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The Everyday Luxury of Sustainable Fashion

The Everyday Luxury of Sustainable Fashion

You know what's in the products you put on your skin, so what about about the clothes you wear.   We talk to Paula Haunit of Sheer Apparel.  

Deal with stress naturally with aromatherapy.

Be Nice To You

Ok so hands up, who's a tiny bit stressed?  Finally - the kids are almost back to school and you're dizzy with emotion and exhaustion.

Rid Yourself of the Winter Blues!

Rid Yourself of the Winter Blues!

February here we come!  Could January have felt any longer? If you are anything like me, it has felt as if it would never end; the post Christmas glow long gone...

Here's to Your Success in 2016

Here's to Your Success in 2016

It's that time. You have survived the Christmas circus without doing away with any family members, your partner is still talking to you, and in spite of eating your own body weight...

Why Organic?

For many, organic skincare is a natural progression from the food that we eat day to day; environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced and with respect for the world that we live in.  Plus studies are now showing that there are health benefits for crops grown using organic systems, containing less heavy metals and pesticides and more antioxidants.

 For skincare, focussing on organic and natural skincare has other significant advantages.  We know that much of what we put on our skins can be absorbed into our blood stream, just consider the use of nicotine patches for example.  Therefore being aware of what ingredients are in the products that you use every day makes perfect sense. 

 

 Taking this a step further,  so many of us suffer with finicky over sensitised skin, which is further exacerbated by some of the chemical additions in many of our  everyday products.  We believe that stripping it back to basics allows for  skincare that is luxurious, effective and indulgent, packed full of skin nurturing vitamins and anti-oxidants.

 For most of us buying our skincare products from the high street, making that jump to organic skincare results in a noticeable and significant difference.  For example, rather than a cleanser filled with artificial colour (to give it that delicate 'natural' white colour), and a 'natural fruity' smell from chemical scents that can be skin irritating, you can find a cleansing product made from beautifully scented oils, butters and other pure botanicals. 

 That means no cheap filling ingredients, no empty ingredients and no superfluous and potentially skin irritating colours and scents.  (No parabens, SLS/SLES, PEGs, Phtalates, Triclosan, Petroleum/paraffin oil, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, any artificial fragrance or colours etc.) Of course there is a flip side -  the pure oils and butters cost more than their paraffin derived  equivalents, and they don't come with an unlimited shelf life  - but we believe the pay off, in terms of your skin, and our planet makes for a winning proposition all round.

 All of our Rose Tree goodies follow this outlook.  We offer  organic skincare that is luxurious, effectual and indulgent, packed full of skin nurturing vitamins and anti-oxidants  without the synthetic fragrances or colours or other chemical witchery. It sounds so simple - and we like simplicity.  Formulated by hand with potent botanicals, organic oils and butters and delectably scented flower oils; we are passionate about the quality of our ingredients.  And that makes for skincare that gives results naturally leaves your skin feeling amazing.  A winning combination we like to think...  

 

The Magic of Smell

Ever wondered about how the scent in your favourite candle or skincare product has the power to relax or revitalise you, or to unlock a memory from your past?

Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful  - and uncontrollable - and yet is one of the least appreciated of our senses.  We have the ability to pick up and identify over 10,000 smells!

The word 'olfactory' comes from the Latin 'olfacere' to smell, and it is via the olfactory nerve that the magic happens.  The inside of our nose is formed of special nerve cells that connect direct to the brain via the olfactory nerves.

Our olfactory nerves are made up of tiny fibres and cilia, tiny hairs on the tip.  As air passes through our nostrils, it passes over and touches on the cilia, which in turns sends a signal to our brain to register the smell.  The process is incredibly complex and understanding the science behind our ability to smell is ever developing.

Our sense of smell is a significant aspect of our wellbeing; our brain is triggered into categorising any smell into an action - are we safe, friend or foe etc. And interestingly this is different for different people, what you associate as safe  and relaxing might have completely the opposite effect on someone else.

The amazing essential oils we use can come from all parts of a plant; rose from the flower, rosemary from leaves, black pepper from seeds, juniper from berries, cedar from wood, ginger from the root. 

And they do have the power to take us away...  We asked some of our team and customers what they thought of when they lit our candles:  'Cut  summer flowers" "Winter's evening in front of a fire" "Arabian Nights,  story telling as a child"  "Turkish Delight!"  Quite a mix!  Tell us what different scents evoke for you!

You can find our organic essential oil candles here:

The Rose Tree No. 1

The Rose Tree No. 5

The Rose Tree No. 7

The Rose Tree No. 12

Your Personal Oasis

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!