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Radiant Skin whatever your age!

We would all love to believe in the power of miracle potions and the promise that they can make you look 10 years younger over night; but sadly these exaggerated claims are exactly that, the difference being that as we get older we are smart enough to see through the hype.  (Well most of the time anyway).   


 But that is not to say we can't have radiant, fabulous skin as we age.  Healthy skin is within all of our grasp.  Here are our favourite tips and tricks for achieving radiance for older skins.

 Moisturise, Moisturise and moisturise again.  The skin is our largest organ, and is where we first see the signs of ageing.  Looking after your skin pays dividends; the more effort you put in,  the better it can withstand the ageing process.

 Ageing skin is prone to dry patches, especially around the cheeks and forehead.  A good hydrating product will help alleviate this dryness; and improve radiance over all.

Tailor how you moisturise your skin to suit you.  Find the ingredients and texture that works for you and go with it.  Our Facial Essence, a facial oil, contains organic Rose Fruit oil, Marula Nut oil, Camellia, Raspberry Seed, Hazel Nut and Sea Buckthorn CO2 extract amongst others;  to improve hydration and the appearance of fine lines.  

 Or our organic Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense includes Aloe Vera,  Beeswax,  Cocoa Butter,  Frankincense,  Linseed Oil, Olive Oil, and Rose Otto Flower Oil to delivery serious moisture.  Not sure which is better for you, check out our post here.

 Let your skin breathe.  Less is more.  Go easy on the make up; you are looking to minimise any imperfections and highlight your assets. Give your skin time to breathe in between make up days.

The skin around your eyes is super delicate; use a product that is specifically designed for the eyes.  Our Rejuvenating Eye Serum contains organic Starflower oil and Rose Fruit Oil to combat lines.

 Get enough sleep; tired skin is very ageing, a good night's sleep will show in your face!

When you apply your product, practice a spot of facial massage.  Spending a moment doing this regularly will help your skin glow.  Not sure how, check out our post here!

 Come and share your top tips with us, we would love to hear what works for you!

 And don't forget we are offering FREE shipping on all UK orders placed over £30

Will a Cleansing Butter work for You?

We all know that great skin starts with beautifully cleansed skin but how do you use  a cleansing butter, and will it work for my skin if it is oily, dry, sensitive?  This is the question we get asked most frequently about our award winning, organic Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter.

We find that using a butter is super efficient and speedy but also that it gives a luxurious and  therapeutic experience - albeit in the snatched 2 minutes of time you have before falling into bed. (Though if you have a few moments more, a spot of facial massage will help reap double benefits from cleansing - see here).

 It is packed with organic carrot oil to brighten dull, under nourished skin, skin rejuvenating mango butter, anti-inflammatory St John's Wort oil, and antiseptic lavender and rosemary oils.

It works well on dehydrated, sensitive skin types, it is very hydrating; it also works well on oily and problem skins,    with its natural butters and anti-bacterial and soothing botanicals. 

It sounds counter intuitive,  we tend to associate putting oil on our face as giving rise to problem skin; spots, break outs, black heads - but in fact nothing could be further from the truth.  Oils are super hydrating and they can balance  oil production, not just for dry skin but also those of us with oily skin,  and even skin prone to acne. 

Over cleansing and moisturising (and some of the harsher products on the market) can actually over stimulate the sebum glands resulting  in more oil production, while using a facial oil can actually decrease your skin's oil production.

Here's what some of our customers are saying:

I have never used a cleansing butter before and boy will I never go back to ordinary cleanser and moisturiser!

It is a thick, rich balm that melts into a smooth oil like consistency as it is massaged into the skin, removing everything from makeup, dirt and impurities.  It feels super moisturising on the skin, and will leave it deeply nourished. 

 Removing the butter is easy and mess free with our organic muslin cloths, but you can use any clean cloth you have to hand, (and bung it straight in the wash afterwards for easy cleaning).  When wrung through with hot water, it will easily remove the excess balm leaving clean, nourished skin. 

 It will leave your skin hydrated; for oily skins that might mean you don't need an additional moisturiser (bonus!), for dry skins we like to follow up with our Facial Essence or Radiance Cream; you decide based on the texture you most prefer and if you missed our previous post about the differences between a cream and facial oil, you can find it here.

 

 

Silver - Green Parent Awards!

We are celebrating, our organic Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter has been awarded the silver award in the 2015 Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards! 

The Green Parent is the UK's leading green lifestyle and natural parenting magazine.   Each issue features regular columns on Organic Gardening, Seasonal Food and Drink, Green Travel, Ethical Fashion and lots more.

Their search for the very best natural and organic beauty brands started six months ago, covering everything from organic hair care and chemical-free skin creams to natural baby lotions and pregnancy products.

Their independent review panel tested thousands of products from over 60 different natural and organic brands to find the finest and the most effective. Plus, The Green Parent  insist on products free from petroleum-based chemicals, propylene glycol, parabens or sulphates and no animal testing.

And that is why we are so thrilled with our award, not just to be recognised in these national awards but also because of our size and that we were competing against many larger and much better known brands!

It must be the generous amount of organic Carrot macerated Oil to perk up dull skin, the rejuvenating Mango Butter and the fab scented Lavender and Rosemary essential oils, which do double duty balancing and stimulating the skin.  

It works well on dehydrated skin types and also sensitive and oily skins with its natural butters and anti-bacterial and soothing botanicals.

For extra radiant skin, try a spot of facial massage when you apply the Cleansing Butter.  You can read more here.

You can buy yours here, plus don't forget if you are new to us, you can get your hands on a 'Try Me' size Carrot & Mango Organic Cleansing Butter here.

We are off to celebrate!

Free From Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that both our Facial Essence with Rose & Marula and Carrot and Mango Cleansing Butter have been shortlisted in this year's Free From Skincare Awards.  So we are hopping up and down with excitement at the moment!

The awards were founded in 2012 to celebrate, encourage and reward the manufacture of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives, ingredients and artificial fragrances associated with skin sensitivities and other health concerns - and are intended for those people who may be seeking more natural or pure cosmetics, or looking to avoid certain ingredients due to ethical or personal reasons, or those who have sensitive skin, or allergic or problem skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne.

Our Rose Tree goodies have been submitted to a month of rigorous  testing by a group of testers from the prestigious Beauty Bible and will then go forward to a panel of expert judges to decide bronze, silver and gold awards within the different skincare categories.  The final results will be announced at this year's Love Natural Love Organic show in July.

You know that we are all about effectiveness coupled with luxury and indulgence and focus on natural and organic ingredients.  That means no :

  • SLS/SLEs
  • Parabens 
  • PEGs 
  • Phtalates
  • Triclosan
  • Petroleum/paraffin derivatives 
  • Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol 
  • Artificial fragrance or colours  

The Free From awards celebrate products for their 'free from' qualities,  performance and effectiveness with judges looking for innovation, originality, skin-healthy ingredients and benefits, and for products which denote an awareness and understanding of consumers with skin sensitivities or allergies.

And our shortlisted products?  Our favourite Facial Essence with Rose & Marula,  an intensely nourishing oil based essence, for radiant and super soft skin, made with ten potent flower and plant botanicals.  Rose Tree founder, Olga says My go to signature product for radiant skin each morning, the one that is super hydrating, and works on all skin types.  This is the one product I recommend to everyone - and is the one product I use every day without fail!

Our Carrot and Mango Cleansing Butter? Our super-charged, cleansing butter packed with potent botanicals will gently lift off makeup and dirt, to leave super hydrated, radiant skin.  Packed with organic carrot oil to brighten dull, under nourished skin, skin rejuvenating mango butter, anti-inflammatory St John's Wort oil, and antiseptic lavender and rosemary oils, this is the perfect cleanser, suitable for all skin types.

And because we are so happy, we are offering you a FREE Tahiti Tiare Cocoa Lip Butter for the next few days when you buy either one of our shortlisted products!  Just ask for your Lip Butter using the 'tell us about any special instructions' box.*

*Offer runs to midnight Friday June 19th!

Ultimate Skincare Ingredients - Jojoba

WHAT IS IT?

Jojoba (oddly enough pronounced "ho-ho-ba") is a favourite ingredient, a true multi-tasker in the world of skincare (think work hard and play hard).  But it's not your usual crowd, it looks and feels like an oil, but it's not; it is actually a wax; a liquid wax.  So it's special.  

 It's absorbed extremely easily by the skin and because it is a wax and not an oil, it is non greasy and great for hydration but without giving that too -rich feel. It's also super-stable; some of the botanicals we use are potent but fragile, and it's always a balancing act between fabulous benefits of an ingredient versus its' stability. (You see how hard we work for you!)  Nobody wants anything green and furry on the top of their cream, or a shelf life of days rather than months.

And obviously we use the best quality, organic jojoba that we can get our hands on - because that's the way we are.

 WHAT DOES IT DO?

It's good, there isn't much this one doesn't do!  This liquid wax is almost identical to the sebum found in our own skin which makes it versatile enough to be used with all skin types, including problem skin, oily and combination skins.

Jojoba reduces wrinkles, treats psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis, and brings the skin back to its normal vitality and gives it a healthy glow (see I told you  am - a - zing).  We use it in our Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter 'cause it is great for problems skins, and healthy skin alike and for restoring your glow.  We use it in our organic Body Oils for a quick hydration boost, while avoiding that oil slick feeling.  

 THE SCIENCE-EY BIT

Jojoba is a mixture of long chain, liquid wax esters extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis.  Jojoba's liquid esters provide superior oxidative stability, excellent emolliency and effective moisturisation to the skin and hair. 

 Our skin produces its own oil known as sebum, which keeps the skin supple and moist.  When you apply an oil, or in this case liquid wax to the skin, it penetrates the outermost  layers of the stratum corneum. The oil creates an occlusive layer on the outside of the skin and traps water beneath it.  Because plant-derived oils are similar in make-up to the natural oils on the skin,  they are metabolised by the skin. This equals very happy skin!

 Oils have been used in skincare for millennia because they are powerful moisturisers, and they work.  If your skin needs a bit if a pick me up or a boost before, jojoba is one to look out for!  

As a starting point for tricky skin, we suggest you try our award winning Radiance Essence with Rose & Marula.  For an all round luxury oil for your body, that hydrates without blocking pores, try one of our organic Body Oils.  

Here's to your happy skin..

Sensitive Skin Triggers

OK.  You have de-cluttered your skincare –  you have found the organic skincare products that work for your skin – but your skin is still sensitive, especially in times of stress or when the weather gets cold.  

It may not be your beauty regime that is at fault – there are other triggers...

 

Organic Skincare for sensitive skin

Think about the temperature of the water you use when you bathe – hot water can be very drying, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side and although it is tempting to sink into a steaming hot bath when it’s freezing outside, (with the occasional large glass of wine!) your skin may not thank you for it. 

If you are a bath fan, (and I'm including myself here, it's one of my fave ways to de-stress!) avoid SLS based bubble baths and opt for an organic hydrating bath oil.

If you are worried about disappearing in an oil slick and the monotonous cleaning that follows, don't.  Our organic bath oils are super concentrated so you only need the tiniest amount, about 1/2 a teaspoon.  The result, you can lay back in beautifully scented water knowing you will emerge all goddess like, (not oily) and chilled - until the next interruption anyway..

If its blizzard like outside, depending on where you are in the world, you will need to take special precautions.  Wind, and very cold and dry environments can all spell problems for your skin.  Hydration and protection is key, stick with a good hydrating cleanser (try ours here) and a decent moisturiser, eg our Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense

Consider your laundry detergent– biological action detergents are notorious for irritating skin and triggering eczema flare ups.  My own eczema improved significantly when I changed to a greener non bio version.

Switch away from household cleaners that are filled with harsh chemicals.  Simpler ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda mixed with water to a paste is very effective in the kitchen (but the mixture is slightly abrasive so don’t use it on highly polished surfaces).  White vinegar is also super-effective; it is a great degreaser and limescale remover.  You can buy these in bulk very inexpensively online, and there are lots of recipes available.  We like http://www.summernaturals.co.uk/

If you fancy a homemade therapeutic bath, guilt free without any chemical nasties, try adding 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil to a warm running bath.  It will smell amazing and is great for sensitive, dry, itchy skin.

And remember to keeping your skin hydrated with chemical free organic body care products that will sooth and pamper – hydrating body oils, cleansing bars and scrubs.

Soap has become a dirty word...

Soap has become a dirty word.  It has fallen from favour and become the poor relation of skincare  - soap is far too drying to use on your delicate skin, soap is harsh, soap strips the natural oils from the skin...

Sound familiar?  There is some truth to these accusations - especially for many of the neat little wrapped packages of soap on sale at your local chemist or supermarket.

But I am not talking about the soap you can buy off the shelf in your high street, but rather natural organic soap or cleansing bars which are hand made.

There is a world of difference between the two!  Have a look at the labels in your supermarket and you will see that actually many of these bars of 'soap' are actually harsh detergents with unpronounceable synthetic lathering agents, colours and scents.  The good stuff, the stuff that you would actually want to use on your skin has been removed.  

Soap manufacturers regularly remove the glycerine that is naturally produced during the soap making process (the chemical term for this process is saponification), as glycerine is a valuable commodity that can be sold on at a profit to be used on other cosmetic products like moisturisers and creams. (We don't!)

Real soap by comparison is made from pure butters and oils, water and lye.  (And I am not talking about using the ready made up blocks of 'melt and pour' soap here).

It takes time to make soap the traditional way which is more expensive, taking weeks, sometimes months for the soap to cure before it is ready to be used.

But we firmly believe that the benefits outweigh the time taken; you get the beautiful properties of the plant oils used in the soap - mild and nourishing organic olive oil, luxurious almond oil for a rich and creamy lather,  the conditioning properties of organic apricot oil..

Natural organic soap can be a life saver for problems and sensitive skins.  Gentle and nourishing, it will work with your skin type, hydrating and moisturising non- irritating, working with your skin's natural defences.  And you get therapeutic benefits of the essential oils used.  Try it - you will never go back to a regular bar of soap I promise!

Find our own Apricot Geranium Cleansing bar here.