February 2011 entires
Valentine's Day - Seductive Essential oils
Sunday 13 February 2011
Seductive Essential oils ~ the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite, named a variety of plant and animal substances that stimulate and increase sexuality, desire and passion. Flavours and scents, which allow people to feel confident, and desirable. Some essential oils have renowned aphrodisiac properties. In general these oils normally have a warm rich floral or spice aroma. Several essentials oil are famed aphrodisiacs, boosting and enhancing the sex drive:
- Orange ~ helps to stimulate joy, optimism and playfulness.
- Neroli ~ wonderful emotional tonic and aphrodisiac. Imparts feelings of calm, joy and desire.
- Frankincense ~ calming effect on the emotions
- Sandalwood ~ Awakens the life force energy.
- Rose ~ Warm and uplifting aroma calms nerves, inspires love and romance.
- Jasmine ~ this oil symbolizes hope, happiness and love ~ helps bring a sense of euphoria.
- Ylang Ylang ~ stimulates feminine sensuality, euphoria and erotic moods.
- Geranium ~ balances the emotions
- Cardamom ~ Sweet warm aromatic aroma with aphrodisiac properties
- Vanilla ~ aphrodisiac; men seem to love this scent
- Patchouli ~ enhances libido, sharpens the mind, overcomes fatigue.
- Nutmeg ~ supports the nervous system and hormone balance
Below are some sample Love Potion blends:
Adding your Love Potion to a 5 or 10 ml glass dropper bottle.
Playful Rose :
- Rose ~ 5 drops
- Geranium Rose ~ 7 drops
Create your own special love potion, with essential oils, which can be used in an oil burner, massage or added to a bath
Oil burner ~ To scent your enviroment with romance, Be sure to start diffusing your blend at least 15 minutes before your ‘special date’ begins.
Romantic Massage ~ Use your homemade love potion to give a loving massage to your partner ~ Add 25 drops of your Love Potion blend to a 50ml of base oil such as, sweet almond , Grapeseed or Jojoba oil.
Sensuous Bath ~ Have a tub for two? Scent your bath with your erotic Love Potion blend (add 5-7 drops straight to your bath water and swish) and light some candles for a truly cupid-inspired evening. Why not use your body oil blend and massage each other as well for true heart-warming bliss!
Or why not try some of Lulu & Boo's luxurious Organic bodycare products: Jasmine and Vanilla Bath Oil
A sensuous bath of luxurious and exotic Jasmine, Orange, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla, on a base of Organic Almond & Apricot Oils that helps relax the mind as well as the body.
Jasmine & Vanilla Body Lotion
A deeply enriching body lotion, with naturally moisturising Organic Cocoa Butter and Nourishing Organic Shea Butter, scented with sensuous and exotic Jasmine, Orange, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla.
Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub
Remove dead skin cells and improve skin tone with this luxurious moisturising body scrub. Organic Brown Sugar work to buff and polish, while Coconut Butter, Almond and Jojoba Oil moisturise, revealing soft glowing skin. Scented with the rich aroma of Organic Vanilla, Orange and Cardamom essential oils. ~ Lovely to use in the bath ~ First massage using circular movements. Start from the ankles and work up the body. Then relax in the sensuous oils.
Organic Skincare by Lulu & Boo Organics
Winter-proof your skin
Saturday 05 February 2011
Winter can wreak havoc on our complexions - Our hands, faces, hair and bodies can all suffer.
After months of cold spells and central heating, many of us are left with skin that feels dry, tight and uncomfortable. Skin is stripped of its natural
moisture by wind, central heating and low humidity. Even people who don't normally have dry skin can find the winter months a problem. Another cause is drinking less water, as people are less thirsty in winter. This causes the skin to dehydrate.CLEANSE
Harsh chemicals, hot water and detergents can all aggravate dry skin.
People who have particularly dry skin, or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, should look for alternatives to harsh face washes and detergents.
Washing with strong detergents removes more oil from the skin's protective fats and in cases where skin is already dry, can dry it out even further.
This can be a particular problem with hand dryness. If you regularly wash your hands with strong detergents and hot water, you'll make them worse. The same applies to the skin of your body. If you have lots of hot baths or showers, this tends to remove some of the protective lipids from your skin.WHAT TO DO:
• use a gentle organic cleansing balms
, creams or milks
• reduce the heat of your bath or shower
• cut out any excessive washing with strong detergents, particularly excessive hand washing
• avoid harsh products, such as alcohol-based cleansers.
• When washing hands or bathing use natural soap made using the traditional cold process method, which re
tains the natural glycerin of the oils.RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:Cleansing the Face with Lulu & Boo's Organic Skincare:Calendula Organic Cleansing MilkChamomile Organic Cleansing Balm Cleansing the hands & body with Lulu & Boo's Organic Bodycare:Lavender and Bergamot Bath Soak and Body WashMay Chang, Lime and Blackpepper Bath Soak and Body WashLavender, Calendula and Aloe SoapOrange blossom SoapRose & Vanilla SoapLemon Tea-Tree Hand Wash
- Anti-Bacterial - yet gentle to the skin MOISTURISE
It sounds obvious, but how many people still forget to apply moisturiser when their skin most needs it? This is extremely important in order to keep moisture levels of the skin, balanced. Most women use a facial moisturiser. However, many aren’t as disciplined about caring for the rest of their bodies including the hands, arms, legs and feet. Remember to moisturise from head to toe!WHAT TO DO:
• Layer your skin with hydrating organic serum
or oil under your organic moisturiser
. That will allow the moisture to penetrate deep into the cells, nourishing the skin.
• Apply a rich body lotion or cream over your whole body immediately after the shower to seal in the moisture. This increases the water content of the skin’s outer layers and gives it a soft, moist look. Re-apply hand creams after hand washing
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:Almond & Rosehip Face creamMulti-Vitamin Face CreamFrankincense Regenerating SerumElderflower & Orange Blossom Hand and Body CreamOrganic Calendula Ointment
EXFOLIATIONWHAT TO DO:
Dead skin cells can build up in the winter months. Exfoliating is very important at any time of the year. But during winter when your skin is feeling sensitive and dry, it's more important than ever to keep your skin soft. Plus, applying moisturiser straight on to un-exfoliated dry skin will prevent your moisturiser from absorbing fully
• Prep your skin for moisturising by using a gentle scrub, mask or a muslin cloth. A face scrub or mask can be used once or twice a week.
• A muslin cloth can be used daily with your cleanser. Don't overdo it, though. Over-enthusiastic scrubbing can undermine the skin's barrier function.
• Using a mask, that contains natural enzymes: This is one of the kindest methods of skin exfoliation and can be used on all skin types. Enzymes are extracted from an assortment of sources including papaya (papain), pumpkin, pineapple (bromelain), mango (magneferin, katechol oxidase, lactase), kiwifruit. They stimulate natural exfoliation by dissolving cross-links in the skin, encouraging a rapid turnover and elimination of dead skin cells.RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
Fruits & Vitamins Brightening Mask
– contains papaya, kiwi and apple extractVanilla Sugar Body ScrubHUMIDITY
A major contributing factor to winter dryness to skin and hair is low humidity, caused by cold winds and overheated homes and offices. One idea is to leave bowls of water near radiators.
If your central heating is making your home dry, you can always use a humidifier, or avoid cranking up the central heating to full blast – knitwear is far kinder to skin (and the environment).FOODS THAT NOURISH
Consuming the right nutrients will only add to your general health, and will give your skin a boost.
A poor diet lacking in essential vitamins and minerals will show signs, such as flaky skin.
What to do:
• Include important vitamins in your diet, such as A, C, D, E. These can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables and daily products.
• Try to eat a balanced diet. Essential fatty acids such omega 3 are good for general health, and may help play a role in supporting the skin. The best source of Omega 3 in the diet are:
Oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna, sardines and herring.
Flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, soybeans, soybean oil, Walnuts, Brazil nuts, Soy nuts Olive oil, Hemp seeds and Pumpkin seeds
• Supplements, such as evening primrose oil and fish oils are extremely beneficial to the skin.
• Remember: drinking too much alcohol and coffee both dehydrate the skin.EXERCISE
Exercise helps produce sweat and increases blood flow to the skin, which improves the skin’s hydrationDIY NOURISHING FACIAL
First Step - Cleanse
• Gently massage cleanser over face, eye area and neck using relaxing circular movements. Remove using damp cotton wool, a damp wash cloth or a muslin cloth.Second Step - Exfoliate
• Gently massage Jojoba & Rose Face scrub into wet skin, and then rinse with warm water or remove with muslin cloth.Third Step – Moisturise & Feed the Skin
• As a Nourishing Mask: Chamomile multi-use cleansing balm
- Apply a layer sparingly over clean dry skin. Relax for 20 minutes, then massage the excess balm into the skin.
• If your skin is very dry, finish your facial with six drops of Frankincense serum
or your favourite moisturser. Gently massage into your skin, working from the neck upwards. lulu & Boo Organic Skincare