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Essential Oil of the Month – March: Rosemary Leaf Oil

2019 is in full swing now and there’s no turning back. There are a lot of things going on and March has me thinking I’ve already lost all my marbles. Please don’t tell me I am the only one? But allow me to officially introduce to you March’s Essential Oil of the Month; Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil or otherwise known as Rosemary leaf oil. Yes, rosemary, as in the herb that is probably most well-known for its abilities to create the most delicious roasted veg on earth (thanks Jamie Oliver). However, you will be surprised to know that there is an extensive list of incredible health and skin care benefits associated with rosemary leaf oil. The rich history of rosemary...

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The why, how and when of exfoliation

We are all familiar with the term ‘exfoliate’, or better yet, ‘scrub’. But like most beauty fads, do we really know why we do it and if we are doing it right? Earlier in my life, exfoliation in my skin care routine was synonymous with torture. The thought of scrubbing my body with some sort of salt-concoction, aimlessly trying to get rid of those hard and dead skin on my heels even now makes me pull my ‘No, thank you, not interested’-face. But as my journey with self-care and self-love progressed, I learnt more about sustainable beauty products and routines (such as exfoliation) but also why they exist. The word ‘exfoliate’ dates to the 17th century from the late Latin...

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Our Essential Oil of the Month, February 2019: Spearmint Leaf Oil

Have you ever wondered why minty bubble gum seems to boost your mood almost immediately after only a few chews and why brushing your teeth with toothpaste is so satisfying? The secret (that’s what we like to call it) is spearmint leaf oil. Apart from its fresh aromatics, spearmint oil is known as a mood-boosting agent. Its antiseptic properties make it ideal for babies and sensitive skin that are prone to infection. Historically, spearmint oil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Greek medicine. The leaves were used to treat scurvy. It was also used to heal wounds by rubbing salt and spearmint leaves directly onto the broken skin. The Romans brought mint to Britain, from where it...

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Pringle Bay Village Festival

It's that time of the year again! My favourite festival of all time. The Pringle Bay Village Festival! What makes it my favourite festival? The community that welcomes visitors with such amazing hospitality. I think you come as a stranger and leave as a friend. Some people never leave... Oh, and the food, entertainment, stalls, fun run, mountain biking, activities...it's all of great quality! Then there's the fact that it is hosted in the beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere, surrounded by mountains, has a great beach and is in a conservation area. Beautiful Scenery, Warm hospitality, Fun activities = My favourite festival And when you are here, don't forget to come say hello to us at the Le Riche Shop! XXX  

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White Cape May

The local fisherman in Pringle Bay know it as "Aasbossie" (Bait bush). Basically, after fishing with foul smelling bait the whole day, this is the cure. I'm smiling as I write this. Clearly, even they realize they need to smell better before going back into civilization. The perfumed leaves of this Fynbos species is highly aromatic and prized by locals. Here at Le Riche Perfumery, we use it in our Fynbos style perfume called VERT. This green floral style perfume literally takes you on a fragrant journey through Fynbos. I love it for the memories it evokes. Have you ever gone kloofing in the Grabouw mountains, ziplined on a hot summer day and fallen down for a rest on a picnic blanket surrounded by sun baked Fynbos?...

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