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Oil of the Month – April: Rosehip Seed Oil

Yes, it’s true, it’s no April Fool’s joke, we’re almost in the second third of this year and the Easter Eggs in the grocery shop are there to testify. The year has sped up and the last few months of summer have zoomed by in the blink of an eye. But not to fret, this April’s oil of the month, Rosehip (Rosa rubignosa) seed oil, will help you feel more revitalized and ready (as ready as one can be) for the turbulence of winter that is rapidly approaching. Rosehips are the oval, scarlet seeded fruit that forms on the branches of rose plants after the flowering period. Inside the hips are light brown seeds which were a popular source of...

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About preservatives in our skincare products

You’re on the go, one hand holding the phone and the other plunging into your handbag that holds used tissues, car keys and granola bars along with food crumbs and old receipts. You’re desperately trying to reach your creams - to the outside world, it looks like you're wrestling with a small seabass. You’ve forgotten to wash your hands and that you’ve just used the ATM around the corner, but you dip your fingers into your product and before you know it you’ve given bacteria from your hands a lovely new home and they're multiplying by the minute. Cheerio homemade skincare product. This is why preservatives join the party. Preservatives inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi in food...

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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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