with Jasmine, almond and citrus blossoms filling the air Corfu reminds me to think of the sources of the fragrant pure essentials we use to make skincare and of how women thru the centuries have harnessed the intoxicatingly powers of mother natures plant life to enrich...soothe...heal and fragrance their lives....how fortunate we are!
Norfolk has been decidedly chilly these last few days. Frosty fields means the central heating goes on to keep us toasty.
The problem though is that hot radiators mean dry and dusty atmosphere which in turn could dehydrate your skin, sinuses and cause dry eyes.
A bowl of water in the room will help to humidify as will house plants and turning the thermostat down just a fraction will not only help to save your skin but will lower your fuel bills too...and can make you feel less like a hybernating bear!
Moisturisers are super important in the winter months for hydration and protection and an aromatherapy mist can help to keep your skin looking dewy and calm.
check out our 'groovy mama' calming facial mist with mandarin, mint, lavender, petitgrain and ginger.
While catching up over a cuppa this morning with a lovely friend of mine and chatting, as we do. about skincare...ageing..moisturiser etc. My friend asked "how do I know if my products are actually worth what I'm spending?" The answer in many cases with massive cosmetic companies might be 'NO' as much of the cost of each product is contributing towards massive advertising campaigns, glitzy and copious packaging, manufacturing cost etc....makes you wonder? The difference with small batch, artisan production is enormous. Firstly we just don't do huge advertising campaigns, we try our best to spread the word using social media, leg work and the network of our own happy customers. Secondly we have much smaller food chains, no factories, less staff. Thirdly...speaking for ourselves...we use minimal packaging in our attempts to remain ethical. We don't believe that the customer should be paying for boxes or cellophane or unnecessary leaflets full of promotion.
The money our customers spend on our skincare products is paying for honest, organic ingredients in sufficient quantity to 'make a difference'......no bells and whistles....just honest to goodness skincare.
so we've been playing in the bath this week!....with our lovely new selection of bath milk bombs.
Instead of just using mineral salts (very restorative, muscle soothing and detoxifying) and essential oils (therapy for just about everything!...calming, rejuvenating, cleansing, toning....mother natures medicine!) We have been adding ground up botanical elements to boost our bombs with potent plant power. Moroccan rose buds (we sourced these last year in Essaouira from a fabulously crazy herbalist) and English chamomile flowers, Lavender from our home county here in Norfolk and Mint...and Lemon Verbena....and Green tea. This gave us gorgeous fragrant bath bombs with healing benefits and a pretty bath but it wasn't enough!...MORE! we cried....and so we added Hymalayan pink crystal salts (some of the purest elements you can find.....and then we added coconut milk powder to soften your skin and make a madly marvellous milky bath fit for Cleopatra herself! The end result of our chemistry is a range of bath bombs unlike any known to woman or man....softening, luxurious, delightfully fragrant and pretty as a picture....we hope you will love them as much as we do. xx
Himalayan pink crystal salt is hand mined from the salt lakes which were once buried beneath lava in the mountains. Some of the purest and most mineral rich salts on earth.
The trace elements and minerals Himalayan pink crystal salt contains have super health benefits for us including the relief of muscle cramps and stress, cleansing of toxins and lowering of blood pressure....to mention but a few. We have blended nourishing coconut milk powder with Himalayan crystal salts and Dead Sea salt and blended two gorgeous bath milk soaks for the most luxurious, soothing and relaxing bath ever. Sandalwood amyris and neroli make for a decadent and exotic experience in our 'delicious ' bath milk soak while pink grapefruit, mandarin and may chang create a vibrant and uplifting bath to put some zing in your soul! ....Happy Bath Time !
So...here is my latest beauty page for North norfolk living magazine! I have to say that I'm very proud to be invited to take part in this fabulous publication...being an honorary Norfolk Lass...well I've lived here for more than 20 years now so I think I could be excepted as a local?
the magazine spreads the news of exciting events and wonderful producers and artisans around the Norfolk coast from delicious deli's to creative crafters and fabulous fashionistas....wellies n all!!
I hope you'll take a peek at this months Christmas edition and all of the gorgeous gift suggestions and, who knows....we might tempt you to visit Norfolk for a spot of festive shopping?
In love with the Danish word / concept of 'hygge' (cozyness and together with old friend-ness eating home made cookies and watching old movies around the fire-ness) its cocoa and slippers and walking in the snow...the stuff of happiness and homeliness and.....I love it. In a world where we all seem intent on disconnecting you've gotta love an idea thats all about connection.
What better place to start than a mug of 'around the fire' tea from www.hyggetea.com
Check out our three pretty shades of lip & cheek balm! Ruby Rocks is a gorgeous deep shade of claret, Sugar Baby is a beautiful blush of cherry red and Rosy Posy is a cute pale pink frost. All tinted with natural ingredients and packed with butters and oils to soften and protect your lips & cheeks.
And all only....£8.00 www.ethicaskincare.com
At ethica we love to re use and re cycle. We package all of our orders in the material our ingredients arrive in and also the boxes and we are always delighted when our lovely customers help us too. Big thank you to Julie from Port St William for sending back her bottles for re use....you're our champion for this week!
Skin care Guru lives and works in rural Norfolk with her family.