Thursday, 26 November 2009
Our Myrrh & Frankincense Balm was one of the first products we made & is practically our mascot!
It has a strong following of devoted fans, including a cow who used it to help her problem skin!
This is one of our favourite balms, power charged with amazing tree goodness, its one to have handy! Its motto: "I'm ready for anything!"
Frankincense & Myrrh have been revered since ancient times as powerful healers, encouraging purification & regeneration of the skin.
Myrrh is a potent skin purifier, with antiseptic & astringent properties.
Frankincense energises & soothes the skin, causing healthy new cell growth.
This super rich balm can be used for a whole host of things ... the following are a few ideas but if you have any others, let us know!
1) Intensive Face Treatment: If you have very dry, damaged or mature skin this works brilliantly as an intensive moisturiser to rejuvenate, heal & purify your skin. Try it as a super charged night cream!
2) Aromatic Chest Rub: Frankincense is renowned for calming & clearing the respiratory system, whilst myrrh is a fantastic decongestant.
3) First Aid Balm: Apply to fungal infections, scars, scabs, marked, irritated skin & rashes.
4) Winter Hand Balm: A gorgeously rich balm for protecting cold hands!
5) Heel Softener: Banish hard, dry skin on your feet with this healing foot treat.
6) For Men: Makes a soothing, exotic after-shave balm to keep skin smooth & soft.
Made with these pure tree based ingredients to nourish & protect your skin: Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Frankincense Resin, Myrrh Resin, Frankincense Essential Oil, Myrrh Essential Oil
Discover the powers of myrrh & frankincense, infused into our rich & luxurious balm here.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
It recognises that we are all unique, focusing on food, lifestyle, massage,
yoga and herbal remedies to suit our individual make-up & enhance our well
A quick look at the 3 Doshas:
According to the five element theory of Ayurveda, there are three main doshas or constitutions, Vata (air & ether) Pitta (fire & water) and Kapha (water & earth). These 3 doshas also relate to the 3 main types of skin. We may have a combination of two or three but usually have a predominant dosha.
Each skin type is susceptible to different types of problems - you may be born with a certain skin-type, but that might change due to your diet, lifestyle and environmental conditions. (Combination skin may combine 2 or 3 of the dosha types).
Vata: People with more vata tend to be 'airy'. In balance they are clear & creative but when vata is out of balance, this can lead to feeling restless & 'spaced-out'. Health problems include: insomnia, constipation & dry chapped skin & hair. Vata skin tends to be thinner & drier
& readily mirrors emotional stress & anxiety.
Pitta: People with mostly pitta are 'fiery'. They are driven & ambitious with an entrepreneurial spirit but out of balance become angry, frustrated, irritable & obsessive. Pitta skin can reflect the fiery nature, leaving it sensitive & prone to inflammation.
Kapha: Kaphas are calm, steady & serene with sweet dispositions. They are heavy sleepers but when Kapha is out of balance, waking up can be difficult & kaphas become withdrawn & lethargic. Head & chest is congested, digestion is slow & Kapha skin becomes 'wetter' & oily, prone to conditions like cystic acne.
Description: Vata skin is dry, soft, thin, fine pored, delicate and cool to the touch but easily gets dehydrated.
Balanced Vata: In balance your complexion is delicate like porcelain, with a doll-like complexion.
Imbalanced Vata: Vata skin can suffer with excessive dryness, rough and flaky skin.
Potential problems: Because Vata Skin is thinner & gets quite dry - it has a tendency to premature ageing & tends to develop wrinkles earlier than other skin types.
Bad digestion can make Vata skin appear dull and is more susceptible to disorders such as dry eczema and fungal infections. Emotional stress - worry, fear and lack of sleep, has a debilitating effect on Vata skin and can make it look tired and lack-lustre.
Inside Beauty: To help enhance your Vata Skin, you need to nourish your skin from the inside. Include healthy fats for 'internal moisturising', such as an omega rich seed oil like Hemp. Make sure to include plenty of nourishing whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables in your diet. Drink lots of lukewarm water throughout the day for internal hydration & eat plenty of sweet juicy fruits, as they help cleanse the body and also provide extra hydration as well. Vatas benefit from quiet walks & also deep breathing exercises to help ground them.
Vata Skincare tips: Just as fine china easily cracks, vata skin needs special care and attention to prevent premature wrinkles. In the morning, wash your face in lukewarm water, or even better some warm chamomile tea, for its soothing properties.
Moisturise frequently and avoid any harsh or drying products on your face.
For cleansing, use our Sweet Orange Cleanser - it contains no harsh stripping ingredients & as a cream cleanser, it will actually add moisture back to your skin.
Evening Primrose Day Cream - a good moisturiser to help lock in moisture throughout the day. Older Vatas might like to supplement with our Olive & Avocado Night Cream for extra richness.
During the dry winter months, use a few drops of Pomegranate Oil afterwards. Keep a little tin of Wildcrafted Shea Butter in your bag for dry hands & lips.
Calming Vata Essential Oils: These essential oils are all great for balancing Vata types - drop in your bath or add to aromatherapy diffusers around the home: Lavender, Geranium, Rose & Sweet Orange. See our range of pure essential oils here.
Vata Favourite: Massage each morning with our Lavender & Geranium Body Oil - an ideal way to both moisturise and calm your nerves!
Description: Pitta skin is fair, sensitive, soft, warm,with a rosy or golden glow. Pitta skin tends to be more prone to freckles and moles than the other skin types.
Balanced Pitta: In balance, Pitta complexions are clear and subtly radiant, the classic “peaches and cream” complexion.
Imbalanced Pitta: Pitta skin is quick to become irritated in hot, sunny weather and easily reacts to stress, hormones, poor diet, and chemicals in skincare products.
Potential problems: Pitta is the fiery one! Pitta skin tends to have more breakouts, pigment disorders, rashes, rosacea, acne, photo sensitivity. Your skin will be less tolerant to hot food & can flare up when its feeling out of balance, aggravated by emotional stress, especially suppressed anger, frustration, or resentment. Of all the three skin types, Pitta skin has the least tolerance for the sun, is photosensitive, and most likely to accumulate sun damage over the years.
Inside Beauty: To keep fiery pitta skin beautiful, you must look after your liver. If you keep your liver as cool as a cucumber, then your skin will remain calm & cool. This means keeping away from liver burdening substances such as alcohol, soda, junk food, and unhealthy fats &
avoiding fermented and acidic foods. Your skin will flourish with cooling fruits and vegetables - coconut, zucchini, cucumber, melon, mint tea ... add plenty of cooling and detoxifying spices like coriander and turmeric to your daily diet.
Listen to soothing music & don't go out in full sun when its too hot, pittas should try to keep in the shade!
Pitta skincare tips: Pitta Skin needs cooling & there is none better for this job than the wonderful rose. Make sure your skincare regime is rose centered!
When applying moisturizer, spritz your face with our Organic Rose Facial Toner first.
As Pitta skin can be quite sensitive, opt for a totally natural body moisturiser - cooling Organic Coconut Oil was made for pitta!
Cooling Pitta Essential Oils: These essential oils are all great for cooling Pitta types - drop in your bath or add to aromatherapy diffusers around the home: Ylang Ylang, Lavender,
Spearmint, Rose, Vetiver. See our range of pure essential oils here.
Pitta Favourite: Carry a bottle of our Peppermint Rose Summer Spritzer with you on your travels, to keep your skin cooled & refreshed.
Description: Kapha skin is one of the most resilient, it is thicker, so less chances of drying out & copes well in the sun. Kapha skins are rich in collagen and connective tissue, so less prone to wrinkles!
Balanced Kapha: Soft, smooth skin with a dewy, moon-radiant complexion!
Imbalanced Kapha: If out of balance, Kapha skin will have enlarged pores, excessively oily skin, moist eczema, blackheads, acne and water retention.
Potential problems: As Kapha skin can become oily, cystic acne may be a problem when younger, and older Kaphas may be prone to weight gain, which can leave skin puffy & loose. Keeping your oilier skin healthy requires cleansing and exfoliation but harsh skincare products will strip your skin of oils & actually encourage your skin to produce more oil.
Inside Beauty: When feeding your skin from the inside, steer clear of fried foods, rich desserts, and other heavy, sweet, or fatty foods. Include kapha-balancing spices in your daily diet: turmeric for detox & fenugreek, which improves both sugar and fat metabolism. Drink ginger tea to fire up your metabolism. Working up a good sweat a few times a week also helps control weight and will keep your skin and pores deeply cleansed and toned from the inside out.
Deep tissue massage, dry brushing & herbal steam baths also help detoxify sluggish skin.
Kapha skincare tips: Kapha skin needs cleansing & exfoliating. Use our Sweet Orange Facial Scrub to stimulate circulation, with Distilled Organic Witch Hazel Water to tone & balance greasy skin. Kapha skin would also benefit from a cleansing mask such as our Neem Mineral Mask.
Younger Kaphas should use tea tree centered products to help combat spots.
Stimulating Kapha Essential Oils: These essential oils are all great for re-energising Kapha types - drop in your bath or add to aromatherapy diffusers around the home: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Frankincense. See our range of pure essential oils here.
Kapha Favourite: Massage each morning with our Frankincense & Myrrh Body Oil - warm & spicy, this body oil will help keep you energised!
Friday, 6 November 2009
A facial massage relaxes tense muscles & ease away small lines, so your skin looks smooth & firmer. It can also help to prevent new lines appearing by boosting collagen & elastin production!
Firstly, choose your oil blend!
You can massage with a cleansing cream or a plain carrier oil. However, if you wanted to fine-tune your facial massage, choose from one of our blends below. Alternatively, try our Replenishing Rose Facial Oil as a replenishing massage treatment on dry/oily skin with blemishes/inflammation.
Carrier Oil: 10ml Watermelon Seed Oil
Essential Oils: 2 drops lavender, 1 drop each of lemon & geranium
Carrier Oil: 10ml Apricot Kernel Oil
Essential Oils: 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop lavender
Carrier Oil: 5ml Avocado Oil, 5ml Golden Jojoba Oil
Essential Oils: 1 drop Frankincense, 2 drops Rose Otto
Prepare your skin
Wash & cleanse your skin first to remove impurities. For dry skin or to remove make-up use our Sweet Orange Facial Cleanser. Spritz your face with Organic Rose Facial Toner & pat dry with a cotton wool pad. For acne-prone skin, use Distilled Tea Tree, for its natural anti-bacterial & spot zapping qualities.
Begin your massage
1) Pour a small amount of oil blend in your palms & rub between your hands to warm. Cup your face & gently slide your oiled hands out towards your ears. This will release tension. Repeat 3 times.
2) This next step will help firm the neck & chin area. Open your mouth, pursing your lips tightly in over your teeth. Holding this position, make slow circular movements around your mouth, chin & jawline with your middle fingers. Then work up either side of the nose & out over the forehead to your temples.
3) Make large circles with flattened fingers, on the large muscle on the left side of your neck, using your right hand. Then do the same with your left hand, on the right side of your neck. You can work on both sides together, vary your movements. This will help encourage a healthy circulation & keeps the lymph flowing (to dispel toxins). Also, do this around the back of your neck - as tension here shows in the face.
4) Tilting your head to the right, briskly stroke with the back of your left hand, then the back of your right - up the left side of the neck. One hand lifts off, the other begins a stroke. Repeat on the right side.
These stimulating movements are great to help combat ageing, improve the flow of oxygen to the skin to leave it glowing beautifully & improve over-all skin tone & texture!
Thursday, 5 November 2009
7 ingredients, 7 steps to loved skin!
1) Shea Butter
The core ingredient for this body moisturiser is fairly traded shea butter.
Our shea butter is unrefined & wildcrafted, so brimming with nutrients. It hasn't been refined or deodorised so still retains all its amazing skin caring agents! Packed with vitamins A & E, shea butter has remarkable moisturisng qualities, whilst also feeding the skin, brilliant for eczema, itching & skin blemishes!
2) Apricot Kernel Oil
The cold-pressed oil in this butter is a lovely skin conditioner, to nourish, soften & smooth away any inflammation. Perfectly suited to dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin
3) Baobab Oil
Our community traded baobab oil is a skincare secret, omega-rich & a high percentage of Vitamins A, D, & E, helping to regenerate & improve skin elasticity.
4) Olive Oil
The finest organic extra virgin olive oil is used in our recipes. olive oil has been used in skincare for thousands of years. Rich in minerals, proteins & vitamins, especially in Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant - it helps to reduce wrinkles & replenish moisture & nutrients lost through exposure to the sun & weather.
5) Sweet Orange
A good skin tonic, organic sweet orange oil assists the lymphatic system, helping to detoxify congested skin, dealing with dermatitis, soothing a dry irritated skin & supporting collagen formation, plus it smells gorgeous!
6) Red Mandarin
A fruity skin tonic, red mandarin oil also helps to improve your skin tone & circulation, making it a useful choice for cellulite. Soothing on sensitive skin.
7) Myrrh (last but not least!)
For the final stamp of approval, a dash of healing myrrh oil is added to our body butter.
A natural preservative & powerful cleanser, myrrh helps to clear the skin of imperfections. A fantastic rejuvenator on dry skin, this is an amazing & magical oil.
With winter approaching, its time to step up on some skin-caring TLC ... what better way than adding a rich active moisturiser like this, to help keep your skin smooth & supple!
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Each ingredient in our lip balms is dedicated to loving your lips; keeping them super soft ... so keeping you smiling! Each pot comes ready with a nature-inspired soothing formula, so you can kiss goodbye to chapped,cracked & dry lips!
Our lip balms & butters:
Honey & Chamomile Lip Balm
Honey & chamomile are kind & caring by nature & make this lip balm great if you have super-sensitive lips that need extra TLC. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory & helps to soothe & soften, while honey is added to heal & protect. With rich butters of organic cocoa butter & olive oil, try & see for yourself, this little pot of goodness is our winter favourite!
Ruby Fruits Lip Butter
Minimise the impact of winter weather & keep your lips fruity soft with this luscious all natural lip butter. Organic cocoa butter & special red palm oil with organic orange & red manadrin, means this soothing lip butter is packed with plant power to keep your lips soft, smooth & protected.
For an unscented, indulgent natural lip butter, why not try our Mango Tree Butter.
Now also available in smaller-size tin, so great for slipping in your bag & for natural lip care.