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How to avoid and stop Athlete's Foot

How to avoid and stop Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection affecting the skin on the feet, can be both uncomfortable and persistent. The good news is, there are numerous ways to tackle athlete's foot naturally!

Natural remedies can be very effective in treating athlete’s foot. By incorporating a few simple, yet effective strategies into your daily routine, you can not only combat the infection but also maintain healthier, happier feet.

In this blog we will cover:

How athlete's foot is caused?

How do you know if you have athlete's foot?

What can you use for athlete's foot?

How to avoid athlete's foot?

What causes athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is primarily caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments such as changing rooms, public showers, and around swimming pools, making it easy to contract the infection in these settings. The fungi can invade the outer layer of the skin through small cracks or abrasions, often resulting from sweaty feet confined in tight, non-breathable footwear. Factors such as poor foot hygiene, wearing damp socks, and having a compromised immune system can also increase susceptibility to athlete's foot.


How do you know if you have athlete's foot?

Identifying athlete's foot involves recognising several telltale symptoms. Common signs include persistent itching, stinging, and burning sensations between the toes or on the soles of the feet. The skin may appear red, scaly, and dry, sometimes developing cracks or blisters that can be painful. In more severe cases, skin damaged by athlete's foot can become infected with bacteria which can lead to cellulitis, causing the skin to become red, hot and swollen. If you notice any of these symptoms, particularly after spending time in damp environments like changing rooms or swimming pools, it is likely you have athlete's foot and should start appropriate treatment.

What can you use for athlete's foot?

Natural remedies can be an effective way to treat athlete's foot while avoiding the side effects of harsh chemicals. Start by washing the affected area with Organic Tea Tree Oil Soap, which has potent antifungal properties. Follow up by applying an Organic Tea Tree Oil Cream directly to the infected skin to soothe irritation and combat the fungus. Tea tree oil's natural antiseptic qualities help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Consistent use of these natural treatments can not only soothe the itching and discomfort of athlete's foot but also help prevent the infection from returning.

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How to avoid athlete's foot?

Managing a fungal foot infection, such as athlete's foot, involves diligent self-care to alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence.

  • Keep your feet clean and dry, washing them daily with natural Tea Tree Oil Soap and water and thoroughly drying them, especially between the toes.
  • Apply Organic Tea Tree Cream after cleansing.
  • Opt for breathable, moisture-wicking socks and change them frequently if your feet get sweaty.
  • Choose well-ventilated shoes and avoid walking barefoot in public areas.
  • Avoid sharing footwear or towels with others.
Consistent and mindful foot hygiene is key to managing and preventing fungal infections.


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What is the correct way to shower?

What is the correct way to shower?

When it comes to our daily hygiene routine, showering seems like a straightforward task. But did you know that you might be doing it wrong?

The temperature of your water and the products you use can have a significant impact on the health of your skin and hair. In this blog we will look at:


The Downside to showering in hot water
The problems harsh shower gels can cause
Can shower gel be used as shampoo?
Is it wrong to take a shower every day?
How to take a shower correctly?
Are cold showers good for your hair?


The Downside to showering in hot water

There's nothing quite like a steamy hot shower to wake you up in the morning or unwind after a long day. However, as comforting as it may feel, hot water can actually strip your skin of its natural oils. These oils play a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration and protecting against external irritants. When you expose your skin to hot water on a regular basis, it can lead to dryness, irritation, and even exacerbate conditions like eczema.


The problems harsh shower gels can cause

Many commercial soaps and body washes are formulated with harsh detergents and fragrances. While they may leave you feeling squeaky clean, they can also disrupt the delicate balance of your skin and strip away its natural protective barrier. This can leave your skin feeling dry, itchy, and prone to irritation. Additionally, the fragrance/perfume ingredients commonly found in these products can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Opting for a natural organic cleanser offers numerous benefits:

  • They gently cleanse without stripping away essential skin oils, maintaining the skin's natural pH balance and in doing so, keeping it soft, comfortable and healthy.
  • They are far less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Natural cleansers are enriched with ingredients that not only nourish but soothe and hydrate the skin, promoting overall skin health and a more radiant complexion.
  • They are more eco and animal friendly.



Can shower gel be used as shampoo?

Using shower gel as shampoo is normally not recommended due to the differing formulations intended for skin and hair care. Shower gels often contain harsh chemicals that can strip the natural oils from your hair, leading to dryness and potential damage. In contrast, our natural organic shampoo & gel wash is specially formulated to be gentle on both skin and hair. It has no harsh chemicals, instead utilising nourishing ingredients that cleanse and condition without stripping away essential moisture. This makes it a safer and more effective option for maintaining healthy, well-moisturised hair and scalp.


Is it wrong to take a shower every day?

Taking a shower every day is not inherently wrong, but its impact can vary based on individual skin types, lifestyles, environmental factors and the products you use. For some people, daily showers help maintain personal hygiene, especially if you engage in activities that cause sweating or exposure to dirt. However, frequent showering with harsh commercial wash products can strip the skin of natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation, particularly for those with sensitive skin. Using mild, naturally moisturising products and adjusting the frequency of showers to suit your skin's needs can help mitigate any potential negative effects. Ultimately, it's about finding a balance that keeps you clean without compromising your skin's health.


How to take a shower correctly?

  • Use lukewarm water instead of hot.
  • Choose a natural organic cleanser.
  • Limit your time in the shower to prevent over-drying the skin.
  • Pat your skin dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing vigorously.
  • Follow up with a natural organic moisturiser to lock in hydration.


Are cold showers good for your hair?

Cold showers can be beneficial for your hair in several ways. Cold water helps to seal the hair cuticle, which can result in smoother, shinier hair by reducing frizz and promoting a sleek appearance. Additionally, cold water can help preserve the natural oils on your scalp and hair, preventing excessive dryness and brittleness. It also stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, which can promote healthier hair growth. While it might not be necessary to take an entirely cold shower, rinsing your hair with cool or cold water at the end of your shower can provide health benefits not only to your hair but to your body and mind too.

By making small adjustments to your shower routine, you can help keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and happy. Remember, your skin deserves gentle care, so treat it with kindness every time you step into the shower.

Wishing you happy, healthy skin and hair!

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Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits for Skin and Hair

Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits for Skin and Hair

Few things smell as refreshing as the aroma of lemongrass, but did you know that organic lemongrass essential oil holds remarkable benefits for your skin and hair too?

Lemongrass is a tall, perennial grass native to tropical regions, prized for its distinct citrusy fragrance. Its essential oil is extracted from the leaves and used in perfumes, soaps, and other beauty products for its refreshing scent and skin and hair enhancing properties.

In this blog we will discuss all the amazing reasons why you should use lemongrass in your skin and hair care routine:

  • What is lemongrass?
  • What does lemongrass do for your skin?
  • Can you apply lemongrass essential oil directly to skin?
  • What are the benefits of lemongrass oil for your hair?
  • Can I use lemongrass oil every day?

What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass, with its vibrant and citrusy aroma, is a herbaceous plant renowned for its culinary and medicinal uses. Native to tropical regions like Southeast Asia, its essential oils are prized for their aromatic qualities and are often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and alleviate stress. Beyond its culinary and therapeutic benefits, lemongrass is also valued for its antimicrobial properties and is commonly used in skin and hair care products to reduce irritation and inflammation.

What does Lemongrass do for your skin?

Organic Lemongrass essential oil offers several benefits for the skin, thanks to its remarkable properties:

Oil Control: Lemongrass helps regulate oil production in the skin, making it beneficial for those with Oily or Combination skin types. By balancing oil production, lemongrass can help prevent clogged pores.

Helps with breakouts: Lemongrass contains compounds like citral and limonene, which have antibacterial and antifungal properties. This makes lemongrass oil beneficial for combating acne-causing bacteria and fungal infections on the skin.

Rosacea, Thread/Spider Veins and Redness: The anti-inflammatory properties of lemongrass can help soothe irritated skin and reduce the redness and swelling associated with conditions like Rosacea. 

Helps minimise Blackheads and large / open pores: Due to its astringent properties, lemongrass can help tone and tighten the skin, unblocking pores, getting rid of Blackheads and reducing the appearance of large pores and giving the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Whether used as an ingredient in cleansers, moisturisers or diluted in a carrier oil, with regular use, its natural healing, soothing properties can help keep your skin soft and glowing with health.


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Can you apply Lemongrass essential oil directly to skin?

Lemongrass oil is potent and can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Therefore, it's advisable to dilute lemongrass oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil, before applying it topically. Better still, choose a safety certified natural organic product made with lemongrass essential oil. Then you can be certain the dilution is correct which reduces the risk of skin irritation while still allowing you to enjoy the benefits of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Always perform a patch test on a small area of skin before widespread use to ensure you don't experience any adverse reactions.

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What are the benefits of Lemongrass oil for your Hair?

Lemongrass offers several benefits for hair and scalp health, making it a popular ingredient in hair care products. Its natural properties can help promote stronger, healthier hair and scalp in the following ways:

Controls Oil Production: Lemongrass helps regulate the production of oil on the scalp, making it beneficial for those with Greasy Hair. It helps maintain a balanced scalp environment, reducing greasiness and promoting cleaner, fresher hair.

Adds Shine: Lemongrass oil can impart a natural shine and lustre to your hair due to it's astringent properties.

Strengthens Hair: The vitamins and minerals in lemongrass nourish the scalp and hair strands, helping to strengthen them and reduce breakage, leading to smoother and more manageable hair.

Whether used as an ingredient in shampoos and conditioners or applied as a diluted essential oil directly to the scalp, lemongrass can be a valuable addition to your hair care routine, offering a range of benefits for healthier, more beautiful hair.


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Can I use Lemongrass oil every day?

Yes! Incorporating lemongrass oil into your daily skincare and haircare routine can yield numerous health and beauty benefits. Used regularly, lemongrass skin and hair care products can invigorate your routine, leaving you with refreshed, skin and vibrant hair effortlessly.

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We provide small sizes of all our products so that you can test your skin's personal tolerance to the ingredients without having to buy large sizes. We also provide over 40 sample packs for specific skin and hair concerns.

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How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris naturally?

How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris naturally?

Let's talk about Keratosis Pilaris (KP), sometimes called "chicken skin". If you've ever dealt with those pesky, rough bumps on your skin, you know the struggle is real. It's like your skin decided to throw a tiny rebellion, leaving you feeling frustrated and, let's face it, a tad self-conscious. But fear not! Amidst the maze of skincare products promising miracles, there's a natural hero emerging. Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and costly procedures and hello to a gentle, natural, more effective solution.

In this blog we will cover:

  • What is Keratosis Pilaris?
  • What are the symptoms of KP?
  • How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris naturally?
  • What are the best natural products for Keratosis Pilaris?
  • Tips for using natural tea tree products to treat KP

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris, can present itself as a formidable challenge, often stemming from a combination of genetic predisposition, dry skin, and a buildup of keratin. This perfect storm manifests as those tiny, rough bumps that seem to pop up uninvited. Beyond the physical discomfort, KP can take a toll on your self-esteem and overall quality of life. Constantly worrying about the appearance of your skin can chip away at confidence and make simple tasks, like choosing what to wear, feel like a daunting challenge. That's why finding suitable treatment options is crucial, not just for smoother skin, but for reclaiming that sense of comfort and confidence in your own skin.

Keratosis Pilaris Symptoms

What are the symptoms of KP?

Understanding the symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris is crucial for accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of this common skin condition. KP manifests as small, rough bumps on the skin, typically on the arms, Legs, thighs, buttocks, and sometimes on the face. These bumps may be flesh-coloured, red, or brown, and they often have a rough texture resembling sandpaper. KP can also cause itchiness, especially in dry conditions or during winter months. In some cases, the affected areas may become inflamed, leading to redness and irritation. While KP is usually harmless and asymptomatic, the appearance of the bumps can cause self-consciousness and discomfort for those affected. 

How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris naturally?

Tea tree essential oil is a powerful natural remedy for Keratosis Pilaris boasting antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and exfoliating prowess. This botanical powerhouse isn't just a trendy addition to your skincare routine, it's a game-changer for tackling KP. Its antimicrobial properties work wonders in combating bacteria lurking within the skin's pores, while its anti-inflammatory nature calms irritation and reduces redness, providing much-needed relief for those frustrating bumps. Moreover, tea tree oil's gentle exfoliating action helps slough off dead skin cells, unclogging pores and smoothing the skin's surface, making it an enticing prospect for anyone seeking an effective treatment for KP.

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What are the best natural products for Keratosis Pilaris?

    Organic Tea Tree Soap with Poppy Seeds: A Gentle Cleansing Solution:

    Organic tea tree soap offers a myriad of benefits for individuals dealing with Keratosis Pilaris. This is due to its gentle yet effective cleansing and exfoliating properties. Unlike harsher soaps that can strip away natural oils and exacerbate KP symptoms, tea tree soap delicately cleanses the skin without causing excessive dryness or irritation. The antibacterial properties inherent in tea tree essential oil play a pivotal role in managing KP by preventing infections and soothing inflamed bumps. Additionally, the inclusion of poppy seeds in the soap formula provides gentle exfoliation, helping to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores. Also, regular use of tea tree soap can help reduce the redness and discomfort associated with KP promoting smoother healthier skin over time. 

    For optimal results incorporate tea tree soap into your daily skincare routine. Use it once a day during their daily shower or bath, gently massaging the soap onto damp skin, paying particular attention to areas affected by KP.


    Organic Tea Tree Cream: Nourishing and Hydrating:

    Introducing organic tea tree cream as a moisturising solution for Keratosis Pilaris (KP) offers a holistic approach to managing this common skin condition. Enriched with tea tree essential oil and other nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter, this cream provides essential hydration to the skin while simultaneously harnessing the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil. By deeply moisturising the skin, tea tree cream helps to reduce dryness and alleviate the rough patches associated with KP, leaving the skin feeling smoother and more supple. Incorporating tea tree cream into a daily skincare routine, especially after showering or bathing when the skin is most receptive to the hydrating and nourishing ingredients, can yield noticeable improvements in KP over time.



        Tips for using natural tea tree products to treat KP:

          • Before incorporating any new products into your skincare routine, it's important to conduct a 24 hour patch test to ensure compatibility with your unique skin and minimise the risk of potential irritation or allergic reactions.
          • When cleansing, it's advisable to use warm water rather than hot water, as hot water can cause further irritation to the skin, especially for conditions like Keratosis Pilaris.
          • Moisturise regularly, avoiding harsh exfoliants, to protect the skin from harsh weather conditions.
          • Consistency is key when using tea tree products to manage KP symptoms, as regular application can help maintain skin health and minimise flare-ups.
          •  This is not a quick fix and it may take a little time to see noticeable improvements in KP symptoms.


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          Numerous individuals have shared their positive experiences using organic tea tree soap and cream to manage Keratosis Pilaris (KP), offering inspiring testimonials and personal anecdotes. Whether it's achieving smoother skin or boosting confidence levels, these stories serve as a reminder that there are options available for managing KP, and with perseverance and the right approach, positive results can be achieved.

          By prioritising natural ingredients and gentle but effective formulations, organic tea tree soap and cream provide a daily holistic solution for managing KP and promoting healthy skin without causing further irritation.

          Your journey is unique, and though KP may present challenges, remember that there are options available to help you achieve smooth healthy skin.


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          How to exfoliate at home naturally

          How to exfoliate at home naturally

          In the pursuit of glowing, healthy skin, the importance of natural exfoliation cannot be overstated. Unlike harsh chemical exfoliants that can sometimes do more harm than good, natural exfoliating methods offer a gentle yet effective way to rejuvenate the skin on your face and body. Natural exfoliants not only reveal a smoother, brighter skin but also promote better skin health in the long run.

          In this blog we will cover:

          • What is exfoliating?
          • Why is skin exfoliation important?
          • When should you exfoliate?
          • How often should you exfoliate your skin?
          • What is the healthiest way to exfoliate your skin?
          • How to exfoliate at home naturally?
          • Should I moisturise after exfoliating?
          • How to exfoliate: dos and don’ts

          What is exfoliating?

          Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, unveiling a fresher, smoother, healthier skin underneath. Exfoliating has ancient roots, dating back centuries to various cultures around the world. Historically, people used natural ingredients like crushed seeds, grains, or abrasive substances such as sand or pumice to slough away dead skin cells.

          Why is skin exfoliation important?

          By removing dead skin cells from the surface, exfoliation helps to unclog pores, prevent breakouts, and improve the absorption of skincare products. It also promotes cell turnover, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone over time. Additionally, exfoliation can stimulate blood circulation, resulting in a more rejuvenated and revitalised complexion. Incorporating exfoliation into your skincare routine is a simple yet effective way to achieve clearer, brighter, and healthier skin.

          When should you exfoliate?

          Exfoliating is best incorporated into a morning or evening routine. It should be done after cleansing but before applying oils, moisturisers or other skincare products.

          How often should you exfoliate your skin?

          Exfoliating is wonderful for your skin, but finding the right frequency is key. Typically, experts recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week for most skin types. However, it's important to listen to your skin and adjust accordingly. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate less frequently, while oily or acne-prone skin might benefit from more frequent exfoliation. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a balance that leaves your skin smooth and glowing without causing irritation or over-exfoliation.

          What is the healthiest way to exfoliate your skin?

          The healthiest way to exfoliate your skin involves gentle methods that effectively remove dead skin cells without causing irritation or damage. Opting for a physical exfoliate, such as an exfoliating pad or a natural exfoliating organic soap with oatmeal, coffee or poppy seeds added, is a great choice as it provides gentle manual exfoliation. These scrubs help to slough away dead skin cells while also promoting circulation, leaving your skin soft and smooth.

          Unlike harsh chemical exfoliators, which can sometimes strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier, gentle scrub soaps offer a safer and more natural approach to exfoliation. However, it's essential to use them with care, applying gentle pressure and avoiding over-exfoliation, especially if you have sensitive skin.


          How to exfoliate at home naturally?

          Using a Scrubbie pad:

          1. Wash with a natural cleanser.

          2. Dampen your Scrubbie; your skin should be damp but not overly soaked.

          3. Utilise upward and downward strokes to exfoliate your skin.

          4. Rinse your skin (and the Scrubbie pad) thoroughly and gently pat dry with a clean towel to reveal a radiant glow.


          Exfoliating Pad


          Using an Exfoliating Soap:

          1. Wash hands first.

          2. Splash skin with warm water.

          3. Apply bar directly all over face with gentle circular movements.

          4. Rinse soap bar and leave to drain.

          5. Massage gently onto skin and leave for at least 2 mins.

          6. Rinse with warm clean running water.

          7. Close pores with a few splashes of cool water.

          8. Gently pat dry with a clean towel.

          Should I moisturise after exfoliating?

          Absolutely! Moisturising after exfoliating is essential for maintaining a healthy skin barrier and maximising the benefits of exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin's surface smoother and more receptive to hydration. Moisturiser helps to replenish lost moisture, soothe any potential irritation, and lock in hydration, keeping the skin soft, supple, and nourished. Choosing a moisturiser with hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera, Shea butter and Rosehip Oil can further enhance the skin's moisture levels, leaving you with a beautifully hydrated and glowing complexion. So, don't forget to moisturise after exfoliating to keep your skin looking and feeling its best!


          How to exfoliate: dos and don’ts

          Do: Choose a natural exfoliate. Harsh chemicals can damage your skin and cause irritation.

          Don't: Rub too hard. It can cause irritation, leaving your skin red and sore.

          Do: Let your skin determine how often you exfoliate. For those with sensitive skin, reducing the frequency of exfoliation may be advisable, whereas individuals with oily or acne-prone skin could find more frequent exfoliation beneficial.

          Don't: Exfoliate if your skin is irritated or sun burnt. Let your skin heal before scrubbing it to avoid damaging it further.

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          How to care for your skin over 40

          How to care for your skin over 40

          Entering my forties brought about a whirlwind of changes, especially when it came to my skin. Suddenly, the reflection staring back at me in the mirror seemed different – dull, tired, and marked with signs of aging that I hadn't noticed before. It was as if my skin had a mind of its own, rebelling with random breakouts and wrinkles that seemed to appear overnight.

          While navigating these changes may present challenges, with the right approach and a commitment to self-care, you can maintain healthy, radiant skin that reflects your inner vitality and confidence.

          In this blog, we'll explore effective strategies and products tailored specifically for maintaining healthy, radiant skin in your 40s and beyond.

          • Understanding skin changes in your 40s
          • Skincare Tips for your 40s
          • AM skincare routine in your 40s
          • PM skincare routine in your 40s
          • Lifestyle Factors for Healthy Skin in your 40s

          Understanding Skin Changes in Your 40s

          In our forties, our skin undergoes a series of physiological changes that can significantly impact its appearance and texture. One of the most notable changes is a decrease in collagen production, the protein responsible for maintaining skin's firmness and elasticity. This decline leads to a loss of skin elasticity, resulting in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

          Additionally, hormonal fluctuations, particularly in women approaching menopause, can contribute to changes in skin texture and tone. These hormonal shifts may lead to increased dryness, as well as a decrease in oil production, leaving the skin feeling parched and dull.

          As we age, our skin's ability to retain moisture diminishes, leading to increased dryness and a compromised skin barrier function. This can result in a rough, flaky texture and an overall lack of radiance.

          Furthermore, environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollution can exacerbate these changes, accelerating the aging process and causing further damage to the skin.

          Overall, understanding these physiological changes is essential for developing an effective skincare routine tailored to the specific needs of mature skin. By addressing these concerns with targeted treatments and lifestyle modifications, we can help maintain the health and vitality of our skin well into our forties and beyond.

          Essential Skincare Tips for Your 40s

          Hydration Is Key!

          Hydration is essential for skincare in your forties as it helps combat the increased dryness that often accompanies this stage of life. Adequate hydration not only helps replenish lost moisture but also supports skin elasticity, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

          Daily Skincare Routine

          A simple morning and evening skincare routine for your 40s can make a world of difference in maintaining healthy, radiant skin. It doesn't have to be complicated, simply having one is the cornerstone of effective skincare, ensuring that you give your skin the attention and care it deserves to age gracefully and maintain its natural glow.

          AM skincare routine in your 40s:

          1. Cleanse

          Starting your morning with a natural organic cleanser is a rejuvenating ritual that sets the tone for the day, especially for skin in the 40s. Cleansing not only removes impurities and excess oil but also prepares the skin to better absorb the nourishing ingredients of your skincare routine. Opting for a cleanser enriched with organic Patchouli essential oil can be particularly beneficial. Patchouli oil boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helping to soothe and protect mature skin from environmental stressors. Its natural astringent properties also help to tighten and tone the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time. By incorporating a patchouli-infused cleanser into your morning routine, you're not only cleansing your skin but also giving it the love and care it deserves, ensuring a radiant and youthful complexion throughout the day.

          2. Apply a face oil

          Using a Rose Geranium Face Oil can be a game-changer for skin in your 40s. This luxurious oil is packed with benefits that cater to the specific needs of mature skin. Rich in antioxidants, Rose Geranium oil helps to combat free radical damage, which can contribute to the visible signs of aging. Its hydrating properties deeply nourish the skin, restoring moisture and elasticity for a more plump and youthful complexion. Additionally, Rose Geranium oil has a balancing effect on the skin's natural oils, making it suitable for all skin types, including the combination and oily skin often experienced in your 40s. Its soothing aroma also offers aromatherapy benefits, promoting relaxation and reducing stress, which can further benefit your skin's overall health and appearance. Incorporating Rose Geranium Face Oil into your skincare routine can leave your skin looking and feeling rejuvenated, radiant, and beautifully hydrated throughout your 40s and beyond.


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          3. Moisturise

          In your 40s, maintaining optimal skin hydration is essential for a youthful and radiant complexion, and using a Patchouli Light Cream can make a significant difference. This light yet nourishing cream is specifically formulated to address the unique needs of mature skin. Patchouli oil, a key ingredient in this cream, offers a myriad of benefits, including its ability to soothe inflammation, promote cell regeneration, and balance oil production. These properties make it particularly effective in addressing common concerns of aging skin, such as dryness, fine lines, and loss of elasticity. The lightweight texture of the cream ensures that it absorbs quickly into the skin without feeling heavy or greasy, leaving your skin feeling soft, supple, and deeply moisturised. Incorporating Patchouli Light Cream into your daily skincare routine can help rejuvenate and revitalise your complexion, providing the hydration and nourishment your skin needs to look its best.

          4. Sun protection

          A little sun can indeed be beneficial for your skin, as it provides vitamin D and a natural glow. However, it's crucial to be mindful of exposure time. Limiting sun exposure to no more than 20 minutes at a time can help prevent skin damage. The best defense against harmful UV rays is to take breaks from direct sunlight altogether. If extended time outdoors is unavoidable, choosing an organic SPF sunscreen offers effective protection while minimising exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. Additionally, many natural SPF formulations are infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and hydrating botanicals that nourish and replenish the skin while defending against environmental damage. Remember, moderation and protection are key to maintaining healthy skin under the sun's rays.

          When we dive into skincare routines for those of us hitting the fabulous 40s and beyond, let's remember it's not just about the face! Don't forget about your neck, chest, and those hardworking hands! They need some love too!

          PM Routine:

          1. Cleanse

          Cleansing nightly with an Organic Patchouli Soap Bar holds significant importance beyond mere hygiene. Patchouli boasts natural antibacterial properties, effectively removing dirt, pollutants, and excess oils accumulated throughout the day. This cleansing ritual not only purifies the skin but also relaxes the mind, promoting a sense of calmness and tranquility essential for a restful night's sleep. Moreover, choosing an organic option ensures minimal exposure to harsh chemicals, prioritising skin health and environmental sustainability. Our Patchouli soap bar, with its higher volume of essential oil compared to liquid washes, delivers a more concentrated and nourishing cleanse, leaving the skin feeling deeply refreshed and rejuvenated. Embracing this nightly routine fosters both physical and mental well-being, setting the stage for rejuvenation and renewal overnight. Additionally, the natural antibacterial properties of patchouli help reduce blemishes and hormonal breakouts, promoting clearer, healthier-looking skin.

          2. Apply a face oil

          Follow up with a Rose Geranium Face Oil as described above.

          3. Moisturise

          Rose Geranium Rich Cream is a great choice for skin in your forties due to its myriad benefits. Packed with nourishing ingredients and the rejuvenating properties of Rose Geranium essential oil, this cream offers targeted care for mature skin. Its hydrating formula helps combat the natural decrease in moisture retention that occurs with age, keeping the skin plump and supple. Additionally, Rose Geranium is known for its ability to balance hormones and sebum production, making it ideal for those experiencing hormonal changes common in this age group. Regular use of this cream can help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting a radiant complexion.


          Remember everyone's skin is different. This is a general skincare routine for mature skin that would best suite someone with dry / combination skin.

          For oily or acne prone skin you may want to mousturise less often with a light cream only, if you find a rich cream to heavy for you, or leave it out completely if the face oil is giving you adequate hydration. Don't skip cleansing as it not only removes dirt and pollutants but also removes excess oil and help balance your sebum levels. Keep sun screen application to a minimum by shielding your face with a hat and limiting the time you spend in the sun.

          All our products come in sample sizes so you can try them out and find what works best for you!

          Sample sizes

          Lifestyle Factors for Healthy Skin in your 40s

            Diet and Nutrition:

            In your forties, maintaining skin health extends beyond skincare products to include diet and nutrition. The impact of diet on skin health becomes increasingly significant during this stage of life. Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and free radical damage, ultimately supporting a youthful complexion. Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and promoting a radiant, hydrated appearance. Incorporating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like fatty fish and nuts, can also help nourish the skin from within, contributing to a healthy and vibrant complexion.

            Stress Management:

            In your forties, the connection between stress and skin health becomes increasingly apparent. Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to various issues such as increased inflammation, breakouts, and exacerbation of existing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Managing stress effectively is therefore essential for promoting overall well-being and maintaining healthy skin. Techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and regular physical activity can help reduce stress levels and promote a sense of calm and relaxation. By prioritising stress management techniques, you can not only improve your overall well-being but also promote a clear, radiant complexion.

            Importance of Sleep:

            Adequate sleep plays a crucial role in skin regeneration and rejuvenation, as it allows the body to repair and replenish itself. During sleep, the body produces growth hormones that stimulate cell turnover and collagen synthesis, essential for maintaining youthful and healthy skin. Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress hormone levels, which can result in inflammation, breakouts, and accelerated aging. To improve sleep quality, establish a consistent bedtime routine, create a relaxing sleep environment, limit screen time before bed, and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation. Additionally, taking a lavender oil bath about an hour before bedtime and putting a few drops of lavender essential oil next to your pillow can aid sleep by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety, helping you to drift off more easily into a restorative slumber. Avoid caffeine after 3pm and heavy meals close to bedtime, and aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night to support optimal skin health and overall well-being.

            Remember, consistency is key, so prioritise self-care and make skincare a daily ritual to enjoy the benefits of healthy, glowing skin in your 40s and beyond.

            Through it all, I've come to realise that skincare isn't just about looking good – it's about feeling good, inside and out. It's about embracing the journey of aging with grace and confidence, knowing that true beauty comes from within.

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            How to make your own perfume with essential oils

            If, like me, your skin is intolerant to commercial perfumes, creating your own fragrance with essential oils offers an enticing solution and it's really fun too! Crafting your own perfume allows for a personalised scent that not only smells beautiful but also provides an aromatherapy experience. With a range of essential oils to choose from, you can tailor your perfume to suit your preferences and needs, whether it's for relaxation, invigoration, or simply to express your unique style. Embracing homemade perfumery not only offers a delightful olfactory journey but also empowers you to embrace natural ingredients and their therapeutic benefits.

            Things you will need for making your own perfume

            Making perfume with natural organic essential oils is really easy. All you will need is a glass roll on bottle, one lightweight carrier oil and an essential oil.

            • 15 drops of your favourite essential oil
            • A light carrier oil ( not too greasy )

            Essential oils, extracted from plants, offer amazing benefits for both body and mind. Just a small amount goes a long way due to their concentration. Remember to dilute them before use and avoid applying them directly to the skin.

            What carrier oil is best for essential oil perfume?

            The ideal choice is fractionated coconut oil, although it's a tad pricey and not readily available. Sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, tomato seed oil, or safflower oil are excellent alternatives.

            How to create your own perfume

            1. Choose the essential oil / oils you want to try and add to the bottle.
            2. Next fill the remainder of the bottle with your chosen carrier oil.
            3. Shake and apply. I like to apply a bit on my wrists, behind my ears, or on my neck. I also like to roll some onto the palms of my hands, cup my hands over my nose and take a few deep long breathes.

            Tailor it to match your preferences and current mood. Feel free to explore and experiment!

            Natural Perfume

            My favourite essential oil perfume combinations are:

            Energizing - Lemongrass (10 drops ) + Tea Tree ( 5 drops )

            Relaxing - Lavender ( 5 drops ) + Rose Geranium ( 10 drops )

            Balancing - Lavender ( 8 drops ) + Patchouli ( 7 drops )

            Anti-Anxiety - Ylang Ylang ( 15 drops )

            Tension Headache Relieving - Lemongrass ( 9 drops ) + Peppermint ( 6 drops )

            I prefer using organic essential oils because they are free from synthetic additives and pesticides, promoting a healthier lifestyle and enhancing overall well-being.

            Bellow is a handy printable recipe card you can pop on the fridge!

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            Are natural deodorants effective?

            Are natural deodorants effective?

            The popularity of natural deodorants is on the rise as people become more aware of the potential health risks associated with conventional deodorant ingredients like aluminum compounds and parabens. Natural alternatives, free from synthetic chemicals, offer a safer and gentler option for those seeking skincare products aligned with their health and environmental values.

            In this blog we will cover everything you need to know about natural deodorants.

            • What is natural deodorant?
            • Are natural deodorants antiperspirant?
            • Are natural deodorants effective?
            • Are natural deodorants really better for you?
            • Do natural deodorants actually work?
            • How does natural deodorant work?

            What is the difference between natural deodorant and conventional ones?

            Natural deodorant is formulated with ingredients derived from nature, such as bicarbonate of soda or magnesium, coconut oil and essential oils, enabling you to combat bacteria and neutralize body odour without blocking your sweat glands. How does natural deodorant work? Unlike conventional antiperspirants that contain aluminum compounds to inhibit sweating, natural deodorants work by combating odour-causing bacteria and discouraging excessive moisture, while allowing your body to naturally regulate temperature and eliminate waste. Additionally, natural deodorants typically exclude synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, and potentially harmful additives commonly found in conventional deodorants, making them a safer and more environmentally friendly choice for individuals seeking gentler alternatives for their skincare routines.

            Natural deodorant


            Are natural deodorants really better for you?

            We think so but judge for yourself. Here are the benefits:

            Skin-Friendly Formulation

            Natural deodorants boast a skin-friendly formulation that prioritizes purity and simplicity. By containing no synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances, these products are notably gentler on sensitive skin. Whether you're prone to irritation or simply prefer a more natural approach to skincare, opting for a natural deodorant can provide relief and comfort while effectively neutralizing body odour.

            Reduced Exposure to Harmful Ingredients

            Conventional deodorants often harbour potentially harmful ingredients like aluminum compounds and parabens, raising concerns about their long-term effects on health. Natural deodorants offer a safer alternative by steering clear of these questionable additives. By choosing a natural option, you can significantly reduce your exposure to such harmful substances, fostering peace of mind and promoting overall well-being.

            Environmental Impact

            In addition to benefiting personal health, natural deodorants also contribute positively to the environment. Many natural deodorant brands prioritise sustainability by utilising biodegradable packaging and responsibly sourced sustainable ingredients. By opting for eco-friendly alternatives, especially if they contain a large percentage of organic ingredients, you can minimise your carbon footprint and support brands committed to environmental stewardship. From reducing plastic waste to promoting biodiversity, the environmental impact of choosing natural organic deodorants extends far beyond individual skincare routines.

            Do natural deodorants actually work?

            Despite common misconceptions, natural deodorants can be highly effective at combating body odour and maintaining freshness throughout the day. Understanding how to optimize odour control and sweat absorption is key to unlocking the full potential of these products. By choosing natural deodorants with suitable ingredients and applying them correctly, you can experience reliable protection without compromising on your health and well-being.

            How long does it take to adjust to a natural deodorant?

            Transitioning to natural deodorant may entail an adjustment period as the body adapts to the absence of certain chemicals and regains its natural balance. During this initial phase, you may experience temporary changes in odour and sweat patterns. However, with a little patience and perseverance, these challenges are quickly overcome. Strategies for managing this transition include applying natural deodorants more regularly throughout the day and maintaining good hygiene practices to minimise discomfort and ensure a smooth transition to natural alternatives.

            If you have sensitive skin, it's important to approach the use of natural deodorants with caution to avoid potential reactions to certain ingredients like bicarbonate or essential oils. Conducting a small 24-hour patch test behind the ear or inside the elbow can help assess any adverse reactions before applying the product to a larger area. This simple precautionary measure allows you to identify any potential allergens or irritants and make informed decisions about your skincare routine. If you do find a natural deodorant is irritating to your skin there are Unscented Natural Cream Deodorants for Extra Sensitive Skin that are free from Bicarbonate & Essential Oil. 

            Choosing a natural deodorant

            It's essential to seek out products formulated with high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients that promote both skin health and environmental sustainability. By fostering a deeper understanding of ingredient lists, you can navigate the vast array of natural deodorant options available with confidence and clarity. Look for high quality natural organic ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and organic essential oils.

            Natural Deodorant

            What purpose do essential oils serve in natural deodorants?

            Essential oils are commonly incorporated into natural deodorants for several reasons. Firstly, their aromatic properties provide pleasant scents, masking body odor without the need for synthetic fragrances that may contain potentially harmful chemicals. Additionally, many essential oils possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which can help to combat the bacteria responsible for causing body odor. Moreover, these oils are often chosen for their skin-soothing qualities, reducing irritation and inflammation. Overall, essential oils offer a holistic approach to odor control in natural deodorants, providing both effective odor-fighting properties and a more gentle, skin-friendly alternative to conventional perfumed options.

            Using natural cream deodorants

            To use natural deodorant effectively, apply a thin layer to clean, dry underarms, ensuring full coverage for all-day freshness without harsh chemicals.

            Top Tips:

              • Can also be used between the toes, not just to combat odour but as a natural remedy for athlete's foot especially our Benchmark Thyme Deodorant.
              • Wash your underarms and other places you sweat, and dry your skin completely.
              • Before applying, warm it up the cream slightly by gently rolling it between your fingertips or holding it against your underarm skin for a few seconds.
              • Gently massage the deodorant into your skin using circular motions until fully absorbed.

                Do not apply to broken skin and if possible, avoid applying straight after shaving. We recommend you shave in the evening and use the deodorant in the morning.

                Does shaving armpits reduce odour?

                Shaving armpits can indeed help reduce body odour. When you shave your armpits, you remove hair that can trap sweat and bacteria, which are major contributors to odour. With less hair, there is less surface area for bacteria to thrive, resulting in a decrease in odour. Additionally, shaving allows deodorant to be applied more evenly and effectively to the skin, further combating odour. However, it's essential to note that personal hygiene habits, such as regular bathing and using deodorant, also play significant roles in controlling body odour.

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                  Organic Patchouli Essential Oil

                  What are the benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil?

                  Patchouli Essential Oil is like a burst of sunshine on a rainy day, uplifting and invigorating with its rich, earthy aroma. Its distinct fragrance not only delights the senses but also carries a myriad of benefits. Derived from the leaves of the patchouli plant (Pogostemon cablin), has been used for centuries for its aromatic and therapeutic properties. Harmonizing and uplifting, patchouli oil is a versatile gem. Its natural properties make it a beloved addition to skin and hair care routines, offering a radiant glow and promoting healthy, soft skin and hair.

                  Benefits of patchouli oil for skin

                  Patchouli oil when applied to the skin possesses potent antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it effective in treating acne and other skin irritations, providing relief from itchiness and redness. It also has astringent properties, which help to tighten and tone the skin. Additionally, patchouli oil is highly moisturising, making it ideal for dry or cracked skin.

                  Benefits of patchouli oil for hair

                  Patchouli oil can help address various hair and scalp concerns. When applied, patchouli oil works to moisturize and nourish the scalp, promoting a healthier environment for hair growth. It is known to have antifungal properties, which can help combat dandruff and other scalp irritations. Additionally, patchouli oil is believed to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, which may contribute to improved hair follicle health and increased hair thickness. Its calming properties can also alleviate stress, which is beneficial for overall scalp health. Incorporating patchouli oil into your hair care routine can leave your hair looking and feeling revitalized, with a naturally enhanced shine and improved manageability.

                  Uses for Patchouli Oil

                  Patchouli oil stands out as one of the best all-around choices for skin and hair care due to its versatile benefits:

                  Patchouli Oil for Skin:

                  1. Moisturising: Patchouli oil can be used as a moisturiser, particularly for dry or cracked skin. It helps to hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling softer and smoother.
                  2. Anti-inflammatory: It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated or inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or acne.
                  3. Antibacterial and Antifungal: Patchouli oil has antimicrobial properties that can help fight against bacteria and fungi, making it beneficial for treating minor cuts, wounds, or fungal infections.
                  4. Scar Reduction: Patchouli oil may help reduce the appearance of scars over time when applied regularly.
                  5. Anti-aging: Its antioxidant properties can help protect the skin from free radical damage, potentially reducing the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

                  Patchouli Oil for Hair:

                  1. Scalp Health: Patchouli oil can help maintain a healthy scalp by balancing oil production and soothing scalp irritation.
                  2.  For Dandruff:  Patchouli oil also help with dandruff due to its antifungal properties.
                  3. Conditioning: When mixed with hair conditioners, patchouli oil can provide added conditioning benefits, leaving hair softer and more manageable. Alternatively choose a Patchouli Hair conditioner.

                  Here at New Dawn we have a full range of patchouli products making it easily for you to take advantage of this amazing essential oil.

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                  Is patchouli oil good for wrinkles?

                  Yes, Patchouli oil is beneficial for wrinkles as it is used to slow the look of aging by tightening and toning the skin. Its antioxidant properties help protect against free radical damage, thereby promoting healthier and more youthful-looking skin over time.

                  Can you put Patchouli Oil directly on your skin?

                  It's generally recommended to dilute patchouli oil with a carrier oil  like coconut or jojoba oil before applying it to the skin to avoid irritation, as it can be potent in its undiluted form. Alternatively choose natural organic products made with Patchouli Oil.

                  How to use Patchouli Oil?

                  For Skin:

                  1. As a Moisturiser: Mix a few drops of patchouli oil into unscented cream or choose a natural Patchouli Moisturiser.
                  2. Diluted Massage Oil: Mix a few drops of patchouli oil with a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil, then massage onto the skin to moisturise and soothe.
                  3. Bath Soak: Add a few drops of patchouli oil to your bathwater for a relaxing soak that moisturises and nourishes the skin.
                  4. Facial Steam: Add a few drops of patchouli oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, and lean over the bowl to steam your face, helping to cleanse pores and rejuvenate the skin.
                  5. Body Lotion: Mix a few drops of patchouli oil into unscented lotion or choose a natural Patchouli Body Lotion.

                  Patchouli Oil for Acne Scars / Fresh Sacrs: Start by using patchouli soap to cleanse the skin gently, harnessing its healing, regenerating properties and also it's antimicrobial benefits to prevent new breakouts. Follow this with a patchouli cream, which can be applied directly to scars to aid in the restoration of skin texture and tone. Consistent use of this natural duo not only helps in preventing future acne but also supports the skin's natural healing processes, gradually reducing the appearance of existing scars.

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                  For Hair:

                  1. Shampoo: Organic Patchouli Shampoo naturally heals, soothes, and hydrates while it cleanses, leaving your hair soft and glowing with health. Its unique formulation also provides relief from an itchy scalp and helps combat dandruff, ensuring not only cleanliness but also comfort and scalp health.
                  2. Scalp Massage: Dilute patchouli essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it into the scalp to promote circulation, soothe irritation, and improve overall scalp health.
                  3. Hair Mask: Mix patchouli oil with conditioner to add moisture, improve hair texture, and enhance shine. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
                  4. Leave-In Treatment: Mix a small amount of patchouli oil with a lightweight carrier oil like argan oil and apply it to the ends of damp hair as a leave-in treatment to moisturise and protect against split ends.

                  Always perform a patch test before using patchouli oil on your skin or hair to check for any adverse reactions, and be sure to dilute it properly to avoid irritation.

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                  How to clear up rosacea naturally.

                  How to clear up rosacea naturally.

                  Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that mostly affects women, in particular those with fair skin, but symptoms can be worse in men. If you are living with rosacea then you already know how challenging the discomfort and irritation can be. Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown there are natural treatments that can help relieve symptoms and minimize flareups.

                  Lets take a look at the causes, symptoms and how to manage your rosacea naturally...

                  What is the main cause of rosacea?

                  The exact cause of rosacea is not fully understood, although genetics may play a part other factors such as environmental triggers, abnormalities in blood vessels, and an overactive immune system response may play a part too. Additionally, factors such as sunlight exposure, spicy foods, alcohol, hot beverages, temperature extremes, stress, and certain medications can exacerbate symptoms in individuals prone to rosacea. Understanding these triggers can help manage the condition effectively through lifestyle adjustments and targeted treatments.

                  What are the symptoms of rosacea?

                  The first sign of rosacea often starts with redness. It may appear like sunburn and can become acute on the cheeks as well as nose, forehead and chin.

                  Other symptoms include:

                  • flushing
                  • bumps or pimples
                  • broken blood vessels
                  • sensitive skin
                  • eye dryness and watering

                  What does a bad case of rosacea look like?

                  A bad case of rosacea

                   A severe case of rosacea typically presents as persistent redness across the central part of the face, often accompanied by visible blood vessels (telangiectasia). The skin may appear inflamed, with papules and pustules resembling acne lesions. In some instances, the nose may become swollen and bulbous due to tissue buildup (rhinophyma). Flare-ups can cause intense flushing and burning sensations, leading to discomfort and self-consciousness. These symptoms can significantly impact one's quality of life, both physically and emotionally.


                  Who is most prone to rosacea?

                  While anyone can have rosacea and genetics may be a contributing factor, it's more likely to develop in people aged between 30 - 55. Rosacea is also more common in women especially during menopause. Studies have show that people from Celtic or Scandinavian background may also be at higher risk and those with fair skin.

                  What clears rosacea naturally?

                  Adjusting your skincare routine is one of the simplest ways to help manage rosacea. A natural gentle approach will help minimize irritation and with the right ingredients can help alleviate symptoms too. Ingredients such as Lemongrass and Aloe Vera have been identified for their effectiveness in helping calm and soothe symptoms and reducing flareups. Use a natural organic cleanser bar and organic moisturiser containing just the right amount of Lemongrass essential oil and Aloe Vera daily for relief and healthy nourished skin.


                  Natural Rosacea Treatment


                  Lemongrass Essential Oil

                  Rosacea is characterised by inflammation of the skin, often leading to redness, swelling, and irritation. Lemongrass Essential oil contains compounds like citral and limonene, which possess anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin. Additionally, its antimicrobial properties can help combat bacteria on the skin's surface, alleviating rosacea symptoms even further. When applied topically, lemongrass products can provide relief from the discomfort associated with rosacea, making it a natural and effective option for managing this condition.

                  Aloe Vera

                  Aloe vera has gained recognition for its effectiveness in soothing the symptoms of rosacea due to its potent anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties. The aloe vera plant contains compounds such as polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and antioxidants, which work together to calm the redness, irritation, and inflammation associated with rosacea flare-ups. Additionally, aloe vera's hydrating nature helps to replenish the skin's moisture barrier, reducing dryness and preventing further irritation. Its gentle and soothing nature makes it suitable for sensitive skin.

                  Lifestyle changes to manage rosacea

                  Managing rosacea often involves making lifestyle changes to minimize symptoms and flare-ups. in addition to adopting a gentle skincare routine, avoiding triggers such as spicy foods, alcohol, hot beverages, and extreme temperatures can help reduce the redness and inflammation associated with rosacea. Additionally, managing stress through relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga may help alleviate symptoms, as stress can exacerbate flare-ups. Overall, adopting an holistic approach to skincare, diet, and stress management can play a significant role in managing rosacea and promoting skin health.

                  What happens if rosacea is left untreated?

                  If rosacea is left untreated, it can progressively worsen over time, leading to more pronounced symptoms and potential complications. Without proper management, the characteristic facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels associated with rosacea may become more severe. In some cases, untreated rosacea can result in the development of papules, pustules, and thickened skin, particularly on the nose (rhinophyma). Additionally, ocular rosacea, which affects the eyes, can cause dryness, irritation, and even vision problems if left unaddressed. Furthermore, the psychological impact of untreated rosacea, such as decreased self-esteem and confidence due to the visible facial changes, can significantly affect an individual's quality of life. Therefore, adopting appropriate treatment strategies are crucial in managing rosacea and preventing its progression.

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                  How to make natural air freshener

                  How to make natural air freshener

                  I used to rely on store-bought air fresheners to bring a pleasant aroma into my home, but I found myself consistently disappointed by their artificial scents and lackluster performance. When I discovered that these products were loaded with harsh chemicals and might be the cause of my headaches, I knew I had to make a change. I turned to DIY solutions and never looked back. I'm thrilled I made the switch to a natural air freshener. No more headaches and my home has never smelled better!

                  Why is making your own natural air freshener better than store-bought?

                  Creating your own natural air freshener is an absolute game-changer! Not only does it bring a burst of feel-good aromatherapy into your space, but it also packs a powerful punch of freshness without any harsh chemicals. By crafting your own, you're in the driver's seat, customizing scents that reflect your personality and preferences. Plus, it's an eco-friendly choice that reduces wasteful packaging. Especially eco-friendly if you use organic essential oil promoting organic farming with 50% more wildlife. With simple ingredients like essential oils and water, making your own air freshener is a fun and rewarding project that leaves your home smelling naturally fresh in seconds. So why settle for store-bought when you can infuse your surroundings with your own signature scent, making every inhale a joyful experience?

                  What you will need to make your own natural air freshener

                  Organic Essential Oils

                  How to make a natural air freshener

                  1. Pour the vodka into an 8 ounce spray bottle. Add 10-40 drops of your desired essential oil(s).
                  2. Let the oils sit for 5 minutes, and then shake well. Next add the water.
                  3. Shake again and spray!
                  4. Before each use, it's essential to give the spray bottle a gentle shake to ensure the even distribution of essential oils within the liquid before spraying.

                  You can make the scent as strong as you want by altering the amount of essential oil.

                  Lavender, Peppermint, Lemongrass and Rose Geranium make great air fresheners, but you can use any essential oil combination (or just one) that smells good to you. I like to experiment with different blends according to my mood, the season, or time of day.

                  It's fun to come up with your own special blends. Here are a few of my favourites. As with any essential oil blend recipe, tweak the ratios to suit your own needs and preferences.

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                  My top 8 Essential oil air freshener blends:

                  1. Relaxing Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 25 drops Organic Lavender 
                  • 10 drops Vanilla
                  2. Energizing & Mood Boosting Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 20 drops Organic Lemongrass
                  • 15 drops Organic Peppermint
                  3. Cleansing Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 10 drops Organic Tea Tree
                  • 20 drops Organic Lemongrass
                  4. Focus Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 10drops  Benchmark Thyme
                  • 15 drops Organic Lemongrass
                  • 10 drops Organic Peppermint
                  5. Tension Headache Relieving Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 20 drops Organic Lemongrass
                  • 15 drops Organic Peppermint
                  6. Romance Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 20 drops Organic Rose Geranium
                  • 15 drops Organic Lavender
                  • 10 drops Organic Patchouli
                  7. Anti-Anxiety Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 30 drops Organic Ylang Ylang
                  8. Positive Mood Blend
                  • 2 tablespoons Vodka
                  • 150ml filtered water
                  • 12 drops Organic Lemongrass
                  • 15 drops Organic Lavender
                  • 5 Organic Peppermint

                  As you can tell, Organic Essential Oils are my favourite way to freshen up my home and car! When I need a blast of aromatherapy freshness, I mix up one of these natural air freshener recipes because they:

                  1. Are natural and allow you to experience the health benefits of organic essential oils.
                  2. Don’t contain harmful chemicals like many store-bought sprays.
                  3. Are affordable using simple ingredients I have in my cupboard.

                  Natural air freshener FAQ

                  How long do natural air fresheners last?

                  A natural air freshener will last up to two weeks in the fridge. It's good practice to refresh or replenish the air freshener as needed to maintain a consistent level of fragrance in your space.

                  Do you have to use filtered water to make a natural air freshener?

                  No, but tap water contains chemicals and may affect the smell of your room spray.

                  Why does my natural air freshener look cloudy?

                  If your spray looks cloudy don't worry. It's just what happens sometimes when you combine particular ingredients. It will not affect the quality or aroma of the spray. 

                  Why doesn't my natural air freshener have a stronger smell?

                  Natural air fresheners are meant to be used as a quick air freshening boost. If you want a stronger smell, just add more organic essential oils.


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