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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Essential oils for the cold weather

Essential oils for the cold weather

I love the idea of aromatherapy and what it can achieve, being able to change your mood just by inhaling a couple of drops of plant oil, even being able to heal the body by performing a simple massage. Essential oils start from just a couple of pounds for the cheaper ones but you really need to be careful and make sure you buy good quality – some suppliers dilute their oils or take the oil from the wrong part of the plant in order to try and save costs. I’ve recently discovered Buff & Butter, suppliers of aromatherapy oils and candle-making supplies. Their 100% natural essential oils can be purchased in varying size bottles – ideal for both those who are just dipping their toe in the world of aromatherapy and practitioners who want to buy in bulk. I chose five essential oils that are ideal for the cold weather: Lavender – chances are you’ve heard about the therapeutic benefits of lavender oil already. It’s so versatile and I just...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Bath & Body, Skincare | 4 comments

Neal’s Yard Remedies Blogger Event, Leeds

Neal’s Yard Remedies Blogger Event, Leeds

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Neal’s Yard Remedies store in Victoria Quarter, Leeds, to their blogger day. Their aim was to educate bloggers from around the Yorkshire area about their natural skincare and bodycare products. I recently reviewed their amazing Mothers Bath Oil but I have to admit that this was the only product from Neal’s Yard Remedies that I’d tried so I was looking forward to finding out more. I was welcomed to the store with a glass of fizz and a selection of superb vegan canapés… The event was very informal, first of all I chatted to one of their staff (really sorry I can’t remember her name!) and she told me about the background of Neal’s Yard Remedies – starting off in the back streets of Covent Garden 30 years ago and developing into a national brand. We then discussed my skincare regime and which of their products might be right for me. One of the products she recommended was Wild Rose...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Pure & Light Organic – Essential Floral Toner Review

Pure & Light Organic – Essential Floral Toner Review

I hadn’t heard of Pure & Light Organic before I tried this product, so I’ve done a bit of research. The brand was set up by Agnes Donazy over a decade ago when she started to develop extreme skin sensitivity due to reactions to chemicals, so she decided to set up her own natural skincare brand. Pure & Light Organic products are 100% natural and non-toxic, and never contain unnecessary ingredients. I have been testing out Essential Floral Toner*, it’s a natural liquid toner that contains orange blossom, geranium and rosemary. Essential Floral Toner is packaged in a tall, thin silver tube with a spray nozzle. I quite like the packaging it looks quite premium, and the box comes packaged inside a white branded cardboard box. Essential Floral Toner is suitable for most skin types, and it aims to promote skin moisture retention and calm and soothe the effects of irritation. I have been using it at night after cleansing my skin with Soap & Glory Peaches And Clean Cleanser,...

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Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Quinessence – Fantasia Mood Enhancer Vaporising Oil

Quinessence – Fantasia Mood Enhancer Vaporising Oil

I was recently given the opportunity to try out one of Quinessence’s aromatherapy oils. I chose this Fantasia Mood Enhancer Vaporising Oil, a blend of essential oils to help focus concentration whilst you are working, writing or being creative. As I am a jewellery designer I thought this blend would be perfect to help enhance my creativity and inspire me whilst writing my blog posts! Fantasia is a blend of Bergamot, Lime, Lavender and Rosemary essential oils, it does smell quite citrussy which I think must be the lime fragrance coming through. The directions say to add 4-6 drops of the Mood Enhancer to a heated vaporiser, and I have been using it in in a little ceramic vaporiser in my workshop whilst I am designing. It gives a lovely uplifting warming scent to the room, and whilst I’m not sure if I have felt more creative whilst using the oil it does definitely help to lift the spirit (especially today when it is so cold outside!). I really...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Badger – Cheerful Mind Balm

Badger – Cheerful Mind Balm

I recently reviewed Sleep Balm from US natural aromatherapy brand Badger (you can read that review here). I really loved the product and my review got so many mentions and comments that I decided to try out another of Badger’s portable aromatherapy products – Cheerful Mind Balm. This cute little tin contains a soft balm with a blend of essential oils that helps you to dispel that “cloudy day mood”. The two main ingredients are Sweet Orange and Spearmint oils, and all the ingredients are certified organic. You can rub Badger Cheerful Mind Balm on your hands, temples, wrists or anywhere that needs soothing. The scent of the balm is lovely and orangey, but it doesn’t smell too sweet. I think that it has a spicey undertone to the fragrance, one of the ingredients is Cinnamon so it could be this that is coming through. I’ve only been using this balm for a few days so far, I’m not sure if it has made me feel any more cheerful...

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Bath & Body | 6 comments

Badger Sleep Balm

Badger Sleep Balm

I’ve always had trouble getting off to sleep at night and have recently been using Badger Sleep Balm to try and help me relax at bedtime. This cute little tin contains a soft balm with a blend of essential oils that helps quiet your thoughts and clear your mind. The two main ingredients are Lavender and Bergamot oils, and all the ingredients are certified organic. I have been a rubbing a little of the Badger Sleep Balm on my temples and wrists when I turn off the light at bedtime to help me to switch off my mind and relax. The scent of the balm is lovely and soothing, you can smell the lavender but it’s not overpowering. I’ve only been using this product for a couple of weeks so far. I’m not sure if it has helped me get to sleep any faster but it definitely makes me feel relaxed and soothed. Overall a great little product and great value. Badger Sleep Balm starts at around £3.99 for...

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