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Fresh Skincare: what do the ‘Make By’ and ‘Use By’ dates mean?

Use by dates on natural skincare

Natural skincare is like food for the skin. So treat your skincare like your food. The best skincare (like food) is freshly made using fresh, natural ingredients (ideally sourced as locally as possible). As with fresh food, this will mean skincare has a lifespan (or ‘shelf-life’), after which it is considered not suitable for use.…

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Using Essential Oils to add scent

Essential oils are extracted through distillation, it’s a practice we’ve been doing for over a thousand years. Distillation creates a truly intense concentration of plant power to be used with care. Often they are included in skincare recipes for therapeutic benefits, but they may simply be added for their wonderful, natural scent and the character…

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Scentsational news

Scent is incredibly evocative. Unseen, untouchable and yet utterly pervasive: scent instantly assails us, lingers round us and etches itself into our memories. The fragrance surrounding us can bring calm and joy; or it can bring danger …. Heaven scent: the calming effect of scent Fragrance molecules send signals through the olfactory nerves in the…

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Elderflower lotion for rough, chapped hands

Elderflower a classic natural skincare ingredient for softening skin and creating an even complexion

Elderflower was the go-to complexion enhancer on every dressing table in the past. They are widely used in skincare for their conditioning and skin-lightening, properties which can be handy for reducing freckles and sunburn and for treating greying hair. An infusion of elderflowers can be used for softening cleansers, toners and conditioners for hands, face and body. It is…

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5 steps to going natural

The relentless pace of an always-on, always-connected world can leave us actually feeling rather disconnected. Disconnected from others, and from nature, from our own core being. One way to ground ourselves, bring back some natural balance and establish nature as a regular part of our daily lives is to use the natural ingredients that grow…

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5 traditional stocking fillers that are great for your skin

This time of year is full of traditions, whether universally adopted or ones special to just you and your family, we pack the season with memories and expectations. The Christmas stocking is one of these practices, steeped in ritual from the ceremonious hanging alongside a hopeful sherry and mince pie to the curious squeezing and…

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Zero calorie chocolate indulgence

Chocolate: the health-boosting gift A gift of chocolate is a huge treat – for you and your skin, ideally dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa). Simply eating it provides potent antioxidants in the form of flavonoids, omega 6 fatty acids, and some essential nutrients including vitamins A, B, D, E and K and minerals, riboflavin, thiamine,…

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