Simplicity at its best: new launches from Mallow and White

Lately I have been having many conversations about skincare routines, in part, a consequence of a collaboration that I have been doing with Bio-Extracts. Or maybe it is the fact that festivities aren’t read more

Face oil loving from Aromatherapy Associates

Sunshine has been kind to us lately and while luxuriating in its rays ( not forgetting to apply and re-apply sun protection ) it might be useful to re-assess face care products you use, for example swapping your serum & moisturiser combo for a face oil like Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Face Oil, which promises to calm and comfort your skin.

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The brand has been going from strength to strength since its launch in 1985 by Geraldine Howard ( she trained as a beauty therapist under aromatherapy doyennne Micheline Arcier ), who, alongside her team slowly and consistently has been building up a loyal customer base by creating products that don’t follow trends, instead they provide you with handy tools to suit your mood, energy or skincare needs with the help of essential oils and active botanicals.

The soothing face oil that I have been using lately is a nourishing blend of

coconut, jojoba seed, rice germ, baobab
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Summer face oils from de Mamiel and Bodhi

Summer is a gloriously happy time of the year but the heat and the sun play havoc not just with our hair but with our complexions as well. In addition to upping our sun protection to safeguard our skin (sometimes it leads to your pores being a bit more clogged than usual, particularly if you re-apply it during the day on the beach, as advised by dermatologists), it helps to switch to lighter skincare formulas but would you use a summer face oil? If the thought hasn’t crossed your mind or you have some misconceptions about them, I have been testing two face oils this summer, =&0=& =&1=& and =&2=&, with great success (my way of saying that those two are definite beauty keepers).

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de Mamiel Spring Facial Oil-my liquid sunshine in a bottle

Oils have been used all over the world for centuries to nurture skin, hair, nails, bodies and yet, many women I know are reluctant to use them, convinced that they will make their skin look and feel greasy. Well, with all due respect, let me explain why I disagree.

I have been using face and body oils for a few years now and while not all of them are made equal-in my view a lot depends on the quality of oils and the energy and skill of the practitioner who mixes them- some oils are exquisitely special and the latest launch from Annee de Mamiel, will be my case in point here.

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Annee’s name has been popping on my radar for a while and we have at least one good mutual acquaintance, yet we haven’t met in person so far. People who used to see Annee for treatments at Home House in the past always talked highly of her, yet did so in hushed tones, almost afraid that other people will learn their secret. But Annee not only does treatments ( currently practising at Beauty a La Carte when in London ), she makes seasonal face oils and her latest, spring facial oil is launching in the UK on March 20th. Luckily for you, my dear readers, I have been using it for about a month now and even though spring’s arrival has been slow, my skin feels and looks grateful already.

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The oil itself looks like liquid sunshine-a rich, amber like yellow with a hint of chestnut. It has a gentle smell of sun and flowers, so it not only works on your skin, it has a deep effect on you via your senses. The oil, contained in the dark glass bottle, in order to best preserve its contents, is hand blended and packs a powerful punch of antioxidants and Omegas that will help to rejuvenate your pasty skin after the harsh winter and give it the much needed-and welcomed, might I add !!- glow.

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Oils of:

juniper ( detoxifying ),

grapefruit ( revitalises & uplifts the senses ),

lavender ( relaxing and healing for the skin ),

geranium ( helps to lift the spirits and balances the skin ),

thyme ( powerful antiseptic and very beneficial for immunity in general ),

rosemary ( stimulating for mental clarity & stiffness of muscles ),

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