Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The first thing I do when I see the latest skin care  ‘wonder product’ endorsed in the press is to check the ingredients. What’s in it? And, more importantly, are any of those ingredients toxic and where have they been derived from.

The Daily Mail reported today that the latest product used by a long list of ‘Celebrities’ is a Spa Sanctuary cleansing oil which costs £12.99, with claims that it keeps them looking youthful. It is wrong for the press to make exaggerated claims about skin care products without doing some research first.

Whether the clebrities in the article actually use the product or not is another matter. More importantly as far as I am concerned I see that the main ingredient is liquid paraffin. Liquid paraffin – is a by product of petroleum refining!

Petroleum – based ingredients (mineral oil, etc) act as a barrier and they also do not have any nutritional value for your skin. It is not good to clog the skin with something which it cannot even absorb. Products such as E45 cream and Johnson’s Baby Oil have a liqiud paraffin base.

I will only use plant-based oils on my skin, as they are high in natural fatty acids which nourish, moisturise and revitalise your skin. Check out our Night Repair Serum, Fruity Body Oil and Floral Body Oil .

An unexpected use for our Balm

I like to go running and I decided to do a swift 6 miles today. It was hot and I hadn’t been able to run for almost a month because of injury. I was 3 miles from home, with 3 miles to go when the sole of my foot started to feel very sore. It felt like I was getting a blister. I remembered that I was carrying a small sample pot of our Rosemary and Tea Tree balm in my pocket – left over from the last long run I did, before my injury. I always carry some balm on long runs, especially when there is a group of us, because someone usually has a problem with chafing. There has been many a time when a dab of balm has soothed some redness on the skin of a log distance runner!

So, I found a park bench. Off came the running shoe and sock. I put copious amounts of the balm on my foot. Sock and shoe back on, then I got back on my merry way. There was still a few signs of the soreness as I started to run again, but after a few minutes, the discomfort had all but disappeared. Unlike petroleum-based products, such as vaseline, the balm has excellent healing qualities – it soothes the inflammation. It also acted as a slippery barrier between my skin and my sock. I ran the last 3 miles pain-free.

After a hot bath, I applied more balm – to both feet this time. My feet have smoother, softer skin. It is difficult to explain, but the softness doesn’t make them weak, it improves the elasticity, making them less prone to blister and chafing.

I would recommend using the balm of you are going to do any activity where there might be a chance of chafing of your skin. It certainly works for me.


Natural Moringa Oil – from the Miracle Tree

Moringa-Oleifera-TreeThis is the story of how we came to use Moringa oil in our purely natural Night Repair Serum.

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of going the visit my friend in South East Africa.  She started a charity with her husband 27 years ago. This entailed building houses, starting projects and building a village for children who otherwise would have had no hope.  To say it was inspirational is an understatement.

Approximately 48 children now reside in beautiful homes with foster parents. They go to school and all in all the future looks rosy for them.

It was on a day that I was visiting the village (doing Reflexology, massage etc), that one of the parents took me to look at the gardens – each house has a plot. They grow lots of vegetables and are pretty much self sufficient.  She showed me a beautiful tree called the Moringa Tree end through the help of an interpreter explained that the Moringa Tree was in fact what they call the Miracle Tree, as every part is used for food, water purification and they used the oil for cooking with and on their skin, This lady had the most beautiful skin, as did all the ladies,

So with this in mind I thought why not incorporate this Miracle Oil in our products,and so the seed (no pun intended) was set. Needless to say our natural Night Repair Serum, (with Moringa Oil) has proved to be our most popular product.