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From jewellery to oils – Founder journey

From jewellery to oils – Founder journey

Let me take you back to 2010, and my time in Uganda. It was here that I witnessed first-hand the direct impact on family and community of empowering women and giving them a chance to work for themselves.   KATANGA SLUMS, KAMPALA Part of my time in Uganda, in 2010, was spent with a community based organisation called CLD (Come…
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Paying homage to our signature face oil

Paying homage to our signature face oil

We have a new product launching soon, which we are very excited about. But before our attention inevitably goes towards the shiny newness of our under eye oil, we thought we would pay homage to our signature face oil, specifically the ingredients in it. True, it is boring to read an ingredients list, but we promise to make it a&…
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Winter skin – Do we need a whole new routine?

Winter skin – Do we need a whole new routine?

Do you suffer from different feeling skin in winter or the colder months? And do you overhaul your skincare routine (and products) with the change of seasons?   What is winter skin? Winter skin is a catch-all term used to describe a change to the way skin feels and looks in the cold. Skin can feel uncomfortable – dry, tight,&…
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How to de-puff skin following an indulgent few days

How to de-puff skin following an indulgent few days

Skin is too quick to give up the secret of an indulgent few days, showing up as puffy and dry, unpredictable and grey. Not indulging just isn’t an option sometimes. The quickest and easiest way to de-puff skin and bring it back to health is to drink lots of water, and to move. Moving our bodies will support …
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Do one thing to keep the glow, this party season

Do one thing to keep the glow, this party season

It’s that time of year again… party season… late nights, not enough sleep, not enough water, over-indulgence, and skin ending up looking lacklustre. We don’t have enough time for lengthy skincare routines, face masks, or facials, and all our finances are going towards having fun and presents for loved ones, with not a lot …
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What does healthy skin mean to you?

What does healthy skin mean to you?

Healthy skin can mean so many different things… calm, strong, supple, and balanced, are my personal descriptors. For me it means having confidence in my skin, and that it is OK for it not to be picture perfect (whatever that is). I have learnt to accept my skin how it is and all its idiosyncrasies. I want to be …
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Rosehip oil – a natural retinol

Rosehip oil – a natural retinol

It almost seems apt that I’m writing about rosehips as we’re going into Autumn (I promise you it is a coincidence). Rosehips make an appearance at this time of year, being the fruit left behind after roses’ petals have dropped. The oil is made from the seeds of rosehips, and is the second oil …
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Should you cleanse your face in the morning?

Should you cleanse your face in the morning?

I’ve seen quite a few articles recently, suggesting we shouldn’t cleanse / wash our skin in the morning. What are your thoughts? To wash or not to wash first thing in the morning? It comes down to personal choice doesn’t it, but why wouldn’t you? If you shower every morning, then why not …
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Why I believe in healthy skin and not perfect skin

Why I believe in healthy skin and not perfect skin

Healthy skin is in. There is no such thing as perfect skin. Perfect skin is an illusion perpetuated by everyone. I don’t think we can blame the media alone or magazines or publishers or brand owners or image retouchers or camera/app filters or social media or influencers. Before setting up my skincare company, I worked (and …
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Marula seed oil – a miracle oil

Marula seed oil – a miracle oil

Another one of the oils in our signature blend of face oil, marula seed oil has been dubbed a ‘miracle oil’, due to its nourishing and hydrating profile –  high in vitamins C and E, Essential Fatty Acids, and anti-oxidants – all working to protect and improve skin tone. It is fast absorbing and suitable for …
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Two more small businesses have been supported – purchase with purpose

Two more small businesses have been supported – purchase with purpose

  June was a good month in so many ways. We had (and are still having) fantastic sunshine, we ran our first stall at our local summer fayre, and we reached 6 months old as a business. But the best news of all was that we were able to support 2 more small businesses in developing countries with micro-loans, allowing…
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Recycling is the name of the game

Recycling is the name of the game

I’ve had quite a few requests for empty bottles of face oil to be refilled, which is such a lovely idea that we are now looking at ways in which we can support you in your desire to reuse / recycle. From what I can understand, current cosmetic regulations do not allow us to refill your bottles due to …
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Why give SLS a bad name?

Why give SLS a bad name?

SLS also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and its bestie SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) have been getting a bad rep for a while now, but do you know why?   WHAT ARE SLS AND SLES USED FOR? They are used as surfactants and emulsifiers – the stuff that makes soap, shampoos, shower gels, toothpastes, laundry detergents, and household cleaning products&…
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Jasmine essential oil – a natural mood enhancer

Jasmine essential oil – a natural mood enhancer

I’ve been geeking out at the science behind why jasmine essential oil is a mood enhancer. I love it when scientific studies confirm what aromatherapists and holistic practitioners have known for centuries, suffice it to say, it does give some comfort to anyone getting ready to part with their hard earned cash. I’m continuing my …
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Pomegranates are not just for salads

Pomegranates are not just for salads

Botanicals have been used for centuries, generations, years, to enhance the beauty routines of women and men all over the world (pomegranate seeds even made their way into Egyptian literature and Greek mythology). Everyday plants have the power to help skin regenerate so that its structure is improved and strengthened. Pomegranate seed oil comes from one such plant.   Active&…
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Our first loan to an entrepreneur has been made!

Our first loan to an entrepreneur has been made!

I say ‘our’ because the loan has been made out of the profits of bottles sold to you, my customers. So, a massive thank you, thank you, thank you, because you have made it possible for our first entrepreneur in a developing country to receive a loan to support her business. Asiya lives in Pakistan and …
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How many products is your skin exposed to every day?

How many products is your skin exposed to every day?

It isn’t something I think about, however, my eyes were opened at an Allergy Certified event last September (which I attended as my alter ego Miss Lip Balm), where I was shocked to learn how many products I expose my skin, hair, and body to every day that may contain some of the known allergens that can …
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Battling dry skin – could your cleanser be the culprit?

Battling dry skin – could your cleanser be the culprit?

Dry skin happens to everyone, even when skin is oily or combination in nature. When skin is feeling oily, our natural reaction is to cleanse more vigorously, adding scrubs to the routine, a face wash or mask, and even some AHAs or BHAs (which exfoliate the skin). What I have learnt is that it doesn’t help to strip …
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Face oil as a pre-treatment in the morning

Face oil as a pre-treatment in the morning

Do you have those days where you wake and skin is feeling tight and a little bit stiff? I do, and there can be no obvious reason for it. When that happens, I tend to use some face oil as a pre-treatment before jumping in the shower. There is nothing complicated or fancy about this – just a few drops&…
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What’s oil got to do with it?

What’s oil got to do with it?

Walk into any Space NK or Boots or department store, and you’re inundated with all the different products that can be used to lift, plump, smooth, refine, hydrate, tone, tighten… it can be a bit of a minefield, even for a beauty addict like me. It is one of the reasons I started using face oils… …
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Healthy skin feels supple, elastic, and comfortable

Healthy skin feels supple, elastic, and comfortable

A face oil for healthy skin. Our uplifting and luxurious face oil is a blend of pure nut, seed, and flower oils. Easily absorbed, it is designed to nourish, regenerate, and strengthen skin, whilst reducing inflammation. We believe oils have the power to create healthy skin. Feel skin become hydrated, plump, and smooth overnight. Our time is precious – using&…
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How to use our face oil for best results

How to use our face oil for best results

The best time to use our face oil is at night, when skin rests, recovers, and rejuvenates. It is suitable for all skin types – use less drops if you have oily skin, more if your skin is dry. If your skin is hypersensitive then you may find the essential oils are not suitable.   It is easy …
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Spotlight on ingredients

Spotlight on ingredients

All ingredients are 100% natural and, where possible, organic. 15 years of using these oils has led to a blend that is designed to keep skin supple and youthful. Organic sweet almond oil¹ – seals in moisture & strengthens skin Sweet almond oil is popular amongst those with sensitive and dry skin. It is high in oleic acid, which is…
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Our mission with our charity partner

Our mission with our charity partner

We support women and girls in developing countries with our charity partner, Lendwithcare. Women are the solution to changing communities. By supporting women to work, economies grow. ¹ Increasing the share of household income controlled by women, changes spending in ways that benefit children. ² Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender …
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