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My favourite and most simple way to use rosewater

Damask rose is best for use with rosewater

Rosewater is a heavenly skincare ingredient. Fragrant and refreshing it can lighten a natural skincare blend while bringing a touch of flower-filled romance to the simplest products. Using rosewater There are many ways to use rosewater so it’s always worth having some in supply. It’s quite easy to make your own, but do be careful…

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Deodorant: Time for a pit stop?

Cool approach to deodorant Have you considered taking the opportunity of this period of cool weather to make the change to a natural deodorant? Changing your deodorant – a relied-upon, daily weapon – is a BIG deal. Even if you’re fairly prolific about the choice of brand on the stick/spray/roller that you use, it’s another…

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What is the difference between a balm and a cream and how should you use them?

Creams and balms

Balms and Creams Skincare products come in many forms from purely water based like a simple plant infusion to the waxy balms that need just a smear in application. Balms and creams sit at different points along this spectrum. And the defining aspect of the spectrum: water. Water content While it’s true that a whole…

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The perfect hand cream

Summer Garden Hand Cream

Hand cream of Dreams What does it take to make the perfect hand cream? That’s the question you ask when starting to formulate a new product. Of course, for everyone the answer may be different, but when I started to think about what a perfect hand cream should be like, the ideas started rolling. Learn…

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Bewitching skincare

Witch on a broomstick

Witches or wise women? Having seemingly super-natural powers could get you condemned as a ‘witch’. But, viewing these historical characters with a modern, less superstitious eye, we can see the practices of some really wise women who truly knew their herbs. Modern understanding We recognise that our body absorbs the food we consume, ingesting, digesting,…

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Blackberry and Honeysuckle Lotion

Blackberry and honeysuckle lotion

Blackberry and Honeysuckle Lotion for oily skin When your skin is oily it needs bringing back into balance. This blackberry and honeysuckle lotion makes use of dry oils and a range of emollient and humectant ingredients to bring your skin into balance. You are producing oils to lubricate your skin, but if it seems over-oily,…

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Dry skin? or dehydrated? – know how to tell, and how to treat both.

Dry and dehydrated skin, know how to tell them apart and how to treat them

Know whether your skin is dry or dehydrated to know the ingredients you need in your moisturiser Dry skin and dehydrated skin are different conditions, and need a different approach to remedy. Dry skin is an indication that your skin does not have enough oil. Dehydrated skin is lacking water. To know what moisturiser, or…

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How to do Oil Cleansing

In a ‘keep it simple’ approach to skincare, oil cleansing can be one of the easiest approaches, especially if you want to make your own products. As this is now a ‘trend’ in skincare, a plethora of advice and techniques for it can be found online, but really it can be very straight-forward. Breakouts are…

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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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