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!
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:
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