use straight way, or our luxury organic candles.
Soak away all your cares - for fifteen minutes anyway, and find your personal oasis!
You know the difference that a good night's sleep makes - you wake refreshed ready to deal with whatever life throws at you. Conversely, sleep badly and you feel it - and it shows in your skin for everyone to see. And according to the latest research a lack of sleep leads to premature skin ageing and reduces the skin's ability to recover from exposure to the sun.*
There are a number of pure flower oils that can help with sleep and relaxation - with lavender being the most well known and one of the most versatile oils. 2-3 drops in a warm bath will prove super relaxing, but don't exceed that dose, in higher amounts it can do the opposite and stimulate your mind. A couple of drops of vetiver works well also, with its deep, smokey scent or if you a prefer a green, more herbaceous scent, try 3 drops of clary sage. And if a bath is not your thing, a couple of drops of lavender on your pillow case is a good bet.
Diet wise, stay away from caffeine laden drinks just before bed, not just the coffee, and don't have a heavy meal, you don't want your digestive system in over drive.
Try and get yourself in the mood for bed - switch off from work, you don't want to be reading your emails in bed. Emotional stress can be a key barrier to sleep and is not so easy to avoid - but find a relaxation technique that works for you, listening to music, an aromatherapy candle or a massage.
And if you do wake up and can't nod back off, don't beat yourself up. If it is one thought that has woken you up, get into the habit of jotting it down on a notepad by your bed - and then banish it from your mind. Use the time to think of something beautiful, let your mind drift and your breathing slow.
* See the article here
There are baths and there are baths. For a touch of luxury and super soft, scented skin, you can't beat a few drops of your favourite flower oil in a warm bath. You get the amazing sensory sensory experience that only essential oils can give, the natural aromas create an experience that can help you relax, de-stress and recharge - and can give send you off for a great night's sleep, if that's what needed. Choose your botanicals carefully and you can even detox, and benefit from a slimming effect.
Cleopatra apparently travelled with a couple of asses her with her at all times - a girl never knows when you'll need a donkey after all for that all important milk and honey bath. A step too far for most of us, (the asses anyway) but a milk bath is great for your skin. The lactic acid found naturally in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and will have a gently exfoliating effect on the skin, and the fat and vitamins will benefit your skin also.
An indulgent bath is the perfect way to treat yourself at home - and is super easy. Run the bath with the door and any windows shut, so you get to keep in the therapeutic and fab smelling flower oils. Try 5-6 drops in the bath as a starting point.
Tailor the scent to what you love - lavender for a beautifully relaxing soak, ylang ylang and jasmine for a touch of the exotic, or grapefruit or juniper for a revitalising treatment. Add in a pint of milk or a scoop of dried milk powder and a 1-2 tbsp of honey and you will come out with delectably soft skin. And if you prefer to opt for a ready made potion, try one of our organic bath oils, either relaxing or revitalising.
Don't be tempted to have the water temperature too hot, you want to avoid dehydrating and any broken veins, 15-20 mins to soak should be perfect. And finish by wrapping yourself up in some warm towels and reclining like Cleopatra herself to relax for 15 minutes. Your body will thank you!